Cara Carne Haddon stumbled on English Tea Paperie when she was looking for unique invitations for her wedding in May.
“I wasn’t interested in stock invitations. I wanted something that was personal,” said Haddon, who lives in Hanover County.
Haddon met with English Tea Paperie’s owner, Chloe Minyon, and decided to get all of her wedding stationery from the company.
“She made a custom watercolor of our venue and incorporated our animals — our horse and dog — into it,” Haddon said. “The watercolor was in both the save-the-date card and the envelope liner of our invitations. It was a nice way to tie everything together. She is incredibly talented. She is a beautiful artist.”
Minyon started English Tea Paperie in 2008, two years after her own wedding.
“When I was looking for my invitations, I couldn’t find any that I liked. So I decided to create my own,” she said.
Her work started as a hobby in 2006 after friends asked her to do invitations for their weddings.
“Client demand took off, and word-of-mouth spread,” she said. “Before I knew it, I was doing this full time.”
English Tea Paperie offers wedding stationery, from save-the-date cards and wedding invitations to signs and thank-you cards.
About 75 percent of Minyon’s work is focused on creating wedding stationery.
“I very rarely do the same invitation twice,” she said. “I take my clients’ personality and the aesthetics of the wedding design and infuse it in their invitations.”
The remaining 25 percent of her work involves commissioned artwork and graphic design for businesses, from logos and social media to websites and branding.
Most of her commissioned art is for wedding clients.
“My watercolors often showcase the wedding venue or the church where the reception will be held,” said Minyon, who studied art in Great Britain where…