Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Local Mums Make Dream Wedding’s A Reality With Cherish Designs & Occasions

Created by fashion & textiles designers Paula and Gaynor, Cherish Designs & Occasions specialise in creating bespoke bouquets/flower arrangements and venue dressing for every special occasion. 

Credit: Lucy Hannah Photography
‘We have a love for the ornate & all things vintage, & of course weddings! Since designing our own weddings we began creating pieces for friends’ big days & from then on our orders of Keepsake Brooch Bouquets spiraled & Cherish Designs & Occassions was born.’

For the past 11 years, Paula and Gaynor have worked in the fashion industry, as well as lecturing in fashion history, design, textiles and business. Using their wealth of design experience, they make bespoke creations for brides who want to make their wedding day unique.

‘Even though we’re experienced, we found the idea that we were now in control of our own income and reliant on generating enough work to make a successful and profitable business daunting.’

To address this worry, the pair began looking around for some support. They had heard positive things about Liverpool based Social Enterprise The Women’s Organisation and later approached them for support on their start-up journey.

The Women’s Organisation supported us throughout the process and informed us about courses that may be suitable when taking up self-employment. These courses helped us greatly in preparation for developing our business successfully. We were fortunate enough to have 1 to 1 support to help us reach our goals and offered networking opportunities and advice.’

‘We would advise anyone who is going to set up their own business to contact The Women’s Organisation and gain professional advice.’

As well as being in control, the business mums love how self-employment allows them to manage their working hours around their family lives. Although it is hard work to balance their home lives whilst maintaining their high standards, the passion they both share for the products and services make it possible. 

‘We are making steady progress and have now found our client base which is continuing to grow on a daily basis.’

‘We are pleased with what we have achieved so far but know we need to continue to work hard in order to progress and succeed for CherishDesigns & Occasions to be a well-known company.’

From table and venue decorations, wedding stationary and favours, to buttonholes and beautiful brooch keepsake bouquets, Cherish Designs& Occasions can work with you to design the perfect wedding. With a keen eye for detail and a passion for making beautiful things, Paula and Gaynor aim to help bring your dream wedding to life. From the ‘I do’s’ to the ‘thank you’s’, they will make your occasion a day you can cherish forever.

If you are interested in booking a free wedding consultation or would like to see more of the venue decorations and bouquets that have already been created, visit  or email your enquiry to

And if you would like to turn your passion into a business, call 0151 706 8111 / to get your business journey started with the support of The Women's Organisation 

By Beckie Kinsella

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