about

ASHDOWN + BEE.

Ashdown & Bee is a small creative team based in Sydney, specialising in creating beautifully styled weddings and bespoke handdrawn signs. Their artistic + cutting-edge style sees them designing events and signs filled with atmosphere, fun and love.

// what we do

Our wedding styling offers couples a unique and personal styling experience. Our packages range from on-the-day styling, to full concept + design. We love working on beautiful beachside + garden ceremonies, dining experiences underneath the stars, empty warehouses or across unique venues within Sydney and beyond.  We have a team of hard-working, design-conscious styling crew, who love to style weddings and have a passion for parties. we all love to ensure every detail is styled to perfection for your special day!

We offer a range of curated props + furniture for hire which have been chosen to work together and added to, for a modern, unique + on-trend look. Our collection is constantly expanding and we especially love to source + create new looks.

Our bespoke handdrawn signage are perfect for any event – we create these by hand in house. Our traditional handpainted signs and handlettering are all custom made and includes welcome signs, menu boards, placecards, seating charts, table numbers.. and heaps more…

Our studio in Summer Hill (Sydney) is open by appointment.

OUR STORY

so far

Simon + Melissa began their journey together in 2011 – both freelancing in their fields, with lots of shared clients in the design world.

 They decided to collaborate to share their passion + creativity and thus founded Ashdown & Bee in 2012, offering handpainted signage, wedding and event styling as well as a large collection of props that can be hired.

Their studio is based in Summer Hill in Sydney, with their space displaying all their props + decor, a workshop for their custom sign making as well as office space.

Simon + Melissa got engaged in 2015 at The Grounds of Alexandria.  This was featured in the book Celebrate by Hooray and photos can be seen here.

In October 2016 they tied the knot.  Their wedding was featured in Hello May Magazine - Real Weddings Annual 2017 .  Photos can be seen here and a blog feature here.

MELISSA

STYLIST

 Melissa Murray is stylist specialising in events, interiors + prop styling.  Melissa has worked in the industry for over 10 years, with qualifications in Interior Design, Event Management, Business + Marketing.

She creates unique and personal event designs and concepts for any kind of celebration, with a passion for weddings.

As well as event styling, Melissa has worked on styling briefs for print media + TV, from propping to sourcing to styling for clients including Florence Broadhurst, Westfield, Peter Alexander, David Jones, KAS Australia, Domayne, Sheridan, Harvey Norman, The Cancer Council.

Her work has featured in magazines including Hello May, Harpers Bazaar, Vogue Bride, Vogue Living, Country Style,  Real Living, Gourmet Traveller, Real Weddings Magazine, Hooray Magazine, White Magazine and many more.

Amongst some amazingly talented colleagues, Melissa was named in 2016 and 2017
 Top 25 Wedding Stylists in Australia by Modern Wedding Magazine,
 Top 20 Wedding Stylists to follow on instagram by Harpers Bazaar 
 Top Sydney Wedding Stylist by The Lane

currently loving:

getting tattoos
our pug Knuckles
binge watching tv shows
baking 

SIMON

SIGNWRITER

Simon Murray is a visual artist and signwriter with over 18 years experience in the sign industry.  He has trade qualifications in signwriting, showcard & ticketwriting, screenprinting, as well as over 30 years experience as a graffiti artist.

He creates custom artwork using traditional hand-designed techniques including guilding/gold leaf, illustration, handpainted, graffiti, chalk for cafes, bars, restaurants and private clients for events + wedddings.

Simon has collaborated with some of Sydney’s top stylists on projects for inner-city bars, design studios, launch parties, exhibition spaces and retail outlets.

 His artwork has been exhibited in the Australian Museum, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Mays Lane, Red Bull HQ, Wollongong City Council Art Gallery and LoFi Gallery.  

His signage and graffiti work has also been published in magazines such as Hello May, White Magazine, Bride to Be, Cosmopolitan Bride, The Lane, Modern Wedding, Acclaim and Stealth magazines.

currently loving:

black sabbath
south sydney rabbitohs
graffiti
muscle cars