About Us

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.

photo | scott surplice

our storySimon + Melissa began their journey together in 2011 – both freelancing in their fields, with lots of shared clients.  They decided to share their passion + creativity and founded Ashdown & Bee in 2012, offering handpainted signage, wedding and event styling as well as a large collection of props that can be hired.

In late 2016 they tied the knot
(their wedding was featured here and here)

photo | josephine sicad

photo |  josephine sicad photography

meet simonSimon 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.

Simon by Scott Surplice

photo | scott surplice

meet melissa

 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.

Ashdown & Bee was named one of the Top 25 Wedding Stylists in Australia for 2016/2017 by Modern Wedding Magazine, and Top 20 Wedding Stylists to follow on instagram by Harpers Bazaar in 2016

photo | josephine sicad

photo | josephine sicad photography