Welcome to the
Vanilla Retro Studio
Vanilla Retro is all about personalised wedding stationery, uniquely designed for your special day. Born out of planning her own wedding, Michelle mixed her passion for typography with a love of magical romance to create a design business that’s truly centred around each bride. Having created personalised wedding invites for brides all over the world and proud to have been featured in some of the most prestigeous bridal publications for outstanding design and service.
Michelle loves the thought of your guests opening their wedding invite to get the very first taste of what you special day will hold. That’s why she works carefully with every couple and use techniques from gold foil to laser cutting to reflect what you want to say. From a special card for the best man to personalised wedding cards to say thanks, she prides herself on attention to detail and individuality.
Vanilla Retro is a true start-up, originally funded by The Prince’s Trust and all her ranges are designed at her home studio around her family. Being a part of your day is an honour.
Michelle always had a passion for design - being most content as a child with a plain piece of paper and a pencil, spending all her time doodling away. At school, Michelle enjoyed Art, Design Technology and History most. After her A Levels, she attended Manchester Metropolitan University to study Interior Design, graduating with a 2:1 in 2005. She worked in Architecture, specialising in Boutique Hotel & Hospitality Design, later relocating to the Wirral to work in Residential Interiors.
In 2012, whilst on maternity leave and planning her own Wedding, Michelle found her love for stationery design. She launched Vanilla Retro with a small grant from the Prince's Trust and joined the coveted online marketplace, notonthehighstreet, in 2015. Since then, Michelle has grown the business and has expanded her range to include Wedding Gifts in addition to her Stationery collections.