• SUPPLIER SPOTLIGHT: BARBARA K. PHOTOGRAPHY

    YOUR BUSINESS NAME

    barbara k. photography

    PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF

    Hi, I’m Barbara. I’m an alternative wedding photographer based in North London. I specialise in fun, relaxed, non traditional weddings. I love confetti, glitter, flowers, cake, hilarious speeches, live music and photographing people having a great time. Oh, and I’m French but I’m nice.

    WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO START YOUR BUSINESS?

    The urge to pursue my passion for photography and the feeling that I would never be fulfilled in a nine to five job. Besides, I wanted to be my own boss and learn new skills.

    HOW DOES YOUR TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE?

    I don’t have a typical day! One of the main reasons I wanted to become a wedding photographer was to avoid routine! When you are self-employed and you do everything yourself, there is always something to be done. But it’s fantastic to be able to organise your day exactly the way you want. The challenge is to manage to get some life/work balance especially when working from home!

  • SUPPLIER SPOTLIGHT: WITH BELLS ON!

    PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF

    With Bells On! is an indie stationery company – I design and craft wedding stationery suites for alternative couples who are looking for something a bit offbeat. I usually work from scratch, getting to know each couple and creating something just for them, but I have some customisable collections to choose from too!

    WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO START YOUR BUSINESS?

    I feel like the wedding industry can be archaic and not very inclusive, rife with under-representation of whole groups of people. I love to create bespoke, unique and fun stationery for people who might be not be able to find what they like elsewhere – something that is meaningful to them as a couple. I started With Bells On! because it balances of my love for vibrant, joyful design and it allows me to be an open-minded, friendly ally to people who don’t want ‘traditional’ or ‘expected’ to rule what they do with their big day!

    HOW DOES YOUR TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE?

    Every day is different, which I’m sure every small business says! My first port-of-call is to check emails, Instagram, Etsy and my listings to make sure I quickly get back to anyone who’s reached out. The rest of the day is a mix of designing, researching, chatting to people, printing, cutting, sticking, popping down the Post Office…! I love the variation of tasks and I work from a little corner of my home!

  • SUPPLIER SPOTLIGHT: CAT STEPHENS PHOTOGRAPHY

    Say hello to Cat – one of our recommended suppliers. She tells us a little bit about herself and her photography business.

    PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF

    Oh blimey, how do you make this not sound cheesy?! OK here goes! I’m Cat, I’m a late thirties something Mum of 3 and military wife. I have a small studio in the Cotswolds village of Bampton which is about half way between Oxford and Cheltenham (and yes my real name is Cat Stephens, and I promise you that you don’t want to hear me sing!!)

    WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO START YOUR BUSINESS?

    I have had so many different jobs, and spent all of my twenties wondering what I should do when I grow up! From a high level sales career – where I insisted on being a burlesque dancer on the side, to training as a florist, to owning a livery yard and running a large events and conference centre my work life has definately been varied!

    In Spring 2007 whilst working as a florist I happened to be next to a photographer at a wedding fair. I was a single Mum and keen to get some extra work and she needed someone to help carry her bags and equipment at weddings that coming season! After a couple of weddings I was fascinated and truly caught the bug – by the end of the season I had a one of the photographers cameras in my hand at every wedding and learnt on the job whilst carrying bags. The rest as they say is history!

    HOW DOES YOUR TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE?

    I am not sure I have a typical day! Unlike a lot of wedding photographers I am 100% a full time photographer, but that can mean wearing many hats. Some days I am in the studio with new born babies, some I am out doing commercial work on someone else’s premises, and other times I am jet setting off to photograph lucky couples in beautiful locations across Europe! Most of the time though it really isn’t that glamorous and I am sat behind a computer editing, either in the studio during the day, or at my dining room table late into the night.

  • SUPPLIER SPOTLIGHT: EAMES PHOTOGRAPHY

    Another fantastic supplier from our Directory Of Wonderful Suppliers! Today we are chatting to Case of Eames Photography.

    PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF

    Hi!
    I’m Case. I’m a photographer with crazy big hair. I’m a sucker for romance. I love tea! I love to travel and try new things. I’m a bit of a foodie. I live in a cottage in Hertfordshire with my wife, our two cats (yeah, yeah) and our dog. We are very happy!

    WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO START YOUR BUSINESS?

    Photography has always been an interest of mine. I spent 15 years working full time on West End shows, 6 nights a week with very little family time and lots of missed adventures so turned the hobby into a business. I knew I’d made the right decision the minute I left and already bagged an award nomination gaining a ‘Highly Commended’ nod from the EPA awards. I’m now able to do so many things I’d previously missed out on (just saw Kylie at Pride!) and get to work on the happiest of days. It’s such a buzz!

    HOW DOES YOUR TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE?

    Every day is different. Either the alarm goes and I’m up doing a quick workout before spending the day editing in my shed (don’t worry my shed is awesome.. apart from the odd creepy crawly) or I’m grabbing my kit and driving to somewhere beautiful to take photos of people doing pretty amazing things like getting married, playing with their kids or bringing their new baby home from the hospital. I get to be a part of that and it’s so amazingly special.

  • SUPPLIER SPOTLIGHT: NULYWEDS

    Welcome back to the Supplier Spotlight series!! Today I’m introducing a wonderful person, fantastic and passionate wedding planner and, I’m not gonna lie, one of my favourite people – Olivia from the Nulyweds. 

    PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF

    My name is Olivia Santos and I am a destination wedding planner creating colourful wedding days in Portugal for adventurous couples!

    WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO START YOUR BUSINESS?

    I had been working in the UK for quite some time, with a mix of independent wedding planning and in-house venue coordination. But I felt very stuck living and working in London. I felt I couldn’t really make my mark in London with the style and scope of weddings I really wanted to create. Having lived in Portugal as a teenager, I knew the country well and felt truly enamoured with the potential here. Not only does Portugal have delicious cuisine, sunny summers and diverse landscapes, it is also home to some truly incredible creatives, who can do fantastic things. I saw the opportunity in Portugal to bring my English sense of customer service, my passion for all things colourful and my understanding of the Portuguese market to create a unique destination wedding planning service for couples from around the world!

    HOW DOES YOUR TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE?

    I’m not going to lie to you and say I wake up at 5am, medidtate for half an hour, drink kombucha and write in a gratitude journal, before starting my work refreshed and serene, conquering every task with precision and grace. Entrepreneurship is rarely so simple and orderly. To tell you the truth, my days are very varied but typically I wake up quite late (around 10am) because most of my couples are overseas, and therefore hours behind. I get ready, and plonk myself in front of my laptop to tackle the inbox before moving on to any big projects. Most of a planner’s work is done behind the computer whether that is scheduling a weding day, researching supplier recommendations for couples, devising a budget, creating moodboards, booking appointments, having Skype calls with new potential clients or anything in between. I finish my work day at around midnight.

  • SUPPLIER SPOTLIGHT: THE DIGNUMS

    I’m super excited to indtroduce a new series on the blog – supplier spotlight, where members of our Supplier Directory will tell you more about themselves and their work. Opening the series today is the wonderful photography duo Phil and Toby of The Dignums.

    PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF

    Hi There! We are Phil (he/him) and Toby (he/him). We are a husband/husband team of two fun and friendly wedding photographers, based in Wolverhampton, not too far from Birmingham. We met in 2010 and got married in 2015.

    WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO START YOUR BUSINESS?

    Like many wedding photographers it was a case of photographing fiends’ weddings for them. Other couples saw the photos and liked them, asked us to photograph their weddings too, and the rest as they say is history.

    HOW DOES YOUR TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE?

    It all depends on the day. When we’re not wearing our big fancy wedding photographer hats, Phil also does some graphic design work on the side, whilst Toby is also a registrar. So some days Phil will be working at his desk editing photos, and creating designs, whilst Toby is performing wedding ceremonies.

  • Wedding planning: How to plan a dog friendly wedding

    Would you like your fur baby to be in your wedding? It’s absolutely doable! And Nina from Occasion Queens has some great advice how to do it!

    More and more, we’re seeing modern couples incorporating elements of their personalities, loves, and quirks into their wedding – and thankfully, their pets are no exception! Which is good, because we absolutely LOVE dogs at weddings.

    In particular, dogs are now welcome at an increasing number of venues’ ceremony and reception spaces (especially if you’re looking at marquees and barns), and doggy care businesses are starting to offer wedding-specific services to allow your four-legged VIPs to join the rest of the family at the wedding, but also be safe and looked after (have a look at the lovely wedding package offered by Barking Mad for example). This kind of chaperone service means the dog won’t be left unattended, and will get the right amount of rest, attention, and exercise, all the while giving you the peace of mind that a qualified professional is dedicating full attention to their wellbeing during the celebrations.

    There are definitely a few things to consider when planning a canine-friendly wedding. Firstly, think about what you know about your little pup: how does he behave and feel in crowds of people and children, for example? If your dog is still a little fearful or not used to these types of situations, make sure you create some safe, familiar, quiet spaces for him to relax in, like a crate he knows with some toys, treats, or scents he’ll recognise. Also, how much does temperature and weather affect him? If your wedding is during a warm summer month, make sure you plan for some rest in the shade and away from hot pavements; similarly, in winter, think about options for keeping him dry and away from drafts.

  • 2019 WEDDING STATIONERY TRENDS

    Today we have a great advice on newest stationery trends from Ananya Cards

    What will be the top wedding trends in 2019?

    • Destination inspired
      We are seeing more of our couple host weddings abroad, with smaller guest lists and a focus on the multiple day holiday-like experience. This echoes in their stationery through the incorporation of maps, travel inspired visuals, and even scents or flowers local to the country.
    • Illustrations
      We’re seeing more clients commission hand-illustrated designs of their party venue or venue area, and even use this as a unifying narrative throughout the decor. This can be used throughout the suite, and completely customised to the style that suits the theme of the wedding – for example including watercolour or foiling.
    • Sustainability
      Increasingly we’re seeing couples trying to incorporate natural materials, and have plastic-free weddings. This is not a passing trend, but is becoming a global movement, with all suppliers recognising the damaging effect of the wanton use of plastic.
    • Non Traditional Materials and Shapes
      We’re seeing non-traditional materials, like wood, plastic, agate, or translucent mediums definitely entering mainstream popularity. We’re also seeing a departure from the traditional square and rectangular format, with a trend towards thinking outside the box in both shape and container.
    • Deep and bold palettes
      Rich navy and purple hues seem to be the new black, as a formal but modern option design. We love that more couples are opting for bold colours, and aren’t afraid to balance unusual combinations of dark, neon, jewel tones, and neutral hues for balance.
    • Pared Back Luxury
      We’re seeing an increase in clients looking for this understated luxury look, with organic cotton, hand died bamboo silk textiles, and unfussy, tactile calligraphy. Stationery is often minimal with the use of calligraphy on deckled edge handmade paper. Visuals are unstructured and natural, with palettes in subtle and neutral tones.
  • Wedding planning: 6 Laid Back Entertainment Ideas for Small and Relaxed Weddings

    Want to keep your guest list on the small side? Not all weddings have to be big, lavish affairs.

    A lot of couples begin their wedding planning, only to realise that a large, traditional wedding isn’t for them. In many ways, planning a small and informal wedding celebration can be much easier to manage and allows you the opportunity to personalise your day.

    So what can you do at a small wedding to keep guests entertained? Here are some more reserved wedding entertainment ideas that won’t overshadow your day.


    Rob The Guitarist

    Solo Guitarist

    A solo acoustic performer such as a guitarist offers you enormous freedom in terms of where your musician can set up to perform. As versatile as they come, solo acoustic guitarists are amazing at providing background music to set the scene.

    An accomplished wedding guitarist boasts sophisticated and elegant tones that stay relevant all year round, making it a perfect addition to any wedding – big or small.


    Steel Pan Specialist

    Steel Drums

    Just because you’re having a small wedding, it doesn’t mean you can’t be unique with your music ideas. Steel drums are perfect for summer weddings to bring that Caribbean atmosphere and soundtrack to your day.

    Better yet, they are a really cool talking point without being too overbearing on a low number of guests. Sit back and relax with your close friends and family with this amazing feel-good music in the background.


    The Wolves
  • Wedding planning: 5 reasons why Portugal is a great wedding destination

    PHOTO BY Piteira Photography

    My dear friend and wonderful wedding planner Olivia of Nulyweds specialises in planning gorgeous colourful weddings in Portugal. She wrote a blog post to tell you why is her beloved country a wonderful wedding destination. 


    PHOTO BY Piteira Photography

    5 Reasons Why More and More Couples are Getting Hitched in Portugal

    Let’s start this article by saying I am biased. As a destination wedding planner in Portugal, of course I want to share the merits of this gorgeous country and what it has to offer. However as 1 in 5 UK couples are now considering getting married abroad according to Destination Weddings Magazine, there is a clear reason why there has been an increase in interest in getting married in Europe and particularly in Portugal, which has seen a sharp spike in its wedding industry from the international market over the past 5 years. This is not by accident dear reader, and in this piece I’m going to share with you, what is tempting couples from all over the world to tie the knot in sunny Portugal. Speaking of which…

    PHOTO BY NULYWEDS

    The Climate

    Probably stating the obvious here but bear with me, I might surprise you. Portugal is not a sun-all-round-winter-does-not-exist kind of place, so be mindful of anyone who sells it to you that way. Portugal is not all sunshine and rainbows and should never pretend to be. What it does offer is bright, temperate days in the Spring, hot, long days in the Summer and often warm, sunny days in the early Autumn too. For weddings, it’s the ideal evening soiree destination as the warm Summer evenings are great for late ceremonies and dancing into the early hours under the stars.


    PHOTO BY Piteira Photography