A wedding from my corner of the world – East Sussex! I absolutely love visiting Rye and Camber beaches so seeing these wonderful women and their gorgeous smiles on dunes made me really happy. Enjoy!
TELL US THE STORY OF HOW YOU MET
We met through a dating website called Gaydar Girls, I don’t think it exists anymore! We’d been chatting for about three months before we decided to meet up. It was an August bank holiday weekend, I’d been working all day and remember rushing home scrubbing up and walk down to the beach, where we’d agreed to meet. And the rest is history.
NOW ABOUT THE BIG DAY – WHAT WAS THE THEME AND INSPIRATION?
The theme was relaxed beach house party and the location was all the inspiration needed. Huge sand dunes, vast expanse of sandy beach, sea in the distance. We wanted the day to have a natural relaxed feel. Floral tones of green grasses & foliage, with hints of dusky pink/cream roses. We styled it ourselves and it was a bug beach house party.
TELL US THE STORY OF HOW YOU MET
We met almost 20 years ago through friends and being out and about in bars and clubs in Glasgow, however we didn’t ask each other out back then. With the world of social media and Facebook, having pop ups of someone you may know function we connected as friends and it led to us both catching up for a drink. And then led to a 10 year relationship.
Today I’d like to tell you about an event that happened in London back in October. But if you get FOMO, then visit their website and see where in the world you can join Engage! this year.
Engage! Summits – a luxury wedding and event business summit like no other – is renowned for bringing together the best in the luxury events industry to enjoy powerhouse speakers, specially curated content and intimate experiences with the leading lights of the industry – all in some of the world’s most incredible destinations.
Since 2008, Engage! Summits has produced 28 sold out events and brought together luxury wedding and event professionals from all over the United States and over 50 countries, including Canada, Mexico, Australia, Dubai/United Arab Emirates, Great Britain, Italy, Brazil, Russia, Turkey, Kuwait, South Africa, China, India, the Caribbean and many more.
Today I have wise words for you from people who are specialists in words – Great Speech Writing, a website that helps people write amazing things for their loved ones’ wedding days.
So there is a downside to a marriage. Someone has to stand-up and give a wedding speech! And it’s no secret that public speaking brings on a whole raft of anxieties even when there isn’t a wedding to arrange.
We receive so many calls from couples asking where to start. Is there a template for a gay wedding speech? Who speaks and what do they say.
Fortunately, the answer could not be simpler. There are no rules. No obligations. No century-old traditions. We have crafted hundreds of wedding speeches and all that matters is that they are warm, relevant and sprinkled with love.
That’s isn’t quite as easy as it sounds, and it requires time, patience, and skill. While no two speeches are the same, and each begins with a blank page, every single one will follow these fundamental principles.
Take a moment to enjoy this stunning new collection from Spanish bridal brand Jesus Peiro.
Jesus Peiro, founded in 1988 is devoted to dressing brides, positioning themselves as a specialist brand in bridalwear. All dresses are designed and manufactured in Spain, creating collections where the quality of the finish is close to that of haute couture. Jesus Peiro are proud to be the only Spanish bridal brand to have achieved the prestigious “Made in Spain” accreditation mark, certifying the provenance of each gown being made to the highest ethical standards.
Absolutely loving this shoot – I swear, Aaron found all the coolest street art pieces in London and they even shot at my favourite Barbican! And look at these guys – all laughs!
TELL US THE STORY OF HOW YOU MET
It was May bank holiday weekend in 2009, Stuart had his sister visiting from Liverpool and I was out on the town with a group of friends. We both ended up in the Boston which is Northampton’s local Gay bar.
I remember walking in to the bar, ‘Number 1’ by Tinchy Stryder was playing, the way I recall it Stuart was on the dance floor, he has all the moves! I’m more off your classic two step ‘dad’ dancer! He has amazing dimples and I couldn’t stop looking at him!
We got introduced by one of our mutual friends Marc, over the course of the night we kept finding reasons to talk to each other aided by Stuarts sister Laura [Stuart would say I was finding reason to talk to him].
We found it easy to talk to each other, found each other interesting and we both didn’t want the night to end, when it was time to go, we exchanged numbers, from there we arranged our first date. Which was a drink at a local pub, we joked if I didn’t come back from the WC then I’d have climbed out the window… I didn’t climb out the window.
We had come across The Missing Sock venue in Cambridgeshire a few years ago, and were struck by how unique, colourful and quirky it was. There were so many unique features, from a Karaoke bus to quirky seats in a pond to painted murals. Everything about festival weddings is over the top colour-wise and bright, so, from the outset The Missing Sock was the perfect backdrop.
The Missing Sock is part of a charitable network and the profits of the business go towards other linked charities around the country.
Other venues and projects include CIC organisation Breathing Space (a retreat centre for women) Kinda Village (a growing community in the beautiful landscape of South Wales, and Kinda Place ‘Preston Sands Hotel’ an ETHICAL and community based hotel in Devon.
We made the bouquets big, bright, oversized and extravagant, with tons of mixed colourful ribbon handles. The flower crowns worked great with the bouquets, and if it’s festival-themed, there has to be some crown-wearing! Wild flowers were definitely ideal for this shoot, and this tends to be a natural choice by couples, particularly for this venue, as well as those looking for a festival vibe wedding. The British grown and whimsical style flowers included the quirky craspedia (yellow balls), daisies, and the unusual textured burgundy amaranthus – were ideal choices within the mixed bouquets.
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.
Today we’re going to Amsterdam to join these two gentlemen on their boat wedding photographed by Marta Ilardo.
WHAT WAS THE THEME AND INSPIRATION FOR YOUR WEDDING?
We wanted it to be on a Boat as we live in Amsterdam and also celebrate the fact that it is a gay wedding as we have international friends who live in countries where gay weddings are not allowed, the theme was the gay rainbow lag mixed with The Village People theme and white flowers.
Such a happy day! I get to share with you a selection of pictures of the newest collection from my favourite bridal brand House of Ollichon.
As they said it themselves “House of Ollichon is the ONLY completely dress-less bridal brand, comprising of beautiful, unique and fierce pieces, from separates, to jumpsuits, and we believe the latest collection echoes the more dramatic, fearless women who aren’t afraid to say NO to the dress!”.
And I say big fat YES to that! Enjoy the gallery of wonderful outfits modelled by awesome women, and if anything catches your eye, don’t wait and contact HoO for an appointment!