• SUPPLIER SPOTLIGHT: Felicity Westmacott Bespoke Bridal

    Felicity Westmacott portrait

    PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF

    I’m Felicity, I make unique, bespoke wedding dresses for brides who want something they can’t find anywhere else. I work from my home studio in Redhill, Surrey, which is frankly busting at the seams after 15 years of me making dresses but I love my little space and sharing it with clients who visit. I’m pushing 40 now but with my badger stripes (grey hairs) comes the experience only gained through time and seeing many many brides, body shapes and trends come and go.

    WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO START YOUR BUSINESS?

    My parents were both self-employed, the idea of having a ‘proper job (as others might see it) was just never on the cards. I worked as the alteration seamstress for a local Bridal shop to help pay my way through university. I told them when I started I’d be too nervous to ever try making a dress but after 4 years turning 150 dresses a year inside out I had gained enough knowledge and confidence to accept my first commissions!

    My university course was a degree in costume design which gave me the perfect grounding in designing for the ‘character’ – not to please myself. I love that every bride I meet is unique and that every dress is unlike any I’ve made before. I want to show her uniqueness in my design and make her feel fabulous.

    HOW DOES YOUR TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE?

    Up, kids breakfast (three of them!) and school runs: only then I can open the door to my sanctuary of a sewing room. I usually answer emails and check social media first in case anything imperative needs answering but then try to leave the screens alone as much as I can. I like to listen to music or radio 4 while I work. This might be pattern drafting, cutting out, machine or hand sewing. Some days it’s just me alone all day and I really crack on with the task in hand, other days I might have two, three or even four client visits for fittings or consultations. I’m an introvert so I relish my time alone in the studio but even introverts need some social time so having the clients visit is lovely too! I finish the day around 5pm if I’m working to good time but I often see clients in the evening and at weekends too.

    WHAT IS THE BEST PART OF YOUR JOB?

    Seeing a happy bride in her dress at the final fitting and knowing my work has made her feel that way! And then getting thank you letters and wedding pictures back a few months down the line. A wedding day is a work of art, a participatory piece of performance art where the couple direct many suppliers to orchestrate a day that speaks something about themselves and their hopes for the future. I really get a buzz from seeing my designs and handiwork being a part of the whole!

  • VICKY AND SIAN’S FUN OUTDOOR DEWSALL COURT WEDDING

    DO YOU WANT TO TELL US ABOUT YOUR PROPOSAL?

    Vicky made the proposal to Sian at Christmas, using Ralph the naughty elf who played daily tricks on her (From creating a snow scene in our living room – inclusive of giant polar bear, sticking 100’s of sticky notes on her car to destroying some of her favourite tops) until the final day where he presented the ring and Vicky stumbled through her proposal.

    HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR WEDDING STYLE IN ONE SENTENCE?

    Outdoors, chilled festival type vibe with lots of personal touches.

    WHAT WAS THE THEME AND INSPIRATION?

    Festival meets boho chic! The inspiration was blending Vicky’s love of old world and rustic charm with Sian’s natural eye for immaculate detail of femininity. There were special items for loved ones no longer with us, a jazz band and a children’s entertainment tent – We also had family rounder’s on the evening before. We fell utterly in love with Dewsall the moment we got there, there is a magic and a charm here I have never felt before. Between the stylish Wainhouse barn for our evening, the beautiful outdoors ceremony and grounds – It was a magical environment to work with.

    DID YOU STYLE IT YOURSELF?

    From start to finish – We had a scrap book and every detail was captured!

  • SUPPLIER SPOTLIGHT: ROSS WILLSHER PHOTOGRAPHY

    PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF

    I’m Ross and in no particular order, I’m a professional wedding and portrait photographer, published author, obsessive ‘Great British Bake Off’ viewer and reluctant runner.

    WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO START YOUR BUSINESS?

    I’d love to tell you that at the age of six, my grandfather gifted me an antique camera and I spent the rest of my childhood in the dark room following an early calling to the magical art of photography. However, the truth is that I didn’t really pick up a camera until my late twenties, but when I did, boy did it change my life. Not only did it provide me with a creative outlet and the opportunity to launch my own business, it provided me with a tool to empower others to feel amazing about who they are.

    HOW DOES YOUR TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE?

    Normally, no two days are the same and are filled with meeting new couples (one of my favourite aspects of the job), shooting pre-wedding shoots, shooting weddings, editing, networking with other wedding suppliers, eating biscuits, and dancing around my office in between boring admin tasks!

    WHAT IS THE BEST PART OF YOUR JOB?

    Making people realise how wonderful and how photogenic they are. I never over-pose or over-edit my couples as I strongly believe everyone deserves to be celebrated for being the uniquely awesome person that they are. 

    When I witness couples fill up with emotion on seeing their wedding photos, and realising how fabulous they look, it makes all my hard work worthwhile.

  • STYLED SHOOT: AUTUMN MICRO WEDDING AT OAKWOOD

    This beautiful Autumn is the forth styled workshop to come from My Prettiest Workshops and the creative mind of Planner & Stylist, My Pretties UK.
    With this design I wanted to create really cosy but vibrant vibes at this incredible venue in North Yorkshire. The Oakwood at Ryther is a purpose built, luxury barn venue that offers couples luxury accommodation and not one but two beautiful barns to celebrate in.

  • WEDDING PLANNING: 5 WEDDING COCKTAILS

    Oh that must be one of the best parts of planning your wedding! If you want to go beyond the classic Aperol Spritz, Bryan from Spin and Shake prepared five special cocktail recipes for you.

    Well, after lockdown the weddings will be eventually returning to normal. On the wedding day and event, everyone wants to make their guests feel special and try to feed them well, and offer plenty of cocktails to drink.

    Custom cocktails on special events are very popular options. You can also pass on your favorite wedding cocktail idea to your bartender or catering service provider. We have come up with 5 easy wedding cocktails all very exciting and customised.

    5 Customised Wedding Cocktails

    Basil-Blueberry Tom Collins

    Tom Collins can be the a perfect wedding cocktail. This versatile drink includes blueberries and basil. You can also add a variety of add-ins as well via the DIY station at the venue.

    Gin 2oz
    Fresh Lemon Juice 3/4 oz 
    Sugar 2 teaspoon 
    Fresh Blueberry 7-8
    Fresh Basil 8-12 Leafs

    The drink can be prepared with 0.5 oz lemon juice added in 2 oz. vodka or gin. In this, you can add a teaspoon of powdered sugar along with Basil and blueberries as per your taste. You can also make it more classic and pleasant by adding a few fun changes and it will become the best among all the wedding cocktails mentioned here.

  • STYLED SHOOT: WARM RUSTIC BARN WEDDING

    Today I’m sharing a lovely barn wedding styled shoot planned, photographed and sent to GWB by Nicki of FJS Photography.

    INSPIRATION AND STORY BEHIND THE SHOOT

    This shoot was styled to be the epitome of rustic glamour, with warm tones and beautiful florals complimenting a beautiful rustic barn venue, complete with black cladding and a jetty over a lake. The couple were incredible, and looked sensational in gowns which complimented each other beautifully. The entire shoot was enchanting, with a stunning colour scheme and fantastic hard work by all the suppliers involved.

  • SUPPLIER SPOTLIGHT: JOHN WOODWARD PHOTOGRAPHY

    PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF 

    Hey, I’m John, another blummin’ wedding photographer who lives just outside Ely with my wife, two utterly mad but adorable kids and a hamster called Murfuls (the kids named him, not me). If I am not taking pictures, I am looking after the kids, watching YT videos about hi-fi, listening to music and being a general all round geek. I am a big Aston Villa fan, I am starting to become more and more ashamed of my guilty pleasure for my love of cars and I was a former scientist for 19 years working in genetics. It’s been an interesting time so far, but I love my life and I ADORE my job.

    WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO START YOUR BUSINESS? 

    Ha! A question that has been asked me many times due to the fact that I had a good career and worked for a world famous academic institution that worked on one of the biggest scientific endeavours of the 20th and 21st century, the Human Genome Project. The true answer is that….I think I was done. I loved science, it’s all I knew from school and college and I still DO love science (back to being that geek again). But after 19 years, I didn’t want to DO science anymore. I needed a change. And I had already been paid for a few jobs and people liked my work and I can’t tell you how much I like taking photos, so it was my one chance to make a living out of something I truly loved doing, so I took it back in 2015….and here I am! Best decision of my life.

    HOW DOES YOUR TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE? 

    Well, recently, it’s been “interesting”. Covid has stopped me working almost completely and as my wife has been able to work full time from home, I have been home schooling my 9 and 7 year old all through the pandemic. But when we aren’t blighted by a virus, my day would be to get up, take the kids to school, come back and sit at the computer and do admin, marketing, social media posts….all the “downside” stuff of working for yourself and trying to promote yourself. The rest of the day would be filled with editing, replying to emails, couples, clients and then back to being Dad at the end of the school day. I try and pop a bit of exercise in there (I have a rowing machine…..works wonders) if not every day, every other day at least. 

    If it’s a wedding day, then prep everything the day before…clean cameras and lenses, charge batteries, format memory cards, make sure I have addresses, phone numbers, money, bags packed and so on. On the day, turn up for bridal prep no later than 2 hours before the ceremony and then let the day flow….blend in, be part of the action, capture all the fun, smiles, laughing, love and silly faces throughout the day.

    WHAT IS THE BEST PART OF YOUR JOB? 

    Meeting people. Simple as that. I’m a sociable sort, so for me I love nothing better than meeting new people of all kinds. I love the diversity that humans have. I am curious, so I love finding out about people, their back stories, what makes them them. And when you are planning a wedding, getting to know someone is paramount as when you are with someone pretty much the whole day and apart from friends and family you will be the ONLY one who is there the whole day, I want to know my couples are comfortable with me and I know them well enough to know how to react and how they will react. It makes for much, much more realistic, natural photos and it means I can usually get shots that wouldn’t normally be seen. One of the things that lockdown has really highlighted to me is that I miss people. I used to think I was happy in my own space, but having the chance to go meet someone on a whim, to not be able to work and meet new people, that has been tough. So for me, absolutely the best part of my job is meeting new people, getting to know them and because of this, creating AWESOME photos for them because the couple are comfortable and happy with me around.

  • MATTHEW AND BRYANT’S GIBRALTAR ELOPEMENT

    Even if you can’t have your amazing big wedding, you can still have the time of your life marrying your other half!

    HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR WEDDING STYLE IN ONE SENTENCE?

    Rustic and burly.

    WHAT WAS THE THEME AND INSPIRATION?

    We had originally planned a Spanish inspired wedding for July 2020 in San Francisco. Lots of yellows, reds, and blues… with Talavera tiles. However, COVID decided to change our plans. We postponed our wedding and planned an elopement in Gibraltar. Our style is simple.. we love jeans and leather. So we chose a minimal, rustic theme for our elopement.

  • STYLED SHOOT: FLORAL EXPLOSION

    Today we have a very modern styled shoot with some amazing florals photographed by Esme Whiteside.

    This is real couple Sam and Adam at countryside wedding venue Bashall Barn in the North West. We wanted something really stylish, but still relaxed and inspiring.
    We opted for a more colourful suit for Sam, paired with a floral shirt and something more formal and elegant for Adam, to suit their personalities.

  • STYLED SHOOT: SPRING WEDDING AT PANGDEAN BARN

    Another gorgeous styled shoot today! This one was photographed by the lovely Katie Rogers at Pangdean Barn in Brighton. The whole shoot is styled beautifully but my favourite are definitely the dresses!

    With a background in psychology, Natalie at The Elysian Styling Company was inspired to create wedding packages based on the four seasons, connecting psychological profiles that suit each season; designing a personal wedding experience that touches on all the detail of a wedding.