• SUPPLIER SPOTLIGHT: Jessica Grace Photography

    PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF

    Hello Jessica here, but please do call me Jesse. I offer natural wedding photography in Surrey and beyond. My ‘thing’ is that I love to capture the real you; the natural, creative and comfortable you. So, that’s how my photography is: natural, creative and comfortable.

    WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO START YOUR BUSINESS?

    I was working as a camera assistant for very well know studio photographers in London. Lots of famous people, long hours, moving lights and setting up cameras, studio settings. A friend of a friend asked if I would second shoot a wedding. Before second shoot this I had never actually attended a wedding before! Having my camera in my had the whole day was like a lightning. I felt creative ALL DAY and I was doing what I loved. I was taking pictures. I didn’t realise how unfulfilled and how un-creative being a camera assistant had made me. Once I had second shot that wedding – I never looked back.

    HOW DOES YOUR TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE?

    I like to start my morning with a coffee. Always! If I am not photographing a wedding I will go for a run to get myself moving and get out. Then the rest of the day is admin and editing. During the summer I wake up at 5am to get all of my editing done by about 1pm and then I have time to read in the sun or see friends and family.

    WHAT IS THE BEST PART OF YOUR JOB?

    I’m pretty sure I have the best job ever. For one, I never have a bad day at work. I am witnessing people on the happiest day of their lives and that is infectious! My face hurts at the end of the day from smiling so much. I love to chat and am very sociable so at weddings I get an extended friendship and family group. So, it’s pretty great.

  • Richard & Ricardo’s relaxed London city wedding

    DO YOU WANT TO TELL US ABOUT YOUR PROPOSAL?

    It just sort of happened. Ricky kept saying “when we get married”… Richard just went with it with a “whatever, whenever” attitude. And then we started talking about it properly, decided to do it for real and told our families. So no real proposal.

    WHAT WAS THE THEME AND INSPIRATION FOR THE DAY?

    No real theme, although we did use peacock feathers as button holes and had a peacock coloured cake (blues and greens). Wanted something different!

  • SUPPLIER SPOTLIGHT: PHOTOS BY JESS ROSE

    PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF 

    Hi, I’m Jess; a spirited, coffee-fuelled Feminist based in North West London with my sax-playing wife, Lara & our cool-kid Idris (6). I take photos of Feminist and LGBT+ weddings in London, across the UK and beyond.

    WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO START YOUR BUSINESS? 

    I knew I wanted to specialise in LGBT+ and Feminist weddings after a tiny lesbian wedding in Scotland in 2017. We were joined for the ceremony by a legend of a celebrant, who afterwards directed a portrait session with the two brides. As much as we all protested and giggled, he couldn’t help but try to direct them – enthusiastically – into heteronormative poses; the one in a suit must be the more masculine of the two! 

    His heart was in the right place, but LGBT+ couples need LGBT+ suppliers who get that there’s more to us than stereotypes.

    HOW DOES YOUR TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE? 

    The first thing I do every day is make my wife a good (strong) coffee! Our little boy has started reading first thing, which gives us a lovely bit of time to chat and wake up. Pre-Covid times, I’d often have a couples session to photograph somewhere in London, so after some admin in the morning I’d set off on my bike and aim to be home by the school-run! Evenings would be spent all together, then usually Lara and me would head to one of her gigs. How I miss those days!

    WHAT IS THE BEST PART OF YOUR JOB? 

    Meeting so many interesting people and seeing the dynamics between them unfold during a wedding day.

  • STYLED SHOOT: SOCIAL CREATURES – A 70s-Inspired Sustainable Autumn Woodland Wedding

    Finally, we have alpacas on the blog!!! :) But seriously, so much of this shoot makes my hart sing. Enjoy beautiful photography by Paola De Paola and read what Gwenda of Bohotanical shared about the process and wonderful team involved.

    VISION

    A richly-toned, sustainable Autumnal wedding concept that embracing the great outside (and an alpaca, or two)

    INSPIRATION/STYLING

    This editorial was intended to be an uplifting final creative fling before the inevitability of Winter lockdowns kicked in. Revelling in the rich, warm colours of Autumn leaves and the dusky blue of Autumn skies (which typically decided against making an appearance on the day, as Mother Nature was in favour of battleship grey…), the vibe we wanted to create was one of positivity. In part, this means embracing the here and now, which is just what our fantastic models, Jay and Sam, had done in real life! They were brand new newlyweds, having rearranged their marriage plans countless times due to pandemic restrictions, finally having tied the knot in an intimate ceremony just a handful of days before our shoot! Although self-confessed ‘social creatures’ themselves, they stayed positive and were able to see the beauty in celebrating their union with just their very nearest and dearest. 

    The concept developed further into an all-out embracing of Nature thanks to Claire, the owner of Reuthe’s, kindly agreeing to host the shoot at her enchanting venue (of which we explored just a fraction on the day itself). The principal colour palette of burnt orange and mustard yellow led me to channel a hint of the 70s, to which I added gold to provide the luxe edge.

    Both Paola and myself were keen to promote sustainable wedding styling throughout, so a crack team of like-minded wedding vendors was assembled to bring this vision to life. The plan was to further emphasise that just because a wedding may be small on numbers, it can still be big on style – AND be eco-conscious, too!

  • SUPPLIER SPOTLIGHT: Katrina Matthews Photography

    PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF

    Hey, I’m Katrina a wedding & portrait photographer from Hertfordshire. I’ve been shooting weddings for over 6 years now and I’ve loved every minute!
    I’m a huge animal lover so always encourage pets on shoots, especially at weddings and really embrace unique and alternative ideas that couples throw my way. 
    Travel & food come next on the list of my favourite things (after animals of course) and you will often find me tucking into a cheeky cake from the local coffee shop.

    WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO START YOUR BUSINESS? 

    I have always been creative and started my journey at university studying textile design, dabbling in textile design for interiors and visual merchandising before finding myself on this incredible path as a wedding & portrait photographer. 

    As with so many other photographers this wonderful career started as a hobby but I kept pushing and educating myself until I got my first studio job. I loved the job but working for myself and having full creative control was always the dream. A year into my portrait studio position I made the jump into self employment and have never looked back.

    HOW DOES YOUR TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE? 

    When I’m shooting a wedding there isn’t really ever a typical day, every wedding is so different and I’m so lucky to work at such a variety of venues my working days change so much.
    But a typical day at home would start with a lovely morning walk with my beagle Bonnie (a little fresh air in the morning works a treat). Once I’m home and sat at my desk I usually get on with emails first, do a bit of admin, before allowing myself a few hours at least to catch up on editing.
    I usually have a few portrait sessions each week too so I often have to prep my equipment and spend a few hours out of the house for those too. It’s so hard to have a routine because every week is different but that’s something I love about my job.

    WHAT IS THE BEST PART OF YOUR JOB? 

    Best part of my job is 100% the couples I get to meet! I get to work with such amazing people and not only get to know them like friends but also get to share one of the biggest days of their lives with them as intimately as their closest family and friends do. It’s such an privileged to be picked by couples to go through that experience with them.

  • Anji & Dera’s facetime couple shoot

    Today I have something completely diffreent for you. Anji and Dera got photographed remotely by Kinga Leftska and I think that even if it’s so far away from what you can usually see on GWB, it’s also so perfect right now, in this reality we live in.

    HOW DID YOU MEET?

    Anji: We met 9ish years ago at an NAACP meeting at our university, SHSU! There were no LGBTQ+ organizations on campus at the time and we became fast friends.

    Dera: We reconnected again when Anji’s then-boyfriend came over to show her off to his best friend/my roommate at the time. WHEW — Scandal!

    DO YOU WANT TO TELL US ABOUT YOUR PROPOSAL AND WEDDING?

    Dera: I planned a surprise engagement for Anji in Venice, Italy. It was just our first international trip together, her first time in Italy and the airline lost our luggage!! Not the best start to our trip.

    We stepped off the train in Venice and started “exploring,” but in actuality, I was trying to find Kinga. Working with a Google Earth picture for the meet-up location and my Nigerian-Italian cousin as our guide/translator. The specific meet-up time was sunset and we were officially lost! Anji, on the other hand, was (clueless) getting hangry and wanted to stop to have a picnic with some sandwiches she bought.

  • 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.