• SUPPLIER SPOTLIGHT: VEGAN FOOD PIMP

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    I am a vegan chef, author, presenter and qualified holistic nutritionist who uses food as a silent method of activism. I co founded an animal sanctuary in Spain to help people make the connection through both meeting animals and eating vegan food. I do not belive you can “make” someone vegan you can only help them join the dots up. That said, I also feel that if eating great vegan food means people will eat in a plant based restaurant in the futre, then that is a success!

    WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO START YOUR BUSINESS? 

    I had restaurants in Brighton and it was becoming clear that there were very few 100% vegan catering companies, run by vegans, who produced fabulous food to wow not only the couples but their, very often non vegan, guests. My food within the restaurant demonstrated to everyone that vegan food could be both delicious and beautiful. I wanted to show the world that food is about taste and texture and that anything could be vegan. A restaurant was great but being in front of up to 200 people for a meal was an even better way to spread the word on vegan food. It also allows me to be creative. We have no menus, we write each one bespoke to each couple, we want the plates of food to represent them, not something selected from a pre printed menu. Food should be fun, it should be exciting, it should be delicious!

    HOW DOES YOUR TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE? 

    If I am not at an event a typical day always starts with coffee! Then emails, proposals, organising suppliers etc for weddings, recipe creation, photographs in fact every day is fun, hard work, but fun.

    When it comes to a wedding day, well, each one of those is completely different. The build up, the prep, the set up, the running of the day, the clear down, the drive back, but whatever the day, it also ends on a coffee!!
    Crazy days but I personally love it, you have to, to deliver the best you have to love what you do, you have to be proud of what you do and you have to give your all, from the first enquiry to last plate packed away.

  • NATHANIEL AND MATTHEW’S BLACK TIE SUMMER BALL WEDDING

    WOULD YOU LIKE TO TELL US ABOUT YOUR PROPOSAL?

    Matt and I went to Peru in 2016 with another couple. During our trip to Machu Picchu Matt proposed on the summer solstice. It was really special as it was the day of our 10th anniversary.

    HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR WEDDING DAY IN ONE SENTENCE?

    The best day of our lives

  • SUPPLIER SPOTLIGHT: THE STARS INSIDE

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    Thank you so much for having me on the blog today! My name is Valentina, and I’m the founder, creative director, and head storyteller here at The Stars Inside. I plan, style, and design intimate weddings and soulful elopements all over the world – offering holistic and comprehensive support to couples who want to have a celebration that is true to them, mindful of their values, and full of meaningful beauty.

    WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO START YOUR BUSINESS? 

    My journey to the wedding industry was a very organic one – I hadnʼt actually planned for this! My husband and I had the great joy and pleasure of working with a wedding planner for our own wedding, and I absolutely loved what she did for us. She helped us through so many difficulties, and truly made it so we could enjoy and embrace the time we had, which was invaluable. Her and I became friends and got to know each other quite well, and she was actually the one who first suggested I consider starting a business as a wedding planner. I remember so vividly the way that felt – it was like everything just clicked! She was our rock throughout the whole wedding planning journey, and I wanted to be that person for other people. I loved the idea of supporting couples through this joyous and momentous period of their lives, helping them grow stronger together, and also putting all my creative and analytical skills to use at the same time to bring to life new experiences. Iʼm so grateful to have had the opportunity to explore this new path, and I canʼt imagine it any other way now!

    HOW DOES YOUR TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE? 

    In normal circumstances (that is, not in lockdown!), my days vary a lot week to week, which I love! Some days will be focussed on admin, emails, or other computer-intensive tasks like research, blogging, marketing, finances, or itinerary / schedule / moodboard creation, which means I’m firmly in the zone at my desk all day. Other days might be back-to-back meetings and calls, discovering beautiful venues around the UK, networking with suppliers, or joining my couples at their suppliers meetings or venue visits. Most weeks are a mix of the two, and I love making sure every week includes opportunities for meeting new people and getting to know new places. You’ll also find me attending wedding showcases, running photoshoots and editorials, and hitting up exhibits and galleries for the latest in art, interior design, and fashion. During the week before a wedding day, my time will be focussed on all the final elements of preparation, and I’ll usually be on site at the wedding venue for at least three days. Being a wedding planner and a stylist means something different every single day – each wedding and each couple is different, which I love!

  • STYLED SHOOT: Magical Rainbow Babe

    The editorial of the Magical Rainbow Babe was dreamed by me, Lea of Leuska Design. I pulled together a team from UK and Hungary to organize a styled shoot. The vision of the shoot was to highlight something not traditional. As a lesbian, I wanted to make something for the LGBTQ+ family.

    With this photoshoot, we wanted to show to couples, that they donʼt have to fit in with societyʼs wedding expectations. The wedding is all about the couple. If they donʼt feel that they need to have a big wedding and they just want to elope than that’s fine. If the bride/brides donʼt want to have a white dress then they don’t have to. The most important thing is that they love each other. Some of my couples changed their wedding invitation designs, decoration, dresses etc. because they were afraid of what others would say. Or precisely because the family members wanted to design their wedding. But there is one thing I always try to tell to couples. The wedding is about them, not about friends and family members. I know and I understand that telling your loved ones to “Back off it’s my wedding!” is not easy at all.

  • SUPPLIER SPOTLIGHT: Down for the Count

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    We’re a luxury wedding band based in London, UK. We perform jazz, swing, soul, Motown and pop music at weddings and private parties throughout the UK internationally – we’re a stylish and energetic band and love to party with you!

    WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO START YOUR BUSINESS? 

    We’re a group of friends who met in 2005, bought together by a love of live music. We started performing together as a band and gradually got invited to perform at more and more birthday parties and wedding receptions – and now we’re full time professional musicians lucky enough to make a living doing something we love!

    HOW DOES YOUR TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE? 

    A typical day for us involves leaving home in the van at about 10am. When we arrive at the venue we introduce ourselves to the venue staff (and you, if you’re there when we arrive) before setting up and then staying out of you way! If we’re providing music for your ceremony or drinks reception, we’ll also set that up as well. We try and stay out of your way in our band room, but are always on hand when you need us. Obviously much of our time is spent getting changed and ready to perform, liaising with you along the way in case there are any changes in your timings.

  • GEMMA AND VICTORIA’S CYCLAMEN PURPLE WINDSOR WEDDING

    TELL US THE STORY OF HOW YOU MET

    “You’ve Got Mail”, just how Kathleen Kelly and Joe Fox met, we met online. Although with much faster internet speeds and no dial up tones! We met on a gay dating website, chatted for a few weeks before making the decision to meet up. We met up for dinner at a local Caribbean restaurant & the rest was history! 

    NOW ABOUT THE BIG DAY! WHAT WAS THE THEME AND INSPIRATION? HOW DID THE DAY LOOK LIKE? DID YOU STYLE IT YOURSELF?

    Our wedding was very much planned round the main venue, The Guild Hall in Windsor. This has special associations for Vickie’s family as her Great Grandfather was the Mayor of Windsor in 1968 & her sister also got married there. 

    Once we had the main venue booked everything else fell into place. One of our favourite local pubs to Windsor, The George, was the perfect place to have our Wedding reception. It had a little barn for the reception and a private outside area with a Teepee! On top of being a very convenient location to The Guild Hall, the food is amazing so we knew we would have a fabulous meal. 

    Our wedding theme was based on our favourite colour, purple and Vickie’s favourite flower, Cyclamens. The table centre pieces, Bridesmaid dresses & table decorations were all based on these. The rest of the décor was based on a rustic feel as the barn is quite rustic. 

    All of the decorations were either made by us or by family members. 

  • SUPPLIER SPOTLIGHT: Devine Bride

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    Devine Bride is run by Laura Devine – hi! Iʼm a wedding planner based in East London and run a multi award winning blog as the backbone to my website offering planning tips and advice.

    My tag line is ‘pick + mix wedding planningʼ; couples can pick and choose which elements they need help with, and weʼll take it from there.

    I have personally planned and worked on some 170+ weddings and events to date, and I know whatʼs worked, whatʼs not, and whatʼs fun! Itʼs a celebration after all! From planning power hours to partial planning, help on the day to hire a bridesmaid, and everything in between! My speciality is difficult dry hire venues, and I do a lot of on the day coordination services. Whatever your concept or budget, I strive to make it happen, with the best trusted suppliers on board.

    I tend to help couples who know what they want and what they are doing, who are generally quite creative and non-traditional, but just need a hand to bring their vision to life, hone in on the finer details of the planning, and make it all happen on the day.

    WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO START YOUR BUSINESS? 

    The lack of on-demand and flexible yet creative wedding planners, who were upfront about their costs. I searched for something like this when I was planning my own wedding, but I couldnʼt quite find what I was looking for.

    I was also looking for a way to utilise both my creative and business skills, learned at both art school and uni, after many years in boring corporate jobs. And quickly realised weddings, love, helping people, and parties really set my heart on fire!

    HOW DOES YOUR TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE? 

    Days change every day! But my working week generally consists of…

    – 3 days a week I work from The Wing in Fitzrovia, which I use as my office (when not in lockdown!)
    – 2 days a week I usually freelance at venues or take on b2b wedding work
    – My weekends are usually spent wedding-ing Mar-Oct
    – In winter I work on a lot of corporate Christmas parties and events (usually Oct-Jan)
    – …I sometimes see my husband on a Sunday! We quite often go for a brunch on a Sunday to catch up with each other properly
    – It’s easiest though to follow what Iʼm up to in real time on Instagram stories!

  • STYLED SHOOT: I Believe in Pink

    Todays shoot was photographed and sent to GWB by Meggy Mac Photography.

    Hannah from the Giraffe Shed and Esme Whiteside Photography came up with the concept and planning for the shoot. The inspiration for the I Believe In Pink theme was using the colour and aesthetics of the Giraffe Shed venue to create an alternative and feminine look.

    Stylist Luna and the Lane added pops of yellow and spearmint to our colour board which was used throughout the stationary, cake, and props.
    Emma Cox Floristry came and created pure magic with a flower cloud, flower disco ball and magical meadows around the furniture. Miss Havishams cakes created the most amazing kitsch masterpiece with its very own tier of pompoms and flamingos. The brief from Hannah at the Giraffe Shed was if you think it’s too pink, add more pink!

  • SUPPLIER SPOTLIGHT: Gaetano Di Giacomo Media Production

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    Hi there, my name is Gaetano and I am a professional wedding videographer based in Aylesbury Buckinghamshire. I am Italian, originally from the Amalfi Coast where I am still filming weddings over summer.

    WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO START YOUR BUSINESS?

    Filming is more than a passion for me; I have always been working in the wedding industry since the early age of 16. After working with other companies and various partnerships I have decided to start my own company in 2016 to be able to fully express myself and create films in my unique style.

    HOW DOES YOUR TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE?

    As videographers we donʼt only film but also do office work, such as editing, paperwork, updating social media pages and making sure to feed our office cat . From a few years I also do corporate jobs which keeps me busy manly during week days.

  • WEDDING PLANNING: Choosing and finding the best value wine for your wedding

    Choosing wines for your wedding can be a daunting experience, but it need not be. Today we have a specialist advice from a professional wine specialist Janina Doyle.

    Image by Eva Photography

    WHAT TO CHOOSE

    Firstly the wine world doesn’t want to tell you this, but most wines can and do actually pair well with most foods! Yes, there are the perfect pairings out there but when it comes to pleasing Grandma who still loves her Liebfraumilch, a family of sweet, German wines that were VERY popular in the 1980s, and again, your pal, Jack, who goes on about his cellar collection of 1982 Bordeaux, the rules for picking your wedding wines are: Keep things simple.

    TOP TIP NO1

    Do not pick your red or white wines with much oak – Oak flavors in wine can be very polarizing for people’s palates, as well as being generally a richer, more intense wine which can overpower some foods.

    TOP TIP NO2

    :Pick soft, juicy red wines and vibrant, fresh white wines. These are generally inoffensive and easy sippers for all. 

    Image by Eva Photography