• SUPPLIER SPOTLIGHT: OCCASION QUEENS

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    My name is Nina and I run OQ. I have been in the events world for 17 years now and adore all things weddings, cheese, and salted caramel!

    WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO START YOUR BUSINESS?

    Having been in the event industry for so long, I knew when it came to my wedding that I didn’t need a full wedding planner, I could do that myself. However, I did know that I needed some support just on the day. I couldn’t find what I was looking for so started OQ! 4 years later here I am!

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    HOW DOES YOUR TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE?

    Oh this varies vastly! However, I spend a lot of my time on emails, a lot of my time networking, a lot of my visiting different venues and a lot of my time talking to couples and being at weddings!

    WHAT IS THE BEST PART OF YOUR JOB?

    Oh definitely seeing the couples hard work come together as they dreamed it would on the day – my heart literally bursts at this point.

  • SUPPLIER SPOTLIGHT: HOUSE OF OLLICHON

    YOUR BUSINESS NAME

    House of Ollichon

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    Hello I’m Hannah Ollichon, Founder and Designer at House of Ollichon. We are the only bridal collection in the world without a dress and proudly encourage fashion forward women to ‘wear the trousers’ on their special day. We specialise in luxury bridal jumpsuits and two pieces all handmade here in London.

    WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO START YOUR BUSINESS?

    I was hugely frustrated with the options out there for my own registry office then pub wedding. I didn’t want to wear a big dress but I still wanted to feel special and have something that empowered me. So I created a line that bridged the gap between the traditional meringue and the high street by creating the first and only bridal collection in the world to ditch the dress.

    HOW DOES YOUR TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE?

    Well pre-C19 !!!! I would drop my toddler off at nursery and head to the studio. I always start by clearing my emails and then working around the client appointments of the day. In between fittings I would be ordering new lace, managing the client production lists, ensuring the team are all on track with bespoke patterns, trying on toiles and samples (I am the official HoO mannequin!), working on any social media or PR bits and bobs, talking to my bookkeeper or accountant and making sure there’s enough prosecco in the fridge!! The list is endless.

  • SUPPLIER SPOTLIGHT: TRACEY WARBEY PHOTOGRAPHY

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    Hi, my name is Tracey and I’m a documentary wedding photographer based in St Austell, Cornwall. I’m very fortunate to be able to shoot weddings full time and I cover the whole of the South West of England.

    WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO START YOUR BUSINESS?

    I have been into photography my whole life and bought my first DSLR in 2008. 
    Living in Cornwall, I started photographing seascapes and landscapes mainly and would post the pictures on social media. 
    In 2014 an old work colleague asked me to photograph her wedding, I agreed and the rest they say is history.

    HOW DOES YOUR TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE?

    When I’m not shooting a wedding, I’m busy juggling family life with running my business. I have two children of primary school age, so they tend to keep me pretty busy when I’m not editing or doing the marketing/ SEO thing…

    WHAT IS THE BEST PART OF YOUR JOB?

    Being chosen to shoot my client’s weddings is a real compliment. When I am able to spend the day with them and their loved ones and experience all the emotion, it’s such a honour. I feel very privileged to do this for a living and for me, it’s definitely one of the best bits of the job.

  • WEDDING PLANNING: WHAT WEDDING STATIONERY DO I NEED?

    Oh do I have a treat for you today?!?!?! Lovely Carly of With Bells On! wrote this amazing and comprehensive wedding stationery guide. You will find out everything – what do you need, what should it say and how to budget for it! Enjoy!

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    Congratulations if you’re engaged! Nothing makes me happy the way a couple-all-jittery-about-getting-married does. It’s an exciting time, but as many fiancées will tell you, it feels like a lot to plan and you can easily get overwhelmed. Not only does it seem like there’s a million things to think about and organise, but of course you’re not going to be expert at getting married, so let me lend you a hand.

    First up, you don’t NEED anything. Your wedding day should reflect your relationship and what you love. Try not to feel pressured into tradition or what other people say. With that aside, I’ll tell you the basis of what each part of stationery in a suite is for. Then you can decide what you need!

    Save the Dates

    What are they?

    The name is on the tin with this one, but it still might be complex to navigate in terms of what to say and when to send it. Save the Dates are usually very simple. They say your names, the date of the wedding and usually the city (and country if it’s not where you live). They encourage your guests to clear their diaries and ensure they can come to your wedding. Here’s an example:

    SAVE THE DATE
    Karina & Antonia are getting married!
    11th April 2020
    in Seville, Spain
    Invitation to follow

    You can of course add simple details and use whichever formatting of numbers and wording you prefer.

    When should we send Save the Dates?

    My recommendation would be as soon as you’ve chosen the date, and potentially booked the venue. This will mean the foundations are in place. If there’s another element to your day you can’t live without, like a specific band you just need there, for example, then make sure you have that sorted too. The basic rule of thumb is, as soon as you can!

    What format should the Save the Dates be?

    Any format you like! The most basic is a text message or email, but my advice is that people see it as a more formal and important occasion when they receive post. A simple one-sided postcard would do the trick!

    When might we not need Save the Dates?

    If you’re newly engaged but you’re getting married very soon, say the next 6 months, you could probably skip straight to the invitations. Equally, if you plan only to invite someone to the evening, you may decide not to send them a Save the Date card.

    What budget should we have for Save the Dates?

    This depends on the quantities, time frame, complexity of design and finishes. The more you have and the more intricate the design – we’re talking bespoke watercolour illustrations, coloured foils, that sort of thing – the higher the price. However I would say that Save the Dates should take up 10 – 15% of your wedding stationery budget.

  • SUPPLIER SPOTLIGHT: JO + LIAM WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY AND FILM

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    Hello! We are Jo + Liam, a wedding photography + film couple from Glasgow. We shoot mad-in-love folks all over the damn place and love every minute of it. We are always looking for emotional, joyful and authentic images to tell your story, whether it’s a big wedding, a wee one or a tiny elopement. Our cat Buttz is the real brains behind the operation mind, just needs to be said ;)

    WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO START YOUR BUSINESS?

    I (Jo!) have always been ‘that pal’, you know the one with the camera in hand, documenting the fun, real or embarrassing moments as I was growing up. Thankfully, since then I minimised the outrageously embarrassing photographs and found a real passion for shooting happiness. I knew pretty early on that weddings were where I wanted to be, so started building my business from there. Step in Liam years later – we met (through work!), fell for each other (at a friends wedding!), and then waaaay into the relationship I found out that he actually enjoyed photography too – he was also ‘that pal’ :-O. Bloomin’ git had kept it on the down low due to me being a ‘professional’ (Ha! A professional?!). He started by shooting an elopement with me, and as each year passed he shot more and more until BOOM! We decided to go full hog and go for it as a duo. Best decision we ever made. Except getting Buttz, that was also a brilliant decision. Have we mentioned our cat?

    HOW DOES YOUR TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE?

    If it’s an office day; coffee first (always coffee), make sure Buttz is fed and then crack on with emails, editing, and making ridiculous instagram stories, we also squeeze in dance breaks in the office, obvs. If it’s a wedding/elopement; coffee first (always coffee), make sure Buttz is fed, squee excitedly when we see our couples on their wedding day (me, not Liam), shoot the shiz out of all the happy, have a boogy on the dance floor and then head home. I usually back up our work and go to bed straight after, Liam catches up on match of the day before hitting the hay :D

    WHAT IS THE BEST PART OF YOUR JOB?

    Meeting awesome couples and doing what we love. Seeing their journey come together, and seeing what make them, them – and getting to document it. Best. Job. EVER.

  • SUPPLIER SPOTLIGHT: CONFETTI & SILK VIDEOGRAPHERS

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    Hi, I’m Stu, a pretty normal Glaswegian who now finds himself in London and spends the majority of his life in or surrounded by people from, the wedding industry and I’m really happy with that!

    WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO START YOUR BUSINESS?

    I used to film my friends on their rollerblades, in 2008 we went on a skating trip to California for a month, eventually we ran out of money so some wedding videographers offered us a bit of cash to help them film a wedding they were working on there. We really enjoyed ourselves and thought the footage looked great (it did at the time but looking back now I’m not so sure…) so we decided it was an industry we wanted to get involved in.

    HOW DOES YOUR TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE?

    I get up and pickup emails/ urgent things to action or respond to and schedule the social media posts for the day. Usually around 11am I’ll try get some sort of workout in, I don’t go to the gym so just a home Youtube class is fine. I’ll then get back into the editing or more intensive things in the afternoon. I try to wrap up at 6pm but if I’m in the zone during a wedding edit I’ll just carry on. I don’t work past 11pm as a rule though as I’ll ruin the next day for the sake of a few hours around midnight.

    WHAT IS THE BEST PART OF YOUR JOB?

    I love when you’re finishing up a wedding film and you get to add the colour grading, at that point you see your hard work and all the parts you remember shooting in a particular way come to life exactly (hopefully) as you imagined at the time you were looking through the lens filming it on the day itself.

  • SUPPLIER SPOTLIGHT: BARBARA K. PHOTOGRAPHY

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    YOUR BUSINESS NAME

    barbara k. photography

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    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!

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    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. And 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. So 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 and wonderful wedding photographer. She tells us a little bit about herself and her photography business.

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    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 a wedding photographer – Case of Eames Photography.

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    Hi!
    I’m Case. I’m a wedding photographer with crazy big hair. A sucker for romance. I love tea! Love to travel and try new things. I’m a bit of a foodie. And 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.