• SUPPLIER SPOTLIGHT: Ian Scott Kettle

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    I am a tailor, of sorts! I make mens accessories, neck ties, bowties, cummerbunds and more. My work uses classic tailoring techniques, learnt over the 20 years I have been designing and cutting for an alarming variety of other brands and designers.

    WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO START YOUR BUSINESS? 

    My business was created six years ago to fill a real gap in the men’s styling market. There is very little choice when I comes to accessories for men, other then the generic ‘designer’ option. With my knowledge of fashion history and craft skills, along with wanting to make a business that is truly sustainable (locally sourced cloth with only 2% wastage) it was really a no brainer for me to set up a studio.

    HOW DOES YOUR TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE? 

    Some days I deliver workshops or teach a class, but most days start rather late with clients consultations. I prefer to work late into the night once the business day is over, cutting and stitching orders in my London (Holborn) Studio.

    WHAT IS THE BEST PART OF YOUR JOB? 

    I think handing the finished work over to the client is the jobs greatest reward. My clients send pictures of themselves wearing their pieces and often share that the work became a perfect gift and a wonderful reminder of their big day.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • SUPPLIER SPOTLIGHT: CLARE TAM-IM PHOTOGRAPHY

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    Hi, my name’s Clare! I live in Watford, Hertfordshire (the home of Harry Potter as I like to call it) and have been shooting weddings for over 10 years now. I’m a mum, a fiancee, a geek, a gamer, a bit of a weirdo.

    WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO START YOUR BUSINESS?

    I always wanted to be a photographer when I was little. It was only when I was made redundant from a job that I decided to go back to education and do a degree which I chose to do in photography. It made me realise how much I loved it and after being able to second shoot at a couple of weddings, I knew that this is what I wanted to do. It also fit nicely around my family at the time and then when I went on to have my youngest, I went full time and just bloody love it.

    HOW DOES YOUR TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE?

    I don’t really do typical days. I suppose if I’m at a wedding, I start with a nice big breakfast (or a McDs on the way there if I’m being lazy which is usually the case!) whilst listening to my Spotify playlist to get me into an awesome mood for when I rock up with big smiles and hugs a plenty. Then spend the day grinning from ear to ear or hiding behind my camera whilst having a little cry, all the while photographing the day, having the best time, counting my lucky stars that I get to call this my career. Then head home, back everything up because I won’t sleep until I do. Days in the office (or the corner of my living room that I call my office) are spent doing emails, social media stuff, working on advertising/website/accounts, you name it, there is so much that goes into running your own business. And when I’m not working, you can either find me on the school run, food shopping, with my family or gaming.

  • SUPPLIER SPOTLIGHT: THE CAPSTON SECOND

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    I’m Rachel, the face behind The Capston Second. Wine lover and disco dancing queen, I also happen to be a wedding super fan and rather well organised.

    WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO START YOUR BUSINESS?

    Starting out organising high-profile galas, charity balls and fundraisers for charities, Iʼve worked with celebrities and sports stars, including the British Olympic Association, Bradley Wiggins and Jonny Wilkinson. Such large-scale projects were challenging and exciting, but nothing quite matches the magic of a wedding day coming together. I always wanted to create unique, personalised events – so I set up The Capston Second in 2015 and have been putting my experience to good use making my wonderful couplesʼ ideas a reality ever since.

    HOW DOES YOUR TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE?

    One of the things I love about my job is how varied it is. I do love a day when I can tuck myself away at home and get lots of admin done, from preparing paperwork for couples who are booking in, and sending emails to working through table plans and running orders. Sometimes my day takes me to the pub to meet one of my lovely couples for a consultation (during normal times!) or to industry events which I can’t wait to be a feature of my week again!

  • SUPPLIER SPOTLIGHT: HIRE SOCIETES

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    Hi, I’m Tania a wedding and a floral designer bought up in Africa but now based in West Sussex. I absolutely love being creative and like to think out the box when it comes to designing and creating my weddings and flowers. Im not the everyday kind of girl, but that doesn’t say I wont do it. I will make any couples day and make it with a smile and a bounce in my step…

    WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO START YOUR BUSINESS?

    My passion for planning came from being a PA for an ambassador and part of my job was to plan events for the diplomatic community, from there I then studied for over a year and became a certified wedding planner, it then partied on from there. This was also where my passion for floral designs came from. I then opened a business and catered for the diplomats planning their private events etc.. I then moved back to the UK and got back into being a PA – long story short i was made redundant, turned 40 and my son was old enough to cook his food so i decided to get back into panning and flowers and tadahhh here I am xx

    HOW DOES YOUR TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE?

    Oh gosh, when it comes to planning, I am on the phone A LOT along with being in my car visiting suppliers and clients, if I am not planning then I am on my computer designing new ideas for potential brides/grooms and IF I’m not doing that I’m getting my nails dirty and broken because I’m making up arrangements. But it needs to start off with a cup of Tea first..

  • SUPPLIER SPOTLIGHT: SONAL DAVE

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    Hi everyone, 
    This is me. My name is Sonal, I am over 50; now come on, I know you do not believe me, but it is true. I was born in Uganda and my roots take me back to India.
    I am married to Dhani who works in the Design side of Construction and we have 2 dogs, Neo and Ri.
    Let me know what else you would like to know about me………

    WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO START YOUR BUSINESS

    I have previously worked in the Civil Service going from Admin Officer to Deputy Director but during this time I personally encountered discrimination, unconcious bias, unfair treatment and some bullying for not being like the large percentage of civil servants. After 20+ years it was time for me to leave, take some time out for me and decide what the rest of my journey would be like. 

    This is where the story of my passion to be in the events industry, loud and proud as one of 2 Asian female Celebrants and Toastmasters starts. The words Love, personalised and memorable were the key focus for me not just as words but as deep meaning.

    I love what I do and each couple I work with become friends and part of the rest of my journey.

    HOW DOES YOUR TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE?

    There is no typical day for me. Each day has its own tasks and to do lists and I always complete the easy ones. However, one day a week is dedicated to those tasks that keep getting moved to the bottom of the pile. If I can gert one of those done then all is good.