• 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.

  • SUPPLIER SPOTLIGHT: REVELRY EVENTS

    Holly and Susannah are the award-winning creative duo behind Revelry Events – London and Scotland based wedding planners who love rulebook-free weddings.

    We produce imaginative, made-to-order weddings with a personal touch. For us, wedding planning is not just clipboards and time-keeping – we have our finger on the pulse of what’s new and next in events. We’re passionate about giving our couples a stress-free wedding planning experience to create a day they will never forget. 

    We take care of everything from full planning and creative design, to managing wedding budgets, sourcing wedding suppliers and venues and handling pesky wedmin.

    WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO START YOUR BUSINESS?

    Holly kicked off the wedding planning business decades ago because she bloody loves a good wedding. Susie joined five years ago after a 10 years of working in PR and Events and wanting a career change. That was when we were both living in South East London, making big plans in tiny coffee shops and now we operate in both London and Scotland creating brilliant weddings for our couples all over the UK and abroad.

    HOW DOES YOUR TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE?

    No two days are the same. We could be out on venue visits, doing tastings with clients (it’s a tough job, especially the cake!), getting creative with the design, dutifully logging everything on a wedding budget spreadsheet or sourcing quotes for suppliers to name just a few.

  • SUPPLIER SPOTLIGHT: Hannah Larkin Photography

    Hi! I’m Hannah – I’m a wedding and family photographer with a relaxed, natural style that focuses on capturing emotions and telling the story of your day. I live in London, have a base in Northumberland and travel across the UK and overseas photographing weddings from intimate elopements to multi day celebrations with hundreds of guests.

    WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO START YOUR BUSINESS?

    I first got a camera when I was 7 years old to show my mum (who is housebound) the things I was seeing and share my experiences with her. I really fell in love with photography travelling the world from the Arctic to the Antarctic and lots in between. I trained as a psychologist and got married in multi-cultural ceremonies in the UK and Malaysia – together these things made me really pay attention to emotions and connections in photos. 

    I started to photograph families and newborns (which I still love to do) and 6 years ago started to capture the emotions and connections in wedding stories too. The first wedding I photographed, I stepped in 2 days before when the couple’s photographer unexpectedly pulled out. The couple were friends of a friend, who had suggested me based on my travel and family photography. I made it clear I’d never photographed a wedding before and strongly advised them to hire an experienced wedding photographer – even sending them details of photographers I knew. However, from speaking to me they decided it was me that they wanted to capture their day. It turned out their initial photographer hadn’t met them, hadn’t spoken to them, hadn’t asked them what they were most excited about, hadn’t talked to them about how the day might look or what was important to them. For me, those things just seemed natural and so despite my lack of a wedding portfolio, the couple could tell that I genuinely cared about their wedding which made them feel comfortable and trust me to be their photographer.

    I loved photographing that first wedding and I knew I’d found what I wanted to do. I’ve now been photographing weddings for over six years – photographing weddings from intimate elopements for two, to huge Indian weddings with hundreds of guests, from registry offices to manor houses, outdoor ceremonies to religious weddings, festival-style parties to family focused events. I’ve felt honoured to be trusted to photograph weddings across the UK & overseas and my work has been featured in magazines, books and blogs.

    HOW DOES YOUR TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE?

    I have three different sorts of typical day:

    1) Wedding days are always slightly different depending on where I’m travelling to and what the couple have planned, but they generally follow this type of pattern: up early double checking all my kit, getting to you with lots of time before the ceremony to capture all the little details, your venue & guests arriving, moving silently like a ninja around the garden/woodland/registry office/bandstand/manor house/glasshouse to catch the emotional moments as you say your vows, coordinating any group shots you’d like, stealing you away from your guests for 20 minutes or so of relaxed and natural portraits, then back to taking candid photos of your friends and family having fun, a quick stop while you eat, then photographing speeches and your guests reactions, popping out for some golden hour sunset portraits before catching some of the dancing, then heading home and backing up all the images multiple times before I go to sleep.

    2) Other days are a lovely mix of chatting with my couples about their plans, photographing newborns and families, engagement shoots, researching venues, creating timelines and shot lists, charging and checking all my equipment, editing images, creating slideshows, designing albums, networking with other wedding suppliers, plus all the admin that comes with running a business – planning social media, writing blog posts, booking trains and hotels, managing my accounts and working on my website. I love the freedom of these days to wake naturally and work from wherever I want, which lets me travel more. 

    3) Alongside my photography, I also spend time each week supporting children in foster care – these days can sometimes be demanding and stressful, but are hugely rewarding.

  • 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

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    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.