• SUPPLIER SPOTLIGHT: FIONA KELLY PHOTOGRAPHY

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    Hi, I’m Fiona…or Fee as most people call me and I’m the one behind the camera. I specialise in beautiful, natural and creative wedding photography. I’m based in London but shoot weddings all over the UK.

    I’m originally from the Lake District and still very much a Northerner despite having been in London for over 20 years. I live in Purley, South London, with my husband, our son, a grumpy cat called Chilli and a crazy fuzzball cockapoo called Baxter. There’s never a dull moment between school runs, sports clubs, cat & dog standoffs and running my business. I wouldn’t have it any other way though!

    WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO START YOUR BUSINESS?

    I have been photographing weddings for nearly 11 years. I was pregnant with my son when the business really started so I can easily keep track! My journey into photography was a round-about route. I started my career as a graphic designer and photographic art director for fashion and lifestyle brands. The experience I gained as an art director has proved so useful when I was starting out as a photographer. It felt like a sideways step, rather than a complete change of direction.

    Things changed after getting married myself. We got married in Las Vegas (it was totally planned and the most amazing experience!) Part of our wedding package included a photographer to take photos during the ceremony. One of my best friends, who came with us and happened to be a photographer, took ones of the time before the ceremony and of the party time after. When we looked at the official photos we were happy enough, they were what we expected. But the ones my friend had taken were so full of life and captured much more than just the events. It was a real eye-opener and a bit of a eureka moment. I loved the idea of being able to do photos like this for a whole wedding. It wasn’t long after that I photographed my first wedding and that was it….I was totally hooked!

    HOW DOES YOUR TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE?

    Weekdays are all about working around the school run and any clubs my son has going on (he has a lot!). I like to fit a workout or dog walk in first thing as it’s a great way to start the day and the one way of guaranteeing I do some exercise. Then it’s down to checking emails, editing and writing blog posts. I often do family shoots, commercial shoots or engagement shoots on weekdays, so some days I will have a shoot booked in. 

    There is always something to do. Even during the quieter months. Then I spend my time planning for the business or working on marketing for the coming months. Im not very good at sitting and doing nothing!

    WHAT IS THE BEST PART OF YOUR JOB?

    Without a doubt, it’s the couples I work with. They trust me to capture their wedding days and make me feel so welcome and part of everything. The biggest compliment I can get is when one of my couples tell me it was like having another friend there and I made them feel really relaxed about having their photo taken. 
    This is one such comment that really makes me smile “Fiona’s ability to take natural shots that capture the moment separates her from the crowd. She has exceptional vision and a knack for being in the right place at the right time. Fiona’s clearly a professional in her field, but she’s also so warm and kind that it makes us happy that she got to share our special day with us.”

  • SUPPLIER SPOTLIGHT: CELEBRANT KATHRYN

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    Hello there! I’m Kathryn (she/her), I’m a Wedding Celebrant accredited by Humanists UK. My role is to work with couples to create, curate and deliver a unique, bespoke wedding ceremony. Every wedding ceremony I deliver is written entirely from scratch and completely authentic and inclusive to you both! No templates, no delete as appropriate and no crossed fingers during the bits that don’t reflect you!

    I’ll make sure that instead of feeling constrained by tradition and expectation, your ceremony is full of warmth, fun and joy. I live in South East London with my hubby David and our gorgeous cat Timba. but happily travel, creating unique wedding ceremonies for modern couples who are getting creative and making meaningful wedding choices that reflect them.

    WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO START YOUR BUSINESS?

    I became a Humanist wedding celebrant because I love people and I love working with them to make sure they have a wonderful time! I had been to a lot of humanist wedding ceremonies and loved each and every one!

    I also love ritual & celebration, humans have been marking milestones by gathering people around them for thousands of years. I’m honoured to be part of that for every couple I create a humanist wedding ceremony for. One of my favourite things is a fabulous day filled with love that makes people feel good! Basically I love people and weddings, and people at weddings.

    HOW DOES YOUR TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE?

    Well on a wedding day…I’ll be at your wedding venue at least an hour before the guests to make sure we’re all set. I’ll coordinate with photographers, venue staff, musicians and readers. I’ll also be there to reassure you both! Finally, I’ll conduct your feel-good ceremony, kicking off your fabulous day and your fabulous marriage!

    On other days, I’ll usually start my day by checking in and answering new enquiries, then I’ll start writing; either ceremony scripts for upcoming weddings, blogs, Instagram posts. Then, usually in the evenings I’ll have intro calls with potential couples or planning chats (usually in person covid-permitting) with couples whose ceremonies I’m creating.

    WHAT IS THE BEST PART OF YOUR JOB?

    Meeting amazing couples and being able to be even just a tiny part of creating a beautiful wedding ceremony for them is just the most incredible feeling! I always raise a toast to every couple when I get home. I’m lucky enough to now be friends with the couples I’ve married.

  • SUPPLIER SPOTLIGHT: LIL & BLUE

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    Hi I’m Amy, the owner and main driver of Lil & Blue. We provide adorable vintage fiat 500s for weddings, photoshoots and special occasions. We have two fabulous cars, Lily and Bluebell available for chauffeur driven hire. Our little cars are real head-turners attracting attention wherever they go. They bring so much fun and we love sharing their joy with couples on their big day!

    WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO START YOUR BUSINESS?

    I have always wanted to own a classic fiat 500. With it’s gorgeous good looks, fabulous retro features and adorable picnic basket what’s not to love?! In May 2019 I finally got my long held wish – off I went to a specialist in South London and I came home with not one but two! It was a a bit like buying a puppy. There were two there – how could I possibly buy one and not the other. The way they looked at me with those big headlight eyes! At first they were just meant as a hobby but like most of the country, the pandemic got me rethinking my priorities. When I was made redundant from my unfulfilling office job in the city, I found myself with a perfect opportunity. Finally I could do something I love (making people happy) with something I love (my wonderful feel-good fiats!). I launched my little business shortly after and haven’t looked back!

    HOW DOES YOUR TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE?

    After bundling the kids off to school I usually have a little moment where I reflect on how nice it is to be my own boss (and could watch day time tv for the next 3 hours if I wanted). Then I start panicking about how I am now my own boss and get quickly to work!. So it’s on with the emails, admin, website tweaking, instagramming and car fiddling. The wedding days really are the best days though. I love the excitement of prepping the cars, giving them a really good polish and getting them all decorated in whatever flower garlands or wreaths the couple have chosen. And then of course there’s seeing the look on their faces when you arrive to pick them up. It’s just such a brilliant feeling!

    WHAT IS THE BEST PART OF YOUR JOB?

    Driving around in these fabulous little cars with a happy couple in the back and seeing people’s faces absolutely light up with joy as you drive by. The London weddings are really fun, they attract so much attention – tooting, clapping and cheering! It’s such a lovely feeling for my newly wed passengers to be at the centre of. There is something seriously therapeutic about these little cars. They instantly make people feel happy. I have lost count of how many people have said they want to give them a cuddle. I often wonder if I should start cuddle therapy sessions with them as an add-on for couples

  • SUPPLIER SPOTLIGHT: Fin Flükra

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    I’m Cat – the spectacular, spectacle-wearing lady person who founded Fin Flükra. We specialise in creating boundary-breaking weddings for modern couples planning to marry or elope in Scotland. How best to describe me? My personality is pretty much a mix of Monica Geller (73%) with a smattering of Phoebe Buffay (27%)… the perfect combination of super organised whilst still having plenty of fun!

    WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO START YOUR BUSINESS? 

    My boyfriend (now husband) turned to me whilst walking along the beach in Nairn, Scotland when we were discussing our future career paths and said to me… ‘what about wedding planning?’. The seed was planted and I never looked back!

    HOW DOES YOUR TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE? 

    Currently, due to the current situation, A LOT of my time over the past year has been supporting my couples through postponing their plans, working with their venues and suppliers to find an alternative that suits everyone as much as possible. As well as discussing scaling down their guest list and helping them reimagine their day for those choosing to go ahead. It’s been a real rollercoaster for everyone this year and it’s a privilege to be trusted by my couples to support them throughout these challenges.

    Prior to the pandemic, my days varied… I start the day off with a cup of tea and some custard cream biscuits, emails, seating plans, researching suppliers/venues, site visits, emails, updating social media, meetings with couples or suppliers, more tea and custard cream biscuits, timelines, design briefs, calls and so on… there’s no such thing as a typical day in my job and I love the variety it brings!

    Plus on a wedding day itself, I can easily cover at least the distance of a half marathon over a 10-12 hour day ensuring everything is exactly as planned. As one of my brides called me – a wedding ninja! I’ll take that thank you very much :)

    WHAT IS THE BEST PART OF YOUR JOB? 

    My couples – simple. I ADORE my couples and getting to work closely with them for on average 18 months to plan their wedding is a really intimate and unique experience (although with COVID some will be stuck with me for nearly 3 years by the time their wedding comes round!). Seeing them say their vows to one another on their wedding day is always a sucker punch for me and I can usually be found hidden at the back having a good sob cause I’m so happy for them… the best part of the job 100%!

  • BOOK LAUNCH: ‘Unruly: The Honest and Rulebook-free Guide to Modern Wedding Planning.’

    So exciting! I often hear from my couples how confusing and overwhelming planning your own wedding is. After all most people have never planned such a big event in their lives, there is so many things to think about and so many traditions and expectations to deal with. “Do we need to have bridesmaids?” “What’s the deal with cake cutting?”
    Thankfully ladies of Revelry Events are here to your rescue with their new book “Unruly: The Honest and Rulebook-free Guide to Modern Wedding Planning.” and I’m so excited for you to have a guide to plan the wedding o your own terms!

    Wedding planning is hard and every wedding is different. There is no magic formula to planning your own which can make it a stressful process. That’s what wedding planners Revelry Events are here to remedy with their new book Unruly: The Honest and Rulebook-free Guide to Modern Wedding Planning.

  • SUPPLIER SPOTLIGHT: THE TERRACE LONDON

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    My name is Dean I am a florist and am the owner and founder of The Terrace London.

    WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO START YOUR BUSINESS? 

    I have been a florist for over 16 years now, and many of those years I worked as a Mayfair florist, working with some incredible clients and stunning venues and events. I love the simplicity and beauty of flowers and I wanted to create something for myself so I can showcase my style and my passion.

    HOW DOES YOUR TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE? 

    It varies quite often, anything from meeting new clients to an event or a couple planning a wedding, to walking around the flower market and seeing which flowers are in season and organising what I need. So much of this job is in the planning, the ordering and making sure the flowers look the absolute best they can on the day.

    WHAT IS THE BEST PART OF YOUR JOB? 

    I love meeting new clients. It’s the excitement of an upcoming event, how we connect and the discussions of what they are looking for and how I can bring that vision to life.

  • SUPPLIER SPOTLIGHT: THE TOW BAR

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    Hello from The Tow Bar! Our mobile wedding and events bar business is owned and operated by Keith Emslie. With years of experience in the drinks industry running a mobile bar has always been a dream. I LOVE weddings and seeing how much of an individual stamp our couples put on their special day. We are best suited to creative, design focused couples looking for something special. Our range of drinks is an unrivalled selection of craft beer, hand made gin and some beautiful champagne, prosecco and cocktails. We can serve welcome drinks from The Tow Bar and have a couple of indoor bars to keep the drinks flowing all night!

    Our small team is supported by Robin Burns who designed and built The Tow Bar. Our digital marketing is taken care of by Rod Richmond and Cameron Mitchell make lots of magic happen behind the scenes on the operations side of things! Together we make a dedicated team focused on creating the very best weddings in Scotland.

    WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO START YOUR BUSINESS?

    As things slowed down during the various lockdowns we found ourselves desperate for a creative outlet. We had always dreamed of building out own wedding bar but never found the time to do it. With more time on our hands than we’d had for years it all made perfect sense!

    HOW DOES YOUR TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE?

    Every wedding we take care of is as different as the couples themselves! We spend a huge amount of time customising each individual wedding booking we receive. Creating different options for our couples is great fun. This side of things takes up a lot of our time as we trawl through various suppliers’ wine lists and work on customised cocktail options. 

    The rest of our time is focused on planning alongside venues to make everything focused on creating the very best wedding possible. A lot of work goes on which our couples don’t ever realise to make their wedding day seamless and relaxed. The best venues we work with combine their rustic charm with a can do attitude to make everything flow without a hitch!

    WHAT IS THE BEST PART OF YOUR JOB?

    Our video calls to plan with our couples. It is so fun to hear what each couple has in mind for their special day and to create a drinks package which ticks all of their boxes. Being able to point out things they might not have thought about yet is great too! This relationship we form with each couple is definitely the best part of our job!

  • SUPPLIER SPOTLIGHT: PAOLA DE PAOLA PHOTOGRAPHY

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    – Colourful, emotional, fun, relaxed documentary photography. 

    Hi, I am Paola a wedding photographer based in London, originally from Italy. 
    I’m adventurous, non-conformist and completely non-judgemental. I believe in celebrating originality and diversity, embracing life in all its form. 
    My husband is Anglo-Caribbean and my children are of mixed heritage. 
    There is nothing more exciting for me than discovering new way of thinking, new way of living.
    Things I love, my bike, running, exploring, nature, upcycling, re-creating, re-inventing, coffee, and my lovely family. 
    Music makes me rock, I love tattoos, I adore meeting people and I can chat in five different languages! English, Italian, Portuguese Brazilian, Spanish and French.

    WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO START YOUR BUSINESS? 

    What made me start my wedding photography business? 
    In 2012 I fell in love with a Blog called Rock ‘n’ Roll Brides, an alternative wedding blog by Kat, covering unique and non-traditional weddings. Initially was the excitement of discovering that wedding DON’T have to be boring and old fashion, now I’m know what I love most is the beautiful imperfection of things, created with love by people that don’t conform. Make your wedding your very special and unique event, do it your way!

    HOW DOES YOUR TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE? 

    Well, very different now that we still under the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions but pre-pandemic it would have being…
    take the children to school, then back to the office, check emails, make calls, editing, social media.
    If it is a wedding day, I will be completing in a zone, fully engaged in preparing for the big day.

    WHAT IS THE BEST PART OF YOUR JOB? 

    The best part of my job is definitely meeting people. 
    I absolutely adore discovering their stories, I get very excited and I always want to help. 
    I have so many ideas and if asked I can suggest suppliers.
    I’m very passionate about what I do, very Italian indeed.

    “We hired a photographer, but we leave the wedding with so much more. We are honoured to have had such an artist as Paola capture our day, and we are delighted to now call her a good friend. Paola doesn’t sell photos, she sells Paola, and amazing photography just happens in the process”
    — MARK & GEOFF

  • SUPPLIER SPOTLIGHT: Jessica Grace Photography

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    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.

  • SUPPLIER SPOTLIGHT: PHOTOS BY JESS ROSE

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    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.