• LUCA AND FILIPPO’S PICNIC ENGAGEMENT

    HOW DID YOU MEET?

    We are long time friends

    DO YOU WANT TO TELL US ABOUT YOUR PROPOSAL?

    I (Filippo) have had the idea of proposing to Luca for a long time. I wanted to be something special though and I wanted it to be captured in photo so that we could cherish all those memories forever. So I asked Matteo, our photographer, to help me plan the whole shoot, together with some of his trusted vendors.

  • 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.

  • ANDRES AND COLBY’S SAILBOAT ELOPEMENT ON A MEDITERRANEAN ISLAND

    I admit – this looks like my perfect way to get married – sea, closest friends, beautiful sunset.. Absolutely loving it!

    TELL US THE STORY OF HOW YOU MET

    Colby worked at the reception desk in a hotel in Tampa, FL. My friends were staying there and when I came to visit, Colby and I struck up a conversation. 

    After some repeated flirting and less than believable excuses to repeatedly visit the front desk, we exchanged numbers and the rest, as they say, is history!

    NOW ABOUT THE BIG DAY! WHAT WAS THE THEME AND INSPIRATION?

    We planned to marry in 2017 but had not yet determined the details when a friend invited us on one of our sailing trips that had become a tradition. The trip would have us sailing the beautiful Dalmatian coast in Croatia. We initially declined because of our wedding plans. However, after some cajoling by our friend, we decided to not only go on the trip but turn it into an intimate destination wedding.

    We set sail from Dubrovnik. We spent the first week on the water sailing up and down the coast. At the end of the week set anchor off of the small island of Lokrum. The wedding was a small pop-up wedding with our good friend Aniello as the officiant, the best man and skipper of the boat Todd, as well as Todd’s now husband Dio and Aniello’s friend Baran. The day was absolutely beautiful if not a tad warm to be wearing 3 piece suits. After fairing Matija our fantastic photographer and the party from the boat to the island, we headed to the cloister gardens of the ancient ruins of the Benedictine monastery. There, after a few quick moments taken for set up, the music played and we held hands, and said our vows, cried, and were pronounced husbands.

    Our wedding was nautical themed. The colors were navy blue and golden canary yellow. We carried the theme and colors from our invitations to our wedding webpage to our suits.

  • 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.

  • WEDDING PLANNING: HOW MUCH SHOULD YOUR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY COST?

    Budgeting and choosing your suppliers can be very daunting, so if you have no idea how much money to plan for your photographer here’s Rowan to the rescue! She sheds some light on why photography costs what it costs and gives you her tips.

    You’re engaged! Firstly congratulations, you are about to embark on a great journey towards becoming married, and I bet I know where you are right now – PLANNING. One of the best things you can do in this early stage is to research how much a wedding costs. Which is why I’ve written this blog post! I want you to fully understand how much wedding photography costs, so you can get fully prepared to seek out the best wedding photographer for you and your budget.

    I’m going to start with some bad news – but don’t worry – good news follows! The real answer is – there’s no answer to how much should your wedding photography cost. It’s all about what you want from your wedding photos. So how do you figure this out?

    How to budget for wedding photography

    When budgeting for your wedding photography the first thing to think about is what you need from your photographer. Below is a list of the minimum things you should look for when researching:

    • A portfolio of consistent work that you really, really love
    • Insurance for public liability and professional indemnity (at least)
    • Professional standard equipment, with spares in case of failure
    • A clear process to understand your wedding and what you want from your wedding photos
    • Clear and understandable pricing that shows you exactly what you get for your money and if there are any extras to pay. You should instantly understand the number of hours the photographer will be at your wedding and what you get in terms of high resolution jpg pictures from the wedding.
    • Also think about the after-wedding goodies. You will need to know if you can download the digital files (preferably as high resolution jpgs), if you get a memory stick or disc with the images on, and if there are any prints or albums included in the price.
  • ABBI AND ANNETTE’S SCOTTISH WEDDING AT THE COW SHED

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    Today we have lovely two brides who planned their dream DIY Scottish wedding in the countryside.

    TELL US THE STORY OF HOW YOU MET

    We were both teammates and played cricket for Scotland together. Annette is no longer playing (due to many an injury!!) but Abbi is currently still within the national squad.

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

    We took our time when it came to venue selection but once we had set foot in the brilliant Cow Shed there was no need to continue our search. It ticked all the boxes. Set in one of the most beautiful parts of Scotland (Crail, East Neuk of Fife), secluded enough to know you and your guests would be able to enjoy a proper shin-dig of a celebration, but also so spacious and rustic, with a brilliant layout to let our imaginations run wild and a blank canvas we couldn’t wait to turn into our dream Scottish wedding. 

    We knew we wanted a laid-back and relaxed wedding style – both perfect words to describe Annette’s character, and well…not so much Abbi, but that mood would certainly help ease her nerves a little! With two brides both set on wearing dresses (that we kept secret from each other until the big day – definitely one of the hardest parts!) we didn’t have an obvious colour theme that some couples may usually pull from the tartan of choice by the groom. But after a lot of Pinterest and Instagram scrolling, we both settled for warm tones of blush and lavender to make up the main colour theme of the wedding. These were the colours our 8….yes EIGHT, bridesmaids wore too! 

    With a DIY venue that we had to furnish and style, we hired the help of the amazing all-woman team, The Little White Cow (TLWC). These ladies are nothing short of creative and there is no doubt that they LOVE what they do. Having passionate suppliers on board to help turn your Scottish wedding dream into a reality is so important and we were so lucky to have Jessica understand and really listen to what we both pictured in our head. The warm pinks and purple tones were added to with the use of greenery, gold and brass, some of our favourite quotes displayed in rustic frames around the venue, and not to forget a ‘subtle’ important theme of personalised cricket props – old school wooden bats and balls formed props around the drinks reception, old maps of countries we’ve both been lucky enough to visit to play cricket in, a table plan that resembled an old cricket scoreboard with table numbers to match, place setting names that were handwritten on miniature cricket bats and a welcome sign made from artificial grass! As two patriotic Scots, we didn’t want this wedding to resemble a garden tea-party where cricket could be played on the front lawn (!) but it was important to us both that we tried to give a subtle nod to the reason we both met each other – and I think TLWC married the theme and style perfectly to tell our story exactly how we envisaged. TLWC have a huge array of props and furniture to pick from which was brilliant. We also hired in our tables and chairs from Virginia’s Vintage Hire which complemented perfectly.

  • SUPPLIER SPOTLIGHT: OCCASION QUEENS

    PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF

    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.

  • ADAM AND ANDREW’S LEEDS WEDDING

    Today we have a super chilled city Leeds wedding and a fantastic documentary photography by Tim Dunk.

    TELL US THE STORY OF HOW YOU MET

    We met at a courtyard party in Leeds. Andrews friend approached Adam to say he liked him but that night we did not talk as Adam was hosting night with friends from Manchester.  After this we became friends on Facebook and started to date. 

    NOW ABOUT THE BIG DAY! WHAT WAS THE THEME AND INSPIRATION?

    The wedding day was a mixture of two things one was the city of Leeds and the other was in one of the UK’s largest city parks Roundhay park. We wanted the first venue at the Hilton hotel to reflect how we met and I our love for the city life. Then the second venue we at the Roundhay to reflect both of our background of growing up in the countryside and our love for water such as beaches and lakes. 

  • MILAN AND JAI’S MODERN INDIAN WEDDING

    These two lovely gentlemen planned a fantastic elegant and modern Indian wedding in London. I absolutely love all the colours!

    TELL US THE STORY OF HOW YOU MET

    We met through Grindr, the dating app. We went for a drink and a vegetarian meal after discovering how much we had in common. We are both first-generation British Indians and practicing Hindus. Our grandmothers were good friends and, as children, we attended the same ceremonies and weddings. It felt like fate!

    NOW ABOUT THE BIG DAY! WHAT WAS THE THEME AND INSPIRATION?

    We wanted to incorporate our Indian heritage into the design of the wedding, however wanted to ensure it was executed in a modern and stylish way. Therefore our theme was regal with pops of colour. The majestic Main Hall at Banqueting House was the perfect backdrop to incorporate elements of majestic India. The drinks reception resembled luxury palaces of Rajasthan with gold guilted poseur tables and bar stools accompanied by Great Hire’s Santa Monica furniture with bright cushions and stunning Jewel tone florals by Simon Lycett. The Main Hall was split in half by parasols which enhanced the vibrant Indian theme. 

    At dinner, the colour-pop theme continued. Contrasting use of light grey linen, gold & grey chandelle chairs with mirror tops was the base for the explosion of colour with different napkin colours placed around the table, accompanied by high and low arrangements in rich and regal shades to compliment the Rubens ceiling. Each guest also received a personalised gold mirror acrylic name place created using our monogram design. 

    Often it’s the biggest challenge finding the right suppliers for your wedding. From the caterers and florist to production and the choice of entertainment, the palace has an accredited list of suppliers which made it very easy for us to choose. The chosen caterer was flexible in creating a bespoke Indian menu, Simon Lycett our florist totally understood and delivered our vision and we could trust them all to manage all elements of the day.

    Wise Productions projected our monogram on the palace walls and created floor plans and lighting design for our party.

  • SUPPLIER SPOTLIGHT: HOUSE OF OLLICHON

    YOUR BUSINESS NAME

    House of Ollichon

    PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF

    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.