• SUPPLIER SPOTLIGHT: SONAL DAVE

    PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF

    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.

  • SAMI AND KERRIE’S SCOTTISH DIY WEDDING

    Today we are enjoying Sami and Kerrie’s wonderful and fun wedding at gorgeous Loch Lomond photographed by Amy Faith.

    PROPOSAL

    Kerrie proposed to me on my 31st birthday in the deepest depths of March! She met me from work and off we went in an Uber to a mystery location… I was expecting a nice restaurant in Central London… however, as the car continued on I started to realise that we were heading towards Peckham and soon it became apparent to our favourite local park, Telegraph Hill, which overlooks the London skyline. The taxi stops outside the entrance and we disembark… I am now thinking WHAT ON EARTH, itʼs dark, cold and my birthday… and we are wondering into a park rather late at night… what is going on!??! Kerrie took my hand and as we walked around the corner I saw what looked like hundreds of candles laid out on the ground… as I got closer I could also hear a playlist playing some of our favourite music… I still had no idea what was happening. As we got closer, Kerrie took me into the middle of the candles and I realised what it was… She had built me a ‘house of candlesʼ, for those Greys Anatomy fans out there, you will get the significance, but there I was standing in the foundations of our metaphorical future home marked out by hundreds of candles… (I was still thinking, oh this is cute for my birthday but itʼs March, get me indoors!!). Anyhow, then she held my hands and proposed! I was in such shock!! After all of the commotion calmed down and I had said Yes, I suddenly said to Kerrie, ‘How on earth have you done all this aloneʼ… at that point 5 of our closest friends came running out of the bushes with champagne! It was EPIC!

    HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR WEDDING DAY IN ONE SENTENCE?

    A wondrous mish mash of the both of us, celebrating our love with our nearest and dearest, in the most incredible location, exactly how we wanted it.

    WHAT WAS THE THEME AND INSPIRATION FOR THE WEDDING DAY?

    We are both extremely passionate about the outdoors, music, food and wine, so we wanted to intertwine this with Kerrieʼs Scottish heritage, combining all aspects to create an inclusive atmosphere for all.

  • 5 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD GET MARRIED IN ICELAND

    Did you know Iceland is one of the hottest wedding spots? With its wild landscapes it makes a beautiful backdrop to saying “I do”. Here we have a list of reasons why you should consider it for your wedding coming from an Icelandic celebrant Sigurdur Runarsson.

    1. Countless beautiful nature spots

    Whether you want to get married in an event hall, by a waterfall, or even in an ice cave, Iceland has what you are looking for. Iceland is the home to hundreds and thousands of nature spots, dramatic landscapes and beautiful scenery, many of them that are very private and secluded, perfect for a destination wedding.

    2. It’s the perfect place to escape the stress

    With all the beautiful landscapes and breath-taking scenery, Iceland is the perfect location to escape your routine and get away from all that stress. In Iceland you can celebrate your love, just the two of you, in a secluded place somewhere and just focus on yourselves for a bit.

  • 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

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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.