• GEMMA AND VICTORIA’S CYCLAMEN PURPLE WINDSOR WEDDING

    TELL US THE STORY OF HOW YOU MET

    “You’ve Got Mail”, just how Kathleen Kelly and Joe Fox met, we met online. Although with much faster internet speeds and no dial up tones! We met on a gay dating website, chatted for a few weeks before making the decision to meet up. We met up for dinner at a local Caribbean restaurant & the rest was history! 

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

    Our wedding was very much planned round the main venue, The Guild Hall in Windsor. This has special associations for Vickie’s family as her Great Grandfather was the Mayor of Windsor in 1968 & her sister also got married there. 

    Once we had the main venue booked everything else fell into place. One of our favourite local pubs to Windsor, The George, was the perfect place to have our Wedding reception. It had a little barn for the reception and a private outside area with a Teepee! On top of being a very convenient location to The Guild Hall, the food is amazing so we knew we would have a fabulous meal. 

    Our wedding theme was based on our favourite colour, purple and Vickie’s favourite flower, Cyclamens. The table centre pieces, Bridesmaid dresses & table decorations were all based on these. The rest of the décor was based on a rustic feel as the barn is quite rustic. 

    All of the decorations were either made by us or by family members. 

  • SUPPLIER SPOTLIGHT: Devine Bride

    PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF 

    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!

  • STYLED SHOOT: I Believe in Pink

    Todays shoot was photographed and sent to GWB by Meggy Mac Photography.

    Hannah from the Giraffe Shed and Esme Whiteside Photography came up with the concept and planning for the shoot. The inspiration for the I Believe In Pink theme was using the colour and aesthetics of the Giraffe Shed venue to create an alternative and feminine look.

    Stylist Luna and the Lane added pops of yellow and spearmint to our colour board which was used throughout the stationary, cake, and props.
    Emma Cox Floristry came and created pure magic with a flower cloud, flower disco ball and magical meadows around the furniture. Miss Havishams cakes created the most amazing kitsch masterpiece with its very own tier of pompoms and flamingos. The brief from Hannah at the Giraffe Shed was if you think it’s too pink, add more pink!

  • SUPPLIER SPOTLIGHT: Gaetano Di Giacomo Media Production

    PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF

    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.

  • WEDDING PLANNING: Choosing and finding the best value wine for your wedding

    Choosing wines for your wedding can be a daunting experience, but it need not be. Today we have a specialist advice from a professional wine specialist Janina Doyle.

    Image by Eva Photography

    WHAT TO CHOOSE

    Firstly the wine world doesn’t want to tell you this, but most wines can and do actually pair well with most foods! Yes, there are the perfect pairings out there but when it comes to pleasing Grandma who still loves her Liebfraumilch, a family of sweet, German wines that were VERY popular in the 1980s, and again, your pal, Jack, who goes on about his cellar collection of 1982 Bordeaux, the rules for picking your wedding wines are: Keep things simple.

    TOP TIP NO1

    Do not pick your red or white wines with much oak – Oak flavors in wine can be very polarizing for people’s palates, as well as being generally a richer, more intense wine which can overpower some foods.

    TOP TIP NO2

    :Pick soft, juicy red wines and vibrant, fresh white wines. These are generally inoffensive and easy sippers for all. 

    Image by Eva Photography
  • SUPPLIER SPOTLIGHT: CLARE TAM-IM PHOTOGRAPHY

    PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF

    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.

  • BEN AND PAUL’S MODERN GEOMETRIC WEDDING

    Today we are joining Ben and Paul and their super stylish wedding photographed and shared with us by Mini & Me Photography.

    TELL US THE STORY OF HOW YOU MET

    I (Paul) saw Ben on a mutual friends Facebook page, casually mentioned to our friend that I thought Ben was good looking and was he single?.. Then our friend put us in touch and the rest is history. 

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

    We were keen to have a masculine wedding, something different and modern. We didn’t start with a plan nor theme it developed in time looking at Pinterest and Instagram for inspiration. I (Paul) started buying ‘stuff’ I’d see something that fitted into the 5 colours we’d chosen; Navy, Black, White, Grey and Silver (a lot of colours really) anyway every month I’d add to the collection which then started to take on a geometric theme, which started from our stationary. Somehow it all came together on the day and looked amazing we received so many lovely comments about the details.

  • SUPPLIER SPOTLIGHT: THE CAPSTON SECOND

    PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF

    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!

  • STYLED SHOOT: EARTHY AND ETHEREAL WEDDING INSPIRATION

    Today we are giving you the most beautiful styled shoot that came to us from Greece. It was planned and styled by Fondo Special Occasions who shared the inspiration behind the shoot. Wonderful photography is by Polka Dot Photojournalism.

    “Her eyes are pure stars, and her fingers, if they touch you, freeze you to the bone” – Virginia Woolf

    The concept of love is something universal. The people we choose to love and create memories with, do not understand borders, forms and social conventions. Love is love. 

    Fondo Special Occasions underlines how the choices and manifestations of love can be elegant, beautiful and memorable. This editorial photoshoot takes inspiration from the love story of two historic women, Virginia Woolf and her lover Vita Sackville-West. The whole set up and art direction, has a vintage feeling, a ghostlike aesthetic, it’s an ode to the romantic past with a modern twist.

  • SUPPLIER SPOTLIGHT: HIRE SOCIETES

    PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF

    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..