• 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.

  • STYLED SHOOT: RETRO DISCO INDUSTRIAL WEDDING

    INSPIRATION AND STORY BEHIND THE SHOOT

    After seeing some awesome floral suits I knew I wanted to style a shoot with this concept, bold, different. This was brought to life with discussions with Sarita White Photography who also has a similar love for creating something out there and J Austin Design’s brilliant floral designs bringing in a real floral cape instead of actual suits. We all wanted something bright, retro made contemporary, mixed with both outdoor and industrial backdrops. So, when we met at the venue, we all knew we needed to showcase something completely new and diverse, so I got my thinking cap and decided a ceremony in the field with mixed vintage boudoir chairs and a retro backdrop would be the starting point.

  • 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!

  • TIFFANY AND MADISYN’S PROPOSAL IN VERONA

    Today I have a very special shoot for you – Tiffany and Madisyn got engaged at the Romeo and Juliet’s famous house in Verona! The one with THAT balcony! Andrea Tran was there to photograph it and is now sharing the shoot with us.

    HOW DID YOU MEET?

    We used to work together then we became good friends. After about 3 years of knowing each other, we started dating!

    TELL US ABOUT YOUR PROPOSAL

    It happened at the most romantic place in the world on Valentineʼs Day at Casa Di Giulietta (Julietteʼs house) in front of her balcony. Tiffany wanted the proposal to be unique and romantic. Her mission was accomplished by making sure it was a complete surprise. Andrea caught beautiful shots of the moment!

  • 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

  • MAX & DARREN’S WINTER SPECTACLE WEDDING

    DO YOU WANT TO TELL US ABOUT YOUR PROPOSAL?

    It was New Years Eve and Darren was going to propose in front of friends but chickened out. As we were walking home he had the ring in his pocket and asked me then and there.

    WHAT WAS THE THEME AND INSPIRATION FOR YOUR WEDDING?

    The wedding day was on 1st December 2017, this was the day we met back in 2009. So we had a winter wedding, we didn’t want a Christmas themed wedding so went with winter.

  • 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.

  • Richard & Ricardo’s relaxed London city wedding

    DO YOU WANT TO TELL US ABOUT YOUR PROPOSAL?

    It just sort of happened. Ricky kept saying “when we get married”… Richard just went with it with a “whatever, whenever” attitude. And then we started talking about it properly, decided to do it for real and told our families. So no real proposal.

    WHAT WAS THE THEME AND INSPIRATION FOR THE DAY?

    No real theme, although we did use peacock feathers as button holes and had a peacock coloured cake (blues and greens). Wanted something different!