• 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.

  • ADAM AND DANIEL’S MULTICULTURAL CASTLE WEDDING AT HORSLEY TOWERS

    TELL US THE STORY OF HOW YOU MET

    Daniel and I like to think we have quite the little love story, but it certainly wasn’t without its challenges. We met at a houseparty, and to this day we both remember feeling something we hadn’t really felt before. A connection we couldn’t explain.

    We continued to meet after the house party and found we fell for each other hard and fast, but there was a constant cloud hanging over us which was the fact that Daniel would finish his studies at university in a couple of months and had to return to Cuba. We tried to ignore the feelings we had knowing it couldn’t work out. A month after meeting I had a very serious health scare in hospital. It changed my perspective, I realised what was important, and convinced Daniel to move in – knowing he had to leave in 2 months. 

    When Daniel left the UK it was incredibly hard. We had immigration experts tell us to give up and that we couldn’t be together again. We ignored the odds and fought hard to be together, with many sleepless nights trying to find options. I flew to Cuba to spend some time with Daniel, since there was almost no internet there, and not being able to communicate with each other made it even more difficult. Eventually Daniel was able to come back to the UK on business for a British fashion magazine. We lived together for a further 6 months, and at the end Daniel proposed to me in the middle of Trafalgar Square, surprising me with all of my friends holding gold balloons spelling “Marry Me” in front of a huge crowd. It was an incredible moment we will never forget. 

  • KYLE AND DAVID’S HIGHFIELD HALL WEDDING

    Sun is shining, sunflowers and smiles everywhere – what a wonderful day for this Highfield Hall wedding.

    TELL US THE STORY OF HOW YOU MET

    We were society friends in university. Then became best friends very quickly. Everyone else said it was obvious that we should be a couple but I couldn’t see it at the time. Davy fancied me first and after a while I started to see him differently, beyond friends and someone I wanted to spend all of my time with as I was falling in love.

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

    We wanted a wedding day like our life together. Relaxed, full of food and hilarious. It was a glorious sunny day in June, the only one after two weeks of rain. We had a colour scheme of yellow and green with a variety of personal items and references to our interests. Everything was provided either by friends and family or the venue.

  • SUPPLIER SPOTLIGHT: TRACEY WARBEY PHOTOGRAPHY

    PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF

    Hi, my name is Tracey and I’m a documentary wedding photographer based in St Austell, Cornwall. I’m very fortunate to be able to shoot weddings full time and I cover the whole of the South West of England.

    WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO START YOUR BUSINESS?

    I have been into photography my whole life and bought my first DSLR in 2008. 
    Living in Cornwall, I started photographing seascapes and landscapes mainly and would post the pictures on social media. 
    In 2014 an old work colleague asked me to photograph her wedding, I agreed and the rest they say is history.

    HOW DOES YOUR TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE?

    When I’m not shooting a wedding, I’m busy juggling family life with running my business. I have two children of primary school age, so they tend to keep me pretty busy when I’m not editing or doing the marketing/ SEO thing…

    WHAT IS THE BEST PART OF YOUR JOB?

    Being chosen to shoot my client’s weddings is a real compliment. When I am able to spend the day with them and their loved ones and experience all the emotion, it’s such a honour. I feel very privileged to do this for a living and for me, it’s definitely one of the best bits of the job.

  • STYLED SHOOT: TROPICAL WEDDING

    Lauren of Lauren Alexander Weddings shared with us this beautiful Tropical Wedding styled shoot. I absolutely love all the styling and colours of it. Enjoy!

    INSPIRATION AND STORY BEHIND THE SHOOT

    This shoot is all about the senses – fierce, animalistic and overwhelmingly beautiful, let’s make ‘strong tropics’ a style that trail blazes onto the 19/20+ wedding scene! The vibe was all about strength: strong women, strong colour, strong patterns and above all strong tropics. Think fierce, think colour, think glitter and sparkle. With Frida Kahlo inspired accessories, pom poms, glitter station, cocktail station, earthy textures, reusing and ethical all products were available to be hired in and reused, or were ethical/sustainable products.

    Handcrafted specifically for the shoot, the dress and jumpsuit are embellished with colour, love and sass.

    An incredible handcrafted cape and veil were accessorised beautifully and crafted for the shoot, alongside bespoke hair accessories and jewellery with pom poms and raffia.

    Deep, sensual and tropical foliage and flowers created drama, height and texture throughout transforming a lovely venue in itself into a tropical paradise perfect for any couple to gain inspiration from. Our cakes were utterly stunning, a little playful and then a spice more traditional.

  • WEDDING PLANNING: WHAT WEDDING STATIONERY DO I NEED?

    Oh do I have a treat for you today?!?!?! Lovely Carly of With Bells On! wrote this amazing and comprehensive wedding stationery guide. You will find out everything – what do you need, what should it say and how to budget for it! Enjoy!

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    Congratulations if you’re engaged! Nothing makes me happy the way a couple-all-jittery-about-getting-married does. It’s an exciting time, but as many fiancées will tell you, it feels like a lot to plan and you can easily get overwhelmed. Not only does it seem like there’s a million things to think about and organise, but of course you’re not going to be expert at getting married, so let me lend you a hand.

    First up, you don’t NEED anything. Your wedding day should reflect your relationship and what you love. Try not to feel pressured into tradition or what other people say. With that aside, I’ll tell you the basis of what each part of stationery in a suite is for. Then you can decide what you need!

    Save the Dates

    What are they?

    The name is on the tin with this one, but it still might be complex to navigate in terms of what to say and when to send it. Save the Dates are usually very simple. They say your names, the date of the wedding and usually the city (and country if it’s not where you live). They encourage your guests to clear their diaries and ensure they can come to your wedding. Here’s an example:

    SAVE THE DATE
    Karina & Antonia are getting married!
    11th April 2020
    in Seville, Spain
    Invitation to follow

    You can of course add simple details and use whichever formatting of numbers and wording you prefer.

    When should we send Save the Dates?

    My recommendation would be as soon as you’ve chosen the date, and potentially booked the venue. This will mean the foundations are in place. If there’s another element to your day you can’t live without, like a specific band you just need there, for example, then make sure you have that sorted too. The basic rule of thumb is, as soon as you can!

    What format should the Save the Dates be?

    Any format you like! The most basic is a text message or email, but my advice is that people see it as a more formal and important occasion when they receive post. A simple one-sided postcard would do the trick!

    When might we not need Save the Dates?

    If you’re newly engaged but you’re getting married very soon, say the next 6 months, you could probably skip straight to the invitations. Equally, if you plan only to invite someone to the evening, you may decide not to send them a Save the Date card.

    What budget should we have for Save the Dates?

    This depends on the quantities, time frame, complexity of design and finishes. The more you have and the more intricate the design – we’re talking bespoke watercolour illustrations, coloured foils, that sort of thing – the higher the price. However I would say that Save the Dates should take up 10 – 15% of your wedding stationery budget.

  • WARREN AND TOM’S HEDSOR HOUSE WEDDING

    I know it’s June and sun is shining, but today we will enjoy a beautiful and chic winter Hedsor House wedding, photographed and shared with us by a London wedding photographer MIKI Photography.

    YOUR NAMES

    Tom and Warren 

    HOW DID YOU MEET?

    We met the old fashion way: on the dancefloor of a club.

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

    We married in early January because we wanted a winter wonderland inspired wedding. Tom designed the look and the production company set it up on the day. We went with mercury glass candles and ornate table pieces mixed amongst white roses. The lighting team had snowflakes projected onto the ceiling of the main hall.

    WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THE VENUE AND WHAT DID YOU LIKE ABOUT IT?

    The venue was the exact style we wanted, conviently located and was small enough to feel intimate and personal, whilst still having the grandeur of a manor house. We held both the ceremony and the reception there which was lovely.