Getting to Know – Robin Goodlad Photography

Robin Goodlad of Robin Goodlad Photography

Company Name: Robin Goodlad Photography

Interview with: Robin Goodlad

Location / Coverage: Dorset based, but covering the UK and beyond.

How did your business get started and who works at Robin Goodlad Photography?

I first started photographing weddings for family back in the 1990’s. I didn’t know that much about wedding photography back then so I shot what I saw, and my family were really pleased with the results. Little did I know that this would become my documentary style.

Back then I was shooting with film, so every frame really did count, and time and care was always taken to perfect the frame, as film cost money.

I branched out formally in to professional wedding photography in 2001. My experience and style has evolved considerably since then, though I will never stop learning and trying new things.

I occasionally use second photographers to assist me with coverage, but as my name is the brand, it is myself that always photographs every wedding, in my own style.

Bride and groom facing each other as light shines through trees behind them

Had you always wanted to be a photographer?

I did, yes, but back in the 1980’s (I’m showing my age!) the career advice at school was never the best. It ranged from ‘it’s a very competitive market’ to ‘you should look for a “real” job’! As a result I tried many things, but the desire to photograph was too strong.

It has been the one thing that has been a constant through my life, so it was inevitable I would always seek to earn a living this way. A key belief for me now is that happiness comes from doing what you love every day, and I couldn’t be happier!

Wedding guests playing Jenga

Can you remember how old you were when you took your first picture? What was it of?

I remember it clearly as it was my 5th birthday. My parents bought me a Kodak Instamatic 126 camera and I took it in to the garden and photographed the Daffodils. Of course film was expensive though, and I was 5, so it was several weeks before I saw the results.

I loved the anticipation of waiting to collect the photos, whether a few days, 24 hours, or the ‘express’ service of just an hour! In today’s instant world it is hard to visualize how exciting this was. I was hooked.

Each film of 36 exposures became a mini project. I would look for interesting things to photograph, and couldn’t wait for the results. Little did I know that I wasn’t just taking pictures, I was developing as an artist.

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Getting to Know – Ribby Hall Village

Venue Name: Ribby Hall Village

Location: Wrea Green, Near Preston and Blackpool, Lancashire

What type of venue is Ribby Hall Village?

Located in the heart of Lancashire in more than 100 acres of countryside, Ribby Hall Village is a modern and sophisticated wedding venue within a 5 star holiday village.

The wedding venue is 14 years old, built in 2004 to accommodate a growing demand in weddings. In 2009 we opened the doors to our Garden Room, with stunning views of our manicured gardens through the largest windows we could find. 2010 saw the complete refurbishment of our largest room, the Woodland Suite, to ensure all aspects of the venue were consistent with a more modern feel.

Over recent years our Rowan Suite has also had an interior design makeover, with textured wall papers, mirrored console tables and mood lighting.

Bride and Groom Kissing Outside Spa Hotel at Ribby Hall VIllage

What is the capacity for a wedding ceremony and wedding reception at Ribby Hall Village?

We have three suites to choose from for weddings at Ribby Hall Village. The Woodland Suite is the largest with a capacity of 350, The Rowan Suite can accommodate 200 and The Garden Room holds 110. We also have an outdoor ceremony feature, the Summer House, which can accommodate 10 people inside and additional guests on the patio area.

Wedding Ceremony in The Summer House at Ribby Hall VIllage

Do you offer exclusive use as part of the packages?

No, we do not offer exclusive use.

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Getting to Know – Sandhole Oak Barn

Venue Name: Sandhole Oak Barn

Location: Near Congleton, Cheshire

What type of venue is Sandhole Oak Barn and how old is the building?

Sandhole Oak Barn is a breathtaking barn wedding venue that provides a relaxing and romantic setting with truly idyllic surroundings. Set on the banks of a private lake and with rolling Cheshire countryside all around, you’ll struggle to find a more picturesque place to tie the knot.

Sandhole Oak Barn wedding venue in Cheshire

Tell us a little about the beautiful venue’s history.

Sandhole has been home to the Worth family for five decades. Originally all farmland, Sandhole began hosting weddings in 1995 and is believed to be the first farm in Britain to do so. In 2005 the stunning, oak-beamed barn was built and now provides an enchanting setting for country weddings. Sandhole is still family run and we take immense pride in our venue and our collective bespoke approach.

Couple by lake at Sandhole Oak Barn

What is the capacity for a wedding ceremony and wedding reception at Sandhole Oak Barn?

Couples will find plenty of space for up to 140 guests for both ceremonies and wedding breakfasts. In the evening, you’re welcome to invite a further 40 guests.

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Getting to Know – Warble Entertainment Agency

Warble Entertainment Agency Logo

Company Name: Warble Entertainment Agency

Interview With: Joey Burdon

Location/Coverage: UK and Europe

What does Warble Entertainment Agency do?

Warble Entertainment Agency is the home of the UK’s best wedding acts and entertainers. Everything you need is in one place to make planning your wedding entertainment easy and stress-free.

The Jet-Setters, Warble Entertainment Agency Act

How did Warble Entertainment Agency get started and how long have you been going?

Warble Entertainment began in 2007 with the vision of helping couples find the perfect wedding entertainment for their big day, regardless of budget, theme or style.

Our ethos from the beginning has always been one of reliability and passion. We know how stressful wedding planning can be so we always aim to make things as easy as possible. A lot of couples are surprised at how simple and straightforward the process is! I also find it’s part of our role to make the process fun. Too much of wedding planning can be notoriously difficult or joyless. Wedding entertainment is one of the most exciting parts; we know this and like to share it with you.

Bride Dancing

Where do you cover?

Our awesome team of wedding entertainment brainiacs are based in Cheshire, however our entertainment options cover the whole of the UK, Europe and even Worldwide!

Couples planning a destination wedding can choose from a huge variety of wedding entertainment with experience in performing abroad too.

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Bride with groom sitting on bonnet of Jeep - Picture by Bethany Lloyd-Clarke Photography

Getting to Know – Bethany Lloyd-Clarke Photography

Bethany Lloyd of Bethany Lloyd-Clarke Photography

Company Name: Bethany Lloyd-Clarke Photography

Interview with: Bethany Clarke

Location/Coverage: Based in Yorkshire but travel all over

How did your business get started and who works at Bethany Lloyd-Clarke Photography?

Bethany Lloyd-Clarke Photography is Bethany Clarke and Matthew Lloyd. Wedding photography was a natural progression from our career as photojournalist. We have both been full time professional photographers for over 10 years, and have photographed hundreds of weddings.

Bride with groom sitting on bonnet of Jeep - Picture by Bethany Lloyd-Clarke Photography

Had you always wanted to be a photographer?

Yes, being a photojournalist was always my dream job. I’m lucky to have travelled the world for some incredible publications, as well as capture some of life’s most important moments for many families.

Bridesmaid pulling out bride's long veil - Picture by Bethany Lloyd-Clarke Photography

Which areas of the UK do you cover?

Based in Yorkshire, Bethany Lloyd-Clarke Photography covers the north of England and London (we lived in London for many years), but we’re happy to travel. We also shoot a couple of destination weddings each year.

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