Location/Coverage: Cornwall, Devon, South West and London
What does Claire’s Sweet Temptations do?
Claire’s Sweet Temptations designs and makes bespoke wedding cakes. I make all the cakes myself from scratch, and I also make all the sugar flowers and decorations.
How did Claire’s Sweet Temptations get started and how long has the business been going?
Claire’s Sweet Temptations started as many small businesses do – almost by accident. Making cakes for friends and family led to a local diner asking me to make cakes for them, and a diner customer then asked if I did wedding cakes. I said yes, and the business started from there.
Have you always wanted to make cakes for a living?
No. I left school and trained in horticulture, and I then decided to do a degree in English Literature (as you do.) But I’ve always been artistic, and I always wanted a job that allowed for creativity.
I am a watercolour artist based in Buckinghamshire. I create floral fabrics and stationery focusing on the flowers and colour palettes in the wedding industry. I have a background in Textiles and Print Design and continue to build that passion though my business. I draw all artwork by hand using paints and pencils in my garden studio in a little village called Steeple Claydon.
Who works at Anna Jayne Designs and what are your roles?
I am the face behind Anna Jayne Designs. It is only myself in my business, so I am the one emailing customers, creating the artwork, marketing my products and sorting my accounts. My favourite role is creating bespoke artwork for couples making the invites unique to them.
How did Anna Jayne Designs come about and how long has the company been running?
I have been running my business for nearly 18 months now. I decided in 2016 that I needed to create a career that I loved and was passionate about, so I handed in my notice to begin Anna Jayne Designs.
During that year I was a bridesmaid for my good friend, Hannah. I created a printed design to use on her wedding day for jam jars and bunting. With that artwork, I then created table numbers and other bits of decorations to bring the whole theme together. This is where the idea of Anna Jayne Designs began. I loved that with my textiles degree and ability to draw I could help so much on a special day like a wedding. Hannah’s wedding stationery is the ‘Franklin Floral’ design.
Describe your studio
I work from my studio based in my parents back garden in Steeple Claydon, Buckinghamshire. I decided quite early on with running my own business that I needed to separate work and home life. It can be a little chilly through the winter, but it easily warms up with the heaters full blast.
What type of venue is Holbrook Manor and how old is the building?
Holbrook Manor is a privately owned quintessential English Georgian country house wedding venue with a warm and welcoming atmosphere, set in twenty acres of unspoiled woodland and rolling pastures. Over 800 years old, the venue is situated in the heart of the Wessex countryside, on the borders of Somerset, Dorset and Wiltshire.
Holbrook House was once owned by the famous General Shrapnel, and the earliest known owner was Giles Hose (1201-02). It was in 1998 that the new owners, John and Pat McGinley, took over the hotel and embarked on a refurbishment programme and development which included the health suite, indoor pool and garden rooms.
How long has Holbrook Manor been a wedding venue?
We have been a hotel and spa for over 10 years offering weddings, and are now an exclusive wedding venue.
What is the capacity for a wedding ceremony and wedding reception at Holbrook Manor?
Ideally suited for exclusive use, Holbrook Manor can cater for weddings with up to 140 guests in the main building, and up to 250 for the evening reception.
What rooms are available for couples having their wedding at Holbrook Manor?
We have five separate areas licensed for Civil Ceremonies, all with direct access to the gardens.
Ceremonies at Holbrook Manor
For your wedding ceremony, the ‘Dorset’ has a light and airy feel with impressive chandeliers. The ‘Somerset’ is a grand room with two ornate pillars which make for a perfect ceremony backdrop. Both rooms have stunning views out across the terrace to the gardens, with direct access to the outside areas too for enjoying pre and post ceremony drinks and photographs.
What type of venue is Deer Park Country House Hotel and how old is the building?
Deer Park Country House Hotel is an 18th Century Georgian mansion wedding venue in Devon. With 80 acres of glorious grounds, beautiful boutique hotel bedrooms, a pretty Italian garden and a ridiculously tasty double-rosette winning restaurant, we think you’ll agree it’s a delightful bundle of wonderfulness.
Influenced by the best of British, Deer Park Country House Hotel Hotel is the epitome of a quintessentially English Country House. We strive for excellence in everything we do, and were tickled pink when awarded four stars this year, and voted the Best Venue in The South West Tourism Awards.
Tell us a little about the beautiful venue’s history
Deer Park Country House Hotel, a Georgian Squire’s Mansion dated 1721, is set in 80 acres of glorious grounds in an ancient Parish known as ‘Buckerell’, regarded as the most beautiful part of Devon, yet a mere eight miles from the coast.
Known as the Deerpark in ancient days and providing a centre for the kings of England together with their gentlemen, not to mention their ladies – the Chase is surrounded by history. The Old Iron Age fortress of Hembury is not far away, and the Deer Park mansion overlooks the old Roman road, the Fosse Way. For a thousand years and more this carried the horse-drawn coaches and carts, and highwaymen, from the Cathedral cities of Lincoln and Peterborough to the sister City of Exeter.
Around the end of Cromwell’s rule, Nicholas Fry pulled down the Old Barton and built the first Deer Park Mansion. The Fry family lived here until the end of the 18th century. The present house, built in 1755, faces directly south, with much thought given to its design, seen from the large windows which all receive a full measure of sunshine from sunrise to sundown.
How long has Deer Park Country House Hotel been a wedding venue?
We have successfully run weddings at the Deer Park Country House Hotel for over 20 years.
Is Deer Park Country House Hotel licensed for wedding ceremonies?
Licensed for civil ceremonies, Deer Park Country House Hotel is perfect for exclusive use weddings in Devon. Wonderful whatever the season, you can tie the knot in our secluded secret garden surrounded by wild flowers, inside our vintage-chic country house, or in the light and bright Orangery, with its toasty underfloor heating and ambient lighting.
Location / Coverage: Buckinghamshire and South East England
How did your business get started and who works at Damion Mower Photography?
I started my business several years ago with a passion to capture elegant and unique wedding photography. I initially committed to training and developing my understanding of both the creative and technical side of photography, as well as understanding how to run a photography business. During this period I also spent a lot of time working as a second photographer, honing my skill and developing my style.
I still invest in training and regularly attend workshops and conferences with the best talent across the industry. It broadens my mind and improves my technique, meaning I can deliver above and beyond for my clients.
I typically work with a second photographer who is a professional in their own right.
Had you always wanted to be a photographer?
I started my career in marketing, working with creative agencies building advertising campaigns for some well known brands. I loved it but needed an outlet for my own creativity. Having always had a passion for photography and being an enormous fan of how imagery can evoke emotions, wedding photography was my natural next step.
Can you remember how old you were when you took your first picture? What was it of?
No, but I remember my dad lending me his Olympus and me dropping it, returning it with a cracked lens. I’m a little more careful with my kit.