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Getting to Know – James Griffiths Photography

James Griffiths of James Griffiths Photography

Company Name: James Griffiths Photography

Interview with: James Griffiths

Location / Coverage: Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Somerset and Cornwall

How did your business start and who works at James Griffiths Photography?

James Griffiths Photography really grew in 2015 when my wife and I had our daughter, Erin. I wanted to build a business for the family, doing something I am passionate about, which would complement family life. I’m so pleased with how quickly things have developed.

My wife, Ria, is involved with admin and marketing for the business, and Erin, who is nearly three, usually has some opinions to share!

Man lifting boy up in the air

Had you always wanted to be a photographer?

I’ve always been a photography enthusiast, but I actually started my paid career in construction and worked for many years completing measured building surveys. I then diversified into selling and demonstrating high specification camera equipment. This was when I started to seriously consider photography as a profession, rather than a hobby.

Bride and groom under arch

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

I remember taking pictures of our family dog, Duncan. I’m not sure exactly how old I was – probably about eight. Sadly Duncan couldn’t see very well so I don’t think he knew he was posing for a picture.

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Bride singing on dance floor at wedding

Getting to Know – Alive Network

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Company Name: Alive Network

Interview With: Gemma Cater, Entertainment Coordinator

Location / Coverage: We’re based in Staffordshire, but our artists perform UK-wide and globally!

Who are Alive Network?

Alive Network is the UK’s biggest and best loved source of live wedding entertainment and wedding bands.

Bride and groom first dance

How many people work at Alive Network?

23 music-obsessed people work for Alive Network…

  • Nine Entertainment Coordinators (the lovely voices at the end of the telephone).
  • Four sound engineers and producers working in our in-house studios.
  • Three in our Talent Team, scoping out and supporting the latest and greatest artists for our customers.

How did Alive Network get started and how long have you been going?

Dave Bevan founded Alive Network in 1999. Back then, Dave was a full-time (curtain-haired!) professional guitarist with big ambitions. He wanted to give couples access to stylish, professional-calibre bands and artists, playing the kind of music that cool young couples loved, and similar to the chart bands they were fans of… rather than amateur fogeys playing tired hits from days of old!

As a musician himself, Dave knew there were artists out there who could do better, and that wedding guests would totally love (we all deserve a good party!). Coupled with that, he wanted to help talented musicians make a living from music (cue Dave’s *eureka!* moment!). And so began his quest in sourcing, developing and supporting the best of the UK’s musical and artistic talent. Hooking them up with promoters, event organisers and music fans (like you!), providing access to great live music.

Wedding guest dancing

Nearly two decades, 5,000+ artists and 100,000+ events later, Alive Network has its own in-house recording studio, supporting original artists in their pursuit of success in the wider music industry, while developing our catalogue of the UK’s best bands, musicians, DJs, entertainers and suppliers, so you can pick the cream of our crop, making amazing memories for your biggest day ever.

Dave has shorter hair, but still messes around on guitars, and still believes that live entertainment makes everything better. We’ve seen it. It really does.

Where do you cover?

Most of our artists perform all over the UK and internationally.

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Getting to Know – Hayley Jayne Weddings and Events

Hayley Bunting, Wedding Planner for Hayley Jayne Weddings and Events

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Company Name: Hayley Jayne Weddings and Events

Interview with: Hayley Bunting

Location / Coverage: Essex, London, Kent and Hertfordshire

What does Hayley Jayne Weddings and Events do?

Hayley Jayne Weddings and Events works alongside clients to help them plan their wedding or special occasion.

Hayley Bunting of Hayley Jayne Weddings and Events at Work

Have you always had an interest in weddings and wanted to be a wedding planner?

I have always loved weddings, but I hadn’t considered becoming a wedding planner until I began planning my own wedding nine years ago.

How did Hayley Jayne Weddings and Events start and how long has the business been going?

My wedding planning journey began when I trained with the UKAWP. Shortly after completing my training I carried out work shadowing placements with various wedding planners and wedding venues across Essex. I then went on to launch Hayley Jayne Weddings and Events in 2016

Winter wedding tablescape styled by Hayley Jayne Weddings and Events

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Getting to Know – Trump Turnberry

Venue Name: Trump Turnberry, a Luxury Collection Resort

Location: South Ayrshire, Scotland

What type of venue is Trump Turnberry and how old is the building?

Trump Turnberry is a luxury wedding venue and world famous golf resort that offers couples the most enchanting of locations for their dream wedding day. As one of Scotland’s premier wedding destinations, the venue boasts romantic views over slate blue seas and spectacular glimpses of distant mountains. Nestled on Scotland’s south west coast, this five star resort has everything a happy couple could hope for as they plan their luxurious wedding day.

Built in 1906, the main hotel building is 111 years old! Whether you are hosting a grand affair or holding an intimate celebration for a select few, Trump Turnberry is a wedding venue of serene beauty that you and your guests will adore.

Fountain Outside Trump Turnberry

What is the capacity for a wedding ceremony and wedding reception at Trump Turnberry?

From two to 500. Couples wishing to host their fairytale wedding in this little piece of Scottish paradise will be delighted to know that this luxurious venue is now made even more special with the addition of the Donald J. Trump Ballroom.

The iconic ballroom has been beautifully designed and is perfectly in-keeping with the lavish style of this impressive resort. This exceptional space has a 500 seated capacity, making it the go-to destination for couples looking for a first class venue to celebrate their nuptials.

We host on average between 20 and 30 weddings a year. There are six rooms available for weddings at the resort, and The Turnberry Lighthouse can host intimate ceremonies.

The Turnberry Lighthouse at Trump Turnberry

Is catering provided for weddings or can couples bring in their own caterers?

Both options are available. We have catering within our package, and we also work with specific outside caterers which we consider on a case-by-case basis

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That Amazing Place Wedding Venue in Essex

Getting to Know – That Amazing Place

Venue Name: That Amazing Place

Location: Old Harlow, Essex

What type of venue is That Amazing Place and how old is the building?

That Amazing Place is a beautiful country house that dates back to the 15th Century, but has been beautifully modernised. It’s Essex’s newest premier wedding venue and is ideally suited to couples seeking a blank canvas on which to create their dream wedding.

That Amazing Place Wedding Venue in Essex

Tell us a little about the history of this beautiful venue.

Nestled in the Essex countryside, That Amazing Place (also known as ‘Hubbards Hall’) was originally built in the 15th century as a monastery. For many years this grade II listed hidden gem was occupied as a residential property, until its current owners decided to renovate and re-open it as the beautifully elegant venue that it is today. It has been a wedding venue for two years now, hosting 50 to 70 weddings a year on average.

That Amazing Place Sign

Is That Amazing Place licensed for wedding ceremonies and how many guests can you accommodate?

Yes. That Amazing Place can accommodate 100 guests for civil ceremonies, with the capacity for up to 180 guests for a wedding reception.

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