Blush Pink Boater Style Hat by Beverley Edmondson Millinery

Getting to Know – Beverley Edmondson Millinery

Beverley Edmondson

Company Name: Beverley Edmondson Millinery

Interview with: Beverley Edmondson

Location: Farnham, Surrey

How did Beverley Edmondson Millinery start and how long has the business been going?

Whilst at school I did work experience at Angels, the theatrical costumiers, assigned to the millinery department. It all started from there. I also did work experience with Bruce Oldfield couture, but found I was more drawn to millinery in the end. I then trained as a milliner at Kensington and Chelsea College of Fashion, but I am still always learning new techniques.

The business has now been going for ten years, with a high street shop for the past seven years. I started the business from market stalls and holding consultations in my father’s spare bedroom initially.

Large White Disc Hat by Beverley Edmondson Millinery

Who works at Beverley Edmondson Millinery and what are your roles?

We are a small team. We have several staff who work on the shop floor who can advise our customers about styles and colours. Another member mainly concentrates on any alterations required plus helping me with the making of the hats. It is just myself who designs the hats for our collections, or 1-2-1 with the customer for bespoke pieces. Another member purely concentrates on our online presence.

Lace Ruffle Headpiece by Beverley Edmondson Millinery

What wedding accessories do you offer?

We often say to our customers, “you bring the dress and we can do the rest”. Alongside our hats and fascinators, which are available either by bespoke millinery services or pret-a-porter, we also have a large range of clutch bags, pashminas, bridal hair accessories, corsages, a rainbow selection of ties and pocket squares, and even shoes and bags which we can dye to any shade required. We can accessorise everyone – bride, groom, bridesmaids, groomsmen and mother of the bride and wedding guests.

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Getting to Know – Lamare London

Liesl Lamare of Lamare London

Company Name: Lamare London

Interview with: Liesl Lamare

Location / Coverage: Based in London, planning weddings across Greater London, the Home Counties and the Cotswolds. Lamare London can also plan further afield upon request.

What does Lamare London do?

Lamare London is a leading, luxury wedding and event planning company delivering exceptional and unforgettable events for their discerning clients. Our speciality is really getting to know our clients and personalising their wedding to meet their unique requests, styles and tastes.

We like to think we add TLC to each of our events through our creative expertise and attention to detail to give them that wow-factor which expresses our clients’ personalities – the ‘TLC’ at Lamare London stands for Touches of Luxury and Character.

No two weddings are alike in our portfolio, and we like to push the boundaries of our client’s imagination as to what is possible.

Marquee Wedding with Pink Lanterns Planned by Lamare London

How did Lamare London come about and how long has the business been going?

I started my wedding planning business to break the ‘package’ mould offered to couples in the UK which I found limiting and impersonal. Instead I wanted couples to experience tailor-made luxury weddings, unique and reflective of their own personal style.

Wedding Tables at Dartmouth House Black Tie Wedding Planned by Lamare London

Who works at Lamare London and what are your roles?

I am the creative director and founder. I personally look after each and every one of our clients, pulling in a team of crème de la crème event professionals which I carefully select to match each couple’s personal style and vision for their wedding day.

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Flower Wall Wedding Backdrop from The Fab Gift Boutique

Getting to Know – The Fab Gift Boutique

Sandra Trusty of The Fab Gift Boutique

Company Name: The Fab Gift Boutique

Interview with: Sandra Trusty

Location / Coverage: Swindon/Wiltshire and surrounding areas

How did your business get started and who works at The Fab Gift Boutique?

We used to live in France and Abu Dhabi, and during our time living in those countries I got involved in the event planning industry. I’ve had involvement in organizing weddings in the Caribbean too.

When we returned to the UK I knew I wanted to use that experience and continue organizing fabulous events here in the UK. Hence the Fab Gift Boutique was born.

Since we started out, we’ve grown and increased the range of services we offer to our clients.

Table Flowers and Styling by The Fab Gift Boutique

What does The Fab Gift Boutique do?

Many venues are great in terms of location – a hotel function room or village hall for instance – but lack pizazz. What we can do is transform mundane into something magical. We’re good at ideas.

If a client wants all the pain of organizing and preparing a venue taken away we can do that! But if they simply want to hire venue styling accessories from us and do the work themselves that’s fine too.

Part of our service involves creating bespoke items for our clients. For example, we recently created personalized gift boxes for bridesmaids and best men. The ideas of these is to be a fun yet memorable way for a couple to ask someone to take on a special role in their wedding party.

We also have an online shop offering personalized gifts.

Which areas of the UK does your business cover?

We’re based in Wiltshire and serve the surrounding areas, but as I always say, “Have car – will travel!”

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Wedding Marquee from E.H. Events and Marquees

Getting to Know – E.H. Events & Marquees

Company Name: E.H. Events & Marquees

Interview With: Harvey

Location/Coverage: Hertfordshire, Essex, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk

Who are E.H. Events & Marquees and what do you do?

We provide stunning and unique marquees for weddings and other events. We’re a group of young and enthusiastic event professionals with an extremely high quality of work!

Wedding Marquee from E.H. Events and Marquees

How and when did E.H. Events & Marquees start?

We have been operating for just over two years and have just finished our second successful ‘Summer Season’.

What does E.H. represent in your company name?

Originally we were ‘East Hertfordshire’, but we dropped that in order to not restrict ourselves to one area.

Marquee Wedding Styling

Who works at E.H. Events & Marquees and what are your roles?

There are three of us full time. Me (the boss). My role primarily is picking up projects from the start, working with the customer and seeing them through to completion. I’m on-site for every build to ensure the company’s high quality of work is always maintained.

Charlotte (my better half (and the real boss)) mans the office and accounts to ensure we keep on running smoothly and are always in the right place at the right time.

Dave (real name Marcus) is my right-hand man and the Mr ‘can do’ within the company. I have the ideas and Dave makes them happen. Dave also manages the warehouse and keeps our equipment in tip-top condition.

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Bride and groom sitting on bench - Picture by Angela G Photographer

Getting to Know – Angela G Photographer

Angela Geldenhuys of Angela G Photographer

Angela G Photographer Logo

Company Name: Angela G Photographer

Interview with: Angela Geldenhuys

Location / Coverage: Hertfordshire

How did your business get started and who works at Angela G Photographer?

I studied photography, worked in several well-known portrait studios and then started my own business shooting portraits and eventually weddings as well.

I’m the only official employee but have an amazing network of other professional photographers who second shoot for me.

Bride and groom sitting on bench - Picture by Angela G Photographer

Had you always wanted to be a photographer?

I always wanted to do something creative, and as soon as I did a course on black and white darkroom photography I was hooked!

Bride pulling up dress to show groom her shoes - Picture by Angela G Photographer

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

I was about six years old and it was a picture of my dad.

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