Nonsuch Mansion

Getting to Know – Nonsuch Mansion

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Interview With: Julie Gray

Venue Name: Nonsuch Mansion

Website: www.nonsuchmansion.com

Location: Nonsuch Park, Cheam, Surrey – about half an hour from London

What type of venue is Nonsuch Mansion and how old is the building?

That’s an interesting question! The main part of the mansion was built in the late seventeen hundreds, during the reign of George IV. It was home to wealthy merchant Samuel Farmer and five further generations of his family until it was given to the public in the 1930’s. The foundations of the building are much, much older, from a keepers lodge that was part of the fabulous, ‘unequalled’ palace that was built here 500 years ago by King Henry VIII. The palace itself was ruined centuries before the mansion was built but we like to think that the spirit of Nonsuch lives here. The Tudor Gothic architecture was designed by Jeffrey Wyatt as an echo of its majestic predecessor. Nonsuch Mansion has been many things over the centuries and has always held a cherished place in the heart, memory and daily life of the whole community.

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What can a couple expect from having their wedding at Nonsuch Mansion?

Their own mansion for the day, exclusively theirs. We only ever hold one wedding at a time. Bovingdons (the caterers) have twenty two years experience of London weddings and we know how to tailor-make your day to your specifications.

What is the capacity for a wedding ceremony and wedding reception at Nonsuch Mansion?

Two of the staterooms are licensed for ceremonies; the Orchid Room for 130 guests and the Rose Room for 80 guests. For the reception the entire mansion can hold up to 250 reception style or 120 for dinner but there is also the option of a marquee on the lawn for anything up to 1000.

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Getting to Know – Lloyd Morgan Productions

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Interview With: Lloyd Morgan

Company Name: Rockadove (Formerly Lloyd Morgan Productions)

Website: www.rockadove.co.uk

Location / Coverage: Poole, Dorset / South coast up to and including South Wales

How did Lloyd Morgan Productions get started and how long has the business been going?

From previously working in the media industry producing video for film and television, I wanted to utilise my skills and work freelance.  So late summer 2009, I formed a business plan and launched the company at the beginning of 2010.  At first I ran the company alongside a full time job, but was fortunate enough to take the company on full time a few months later.

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Where do you cover?

South coast up to and including South Wales

Do you work on your own?

I run the company on my own, but contract in freelance cameramen when required.  This way I can ensure the standard of work is top quality.

What sets Lloyd Morgan Productions apart from other wedding videographers?

Lloyd Morgan Productions is a young, vibrant, and highly talented company.  Only in my mid twenties, graduating with a 1st Class honours degree in Video Production in 2007, and since working on various productions watched on television and the big screen, I bring a modern and technically precise style of filming.  So many companies are offering dated wedding videos, due to them not changing their techniques for 10+ years!  I provide couples with a fun and enjoyable wedding video which will be timeless and can be cherished forever.

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Does Lloyd Morgan Productions have a specialist area or style of wedding videography?

I like to combine the usual ‘documentary’ feel of wedding videos, with some cinematic shots, achieved with the skilful use of ‘glide’ equipment.  This combined with techniques I’ve learned over the years and that I use as part of my commercial work, results in stunning videos.

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Elle Hitchens bridal make-up

Getting to Know – Elle Hitchens

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Interview With: Elle Hitchens

Company Name: Elle Hitchens

Website: www.ellehitchens.co.uk

Location / Coverage: South West from Gloucestershire down to Cornwall

What services do Elle Hitchens provide?

Full bridal make-up for all members of the bridal party that is completely tailored to the individual. Trials are available and include a consultation so that the make-up look is completely to your own personal style.

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How did Elle Hitchens get started and how long has the business been going?

After training with the London College of Fashion I decided on a complete career change and started assisting at Fashion Shows, then built up my own clients by working with various photographers. I went on to work for MAC Cosmetics for two years but decided to take the step to become completely freelance and focus on weddings. I have now been working in the industry for 5 years.

What areas do you cover?

All over the South West and even further afield if necessary, I’m happy to travel!

Who works at Elle Hitchens and what are your backgrounds?

I am a sole trader and have a background of graphic design and events management before changing career to pursue make-up artistry.

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Getting to Know – Breakthrough Breast Cancer

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Interview With: Georgina Hyman

Company Name: Breakthrough Breast Cancer

Website: www.breakthrough.org.uk

Location / Coverage: National

What does Breakthrough Breast Cancer do?

We’re the largest and most influential UK breast cancer charity. Through the generous donations from our supporters and fundraisers (who come up with increasingly imaginative ways to raise money) we’re able to fight breast cancer on three fronts: research, campaigning and education.

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How did Breakthrough Breast Cancer come about and how long has the charity been going?

Breakthrough is still quite a young charity. We were founded by Bill Freedman who lost his wife Toby Robins to breast cancer. Bill had a vision of a better way to beat breast cancer with scientists dedicated to breast cancer research; this led to the opening of the Breakthrough Research Centre in 1999.

We’ve come such a long way since we were founded. Today we have more than 10 clinical trials thanks to our scientists research. Patients are being treated with drugs developed at the Breakthrough Research Centre and this is what our fundraising is all about, real results for patients with breast cancer. We’re all really hopeful for what we can achieve in the next 10 years.

How is Breakthrough Breast Cancer involved in weddings?

We like to think we can offer an alternative to couples who have everything they need with donations in lieu of gifts. Our pins as wedding favours are also a lovely way for your guests to take away with them a special reminder from the day whilst also supporting a cause which affects so many people. Really, we want to give people the opportunity to make a difference to the lives of thousands of people who are affected by breast cancer.

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How can people getting married help Breakthrough Breast Cancer?

There are great ways to get involved; whether you choose pins as wedding favours, a collection can at the bar or donations in lieu of gifts – you can remember someone special to you and, at the same time, help us get a step closer to beating breast cancer.

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Getting to Know – Final Touches

Bride having hair done by Final Touches

Interview With: Janice Eveleigh

Company Name: Final Touches

Website: www.finaltouchesbeauty.co.uk

Location / Coverage: Hertfordshire, London and Surrounding Counties

What services do Final Touches provide?

Final Touches provides a bridal hair and make-up service.

How did Final Touches get started and how long has the business been going?

Final Touches got started when a friend who is a make-up artist asked me to help do the hair at a wedding in 2002. I really enjoyed the experience and started helping her more and more. I soon realised I preferred the wedding work and freedom of working freelance rather than being employed. I already had hair and make-up skills but decided to take a few refresher courses in bridal hair and make-up. Then, after much consideration and deliberation I decided to set up Final Touches and haven’t looked back since.

Who works at Final Touches and what are your backgrounds?

Final Touches is solely run by myself but I call upon other freelance hair and make-up colleagues who I have worked with over the years when I have a large bridal party.

My background has always been in the beauty industry and I started as an apprentice hairdresser on leaving school and completed a City and Guilds 3 year course. I then worked on board cruise ships for a number of years, travelling to numerous countries and began training in make-up when I returned. I’ve worked for Virgin Atlantic in the upper class lounge as a stylist and educator to air stewardesses about to undertake abinitio training. I’m a qualified teaching assessor and have a Cert Ed in adult education.

Bride having make-up done by Final Touches

Why should a bride and female members of the bridal party have a professional to do their hair and make-up on the day of the wedding?

When a bride chooses a beautiful dress, jewellery and shoes, and thinks hard about what photographer to choose, I think it’s important to complete the look with professional hair and make-up. Your wedding photos are something you will want to treasure and look your best in, so having flawless make-up and beautiful hair is a must for every bride.

This also makes for an enjoyable wedding morning spent with your bridesmaids, stress free and being pampered without the hassle of having to go to a salon.

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