Roger La Borde Heart Guest Book

Getting to Know – Simply Chic

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Interview With: Cathy Lavictoire

Company Name: Simply Chic

Website: www.simply-chic.co.uk

Location / Coverage: Worcester / Nationwide

What is Simply Chic?

Simply Chic is an online stationery & gift boutique. We stock a range of stylish stationery, gifts, gorgeous wedding journals and guest books, and we have recently launched a new range of chic wedding accessories and vintage style favours.

Roger La Borde Heart Guest Book

What made you launch Simply Chic and how long has the business been going?

I have always wanted my own boutique specialising in stylish stationery for special occasions and every day, we launched online in February of this year.

What product collections does Simply Chic sell?

We sell wedding journals, a collection of books from Ryland Peters & Small to help with wedding planning, our stylish guest books are by Roger La Borde, we stock baby gifts, our social stationery is a collection of lovely thank you cards and we also have a range of contemporary stationery and gifts by Caroline Gardner and Emma Bridgewater.

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Getting to Know – Lulubelle’s Cakes

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Interview with: Louisa Harman

Company Name: Lulubelle’s Cakes

Website: www.lulubellescakes.com

Location: West Parley, Dorset

Have you always wanted to make cakes for a living?

As a teenager I used to bake sculpted birthday cakes for friends and family, and always dreamed of owning my own little coffee and cake shop, but after going to Uni ended up working in advertising for more than a decade. It was only late last year that I rediscovered my love for baking and decided that the time was right to give it a go as a business.

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Is it just you or do you have a team?

Lulubelle’s is mostly just me, however I have a few people I regularly call on to help me out at busy times both in the kitchen and delivering – the support of good friends and family is crucial for a young business!

What type of cakes do you make?

Lulubelle’s main business is cupcakes, but we do a full range of bespoke cakes and goodies from giant cupcakes to sculpted cakes, iced cookies and Cake Balls!

Cupcakes by Lulubelles Cakes

What sets Lulubelle’s Cakes apart from other cake makers?

It would be easy to say quality and service, but I imagine most cake companies will say the same! So, how about the fact that we do over 40 flavours of cupcake, are always up for a challenge and offer free local delivery?

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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.

Bride with eyes shut

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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