Picture of a Bride Looking Out of a Window by Mike Dallenger's Photography

Getting to Know – Mike Dallenger’s Photography

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Interview With: Mike Dallenger

Company Name: Mike Dallenger’s Social Photography

Website: www.mikedallenger.co.uk

Location / Coverage: Based in Dorset and predominately work across the South West and South East of England. Also serves the rest of the UK and overseas.

How did Mike Dallenger’s Photography come about and how long has the business been going?

I have been taking wedding pictures for over 30 years. In the beginning it was as a serious hobby but increasingly family, friends (and their friends) asked me to become the official photographer.

About 5 years ago I decided to turn my hobby into a business and become a digital wedding photographer. This was a significant moment for me as it meant that I said farewell to my film cameras (on eBay).

I particularly enjoy digital photography as you have complete control over the image and do not need to send films for processing. Of course digital also presents a whole new world of image manipulation, where of course the camera doesn’t lie 🙂 – would you like to look younger, appear on a magazine cover, park your car on its own bonnet, sit within the palms of your hands? The only limit is imagination.

Picture of Groomsmen Doing Madness Walk by Mike Dallenger's Photography

How old were you when you took your first picture? Can you remember what it was?

It was during a school trip to London. An artist was painting and I took a picture of his painting in the foreground with the scene that he was painting in the distance. I must have been about 10 and I think it was an old Kodak camera.

Who works at Mike Dallenger’s Photography?

Currently I work on my own with assistance at wedding exhibitions. I am currently looking for a suitable trainee to become an assistant.

Picture of a Bride Looking Out of a Window by Mike Dallenger's Photography

What sets Mike Dallenger’s Photography apart from other wedding photographers?

I believe that preparation is vitally important and enjoy working with the happy couples (and their families) when planning the photography coverage.

I have an honest passion for photography and the day that it feels like a job will be the day that I hang up my cameras.

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Getting to Know – Planet Cake

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Interview With: Rachel Hill

Company Name: Planet Cake

Website: www.planet-cake.com

Location: South London

How did Planet Cake begin and how long has the business been going?

We have been in business for about 4 years now. I wanted to run my own business doing something that I was passionate about. A love of the sweet and delicious, combined with a flair for design and all things creative led to the birth of ‘Planet Cake’.

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Just some of the fantastic cakes available from Planet Cake

How old were you when you made your first cake?

I iced and decorated my first proper celebration cake when I was 15. I used to sell my cakes through my father’s delicatessen. I probably made my first cupcakes at the age of 3! My family are all fantastic cooks and I believe my skills were naturally inherited from them. There is nothing nicer than baking a beautiful cake, smelling the warmth of it in the oven and then watching it get demolished by family and friends.

Who works at Planet Cake?

I am the director and head designer at Planet Cake. I also have a part time employee and a whole brood of chickens.

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Cox’s Pink Wedding Cake by Planet Cake

What type of cakes do you make?

We make all sorts of cakes for any occasion, but we specialise in Wedding Cakes.

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Getting to Know – Sweetcrafts

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Interview With: Tania Duff

Company Name: Sweetcrafts

Website: www.sweetcrafts.co.uk

Location / Coverage: United Kingdom and some countries in Europe

What is Sweetcrafts?

A mixture of sweets and crafts. For weddings our product is the “Bem-casado”, a delicious sweet handmade individually as a delicate craft. Two halves united by a soft cream that will keep them together…forever.

Bem-casados with Bride and Groom decoration

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

I first had the idea of starting this business when I made one of the most traditional Brazilian sweets for my own wedding in 2008 and everybody really enjoyed them. I launched the business last year after creating my website and participating at my first Show. I was so happy; my sweets were a real success!

Do you cover the whole of the UK?

We are based in Hampshire but we’ve always been able to deliver to London and the surrounding areas. Sometimes we post to Scotland and some countries in Europe.

Do you make the favours yourself?

Yes, I find it really enjoyable. I make them from an old recipe, still using the same method, seeking the “perfect match” for each part of the sweet as my grandmother used to do.

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Getting to Know – Ellie and Charlotte

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Interview With: Charlotte Rutter

Company Name: Ellie & Charlotte

Website: www.ellielowe.co.uk

Location / Coverage: SW London / Worldwide!

How did Ellie & Charlotte come about and how long has the business been going?

We’ve been working together for 10years this September! We met whilst doing our A-Levels and starting working together after we graduated from university in 1999, making evening dresses for family friends. We really enjoyed working together and more and more people started asking us to make wedding dresses that were different – mainly because they wanted a slinky wedding dress, not a meringue, and that was harder to find then. We were also asked to make different styles and coloured wedding dresses.

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What sets Ellie & Charlotte apart from other wedding dress designers?

The simple elegance and cut of our silk wedding dresses along with our personal service. Oh and we’re perfectionists!

What’s the best thing about your job?

Finding the right dress for each bride and meeting so many lovely people and being part of their big day. We’ve met so many amazing people over the years.

Does Ellie & Charlotte have a specialist area?

Apart from our bespoke and bridal collection! I would like to think it’s our honestly and guidance about which dress suits the bride to ensure they look perfect and feel amazing on their wedding day.

Ellie and Charlotte Bespoke Bridal

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Getting to Know – Sandals

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Interview With: Amanda Lucas

Company Name: Sandals Resorts

Website: www.sandals.co.uk

Head Office Location: London

Can you tell us a little bit about Sandals?

Sandals Resorts has earned a worldwide reputation for providing two people in love with the most romantic holiday experience in the Caribbean. All Sandals’ resorts are Luxury Included®, offering  stunning beachfront locations; a choice of Ă  la carte restaurants, from white-glove dining to barefoot elegance; all premium brand wine and spirits, including an exclusive partnership with California’s legendary Beringer Vineyards; luxurious accommodations in a range of categories; unrivalled watersports including the Caribbean’s largest PADI certification program; Butler Service for truly indulgent pampering; Sandals Weddings by Martha StewartTM; and signature Red Lane® Spas, with services and treatments inspired by the region.

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Where are the Sandals resorts?

Currently there are 14 Luxury Included® Sandals Resorts located in Jamaica, Antigua, St. Lucia and The Bahamas.

Which of your resorts can couples get married at if they are looking to marry abroad?

All 14 Sandals Resorts offer our stunning Sandals Weddings by Martha Stewart™. In fact, the Beautiful Beginnings wedding theme even comes free of charge with a stay in a concierge category or above!*

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