Wedding Ceremony Conducted by The Guild of Cornish Celebrants

Getting to Know – The Guild of Cornish Celebrants

Nicola Le Couteur Bisson and Denise Whitehair of The Guild of Cornish Celebrants

Interview with: Nicola Le Couteur Bisson and Denise Whitehair

Company Name: The Guild of Cornish Celebrants

Website: www.cornishcelebrants.co.uk

Location / Coverage: Cornwall, over the border into Devon (passport at the ready), and whilst we are over the Tamar, anywhere worldwide!

What is a celebrant?

A celebrant can conduct a ceremony for whatever the occasion – weddings, renewal of vows, special anniversaries, naming or welcoming ceremonies and funerals. Whilst they cannot legally marry a couple, they can offer something that the legal ceremony doesn’t provide – a personal, unique, bespoke ceremony. This allows couples to make their own vows to each other and include symbolic rituals, all in a place and at a time of their choice.

Wedding Ceremony Conducted by The Guild of Cornish Celebrants

How did you become celebrants?

We worked for Cornwall Registration Service, Denise for 10 years and Nicola for 18 years. During this time we noticed a marked increase in couples wanting to add their own vows, readings and rituals to our legal ceremonies. We allowed what we could but we had to refuse many requested adaptations because of legal and local authority regulations.

After a final Registration reorganisation, we took the decision to take redundancy and start our business The Guild of Cornish Celebrants. Our ethos is to build a trusting relationship with couples and to collaborate fully with them before writing and conducting their bespoke ceremony. It’s a joy for us to be able to work with couples to add everything they want into their ceremony.

Are you qualified celebrants?

Whilst there are organisations that offer training and qualifications for new celebrants we both know that our experience of dealing with couples for over 28 years between us is invaluable. We offer a quality service and we monitor our feedback and ensure that our standards are exceptional. We were both involved with the introduction of civil partnership ceremonies and Denise took the first same sex marriage ceremony in Cornwall and Nicola the second.

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Emma McDonald of Something Blue wedding planners

Getting to Know – Something Blue

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Interview with: Emma McDonald

Company Name: Something Blue

Website: www.somethingbluewedding.co.uk

Location / Coverage: London, Sussex, Surrey, Kent

What does Something Blue do?

We are independent wedding planners, this means we are not affiliated with any venue or suppliers and can plan your wedding with you at the forefront of our decisions. We use our knowledge of the wedding industry to transform your ideas into reality and enjoy the build up to your special day. We can be involved as little or as much as you want and can tailor what we offer to your needs.

Emma McDonald of Something Blue wedding planners
Image © Wallflower Photographics

Have you always been interested in weddings and wanted to be a wedding planner?

Yes, ever since a little girl I wanted to work in the wedding industry. This dream took me to Sheffield Hallam University where I studied Events Management, as I wanted a foundation to my career. Once I’d planned my own wedding I knew this was the career for me.

Wedding tables

How did Something Blue come about and how long has the business been going?

The business was formed in 2014 but I have been planning events for friends and family for many years. Having recently married and with a successful career in Sales and Marketing I decided the timing was right to launch my own business and Something Blue was born.

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Classic Birdcage Wedding Invitation - Bunny Delicious

Getting to Know – Bunny Delicious

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Interview with: Zoe Rusga

Company Name: Bunny Delicious

Website: www.bunnydelicious.com

Location / Coverage: Essex/Worldwide

What does Bunny Delicious do?

We design and make everything paper based under the umbrella of ‘wedding stationery’.

Classic Birdcage Wedding Invitation - Bunny Delicious

How did Bunny Delicious come about and how long has the company been running?

Bunny Delicious is now 12 years old. I started the business in 2003 after having my 2nd child. It started out as a hobby, which rapidly turned into a full time business, which wasn’t the original plan at all!

Safari Guest Book - Bunny Delicious

Who works at Bunny Delicious and what are your roles?

I (Zoe) design and draw all of the illustrations, and I also produce the proofs, deal with the admin, emails , alongside producing the handmade guest books and table plans that Bunny Delicious is known for.

My husband (Gav) makes up the invitations/save the date/thank you card orders. We have worked together for four years now and I have passed on my meticulous attention to detail onto him!

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Hannah Vine of Written With Light Photography

Getting to Know – Written With Light Photography

Hannah Vine of Written With Light Photography

Interview with: Hannah Vine

Company Name: Written With Light Photography

Website: www.writtenwithlightphotography.co.uk

Location / Coverage: I am based in Gloucestershire but I am happy to travel across the UK

How did the business get started and who works at Written With Light Photography?

I started the business myself two years ago and work alone. Starting Written With Light Photography was the realisation of a dream for me after years of enjoying and studying photography.

Bride and groom standing by tree - Picture by Written With Light Photography

Had you always wanted to be a photographer?

I always loved photography, but I didn’t seriously consider it as a job prospect straight away. I did a literature degree ten years ago because books have always been a love of mine, but realised later that I needed to focus on a creative job; photography is the perfect outlet for my creativity, my love of stories and my enthusiasm for meeting new people.

Bride standing on swing - Picture by Written With Light Photography

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

I was 12 when I took my first picture. I had received a Boots film camera as a birthday present, and I arranged all my presents and photographed them. I then photographed mine and my twin sister’s birthday cake, and our family. After that I always photographed family events and days out whenever I had money for a film!

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Bride and groom in Paris - Picture by Severin Photography

Getting to Know – Severin Photography

Martini Severin - Severin Photography

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Interview with: Martini Severin

Company Name: Severin Photography

Website: www.severinphotography.com

Location / Coverage: London, Britain and the world

How did the business get started and who works at Severin Photography?

My work in photography started in 2008 when I freelanced for a few fashion publications. A friend who knew how much I loved photography asked me to cover her wedding, then some of her friends asked me to cover their weddings. You could say that wedding photography found me.

Bride standing in front of The Houses of Parliament - Picture by Severin Photography

Had you always wanted to be a photographer?

In retrospect I think I always wanted to be a photographer. I studied old-school photography – that is using a 35mm camera and developing my own film in the darkroom. Since 1997 I’ve had solo photography exhibitions all the while studying policy and pursuing a career in child development policy.

Though I freelanced as a photographer while getting my masters at Harvard and later pursued wedding photography part-time, it wasn’t until we moved to the UK that I decided to dedicate 100% of myself to my craft.

Bride and groom kissing in wedding venue - Picture by Severin Photography

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

I don’t remember taking my first photo, but I do remember discovering my 35mm camera and pretending to be a photo-journalist.

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