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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Interview with: Laura Wakelam

Company Name: Laura Wakelam Photography

Website: www.laurawakelam.com

Location / Coverage: UK, Australia and the world

How did your business get started and who works at Laura Wakelam Photography?

I started my photography business when I first moved to the UK. My background is in marketing, finding myself in a corporate role just outside of London which gave little scope for creativity. I wanted to do something that really challenged me creatively. A free ad on gumtree, conversations over a gin and tonic, and a couple of wedding bookings later, I found myself irrevocably hooked!

Bride holding bouquet with Billy Buttons/Craspedia - Picture by Laura Wakelam Photography

Had you always wanted to be a photographer?

Not consciously, but looking back on my childhood there were tell-tale signs from an early age that my future career would be directed towards some artistic pursuit. I’ve always had a slightly eclectic interest in collecting and cataloguing pictures… in my childhood this was translated into an avid sticker, stamp and clip art collection, dutifully catalogued like a Lightroom library. As time passed and my travel experiences and geography broadened, these disciplines and interests evolved to my own photo memories, printed archives and digital image libraries.

Close-up of bride wearing birdcage veil - Picture by Laura Wakelam Photography

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

I do. I was six years old and I borrowed my father’s old analogue camera for a school excursion to the Abel Tasman cruise ship which, at the time, was docked in the Port Melbourne harbour. From memory I took a film roll of 24 exposures on the day, but the image that I remember most poignantly is one that I took of a friend called Bridie who had the most amazing white-blonde hair. I think it may have even been an accidental exposure, but somehow I captured this perfect instant where wind and sand collided into a very dramatic and unrehearsed scene that even at six years old I was able to appreciate as having a very true and honest quality. I assume I took some photos of the cruise liner (aka ‘feature’) as well, but I honestly can’t remember!

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Interview with: Mary Grace Lynch and Stephen Chircop

Company Name: Dreemz Planners

Website: www.dreemzplanners.com

Location / Coverage: Malta and Gozo

How and when did Dreemz Planners get started?

Dreemz Planners was established in October 2010; we both worked for a UK company that promoted weddings in Malta but there was no personal touch. We both noticed that there was a gap in the market for UK and Irish couples that would like more than a 30 minute wedding ceremony at the Registry office, so Dreemz was born.

Villa Bologna, Malta

Who works at Dreemz Planners and what are your roles?

Mary Grace Lynch (The one with the Afro and a very loud voice)
Managing Director – Sales and Marketing
Looking after all the day to day e-mails and requests, and all marketing campaigns

Stephen Chircop (The crazy one)
Managing Director – Sales and Design
With a flair for design and also an excellent tailor, Stephen looks after all of our couples to give them the most amazing ideas to make their day a memorable one

Kimberly Micallef (The shy one)
Accounts and Marketing Assistant

Stephen Chircop and Mary Grace Lynch of Dreemz Planners

Which destinations does Dreemz Planners offer for weddings abroad?

Malta and Gozo.

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Michelle Dalton, harpist

Interview with: Michelle Dalton

Company Name: Michelle Dalton Harp

Website: www.michelledaltonharp.com

Location / Coverage: Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, cover the Midlands

What service can Michelle Dalton Harp provide for a wedding?

I am a professional harpist providing music for weddings, parties and corporate events.

Michelle Dalton Harp

How did Michelle Dalton Harp get started and how long have you been going?

I started playing the harp aged seven, taking lessons from my grandmother who had started playing aged four and performing at the age of 6. She studied in California and went on to play for the movie company MGM Grand. Later she moved to Alaska where she and my grandfather founded the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra with a few other musicians.

I grew up in Alaska, where there are more harpists than you probably think! I grew up playing with the Junior and Youth Symphony Orchestras, then became principal harpist for the Anchorage Opera and Symphony. From the age of 10 I performed at corporate events, Christmas parties and many, many weddings.

Young Michelle Dalton playing the harp

Which areas of the UK do you cover?

I am based in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, and can easily cover the entire Midlands.

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Interview with: Sarah Patterson

Company Name: Coochicoo Cards

Website: www.coochicoocards.co.uk

Location / Coverage: Based in Darlington, north east UK, but supply nationally

What does Coochicoo Cards do?

Coochicoo Cards designs and hand-makes wedding stationery, from save the date cards to thank you cards and everything in between. We also supply a unique Candy Bar (across the North East of England).

Vintage Luggage Tag Wedding Stationery Set - Coochicoo Cards

Who works at Coochicoo Cards and what are your roles?

I am self-employed and the sole proprietor of Coochicoo Cards. As such I wear many hats and do everything for the business including the design and execution of the wedding stationery, sourcing quality suppliers and products, accounts, generating new business through identifying the best advertising methods, designing adverts, liaising with hotels and other wedding venues to get on preferred supplier listings and attending wedding fayres. I do have great support from my mam and sister who also attend wedding fayres with me, and I could not do it without them.

How did Coochicoo Cards come about and how long has the company been running?

I studied business and finance at college and have a business background, and I always wanted to run my own business but could never decide what. As a child I was always making things and working on some craft project or other. My friends starting asking me to help make invitations and orders of service for their weddings and one day, while on holiday, I was visiting a large craft store and it suddenly hit me – why not do it professionally? As soon as I got home I got the ball rolling. Whilst setting up the business I worked full-time in Human Resources but gave that up in August 2010 and Coochicoo Cards was officially born.

Boarding Pass Wedding Invitation - Coochicoo Cards

Why is your company called Coochicoo Cards?

I wanted a fun and funky name that was a bit different, but also something that couples could relate to. I worked through different cutesy names couples call each other and came up with ‘Coo chi coo’.

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Interview with: Natalie Dawson

Company Name: Petits Bisous

Website: www.petitsbisous.com

Location / Coverage: Kings Road, Chelsea and Cobham, Surrey

Please can you explain a little about what Petits Bisous does

Petits Bisous specialises in the most beautiful lingerie available, from international designer collections to up and coming British design talent. At our Kings Road boutique we offer personal styling appointments and private shopping experiences with our lingerie experts in luxurious surroundings. We can also create bespoke and made-to-measure pieces if there is something special you have in mind. Our designer collections comprise of silk and lace lingerie sets, sensual bodies, corsets, sleepwear and shapewear, to lingerie specifically designed for DD+ busts. For brides, we have selected the finest pieces for the perfect luxury trousseau, whilst our swimwear and resort-wear ranges are available all year round.

Lady wearing underwear and bridal veil

How did the business get started and who works at Petits Bisous?

Petits Bisous is the creative inspiration of Esther Fieldgrass, who has spent three decades working with women, helping them to achieve total body confidence through healthcare, beauty, fashion and wellbeing.

The expert stylists who work in our flagship boutique have been selected for their know-how in creating sensual looks. They are able to create beautifully formed everyday essentials all the way to the ultimate fantasy outfit for their clients, ensuring every item fits to perfection.

Rail of underwear

Why is the business called Petits Bisous and what does it mean?

Petits Bisous means ‘Little Kisses’ in French, which is only fitting since the boutique was the fantasy of Esther after spending a whirlwind weekend away in Paris; she wanted to bring her inspiration to life in the heart of Chelsea.

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Interview with: Charlie

Company Name: Charlie Campey Photography

Website: www.charliecampeyphotography.co.uk

Location / Coverage: Surrey / Nationwide

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

Like many photographers, my business came from the desire to combine my passion for photography with a way to earn a living – and what better way than shooting weddings? I think it’s really the best job in photography; I have the privilege of capturing the memories of such an important day, and get to spend the day with loads of people having a great time!

It’s just me at Charlie Campey Photography, although I always work with a second shooter, so you could include the small network of other professional photographers that I work with.

Bride and groom standing in long grass - Picture by Charlie Campey Photography

Had you always wanted to be a photographer?

Well, yes and no. Yes in that I’ve been a photographer since my early teens, but no in that it’s only been in relatively recent history that I decided I wanted to do it professionally. There were lots of things about wedding photography that actually put me off initially. Before I became properly interested in it I had in my mind all these clichéd images of groomsmen running down a lawn and awkward couples posing cutting the cake flooded with harsh direct flash, and those things really put me off the idea. I’m happy to say that not all photography is like this! It’s nice to be able to combine some artistry with the subject and actually create images that are not only lovely memories for the couple, but can also stand alone out of context as just a beautiful image.

Bridal bouquet on wall - Picture by Charlie Campey Photography

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

Ha ha ha – no. My long-term memory has never been my greatest strength! However, my dad used to have an old Nikon FE2 with a manual focus 50mm f1.8, and I do remember wasting a fair amount of film on that!

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Interview with: Emma Russell

Company Name: Emma Russell Photography

Website: www.emmarussellphotography.co.uk

Location / Coverage: Surrey and the surrounding counties

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

The business started back in 2011. My father was a photographer back in the 60s and it has always been a passion of mine. Having worked in the business sector for years and having had my children I knew I wanted to take my photography more seriously, so I threw myself into it in terms of courses and investing in professional equipment. I started to second shoot for other photographers at weddings and then I booked my first wedding in 2011. The rest as they say is history.

I work predominantly on my own but I do have several photographers who second shoot for me who I can call upon should my couples want to book a second shooter.

Bride and groom - Picture by Emma Russell Photography

Had you always wanted to be a photographer?

Yes, ever since I was small. I used to love looking at photos of my parents who grew up in the 50s and 60s. I love the black and white photos from back then which has been a big influence on my work. My favourite was their wedding album; it’s still so beautiful.

Bride holding bouquet standing at window - Picture by Emma Russell Photography

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

I’m sure it would’ve been with one of my father’s cameras; he was a big fan of Olympus back then – I’m a Canon girl – and it would’ve probably been a picture of one of the countless pets we had as children.

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Jade Osborne - More Weddings

Interview with: Jade Osborne

Company Name: More Weddings

Website: www.moreweddings.co.uk

Location / Coverage: Based in Leicestershire, covering nationwide

What does More Weddings do?

More Weddings transforms venues and provides a full wedding venue dressing service. Offering creative solutions to transform any space using a combination of drapes, lighting, props and furniture; the possibilities for creating your dream wedding setting are endless!

Ceiling Drapes at City Rooms - More Weddings

How did More Weddings come about and how long has the business been going?

More Weddings was born relatively recently, in February this year, and is the new baby of its parent company More Production. More Production has been producing high end events for corporate and private parties for over 15 years. We decided to launch More Weddings due to an influx in requests from brides and grooms for us to decorate their weddings, and realised that we needed a dedicated platform to make it easier for our customers to understand what we can offer for their wedding.

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

Who doesn’t love a good wedding!? I wouldn’t say I have always wanted to be a wedding stylist; I don’t think I ever knew what I wanted to be, I just knew I was good at organising things and being imaginative. Who knew there was a job out there to combine these skills! It’s a wonderful feeling to watch an idea grow and seeing it look amazing when it’s finished.

Inidan bride on chaise longue - More Weddings

Do you have a background in styling and design?

My personal background is in media production and marketing, so I have always been very creative, and I love any opportunity to make something pretty!

All of our team are very creative people and we even make a lot of our props and furniture in-house.

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Interview with: Rich Morris

Company Name: Rich Morris Photography

Website: www.richmorrisphotography.com

Location / Coverage: I am based in Bath and cover the South West and South Wales

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

I have been a keen photographer for a long time; my initial passion was landscape with my work being sold in several restaurants, bars and coffee shops in Bude and Bath. In 2012 my manager at that time asked if I would photograph his wedding for him, and that was it. I loved every minute, every emotion, every detail, and every character. I spent the rest of that year working with other local photographers before launching Rich Morris Photography in 2013.

Bride and groom - Picture by Rich Morris Photography

Had you always wanted to be a photographer?

The honest answer is no, I always wanted to be a fighter pilot. I watched Top Gun when I was seven, and Maverick was my idol. Fortunately, I didn’t make it through the RAF selection process. Photography has always been a hobby of mine and the fact that I can give people pleasure through my pictures is a true honour.

Groomsmen jumping - Picture by Rich Morris Photography

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

I am not sure if it was my first picture, but my first photographic memory was when I was six and we lived in Australia. I remember standing at the top of the Blue Mountains in NSW with my Dad, taking a series of pictures and then sticking them together to make a panorama. This was before the days of Photoshop, so when I say sticking them together I mean manually sticking them together.

Which areas of the UK do you cover?

I am based in Bath and cover the South West of England and South Wales.

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