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Jodie Brennan of Jodie Brennan Photography

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Interview with: Jodie Brennan

Company Name: Jodie Brennan Photography

Website: www.jodiebrennan.co.uk

Location / Coverage: Staffordshire and the Midlands, but will travel throughout the UK

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

The business, which began in 2010, is run by myself, Jodie Brennan. I also have a group of ‘second shooters’ who I call upon, on a freelance basis, to assist me during weekend wedding shoots. I attend all pre-wedding meetings to discuss photography directly with my clients so they can meet me face to face prior to the big day. Jodie Brennan Photography grew slowly and organically to begin with; each year is getting busier and I have more and more client referrals, which is great.

Bride and groom in doorway - Picture by Jodie Brennan Photography

Had you always wanted to be a photographer?

When I was very little I wanted to be an archaeologist, but enjoyed Art and Design so much at high school I went to University to do a Design and Art Direction degree (graphics). It was here I started to specialise in photography (and really fell in love with it). I started out by constantly photographing my favourite models – my very patient younger brother and sister.

Groomsmen with team Groom sign - Picture by Jodie Brennan Photography

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

I started out using my Dad’s old Pentax 35mm camera and printing my own images. Then I was very lucky to be one of the first of my friends to get a digital camera; it was 2 megapixel and very cutting edge at the time! I can’t remember what my very first image was of, but I used to photograph my pet cat ‘Kitten Kat’ and my family… a lot.

Which areas of the UK do you cover?

I am based in Staffordshire and the Midlands but I am happy to travel throughout the UK.

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Alex Rawson of Alex Rawson Photo

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Interview with: Alex Rawson

Company Name: Alex Rawson Photo

Website: www.alexrawsonphoto.co.uk

Location / Coverage: Based in Bristol but cover Nationwide

How did the business get started and who works at Alex Rawson Photo?

I started the business myself a year ago after selling my shares in an existing photography company. I always wanted to work for myself and be my own boss, and I was in the right place to do so.

Bride and groom - Picture by Alex Rawson Photo

Had you always wanted to be a photographer?

I’d always been hugely interested in photography as my grandad was a photographer (I still use his camera at weddings; it’s a Pentax ME Super and it’s amazing!). I studied Architecture and Structural Engineering at Loughborough University but realised that photography was more my thing, and have never stopped pursuing it! I’ve always been artistic and have played a few instruments for a number of years, including rocking a trombone solo at the Royal Albert Hall a few years ago.

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

Jeez, not sure really! The first picture I was proud of I took in London when I was about 15, on my first DSLR. It was of four telephone boxes (so touristy I know) and I did a pop colour edit of just the reds. It actually won me a local competition against some seasoned pros so I was pretty chuffed!

Bride and bridesmaids - Picture by Alex Rawson Photo

Which areas of the UK do you cover?

Anywhere and everywhere! I have a car which I love to drive (it’s another pride and joy as well as my cameras), but I’m manly based in the south west, so covering Bristol, Somerset and South Wales.

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Interview with: Harriet Letheren

Company Name: Twirly Girl Photography

Website: www.TwirlyGirlPhotography.com

Location / Coverage: Wiltshire/South West

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

Twirly Girl Photography started by accident really! After getting a camera and playing around with some friends I started getting asked to take photos for people who had seen my work. It had always been a dream to have my own photography company, but I didn’t for one second think it would happen as quickly as it did. I now have my own studio with loads of shoots and weddings to look forward to.

Bride and groom kissing with haolding thank you sign - Picture by Twirly Girl Photography

Had you always wanted to be a photographer?

I originally started on the other side of the camera as a competitor in pageants. When I retired from that I found I really missed being involved with the camera in one way or another. I’d always had an eye for photography and was very artistic in school, but it was only when I picked up a camera for the first time that I realised it was what I was meant to do. I just never dreamed it could become a full-time profession.

Bride in wedding car - Picture by Twirly Girl Photography

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

The first time I felt I had a flair for photography was when I was on holiday in Mallorca when I was 18, and took an interesting picture of a tree on the beach – I just wanted to show it off to the world!

Which areas of the UK do you cover?

I currently work across the south west, but would love to broaden my horizons and combine an element of travel with photography.

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Interview With: Caroline Burton and Christine Fuller

Company Name: Five Dollar Shake Weddings

Website: www.fivedollarshakeweddings.com

Location / Coverage: We are based in Hastings, East Sussex. Coverage worldwide.

What does Five Dollar Shake Weddings do?

Five Dollar Shake Weddings creates luxurious wedding stationery, which is all made and hand finished in East Sussex.

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Rose Quartz

Who works at Five Dollar Shake Weddings and what are your roles?

Caroline Burton and Christine Fuller. We are both wedding stationery co-ordinators, and we guide our wedding couples through the design process from start to finish. We also have a team of production staff who finish each wedding stationery item by hand.

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Fleur-de-lys

How did Five Dollar Shake Weddings come about and how long has the company been running?

Five Dollar Shake has been creating beautiful greeting cards from as far back as 1998. Our first Five Dollar Shake wedding took place just a year later, and we have been providing adorable couples with our exquisite stationery ever since.

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Katherine Elizabeth of Katherine Elizabeth Millinery

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Interview with: Katherine Elizabeth

Company Name: Katherine Elizabeth Millinery

Website: www.katherineelizabethhats.com

Location: London

What is Katherine Elizabeth Millinery?

Katherine Elizabeth Millinery is an award-winning millinery house which designs and makes luxury and handmade hats, such as fascinators and headpieces, Ascot hats, bridal pieces…

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How did Katherine Elizabeth Millinery come about and how long has the business been going?

After studying Fashion BA Hon’s at the Surrey Institute of Art, I decided to follow a career in millinery due to discovering through Frederic Fox, Stephen Jones and Phillip Treacy, Millinery empowers fashion, sculpture and art all in one. After working for some designers such as Stephen Jones and Catherine Delaney, I set this business up about 6 years ago.

Who works at Katherine Elizabeth Millinery?

Lucy and Ana who help me make the hats, Cloe my Assistant, and Sophie my PR.

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Do you have a studio or a shop?

Studio.

Who designs each of the pieces in the collection?

Me.

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Do you only offer pieces from the collection or can you make bespoke items?

I offer pieces from the collection and bespoke items made to order, with the clients, dress, features and personality taken into account.

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Interview with: Robert Ledsom

Company Name: Transformers Car Hire

Website: www.transformerscarhire.co.uk

Location / Coverage: Nationwide

What does Transformers Car Hire do?

We are a wedding transport company that hires out Bumblebee and Barricade from the popular movie saga Transformers.

Bumblebee car from Transformers film available for wedding hire

How did Transformers Car Hire get started and how long has the business been going?

We started the company due to our love for American movie cars. We are a new business and only started the company in March, but don’t let that fool you. We have over 10 years experience in the wedding industry and have just won “Most Popular Wedding Transport” in the Wedding Experts Awards.

Where is Transformers Car Hire based and which areas of the UK do you cover?

We are a national company with three regional offices, Manchester, Yorkshire and Surrey.

Transformers cars available for wedding hire

Who works at Transformers Car Hire?

We are keen to keep the business very family oriented. We have three directors, Glenn Coulthard (Manchester), Jason Carruthers (Yorkshire) and Robert Ledsom (Surrey). The directors are also the drivers and we have our loved ones help us at large events.

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Interview with: Jo Mansell

Company Name: Tesco Wine by the Case

Website: www.tesco.com/wine

Location: Nationwide/Online

What does Tesco Wine by the Case do?

Tesco Wine by the Case is the country’s leading online wine retailer with over 1200 different wines to choose from, including an extensive online exclusive range of wines not found in stores. Our market-leading prices and award-winning collection means we always have something to suit any taste.

On top of this we have a team of trained wine advisors available to help with any questions you may have and take the hassle and stress out of buying your wedding wines.

Couple drinking wine

How did Tesco Wine by the Case come about and how long has the business been going?

Tesco Wine by the Case was formed a little over 10 years ago as Tesco’s dedicated Wine website for buying in case quantities, and has developed its offering and range over the last 10 years.

Bottle for wine from Tesco Wine by the Case

Tell us a little about the wines available from Tesco Wine by the Case?

We have a range of over 1200 wines from all over the world at all different price points, from £4 everyday gluggers right through to £1000 bottles of highly sought after Bordeaux.

Bottles of red and white wine from Tesco Wine by the Case

How are the wines you sell chosen?

We have a team of Product Development Managers, led by Master of Wine Laura Jewell, and buyers who travel the world building relationships, tasting and buying this wide variety of wines.

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Interview with: Jacqueline Cottrell

Company Name: deWintons – a passion for food

Website: www.dewintons.co.uk

Location: London

What does deWintons do?

As a contemporary company, you can expect a fresh approach to catering. Whether you have something in mind or are looking for inspiration for your event, our talented team can bring exciting ideas to the table. Above all, what sets deWintons apart is their people – from founder to chef to events manager and waiting staff – the immense passion and dedication to provide their clients with the perfect event every time is what keeps people coming back time and again.

Crab Fish Cakes with Black Sesame Seeds

How did the business start and how long has it been going?

I founded the Business in November 1996, following a successful career in teaching catering at Leith’s School of Food of Wine in London, to working at Moismann’s Belfry and various outside catering companies. I set up the business to follow a dream in working for myself to provide a boutique experience to a wider audience.

Why is the business called deWintons?

The name deWintons originated from my Grandmother’s maiden name; her family changed their name by deed pole in 1839 from Winters to deWintons as it was very fashionable to have a French sounding name. I thought deWintons was an usual name, with my tag line of ‘a passion for food’

Chocolate Marquee with Caramelised Bananas and Hazelnuts

Who works at deWintons?

I took on a business partner 10 years ago, James Symington, to help grow the business. The team consists of executive chef Cris Macis, with our Senior Events planner Gemma Banks and our event planner Charlotte Bradford.

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Interview with: Mathilde Robert

Company Name: Planet Weddings

Website: www.planetweddings.co.uk

Location / Coverage: UK

How and when did Planet Weddings get started?

I have been in business for three decades, and arranged our first ever wedding in Cyprus some 20 years ago!

The Algavre, Portugal

The Algavre, Portugal

Which destinations does Planet Weddings offer for weddings abroad?

Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Croatia, Malta and Gozo.

What type of packages can Planet Weddings offer couples planning their wedding abroad?

All kinds, from simple no frills to big, bold and luxurious, tailor-made to suit the bride and groom and their budget.

Kefalos, Kos, Greece

Kefalos, Kos, Greece

What extras can couples organise through Planet Weddings for their wedding abroad?

Photography, video, flowers, cake, receptions, music, entertainment, decorations for the venue and reception, transport, accommodation and flights, not just for the couple but family and friends.

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Interview with: Mathilde Robert

Company Name: Planet Holidays

Website: www.planet-holidays.co.uk

Location / Coverage: UK

How did the business get started and who works at Planet Holidays?

We started the company in 2001, Harry Kyrillou is our Commercial Director, Reservations Jackie Myerson, Peter Ward is Agency Sales, Dominique Jubien looks after our design, brochures and the website, Marlen Taffarello does our PR, plus those wonderful resort representatives in both Cyprus and Greece.

Aldemar Royal Villas, Anissaras, near Hersonissos, Crete

Aldemar Royal Villas, Anissaras, near Hersonissos, Crete

Why are you called Planet Holidays?

We provide holidays that are out of this world.

What honeymoon destinations does Planet Holidays offer?

Cyprus, Egypt and Greece.

Archipelagos Hotel, Kalo Livadi, Mykonos

Archipelagos Hotel, Kalo Livadi, Mykonos

What type of packages can Planet Holidays offer couples planning their honeymoon?

All kinds, from luxury honeymoon suites to villas with private pool, to multi-centre or off the beaten track.

Amphitryon Hotel, Nafplion, Peloponnese, Greece

Amphitryon Hotel, Nafplion, Peloponnese, Greece

Can couples tailor their honeymoon or do you only offer packages?

We are delighted to tailor-make as that means we can best utilise our extensive knowledge. Our 208 page lifestyle brochure can be viewed online; check it out.

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