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Mark Seymour - Mark Seymour Photography

Interview with: Mark Seymour

Company Name: Mark Seymour Photography


Location / Coverage: London, UK, Europe

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

I started the business over fifteen years ago and I work by myself. I have kept the company small so that I can concentrate on a smaller number of weddings, focusing on each and every bride and their unique wedding, which enables me to give the bridal couple outstanding customer service, in addition to the great set of storytelling images of their day.

Bride standing on balcony - Picture by Mark Seymour Photography

Had you always wanted to be a photographer?

I’ve been a photographer really all my life; picking my first camera up at the age of just five years old. I’ve always loved capturing my family and friends, and recording the emotions and events of people’s lives.

Bride and groom holding hands - Picture by Mark Seymour Photography

Can you remember what the first picture you took was of?

It was of my brother with an old Kodak Box Brownie… here’s the proof!

Old photograph of two boys taking pictures - Picture by Mark Seymour Photography

Which areas of the UK do you cover?

Although most of the weddings I photograph are around London, Berkshire and Surrey, I photograph around the UK at a range of different locations. In addition I have been fortunate to have been asked to travel all over Europe to photograph brides’ special days.

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Venue Name: Holiday Inn London – Sutton


Location: Sutton, Surrey

What type of venue is Holiday Inn London-Sutton?

Holiday Inn London-Sutton is a modern full service hotel in the heart of Sutton in South London, ideally located just 30 minutes from Gatwick via the M25, 10 minutes from Wimbledon and 15 minutes from Kingston, with direct train links to London Victoria.

Our spacious banquet room, the Orchard Suite, makes the ideal setting for your wedding day’s dinner and reception. It can cater for up to 150 guests for a sit down meal and 200 guests for the evening reception.

Holiday Inn London Sutton - Exterior By Day

Is Holiday Inn London-Sutton licensed for wedding ceremonies?

Yes – The hotel is licensed to hold civil ceremonies at the hotel itself, for up to 140 guests.

What can a couple expect from having their wedding at Holiday Inn London-Sutton?

The Holiday Inn Sutton, with its impeccable service has welcomed many happy couples and their families and friends in the past. Our experience can help make your dreams of the perfect wedding day come true.

What are the capacities for a wedding at Holiday Inn London-Sutton?

  • Ceremony: 140
  • Banquet Meal: Max 156
  • Reception: 220

Holiday Inn London Sutton - Junction Restaurant

Does Holiday Inn London-Sutton have its own caterers or can couples choose to bring in their own caterers?

Yes, we have our own in-house caterers, and outside catering arrangements can also be made.

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Steve Brill - Brillpix Photography

Interview with: Steve Brill

Company Name: Brillpix Photography


Location / Coverage: Northamptonshire based, but always willing to travel to where exciting work takes me.

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

I started Brillpix Photography in 2005. I was working for a local business publication at the time, and became frustrated when photographic work was being offered and I couldn’t accept it whilst working for somebody else. So I took the leap of faith and decided that photography was the way I wanted to feed my family. The day-to-day running of the business is by myself, but both my wife and daughter are always on hand to assist if required, and will often assist at events where we may be printing on site. My daughter has a keen eye for a photograph, so I’m hoping that she will become more involved with the business over time.

Bride high five registrar - Picture by Brillpix Photography

Had you always wanted to be a photographer?

I have always loved taking photographs, and as a teenager I invariably had a camera in some form or another, but at that early stage it didn’t feel like a career prospect that I felt I could pursue; I thought I had to get a ‘proper job’.

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

The first photograph I took was with a Kodak Instamatic whilst on holiday with my parents in Austria, so the first shots would probably have been of mountains. I would have been around 13 years old, and from that moment I was hooked. I recall the excitement at having to wait several days/weeks to get the films developed, and hoping that something would come out. I still smile now when looking at those old photographs, as it takes me back to a time. Sorry, getting a bit sentimental now…

Bride sitting - Picture by Brillpix Photography

Which areas of the UK do you cover?

I live in Northampton and whilst the majority of my work is within the county, I am always prepared to travel as required. For instance, one commercial assignment last year took me to Venice, but sadly those types of job do not come around often enough.

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Matt and Lisa of Magical Events Ltd

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Interview With: Matthew Mazurek

Company Name: Magical Events Ltd


Location / Coverage: Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridge, Essex and Beyond!

Who are Magical Events and what do you do?

Magical Events is a family business run by myself and my wife, with the help of our great crew who are experienced in erecting our Tipis and Bell Tents. We offer Giant Hat Tipi hire along with our Bell Tent hire for all events, whether it’s a small family gathering, a festival themed wedding or a huge 60th Birthday Party – whatever the occasion we can help to make it Magical!

Bride sitting in front of a tipi

Image courtesy of Katherine Ashdown Photography

How and when did Magical Events start?

Having owned and run successful businesses previously (albeit industries I had no interest in!) I decided that life is too short and I should actually do something that I really enjoy – camping and events! We launched our first website ‘Magical Camping’ in January 2012 and the business went from strength to strength. We added more Bell Tents to our ‘fleet’ in 2013, and in the Summer of 2013 we also started working on launching our Giant Hat Tipis for hire. In January 2014 ‘Magical Events Ltd’ was born and this now covers our two trading websites and

What wedding services do you provide?

We offer our Giant Hat Tipis with a range of finishing touches that can be added to create a unique structure for our customers; they can seat between 72 and 300+ guests depending on the event. Along with the Tipis we can cater for up to 180 guests who want to stay for the evening inside our Bell Tents. This can be for a group of friends, a couple, or our very special ‘Honeymoon Suite’!

Magical Events Bell Tents at night

What is a bell tent?

A Bell Tent is a very simple structure used for camping – it is a 19th century design but has certainly stood the test of time. Bell Tents were used an awful lot in the Zulu War, South Africa, and were mainly used by the British Army Troops. Today, the Bell tents are used for a whole host of things – we have used them for 1 year olds’ birthday parties, Tattoo Parlours, Children’s Crèches, Honeymoon Suites and everything in-between.

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Interview with: Lisa Forde

Company Name: The Card Gallery (UK) Ltd


Location / Coverage: We are based in Bridgnorth, Shropshire, and sell to wedding couples nationwide.

What does The Card Gallery do?

The Card Gallery specialises in personalised wedding stationery collections and has everything to match for your big day. We also offer free samples, a free on-line proof service and free delivery.

Vintage Nautical and Shabby Chic Bunting Wedding Invitations from The Card Gallery

Who works at The Card Gallery and what are your roles?

I (Lisa Forde) am the managing director, Natalie is supervisor/my assistant, Amy and Yvonne are typesetters/admin assistants, and Lisa H, Jean, Nikki, Beccy and Hollie are admin/dispatch assistants. Although we have our main job roles, we are a small business so all have a hands-on approach to covering a wide range of other tasks when required.

Shabby Chic Polka Dot Roses Wedding Invitation from The Card Gallery

How did The Card Gallery come about and how long has the company been running?

I began The Card Gallery in 2004 after organising my own wedding. My husband and I got married in church and had our reception at a wonderful country house in Shropshire. I found the stationery planning to be rather expensive and a bit of a minefield, so set up The Card Gallery to help overcome some of the problems we had experienced.

Why is your company called The Card Gallery?

We wanted a name that was simple, whilst conveying that we offered a wide range of products.

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Venue Name: Holiday Inn Runcorn


Location: Runcorn, Cheshire

What type of venue is Holiday Inn Runcorn?

Our Runcorn hotel is one of the most popular wedding venues in the area with extensive facilities to cater for all tastes and requirements.

Banquet Room - Holiday Inn Runcorn

Is Holiday Inn Runcorn licensed for wedding ceremonies?

Holiday Inn has a licence to perform civil ceremonies and civil partnerships.

What can a couple expect from having their wedding at Holiday Inn Runcorn?

Each wedding is treated on an individual basis where the couple’s needs are catered for to their specific requirements. We pride ourselves on the experience and professionalism of our wedding specialists who help to make the hotel such a popular wedding venue.

Bar - Holiday Inn Runcorn

What is the capacity for a wedding ceremony and reception at Holiday Inn Runcorn?

Holiday Inn Runcorn has a wide range of different sized function suites to cater for all size of weddings. When fully open our Cheshire Suite can seat 500 guests with a stage area and dance floor.

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Katrina Otter - Katrina Otter Weddings & Events

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Interview with: Katrina Otter

Company Name: Katrina Otter Weddings & Events


Location / Coverage: East Anglia, the Midlands and London

What does Katrina Otter Weddings & Events do?

Katrina Otter Weddings & Events is a boutique wedding planning consultancy that specialises in wedding planning, design and coordination services.

I work closely with my clients, supporting and guiding them throughout the wedding planning process whilst lending my expertise to ensure that they are left calm, assured and free to simply enjoy their big day.

Groom kissing bride on the head

How did Katrina Otter Weddings & Events come about and how long has the business been going?

After leaving University I worked for an events company in London which meant that family and friends would regularly ask me for advice and assistance organising their wedding or party.

This started out with a simple supplier recommendation or request for help with a wedding schedule, and over time word of mouth and recommendations resulted in me becoming more hands-on, to the point where I was eventually planning entire weddings and parties whilst still working in events.

When I met my now husband and moved out of London I decided it was time for a career change… and it’s safe to say I’ve never looked back.

Bride and groom

Which areas of the UK do you cover? Do you offer your services outside of the UK?

I am based on the border between Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire so I am ideally situated to cover East Anglia, the Midlands and London. However, I do love the opportunity to travel and can therefore work further afield and overseas on request.

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James of Your Wedding Guest Photography

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Interview with: James

Company Name: Your Wedding Guest Photography


Location / Coverage: London and across the UK, including Hertfordshire, Surrey, Buckinghamshire, Sussex, Kent, Hampshire, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.

How did the business get started and who works at Your Wedding Guest Photography?

Your Wedding Guest Photography started fully in 2010, and I run all elements of the business including the marketing, album design, shooting, editing and delivery. I have a close network of trusted colleagues who have become good friends; trust in working with a second photographer (if the client would like this) is key as it allows you both to remain creative and inspired.

Groom kissing bride on the neck - Picture by Your Wedding Guest Photography

Had you always wanted to be a photographer?

Always; I’m addicted to it. Since watching a show in the 90′s called ‘How did they do that?’, which looked behind the scenes at how all the famous TV adverts were created, I had a fascination at the camera crews working on set and seeing how they created the final pictures. It was the first time I remember seeing creativity to that extent come to life.

Fireworks - Picture by Your Wedding Guest Photography

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

It was of a local firework display by the main lake in St Albans. The week before I had been reading how to take night photographs in a magazine called Photography Monthly. I was hooked, and that night I was to try out everything I’d read about. This sounds very cheesy but I remember going to collect the developed film from Jessops for them to remark how much they liked the photographs on the document slip. It was cool and I continued to be absolutely fascinated.

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Venue Name: Holiday Inn London Bexley


Location: Bexley, Kent, DA5 1ND

What type of venue is Holiday Inn London Bexley?

The Holiday Inn London Bexley is a hotel wedding venue located in the centre of Bexley, just outside the London congestion charge area.

Holiday Inn London Bexley

Is Holiday Inn London Bexley licensed for wedding ceremonies?

We hold a licence to carry out marriage ceremonies in the Academy and a room will be specially prepared for such an occasion. Our Edward Suite and Black Prince Suite are both licensed for civil ceremonies and we can accommodate up to 96 guests.

What can a couple expect from having their wedding at Holiday Inn London Bexley?

At the Holiday Inn London Bexley we specialise in hosting wedding celebrations and offer a dedicated wedding facilitator to help you plan and meet your individual needs. The couple can enjoy their whole wedding day at the venue – get ready at the hotel, have their ceremony, wedding breakfast and evening reception, and then stay for their complimentary night stay.

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Venue Name: Holiday Inn Hull Marina


Location: Castle Street, Hull, HU1 2BX

What type of venue is Holiday Inn Hull Marina?

The venue is a hotel situated on the Hull Marina, boasting 100 bedrooms and 3 conference rooms, along with Marina View Restaurant and on-site Spirit Health Club.

Holiday Inn Hull Marina

Is Holiday Inn Hull Marina licensed for wedding ceremonies?

Yes. We are licensed to hold ceremonies in both our Humber Suite and Myton Suite.

What is the capacity for a wedding ceremony and reception at Holiday Inn Hull Marina?

Ceremony – 100
Reception – 150

Wedding reception Holiday Inn Hull Marina

What can a couple expect from having their wedding at Holiday Inn Hull Marina?

The Personal Touch – We’ll take care of everything, from your initial contact, throughout your event, to saying goodbye. We’ll be there to give you a helping hand.

Service Guarantee – We’re committed to making events a success and pride ourselves on our feedback and reputation.

Personal Wedding Co-ordinator – Dedicated to ensuring your most important day goes without a hitch. They will be with you from the initial enquiry to help arrange your perfect day.

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