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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.

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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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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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Interview with: Mhairi Hutchison, Julie Fowler and Danni Fowler

Company Name: Completely Covered Events

Website: www.completelycoveredevents.com

Location / Coverage: Hampshire

What does Completely Covered Events do?

Completely Covered Events provides chair cover hire, sashes, table swaging, centrepieces, favours, and event decoration; “If you want it we will source it!”

How did Completely Covered Events come about and how long has the business been going?

We are three friends who have organised lots of events and family weddings, passionate about customer service, wanting to make a difference. We’ve just started in business.

Do you just cover Hampshire?

No, we are based right on the Hampshire/Surrey/Berkshire border so will cover for free a 15 mile radius from Yateley, then a small mileage charge for anything outside (£1.25/mile).

What type of chair covers does Completely Covered Events offer?

We are dedicated to making a couple’s day special so will work closely with them to source (within reason) whatever they wish. We currently stock fitted (lycra) and loose fitted (cotton), but can source different colours/styles where required.

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Interview With: Ian MacMichael

Company Name: Ian MacMichael Photography

Website: www.ianmacmichael.co.uk

Location / Coverage: Liverpool, North West UK, National

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

Like most photographers I guess, a camera has always been part of my life for as long as I can remember; from the days when my mum and dad gave me a Kodak all plastic Brownie with a big yellow button and 110 film!

I shot my mate’s weddings about 20 odd years ago and that was a good laugh, and I was then asked by a friend of my wife’s dad if I would shoot their wedding, and they would pay me! I was excited but then a bit nervous as the groom to be gave me 6 rolls of 36 exposure Ektar 100 which I then just handed back to him at the end of the day! I never heard anything for weeks and was fearing the worst, but then got a lovely letter saying the photographs were great and they were delighted with them – phew! I think I got £50 or something, and it was a lot of money then!

I was now at university reading applied chemistry, and photography was still around but not a big part of my life. I completed my degree and was accepted to do a PhD project for the Ministry of Defence. I completed this and began a career as a science teacher, and throughout this time I was always a keen amateur photographer, sold some prints and did a few favours here and there.

Bride with horses - Picture by Ian MacMichael Photography

My teaching was going well when a colleague asked me if I would consider photographing her best friend’s wedding where she was a bridesmaid. I wanted to pursue photography but I certainly wasn’t keen about doing weddings with all the stress, responsibility and hassle. However, the offer of a good payment (£700 I think) persuaded me and I agreed. Well, I really enjoyed the day, the images were good and the couple were delighted… in fact, we went on to shoot a further three weddings for the same family.

The rest, as they say, is history. Here I am now, shooting weddings with my wife Hazel, and very proud to be invited members of some of the world’s most exclusive wedding associations.

Had you always wanted to be a photographer?

No, I always wanted to be a footballer

Bride - Picture by Ian MacMichael Photography

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

Probably around eight years old when I got that Brownie, and I shot the whole roll of film in our garden on Christmas day!

Which areas of the UK do you cover?

We mainly shoot weddings around Liverpool and the North West of the UK, but we have shot weddings in Ireland and Carlisle, and we are getting more enquiries now from around the UK.

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Interview with: Patryk Stanisz

Company Name: Patryk Stanisz Photography

Website: http://patrykstanisz.co.uk

Location / Coverage: London / UK and Europe

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

The business get started in 2009. When I finished my studies I decided to start my business and work for myself.

Bride and groom with two horses - Picture by Patryk Stanisz Photography

Had you always wanted to be a photographer?

Honestly, when I was young I wanted to be a basketball player or trainer, and after that I wanted to be a musician ( I used to play the trumpet ). I discovered photography in 2007-2008 when I bought my first camera for taking pictures in the last years of my education at University in Wroclaw. People liked my pictures and they wanted me for weddings, portraits and family shots, so I decided to be a photographer.

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

I remember one day from my childhood when was 11-12 years old and I took pictures of my younger brother using my father’s camera; my brother was standing on a swing. It was probably the first time I took pictures.

One of first pictures by Patryk of Patryk Stanisz Photography

Which areas of the UK do you cover?

I cover the whole of the UK and I am always willing to travel. I love travel!

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Tracey Warren - Warble Entertainment Agency

Interview with: Tracey Warren

Company Name: Warble Entertainment

Website: www.warble-entertainment.com

Location / Coverage: UK and Europe

Who are Warble Entertainment Agency?

Warble Entertainment is an agency designed to make finding your perfect wedding entertainment fun and stress free.

Wedding Singer - Warble Entertainment Agency

How did Warble Entertainment Agency get started and how long have you been going?

I set up Warble Entertainment back in late 2006/early 2007 with my husband Matt. We’d just been travelling around the world for 13 months and were ready for a new adventure. We both had relevant degrees and experience in the events and entertainment industry, and decided we enjoyed spending as much time as possible with each other so it would be good to work together. That was eight years ago and we now have a strong team of 11, and I’m pleased to report that we still enjoy working together and feel very lucky to be part of such a lovely industry.

Soul and Motown Band - Warble Entertainment Agency

Why are you called Warble Entertainment Agency?

The word warble means: To sing (a note or song, for example) with trills, runs, or other melodic embellishments. It’s also a fuse of both of our surnames so it just seemed right. Choosing a name was actually one of the hardest parts of setting up the business!

Where do you cover?

Our office (Warble Towers) is based in Cheshire, but we cover the whole of the UK and Europe, regularly book for weddings taking place in France and Italy, and recently booked for events in Poland, Russia and Istanbul.

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