Getting to Know – Becky Harley Photography

Becky Harley of Becky Harley Photography

Company Name: Becky Harley Photography

Interview with: Becky Harley

Location / Coverage: Based in Hertfordshire but cover the whole of the UK and beyond

How did your business start and who works at Becky Harley Photography?

I started Becky Harley Photography after getting married myself. I’d always been interested in photography and it was the perfect fit for me.

It’s just me, Becky, who works here, although I often work with second photographers if couples book one.

Groom kissing bride on the cheek

Had you always wanted to be a photographer?

Not specifically, but I’ve always been creative. My parents met each other at photography classes in the eighties so it must be in my genes!

Wedding confetti shot

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

I don’t remember my first picture, or exactly how I old I was. However, I do have an album somewhere of photos I took on a disposable camera my parents gave me at Disneyland aged about four.

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Getting to Know – Entertainers Worldwide

Entertainers Worldwide Logo

Company Name: Entertainers Worldwide

Interview With: Martin Holgate

Location / Coverage: Global

Who are Entertainers Worldwide?

Entertainers Worldwide is now the world’s largest entertainment booking platform, with thousands of entertainers and events services to choose from for your wedding. We have a great search function which makes it easy to find the perfect act or service in your area. Once you’ve found what you’re looking for you can book direct with no commission or booking fees.

We pride ourselves in having pretty much every sort of entertainment you could possibly think of, with everything from bands, DJs, magicians, singers and children’s entertainers to photo booths, magic mirrors and chocolate fountains!

Pianist and violinist performing together

How did Entertainers Worldwide get started and how long have you been going?

I’ve worked for years in the entertainment industry as a professional Close-up and Comedy Stage Magician. I’ve headlined over 100 Cruise Ships as well as performing at over two thousand weddings, parties and corporate events. I absolutely love my work, but I’d always thought that there had to be a better way for bookers to find acts like mine; a quick and easy way to find and book exactly the sort of act they wanted.

Working at so many amazing weddings gave me a real insight into how complicated entertainment booking could be. Brides and planners have to search around on lots of different sites for all the things they need to make their big day special. It was while listening to one planner complaining about how stressful if had been that I came up with the idea. It’s such a simple concept and I think that’s what makes it work so well.

I can hardly believe it, but that was over 10 years ago now. It’s certainly kept me busy, but I have really enjoyed watching it grow.

LED Dance Act

Where do you cover?

We’re a global directory, so we cover everywhere from Barbados to Bolton.

What services does Entertainers Worldwide provide for weddings?

We make it as easy as possible to book exactly what you need to make your wedding day perfect. You can search for a huge variety of acts and services in your area, including singers, bands, musicians, magicians and hypnotists, comedy waiters, dancers and acrobats, firework displays, photo booths, photographers, limousines and marquees.

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Getting to Know – Robin Goodlad Photography

Robin Goodlad of Robin Goodlad Photography

Company Name: Robin Goodlad Photography

Interview with: Robin Goodlad

Location / Coverage: Dorset based, but covering the UK and beyond.

How did your business get started and who works at Robin Goodlad Photography?

I first started photographing weddings for family back in the 1990’s. I didn’t know that much about wedding photography back then so I shot what I saw, and my family were really pleased with the results. Little did I know that this would become my documentary style.

Back then I was shooting with film, so every frame really did count, and time and care was always taken to perfect the frame, as film cost money.

I branched out formally in to professional wedding photography in 2001. My experience and style has evolved considerably since then, though I will never stop learning and trying new things.

I occasionally use second photographers to assist me with coverage, but as my name is the brand, it is myself that always photographs every wedding, in my own style.

Bride and groom facing each other as light shines through trees behind them

Had you always wanted to be a photographer?

I did, yes, but back in the 1980’s (I’m showing my age!) the career advice at school was never the best. It ranged from ‘it’s a very competitive market’ to ‘you should look for a “real” job’! As a result I tried many things, but the desire to photograph was too strong.

It has been the one thing that has been a constant through my life, so it was inevitable I would always seek to earn a living this way. A key belief for me now is that happiness comes from doing what you love every day, and I couldn’t be happier!

Wedding guests playing Jenga

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

I remember it clearly as it was my 5th birthday. My parents bought me a Kodak Instamatic 126 camera and I took it in to the garden and photographed the Daffodils. Of course film was expensive though, and I was 5, so it was several weeks before I saw the results.

I loved the anticipation of waiting to collect the photos, whether a few days, 24 hours, or the ‘express’ service of just an hour! In today’s instant world it is hard to visualize how exciting this was. I was hooked.

Each film of 36 exposures became a mini project. I would look for interesting things to photograph, and couldn’t wait for the results. Little did I know that I wasn’t just taking pictures, I was developing as an artist.

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Getting to Know – Ribby Hall Village

Venue Name: Ribby Hall Village

Location: Wrea Green, Near Preston and Blackpool, Lancashire

What type of venue is Ribby Hall Village?

Located in the heart of Lancashire in more than 100 acres of countryside, Ribby Hall Village is a modern and sophisticated wedding venue within a 5 star holiday village.

The wedding venue is 14 years old, built in 2004 to accommodate a growing demand in weddings. In 2009 we opened the doors to our Garden Room, with stunning views of our manicured gardens through the largest windows we could find. 2010 saw the complete refurbishment of our largest room, the Woodland Suite, to ensure all aspects of the venue were consistent with a more modern feel.

Over recent years our Rowan Suite has also had an interior design makeover, with textured wall papers, mirrored console tables and mood lighting.

Bride and Groom Kissing Outside Spa Hotel at Ribby Hall VIllage

What is the capacity for a wedding ceremony and wedding reception at Ribby Hall Village?

We have three suites to choose from for weddings at Ribby Hall Village. The Woodland Suite is the largest with a capacity of 350, The Rowan Suite can accommodate 200 and The Garden Room holds 110. We also have an outdoor ceremony feature, the Summer House, which can accommodate 10 people inside and additional guests on the patio area.

Wedding Ceremony in The Summer House at Ribby Hall VIllage

Do you offer exclusive use as part of the packages?

No, we do not offer exclusive use.

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Getting to Know – Sandhole Oak Barn

Venue Name: Sandhole Oak Barn

Location: Near Congleton, Cheshire

What type of venue is Sandhole Oak Barn and how old is the building?

Sandhole Oak Barn is a breathtaking barn wedding venue that provides a relaxing and romantic setting with truly idyllic surroundings. Set on the banks of a private lake and with rolling Cheshire countryside all around, you’ll struggle to find a more picturesque place to tie the knot.

Sandhole Oak Barn wedding venue in Cheshire

Tell us a little about the beautiful venue’s history.

Sandhole has been home to the Worth family for five decades. Originally all farmland, Sandhole began hosting weddings in 1995 and is believed to be the first farm in Britain to do so. In 2005 the stunning, oak-beamed barn was built and now provides an enchanting setting for country weddings. Sandhole is still family run and we take immense pride in our venue and our collective bespoke approach.

Couple by lake at Sandhole Oak Barn

What is the capacity for a wedding ceremony and wedding reception at Sandhole Oak Barn?

Couples will find plenty of space for up to 140 guests for both ceremonies and wedding breakfasts. In the evening, you’re welcome to invite a further 40 guests.

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