A Humble Covid-tastic Village Hall Wedding

Megan and Stuart from Worthing got married on 25th July this year… and I was supposed to go to their wedding damn it! In fact, not only was I a guest, I’d volunteered to provide 80 retro desserts for the reception. Margot’s Dessert Trolley. Trifle anyone? Obviously the whole world turned upside down and Megan and Stuart’s party were spared my attempts at Black Forrest Gateaux. I asked them some questions about their crazy journey to become man and wife. Q. When did you get engaged? And when did you start planning your wedding? A. We got engaged in November…

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Love Isn’t Cancelled – A Poem

The wedding industry has been all I’ve really known for the last ten years. It’s the career I’ve shaped for myself. I’ve made a life out of parties, celebrations… good times. I’ve made some of my best friends through the industry. Many of my industry friends and colleagues I haven’t seen since last winter, and somehow it’s the winter again and we don’t know when our paths will next cross. Today I spoke to my 95-year-old grandmother on the phone. She’s desperately worried about my work and income. Obviously I don’t want her to worry but I want to tell…

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Q&A with Entertainment Nation

Do you need some advice when it comes to booking wedding entertainment? Don’t know where to start? We highly recommend checking out Entertainment Nation. Read on for our Q&A with them… Q. Please give us a brief introduction to the business i.e. how Entertainment Nation works and how’s it’s beneficial to couples planning their wedding. A. Entertainment Nation act as the bridge between couples creating their perfect wedding and the UK’s highest quality entertainment. With so many bands, musicians, DJs and entertainers available it is sometimes hard to know where to start, but there’s no need to be overwhelmed: our…

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Lockdown Love Competition

Keri Clark, wedding hair stylist and make up artist (founder of Off Duty Wedding Hair & Makeup) has hand-selected a team of Kent-based creatives to offer an amazing Covid-friendly competition prize. The Prize On Saturday 19th December the team will be creating and styling a luxurious winter wedding setting at Oak Tree Barn, a beautiful rustic barn with modern industrial elements in the heart of Kent. A personalised blessing ceremony will be conducted by Bex the Celebrant in a chic ceremony setting styled by Olivia from The Collect Co in front of up to 13 of the chosen couple’s guests….

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Q&A with Sussex-based Wedding Photographer Elisa Photo

Our advertiser Elisa Photo has a unique edgy style which we love. We caught up with her to find out what makes her tick, and what she gets up to when she’s not shooting weddings… Q. Hi Elisa! Firstly, can you tell us how you describe your photography style?          A. I would say my style is creative, relaxed and fun but with an edge. Hiya. It’s me, Elisa. That’s Lisa, with an ‘E’ at the front, rather than Eliza, Alicia, Elise or Elsa: while those are all nice names, they’re just not mine. Q. What’s your…

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Charlotte & Ben’s Covid-affected Portsmouth Wedding

Southsea-based Charlotte and Ben were the models for our boat shed shoot back in March. Their big wedding plans were affected by Covid this year so we caught up with them to find out how they adapted… Q. When did you get engaged? And when did you start planning your wedding?  A. We got engaged in 2019 in Yosemite, California when I was working in San Francisco. Ben flew out to join me for a week. He proposed in the coolest of yurts in a forest, complete with hummingbirds and wild deer. We got engaged over refried potatoes and a…

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The Cherry Barn Wedding Showcase THIS SUNDAY

Back in March we announced The Cherry Barn were hosting a Wedding Showcase in April. But alas it was not meant to be! After all their hard work and planning they had to cancel because of lockdown (we have also had to cancel events so we totally understand their pain). What a different summer they must have lived through at the barn this year. Eerie silence in place of Champagne corks popping, music, laughter… We are pleased to announce they’re going ahead with their rescheduled date this Sunday (4th October) with all the necessary Covid restrictions in place; a one…

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Mini Weddings and Elopements

Today we have a guest post from much-loved Sussex-based Celebrant Rachael Thompson… At the time of writing the wedding industry has been hit, yet again, with the Coronavirus pandemic capping the number of permitted guests at a wedding to 15, and who knows when normality will resume. There’s no question that the future of weddings is changing. Many couples have been planning a big white wedding, with guests galore, so I appreciate this year’s happening have been a bitter disappointment. But every cloud does indeed have a silver lining, and as I am ever the optimist I’m going to be…

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The Boat Shed – London Warehouse Vibes by the Sea

Blog posts have been boat shed-heavy lately… but that’s just because we’ve got so much great content at the moment! We were eagerly awaiting the professional edited photos from our recent Boat Shed open day and boy, Weddings by Tom, did NOT disappoint. At the open day we really wanted to showcase the space and demonstrate how it could look for an event. We set up the space for a photo shoot back in March with a kitsch, colourful theme and this time I wanted something a little different. I still wanted the relaxed/rustic look because, lets face it, it…

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The Boat Shed Open Day – Thank You

Hello, hello! This is a very quick blog post as my son is waiting patiently for me to make a rocket with him (full time school from next week! Bring it on…) I just wanted to say a big THANK YOU to all the suppliers who came together to make Sunday’s open day at The Boat Shed such a success. My vision really did come to life in the space. It looked incredible; the festoon lighting, the neon, the giant light up PARTY letters, the bar, flowers, furniture, tableware… the cake! The music. It was a total dream. I’ll be…

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