My favourite South West wedding suppliers!
Having shot over 100 weddings in the South West I have worked with lots of incredible wedding suppliers at many amazing venues . Here is a list of my personal my favourite peeps and places in this crazy world of weddings!
Finding the perfect venue is likely to be at the top of any newly engaged couples list. With the venue playing a vital role in the success of your day it’s the big decision you really need to get right.
If food and drink are high on your list this is the venue for you. With an ethos of garden to plate, The grounds are full of what they feed you . This 30 bedroom country house in Brockenhurst is original in every way. Go and feed the chickens, the pigs, sheep, but don’t get to friendly as they will most likely be on your plate that evening! They only do a small limited amount of weddings per year so you won’t find any cookie cutter weddings at this venue. Its a special place!
I have shot this venue many many times and I never get bored of working there. You have a choice of The Watermill or The Tythe Barn. Both are fully Licensed for civil wedding ceremonies and civil partnerships – and with a village church nearby. The staff are great and the food has always been top notch!
This is a cracker of a venue. The house is a 17th century 4 star manor house located in the heart of the Cotswolds. With award winning food, beautiful gardens and 19 lavish guest rooms available you can see why it’s a firm favourite of London couples that want a English Country wedding. They also do a killer cocktails!
Whether you’ve been dreaming of your wedding dress since you were ten and know exactly what you want down to the last sequin, or you’ve never thought about your dress until the groom’s mother nagged, here’s my MALE opinion of some of my favourite bridal suppliers !
Carina Baverstock is an utterly chic and sensational designer bridal boutique located in Bradford On Avon. Carina is well known in the industry having been the national winner in the TWIA for bridal wear on numerous occasion. She is by appointment only.
Award winning Sassi Holford has been designing and creating designer handmade wedding dresses for over 35 years. All Sassi Holford gowns are handmade in England. Based in Taunton, Somerset her gowns are stocked literally all over the world. she’s the winner on The Bridal awards for best British designer.
As if you ever need a excuse to drive down to the coast . Amanda K studio is located in Truro, Cornwall. Imagine a gorgeous Georgian mansion filled with designer wedding dresses and that is Amanda K.
It’s no secret that music hugely influences the overall vibe of your wedding — pick the right band and your guests will be on the dance floor pulling mad shapes all night long, but with the wrong choice, and you can bet your party will flop big time and that would suck!
These guys are probably the one of the best wedding band I have ever seen, and I have seen lots. Talk about getting the party started and keeping it going. They play a mixture of Indie classics like Kings of Leon and then will go bang into a rendition Stevie wonders, Sixteen Tons. These guys will have your guest making crazy shapes all night long!
Forza is a very unique band made up of top notch hipster sessions musicians. These guys mix the classics with the hits you will hear on radio one. They are full of energy and will and their own take on the classics are pretty awesome. If you want to keep your dancfloor packed all night, these guys are for you!
The Ace band are a 4 piece based in Bristol but travel all over the UK filling dance floors. They play it all from Bruno mars to Adele and Stevie wonder. Unlike most bands they will learn and play your fist dance song!
It’s no secret that photographers and videographers don’t see eye to eye occasionally at weddings and that’s shame. I myself have never had any issues with videographers, its all about communication and respect, we all have a job to do at the end of the day. I seem to work with the same videographers over and over again as I get asked for recommendation from my clients.
Although Phil is located in Essex I had to include him on the this list. This guys is one cool dude and an amazing film maker. He works solo and is approach is simple, to tell your story properly and truthfully. He is also a producer for BBC 6 music which takes his cool ratings through the roof.
I have worked with Tom on numerous occasions and he’s one on the nicest chaps you could ever wish to meet. Tom is another lone film maker so he is much less obtrusive than many other videographers out there who usually come in packs. He will never ask you to pose or put your wedding dress on over and over again ( Yes I have worked with a videographer that did that to a poor bride!) He’s also mad keen on growing his own veg on his allotment and brewing his own beer , so what’s not to love!
Justine and Greg are fine art film makers . There films have that ageless vibe from a by-gone age. They will capture your beautiful wedding with sheer perfection giving you timeless memories to cherish. Every wedding film is unique and extremely special.
Wedding flowers are one of the most important elements of your big day. Not only do they provide color and decoration, but they symbolize life, growth, and rebirth. Good wedding flowers are also a conversation starter and after the food and dress, one of the things guests will remember most. The right wedding florist can help make wedding planning a breeze, while a difficult florist can make designing your wedding a total nightmare.
As I shoot a lot off weddings in Bath, I do come across some of the same suppliers again and again and these guys are no exception. I regularly bump into Johanne as she’s busy running around decorating the ceremony venues or reception tables with her wonderful creations. They also do workshops if you fancy having a go yourself!
I have lots of love for this place, not only is it located in my hometown of Frome, its where my wife always buys our flowers from! they are known for their eclectic range of wild flowers so when I see their name on my wedding questionnaire that I send all my couples I know its going to be a cool wedding!
Paula work is very traditional and works with a crazy talented team of wonderful floral designers that celebrate her vision and understand the critical importance of getting it right. Paula won this years TWIA best florist in the South West!
LET THEM EAT CAKE
When it comes to planning a wedding, Very few decisions are as delightful as choosing your wedding cake. After all, what could be better than sampling slice after slice of delicious cake?
The Bakemonger creates alternative, emotive edibles that are truly a sight to behold. They are more like modern art installations that wedding cakes, when I first played eyes on one at Ed & Izzy’s summer wedding this year I could not believe what I was seeing . They have been voted British Vogue’s Top 15 Instagram accounts that all food lovers should follow and are creating such a buzz. Everything is crafted by hand in the Bakemonger’s kitchen in my town of Frome, Somerset.
“I love to work with stylish couples like you who appreciate the trend-led design, high quality finish and personal service I bring to your wedding cake experience” that is Hayley’s ethos when it come to targeting her perfect clients. Her cakes are elegant and her made solely by her, she works alone as she would rather make 2 incredible cakes than 5 average ones. She’s this year TWIA winner for best cake designer in the South West.
Whether you’re looking for a naked wedding cake or a stunning vintage wedding cake, these guys will knock it out of the friggin park for you. They love to collaborate with their clients so you can create something that is s ial to you. They also have cake making classes if that whats floats your boat and if you feel like a cuppa you can pop into their bakery/cafe Based in the ultra cool city of Bristol!
MAKE UP ARTIST
This is the most important day of your life! Well, maybe not the most important, but your wedding is definitely up there. You’ve likely invested a ton of time and money—and if you’re shelling out your hard-earned cash for a killer photographer like me , you’ll probably want to look your best in those pictures so a professional makeup artist is a godsend,
I have noticed this year that most brides want very natural looking make up so its great that Katy natural and relaxed approach seems to be the in style. Her background is in TV and film make up and as an added bonus all her products ate cruelty free! Katy Won the TWIA 2017 best make up artist for the South West.
I work with Christy very often and she’s always a treat to be around, she has a vey calming manner about her. If you have a certain look in mind for your wedding she will create that for you or if you have no idea then just let her do her magic. Christy also teaches workshops for individuals or small groups and is based in Bath.
Lisa is pure rock and Roll and has had style in the blood and from a young age, She could be found with her head buried in Vogue magazine, getting up to speed with the latest fashion. As she come from the fashion industry she’s not your classical make up artist but if your are looking for a of beat and alternative make up artist then she’s the girl for you.