Meet the Wedding superstars – Dawn from Claret Catering

Meet the Wedding superstars – Dawn from Claret Catering

As a wedding Photographer I get to go to a lot of weddings. I love good food at a wedding, it’s important the couple choose wisely and great food is a good starting point for your wedding. There’s none better than Dawn to sort this out for you, so having sampled her food (and drinks) I can honestly recommend her 110%. So I was delighted to hear more about her having seen how well she treats her couples (and also other wedding suppliers).

Tell me a little bit about yourself, what made you start?

I started claret catering in 2010 just at the time of the world financial crash when companies all around me were closing and going out of business ! I had worked for many years in good quality hotels in Dorset and was confident that I could offer an excellent customer service as well as great food to wedding couples within realistic budgets.
Offering on the day co-ordination sets Claret Catering apart from other catering companys and our brides and grooms choose us because from their first meeting with us they know that they are in safe and experienced hands and that every little detail will be taken care of and they can relax and enjoy their special day without any additional stresses that weddings can bring.

Every couple and their family are unique and it is my job to show that in the food that they choose. There are no standard menus to have to choose from and no hidden extras to be faced with – that’s not Clarets way. If there is a special dish that is a family favourite we will work it into the menu.
We work with a couples theme and have no issues in making sure that their day is about them. So if they are not smoked salmon canape people – why not have mini burgers instead.

What is your favourite memory of catering at a wedding?

Our most unusual request was for a full English Fry up as the wedding breakfast and that’s awesome !
Every couple is welcomed to by the claret team with a free personalised consultation at a time that suits them – whether its evenings or weekends, we pride ourselves on our flexibility to work around our clients busy lives and take the time to get to know them.
We are very much on the wedding planning journey together and give as much support as we can along the way, encouraging any questions or queries – not just about the food but anything else wedding related. Then of course, the person that you met on day one is there with you on your wedding day – making sure that everything that has been asked for happens and any little issues can be swiftly dealt with before anyone notices.

How long have you been doing your thing?

With our years of experience we have seen it all – from badly behaved relatives and small babies who need to be rocked to sleep to collapsing cakes and dresses that need emergency adjustments. Nothing is too much trouble. Relatives are dealt with, babies are rocked, cakes are rebuilt and brides are fitted back into their dresses in time for the photos !

What is the advantage of hiring a professional (you)?

To give that complete package, Claret also bring with them all the crockery, cutlery, glassware and table cloths, as well as making sure that there are ovens and fridges in the right place too. This is another worry taken away and often overlooked in the excitement of planning.
Our mobile bar comes with us. It is free of any set up or hire charges and there is no minimum spend or deposit needed. A full range of branded spirits are available as well as local ales and cider on tap. Any special requests for drinks to be stocked can be made again at no extra charge.
We are a popular choice within the Dorset wedding industry and more and more wedding professionals are calling upon us to cater for their own family wedding. This for us is the ultimate compliment, as if someone in the industry trusts chooses you for their own family over any other caterer and bar supplier in the area it says a lot for who the Claret team are and the job that they do.
Secret food passion – egg custard tarts.

What do you do for fun?

Best wedding song to get me on the floor – Walking on sunshine – Katrina and the waves

Dawns contact details are:

www.claretcatering.co.uk
events@claretcatering.co.uk

Call her on 0788 414 6376

You can also find her on facebook, twitter and instagram.

Meet the Wedding superstars – Chris from Chris Piercy Magic

Meet the Wedding superstars – Chris from Chris Piercy Magic

As a Wedding photographer I get to work with many awesome people both as part of weddings but also for fun shoots where we can try different things. In the next in my new series where you find out more about other wedding suppliers I have worked with. Today we have Chris from Chris Piercy Magic. I have worked with Chris on many occasions and I can always guarantee a super reaction from the guests!
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Tell me a little bit about yourself, what made you start?

I started doing magic at a fairly young age (debates about whether it was 8 or 10, either way I was young.)

I was always fascinated by seeing magic being performed well, Paul Daniels in particular amazed me.

I learnt a few tricks and started performing them to friends and then at college.

I kinda fell into the wedding industry from there and on the way realised that weddings are just so much fun.

Even more fun when I’m there, obviously, but in general it’s a happy day filled with merriment, people wanting to have a great time and I’m only too happy to assist with this.
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How long have you been doing your thing?

I’ve been doing magic for 24-26 years and I’ve been a professional magician for 8-9 of those.

What is the advantage of choosing/hiring a professional (you)?

Well the main advantage is that you get me and there is only one of them.

With me you’re getting someone who combines the natural amazement of perfectly executed tricks with wit, repartee and charm as opposed to hack lines.

I perform magic, mindreading, hypnosis and can even host your day as well.

People book me because we just hit it off, they find me fun, friendly, experienced and helpful then jaw dropping bonus is a huge bonus too.
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chris amazing a couple with his magic

What is your favourite memory / wedding?

An extravagant wedding at Lulworth Castle where the guestbook was a car, there was a huge variety of entertainment on the day, the couple were super cool and relaxed and every guest just felt like a friend I hadn’t seen for a while.
Felt truly welcomed and was sad to have to leave.

What thing are people always surprised about what you do/don’t do?

I think people who haven’t seen magic before or in quite a while are quite surprised how good it is and how amazed they end up being.

Whether this is due to stigmas attached to rabbits coming out of hats or whatever I don’t know but when you have timid uninterested guests screaming “F***ing hell* at the top of their voice within 5 minutes of my performance it’s quite humbling.

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chris amazing a couple with his magic

What do you do for fun?

Spend time with my partner and daughters, see friends, maybe drink a gin too many – nothing too crazy!

Freddo or Marmite on toast?

Probably Marmite but I’d prefer Bovril.
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What are you contact details?

info@chrispiercymagic.co.uk
chrispiercymagic.co.uk/wedding-magician
facebook.com/CPMagic
insta – @chrispiercymagic

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chris amazing a couple with his magic

Meet the Wedding superstars – Jen from Cakey LuLus

Meet the Wedding superstars – Jen from Cakey LuLus

As a Wedding photographer I get to work with many awesome people both as part of weddings but also for fun shoots where we can try different things. In the first of a new series where you find out more about other wedding suppliers I have worked with. Today we have Jen from Cakey LuLus – check out her facebook page to see more of her work!
Wonderful Cakes from Cakey LuLu's

Wonderful Cakes from Cakey LuLu’s

Tell me a little bit about yourself, what made you start?

Growing up I always had homemade cakes for my birthdays, and enjoyed baking with my mum too. My grandma herself was a wedding cake maker! I took a different path though, starting off as a Police Officer. But once I had children I took a break to spend more time with them before they started school.

I started by making my girls’ birthday cakes, and gradually ended was asked to make cakes for family and friends more and more, until one day I decided to branch out and set up my own business! After a while I took the decision to focus my work on my passion for prettiness and weddings, and haven’t looked back!
Wonderful Cakes from Cakey LuLu's

Wonderful Cakes from Cakey LuLu’s

How long have you been doing your thing?

I ventured into the world of cake-making a little over 5 years ago, but only in the last 18 months steered my focus to the wedding industry.
Wonderful Cakes from Cakey LuLu's

Wonderful Cakes from Cakey LuLu’s

What is the advantage of hiring a professional (you)?

Wow, there are so many advantages…where do I start?!
Firstly, you don’t have to do it yourself! Having produced and set up hundreds of cakes before, your cake-maker will create your wedding cake with passion and precision. They will deliver and set up your cake for you, with good knowledge of local venues. They will make sure any flowers and decorations are made food-safe, and ensuring it is looking its absolute best. You and your family/friends can concentrate on getting ready for your special day with peace of mind that your cake is in good hands – and it won’t collapse!

Your cake will be freshly made to order, with no preservatives, and the vast range of flavours are far beyond anything you could get in a supermarket. It will also be significantly larger than a supermarket cake – did you know that the average height of a modern wedding cake tier is around 5” tall, while a Marks & Spencer ‘deep’ sponge cake is actually only 8cm/3.15” tall?

It will also be completely unique – the style and design is completely up to you. Your cake maker is there to make sure your cake coordinates perfectly with the rest of your wedding – invitations, the dress, colours, flowers…the possibilities are endless. And if you have no idea what you want, they are on hand to give you plenty of ideas – it’s what they love to do!
Wonderful Cakes from Cakey LuLu's

Wonderful Cakes from Cakey LuLu’s

What is your favourite cake/memory of making one?

All my cakes are my favourite! But I really love painting on cakes, and find it so therapeutic. I just get lost in time while I’m painting! I really enjoyed creating my watercolour peony painted cake – a technique that was self-taught. It looked terrible at first, but as the layers added up and I stepped away, it all finally came together. I often get lots of lovely uplifting comments about it too!
Wonderful Cakes from Cakey LuLu's

Wonderful Cakes from Cakey LuLu’s

What do you do for fun?

Well, I absolutely love skiing. Just being up there on the mountains is so peaceful yet energising! But I don’t get to do that very often, as there’s not a lot of snow in Dorset! Mostly I just love to spend time with my little family – my husband and my girls. They’re 4 & 6 years old, and they’re the reason I started my own business in the first place…to be with them as much as possible!
Wonderful Cakes from Cakey LuLu's

Wonderful Cakes from Cakey LuLu’s

Freddo or Marmite on toast?

That’s easy – always the Freddo!! I do like marmite, but I reckon I could easily live without it as long as I had a good supply of chocolate! Although what’s with the price of Freddo’s nowadays?!!

Wonderful Cakes from Cakey LuLu's

Wonderful Cakes from Cakey LuLu’s

What are your contact details (Facebook/Insta/website/twitter/etc):

Thanks so much for agreeing to be featured on my new Wedding superstar section – you can contact Jen on any of the links below and of course she comes highly recommended 🙂

Facebook.com/cakeylulus
Instagram @cakeylulus
Website www.cakeylulus.co.uk
Email hello@cakeylulus.co.uk

Jen in action

Jen in action

Haselbury Mill – A Somerset Wedding gem

Haselbury Mill – A Somerset Wedding gem

I love Haselbury Mill as a wedding venue – it’s not far from where I live so that’s a bonus too! I was lucky enough to be involved with a bridal shoot with the amazing Kate and Tasha from Bridal Reloved Dorchester and Street.
Gemma looked amazing in her dress and Chrissie bricknell to do the hair and make-up. What a dream team for Somerset weddings! If you’re looking for a fab wedding venue rain or shine in Somerset then give Haselburn barn a look!

One of the good things about being an awesome wedding photographer is being able to take hours on these shoots so that on a wedding day I can home straight in on the winning shots!

Here’s some of my favourites from the day together with a slideshow 🙂

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Brilliant Burley Manor Wedding – Anne and Jason’s Wedding

Brilliant Burley Manor Wedding – Anne and Jason’s Wedding

I love new forest weddings and what better place to get married than Burley manor in the new forest. It was a fantastic day Anne and Jason had, we even had deers which is perfect for my puns! I have been to burley manor many times over the years and now they have the new barn for weddings it’s made it an even better location for weddings, such a hidden gem!

Anne and Jason were such fun people so it was a pleasure to photograph their wedding and I had a fantastic time. The staff were super helpful and friendly too and the foot was absolutely superb! It was good to meet a fantastic DJ in the form of Simon from Hampshire Event DJs

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New Forest Burley Manor Wedding

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New Forest Burley Manor Wedding

New Forest Burley Manor Wedding

New Forest Burley Manor Wedding

New Forest Burley Manor Wedding

New Forest Burley Manor Wedding

New Forest Burley Manor Wedding

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New Forest Burley Manor Wedding

New Forest Burley Manor Wedding

New Forest Burley Manor Wedding

New Forest Burley Manor Wedding

New Forest Burley Manor Wedding

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New Forest Burley Manor Wedding

New Forest Burley Manor Wedding

New Forest Burley Manor Wedding

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