This is where I list people or companies who I have worked with who I believe excel in their field. All the people below stand out amongst their competitors and are leaders in the industry. No one has asked to be on here…I’ve just put them on because I admire what they do…these are the people I’d be happy to have at my own wedding and if you are looking to build an amazing day built on foundations of talented people who will go the extra mile for you then pick any names from the list below (click on the bold company name to visit their website):
Elsham Hall – Elsham Hall holds a special place in my heart. The venue, it’s staff and the wonderful couples that I have photographed there have been very good to me over the years I have been working professionally. The grounds inspire me, the staff energise me and well….it’s a beautiful place with such a brilliant atmosphere!
Adam Nicholas Films – An incredible wedding videographer, Adam and his small team never fail to deliver anything short of amazing. I have worked on 4 weddings with Adam and his calm and collected approach leaves brides completely at ease around his video camera. The resulting films are beautiful, intimate and deeply profound. His attention to detail is ridiculous, beautiful fleeting moments never pass him by. Head over to his website to watch some trailers.
Reel in Life Wedding Films – Noelle’s videos are beautiful and she is a joy to work with. There’s none of the cheesy nonsense that people sometimes expect with wedding video – just beautiful, classy, ethereal film masterfully shot and edited.
Hair & Make up:
Marie Padley – Super talented Hairdresser and master of “hair up”. Marie has an incredible portfolio North East Lincolnshire is lucky to have such a great home grown talent.
Kate Atkinson Make Up Artist – Kate is the lady behind the make up of one of my favourite images I’ve ever captured at a wedding, I have the pleasure of Kate’s company at least 20 times a year at weddings, she has a wealth of experience in the industry, book her early to avoid disappointment.
Nadia Salem Make Up Artist – Basically Nadia provides me with some of the best “made up” faces I’ve ever photographed, her techniques are second to none, she is unflappable on the day and is a calming presence to be around, team that with being a genius with a blusher brush and you have one of the best MUA’s in the area!
Joanna Leigh Couture – Bespoke wedding dress designer from Brigg. Stunning gowns and amazing service.
Styling & Design:
Jack Loves Jill – Amy Pearce is the expert interior designer/carpenter/crafter/heavy lifter/heavy machinery operator at ‘Jack Loves Jill’. She has a few things going for her that money can’t buy…style, vision, patience and a creative flare that is rare in the industry (everybody imitates nobody innovates). Amy has been ahead of the curve on every room styling/wedding trend thus far. If you want to “have it first” and then let everyone’s room be a tribute to yours then book Jack Loves Jill to style your wedding. Just a glance through her reviews on her facebook page says it all really.
BVDecor – Elaine is the talented lady behind two of Lincolnshire finest wedding services, one being the incredible Bride Beautiful at Elsham Hall and the second being BVDecor. With BVDecor Elaine has taken her wealth of knowledge and experience of event management and venue styling out of the barn and extended it to other venues across Lincolnshire and the UK.
The Silver Circle Band: Saw this band at Sophie & Carl’s wedding at Elsham Hall and they dropped banger after banger and kept the dance floor full all night. They have an incredibly full sound due to having the extra element of keys in the line up. Male and female lead vocalists ensure their repertoire is vast and all encompassing
Sunny & Boo-Boo – Effortlessly cool acoustic duo from Lincolnshire who frequent many a live music night at bars such as The Bobbin in Cleethorpes. Experts as de-constructing songs and rebuilding them in their own unique style ‘Sunny & Boo-Boo’ will turn ears at your wedding and have your guests asking “who are those guys?…they sound amazing!” Check out their version of Jay Z’s 99 problems with a segue into Kayne’s Gold digger for a sample of their genius. Pure talent.
The Big Betty Band – This Lincolnshire 8 piece sound as big as their name suggests, with a 3 piece brass section they’ve blown their set list wide open, playing staggering renditions of new and old tracks with that irresistible big band twist. Lead vocalist Ellie, owns the stage and has great chemistry with lead guitarist Will.
The Bootleggers – These guys are a high energy Rock n Roll party band with an eclectic and impressive set list! Your dance floor will be full from the first chord to the last!
Hand Fulla Soul – Quite honestly the best band I have ever seen at a wedding. The band are London based but play all over the UK. They have a repertoire of over 100 songs, all the members are accomplished professional musicians who have studies at some of the greatest Music academies in the world. They have backing singers and a brass section and really do have to be seen to be believed. If you want to give your guests a show they will never forget then book Hand Fulla Soul right now.
Annie Collett Vocal/pianist – I’ve seen Annie perform at only one wedding but was blown away. She has a truly beautiful voice that lends itself to any song and she is a very accomplished pianist. Annie is from Lincoln but does travel about the UK covering weddings. if you follow this link you can hear rendition of the Lumineers – “Ho Hey”. If you r vibe is more Damien Rice than the Rolling Stones then Annie might be just the performer for you.
Stem & Co – Stem is a power house of talent. Sam’s bridal bouquets are amazing but the service doesn’t just end there, she has the extra element of being able to offer all your wedding stationary and venue styling pieces. Her rooms always look breathtaking and its lovely to see it come together under one hand, from the flowers down to the place settings…all taken care of by Stem & Co.
Treasured Bouquets – The Lady behind Treasured Bouquets is Sarah Wyatt, an exceptionally talented florist with over 20 years experience she offers bespoke Bouquets that really are something quite special. Why settle for beautiful flowers when you can have stunning ones?
Crosskills Florists – Jane and the team at Crosskills have a beautiful shop on Heneage Road in Grimsby where they produce breathtaking wedding flowers week in week out. I’ve photographed loads of their amazing work over the years and they have always bowled clients over with their talents and service.
Select Limos – Vehicle hire for weddings! All the staff are an absolute joy to be around, always smiling and always happy, you’d be amazed the difference it can make on your big day when you get proper service with a genuine smile.
Big Day Buses – Flossy, Buster & Freda…3 stunning VW camper vans available to rent for your wedding day transportation! All fully licensed and insured.
John Morton – Lincolnshire’s very own Derren Brown! John has spent years perfecting his craft. He is a consummate professional and his illusions are nothing short of jaw dropping. John leaves any guests spell bound.
Snapz Photobooths – Now, there are loads of people offering photobooths nowadays the thing that sets Snapz apart from the rest is the fact that you get service with a smile and large well build booths. The staff who man the booths are happy to be there and happy to help…service with a smile really does go a long way 🙂
Richard Young c/o Elite Entertainment DJ’s – Hopefully Elite won’t mind/will actually appreciate a sudden influx of enquiries for just one of their many DJ’s but Richard is what this list is about…people who go above and beyond and do their job with their whole heart. He’s a brilliant DJ and will keep your dance floor full all night long (Lionel Ritchie Reference there) Aim your enquiry at Elite but ask for Richard Young by name…ask and ye shall receive!
Andy Carr DJ – when you ask someone to name three things about Grimsby & Cleethorpes it normally goes like this:
He has become of staple of life around these parts and for all the best reasons…he literally is the towns mascot!! and another brilliant DJ…I’ve suggested that Andy and Richard form a double act and name themselves “Chemical toilet brothers” but I’m yet to see any in roads being made into branding and merch….
Food & Catering:
Bon Appetite Caterers: Julie and her team really are something special in the catering world. The taste of their wedding breakfast courses is one thing but the attention to detail in what Bon App offer is what gets them onto my list. Their canapés don’t just taste incredible but they look out of this world too! (More stuff for me to photograph) head over to their website and take a look at the menu and gallery….be warned, one look will make you hungry!
Hog & Rooster – Hog Roasts…need I say more. There are two beautiful smells on a wedding day. Smell 1, a brides Chanel No5 perfume. Smell 2, a roasting pig. The staff at Hog & Rooster are just ace…Always immaculately turned out and smiling, happy to roast and happy to serve 🙂