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WHY SMALL BUSINESSES MAKE A WEDDING TRULY ‘YOURS’

When I got married in 2020, I wasn’t a blushing bride. I didn’t wear white. I was a little older than 25 (43 actually!). There was even a national lockdown on. Hardly any part of our wedding was what I might perhaps, decades previously, have imagined it to be. But do you know what? It was a million miles better and utterly magical. And I truly believe that was partly thanks to us deciding to make it a ‘small business wedding’.

As well as being filled with original, personal touches from start to finish, and little thoughtful surprises everywhere you looked, it felt so special having things made just for us. Plus we loved knowing we’d supported other couples and families by supporting their businesses, too. I’d urge anyone getting married to seek out the independents. They’ll help make your wedding absolutely you all over.

Fumbalinas

Well, who says it has to be a veil?
My headpiece of dreams, by Fumbalinas.
Photography by Nick Tucker.

Founders wedding

With my dear, dear sisters and co-founders.
Smiles freshly created by Holly & Co.
Photography by Nick Tucker.

'LOVE' jacket and 'Bride to Be' sash - both made by Denim & Bone for Holly's wedding

The perfect accessories for a less ordinary hen party; a sash for me and a jacket for my chief bridesmaid.
Sash and denim jacket embroidered, by Denim and Bone.
Photography by Nick Tucker.

Wedding stationery

Bespoke wedding stationery, letterpressed to perfection.
Made by stationery superstars Marby & Elm.
Photography by Nick Tucker.

button holes

Buttonholes with a twist.
Marvellous moth pins, by Norfolk’s Red Dot Gallery.
Photography by Nick Tucker.

Holly and Frank wedding

An explosion of happiness and colour.
Little people, joyfully made and raised by our family and friends!
Photography by Nick Tucker.

Holly's dad wedding

My ‘getting ready room’ with Dad, surrounded by love.
Flags, by the brilliant Alice Gabb.
Photography by Nick Tucker.

wedding flowers

Gigantic paper flowers, designed to match my dress.
Handcrafted and made to keep, by friends and family.
Photography by Nick Tucker.

Wedding shoes embroidered with the words 'walking into happiness'

And finally, not from my day but my co-founder’s — wedding shoes you can dance in.
Lovingly embroidered with a personal line, by Emma Giacalone Textiles.

And if you’re attending a wedding instead this year (Forbes reported that according to The Knot, there will be more weddings in the United States in 2022 than any other year since 1984, and it’s likely to be the same here for the foreseeable future), remember that small businesses do the best gifts, too. Yes of course I’m biased but take a look at these and tell me I’m wrong…

Champagne moments pot

When the champagne flutes are empty, cherish the corks as a memento.
Beautifully etched apothecary jar, by Vinegar & Brown Paper.

Candles with the words 'all you need is love' in calligraphy

For the happy couple to light in memory of a glorious day.
Individually illustrated, by talented Heather Evelyn.

Hand painted marriage jug that says 'Love and Be Happy'

A personalised heirloom they will treasure forever.
Hand painted marriage jug in pink, by Sussex Lustreware.

Lovely linen napkins for all their future special occasions.
Hand embroidered with their initials, by the lovely ​​Lottie Mayland.

Pots with metallic letters on them

Their initials in glorious gold (and a lifetime of stationery kept tidy, too).
Individually handmade in London, by Pentreath & Hall.

Lydia Peckham Engraving

To pop only on a very special occasion (like, say, a wedding?).
A beautifully bespoke, calligraphy engraved bottle, by Lydia Packham Calligraphy.

An unforgettable meal in one of London’s most iconic locations.
Lunch or dinner at the Cinnamon Kitchen in the Battersea Power Station development.

Me & You Print

A reminder that when they’re together they can face anything.
ME&YOU&YOU&ME print, by graphic artist Anthony Burrill.

Card that says 'at fucking last' on it

Their special day has finally arrived after all those Covid delays. Hoorah!
A very apt wedding card, by Text From A Friend.

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