Suppliers we Love

Below you will find a growing list of Suppliers we Love as part of our Suppliers Showcase Series!
Every other Friday, a wedding supplier from the showcase series will be added to the list, each showcasing their work and answering 5 questions.
Let's begin...

 

MON ANNIE CAKES 

1) Tell us about you! Your background, an interesting fact & your journey into the wedding industry…

I was born and raised in a beautiful city called Ibadan in South Western Nigeria. I moved to the UK when I was 15 to study, and completed my medical degree in Cardiff. An interesting fact- twins run in my family. My brothers are twins and 3 of my 4 siblings have had twins. 
I’ve always loved baking, but never really had the time to do it. In 2013 I became severely mentally ill, and baking was literally the only thing I could do. It was my therapy, and then it became my voice- and something I wanted to share with the world.
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 2) Describe your business in 5 words…

Flavour, Bespoke, Elegant, Timeless, Narrative.

Mon Annie Cakes   Mon Annie Cakes   Mon Annie Cakes

 3) What is the favourite part of your job & why?

It’s hard to choose! I like the baking, and it will always be my first love; however I love the finer details of the sugar flowers and creating textures on the cake.

 4) What advice would you give to couples when planning their wedding?

   It’s YOUR wedding. Don’t be afraid to be you. Take your time to pick suppliers who will help you bring your vision to life.

 5) What is your favourite city & why?

  I love Paris. It’s beautiful and has some of the best patisserie. I felt like a kid in a candy shop!


 Mon Annie Cakes    Mon Annie Cakes

Image credits : Charlotte Wise, Maxeen Kim 

 

https://monanniecakes.com/ 

Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/monanniecakes/

hello@monanniecakes.com

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OCCASION QUEENS

 

1) Tell us about you! Your background, an interesting fact & your journey into the wedding industry…

Hey! So my name's Nina and I run Occasion Queens, we specialise in on the day coordination and set up for weddings and events and also consultancy for venues new or looking to grow within the wedding industry. 
I started in events at university (some 16 years ago) where I ran all the club nights - I did very little for my degree but came away with a 2:1 and decided to pursue my passion for organising (instead of Film & TV which is what I studied). I started in the corporate world doing everything from conferences, networking events, exhibitions to balls and gala dinners. I quickly realised that if I was going to work so hard, it should be to do good so I went on to organise events for a national charity within their fundraising department - I literally did it all! From sponsored dips in the North Sea to treks in amazing places around the world. A lot more fun as well as rewarding! However, as soon as it came to planning my own wedding I realised that there was a gap in the market that I knew I could fill. I wanted to allow everyone the opportunity to have a stress free day and lets face it, I have always wanted to be J Lo in The Wedding Planner so, cue OQ! I wanted to make sure that people who didn't want or need a full wedding planner still had access to support that allowed them to truly enjoy their day. Four years later, on the day coordination is now becoming a massive part of the industry and I have loved watching it evolve whilst staying true to our ethos. 
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 2) Describe your business in 5 words…

Attentive, Stylish, Quality, Detailed and Easy 

Nina Beer Occasion Queens   Nina Beer Occasion Queens on the day setup   Nina Beer Occasion Queens

 3) What is the favourite part of your job & why?

Ah that's sooo hard! I bloody love it all! Inspiration session get me super excited for everything they have planned, recommending suppliers gives me a buzz to know I am supporting amazing companies within the industry whilst bringing the couples ideas to life, final planning meetings I get to see the fruits of their labour and how the things we discussed have evolved and on the day - well you don't get any better than watching their dreams come true...

 4) What advice would you give to couples when planning their wedding?

There is so much advice out there already, everyone has a top tips blogs but honestly, I think there are two big ones - stay true to you as a couple, if it doesn't feel right then don't do it as you can't take it back. Secondly, prioritise your budget in order of what is important to you. Invest in the things you love and then you know that you will be super happy with those things on the day. 

 5) What is your favourite city & why?

That's a tough one between London (home is where the heart is and London at night is truly magical) and Toronto (the happiest place in the world where everyone is proud of their city).  


 Nina Beer Occasion queens    Nina Beer Occasion Queens

Image credits : Chpbranding StoriesMatt ParryAndy Gaines, Fiona Kelly 

 

https://www.occasionqueens.com/

Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/occasion.queens/

letschat@occasionqueens.com

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BY CHENAI WEDDINGS & EVENTS

 

1) Tell us about you! Your background, an interesting fact & your journey into the wedding industry…

My name is Chenai, I'm a West London based event planner, planning weddings and parties all over the UK And beyond.

 My professional background was actually in  commercial Supply Chain management for a major retailer ,  skills I used and developed to be an effective event planner. I combine this with my natural curiosity for the creative - I was an arts student most of my life and I love to express myself in that way. I also love a great party, my mom was the ultimate hostess with the most and I love nothing more than  getting my friends together around my table , cooking an awesome dinner that ends with some dancing in the wee hours to a brilliant playlist.

Where wedding planning is concerned, I've found that clients either want a logistical expert or a creative to hep them with their look /decor  and I have combined my natural affinity to get stuff done, with my love for creating . Being a natural extrovert also helps! I always new wedding planning was for me , I planned my first wedding back in 2015 , I loved every minute of it despite the long hours and sore feet at the end of the day , I then started researching the industry, planned some more weddings and launched ByChenai Events in 2017.

Interesting facts?  

Chenai is a Shona name from Zimbabwe  (not the place in India, that has 2 N's) where I am originally from. 

I speak 3 languages 

I have never seen Star Wars.  

I created and host my own supper club called the West 10 Supper club which is a creative outlet and passion project rather than a business venture.

 

2) Describe your business in 5 words…

Contemporary, elegant, professional, stylish, bespoke.

   
ByChenai London Wedding Planner    ByChenai London Wedding Planner   ByChenai London Wedding Planner 

 3) What is the favourite part of your job & why?

Sounds corny but it's the people and the little  journey we go on together. No client is the same, I love the opportunity to get to know my clients, understand their vision and bring it to life! I love a great party but I also enjoy being apart of one of the most intimate and thoughtful celebrations a couple will have in their relationship, It is a real source of joy for me.

 4) What advice would you give to couples when planning their wedding?

It's your day , do it your way. I have respect for traditions, they have their place especially in cultural weddings but I advocate the fact that as it's the most personal celebration you will share with those you love and care for, it must be a reflection of above all else, who you are as a couple.. So there is nothing you have to do or should do, the day must be about how you want to celebrate it. Express yourselves in a way that echoes your values and style. I'd also advocate taking the time to enjoy the process. After engagement there is no need to rush into an overwhelming stream of research and inspiration, decide what you'd like your day to look like, what is important to you, agree on a budget (that you can stick to) and then go from there. Finally, get help! Whether it's with a professional planner like myself or a friends and family who are willing and able to especially if project managing, planning and the creative elements are not your forte.

 5) What is your favourite city & why?

London. It's the home I've chosen as an adult and it is an inspiring place to be. I love the pace of the city, the variety ,the diversity. I love the idea that whatever your passion is , you can find it in London and whilst it is a big city, I have never felt small in it.  I find inspiration everywhere , good restaurants, traditional spaces like museums, performance spaces and galleries and the unconventional street art , Londoners have great style and the breadth of culture is astounding. The juxtaposition of the old (historic landmarks) and new ( shiny skyscrapers) is one of the main reasons I enjoy the city.  I love how each part of the city has it's own identity, East London  is very different to neighbourhoods south of the river as is West from  North. There is always something going on something new to experience, It feels like nothing is impossible here and if you want to be a part of it you can. It also has some surprising and truly beautiful quiet spaces, the green spaces in the city are abundant. 

 

ByChenai London Wedding Planner   ByChenai London Wedding Planner
 

https://www.bychenai.com/

Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/bychenai/

kanjani@bychenai.com

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EVA TARNOK PHOTOGRAPHY

 

1) Tell us about you! Your background, an interesting fact & your journey into the wedding industry…

My name is Eva, and I am a wedding and lifestyle photographer based in London. After graduating I initially worked in banking. I enjoyed the corporate life, the travel and I learned a lot, however when I become a mother I decided to start my own business to have the flexibility I needed and the creative outlet, which was I was craving so much during my banking years. I initially photographed children and families, however after photographing a friend’s wedding, my focus changed to wedding photography. I love weddings and capturing all the emotions and excitement of the day, and I feel privileged to be a part of so many beautiful weddings. I have photographed intimate elopements, church weddings, a wedding in a two hundred years old sailing boat, luxury hotels and exclusive private clubs and even in Royal Castles. I loved them all!   

 2) Describe your business in 5 words…

Beautiful, Natural, Soulful, Timeless, Elegant

Eva Tarnok wedding photography   Eva Tarnok Wedding Photography   Eva Tarnok Wedding Photography

 3) What is the favourite part of your job & why?

There are many things I enjoy about my job. I love connecting with my couples and finding out what they like, dislike, what they are worried about etc. Couples need to be able to trust their wedding photographer in order to be able to really relax on their wedding day. I also very much get into my ‘flow’ when I am photographing a wedding and I especially love the getting ready and the couple portraits part. Capturing emotions is really what wedding photography is all about.

 4) What advice would you give to couples when planning their wedding?

My advice to couples is to get a great team of suppliers around you. Have a clear vision on what you like, the style, the colours, the details and once you communicated this to your suppliers, trust them to make it a reality. I even advise couples that after this point stop looking at the wedding blogs and social media as this could potentially make them unconfident and unsure. On the wedding day, your only job is to embrace the day and truly let go and enjoy yourself.   

 5) What is your favourite city & why?

There are lots of cities I love, but my favourite has to be London where I live. I love this vibrant, multicultural city with its beautiful green spaces, culture, food and people.


 Eva Tarnok Wedding Photography    Eva Tarnok Wedding Photography

https://www.evatarnok.com/

Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/evatarnok/

tarnoke@gmail.com

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