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  1. The Marriage Makers - Dinner Jazz Sax

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    Meet the Marriage Makers | Dinner Jazz Sax
    proudly part of 'The Recommended Collection'


    Tell us a little about you, your fab business and what you can offer Brides & Grooms to-be!

    I'm Graeme and I specialise in playing music that’s perfect for the ceremony, drinks reception and wedding breakfast, yet has a laid-back feel and is always unobtrusive.  So,  whether it’s for welcoming guests as they arrive for the ceremony, playing as the bride walks down the aisle or jazzing up the drinks reception and wedding breakfast, the mellow sound of my sax will sumptuously set the tone for the big day.

    I’ve been trading as Dinner Jazz Sax since 2012, although I’ve been a professional musician since 1996, and am based in Salisbury. This is a great location as it means I can cover Wiltshire, Dorset and Hampshire although I am happy to travel further afield  - I’ve got a wedding later this year in Luton thanks to Facebook!

    Through this time, I’ve played at over 100 weddings and was delighted to win the Wedding Musical Act Of The Year for the South West region in the 2016 Wedding Industry Awards.

    Although it’s only me who plays on the gigs, I’ve got quite a team behind me without whom I couldn’t do what I do. There’s Tamsin who sorts my artwork and publicity, Pete who services my sax and keeps it sounding lovely - - and James who works his piano magic on the tracks that I play along to -

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    What's your favourite thing about weddings?

    It's such an honour to be involved in the biggest day of people’s lives and I still get a buzz from knowing that my music is contributing to that magical day couples have been planning for years. I have a lot of contact with my couples in the months leading up to their wedding to ensure that the style of music I play is perfect for them, and this means that when we get to the big day itself, I often feel like I’m playing at the wedding of a friend.

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    What's hot right now? Are you spotting any trends for 2019/2020?

    I’m noticing with couples’ music choices that they are looking for that surprise element either by choosing something modern but giving it a retro twist, or by harking back to the swing / rock’n’roll eras with upbeat tunes that just have a happy feel about them.

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    What do you offer that others can't? What makes you different and why should couples book you?

    My sound is completely different to other sax players out there as it’s just my sax and a piano track rather than full on band tracks that other people use.  Although they have their place in the right setting, for me it’s that classic mellow sax and piano sound that works so well as background music and ensures that my music enhances, not overpowers, the celebrations.

    My set up also makes me different as I don’t need to plug in to a power source which gives me complete freedom and flexibility with where I can play. So, imagine it’s raining and we’re set up inside but then the sun comes out and all the guests head outside into the garden – rather than play to an empty room, I just pick my speaker up and follow them outside!

    There’s also the way that I’ve structured my pricings which is different to other musicians, yet I feel is much better for the couple and the flow of their wedding day. I charge by the segment of the day i.e. the ceremony, the drinks, the wedding breakfast or a combination of the three, rather than by the hour which means that if timings run late, you’re not suddenly left without music because the musician has reached the end of their paid time. With me, if I’m booked for the drinks reception, I’ll play through the whole drinks reception regardless of how long it takes.

    Aside from the music, I’m also very meticulous in my planning ahead of a wedding, both with the couples and with their venue, so that we all know in advance what’ll be happening on the day. It goes without saying that I’ll always turn up to a wedding smartly dressed, fully prepared and ready to go!

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    What five words would you use to describe your business?

    Sophisticated, affordable, personal, versatile, experienced.

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    Finally, what top tips would you like to give our lovely soon-to-be-weds, planning their big day?

    Research! Before you book, take the time to get a feel for the different suppliers by talking with them, have an email conversation, check out their social media to make sure that they, and the service that they offer, is what you want for your day. The best place to get the ball rolling is at a wedding show and there’s none better than the Love That Wedding show at Salisbury City Hall on Sunday October 6th. Ahhh, thanks Graeme - click here to find out more!

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  2. The Marriage Makers : Dawn Clarke Designs

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    Meet the Marriage Makers | Dawn Clarke Designs
    proudly part of 'The Recommended Collection'


    Tell us a little about you and your lovely business!

    My name is Dawn and I am Dawn Clarke Designs, creator of classic vintage-inspired bespoke children’s clothing.   I’m based in Winchester, Hampshire, but I cover the whole of the UK and I’ve been trading for over six years and am loving every minute of it!  I specialise in creating bespoke handmade outfits totally tailored to the occasion, from perfect pageboy suits to special flower girl dresses. 

    What is your favourite thing about working in the wedding industry?

    My favourite part of my job is meeting my clients, helping them feel relaxed and working with them to find out exactly what they want right through to choosing fabrics and selecting embellishments.   Then, I go into my wonderful magical world of sewing my heart out and having the thrill of knowing that I’m creating something so special. 

    Are you spotting any trends for 2019/2020?

    The hot trends right now for page boys are shades of blue, and, of course, how we can be sustainable and use carefully sourced fabric.   I’ve just finished a photoshoot which includes a beautiful flower girl dress I created using a Bride's Mother’s dress which she wanted to be created into a legacy of elegance and to bring the bond of the past with the present at a very special occasion.

    What do you offer that others can’t? What makes you unique?

    Dawn Clarke Designs offer a bespoke children’s clothing service which means you can work with me to ensure we work together to get exactly what you are looking for on your special day.  I also believe that every child should know what it’s like to wear an outfit that’s been sewn especially for them, a handcrafted heirloom to treasure. 

    What five words would you use to describe your business?

    Vintage Inspired Bespoke Children’s Clothing

    What top tips would you like to share with our lovely couples planning their big day?

    My top tip would be to talk or try your clothing ideas out on the little ones before going ahead with an order.   There is nothing worse than selecting for example a pair of classic knickerbockers for the pageboy only to find he doesn’t want to wear them and wants a pair of big boy grown up formal trousers, like the best man!  You can’t force those lovely little ones to smile if they are not a happy bunny!

    Anything else you would like to tell us?

    I’d love to hear about your special occasion coming up, so that we can discuss more ideas, with no obligation, so do feel free to get in touch.  Also, if you would like to see footage of my very special models celebrating my clothing at Winchester Fashion Week 2019, why not visit my website and don't forget to follow me on instagram and facebook to see more of my designs.

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  3. Love That Wedding! NEW WEBSITE

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    Exciting news guys, I've just hit publish on our fab new website! What started a week ago as what I thought would be a few small 'tweaks' here and there to freshen things up a little bit, has grown into a full-blown website 'redesign' with all new pages, and an updated fab new Recommended Collection - now categorised for ease of searching. 

    I must say a massive THANK YOU once again to Lydia Stamps who has kindly allowed me to share some of her beautiful images across the site - be sure to check her out

    Hope you love what you see? Would love to know what you think, so feel free to comment below.

    Over the coming days and weeks I'll be taking a much closer look at our 'Recommended Suppliers', so stay tuned for that. In the meantime, go and make yourself a cuppa and take a little look around... you're very welcome here.

    Happy Monday lovelies!

    Catherine x

  4. Love That Loves! Discover 'The Recommended Collection' - home to the finest wedding experts from across Wiltshire, Hampshire & Dorset | #lovethatloves

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    Have you discovered 'The Recommended Collection'? Not yet? You really need to!

    It's the start of the first full working week of March! Oh my goodness, how is that even possible? We've had a crazy busy start to 2019 here at Love That Wedding! and the last two months have absolutely whizzed by in a flash.  What have we been up to I hear you ask? 

    Well, we've already hosted two big wedding shows in Poole and Marlborough, and there's another happening this coming Sunday 10th March in Salisbury at the City Hall [FIND OUT MORE]. We've also hosted more of our lovely "Mingle & Meet" wedding supplier soirees and we've been SUPER busy behind the scenes working on 'The Recommended Collection' and that's what I'm here to talk to you about today ...................... I've got some awesome new wedding experts to introduce you to, who have all recently joined our growing "family" and been added to the Love That! Loves List and I also wanted to remind you who's already in our "gang".  I'm soooooo excited to share everyone with you - they're all SO fab, it's no wonder we love them.

    What is 'The Recommended Collection'? Allow us to tell you more ... 

    The Recommended Collection is a fantastic group of the finest wedding experts you'll ever have the pleasure to meet and they're all based in either Wiltshire, Hampshire or Dorset.  These guys proudly take their place on the 'Love That! Loves List', quite simply because we love them and we know you will love them too. We'll be telling you lots, lots more about 'The Recommended Collection' and all our lovely suppliers within it, over the coming weeks and months, but for now, let's take a little look at who's currently on the list and who's recently been added to the list. 

    Recently recommended Love That! lovelies :

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    Bride by Design

    Wiltshire’s most luxurious bridal boutique, situated in the small market town of Warminster, Wiltshire - just a 30 minute drive from both Bath and Salisbury

    Find us on the Love That! Loves List >> CLICK HERE

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    Victoria Fergusson Accessories

    I believe I have the best job in the world! Trusted with creating the beautiful finishing touches to a Bride's look. Whether it be a statement headdress, delicate earrings or a bespoke hand-beaded dress applique, these are the items treasured and kept as heirlooms. I get to work in a sparkly, pearly tinted world!

    Find me on the Love That! Loves List >> CLICK HERE

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    Brides of Winchester

    Leave everyday life at the door; enter a haven of tranquility where discerning, style-conscious Brides from around the world come to find their perfect wedding gown.

    Find us on the Love That! Loves List >> CLICK HERE

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    Bridal Hair in Hampshire

    Stunning and creative Bridal Hair for today's modern bride - professional, highly-experienced, on-trend designs.

    Find me on the Love That! Loves List >> CLICK HERE

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    Emily Celebrant

    Award-winning celebrant who loves to bring your beautiful story to life... who knew a wedding ceremony could be so much fun!

    Find me on the Love That! Loves List >> CLICK HERE

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    Cakes by Helen

    Beautiful wedding cakes made with love, creating something truly special for your perfect day. Bespoke elegant designs and delicious flavours with a personal and professional service.

    Find me on the Love That! Loves List >> CLICK HERE

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    Dawn Clarke Designs

    It's truly magical creating beautiful bespoke children's clothing, working hand in hand with a Bride and Groom where the children are very special to them.

    Find me on the Love That! Loves List >> CLICK HERE

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    Teresa Jolly Makeup

    Beautiful, luxury makeup from a professional makeup artist with 10 years’ experience. Flawless, radiant, long-lasting makeup for the best version of you on your wedding day.

    Find me on the Love That! Loves List >> CLICK HERE

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    Love by Design Weddings & Events

    Whether your venue needs a complete makeover or you just need an extra hand putting up decorations, Love by Design is here to help.

    Find us on the Love That! Loves List >> CLICK HERE

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    Celebrant Sally Bawden

    Life is a celebration. Let’s make memories together. Your ceremony, your choice. Make it unique and personal.

    Find me on the Love That! Loves List >> CLICK HERE

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    Charlee Hulbert Makeup

    Independent, highly qualified, experienced Bridal Makeup Artist - Charlee specialises in makeup techniques perfect for the modern day bride.

    Find me on the Love That! Loves List >> CLICK HERE

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    The Sweet Suite Artisan Cakery

    The Sweet Suite – Artisan Cakery, is a multi award-winning cake company based in Dorset, creating stunning wedding cakes, dessert tables and favours.

    Find me on the Love That! Loves List >> CLICK HERE

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    Primo Parties

    Award-winning wedding DJs providing bespoke packages throughout the South - your wedding, your choices, your day. The perfect soundtrack to the best night of your life!

    Find us on the Love That! Loves List >> CLICK HERE

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    MK Hair & Makeup

    Multi award-winning Hair & Makeup artist Marie Kelly will have you looking picture perfect for your big day.

    Find me on the Love That! Loves List >> CLICK HERE

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    Nanny Nellie's Attic

    Beautiful, timeless, vintage pieces always catch my eye! They inspire me to put together a creation as individual as you, while encompassing the aspirations of your theme along with a practical budget.

    Find me on the Love That! Loves List >> CLICK HERE

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    Saddlers Bar

    Offering a diverse range of beverages, from draft ales and lagers to craft spirits, Saddlers is a beautifully converted vintage mobile horse box bar finished to the highest of standards.

    Find us on the Love That! Loves List >> CLICK HERE

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     Keep on scrolling! Here's a quick reminder of who we've been "Loving & Recommending" for a little while :

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    Amazing Face Bridal Hair & Make-Up

    Beautiful, bespoke, award-winning bridal hair and natural makeup throughout the South West. Our technique spotlights natural flawless foundation with soft focus blending and creative up-to-the-minute hairstyling.

    Find us on the Love That! Loves List >> CLICK HERE

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    Ben Radley Wedding Films 

    I love making wedding films. I have a desire to constantly perfect each and every film I make for my wedding couples. I specialise in creating cinematic, emotional and creative wedding films to allow you to remember your day forever. Each film is tailored to the couple, and I am creating it in my mind from the day I first meet you.

    Find me on the Love That! Loves List >> CLICK HERE

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    Dinner Jazz Sax

    Playing music that's perfect for your ceremony, drinks reception and wedding breakfast.

    Find me on the Love That! Loves List >> CLICK HERE

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    JASHAIR Group

    Jashair's award-winning Hair & Beauty salons are ideal for your special day!

    Find us on the Love That! Loves List >> CLICK HERE

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    Joe Stallard Photography

    Joe lets his reviews speak for themselves, working with you to capture the wedding you want in a relaxed and discreet manner. Catching memories and creating stunning photographs you will cherish for a lifetime.

    Find me on the Love That! Loves List >> CLICK HERE

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    Kismet Photography

    Sonja & Harry are recognised as talented experts in their field. We are our couples' eyes throughout the day, we don't insist on time-consuming groups and awkward moments, we go about our business discreetly.

    Find us on the Love That! Loves List >> CLICK HERE

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    Legacy Rose & Crown Hotel

    The Legacy Rose & Crown, with its beautiful riverside location and picturesque views over to Salisbury Cathedral, will be the most romantic setting for your special day.

    Find us on the Love That! Loves List >> CLICK HERE

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    Lydia Stamps Photography

    Lydia Stamps is a multi award-winning creative wedding photographer. Based in Salisbury, Wiltshire but working all over the world, she specialises in creating fresh and natural images in a relaxed and unobtrusive style with no awkward posing or hours of formal shots

    Find me on the Love That! Loves List >> CLICK HERE

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    Mark Bastick Photography

    Mark provides beautiful and natural wedding photography you and your family will cherish forever. Offering a tailor-made service he will ensure you get exactly the quality and expertise you would expect from an experienced professional photographer.

    Find me on the Love That! Loves List >> CLICK HERE

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    Milton Abbey Weddings 

    Welcome to Milton Abbey – one of Dorset’s most spectacular locations for weddings and civil ceremonies, located just a short distance from the towns of Dorchester and Blandford.

    Find us on the Love That! Loves List >> CLICK HERE

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    NJAC Event Bars

    NJAC is the quality event bar service in Wiltshire, Hampshire & Dorset, specialising in cocktails. All budgets can be covered, including free bar hire!

    Find us on the Love That! Loves List >> CLICK HERE

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    Occasions Flowers & Venue Styling

    Your wedding day is one of the most important days in your life and your floral designs and venue decor play a huge part in making it special. I work closely with my brides on a very personal level; I like to get to know you, your likes and dislikes and then from small ideas, together we can build and create the vision you have. 

    Find me on the Love That! Loves List >> CLICK HERE

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    Sarah Williams Photography

    Sarah is a South Coast and Wiltshire-based natural documentary wedding photographer who loves to capture happiness, telling a story of each wedding day she photographs with beautiful images.

    Find me on the Love That! Loves List >> CLICK HERE

    We'll be sharing with you more exciting news about this lovely bunch of wedding experts very soon ... in the meantime, please check out their beautiful pages and book them confidently, knowing you're in the safest hands - we will only recommend the best suppliers we know you can trust!

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  5. Love That Wedding! The beautiful home of Wiltshire, Hampshire and Dorset Weddings - check out our brand new blog!

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    Welcome to Love That Wedding! | the beautiful home of Wiltshire, Hampshire and Dorset Weddings ... and a very warm welcome to our brand new blog - it's really great to have you here.

    Love That Wedding! | for Brides & Grooms

    Firstly, huge and heartfelt CONGRATS to you on your engagement - the team and I are beyond happy for you - exciting times ahead guys and the fun has only just begun! A big thank you for swinging by our lovely site and stopping by our blog - I'm SO thrilled you found us and I hope that you're equally as excited to be here. 

    Our brand new blog will bring you all the inspiration and ideas you'll ever need, to help you plan your best day.  It's here we'll tell you all about the wealth of wedding talent from across Wiltshire, Hampshire and Dorset, who will make sure your big day is the absolute best day and everything you'd ever dreamed of.

    We'll let you know about our fabulous, much-loved and must-visit wedding shows (widely regarded as some of the best in the region) and introduce you to our many trusted wedding experts based in Wiltshire, Hampshire and Dorset, who we couldn't be prouder to 'Love & Recommend'.  These guys are some of the best in the biz and you can book them all confidently, knowing they won't let you down.  You'll find them all on the Love That! Loves List : 'The Recommended Collection', so be sure to check them out now and keep checking back regularly, as the collection is always growing.   

    Love That Wedding! | for the best Wiltshire, Hampshire & Dorset-based Wedding Experts

    Are you a Wiltshire, Hampshire or Dorset-based wedding supplier? If so, a very warm welcome to you too - thank you for stopping by to have a little read, I really appreciate you being here and wanting to find out more about us.

    If you're looking for ways to grow your business and want to meet genuine engaged couples planning their weddings in Wiltshire, Hampshire or Dorset, you've definitely come to the right place and I'm so pleased you found us - we are here to help you! In fact, it would be our pleasure.

    We've helped hundreds of wedding suppliers over the last 11 years and have been extremely fortunate to see many a wedding business launch, flourish and go on to achieve truly amazing things.  Whether you're just starting out in the wedding industry or you're a "seasoned pro", if you want to get more weddings booked, there are a variety of ways we can help you.

    Follow our blog posts to find out about exhibiting with us at our Wiltshire, Hampshire and Dorset Wedding Shows; to find out about our monthly "Mingle & Meet" wedding supplier soirees and to discover how to join 'The Recommended Collection' and enjoy the many benefits.  We'll also share on our blog other events we're organising that we think will be of interest to you.

    Thank you for reading!

    Having just re-launched our Love That Wedding! blog, I'm SUPER excited to share with you many an interesting post throughout 2019 and beyond, starting today.

    Thanks so much for reading - the team and I can't wait to see you soon.

    Catherine x

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