Big thanks to our lovely intern Cara for getting to know our Suppliers + creating this little blog series for y’all.
Take it away, I said.

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The Wedding Collective would be absolutely no where without our beloved suppliers who help to push the whole industry forward with their ever-growing, unique and creative input. Firstly, we’re going to take a look at some of our wonderful jewellers who spend countless hours debating ideas, designing and crafting beautiful alternative wedding + engagement rings for you all; one of the most important, beautiful and symbolic elements, which is why we only have the best to showcase for you.

EBBA GORING //

First up we have Ebba Goring who has been pioneering her technique of working with casting textiles since graduating in 2009 with a BDES (Hons) in Jewellery and Metal Design from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee, Scotland.

Ebba and her small team currently work from her studio/showroom in an architect restored railway platform building in Burntisland on the Fife Coast of Scotland. What a creative, funky and unique workspace to create some alternative engagement rings for you lovely, lucky clients.

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Her inspiration stems from a love of traditional needlework and a passion to translate textile skills that have been handed down through generations into a new material that will preserve them forever.

“The simple repetition of a stitch, like double crochet, can be inspiration in itself — but I am also fascinated by historic jewellery, costume and textile motifs, especially from the Jacobean and Elizabethan eras for my latest collections.”

In terms of craftsmanship, Ebba stitches her designs in a small, delicate cotton stitch and crochet, then casts them into solid precious metal.

“I enjoy this sort of alchemy process, the organic undulating stitches are captured in metal and transformed into solid precious jewels. The finished pieces have an almost ancient treasure look to them, especially the gold pieces studded with precious gemstones.”

We absolutely adore Ebba’s designs and I’m sure we’ll only have more gorgeous work to share with you in the time to come!

Photo credits: Ebba Goring

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Marquise Stitch Ring in gold: aquamarine and diamonds

Solitaire Stitch Ring Gold and Cairngorm


BRAZEN STUDIOS //

Sarah from Brazen Studios is a true artist, putting a modern, unique and beautiful twist on the “traditional” wedding ring. Her work completely radiates the passion she has for what she creates. Her attention to detail and communication with each client to create something they love is a huge part of her work, and is one of the solid foundations of why she sticks out from the crowd. We absolutely love her work over here at TWC! She has so much to offer and has created some beautiful alternative wedding + alternative engagement rings over the years. We can’t wait to see what’s in store for 2017!

Below, Sarah explains some of her beautiful pieces:

“Here I’ve created a 18ct yellow gold encrusted engagement ring. The client I was working with wanted something less traditional but with enough statement. He also wanted to include 3 old cut diamonds from his grandmother’s ring which are also featured. We went for an Autumnal colour palette and combined white diamonds, yellow diamonds, spessartine garnets (totally gorgeous vibrant orange) and orange sapphires to create the look. They were set in a hand carved asymmetric wide gold band with lovely contouring.”

“A classic 3 stone / trilogy diamond engagement with lovely high spec (GIA – DVS diamonds) set above a fine yet structural balcony.”

Yellow gold, ‘romantic’ themed engagement ring which has an element of baroque scrolls to set off the marquise cut Tsavorite garnets and diamonds.”

We can’t wait to share more from Brazen Studios in the near future! 

KATIE LEES //

Katie Lees’ designs never fail to blow us away through her contemporary pieces – I mean, totally blow us away! 

If you’ve not heard of Katie and her work before, her inspiration and passion for what she creates is largely based on the study of industrial, engineered and structural landscapes found in her hometown of Glasgow.

“The language is drawn not only from the beauty of the pragmatic forms and robust engineering, but also from the remnants of the shipbuilding industry that once defined the industrial aesthetic of the river and my city.”

Absolutely smashing it is Katie. Her work is beautiful, intriguing, meaningful, precise and represents such a big part of who she is. We’re lucky to have her with the team and it’s been a pleasure showcasing her alternative wedding + alternative engagement rings! You certainly won’t be disappointed with any of her pieces. BEAUTIFUL.

Photo credits: Gabriela Silveira

SCARLETT ERSKINE //

Scarlett’s jewellery is inspired by her love for textures and working with gemstones and she works with precious metals to create contrasting textures, heightening the wearers sense of touch. It is then further enhanced through her intricate use of stone settings using precious gemstones adding colour and elegance to her jewellery.

We absolutely love the contrast in style, colour and appearance in Scarlett’s work! There’s really something for everyone and we couldn’t be more excited to see what’s in store for her in the near future.

“I love working with my clients to design their dream rings whether it be a customisation of one of my own pieces or a design the clients have imagined.”

We heart Scarlett!

Photo Credit: Scarlett Erskine
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That was 2016s work from those guys – The year of beautiful jewellery! Think 2017 can top it? HELLS YEAH.

BIG THANKS TO CARA FOR GUEST BLOGGING FOR US!
You can see some of Cara’s photography work in Januarys market gallery HERE x

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📢 CALLING ALL THOSE WHO HAD THAT QUESTION POPPED AT THEM THIS FESTIVE 📢

popper or poppee .. THIS is where to start your wedding plans in 2017!
we’ve gathered together the cream of the scottish wedding crop over on our online wedding directory to help you find the suppliers of your wedding day dreamzzzz + this month – this brand new spangly year month – we’re hosting a ton of them under one roof to showcase their insane talent + meet you newly engaged couples for all the fresh chat about your exciting wedding plans + wishes ♥️

SUNDAY 29th JANUARY
The Glue Factory
11am – 3pm

Follow us on instagram for news + supplier line up! @weddingcollective.co
And grab your £4 early bird tickets here

Whatever stage of the planning process you’re at, our market can offer just what you’re looking for. You’ll find unusual venues, ridiculously creative and inspiring wedding planners and helpers plus relaxed, stylish and film inspired photographers. Pinterest worthy inspo at every turn from Florists, Stylists, Caterers, Jewellers – you name it, you’ll find it all under The Glue Factorys super cool old warehouse roof.

Scrap the cruddy exhibition style traditional wedding fair + come down for an avo of easy, breezy chats + coffee with some of the industrys leading wedding folks in a relaxed, chilled atmosphere.
That’s our vibe 😎 Ain’t no stressin’ here.
Start your planning right with #teamTWC 🎉










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Heyhey!
In the GWC Spotlight today … a super raaaaad picture-taking lady …

 

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Let’s hear from the lovely lady herself:

 

1/ business: Solen Photography
     you/your team: me (Solen), sometimes Alix (alixmcintosh.co.uk)
     where: based in Edinburgh, work in Scotland or anywhere!

 

2/ describe your workspace:
I work from our (me, Dan and our little boy) wee house by Portobello in Edinburgh. It’s a lovely place to live and work.  We can see the sea from our garden and the view is different every day. The light is amazing. My workspace is full of old fashion magazines, photography books, a bunch of toy cameras that I always mean to use more regularly and usually our wee boy and his toys.

 

 3/ where did it all begin?
My grandfather (I called him Pepe) had a collection of film cameras that I was obsessed with as a kid. I loved looking at all his old photos. I also love mucking about with Lomo cameras. When I got a digital SLR I got really frustrated that I didn’t know how to use it properly so went to an evening class…which lead to a part-time college course…which lead to a full time course…which lead to me quitting my job as a gig booker and now I work full time for myself. It’s ace.

 

 4/ favourite work to date?
I’m in love with a recent elopement in the Highlands that I shot for a lovely Californian couple, I’m currently editing it and they are so happy, it puts a massive smile on my face.  They brought 5 friends and family and got married in the grounds of an old mill cottage in a humanist hand fasting, it is beautiful. For sentimental reasons shooting my oldest and dearest friend’s wedding is also a favourite. It was one of the first weddings I shot on my own having assisted and been 2nd shooter for a few great established photographers while studying. We got some lovely photos on the day (I was super nervous) and did a really fun portrait session near to where I now live so for many different reasons it means lots to me.

 

 5/ who/what inspires you?
 I love New York street photographers like Joel Meyerowitz, Garry Winogrand and Lee Friedlander.  I’m obsessed with Wes Anderson films.  I spend a ridiculous amount of time and money pouring over fashion magazines like Another, Love, Pop, ID, Vogue…there are so many!

 

 6/ describe a typical day:
I’ll either be out and about shooting, doing a recce and meeting people or trying to figure out how to juggle editing, blogging, admin and being a mum! There aren’t really 2 days alike at the moment which is great, keeps it interesting!

 

 7/ where’s your favourite place to go?
Locally I love Porty beach, The Skylark for food, drinks and a good bit of quiz (theskylarkportobello.com…i did a fashion shoot in there once), yummy tapas restaurant called Malvarosa (malvarosa.co.uk), Victorian Swimming baths (I’ve even done a shoot in there too!), there are some lovely shops too like Friday Street antiques( https://www.facebook.com/FridayStreetAntiquesCuriosities) , yummy healthy food at Earthy (www.earthy.uk.com), Molly Sugars vintage clothes( https://www.facebook.com/mollysugarsvintage), Cove which sells gifts and toys and lots of local artists’ work ( https://www.facebook.com/coveporty )and Velvet Easel Gallery ( http://velveteasel.co.uk/).

 

 8/ favourite wedding venue:
I don’t have one favourite venue. I love shooting weddings in venues with lots of beautiful natural light or even better outside ( I probably live in the wrong place for that!). Somewhere that has personal significance to the couple is always great to shoot.  I do really love shooting the getting ready bits. I find there are always such lovely emotional moments and it’s usually either nervy and a bit frantic or the quiet before the storm! I’ve got an amazing mix of venues to shoot in and around this year from ruins and farms to venues like Cottiers and even a greenhouse full of cacti!

 

 9/ best piece of advice you’ve ever been given:
Learn and then do it your own way.

 

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Aye!  And we are super glad that this girl took that advice!!

 

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To see some more of Solens work, and get her contact details (you know you wan’em!!) – head over to the Photography section in our GWC Directory

 

Team GWC x

In the spotlight this week…

The crazy-lovely..

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HEY THERE!  Let’s get the chat…
1/business:
SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW:
The Bygone Photobooth Company pioneer ‘Instant Nostalgia’ in Scotland!!
Hot off the press: A brand new Glasgow-based company have developed their own brand of nostalgia!
The Bygone Photobooth Company is the brainchild of young couple Joseph McAree and Stephanie Mortimer.
2/describe your workspace:
Our studio is your big day.
3/where did it all begin?
That question has an infinite range of answers.
I guess it all began several years ago when Joe and I first got together.
He was touring France/Germany and at that time was planning to move to France at the end of the tour.
We’d both fallen pretty hard for each other and midway through the tour he wrote me a letter to say he was coming home afterwards.  The letter had a beautiful wet chemical photostrip inside and I remember thinking how perfectly it had captured a pure moment. I loved it!!
From there I started tinkering with old cameras and we both tried to come up with a way of bringing back the magic of photography, when a photograph was a rare keepsake in a gentleman’s bill-fold.  Before selfies and social media.  Eventually we came up with the idea of combining old and new, The Bygone Photobooth Company was born.
4/whats your favourite work to date? wedding/image/piece.
Blitzed will always have a fond place in our hearts!!
The 1940’s club night with lashings of bunting, sandbags, a full brass band, gramophone DJ’s and more authentic 40’s clothing than in an old peoples home is always a beautiful step back in time.  Never has our brand of nostalgia been more perfectly complimented by it’s surroundings.
We love when we get the opportunity to create a truly bespoke package.  In this instance the Bygone scene was set with an oxblood chesterfield and a bunting backdrop.  Specially sourced props included authentic WWII helmets, WWII uniforms, WWII gas masks, WWII ration books, gramophones, WWII field phones and an Underwood style typewriter.
The next one is in SWG3 on June 28th, we plan to cause quite a hullabaloo!
5/who and what inspires you?
This is another question that has an infinite range of answers for me.
I feel inspired by people/things all the time.
My nephews, my nanna, my friends, Joe.
Joe would probably say Anatol Josepho.  He is credited as the inventor of the original coin-operated photobooth. He brought the photobooth to Broadway in 1925, it was a huge success and made photography a more affordable/less formal.
Whenever we consider new designs or aesthetic details we say “What would Anatol think?”
So I guess he’s a little involved with every decision The Bygone Photobooth Company make.
6/where are your favourite places to go when you are not working?
Being a somewhat old fashioned pair and a fan of making an occasion of every moment, I would have to say our favourite hang out is probably The Hidden Lane Tearoom.
Afternoon tea, vintage tea sets, more lashings of bunting, doilies, lace, gingham and floral prints galore.
The cakes are fantastic and the range of tea’s/tea cocktail’s make them connoisseurs of high tea!
It’s a vintage treasure.
We collaborate with the tearoom at their Vintage Hen Parties.  Where cup & saucers of fizz meet vintage makeovers and Bygone memories. We must tell you, we think it’s swell!!
7/best piece of advice you have ever been given?
“Don’t sit under the apple tree, with anyone else but me!!!”
The Andrews Sisters were so very wise!

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These guys are too cute.  Nevermind your wedding.. get them round to the house for a wee cuppa!

For more information and contact details for some old fashioned wedding fun by Bygone .. head on over to the Entertainment section of our Directory.

x #teamgwc