In the spotlight this week…

The crazy-lovely..

GWC-bygone

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!

Bygone Photo Booth

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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.

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Welcome to our new Supplier Spotlight series!

Throughout this feature, we’ll be nosying around all of our GWC-ers lives, finding out what happens behind the scenes, where it all began, and what inspires those creative wee brains.
Once you’ve ‘met’ these lovely sods, you’ll want them involved in your wedding even more than before 😉
BECAUSE THEY ARE ALL SUCH COOL CATS.  And you are planning a cool wedding, obvs.

So withoot further ado… Let us introduce….
The almighty –

gwcpinup

Whoop!  Hey there!  Let’s hear their best chat….

1/ business:
 Pin Up Nights  http://www.pinupnights.co.uk
      you/your team:
 John D, Paul, James, Niall and Iain
      where:
 Glasgow/Edinburgh
2/ describe your workspace:
Wherever there is a dance floor!  We’ve Dj’d in a whole host of places from the smallest of wedding venues to larger club  venues such as Koko in London and at T in The Park.
We’re also happy to travel and have DJ’d at weddings in as far flung places as Vancouver, London and Toulouse.
3/ where did it all begin?
We love music and especially love Djing so we started Pin Ups as a monthly club night in Glasgow back in 2003.  At that time we were based in Blackfriars in the Merchant City but soon graduated to larger venues and found our home in the Woodside Social Club and The Flying Duck.
Over the years the Pin Ups experience changed from being a place to hear great music to an elaborate club experience featuring inventive monthly themes, great bands, well known guest DJs, our Hogmanay balls and a lot of fun.
We finished the club night in 2012 after 9 years.  Since then we’ve been Djing at events, parties, corporate events and mostly at weddings.
Weddings give us the chance to work with the bride & groom to give them the atmosphere they want for their evening party.  We offer something different to the mainstream wedding DJ. We like to think we’re the non cheesy option although we’ve still got a lot of time for a bit of Whitney & Prince!
4/ favourite work to date?
Among our most memorable nights running Pin Ups were our Pin Ups Circus:
http://www.pinupnights.co.uk/events/pin-up-nights-the-circus-friday-24-september-2009/
Our ‘Red Light Night’ featuring Paulo Nutini, Frank McAvennie and Aidan Moffat:
http://www.pinupnights.co.uk/events/red-night-light-pictures/
our ‘Pin Up Frights’ Halloween night with Carl Barat and Sons & Daughters:
http://www.pinupnights.co.uk/events/pin-up-frights-friday-28th-october-2011-guest-djs-carl-barat-libertines-sons-daughters/
and the unforgettable night we booked a very inebriated Florence & The Machine:
http://www.pinupnights.co.uk/events/pin-up-nights-friday-30th-january-2009-guest-djs-florence-and-the-machine-friendly-fires/
We got to meet a lot of our favourite musicians through Pin Ups and had more fun than we ever could have imagined when we started out.
We really enjoy Djing at weddings, its such a big day for everyone there and its great to be involved at the fun part when everyones letting their hair down and going for it.
5/ who and what inspires you?
Anyone who is prepared to think creatively about what an event should be like. Or inspirations for Pin Ups came from the music we like, club nights we’d enjoyed and the things that make us laugh.
We’re always keen to go one better than last time, whether its an event we’re putting on or a wedding we’re Djing at.  It’s very important to us that we enjoy what we do so you’ll never find us just going through the motions.
6/ describe a typical day:
By the day of the booking, we’ll already have made sure we’ve got the all important tunes for the night ahead.  We might indulge in a hearty lunch before setting off to make sure we’re fully powered up for the evening ahead and for a standard wedding booking we’re normally all suaved up and on the move by about 4.30pm.
We’ll normally meet at Pin Ups HQ (a top secret location) around 5pm to load the equipment and have a moan about how the football results have gone.  By 6.30 we’re normally at the venue setting up for a 7.30pm start.
Once the party has started we’re in full on DJ mode until the end of the night.  If it hasn’t made an appearance earlier you can probably expect that whatever the booking, by 11.30pm, we’ll be playing Rasputin by Boney M…
By 12 or 1am we’re all done and loading up to head home – usually exhausted.
7/ where’s your favourite place to go when you’re not causing the dance?
Glasgow – The Meat Bar, Nice n Sleazies, The Flying Duck, 13th Note, Chinaskis, The Berkeley Suite, Blackfriars, Butterfly & Pig Tea Rooms..
Edinburgh – The Star Bar, Chop Chop, The Caves, Mimis Bakehouse, The Secret Arcade, The Dominion Cinema, Bramble, Under the Stairs, Indaba, Anywhere and everywhere during the fringe..
8/ favourite wedding venue?
For personal reasons we love The Piano Rouge in Krakow, Mar Hall and Cottiers.
9/ best piece of advice you’ve ever been given:
“You should start a club night… ”

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Ooft.  Best advice ever.  Big fives to whoever said that and gave us these boy djs!

For more images, info, and contact details for these fine lads, head over to the Music section in our Directory.
And give them a shout for a serious feet-shoogling wedding.

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