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Bespoke Verse. Personalised Poems & Readings for Weddings. In The Hotseat


Creating a wedding ceremony which is personal to you both is so very important. Which is why I am so excited to introduce you to Joanna from Bespoke Verse, who creates personalised wedding readings and speeches, which can be printed and framed to keep forever too.

Joanna also creates brilliant personalised gifts in the form of poems and prints which are stocked on Not On The High Street and John Lewis.

Let’s get to know Joanna a little better…


Hi Joanna , could you firstly tell WWW readers a little bit about you?


I’m a bespoke poet based in Berkhamsted and I run a company called Bespoke Verse. We are the UK’s leading provider of personalised poems and poetry prints for weddings and special occasions. We write poems, readings and speeches which are closely based on the answers we receive from questionnaires. We also sell lots of generic prints of many subjects from marriage and parents to wine and dogs – we add personalised message to these for lots of customers.

I am a mum of 3 and apart from time with my family, I love our dog Dickens, books, holidays in New Zealand, Bobby Brown Make Up, Prosecco and Game of Thrones!





What do you love/dislike about your job?


I love running my own company and employ a wonderful team of writers and admin assistants. I enjoy working with other wedding suppliers too, but the best part of all is hearing feedback on how the speech or poem we have written has been the best part of a couple’s wedding day. It feels wonderful on a Monday morning to receive orders from people who heard our poems read at weddings over the weekend!

I am rather a workaholic but the downside is that since Bespoke Verse has taken off I don’t have so time to spend with my friends. Luckily, they are very supportive and are happy to lend a hand.





How did you get into the wedding industry?


I began Bespoke Verse after writing a rhyming speech for my own wedding which brought the house down and led to lots of commissions. It soon became apparent there was a market for well -written and witty bespoke wedding poems. We now write over 500 a year and have sold over 10,000 generic prints.





What do you aim to achieve for your clients?


Our aim is to create something for brides and grooms that is talked about, reread and watched over and over for years to come.

We want to help our customers bring an element of uniqueness to the words used in a wedding – there’s no need for the same boring old reading! We also aim to help those who struggle with public speaking and writing and allow brides to give the ultimate in personalised gifts to their groom and the wedding party.

Our generic prints make great gifts for the wedding party too, especially parents and bridesmaids. We also provide a service where we can format and frame readings and poems – this came about simply because brides repeatedly asked us to do it!


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Lord Wordsmith’s Emporium of Poems & Rhyming Speech. In The Hotseat

Speeches Poems Wedding


Whether you are looking for a beautiful bespoke gift for the gent in your life or are after the perfect words for that special speech then I may have just the solution this afternoon.

I have the pleasure of introducing you to Paul from Lord Wordsmith’s Emporium of Poems and Rhyming Speech, who creates tailored verse, speech and prose, just perfect for weddings. Plus they can be framed as a memento to treasure forever, lets get to know Paul…



Hi Paul, could you firstly tell WWW readers a little bit about you?


My name is Paul, and I am a wordsmith. I have started up a venture called Lord Wordsmith’s Emporium of Poems and Rhyming Speech. I provide a service whereby I will write a poem, rhyming speech or prose to any specifications and for any occasion.

My clients firstly fill out a questionnaire with lots of details about the recipient of the poem or speech, and I form them into a funny, touching or serious printed poem or speech; depending on what tone is needed.

Poems for Stag Do’s, Weddings, Best Man Speeches, a unique gift for the Bride & Groom, Anniversaries, Proposals or any kind of occasion in fact – Birthdays, Sorry, a Thank you…if words are needed then I can do it. It can be framed in a choice of coloured frames and card, or unframed if preferred.

Normally, they can be sent out within two to three weeks of receiving all of the information when ordered.


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What do you love/dislike about your job?


I love receiving all the information about the person and building a rhythmic set of words that accurately portray them. There’s always some things that are unique to each person, which gives each poem a truly bespoke feel.

When those lines click into place and the rhythm is right, it really gives me a buzz knowing that it will be enjoyed.

The reaction from people has been incredible, and that gives me so much pleasure.


Wedding Speeches


How did you get into the wedding industry?


I used to have a terrible stutter, and at a young age learned a wider vocabulary to avoid linguistic pitfalls. This meant that I ended up quite wordy, and so I’ve always been asked by friends and family to write poems, many of which have been at weddings. It seemed the natural step to take to offer a service to everyone doing the same.

I love everything about words, and am about to publish my first fiction book in addition to some others scheduled later in 2014 and 2015; so this seemed the perfect venture to set up alongside that.


Wedding Speech Poems


What do you aim to achieve for your clients?


I want each and every client to end up with the perfect gift or speech that will make people laugh, cry and gasp if need be.

The end result should look stunning on any wall or shelf, and if it’s being read out, I want time to stop as people listen intently.

If those things don’t happen, then I’m not doing it right!

Tears or laughter or both – that’s all I want!


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Casey Avenue Photography. In The Hotseat

Northampton Wedding Photographer


This afternoon I am thrilled to introduce you to one of WWW’s newest sponsors; Northampton based wedding photographer Casey Avenue Photography.

Hannah captures her couples creatively; with a reportage style which captures all of those little moments you wouldn’t want to miss. I just adore the love and atmosphere in her imagery. Lets get to know Hannah…


Hi Hannah, could you firstly tell WWW readers a little bit about you?


It’s always a tough one to answer, on par with writing an “about me” page for my website, lots of umms and ahhhs pondering what the best thing to say is without sounding like a total plum! Life with two children, a husband, two dogs and my own business is organised chaos and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Photography is and always will be very important to me. I’m fortunate to be surrounded by country bumpkin beauty and never short of inspiration for my creativity. Adventures from the mini to the grand are what I work so hard for, from days out to summer roadtrips across Europe in my campervan… and of course it all gets documented, you can follow me on instagram and vimeo for said adventures.


Northampton Wedding Photographer

What do you love/dislike about your job?


Love… I LOVE being a part of so much love. I get to use my creativity, enjoy using my creativity and get to watch other people enjoy my creativity when they see my photos. Accounts are reeeeally boring and tax returns make me weep. So much so I’m going to sandwich that little piece of bore between some more loveliness… I love the places photography can take me, from cool city pubs to rolling Sardinian countryside. Most of all I love the people. I’m an avid people watcher and could while away time taking in scenes around me, probably why photography is my calling. When I’m asked what I do for my job and I say photographer, I’m then always asked what sort of things do I photograph… I simply reply “people”. Weddings, yes, but also babies, families, pregnancy, boudoir and street photography, lots and lots of people.


Northampton Wedding Photographer


How did you get into photography and into the wedding industry?


An epiphany had me sign up to a photography course at night college for a year whilst working full time. I set myself the goal of becoming a photographer. I have always been artistic it was high time I used my flare to do a job that gave me something that the rat race never did, fulfilment. I’m not saying it was easy because it isn’t but it was the best thing I ever did. I work more hours and earn less money but it is mine, my business, my baby and brings me more happiness then I could have imagined.


Northampton Wedding Photographer


What do you aim to achieve for your clients?


My aim is simple… to recreate their day in images. I want them to be transported back to their wedding day when they peruse their album. I had a bride say to me recently (when looking at another of my weddings) that she felt like she knew them, that she was at the wedding. It was like music to my ears!


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Sell My Wedding. Marketplace for Pre-Loved Wedding Items. In The Hotseat

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Image by Ally Byrom Photography 


I just love the concept of Sell My Wedding; an online marketplace for pre loved wedding items. Selling everything from dresses and accessories to reception décor.

The benefit of buying pre loved? You could bag yourself a bargain, save time on DIYing your day and be eco friendly too by recycling. Or if you are a newly-wed then selling on your wedding items will boost your bank balance, free up space and spread the love to another happy couple.

Plus founder Rebecca has a special offer especially for WWW readers, with 20 free accounts worth £10 each for couples to sell their wedding items and 5 wedding vendor accounts worth £100 each up for grabs, read on to find out more…



Hi Rebecca, could you firstly tell WWW readers a little bit about you?


Hello, I am Rebecca Aspin (34) founder of an online marketplace where newlyweds can sell their pre-loved wedding items to brides-to-be. The website re-launched with a new look in January and is helping brides across the UK recycle their weddings – from the dress to the decorations.


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My Wedding. Images by Simon Kench Photography.


What do you love/dislike about your job?


The wedding industry has changed dramatically since I myself got married in 2007. Not only have wedding trends changed but the daily inspiration from wedding blogs mean that brides-to-be have so much inspiration available to them. Already married, I love the fact that I can immerse myself in this beautiful, inspirational and creative industry on a daily basis. I love the interaction with our users, both brides-to be (our buyers) and newlyweds (our sellers) and seeing the fantastic weddings that they have planned or plan to have.


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Images by Ally Byrom Photography 


How did you get into the wedding industry?


Sell My Wedding was established in July 2011 when following my own wedding I was unable to find a UK website where I could recycle my wedding items with another bride.

Three years on, many of the items from my wedding were still in bags and boxes.  It seemed such a waste to banish such beautiful items to the loft, never to be used again.

Whilst there were websites for selling second hand wedding dresses, there was nothing out there where you could literally sell everything to do with your big day.

I thought that such a marketplace would not only help make a wedding more affordable but it would also enable brides-to-be to gain inspiration from newlyweds, who had already done the hard work by trawling websites and shops to find the perfect items.


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What do you aim to achieve for your clients?


Since we launched we have helped hundreds of newlyweds sell their wedding and we are proud to have over 1,000 beautiful pre-loved items currently for sale.

To mark our second birthday the site underwent major investment and development to make it even easier for newlyweds to sell their wedding and for brides-to-be to find their perfect items.

As well as a new look, the sign up process was improved and an internal messaging system introduced to make selling simpler and safer. The search functionality is bigger and better and you can now search for items to hire as well as pre-loved items to buy. We are also now iphone and ipad compatible meaning our users can add items from the convenience of their mobiles or tablets.

We remain passionate about recycling, reusing and re-loving and in order to bring together the largest marketplace of pre-loved wedding items, alongside our private sellers we have opened up our site to wedding businesses and vendors who specialise in pre-loved, vintage, sample or wedding items to hire.


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Becky Male Photography. In The Hotseat.

Becky Male Photography

I love introducing new members of the WWW sponsor family and today I am over the moon to get to know Becky Male Photography.

Becky is a wedding photographer based in Bristol who captures natural candid images of her couples and clients. I so love the fresh bright feel to her photographs, I just know you are going to adore Becky too and her tips on choosing a wedding photographer are brilliant…



Hi Becky, could you firstly tell WWW readers a little bit about you?


Hi! I’m based near Bristol but cover weddings right across the UK.   I live with my husband and our beloved moggie, Frank. I have recently become a Mummy to twins, Caspar and Poppy! I’m passionate about photography and have been fortunate to shoot weddings for some fab couples, all very unique but whose desire for beautiful, natural photographs matched mine.


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What do you love/dislike about your job?


Essentially when two people get married it’s a day full of heady love, emotion and commitment and some times great vulnerability.   Being chosen to photograph a wedding, to me is a sign of great trust and commitment from my couples and at every wedding I’m determined to do my absolute best job – I love it when my couples see their photographs and love them. Nothing beats that buzz. I’m passionate about producing beautiful, heartfelt, natural photographs.

What do I dislike about being a photographer?   Probably the physical aches the day after a wedding ! You often hear photographers talking about how they suffer a ‘hangover’ the day after shooting a wedding – usually from a lack of water throughout a 8 to 10 hour day ! Nothing a hot bath and good massage can’t fix though!


Becky Male Photography


How did you get into photography and into the wedding industry?


I believe you have to learn from experience and shouldn’t rush the journey, I began by second shooting for other photographers – some really great, industry leading photographers who were generous with their time and trusted me to be their number 2 on the day. I was working in Human Resource and recognise that this has helped me to be highly organised, calm under pressure and able to deal with all sorts of people. Working full-time for a period allowed me invest in brilliant training.   For example, with Aspire up in the Lakes as well as investing in one to one sessions with experienced photographers (Marianne Taylor, Catherine Connor, Kate Hopewell-Smith, Kevin Mullins).   By second shooting initially I was able to experience difficult lighting situations, wet wedding days, weddings where things didn’t always go to plan, cutting my teeth like this was invaluable. I really believe that to invest in my business I have to invest in myself.


Becky Male Photography


What do you aim to achieve for your clients?


I want my couples to love their photographs, I want their interaction with me at every point to be stress-free, clear and comfortable. I want my clients to look through their wedding album and simply LOVE what they see, knowing my photographs reflect the personality of their guests, them, and is the essence of their relationship and their wedding day. (more…)

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