Interview with SJG Pro Makeup Wedding Makeup Artist

Interview with SJG Pro Makeup Wedding Makeup Artist

Sarah Gamble – Owner of SJG Pro Make

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Tell us a little about yourself and your company?

I am a professional freelance makeup artist, I trained with L’Oreal for 2 years and worked on Lancôme’s runways. This is my 5th year now and I’m loving every minute of it.

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What made you start your business & how long?

SJG Pro Makeup has been running for 5 years now. Since the young age of just 14 my mum gave me my first bit of makeup which was a cream blush, I would use it everywhere eyes cheeks lips, I think I knew from then I wanted to be a makeup artist

What services does your business offer?

Pro MUA, Spray tanning, Nails, Lashes, Trial, Packages and a smile :)

What words best describe you?

Bubbly, hard worker, dedicated, genuine

What words best describe your company?

Reliable, professional, affordable

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What your favorite/classic package?

At present I’m loving my Bridal Special this includes: Trial, Makeup on the day, Spray tan, Nails, Lashes all for 150 wow!!

What’s going to be popular for 2012 / 2013?

I do keep up which trends but as I always say go with what suits you, some trends are pretty wacky and with the right makeup images can be timeless

What inspires your designs?

I’m mainly inspired but textures colour schemes and personalities but I can sometimes look at something as simple as a coke can and get ideas from the colouring etc

What’s your favorite part of your job?

Meeting people and seeing the finished look

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What’s the hardest part of your job?

Saying goodbye as I grow close to people as I join them on their journey to the big day

On average per year how many weddings are you commissioned for?

I do around 3 a week

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How far in advance should clients book you to avoid disappointment or recommend placing an order/booking?

At least 6 to 12 months as trials need to be fitted in too

What has been the most unusual request you’ve had?

Now that would be telling but it wasn’t a wedding um!!

How do you relax after a busy day?

I come home to my two gorgeous boys aged 4yrs and the other 16 weeks

Do you have any exciting projects coming up?

I’m currently working on a popular TV show sorry cant mention; I also am a tutor and do day courses and bridal workshops so loving that also

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Where can we find you?

I am freelance so travel all over

Contact 07940574775

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Thanks Sarah for the Interview with SJG Pro Makeup Wedding Makeup Artist

Interview with Tineke Wedding Florists

Interview with Tineke Wedding Florists

Kerry Wilkinson – Owner of Award Winning Tineke Floral Design


Tell us a little about yourself and your company?

We are an award winning florist based in Derbyshire, who specialise in creating wonderfully exquisite wedding flowers for our couples

What made you start your business & how long?

I started working with flowers at aged 11 at a local florist, and after leaving school and trying a levels, I decided to go to college and study floristry – after this, I provided flowers for families and friends and as this got busier, tineke was born!

What services does your business offer?

Flowers from buttonholes to bouquets, pedestals to centrepieces.

What words best describe you?

Approachable, Friendly, Passionate about flowers.

What words best describe your company?

Customer focused, Innovative

What’s going to be popular for 2012 / 2013?

Dahlias, Hydrangeas and Spray Roses are proving very popular for our 2012 brides

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What inspires your designs?

The true beauty of flowers, I love finding new flowers and varieties

What’s your favourite part of your job?

Seeing the end result of all of the planning and hard work and receiving positive feedback from brides and grooms

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On average per year how many weddings are you commissioned for?


How far in advance should clients book you to avoid disappointment or recommend placing an order/booking?

We are taking bookings for 2014  so early bookings are advised    

What has been the most unusual request you’ve had?

A pumpkin inspired wedding!

How do you relax after a busy day?

A large glass of sparkling rose is my favourite

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Where can we find you? Matlock Green, derbyshire        

Contact 01629 629 371 or 01623 464 371



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Thanks Kerry for that Interview with Tineke Wedding Florists

Nottingham Wedding Photography in Hoveringham

Just finding time to sit down and catch up with some blogging, so we’ll be posting some more wonderful weddings from 2011.  It was back at the start of Autumn last year that Richard and Laura got married.  They chose us as their Nottingham wedding photographers after seeing us at a friend’s wedding in 2009 and they’d kept our details ever since.

The morning started at Laura’s parents house with the girls, they’d returned from the hairdressers and with the help of bridesmaid Gemma were having make up done.  Just a stone’s throw away down the road was the church, where the guys were arriving and Neil was photographing them and the early guests.  Although just a very short drive Laura arrived thankfully as the rain paused for a little while and then made a wonderful walk down the aisle.

Whilst Laura and Richard exchanged their vows, the rain went from pause to play and pattered down heavy against the old church roof.  As I watched from the front I could see heads tilt upwards and silent thoughts of ‘listen to that!’ again as if by magic as the church doors opened the rain paused once more and then after a few more threats it stopped.

It was a little longer drive from the church to Hoveringham village for the reception, first of all with a stop off by the river.  as we followed the bridal car the London bus took the guests, with folk enjoying being upstairs looking out of the front window as if on their first ever school trip.

Once we’d arrived in the village we took a stroll with Laura and Richard who’d made prior arrangement to go into the grounds of one of the residents beautiful gardens for some more photographs.  We then went inside the village hall and Neil disappeared to take photographs of the reception room and cake, whilst I took documentary style photographs of the guests.  On Neil’s return his word’s were ‘wow, it’s amazing in there’.  What was a village hall by day had been transformed into a beautiful reception room, Laura’s aunty who’s a florist had created the most wonderful tall floral centrepieces which along with the creative table decorations and fresh linen produced a real wow factor.

Outside the hall was a team working hard cooking crispy crackling pork, to be served by nominated chefs at each table.  With a presentation box filled with apron and chefs hat, the job of head of table was not taken lightly, yet was great fun for the guests.

After dinner the room was cleared and the ceilidh band started, there were very few shy to try the dancing and when we left the room was literally in full swing.

Laura and Richard, your excitement about your wedding day is one that I shall always remember.  It was an excitement not only for this special day but for the thought of being married to each other forever.  We hope you had the most amazing adventure travelling in Australia and we wish you all the happiness together in your new home.  Neil & Becky xx

Please contact Neil & Becky if you’d like to chat  more about Nottingham wedding photography.

Worksop Nottinghamshire Wedding Photography

It was the last wedding of 2011 that we captured and it was bursting with some wonderful emotion and fun! I met Becca at a vintage wedding fair, I later met Simon and they booked us as their Nottingham wedding photographers. We’ve really enjoyed getting to know them both, their Nottingham engagement shoot at Clumber Park was so much fun!

Rebecca and Simon’s wedding day began for us as I joined Becca in the suite of their wedding venue, Clumber Park Hotel.  Becca was really chilled, calm but so very very excited! Her dress hung on the four poster, the detail of it was wonderful and with her gorgeous head-piece I could see how perfectly ‘Becca’ it all was.  Another special item for her was a stunning blue garter made by a dear friend for her, it was the prettiest garter I’ve ever seen …… and I’ve seen a few!  We both giggled whilst she was showing me the garter at how fabulous it is to have fiends ‘who can craft!’.

At various stages we popped downstairs and Becca showed me all the details, the wood cut snowflakes on the chair cover sashes, the hand cut reindeer table plan, the pine cones that she’d been collecting off trees in her garden and many other wonderful details. Becca made sure everything was ‘just right’ as she saw her vision come to fruition.  Meanwhile Neil had joined Simon and the guys, including Becca & Simon’s little boy.

Becca’s mum helped her get in to her dress and a special moment was seeing dad tieing the bow on the back.  It all then was a little emotional as the bridesmaids arrived back in the suite and everyone looked proudly on to Becca.

As it was time to walk down the aisle the ceremony room was lit by lanterns, and as Becca and Simon we’re back together again they cried and they laughed and then they cried some more at the personal readings by friends and family.

After Simon and Becca joined to become Mr & Mrs Sargison-Bowler, everyone headed for a celebratory drink! Santa made a quick appearance to give presents for the children and older boys!

The speeches after dinner once again bought lots of happy emotional moments and a lot of laughter from the years in photographs. Then followed the sweetie bar and first dance, which was a real treat, starting with a little traditional moves then breaking into a medley of songs which brought true entertainment to the dance floor.  It was the real finale for us of our year of 2011 weddings, so fun to watch and capture through our lens.

Becca and Simon, what a beautiful family you have, you are true soul mates and it has been a total pleasure to get to know you both and capture this very happy journey of your marriage.  May you keep making each other smile and creating that odd tear or two of happiness.



If you’ve recently got engagement and are planning your wedding, or would like more information on wedding photography at Clumber Park Hotel, please get in touch ….. we’d love to hear from you.

Nottingham Wedding Photographers 2011

WOW, what can we say, its goodbye 2011 and hello 2012.  What an AMAZING year it has been for us, we’ve seen and captured 39 wonderful couples getting married, followed them on their fabulous journey and felt touched by each individual wedding.

As Nottingham wedding photographers we’ve photographed many of these weddings here, with lots also in Derby and travelled a little further for a scorching hot day on the Scarborough sea front and then south to a lush Kent vineyard.

So here is a little look back on 2011 with an image from each of these magical days, we look back with fond memories on each one and wish all of our newly married couples a very, very happy 2012.

From time to time our couples sometimes prefer to keep their wedding images private to them and their family, so we’ve included a little detail shot from their wedding.





Thank You, Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year

Where do we start, we’re still not quite believing that we’re just a few days away from Christmas! We remember it being July and now can’t believe how quickly we’ve already got through August to November. The best explanation we can think of is that we’ve had so much of a fabulous time, meeting so many wonderful couples and families in 2011, it’s made it really fly by.

We want to send a GREAT BIG THANK YOU, to all our wedding and lifestyle clients, for making this a special year for us, we’ve enjoyed capturing your special days and moments.  Looking through our images we remember so much about these wonderful times too, we’re so glad we can share them with you.  Also a huge thank you to our fellow wedding and product suppliers, we’ve gotten to know so many wonderful people in our industry and many of them have become wonderful friends.  And not forgetting our blog readers, Facebook and Twitter followers.


We wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy,  Healthy New Year!!!

We’re now taking a short break from 21st December to 2nd January, whilst we catch up with our children and families over Christmas and also archive our images and set up and prepare for 2012. We also have the exciting wedding day of Becca & Simon to look forward to just before New Year! here they are on their Nottingham Engagement Shoot.

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Nottingham Lifestyle Photography

Our Nottingham Lifestyle Photography blog, Fun, Love, Lifestyle is now all ready to view.  As we’ve been capturing so many beautiful weddings and engagement shoots we’ve created an additional blog so that weddings will still be featured here and all our Lifestyle and Commercial Lifestyle photography will be posted on the new blog.

We’ll be doing our very best to keep the sites updated and we’ll be posting more weddings of 2011 and lifestyle shoots  over the new few weeks.

If you’d like further details about our relaxed, natural lifestyle portrait photography please contact us for details.

Thank you for viewing, click Fun, Love, Lifestyle to view the blog.

Neil & Becky


Priest House Hotel Wedding Photographers

The beautiful Autumn wedding of Leanne and Michael took place at The Priest House Hotel, nestled by the river Trent in its quiet secluded land in Derbyshire. We were chosen as their Derby wedding photographers right at the beginning of 2011 and it’s been really lovely getting to know Leanne & Michael, especially during their engagement shoot at Hardwick Hall.

I joined Leanne and the girls while they were getting ready up on the top floor of the Priest House, it was a real hive of activity as the room was buzzing with Leanne’s relatives who’d made the trip from the North of the UK. Meanwhile Neil met with Michael and the guys as they made their final preparations before heading to the ceremony room.

It appeared a really thoughtful moment for Leanne and her dad as they made the walk from her suite, down the double staircase and into the ceremony room. Using our documentary wedding photography style we captured this journey and the ceremony that was watched by some very proud family members.

After we spilled outside for a few photographs, everyone relaxed to the voice of Jason Hart as they chatted and tucked in to canapes.  Tillyboo events had behind the scenes styled and created a beautiful autumnal reception room for Leanne and Michael, it was the perfect touch of colour for the time of year, brought to life by the twinkly lights!

Once dinner was over, it was downstairs for the evening reception and party, where Jason was ready to start the night off with a few sets!  After capturing a few dances we left everyone to carry on enjoying what had been a perfect day.

Leanne & Michael, congratulations, what a wonderful wedding day, we wish you all the very happiness together on your wonderful journey together as Mr & Mrs Pitman.

Neil & Becky x


2012 Wedding Industry Awards – Client Feedback

Wow what a couple of weeks, November has flown by, and during this time we were shortlisted for the Region in the 2012 Wedding Industry Awards! The judging panel didn’t pick us as their region finalist but in no way have we been disheartened or disappointed ……. as our client feedback was so wonderful to see!   Within the photography category we were up against many entrants for the East Midlands and it was what our client’s had noted that got us shortlisted.

As part of the awards voting system we’ve been able to view the comments that our clients left. This has been firstly, brilliant for us in that it’s been a review of how we’ve been working over the last year or so, collating valuable feedback. Secondly, it’s been quite overwhelming, I read the comments with a fluttery heart and a little glint of a tear. Excitely I’d read to Neil aloud some comments and we’d smile together. It was very special to read.

So here we are, I’ve copied and pasted all the feedback. Thank you to everyone that took the time to vote, your time and special comments are very very appreciated.

General Comments (in random order)

“Becky was brilliant from the outset. She understood exactly what we wanted on our special day. We had loads of lovely photographs to choose from as she really used our venue to create the best shots. The album we have is beautiful. We were really happy with the service we got and would recommend Butterworth Photography to anyone.”

“I have already recommended Butterworth Photography to a number of couples who are getting married in 2012 and will continue to do so as both their service and product is fantastic. Both Becky and Neil are lovely people who were very flexible and warm/friendly in their approach, they listened to what we wanted and tailored their service accordingly. We couldn’t have been happier with both our pre-wedding shoot and wedding day photography. The package they offered was also great value for money and they made us feel and ease and relaxed in front of the camera.”

“We were so happy we chose Butterworth photography for our big day! Becky captured so many beautiful images and memories which we will treasure forever. Becky was friendly, professional and accommodating throughout the whole process. She blended into the day and most guests didn’t even know she was there. She made us feel so relaxed on the day and made the day even more special. Thank you Becky for our beautiful photos.”

“Shots were awesome, captured every part of our day and created many happy memories”

“We didn’t know Butterworth Photography before we initially enquired about them and being one of the first of our group of friends to get married, we didn’t have any friends who had used them. From the moment Becky first emailed me back, I was sure we would get on, after the initial meeting my husband and I made the decision, we didn’t need to see any other photographers, the end product was exactly what we were looking for and Becky was so Lovely, accommodating and flexible. By our wedding day we felt like we’d known them ages, we’d only met twice. Your photographer is such a huge part of your day and having Becky and Neil there was as if we had two friends capturing our day. They also understand the anticipation and in patience of newlyweds wanting to get a sneak at the images as soon as there done, Becky blogged some of our images the day after our wedding which was incredible, just to see a select few. Soon after we returned from Honeymoon, we had our images available and the service was so quick and friendly. We had a pre-wedding shoot with Becky and we choose an image from there to be mounted on a signature board and another image for our business cards which detailed to our guests how to access the online gallery. All of which Butterworth Photography organised, designed and printed and bought with them on the day! Great value for money for this great service, Becky & Neil go over and above their duties on a wedding day.”

“A superlative service for the whole duration of the process, excelling our expectations at every turn. They captured memories on camera in way that truly reflected the beauty of the setting and presented an opportunity for any one seeing the photos to marvel at their grandeur and spectacle and for us to reminisce on that magical day. It was the first ‘international’ wedding Butterworth Photography had undertaken, and they handled it with consummate ease, and became one of the wedding party in the process. I don’t think a life time will supply enough time to say thank you again and again!”

“Totally professional from a very warm, personal & sensitive angle. The Butterworth team, led by Becky were on the ball from beginning to end, knowing their field helped us to organise & prepare our day. Even on the day, they seemed to nudge us seamlessly into each moment, capturing our day beautifully but without us even being aware that they were there.”

“They made me / us feel at ease right from the start. friendly without being too friendly. By the time the wedding came they felt like family friends”

“Overall we were extremely pleased with Butterworth, and would def recommend them. Haven’t given 10 in every category as it gives them something to perfect (but they are not far off, hence the very high scores).”

“A great friendly family run business that makes you feel at ease in their company.”

“we were very happy with the pictures and I don’t know how we would have ever left the hotel had it not been for Becky gently ushering me and my Dad towards the wedding. we were frozen with nervous excitement and she was a very calming presence.”

“We chose Butterworth Photography because we immediately felt at home with Becky and Neil. I have just received the proofs of our wedding photos and they are so beautiful. I am so so pleased that we picked them and would recommend them to anybody who wants professional yet friendly wedding photographers.”

“Becky and Neil were amazing both in the lead up to and on our wedding day. Nothing was ever too much trouble – we even bought our St Bernard along to the engagement shoot! Most of the time I didn’t even notice they were taking pictures at the church and venue but they managed to capture all of the fleeting moments that made our day what it was and we have a brilliant wedding album full of fabulous pictures to treasure!”

“Neil and Becky have been absolutely fantastic ever since we first met lending their suggestions and advice and not just with the photography itself. Their experience helped us to plan our timings for the day and give us some much needed peace of mind that the day would run smoothly which it did!!! Both Laura and I are not particularly keen on having our photo’s taken but Neil and Becky make you feel instantly at ease and are incredibly discrete and our photos from the day are absolutely amazing because of it! We are so glad to have been lucky enough to have had Butterworth photography as our wedding photographers they captured our memories of the day perfectly and we will recommend them to everyone we speak to.”

“Both Rebecca and Wayne were so organised and friendly and all the guests involved in the photos commented how brilliant they were”

“Becky Butterworth came to visit us at home which was great, we discussed what we wanted and was more than happy with the package she offered. As soon as we seen their work, we instantly knew we wanted them to capture our day. The level of service from start to finish was perfect! From our pre wedding shoot right up to now, Becky is in touch and on hand whenever we have a question. Their documentary style meant that we could enjoy our special day with each other, family and guests alike, almost forgetting that the photographers were there. My partner and I are not ones for ‘posing’ but they made us feel so relaxed and comfortable. They truly have an eye for creativity and we are so pleased with our wedding photos. ‘A picture paints a 1000 words’..and that is exactly what we have got, a story of our wedding day from the morning preparations right through to the evening celebrations. I would not hesitate to recommend.”

“The most beautiful photos I have ever seen.”

“When I first met Becky we hit it off straight away which put us both at ease (my partner and I) as we both dislike the thought of being the centre of attention and having our photograph taken. Becky is extremely talented and we soon arranged a pre wedding photo shoot for our family in order for her to see what we were comfortable with – the pre wedding photos were absolutely fabulous – hence we had two digital frames showing them throughout our reception. Having seen these I didn’t think any other photos would better them but our wedding photos are out of this world – I wouldn’t have any hesitation in recommending Butterworth Photography and have done so many times – they so deserve this award ten times over”

Why They Booked (in random order)

“Laura and I met them at a friend’s wedding and were incredibly impressed not only with the photos but how well organised yet discrete they were. The best photographers of any wedding we have been too!!!”

“Because they are friendly, yet professional. They made us feel so relaxed on the day and all our guests commented on how superb they were. Their portfolio of photographs are amazing and their work is a credit to them.”
“nice pictures, nice people”

“We met Becky at a Fair and clicked. She understood what we wanted and the price was right.”

“They seemed friendly when we saw them at the wedding fayre, and we felt relaxed around both photographers. Becky really seemed to care about our day going well and the photos being the best they possibly could. I was less involved with Wayne as he was with my husband, but I understand that he was fantastic”

“the best we could find in our price bracket”

“Felt really comfortable with Becky and so relaxed on the day.”

“We were extremely impressed with their portfolio of work and they were very flexible with the package they offered (at a great price too!)”

“Very personable and not at all pushy when we met them at the wedding fair.”

“We loved the images on their site & after the initial photshoot felt totally reassured that they would be professional & knew exactly how to capture our day in the best possible light.”

“Becky came to see us in Peterborough for our initial meet and we knew instantly we wanted her to be our photographer! She was friendly, professional and obviously very good at her job looking at her albums. We were impressed with the various wedding packages and value for money. We also couldn’t stop looking at her website which excited us every time:-)”

“I had a working relationship with Neil Butterworth in our previous jobs. He introduced me to their work and I decided not only was their style of shooting and results exactly what we wanted, but Neil and his wife Becky were some of the most affable people I’ve met. I never regretted the decision for one minute, and felt comfortable at every juncture of the process.”

“Friendly & helpful which makes you feel relaxed about the whole process”

“Value for money and quality of product/service”

“Initially style of photographer and end products, local business. After first meeting we booked as the style of photographer was what we required and the Albums were beautifully designed but also because Becky was lovely and we knew we would be happy with having them at our wedding.”

“The personal service, not just the photography side – although they are amazing in what they do but Becky became one of my wedding planning team and the day wouldn’t have been the same without her.”

“Becky is so friendly and open that its impossible not to warm to her and we knew as soon as we welcomed her into our home at the initial meeting that we would be booking the Butterworth’s. Their relaxed reportage style is exactly what we were looking for but we were still able to have some of the more formal family shots to keep our parents happy!”

“Liked the sample shots we viewed”