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How did you get into the wedding industry?

Hi my name is Paola and I’m originally from Italy. Born in the beautiful town of Verona. I graduated in Fine Art in Bari, southern Italy, and I then studied Post Degree Photography in LCC in London. I started my photographic career working for record companies and magazines. In 1996 I joined Getty Images UK and after 15 years I decided to set up Paola De Paola Weddings. Now my photographic work is exclusively weddings and editorial. Weddings nowadays can be so unconventional and creative, so it’s very exciting to be in this industry.

What’s your favourite thing about your job?

I love meeting people, I always spend time with my couples, and I will definitely go the extra mile for them. I also love visiting new places and discovering new venues.

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Have you made any friends in other suppliers?

I have made many friends in the industry, that I almost feel that they are part of my extended family.

What do enjoy most about wedding fairs?

I am truly addicted to wedding fairs, so much so that in 2015 I have 20 booked. I guess what I love most is the energy, the sense of camaraderie. I love chatting to other suppliers and I always will introduce myself to other photographers.

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Have you ever made friends with a bride/couple?

I spend time and really care about my couples. I definitely feel very close to some of them, I exchange frequent texts and we speak on the phone quite regularly.

What’s your guilty pleasure at the moment?

It has to be chocolate. I particularly like the dark chocolate with the orange zest.

Favourite sandwich?

I like tuna and sweetcorn, but for a quick lunch I would rather choose sushi.

What’s your best bit of advice you could give a couple for their wedding day?

Do it together. It saddens me when only one of the partners comes to the wedding fair. After all it’s your beginning of a life together.

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If you didn’t do what you do now, what would be your dream wedding industry job?

I love styling, organising and connecting with people, so probably a job that reflects all these elements.

You can meet me at The Valentine Vintage Wedding Fair on February 15th at The Dome in Worthing.

Thank you Paola, see you there!

Kelly


 

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How did you get into the wedding industry?

We both worked together on an organic farm in Mayfield. We kept in touch and continued gardening for a living separately, until back in 2011 when we decided to start up The Sussex Cutting Garden to grow our own flowers for cutting and selling. We then had a lot of interest in our flowers for weddings especially as the vintage theme took off which fits with our flowers.

What’s your favourite thing about your job?

There are so many things that we both love about our job. Working outdoors is challenging, but so rewarding especially when you see the flowers go from seed to bloom…its a magical feeling knowing that we have literally grown them from a tiny seed and then hand-tied them into beautiful bouquets. Every bouquet is unique with so many beautiful flowers to choose from as the seasons change.

Have you made any friends in other suppliers?

We have met so many lovely people in this industry and know that Sussex has a lot of fantastically talented and highly creative suppliers all working hard to fulfil dream wedding days.

 

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What do enjoy most about wedding fairs?

We enjoy meeting new people and hearing about their forth coming plans for their wedding days and hopefully inspiring them to be as creative as they want with their wedding plans. It is also lovely to see some of the fantastic venues where the wedding fairs are held.

Have you ever made friends with a bride/couple?

We have meet some lovely couples since supplying wedding flowers and have been recommended by them to their friends for their weddings. It’s always great to hear news from our brides and grooms and hearing about the patter of tiny feet is the icing on the cake for us.

What’s your guilty pleasure at the moment?

Our guilty pleasure at the moment is probably putting our feet up during the long winter night, whilst flicking through the seed catalogues with a glass of something alcoholic and making lists of the flowers we intend to grow.

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Favourite sandwich?

Although we love sandwiches we are currently much more into soup as it is the most welcome food at lunch on a winters day in the garden. Today’s soups was homemade vegetable with loads of beans and pulses…divine.

Celebrity husband or wife?

I think I can speak for Caroline as well as myself when I say Jimmy Doherty from Jimmys farm would be our celebrity husband…he is a fantastic farmer and has grow his farm into a really thriving business which is no mean feat when it comes to farming. Not to mention he very easy on the eye!!

 

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What’s your best bit of advice you could give a couple for their wedding day?

Take five minutes at the start of the reception to stop and take in all of the people who have come to be part of your big day. Just have a look around at everyone chatting and laughing and enjoying themselves and know that your special day has bought them all together for such a great occasion. Then after the five minutes dive straight back into being the centre of the attention.If you didn’t do what you do now, what would be your dream wedding industry job?

If you didn’t do what you do now, what would be your dream wedding industry job?

We both enjoy taking photos and being creative with different backgrounds etc. Being a photographer looks like a lot of fun and being part of the wedding day from the moment the bride is getting ready to the first dance for the bride and groom must be really special.

If you would like to talk to Caroline and Kate in person and see some of their stunning blooms for yourself, you will find them at The Valentine Vintage Wedding Fair on February 15th at The Dome in Worthing. 

Thanks ladies,

Kelly

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