Today I am delighted to welcome on board a Brand new Sponsor, Weddings at Loch Lomond.
Yesterday I shared a spectacular Photoshoot from May that they did to promote the Brand.
Weddings at Loch Lomond is the ultimate planning tool for brides getting married in the Loch Lomond and surrounding areas. Brimming with fabulous suppliers, smart advice and creative ideas to ensure that your day here at Loch Lomond will be talked about for many years to come.
The Directory Who are you and what do you do ?
"Weddings at Loch Lomond is both a bespoke, informative website and 200 page printed Wedding Directory which consists of many Loch Lomond based wedding professionals who can help you plan the perfect wedding."
When, and why did you start your Business ?
"Nearly three years ago myself, Graham Wilson of Graham Wilson Photography and John Paul Lusk of Leven Films met up to discuss how we could form a co-op of local wedding businesses who's ethos would be to keep the business within Loch Lomond."
"We got in touch with a web designer Stephen Flynn of Easy Web Sites and together set about creating a bespoke website.
Then we got in touch with Alexa Scott of Scottish Event Management who had just ran the areas first successful wedding show, and it was she who suggested that we produce a brochure to run hand in hand with the website."
"Last years A4 glossy brochure was well received, however this year we have produced an amazing 200 page A5 full colour magazine with editorial, competitions and feature spreads. It's free for Brides to pick up within all of the companies listed."
"There are a couple of reasons as to why we created the directory.
First of all we recognised that on our door step we were blessed to have such talented people who worked within the wedding industry.
A huge part of their livelihoods depend on this industry here at Loch Lomond, so by keeping the business local, it also helps boost the local economy.
Every £ spent with a local company gets ploughed back and makes us stronger. Secondly, we live in a carbon footprint conscious world these days. If a Bride chooses from the range of local companies within the website or directory to help her plan her day, she helps reduce the overall carbon footprint."
What Inspires you ?
"I am inspired by listening to a Bride go through the "menu" of suppliers who all live, work and breathe within a 10 minute drive of Loch Lomond and who are all part of Weddings at Loch Lomond.
We all know one another so I think this gives the Bride extra confidence as we can talk knowledgeably about each others business."
"And also the whole process of finding our girl in the red dress - Karen Porter (nee Dowdall).
We ran a search in the local newspaper, our website, and also The Scottish Wedding Directory to find a Bride to Be who would dare to wear a red dress for our new magazine."
"Karen was chosen as our girl by myself, Graham and the girls from The Wedding Planner, and in May this year we took her, and her then fiance Robbie on a whirlwind photo shoot of Loch Lomond which was amazing."
"Lots of the companies within the magazine participated and gave up their time to help us.
We sourced the famous Red Dress from The Wedding Planner.
It is from Ronald Joyce and is designed by Veni Infantino and is simply stunning."
Robbie was dressed by Totally Tartan, and we were able to use the magnificent grounds and Marquee of Boturich Castle for the main part of the shoot."
"We had a vintage car from John H Glen, a modern Jaguar from Double Six Limos, Flowers were by Helensburgh Flowers, Hair and Make up by Stardusts Hair and Beauty, Stationery by Cherish, Gifts by Loch Lomond Gift House, Piping on the day was by Colin Lawrie and three cakes on display were from Rainbow Cakes, Confetti Confection and Gems Balloon Box. Orla the Golden Eagle from The Loch Lomond Bird of Prey Centre arrived mid way through the shoot to show us how stunning a bird of prey she really is."
"Lodge on Loch Lomond gave Robbie and Karen an overnight stay as part of their prize, and they managed to visit as many of the venues up and down Loch Lomond as we could muster.
They even set sail on board Beau Jangles, a luxury cruiser on the Loch. And of course everything was captured by Graham Wilson Photography and filmed by Leven Films too."
What is your Greatest achievement ?
"Ohhh, there are so many."
"Ripping the boxes open last year to look at the first brochure, and then the same excitement this year when they arrived (after I carried all 4500 copies into my shop!), working alongside my husband Richard who was the official magazine designer (a HUGE kiss to him) and seeing something amazing unfold on screen as the website developed."
"We worked alongside Jenners Loch Lomond at a Wedding Extravaganza Evening back in May and they have asked us back in October, this time for the weekend so thats great and I think seeing everything come together and knowing that all your hard work is shaping the future of the wedding industry within Loch Lomond."
"Last but not least watching the official video - words can't describe how I felt when I watched it for the first time. Big hankies at the ready!"
"John Paul stepped down at the beginning of the year and Alexa Scott joined Graham and I, and with this she has brought a wealth of knowledge.
We have so many plans for the rest of 2011 and onwards to 2012."
"We want to promote Loch Lomond to people who live outside of Loch Lomond, so that means tapping into the national marketplace to convince Brides and Grooms to consider our lovely surroundings as their perfect wedding destination. We want couples to use the magazine inside and out.
We want Weddings at Loch Lomond to be the first words on all Brides lips, and of course we will run the competition next year to find our new girl in the red dress too. But let's give Karen her moment of glory!"
I am very glad to welcome this incredible team of people on board as Sponsors.
Loch Lomond is one of the most beautiful and picturesque areas in Scotland and you are literally spoiled with the fantastic selection of Suppliers and Venues to bring together your perfect Wedding Day.
To Contact Weddings at Loch Lomnond
Phone: 01290 422541 or 07525 539 052.