meet the wedding experts ~ your academy tutors

Our experts are handpicked for their knowledge and skills, so you can have the best of the industry at your beckon call! We aim to give an unbiased view of the wedding industry to help you which is why we aim to have two experts in each are of expertise.



The Bridal Coach –
Michele Paradise

Michele has trained models, actors and presenters in deportment, posture and movement for over 10 years. She has worked with most of the top agencies in London and has appeared on several TV programmes as an expert and judge such as Britain’s Next Top Model, Model Behaviour, Make Me A Supermodel, ASBO Teen to Beauty Queen, Britain’s Missing Top Model and the BBC Clothes Show.

Wedding Dresses  

Abi Neill

Abi Neill is the proud owner of 14 times award winning wedding shop Abigail’s Collection & The Groom’s Room based in Colchester, Essex;  A passionate wedding business owner who is somewhat obsessed with all things bridal! Abi offers shopping tips for the Bride, Groom and their entourage and advice on how to dress to impress on the big day  … It’s all about looking stylish, feeling fabulous and enjoying the emotional roller coaster that is the bridal ride! Hop on, hold tight and enjoy!



Nikki Ward

Nikki Ward is the owner and designer of Knots & Kisses Wedding Stationery, providing bespoke and off the peg stationery with a personal touch and feel. Nikki has been helping couples with their wedding stationery, reception items and general styling ideas for over 3 years now and can help you out with any queries you may have about ordering invitations and incorporating stationery into the style of your wedding.


Chloe Adlington

“Chloe authors one of the UK’s leading crafty wedding blogs, Adore By Chloe. Her blog is a must visit for fresh DIY ideas, creative and personal wedding inspiration and simple, delicious recipes!”

Floral Design & Floristry  

Karen – Tiga Lili Flowers

Karen is a Freelance floral designer specialising in weddings and large events. With over 20 years experience as a florist, Karen decided to focus on her passion for wedding and event flowers.

 Jewellery & Accessories 

Jenni Bush

the Award Winning Wedding  Jewellery & Accessory designer from Bespoken For. Jenni has been making bridal jewellery for 5 years, specialising in bespoke designs for bride. Her backdrop necklaces are stunning and she makes the most amazing tiaras too which have been featured on the cover of national magazines.



Wedding Planning

Julie Dawson – aka “The Wedding Genie”

Julie has been wedding planning for over 3 years, “My philosophy is to provide the very best support, inspiration and service to my clients.” Planning a wedding isn’t all glamour, generally it’s the tedious tasks like, finding suppliers, budgeting, liaising etc. Julie will be sharing her best tips and expert knowledge to help you plan your perfect Wedding.





Sarah Fisher

I specialise in providing relaxed reportage coverage of weddings in West Sussex & the surrounding area.  I always aim to give my clients a set of images that really capture the atmosphere as well as the events of their big day. Find out more at


 Inspiration & Wedding Themes

 Sara Burnett

Sara currently lives in Honolulu, Hawaii and is obsessed with color and style. She works on the editorial team at Modern Weddings Hawaii and recently launched her own site for mood boards.



Gemma Doyle

Gemma is a professional vocalist, who performs for important events, weddings, functions, corporate events, mayor’s dinners, balls, casinos, theatres, clubs and restaurants to name a few. Gemma will be sharing her expert advice on how to create the perfect atmosphere on your wedding day, keep checking the blog posts.



Wedding Dresses 

Joanne Cooke

Jo is a specialist in plus size brides and plus size dresses. Running her essex based boutique Curvy Couture. Having been married 3 times, she know a thing or two about the dramas involved with trying to get  the right dress, especially a plus size dress.



Wedding Decor

Louise from Wedding Decor Direct

Wedding Décor Direct offers a lifeline to brides who either cannot afford a venue stylist, or simply wish to take charge of their own day. We sell, hire and inspire wedding décor via our website, blog & social media sites. We have centrepieces, table decorations & stationary to complete any theme, style or look. Wedding industry professionals are also welcome to make use of our products and ideas. Simply get in touch.



Claire Baggott

Your wedding day will be as unique as you are as a couple, and your wedding photography should reflect this. With a relaxed and friendly approach, my images capture the true story and emotion of your day. I understand that stunning images are just part of what my clients are looking for, and I always go above & beyond to ensure your beautiful photographs are captured and delivered with exceptional standards of service. My packages are always tailored to your exact needs, ensuring maximum value for money. For more information please visit


Weddings Abroad
Stephanie Bishop

Stephanie is Director of Marry Abroad, she will be sharing her expert tips to help you if you are thinking of planning a wedding outside the UK.




Derek Anson

Passionate about photographing people and creating the most captivating portraits, Derek is an award winning photographer and certified Craftsman with the Guild of Professional Photographers, based in North East Essex.  With a string of wedding under his belt, along with engagement shoots and boudoir sessions for brides to be, Del can really offer you some great tips and inspirations for ensuring your photography is captivating and inspired.



Wedding Makeup

Kelly Hollands

As a professional make-up artist, Kelly understands that every bride wants to look radiant and beautiful on her wedding day and with her experience, your entire bridal party can look picture-perfect on your special day.

Kelly has worked as a freelance make-up artist for a number of years, having trained at Jemma Kidd Make Up School, Airbase Airbrush Make-up, Brentwood Academy and Essex School of Beauty.




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