Suzanne Esper Cakes

Suzanne had been thinking about having a new website built for a long time. Her business continued to be successful and just kept on growing. Her old website was no longer fit for purpose and didn't reflect the quality of her cakes.

It took a while to agree the content for the new website, but we got there in the end. The problem was, there just so much to say, something that was reflected on the old website. So we drastically needed to simplify the content in order to create a professional looking website that was easy to navigate and most importantly, enabled the user to find what they were looking for fast.

Suzanne has been very fortunate to have been involved in several styled shoots that featured her cakes which resulted in us having a mountain of images to select from for the new website. And if there's one thing we've achieved, it's a very visually appealing site creating a dramatic first impression to anybody visiting.

Suzanne has very high aspirations and wanted her website to really stand out above her competitors, something which we believe we have achieved. And at time of writing, we are almost ready to launch her cake school website which I've helped her to build and perfect.

Adore Accessories Boutique, Gourock

Jane had not long opened a brand new independent accessories boutique in Gourock when she invited me in to discuss a new website. She wanted to broaden her horizons by being able to offer her products online.

I was also able to offer some photography too by capturing a range of products from on display in the shop. That enabled us to create a very visual website where the products sold themselves.

Since launching the website over a year ago, Jane has opened a second shop in Largs and continues to sell more and more products. She has grasped Squarespace really well and has managed to add lots of new products on an ongoing basis as well.

Above all, being able to build an online solution for Jane has widened her market and enabled her to reach many more customers than she could ever have imagined and therefore increase sales, which at the end of the day, is the main aim.

Holmbyre Boarding Cattery

Owner Billy has owned Holmbyre Boarding Cattery for the past five years constantly improving the business and increasing the number of chalets available for cats. He's recently introduced small animal boarding to the list of services offered too and has a lot of plans for the future too.

But it was time for a change and an updated look. Billy first had a designer pull together a new logo. We then had a chat about a new website as the existing one was difficult to update and Billy had to get somebody to do that on his behalf each and every time. After we agreed what the content would be, we knew we would need some images of the cats. So it was great to be able to combine my photography together with building a website and I spent an entire morning trying to capture all of the cats on camera.

All of this has resulted in a very visual website putting cats at the very heart of the business which is where they should be. The new website creates a warm and welcoming feel to existing and potential new customers. Plus, by using images of cats that have actually used Holmbyre's services adds a level of professionalism and sets them apart from the competition.

Just recently I've also been able to help Billy with sourcing some online booking software enabling people to book their cat in themselves. It's all been integrated into the website too and immediately notifies the cattery of new bookings.

Sunday Times Bestselling Author Sarah Vaughan

When Sarah first got in touch, she was nearing the launch of her first book 'The Art of Baking Blind'. She knew she needed a website and a blog to go along with it as she was keen to keep her readers updated.

Once we got talking we realised the blog would take centre stage. But the first impression needed to be to promote her new book and so we chose a template to make the most of that.

I don't think Sarah will mind me saying this, but she was a bit of a technophobe and the thought of managing her own website was a little overwhelming. But once I talked her through the Squarespace content management system, she realised how easy it was. And most importantly, the ability to not only write new blog posts but to also publish them herself was key.

Since Sarah's website launched around two years ago, she has gone on to have two other novels published - The Farm at the Edge of the World and more recently The Anatomy of a Scandal, a top 10 bestseller!

Sarah is fortunate enough to have her publishers marketing and PR teams at her disposal and it's great to see them make full use of her website including adding a moving video visual for the home page banner.

Scotland Wedding: The Cruin, Loch Lomond

We had the most spectacularly sunny day for Karen and Alan's wedding meaning an outdoor ceremony and a clear view up Loch Lomond over to Ben Lomond. Fabulous.

Once again, lots of my friends from Braw Brides worked tirelessly to make this wedding what it was (links at the bottom).

Karen has an amazing eye for details and she didn't disappoint from her cake to her geometric table centres. The room at The Cruin looked awesome.

I'll never forget the look on Karen's dads face as he walked into the room to see her in her wedding dress for the first time. There were also lots of tears during the ceremony with so many happy emotions, it was just lovely to watch.

Having Karen and Alan place their trust in what I could potentially create for them paid off. During dinner, together with the video guys, we hatched a plan to try and catch the sunset, but it would involve a 10 minute drive. Karen and Alan's response was priceless and went something like this: "Yes that sounds great, but can we just wait for dessert as it tastes amazing"! Well, we couldn't argue with that. Anyway, you'll see the results below, a trip that was very worthwhile.

I hope you enjoy looking through this handful of images and please check out all the awesome suppliers at the bottom.

Now, go and check out these awesome people who created their magic:

Second photographer: Heather Johnston Photography
Videographer: Chas & Gavin from Sole Productions
Flowers: Emma from Betty Bluebell
Cake: Claire Cameron Cakes
Make Up: Cat Robertson
Hair: Lana from Cameo Bridal Styling
Band: Earl Blue & The Sessions
Dress: Point Nouveau

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