Meet the Team – Find out who does what at Wedding Ideas magazine

We’ve got to admit we’re a little bit spoiled here at Wedding Ideas. Not only do we get to sit in a fabulous, historic building every day, but more importantly we’re incredibly fortunate to work with some of the most enthusiastic, creative people in the wedding industry. Add in the fact that they’re also some of the nicest people you could meet and you have a marriage made in heaven!

Come and meet the team (metaphorically speaking) and find out who does what for the company…

Rachel Southwood - Founder/Managing Director

Rachel Southwood - Founder/Managing Director of Wedding Ideas magazine

The inspiration behind Wedding Ideas and one of it’s founders, Rachel Southwood has always been there to keep a watchful eye over all of her herd at Giraffe Media Ltd.

With the true knack and wonderful gift of putting everyone she meets at ease and her vast knowledge of both the wedding industry and the magazine industry, she’s built a super-friendly office of wedding gurus to bring you the best bridal magazine and website out there!

Kelly Church - Publisher/Finance Manager

Kelly Church - Publisher/Finance Manager at Wedding Ideas magazine

Despite the long list of ‘Kellyisms’ written on the office white board behind her desk, including her belief that dinosaurs never existed, Kelly Church is the Publisher and Finance Manager of Giraffe Media Ltd with top mathematical, forward planning and distribution skills. She looks after the company’s pennies and making sure everything runs smoothly.

One thing that Kelly loves more than cats is a (ridiculously) strong cup of tea. Whilst she is James’ main competition when it comes to making the tea and coffee, no one can get her cuppa quite right…ever.

Izzy Hicks - Editor

Izzy Hicks - Editor at Wedding Ideas magazine

A self-confessed child at heart, Izzy Hicks is Wedding Ideas’ Editor! She spent her 22nd birthday drinking Butterbeer at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Florida and said that she has: “never been so happy.”!

Yes, our blond bubbly Izzy loves a theme park and getting married at Disney World is up there with her future wedding plans. We’re 100% supportive of this idea. But it’s not just the fun and frenzy of a theme park that she loves – she’s a huge fan of skiing, animals and Shakespeare – that heady combination.

Hannah Wilkinson - Acting Deputy Editor

Hannah Wilkinson - Acting Deputy Editor at Wedding Ideas

Hannah Wilkinson is our Acting Deputy Editor and is your go-to girl when it comes to the ever-popular real life weddings section of the magazine, as well as beauty, fitness and travel – three things she loves!

Before this job at Wedding Ideas, she actually worked abroad in Fiji, and continues her love for exploring new places and travelling with exciting trips and her travel blog! Whilst in the office, she’s not one to drink tea or coffee, but when she does, you know she means business.

Sam Merritt - Editorial Assistant

Sam Merritt - Editorial Assistant at Wedding Ideas magazine

Never one to wear the same outfit twice, Sam Merritt, our Editorial Assistant loves fashion, festivals and food. She combines her three main loves in her own blog on everything fashion and lifestyle, and has a pretty good hand with a camera, too.

Dealing with the real weddings with Hannah, as well as the Themes and Details section of the mag, she is full of inspiration for your big day, as well as your outfit choice.

Lee Parsons - Art Director

Lee Parsons - Art Director at Wedding Ideas magazine

In charge of all things on ‘the colouring in’ team of Wedding Ideas, Lee Parsons is the Art Director, as well the office’s serial tea drinker!

With a great deal of experience when it comes to the publishing industry, Lee keeps a cool head and his strides slow at all times – even when deadline stress hits. He’ll just be looking forward to a pint in the pub when it’s done, or just a nice cup of tea.

Rob Smith - Senior Graphic Designer

Rob Smith - Senior Graphic Designer at Wedding Ideas magazine

Rob Smith, our Senior Designer, works closely with Lee, designing all the pretty page layouts and new visuals for the mag. Always keen to keep up to date with current design trends and to bring them into his work, as well as his passion for photography, he keeps the magazine fresh and on trend as ever – matching his cool collection of shirts.

Rob also enjoys hand lettering and illustration, and when he’s not doodling or taking photos, he’s normally immersed in Formula One.

Rob Hutchinson - Senior Art Worker

Rob Hutchinson - Senior Art Worker at Wedding Ideas magazine

Another Rob to the art team crew! Rob Hutchinson is the Senior Art Worker here at Wedding Ideas, creating adverts for fashion, display and classified clients, as well as editorial pages.

A keen drummer and fan of 70s rock, he’s the inevitable first choice if we ever start up a Giraffe Media Ltd band. As a bit of a rockstar, it’s only natural that he, his wife and son have an aviary full of cockatiels and budgies at home, and is partial to a Chupa Chups lollipop on any occasion possible.

Chandler Brittain - Apprentice Design Assistant

Chandler Brittain - Apprentice Design Assistant at Wedding Ideas magazine

Apprentice Design Assistant, Chandler Brittain is the youngest member of the team but the time he takes to do intricate cut-outs impresses us all. Interested in ‘anything high speed and high risk’, if he’s not at his computer in the office, you’ll find him at bike parks doing moves on his BMX you didn’t think were possible.

Eager to document every aspect of his life, we’re sure you’ll be suitably impressed if you came across his Instagram page, including amazing landscape shots taken by himself!

Ben Dickeson - Business Development Manager

Ben Dickeson - Business Development Manager at Wedding Ideas magazine

Bridging the gap between the advertising and editorial teams, our Business Development Manager, Ben Dickeson builds and maintains relationships with advertisers, tailoring campaigns to maximise their performance, and looks after key fashion accounts, helping to ensure the right brands and labels are featured for our readers.

Crossing the border from sleepy Swansea to sleepier Somerset, Ben previously spent 6-7 years at Benjamin Roberts, so is very in the know with everything ‘wedding’ – go on, test him!

Linda Weller - Advertising Sales Manager

Linda Weller - Advertising Sales Manager at Wedding Ideas

Linda Weller is responsible for looking after the smooth running of the Wedding Ideas sales team on a day-to-day basis. As well as giving top-notch advice on all aspects of advertising both in the magazine and on their website, she is a busy mother of two children and two cats (openly admitting she prefers cats). And on top of all that, Linda has the amazing quality that is being able to make us all smile no matter what our mood!

Laura Ketland - Account Executive

Laura Ketland - Account Executive at Wedding Ideas magazine

Laura Ketland works in our advertising team, looking after our lovely display clients! She helps build bespoke advertising campaigns for them to ensure they are receiving the maximum ROI, helping them gain fantastic coverage for their business both in Wedding Ideas magazine and on our amazing website. And do you know what? She LOVES doing it.

Self-admittedly a shopping, Prosecco and chocolate addict, we think she’s our kind of girl. She is even a bit of a secret cake maker and decorating extraordinaire, and that is a truly treasured skill in the eyes of the Wedding Ideas office. Can you tell we love cake?

Ruth White - Advertising Sales Executive

Ruth White - Advertising Sales Executive at Wedding Ideas magazine

Ruth White is our Advertising Sales Executive, with 20 years of advertising and marketing experience behind her including with the Daily Telegraph and delicious magazine.

Moving from London in January 2014, Ruth is now a true country mummy with a baby daughter called Arya and two cats, and with a love for cooking and baking – word is, she makes chocolate fudge brownies to die for!

Leah Messenger - Online Content Manager

Leah Messenger - Online Content Manager at Wedding Ideas magazine

Leah Messenger first tasted life at Wedding Ideas as a work experience student many moons ago, and we loved her so much that she was offered a job after she completed her studies at university. With an amazing gift for writing great content, a love of social media and a passion for all things ‘wedding’, she’s a perfect fit!

A serious fashionista, Leah loves her clothes almost as she does getting her hands dirty… in the kitchen that is. She may be a ‘young ‘un’ but don’t let that fool you, despite her tender years she’s got some serious cooking skills and is often found furnishing the office with tasty treats. One more chocolate cookie? Ok then, if we must!!

Lottie Dainton - Online Editorial Assistant

Lottie Dainton - Online Editorial Assistant at Wedding Ideas magazine

Social media whizz, Lottie Dainton looks after our Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and even finds time to write up content for the Wedding Ideas website after all of that!

As Online Editorial Assistant, she is constantly keeping her eyes and ears out for new and exciting wedding trends, celebrity gossip and news, and funny posts to keep our brides giggling. Lottie is on the case with all things wedding-related. And as a lover of shabby chic and vintage, we think she’s come to the right place!

James Payne - Online Manager

James Payne - Online Manager at Wedding Ideas magazine

Online Manager James is the webmaster and internet guru of the office. The elongated pronunciation of his name can be heard up to a hundred times a day from every member of the team.

Alongside designing, building and managing our website (with stats already going through the roof may we add), James also finds time to reply to and resolve those “Jaaaaames” calls that can be heard at all angles of the office.

Makes a fantastic cup of tea. Oh, and he knows quite a lot about cricket, guitars and fishing, too.

Ben Iskander - Online Assistant

Ben Iskander - Online Assistant at Wedding Ideas magazine

James’ right hand man, Ben iskander is our Online Assistant. He slaves over making exciting weekly and bespoke newsletters that find themselves in your email inboxes that you can’t help but click on, as well as creating and building new websites effortlessly, without any problem and most importantly, without creasing his shirt.

Coding? Piece of cake. He even dabbles in a bit of professional photography in his spare time. Together, James and Ben – aka our very own Batman and Robin – are pretty much unstoppable in the web world. [The IT man, in both the uppercase and lowercase of the word in his eyes. LOLZ]