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Working out the budget – the 3rd step to achieving a stress free wedding

Working out the budget – the 3rd step to achieving a stress free wedding day

Welcome back to my blog series helping you achieve a stress free wedding day. Part 3 is dedicated to the wedding budget.

The dreaded B word. Love it or hate without it you would have no wedding.

It’s probably the most talked about part of your wedding planning, for some it’s less important but for others it’s a huge bone of contention.

So what is the wedding budget? It is whatever you want it to be. I know that doesn’t help much but it is the right answer. This is where individuality and personal circumstance come into play and also why talking about your wedding budget can be the cause of many arguments and disagreements.

Every engaged couple will have their own individual opinions and ideas about finances and how to manage them during their regular day to day life. Whilst a wedding budget isn’t a lot different in concept the sheer enormity of planning a wedding day can turn the most level headed of penny pinchers and deftly of budgeters in to a serial spender on eBay.

The wedding budget seems to defy all logic when it comes to the couple’s finances and sensible ideas about what they can actually afford to spend.

For some money can be the root of all evil, you either have enough for what you want to do or buy or you have champagne ideas with a beer budget. As with every other part of your wedding planning you do need to plan the budget too. I have seen a lot of couples spending on impulse and booking a double chocolate fountain before the food has been chosen, menu arranged and caterer booked. Whilst most people I know do like chocolate, although I’m not one of them, I’ve no doubt they’d rather be the grateful recipient of a decent meal rather than needing to gorge on dipping pieces of fruit and doughnuts in to molten chocolate. I could of course be wrong but if I didn’t offer guidance and the voice of reason concerning wedding matters what kind of wedding planner would that make me?

Here a few things to consider when calculating your wedding budget.
1) Work out how much of your monthly salary is easily available to put into the wedding pot. Don’t overstretch on a monthly basis as you don’t want the added stress on a relationship even before you tie the knot.
2) Do you have any financial contributions coming from other sources? Parents or grandparents? Savings from one or both of you?
3) How many months do you have between the beginning of your planning and the BIG day itself?

Once you have confirmed the amount of money available you’ll need to continue with the teamwork that we discussed in blog part 2 and don’t forget to include some self care time. Teamwork is vital when it comes to working out your priorities and the tasks associated with the planning of a wedding. Remember there are two people getting married.
I didn’t have a planned topic for the next part of the blog series before I got to this point but now I’m being pulled towards how to prioritise your wedding budget and how to find the best suppliers for your budget.

If you need a chat about your wedding planning and think you might be in need of my expertise and experience then don’t hesitate to get in touch and book a no obligation meeting. I’d be happy to meet up with you and talk about the vision you have for your big day and how I can help you pull all that together to create your dream wedding day without the stress.

Got any questions you want to ask me? Just email me and I’ll answer any questions via my blog.


Siân Bowron has been advising on, planning and coordinating weddings and other events since 2012. Previously a healthcare professional with a background in pharmacology, Siân decided to switch career after the birth of her son. She has brought the empathy, care and attention-to-detail so important in her former duties together seamlessly with her passion for wedding planning to serve the needs of her many satisfied clients.


Amethyst Weddings is owned and operated by Siân Bowron.
Offering advice, planning and on the day coordination services for weddings throughout Hampshire including all of the New Forest.
Contact Siân for more information on services available and to book your no obligation meeting on: enquiries@amethystweddings.co.uk | 07818 226729| https://amethystweddings.youcanbook.me/

Teamwork – the 2nd step to achieving a stress free wedding

Teamwork – the 2nd step to achieving a stress free wedding


Hello you lovely lot. Are you ready for some more of my worldly wedding planning wisdom?

Ok so in my last blog I discussed the importance of self care and how to make sure you don’t neglect yourselves during the planning process. If you haven’t read this blog you can read it here.

The second step to stress free wedding planning is teamwork – after all the whole point of a marriage is the TWO of you joining TWO lives together.
♫♪♪ Yes, teamwork, can make a dream work. ♫♪♪

It’s easy for the bride to be to take the lead on the wedding planning and is quite a natural thing as they are usually channelling their inner fairytale princess after having had visions of their “special day” since they heard their first fairytale or donned their first fancy dress outfit.
♫♪♪ Someday my prince will come. ♫♪♪
That was even before they met their Prince or Princess Charming so a bride to be or the groom to be could be forgiven for getting carried away and have his or her head in the clouds for a while.

♫♪ Cheer up, sleepy jean.
Oh, what can it mean.
To a daydream believer
And a homecoming queen. ♫♪♪

But with any marriage it only works if there is some give and take and both sides of the relationship have their own special roles to play.

In my own marriage I’m the go to for organisation, planning and practical day to day tasks. Whilst I’m also slightly impulsive and excitable my hubby is the sensible down to earth one who thinks everything through thoroughly before making a decision and is quiet, reserved and thoughtful. We couldn’t be more different on paper but we work well together and compliment each other nicely. That’s why we’ve been very happily married for 9 years now.

So how do you use all of your strengths and weaknesses to become the A team and create a wedding that represents both of you? That’s where teamwork comes in and of course a good old dose of that thing they call communication. All’s fair in love and war but let’s not start a war before rings are on fingers and the ink on the wedding certificate is still wet.

You may or may not know that I love lists. I’m a bit obsessed with them. I even have lists of the lists I have. What with that and my obsession with lyrics from musicals and films I think I’ve created a new genre of OCD. To work as a team firstly you need to write down what you want from your wedding day on separate lists – yes you read that correctly.
Step one is write one list each. Write down on one side what you do want and the other what you don’t want your wedding to be like.
Step two is compare and combine the lists. Whilst this may initially look like a recipe for frankenstein’s monster it will give you both an insight into what each other sees as a priority on the wedding day.
Step three you should now have a clearer idea of what you both want your wedding day to look like and which parts of each of your personalities you want to be incorporated or represented.

If it still looks a bit of a muddle maybe it’s time to get a professional on board to make the vision a reality. Being creative and merging couples styles is one of the things I love to do. I love bouncing ideas around and see what works for couples and what doesn’t. Sometimes you don’t know if you don’t like it until you see it. If you don’t like something than that’s fine as it’ll streamline your ideas until it becomes one cohesive idea that represents both of you in equal measure. I love it when a plan comes together 😉

In part 3 I’m going to talk about working out and sticking to your budget.

Got any questions you want to ask me? Just email me and I’ll answer any questions via my blog.


Siân Bowron has been advising on, planning and coordinating weddings and other events since 2012. Previously a healthcare professional with a background in pharmacology, Siân decided to switch career after the birth of her son. She has brought the empathy, care and attention-to-detail so important in her former duties together seamlessly with her passion for wedding planning to serve the needs of her many satisfied clients.


Amethyst Weddings is owned and operated by Siân Bowron.
Offering advice, planning and on the day coordination services for weddings throughout Hampshire including all of the New Forest.
Contact Siân for more information on services available and to book your no obligation meeting on: enquiries@amethystweddings.co.uk | 07818 226729| https://amethystweddings.youcanbook.me/

Selina & Neil – My day at The Italian Villa

Earlier this month I attended the wedding of two good friends, I’ve been helping them with the planning and styling of their big day for over 2 years now. The wedding was at The Italian Villa at Compton Acres near Poole in Dorset.

I arrived early to finish the décor in the Medici Suite for the wedding breakfast. They say the attention is in the detail and Beales Gourmet team definitely don’t scrimp on this. Crisp white linen were carefully folded into heart shapes for the female guests and freshly pressed dress shirts for the gents.

Selina & Neil The Italian Villa - ladies napkin
Selina & Neil The Italian Villa - Gents napkin

The Italian Villa is a unique venue that has separate floors for each part of your wedding day. The airy Verona Suite on the first floor hosts the wedding ceremony with its lovely red carpet.
Selina & Neil The Italian Villa - register
Guests then leave the venue and walk through to The Grand Italian Garden for reception drinks.

Selina & Neil The Italian Villa - garden
Selina & Neil The Italian Villa - garden and fishpond

You are free to explore the nearby gardens whilst there and it is a beautiful place to while away a few hours so I will definitely be going back with the family to continue exploring.

The wedding breakfast was hosted in the Medici Suite which is on the ground floor with an ornate staircase up from the garden.

Selina & Neil The Italian Villa - cake cutting
Selina & Neil The Italian Villa - Top Table

I have to admit I felt like I was spoilt rotten during the wedding breakfast. The waiting staff never missed an empty glass and were never far away if you needed something or had a question. Selina and Neil had chosen the BBQ menu option which is the nicest BBQ food I’ve ever eaten. As a vegetarian I enjoyed halloumi and vegetable kebabs as well as a selection of yummy green, rice and pasta salads. My little boy enjoyed his burger so much he went out to the chef and thanked him personally.

Following the wedding breakfast guests then went down to the lower ground floor to the Siena Suite for the evening reception and got to sample some finger sized delights from the catering team and dance the night away.

Congratulations Mr and Mrs McAllister, thank you for asking me to help you with your wedding planning and thank you for an amazing day.

After spending the day at The Italian Villa I now know why this venue won Best wedding venue in England at the 2016 Wedding Industry Awards as well numerous regional titles over the last few years. These guys know what supplying great service means to their clients and their guests. I can not fault their hospitality. It isn’t very often that the duty manager offers to help you load the car with the venue décor and props. Thanks to all the staff for making Selina & Neil’s wedding day just perfect.

If you want to find out more about The Italian Villa take a look at their website http://www.the-italian-villa.co.uk

All photos were taken by myself and my husband.

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My Story – why I started Amethyst Weddings

Who doesn’t enjoy hearing, “I just loved your wedding day,” or, “It was such a fabulous day, such a gorgeous venue”?

It gives you a warm and fuzzy feeling and, in my case, a proud mummy moment. They were the type of comments I got, and kept getting, months and months after my own wedding day. When I reflected on how much I enjoyed the organisational side of my wedding planning I realised that not everyone thrives and enjoys the process as much as I did. It felt like such a natural process for me personally; so how could I use those apparently innate skills and help others who don’t enjoy the planning process, or who don’t have time to do the amount of research and mull over the vast amount of choices available? It wasn’t something I had to think about for very long. My answer: I’ll start my own wedding planning business.

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Since the search for my own wedding dress started back in 2004 I’ve had a bit of an obsession with bridal fashion, so I never getting tired of looking at new styles and trends. It sometimes feels like all I do is research, but it’s not something I ever tire of and it keeps me up to date with the latest trends, and means I’m always submerged in wedding inspiration loveliness.

This job fits perfectly around my family too. As a naturally organised individual it’s second nature to sort out the plans for the next wedding whilst doing the housework, keeping my husband organised and doing the school run. In fact, when I have finished my to do list I automatically look for something to add to it. I’ll very often catch up on the latest episode of “Say Yes To The Dress” whilst doing my admin, etc; I have permission from the boss.

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I hope that my love for all things wedding is obvious in everything I do for my clients but as another outlet for my creativity I love organising styled photo shoots. There is nothing I love more than having an initial idea and spark of inspiration and then seeing the results the photographer presents me with after the shoot.

So this is me in a nutshell: wedding planner, wedding obsessive, hopeless romantic, wife and mother.

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Bridal Trends for 2017 from Bridal Fashion Week – New York

I love bridal fashion. It is constantly evolving and nowadays brides to be can be as daring as they dare. High end bridal fashion designers are constantly changing and creating trends and these inevitably filter down to the more affordable dress designers collections found in bridal boutiques countrywide and of course high street bridal fashion.

Last month there were some amazing and slightly risqué ideas on the cat walk at Bridal Fashion Week in New York City. Here are the main trends to look out for along with some designer examples.

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Angel Sanchez

Angel Sanchez

Ines Di Santo

Ines Di Santo

Bows

Carolina Herrara

Carolina Herrara

Carolina Herrara

Carolina Herrara

Pastels

Hayley Paige

Hayley Paige

Christian Siriano for Kleinfeld

Christian Siriano for Kleinfeld

Marchesa

Marchesa

3D florals

Carolina Herrara

Carolina Herrara

Marchesa

Marchesa

Trouser suits

Carolina Herrara

Carolina Herrara

Music festival vibes

Naeem Khan

Naeem Khan

Marchesa

Marchesa

High Necks

Christian Siriano

Christian Siriano

Peter Langner

Peter Langner

Bell bottom sleeves

Elizabeth Fillmore

Elizabeth Fillmore

Ti Adora

Ti Adora

Capelets

Vera Wang

Vera Wang

Claire Pettibone

Claire Pettibone

Anything there catch your eye? I think my personal favourites are the 3D Florals from Marchesa and Carolina Herrara. I do think that we’ll see most of these trends filter down in to bridal designs in varying degrees, some will be pared down and others will be ramped up to the max. Will we see a resurgence in the 1980s dress bow?

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Amethyst Weddings is owned and operated by Siân Bowron.
Offering advice, planning and on the day coordination services for weddings throughout Hampshire including all of the New Forest.
Contact Siân for more information on services available and to book your no obligation meeting on: enquiries@amethystweddings.co.uk | 07818 226729

The Royal wedding of 1947 Princess Elizabeth & Philip Mountbatten

Unless you’ve been hidden under a rock recently you will know that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has just celebrated her 90th birthday and on 9th September 2015 she became the longest serving monarch in British history, surpassing the record previously set by her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria.

But I wouldn’t be much of a wedding planner if I didn’t have an interest in the Royal weddings of the modern day (although I have to admit I only have to hear the word “wedding” and you’ve got my full attention). So with the Queen being widely featured in the media I thought it only right to write a blog about her wedding, which took place at Westminster Abbey on Thursday 20th November 1947. Not only is Her Majesty 90 years young – and the longest serving British monarch – in November 2017 the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will celebrate 70 years of marriage, their platinum wedding anniversary.

Married at 21 years old, then-Princess Elizabeth and been friends with Philip Mountbatten since she was 13. Their engagement was formally announced on 9th July 1947 shortly after Elizabeth turned 21 although it was thought that Philip, 5 years her senior, had approached King George VI for his consent to marry Elizabeth at some point in 1946 when they secretly became engaged. Not a secret I’d have been able to keep.

Norman Hartnell, second cousin to William Hartnell of Doctor Who fame, was commissioned to design and make the Princess’ wedding gown.

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With material purchased from ration coupons he created this stunning gown of duchesse satin embellished with embroidered star lilies and orange blossom with a silk tulle train measuring 15ft.

Princess Elizabeth arrives at Westminster Abbey with her father King George VI

Princess Elizabeth arrives at Westminster Abbey with her father King George VI

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The tiara worn by Princess Elizabeth was the Russian Fringe tiara. It was originally made for Queen Mary in 1919 and passed to Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, who leant it to Princess Elizabeth for her wedding day. This tiara would also be worn by Elizabeth’s daughter Princess Anne in 1973, on loan from her grandmother.

The Russian Fringe tiara - worn by Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, Princess Elizabeth - now Queen Elizabeth II and Anne, The Princess Royal.

The Russian Fringe tiara – worn by Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, Princess Elizabeth – now Queen Elizabeth II and Anne, The Princess Royal.

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Princess Elizabeth carried a simple bouquet of white orchids which contained a sprig of myrtle from the bush grown from the myrtle in Queen Victoria’s wedding bouquet and was accompanied by eight bridesmaids, one of which was her sister Margaret, and two page boys.

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The official cake was prepared by McVities & Price and the four tiers stood at a towering 9ft.

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Princess Elizabeth and Duke of Edinburgh spent their wedding night in my home town of Romsey, Hampshire, at the Broadlands Estate, home of Earl Mountbatten of Burma, Philip’s uncle and known to residents of Romsey as Lord Louis. So, if my calculations are correct, my nan and grandad would have been in the crowds welcoming the newly-wed royal couple when they travelled to Broadlands after arriving at Romsey train station. Random fact: my lovely Nan would have been expecting my Uncle at the time.

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Amethyst Weddings is owned and operated by Siân Bowron.
Offering advice, planning and on the day coordination services for weddings throughout Hampshire including all of the New Forest.
Contact Siân for more information on services available and to book your no obligation meeting on: enquiries@amethystweddings.co.uk | 07818 226729

Colour of 2016 from the Pantone Color Institute

Choosing colour is a major component and one of the key decisions for the majority of weddings. You might love some and despise others but within the wedding industry and world of weddings some colours are more popular and more fashionable than others.

The Pantone Color Institute based in New Jersey, USA have been forecasting colour trends and providing colour inspiration since the 1950s. Since 1999 they have been choosing a “color of the year” which is usually announced early December following the release of the PANTONE FASHION COLOR REPORT at New York Fashion week in September each year.

Last year we saw the sumptuous Marsala MarsalaColour2015
and in 2014 it was Radiant Orchid RadiantOrchidColour2014

For the first time two shades have been chosen as Pantone Color if the Year 2016, they are:RoseQuartzSerenityColour2016

This is what Pantone say about the two colours:
Rose Quartz is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure. Serenity is weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times.

So to help inspire you if you wanted to use the Pantone pairing I have searched for some ideas to kick start your venue décor and wedding theme ideas. Take a look at my latest Pinterest board.




If you like this then don’t forget to take a look at my other inspiration boards
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Amethyst Weddings is owned and operated by Siân Bowron.
Offering advice, planning and on the day coordination services for weddings throughout Hampshire including all of the New Forest.
Contact Siân for more information on services available and to book your no obligation meeting on: enquiries@amethystweddings.co.uk | 07818 226729

My trip to Kleinfeld,
New York

Hands up if you love “Say Yes To The Dress”?
Hands up if you’d love to visit Kleinfeld in New York?

I hadn’t given looking at bridal shops abroad a first thought until I had a trip to New York City planned for my 40th birthday. Whilst looking through websites for tourist ideas for my long weekend I was watching Say Yes To The Dress, which is standard viewing for me whilst home alone. Then came the lightbulb moment – Kleinfeld is in New York and I’m due to visit New York, so I wonder if they’d let me visit? A few emails later I had an approximate time to visit Kleinfeld’s and instructions to ask for Nicole Sacco at reception. Nicole, as some of you may know, is a regular feature on SYTTD and one of the shop’s directors so I was excited to get the chance to meet her too.

We arrived in New York on Friday afternoon and the first thing I did was check which subway train would get us down to Lower Manhattan for our visit the following morning.

Saturday morning – first journey on the subway and first hands-on attempt at negotiating the New York mapping system. It’s mind boggling to start with but once you remember that streets go east to west, avenues go north to south and 5th avenue is in the middle separating east and west it’s a piece of cake. I’d look less like a tourist next time now I’ve got that sussed.

Here’s my obligatory main entrance photo:
IMAG2345 Once we stepped inside my excitement didn’t wane. The main entrance was huge with high ceilings and there was a general hum of excited conversation in reception.

A few minutes after introducing myself to the receptionist I could see Nicole crossing the main salon toward reception. I greeted her like a long-lost friend and got a bit giddy with nerves and started mumbling inanely then apologised profusely slightly embarrassed at my fangirl behaviour. She introduced me to Terry with his snappy suit and sharp smile and then made her exit whilst Terry began to tell us about the history of Kleinfeld.

We viewed the main salon and then went in to one of several storage areas at Kleinfeld. Terry explained that the dresses were stored in sections depending on style and shape of the gown so the consultants know where to look. There were rails and rails of bridal gowns in storage bags squeezed into every available space and hung from the ceiling on tracks not dissimilar to those found in a large dry cleaners. I spotted a blush pink Ian Stuart dress on the end of one of the rails.

Antonella Kleinfeld Bridal

We had a brief chat about filming, they had just finished filming season 13 the previous month, and also about some of the consultants on the show when around the corner came Antonella. Cue the fangirl again. She was so lovely and seem genuinely pleased to meet a fan.

After a quick visit to the accessories department downstairs we returned to main reception via a cavernous lift accompanied by another member of staff hidden under a rather large wedding dress in a storage bag.

I lost count of how many times I thanked Terry for showing us around as I didn’t really want it to be over. I could have happily spent the whole day there.

Terry Kleinfeld Bridal

So that, ladies and gentlemen, was my visit to Kleinfeld Bridal, New York.

For my next city trip away I intend to visit a bridal shop in that city, another tradition to go with my snow globe collection. Just don’t tell my husband!


 

Amethyst Weddings is owned and operated by Siân Bowron.
Offering advice, planning and on the day coordination services for weddings throughout Hampshire including the New Forest.
Contact Siân for more information on services available and to book your free of charge no obligation meeting on: enquiries@amethystweddings.co.uk | 07818 226729

Who will be your Valentine?

So what are your plans for the feast of Saint Valentine?
I’d always thought that Valentine’s Day was too commercial, with its overpriced novelty gifts and 3 course set menus with inflated prices. That was when I was single without a secret admirer in sight.

Do you remember your first crush?
I suppose it’s like any other “special” day when you’re single – it’s no fun and, quite frankly – it sits on the verge of being downright depressing. And I for one was not amused by the anonymous card left in my in-tray (and that of every other single woman) by the department lothario…after all, I was single, not desperate!

How romantic will you be on Valentine’s Day?
Whether you’re dating, engaged or married, do you use Valentine’s Day as an additional opportunity to spoil your loved one and show them they are special to you? It doesn’t need to be a big gesture – I’d be perfectly happy with a romantic card and my favourite chocolates. Hint hint. So whether you prefer a pizza delivered or a lovingly home cooked meal, the essence of Valentine’s Day is the romance… and of course, the excuse to do a bit of extra wooing!



Is that the sound of Valentine’s wedding bells…?
If you’re looking to add that extra romance into Valentine’s Day and are planning to get married on February 14th, I’ve put together a Pinterest board with some perfect ideas on how to create a Valentines themed wedding – why not see the whole board here? In the meantime, here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Pick some pretty pink and red blooms and you’re half way there. Whether you like vintage pink, pink ombre or deep red – flowers = romance and the bare bones of any beautiful wedding theme.
  • Choose some key words with romantic meaning and use these in your stationery and for those little decorative details. It’s all in the detail. They also make great photo props for your official photos and if you have a photo booth.

What are your plans for the feast of Saint Valentine? Do you have any secrets up your sleeve for turning up the romance? Maybe you’re already planning a Valentine’s wedding – if so, what are

What happened in 2014.

I’m not usually one for reminiscing, and starting a “new year with a new you” isn’t normally something I get consumed with, but 2014 has been pretty epic in my book. It will never match 2012 when my little boy entered the world but it got pretty close.

In January I pulled together some fabulous local suppliers at a photo shoot at Explosion Museum in Gosport for Alisha’s Events Photography. It was such a simple concept but the end results exceeded all my expectations. We were fortunate enough to get the shoot featured in Issue 44 of Your Hampshire and Dorset Wedding Magazine and Explosion Museum used some of the photos for an advertorial feature about the venue in Just Weddings magazine.

March saw the official change in the law allowing same sex marriages. This was even more poignant and personal because my first wedding of the year would be between two women.

Toward the end of April I assisted Hampshire Wedding Supplier with a photo shoot at Horsebridge Station near Stockbridge. Together with selected suppliers from the directory and photos taken by: Jenny Owens Photography and BC Digi Phot we put together some Victorian steampunk inspired loveliness. This shoot was so well received and was featured in Issue 46 of Your Hampshire and Dorset Wedding Magazine as well as on local blog Pistachio Blush and national blogs Bespoke Bride and Wedding Sparrow.

With the heatwave in June came the nuptials of Mrs and Mrs Heys. A beautiful sapphire blue and sunflower yellow wedding at Meon Valley Hotel and Country Club.

July kicked off with another shoot in Gosport for Alisha’s Events Photography this time at the Royal Navy Submarine museum. Using the WW2 anniversary as inspiration I helped put together a shoot straight out of the 1940s in mint green and poppy red. A pretty “make do and mend” afternoon tea party reception which could be easily replicated by any budding DIY bride.

Early August saw a Mexican fiesta inspired marquee reception at an old train station in the Hampshire countryside. Where the guests enjoyed an intimate wedding blessing in the open air, a Mexican buffet and ice cream from a trike.

 At the end of August my husband and I had a rare weekend away in a 4 star hotel in Buckinghamshire for his 40th birthday. He took full advantage of the ice bucket that housed our celebratory champagne and completed his ice bucket challenge in aid of MNDA.

The wedding of the year came in September when my school friend Jenny married Mathew at New Place. It was like a busman’s holiday but a pleasure to be a guest for a change.

In preparation for the launch of the new website I wrote the first blog post titled “FAQs – questions I’ve been asked as a wedding planner” and published it in November.

 Earlier this month the new look website was launched.

 So to summarise 2014:
3 photo shoots
3 weddings
3 family funerals
a big birthday
a welcome change in the law and a new website.

It hasn’t been an easy year by any means but glancing back at my achievements and the events of 2014 it has been one hell of a 12 months. I look forward to sharing 2015 with you all. Happy New Year