Category Archives: Real weddings

Shaun and Chere – Gift of a Wedding

On Friday 13th January 2017 I had the pleasure of coordinating the wedding of Shaun and Chere. They had their wedding day gifted to them by the fabulous UK charity Gift of a Wedding.

Photos were taken by Nicola Muir Photography and kindly supplied by the bride and groom.

Shaun and Chere - Gift of a Wedding January 2017

Shaun and Chere - Gift of a Wedding January 2017

Alongside a selection of local suppliers I got to spend the whole day with this beautiful couple. I wanted to ensure they had a day they will never forget and I am delighted to say the day couldn’t have gone any better.

Here is the highlights video supplied by Leyza Films.

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

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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