Real Wedding by Kate
It's a gloomy Monday after a glorious weekend. To make matters all the worse, it's a Monday after a wedding. I'm not a big fan of these. There's a bittersweet sense of loss & sadness that the day we've been waiting for has whizzed by & my clients don't need me anymore. It's completely daft, they've had the most wonderful-extraordinary-tremendous day & here I am sat in a strop because I miss my client-friends. So as I'm a soppy bugger, let's reminisce on the lovely Elizabeth & Timothy & their wedding in the glorious Mendip Hills of Somerset!
No matter how many Instagram posts I do, I always find the best way of people hearing about The Destination Wedding Co is classic word of mouth. Tim, our handsome groom, worked in the same co-working space as a brilliant friend of mine Helen (And Stevo too, but you'll hear lot about him anyway). Helen is the sweetest pocketful of sunshine & she doesn't quite know how much of a gal-crush I had on her - I instantly wanted her as my mate. Anyway, Elizabeth & Tim, the veracious, business-bossing, intelligent extraordinair's that got to the 6 month marker before their wedding & went into mild panic. So much left to do, so little of their time available. We were introduced & hey presto they got themselves a wedding planner!
Liz & I got had our first sit down over a cuppa to talk about her & Tim. A stand up genuine Essex gent & our West County version of Kate Middleton have been together for over 10 years… their first dance choice of 'At Last' by Etta James says it all! We then got to the task at hand by mapping out where they'd got to & what was left to do for their wedding day. The bare bones of their wedding day were there; the date, ceremony location, reception venue & photographer (The brilliant John Barwood - more on them later). The brief; a traditional English summer wedding, the rolling Mendip hills of Somerset, quaint village church & a country house nestled in beautiful gardens.
I got straight to work on putting together a few look-boards to get a feeling of style & feel they wished for & started the hunt for the super duper suppliers to produce all of the best details. Now these two lovelies aren't cooky crazy; simple elegance, clean lines & classic touches were the name of the game. A brilliant challenge for me!
We got some seriously stupendous suppliers involved; Alexandra Sylvester Flowers, The Sunflower Bakery & Bristol Bridal hair & make up. The common thread of these wondrous independents is that they are brilliant at what they do & they could not be more thrilled to be part of Liz & Tim’s wedding. This really shone throughout the planning & on the day itself; I’m a big believer that if you’ve got trusted & relaxed people around you on your wedding day then this will calm any couples nerves.
I checked in with the John Barwood Photography a few weeks before & found the most cheery, bubbly & feminine voice on the other end; it was Soph Barwood, the other half of team JB & what a pleasure it was to talk through the flow of the day. I can’t wait to work together again in the not too distant future!
Since first writing the post, I've received an eye-welling review from Liz & Tim, so sweet of them! It's been such a pleasure to be part of their celebrations...
“Six months before our wedding day, we realised that with mounting professional commitments we needed some wedding planning help and asked Kate if she could lend a hand. This was one of the best decisions we made! From beginning to end, Kate has been literally amazing, not just practically; offering ideas and advice down the smallest of detail, but also emotionally, and right up to the last minute - such as when our printers failed to deliver our order of service on time and Kate helped us source new suppliers and designers in record time! Oh, and Kate managed to do all of this for a wedding in Somerset, despite being based up north! Overall, Kate’s help has been invaluable and we are so grateful for all her support - she has been instrumental in making our wedding the best day of our lives. Please, if you are considering a wedding planner, give Kate a call, you will not be disappointed, she is an absolute professional and knows her weddings inside and out! Best wishes, Tim & Liz (Somerset)".
John & Soph have been kind enough to share their photos of the day, so without further ado…
Venue: Coombe Lodge, http://www.coombelodge.co.uk/
Church: St Andrew’s Church, Blagdon
Dress: David Tutera, http://www.solitairebrides.co.uk/
Hair & Make up: http://www.bristolbridalhairandmakeup.com/
Dressing Gown: Victoria Secret
If you or someone you know is recently engaged, & just like Liz & Tim are stretched for time, The Destination Wedding Co can come on board at any stage... even the week before to coordinate the day for you! Get in touch to see how we can help.