Thursday, 23rd January 2014

Lovely things

It’s so lovely to get heartfelt feedback from my couples, especially when they do so on a public forum. Check out these exceptional flattering words from one of my brides published on Love My Dress last week! Click on the image to see the post.

“We hired an event planner to do an ‘on the day’ service when we found out that we could not set up at the reception venue the day before as expected. We booked Sian of Elysian Weddings and Events, and we both feel this was the best decision we made when organising the wedding.”

Photo by M & J Photography

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Monday, 23rd December 2013

Vintage Cambridge Wedding Part 3

Just a few final images from this most beautiful of weddings and some very kind words indeed from Charlotte and Harry, the delightful couple.

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“Booking Sian for her ‘on-the-day’ service was the best decision we made when organising our wedding. Our initial reason for booking her was that we only had access to the venue on the day itself; we therefore needed someone else to set everything up. In order to be able to do this, Sian spent a great deal of time before the wedding getting to know exactly what we wanted, and took enormously detailed notes about our plans, that she subsequently knew by heart. In doing this, she also thought of and resolved numerous issues that had not occurred to us and, consequently, ensured that everything could happen as we wished. Her foresight and impressive organisation concerning the set-up on the day left us feeling relaxed that all would go to plan. Indeed, if we were to do it all again and could have set up on the day before, we would still definitely book her, as her service meant that on the run up to the wedding we could focus on the fact we were getting married, and that our friends and family also were not rushing around doing jobs. She was discrete but enormously efficient on the day itself, and that her presence meant that not only was everything set up, but also that unforeseen problems were resolved without us or family members having to get involved. In addition to setting everything up beautifully, Sian also liaised with all our suppliers in the weeks leading up to the big day in order to check all was fine. This was very reassuring, and also a highly useful service as it involved her re-arranging the collection of numerous items from the venue when we found out at the last minute that a road was closed the day after our wedding. Ultimately, Sian was highly organised, efficient, perceptive, hard-working, experienced, supportive, and friendly. We very much felt that it was important to her that we had the day we wanted, and she more than delivered this.”

Aw! It’s always nice to feel appreciated :)

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Photography: M&J Photography

Bouquets and table flowers: Miss Pickering Garden party flowers DIY by the bride!

Dress: Jenny Packham

Ceremony venue: St Catherine’s College, Cambridge

Reception venue: Emmanuel College, Cambridge

Cake: Nevie Pie Cakes

Props: Vintage Style Hire

Many other details made by the couple and their families.

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Saturday, 21st December 2013

Vintage Cambridge Wedding part 2

Here, as promised, as some of the stunning details from the reception of the gorgeous wedding I worked on in the summer.

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Look out for the third and final installment tomorrow!

Photography: M&J Photography

Bouquets and table flowers: Miss Pickering Garden party flowers DIY by the bride!

Dress: Jenny Packham

Ceremony venue: St Catherine’s College, Cambridge

Reception venue: Emmanuel College, Cambridge

Cake: Nevie Pie Cakes

Props: Vintage Style Hire

Many other details, including the sit-on 1920s style moon (amazing!) made by the couple and their families.

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Thursday, 19th December 2013

Vintage Cambridge Wedding Part 1

Here is the first glimpse into the sublime wedding I worked on this summer. Stunning venue, gorgeous couple, fabulous detailing-what more could I ask for! This wedding is featured in this month’s “Brides” magazine and will soon be appearing on one of the national blogs too! It’s all very exciting! To set the scene here are some shots of the bridal preparations and the ceremony. More fabulous details from the reception to follow!

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Photography: M&J Photography

Flowers: Miss Pickering

Dress: Jenny Packham

Ceremony venue: St Catherine’s College, Cambridge

Bridal prep venue: Bride’s parents’ house

 

 

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Monday, 9th December 2013

Sneak Peek!

In the summer we had the great pleasure to work on a most beautiful wedding in Cambridge. It was so beautiful that Brides magazine have featured it in their January/Febraury issue (page 196-check it out)! Here’s a sneak peek of the gorgeousness. More to follow later in the week!

Stunning venue!

Stunning venue!

Stunning bride!

Stunning bride!

Stunning details!

  Stunning details!

Photos by the wonderful M&J Photography Flowers by Miss Pickering

What more could a wedding planner want!

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Friday, 12th July 2013

Humanist Marriage

I often get inquiries from couples who wish to have a humanist wedding ceremony (the British Humanist Association conducts over 600 weddings a year in England) and, whilst this is possible, it’s not recognised as a legal marriage ceremony in England or Wales (it is in Scotland where the BHA conduct over 3000 ceremonies a year!). This means that couples wanting this sort of ceremony have to also have a civil ceremony at a registry office or similar in order for their marriage to be legally recognised. Some couple don’t mind having to do this, but for many they want their one special wedding ceremony to be the one that counts! Well, good news! We are now one step closer to this becoming a reality as legalising humanist marriages has been added as an amendment to the Same Sex Marriage Bill after huge, cross party support to do so.

Fingers crossed that all this means we will soon live in a country where somebody can marry anyone they want to in a ceremony which suits theirs beliefs and desires, wherever they want to!

http://humanism.org.uk/2013/07/08/legal-humanist-marriages-move-one-step-closer/

Photo by Kristy Field

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Saturday, 23rd February 2013

Alternative Guest Books: Audio!

Rather than the traditional, written guest book, why not set up a booth where guest can record a personalised audio message to you both. That way you also get to hear each message straight from the horses mouth as it were! Much easier to convey humour, nuance, sarcasm etc through the spoken word than on paper!

Picture by Clean Plate Pictures via Style Me Pretty

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Tuesday, 12th February 2013

Pancakes

It’s Shrove Tuesday and that means pancakes! UP and down the country families will be cracking out the lemon and sugar, but I have a few pictures to show to prove pancakes can be a bit more glamorous than that!

Pancake Wedding Cake from Zest Weddings This one even comes with a recipe!

Petitie Reve Chocolates via The Cotswold Wedding Planner

Amelia Johnson Photography via Style Me Pretty

And to prove pancakes can be made to fit with any colour scheme (warning you may need sunglasses for this next picture!)…

I am Baker via Live, Laugh, Celebrate

 

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Saturday, 9th February 2013

Little Loves

Now and again I see something I love and feel the need to share it with you. No lengthy article. No mood board for inspiration. Just one beautiful thing that I think you should all know about.

In this wet and windy weather, it’s hard to know what a bride should wear on her feet. However, I have found the perfect solution to keep your feet warm and dry without ruining the classic, elegant look- High heeled wedding wellies!

Catherine Boots from Weddington Boots

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Saturday, 1st December 2012

Real Wedding: English Elegance in Somerset

I recently had the great honour of working on the wedding in Somerset of some very dear friends. It took place in Somerset with a lovely, traditional service at St Andrew’s Church, Storgusey and was followed by a fabulous reception at Maunsel House, North Petherton. I have already published a post about the teacup planters I made for them (click here for that post) and there will be another DIY tutorial featuring the fabulous vintage escort cards I made coming up soon, but for now, I thought I’d share with you a stunning collection of images from the day by the official photographer, Simon Kemp of Hyde End Studios. Beautiful pictures from a beautiful day.

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