December 31, 2016

2016 was an absolutely incredible year for me (Amy Thorne of Amaranthyne Weddings and Amy, Director of Romance at Washingborough Hall Hotel), I was lucky enough to be involved in 43 beautiful weddings, a number of wedding venue searches, wedding planning kick starts, awards, styled shoots, magazine and blog features, invited to be a guest speaker at a conference, acquiring business premises, just an unbelievable year.  Below are some of the highlights…

The first week in January I had the pleasure of Joanne and Anna from The Journal visit me in Heighington, Lincolnshire to feature my home in the February edition.  They had been asking me for quite a while and the 3 page lovely article showcased some features in my home and a little bit about ‘me’ as a person.   This was republished in the local newspaper in April as well as being featured online.

Early January also saw a blog featured by me on WeddingDates (who I am a guest blogger for) titled ‘Just Engaged?  How to Kick Start Your Planning’.

Next a lovely styled shoot that I styled and managed (alongside Lucy) as my ‘Director of Romance’ role made it on the front cover of ‘East Midlands Wedding Magazine’.  A period style shoot with rich colours and a periodic feel.  As well as making the front cover, there was also lots of lovely photos inside the magazine with quotes about the inspiration for the shoot by myself and Lucy. 

In May, this styled shoot went on to feature on the WeddingDates blog as a Rustic Country Romance: Lord and Lady of the Manor Feature.  Another shoot I was involved in during 2015 also made in on the WeddingDates blog in February, this time Forest Foliage and Berry Brights.

February also saw the announcement that myself and the lovely Estera of Kokoshka Makeup were sharing some stunning office / studio space in the cathedral cultural quarter of the beautiful city of Lincoln.  A great space to really get my head down to work and have meetings.

The early part of the year saw my business rebranded with my new logo and website going live in March.  The website really showcases my approach, personality, creativity, established business and the different services that I offer.  I receive such lovely feedback from my clients and this is really important for me to show to couples looking at my website, as well as the number of clients I have worked with.

The end of March also saw another blog featured by me on WeddingDates titled ‘Wedding Styling Ideas and Tips’.

In May I received the award of Most Popular Wedding Planner in the UK by the Wedding Industry Experts, as well as being one of their valued members.  A great title to achieve and the certificate takes pride of place on the office wall.

During the year, I had the pleasure of being involved in over 30 weddings at the stunning Washingborough Hall Hotel, assisting the lovely Lucy with wedding open evenings and organising 2 wedding open days.   I was also asked to assist with the marketing for Washingborough Hall. 

On top of this, I had a number of freelance weddings through Amaranthyne Weddings.  These included one in March at Stoke Rochford Hall, one in May in Braunston in Rutland, 5 in July (3 of these being marquee weddings), one in August at Haddon Hall and East Lodge, one in October at Stapleford Park Country Estate and one in November at Belvoir Castle.  Three of these weddings were with couples from overseas (one in Canada, one in China and one in the States).  The majority of these weddings I have blogged about, a couple of the weddings I was involved in the couples wanted to keep the day very private and discrete, hence why there aren’t blogs about their special days.

In August, the great Ben Pollard featured a blog on me after we worked together on a wedding in Derbyshire about ‘using a wedding coordinator’.

October saw me as a guest speaker at the National Wedding Venues Conference in York, talking about Instagram and Pinterest as well as being on a social media panel.  I have to say this is one of the scariest things I’ve ever been asked to do! 

It also saw a fun styled shoot which I look forward to sharing later in the year. 

In November, as part of the team at Washingborough Hall Hotel we won Wedding Venue of the Year 2016 – Lincolnshire Life Taste of Excellence Awards for the second year running, closely followed by East Midlands Wedding Venue of the Year 2016 – WeddingDates again for the second year running. 

A lovely blog was also featured on Brides(the wedding site) on their ‘Wedding Around the World’ series by the lovely Anete Lusina about my business and me working with couples overseas.

Finally, in December I received 2 awards, one for ‘Outstanding Service’ and one for ‘Creative Talent’.

A huge thank you goes to all of the lovely couples that trusted me and invested in me to share in their wedding celebrations, to all of the great suppliers that created some amazing dream teams and for continuing to support me and to my lovely family for being understanding that I haven’t been around much.  My lovely husband Jim and beautiful daughter Genevieve have been so patient with all of my wedding commitments and I’m very lucky to have them.  Also, a thank you to Lucy and Edward at Washingborough Hall Hotel for letting me be part of the amazing team there, it really is a pleasure to be involved in their stunning weddings.

2017 is looking like another fantastic year for me with a large number of beautiful weddings again at Washingborough Hall Hotel.  I am also working on a number of freelance weddings through Amaranthyne Weddings.  At the moment, these include locations such as a railway station in Hampshire, a stunning new waterside barn conversion in Shropshire, an industrial style wedding in Nottinghamshire, a stunning marquee close to the Rutland area at a couple’s beautiful home and an intimate wedding at a lovely spa hotel.  Again, I am working with couples from overseas, this time including South East Asia.  A couple of other great opportunities are also in the pipeline so watch this space.  2018 is  also looking good already.

Exciting times are certainly ahead.

Update soon

Amy xx

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