December 21, 2017

What another incredible year it has been for Amaranthyne Weddings and still one wedding to go on New Year’s Eve!  Not only have I worked on some amazing and beautiful weddings, we also moved to our ‘forever home’ in June of this year, as well as my husband, Jim, starting a new job in January (and attending some high class events with him) and our daughter, Genevieve, starting school in September, so an extremely busy year balancing everything.  Here are a few of my highlights….

During the year, I had the pleasure of being involved in around 25 beautiful weddings at the stunning Washingborough Hall Hotel, assisting the lovely Lucy with wedding open evenings and organising their wedding open day.   I continue to assist with their marketing and love my role there.   A huge thank you goes to Edward and Lucy for letting me continue to be part of their amazing team!  Next year is looking even more fabulous, I really can’t wait.

On top of this, I had 10 beautiful freelance weddings through Amaranthyne Weddings all over the UK.  These included one in April in Leicestershire, one in June at a railway station in Hampshire, two in July (both of which were in Nottinghamshire).  One being two gorgeous girls (who were teachers out in Cambodia) – my first same sex wedding which was featured on the Gay Wedding Blog and published in October’s edition of Diva magazine.  The second at Newstead Abbey followed by a stunning marquee at a country estate.  I had three weddings in August (one in Herefordshire, a proper English country wedding with a couple who lived in the States), one in Shropshire at the most idyllic waterfront barn and one in Surrey at a country estate (with the couple being from Nigeria).  In September I had two weddings, one in stunning Cambridgeshire (married in central Cambridge with their reception at another stunning barn) and another in Shropshire at a Spa Hotel.   October saw one of the first weddings in Peterborough Cathedral with flowers that were just wow!

Lincolnshire is a lovely county and the East Midlands is a great region, but there are so many other gorgeous places as well.   It’s been a fabulous year travelling around and working with a variety of different and fabulous suppliers.  I have to say the wedding in Herefordshire will hold a special place in my heart, the most picture-perfect village and setting you could wish for.   Some amazing memories this year it has to be said, as well as some just lovely feedback from my couples like this one:-

“We were planning a transatlantic wedding from Washington DC to be married in Herefordshire, UK.  Given the time difference and general difficulty in transacting business overseas we knew we were going to need some help!

In comes Amy.  She worked tirelessly on our behalf, calling so many vendors to find the right fit for us.  She was an incredible communicator (email, Skype, in-person meetings) responding quickly and frequently to any of our questions and always put our minds at ease.  We cannot say enough to highlight her dedication and professionalism.

From the very first Skype appointment, we knew we had found something really rare and special in Amy.  She was more than our planner, she was a true friend.  Looking back at our wedding, we feel that it was so special because of our team of vendors, and Amy was the heart of this team.

Down to earth, professional, flexible, passionate and with a great sense of humour – Amy was a dream come true.  Any bride and groom would be beyond lucky to work with her.   Thank you Amy, we love you”!

Some lifelong friendships made this year again with some gorgeous couples.  I am genuinely lucky to have such lovely people to work with.  All of the lovely feedback I receive can be read here.  A lot of people ask me the secret of my success, to be honest, I’m just me.  It’s hard work trying to be something you are not.

I have showcased / blogged the majority of my freelance weddings so please feel free to have a read if you haven’t already – just click on the couples names below.

Sarah-Jane and Will – Simplistic Timeless Elegance
Photo Credits – Glenn Mather Photography

Louise and Glyn – Beautiful Classic Elegance
Photo Credits – WildCamera Photography

Kate and Becky – Modern Industrial Elegance
Photo Credits – Lusina Wedding Photography

Suzanne and Adrian – Historical Gorgeousness to English Country Beauty
Photo Credits – EB Design and Photography

Verity and Stuart – Quintessentially English
Photo Credits – Lucy J Toms Photography

Nicola and Rick – Rustic Chic Elegance
Photo Credits – Pixies in the Cellar

Singto and Charles – Exquisite Elegance
Photo Credits – Allister Freeman Photography

Caitlin and Tom – Classic Boho Elegance
Photo Credits – Nick Grove Photography

Emma and Marc – Classic Intimate Elegance
Photo Credits – Phil Nock Photography

Charlotte and Joe – Opulent and Dramatic Elegance – blog to follow in January
Photo Credits – Mark Nortcliffe

In November, as part of the team at Washingborough Hall Hotel we won Wedding Venue of the Year 2017 – Lincolnshire Life Taste of Excellence Awards for the third year running, closely followed by East Midlands Wedding Venue of the Year 2017 – Wedding Dates again for the third year running.  I also won Wedding Coordinator of the Year in the East Midlands for 2017 – a great achievement / recognition for everything I do for this lovely country house wedding venue.

2018 is looking like another fantastic year for me with around 30 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 tipi in Lancashire, a marquee in rural Lincolnshire and a lovely barn in Nottinghamshire.  A couple of other great opportunities are also in the pipeline so watch this space.

A huge thank you goes to all of the lovely couples that chose me to share in their wedding celebrations, to all of the great suppliers that created some amazing dream teams and to my tremendous husband and daughter for being so supportive and understanding and listening to me rambling and talking weddings pretty much 24/7.  Moving house was such an intense time especially in June with weddings either side of the moving day! Our forever home is just perfect for our needs as a family and for me personally and professionally.  I made the decision in September to have my office at home, a lot more space, with a view to die for and my little sanctuary.  I was a little worried about giving up my office space, it worked for 18 months, but with moving house and Genevieve starting school it made sense to utilise some of the amazing space at home for a beautiful creative haven.  It’s nice for my interior design studying to come into play as well after almost five years.

Such a busy year with unfortunately no holidays due to work commitments and the move, but what can I say, it’s just been one of the best years personally and professionally and Amaranthyne Weddings continues to flourish and succeed.  With over 150 weddings now under my belt, I still get butterflies the night before every wedding and still strive for perfection and am my own worse critic.  My business will be six years old in April and we are actually celebrating by going away for a few days as a family, I really can’t wait for Gen to start seeing the world, remember adventures last forever! Bring on 2018 for some more fabulous weddings and memories!

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