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ELEGANT WEDDING IN LINCOLNSHIRE

November 30, 2018

“We can’t possibly express how thankful we are for all your help from start to finish. Since our first meeting, you made us both feel at total ease and made th e whole experience a total joy and took all the stress away. I’m sure you’re used to dealing with 11th hour changes / drop outs, but you dealt with it without any issue and got the job done perfectly! You literally made our day perfect. Everyone has been commenting on how great the day was and that it was the best wedding they’ve ever been to….that all wouldn’t have been possible without you! Again thanks so much”.

Emma and Rob had their elegant, classic and traditional wedding in the beautiful Lincolnshire Wolds in September 2018. Their ceremony at the pretty All Saints Church, South Elkington, followed by a marquee wedding reception at Emma’s family home in Louth, Lincolnshire (the perfect garden setting).

How did you both meet?
We met through Tomek (our best man).  I met Tomek at University, and him and Rob had been close friends since childhood.  Tomek and I arranged to meet for lunch in London one weekend, and Tomek brought Rob along….the rest they say is history!

How did Rob propose?
We were away in the Cotswolds for a weekend in February 2017.  Rob kept trying to get me on a walk but it was snowing heavily and FREEZING!  So instead, after we watched the England rugby game in the pub…he proposed in the hotel before we went out for dinner – it was perfect.  Nothing showy, nothing public, just the perfect intimate proposal between the two of us, in my favourite place.

Describe your style?
Classic, elegant and traditional!!!  For both of us, actually – we are very alike in that sense.  Being in the events world myself – I knew I wanted control of the design of the wedding, and I had a good idea of how it would look from an early stage.  This made a marquee at home the perfect choice.  Elegant greys, dusky pink, greens to bring the outdoors in, and white.  I wanted something that wouldn’t necessarily ‘out date’ in 10 years’ time, and to keep everything very simple, but very elegant and tasteful at the same time.

FIRST CONTACT

Emma initially contacted me in October last year after being recommended to her by her florist. She wanted someone to take the pressure off (offering advice where necessary) and pull everything together, as well as being there on the wedding day itself and the day before.  After a few emails and a lovely phone conversation Emma booked me to assist with their wedding planning.  As with all of my couples, a very bespoke service was put together for them.

Why did you feel the need to hire a wedding planner?
For the exact reasons above!  Being in events, I knew I needed help!  Or it would have consumed me!  I wanted to be able to enjoy the entire process, and taking on too much/all of it myself would have prevented me from doing that.  I would certainly have gone into work mode and not wedding mode!

What made you choose Amy?
Amy was recommended to us by our fabulous florist Poppy (Vincent & Stubbs).  I knew I wanted to work with someone local, and as soon as I spoke to Amy on the phone, I knew straight away that we had a connection and we were on the same page. I could easily have worked with a London based planner, but working with as many local people and suppliers as possible was really important to us.

WEDDING PLANNING JOURNEY

Emma and Rob were an absolute pleasure to work with.  We didn’t actually meet face to face until June when we had our day in detail meeting.  Because Emma is in the events industry down in London she knew she had to trust me (which she did) and like she said we understood each other and were on the same page.

There was lots to pull together ahead of their wedding day and timings were key.  The food was really important to them as well, but I had no doubt that Rachel would deliver.  An absolute privilege to work with Lincolnshire’s Celebrity Chef (and her team).  The styling was also really important to Emma and luckily, I knew exactly what she was thinking when it came to getting everything set.

The Thursday before the wedding I also met with them to go through everything so that when I arrived on the Friday I could get on with sorting everything out.

What did you most enjoy about working with Amy?
Everything!  She was everything we wanted and more.  From going the extra mile to help with suppliers and transport solutions. To her amazing ideas and ability to keep both of us calm throughout the whole process.  Not once did either of us worry that anything wouldn’t be just how we imagined, or that any detail would be missed.  And it wasn’t.

What part of your wedding planning did you most enjoy the most?
There actually wasn’t anything that we didn’t enjoy.  Everyone had said that the table plan etc would be stressful, but it really wasn’t.  I think knowing we had a planner working with us, we were at ease throughout and never once felt any pressures or stresses that perhaps we would have felt had we taken everything on ourselves.

WEDDING EVE

Wedding Eve was spent getting as much setup as possible.  This included getting all of their 12 tables clothed and set.  Rachel’s team got on with the cutlery, glassware side and I cracked on with the napkins, menus and place names.  All of the menus had to be wrapped around the napkins and glued at the back, they looked just gorgeous when the sprigs of herbs had been added in later in the evening.

The incredible Vincent and Stubbs team were also in sorting out the flower hanging installations as well as the table flowers.

David and the team at Every Occasion Marquees were also on site throughout the day and were so helpful.

THE WEDDING DAY

On the wedding day itself, I was onsite at the marquee bright and early.  Signage had to be put out as well as finishing everything off in the marquee, including the bar area, seating, sweetie table, etc.  Everything had to be finished outside as well, including setting up their photo booth, hanging flowers from the outside of the marquee, putting out shepherd hooks, lighting, straw bales and seating in place.  Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t the best, but that didn’t dampen my spirits, as a job had to be done and it was so important to me that Emma got that ‘wow’ feeling when she walked into the marquee a married woman.

There were some lovely suppliers involved with this wedding (full credits below) and the morning flew by (far too quickly) as lots of things were arriving from different suppliers.  As mentioned previously it was an absolute privilege to work with Rachel Green and her team, as well as their fabulous photographer James at Flawless Photography.

Vincent and Stubbs also finished off a few bits in the marquee including a fabulous flower wall backdrop which looked so delicate and pretty.

Once Emma went to the Church it was all systems go working with Rachel’s team and I made the sure the marquee was vacuumed and everything was in place.   There were different champagnes for the drinks reception and speeches, as well as gin & tonic’s for later.

When Emma and Rob arrived back to the marquee with their 120 guests, the smile on Emma’s face said it all.  Emma looked just stunning in her beautiful wedding dress.  Champagne and gorgeous canapes (including Lobster thermidor beignets with crayfish beurre blanc, Venison carpaccio, toasted croute, mascarpone rocket, truffle oil, parmesan shavings and Mini Lincolnshire sausages, white truffle puree to name a few) were served and photos taken.

Two of their band members played a couple of acoustic sets during their drinks.

I then made sure their playlists were played until they sat down for their wedding breakfast, candles were lit and wines and waters were put down on the tables.  Once guests were seated, two of the speeches took place.  These were followed by their wedding breakfast – an absolutely incredible meal was served which consisted of a rack of lamb for main and lemon posset, raspberry jelly for dessert.

After the final speech, cheese was served and then the day naturally progressed into the evening, where Emma adapted her dress (which looked equally as beautiful with little sleeves, belt and a necklace).   Candles were relit and once all of their evening gusts had arrived they cut their wedding cake, followed by their first dance – a fabulous stripped back version of ‘Magic’ by Gavin Jones sung by their amazing band – The Young Vinyls.  More photos were taken before their evening food (absolutely amazing Pizzas by The Pizza Kitchen) were served.  The champagne and gin & tonics flowed well and when I left Emma and Rob were just so happy and grateful for everything.

Before I left I made sure all of their cards and gifts were in the house for safe-keeping as well as the challenge of trying to relight the candles that didn’t like the rain!

What part of your wedding day did you enjoy the most?
Being a traditionalist, I personally loved the Church service.  Getting married back home meant being able to get married in our family church.  I was christened there, other family members married, and recently our god daughter was christened there too.  The Vicar conducting the service is also a close family friend so the whole thing felt really special to everyone.  Aside from that – the food and drink were amazing (if we do say so ourselves)!

What can I say such a gorgeous and elegant wedding day with a great couple and group of family and friends.  It was a pleasure to be a part of your wedding planning journey and day Emma and Rob and thank you again for choosing me.

What advice would you give to a bride (or groom) whilst planning their wedding?
Enjoy it!!  It is a once in a lifetime experience and try and enjoy the whole process from start to finish.  Be as organised as you can, starting as early as possible gives you time to take it step by step, but don’t let it become a chore.  We really enjoyed the entire planning process because we did exactly that.

Five words to describe Amy
Wonderful | Friendly | Professional | Efficient | Organised

Would you love to do it all again?
Absolutely – maybe this time without the rain!

THE DREAM TEAM

Wedding Planner – Amy Thorne of Amaranthyne Weddings
Photographer (all photo credits on this blog) – Flawless Photography
Florists – Vincent and Stubbs
Caterer – Rachel Green
Marquee – Every Occasion Marquees
Hair – Sara from Beau Modele
Makeup – Charlene
Bespoke Augusta Jones Wedding Dress – The Dress, Teddington
Bridesmaid Dresses –Marks and Spencers
Bespoke Suits – Neal & Palmer, Piccadilly
Church Musicians – Cameo Strings
Cake – Caroline Mitchell Cakes
Band – The Young Vinyls
Evening Food – The Pizza Kitchen
Videographer – The Cine Collective
Fridge Trailer – H&H Refrigeration
Wine and Champagne – Corney & Barrow
Table Linen – 88 Events

Wedding Site – Brides Family Home, Louth, Lincolnshire

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