Last year I had the delight of working with Louise and Ian for their winter wedding at The Swan in Lavenham. After meeting with the couple and their family, it became clear they did not really need me for full planning as many aspects had been organised. Together we decided the Hand Over package was most appropriate giving reassurance that the wedding day will go according to plan. They felt some advice was needed on design so we added a design and style package enabling me to come up with a concept and book the relevant suppliers to match this design. From my very first discussion with Louise she said she wanted to create a winter wonderland with lots of sparkle. We decided to use a palate of blue, white and silver. A reoccurring element to the design was snowflakes which we tried to use whenever we could.
The venue chosen was The Swan, a 15th century country hotel in the beautiful medieval countryside village of Lavenham. With high beamed ceilings and roaring fires it was the perfect location for a winter wedding. Louise and Ian hired the hotel on an exclusive basis ensuring privacy for the weekend.
The ceremony was decorated with white birch trees and glass lanterns which made for a dramatic entrance. I cannot emphasise enough how lovely all the friends and family were, a beautiful family and wonderful friends. I must also mention that the brides Father was a brilliant wedding planner.
After the ceremony guests had some delicious champagne and canapés whilst listening to a steel band playing Christmas carols. Whilst this was happening the room was being turned around ready for the wedding breakfast. After showing a few concepts for the table centres Louise decided upon the vases with blue Christmas baubles. We hung some snowflakes , scattered more on the tables, used glass mini baubles for the name cards, lit some candles and used snowflake napkin rings. I cannot stress how wonderful the staff at the Swan were at getting the room ready in time.
After dinner there was a little surprise of the singing waiters, I have seen many such acts over the years but I thought they were incredibly funny, and have since used them at a wedding this summer.
It was a pleasure working with Louise and Ian, if you would like help organising your wedding whether a partial planning package like this one, or from start to finish I’d love to help. This is what Louise and Ian had to say about working with me
Thank you for everything you did to make it so wonderful. So many people said it was the best wedding they had ever been to and were very impressed with the organisation of it all and the way the day flowed. Thank you for your part in the logistics of the day and for setting everything to look so beautiful! You don’t realise until you plan a wedding how many little things there are to think about so it was very reassuring to have someone to talk to who has so much experience. When it came to the night before and getting ready in the morning it gave me great peace of mind knowing you were downstairs doing your thing!
Our thanks to Neil Fortescue for the wonderful images captured on the day