The Quintessentially Wedding Atelier

 

Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending the fabulous Quintessentially Wedding Atelier at Two Temple Place. Having been to the event before, no rx at Somerset House, I already had high expectations, but I have to say, it was truly spectacular.

 

On entry we were greeted by the very cool team from Holy Water, who create the most incredible bespoke cocktails that would be perfect for any event. The drinks below are a combination of gin, pomegranate, and another secret ingredient, topped off with an edible rose petal, a blueberry, and apple sherbet.

 

 

From there, we were spoilt for choice with the likes of Phillipa Lepley and Vivienne Westwood, showcasing their stunning array of bridal gowns, to spectacular floristry from Wild At Heart, Juliet Glaves, and of course, the wonderful Paula Rooney. There was even an a carpet of real grass, that took you down to the Gina Conway Salon. As well as delivering relaxing hand massages and hair styling, the team were also launching their Privé service which offers hair, beauty and make up, as well as yoga and Pilates at your home, office or hotel room – amazing!

 

As Paula, and Nicki Macfarlane, were both involved in my own wedding, it was lovely to have a catch up with them, and share some images of our special day.

 

Image by Mark Seymour

 

It was especially nice to meet more unusual suppliers, such as Sammy Aki, The Groom Style Consultant, who focuses on putting together exceptional outfits for men on their wedding day. It is about time the guys got a bit pampered I think! This kind of service is something that I think could really take off, grooms want to impress as much as the brides on their big day!

 

I was also blown away by the delightful cocktail and petit four pairing from Caper and Berry – I could have spent my whole afternoon sampling their creations. My particular favourite was the Bellini/Profiterole combination – simply stunning!

 

 

I could go on (and on and on) about how lovely the whole day was, but instead, I would just encourage you to go yourselves! A must for any bride (or groom!) to be! The next event will be held at Somerset House on 10th and 11th of April – tickets are available on request by emailing atelier@quintessentiallyweddings.com  See you there!
 

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Back to School…The Life of a Wedding Planner

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When I decided to set up my own wedding business, I knew the best way to learn more and improve, was to spend time with the experts – people who had already established successful careers in the industry. 

I have been doing this in a variety of ways, from assisting top wedding planner, Andri Benson, from Always Andri, to developing relationships with other wonderful wedding suppliers and coming together to plan a very special styled shoot (we will reveal all soon….)

But as well as hands on experience and learning by example, I do love to sit in a classroom and learn. I’ve always been this way, my husband actually calls me a nerd, and even though he says it to tease me, I actually quite like it!

So off the back of that, I started researching the different courses and opportunities out there for Wedding Planners, and the first thing that I realised is that there are A LOT! I’m sure all of them have their own merits, but the one the appealed to me was ‘The Life of a Wedding Planner’ Course, run by Dominique Douglas, owner of Stylish Events. This was because:

a) it seemed excellent value for money (£99 for a whole day’s workshop!) 

b) I liked how it was described – ‘the life of a wedding planner’ seemed to be exactly what I wanted to know about, all of the ins and outs

c) after looking at the Stylish Events website, it looked like the kind of successful company that I wanted to know more about and learn from. 

So I hopped on the train to Canary Wharf, with my notebook and pencils, ready to absorb every snippet of information that I possibly could. I was not disappointed…It was such a valuable day from start to finish. There were only five of us in the group, which made it really friendly and intimate, and the way that Dominique had formatted the day meant that we spent a good chunk of the morning getting to know each other, finding out everyone’s motivations for being there, and where they were up to in their wedding career ‘journey’. We then went on to discuss all aspects of wedding planning, from how and where to get clients, to how create useful spreadsheets, invoices, and contracts. Everything was covered, and if it wasn’t Dominique was more than happy to answer any of our questions, and made us comfortable to ask them (even the silly ones!).

Overall it was a great experience, and I would recommend it to anyone who is thinking about becoming a planner, whatever stage you are at, it’s worth it! I left feeling really inspired and confident that I am capable of achieving my dreams! 

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