The Commonwealth Games – A Wedding Analogy

At this moment I am proud of my city and how amazing the Commonwealth Games has been for Glasgow, and it led me to draw comparisons with the Wedding Industry.

Much like a team of Athletes, essentially the Wedding suppliers job is about pulling everything together to ensure a couple’s day is perfect.

Like being part of the Commonwealth Games, a Wedding is an incredible priviledge to be part of something really momentous.

 

Wedding-race

 

A couple [usually] only does this once so its a once in a lifetime opportunity to take part in their little bit of history.

The Wedding Supplier performs individually, and as part of a greater team to ensure that the day is a real winner.

 

Thats what the Wedding Industry is all about…..teamwork, innovation and dogged perseverence to see the job done, and each person involved is special.

The Wedding Industry, like many industries these days is tough with its incredible highs and its deflating lows, and again much like the challenges an athlete faces it can feel like a race with many hurdles.

 

I read a story of a swimmer who had faced many challenges in the last few years but her words, monumental effort and enduring spirit to get through anything touched me..

She said that “Everything happens for a reason and I am just really enjoying my swimming right now.”

“I have been rock-bottom, but it’s great to be back enjoying life again and have my passion back for life and swimming.”

 

This can be applied to both our personal and work lives in that stuff happens, but its how you deal with it that matters.

Its important that we always enjoy what we do as that way we can give our very best to the couples we hope to help.

A positive outlook, though incredibly difficult sometimes can really help to spur you on, and our Home Nations are forward facing and focused on the win.

Life is not always about the winning,  but much though an accolade is good for our Businesses and our spirits, it most definetely is the taking part that counts.

A Wedding, or indeed any Event we are involved in, when brought together with precision is like taking the Gold.

 

Image Credit: Wedding Race

A Buckinghamshire Wedding with a Sincerity Bridal Wedding Dress at Horwood House.

Today I am thrilled to share this beautiful Buckinghamshire Wedding at Horwood House with a Sincerity Bridal Wedding Dress.

Images of the day were captured by Eneka Stewart Photography.

 

Caroline & James Wedding 6th June 2014, eneka stewart photography, buckinghamshire wedding

 

Eneka Stewart is a full time professional Wedding and Lifestyle photographer, based in Buckinghamshire, UK, but who travels to all corners of the world.

She says, “I draw my inspiration from art, film and life around me and like the creativity and excitement that comes with every wedding.”

 

She says “I met Caroline about 7 years ago when we worked at the same bank.”

“From start she was the nicest and kindest person and always helped me out if I needed any advice or support.”

“We became friends very quickly and since then have regularly kept in touch and met for coffees.”

“I was so excited when the wedding day for Caroline & James had arrived.”

“I knew it was going to be a beautiful day with lots of wonderful people so I was so pleased to be asked to document their day.”

 

“Caroline and her bridesmaids got ready at her parents house and everything went as planned and expected.”

“Caroline’s parents are the sweetest and kindest people and made sure that everyone had a relaxed and a great morning. ”

“The bridesmaids wore beautiful bright purple full length dresses and Caroline was in a stunning strapless white full length wedding dress.”

“Her shoe soles had a ‘I Do’ stickers which is always a sweet detail to have on your wedding day.”

“James got ready with his best man and ushers in Horwood House followed by a cold beer in the Green Dragon in Haddenham.”

“I guess cold beer before getting married is always comforting for men!”

“Caroline & James decided to have their ceremony in the Church of the Good Shepherd in Haddenham and the whole ceremony was conducted beautifully bringing tears to many of the family members and guests.”

“After the ceremony everyone headed to Horwood House where we were greeted with a glass of cold Pimms and canapés.”

“It was a really sunny and hot day so everyone gathered outside and many ventured out to see the beautiful grounds.”

“Before the wedding breakfast, Caroline’s dad, James and the best man did their speeches which was followed by delicious food and drink.”

“And once the evening guests had arrived, Caroline & James cut their wedding cake and danced till midnight with all the energy they had left.”

“It was a wonderful party with lots of family and friends.”

 

I now pass you over to beautiful Bride Caroline…

 

How did you meet?

“We met at my sister’s wedding on the 22nd of May 2010.”

“Very randomly my cousin’s new partner happened to have been at university with James, and as soon as she realised we were both single, she encouraged us to talk to one another.”

“Throughout the day, eye contact was fleetingly made, however it took until the end of the night for James to pluck up the courage to talk to me – and with no hesitation at all, I gave James my number.”

“Less than a month later, James was offered a job in Sydney for 18 months.”

“We already felt so strongly about each other that we decided to try to make a long distance relationship work – and through Love, Patience and Skype… here we are now!”

 

When did you get engaged?

“We got engaged on the 6th of June 2013.”

“In complete secrecy, James took me up to Edinburgh for his birthday treat… I was blindfolded to the airport and had no idea what was in store.”

The Glasshouse in Edinburgh upgraded us to a top floor suite, making me suspicious something was going to occur, until James admitted he was very shocked as well!”

“The roof terrace provided the perfect secluded setting for James to pop the question that evening, as the sun was setting over the Edinburgh skyline.”

 

Tell us about your wedding planning journey.

“As soon as we got back from Edinburgh, I started wedding preparations, starting with researching wedding venues in the South East.”

“Between myself and James, we looked at 8 venues across Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.”

“We were after a glorious setting, with rooms available for our guests to stay, and fell in love with Horwood House.

“For the ceremony, my family church in Haddenham was the only choice for us.”

“As soon as the big date was organised, thoughts were straight into wedding dress shopping.”

“After a long search, including 5 shops, a few tears, and almost resigned to the fact that I would never find ‘the’ dress, the hunt was over at ‘Pure Couture’ in Beaconsfield.”

“As soon as I had tried on ‘the dress,’ there were tears of joy and relief!”

 

When did you get married? 

“We got married on the 6th of June 2014 – a year to the day that we got engaged, and also the 70th anniversary of D-Day (guess what James decided to nickname the wedding date?!).”

 

What was the best bit of your day?

“When I was walking down the aisle, James waited until I was alongside him to look at me – when we both saw each other, that was our best moment of the day!”

“We also loved having so many of our family and friends together to share our celebrations, without them, the day wouldn’t have been the same!”

 

What advice would you give to other couples getting married?

“Relax.”

“Remember the day is for you, and whatever happens, as long as you have each other, that is all that matters.”

“Try not to worry about the finer details, the only people that know about them are you!”

“The day flies by, so savour every second!”

 

 

Caroline & James Wedding 6th June 2014

Caroline & James Wedding 6th June 2014

Caroline & James Wedding 6th June 2014

Caroline & James Wedding 6th June 2014

Caroline & James Wedding 6th June 2014

Caroline & James Wedding 6th June 2014

Caroline & James Wedding 6th June 2014

Caroline & James Wedding 6th June 2014

Caroline & James Wedding 6th June 2014

Caroline & James Wedding 6th June 2014

Caroline & James Wedding 6th June 2014

Caroline & James Wedding 6th June 2014

Caroline & James Wedding 6th June 2014

Caroline & James Wedding 6th June 2014

Caroline & James Wedding 6th June 2014

Caroline & James Wedding 6th June 2014

Caroline & James Wedding 6th June 2014

Caroline & James Wedding 6th June 2014

Caroline & James Wedding 6th June 2014

Caroline & James Wedding 6th June 2014

Caroline & James Wedding 6th June 2014

Caroline & James Wedding 6th June 2014

Caroline & James Wedding 6th June 2014

Caroline & James Wedding 6th June 2014

Caroline & James Wedding 6th June 2014

Caroline & James Wedding 6th June 2014

Caroline & James Wedding 6th June 2014

Caroline & James Wedding 6th June 2014

Caroline & James Wedding 6th June 2014

Caroline & James Wedding 6th June 2014

Caroline & James Wedding 6th June 2014

Caroline & James Wedding 6th June 2014

Caroline & James Wedding 6th June 2014

Caroline & James Wedding 6th June 2014

Caroline & James Wedding 6th June 2014

Caroline & James Wedding 6th June 2014

Caroline & James Wedding 6th June 2014

Caroline & James Wedding 6th June 2014

Caroline & James Wedding 6th June 2014

Caroline & James Wedding 6th June 2014

Caroline & James Wedding 6th June 2014

Caroline & James Wedding 6th June 2014

Caroline & James Wedding 6th June 2014

Caroline & James Wedding 6th June 2014

Caroline & James Wedding 6th June 2014

Caroline & James Wedding 6th June 2014

Caroline & James Wedding 6th June 2014

Caroline & James Wedding 6th June 2014

Caroline & James Wedding 6th June 2014

Caroline & James Wedding 6th June 2014

Caroline & James Wedding 6th June 2014

Caroline & James Wedding 6th June 2014

Caroline & James Wedding 6th June 2014

Caroline & James Wedding 6th June 2014

Caroline & James Wedding 6th June 2014

Caroline & James Wedding 6th June 2014

Caroline & James Wedding 6th June 2014

Caroline & James Wedding 6th June 2014

Caroline & James Wedding 6th June 2014

Caroline & James Wedding 6th June 2014

Caroline & James Wedding 6th June 2014

Caroline & James Wedding 6th June 2014

 

Thank you so much to Eneka for sharing this stylish  Buckinghamshire Wedding.

 

Wedding Suppliers 

We were fortunate with Horwood House, as they offered a package using their preferred suppliers, who were brilliant, so it took the stress out of finding them:

Venue – Horwood House

Horwood House suppliers -

Florist - Woodland Flowers 

Wedding Cake – Hockleys Cakes

Disco – Pure Rhythm Disco 

Caroline’s Dress – designed by Sincerity BridalPure Couture

Bridesmaids – designed by Alfred Angelo from Ann’s Bridal Room 

James’ and the Groomsmen suits – Fogarty 

Photographer – Eneka Stewart

Band – The Pay Off

Wedding Stationery – The Card Gallery

Hair and Makeup – Jo Penford

All the suppliers were fantastic and we would highly recommend them!

We would also suggest anyone thinking about a band for their reception should go for it, as they really get the guests up and dancing!

 

To Contact Eneka Stewart Wedding Photography 

Website:  http://www.enekastewart.com

Email: info@enekastewart.com

Blog: http://www.enekastewart.com/buckinghamshire-wedding-photographer-2/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/EnekaStewartPhotography

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/enekastewart

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/enekastewart/

Running The Race in Life, Business and Faith

Life can seem like a bit of a race, where sometimes we have to endure a lot to reach the finish.

In these days as Glasgow embraces the Commonwealth Games, and Athletics it seemed more pertinent

This isn’t a Weddingy post but some personal thoughts, that sometimes I like to share.

 

Eric_Liddell, running the race, Olympics

 

 

We sometimes have to face many trials in life, and motivation to push through the difficult times can be tough.

I have spoken about my Faith previously, and it sustains me despite anything thrown at me.

One Sunday, I was in church and the story of Eric Liddle really touched me, and revitalised what was at the time a bit of a weakened spirit.

 

Eric Henry Liddell  was a Scottish athlete, rugby union international player, and missionary.

Liddell was the winner of the men’s 400 metres at the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris.

Liddell’s Olympic training and racing, and the religious convictions that influenced him, are depicted in the Oscar-winning 1981 film Chariots of Fire. 

The Olympics were hosted by the city of Paris. A devout Christian, Liddell refused to run in a heat held on Sunday (the Christian Sabbath) and was forced to withdraw from the 100-metres race, his best event.

 

Liddell spent the  months prior training for the 400 metres, though his best pre-Olympics time of 49.6 seconds, set in winning the 1924 AAA championship 440 yards, was modest by international standards.

When the day of the Olympic 400 metres race came, Liddell went to the starting blocks, where an American Olympic Team masseur slipped a piece of paper into his hand with a quotation from 1 Samuel 2:30: “Those who honor me I will honor.”

Liddell had honoured God through the strength of his convictions and God gave him strength and spirited him through the last 200 metres to Win.

 

Following this he served as a Missionary in China, and came through many hardships with the same commitment to God before succumbing  to a brain tumour in 1945. (source)

This commitment and conviction is something I hope I show in my own life, though I often feel like a failed Christian.

I know that I am weak, but I also know that I need to persevere and keep going and this is in all areas of my life.

 

The words of Hebrews 12: v1 -14 are of great encouragement.

Runners sometimes run with weights on their ankles to facilitate endurance so when these shackles are off they can run like the wind.

The weights we run with in life can be bitterness, disappointment, and hurts but we can’t entertain these, but we have to leave this behind and not let it define who we really are.

We have to ditch the baggage of situations, and treat them as lessons to find the right path to run.

 

A few simple words taken from the Book of Isaiah 40:31 form the inscription on Eric Liddles gravestone: “They shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary.”

This can be a message to our own lives that we should not lose heart, life can be the worst of races at times but the Finish line is in sight.

For my own life and my Blog, it greatly encourages me.

Situations arise and the race we run can seem like it will never reach any conclusion, that we will never see a Finish line but by faith and by determination I have been given the push to go forward.

 

Image Credit (source)

A Vintage inspired Manor House Wedding with a Rosetta Nicolina Dress

Today I am delighted to share a beautiful vintage inspired Manor House Wedding with a Rosetta Nicolina Dress.

Lousie and David were married at Brooksby Church followed by a reception at Brooksby Hall in Melton Mowbray on 26th August 2012.

Images of the day were captured by Mark Pugh Photography.

 

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Mark Pugh specialises in Fine Art Wedding Photojournalism, Bridal Film Portraits and Landscapes.

His photography is reserved for discerning clients who appreciate the need to document emotive imagery.

He is based in the Vale of Belvoir in Nottinghamshire.

 

I had a chat with beautiful Bride Louise…

 

How we met

“We met on a double date with some friends, and have been together for 12 years on the date of our wedding day.”

“David proposed on Christmas Day and presented me with a Pandora gift bag that, in place of a Pandora charm, contained an engagement ring.”

 

Venue

“The choice of our venue was obvious.”

“We chose our venue because of the special connection it had to the family.”

“Upon looking into David’s (The groom) family tree we found out that Admiral Beatty (an Admiral in the British royal navy in world war one) had lived at Brooksby Hall and had an affair with his servant.”

“The result of this affair was David’s grandad Jack Shaw.”

“Jack sadly passed away and our family was given special permission for Jack to be buried in the grounds of Brooksby church (which is a short walk from Brooksby Hall) so we knew this venue was a must for our special day.”

 

Wedding Plans and Theme

“I thought I would never find my dream dress after visiting so many bridal shops and not seeing anything that really caught my eye.”

“One day I went to yet another bridal shop to get out of the rain and luckily for me they had an appointment cancellation, so they were able to see me there and then.”

“More or less straight away I spotted “my dress” on a mannequin and after trying it on I knew this was the dress for me.”

“The theme of our wedding was a simple, yet elegant vintage style.”

“The decor was very simple as the venue was beautiful and did not require further decoration.”

“There were a few quirky aspects to our wedding day, as we wanted it to be fun and give our guests a few surprises.”

•The cake – made by the bride. Bride had been making cakes as a hobby for years (and taken orders), so she decided to make her own wedding cake, which looks every bit as stunning as one made by a pro.

Four-tiered fruit cake encased in shimmering ivory icing and bordered with a chocolate brown ribbon.

A posy of roses was placed on the top with a few more flowers placed around the cake, with some edible lace draped from the top of the cake to the bottom to provide the perfect finishing touch.

•Bridesmaids dresses: Apparent creativity runs in the family as the brides mother designed and created the bridesmaids elegantly fitted satin dresses in three different complementary colours; chocolate brown, gold and mocha.

•Video Message Room in the evening for the guests to leave the couple messages.

This service was provided by Mark Pugh and included fancy dress/props for the guests to use.

View the Wedding Guest Message FILM

•The young bridesmaids carried personalised teddy bears into the church instead of flowers

•The adult guests each had a shot of black Sambucca to toast the Best Man’s speech

 

To end the perfect day each guest were given a Wish Lantern to launch off into the night sky.

 

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Thank you so much to the M.P Team for sharing this beautiful Manor House Wedding.

The colour palette of the Big day is stunning with complimentary colours of chocolate and cream to match the sash on the Brides gown.

I also love the creativeness of the  Bride and  family through making the amazing cake, and also the Bridesmaid gowns adding their own personal touch to the day.

 

Wedding Suppliers

Ceremony: Brooksby Church (St Michael & All Angels)

Reception: Brooksby Hall 

Bride’s dress: Francine by Rosetta Nicolini purchased from Berketex Bride  -  a Vintage inspired stunning fitted fishtail gown with lace overlay, a gold waistband and detachable vintage style brooch.

Bride’s shoes by: Vintage Lace – NEXT

Bride’s ring: Given as a family gift for Louise’s 18th Birthday by Grandma (her wedding ring).

Groom’s ring: Clearwater Diamonds

Groom attire: Greenwoods

Wedding Invitations: Hand-made by the bride and groom

Venue Stationery: Provided by Brooksby Hall

Table Accessories: Provided by Brooksby Hall

Catering: Provided by Brooksby Hall

Wedding cake: Designed and made by the bride

Hair Stylist: Lisa at Ruby Red in Melton Mowbray

Make-up Artist: Carla Burton

Bridesmaid’s dresses: Hand-made by the brides mother

Florist: Ann Hughes (retired florist from Melton Mowbray)

Little bridesmaids: had hand-made Teddy bears to carry around on the day instead of flowers

Little bridesmaids dresses: BHS

DJ: Prince Conker

Transport: Austen Seven (The grooms father classic car)

Gifts for guests: Chief bridesmaid and both mums – afternoon tea at Stapleford Park. Hand-made teddy bears for little bridesmaids.

Adult guests each had a shot of black Sambucca to toast the Best Man’s speech.

Photography and Video Guest Message service provided by: Mark Pugh

Honeymoon: Maldives

 

To Contact Mark Pugh Photography 

Web: http://www.markpugh.com

Email: customer.service@markpugh.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/markpughphotographer

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpughdotcom

 

A Chic Destination Wedding in Crete with splashes of Coral

Today I am thrilled to share a chic Destination Wedding in Crete themed beautifully with a stunning Coral colour palette.

This beautiful wedding was planned and organised by expert destination wedding planner Lisa Burton from The Bridal Consultant.

Images of the day were captured by HannaMonika Wedding Photography.

 

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The Bridal Consultant was formed in 2004 after Lisa’s own wedding was not exactly ‘planned to perfection’.

The whole experience left Lisa thinking there was certainly a market for a conscious and caring wedding planning company and from this The Bridal Consultant was born!

With over 1000 weddings planned in destinations such as Greece, New York, Cyprus, Turkey and Italy, they are one of the most experienced companies in the industry.

While they concentrate on quality not quantity; their time in the industry means there is very little that they have not seen or done and you can make the best of their vast knowledge to ensure your wedding is not left to chance.

 

Their Involvement:

Lisa says, “I first met Christina and John in my Sheffield office in January 2013.”

“They had initially enquired in July 2012 via email and decided to come along and meet us to discuss their plans. I remember them being very excited and eager to get started and secure a wedding date.”

“After months of planning and emails we met again this March to go over the final arrangements by which time the couple were filled with excitement and anticipation and they were also naturally a bit nervous about all their plans coming together.”

“I loved that both Christina and John were equally involved in the planning.”

It was very clear from the start that their guests comfort and enjoyment was paramount and the couple put a lot of attention into the small details.”

“This included arranging a fun open top train for the guests to travel to the ceremony in and not forgetting the smallest guests who had glow sticks and a craft table to keep them fully entertained.”

“I loved the colour and the flowers they chose, just perfect for a beach wedding.”

 

I now hand over to Christina, the beautiful Bride…

 

How did you meet?

“Myself and John met each other 8 years ago, we were both young adults and I worked part time in a local convenience store within the village where we both live, which is where we first met.”

“As John describes our story from when we first met all it took was a smile from myself whilst serving him at the till, and now here we are as Mr and Mrs Turnbull.”


Tell us about your engagement…

“As for the engagement we are not a couple who like to make a fuss.”

“John proposed simply whilst we were out for a meal in a restaurant, he couldn’t even wait until we had our desserts. We then decided to then set a date and start planning for our wedding from that point.”


Why did you choose to get married in Crete, Rethymno Beach in particular?

“We were quite adventurous as neither of us had visited any of the Greek Islands which was a risk in itself.”

“I actually read up on all the islands and went with Crete as it is such a beautiful island, but also it’s the island which has the most days of sun throughout the year.”

“Therefore the idea of getting married on the beach really appealed to us.”

 

How long in advance did you book your wedding?

“We booked our first appointment with Lisa in January 2013, the office was amazing and homely we knew we were in safe hands from the very beginning.”

“Even though we hadn’t booked the holiday as the travel operators didn’t release the brochure until April, we knew the month we had in mind and once we booked a provisional date the fun began and our save the dates went out for our destination wedding in Crete.”

 

How many guests did you invite to your wedding and how many accepted and attended?

“It was mainly family and our closest friends who were invited, we were so overwhelmed with the amount of people who joined us out in Crete we had over 50 guests in total, which was a huge difference as we thought we would have 35 guests at a push.”

 

The bride’s dress, who designed your dress and how long did it take to find the perfect one?!

“My dress was made by Amy Hamilton which was purchased from Berketex in Nottingham, it was such a great and remarkable experience.”

“I did not know what type of dress I was after and tried on all different styles and kept a clear mind.”

“I ended up choosing the first dress I tried on that day, I think I tried around 20 dresses on in total but knew that was the one straight away.”

“It was the only dress where my mum cried every time she saw me in it, and I tried it on 3 times in one day to make sure it was the ONE, there was just no doubt about it.”

 

Can you tell us about your shoes and accessories where were they from?

“My main accessory was my head band, I purchased this from Mia Sposa a bridal shop in Nottingham.”

“The head band was really important to me as I chose not to wear a veil; it was made up of Swarovski crystals and was so elegant I just had to have it.”

“The bridal shoes were ivory and had a pretty bow on the front with a small number of diamanté studs on the side, they were by designer Jenny Packham from Debenhams.”

“I did customise the shoes with the words “I do” on the sole, which was a nice little touch.”

 

The Grooms suit, did the groom purchase or hire a suit?

“The grooms suit was purchased from Next, which consisted of trousers, waistcoat, shirt and a cravat.”

“We decided against a suit jacket as it would of been too hot.”

“John likes to dress up smart for occasions so it only seemed right for him to get dressed up and be the impressionable groom.”

“For the men we incorporated the coral colour through the use of cravats and ties.”

 

What about the bridesmaid dresses? What colour were they and where did you find them?

“After previous experiences with bridesmaid dresses from bridal shops, I decided to purchase my bridesmaid dresses from a high street retailer as I believe they provide a better fit and require less alterations.”

“I wanted the dresses to have a Grecian style to them so I chose a one shoulder maxi dress in coral, which were from New Look.”

“I got amazing responses from all my bridesmaids when they tried them on which was a huge relief (as there is usually one you can’t please).”

 

Your bouquet, what flowers did you choose and why?

“After doing some research on the internet it made my decision a lot easier as I don’t have much knowledge of flowers and decided on a mixture of coral roses and gerbera’s.”

“I was so happy with the flowers and how they blended so well with the coral theme, I had lots of lovely comments.”

 

What was your wedding theme? And why did you choose this?

“We didn’t really have a theme, but we chose coral as our colour, if anything I would say perhaps a chic theme.”

“What we really wanted from the day was a fun vibe and to do that we brought miniature games for each table for the adults and made little activity packs for the children all age groups were kept entertained.”

 

What about the smaller details of the day? What was your wedding cake like? Your menu choice? Your favours and tables and did you have any entertainment?

“John and myself wanted to incorporate things that we like into our favours, which I’m sure is the aim of most brides and grooms.”

“We chose miniature cubes of retro sweets with a personal sticker on them, also miniature board games were included on each table for a little fun at dinner.”

“The wedding cake consisted of lots of cupcakes with a small cake topper which incorporated our coral theme, they were absolutely beautiful.”

“It’s always tricky to try and please all the guests when it comes to food so we tried to pick a menu with plenty of choice.”

“The menu included breads and oils, cold and hot appetisers, salad, mixed grill with potatoes and vegetables for the main and a lovely dessert.”

“There was so much choice and the food was very traditional Greek which was great.”

“As a family we all love music so this played a key factor in the day, I got guests to send song requests to me before flying out to ensure they could get up and dance to at least one song of their choosing.”

“The Dj was great and would accommodate guest’s requests we couldn’t have asked for more, the beach party was such a memorable experience.”

 

How did you find the planning experience from booking to the big day?

“The planning experience was great and so easy.”

“Any questions I had were responded to in a timely manner by Lisa and Matt which was very reassuring, the day of our dreams would not of been possible without the help of The Bridal Consultants, so thank you for making it happen.”

“When it came to the final planning stages, the attention to detail was paramount which was clear, I did not feel stressed at any point and wondered if I should of been, everyone was commenting on how calm I was.”

“Upon arriving in Crete our wedding planner was fantastic we ran through the finer details such as timings for the day, I could contact her at any point which was great.”

 

What’s your best memory from the day?

“There were so many great memories; we kept certain aspects of the wedding as a surprise for our guests, such as the train journey to the ceremony and the fireworks.”

“Seeing everyone’s expression and hearing such great comments was fantastic. The day overall is our best memory and we have some fantastic photos to remind us of it.”

 

Was your Big Day on budget or over budget?

“With planning so far in advance it gave us the opportunity to buy bits as we saw them, which helped us spread the cost out and buy little bits at a time, and as such the budget went out of the window.”

“I did find myself looking for inspiration on the internet and coming across some great ideas such as glow sticks for the beach party which were additional costs, but well worth it.”

 

What do you think makes a wedding abroad stand out from a wedding in the UK?

“The weather plays a massive factor as you cannot count on the British weather.”

“For me the wedding isn’t a one day occasion when you get married abroad, as everyone is on their holiday you have such an incredible build up.”

“The fact you can have so many family members together and they can get to know one another beforehand, makes the atmosphere so much more comfortable and natural.”

“The day that we had would not of been possible in the UK and that’s what sold it for us.

“I would love to do our destination wedding in Crete all over again and I would not change a thing, our day was perfect!”

 

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Thank you so much to the Bridal Consultants for sharing this exquisite destination wedding in Crete.

The coral colour palette is so warm, and inviting and complaiments a outdoor, beach wedding so well.

It is a true colour of summer and is reflected perfectly in the flow and details of the day.

 

Vendors

 

Venue - Rethymnon Beach Crete

Crete Planners – The Bridal Consultant

Photographer – HannaMonika Wedding Photography

Brides dress - Amy Hamilton

Brides shoes – Jenny Packham

Brides Headband – Mia Sposa, Nottingham

Grooms suit – Next

Bridesmaid dresses – New Look

 

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