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September 14, 2016
Planning and organizing your wedding is an exciting time of your life, but can also be very time consuming and stressful.
One minute your partner is down on one knee, the next you’re buried waist-high in piles of cuttings from bridal magazines, juggling ideas for themes, creating colourful online mood boards, and wondering ‘Do I really have enough time to plan it all to perfection?’
As a journalist my entire working life has revolved around being organized and working to strict deadlines. It was no different in planning our big day.
When it came to finding wedding service providers a crucial element was finding people that were as organized as me, and that I could trust to deliver the goods on time.
It was also essential for us to use as many regional suppliers as possible to ensure the cash we were splashing (and trust me, it was a lot) supported some of the fabulous local businesses we have in the South West.
With so many stunning locations and potential wedding venues to choose from in the Westcountry, we were spoilt for choice.
We opted for the eight-bedroomed Glazebrook House Hotel in South Brent. Behind the quintessentially English facade lies an interior that is an artistic triumph. It was its quirky British vintage vibe and restaurant headed up by Michelin-starred chef and former Masterchef winner Anton Piotrowski, that won us over.
So with venue booked it was time to piece together the rest of the day, from wedding dress and accessories, to cake, flowers and stationery, it was full steam ahead.
I am delighted to say that the small, local businesses I found to help me pull together the remaining elements of our wedding were professional to the core.
They included Kye Tew Jewellery of Exeter who handmade my gorgeous vintage bridal headpiece and back necklace, talented cake maker Laura, of Sugar Mama’s in Tavistock, who raved about my rather unconventional but funky three-tiered cube cake complete with flakes of gold leaf, and Honors Flowers who put together stunning bouquets for my bridal party.
To help us relive the memories of our fabulous day in months and years to come, we chose the visionary eye of Paul Slater Images Ltd (a former newspaper photographer colleague of ours) to take the pictures along with ex-Royal Marine Sean Clee as a our videographer. Both captured our day perfectly and exactly to our specification.
To add the finishing touches to our vintage newspaper-themed wedding (my husband also a journalist) we needed someone with a creative eye to design our stationery.
It was then I discovered Abi of Dearly Beloved Design in Plymouth. From the outset she was genuinely thrilled to take our rather unusual brief and get cracking in creating a uniform style for all our invites, menus, table plan and Orders of Service.
Nothing was too much trouble and any tweaks we needed were instantly done and together we came up with something quite unique that our guests absolutely adored.
Looking back over the last 12 months of planning our big day I can honestly say I’ve worked with some of the most experienced and professional people here in the Westcountry. Who needs to look elsewhere which such talent on our doorsteps?
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