White Syke Fields Launch

Having met the owner of White Syke Fields (WSF) Charlotte, back in January when she was just starting to advertise the barns and I created a photo shoot there, we’d kept in touch about her proposal to do an official launch of the venue so more people became aware of the ability to rent it.

Charlotte wanted to invite a lot of collaborators who had done bits – such as photo shoots, to join forces and show just some of the things you could do at the venue.

Having discussed the possibility of hosting supper clubs together in the past, I offered to assist by styling a large dining set up in one of the barns so visitors could visualise how their own intimate set up could be if they hired the place. 

I wanted everything to have an extra special touch so I contacted All Things Borrowed to use Hannah’s fabulous furniture to use two of her Dawson tables and her mix and match chairs to seat 20 guests.

I then asked Bethan from Bureau Botanay who I’d worked with on the original shoot there in January, if she would be interested in helping me dress the tables with bud vases of flowers and brass candle stick holders as I’d acquired some gorgeous jewel toned candles.

With thanks to Dom’s Kitchen for the loan of crockery and cutlery and Louisianna’s bar for the loan of glassware, the table was really coming together but to add the finishing touches, I asked Heidi from The Embroided Napkin Company if I could use some of her different designs.

Heidi had some samples of some beautiful napkins which had menus printed on them. This would be such an elevated touch for an intimate event so I mixed those with some monogramed napkins in a matching colour scheme.

I then asked Carolyn from Gray Starling Designs if she could provide a stationery suite so I added name cards, menus to the place settings which didn’t have those napkins, and table numbers.

The last fitting piece was a stunning cake from Where The Ribbon Ends which matched the stationery beautifully. 

Below are some images captured by Lissa Alexandra, which I have the permission to share with thanks to her and WSF. If you would like anything similar putting together for a private event then please do not hesitate to get in contact. 


Anna & Diego, Deepdale Farm

I was really excited to hear from Anna and Diego; firstly they weren’t York based and I’m always keen to hear from people further afield, and secondly they were getting married at a venue I’d not worked before which is always a refreshing change for me.

We met up in Newcastle to discuss their plans for the wedding, which they’d, very much cracked on with and just needed help coordinating the day. A lot of barn venues operate on a DIY basis but it still varies hugely in how much is included at the site. For this particular one – Deepdale Farm, couples pretty much get the space and the in-house barn and that’s it. Everything else has to be hired in.

Anna and Diego wanted a festival vibe to their wedding and had encouraged guests to camp over in luxury bell tents to really get into the spirit. The furniture for the venue came from Blacks (now event furniture prop hire) and they chose the rustic trestles to blend nicely with the barns.

When I popped down for a site visit the day before the wedding, the pair had decorated the barns beautifully with coloured lanterns and streamers hanging from festoon lighting, with bud vase flowers filling up the tables. 

Like any festival, the weather was unreliable for the day so there was a lot of running in and out of the barns due to torrential downpours but it absolutely couldn’t put a dampener on the day – especially the ceremony which I think all the guests will all agree was the highlight of the day.

The couple booked Louisa Starr as their celebrant. I’ve known Louisa for years but never had the pleasure of working with her until this wedding. It was absolutely bonkers but in the most brilliant way. I had to keep dipping in and out in between other tasks but from what I saw, there was running up and down the aisle from the couple as a quiz was undertaken and then everyone joining in for a congregated song of Toto’s ‘Africa’ 

There was so much laughter and a sure talking point for the rest of the day.

Anna and Diego booked the awesome El Kantina to cater both the day and the evening do, who provided authentic Mexican food – another fantastic talking point as it was so tasty.

Their band, The Royale were so lovely to work with in pre-wedding chats and got the whole dancefloor packed from the beginning, ensuring that upbeat feeling stayed until it was all over.

As someone who also chose to have a festival wedding including a Mexican feast, this made me very nostalgic in all the right ways and I was really honoured to be a part of it. 

Laura from Hip To Heart – another wedding industry friend I’ve known for years, was their photographer and has given me permission to share these images.


Matt & Alana, Deighton Lodge

Matt and Alana are one of the sweetest couples I have had the pleasure to work with.

When I first met them they were so humble and unassuming, I knew that no matter how many guests they’d invite to their wedding, it was going to feel a really intimate day because it really was about the two of them.

Alana worked as a chef so food was going to be an important factor to the wedding so who better than to book the Hog and Apple to provide the wedding breakfast. 

Their cake was being made by a friend, which is always a lovely personal touch if you have such talented people around you – and this one was gorgeous. 

The barn at Deighton has enough detail for couples not to need to go overboard on budget. The most sensible areas to spend your wedding budget on when you don’t have to decorate, are good food, good music and if florals are your thing, then beautiful flowers to bring colour and life to DIY venues.

This is exactly what Matt and Alana did, hiring the Leatherneck band for entertainment and The Petal Studio to bring in the sunshine in the form of gorgeous sunflowers and pink roses and peonies to name a few. 

The weather kept dry which meant the couple could get married outside and later once speeches and the meal were over, garden games could continue before the band were ready and we all enjoyed the cake cutting and first dance.

The day was such a sweet one, which you can really see in the photos that were expertly taken by Foxtail Photography which Louise has kindly given me permission to share. 


Julie & Adrian, Gilpin Lodge Lakeside Hotel

Julie and I have known each other for a few years now, from having horses together at the same yard at one point but it wasn’t until she was a guest at another wedding I’d helped plan, that she approached me about helping her with her own.

Both Julie and Adrian had made great headway with their planning but wanted support in the finishing touches so I created a bespoke package designed to help them with some styling aspects and coordinate their day.

They had already designed their invites and stationery suite for the wedding day but they wanted some signs that were significant to them as a couple so I enlisted one of my favourite designers Gray Starling to create five beautiful large canvases which I strategically placed around the venue at points to take guests on a journey both metaphorically and literally!

Julie and Adrian also asked me to come up with some favour ideas for guests because they couldn’t provide alcohol at the venue so after some discussions about things that were meaningful to them, I recruited the amazing Poppy Pickering to handcraft chocolate dogs in a split of white and milk chocolate which were beautifully packaged to fit the theme.

The lakeside-wedding venue is an offshoot of the Gilpin’s main hotel. It is a picturesque, boutique venue and as its name suggests, sits right on the side of a lake. The staff there are very experienced in running weddings so my support on the day was more about the personal touches and providing support to my couple.

People often wonder why you might want a planner when venues have coordinators included but we work in different ways. A venue coordinator will be there to make sure things are logistically in the right place at the right time such as the dining set up, the food (in these scenarios the food usually comes internally from the venue rather than an outside caterer) and a room change around whereas a personal planner like myself, is there for the couple. We are there to ensure they are where they need to be on time and ensure their needs are met throughout the day. The venue will work to our timetable and there is no reason we can’t support each other in providing a successful day for the couple.

That’s exactly what happened on Julie and Adrian’s day. Although it chose to rain (of course it did, it’s England), which meant we needed to execute a last minute indoor plan, nothing could ruin how beautiful it all looked. It had been Julie’s dream to get married in the arbor outside by the lake but the hotel had a stunning, panoramic room which, with the bi-folding doors opened out and breathtaking florals by Brackens of Bowness made a substitute no one could be upset about!

The day went without a hitch with highlights such as Julie and Adrian executing a well rehearsed Foxtrot first dance, and the most amazing cake, which had model versions of Julie and Adrian in a boat on the lake.

Many thanks to Julie and Adrian for sharing their images with me. Taken by Rachel Winter Photography.


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Marc & Amy, Deighton Lodge

Marc and Amy arrived at Deighton Lodge late afternoon on Sunday 5th May after a beautiful and intimate church ceremony.

The weather was bracing but it was dry and clear and as a wedding planner, that’s all I can hope for my couples as they’re not battling squinting eyes from the heat or not being able to make use of the beautiful garden area due to the rain.

Guests were ushered to the garden and treated to drinks and canapés whilst listening to pianist James Hey who might disagree with me on the weather front as his hands were quite cold. 🙂

Once guided inside, speeches preceded a wonderful meal from Babaganoush.

After a refresh and the arrival of evening guests, the cake was cut and onto the first dance and music from Mansfield Avenue.

Babaganoush ensured the guests continued to be well fed in the evening and Bar Hire Yorkshire kept them well watered as they danced the night away.

With big thanks to Kieran Paul for allowing me to share these images of a truly lovely day.

 


Rock n Roll Bride — Jen and Joe

As seen in Rock n Roll Bride, it was a pleasure planning Jen and Joe’s informal heavy metal wedding. Click here to read the complete feature.


Boho Weddings — Ella and Jamie

As seen in Boho Weddings, it was a pleasure planning Ella and Jamie’s locally sourced hand made tipi wedding. Click here to read the complete feature.


LND Events — Deighton Lodge Yorkshire — Wedding Stylist Planner

Brides Up North — Hannah and Tom

As seen in Brides Up North, it was a pleasure planning Hannah and Tom’s wedding for Deighton Lodge. Click here to read the complete feature.


Langton Hall Feature

As Seen in Belle Bridal Magazine

Here’s a huge thank you to Belle Bridal Magazine for featuring our “Something Old, Something New” shoot at Langton Hall.

Click here to read the full feature.

Credits

Venue: Langton Hall
Photographer: Little’s and Loves Photography 
Organisation & Styling: LND Events
Gown: Francesca gown from Noya by Riki Dalal. From Little Pearl Bridal Boutique
Accessories: Starbox Jewellery
Groom’s Attire: Dandy Thread’s
Florals: The Petal Studio 
Stationary: Rachel Emma Studio
Cakes and Favours: Where the Ribbon Ends
Tablewear: Wharfside Hire
Hair & Make-up: Emily at Makeup Artists Yorkshire
Neon Lights: Love Lights the Way


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Mark & Matt, Deighton Lodge

Mark and Matt’s Wedding 8th August 2018

I met Mark and Matt for the first time, quite close to their chosen wedding date so by that point they’d sorted so much and looked so calm and collected, I thought my job was already done!

It therefore meant so much more to receive a thank you card which read, “both me and Mark would like to thank you so much for your support during our special day. We had an amazing day and this was down to you organising everyone including Mark and me! You were great”.

Their whole day was truly beautiful and ran smoothly but it was the ceremony that brought me to tears – something I thought I’d overcome but I was so emotional.

Mark and Matt both chose to walk to the aisle with their respective mums. It was originally going to be from separate locations where they’d meet in the middle of the aisle but Mark’s mum wasn’t up to a long walk so I managed to time it just right that they left from the house at Deighton Lodge and Matt and his mum left from the back of the bridal parlour.

Whenever it comes to ceremony time, you well and truly see the nerves kick into the brides and/or grooms and this often comes out in tears when they finally get to lay eyes on each other at the end of the aisle and when I see tears, I am also completely balling.

Both Mark and Matt looked so handsome in their custom suits as they sat and listed to Sharon Kent conducting their ceremony. We managed to do this in the garden and Kathrine from Fleur Adamo had beautifully decorated the pergoda framing them.

Here are some of the images I chose to share of their day, taken by Russ Ellis Photography.


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Jen & Joe, Deighton Lodge

When Jen and Joe told me about all their planned wedding suppliers, I knew it was going to be a great day and I wasn’t wrong.

I met the couple, the day before their wedding to run through the last minute logistics and I could see how amazingly they’d styled the barns.

They’d hired furniture from All Things Borrowed and each table was named after a metal band. Tables were adorned with red roses, bottles of whiskey and moody lighting.

On the day itself, Joe looked as dapper as Jen looked stunning. He wore an all black suit with black shades and big black boots and Jen wore a stunning fitted, backless dress with a leather jacket.

Their personal friends, The Drinky Tin provided ongoing cocktails and shots for people to keep warm in the April weather and Hog and Apple wowed guests (as usual) with their mouthwatering food.

The day had such an upbeat vibe about it all day and the guests knew how to party…. So much so, I had to be the bad guy and literally pull the plug at the end of the night (in keeping with venue rules, not because I want to be a party pooper J).

Many thanks to Stories Before Autumn for allowing me to share these images.


LND Events - Thorner Birthday Party Planning

Will's 18th

I was so excited to be contacted by Will’s mum in regards to organising his 18th (8th December 2018).

Gaby had already booked Thorner Village Hall and made great headway with decoration ideas so my job was to bring in the finishing touches, pull all the suppliers together and then be there for the physical set up, running of the party and the pack down.

Will wanted a black, white and gold theme so I used Wedding Venue Lighting to swag out all the walls of the main hall with white fairy lit curtains and then complimentary drapes from the ceiling. They then did the bar and eating area with black starlit cloths and the dance floor was a black dance floor, which was also starlit.

I hired the furniture from Blacks and went with phantom chairs and round tables, which I covered with black linen from Coloured Linen Hire and then created centrepieces with gold trays and mixed size pillar candles in white and gold.

With it being so close to Christmas, Gaby had some LED Christmas trees I lined the entrance area with (also backdropped with a black LED cloth) and she had hired some big light up letters for both the entrance and the dance floor area.

I hired the Whimsical Cake Company (sadly no longer trading) to provide a huge balloon installation in the entrance area to cover up the hall’s notice board and then in the dining area they provided a jaw dropping dessert table.

Gaby had hired Friends 4 Dinner to provide canapés and big sharing bowls of food, and Jonny Ross Music for a DJ, Sax and Photography package.

I added to this by bringing in Louisiana’s bar and Viva La Booth so all the evening’s food, drink and entertainment was covered.

The hall looked absolutely amazing when it was finished and the night went amazingly. Will was a truly lucky (newly) 18 year old!


LND Loves.....Festivals

Tis' the season to don the wellies, spread the glitter and dust off (reality, hose off last year's mud from) the tent as this year's festivals are well underway.

I love festivals. So much so, I asked my now husband if our wedding could take that theme. I have had work featured twice by one of my favourite blog's Festival Brides and I am thrilled to be working on another photo shoot later this week which will once again take that style.

If however, you don't like the idea of mud, the great unwashed and sleeping in the most modest of accommodation then there are other ways you can bring the festival vibe to your occasion, whether that be wedding, party or corporate event.

Today's blog features expert hair and make up artist Alison Martin who I quizzed for tips as a bride, host or lover of real festival's, that you can recreate.

I had the pleasure of working with Alison back in January on a shoot which has just been featured by Magpie Weddings and she absolutely nailed the brief I gave her, so if you're looking to book someone for your big event, definitely give her a call.

 

Alison's 'light' look for our styled shoot
Alison's 'dark look' for our styled shoot

 

 

 

 

 

 

As a festival goer and a pro HMUA what are your must haves to pack in your make up bag?
Waterproof mascara - no one wants mascara running down their face if its a washout!
Dry Shampoo - Whoever invented dry shampoo needs a knighthood! Not only great for dealing with unwashed hair but it gives volume and texture too.
Vaseline - I use Vaseline for many things: lip balm, keeping brows in shape and dabbing on cheekbones for a dewy highlight. Also you can use it as an eye make-up remover.
As amazing as festivals are, they are a breeding ground for germs (I had my only but severe case of tonsillitis after Glastonbury 97’) How do you ensue you look after your skin when you’re camping in the middle of fields without proper facilities?
Make sure your hands are clean before applying make-up, a little bottle of hand sanitizer is perfect for these moments. Also you can pick up packs of bottles/pots from various shops to decant make-up into for travelling. These are good for festivals as you only take the amount of product you need and then can throw them away afterwards or wash and keep for when you next need them!
Also Avené Thermal spring water is a face mist that that's great for soothing and refreshing tired skin, it has anti inflammatory benefits too to help keep your skin in good condition.
Wet wipes also used to be a big festival saviour but in everyone’s bid to be more eco conscious they are moving away from using them. Do you have any other tips or tricks that replace their use?
Use your moisturiser to tissue off your make-up.
What’s your personal style for in the fields? Does it differ each year like fashion or is there a specific look you always stick to?
I'm a big fan of the boho vibe at festivals, I love using plaits to make my hair have style. You can mix it up if you're going for a few days: fishtail, boxer braids, plaits twisted into an updo. I always tend to go for a pop of colour on my lips.... a bright coral colour is my festival favourite, nice and summery!
Finally any quick look our followers could recreate that would look amazing for a festival lover?
Glitter is a great festival must have, I like to use a swatch of glitter across my eyelids, with a flick of eyeliner and mascara. If you aren't wanting to weigh your bag down with products think of products that can double up- many brands do a cream blush that works for cheeks and lips (my fave is Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge).
If you want to go full on festival chic many high street stores now sell stick on face gems!
Alison Martin in action
If this has whetted your appetite for buying the must haves for festival season, then Space NK are also highlighting a festival edit and if you would like your event to take a festival direction, then please do not hesitate to get in touch! 

LND Loves...... Buttercrumble

It seemed only fitting for my first LND Loves interview to be with the fantastic duo who have brought this whole new look and feel to my website.

As alluded to in the following conversation with the twins, I first met Abigail and Chloe when they were booked to illustrate at a VIP night of one of the events I was working on.

I joined a very long queue (due to demand) to get my own portrait done and I couldn’t have been happier with the completed picture. Having just had a baby and feeling very insecure about my looks, this was super flattering; more grown up than a cartoon but it had that cute sort of look to it that you couldn’t be disappointed by… so much so, I booked them both to come and illustrate all the guests at my daughters naming ceremony which went down an absolute treat.

 

Me and my little girl's illustration
April sitting beautifully for her illustration
April's illustration

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At that point, I was already working hard to try and focus my ideal business client and I just knew I wanted Chloe and Abigail to help me push that visually, through their talents.

If you’re thinking about doing the same, hopefully this interview will give you more of an insight into Buttercrumble and whether they’re right for you either as a business or through their live illustration for an event.

Chloe, Abigail, thanks for chatting with me.

I am an only child so I am fascinated by the fact you are twins and can work together so well… I think if I had to work with any of my family, we may kill each other! As twins, do you naturally have the same skills or do each of you take a different angle in the business to offer a larger range of services just like a regular business partnership?

Similarly, to most siblings, it’s a love-hate relationship. We are the best-of-friends, but that doesn’t mean we always agree. We use the chemistry between us to our advantage by driving the business forward. Our competitiveness means we can continuously motivate each other. On the other hand, our skillsets are extremely similar, so we’re always open to collaboration to introduce a new and fresh perspective.

I first met you when you were live illustrating at an event. Is this where your skills first developed?

Ever since we can remember, we have loved to draw. Our imagination was sparked when we began to read as children. We’d often illustrate characters from our favourite books. Roald Dahl had to be our best-loved author!

Our first live illustration event was back in 2016 at Fred Aldous. This was the beginning of a new chapter for us as we realised that illustration could be utilised to create exciting experiences.

What is your favourite part of the job? Is it the same as the most rewarding part or does that differ?

Our favourite part of the job is seeing our designs utilised in the “real world”. Good design is not only aesthetic, but useful too. It serves a function and often that’s to communicate a message. If this messaging helps our clients express themselves to their audience, then we can pat ourselves on the back.

Confidence is the reward we’ve reaped. When we first started in business, we were shy and nervous. Although, there are still wobbly times, we have grown so much in self-assurance. There’s no more holding back because of a lack of belief.

If you can say, what has been the best event you’ve been asked to work at and why was it so great?

Our favourite experience was the Christmas tour we took part in for John Lewis in 2017. We visited eleven different stores across the UK over the course of two weeks. This was the first time we’d taken Buttercrumble on a road trip of this length! It was great because we met so many interesting and diverse characters. We illustrated over 320 customers in total and we’re pleased to be continuing our relationship with John Lewis and Partners.

You’ve worked with me to strengthen my brand and help me focus my ideal client. Do you have a particular sector you like to work with more either because you think it sounds fun or it is aesthetically nicer, which I imagine would be more pleasing to a business that is about making things look better? Do you try and make your brand appeal to them more?

We never want to lose our “joie de vivre”. We embrace playfulness within our designs which naturally appeals to young-at-heart brands. Therefore, we’ve worked with a lot of children’s brands such as Mini First Aid, Kid O Toys and Acorn and Pip (to name just a few). I feel this is because childhood is one of the most creative parts of your life. That's why we love to create young-spirited illustration and graphic design that gladdens the heart.

Overall, we do what we love with the people we love!

I wanted to work with you because I fell in love with your illustrations; they gave me a sense of being childlike but in an adult way…. I’m not sure that totally makes sense but that’s also how I feel. Sometimes I don’t want to grow up and I have a taste for a lot of ‘kiddie’ based products that spark nostalgia for me but I also accept that I am almost 40 so I don’t want to pretend to be something I’m not. You totally understood that brief. Are most of your clients after that same sort of essence? How would you explain your own style?

Thank you! It’s been a pleasure to work with LND Events because you’re a business that wants to enrich people’s lives with fun and unforgettable memories. There’s a real synergy between what we both do.

We try to remember that you can be the best or worst but avoid being boring. Life is serious enough, so let’s try and introduce creativity and spark the imagination. People are drawn to happiness, and brands that ooze a young-at-heart vibe are likeable.

If you'd like to get in touch with Buttercrumble, please click here to find out more about them and how they can help you.


LND Loves...... A welcome.

Welcome to the LND Loves page. Here you will find discussion about things and people I love within the industry I work in or within my personal life that help shape they way I work through style, trend and personality!

My website has been revamped by the lovely ladies at Buttercrumble…. watch this space for more on them.

As part of the changes, my past weddings, events and supporting business work such as styled shoots, are being talked about in the Memories section of the site so if you’re looking for inspiration for your own big occasion, that is a good place to look.

LND Loves started as a # on my Instagram. It is what it says on the tin; what I love, whether it be a thing such as a pair of bridal shoes, or a business who I think are absolutely smashing it and I want to share that with my own audience.

There’s only so much you can say on a social media post and they’re so easy to miss so I wanted to bring the concept onto my site to give you more of an insight into what I love and why.

Hopefully you’ll find some of it useful because, going forward I will be talking to businesses within the same industry who could perhaps help you with your event too, but at the very least, I hope it helps you get to know me a bit more and if you think we’re on the same page, get in touch and let’s work together!

 


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Beth's Hen Party

A few months ago, I was really lucky to have been passed a referral by a planner friend of mine who was already booked.

It was for a hen do planned at the bride’s house with a brief of 80’s/90’s sleepover party…so happy to have received this one!

The bride had asked for it all to be a surprise so I was liaising with the maid of honour – her sister, who was an absolute pleasure to discuss ideas with and totally trusted me to put in place all the styling details and activities I had in mind for them.

I need to say a big thank you to The Yorkshire Bartender who provided a cocktail master class, Rebel Cakes for providing a macaroon making master class and Homegrown Hospitality who provided the most amazing 80’s style buffet for the hens.

Also none of the day would have been captured so well if it weren’t for Kayti Peschke who kindly gave me permission to use these photos.

The funniest part of planning all of this was that it wasn’t until the maid of honour passed me all the hen’s names for some personalised sleep masks, that I realised I had actually shown the bride and her fiancé their venue and was helping them to co-ordinate their big day…more on that on another blog!


Helena & Michael, Tithe Barn

When clients book me to help them fully plan their big occasions, they become more than an acquaintance because I need to really get to know them; to know their style, likes and dislikes so when the wedding day is over, I go into slight mourning but by that point, we’ve usually become friends on social media so I can keep stalking them and seeing all their new exciting chapters in life, post the big ‘I Do’… I’m not a weirdo honestly; they do usually correspond back with me. 🙂

Helena and Michael have been no exception to this. I was first contacted by Helena 18 months prior to her big day. She had been given my details by her sister-in-law, who I used to work with in a previous life and I will be forever grateful for that referral as (I personally feel and hope she does too) we had the best 18 months planning time together.

Helena and Michael had already chosen the Tithe Barn in Poppleton for their reception venue. It wasn’t far from her parent’s house in her hometown of York but as she now lived with Michael in Germany, they felt a planner would be beneficial for the ability to source things more easily when being local to the venue as well as the time factor.

A lot of people do initially perceive planners as an unnecessary expense but I cannot stress (and hopefully all of my now married clients will agree) how much of an investment in time saving we are. Helena and Michael also perceived this as an important factor in hiring a planner as they both worked full time and had a toddler at home that (quite rightly so) took up their time outside of the workplace.

When chatting to the couple, the most obvious thing was how relaxed they wanted the day to be. It wasn’t about big frivolities or archaic traditions that they felt had to be undertaken to have a wedding day, it was simply about that day being the step into a married life.

Due to the nature of the venue and the nature of the couple, it seemed logical to look for relaxed but great quality suppliers to match. That started with the caterers. After some tempting choices, Field & Forage were picked to come and serve from their gorgeous horse trailer in the barn’s garden

After various discussions, on the day the couple went with pulled pork burritos, beef rolls and of course German Bratwurst. There was also the most amazing dessert table for afterwards with so many options and if that wasn’t enough, F&F created a yummy ‘cake’ of cheese for the couple to cut and add to the choices.

Coming from Germany, it made sense for Helena and Michael to stock up on a lot of booze via their ferry boarding at Calais so they really needed a bar service that could be flexible in allowing them to use their own alcohol where necessary and take advice on what would work elsewhere. This is where the Yorkshire Bartender works perfectly. Callum is fantastic at advising on the right quantities of drink per guest and interesting options to suit individuals themes or ideas, so whilst the couple supplied the wines and beers, Callum’s team mixed up some tasty cocktails for arrival drinks as well as taking care of the tea and coffees post meal.

When Helena told me about the style of the day and the lack of formalities, the first photographer I thought of was my friend Laura from Hip To Heart Photography She offers half day packages for couples which is such a useful feature for those that don’t want every single aspect covering but still understand how important it is to document such a significant occasion in some format. Luckily Helena and Michael agreed and also loved her work and actually ended up extending some of the hours as so many lovely things were planned. I thank Laura for allowing me to use these images below.

Styling was my job! People sometimes wonder what the difference between a stylist and a planner is when a lot of planners offer styling packages…. Well the usual one, and certainly in my own case is that as a planner, rather than holding all my own stock, I bring other people’s talents together to create a finished article.

In this case, I need to in turn, thank Helena because she is a truly creative person. She learned how to crochet to make everyone a bespoke favour and make her own personalised cake toppers. She also created the menus in English and German so no guests felt left out and put together a photomontage, which I projected onto big screen whilst the couples joint speech took place.

The couple’s chosen colour scheme were greens and blues so I ordered in corresponding linen to go on the tables and inject some fun into the rustic barn. I also suggested, with Helena and Michael both being scientists that their seating plan could be based on a periodic table with the guests either shaded in blue or green depending on which corresponding table they were seated at.

Florals and lighting also brought the barns to life. Through selection with the couple, Kathrine from Fleur Adamo  was hired to bring in her signature wild flower arrangements with various sized vases on each table, decoration around the projector, a huge arrangement in the welcome area and dressing of the rustic bar. I then hired festoon lighting from Fabulously Finished hung across the back wall to highlight the band and dance area.

The Tithe Barn has very specific rules in its operation, one of those being the fact that no amplified music can be played. This can be limiting but luckily Helena and Michael had a ceilidh in mind all along and The New Fox Band came highly recommended by the barns. Their pianist provided beautiful background music throughout the day and then the full band gathered to bring the evenings entertainment.

I must also thank Victoria Edwards Makeup and Emily Hawkes Hair for their fantastic communication and information, which ultimately resulted in Helena and some key people being made up for the day – of course, looking absolutely stunning all day.

I am so happy to have been a part of this whole occasion and couples like Helena and Michael are a constant reminder of how lucky I am to do my job.