Helen and Jonnie

I was super excited when Helen contacted me to co-ordinate her wedding day as she was my first international client…ok sadly (for me) she wasn’t planning on getting married over in Switzerland but its always a boost when the business name gets overseas.

Helen and Jonnie were in fact originally from Yorkshire so they had decided on Escrick Parkland for their wedding and were going for a festival theme for the day – my total soft spot having done the same for my own.

I popped down to site the day before the wedding and things were coming together nicely, including the weather. They had a fantastic glamping area so guests could make a weekend of it, complete with showers…spoilt or what?!

On the day, the ceremony, being led by humanist Andy Ison was held down in the woodland with the main reception taking part in a Papakata tipi overlooking the stunning vista of the private girls school in the distance.

Helen arrived in a baby blue VW campervan with her hair freshly dyed a vibrant pink and a bouquet made up of yellow roses. – I love a wedding with colour, however its done!

The weather continued to play a blinder which made for the most relaxed day and the ability to get some great shots all taken by the very talented Georgina Brewster who I’ve had the pleasure of working with before and loved seeing again.

As evening kicked in, I got to experience my first wedding open mic night due to the talented guests they had invited, and then onto a festival piñata full of energy boosting sweeties to ensure everyone could party into the night!


Chris and Laura Deighton Lodge

The owners of Deighton Lodge asked me whether I would become one of their dedicated co-ordinators and I was only too happy to oblige, as I love a good barn venue.

At this venue, on the day co-ordination comes as part of the package for couples who book there so couples are welcome to meet with me whenever they feel ready. By chance, Chris and Laura who live in London, happened to suggest a weekend, where I was actually visiting the capital so it was exciting to meet them somewhere new.

I helped them firm up their timeline but they were well underway with all their suppliers so all I had to do was wait.

The use of the barns was a brand new thing for this venue and whilst they are licensed to hold weddings in the garden, we all know the British weather cannot be relied upon so it was a nervous wait for me on the run up to the day in case the room would need several changes from ceremony to reception to night do. The couple however were extremely optimistic and had ploughed on with setting up the inside of the barns ready for the wedding breakfast. Luckily for us all, their gamble paid off and the sunshine came through, meaning they had the most beautiful ceremony outdoors – a huge rarity for me.

Canapes, fizz, photos and garden games all followed before heading into the barns where guests were wowed by the couple (and their army of helpers) had created a beauty of scenes.

Tables were based on different pig breeds with lovely gold miniature piggy’s as name places. I have to say I breathed a sigh of relief seeing it done so stylishly having just that week watched ‘don’t tell the bride’ where the groom had forced his fiancé to marry on a pig farm much to her horror…what a contrast!

Food was a beautiful indoor picnic supplied by Taste the Love with speeches and then cake cutting, which was made by Laura’s talented dad.

The music followed in the form of a Ceilidh which required all the tables packing away…cue the amazing army of helpers again. I have to say I’m normally apprehensive when couples tell me their ushers are going to help as, in my experience, by dinner time they’re well and truly enjoying the bar and not easy to organise….. I had to eat my words on this occasion as they were by far the most efficient, friendly and helpful bridal party I’ve ever worked alongside and I had to tell the couple to thank them for me quite a few times.

It was a total pleasure to work alongside Kieran Paul Photography for the day who has kindly supplied these images.


Sarah and Alistair Barmbyfield Barns

I first met Sarah and Alistair back in August 2016 when they were thinking about having a wedding co-ordinator for their big day. We hit it off really well and luckily they went ahead with booking me.

You will find how my on the day co-ordination works if you look at my services page, so this post covers their big day.

I love a couple who focus on keeping their guests entertained and this wedding did it with lots of yummy food – winner!

The couple got married at 1.30pm with drinks and canapés to follow whilst photos took place and guests happily mingled in the gorgeous sunshine.
The wedding breakfast which followed, was a huge BBQ feast from Hog Roast Yorkshire and then ice cream desserts by Truly Scrumptious.

After some crowd pleasing music by Clubclass entertainment, there was even more delicious food from The Pizza Guy  as well as the couples own wedding cake which was made by the ever talented Blush Cake Company.

I had such a laugh at this wedding, the couple were so much fun and I can safely say, it’s the most well fed I’ve ever been which goes down extremely well with me.

All photos were taken by Daniel Kluens.


Kayleigh & Omar

When I first met Kayleigh, I couldn’t be more flattered that she’d checked out my wedding pictures and loved my style…I knew we’d hit it off from then on.
Like me, Kayleigh and her fiancé Omar wanted to inject colour into their day which in my opinion, is a great contrast for a rustic barn. They were also including their precious dog in their celebrations – another total winner in my eyes.

Thankfully they wanted to go ahead and work with me to co-ordinate their day as well as hire my very own wedding lanterns to help with their theme so I was really excited for the big day to hurry up to see what they’d decided to do…and they really didn’t disappoint.

The tables were themed around significant landmarks to the couple that had been highlighted to guests through cleverly created personalised Penguin books.
In addition there were jewel coloured lanterns and vibrant flowers.
The cake was also colour matched to the day, as were other little touches around the barns.

When Kayleigh arrived, she looked so elegant with a really bold and beautiful bouquet but I’m (not) sorry to say that it was neither her nor Omar that stole the show but Dragon their aforementioned canine baby.

The day was filled with great suppliers which always makes it more fun to work.

The reception breakfast was created by Babaganoush with evening food being served via a train front!

There was a surprise for the guests in the form of the Beat Banditos who were as professional as they were hilarious and then onto ClubClass Entertainment to get everyone up and off their feet for the rest of the night.

The superb photos were taken by Mike Nowill, who has kindly let me use some of the images below.

It’s events like this one that make me feel honoured to be able to do my job.


Emily & Alex

Emily and I first met a good 12 years ago when I lived with a mutual friend of ours and I now have that said friend to thank for suggesting my services to Emily and Alex once they’d set their date.

Both Emily and Alex live in London but were getting married back in Emily’s hometown of York so distance planning can be difficult and that’s where I like to step in and help.

The couple had chosen the gorgeous venue The Normans which I was really excited to work at as I’d heard so many good things about the place. On the day, it really didn’t disappoint, with stunning cascading lights hanging from the ceremony barn, converted cow barns to relax in and a huge reception barn for entertaining in.

Emily and Alex also both work in the fashion industry so I always knew it was going to be a stylish event to be part of; from the table accessories, to the cake, the food choices to the lighting choices and of course the outfits! The guests all looked amazing but the showstoppers (quite rightly so) were Emily and Alex.

Emily wore Catherine Dean with a feather wrap by Jenny Packham and Alex had a made-to-measure tux by Richard James.

The couple tied the knot intimately in front of family in Emily’s village church before arriving at The Normans for a ceremony officiated by their friend; I love ceremonies like this as they’re so personal and can inject humour that all the guests can relate to.

Guests then bravely filed out into the rather chilly, foggy air but were very quickly warmed up by mulled wine refreshments and nearby heaters in between the professional photographs before being welcomed into the reception barn for a feast by Taste Cuisine.

The couple beat the record in my experience of speech length HOWEVER, they were some of the funniest ones I have ever heard and captivated everyone from start to finish so there were definitely no complaints.

It was then time to cut the cake and straight onto the first dance before guests filled the dance floor to party the night away.

My last task of the night was to make sure the evening food was in place, which was yummy pizza by The Pizza Peddlers who I’ve had the pleasure of working with before. They are such a treat when you want a nighttime feast to keep you going, or if like me, you want one for the drive home after clocking off!

Thank you Emily and Alex for letting me be a part of your big day and thank you to the talented Dylan Nolte for these pictures!


Jenna & Andrew

Having increased my wedding event quota this year, one thing I’ve definitely learnt is that you cannot plan your day around what you think the weather be like in that month.

May became a popular time due to the last few years being unseasonably warm but this year was a bit of a wash out…. summer actually was summer for once and if you expected September and October to cool off, you’d be wrong so when I turned up to work Jenna and Andrew’s day on the 8th October, I was so relieved for them and their guests that it turned out to be a beautifully sunny day.

I love working at the barns and on a warm day as the guests can really enjoy the outside space on offer and I really love watching photographers leading happy couples into the surrounding fields for a perfect sunset shot.

I first met Jenna and Andrew almost a year before their big day. They kindly took a risk in using me as I was planning to go on my own honeymoon just before their big day and I warned them I may be AWOL in contact up until the week of their wedding.

Whilst this may scare off some, we all made sure with the right organisation, everything I needed to know was in place before I went away and of course there was the fact that Jenna and Andrew both came across as super relaxed; I knew it would be ok!

This relaxed and happy attitude continued to shine through from when I met Jenna the night before the wedding to catch up (she was so excited but definitely showed no signs of stress) to their sunny colour scheme for the venue, their styling ideas and again with both of them on their day which I’m sure you’ll see in the images that the very talented Victoria Baker took.

Jenna and Andrew chose to style the venue using the yellows in the spectrum of Autumnal colours which worked really well at such a transitional time in seasons. These colours and same theme were used in the menus, seating plan and name cards and a friend very cleverly replicated the detail on these, to decorate the barns big blackboards.

The couple used Pink Ginger flowers to supply the bouquets, button holes and table flowers which became of my personal favourites; lots of succulents!

The flowers were also used to help decorate the cake which was very cleverly made by Andrew’s mum. Jenna herself makes cakes so no pressure to live up to her standard then! : )

As the day unfolded, there were so many added touches that made it great fun for all; the food was supplied by the Hog and Apple who I love working with, there was a photo booth which guests (especially the little ones) took full advantage of, pizza in the evening supplied by Pizza fella and music supplied by Clubclass entertainment.

One of my last tasks for the night was to take the guests outside to see Jenna and Andrew’s surprise – this had been kept a secret from guests all day. With the help of the ushers, we dished out sparklers to guests and then as they started making fun shapes in the dark, they were treated to a brilliant 5-minute firework display from the Fireworkers.

The whole day was an absolute pleasure to work and every time I think of it, I feel it could be summed up by a quote I once read by author Marianne Williamson; ‘Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves recognise how good things’.


Tori & Neil

I first met Tori a good eight or so years ago when we both worked together in the public sector. Tori and I were having a night out when she first met Neil and funnily we were doing the same when I met my now husband so it’s safe to say we have a lot of history!

Work demands and living in different cities meant we’d not been able to catch up as much as we would have liked so I was beyond thrilled when, shortly after she and Neil got engaged, they asked if I would take on their wedding through my full planning services.

Not only did I get to talk all things weddings but I got to do it with my good friend and be a part of her very special day.

Tori and Neil had already chosen Chris Seddon as their wedding photographer when they instructed me and whilst I’d not previously worked with him, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him to any future clients.

Chris and I helped Tori and Neil get their wedding blogged by So You’re Getting Married so if you click this link, you can read their story in more detail and see more of their day captured so well.

I know it’s easy to say, but genuinely this was one of the most fun weddings I’ve ever worked – not that I felt like I could call it work at all!


Liz & David

Back in July, I had the pleasure of co-ordinating Liz and David’s wedding at Barmbyfield Barns just outside Pocklington.

The venue is a complex of large blank barns, which allow couples to decorate to their own particular choice so it tends to attract people who are happy to roll up their sleeves and get very involved in the wedding planning process.

Whilst I have on occasion assisted some couples with the full planning process there, because of the set up, by far my most popular package is to run the day because, let’s face it, who wants to work their own wedding?!

I originally met Liz and David back in August 2015 when they were still in the earlier parts of their planning process and as part of my services, I helped them plot a timeline for the day based on their preferences and suppliers but it wasn’t until the day before their wedding, I got the first glimpse of seeing their ideas come to reality.

I popped up to the barns to go through the finishing touches and directions for the day and was thrilled with the efforts they’d put into bringing the barns into life. (You can see some details of this on my FB page) with beautiful flowers, big illuminated letters and well put together dining tables to name but a few things.

The couple got married at 2pm on a lovely sunny day. After the ceremony, guests filled out to be greeted with cocktails and popcorn – a great change to the usual and the popcorn cart was so cute!

After a few hours of mingling, it was time for the speeches followed by one of the best BBQ’s I’ve ever eaten (perks of the job). The guests took it in turns per table to go up and be served which can sometimes be challenging in execution but the caterers were speedy and the guests were so relaxed, it worked really well with nothing but compliments.

After dinner, the fabulous Four Shadows theatre kicked off the evening. I’ve had the pleasure of working with these guys on many occasion and they never disappoint but for some reason, the atmosphere on the day just made them sound better than I’ve ever heard before and I’m pretty sure all the guests would agree seeing as not one of them left the dance floor for the entire set.

Whilst the band took a break, Liz and David cut their amazing wedding cake which was made by Blush cakes. You can see a picture of this on my gallery images – it was too pretty not to share with you.

After a few hours it was back for some more yummy food, this time supplied by Liz and David themselves. There was a lovely buffet variety of cheeses, breads, scones, jams and chutneys which went down a treat.

Then it was time for the evening DJ and where I said my goodbyes to the newlyweds as they kicked off their heels and partied into the night.

The whole day was an absolute pleasure to work; from the lovely polite guests, to the fantastic suppliers and definitely because of the fact that Liz radiated happiness and beauty wherever she walked!

Images used for this blog credited to https://www.83weddings.co.uk


Sarah & George

I was very excited when I received the call from Sarah to ask if I could co-ordinate her wedding day, as she was getting married at home and her family home was a beautiful farm – I am always very envious of people who can get married on their own land, and on the day, Sarah had styled the marquee to perfection with bang on trend Flamingo accessories and lots of golds and greens.

I was also extremely envious of the baking hot weather Sarah and George managed to receive on their day, having got married myself only the fortnight before in torrential rain. It was in fact so hot, that at one point I opened all the marquee pannels and guests were still in need of more air……only one thing for it, move the party outside!!

With a beautiful backdrop of the Wolds to selfie with and lots of games to play with, Sarah and George had everything needed to keep the guests entertained until the sunset began to bring the cooler breeze back.

As I clocked off for the evening, I left the wedding party busting their moves to lots of orignal Greek music as part of George’s heritage – definitely one of the most fun dancefloors I’ve seen.

All photos by https://www.beechtreephotographs.com


ELfestivAL

So it’s a little strange to be talking about myself in my gallery and blog but as a wedding planner who offers styling services, I wanted to be able to showcase some of my work.

Of course my wedding was important to me for the obvious and personal reasons that I chose to accept my now husband’s proposal but it was also important to me to be able to show my friends and family and now you, how creative I could be with our day.

I was very lucky for my wedding to be featured by Festival Brides which is a blog I have long admired and feel a lot of my clients also follow their style, so if you click the link, you can read my story in full detail but for now, I share some more of the details which hopefully shows barns don’t just have to follow rustic styles.


Matt & Domi

Matt and Domi were the first couple to book my full planning services to which I am eternally grateful.

The couple were such a pleasure to work with that they went beyond being clients and became more friends – they actually came to celebrate my own
wedding with me a year later.

Thank you Matt and Domi for being so great!

Images with thanks to Sansom Photography


Paul & Kelly

Paul and Kelly are not only my lovely friends but they were also lovely enough to let me use their wedding as a guinea pig for my services, theirs being my first ever attempt!

I learnt a lot from the day so I will always be grateful to them for it and of course it was amazing : )


Kate & Rich

I first met Kate and Rich back in August 2016 after they’d booked Barmbyfield Barns for their wedding on the 17th December 2016 and wanted me to co-ordinate their day.

We talked through their plans for the day which already included a fantastic Routemaster bus to bring all the guests, illuminated lettering, lots of festoon lighting and balloon installations courtesy of Kate’s sister who owns Bonbon balloons – I was hooked instantly.

We talked through ideas for the day and then I went away and wrote a suggested timeline to work with for the day.

Often when I’m booked to co-ordinate people’s wedding, it isn’t until the big day that I get to see their ideas come to life too so when I arrived on the morning of the 17th, I was just as excited as their guests were going to be, about the amazing styling touches the couple had put together.

Kate’s aunt had done all the florals exactly to specification and amazingly at that! Whilst Christmas was approaching, Kate was keen for this not to be the theme so there was sympathetic focus on dark greenery but without any need for pine trees! There were beautiful leafed, suspended wheels, which initially hung from the ceremony room beams but were later moved to the reception room to hang above the guest’s tables. Tables, beams and other significant areas of the barn were also adorned with leafy greens…. it’s like Kate and Rich set the trend for the 2017 Pantone colour!

Brighter accents were then brought into the room via personalised, hand made napkins, stylish illuminated letters and of course the amazing huge balloons dotted around the venue.

I am always an emotional one for ceremonies and I am a big fan of humanist and celebrant led ones but what was even more exciting is that Kate and Rich had decided to surprise all their guests by adding on a naming ceremony for their little boy Seth, after their blessing. As amazing as their ceremony was, I have to say that Seth totally stole the show at his part through his singing, laughing and clapping entirely voluntarily but totally on cue!

After the ceremony, guests were treated to canapés and fizz whilst Kate’s cousin wowed with his acoustic act. Speeches were split pre and post meal which was an amazing wedding breakfast by Baba Ganoush and then it was onto cake cutting, which was made by a very talented friend, and straight into the first dance.

This and the rest of the music was provided by Four Shadows who I’ve had the pleasure of working many an event with and they never fail to get the dance floor filled.

Baba Ganoush were onto feeding the guests a delicious evening meal when it was time for me to bid goodbye but not before I managed to observe We Heart Pictures in action, taking some last couples shots of Kate and Rich. You can see examples of their work below – with thank you to them to allowing me to use these images.


The Highfield House

Back in October 2016 I was asked to take on the Highfield House as their house manager. The owners run an architecture and interior design company and had originally bought the house with the idea of it becoming a showcase for their talents.

Due to the size of the venue, they quickly realized it had more potential but due to events not being their area of expertise, I was lucky to step into that role.

In order to help create a website and some social media presence for the venue, I needed images which meant being able to organise a photo shoot. The venue is Victorian and the owners had used Pre-Raphaelite inspiration when decorating the rooms so it seemed quite fitting to emulate that in a shoot which also made for quite a dramatic look.

One of the best things about working in the wedding industry is meeting lots of talented people and being able to select ones that fitted that theme was really exciting.

I’d worked with the photographers Todd and Moore  many times and knew they’d be perfect for this shoot based on their style of photography.
Equally I had worked with the florists Paragon Floral Design on a previous shoot and I absolutely loved how different they were to a lot of the traditional styles you see on photo shoots. Different was definitely the aim of the shoot!

I’d been a big fan of Little Pearl Bridal’s social pages for a long time and knew I wanted to work with Diana who owns it so she was my immediate go to when picking wedding dresses.

I discussed the ‘groom’s’ look with the owners and we agreed that a Tom Ford esc style would really fit the theme so with that, we needed a talented menswear creator and up stepped Roodduke bespoke to design a stunning velvet jacket.

The ‘brides’ headwear was created by the very talented HF couture who I knew from experience (she designed my very own wedding headdress) would be perfect for the role.

The amazing stationery was provided by the super talented By Moon and Tide.  I signed myself up for one of Claire’s calligraphy lessons a while back with the hope of improving my handwriting skills…..sadly mine are still rubbish but I was so in awe of her work, I knew I had to have her involved and of course the era that the shoot was based on, lent itself perfectly to her style.

Catherine Elizabeth is one of the most talented hair and make up artists around the north. She’s worked on film and TV as well as countless brides and bridal parties and I am honoured that she is also a childhood friend so I couldn’t think of anyone else I’d want involved in the day.

Last but definitely not least were two businesses I’d never worked with; Blossom Tree Cake Company and Charlotte White Weddings.

Blossom Tree were recommended to me when I needed a dramatic cake to fit the shoot and they certainly didn’t disappoint. I sent them some ideas which I thought would fit the style of the day and they took inspiration from that to create something truly remarkable (see images).

I thought it would be nice to have the day documented behind the scenes so the suppliers could all show off their hard work and what goes into putting a shoot together and Charlotte kindly obliged with this, creating a really fun and upbeat ‘backstage’ reel.

A lot of shoots are put together with the aim of trying to get into magazines or blogs that brides and grooms will gather inspiration from. Because this was specifically for the house’s own publicity, we (the owners and I) were happy for this to be shared far and wide. I am honoured that the images have now been used in Belle Bridal, and Unveiled Magazines as well as featured by And So To Wed, The Nuptial and Yorkshire Rose Brides.


Scampston Hall Does Vintage

When I was new to the event world, I gained a lot of experience from working for Britain Does Vintage and now I am honoured to run a lot of their Northern event days.

One of their fantastic events is when they join forces with Scampston Hall in North Yorkshire, to host an annual large vintage festival.

There is a large vintage shopping area, a tea room, dance tents, cocktail bars, singing and dancing as well as one of the most attended vintage car shows and whatever the weather, the turnout is always brilliant.

I have been lucky enough to work the event every year and below are a selection of images courtesy of Todd and Moore from the first ever one.


Easby Hall

Easby Hall is based just outside the centre of Richmond, North Yorkshire, and overlooks the stunning Easby abbey. The owner had asked photographers Todd and Moore to come and shoot the hall so she could create a new website and brochure for prospective couples to get married at the Hall.

Having worked with Todd and Moore at lots of previous events as well as asking them to be my own wedding photographers, they very kindly asked me to style the shoot and organise the day as well as bringing all the relevant suppliers needed to bring the day to life.

This has taken me a while to be able to share as I have been trying hard to get the pictures into a suitable wedding submission and I am delighted to say that Yorkshire Living Brides are going to feature some of the images in their February 2017 edition. They have given permission to share some of the other images of the day so I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed being part of creating them.

– Blossom and Belle Couture (for the ladies dresses) https://www.blossomandbelle.net
– Catherine Elizabeth Celebrity Hair and Makeup Artist https://www.catherine-elizabeth.co.uk
– Todd and Moore photography https://www.toddandmoore.co.uk
– Smith and Downes (provided the dressing robes at breakfast shots) https://www.smithanddownes.com
– The Bridal Affair (provided the menswear) https://www.thebridalaffair.co.uk
– Noble Fine Art Traditional Printers and Stationers (provided the wedding stationery) https://www.noblefineart.co.uk
– Fleur Adamo (florist) https://www.fleuradamo.co.uk
– Cake by Cake Wench (cake) butterfliesandbees@rocketmail.com
– Easby Hall (venue) https://www.easbyhall.com


Lyceum Theatre Styled Shoot

In early 2016 I was very excited to receive a message from Rachael from Marry Me Ink asking if I’d like to style a shoot she was organising at the Lyceum theatre in Crewe. This was going to be the first, but definitely not the last, shoot I’d ever been part of and I was as nervous as I was excited.

Below is the finished result as well as a link to Rachael’s own blog about the amazing day. https://marrymeink.co.uk/2016/12/06/a-dark-romantic-theatrical-wedding-inspiration/


Blossom and Belle Bridal Tea Party

A few months ago I was honoured to have been asked by Antonia from Blossom and Belle Bridal, to help her organise her annual bridal tea party.

My role within this event was to help organise the wedding suppliers who were going to be involved. Antonia had already hand picked her affectionately named ‘bespoke bridal collective’ so I just needed to be their point of call for booking into the event and arranging their trade spaces.

I wanted to make the event as interactive as possible because there are a lot of wedding fairs out there nowadays and its nice to be a bit different. I therefore asked all the traders if they were able to do something more than just showcasing their stock.

This isn’t always possible due to the nature of certain businesses but we had a great take up and we managed to host a personalised lipbalm making workshop by Savon Claire, a flower accessory making workshop by The Flower Studio and two informative talks; one about what a celebrant is by Louisa Starr and one about picking the right colour to suit you by House of Colour – so important when basing colour as part of your wedding theme.

As soon as I advertised these on the event page, there was a huge demand and each workshop was booked up within the hour, which was extremely encouraging.

I helped Antonita set up the event space the night before, which was taking place in the gorgeous Tithe Barn in Poppleton just outside York but of course it all comes so much more together when the suppliers bring their beautiful pieces into the space.

Joanna Keely also decorated the barn with her amazing floristry skills and outside the barn, the run up to the entrance was just as impressive with guests were being treated to a complimentary glass of fizz by Bubbles and Barley with their very cute little piaggio van.

This year the tea party section was run by the talented Baba Ganoush and having sampled some of the produce myself, I can confirm guests were definitely spoilt!

All this alongside tranquil music, complimentary massages, cake tasting and make up demonstrations made for a truly perfect day.

This year Antonia generously decided the bridal tea party was going to be a charity event with all profit going to both the MS society York Branch and York against Cancer in a shared split and I was proud to be part of an occasion, which ended up raising £1,300 in total.

All photos taken of the event were by the wonderful Olivia Brabbs who also blogged about the event and you can see a wider selection here.

With special thanks to Lianne from Loveli who designed such beautiful stationery and event material prior to the day, which was so enticing, people couldn’t fail to want to attend!


Fashion City York

In late 2015 I was asked to join the steering group of Fashion City York. (FCY) Originally this was to concentrate on the social media side of the project; to help publicise what FCY was all about and what events would happen on the week the project runs.

Not long after this, there was a change within the team and I was asked to change position to assist with organizing one of the big events the internal team put on – a marquee in the centre of York where independent traders held stalls in the month of April 2016. Taking this on was a new challenge for me and as I’d not organized it from the beginning, there were things I learnt that I wanted to do differently should the opportunity arise…

Roll on 2017 and this aspect was my ‘baby’ from the outset. I expanded the size of the marquee to allow for more talented independent traders to be involved and in addition to their stalls, a catwalk was built so they could showcase their collections should they wish.

In addition to this, I was responsible for organizing the VIP night. This is held as a thank you to all those who’ve supported FCY and make the event happen each year as well as the businesses involved in the project.
I am a massive fan of catwalks being interesting to watch so wanted to incorporate some dancers into this. I’d had the pleasure of meeting a model who was also a professional dancer, on a previous work project and was so happy he wanted to be involved in choreographing this aspect for me.

With the help of the other steering group members, a lot of key high street shops very kindly let us use their latest collections for the catwalk which resulted in a great show for the guests.

To keep them further entertained, they were treated to yummy canapés and complimentary fizz as well as getting snapped with a giant Instagram board alongside the FCY official photographer and videographer.

Here is a snapshot of what the team got up to this year. If you’re interested in being involved in next year’s event in any way, please do not hesitate to contact me!