Christina + Brian
Christina and Brian reached out to me in June 2018, with only a couple of months left to go ahead of their summery garden wedding near Stamford, Lincolnshire. They had a big guest-list for the day and even BIGGER plans for how to make it an absolute show-stopper of a celebration, but it had suddenly started to look like a bit of a logistical mountain to climb! Both hailing from Canada originally and with Christina's Armenian heritage, C + B had family and friends scaling the globe for this weekend, so it was essential for them that it went smoothly, was full of fun surprises and was cleverly transformed from a gorgeous afternoon soiree to epic dance-party in the blink of an eye (is there even a better way to do it?!)
After a beautiful ceremony in the town, their guests travelled by bus through the countryside to Brian's father's home 'The Grandstand' - a stunning listed building that had been loving restored over the years they had called it home, it was the perfect backdrop to their Gatsby-esque reception; with live acoustic folk music, oyster shucking, an awesome champagne tower ceremony (complete with sabres - check out Christina's skills!) and a first dance on the patio in front of the house.
The guests were then treated to delicious, family-style feasting from Milli's Catering and live piano from James Sayer, sat amongst the incredible floral creations of Miss Pickering. C + B wanted the day to really centre around the relaxed dining set-up, with speeches scattered throughout and lots (and lots!) of food, before the music picked up a gear and the tent was transformed into the couple's very own Piano Bar under canvas! Finishing off with fireworks and S'mores, the party went on into the early hours, and proved to be the perfect day for such a fun-loving and effortlessly cool couple.
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"Kate was amazing. My husband and I had our wedding under a marquee at his parents’ house in the country - meaning we had to bring every single vendor and chair in ourselves. We further complicated things by having our guests stay in one town, our church in another town, and the house was effectively in the middle of nowhere. We thought we had it under control, until about 2 months before the wedding we realised we needed someone to help us with logistics on the day, and some advice as we approached our wedding day. Enter Kate. We interviewed a number of potential coordinators, but we felt so immediately comfortable with her we pretty much made up our minds on our first Skype call with her. We just got the sense that she would get things done and make the right judgement calls if needed. And she did. Having her on board allowed us to enjoy our day - legitimately be present and soak in every moment. Things went wrong, the schedule definitely slipped by about an hour, but every time she would just discretely come tell us what was happening and how it was already handled. She’s just a very warm and calm person who feels trustworthy and reliable. On such an important day, that’s exactly who you want in your corner. We set up a lot of our wedding the day before, but there are some things that just can’t be done until the day of the wedding. Neither me or my husband could do it. Kate took care of everything and it was set up just as we had discussed. While Kate was our day-of coordinator, she supported us from the first time we spoke to her. She sent us an incredibly detailed information package where we ran through everything she would need to know. She gave us advice on our running order. We changed it as she came to walk through the venue. She liaised with our vendors - of which there were many. We were both quite surprised with how much value she added to our wedding well in advance. My husband was skeptical about the need for a wedding coordinator. His view now is that Kate was the best money we spent on the wedding. She gave us so much advice and so many things to think about, then was integral in having it all come off. We would not have had such a perfect day without her. She helped us bring our vision to reality and we will always be so grateful to her for that." - Christina and Brian
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Set up and On-the-Day Coordination: Jump the Broom
Catering: Milli's Catering
Floral Design: Miss Pickering
Marquee: Shades Canvas
Cake: My Little Cake Tin
Fireworks: MLE Pyrotechnics
Tableware and Catering equipment: Whittlesey Catering Hire
Pianist: James Sayer
Violinist: Alistair Caplin
DJ: Hey Mr Wilson