2018 In Review & Feeling Proud

Well another year bites the dust and Its really not until you properly look back that you realise exactly what you have achieved, I urged you all in an Instagram post a few weeks ago to write down your successes, yes we have to look at what didn’t work too but I promise you even the smallest victories will make you feel good. I hope you enjoy catching up with my year and again thank you so much for all of your support this year, it means the world.

January

I hit the ground running in January with my now annual ‘Style my Wedding’ competition which I’ll be doing again tomorrow. A trip to London followed to visit the gorgeous Wedding Gallery where all of your wedding dreams can come true in one room! I was then invited to the launch of the new Marylebone Town Hall wedding rooms which are so beautiful. At home we decorated the living room PINK and I painted all of the kitchen cupboards PINK! I had my first consultation in the garden studio too!! It was cold but it was a lovely feeling.

February

Back down to London {maybe I need a flat?!} this time I was invited to the Ted Baker bridal launch which was so lovely and I got to hang out with some amazing wedding industry friends too. Then it was time for one of my favorite things ever and that’s mine and Tamsyn’s workshops, I stayed with Tamsyn in Norwich and we had the best day with some really inspiring ladies. We are hoping to run more this year if we can fit them in.
I did lots of venue visits this month, including Folly Farm Somerset and Hampton Manor which was my competition winner, I was very excited for this one and it didn’t disappoint.
At the end of the month I was very lucky to style the wedding of two gorgeous brides one being an ex student of mine too at West Mill Derby, it was a very special day and you can see it over on Rock my Wedding now! I ended the month styling a Gordon’s Pink Gin event! I mean you have to work with what you love!!

March

Snow!! Yep snow nearly stopped play as we geared up to exhibit at Most Curious again but we braved it and had a wonderful time meeting lots of fabulous couples.

After discovering the talented Camilla Arnhold we arranged a styled shoot at the most stunning venue in wales – Talhenbont Hall. Olivia and I had the best time exploring Wales and the hospitality was wonderful too. That amazing shoot was accepted onto Love My Dress and I’m so proud of what we achieved that day. Thanks Camilla.
I popped back to London as I was asked to Style the launch of Katya Katya’s new collection which was a lovely evening and I love working with those ladies too.

April

Obviously the best month! Insert 42nd birthday celebrations!
This month was definitely one of my faves as I got to style one of my dream locations, The Town Hall Hotel in Bethnal Green for Sophie & Joe, this is a wedding I’ll always remember. You can see this wedding over on Love My Dress too. The following week I worked on a beautiful barn wedding filled with love and I filled my days with venue visits, blossom and another lovely workshop at Fishley Hall. Even though the sun started shining I also spent the most freezing day in the Goyt Valley styling a celestial shoot where I met some fabulous suppliers who are now friends.

May

May saw 2 really sunny weddings including my first tipi, that wedding will be featured in the new year. I did two wedding fairs, watched the wisteria bloom and Katya Katya asked me back to create their summer window display. I got to spend the day in Chelsea playing with beautiful flowers, I actually did loads of flower arranging and tree felling this month and of course peonies featured heavily!

June

Such a gorgeous month for weddings with 3 beauties, all so different. The highlight for me was my visit to the Peony Farm with Zeena Shar, oh my god it was heaven and I could have stayed all day!! Tamsyn and I returned to Tunbridge Wells for another gorgeously sunny workshop where we met another group of fabulous woman. Talking of fabulous women I attending the first Flock and Form event too to support my bride Charlotte, it’s been wonderful seeing her business blossom.

July

It was nice to slow down slightly in July which seems strange doesn’t it but I was gearing up for a very busy August! I created a shoot this month which I am so proud of, The White Shoot will be featured in January on Bridal Musings which I am so excited about. The shoot included some of the most amazing suppliers, my friends who helped me create my vision, Becky Tranter Photography, The Sweetest Thing Cakery, Bonny & Clyde Design Studio all at The Flour Mill  Can’t wait for you to see it. At the end of the month I styled a beautuful wedding and then got myself ready for the onslaught of August.

August

So, I managed to fit 5 weddings into the start of the month before we went to France on the 13th!! It was crazy but brilliant. I loved all of these styles and it was lovely to travel around the country seeing new places too. One of my main goals for 2018 was to have a family holiday, we couldn’t manage last year so it was a big step to book The Dordogne and spend 10 whole days as family with me trying not to think about the business!! It was a good month. 

September 

A new puppy!! Lola entered our lives and I don’t think I have ever been more tired! It was the long awaited wedding of my competition winners Charlotte & Josh at Hampton Manor. It was the most gorgeous day and I got to work with the wonderful Katy – Bloom Collective. I styled a lovely small wedding and then a really bright colourful festival wedding at Owen House Barn. Katya Katya asked me to style their stand at Brides Show, Olympia which was another great opportunity to meet some wonderful suppliers. I squeezed in a few more consultations and planned my stand ideas for The National Wedding Show.

October

I was over the moon to be asked to style up 8 sections at The National Wedding Show, ExCel London. I spent ages coming up with my dream stand and we filled the van to within an inch of its life!! It was an amazing experience and I loved meeting so many lovely couples. I styled 2 more weddings and then at the end of the month I fulfilled another dream of styling at Asylum Chapel & AMP Studios. I was part of another fabulous shoot with Boutique Marquees and I am pleased to say this will also be featured in the new year. Myself and Boutique have some exciting plans for 2019 too……  One of the most exciting things that happened in October was joining Tamsyn Morgans to the Amara Blog Awards where I was delighted to watch her win!! Good things happen to good people and I loved being with her to share this special moment. My baby turned 18!!

 

November 

November started off with the most beautiful wedding at The Painswick – Cotswolds, and it was such a pleasure to create an intimate dining room for these two lovely people.  The less said about the rest of November however, the better!! I understand that if you have had 10 wonderful months then it has to be your time to accept the shitty end of the stick. After several bad luck incidents we unfortunately ended the month by losing our beloved Dachshund Slinky. Work wise though, I enjoyed a visit to Soho Farmhouse and had some amazing consultations in London for next year.

December 

December allowed me chill a bit before my last wedding of the year on the 22nd. I have worked with various different brands this year which I am always grateful for and I love being pushed out of my comfort zone setting up and photographing products. Thank you to, Vistaprint, Gordons, LacLondon, Hampton & Ashley, Karcher, Dobbies Garden Centre, Nectar Sleep, Lights4Fun and The White Stuff. Thank you also to the wonderful people who have helped me make wedding shoots happen, Becky Tranter Photography, Jessica Raphael Photography, Katya Katya, Rachel Ash Bridal, The Sweetest Thing Cakery, the list goes on…

My last wedding was gorgeous and I am super super excited to get started on all of my 2019 weddings. I have lots of things planned, in fact January is already looking quite busy but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I feel so lucky to be working in an industy that I love, 2 years down the line and I am still so excited by what lies ahead. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the love and support that you have shown. Big things are in store for The Vintage House That Could and I hope you come with me.

Happy 2019 you lovely people xxx

 

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