Although it feels like this year disappeared in a flash! It was also my busiest and most successful with loads of fun thrown in for good measure.
January is always a bit of a miserable one I find so I made my mind up years ago to fill it with as many exciting things as possible. This January I met the lovely Tamsyn for lunch at Petersham and we had a much needed catch up. I styled a supper club in Leeds and the next day I was part of a gorgeous shoot at The Ivory Tower in Preston. You can see all of the images here . I also had two features this month too, the beautiful wedding of Tasha & Oli on Festival Brides and our ‘White Shoot’ was featured in Bridal Musings.
I had been thinking about re branding the business for a while so after working with the wonderful Nat at Nats Paper Studio and deliberating for ages!! I finally chose my new logo, all of this fell into place just in time for the UN Wedding Show in Birmingham. I was asked to help style the venue and it was great working with Melissa and meeting so many other amazing suppliers and couples. I was also invited to the stunning Stratton Court Barn with other wedding industry friends and it was lovely to see the venue in the flesh, I hope I get to go back!
My wedding season started in March with 2 beautiful spring weddings and lots of pretty flowers. I worked with the fabulous Becky Tranter again for our Spring shoot at Middleton Hall. This was featured later on in the year in So You’re Getting Married blog. I was also delighted to become the in-house stylist for Boutique Marquees who are brilliant to work with. I was lucky enough to be invited to the opening of a new venue in Worcestershire, Barns & Yard and spend the day with some amazing suppliers experiencing the beautiful surroundings. I am really looking forward to styling my first wedding there in 2021 too!
Ahhh April, my favourite birthday month! The weather was starting to warm up and my beloved foliage hoop was born! I had been looking forward to being back at Hyde House in the Cotswolds and it didn’t disappoint, a gorgeous greenery wedding and the hoop got christened. Later on in the month we headed up to Cumbria, our first visit to style a really lovely wedding and it just so happened to coincide with my birthday so we had a great weekend doing what I love and seeing the sights.
May was a busy one, kicking off with a trip to The Giraffe Shed in Wales. Oh my goodness what a venue!! The guys there kindly asked me to add some styling to their official open day and it was brilliant to see all of their hard work come to fruition. I styled a delightful sweet pea filled wedding at Denton Hall (see image) an intimate twinkly wedding at The Doghouse and ended the month in a tipi for a castle themed, peony filled day at Inkersall Grange. (see image) I worked with some wonderful suppliers on a Scandinavian inspired shoot at The Pumping House in Nottingham which was such a fun day and the images have been featured on Festival Brides.
June saw 5 weddings, all completely different and equally as beautiful. Starting at the gorgeous Stone Barn , then a gin inspired peony filled wedding with stunning bouquets (if I do say so myself!) Then the winners of my New Year competition at the grooms parents house, followed by a lovely small wedding at a pub and then we ended the month on the hottest day of the year in a Boutique Marquee for the wedding of Alice & Adam. In between all of that prep and wedding days I attended a fabulous Pinterest event in London with The Wedding Enthusiast. What a busy month!!
I had a bit of time at the start of July to gather my thoughts and get a really exciting shoot sorted. Myself and Becky had wanted to do a shoot in a swimming pool for ages and we finally brought it all together. It was an amazing experience with some of the best suppliers around and the results speak for themselves, we were honoured that the images were featured on Love my Dress.
The rest of the month saw me style at Kedleston hall for their open evening and then I worked on creating all the details and flowers for Camilla & Rob’s wedding at Trinity Hall in Cambridge. It was a joy to spend the day there with my best friend Sarah by my side surrounded by such history and beauty. Camilla Arnhold was the photographer and the photographs are a wonderful reminder.
I specifically blocked out two weeks in August for our family holiday, it may seem strange to take a holiday in the middle of the busiest season but when your children have school holidays you have to work around them and to be honest I felt like I needed it! I also knew that the minute I touched back down I would be hitting the ground running into the rest of my summer weddings. We got home and the flowers started arriving for the next 3 August weddings. The first at The Heath House, the second at The West Mill in Derby and then down to Lillibrooke Manor in Middlesex. All full on florals and styling and the weather was amazing, sometimes just a little too hot!!
There wasn’t time to stop and take stock when September arrived as I was straight back to London for a stunning wedding at Pembroke Lodge in Richmond Park. I loved working with the flowers and colours for this day and creating the outside ceremony too.
I then popped to Wales/Gloucester for a Brewery wedding, closely followed by another beautiful Boutique Marquee garden wedding in Birmingham where I got to use so many vibrant colours and traditional Indian flowers. I also styled a very cute christening and spent the weekend with Boutique Marquees for their open day at Norton Grounds (which is very lovely by the way) Although I wasn’t planning to start them just yet I also launched my business 1-1 consultations, ‘The Vintage House Consults’ for other small businesses. In September, October and November I spoke to many wonderful people all at different stages of their business journeys who wanted to chat and get some clarification & advice on their next steps. I LOVED IT and will be doing more this year. Link here if you want to know more. I ended September with a beautiful wedding 5 minutes from home at Mythe Barn. Perfect.
I was very excited for October to start as a few weeks earlier Jade from the Instafamous @thedarlings got in touch to see if I could style their ceremony for a very special wedding at The Manor House – Castle Combe. Obviously I was over the moon that I was able to help as Jade and her family are so lovely. I also met the very talented Kathryn Taylor who took the magic shots of the day. It was a very joyous experience.
During the rest of October I was lucky enough to be asked to style the VIP area for The National wedding Show where I met some fantastic couples and suppliers. I styled another wedding at The West Mill Derby and my lovely friend Sara from Whispering Vintage in Denmark came over to help me, it was wonderful to meet her in real life and she was a joy to work with. I was part of a shoot in Hereford – Lyde Court with awesome women and a cute puppy featured on Love My Dress and I ended the month with my last wedding of 2019 in Gordon Ramsey’s Union Street Cafe.
This month saw us put our house on the market! The business has grown so much that I need more space for flowers and props and we also have a growing by the day 13 year old boy! I promise I will keep you updated on our hunting. I spent time doing more 1-1 consultations as well as venue visits for 2020 weddings and getting my ducks in row for my wreath workshops in December. I styled Anthony John Salons for Christmas again and did a few other bits of festive styling.
Wreath workshops, a collaboration with Spode and lots of down time was the perfect way to end the year. Its been my first year without Christmas weddings but it was nice to focus on family and home. It has been a busy and challenging year but so very rewarding. 2020 was already shaping up to be the biggest yet and I can confirm I am pretty much at capacity. With some really exciting venues and designs I honestly can’t wait to get started but first another round of cheese and crackers and a few more pj days before the hard work starts all over again.
Thank you so much if you got to the end of this, wasn’t expecting it to be quite so long!! But also thank you for your continued support and if you have booked me, woohooo!!! Let the fun commence xxx