Anna & Jeremy ~ Suitcases and Canoes 

 Anna and Jeremy were married at St Cynog’s church, Boughrood on Saturday 15th August 2015, followed by a reception and wedding breakfast at Felin Newydd House, Llandefalle.

The theme of the wedding was elegant, rustic, with a hint of travel – a nod towards the many countries Anna and Jeremy have visited around the world together, both with work and leisure, and a tribute to their expat life in Grand Cayman.

Anna, Jeremy and Oh So Perfect’s wedding planner Samantha worked very closely together for several months to create and perfect the style of the day, pulling together ideas and designing feature displays which included vintage suitcases, rustic crates, flowers, candles and an old map of the world hosting the table plan.

Together we designed an outdoor breakout area, which centred around a rustic canoe and old whiskey barrels. During the day, the canoe was filled with beers from around the world for guests to enjoy at their leisure, and in the evening we converted this display into a feature whiskey, port and cigar bar.

Guests were given little bottles of cocktails at their tables, individually designed to match the country the table was named after, and handmade wooden napkin rings whittled and produced by the father of the groom were offered out as keepsakes. The wedding cake was lovingly made by a cousin of the bride.

There was a relaxed vibe to the whole day, with dinner and music, and a special treat performance of a brass quintet with the groom himself playing the tuba. The next day, guests rekindled on the grass outside Felin Newydd House for a hangover-hog roast, enjoyed by many!

Oh So Perfect were delighted to have assisted in the overall planning, styling and design, and weekend coordination of this beautiful wedding, working from people afar with our international couple based in Cayman for 9 months leading up to the big day….
Congratulations Anna and Jeremy! X

    
    
      

    
    
    
    
    
    
 
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
 
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Julie & Paul ~ Thank you

I am so often overwhelmed by the sweet sincerity and gratitude of my clients. 

A few days ago I received an email from my recent couple Julie and Paul saying… “We would both like say a massive Thankyou for making our day very special, we wish you all the best with your business and will recommend you to anyone…We have sent you a little gift in the post.”

Today I received the most incredibly thoughtful gift at my door; a pair of beautiful Swarovski encrusted champagne flutes, with a personalised message on the glass “Samantha, thank you for making our wedding day Oh So Perfect, from Julie & Paul x”

So very touched, to say the least!

  

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Katie and Owen ~ Champagne and White 

 Katie and Owen were married in a church service near their home town of Blackwood in Gwent on 25th July 2915. The couple entertained and welcomed guests in a large marquee reception on the ground of the groom’s family home following the ceremony. 

Guests were treated to a champagne reception with string quartet, followed by a three course meal, band, marryoke and an utterly divine dessert table! 

Oh So Perfect’s wedding planner Samantha was delighted to coordinate this beautiful day, with the help of her assistant Penny. 
    

  

 

  

  

   

    
 

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Oh So Perfect’s Top Tips to beat wedding stress on GoHen.com

Catch our wedding planner and all round wedding expert Samantha featured this week on the Go Hen wedding blog offering her top tips and advice on how to beat wedding planning stress.

Follow this link for the full article on www.gohen.com 

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Hazel Griffiths – Testimonial

Client Testimonial 

Washington-based couple Jill and Nick planned their full wedding with the help of Oh So Perfect from August 2013 up until the big day the following July. Oh So Perfect were delighted to assist in the full planning, design and coordination of this wonderful Welsh wedding for our darling international clients.

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“Hi Samantha,

Now we are home and things are settled down I wanted to take the time to thank you so much for making Nick and Jill’s wedding such a great success. We all had a wonderful time and everything went along so smoothly thanks to your organization and planning You managed everything so unobstrusively and with great charm and tact and it was a real pleasure working with you.

Do keep in touch…. you are always welcome to come and visit us in Texas!

Very best wishes and many,many thanks,

Hazel”

Hazel Griffiths – Mother of the Groom

To view all the photos from Jill and Nick’s American Fairytale Wedding in Wales, just follow this link!

Need help planning your wedding day? Visit www.ohsoperfect.co.uk for our full list of wedding planning and coordination packages and services.

Jill and Nick – Testimonial

Client Testimonial 

Washington-based couple Jill and Nick planned their full wedding with the help of Oh So Perfect from August 2013 up until the big day the following July. Oh So Perfect were delighted to assist in the full planning, design and coordination of this wonderful Welsh wedding for our darling international clients.

Jill and Nick with Samantha Oh So Perfect

“Samantha,

I want to say THANK YOU for all of your help and work you did to make our wedding day absolutely perfect. We couldn’t have done it without you! The thought of planning a wedding overseas was always daunting, and for the past year you have perfectly guided us. Through expert recommendations (I couldn’t have asked for a better or more talented group of vendors), keeping us organized and on track, and coordinating every last detail on the day – you helped ease so much of the burden and stress. The church and the venue all looked stunning, and it was everything I had hoped for and more! You were such a delight to work with!”

Jill and Nick Griffiths

To view all the photos from Jill and Nick’s American Fairytale Wedding in Wales, just follow this link!

Need help planning your wedding day? Visit www.ohsoperfect.co.uk for our full list of wedding planning and coordination packages and services.

Laura and Rob – Testimonial

Picnic hamper and wedding cake-off wedding - Oh So Perfect www.ohsoperfect.co.uk“Dear Samantha,

We’re finally settled back at home, so I want to take the time to say thank you ever so much for all of the hard work you did in pulling our wedding together: not only on the day, but for your support on the phone and email leading up it.

Having you there gave us such peace of mind, putting everything in place and being ready to change plans as swiftly as the weather did. Knowing that you were fully in control of it all allowed me to relax and enjoy myself – no mean feat!

I hope you’ve enjoyed the rest of the summer; it definitely feels over now with all of this horrible rain!

Love and thanks,

Laura and Rob”

To see the full photo set from Laura and Rob’s wedding day – just follow this link! 

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TRULYExperiences: Ametsa with Arzak Instruction

Oh So Exclusive – Diary of a Wedding Planner

A few weeks ago, I was asked by the team at TRULY: Luxury Gift Experiences to try out one of their gift experiences, as a professional wedding planner considering its value as a wedding gift. I promptly replied that I would be crazy not to!

Let me start by introducing Truly to you, in their own words:

TRULY are the leading purveyors of luxury gift experiences in the UK and we believe that our gifts make the best wedding presents.

 They are unique gifts that make the gift giver stand out from the crowd. For the newlyweds, they create memories that last a lifetime – an incomparable wedding present.

The team at TRULY kindly offered me a selection of potential experiences to choose from and I opted for Spanish Michelin Star Lunch for Two at Ametsa with Arzak Instruction. 

I made my selection and a day later my gift experience voucher arrived at my door. Inside the box, wrapped in black, delicately scented tissue paper, was a piece of white card with the title of my experience and a unique customer code embossed upon it in silver. Very classy. All I had to do was contact the concierge team via email (a very friendly and helpful bunch of people) and book my date to attend. A few days before the experience itself, I was politely contacted by the concierge team again to see that all was still OK with my plan to visit, and was politely informed I would simply need to give my name on arrival. Nice and easy!

My lunch date and I arrived on foot and were immediately greeted with a smile and a welcome. The Halkin hotel, where the Ametsa restaurant is based, is a luxury hotel, and we were certainly given a luxury welcome as two waiters led us to our table, pulling out our chairs to be seated. A fragrant, spicy aroma filled the room as we entered – the result of a ceiling decorated with glass jars, each filled with Spanish spices – delicious!

We ordered our drinks (a bottle of the house white wine at £28) and took a look at the menu. The menu we were given was the set lunch menu, as this is what was purchased within the experience. I was pleased to note that the experience cost £55, so with the lunch menu priced at £27.50 a head, no sneaky added extras had been calculated by the cost of booking this treat through TRULY – it was an exact price match. Included in the menu (and therefore the experience) was entrée nibbles, bread and oil, a three dish tapas starter to share plus a shot of soup, a main course each, coffee or tea, and petit fours to finish. Any drinks and desserts were supplementary, but I’ll come back to this later.

The menu being a set menu is very restricted in its choices, limited to a set selection of the tapas dishes to share, followed by a choice each between two main meals only. This is great for me as I’m always completely hopeless at choosing from a vast menu (honestly, it’s embarrassing how long I take to choose!) but if you’re a fussy eater (or indeed your gift recipient is a fussy eater) you may encounter problems. I like to think though that the Spanish Michelin Star Lunch with Arzak Instruction is a pretty foodie-friendly choice of gift though, so hopefully this would be intended to be given to someone already known to be less fussy in their dining!

I also noted that there was not a choice on the menu for vegetarians. When I first made my booking through the concierge team I was politely asked whether either of us had any food allergies or dietary requirements. At this point, I let the team know that I am personally a pescetarian  and this was noted in our booking.

Luckily, of the two main dishes available, one was a fish dish and there was squid in the tapas (although I had already decided I would be sampling ALL of the tapas regardless!). Our waiter – the restuarant manager – on seating us had again asked whether we had any specific allergies or requirements which should be noted by the kitchen. He informed us that with Arzak cooking there could be up to 30-odd ingredients in one bite of food. We informed him that this was fine, but I did wonder had I been fussier in my diet choices what options he may have come up with, because if the menu was anything to go by then veggies I’m afraid you’d be a little more stuck for choice!

I’d also have been interested to know more about those 30-odd ingredients in a single bite, as the menu gave very little away in its description of the dishes on offer.

I know from my earlier research online that: the menu showcases the best of new Basque cuisine, pairing the earthy flavours and techniques of Spain’s Basque region with modern, surprising twists featuring locally-sourced and organic produce from land and sea – and from what I had researched ‘Arzak instruction’ was in essence Spain’s answer to Heston Blumenthal’s ways of experimental cooking. But sadly at the meal itself we were told very little about what we were actually eating, although this did lead us both into a lot of amused nibbling, silly guessing, and pulling faces of great intrigue as we pondered over what might have been in there.

My main meal had come with a ‘celery illusion’ which I’m still guessing about (I think it may have been some sort of apple purée shaped like celery – delicious nonetheless), and on serving us our tapas the waiter informed us that the lamb meatballs had ‘something of a surprise’ in the middle. Intrigue got the better of us and we asked about that one – the surprise was in fact grape.

But despite not knowing everything about each dish, the food was quite simply:incredible. We thoroughly enjoyed each and every bite. The cured ham in the tapas, we were told, had been exported especially to the restaurant from a region in Spain and was not available to buy in the UK, and the squid dish had taken 24 hours to prepare beforehand.

Let’s just take a moment here to discuss that squid by the way. Oh. My.

I realise squid is not everyone’s cup of tea, but for those a little more open minded in their palette, the dish was perfect; the squid light and not chewy; suitably fishy in flavour but not over-powering. It was served in the most obscene looking vibrant green and jet black ink sauce, which actually we both thought looked totally brilliant! It really was quite a treat and I’ve been yearning for more ever since!

Since there were only two main courses to choose from, we selected one of each, and found that the presentation on arrival was everything you would stereotypically expect from a fancy restaurant. That is, it was artistic but actually quite small.

Well, this was where we were fooled, as although the portion looked small, once you got into it, it was really quite filling, and when you consider that we had already devoured bread and oil, three types of tapas and a cold tomato and strawberry soup in a shot glass (and actually this was only meant to be lunch after all) we were pleasantly impressed with the quantity. The quality of the food, of course, was immeasurable; and we delighted in taking as many photos as possible of each and every course that arrived.

As we tucked into our mains, my lunch date and I returned to the task at hand, and quizzed each other on our thoughts about the experience so far.

Our conclusions at this point were as follows:

Would the TRULY experience make a good wedding present for a newlywed couple? Yes. It was a lovely way to spend a day together, and at £55 for two people it was priced just about right to give as a wedding gift too.

Would the TRULY experience be suitable as a good engagement present? No. We personally wouldn’t either of us buy someone an engagement present in all honesty, it’d be far better suited to gift at the wedding.

If we were a newlywed couple, would we enjoy receiving this gift? Yes. It’d be something lovely to look forward to perhaps after the honeymoon, especially once all the wedding excitement had died down. (So many of my brides don’t know what to do with themselves after the wedding excitement has died down!)

My date and I decided that, in order to round of the experience completely, we would treat ourself to a dessert, which at £6.50 each wasn’t really too bad considering the luxury of the restaurant and its Michelin Star status.

We both agreed that the two choices given on the dessert menu weren’t really desserts we’d usually go for but, since we were already here sampling some fine dishes, we would complete the full indulgence. Thank goodness that we did, we were both in awe of what we ate and swapped plates midway to try each other’s puddings too. Delicious!

If you don’t opt for dessert though, it’s not the end of the world as you’re also treated to tea or coffee and a delectable selection of petit fours at the end of the meal within the set menu.

These included a mandarin marshmallow (the lightest, freshest, most delicious little marshmallow I have ever tasted); a divine bite of rich chocolate truffle; and the most refreshing little parsley macaroon to die for.

In fact our waiter accidentally dropped one macaroon on serving, and promptly brought out a whole mini tray of extra little macaroons to compensate, with garnish and edible flowers and everything… I may have squealed with excitement! It is a fact that every bride loves a macaron – apparently it is a taste fascination that comes automatically with the arrival of an engagement ring!

The price of this particular experience was just right at £55, perfectly reasonable to give as a gift and far more personal then handing over cash to a couple or picking something off their gift list.

Of course it must be considered that the couple will have to buy their own drinks, and dessert comes at a supplement price too,  plus there’s a service charge of 12.5% added to the bill at the end; but for the overall experience I think it’s quite fair to expect the couple to add this on their own as they’re still getting an incredible deal overall, all considered.

The total cost of our meal was as follows…

TRULY gift experience for two people which included:
– entrées
– bread and oil
– soup shot each and three kinds of tapas to share
– main course each
– tea and coffee
– petit fours
£55

Additional extras:
Bottle of house white wine
£28
Two desserts
£13
12.5% Service charge
£11.50

I guess normally I’d argue that £107.50 is an awful lot to spend on a lunch for two on a Friday; but delicious food, incredible quality, specialist restaurant, Michelin Stars, luxury hotel, attentive service and the fact that half-of-this-would-be-the-couple’s-gift-and-therefore-not-out-of-their-own-pocket-anyway considered, it’s really quite reasonable.  The newlyweds have only really spent an additional £52.50 of their own pennies to enjoy it at full expense as we did, and of course is only optional.

My thanks to TRULY and the team at Ametsa for a truly wonderful experience, we both thoroughly enjoyed our lunch date and would highly recommend this gift as a wedding present for a potential bride and groom.

This experience was kindly offered to us by TRULY but all opinions in this post are our own. To find out more about TRULY luxury gift experiences and find out what other gifts are available to purchase, visit the website: trulyexperiences.com

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Testimonials from Charlotte and Nick’s wedding

Oh So Honest – Client Testimonial

I’m always so very touched to receive such lovely thank you gifts and kind words from my clients following their wedding day. Yesterday I was delighted to receive the most beautiful bunch of peonies from the mother of the bride, Dr Ann Canham, following Charlotte and Nick’s wedding in Buckinghamshire – they really are just gorgeous and have opened up to full bloom this morning making my little office space at Perfect HQ smell just divine!

“Yet another Samantha triumph last Saturday. Thank you so much for all you did and especially your calm and reassuring presence throughout.” Ann Canham, Mother of the Bride

Ann has sent such lovely words in her emails to me following Saturday, and herself, the bride and groom and all the family were so very kind with their thank you’s both in person and in their speeches on the day too. We previously worked with the family at Kate and Richard’s wedding in Cardigan back in 2012 (follow this link to view our photos), and Ann wrote me such a kind testimonial afterwards:

I cannot recommend Samantha highly enough following my daughter and son in law’s wedding on 15th September. She is calm, professional, supportive and prepared for all eventualities. She has a lovely manner and gave us all a huge degree of confidence and comfort that everything would be wonderful – it was! Thank you so much Samantha.

It’s always so wonderful to receive kind words from our clients after their wedding day, but even more rewarding sometimes is receiving incredible compliments and words of thanks from the suppliers we work with too.

These are the professionals who have worked at hundreds of weddings, with hundreds of different people, and sometimes with 10 or 20 (sometimes more!) years experience, so to receive the following words from last weekend’s excellent florists, caterers and photographers commending my work and thanking me for my coordination on the day really is just an honour too:



“You were an absolute delight and pleasure to work with – so lovely when one meets a consummate professional who is also a total kindred spirit with a good sense of humour…..a tremendous hug to you too from all of us – lets hope lots of lovely weddings come our way and we can work together again very soon.”
Maison de Fleurs


“You were just brilliant and so nice to work with… I will recommend you to future brides and grooms.” Seasons Catering


“It was a pleasure for us to work with you too and I found the day a real joy and having such lovely people to work with as well as the gorgeous family and all of their guests it was the perfect day! Thank you very much for all your help and coordination throughout the day, it really made a difference.” Wendy Aldiss Photography

We have heaps of gorgeous photos to share with you soon from this wedding and will share them all with you in a just a few more week’s time… for now, it’s onwards with the next oh so perfect wedding day!

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Congratulations Charlotte and Nick!

I can not even begin to describe how utterly beautiful yesterday’s Buckinghamshire wedding was – utterly, utterly divine! – and I feel so proud to have been a part of such an exquisite day.

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Congratulations to the radiant Charlotte and her new husband Nicholas, such a wonderful pair of people so very in love and so perfectly suited; you both were simply stunning, all day long.

Such an honour, also, to work not just with them these last few weeks but also with their wonderful family. It is always such a joy to work with a family a second time; having previously coordinated sister Kate and Richard’s wedding in West Wales in 2012 (follow this link for the images) we were delighted to be asked to work with this family again, and it has been a pleasure to get to know them all even better and say hello once again to past guests, family members and old faces.

I am so lucky in this job to work with such warm, welcoming families like these, who were overwhelmingly full of gratitude to to have me on board once again – I can not thank them enough for their kind words yesterday both in their speeches and in the quiet words between family moments. I am truly touched, blessed and honoured to have been a part of both of these special occasions.

Yesterday was a very long day, 20 hours coordinating from start to finish, but I would do it all again in a heartbeat for a wedding – and a family – like this one.

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The above is just a little taster of images from their day for you to enjoy on this lovely Sunday afternoon, but you can expect much more photos from this wedding and indeed all of the beautiful weddings I have been honoured to coordinate this season in a few weeks to follow.

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