Road Trippin’ in Radiant Orchid

Diary of a Wedding Planner

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I admit, it’s been a long time since we brought you a diary of a wedding planner post. In fact, with the exception of the few galleries we’ve managed to upload recently, it’s been a long time since we’ve been able to bring you many blog posts at all!

We’ve simply been so busy, lovelies! But, alas, despite our hectic wedding planning schedule and all that, we’ve decided to try and dedicate a little more time to the blog again bring you some more regular diary of a wedding planner posts, as we know you do adore them!

So, this week, Samantha jumped into her Fiesta and headed West, back to Wales to meet up with our international American couple, Jill & Nick – my ‘radiant orchid’ couple.

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You know how we like to label our couples by their theme or colour scheme, and it seems a little unfair to refer to Jill & Nick as our ‘Americans’ so radiant orchid it is, after their chosen Pantone colour of the year colour scheme.

Quite often when working with clients based oversees, I don’t have the privilege of meeting the couple in person until the big day itself, or a few days before, for obvious reasons. Sure, we email regularly – it’s unavoidable when planning something so important – and we’ve had ‘face to face’ meetings over Skype, but it’s never quite the same as meeting in person when you’re discussing things so personal and exciting, is it? However, in a rare opportunity, Jill and Nick were able to visit the UK for a few days this week, and as such we panned three days together on the road with back-to-back meetings, consultations, trials, tastings, and even a photoshoot thrown in for good measure.

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On Sunday we met – at last! – visited the venue, wondered casually around a wedding fair, discussed ideas, and even booked a fab photo booth. My couple have visited the venue before, but it was nice to walk around together, and a joy to listen to the mother of the bride’s reaction to the views as this was the first time she had visited Wales herself. It was a reminder that St Donat’s Castle really is breathtaking, and likely to be a real Welsh wonder to all the American guests who don’t often get to visit historic castles like this one! It was quite quirky to see the great hall set out ready for the college’s exam week, rather than the usual wedding breakfast set-up – how very Hogwarts!

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On Monday, we packed in as much as possible. Our Radiant Orchids took tea with the vicar – how charmingly British! – before we met with chosen florist Verity, from Blush Floral Art in Cardiff. A world of creativity awaited us, and much talk of purples, whites, roses, lilies and hydrangeas… Oh I do love a pretty bouquet!

We then moved on to our consultation with Jacqui from Cakes 2B Seen where we ate plenty of tasty, delicious samples, and discussed the merits of fondant vs. buttercream icing. You’ll have to wait for the final wedding pictures to see which argument won!

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The day ended with a meeting with the caterers and I left the radiant orchids and their respective moms to it as they tucked into their evening tasting to select the dishes for their wedding breakfast.

The next day, bright and early – the sun was shining hooray! – I picked up Jill and her mom and whisked her off to meet the talented wonder that is Kate Petersen. One trial was all it took to get Jill’s hair and make up wedding day perfect! Leaving us with plenty of time to chat weddings, proposals and bridesmaids. I won’t show you a picture of Jill’s finished bridal look it’s a surprise of course but here’s how she looked as we left for our next meeting…

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We regrouped with the groom and met photographer David Long, who photographed my wedding with Annie and Humphrey last year too. An engagement shoot ensued, at Ogmore Castle – the site of Nick’s earlier proposal on their last Welsh visit – and another trip to the venue and the beach on site. The couple took to the photography session like a fish to water… almost quite literally at some points as those waves grew closer to the shore!!

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We had a wonderful week, and achieved plenty. It was great to spend time discussing the wedding at length and the flow of the meetings made everything appear to come to life with great clarity – the wedding became a bigger reality, and the anticipation for the big day and it’s splendour grew before us! My radiant orchids have returned to the states beaming and full of excitement – hooray!

It was lovely getting to know both Jill, Nick and their moms along the way, spending time together discussing not just their wedding but the differences and similarities between American and British weddings I general. I have learned a lot, and enjoyed doing so.

Finally we said our goodbyes – for now anyway, we still have plenty to do! – and I was so touched to receive some yummy Californian candy bars from the bride’s mother in thanks for a splendid week of wedding planning. How very sweet indeed! Now if you’ll excuse me, I have weddings to plan… ahem… and chocolate to eat.

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Samantha

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

Eleri and Tim Satow ~ Testimonial

Oh So Honest – Client Testimonial

Such a pleasure to have received this wonderful email and testimonial from our Caerphilly Castle couple, Eleri and Tim. Oh So Perfect were delighted to be involved in the Oh So Supportive – On The Day Coordination of this beautiful Welsh castle wedding…

To view all the photos from our day at Eleri and Tim’s wedding please click on this link.

Dear Samantha

We’ve got back from an amazing honeymoon in Bali and have just been watching our wedding DVD and thought before we start out on our many thank you’s the first person we need to formally thank is you!!

We enjoyed every part of organising our wedding and had not even considered a Wedding Planner until we met you. We were so lucky to have come across you at the Swansea wedding fayre and learn of your ‘On the Day Coordination’ as we are not sure how we would have managed without it.

Every bride loves choosing her theme and organising little finishing touches to her wedding but on the actual wedding day you want to be stress-free to spend as much time as possible with friends and family enjoying the party! This is exactly what you enabled and we couldn’t have imagined it any other way.

Tim and I were so impressed you had so much time for us before the day, meeting us at Caerphilly Castle in order to know exactly what we wanted. It was so nice to know that you had everything in hand and that you were as excited for our big day as we were! As a bride to be organising a wedding in Wales from London, I really appreciated you organising timings and drop offs for the florist, cake, chair covers and liaising with the caterer on our behalf before the big day. Your calming nature especially you saying that you were available any time, even when texting you at midnight the night before the wedding to say we’d had a guest cancel put me at ease and enabled me to get a good nights sleep before the big day! You were such a nice calming addition to my parents house on the morning of the wedding as well and to collect our bits and pieces for the venue the wedding tree, favours, sweet stands, and welsh cakes and south african treats for the canopies. It left us free to be able to get ready in the morning and to not even think about the reception venue until we arrived.

When we did arrive at Caerphilly Castle we could see straight away that everything had been set up exactly as we had imagined it and could see you had everything in hand we were delighted!  You also provided so much support to our wedding party, our two rather nervous best men both told us how you made them feel so much at ease, and really helped them with their roles on the day particularly Andrew who was acting as our MC. Our bridesmaids loved your amazing box of tricks and really appreciated your assistance with emergency wardrobe adjustments! Your presence also put our parents at ease, knowing who to come to with any queries and not having to worry about anything themselves. Nothing was too much trouble for you and any little blips that occurred on the day you took in your stride providing solutions to any problems. It put us at so much ease to come to you with any queries we had with your calm structured approach to everything. In particular we appreciated your re-jigging and help with our male voice choir due to the over running of the speeches.

Thank you for enabling us to enjoy every moment of our special day. We would recommend every bride and groom use your On the Day Coordination to ensure a stress-free, unforgettable, fantastic, smooth-running day.

Eleri & Tim aka Mr & Mrs Satow

 

To view our full portfolio with photos and details of Eleri and Tim’s wedding, please follow the link: Eleri & Tim ~ Key To My Heart (Wales vs. South Africa) 

To read the testimonial from the mother of the groom, please follow the link: Sheryl Satow ~ Testimonial

To read the testimonial from the parents of the bride, please follow the link: Peter and Margaret Randall ~ Testimonial

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

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