Last month I started a new trend for my blog, with a monthly round up of behind the scenes here at VRW, and it sparked a really lovely positive response from you all, so here I am again with what I have been up to in April!
I have had a huge influx of new enquiries this month from some super lovely Brides-to-be, so have been busy with initial consultations, and learning more about their plans. I absolutely love this part of my job; meeting a new couple for the first time, and hearing all of their exciting ideas and inspirations for their wedding day. I've noticed that more and more couples are hosting their Receptions at home, either in their barn or within a marquee, and it's such a lovely idea which will turn into a truly personal celebration. There can be many more logistical issues to consider with this option however, so be sure to think these through before committing to hosting your wedding at home. Some guidance and advice available for weddings at home on Boho Weddings here.
At the beginning of the month, I was invited to attend the Quintessentially Atelier at The Dorchester in London, which was a really lovely experience for a 'wedding show'. All of the suppliers were delightful, and absolutely the best in their game, and I picked up some great ideas for my clients (as well as tasting some amazing cake!!).
I also got together with the lovely Susie and Kate from The Little Top, to get to know them both a little better and about what they have to offer in the way of childcare for weddings. I absolutely adore their concept of creating an amazing environment for the little people at weddings to really enjoy themselves and am really looking forward to working with them for two of my weddings later this year...I think I might sneak into the tent during the film and popcorn evening to enjoy a bit of Toy Story myself!! ;-)
The rest of the month has been full of client meetings, finalising plans and those last few details for their weddings this year. Some couples I have been working with since mid-2014, so I'm really very excited to see our plans to come to life in just a few short months!
I have been so lucky that I have received so many amazing applications in response to the position I have available for a summer work experience Assistant. I've been quite overwhelmed by just how many people would love to come and work with me to experience some beautiful real weddings this summer. I'll be scheduling some quality time next week to sit down and read through every single application and CV, before inviting a shortlist of candidates to a Skype interview. Sometimes working in this industry can be a little lonely, especially when working from home most of the week, so I can't wait to share this amazing experience with someone else who is as passionate about creating knockout weddings as much as I am!
Family & Friends
I enjoyed an afternoon and evening in London with some of my closest friends at the beginning of April, to celebrate my best friend turning 30 in June. I know it's a bit early...but my hectic wedding season means I sadly won't have time to celebrate with her in June, and of course, any excuse for a glass of bubbles or two! We had a lovely dinner at The Ivy Chelsea Garden (their Chocolate Bombe dessert is to die for.....!), followed by cocktails and dancing in at Jaks.
I stole some time with my 2 year old daughter when we had some great weather a few weeks ago (doesn't that feel like forever ago already....?!), and we had a walk and picnic in Christchurch Meadows in Oxford, which was just the loveliest day. Being self employed, I still find it hard to effectively manage my time between family and my business, so it's really lovely to spend quality time with Bella and take a break from emails and phone calls!
My Grandparents celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on the 20th April, which is a huge achievement, and amazing to even imagine (considering I have not yet been married 2 years!). My parents celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary back in February, and I turn 30 in the summer, so 2016 is a big year for celebrations in our family. And today, we're going out for dinner for my mum's birthday, which was on Thursday!
Speaking of celebrations, I'm a Bridesmaid in June for my friend Caylie (eeeek!), and so we enjoyed a weekend having beauty treatments, and making cocktails in London last weekend for her Hen Party, which was a lot of fun...although this was only the beginning, as we're going to Vegas in May for some slightly warmer hen festivities. May the pre-Vegas diet begin.....!
We have been busy working on our garden plans for this summer, and I've planted in my vegetables (although I was a bit eager with the tomatoes, and the frost has already killed them off!). We've just ordered a pizza oven to be built and currently planning the decking design which has been in the pipeline for about a year, since we bought a summer house! It looks a little lonely at the bottom of the garden at the moment, so I'm excited for bringing that corner to life this year, and using it as an outdoor dining and entertaining space!
I've played around with some of the decor in my office, and finally got around to hanging the tassel garland from Bubblegum Balloons, which has been packed away in a box since our wedding in 2014! But it's such a lovely reminder of our wedding day, I'm pleased to finally have it up!
Hope you've all had a great April, and I'll be back again at the end of May to share what I've been up to (if I've made it back from Vegas in one piece!!)