Monthly Round Up | June 2017

It feels like Summer has finally arrived this month, with a mega heatwave taking hold last week. We seem to spend all Winter wishing for sunshine, and as soon as we get some, it's too hot and we can't cope! Of course we all rush out to buy emergency fans, and everywhere has already sold out. Note to self: be prepared!! 

Anyway, it's been a great month here, and I'm excited to share a little about what I've been up to in June:

Business

I've had two fabulous weddings this month, which have both been simply amazing. I know I say this a lot, but I'm so lucky to be able to work with such fantastic teams. Here are a couple of sneak peaks from a wedding at Aynhoe Park last week:

Paula Rooney Flowers Aynhoe Park Vanilla Rose Wedding Planner
Cakes by Krishanthi Aynhoe Park Vanilla Rose Wedding Planner
Paula Rooney Flowers Aynhoe Park Vanilla Rose Wedding Planner

Aside from running the two weddings, I have mostly been working on upcoming plans for my weddings later in the year; with a couple of floristry meetings, site visits, a client menu tasting, a final run through for a fabulous July wedding, and a couple of design brainstorm meetings with new couples. Although everyone always thinks being a Wedding Planner is such a glamorous job (and don't get me wrong, it absolutely has it's glamorous moments!), I spend a lot of my time behind a computer at my desk getting down to the finer details that planning a wedding entails. At any one time, I'm usually surrounded by a number of folders, notebooks, spreadsheets and stationery samples, alongside a lengthy To Do list (in my beautiful Lifestyled Planner no-less!)

 

Home

We haven't actually been home much this month, so I'm not sure I have anything to add here! I've mostly been nurturing the flowers in my garden, enjoying the last of the peonies, and I was excited to discover that the cauliflower plants actually have cauliflowers growing on them now! I haven't tried growing them before, as I usually stick to the fail-safe options like rhubarb, strawberries and tomatoes, so I wasn't convinced they would work out, but I now have 5 small cauliflowers which already look delicious (it's a shame no-one else in my house likes them apart from me - not sure what I'm going to do with 5 cauliflowers that will all be ready at the same time - any suggestions?!)

Sarah Bernherdt Peonies

I've been following a few interior and lifestyle bloggers on Instagram recently, and I'm now making plans for our Utility Room to have a makeover after feeling envious of some I've seen. My husband thinks I'm mad when I come up with lots of grand ideas for what is essentially a room to house the washing machine and tumble drier, but you know, these things are important in life. Right...?!

 

Family

At the end of last month's post, I mentioned that we were in Ibiza for a short family trip. It was such a lovely time away, and I'm currently daydreaming of Formentera beaches as we speak...! My husband travels to Ibiza frequently for work, but I haven't been for a number of years (since we got engaged there in 2012), and I was instantly reminded of how much of a beautiful island it is! Soft white sands, clear blue waters, and the constant background Ibiza chillout tracks playing as you lounge by the pool! This was our first trip to Ibiza with Bella, and she was just so happy playing in the sand, or splashing around in the pool! We took her to a "Go Ape" adventure park, which had a fab smaller course for little ones - which she absolutely loved (once she'd got the hang of it!). We found some new favourite restaurants whilst we were there, and I'm looking forward to heading back there and discovering some more with a couple of my girlfriends for a long weekend once wedding season has ended, as a little treat to myself! 

Madame a la Plage straw tote bag
Ibiza Hotels
Ibiza Bougainvillea
Formentera Ibiza

Mid month, we hosted a brunch for my parents at home, to celebrate my dad's birthday. We don't often get time to sit down and have a meal together at our house, as we're all super busy. My parents currently split their time between our family home in Dorset and their home in Oxfordshire, and they often host us for lunch, so it was lovely to be able to re-pay the favour and enjoy a delicious brunch at home with them. The same day we also welcomed some friends for a late lunch, so we were suitably full come dinner time!

We also spent a weekend in Polzeath, Cornwall, with my parents in law, for Fathers Day and my Father in Law's birthday. It was during the heatwave week, and our apartment was literally right on the beach, so it was a perfect escape to the cool sea for a few days before returning to the sauna we called home early last week!

Polzeath Cornwall Coastline
Polzeath Cornwall Coastline

We're gearing up for Bella starting school this September, and the information has been pouring in thick and fast about term dates, uniform requirements, and what feels like endless forms to fill in. I'm so excited to see her truly flourish when she starts school - she's such a clever little girl, and I'm definitely going to be one of those mums crying at the school gates on her first day! 

 

Hope you've all had a fab month :-).

 

Love,

Jeni x

Real Wedding | Andy & Alice

I have so many beautiful weddings to share with you from this year, but today I wanted to share one of my favourites with you. Hosting a wedding reception at home has been a popular choice for my couples this summer, and I hope many more couples feel inspired to do the same. If you're lucky enough to have the space, as it's such a wonderfully personal and unique venue to choose. 

Alice grew up at this beautiful family home in the picturesque Cotswolds village of Ascott-under-Wychwood. She knew they wanted to get married in Alice's childhood Church, so it was the perfect venue being just a stones throw from the Church gate. 

I started working with Andy, Alice and her family 8 months before their wedding, to help with the more complex logistics and planning that come with arranging such a large and important event at home. Although they had hosted larger parties at home before, they had never arranged a wedding. With many more suppliers involved, a more complicated setup and detailed design arrangements, this was an incredibly important occasion for them. 

Hosting a wedding reception at home presents it's own challenges and logistical issues, and there are often many more things to consider than you initially think. But this wedding just goes to show that it is absolutely worth the effort! 

Guests spent the weekend glamping in the most gorgeous Bell tents, and spent many hours relaxing in the wood fired hot tubs before getting dressed up to celebrate Alice & Andy's wedding on Saturday afternoon.

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One of the highlights of the day was the moment when Alice's family Shetland Pony Jemima made an appearance to top up champagne glasses during the drinks reception. Jemima was joined by Alice and Andy's pugs; Hector and Blossom, who looked a whole bundle of cuteness bounding around the garden!

Following a beautiful Church Ceremony in the village Church, reception celebrations were hosted within the most glorious Papakata Sperry Tent. I am a HUGE Papakata fan, and am delighted that they have now opened an office near me in the South of England (after always being located in Yorkshire!). Sperry Tents are brand new to the UK, and are certainly the prettiest marquees I have worked with. They have an elegant unique shape, and are the perfect blank canvas to add your own style and personality. 

Alice and her sister created the beautiful blackboard menus which you can see in the images below. They started life as a stable door, which were painted with blackboard paint, and then creatively written with chalk pen. They looked beautiful in the tent, and were a great talking point amongst guests throughout the day. Mabel & Rose provided the vintage prop hire, which I styled with LOTS of plants and flowers to complete this rustic country garden style.

The place settings were my favourite. I used my favourite crockery from Classic Crockery, and also their beautiful vintage glassware. Alice and Andy lovingly made bottles of sloe gin and chutney for their guests months before their wedding, and added a stamped name tag so that the favours could double up as place names.

The lovely Amanda and her team from Eden flowers created over 60 jars of beautiful florals which looked absolutely stunning and fitted perfectly with the table design. They potted a variety of herbs in chalkboard zinc pots which acted as table names, and I also used them to create a table plan using a old painters ladder and chalkboard signs. 

Event Planning, Design & Styling: Vanilla Rose Weddings | Photography: Michelle Wiggett | Sperry Tent: Papakata | Floral Design: Eden Flowers | Wedding Cake: The Pretty Cake Company | Bridesmaids Dresses: Maids to Measure | Rustic Prop Hire: Mabel & Rose

 

Testimonial

"We asked Jeni to help us plan our Sperry tent wedding at my parents house and she couldn't have been more wonderful. From the moment we met until the moment it was all over she was a marvel. So many great ideas and helpful suggestions, including lending us her coconut shy. She took over all the planning in the last couple of months and co-ordinated the day itself brilliantly which meant we were able to have a wonderful stress free day that we (and our guests) will remember forever! Thank you so much Jeni!"  Alice | The Bride