“There is no greater burden than carrying an untold story.” – Maya Angelou
Welcome to my journal. Here, you will find actual diary entries chartering the life and experiences of a busy Wedding Planner. I’ll introduce you to the talented people I meet, reflect on actual weddings I’ve planned and share real issues, experiences and lessons learned as well as wedding planning wisdom and inspirational ideas. This is my story and I am privileged to share it with you.
Amy and Oliver's New Year's Eve Wedding
I recently had the privilege of assisting a wonderful couple who chose a Papakata Tipi situated on land adjacent to the Bride’s family home as the venue for their amazing New Year’s Eve wedding.
It was an incredibly memorable day, full of love and laughter and the kind of warmth you only ever experience as a result of two equally supportive families joining forces in order to celebrate the marriage of two extremely special people.
From the sunrise to the sunset, which preceded the dawning of a brand new year, the story of their remarkable day is told in this beautiful collection of images captured by Pete Slaney of Photography Zero Eight.
Having enjoyed assisting Amy and Oliver so much, I am particularly moved to have received this beautiful testimonial…
“Since our wedding day, we have been searching for a way to say thank you Helen for everything you did to assist us, it has been two months since the wedding and we still cannot think of a way to thank someone who did as much for us as you did.
You are without doubt, one of the most conscientious and considerate people we have had the pleasure of dealing with. Your meticulous attention to detail, combined with the calm and professional way in which you handled everything (and everyone) both during the preparation for, and on the day of our wedding resulted in a day more amazing than even we could have imagined.
From the big task of helping us to find reliable, amazing suppliers to the minute details such as reminding me a couple of days before the wedding that I hadn’t ordered flowers for our cake! Every piece of advice was perfect and helped us achieve the memorable day we wanted.
On the wedding day you were such a calming influence. We had no worries whatsoever as we knew that if there was a problem you would sort it, and sort it without mentioning a word. In actual fact, after the wedding we heard about a few minor glitches that happened on the day, and when we asked the suppliers involved why they didn’t tell us about them, their reply was “Helen sorted it, immediately”. On the most important day of our lives, that was priceless.
Looking back, we cannot believe we ever wondered whether hiring you was a truly viable expense. You are worth your weight in gold and any couples who are searching for an utterly reliable, incredibly knowledgeable and entirely trustworthy pair of hands need look no further. Looking forward, we will happily recommend you to everyone we know, in fact we already have on several occasions.
Thank you so much Helen for making our day live up to all our expectations, which as you know, were very, very high!” Amy and Oliver (Mr & Mrs Surtees)
“We simply cannot recommend Helen highly enough. If you want to remove the maximum amount of stress from your wedding, whilst retaining the maximum amount of freedom to create your vision, and benefiting from lots of experience, recommended suppliers and trade knowledge, then you need look no further than Helen to deliver all of this and more! If you don’t book her, someone else will. An absolute super star, we love her to bits!”
“Our wedding day was a resounding success that very much was a day both my husband and I had planned but what Helen did behind the scenes made it spectacular and we will forever be grateful to her. We genuinely can’t recommend her enough.”
“You are without doubt, one of the most conscientious and considerate people we have had the pleasure of dealing with. Your meticulous attention to detail, combined with the calm and professional way in which you handled everything (and everyone) both during the preparation for, and on the day of our wedding resulted in a day more amazing than even we could have imagined.”