so what does a wedding planner do?

Towards the end of last year I was contacted by Style me Pretty to feature in an article on what a wedding planner’s day typically looks like. Truth is there is no typical day – I could be in the office working on budgets and timelines, on a site visit in a far flung location with a client or preparing briefs with a floral designer – no two days are the same and that’s one of the reasons I love what I do so much.

As a luxury wedding planner my clients are typically busy professionals, often living and working internationally so meetings and consultations can take place any time of day or night and often with multiple suppliers on any one call. This means my working hours have to be flexible to and I’m often working well into the night or up withe the dawn chorus.

I plan and design a lot of at home weddings for couples getting married in the most personal of all locations. These tend to involve a lot of site visits, supplier meetings and sample creation to help the clients visualise the build of a venue in a pretty blank space.

To read the full article head on over to http://www.stylemepretty.com/2017/11/23/day-in-the-life-wedding-planner/

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planning for the year ahead

Towards the end of last year I attended a workshop called Focus and Thrive which was hosted by two incredible ladies; Fiona Humberstone, The Brand Stylist and Elizabeth Cairns. It was an opportunity to be surrounded by like-minded creative entrepreneurial women for two days, to really focus on our businesses, to think hard about what direction we want them to go in and create a solid plan to bring those goals to life. It was the most inspiring, empowering couple of days and I’d recommend it wholeheartedly to anyone considering attending it or any of Fiona’s workshops.

One of my focuses for this year is to build the coaching and education side of my business. I have been involved in the wedding industry for 25 years and have run my own successful planning consultancy for 13 so I know only too well the ups and downs that can occur. I have loved working with some of my coaching clients this past year and have many exciting plans in the pipeline, so watch this space!

I recently created a workbook for wedding professionals to help them focus on their goals for 2018 and create a plan to bring them into action. If you’d like to download a copy, just click on the link below.

Wishing everyone a very happy and successful year ahead,

Kim xo

 

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2018 Wedding Trends for Your Sussex Wedding

I was delighted to be asked to contribute to Your Sussex Wedding magazine’s article on wedding trends for 2018 recently. Talking all things greenery, pastel perfection and oysters, the magazine is out now!

An English Countryside meets Bollywood Wedding at Sezincote

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A wedding at Sezincote is a very special one indeed. A true hidden gem, nestled just outside the village of Chipping Campden in the Cotswolds I have worked at Sezincote a number of times now, and every single time it wows guests like nowhere else. The original inspiration for the Brighton Pavillion, this stunning building really is incredible and nothing can prepare you for when you get your first glimpse, having driven down the long oak lined driveway.

Prem and Clemmie were married on a beautiful June day; blessed with the perfect hazy sunshine they entertained their guests in style with two ceremonies, an incredible banquet and a troupe of Bollywood dancers.

It was important to represent both their cultures on their wedding day; on arrival guests were treated to English afternoon-tea canapes following which a traditional Milni (garland giving) ceremony took place on the steps in front of the iconic Sezincote elephants. Clemmie was hidden in the glorious house until the civil ceremony took place and she walked across the lawn to meet her husband to be.

The ceremony was incredibly personal – the glass Orangery at Sezincote provided the perfect backdrop with incredible flowers lining the steps. Prem & Clemmie’s friend sang beautifully for them and the readings were so lovely. They were showered with petals as they made their way out to the gorgeous grounds for signature cocktails and canapes.

The marquee was dressed with antique candelabra and terracota pots filled with seasonal flowers – blue hydrangea, coral peonies and roses. The wedding breakfast was an Indian banquet – fragrant curries, exotic side dishes and hand made breads were served alongside fine wines and champagne.

To start the evening, a surprise Bollywood dance troupe took to the stage providing an amazing performance – guests then danced the night away to the sounds of a band and DJ and enjoyed cocktails, cupcakes and bacon butties before waving Clemmie and Prem off to their waiting car.

Photography ALEXANDER JAMES / Cake LOLO GATEAU / Florist LUCY WALKER FLOWERS / Stationery METICULOUS INK / Venue SEZINCOTE / Bride’s Gown LAURE DE SAGAZAN / Bride’s Headpiece HERMIONE HARBUTT / Hair THE HAIR GALLERY / Bride’s Make-up KATE KELVIN / Groom & Groomsmens’ suits HACKETT / Wedding Rings TIFFANY & CO. / Marquee MUDWAY WORKMAN / Marquee Liner OASIS EVENTS / Sound and lighting KNIGHT LIGHT / Wedding car KUSHI CARS / Music ROGER STYLES / Bollywood Dancers THREEBEE / Band GROOVE ENVIRONMENT / Catering SARAH HUDSON-EVANS, MADHU’S, THE COCKTAIL SERVICE

 

A London Wedding at Lord’s

Bridal preparations Cala lily bouquetGroom's preparationsPre-wedding at Chelsea Old ChurchSassi Holford bridal gownLondon wedding bus, Lord's weddingCouple shots at Lord'sPeggy Porschen green and white mini cakesWedding at the Long Room at Lord's - flowers and tablesBride and groom at Lord's cricket ground

Catherine and Jeremy’s London wedding took place at Chelsea Old Church and guests were then transported to Lord’s cricket ground by a fleet of traditional red buses.  As a London wedding planner, I loved creating this wedding – we started with a palette of fresh green and ivory – simple but oh so stylish.

Catherine chose a bespoke Sassi Holford gown; exquisite hand beaded silk and a birdcage veil to complete her modern day bridal look. Mel Kinsman was on hand to work her magic – one of my most trusted colleagues who never fails to create a beautiful, timeless look on her brides.

Marianne and her team from Sweet Pea Flowers created all the arrangements for the wedding – I love working with Marianne on London weddings and those further afield; she has an ability to immediately interpret the brief perfectly and this was no exception.  Working with our ivory and green palette she created a simple bouquet of cala lilies which enhanced the clean lines of Catherine’s gown and for the reception tall arrangements of the lilies, ivory and lime green hydrangea, roses and lots of foliage made an elegant addition to the tables.

Lord’s is an incredible venue, so it was very special to be able to create a wedding in this space. Canapes and champagne were served in the Pavillion Terrace, overlooking the ground itself. This was a lovely intimate space and perfect for entertaining the guests who had travelled from all corners of the world to be preset. Guests mingled and listened to the sounds of a string quartet, before making their way to the Long Room for the wedding breakfast prepared by the talented chefs at Lord’s.

The Long Room itself is so iconic – filled with the world’s finest collection of cricket art and with the most amazing views over the hallowed turf we stayed with our simple decor and let the setting speak for itself. Crisp white linen, stylish calligraphy and crystal glassware completed the tall floral arrangements and tables were named after the Channel Islands where the couple were moving to after their marriage.

Peggy Porschen created the most delicious and pretty combination of her mini cakes to complement the colour scheme which were served as dessert.  Featuring delicate stripes, pastel green silk ribbons and the most fragile of sugar flowers they worked perfectly alongside the colour and grandeur of the room itself.

This was a super stylish, elegant wedding and was captured perfectly by Mason Photography. Catherine and Jeremy were the most lovely couple to work with and it was a pleasure to create a beautiful London wedding for them.

Photography Mason Photography // Venue Lord’s // Gown Sassi Holford // Flowers Sweet Pea Flowers // Cake Peggy Porschen // Make-up and Hair Mel Kinsman

 

A Flower Filled Spring Surrey Wedding

Sophie and Chris were blessed with the most perfect weather for their pretty outdoor Surrey wedding in the Springtime. Following their wedding ceremony at Tilford church, where their two pups acted as ring bearers, guests made their way back to Sophie’s family home on a fleet of vintage buses for a drinks reception, dinner and dancing.

Inspired by the picturesque setting, particularly the most gorgeous wall of ancient wisteria, Sophie opted for a colour palette of blush, lilac and purple with a hint of orange to give a nod to Chris’s Dutch heritage. A string quartet played in the background while guests enjoyed a drinks reception which included Sophie’s Mum’s homemade lemonade and shortbread biscuits, champagne and canapes.

The marquee was light and bright and filled with hundreds of paper pom poms, beautiful blousy blooms including peonies, hydrangea and roses from Blomster and at each place setting sat a jar of home-made jam finished with a liberty print fabric top. Vintage cups & saucers and purple water glasses completed the look. Guests feasted on a fabulous wedding breakfast, the highlight of which was a DIY eton mess dessert – piles of meringues, cream and berries were served to each table and guests helped themselves to the sweet delights.

The speeches were emotional yet hilarious and culminated in a performance with orange props-a-plenty by the groomsmen! The guest were treated to a fabulous band who played throughout the night and kept everyone on the dancefloor. Bride and groom’s cocktails, a sweetie table guest book and late night cheese on toast ensured they were fuelled for a night of partying!

“Sophie and Chris your love for each other was so clear to see from our first meeting; I had such fun planning this with you and wish you lots of love for the future together”

Planning, design and styling: Kim Balasubramaniam // Photography: Eddie Judd // Catering: Kalm Kitchen // Florals: Blomster // Cake: Lesley Grant // Marquee: Carron marquees // String quartet: Estilo // Car: Country Style Cars // Vintage buses: Ages Past

A Marquee Wedding in the Berkshire Countryside

Amelia and Allan’s wedding was full of pretty flowers, thoughtful touches and the laughter of friends and family. Inspired by the beautiful setting of their family home, we worked together to create a pretty as a picture English garden wedding. The home has been in their family for generations and Amelia’s own parents had their wedding pictures taken under the very same tree in the pictures above; the love that all the family had for one another really shone through throughout the whole planning process and of course on the day itself.

At the heart of this celebration were the couple’s young children who performed their bridesmaid and page boy duties with aplomb and looked utterly gorgeous in their ivory and sage green outfits. This colour palette carried through to the adult bridesmaids dresses and in the flowers where a touch of blush pink was also added; Ruby & Grace did an amazing job creating the most beautiful bouquets for Amelia and her girls, and stunning arrangements throughout the church, garden and marquee.

We were blessed with perfect weather for guests to enjoy champagne and canapes in the gardens; with many flying in from overseas this was a great opportunity for them to catch up with old friends and for the two families to celebrate Amelia & Allan’s union. A caricaturist provided some light entertainment and a steel band played throughout, giving a nod to Allan’s Caribbean roots.

The marquee was hung with hundreds of pastel paper lanterns which looked so pretty against the simple ivory draping. Tables were laid with ivory linen and adorned with fragrant floral arrangements; tall candelabra and silver bowls full of roses, hydrangeas, eucalyptus and trailing ivy. Chairs were tied with a single ivory rose and Cutture’s laser cut stationery looked magical. Amelia made favours for all the guests, and pale pink & green water glasses completed the look.

As the night faded, flickering candles and pea lights made the whole space feel romantic; after cutting their spectacular cake Amelia & Allan made their way to the dancefloor for their first dance. The party continued into the night, fuelled by cocktails and the sounds of the band; one night that the whole family will never forget.

“Amelia & Allan it was an absolute joy to work with you both and bring your dreams to life; we had so much fun! Your family is super special & I wish you nothing but love for the future together.”

Planning, design & co-ordination: Kim Balasubramaniam // photography: Polly Alexandre // catering: Kalm Kitchen // florals: Ruby & Grace // stationery: Cutture // dress: Maggie Sottero at Miss Bush // make-up: Mariam Jensen // cake: Cakes by Krishanthi // bridesmaids dress: Nicky Macfarlane

Old Masters Inspired Wedding Styling

I was delighted to see my Old Masters inspired shoot featured in You & Your Wedding magazine this month. This wedding styling inspiration shoot has to be one of my favourite yet – I love the bold colours, statement stationery and the amazing cake.

Old Masters inspired wedding tablescape

I have always been inspired by art, in particular the Old Masters style of paintings – having planned and styled weddings at venues such as Dulwich Picture Gallery the two are often intertwined. I wanted to capture the essence of the paintings in this wedding styling; the rich, blousy florals coupled with sumptuous feasts and the bold, jewel like colours set against moody dark backgrounds when I designed the shoot and The George in Rye was a perfect location.

The Benson Room at the George is painted in dark Farrow & Ball grey and has an original stripped wooden floor, which was ideal for the slightly rustic yet refined feel of the shoot.

Old Masters inspired tablescape wooden table

For the main tablescape, a centrepiece of bright blousy flowers including anemones, ranunculus, trailing jasmine and clematis leaves was placed to one side, and a foliage trail followed the length of the table. Single stems were placed in seashells foraged from the beach giving both a nod to the venue’s location and the paintings’ origins. Vintage brass candlesticks lined the centre, which were filled with black and burgundy candles. At each place setting a black granite plate sat atop a wooden charger and personalised menu cards were made for each guest; the hand drawn blooms adding a pop of colour to each space. Cut glass water goblets and crystal wine glasses completed the look and I used ghost chairs to both add a touch of modernity to the table and so that you could see all the detail through.

Old Masters inspired wedding styling at The George in RyeOld Masters inspired wedding reception at The George in Rye

One of the predominant features of the Old Masters style is the sumptuous feasts full of fruit, breads, whole hams and a myriad of other delights. My wonderful friend and super talented food stylist Jen Middlehurst created the most amazing display of cheeses, charcuterie and fruit which would have been fit for any banquet.

Rustic styled charcuterie station

Rustic style cheese station

For the table plan I wanted it to feel as though the cards were floating in the frames; tables were named after artists and the old frames hung on the walls, adorned with small posies of the flowers from the main table. The stationery was detailed with the most exquisite hand painted bright florals on black card with gold details and calligraphy.

Berin Made stationery suiteFramed wedding table plan

One of the most impressive parts of this shoot was the stunning cake. Zoe Clarke totally nailed the brief and knew exactly what I was after as soon as I met with her. It was brave to go for a black cake, but I wanted something completely different and show stopping; it worked perfectly with the rest of the shoot and really brought everything together.

Black wedding cake with hand painted flowers

I so love designing inspiration shoots – it is a fabulous opportunity to collaborate with a bunch of super talented people, you can really let your imagination run wild and create something special. Watch this space for the next one…!

The Dream Team

Styling: Kim Balasubramaniam

Photographer: Wookie Photography

Venue: The George in Rye

Food styling: Jen Middlehurst

Crockery, glassware & candlesticks: Classic Crockery

Linen: Just 4 Linen

Cake: Zoe Clarke

Stationery: Berin Made

Flowers: Alex Ball

Chairs: Academy Furniture Hire

PR: Something Blue PR

 

Daisy & Haibin’s Wedding – Featured on Style me Pretty

I was beyond thrilled when Daisy and Haibin’s beautiful wedding was featured on one of my favourite wedding blogs, Style me Pretty. They featured my own wedding way back when, so it’s always held a special place in my heart and is one of the world’s leading resources for wedding design ideas and inspiration.

You can read the full feature here and see some of their gorgeous imagery below. Shot by the super talented Zosia Zacharia.

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