The day dawned like any other quiet Saturday Morning. Clear blue skies, perfectly timed sunshine and a lovely warm temperature.
But whilst there was hustle and bustle at one of Europe’s largest stately homes, somewhere in a house in Sheffield Nick & John were preparing to tie the knot in a private ceremony at the Town Hall.
First to arrive on site was the florist, keen to ensure that the floral pieces were fed and watered and looking their best. Second, were the caterers, Dine, who were busily preparing the canapés for the champagne reception and third to arrive was me, in capacity of official Wedding Planner for the next 12-13 hours.
And boy, was it a 13 hours to remember!!
The home of Nick & Jon was preparing to receive a huge amount of guests that morning to join the newlyweds in a champagne toast before boarding a big red London bus to the wedding venue.
After well wishers and family toasted the couple it was Wentworth village bound to start the real celebrations.
The newlyweds and their children arrived in style in a classic vintage motor.
Upon arrival the wedding guests were greeted by my good self and a string quartet which sounded exquisite from wherever in the venue you stood.
As the guests took their seats they were treated to a musical interlude from a choir who accompanied the strings and sat in the peaceful surrounds of the Marble Saloon. The smell of fresh white blooms hung heavy in the air as guests awaited the most important part of the day.
Now, ladies and gents, I have had the pleasure of planning some fabulous weddings and this one was the most challenging (pardon the pun as Groom No.1 is called Challenger!) given the entertainment package put together by the Groom.
Having a keen interest in theatrical productions it was a show to beat all shows !
After a very emotional blessing carried out by a vicar (there was not a dry eye in the house) it was time to celebrate.
There was champagne, their was laughter and there was sunshine and smiles and it was a pleasure to see. Everywhere you looked people were laughing and smiling and I managed to get a quick shot of the happy couple themselves who were resplendent in co-ordinating suits.
After photographs, congratulations and well wishes, the guests were invited to dinner - otherwise known as the wedding breakfast - and were treated to a 3 course meal where singing waiters surprised the guests during dessert.
After more smiling, toasting and cutting of the cake, The evening guests were starting to arrive and a surprise “flash mob” performed for the newlyweds which caught them both by surprise!
Afterwards the guests were seated and treat to a fantastic show from the marvellous Ceri Dupree, Drag act and comedienne followed by a live band and dancing till the small hours.
The evening culminated with a fantastic firework display to music which everyone thoroughly enjoyed.
By midnight the party was over and Nick & John and their guests were elated with the whole day going to plan yet exhausted by the enormity of the day they’d had.
It was time to say goodnight and lock the doors of the big old house and once my clients were safely on their way I made my way home myself. Only when the clients go home is it time for me to relax. Still totally wide awake and buzzing from the thrill of pulling off a perfectly planned day I made my way out of the park past the sleeping livestock and the owls 🦉- what a perfect day it had been.
That’s what I do. Make sure dream days are a reality.
Until next time ...