Member Focus – Chantilly Rose
Today we’d like to introduce Christina who runs Chantilly Rose. Over to you Christina…
How did it all start?
I have always been interested in the world of weddings but never knew if I would ever be in the wedding industry, let alone have my own business! After planning my own wedding and having a nightmare with the venue coordinator, I never wanted another bride to feel the way I did on my wedding day. I ended up doing her job as she left soon after we arrived, without telling us so. It was from that day that I realised I would be perfect for that job but it was always a ‘dream job’.
I then relocated from Portsmouth to Oxfordshire due to my husbands job in the RAF and met a wonderful lady called Rachel who already had her own event décor business. We quickly became friends and I started working for her as and when she had jobs on. She had the idea of doing a wedding competition for a couple in the emergency and armed forces services to win a wedding but didn’t know where to start. I put myself forward as the in house wedding planner for this competition in exchange for her help and knowledge, and slowly began developing my business in the background so that I could launch after the wedding day. After the day was over I was in no doubt that this was going to be my business and I would finally help others carry out their dream day without the stress that I had.
Do you have a favourite venue?
There are many I am yet to visit but I adore Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire. The monumental country house sits within gorgeous surroundings and the venue is just stunning. The high ceilings and fine detail within the building itself are amazing.
How would clients describe you?
Organised, professional and friendly. I get to know the clients individual needs, understanding that everyone’s budget and tastes differ.
Wedding planner/s you admire?
I adore Sarah Haywood. She is known as one of the best luxury planners in the U.K. I love her style and her professionalism in her work. I am yet to meet her but she is such an inspiration and where I would love to be in 10 years time.
How do you unwind?
Having two young children (as well as one older ‘child’, namely my husband) to look after and working from home I rarely get any ‘me’ time but when I do I usually just have a glass of wine or cup of tea and some cake with a few friends. I’m easily pleased!
What themes are you working on for 2016/17?
I am seeing a lot of silver and white at the moment. Two clients of mine are both having this theme this year. I am also doing a fairground type theme soon.
What trends are you seeing?
Metallics are very much in still and I think will be well in to 2017 too. Floral crowns and backdrops are of huge interest to brides too so I think we will be seeing more variations of those soon.
What is your signature dish?
I am not a chef in any way, shape or form but I can make really good roast dinners. My husband doesn’t complain anyway!
Whose celebrity wedding (dead or alive) would you love to design?
Prince Harry (Henry) of Wales. I have grown up watching him on the television and seen him grow into the man he is today. As we are similar in age I feel I can relate to him in some way. He seems like such a down to earth guy. I’m sure his wedding would be well suited to his personality and of course, who doesn’t want to plan a royal wedding?!
Is the job as glamorous as you thought?
Being a wedding planner is a lot of hard work with very few perks. I always knew it wasn’t going to be glamorous as such but I had hoped it would be more glamorous than it has turned out to be.
What is your vice?
Chocolate or sweets. I find it hard to resist the temptation.