Member Focus – Fine Style Weddings & Events
Today we are delighted to introduce one of our newest associate members, Nina Bushell who runs Fine Style Weddings & Events….
How did it all start?
I’ve worked in corporate events for the past eleven years, running large scale exhibitions and conferences, through to banqueting dinners, VIP and networking events. Two years ago I left the humdrum of commuting and the corporate life and set up on my own, and this year I moved into private events and wedding planning – and Fine Style was born.
I do sometimes feel it’s taken me a while to get here, but after clocking up many years of experience I can finally fulfill my lifelong dream for planning weddings and know that I have absolutely the best experience to do so professionally!
Do you have a favourite venue?
We are blessed with many beautiful wedding venues in the South-East, and I particularly love the South Downs area, both for its spectacular countryside and the gorgeous venues available. I would have to say one of my favourites is Goodwood House on the stunning Goodwood Estate. It’s in a truly beautiful setting with magnificent interiors, and really is an exquisite place for perfect wedding.
How would clients describe you?
Professional, personable, very organized and diplomatic. I work closely with my clients to provide them with a highly personal service. It’s important they can trust me with the most important day of their lives and I aim for them to feel totally supported and guided throughout.
Wedding planner you admire?
Not one in particular, but I admire many of the planners I’ve met over the past year who are all determined, professional and successful business women. It’s great to be part of a network of planners to support and share best business practice with each other.
How do you unwind?
By being very strict with ‘me’ time. It’s so important for me to factor in some downtime each day just for me, whether that’s a glass of wine in front of the TV, a relaxing bath or a cup of tea in the garden.
What themes are you working on for 2012/13?
Outdoor weddings for both ceremonies and receptions, with design and style transition from day through to night. And a rustic barn and countryside wedding with a strong chic and elegant touch.
What trends are you seeing?
Vintage is set to stay, with variations on this style coming through for 2013 – glam vintage and 1920’s and 30’s inspired. Retro and homemade have been fairly big this year, with the best of British influence of the Jubilee and the Olympics. Lace is still a big influence in design, along with classic and elegant influences. Outdoor weddings are also becoming much more popular in England, despite the uncertain weather!
What is your signature dish?
You mean to cook?! I’m hugely lucky that my fiancé does most of the cooking, but if I had to pick a dish I cook well it would be Mama’s Chicken Surprise. I can’t tell you any more than that, it’s a surprise…
Whose celebrity wedding (dead or alive) would you love to design?
Keira Knightley!! She recently announced on the Ellen Degeneres show that she hasn’t a clue what to do with planning her own wedding – let me at it!
Is the job as glamorous as you thought?
Organising any event is not a glamorous job and I’ve known that for a long time! It’s hard work, long hours and a deluge of problems to solve, but that’s why I love it!
I love planning a wedding from conception through to the wedding day, and to know that I’ve helped a couple have the wedding of their dreams is a true honour. To see it all come together on the day and the happy couples faces, is the best job satisfaction I could ask for.
What is your vice?
Wine. And being a perfectionist. I need to be for my job, but it can be exhausting in my personal life!