Member Focus – Heart Shaped Weddings
Today we are pleased to introduce you to one of our newest Associate Members, Rebecca of Heart Shaped Weddings.
How did it all start?
Like a lot of planners, my wedding planning dream first started during the planning of my own wedding five years ago. Back then it really was just a dream and I let myself believe that once my big day became a wonderful distant memory that the wedding planning dream would to. But, if anything, the dream simply grew over the years!
The next chapter of this Heart Shaped story happened while I was on maternity leave a couple of years ago – in between feeding my son and changing nappies, all I could think about was this dream of mine – so I decided I just had to do it! The next day I booked my place on the Step-By-Step and Business Practicalities UKAWP courses and have been immersed in all things wedding ever since!
Do you have a favourite venue?
I couldn’t even whittle it down to a favourite type of venue, let alone a favourite! I pretty much adore them all, from the industrial London-white-box types to the grand Buckinghamshire-country-house-full-of-history types.
For me, it’s all about using amazing venues as the platform on top of which unique and personal touches of the bride and groom can be added, completely transforming the space and turning it into an incredibly personal place – that’s the perfect wedding venue.
How would clients describe you?
Passionate, friendly, ridiculously organised, super calm and flexible.
How do you unwind?
When I’m not running around after a two year old it just has to be “Sofa”, “Prosecco” and “DVD box sets”…My husband and I recently finished Breaking Bad and I’m still a little bit in mourning that it’s over!
What trends are you seeing?
Already here and a personal fave which I think is only going to get bigger and bigger, is the trend for all things glitter, metallic and sequins.
I’m also loving outside-of-the-box ideas with flowers, from floral anklets for a laid back beach wedding, to suspended blooms hanging over top tables, to standing under a floral arch to say your I do’s.
What is your signature dish?
Mr HSW is the chef in our household but I do make a seriously good (if maybe a little strong!) Baileys cheesecake.
Whose celebrity wedding dead or alive would you love to design?
Very much alive, but a little bit late now as it happened earlier this year – I’d have loved to have had a hand in the wedding of Olivia Palermo & Johannes Huebl. New York wedding perfection.
Wedding planners you admire
I’m lucky enough to have helped Isabel Smith (of Isabel Smith Wedding Design) with some of her weddings this year. Not only is she is one lovely lady, the weddings she works on are always full of amazing styling ideas and fab suppliers!
Is the job as glamourous as you thought
Now there’s a tricky one to answer! Yes and no, I guess is the right way to go here.
Having worked for 10 or so years in the fashion industry, one that on paper is considered to be a glamorous job, I knew the world of wedding planning would have its fair share of both the glam the not-so-glam.
Glam in so much as being the creative glue that pulls a bride and grooms big day together. Not-so-glam when clearing glasses or dusting pews!
Glamour aside, I feel incredibly lucky that I’m now living my dream job!
What is your vice
An endless list, of course. But my top three would have to be Prosecco, desserts and anything made by Cadbury!