Member Focus – Linen & Silk
Today we introduce new member Elisabetta Cirulli of Linen & Silk……
How did it all start?
It started when I was about 19, day-dreaming about my wedding dress (before I’d even met Mr Right!)… I clearly remember the day I realised that I loved the idea of organising weddings, but at the time I was living in Italy where wedding planners were unheard of, so I pushed the idea to the back of my mind until I moved to the UK. It took me years to finally convince myself that a career in wedding planning was feasible and not just a secret dream; so in 2009 I went on the UKAWP BP course and decided I would begin making changes to start my own business.
Do you have a favourite venue? It’s so difficult to pinpoint a favourite. I’m a lover of intimate, modern weddings and quirky venues, so if I had to pick one in London, it would probably be something like The Folly. However, my absolute dream venue would be a masseria (farm) in Puglia: a ceremony on a terrace overlooking the sea followed by a relaxed reception under the shade of olive trees. Just perfect!
How would clients describe you? Dedicated and approachable.
Wedding planner/s you admire? Another tough question to answer! I admire Preston Baily, not only because of the stunning events he creates, but particularly because he sounds like an incredibly down to earth man. Any planner of that caliber that maintains a humble attitude and promotes a spirit of cooperation the way he does deserves admiration. I also spend a lot of time researching the way our foreign counterparts execute weddings. I like to work with non-opulent spaces and natural light, but there’s a lot to learn from planners who, because of traditions and type of venues on offer in their countries, have no choice but constantly push creative boundaries to find a way to transform indoor spaces into magical settings.
How do you unwind? I used to say writing, but now that I write for a living it’s no longer the same! The only time I really and truly unwind is when I’m sitting on a beach, unplugged.
What themes are you working on for 2013/14? Weddings in the Mediterranean are getting more and more popular, so based on the 2014 enquiries I’ve received so far, I think relaxed, stylish weddings in South Italy will be my focus.
What trends are you seeing? Right now I love how UK stylists like Pocketful of Dreams are creating décor items that they cannot source from anyone else with their own hands. Bespoke is definitely the way forward. The US has a major influence on the way weddings are styled here in the UK, but somehow I feel we have a lot to catch up on, not because we are lacking style (UK wedding professionals are some of the most creative and unique ever!), but because resources are not quite there yet. It’s clear that traditional weddings with chair covers and standard table linens are dated, and luckily (for me…sorry!) the loose interpretation of ‘vintage’ appears to be on its way out. The appetite for bespoke and unique is definitely there, so it will be interesting to see how it evolves here in the UK. I can’t wait for the day we’re going to have linens suppliers that can offer us the choice that the US-based suppliers, such as La Tavola, offer our US-counterparts!
What is your signature dish? Pesto lasagna with ham and provola.
Whose celebrity wedding (dead or alive) would you love to design? Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, but rumour says I might be too late for that!
Is the job as glamorous as you thought? I was never quite under the impression that it was glamorous – you just need to work on one wedding to realise how much hard work goes into organising one!
What is your vice? I’m a chatterbox, so facebook and whatsapp are my addiction.