Member Focus – Papillon Events
Today we would like to introduce you to one of our newer Associate Members, Charlotte Pudney of Papillon Events. Over to you Charlotte...
How did it all start?
I’ve been involved in Corporate Events for many years but it was only when I moved out of London two years ago to Henley on Thames that weddings and private parties became more of a focus.
Do you have a favourite venue?
There are so many gorgeous venues in the UK so its hard to pick a favourite but I love historic venues and stately homes as they’ve already got instant character in which to build on and usually have stunning views, creating the perfect backdrop for photographs.
How would clients describe you?
Having read through the testimonials that I’ve received, the words that consistently pop up to describe me are: creative, imaginative, calm, attentive, ultra efficient and dedicated – all of which go hand in hand with event planning!
Wedding planner/s you admire?
Sarah Haywood in the UK and Mindy Weiss in the States. Both have built incredible reputations for delivering stylish and unforgettable events all over the world.
How do you unwind?
Walking along the riverbanks from Henley on Thames down to Temple Island – it’s such a beautiful stretch of the river. Cuddling up on the sofa with a romantic comedy and catching up with the girls over a bottle of fizz.
What themes are you working on for 2015/16?
I’m currently working on a clients party using an array of jewel tones – so it’s very decadent, luxurious and colourful. I can’t wait to see it come to life now after months of planning.
What trends are you seeing?
A return to classic elegance, romance and luxe themes seem to be very popular this year. My personal favourite at the moment is the mixture of metallic and neutral tones, which produces a very luxurious and elegant setting. I’m also loving the trend for feature dessert tables, serving a variety of gorgeous and deliciously tasty miniature treats.
What is your signature dish?
I adore all things fishy, so it would have to be a fillet of seabass on a bed of crushed new potatoes and green beans. Heaven on a plate and also very easy to cook.
Whose celebrity wedding (dead or alive) would you love to design?
Natalie Portman’s. She’s incredibly feminine, elegant and stylish and I can imagine her having exquisite taste.
Is the job as glamorous as you thought?
I’m not sure I’d call it glamorous as there are often times when I’m padding about a muddy field or a client’s garden looking at what style & size of marquee to put up but I wouldn’t change it for the world. The glamorous part comes on the day of the wedding/party, when you see the venue transform in front of your eyes with stunning floral decorations, table linens and lighting effects.
What is your vice?
I’m addicted to Starbucks Chai Latte and also to shopping in my sister’s boutique in Marlow. Both rather expensive habits to have!