Member Focus – Roseberry Weddings
Introducing another of our lovely member planners – Kim Price who runs Roseberry Weddings in London…
How did it all start?
After enjoying an exciting career in financial markets, I was keen to change industries and start my own business in something I am passionate about while still putting to use all the skills and experience I had gained. Wedding planning was a perfect fit! To learn more about my background, please see my blog post with the back-story here.
Do you have a favourite venue?
I fell deeply in love with Syon Park the minute I saw it! The grounds are stunning, the Great Hall is beautiful and, despite it’s grand first impression and generous guest capacity, it actually allows for very intimate ceremonies. When guests turn the corner and the breathtaking Great Conservatory reveals itself, they know they are in for a very special celebration. The Great Conservatory is a “dry hire” venue so just about any style is possible in there. Couples can tailor their wedding to suit their unique vision.
How would clients describe you?
Professional, reliable and calm. It’s music to my ears when I hear my clients describe the benefits of hiring an experienced wedding planner as “invaluable” and that my enthusiasm for all things wedding made their planning experience enjoyable throughout.
How do you unwind?
Playing guitar, cooking and spending quality time with my 2 year old son.
What themes are you working on for 2012/13?
A year on from last year’s Royal Wedding, the interest to return to traditional themes remains. However, even with preferences for traditional style, this year’s couples aim to inject as many personal touches as possible, keeping away from that “cookie cutter” wedding and having a classic & elegant wedding that still entirely reflects them as individuals.
What trends are you seeing?
I am still seeing interest in quirky and informal themes but I feel this trend is starting to lose steam after a good run the last few years.
My couples are increasingly eco-conscious. I love this and thoroughly enjoy incorporating eco-friendly ideas when working together to design their big day.
What is your signature dish?
Chicken adobo & rice. I am half Filipino and grew up with this comfort food. I try hard to copy my mum’s recipe although sadly I never get it quite like hers. Making it myself is the next best thing though.
Whose celebrity wedding (dead or alive) would you love to design?
I would have loved to design Kate Moss & Jamie Hince’s wedding. They brought together glamour, style and informality perfectly. Their wedding was high-end yet down-to-earth, a balance not easily achieved, and the party was jam packed with fun for their guests!
Is the job as glamorous as you thought?
Glamour is something planners work to create for their clients rather than experience personally. The work of a wedding planner is exactly as I expected…6-12months of very hard graft followed by a day of being fortunate enough to witness the heartwarming union of a loving couple followed by their beautiful celebration (all while working flat out behind the scenes on the day of course!).
What is your vice? The too much time on the internet!