Member Focus – The Black Sheep Wedding Company

Today I am very pleased to introduce you to Cristina, one of our newer members, who runs The Black Sheep Wedding Company …..

How did it all start?

After 14 years working in publishing/media and events including three years overseas I knew I wanted to work for myself when I returned to London late last year.  I set up my business as a wedding planner as it is a profession that I thought would make the most of my contacts, skills and creativity.

The wedding industry has always interested me, I have helped many friends plan their weddings, planned my own, designed table plans, arranged hen and stag weekends and have always been the ‘go to’ person to source things and been the social organiser at home and at work.

I attended a couple of UKAWP training courses in April this year to cement my thoughts and ensure I had covered everything I needed to before I launched. Finally, in July 2012 The Black Sheep Wedding Company was born.  Our name ‘The Black Sheep Wedding Company’ reflects us as the weddings and events we help create and plan are very individual, unique and different.

Do you have a favourite venue?

Not one in particular but I do love anywhere with a magnificent view so venues with access to views of beaches, rolling hills, and mountains would get my vote.

How would clients describe you?

Thoughtful, honest, creative and fun with a passion for what I do, a big imagination, an ideas person, very organised with amazing attention to detail.

Wedding planner you admire?

Some of the ladies I’ve met through the UKAWP. I have loved their openness, drive and passion – not surprisingly these ladies are very successful.

How do you unwind?

I enjoy the outdoors so kayaking, cycling, skiing – anything that gets me out in the open air.

What themes are you working on for 2012/13?

I attract those who want something a little different, so every wedding tends to be very individual.  I’m currently working on a ski themed wedding, a wedding for a couple of watersports enthusiasts and a golf themed stag break. I just finished a blog post only last week on a Bond themed day which I would love to do sometime.

What trends are you seeing?

Bigger bouquets and long sleeved dresses are definitely in for this winter.

For next year I have seen some beautiful wedding dresses coming through in the designer collections with lots of sheer and french lace.  There is also a subtle sexiness with the dresses that are in the collections for 2013 so more flesh on show, fitted bustiers and sheer fabrics.  Coloured dresses especially dark red will be popular as seen with the latest Vera Wang collection and possibly gold as we head towards Winter 2013.

Guys are generally looking more dapper. Grooms tend to be moving away from the traditional and suits are darker, fitted and well designed.

Themes trending for next year include retro, rustic, prints and patterns – especially geometric.

Individual backdrops for the ceremony are more sought after, ribbons, origami, birds –anything a little more individual and personal.

The relaxation of the laws into timings of weddings will also be more apparent next year when you will see more sunset/sunrise celebrations. 

What is your signature dish?

Anything homemade you can prepare and put on a BBQ – my husband is Australian and insists on them, even in winter! I also make a mean Paella…

Whose celebrity wedding (dead or alive) would you love to design?

Brad and Angelina’s – this wedding would be the one I would LOVE to design. A good looking couple, you only have to look at Angelina’s unique engagement ring designed by Brad, to see that this wedding has potential to be really individual.  They have so many locations, films, charity work and interests I could get inspiration from.

Is the job as glamorous as you thought?

I was never under any illusion the planning process would be glamorous all the time having managed events in the past but I love the design process and the glamour of the wedding day itself.

The couples and industry suppliers I have had the pleasure of working with are also really lovely and weddings being a happy occasion mean everyone is very positive and upbeat which with the doom and gloom around the economy right now is a refreshing change.  I meet many small business owners and entrepreneurs in this industry who are so creative and full of enthusiasm, this is very motivating.

What is your vice?

Beauty products, I have jars and tubes of the stuff which I cannot possibly use all at once, and good wine.

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