Showcase Wedding – Benessamy Weddings and Events

Today we are delighted to showcase a wedding coordinated by Val Mattinson of Benessamy Weddings and Events. Over to you Val…

Chris and Maebellyne’s Mad Men Inspired Wedding at Norwood Park

When Chris and Maebellyne first contacted me they were primarily interested in our venue finding service for their UK destination wedding. With their busy careers and their Zurich location, they subsequently realised they needed help with all aspects of their wedding plans.

They booked our full wedding planning service for their wedding and chose to style the day with a Mad Men theme, incorporating elements of Filipino tradition into their ceremony.


I conducted an extensive venue search for Chris and Maebellyne which led to them selecting the beautiful Norwood Park near Southwell in Nottinghamshire for their reception and the Barnbygate Methodist Church in Newark for their ceremony.



Following a detailed design consultation Chris and Maebellyne chose to style the day with a Mad Men theme and incorporated elements of Filipino tradition into their ceremony.

As part of our full wedding planning service we sourced a fabulous team of quality wedding suppliers.



We also:

  • identified guest accommodation options
  • made rehearsal dinner reservations
  • provided wedding day guest survival kits
  • organised a last minute clay pigeon shoot for the groom and his team on the morning of the wedding!



I really enjoyed working with Chris and Maebellyne and was thrilled when they agreed to share their experience of planning a wedding from abroad in this special post over on our blog


They also wrote this lovely testimonial about our wedding planning service:

“On the morning of the wedding, Chris and his friends went out clay pigeon shooting. I on the other hand went for a leisurely run around Norwood Park. Several of our friends along with the hair stylist and make-up artist commented that they’d never seen anyone so completely calm before getting married.

As much as we’d love to claim we have nerves of steel, we in fact have Val and Anna to thank for everything! Val provided us with her Full Wedding Planning service which meant she helped us every step of the way from choosing a location, finding fantastic suppliers to liaising with the local Register offices and then pulling all the details together on the big day. We were so calm because we knew the team had everything under control and that things would just run smoothly.

Planning a wedding can be hard enough at times but when you’re doing it from hundreds of miles away I’d imagine it adds a whole other level of stress. Thankfully we have no clue what that other level of stress feels like because we had Val. She kept us on track, offered support when needed and gave us ideas we never would have come up with on our own. The day itself could not have gone any better. Our guests still talk about the wedding and how much fun they had.

It was an absolute pleasure working with Val so if you’re thinking about hiring Benessamy…do it!”

Chris and Maebellyne’s Wedding Team


Wedding Planning – Benessamy Weddings & Events
Ceremony Venue – Barnbygate Methodist Church
Reception Venue – Norwood Park
Photographer – Eleri Tunstall at ICKOOTU Photography
Dress – Mooshki Bridal
Bespoke Veil – Bespoke Vintage Castle
Hair and Makeup Ben and David Peck-Whiston Makeup Artist
Bespoke Stationery and Styling – Mad Philomena
Flowers – Fleurs
Cake – Yummy Little Cakes with custom topper created by Miss Cake
Wedding Transport for the Bride and Bridesmaids – London Style Taxi – Exclusive Cars

Wedding Transport for their guests – London Routemaster by Blackmore Commercials
Band – The Kickstarts Band
Photobooth –

1 Comment

  1. Carl Tulumello on 8th June 2016 at 10:18 pm

    Super personal and happy wedding crowd!

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