I have recently had two reminders of great memories courtesy of some ex-clients. It’s always lovely to be remembered at key moments in ex-clients lives and these have somehow felt all the more special during this strange time.
In July I heard from New Yorkers, Jonathan and Kelley who celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary. Jonathan had arranged a surprise Zoom with me as part of their 'lockdown celebration'.
It's so hard to believe their wedding was 20 years ago, it doesn't feel that long at all. It was so special to be a surprise part of their celebration and to see them both again; I felt touched and honoured. I truly do love my job, and clients like Jonathan and Kelley make it all the more special. Here's a photo from their rehearsal dinner at The Bluebird 20 years ago and one from our drinks catch up. We've hardly changed!
Then, last week, I heard from the mother of two brides and a groom whose weddings I planned in the early 2000s. Over a period of 7 years, I had the pleasure of planning the weddings of all three of their children.
She had been talking about me to someone who was having to postpone her wedding due to the pandemic and this triggered her dropping me a line to see how I was doing and to send me an recent photo of their much extended family (they are now grandparents to 7 children). It was lovely to have a brief exchange with her and share her memories of those three extraordinary days.
These two lovely re-encounters only serve to demonstrate that weddings will return as splendid and celebratory as they were before. They are a rite of passage, a bringing together of loved ones and a celebration like no other. They create indelible memories. How lucky I feel to be part of them.
Siobhan is acknowledged in the industry as the UK’s first Wedding Planner. And as well as being one of the UK's Wedding Industry Leaders and Influencers, she is an inspiration, coach and mentor to her students and graduates from The Event School London.
Bringing in examples of personal experience (portfolios, images, sharing stories of her weddings and events) brings the theory to life. The site visits support this. I found all the site visits beneficial. Being taught by someone of Siobhan's calibre is a true privilege.
Back in 1995, Siobhan recognised a gap in the market for designated co-ordinators to help couples through the wedding planning process saving them time, money and disappointment.
Siobhan is now established as one of the UK’s leading wedding co-ordinators. Her beautiful weddings have featured in Hello, OK! and many bridal magazines in various countries around the world. Her famous clients include Joan Collins, Barbara Windsor, Greg Kinnear, Sacha Mascolo-Tarbuck, Des O’Connor and Ronni Ancona.
She was GMTV’s resident wedding expert and featured on the show for the Interactive
wedding (2002-2006) where she designed various aspects of a wedding for the viewers to
vote on. In 2005 she launched her DVD, ‘From This Day Forward’, a guide to planning the perfect wedding.
Siobhan writes for various wedding magazines and is frequently requested as a speaker at
business seminars and wedding shows. She is also frequently hired as a consultant for
wedding related TV and radio shows, new venues and other suppliers within the wedding
industry. She has provided commentary for many of the Royal weddings, penned forewords
for industry books and appeared countless times on National and International tv and radio
providing expert commentary on a range of wedding related news items.
In 2013, with two of her industry colleagues, she founded National Association of Wedding
Professionals; an association promoting professionalism and integrity within the UK Wedding
Industry. The association has gone from strength to strength, boasting a high calibre
membership and is now regarded as a benchmark for professionalism within the UK industry.
Siobhan now spends some of her time lecturing for The Event School London, hosting
various Masterclasses and her 5-day Certificate in Wedding Planning.
Siobhan is renowned for her imaginative flair; no two weddings are ever the same. Her goal is
to achieve a wedding that is truly representative of the couple involved. A wedding that is
Siobhan's wedding planning courses with The Event School London include:
Certificate in Wedding Planning
MasterClass in Destination Wedding Planning
MasterClass in Wedding Business Development
Micro MasterCLass ReBoost Your Wedding Planning Business
(Virtual in Online Wedding Planning Classes or back in London in 2021)