I love weddings (fact) I love getting dressed up, eating delicious food, catching up with family and friends and watching a beautiful wedding take place.
Since meeting Luke back in 2013 we have been lucky enough to attend 11 (12 if you count ours) weddings together, and whilst I have danced the night away with a drink in my hand, and over indulged in fine food, I have never once thought about the team that work so hard behind the scenes. The ones who keep everything running smoothly leaving no stress for the bride and groom.
I was extremely lucky on my wedding day to have the most amazing suppliers working so hard to ensure my day was perfectly amazing and flawless. I mean these guys I honestly miss!! Some I got to know over a longer period of time, others I only met on the day, but I just felt so at ease with everyone, it’s like we were best friends.
So I have to dedicate this post to my suppliers for the Kendal Taylor wedding on the 29th January 2022
The Holkham team – Being completely honest I wasn’t sure about the wedding planners at Holkham (bare with me on this) I had lots of concerns that they weren’t very attentive with us, and we didn’t hear from them very often, and at times I really felt like I needed more guidance from them, as this was both Luke and mine’s first (and only) wedding. I had major concerns over how the day would run and all come together, and yes there was a few sleepless nights. And that’s because contact was quite minimal with the Holkham team in the months leading up to the wedding. HOWEVER on the day I really really (really) cannot in any way fault Belle, Niamh and entire Holkham team, who despite my early concerns, were AMAZING! They worked efficiently, professionally and knew exactly what they were doing! And ran the day absolutely flawlessly. There wasn’t a single a glitch, it was just perfect. So although I didn’t hear from as much as I thought I would, I think that’s because they are pretty confident in what they do and know what they are doing.
Wedding planner/on the day coordinator – As well as the Holkham Wedding team Belle and Niamh, we decided to bring in an independent wedding planner to oversee everything and ensure that there would be no glitches on the day. There was never another wedding planner that we were ever going to go for, except Emily Andrew Events. Emily actually helped Luke plan my surprise proposal back in December 2020, in between lockdowns, so I was happy to find she had our wedding date free in her diary and jumped on board the Kendal/Taylor wedding. I mean really what can I say about Emily? She just gives you this confidence that everything is going to be just fine, her presence is calming and she’s always one step ahead of you. She liased with suppliers on our behalf, she sat in on zoom calls with us, always taking notes and making sure the timeline of events added up. It was also a really lovely personal touch to have her as planner for our wedding, as she had already been present during such a big in event in mine and Lukes life.
Photographer – Georgia Rachel Phototherapy is another special one for Luke and I because like Emily, Georgia was also their on my surprise proposal, ready and waiting to photograph the whole thing. Luke & I had looked on Instagram at different Norfolk based photographers, and spoke to a few at a wedding show we’d been too, but we kept coming back to Georgia! Her style and flare was something that we found other photographers just didn’t match up too. So we decided not to look around anymore and see if Georgia was still available. Fortunately she was (we did leave booking her quite late) but she had our date free and again I was so happy we had her on board. It was just such a super special touch to have someone who kind of knew us. She is like so chill, so nice, and she really knows how to capture the moment, she allowed our personality’s to come through, and it was all about the natural rather than the stuffy. As we wanted a second a photographer on the morning of our wedding to shoot the groom and groomsmen getting ready, Georgia recommended Richard Jarmy Photography, someone that she knew and had worked with before. As he spent most of his time photographing the boys in their room I didn’t see much of him. However the grooms all thought he was brilliant, with a wicked sense of humour , and his photos were equally as brilliant.
Videographer – Mike Savory Videographer was a recommendation by Georgia, and honestly when these two work together it’s just GOLD!! We checked out his YouTube and Instagram reels and the rest is history. Mike walked into my bridal suite whilst we were all having hair and makeup done, and I felt like I’d known him for ages, very warm and very friendly, and super professional. He wasn’t in the way at all, and at times I literally forgot he was even filming. And oh my god, did I mention, he was just the nicest guy!
Florist – Constance Rose actually jumped on board in late December after our original florist pulled out of our wedding to take a holiday to see family (I’m not even going there, I promise) But to be honest, I much preferred Constance rose floral designs and Instagram page to the one that was included in our wedding package. Tracie (from the florist) was great at answering emails, and providing us with designs and drawing and pictures, and really worked with us to bring our vision to life. I only got to meet Tracie briefly on the morning of my wedding when she delivered my flowers, but she was lovely and told me how to hold my flowers to make sure they looked beautiful for my aisle walk.
Catering – Mackenzie David Events, David and Rebecca are the nicest two people you could wish to meet. We first met them when we went for our food tasting back in May 2021, and found them to be the most helpful couple we had met up to that point. Food tasting was so much fun!! They made sure that everything catering wise, ran smoothly and went without a glitch on the day of the wedding. The food was amazing, and it’s no surprise that it was a big hit with all our guests.
Music – Jam Duo are the Award Winning Cello and Piano Duo who played during our church ceremony and in the marble hall whilst guests were having drinks and canapés. They were amazing! I mean they have a pretty wide variety of music they can play but even learnt a specific song that I really wanted played whilst we were signing the register.
Entertainment – Nick Einhorn Magician I don’t even know what to say about this guy! So Luke had originally seen Nick when he was younger at a few Tottenham games, so when we spoke about wedding entertainment, Luke was adamant he wanted Nick. To be honest I had very little to do with the booking of the magician and let Luke deal with this (it was his idea after all) and I wasn’t fussed either way on a magician on the day. My wedding guests STILL talk about Nick to this day!! They were as I was amazed at his tricks and how he came across to everyone. I mean he was fantastic!! He worked the room and I heard random cheers, and applauses every so often, and lots of laughter. What a great addition to the day.
Makeup – Norfolk Makeup artist (Georgia Rae) My wonderful makeup artist arrived at my wedding venue at 7am armed with a team of professionals and a case full of makeup products to make myself and bridal party look like a million dollars for the main event. She worked her magic like a dream and made me feel beautiful and super confident. My makeup got so many compliments throughout the day and stood the test of time by looking immaculate right until the end of the night. I can’t sing Georgia’s praises enough, she stayed with me until I was just about to leave my suite and head to the church. She really wanted to make sure that I really did look my best. All my correspondence with Georgia with easy and friendly and it was just an absolute pleasure having her as my makeup artist for the biggest day of my life.
Hair – Studio 19, honestly when it came to bridal hair I was only ever going to have my wonderful best friend! I think we had arranged this years before I even met Luke (we go way back!) Emma is just the most creative person when it comes to wedding hair, you can show her one photo and she recreates it for you. It was a real special personal touch to have Emma as my hair stylist on the day, it’s such a true friendship.
Cake – The little Sugar Rose, I would not like to be responsible for transporting someone’s wedding cake to a venue on the morning of a wedding. Especially one so beautiful as the one that Ginny created for Luke & I. We had one meeting with her and sampled lots of delicious cake, and then we told her our vision along with the flavours we wanted, which Ginny then bought to life for us in the form of a stunning 5 tier cake.
DJ – Connections Entertainment, who had the task of making sure the dance floor was busy all night long! I didn’t want an empty dance floor and when making sure this doesn’t happen good music is the key! Luke & I chose beforehand the songs that we wanted on our “must play list” as well as a list of requests we had asked our guests to give us. We then told our DJ to play what he thought worked whether it was on our list or not. We figured that as a professional DJ he would be able to read the dance floor and keep the guests happy with some brilliant tunes! And oh my god did he do a good job? YES! Again we had so many comments on how good he was, and kept the dance floor busy until the end!
If you are getting married and are lucky to have some of these suppliers at your wedding then can I say congratulations you are so lucky. And are definitely in the best hands.
If you are engaged and are looking for suppliers in the Norfolk area, then click the links and check out the ones I had at my wedding.