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FROM TEASPOONS TO PROSECCO

What a fantastic summer we have had at JT Management. We had the pleasure of working with some amazing people. The summer started with the launch of Freedog, Bristol, an Urban Activity Centre opening in Temple Meads after the hugely successful opening of Swindon, We were asked to be involved with everything from organising the opening night to promoting the brand. The launch party was such fun- there were about 250 people, 80% of which were kids, essentially organised chaos. Kids were running between the trampoline park, parkour area and trick zone. We had some amazing performances by OK Worldwide, and Angels Dance Academy. We ensured there was a great mix of people on the guest list, even the mayor of Bristol showed up to have a bounce! A hectic but truly successful launch!

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Freedog Launch Party Event

Photography by Paolo Ferla: www.ferlapaolo.com

We then turned our attention to our biggest event of the year so far, and it was such good fun! We started working with a lovely couple at the beginning of the year; they wanted to throw a huge party for all their friends and family to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary. The guest list started at 250 people, over the months this kept growing, and then one day the client called me and said ‘I have something to tell you, please don’t hate me but I think the numbers are more likely to be 500!’ I took a deep breath and calmly responded ‘No problem at all’. We set straight to work on doubling the quantities from the teaspoons to the prosecco. The whole process was such a joy as the couple were so excited by every concept we took them through, they requested that we organise Russian coassack dancers on horseback- so we did exactly that! The event took place in July, outside and with expectations of a gorgeous sunny day. However, typical England it poured for 48 hours pre-event which led to all sorts of nightmares as we had set up marquees in the field which were slowly flooding – the venue started to look like Glastonbury! It was the morning of the event, and I have to say I was extremely nervous about whether it was going to stay dry. The guests started to arrive across the lawns in their hundreds and were met with glasses of bubbly, the sounds of the jazz band in the background and to everyone’s joy the most beautiful blue sky! One of the guests remarked ‘I had no doubt regarding the weather as the sun will always shine on the righteous’. Contrary to the forecast that day was one of the summer’s hottest, beautiful days and the guests danced outside well into the night.

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To finish off a great summer, much to my excitement, I was asked to orchestrate a wedding in Cornwall. It was truly beautiful. In keeping with all my summer events so far, there had been a storm the night before, and even the local farmer had said it was going to rain on the day but the sun shone, and the guests were treated to the most amazing sunset melting into the sea behind the tipis. They started with a blessing on the beach, where the guests ran into the sea following the bride, and then they came back to Roscarrock perched on a hill overlooking the sea. There were balloons, cocktails made by Cecil (a vintage ice cream van), fire pits, acoustic music and then just when the guests thought they were done a pizza oven in a van arrived! The whole experience was fantastic, family and friends were there to celebrate two lovely people, kids everywhere and nothing but laughter throughout the day!

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TOP TIPS FOR A WINTER WEDDING

 

Top Tips For A Winter Wedding

 With the last days of summer coming to an end we’re packing up our lawn games and vintage ice cream trucks, and looking ahead to the beauty and elegance that is a winter wedding. More than just being a cheaper time of year to get married, winter weddings pack an abundance of charm and magic with glistening candles, cosy fireplaces and delicious hearty foods. Wedding planning professional, Josh Tully, is a firm advocate of a winter wedding, and today he gives us his top tips for how to get it just right…

“The beauty of a winter wedding; the perfect excuse for your guests to wear long gowns and the men to dust off their tuxedos. In my opinion, the dress code should always be black tie for a wedding at this time of year.
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When looking for a venue for your big day, ask to view the space in the evening for an accurate reflection of how it will look on your day. Ask whether they have restrictions on candles, can their fires be lit? Also one of my essential elements- are the lights on dimmers? During a winter wedding, low lighting is key to creating the right ambience along with lots of candles and roaring fires. It’s very easy to forget the most important elements when viewing a venue on a bright summer’s day.

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Avoid the temptation to deck the venue out in Christmas decorations and play Christmas songs, give everyone a break; there are only so many versions of ‘We wish you a Merry Christmas’ we can handle. I planned a wedding last year where the décor was white, silver and glass – it was stunning. Hundreds of candles and bright white floral arrangements. Mixing glass with silver reflects the candlelight and creates a magical shimmer in the room. On this occasion, the venue was not allowed to light their fires due to health & safety, so we decided to fill the fireplaces with a collection of different shaped pillar candles to give the same effect and create a wow factor. The table arrangements differed on every table with some having glass fish bowls or silver mirrored cubes filled with white flowers, tall skinny candle holders and tea lights; this created a striking talking point for the guests.

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You can never have enough candle light at a winter wedding, try to be creative and add it in spaces which could look dark and cold. For example, we hung globe t-lights in the windows of a venue and the reflection of the candles in the dark, cold windows looked like a starry winter’s night!

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When looking for your photographer, it is vital you insist on seeing examples of a previous winter wedding in their portfolio as it can go very wrong, for instance, using a flash can kill the ambience you are trying to achieve. These photos are your only memory of the day so it’s important to get it right.

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If your wedding is close to Christmas, it is nice to give a gentle nod to this festive time of year but as I said before don’t overdo it! One of my weddings was held three days before Christmas; the name places were handmade Christmas tree decorations with the guest’s name on- something original, thoughtful and your guests can take it away and keep them as a memory. Or you can use the drinks reception to introduce some fun seasonal drinks such as mulled wine or winter Pimms, always goes down a storm.

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One last thing, don’t forget your guests who may want to pop outside on a cold winters night, a nice touch is having a basket of blankets by the door or arranging a fire pit for the naughty ones to huddle around.”

Winter weddings are beautiful and my personal favourite style of wedding. To summarise my top tips are:

 

  • Book a photographer who has experience of winter weddings.
  • Candles, candles and more candles.
  • Don’t overdo it on the Christmas theme.
  • Go for Black tie.

Happy planning!”

Photography: Wayne Godwin Reid

Flowers: Flowers By Passion

About Josh…

Josh Tully has a genuine passion for organising weddings. Honing his planning skills while orchestrating the weddings at Babington House. Josh has established a reputation for planning and executing elegant, stylish, beautiful weddings across all seasons and budgets ranging from low-key- intimate ceremonies to lavish extravaganzas.

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