Beth & Phil | The Matara Centre


I can't believe  it has taken almost four months to post Beth and Phil's gorgeous wedding here - wedding season has definitely got the better of me this year! This wedding was a particular highlight for me for a number of reasons, not least as it presented a few personal (and practical) challenges...

Beth and Phil are a British couple living in Dubai, meaning all communication had to be arranged via Skype and Facetime - not an issue in itself, however I quickly learned that not only would I not meet the couple in person until a day or two before the wedding, but also that the couple hadn't actually seen the venue in person either -it had been recommended by a family member (eek!) Cue numerous venue visits in the months leading to the wedding to electronically provide walk-through videos, floor plans and visuals to show how each are would be set up on the day. Not the easiest task, but certainly the most comprehensive I've worked on to date! The digital online planning software I use was a total godsend throughout this process, as it allowed Beth and Phil to receive real-time updates (despite the timezone differences), keeping them in the loop each step of the way.

The weather on the day was also a slight concern. Being late April, the weather in this country at that time of year is always fairly unpredictable, however there were definitely a few moments with myself and Teri looking nervously at the sky. We had planned for an outdoor ceremony in the woods, and whilst we had factored in a back up plan, I wasn't relishing the idea of transporting the 70 chairs we had already transported to the clearing back inside to the courtyard! Luckily the rain held off just long enough and the ceremony went without a hitch -phew!

Beth and Phil were a total joy to work with throughout the planning process. From the outset they had a clear vision as to how they wanted the day to look, but needed help logistically bringing everything together to make that vision a reality. They were open to suggestions, and instantly clicked with a number of suppliers I recommended to them. That said, Beth didn't hold back if there was something she wasn't keen on - she definitely knows her own mind! This made a lot of the planning a breeze, as I was able to identify early on which design ideas would work, and we were able to work through each aspect quickly and efficiently. We built a great rapport in the months leading up to the wedding, and I'm honoured to now call her a firm friend.

I am super proud of how everything turned out on the day, and I had the fortune of working with some AMAZING suppliers, all of whom were ready to pitch in should the weather throw a spanner in the works! Special thanks to Holly and her team at The Matara Centre for all their support and hard work on the day, and to Sam Gibson for his incredible photography (I still can't keep looking back over these gorgeous images!)

Thank you to all suppliers involved for making this a truly spectacular wedding.

Planning & Coordination ~ The Planning Lounge | Venue ~ The Matara Centre | Photography ~ Sam Gibson | Hair & Make Up ~ Stacey & Sally, Bristol Bridal Hair and Make Up | Celebrant ~ Teri Stout | Florals ~ Jo Hiorns at Simply Flowers | Rentals ~ Bisley Leisure Hire and Prestige Event Equipment Hire | Band ~ The Hipcats

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All images courtesy of Sam Gibson Photography

"I wanted to to say a huge 'Thank you' for all your hard work, advice and support in organising an amazing wedding.  I have received so many compliments from attendees with regards to the organisation and smooth running of the day - none of this would have been possible without you, especially considering we were doing everything from overseas. You are such a pleasure to work with - you got what I was looking for immediately and weren't put off if there was something I didn't go for.  In addition, you went over and above with your suggestions - for which I am very grateful. Do stay in touch, take care and thanks again - you're awesome!"

Beth & Phil