Thursday, 29 December 2011

Reflections of 2011

Wow. It's hard to believe how quickly this year has flown by (doesn't it always?) and what an epic year it's been for us at Grant-Riley HQ. Here's some of the highlights...

The Intern
Trying to juggle full time motherhood with full time wedding planning was proving to be a total nightmare. Wedding season was about to hit and I knew I couldn't do it alone. Cue Charlie...

She's the one playing Groucho Marx next to that weirdo Sara Thomas
© Devlin Photos

In short, she was our life saver. She helped me keep my head when it was all getting a bit much (and saved Rob from the onslaught of female wrath). She turned up every day for several months without fail, ran errands, kept me going with macarons, and best of all she was my right hand girl at all our weddings this year. This was also the year she graduated and became a proper grown-up. It goes without saying that you are an utter gem Charlie Batchelor, and we wish you all the best in your new job in 2012.

The Newbies

He's technically not a newbie as he's been with me on this rollercoaster journey from day one, but more of a behind the scenes kind of guy. So back in September, the husband decided it was time to step up and take a more active role in Grant-Riley Weddings. He deals with the day-to-day boring technical stuff generally (he builds and maintains our beautiful website amongst other things) and is my sounding board. We also recognised that the grooms need a guy's perspective from time to time, as much as I try to do both, so Rob has and will continue to support our grooms in future should they need him.

Harriet! Joining us at the end of the summer, her design and styling skills are second to none. Did you know she's in charge of styling London's Anthropologie stores? Yep. We only work with the best ;-) If you're an industry pro you may have met her already, but if you're one of our couples (or would like to be) then you'll get to say hello next year. Harriet has also started writing weekly inspiration pieces for the blog so be sure to check them out. I cannot WAIT to shake it up with you next year lady! 

The Weddings
It's been an incredible year for weddings, and I've worked with some wonderful couples over the last 12 months who have become friends along the way. Truly the best kind.

© Devlin Photos

© Emma Case Photography

© Devlin Photos

The Shoots
There were SO many shoots to style this year, from pre-weddings to conceptuals to high fashion...

© Emma Case Photography

© Devlin Photos

Snow White

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Boardwalk Empire

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Be Beautiful 

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My Baby Turned One...

Mini Monsieur threw a big bash to celebrate his first year and all his baby friends turned up to help him celebrate. I even managed to fit in the time to make his cake...

A Most Curious Wedding Fair
The lovely Becky of A Most Curious Party  launched her first wedding fair up in Norwich in spring which we were delighted to exhibit at. I took intern Charlie, photographer Sara Thomas and my sister up for the day and met some fabulous brides and suppliers...

We'll be at the next one on March 31st 2012 at York Hall, east London-watch this space for more details!

The Curiosity Project
At a time when the London riots were kicking off, moral was pretty low and we all needed a pick-me-up. So in August I launched The Curiosity Project and, now into our 2nd worldwide gift swapping project, with over 560 participants and a new site that since November has received almost 100,000 hits, it is growing stronger every day. There's lots of exciting new developments for the project in 2012 and if you'd like to join future projects, find a DIY project or just fancy having a nosy, check out the site!

And Now For The Thank Yous...

We'd like to thank all the wonderful suppliers who have helped make our 2011 weddings the events they were and of course our couples for letting us be a part of them.

Thanks also to our industry friends who continue to support us both in person and in the Twitterverse and Facebook.

Lots of Love & A Happy New Year!



Friday, 23 December 2011

Inspired.By.Harriet #6

This week I'm starting to feel really Christmassy! So I was inspired to create a 'Winter Wedding' mood board. Most weddings are in the spring or summer, so I think there are more opportunities in the colder months to make your wedding feel really unique. If it is around Christmas you can add a hint of festivity to your decorations, such as hanging groups of glass baubles, or making your own garlands and wreaths. I love the idea of getting married when it is cold and icy - it allows you to add a few glamorous accessories that you might not normally need, like a fur cape or collar, long elegant gloves, or even some white laced boots! You may also want to mirror the weather by opting for a pale colour palette - I think whites, pale blues and metallics can look really subtle and sophisticated, but at the same time allow you to add a bit of sparkle! 

Image Credits:

Top Row: Shoes via Ruffled, fur collar by BHLDN, glass baubles via Not Martha

Middle Row: Sequinned gown via BHLDN, paper wreath via WestElm, Chapel via Meggie Lynne

Bottom Row: Bride in coat unknown, gloves and pine cone unknown, white Victorian boots by BHLDN

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