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A wedding planner’s wedding

A portrait of the bride and groom - what a spectacular location

A portrait of the bride and groom - what a spectacular location

Wedding planner Aimee Dunne got in touch with me to share her wedding photos, and I had to know more. What’s it like for a professional wedding planner to organise her own wedding?

All photography is by Andy Catterall, who is based in London.

The wedding of a wedding planner

I asked Aimee about her own wedding planning experiences, and you can read her story between the gorgeous wedding photos below.

What was the first thing you booked for your wedding?

The venue. This was the most important thing to us and I feel this largely dictates the rest of the feel / theme of the wedding so we wanted this organised as early as possible. I wanted somewhere in the real English countryside, naturally beautiful, and somewhere guests would feel like they were escaping to.

Pink wedding day heart

Pink wedding day heart

Did your own planning go smoothly? What would you do differently?

Very smoothly. It sounds corny but I wouldn’t do anything differently, I loved every minute of it and even though I now see so many beautiful things for weddings, including great venues and suppliers, I still wouldn’t change anything. The planning all went very smoothly but I loved it so I think that’s why.

Aimee looks amazing in a simple strapless dress with a bouquet of pink peonies

Aimee looks amazing in a simple strapless dress with a bouquet of pink peonies

Aimee’s wedding dress by Benjamin Roberts is elegant and sophisticated with softly folded fabric layers. She chose a bracelet from award winning bridal jeweller Chez Bec to complement the dress perfectly. She’s a stunning bride!

Groom Alan wears an ivory bespoke suit

Groom Alan wears an ivory bespoke suit

What was the best thing about planning your wedding?

Using my creative side. I worked in the city for many years and somewhat forgot how creative I can be.

Planning my wedding bought this back to me and reminded me how much I enjoy visualising how something can look and then pulling it all together.

I get a true sense of joy from creating something lovely and even more so when I saw all my friends and family enjoy the day, and night, so much!

The pink hair accessory for the flower girl is so pretty

The pink hair accessory for the flower girl is so pretty

Aimee's bridesmaids and flower girl

Aimee's bridesmaids and flower girl

What was your favourite wedding moment?

Saying ‘I do’!

Orders of service: pretty in pink

Orders of service: pretty in pink

Alan waits at the altar for his bride

Alan waits at the altar for his bride

Aimee and Alan make a stunning couple

Aimee and Alan make a stunning couple

Guests mingle outside

Guests mingle outside

Your favourite wedding decoration?

Peonies. Simple, beautiful, English flowers..I love them.

Aimee's gorgeous pink peony wedding bouquet

Aimee's gorgeous pink peony wedding bouquet

Pink wedding flowers

Pink wedding flowers

More pink wedding flowers

More pink wedding flowers

What was your favourite wedding accessory?

My wedding shoes. I had dangerously high Christian Louboutins, white with a bright pink sole. They sound slightly tacky but they were stunning!

The bridesmaids' and flower girl's shoes

The bridesmaids' and flower girl's shoes

The best wedding planning moment?

Finding the wedding venue. The minute we drove into the grounds of Chewton Glen I just knew it was perfect and from then I could visualise everything. It was magical.

Did you use a wedding planner yourself?

No, I enjoyed doing it too much myself!

Aimee made her pink wedding table plan

Aimee made her pink wedding table plan

What’s it like training with the UKAWP?

The UKAWP training has been a complete asset. Not only did I learn an enormous amount about planning itself, I also met various other planners who are now friends.

The training really cemented the fact that this is the job for me and it was hugely beneficial to be able to meet so many other planners. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed all of the training I‘ve done with them.

How important are the little details at a wedding?

The little details can never be underestimated. It’s all the little details that when pulled together create the whole wedding and it’s these details that so often make a wedding personal and unique rather than just another production line white wedding. I live for the details!

pretty wedding flower girl

pretty wedding flower girl

What qualities are most important in a wedding planner?

Attention to detail. It’s a wedding planner’s job to notice all the little things and ensure they’re perfect.

Basket of pink confetti cones

Basket of pink confetti cones

Honesty. Clients should be able to 100% trust their planners, they are after all entrusting one of the most important days of their lives to us.

Aimee and Alan's daughter Lola is the prettiest flower girl!

Aimee and Alan's daughter Lola is the prettiest flower girl!

Organisation. This really goes without saying that a planner needs to be organised at all times, and I really think there’s absolutely no excuse not to be, personally I love being organised!

(and a cheeky question to finish…)

Do you need to be just a little bit mad to want to be a professional wedding planner?

Yes! I also think OCD is a requirement and certainly helps!

Alan and Aimee - happily married

Alan and Aimee - happily married

Alan and beautiful little Lola

Alan and beautiful little Lola

Aimee and her daughter Lola - as beautiful as her mum!

Aimee and her daughter Lola - as beautiful as her mum!

Thanks Aimee for sharing your own wedding story. It looks like a perfect day.

The Aimee Dunne wedding blog is full of inspiration, ideas, wedding design and those gorgeous little details she has an eye for: visit www.aimeedunne.com/blog and of course Aimee’s own website for wedding planning and design in Kent and London is www.aimeedunne.com

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at www.byMoonandTide.com. Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in 2011 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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12 COMMENTS
  • Julia
    8 years ago

    What a pretty wedding! xxx

  • Beautiful colours, love the white suit! and the picture of the flowergirl on the swing is gorgeous!!

  • Bernadette
    8 years ago

    AHHH Aimee what a pretty wedding, everyone looks gorgeous, you, your daughter, the bridesmaids hey even the groom but perhaps dont tell him he was ‘pretty’! Ha ha

    I loved all your little touches esp. the Mr & Mrs cushions on the recliners you are both on. The flowers are gorgeous, peonies are my fav.s. Gorgeous , gorgeous is the only word to explain your wedding 🙂

  • Carms
    8 years ago

    An absolutely stunning wedding! Aimee you look beautiful, all the details are stunning and I love the photo of your daughter on the swing, she’s so sweet and pretty. Everything looks perfect!

  • Peridot
    8 years ago

    The little redheaded flower girl is an absolute stunner – perhaps you should hire her out!

  • Victoria
    8 years ago

    Wow this is such a beautiful wedding! It must be amazing after planning so many weddings for other people to organise your own, exactly the way YOU want it. If I ever get married choosing the right wedding photographer is going to be a nightmare!! : )
    ps – Aimee’s daughter is so adorable. Redhead’s rock!! : D

  • Really nice work here :O)

    I am looking forward to choosing a wedding photographer for our big day. Seconds thoughts, maybe I’ll leave it to the wife to be ;O)

    All the best,

    David
    DSP

  • Great Pictures would love to have images like this of our wedding!

  • Aimee
    8 years ago

    Just having a look through my favourite blog and reminiscing about our lovely day 🙂 thank you all for your lovely comments! The one about hiring my Lola out has funnily made sense after she modelled for Cath Kidston last week! x

  • Claire
    8 years ago
    AUTHOR

    Hi Aimee, I saw your comment and thought I’d join you… looking at these photos again it’s making me smile as much as it did first time around – what a gorgeous wedding day.
    Lola is such a cutie – bless her, I’d love to see the photos when her Cath Kidston shoot is published!
    Claire xx

  • Karina
    6 years ago

    Just wondering… but is there ANY way of finding out where Alan’s gorgeous white suit comes from? My fiance has his heart set on a white/ivory suit for our wedding day and I’ve looked absolutely everywhere and not been able to find anything as elegant as that! Any help would be much appreciated! 🙂

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