As a girl who pretty much lives her working life on the internet, it makes such a wonderful difference to my day when I get a phone call from this fabulously inspiring, warm and brilliant lady. I’m thrilled – more than I can say – to be welcoming lovely Surrey wedding planner and stylist Jenna Hewitt to the English Wedding Blog today. She’s brimming with advice and has shared some incredible styling images with us today – there’s a LOT more to come so please, lovelies – read on!
“Hello! I’m Jenna of Weddings by Jenna Hewitt. I create style-led weddings for couples looking for understated, laid back luxury where it’s all about the atmosphere, the food, the drink and having an unforgettable party!
A firm believer in doing things your way, rather than the ‘done’ way, I love nothing more than to avoid the predictable and I work hard to design celebrations with originality and your personality.
I have always been a huge fan of the English Wedding Blog and Claire’s passion for bringing together content that is real, relevant and resonates with readers. That’s why I am extremely excited to be invited to write a monthly guest piece!
From the moment Claire and I first got chatting, I knew that I wanted to write something that you could connect with and that would be really useful and helpful.
I witness the highs, lows and spectrum of emotions that go hand in hand with planning your perfect day (even the most relaxed bride-to-be will experience them, I promise!).
It got me thinking about a monthly piece to follow the journey of planning one of my real life weddings. A monthly piece inspired by what I’ve been working on with one of my couples and what we’ll be working on next. An honest piece that captures real planning exactly as it happens (including the parts that don’t always quite go ‘to plan’ and how I handle them) and a piece that captures the thoughts and feelings of actual people going through the same thing as you.
A year in the life… a brand new English Wedding Blog feature
Across the next 12 months I’ll be talking “a year in the life of planning a wedding” as I work with Hannah and Ben. Hannah and Ben get married in summer next year and have very kindly agreed to me writing about them.
Like many of my couples, Hannah and Ben needed a wedding planner not because they aren’t capable of planning a wedding – they simply don’t have the capacity. They own their own business, work crazy schedules and have 5 children between them. They needed a ‘sanity saver’ to hand them the gift of time!
With a specific July weekend wedding date in mind (to fit around said busy schedules, not to mention school holidays and the fact that Ben has family flying in from the USA) the first task was to find the ‘perfect’ wedding venue.
That’s exactly what I’ll be kicking off with in my first piece in a couple of weeks. I’m really looking forward to it!
Do follow Jenna’s social media and blog with me, and please check out her beautiful new website here:
Weddings by Jenna Hewitt is based in Twickenham, and Jenna creates weddings across Surrey, Berkshire, London, Dorset, Hampshire and beyond. Jenna’s beautiful styling ideas and planning advice will be some of my favourite English Wedding Blog features over the next year or so, and I’ll be following her journey with Hannah and Ben as well as sharing some other highlights from her fabulous portfolio with you. I can’t wait!
This shoot was styled by our amazing new sponsor Weddings by Jenna Hewitt and captured by the wonderful Kitty Wheeler Shaw. See the full feature on the fabulous Rock My Wedding blog, and discover more featured suppliers from the shoot below:
The Copse | Willow Gold | Eva Dithdoll | Patricia Soper | Mel Kinsman | Merrie and Bright | Cakes by Yolk | Luella’s Bridal | Otaduy | Harriet Wilde | Donna Crain | Kelly Spence | Forever Soles | Kate Cullen | Zoe & Morgan | Classic Crockery | Saudade