Events, Naomi ~ The Founder, Our Weddings

Happy Anniversary, Mr and Mrs Thomas

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Naomi and Graham, 6th June 2012

We would like to take this opportunity to wish Naomi and her husband, Graham, a very happy second wedding anniversary. You both deserve so much love and happiness; your relationship is a true inspiration, and you have a connection that is to be admired and envied, despite everything that life has thrown at you. Yours is a true love that will last forever. x

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Naomi and Graham celebrated their wedding anniversary by renewing their wedding vows, as they have done every year since their very special day.

Naomi says, “We have absolutely no idea how long I have left, and so it is important for us to celebrate every year that passes. Renewing our vows feels like we are getting married all over again, and reminds us just important our wedding day was to us. We always write our own vows, reminding each other of everything that we’re grateful for. Despite it all, I feel so, so lucky to be here, and to have an amazing husband and son.”

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Naomi and Graham’s vow renewal was hosted at the gorgeous Deer Park Country House Hotel in Honiton, Devon, which also laid on a toast and canapés for the occasion.

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The couple’s son, Devon, proudly walked his Mum down the aisle.

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Naomi’s dress and veil were provided by The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation’s Wedding Outfit Amnesty Collection, details of which can be found here. Her hair and make-up was done by Tracy Pallari Hair and Make-up; doesn’t she look absolutely stunning?!

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Naomi’s beautiful bouquet was supplied by Pumpkin and Pye of Exeter.

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Following their vow renewal, Graham and Naomi made their way to The Harbour Hotel in Salcombe for a romantic mini-moon – a perfect end to their beautiful day, complete with some very special little extras!

Naomi and Graham would like to thank everybody that made their anniversary so special and memorable. There are no words to express their gratitude.

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A gallery of stunning pictures taken by the talented Tara Statton Photography can be found here; prepare to be blown away. A video of the occasion, shot by Daisy Daisy Films, can be found here.

No Ordinary Wedding Planner

As a bonus anniversary gift, Naomi’s new book, No Ordinary Wedding Planner, was scheduled for release on the couple’s anniversary. The book tells the story of the couple’s love and strength through adversity, so it seems only right that it should be there to help them make the years count. You can share Naomi and Graham’s story by purchasing the e-book here.

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February Fundraising – yet more great news!

We have had a brilliant start to 2014, with so many events and fundraisers going on.

Most recently Zoe Bromiley, Mike Parry, and their three gorgeous children ran the Bath Half Marathon Family Fun Run in just eight minutes. This is a fantastic achievement, and we are so proud of Zoe and Mike. They do so much to raise funds and awareness for the Foundation, and we couldn’t be more appreciative if we tried!

We have also received a fabulous donation from Emma Tasker, who raised £22.50 via sales of her Christmas cards – there are so many ways that you can get involved in raising funds, and we would like to thank Emma for being so creative.

The Guild of Professional Wedding Services recently presented the Wedding Wishing Well Foundation with a cheque for £155.60. Funds were raised via a charity raffle, as well as a voluntary entrance fee to their wedding fair on January 5th. An amazing result from the Guild, as always!

What can you give?

If you would like to donate to the Wedding Wishing Well Foundation but have never had the time to participate in a fundraising event, why not consider a monthly donation to the charity? Quick and easy to set up, the monthly direct debit will go towards helping couples affected by terminal and life-limiting illnesses to marry their soul mates. What an amazing way to give back! Kerry-Ann Gilmour has recently signed up, and we can’t thank her enough.

Did you know…?

You can now nominate the Wedding Wishing Well Foundation at any branch of Asda or Waitrose. Their Community Project schemes aim to raise awareness of local charities and ventures, so we are excited at the possibility of reaching a whole new audience.

We would also like to take this opportunity to tell you all about our nomination for the National Lottery Awards. Each year, the organisation offers hundreds of projects across the country the opportunity to receive a massive £2,000 for their charity or venture, as well as the chance to appear on television to raise awareness of their cause – it is amazing to be nominated. Fingers crossed that we’re one of the lucky seven chosen to win an award!

Naomi and the team are also thrilled by the announcement that the Little Wedding Helper’s Wedding Tweet Ups will be raising money for the Foundation from now on. These informal and fun networking events are designed for anyone in the wedding industry; why not join in and raise some money while you’re at it?

Phew, what a lot of news! As always, we are eternally grateful to those who dedicate their time to raising money for the Wedding Wishing Well Foundation, and to those who work tirelessly to raise awareness of the charity. We couldn’t continue our valuable work without you, so THANK YOU.

Keep you eyes peeled for future events and fundraising news.

Events, Naomi ~ The Founder, Suppliers News

The Wedding Professionals’ Ball

It was an evening that the Wedding Industry had been looking forward to for quite some time, and the Wedding Professionals’ Ball certainly didn’t disappoint!

Held on Saturday 15th February at the Hilton Hotel in Canary Wharf, London, the Wedding Professionals’ Ball promised an evening of entertainment, delicious food, and fantastic opportunities for networking, as well as a celebration of achievement across the wedding industry. The Ball was organised by students of the Wedding Planner School in Portishead as part of their coursework, and we couldn’t have been more impressed!

A fantastic night was had by all; we dined on a beautiful three-course meal, enjoyed the talents of a magician, and even posed for a snap or two for the event’s photographer. How glamorous! There was a serious side to the evening though, as Naomi was in attendance as guest speaker. Following a showing of the brilliant film by Vogue Wedding Films, Naomi brought the room to silence as she discussed life with cancer and the inspiration behind the Wedding Wishing Well Foundation, which was honoured by the Ball.

In total, the Wedding Professionals’ Ball raised £1,659.74 for the Foundation, hosting a spectacular raffle with some amazing prizes. Thank you to the organisers; what a fabulous job you did!

It was lovely to see so many faces at the Ball, and to let our hair down for a change – we look forward to seeing many of you during the course of the next year and beyond.

 

Events, Naomi ~ The Founder, Suppliers News

A night not to be missed: Happy 10th Anniversary, Vanilla Catering!

It was with great excitement that Naomi recently headed off to Portsmouth to celebrate the 10th anniversary of one of our supporters, the sublime Vanilla Catering. We are proud to list the team among our friends here at the Wedding Wishing Well Foundation, and couldn’t be more pleased that they have once again chosen us as their charity for the year.

Vanilla Catering’s support during the last year, and through into this year, has been amazing. For every meal that they produce, 20p is donated directly to the Foundation; £1,300 was raised for the Foundation last year alone – who knows where 2014 will take us!

Attended by around 100 guests, the evening’s festivities were held at the Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyards. A delicious menu of canapés, each prepared by Vanilla Catering, was served throughout the evening. The tasty treats on offer included vegetable tempura with sweet soy dipping sauce, smoked ham hock, onion chutney on a cheese and chive scone, pan fried beef strips, and rosemary and smoked garlic parmentier potatoes with roasted tomatoes – heaven!

The evening also provided the opportunity for Naomi to discuss the work of the Wedding Wishing Well Foundation, and guests were able to watch an emotional video charting her experiences with cancer and the decision to found a charity that would help others in her situation.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Vanilla Catering for their continued support. Happy anniversary!

 

Events, Naomi ~ The Founder, Our Weddings

Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Kemp

Quendon ParkPhotograph courtesy of Quendon Hall

Emma and Jason’s story begins in April 2013, when they first contacted The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation and entered their application. Like so many other couples who contact the Foundation, Emma and Jason’s lives had been turned upside down by illness – in this case, on both sides of their family.

Naomi says, “Emma and Jason are a fantastic couple with three wonderful children. They have been through a really tough time in the last few years and, with both families plagued with illness, really deserved to have a little happiness in their lives. The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation was so excited to be able to make their dreams come true.”

Emma and Jason were quickly accepted by the Wedding Wishing Well Foundation, and a date was set; Friday 10th January 2014.

The Wedding Day

The morning of the wedding dawned; and what a beautiful day it was for a wedding!

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Mr and Mrs Kemp 9Groom Jason arrives at the venue in an Essex Rolls Royce Phantom from the Park Ward Carriage Company

Kevin Masters, a member of the Executive Guild of Toast Masters, oversaw the proceedings for the Kemps’ special day. What a fantastic master of ceremonies!

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The Ceremony; saying, “I do”

Mr and Mrs Kemp 4A beautiful entrance, provided by Wedding Aisle Runners

With the guests in place, it was time for the ceremony to start; and what a stunning, emotional day we were about to be a part of.

Mr and Mrs Kemp 5Harpist and singer Charlotte Dennis accompanied Emma down the aisle

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Jason’s wedding ring was supplied by Taylor and Co Jewellery

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Emma’s stunning gown was by Mori Lee/Madeline Gardener, with shoes by TLC Creations

Naomi, who was present at this stunning wedding, says, “Obviously, with every wedding we do, there are a lot of mixed emotions. In fact there has not been one wedding that has gone by where there has not been a tear shed by me! Some more than others! I do try and busy myself as soon as the day starts, but for this wedding I was just drawn in to watch the whole ceremony. Emma looked out of this world. Her dark hair against her ivory dress made her the elegant bride that she said she desperately wanted to be on the day. Jason looked handsome and so proud. Together they looked into each other’s eyes and the love they had for each other was clear for everyone to see. They both spoke their vows so clearly despite the nerves, and so did those giving readings. Seeing them walk back down the aisle as husband and wife was a really proud moment for the team and myself. We had worked for so many months on this wedding, and it was our first wedding that wasn’t because of cancer. We wanted to try something different to see if we got the same response from suppliers, which we did. It also gave us just as much pleasure knowing that Emma and Jason have time now to enjoy each other as husband and wife.”

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Mr and Mrs Kemp 3Words of wisdom for the new Mr. and Mrs. Kemp

The reception

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Wedding stationery was provided by Inspired by Lisa

Mr and Mrs Kemp 17The table numbers, which included fun facts about the Bride and Groom

For the reception, guests were seated at tables inspired by Emma and Jason’s relationship. The couple’s eldest daughter gave an emotional musical performance, and there were plenty of tissues at the ready for Jason’s speech. Guests were kept amused with trivia cards, and also ‘words of wisdom cards’ , which Emma and Jason had provided for their guests to write for them. The final treat was a tasty Ferrero Roche; lovely!

Mr and Mrs Kemp 13A delicious cake baked and decorated by Cakes by Sarah York

Guests were entertained by tableside magician Richard Parsons, whose tricks went down a storm; his illusions certainly fitted in with Emma and Jason’s magical day. Garden games from Dream Occasions provided a little outdoor excitement. In fact, this stunning wedding day was full of fun, laughter and love; everything we could have hoped for, for such a special couple.

The evening’s entertainment

As the sun dipped below the horizon, magical fairy lights and glowing lettering created a stunning backdrop for the night’s entertainment.

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Sparklers lit up the night’s sky

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All you need is love: LOVE sign provided by Glow Love Lights

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Gorgeous lighting and decor into the evening

Mr and Mrs Kemp 18The DJ, Wayne of Spotlight Discos, kept everyone dancing into the early hours

The fantastic DJ, Wayne of Spotlight Discos, ensured that everybody got up to dance; the perfect ending to Emma and Jason’s perfect wedding.

Mr and Mrs Kemp 15The tiniest details: Pashminas and flip-flops from Dazzle Me Décor

“I do”

Of their special day Emma and Jason say, “Thank you again for everything. When Jay and I had time to finally sit down today and reflect on yesterday, we became quite overwhelmed. We’re finding it difficult to actually come to terms with the fact it has actually happened, as it’s like something from a dream! Nine months ago we thought marrying each other was a distant reality, and now here we are as husband and wife! We could not have wished for a more perfect day from start to finish; All thanks to Naomi and her and wonderful team. We’ll never forget what you’ve done for us.”

Mr and Mrs Kemp

Congratulations, Emma and Jason – You are a gorgeous couple and we would like to wish you so much love, and many a happy memory in your new married life together.

To our suppliers: THANK YOU!

The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation would like to say a massive thank you to everyone involved with Emma and Jason’s wedding; each and every one of you played an amazing part in the Kemps’ special day. We couldn’t have done it without you.

Thank you to Suzi and the team at Quendon Hall; Eliza Mabel for the beautiful infant shoes; The Laurels Beauty Centre for the bridal party’s eyelashes and nails; Pudding Bridge for the fabulously fun photobooth in a box; The KVS Flower Group, and Claire and her team from The Traditional Vintage Flower Company for their equipment hire and extreme generosity in covering the flower bill and providing additional supplies at a fantastic cost; Kady Eliza for her fantastic video coverage of the Kemps’ special day; Kevin Masters, a fantastic toastmaster for the day; The Vow Sheffield for the wonderful CD sleeves and covers; Inspired by Lisa for the sensational stationery; The wonderful Stevie C Photography, who has helped to immortalise Emma and Jason’s special day; Hairdresser Dawn Taylor from Dawn Taylor Beauty; Bespoke Confetti for their gorgeous confetti; Harpist and singer Charlotte Dennis; Wedding Aisle Runners for the fantastic wedding aisle runner; Bride and Groom Direct for their novel matchbooks; The Park Ward Carriage Company for the stunning Essex Rolls Royce Phantom; Donna at Donna’s Bespoke Handmade Gifts for her gorgeous ring cushion; Melissa from A PaperCut Above for her beautiful paper craft gifts; Charlotte Doyle from the Jacques Vert Group for the mother of the bride’s beautiful outfit; Dessy for the gorgeous bridesmaids’ outfits; Sarah York for the delicious cake; Claire Pidwell from Pretty Little Ladies for the cute flower girl outfits; Mori Lee/Madeline Gardener and TLC Creations for Emma’s gorgeous outfit; Taylor and Co Jewellery, who supplied Jason’s ring; London Bride for the bridal alterations and fittings; The brilliant seamstress, Victoria, for her tireless work; Essential Events Hire for their wishing tree, chair covers, sashes and sweet jars; Dream Occasions for keeping the children amused with their great games; Glow Love Lights, who supplied the dazzling LOVE lights; Dazzle me décor for the pashminas and flip flops, which were greatly appreciated; Richard Parsons for adding a little magic to the occasion; Wayne of Spotlights Disco for keeping everyone entertained; and Giddy Kipper for their gorgeous plaques.

To all of those fantastic suppliers; Thank you once again. You came forward and offered your assistance and services when it really mattered; we are sure Emma and Jason will be forever grateful.

Naomi would also like to thank Wedding Wishing Well Foundation volunteer Claire, who assisted her on the day, as well as all the other volunteers who work daily to make the each and every wedding as special as it can possibly be.

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And the finalists are…

While there is still time to nominate and vote for your favourite wedding suppliers from the Bristol and Somerset area, some of the evening’s finalists have just been announced; those in the running for the Wedding Wishing Well Foundation’s Annual Awards, which will be presented during the glitzy awards ceremony on the 28th February.

These awards are presented by Naomi and her team to those who have made an outstanding contribution to the charity and its mission during the year; those who have helped to make The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation truly inspirational.

And so, without further ado, here are those fantastic finalists.

Fundraiser of the Year:

Laura Hutchings
David Stallworthy
Zoe Bromiley

Going the Extra Mile Award:

Linda Tricker
Louise Baker
David Stallworthy
Clare Luke
Alison and Justin Golby

Volunteer of the Year:

Donna Pollard
Claire Stepney
Laura Hutchings
Charlotte Cowie
Ruth Hawes
Mary Gill
Jo Robbins

Supplier of the Year:

Essentials Events Hire
The Executive Guild of Toastmasters and Town Criers
Maggie Sottero
TLC Creations
Bespoke Confetti
Donna’s Bespoke Handmade Gifts

Corporate Supporter Award:

Johnsons Dry Cleaners
Vanilla Catering
TwoBirds Bridesmaids
Carly Press

Good luck everybody – whatever happens, you’re in for an amazing and inspirational night.

As if that wasn’t enough to build the excitement of the evening, we also have some sneak-peeks of last year’s awards ceremony. The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation sure knows how to party!

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The Bristol and Somerset Wedding Awards

Did you get married between the 16th December 2012, and the 16th December 2013? If so, you are eligible to nominate and vote for your wedding’s suppliers in this year’s Bristol and Somerset Wedding Awards. Whether you were a fan of your flowers, fanatical about your photographer, delighted with your dress or impressed by your caterers, the awards are open to any wedding service or supplier from the Bristol and Somerset area.

Nominations for the Bristol and Somerset Wedding Awards close on the 7th February, while voting will be closing on the 14th February – be sure to vote for your favourite wedding supplier before time runs out!

Suppliers will be judged on the overall standard of the service they provided, the quality of their product, value for money, and their commitment to the weddings they have been a part of. Voters also have the opportunity to pass anonymous comments to each supplier, providing feedback on the service/s they offer; this is a fantastic chance for suppliers to find out what they’re doing right.

The night itself

Judged by Wedding Wishing Well Foundation founder Naomi Thomas, the Bristol and Somerset Wedding Awards promises to be an unforgettable occasion. Taking place on the 28th February at Wick Farm near Bath, the ceremony will toast the very cream of the local wedding industry.

Tickets to the event cost just £45, which includes a fabulous evening of entertainment, a three course dinner, and of course, a fantastic awards ceremony – be sure to buy yours soon as tickets are very limited.

BUY HERE

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Save the Date: January 2014 Wedding Fairs

Sunday, 5th January 2014 – A Winter Wonderland Wedding Fair at Deer Park Country House Hotel, Honiton

Hosted at the stunning Deer Park Country House Hotel in Honiton, Devon, the Winter Wonderland Wedding Fair is the epitome of winter splendor, offering inspiration on everything from wedding dresses, to stationery; whatever your winter wedding needs to shine.

This superb winter wedding fair will be taking place from 2-5pm. Entry is free, and there will be a goody bag for all brides.

Keep an eye out for The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation; we’ll be exhibiting all afternoon!

 DEER PARK

Sunday, 5th January 2014 – The Guild of Professional Wedding Services at Old Down Manor, Tockington, Bristol.

Organised by The Guild of Professional Wedding Services, this annual wedding fayre is being hosted at the striking Old Down Manor, which is Tockington, Bristol. The fayre will be running from 11am-3pm, with all proceeds being donated to our very own Wedding Wishing Well Foundation.

The fayre will feature a host of local suppliers, and a charity draw, in which 25 lucky winners will receive a whole heap of discount vouchers. Also in attendance will be the Foundation’s Naomi Thomas, who will take to the stage to tell her story; don’t miss this fabulous event.

TOCKINGTON

Sunday, 12th January 2014 – Bride: The Wedding Fair, 12th January 2014 at the Manor House Hotel, Chippenham

Bride: The Wedding Fayre is being held at the beautiful Manor House Hotel in Chippenham, Wiltshire, and boasts a whole host of fantastic suppliers, heaps of inspiration for your wedding, and a goody bag for all brides, as well as some fantastic live entertainment.

The fair will be running from 11am-4pm. A small entry fee will be donated to The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation.

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