Events, Naomi ~ The Founder

TWWWF Advent Calendar: Day Twenty Two

On Day Twenty Two of Advent, we’d like to share some pictures of today’s Wedding Wishing Well Foundation Christmas Party, which was held at Wine and Sausage in Taunton. A fantastic time was had by all who attended; what a fab way to get ready for Christmas! The event ran a little deeper than simply celebrating Christmas, though; our volunteers are somewhat spread out, and it was lovely to have so many of them in one room together. We consider ourselves to be one big family, and couldn’t thank them enough for the hard work they do.

Without you, we couldn’t carry on as we do – THANK YOU.

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Whatever you’re doing with work, we hope you enjoy the wind down into Christmas!

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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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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.

 

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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

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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.”

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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.

Naomi ~ The Founder

Naomi Hits The Catwalk!

They say beauty is skin deep and this is most certainly the case when it comes to Naomi Thomas, the founder of the Wedding Wishing Well Foundation, an inspirational charity dedicated to helping couples with terminal illness enjoy a wedding day of their dreams.

Not only has Naomi has a smile to melt even the hardest of hearts, an infectious personality and a curvaceous figure most women would be thrilled with, what makes Naomi stand out is the way she continues to smile, laugh and enjoy life despite living with terminal Secondary breast cancer at the tender age of 31.

And so to mark October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation are delighted to announce that the mum of one has been selected out of hundreds of entrants to be a model at this year’s annual London Breast Cancer Care fashion show in front of a star studded audience.

Naomi will be strutting her stuff on 2nd October 2013 in two shows at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane alongside 24 other women and men who have all had a diagnosis of breast cancer – to prove you can still look great and feel confident after a breast cancer diagnosis.

Naomi, who was diagnosed in 2009, said: “I want to do this to show anyone going through breast cancer that despite my chance of survival being bleak you can still look glamorous and feel confident in your own skin.’

After bravely enduring radiotherapy and surgery, as well as a gruelling series of chemotherapy, against all the odds and to the delight of Naomi and fiancé Graham, she fell pregnant with her only child, Devon. But only a week after his birth in September 2010, Naomi was told the devastating news that her cancer had spread.

She said: “When I was told I had Breast Cancer at twenty six it was the biggest shock of my life. But to then learn it had spread so soon after giving birth was the worst thing in the world. Of course, treatment was extremely tough and I still days when I feel terrible but keeping strong and positive – trying to carry on and be as normal as much as I can, is a massive big help for me.

Naomi continues: “As you can imagine, I’m very much looking forward to getting onto that catwalk – I think it’s going to be wonderful experience and I cannot wait to get dressed up in some stunning outfits and feel truly glamorous!”

With champagne flowing and cameras flashing, the London Show is one of the most exciting events of the year, expertly styled by world renowned fashion correspondent, Hilary Alexander, as well as hair by Sassoon and make-up by Estée Lauder, showing that you can look great despite a diagnosis of breast cancer.

Plus, with ongoing support from Breast Cancer Care’s celebrity ambassadors and Patrons, Denise Lewis and Edith Bowman, this glittering event is gives guests the chance to rub shoulders with celebrity supporters (previous guests include Geri Halliwell, Lisa Snowdon, Paloma Faith, Gail Porter and Joe Swash), view upcoming fashion trends in the professionally styled catwalk show, and most importantly, celebrate the debut of the real models.

Supporting Breast Cancer Care in association with Breast Cancer Awareness Month

To sponsor Naomi and raise funds for Breast Cancer Care, simply visit https://www.justgiving.com/Naomifashionshow to make a donation; all money raised will help Breast Cancer Care continue to support the 50,000 people diagnosed with breast cancer each year, so join us to help make this year’s event even more of a success.

And finally, to find out more about The Show for Breast Cancer Care, or to purchase tickets, please visit the official website.