A month on…

Sorry for the lack of blog posts lately – we’ve been on our once-in-a-lifetime honeymoon in Kenya and Zanzibar! 😄

We had an absolutely amazing experience on safari for four days, staying at Ol Seki Hemingways Mara camp and then spending eight days at The Residence in Zanzibar. It all passed too quickly and before we knew it we were on our way back to Heathrow and our day jobs!  Check out some of our pictures.

Since this time we have been working hard on getting things moving for Ever Ever After and have sorted business cards! In the last two months we’ve been getting noticed and have been featured in several magazines. In early September ‘Your Kent Wedding’ magazine featured us and a few weeks later we shared our story in the ‘real lives’ section of Gay Times.

We met with a large retailer and had a promising meeting with them about a number of things involving Ever Ever After and also about expanding the range of products they offer for same-sex weddings. Further details will follow soon – but we can’t say too much at the moment! It’s set to be a very positive step forward for us, so watch this space!

It’s October already and Christmas will be with us soon! 2016 has been a year of preparation for us and we’re very humbled by the love and support we’ve received – and 2017 looks to be a defining year for us and one in which we will grow.

The busy wedding season over the summer is coming to and end and will calm down whilst the wedding fairs start to increase. There are plenty around both at local venues and larger ones like Excel London. There are lots of suppliers and people to meet at the fairs so make sure you take the time to wander round and take it all in. We found that going to our venue’s wedding fair helped us in confirming decisions for the day. Time well spent.

Keep a look out for us at some wedding fairs next year and come over for a chat – we’d love to talk!

Where it all started…

If you follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram you’ll have seen us posting about our new wedding planning business venture for the last few months. We’ve been working hard for a while and we’re so pleased that we’re getting ourself recognised and that word is beginning to spread. You’ll be seeing lots more from us in the coming months!

So why Ever Ever After? In the early stages of our relationship we both spoke about how we would love to be wedding planners and run our own business. At that time there was no hint of our own marriage on the cards! As part of a birthday present James made me a mix CD with a handful of songs, one of them being Ever Ever After from the film Enchanted, sung by Carrie Underwood. It’s basically about a fairytale and how we all want our own storybook ending… Awwwww!. It was the song we had played as we walked back up the aisle after being married – and then a confetti canon being let off shooting red hearts into the air – fairytale enough?!

So Ever Ever After had to be the name of our team!

We rarely stop and we’re always on the go planning something, which is why wedding planning comes naturally. We both pay a huge amount of attention to organisation and detail – which are obviously qualities you’d expect in a wedding planner!

In July last year, we got engaged in a secret garden within a country house hotel. But I won’t say too much about that now, as I’ll tell that tale in more detail another time. We had said we wanted to enjoy being engaged and not rush into planning, but just three days later we were both eager to research and find venues – and there we began the very long process in planning our wedding!

We’ve had the best year ever (well, about 10 months) planning our own day so we knew it wouldn’t take us long to organise. With us being so organised we had plenty of time before our wedding to get things going with Ever Ever After.

So that’s it – we’re doing what we absolutely love to do and we’re officially open for business.

Having planned our own wedding, there really is no better training than organising your wedding to show those you love how passionate you are. We loved every single second and would (and will!) enjoy planning many more weddings. Having comments such as “best wedding ever” and “you thought about every single detail” really is music to our ears!

Did we get the wedding blues? Of course we did! It’s impossible to organise such a momentous occasion and to not miss it once it’s over. You soon realise just how much time planning takes over in your day-to-day life.

We’re extremely excited about the future and everything it holds – including some fantastic content for our blog!