Rachel & Aaron ...And then there was a sheep.

Lots of love, lots of laughter… and a sheep.

Names: Rachel & Aaron from Arizona

Month: Sept 2018 - Sunshine though colder at night

Venue: Silverholme Manor, near Windermere

Photographer: Red on Blonde Photography

Catering: Karen Rhodes Catering

Flowers: Greenwheat Flowers

Videographer: Skinny Boy Films (keep an eye on our social media for a mini clip!!)

Others: Carlisle Balloons, Mobile DJ Cumbria, Special Event Tipis, PSR Marquees, Jaye Adams Make Up, Fruit & Veg Box Co

In Brief: Skype made this relationship work as the couple werent coming over until the wedding. Constant contact made this work wonderfully and plans were easily shared and developed between everyone. Annabel was on hand to answer queries throughout planning and there for set up and on the day.

“I can honestly say this was such a pleasure to help with. Each time I spoke to this lovely couple we had a laugh, making the whole planning experience lovely! Its sad when the day is all done as I even enjoyed the company of their nearest and dearest.

The most fun was trying to find a sheep. Oddest request in my career but I love a challenge! Aaron’s only wish was to have a sheep bring the beer and we did that and more! Crystal the Sheep surprised him by bringing the rings to the stunning outside ceremony! What a moment, I was made up for them!

The toughest times were Rachel being let down on the morning of the big day. Thats always hard but I happen to know the best people in the industry so it was easy to find a willing helper! Thanks Jaye!!

The entire day was truly filled with such fun and an air of calm and total adoration for the couple. It was nice to mingle in some American traditions such as ‘the first look’ (Bride and Groom seeing each other before the guests arrive) and the relaxed family style dining throughout the house. The contrast to the epic party in the evening was hilarious too!!!”

The happy couple very kindly shared their thoughts on Annabel’s assistance too…

“Planning a wedding in the UK from America is no easy feat.  I would not recommend it, unless you hire Annabel.  
After our first conversation with Annabel, I instantly felt at ease.  She got our “vibe” right away and was always very quick to reply (even though she was technically on maternity leave and 8 hours adrift.)  Annabel took on some of the tasks that are difficult to do being so far away, one of which was finding us a baaaa-tender/ring bearer (i.e. a sheep!)  Furthermore, her list of preferred vendors helped us create a day filled with truly amazing people.  
In times of crisis, she truly shines.  The wedding morning started with my makeup/hair lady cancelling a hour before she was due to arrive.  Annabel quickly responded “Dont panic! Leave it with me!” In under 10 minutes, she had found a wonderful replacement! 
Ultimately, throughout our time together, she became our friend and ally.  Always making us laugh and allowing me to vent.  She pulled off an EPIC wedding and we would not have been able to do it without her.  
Thank you Annabel, for EVERYTHING you did to make our day so special.  We love you! 
All our love, Rachel and Aaron Xx”

Why did you decide to contact Annabel?

“I contacted Annabel because I was feeling very overwhelmed when looking at venues in the Lake District and living in the US. I know the Lake District well but picking a venue is a whole different experience. I needed someone who knew the area and the pros and cons of each venue.”

What was worrying you most about planning your wedding?

“Vendors, logistics, and vibe of the wedding”

What was the best part of having Annabel on board throughout planning?

“She knew exactly what we wanted from the first phone call. She provided helpful support along the way and kept us on task. The day of she was a godsend, even pulling a makeup artist out of her hat last minute.”

What part of the day did you enjoy the most?

“The entire day was perfect. She even got the weather to be sunny and glorious for three whole days. The fluidity if the wedding was seamless, something I would never been able to pull off without her.”

Is there anything you would not bother with if you could do it all again?

“I think we had just the right amount of everything. I wish I could say I wouldn’t stress about it, but I also think that’s part of the process and getting 40 Americans across the pond safely.”

How did having Annabel there effect your special day?

“I could turn off and just enjoy the day. I didn’t worry about anything. If things went wrong I would never have known it!”

Would you recommend Weddings by Annabel?

“1000000000% yes. She is calm, funny, tasteful, and amazing!!!”

For more info about this wedding or how to work with overseas wedding planning, just get in touch. Wedding Planning should be enjoyable, never stressful and never trying to be the ‘norm!’.

Annabel Candler