Harper’s Bazaar Arabia | Spring/Summer 2012 Issue

You & Your Wedding Magazine | September 2012 Issue

100 Layer Cake | Double Feature | April 4th, 2012

Chief Wedding Planner and Designer Mary Lee Herrington of Forever & Ever Events had a double feature in 100 Layer Cake on April 4th, 2012, for her role as wedding planner at a Town & Country themed wedding in Berkshire, England. The full features can be viewed HERE and HERE.

Once Wed | February 13th, 2012

Chief Wedding Planner and Designer Mary Lee Herrington of Forever & Ever Events was featured in Once Wed on February 13th, 2012 for her role as wedding designer at a wedding in Provence, France. The full feature can be viewed HERE.

You & Your Wedding Magazine | March/April 2012 Issue

Forever & Ever Events featured in You & Your Wedding Magazine

I had so much fun working on this feature in the March/April issue of You & Your Wedding – out on newsstands now!

The editors at You & Your Wedding Magazine contacted me about being featured in this special article devoted to creative ways to plan and design a reception with a tight budget. It was indeed a tight budget (only £5,000) and it was great fun thinking of ways to have a beautifully designed reception within those constraints.

You must read the feature in full, so go to your local newsstands and pick up a copy of You & Your Wedding! Support print! ;)

{Headshot by Caught the Light}

Wedding Magazine | February/March 2012 Issue

Forever & Ever Featured in OMG Im Getting Married: The Real OMG Wedding

In case you missed it yesterday, we are featured in OMG I’m Getting Married! – and not just any wedding, the actual OMG Wedding!  The FULL FEATURE can be seen by CLICKING HERE.

I know that I have already posted sneak peeks that I took on my iPhone from the wedding day, but those are so pathetic and do no justice to the wedding as it was seen – however, as you will see, these photos from Marianne Taylor does the wedding complete justice!

The paper goods and invitations were all made lovingly by the bride’s mom!  And below is the site of the wedding – where I too was married!  I now affectionately refer to Alexis as my “wife-in-law”. ;-)

We hired in the chairs and aisle runner from Stress Free Hire and the trees and topiary balls from Fairy Nuff Flowers.  Below is the shot of the newly legal Mr. & Mrs.!

Did you guess right? – it’s Vera Wang, baby.

That Vera gown had loads of sway in how the rest of the decor played out for the wedding – as you can see in the carnations and billy balls in the bouquet, which echoed the lush circular layers patterned along the gown.

It was painstaking work getting the ballroom ready with all the bespoke details – from the individual tablecloth overlays to the gold charger plates to the favor boxes to the lamps and napkins, not to mention the checkerboard dance floor… after arguing with the venue to remove the ugly blue carpets off the floor first and whether gaffer tape is permitted and making them redo tablecloths because they brought out the wrong size on several tables, the list goes on and on – ah, the behind-the-scenes work of a wedding planner that nobody sees, knows or hears about… but that’s what leads to utter perfection for the bride + groom on the day ;-).

There were alternating florals on each table that corresponded with the pattern of the cloth overlays.  I particularly loved the amethysts.  Another thing couples don’t realize – things like those table numbers – they unfortunately wouldn’t stand up on their own and kept falling down, which sort of defeats the purpose of guests finding their tables.  The catering staff and venue, bless them, won’t have the time or wherewithal to fix little details like this and to think of a solution that is still aesthetically pleasing.  Suffice it to say that I fixed this little problem and the table numbers looked delightful (don’t you think?).

One of the catering staff asked later if the gold charger plates can be discarded after the meal – um, noooooo, these aren’t paper plates that you chuck out with the garbage!!  Wow.  Thank god the bride wasn’t hassled with crazy questions on the wedding day, or worse yet, charged for each and every plate after the wedding, no?  Incidentally, the gold charger plates were sourced from Stress Free Hire.

Many a month were spent gushing over this wedding cake by Linda Fripp Designs.

This may have been my crowning achievement – and most “outside the box” role I have played as a wedding planner at a client’s wedding – but I was the Master of Ceremonies introducing the entire wedding party into the ball room on a microphone!  I really hammed it up too – throwing in introductions like “Get ready for some sibling rivalry, because it’s the sister of the groom and brother of the bride!” – I *think* the crowd loved it.  I guess we will just have to check the footage from Allora Visuals (hopefully I didn’t sound like a complete nutjob!).  For the entrance below, I think I bellowed, “Now, it’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for… the reason we are all here today… the brand new Mr. and Mrs.!”  And yes, the crowd went wild.

I also announced each of the First Dance, Father-Daughter Dance and Mother-Son Dance.  The Wedding Smashers killed it that night with their tunes.

Hats off to all the professionals involved in this wedding – what we have all been referring to as “The Dream Team”:

Wedding Planning: Mary Lee Herrington of Forever and Ever Events

Event Design: Chrystal and Alexis Cuddyre (MOB + OMG)

Invitation Suite: Chrystal Cuddyre of Paper Dragon

Photography: Marianne Taylor

Flowers: Steph Turpin of Fairynuff Flowers

Cake: Linda Fripp Designs

Cake Topper: Cutture

Ceremony Music: Hot Buttered Soul Collective from Sternberg Clarke

Reception Music: The Wedding Smashers

Headpiece: Atelier Millinery

Makeup: Sophie Stafford

Videography: Allora Visuals

Prop Hire: Stress Free Hire and Great Hire

Wedding car: City of London Black Taxis

The New York Times interviews Forever & Ever Events

 My reaction when Alex Williams from The New York Times contacted me about a piece that he was writing for the most influential paper in the US much less the world? – my heart literally skipped a beat before I went running to and fro in my flat with fists pumping the air!  Actually, I didn’t really do that (I SWEAR), however there was definitely a string of “ohmygod ohmygod ohmygod”.

Americans may have seen the printed article in The New York Times yesterday.  Others around the world may have read it online.  I read the online version, which went live on Saturday – you won’t believe how many people had already read it and sent me emails in just a few hours of publication!

So on Sunday, my husband and I went on a quest to find an actual printed version of The New York Times at London newsagents.  This proved to be quite a challenge and we learned that the few newsagents that do stock the actual New York Times will get it a day late (in recent years, with newspapers facing their own economic troubles and in order to save costs on print, The New York Times distributes a thinner version overseas called the International Herald Tribune).  So, alas, none were to be found yesterday, plus we got distracted by the beautiful weather and ice cream trucks and sort of abandoned the quest to sit with our puppy in the park with ice cream cones!

Anyway, here are highlights from the article:

The full article can be read on The New York Times website by clicking HERE.  I’ve also included screenshots of the article below.

So many amazing readers have already emailed me about how the article resonated with them.  I am beyond thrilled that my little story has inspired people and hope that they will all stay in touch and fill me in on how their businesses are doing!

Finally, big kudos to Alex Williams for writing such an insightful article!  Alex’s wife, Joanna Goddard, also writes one of my favorite lifestyle blogs, Cup of Jo, and I’ve been a big fan of her work for quite some time.  I had no idea she was married to Alex when he contacted me!

Those of you in the US, please support print and buy The New York Times!


The 411 on our recent 100 Layer Cake feature!

It was such an honor to be featured on 100 Layer Cake in their special all-things-British lead-up to the Royal Wedding!

Photographer and pal Aneta Mak and I have been cooking up something special for later this summer {she happens to be a bride, that’s all I’m gonna say} ;), but we also wanted to do something creative together that celebrated understated style, elegance and a bit of quirk.  As the planner and stylist, I felt it was important to showcase the details of the fashion, florals, and location, rather than bombard with too many props (as an aside, sometimes an overload of props in photos kind of detracts from the overall look, and sometimes props don’t really make sense in a portrait.  I tell my clients all the time that props are fantastic, but consider the big picture and don’t overwhelm the eyes with too much going on!).

Aneta and I loved the idea of showcasing Bloomsbury because, as well as history, it has so many hidden gems – the literary side, loads of squares and gardens, and little quirks like Bloomsbury Lanes.  So I planned this as a two-parter: understated elegance in the gorgeous outdoors; and fun/offbeat at the bowling lanes.  The latter was a perfect fit for Rock N’ Roll Bride and she featured it HERE.  I’ll blog more about the Rock N’ Roll Bride feature later (one thing at a time, please!).

Go check out Aneta’s blog post on our 100 Layer Cake feature HERE.

And of course I MUST thank the incredibly talented team of the BEST of the BEST in the wedding world who make me feel so humbled to work alongside them:

Delphine Manivet, designer

♥ Edwina Ibbotson, milliner

♥ Amy Brandon of Claire Hanson Makeup & Hair Team

Chantal Flores Design

And for the second part of this inspiration shoot that was featured on Rock N’ Roll Bride, there was also the collaboration of House of Sugalily and Dear Darling Calligraphy.

Here are a few more shots of the day to complement the set that 100 Layer Cake featured:

Photo by Aneta Mak Photography

Photo by Aneta Mak Photography

Photo by Aneta Mak Photography
Photo by Aneta Mak Photography
Photo by Aneta Mak Photography
Photo by Aneta Mak Photography

Thanks to Jillian in particular at 100 Layer Cake for featuring our work!  And of course to Aneta for her beautifully timeless photography.


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