It’s the time of year when we all reflect on the year that’s almost over and look ahead to the next. Before whizzing ahead into 2017, I want to dedicate this blog post to just some of the fantastic team of often unsung heroes who support me endlessly in running The Bespoke Wedding Company & Kelly Chandler Consulting – keeping my home and family life running too.
First up, I’d like to introduce you to my wonderful new assistant, Eleanor who has agreed to join me as I write this post. I’ve had assistants in the past but Eleanor heralds the start of a new phase as I’ve greatly increased the hours she’ll support me and the scope of the role so that she can really become part of team Bespoke on a more ongoing basis. Eleanor is very hard working and determined with experience in IT project management, as a business analyst, then in event management in the fashion and retail sectors. Her attention to detail is immense and this is a girl whose dress for her interview colour and style coordinated with the design of her CV – I just know we’re going to achieve great things in 2017!
Chanelle, Jenna and the team at Segerius Bruce Services
Probably the best business decision I made this year was to hire Chanelle and her team to support me with my social media, helping me monthly in a very focused targeted way with my blog scheduling and presentation and my social media strategy and campaigns. There is no way I would have achieved half of what I have managed without their dedication (and OK their badgering me to hit deadlines which let’s face it can slip when client work gets incredibly busy). Chanelle is an all around tech guru so she’s also helped me with endless other “how to” things in regards to keeping Bespoke up and ahead of the times.
I’ve had the fantastic support of a lot of very keen, talented and determined future event management & wedding professionals throughout the year and I won’t name them all here but a special mention to the brilliant Mariapia Bravo (who now works with Smashing the Glass Blog) and Ellie Kime who is completing her degree and moved onto other internship opportunities. Heartfelt thanks to the two big teams of interns I’ve had supporting me at the Wedding Inspiration event I run twice yearly for the venue team at Waddesdon Manor – a very large scale and interactive wedding show for brides and grooms across two venues, with 3 marquee builds, live demos, catwalk stage and inspiration galore from over 60 exhibiting partners; it’s an action-packed feast for the senses and the enthusiasm from the lovely teams I’ve had to help with set up and design and registration has been incredible.
(Brides/Grooms, the next show runs on Sunday 5th March at Waddesdon Manor, please pop it in the diary, it’s a great wedding planning day out, guaranteed).
On the Home Front
This is a vital one for me as yes, I have a husband, a daughter, a cat and a home so there is a great team of incredibly generous people who support me (sometimes at short notice) to keep things going. Our domestic cleaner, Adina, our gardener, Paul and then the brilliant network of neighbours and mums who I feel incredibly blessed to be living alongside (Horsley really is the best place to live). A special thank you to my next door neighbour, Emma, an all round rockstar, not only a super practical (and stylish) hands-on mum who helps with my daughter but a damn good fun friend, with a mutual love of prosecco!
Then a huge heartfelt hug and bundles of gratitude to my family, many of who support us in their words and actions every day. With special mentions to my brilliant mum and dad who have always set the bar high. They still work part time at the age of 70+, look after 3 grandchildren very regularly and maintain a really full-on social life – they are my inspiration and still continue to teach me that you get nowhere without hard work.
Then my long suffering little family of my own, the hubby, Colin Chandler, who from year one of my crazy endeavours into self-employment (13 years ago now) has unwaveringly supported me, in the early days financially, and throughout as a sounding board, a sanity check and an endlessly positive cheerleader. Whilst I don’t see him appearing in a wedding-related role anytime soon, he certainly is a silent and very important partner in my working world.
And a final mention for my little almost 5 year old mini-me, who takes each day as it comes, has a smile for everyone and a solution and explanation for everything (not a bad way of living your life) and who inspires me to do my very best each and every day.
My best doesn’t come, however, without a gargantuan effort from so many others who keep the wheels turning and thriving and I thank you all from the bottom of my heart for allowing me to pursue my dreams and support and deliver some wedding magic to my lovely clients.
Wishing you all lots of festive fun and a world of endless possibilities in 2017.