Nottingham Wedding Planner

One fab aspect of being a wedding photographer is meeting really amazing wedding vendors both locally in the East Midlands and further afield. I help my couples with ideas, timings and recommend vendors so I wanted to introduce some of the great wedding vendors I work with.

Today  the wonderful Val Mattinson,  a Nottingham wedding planner. If you are planning your wedding, it can be really hard to know where to start. I really didn’t have a clue and wish I’d known Val! Wedding planners are not only- as I thought- for the very wealthy. They help with all kinds of budgets and help save time and money. But, in her own words, here is Val from Benessamy. (See some of the work we’ve done together at the end)

I’m delighted to have been asked by Alix to be a regular guest on the Lumiere Photography blog. In this first post I thought I would introduce myself and tell you a little bit about my business, Benessamy Weddings & Events.

What is Benessamy all about and what services do we offer? Benessamy is a Nottingham based wedding and special events company, creating stylish weddings and events for clients (both private and business) across the East Midlands and further afield.

At Benessamy we work closely with our clients to ensure their wedding or special event runs smoothly and is memorable for all the right reasons. Benessamy offers a range of bespoke wedding services to suit all wedding styles, and all our services begin with a complimentary consultation.

Wedding planners are not just for couples with large wedding budgets. Our clients welcome the support and input of a professional wedding planner and come to us for help with all or part of their wedding planning. Wedding services include:-

  • Full Wedding Planning
  • Rescue Service
  • Benessamy By The Hour
  • Wedding Day Management
  • Additional Wedding Services: including venue finding, supplier sourcing, RSVP handling and Honeymoon arrangements.

We also provide event management and planning services for the full range of private events and parties as well as business events. Many of our services are bespoke and as such are priced according to the scale and size of a client’s wedding.

At Benessamy we do not accept commission from suppliers and any discounts obtained are always passed onto clients which will often mean a saving for them. This helps to maintain independence and ensures that we provide advice, support and recommendations which are appropriate to our clients’ tastes, priorities and budget.

If you would like to find out more about Benessamy services or want to book an initial  complimentary consultation, please get in touch. More than happy to help!

A little bit about me I started my professional and business career as a solicitor in the public sector before moving into external and corporate affairs where I gained my event planning and organisational experience organising corporate and special events. Having trained with the UK Alliance of Wedding Planners (UKAWP) I launched Benessamy in 2011 and am now a Member of the UKAWP and have been appointed as the UKAWP’s Regional Ambassador for the Midlands.

I am also the Associate Wedding Planner at Bawdon Lodge Farm. I love what I do and enjoy paying particular attention to turning the dreams of my clients into a reality. I focus on the details so that my clients don’t have to! I have a wonderful husband and we have been blessed with two fabulous children – Ben and Jessamy. The name ‘Benessamy’ is a combination of their names and they are the source of my daily inspiration.

Get in touch. Val Tel: 0115 870 8179 Email: Website: Facebook (Weddings): Twitter: Pinterest:

Some of the photos from the Wedding Styled shoot Val organised at Bawdon Lodge farm, Loughborough, Leicestershire Vintage wedding in a marquee (for styling and vendors just drop me a line) Rustic wedding in hay stack! If you like this, get in touch with Val and me! I’m no planner but am happy to act as a sounding board for your ideas, give some advice about timings, locations etc.. and recommend vendors. Alix 07763064497


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