So normally  I’d do a round-up at the end of the year (having done my last one in August 2016  but December seemed to fly by and we’re already in March (how did that happen?!?), but as you’ll  see it’s been a busy time here at Always Andri Wedding Design

I rounded off last year’s weddings with a fabulous family focused intimate wedding in London. I’ve not seen all the images yet but I just have to share this amazing shot that London wedding photographers Babb Photo took of the happy couple on the London Eye

I have a lovely little behind the scenes video from the day too which I will be sharing on the blog soon.

I was delighted to see The Wedding Stylist’s beautiful Humanist wedding that I coordinated featured on Ruffled Blog

humanist wedding couple wedding ceremony wedding plannerPhoto by Dominique Bader

Sundari and I have become firm friends since working together on her wedding and are busy working on a new exclusive wedding planning and design service to offer to our couples so watch this space…

I’ve also had a couple of shoot features: a spring wedding shoot I styled at Morden Hall featured in the new look Wedding Ideas Magazine

And this lovely Autumn shoot at Cannizaro Park featured on Whimsical Wonderland Weddings, here.

As well as weddings and shoots I have also featured on Nu Bride as part of their Women in Business series. Nova is an inspiration herself so to be asked with a host of other inspiring business ladies was a real honour. You can see the interview here.

I also had a fun afternoon with the lovely photographer Cristina Rossi, we chatted all things weddings and I made some vegan peanut butter cookies while we were at it. Take a look at my 10 Wedding Planning Tips and if you like the look of the peanut butter cookies I may just post the recipe here.

wedding planner london outdoor officePhoto by Cristina Rossi

Having been planning weddings now for 8 years 2016 was the year I decided I would diversify the business. I’ve always loved helping and supporting other wedding planners and suppliers so I now offer mentoring services.

Last year I was invited to speak at The Hub about the importance of pricing correctly and providing value in a crowded industry. The Hub takes place again this year on Thursday 19th October and Kiki already has some great speakers lined up to talk:

“Covering topics that are absolutely relevant to all of our creative businesses – and lifestyles too – we’ll be addressing subjects that will quench your entrepreneurial thirst for practical knowledge as well as providing an abundance of inspiration to help empower you on your journey forward.”

You can purchase your tickets here

In February with fellow UKAWP wedding planner Alexandra Merri of The Bijou Bride, we ran our first workshop on Wedding Design at the Hive. The workshop was a sell-out and we’re looking to host it again in the summer.

Book How to Organise a successful stlyed shoot Andri Benson Always Andri Wedding DesignPhoto by Maxeen Kim

And finally, I wrote my book on “How To Organise a Successful Styled Shoot” after designing, planning and styling well over 20 photo shoots I thought it was time to share that knowledge with others, you can purchase the book here.

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