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A couple of weeks ago, Pantone’s new colour of the year was unveiled: Greenery. I must admit that initially, I wasn’t very excited about this colour and how it could be incorporated into my business. However, giving it some thought and writing this blog, I believe that it’ll be a breath of fresh air for the events industry.

Pantone colour 2017 | Greenery | Wedding Planner Ideas | La Fete

Pantone colour 2017 | Greenery | Wedding Planner Ideas | La Fete

Greenery stands for beginnings and resolutions as well as the outdoors and the environment. Now we all know about eco-friendly ideas, programs and even events nowadays that are eco-friendly or have elements of this; but I believe that the true attraction to this colour is it’s connection to nature and our desire to incorporate natural elements more and more in our work and life, especially in events of our life.

Pantone colour 2017 | Greenery | Wedding Planner Ideas | La Fete

Pantone colour 2017 | Greenery | Wedding Planner Ideas | La Fete

Pantone colour 2017 | Greenery | Wedding Planner Ideas | La Fete

Greenery also fits in with the various floral trends of the moment, whereby more and more leaves and foliage are used just as much, or even more than flowers. The Pantone colour of the year can also be a great pairing colour, being omnipresent, it is also the perfect hue to blend other stronger colours such as metallics, deep autumnal tones, brights, pastels and of course neutrals.

Pantone colour 2017 | Greenery | Wedding Planner Ideas | La Fete

Pantone colour 2017 | Greenery | Wedding Planner Ideas | La Fete

Pantone colour 2017 | Greenery | Wedding Planner Ideas | La Fete

Greenery calls to mind a series of words such as refresh, revive, restore, renew, rejuvenate. All these are fresh beginnings of things we already know, a new look on life. I truly believe that Greenery will be an interesting colour to work with this year, incorporating it into design elements, the styling of events and overall planning.  Pantone colour 2017 | Greenery | Wedding Planner Ideas | La Fete

Image Credits:
Inside Weddings // Want That Wedding // Blog Lovin // Plan Your Perfect Wedding // A Floral // Love My Dress // Ever Green Direct // Happy Chantilly // Pinterest

For those of you who have been on my website, you may have noticed that I have a photo with my French bulldog Coco. Since we’re still getting to know each other, I thought that I might tell you a little bit more about her.

Destination Wedding Planner | French Bulldog | La Fete

Coco is my 8-year-old French bulldog (also referred to as a ‘frenchie’ by many people). I’ve had her since she was merely 1 month old. I purchased her one summer in Paris when I was still a student, just before I moved to Florence for a year. Having just spent three years in London studying with no pets, and having grown up since the age of 6 with English bulldogs, I was in need of a companion.

Destination Wedding Planner | French Bulldog | La Fete

Our story starts off in a typical way; I was just looking and wasn’t really sure that I wanted to get a dog straight away. I was definitely set on a French bulldog, as I love their huge ears and little stout bodies. Their character and needs, also fit my lifestyle perfectly, as well as being great apartment dogs. One day, I went to a pet shop in the outskirts of Paris to see what puppies they had (yes, in 2009 puppies were still sold in shops in France). When I got to puppy corner I saw a transparent glass box filled with sawdust and a little black and white head with huge satellite-like ears was staring into my eyes. I melted. She was so little! I asked if I could see her and carry her, and when they brought her out and gave her to me, I fell in love. I put her little body against my chest and she instantly nuzzled into my neck and fell asleep. Her little body was resting in my cupped hand. After just sitting in the shop like this for an hour, I realised that I should go. My head was trying to convince my heart that this wasn’t the right time, etc.

Destination Wedding Planner | French Bulldog | La Fete

A couple of days later, I realised that I couldn’t stop thinking of her. I kept looking at that photograph that I had taken of her and had even found a name for her: Coco. At the time, I was reading Coco Chanel’s biography (a woman that I admire) and with her black and white colour, she was completely in tune with the brand! One morning, I woke up and made the decision to go purchase her! I was so happy and excited! She very quickly adapted to her new life, and a few months later we moved to Florence where her favourite game was to chase the pigeons at the Duomo.

Destination Wedding Planner | French Bulldog | La Fete

Since then, we have moved to London, lived in various flats and enjoyed every minute of it. We have of course had some low moments when her health wasn’t always at it’s best, but we have always pulled through together. At the end of the day, she always helps me too when I’m a bit under the weather with her kind and understanding eyes. You may think that I’m crazy, but she is in a way my baby, yes I’m one of those crazy dog people! But the love you get from your dog is irreplaceable. Coco may not be a working member of La Fête, but she has been present every step of the way of the creation, whether it be on my knees at my desk or in her bed in my study fast asleep, and I thought it important for you to know her.

Destination Wedding Planner | French Bulldog | La Fete

Photography by Emily Ricard

Hello, everyone!

As this is my first blog post, I thought that I might start with an easy one; why I decided to become a planner. People often ask me why I made this career choice exactly one year ago, and I will explain it to you too in this post.

Destination Wedding Planner | London Wedding & Event Planner | La Fete

Growing up in Geneva, Switzerland as the eldest of two daughters, I always loved being in charge. I always wanted to boss my sister, my dog and even my parents around. Let’s say that I am naturally organised and a little bossy. As soon as I passed my Baccalaureate I wanted to move to a big city and being half British, London was an easy move. I moved here at 18, to study Marketing Communications, and after a successful Bachelor moved to Florence, Italy to study a Masters in Fashion Merchandising and Management. Yes, that’s right, I was aiming to have a career in Fashion, which I did.

Destination Wedding Planner | London Wedding & Event Planner | La Fete

Whilst I was studying in Florence for a year, I wanted to make sure that I would get a job ASAP upon my graduation. In order to ensure this, I had to get an internship or job part-time during my studies. This is when I met Valentina, who was running her own wedding planning business in Florence catering for the whole of Tuscany. We quickly got along and started working together on evenings and weekends. With her, within 6 months, we organised 3 weddings, each one very different in size and style. Little by little, after each wedding, I was aching for the adrenaline of the next one. The fact that you help create unforgettable memories – I was hooked on organising and planning events!

Destination Wedding Planner | London Wedding & Event Planner | La Fete

When I graduated, I got offered a position in luxury fashion in London and moved back here. I forged myself a strong career in Fashion Merchandising for 6 years, however, I continued to organise family events and weddings as a hobby, always thinking that one day I would maybe take the jump. That day finally arrived exactly one year ago, early February 2016. I left my last job in luxury fashion with no particular plan in mind, only with one big question: is now the moment to change my career?

Destination Wedding Planner | London Wedding & Event Planner | La Fete

After a couple of months reflection, I decided to take the plunge! Having no dependencies, except for my dog, this was the time to do it! I put together a business and financial plan, set out to create my website, my App (which will be launching end of April 2017), all of the financial, legal, insurance, trademark and all other aspects involved in creating your own company. After a lot of hard work and dedication, I can honestly say that I don’t regret a thing. It was the best decision I ever made! I am now, not only my own boss but also in a job that fits who I am and my motivations. I can put to work my natural talents and most importantly help you create unforgettable memories and bring your dreams to life!

Image Credits:
Emily Ricard // Susan Mariani