'Barefoot Elegance with a Luxurious Wink'
Inspired by the simplicity of nature, my beautiful surroundings and a deep love of the finer things in life.
Buried in the heart of South West France, I live in an area steeped in history, surrounded by award-winning bastide towns food and wine; old-stone farms; fields of wildflowers; brightly coloured shutters; moss covered forests; lavender and organic seasonal flowers that have an unforgettable perfume. As each venue has its own special charm I will often take this as the main inspiration, aiming to create an unforgettable event that is in harmony with nature, the surroundings and the individuality of my clients.
My in-depth knowledge of the local area, venues and vendors, as well as my ability to speak the language, combined with years of experience in delivering events, is what gives my clients peace of mind, especially when planning a wedding from afar. As a recent client from Australia (Sammie & Joe, August 2018) has commented “the suppliers Hannah use love her and so do we!”
I have also built up a reputation over the years for working with local families, delivering At-Home weddings and events, quite often in unusual locations that require electricity, catering and hygiene facilities to be brought in for the weekend. As a result, I now offer a venue consultancy service (advice, styling, photo shoots and marketing) to both new and more established venues.
My background in talent management has led me to work with several high profile clients within the television and film industry, where the utmost discretion is required. For events of this type, confidentiality agreements are signed by all on-site suppliers to ensure that both the client and guests are able to let their hair down and enjoy the festivities to the full.
To enable me to offer an exceptional level of service, as well as forge a strong relationship with my all of my clients, I have chosen a ‘boutique approach’ to wedding planning; accepting only a limited number of weddings and events per season, the majority being referrals from former clients and guests.
Before moving into wedding planning, I worked in London coordinating large scale live events and design projects – working with actors, writers, tv personalities, photographers, artists, designers and musicians – as well as organising corporate days out and parties. My career in the industry started as a Design and Production Assistant/Studio Coordinator for a communications and live events agency in Soho. My people management skills and results-driven approach eventually led to me being headhunted for freelance work on exciting projects such as the Disney Kids Awards Live Road/TV show. As much as I enjoyed hanging out with boybands, I was tempted back into full time employment with an offer to help A-List celebrity photographer and film director Greg Williams and renowned, collaborative artists Olly & Suzi launch a creative talent and production agency, promoting their work within education, the arts & publishing. During this time, I had the opportunity to meet and speak with many interesting people, as well as master my skills in accounting, writing, negotiation, talent management and discretion.
Hannah’s life in France
Originally from bonnie Scotland, I came to France (via Northern Ireland, then London) in 2002, moved to St Antonin Noble Val in 2005, learned the language, coordinated a language school, fell in love and married a Frenchman, then unable to find someone to do a ‘Day-of-Coordination’ for my own wedding decided to establish Noble Nuptials. I have a passion for all things French, most especially fresh croissants, raspberry macarons, champagne and Chanel! When not planning events, I like to deafen my family (and neighbours) by singing opera and playing the Irish Low D tin whistle – I am still taking lessons for both!
Floral Designer, Lya Marino
Noble Nuptials has a close working relationship with local floral designer and land artist, Lya Marino of Atmosfleur Créations. Lya has been in the floral industry for 20 years, has an artistic background and is passionate about using organic flowers that are in season from local horticulturists and foraging in the neighbouring woods. She is inspired by nature, “every season offers up new ideas” and is a true inspiration in herself!