Review of the year 2012


What a year 2012 has been for Bellissimo! It has been a really exciting year for Bellissimo along with Simply Events, the non-wedding event planning side of the Business and the first very spectacular season of Beach Weddings Bournemouth!
The year started with in January with a wedding show at the RNLI college in Poole, a beautiful modern waterside venue. This was the second successful wedding show we have organised at the RNLI college and we are looking forward to the third one coming up very soon this January.
Shortly after in February, ITV’s Daybreak launched ‘Here comes the tide’, a competition for a viewer to win the first ever beach wedding! Melanie had great fun down on the beach filming the trailers for the competition and meeting Michael Underwood.




March brought Cupcake Camp, a charity fundraiser organised by the Simply Events part of the business. This year the Cupcake Camp was raising money for a fantastic local charity, Diverse Abilities plus and also Childline with Ester Rantzen being a celebrity judge! We were thrilled to raise over £3000 this year, double our total for last years event.


Image courtesy of Christian Lawson Photography


All throughout the first few months of the year we were keeping extremely busy with bookings and viewings of Beach Weddings Bournemouth.
Before we knew it, it was April which meant our very first Beach Wedding at our new and exciting beautiful beach venue. Just to add more pressure, it was LIVE on ITV’s Daybreak! This meant a very early morning for all involved and for the Bride too! Although the weather wasn’t perfect, the rain held off for the special day and the day went without a hitch! The viewers of Daybreak voted Kate and Frazer as the winning couple. The marquee was filled with cameras and microphones and Angelica Bell and Michael Underwood were there to talk to the television cameras. Unfortunately the camera’s cut to an ad break at the vital moment of Kate and Frazer saying ‘I do’ however we can  vouch for the fact that it was a beautiful moment! We must say thank you again to everyone who worked very hard to make the ‘Daybreak Wedding’ a huge success!


Following our first Beach Weddings Bournemouth wedding, wedding season really got started! Simply Events also helped to organise the Great Dorset Bake Sale in aid of a great Dorset charity, Diverse Abilities Plus.

Image courtesy of Seeker Photography


Our first Bellissimo wedding of the year was Helen and Thomas’s stunning Studland Bay wedding. Their wedding as a romantic seaside themed marquee wedding on the clifftop over looking Studland Bay. It was a beautiful sunny day and we loved working with Helen and Thomas.


Image courtesy of Big Bouquet Photography


The 1st June saw us welcome a new member to the team. Nicolle joined us from Bournemouth University to complete her placement. She was rather thrown in at the deep end with her first weekend consisting of the setup of two weddings, a Bellissimo marquee wedding and a beach wedding! It didn’t put her off though!



The Bellissimo wedding was a stunning traditional country marquee wedding on a private property in Wimborne. The wedding was very chic and elegant and the crystal chandeliers were just stunning! And the Bride’s Jimmy Choos were just to die for!


Image courtesy of Damien Bailey Photography


Image courtesy of Damien Bailey Photography


In June we also had the pleasure of working with the lovely ladies at Parallel Venues to style their wonderful venue Camms Hall to showcase it for weddings. Frances worked with us in 2011 and we welcomed her back to work on this event with us. The venue looked absolutely stunning and we welcomed lots of Brides and Grooms to the venue to have a look.


Image courtesy of EFC Photography


Images courtesy of EFC Photography


On the Simply Events side, we organised two amazing special birthday parties, one was a 70th Birthday party and the second was a surprise 30th Birthday party. The 70th Birthday party was an intimate family dinner with a black and ivory theme for a very special lady. She was bowled over by how stunning the venue looked and all the little finishing touches we added. The 30th Birthday party was held at the Branksome Dene community centre and we were contacted by a very generous lady who wanted the party organised for her boyfriend. Although he knew something was going on, she managed to keep the party a secret from him but he threw the biggest surprise when he proposed to her at the party!


Image courtesy of Columbia Photography


Melanie and Nicolle were also very excited to be invited for a day at the wonderful Goodwood House followed by and afternoon at Glorious Goodwood. We were spoilt with a delicious lunch and a wonderful private box and afternoon tea at the Race Course. Sadly we didn’t win any money on our horses but we had a great day and it was wonderful to meet lots of other lovely wedding planners and event managers. Goodwood house is just stunning and we would love to plan a wedding there!



With August came the wedding of Mercedes and Chris at the stunning Bryanston School in Blandford. This was a tradition wedding with the chosen colours being midnight and pale blue. The venue speaks for itself and the guests enjoyed a sunny drinks reception over looking the tennis courts and Dorset countryside.


Image courtesy of Holly Marsh Photography

On the Simply Event’s side we also organised a private post-wedding BBQ at the Mother of the Groom’s house to continue the celebrations.


September was a busy month for us to say the least! During September we had 15 Beach Weddings Bournemouth weddings and a Bellissimo Wedding. We helped Chantal and Pascal plan their wedding after meeting them at Helen and Thomas’ wedding earlier in the year. They realised after being to Helen and Thomas’s wedding how much they still had left to do so asked for our help! Their day was a combination of English and French influences with a purple colour scheme.


Image courtesy of Amanda Clay Photography

October saw us welcome another new member to the team and Melanie’s new business partner for Simply Events, Hazel Hatch who has come on board with a wealth of experience in the events industry.

In October, we also traveled to Earl’s Court London with our Beach Weddings Bournemouth caterers Fish Face who were competing in the Event Caterers Team Challenge at the National Restaurant Show. Melanie helped Fish Face to present their menu and food and Nicolle was there as the unofficial photographer!

The day after, Melanie traveled to New York with the UK Alliance of Wedding Planners for their annual study tour.

In October Beach Weddings Bournemouth was announced as one of the finalists at the Dorset Business Awards. We were one of the three finalists in the tourism category and are absolutely thrilled to be recognised for all the work we have put in and all the visitors we have brought to the town.


The last weekend of October was extremely busy for us! The Thursday saw us celebrate the 1st Birthday of Beach Weddings Bournemouth and the fourth birthday for both Bellissimo and Simply Events. Our guests were invited for afternoon tea and bubbly on the beach! We were thrilled to have so many of our suppliers, friends, previous couples and business associates come to celebrate with us. Fish Face produce phenomenal food for us and Katie Francesca who had already sang at many of our weddings and events this summer wowed our guests with her beautiful voice. We even had our hair and make up done as a special treat by Laura from Hair by Laura and Tara from Make up by Tara and Lisa Notley made us a fabulous 1st Birthday cake! And of course a big thank you to the lovely ianH Photography for taking all the fabulous photos!


Image courtesy of ianH Photography


On the Saturday it was the last Beach Wedding of the season! And what a wedding it was! We had the lovely Ian Hamilton with us who had photographed both the first and the last weddings of season and the Bride and Groom, Kate and Tim were just great! The weather was stunning considering it was the last Saturday of October and the Big Red bus was probably the highlight of the day!



The next day was not only our wedding show at The Italian Villa, Compton Acres, but also our Beach Weddings Bournemouth Autumn Open Day. Both were a huge success so a big thank you to all those involved in both. Then to top it all off, that night we went out for our Beach Weddings Bournemouth end of season meal, needless to say none of us had much energy the following day!




Phew we were busy in October!
November brought a new and fresh Simply Events website, so do go and take a peek if you haven’t already! Whilst November may have been quieter with weddings, it was full steam ahead with planning the weddings for next year- we have some fantastic weddings coming up next year which we just can’t wait to share with you so keep your eyes peeled! We are very excited! Hazel and Melanie have also been very busy planning lots of corporate events for next year as well as sourcing lots of accommodation for our clients and planning those all important Christmas parties!
We also all got all glammed up to go to the Dorset Business Awards Gala Dinner and Awards ceremony at the Lighthouse, Poole. We all got our glad rags on and had our hair and make up done and got ourselves ready for our James Bond themed night. The evening was fantastic and the food that Beales Gourmet provided was just divine! Sadly we didn’t win the Award but we are very proud to have been one of the three finalists in the Tourism category. We had tough competition being up against some long established businesses so we feel it was a huge achievement to get as far as we did.

We have worked with some great people this year and have absolutely loved every minute of it! It has been a lot of hard work but totally worth it! Launching Beach Weddings Bournemouth has been amazing and something really special to be a part of. Having Hazel on board for Simply Events has given the business a new lease of life and I’m sure we will be telling you lots more about our events over the coming months. We all love what we do and it is so amazing to be part of people’s wedding days. A big thank you to everyone we have worked with this year and to everyone who has really got behind us and supported us in everything we have done this year. We are really looking forward to another year of amazing Bellissimo weddings, events, Beach weddings, wedding shows and more and sharing it all with you!
All thats left to say is Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Melanie, Nicolle, Hazel and Natasha


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