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me

I’m proud of my award winning wedding blog, providing inspiration to brides and grooms in the Cotswolds. And I’m pleased to be able to help local, independent wedding businesses with my marketing support. I get to combine my marketing skills, experience of organising amazing styled photo shoots, along with my local knowledge and passion for weddings. I’ve been affectionately titled the Wedding Inspector – a bit like the Alex Polizzi of the local wedding industry! See what others have said about me in my testimonials.

I’m amazingly organised – probably geekishly so! In fact, my colour coded spreadsheets have long been renowned amongst my friends, family and colleagues. But I suppose that’s what makes me good at what I do. I pride myself on the schedules that I produce for styled shoots and events, my tenacity, the consistency of my promotions, and the level of communication I have with everyone I work alongside.

Don’t just take my word for it, see what kind things others have said about my work too.

my experience

During my career I’ve obtained my ACIM marketing qualification and worked in various marketing roles for 13 years. These have included planning and managing corporate events and hospitality, plus working for over 6 years for an international clothing brand where I planned and managed photo shoots in some fabulous locations around the world. Along the way, I’ve also gained valuable experience in project management, website development, product development, as well as creating, planning and running lots of special occasions for friends and family.

It was whilst planning my own wedding in 2011 that my real passion for the wedding industry took over. I realised how precious it was to have all the people I cared about in one room at the same time. That’s when I decided I wanted to inspire others for their own personal milestones, and Hanami Dream was born in 2014.

Find out how I chose my company name in the blog post ‘Why am I called Hanami Dream?

my wedding blog

Hanami Dream compiles, creates and collates inspiration, tips, trends and traditions to provide couples with ideas for weddings and personal milestones in Oxfordshire and the surrounding Cotswolds.

The uniqueness of the blog comes from showcasing my own beautiful and inspirational, trend-led styled wedding shoots, collaborating with local venues and innovative wedding suppliers. Showing something fresh, creative and unique that tells a story, or has a strong or unique theme that couples aspire to have for their special day.

It’s a growing wedding blog, going from strength to strength for an affluent and influential targeted market whilst supporting local business.

These really do make a difference so we are very grateful that you chose to include us – The Souvlaki Brothers

Take a look at how we could collaborate to show inspirational trend-led styled wedding shoots to inspire couples in and around Oxfordshire and the surrounding Cotswolds – I’m always on the look out for inspiring imagery.

my credentials

I’m delighted that Hanami Dream wedding blog won the individual Events and Wedding UK Blog Awards 2018 (as well as being a finalist in 2017 and highly commended in 2016). This has given it great coverage and the blog continues to develop and expand as a result of the exposure. I’ve also had my articles and styled shoots published on Bride Magazine and SoGlos Weddings online.

Plus, I’ve been chosen as #QueenOf Wedding Inspiration by The Royal Connection, received the #SmartSocial award from Marketme, won #BrightPig’s Business of the Week and I am also a WOW Winner, picked by Jacqueline Gold CBE and CEO of Ann Summers. As well as winning Theo Paphitis’s #SBS (Small Business Sunday).

I am an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and a Certified Wedding and Event Planner with the UKAWEP.

Take a look at how you can advertise on this wedding blog.

my region

The Cotswolds is commonly regarded as an area of outstanding natural beauty. It is located in south central England and is made up of 6 counties: Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Somerset, Warwickshire, Wiltshire and Worcestershire. 

Hanami Dream primarily focuses on the Oxfordshire part of the region which accounts for 17% of all weddings in the Cotswolds*. Mainly rural landscape, the Cotswolds is a relaxing escape from the big cities with acres of lavender fields, historical towns, stately homes and picturesque, chocolate box villages with their honey coloured limestone buildings. It’s no surprise that this region has many places that feature in the Britain’s richest towns list.

Hanami Dream is based in Witney, perfectly located amongst the ‘golden triangle’ of the Cotswold towns of Burford, Chipping Norton and Woodstock.

She has a wonderful eye for those details that make a wedding day truly unique – Cogges Manor Farm

*Data from Office of National Statistics www.ons.gov.uk Area of occurrence 2011. Based on 21,202 marriages in the Cotswolds (combined Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, Somerset, Warwickshire, Wiltshire and Worcestershire).