about hanami dream
I’ve always been mesmerized by the worlds that you can visit simply through the beautiful use of language and mere words on a page. I can often be found with my head in a book (probably sniffing the pages and looking out for typos), I was famed for my lengthy correspondence when living and travelling abroad (those were the heady days before social media to keep in touch), and I’m always drafting my next novel. My love of writing is all thanks to my childhood obsession with my Nan’s old typewriter. So it’s no wonder that I found myself working in marketing.
I’m also amazingly organised – probably geekishly so! In fact, my colour coded spreadsheets have long been renowned among my friends, family and colleagues. But I suppose that’s what makes me good at what I do. I pride myself on the consistency of my promotions; the level of communication I have with everyone I work with; the schedules that I produce for styled shoots and events; alongside my tenacity.
Don’t just take my word for it, see what kind things others have said about my work too.
Aside from my crazy family, some other things I love (in no particular order) include: reading, baking (mainly fuelled by my love of eating cakes!), walking #everysinglestreet, plants (inside and out), hoola hooping, salsa dancing, cherry blossom, travelling, Ingela P Arrhenius, Back to the Future 2 and sushi.
I’m a marketing specialist with over 20 years’ experience in a number of industries including publishing, motorcycle apparel, chartered accountants and businesses connected to the world of weddings.
During my career I’ve obtained my CIM Professional Diploma in Marketing and worked in various marketing roles for 13 years before starting my own business. 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, communications, operations, analysis and reporting. Plus, I’m a Certified Wedding and Event Planner with the UK Academy of Wedding & Event Planners.
Hanami Dream was founded in 2014, which combines my marketing skills and photo shoot experience along with my passion for language and knowledge of the local market. Find out how I chose my company name and ‘Why am I called Hanami Dream?‘
Hanami Dream is based in Witney, perfectly located amongst the ‘golden triangle’ of the Cotswold towns of Burford, Chipping Norton and Woodstock. I love helping local, independent businesses with marketing support.
I’m delighted that the Hanami Dream wedding blog won the individual Event and Wedding UK Blog Awards 2018 (as well as being a finalist in 2017 and highly commended in 2016) and I was the wedding judge at the UK Blog Awards 2019.
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).
Hanami Dream was shortlisted in the West Oxfordshire Business Awards 2020.