I don't know that I can adequately convey how absolutely wonderful Cristina and Irene were throughout the entire process of planning and executing our destination wedding. Not only did they do a phenomenal job, but they did so under what were (at least for me!) some incredibly challenging circumstances: we are an American couple, living in the UK, who wanted to get married in the Normandy countryside. Did I mention that neither of us speak French? This meant that Cristina and Irene had to seek out and cultivate relationships with an almost entirely new team of vendors, organize communications with a couple in England, and coordinate events for an American guest list... Not only did our three days of wedding events come together splendidly, they did so with almost complete reliance on Cristina and Irene's talents, patience, organizational prowess, and impeccable design. To say it was a perfect day is a vast understatement.
Cristina and Irene put together a beautiful welcome dinner for us near our venue in Caen (not the first place one would think of for outstanding French food and yet they managed to secure exclusive use of a Michelin star restaurant there), our wedding day (held at the Moulin de Bully - a gorgeous setting, but necessitating that all design elements be brought in from elsewhere to achieve the classic, elegant feel we were after), and our day after brunch (also held at the venue). Each event was beautifully crafted with obvious emphasis on the wedding day itself.
Again, words do not do justice to the beautiful day Irene and Cristina crafted for us. It was perfect and when I say perfect - if anything did go amiss with the day, I never heard, knew, or needed to do anything about it. The HEW team handled it. I got to enjoy the entirety of my wedding day with the people I loved. I was able to peruse the table designs as my florist cheerfully went about putting together designs, soaked up the sun during a break with my hair and makeup artist, witnessed all my stationary and guest favors come together, and enjoyed a lunch prepared and packaged for us by our caterers. It was heaven. Irene kept us on time for the ceremony, the quartet played the loveliest rendition of one of my favorite music pieces of all time, and my DJ handed me a microphone just in time to read my vows! I got to actually eat the phenomenal food I had chosen (how many brides can say that?) in the beautiful atmosphere and ambience created by Cristina and Irene.
Cristina and Irene had created a Normandy wedding team out of thin air and managed each moving piece seamlessly. I don't know that I will ever be able to thank them enough for my wedding day and I can't imagine trusting anyone else to have carried out such an undertaking. If you have been searching for wedding planners, especially if you are planning your wedding or elopement abroad, there is no need to look any further. Stop here, hire High Emotion Weddings, and look forward to enjoying a wonderful day with the people you love most in the world.
It would take months for me to write all of the good things I have to say about Irene and her team. She is a dream to work with.
I found Irene online through a google search and was quickly impressed with her refined style and website. I emailed her and she promptly followed up to secure us as clients. I had sooooo many questions and Irene answered them right away. She took charge and helped set expectations for the months to come. I appreciated how she kept me focused as a bride and also prevented me from getting overwhelmed by the process. I always thought I was organized, until I met Irene. She is SO prepared, so careful, considerate and thoughtful. I can’t imagine having anyone else to work with.
I thought that planning a wedding in Austria while living in Canada would be tough, but Irene made it seem effortless. She took on all of the hard stuff. I felt so stress free leading up to the day, and even on the day of Irene took care of everything so that I didn’t have to worry or lift a finger. I put all of my trust in Irene and it was totally worth it. All of the elements of our wedding came together perfectly. From the location, to the ceremony, to the beautifully designed dinner table. She added extra details like a gin bar, fans at the ceremony for our guests and delicately wrapped our guest favours in a bow. She even helped us plan activities the day before and after our wedding. I should also note that her taste is high quality so you can expect to only get the best recommendations, products and experiences (e.g had the best manicure ever thanks to her).
Our guests were so impressed they have already made referrals to family and friends back home. We are still getting messages from them telling us how unforgettable our wedding trip was...I just keep saying “it’s all thanks to Irene!”. Where did you get xxxx? Irene! How did you find this restaurant? Irene! Who came up with this idea? Irene! She’s a rockstar.
I cannot stress to you enough, CHOOSE IRENE and her team to plan your wedding. You will not be disappointed. Her service is of exceptional quality!! We love you Irene & High Emotion Weddings! Thank you so much for making our dream wedding a reality.