For Conscious Couples

Featured Member: Laura Hillman Weddings

Sep 30, 2022

Laura is a London based bespoke luxury wedding planner and strategist with 18 years of experience designing show stopping and stylish celebrations across the UK. Laura provides a calm and stress free planning experience for modern couples allowing them to relish in every aspect of their big day and focus on what’s important, whilst she creates the magic behind-the-scenes.

Having worked at some of the most prestigious, luxury hotels in the world, Laura helps to turn your dreamy wedding visions into stylish weddings that exude excellence, spark excitement, and create life-long memories.

“I’m a Luxury Wedding Planner who can Deliver a High-Quality and Exquisite Wedding Day That Evokes all the Senses! Weaving unique personal touches with a peppering of understated luxury is my approach to wedding planning.”

Modern-day wedding events are built of a million little moments

Laura believes that each one of the little moments of a wedding deserves its own meticulous attention to detail. From the first wedding planning meeting to discussing pre-wedding dinners, to deciding on the boutique design for the invitations, to choosing, envisioning, and styling the venue. And finally selecting wedding dress designers, trying on wedding shoes, and sourcing hair and makeup artists for those precious and tentative hours before you say “I do”.

Each piece of the puzzle must be stylised, organised, and executed perfectly for a stress-free wedding day that altogether forms a bigger picture to deliver an unforgettable wedding event.

As a luxury wedding planner, no little moment is too small, no tiny detail too granular. Laura helps to orchestrate, construct and oversee each event as it unfolds so that all the memorable events build to the one overriding spectacular event that is planned: your wedding day.

What does Laura love about wedding planning?

  • Witnessing a wedding fall seamlessly into place on the day
  • Hearing incredible comments from guests
  • Building a strong, trusting relationship with every couple
  • Adding little finishing touches, as a surprise!·
  • Going above and beyond for every client I work with
  • Seeing the joy in people’s faces

How did Laura end up in the luxury events sector?

18 years ago, Laura dipped her toe into the hospitality and events industry whilst studying at Sheffield Hallam University as she took a placement with Hilton Hotels working within the event sales and planning team and adored it.

Hilton kept her on part-time whilst she finished her degree, and after university she accepted a new role as part of the pre-opening team of a luxury boutique hotel (which is where her love of luxury started!).

Following this she moved into a live events agency that managed and delivered over five-hundred events every year across the UK and for three years she ran large and complex events across Britain.

Sadly after the financial crash in 2008 she was made redundant however it wasn’t long before she landed the perfect opportunity – a Senior Event Executive at a newly opened 5* luxury hotel in London.

Laura worked on incredible VIP events, including parties for the 2012 Olympics and a luxury Indian wedding for 500 guests (which included fire acrobats and flower elephants!).

After six fantastic years, it felt like the right time for her to move on so she took a role in 2018 as Director of Group Events, with overall responsibility for the group’s strategy and team. At the start of 2020, Laura was due to be promoted, but due to COVID, this was withdrawn and here she now is today …

“An independent wedding planner and consultant who’s equipped with 18 years of experience in luxury events – and ready to help you turn your dreamy visions into tangible reality.”
Things that Laura loves…

  • Practicing flow yoga – Laura finds it a great way to unwind and switch off from the hustle and bustle of life
  • Cuddling her miniature cream chocco dapple called Lottie, who is very cheeky – Laura loves sausage dogs!
  • Travelling and exploring new destinations
  • Enjoying a glass of red wine – Malbec is her favourite!
  • Or a cocktail or two especially Pina Colada’s!

Laura has just finished a really busy season of weddings with a beautiful holiday on the Greek Island of Lefkada. A couple of weeks ago, Laura also had an amazing brand shoot with @amylouisehatch. A super exciting project that she has been working on for several months amongst other things, ready to take her luxury brand to the next level.

To find out more about Laura follow her at @laurahillmanweddings or visit her website at laurahillman.co.uk

Gallery images by Hannah Duffy Photography and Chloe Martin Photography.

Featured image by Chloe Martin Photography.

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