Five minutes with wedding planner Helen Carter
This week the lovely Helen Carter, of Helen Carter weddings was kind enough to let me have five minutes of her time and reveals the secret yachting fantasies of a lady for whom being at sea is not really her thing!… and offers the most wonderfully nostalgic description of her favourite interior.
1. What is your favourite boat? If you could sail on it where would you go?
I have to admit, I’m not very good with boats – I’m scared of the sea and of drowning, so any boat I went on would have to be big enough for me to feel safe! However, I do love the idea of sailing around the Mediterranean in a super-yacht.
2. What is your favourite interior? If you could be in any room now, where would it be and why?
I would love to go back to the house my Nan lived in when I was little. I used to visit her every Friday afternoon and sometimes stay for the weekend, and I remember having so much fun there. She had a draughty old veranda that led into the garage, and a pantry under the stairs that for some reason I was terrified of going into! We always sat in the back room, which had her fold-up dining table, a tickly brown sofa and an old gas fire that never seemed to want to light, and we played games together on a low coffee table that you could pack away by unscrewing the legs.
3. What has been your all time favourite gift?
My great-aunt won a beauty pageant when she was in her late teens, and the necklace she wore was passed to my mum. She gave it to me 4 years ago on the night before my wedding along with a beautiful letter; it’s something I will always treasure and hopefully one day I will have a daughter I can also pass it onto.
4. If your fairy godmother could give you one gift now what would it be?
I’m not really a materialistic person, but I would love a big house in the country, with a space for an onsite office and an annexe in the grounds for my parents to live in so I can look after them in their old age. If my fairy godmother was feeling particularly generous, a duck-pond in the garden would also be much appreciated…
5. What one piece of advice would you give to a couple getting married?
Planning a wedding is really exciting, but don’t let it take over your life. Of course you want a wonderful day to celebrate the occasion, but don’t forget the real reason for the day. You’re promising to love and be there for someone for the rest of your life, and once the confetti has blown away that’s the only thing that really matters.
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