Benessamy is a multi-award winning wedding and event planning company based in the East Midlands. Combining knowledge, experience, creativity and passion, Creative Director Val Mattinson plans beautiful, inspired celebrations throughout the UK, Europe and in the Caribbean.
Efficient, organised and with unwavering attention to detail, Benessamy provides a bespoke, personal service for discerning couples who want to begin their marriage with a sophisticated, heartfelt celebration.
Often working with clients from the very beginning of their wedding planning journey, we're able to design, plan and manage events from start to finish. Known for our confident, calm approach, we consistently exceed expectations, allowing you to enjoy the fun parts of planning a wedding while an expert takes care of everything else.
Hello, I'm Val, Founder and Creative Director of Benessamy Wedding and Event Planning. To say that I absolutely love what I do would be a huge understatement!
I've always enjoyed organising large events and special occasions, but it was my brother and sister-in-law's wedding on the beautiful island of Barbados that helped me discover my true passion for wedding planning. When some of their plans fell through, my initial curiosity and interest in their celebration suddenly transformed into the very real need for me to roll up my sleeves and assist with their on-the-day co-ordination. It was up to me to ensure their dream wedding ran smoothly and I relished the responsibility.
Photography by Hannah Duffy Photography
Having originally qualified as a solicitor and spent many years working in corporate affairs, I decided to put my event planning experience and organisational skills to use doing something I adore. Having trained with the UK Alliance of Wedding Planners (UKAWP), I launched Benessamy Wedding and Event Planning in 2011.
Since then, I've had the pleasure of working with numerous clients, helping them celebrate one of the most memorable moments in their lives.
I'm now a Member of the UKAWP and have been appointed Regional Ambassador for the Midlands, a position I've been proud to hold since 2014. Seeing a look of happiness appear on my clients' faces as their grand vision for their wedding or event is finally realised, remains one of my greatest joys.
Whether you dream of saying your vows in a beautiful historic building, beneath the canopy of a luxurious marquee or on the sandy beach of a stunning Caribbean island, Benessamy Wedding and Event Planning can assist you every step of the way.
When I'm not helping clients plan their dream wedding, family time is my top priority. My husband and I have been married for over 20 years and together we have two wonderful children. They're my proudest achievements, and along with my husband, they give me purpose and keep me centred.
I also enjoy sharing my professional knowledge and expertise. Providing mentoring, motivation and direction, I help creative entrepreneurs recognise and reach their full potential. Find out more about my business and life coaching here and the venue consultancy support that I provide here.
I look forward to meeting you!
"Having Val on board for our wedding was easily one of the best and easiest decisions we made! A truly unique lady who we couldn't have done without. Our wedding was quite simply our best day ever and having Val as our wedding planner ensured that the whole day ran smoothly.
Professional, supportive and offering guidance when needed, Val is a must have at your wedding. She gave us things to think about that we hadn't even considered and gave answers to our many questions. Val gave us peace of mind at the time we needed it most and we would not hesitate in recommending Val and Benessamy....if you're thinking about hiring her, take our word for it...she's truly AMAZING!"
Mark and Chris
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