• "You and your team were absolutely amazing! You took all the stress and pressure off so we were able to just relax and enjoy our day!" - Ami & Gav

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What Our Clients Say About Us

Jenny and Paddy - Grove Barn Wedding

Jenny and Paddy

"Quietly efficient and always willing to go the extra mile!"

 

"Val is just superb. She coordinated my daughter's wedding brilliantly.
She is a lovely lady - thoughtful, friendly, professional, full of understanding, quietly efficient and always willing to go the extra mile. Frankly, I don't know how we would have managed without her.

Thank you Val for making a truly significant contribution to a wonderful day. You are the best! We will tell anyone who will listen that they should contact you concerning coordination of their wedding plans - after all, the best is simply the best!"

Mike - Father of the Bride

Hannah Duffy Photography


Stacey and Hal - Lace Market Hotel Wedding

"..Professional, Organised and Friendly"

 

"From the moment we met Val we were really impressed! She is extremely professional, organised and friendly. Her advice and input in the pre-wedding meetings were really useful in identifying any potential issues so they could be addressed before the wedding. On the wedding day everything was co-ordinated brilliantly.

We hired Val to help us out on the day of our wedding as we had a wedding across two different venues. This obviously created many extra complications and we were very grateful that we had Val to sort them out.

Val helped us to organise our wedding across the two different venues. She was extremely professional and co-ordinated everything brilliantly. When we weren't sure who was turning up exactly when, Val knew; when flowers needed to be taken from one place to the next and set out, we could be confident that it would be - and was - done and done well; and when Hal managed to forget various things moving from venue to venue, Val was on hand to sort it out.

We had a fantastic day and a big part of that was not having to worry about anything because we had such a great wedding planner. She gave us the confidence that any problems or issues that needed to be addressed would be."

Michelle Waspe Photography

Stacey and Hal

"..Professional, Organised and Friendly"

 

"From the moment we met Val we were really impressed! She is extremely professional, organised and friendly. Her advice and input in the pre-wedding meetings were really useful in identifying any potential issues so they could be addressed before the wedding. On the wedding day everything was co-ordinated brilliantly.

We hired Val to help us out on the day of our wedding as we had a wedding across two different venues. This obviously created many extra complications and we were very grateful that we had Val to sort them out.

Val helped us to organise our wedding across the two different venues. She was extremely professional and co-ordinated everything brilliantly. When we weren't sure who was turning up exactly when, Val knew; when flowers needed to be taken from one place to the next and set out, we could be confident that it would be - and was - done and done well; and when Hal managed to forget various things moving from venue to venue, Val was on hand to sort it out.

We had a fantastic day and a big part of that was not having to worry about anything because we had such a great wedding planner. She gave us the confidence that any problems or issues that needed to be addressed would be."

Michelle Waspe Photography


National Citizens Service - Graduation Events

National Citizens Service

"Val at 'Benessamy has been invaluable over the last year, organising and running our NCS graduations. With almost 500 young people graduating from NCS over a series of 8 events last summer, Val proved that she can be calm under pressure and managed to pull off some spectacular events focusing on the achievements of the young people involved and their inspiring stories of volunteering in their local communities.

Things went so well in the summer, we absolutely had to have her back for our autumn graduations and another set of 200 inspiring young people. I really valued having Val's expertise and advice on board for all our events and am looking forward to working with her again this year. I just don't think we could have pulled it off without her!"

Sarah Hartley - Marketing Manager, National Citizen Service Notts & Derby


Surprise 50th Birthday Party Weekend - Breadsall Priory

"Val helped my husband plan a surprise 50th birthday weekend for me - and it was truly amazing in every way and I know he couldn't have done it without her! The sheer scale of the events and the wonderful surprises that just kept on coming were a master class in planning and attention to detail. And the icing on the cake, Val is a warm and lovely person who genuinely did everything she could to make my birthday one I will never forget. Thanks so much Val!"

Sally Binley

Photography by Daniel Hughes Photography

Surprise 50th Birthday Party Weekend

"Val helped my husband plan a surprise 50th birthday weekend for me - and it was truly amazing in every way and I know he couldn't have done it without her! The sheer scale of the events and the wonderful surprises that just kept on coming were a master class in planning and attention to detail. And the icing on the cake, Val is a warm and lovely person who genuinely did everything she could to make my birthday one I will never forget. Thanks so much Val!"

Sally Binley

Photography by Daniel Hughes Photography


Lydia and Fergus - Marquee Wedding in Derbyshire

Lydia and Fergus

"Thank you for your calmness, organisation and wonderful ideas!"

 

"Fergus and I (plus our families) want to say thank you so much for all your help with the run up and wedding day. It seemed stress free from my side and this was down to knowing you had 100% control! We had the most wonderful, perfect and happy day. Have made some exceptionally special memories and of course fab photos! We were so thrilled with the team that put it all together and all the feedback of what a fun wedding it was is still flooding in!

I hope you enjoyed being part of it - We don't know what we would have done without you!

Thank you for your calmness, organisation and wonderful ideas! I'd get married every year if I could!!"

Matt Parry Photography


Lily and Gareth - Marquee Wedding in Leicestershire

"Perfect and effortless in every way..she throws one hell of a party!"

 

"I so wish I’d known about Benessamy before I got married! Val was the wedding planner for my sister-in-law's amazing wedding this summer. It was a mind blowing brief for 250 people and she handled it all with such finesse, accuracy and calm. The whole day was just incredible, there was nothing left undone, it was perfect and effortless in every way. Even the sudden turn in the weather didn’t throw her, everything was taken care of with a smile and a solution. It was the most amazing day, and it was all down to Val and her team. For anyone considering using Benessamy, don’t even think twice, you’ll never regret it, she throws one hell of a party! Are you free to organise my 40th?"

Lucie - Bride's sister-in-law

Marta May Photography

Lily and Gareth

"Perfect and effortless in every way..she throws one hell of a party!"

 

"I so wish I’d known about Benessamy before I got married! Val was the wedding planner for my sister-in-law's amazing wedding this summer. It was a mind blowing brief for 250 people and she handled it all with such finesse, accuracy and calm. The whole day was just incredible, there was nothing left undone, it was perfect and effortless in every way. Even the sudden turn in the weather didn’t throw her, everything was taken care of with a smile and a solution. It was the most amazing day, and it was all down to Val and her team. For anyone considering using Benessamy, don’t even think twice, you’ll never regret it, she throws one hell of a party! Are you free to organise my 40th?"

Lucie - Bride's sister-in-law

Marta May Photography


Julie and Grant - Colwick Hall Wedding

Julie and Grant

"On the morning of the wedding we could really relax and look forward to the day as everything was being dealt with which took away all of our nerves."

 

"We were recommended Val at Benessamy by one of our friends to assist us with our wedding planning as we were looking for someone who was really experienced as we live overseas in Dubai and might need that little bit of extra help with a few things.

We were so glad we took that recommendation, as Val and her lovely daughter Jess who was helping out on her break from Uni were both absolutely fabulous!

Right from our initial meeting Val was great and in constant contact over our year of planning. Val was extremely thorough and in the schedule for our wedding we felt really happy and secure that she had everything covered. She contacted all of our suppliers and worked with our venue ensuring that everything was in place for our special day.

On the morning of the wedding we could really relax and look forward to the day as everything was being dealt with which took away all of our nerves. Val and Jess were constantly updating us both on the deliveries and vendors etc. Our friends and family commented how lovely Val was and she blended in almost as a guest chatting with them and making sure everything was just great. She also worked so well almost as part of a team with our photographer, videographer, harpist and band making sure they had all they needed too.

When we saw the setup for our wedding breakfast it really blew us away how Val had worked in such a short space of time with the venue to make all our visions a reality with no detail spared. When we did have a little glitch....it was Val who calmed us down and sorted things out. We would recommend Val and her team at Benessamy without hesitation. We had a truly magical wedding day and we just couldn’t imagine the day being so amazing without her."

Eleri Tunstall Photography


Alistair and Amanda - Walton Hall Vow Renewal Celebration

"We wanted our 10 year wedding anniversary to be extra special, to make this happen we needed an expert within the industry. That is why we chose Val Mattinson at Benessamy.

Val is a very special lady, with her charm, charisma and excellent eye for detail, our day was exactly how we had planned it. One of our requirements was to have Peter Cox from Go West sing at the renewal. With lots of conversations and tracking on Twitter, Val made this happen! The whole weekend from start to finish was FANTASTIC."

Alistair and Amanda

"We wanted our 10 year wedding anniversary to be extra special, to make this happen we needed an expert within the industry. That is why we chose Val Mattinson at Benessamy.

Val is a very special lady, with her charm, charisma and excellent eye for detail, our day was exactly how we had planned it. One of our requirements was to have Peter Cox from Go West sing at the renewal. With lots of conversations and tracking on Twitter, Val made this happen! The whole weekend from start to finish was FANTASTIC."


Ami and Gavin - Leicester Guildhall Wedding

Ami and Gavin

"ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!"

“Thank you for everything you did to help us on our wedding day. You and your team were absolutely amazing! You took all the stress and pressure off so we were able to just relax and enjoy our day!" - Ami & Gavin

Josie Parr Photography


Emmanuel House 40th Anniversary Ball - Charity Ball

"My personal thanks for all you did around the Gala Ball. It definitely would not have been the event it was without you.

The Ballroom looked splendid and I have had very postive feedback about the occasion. One person said it was the best ball they had been to! My sincere thanks." - Denis Tully - CEO Emmanuel House

"Thank you so much for your time and talents you gave to Emmanuel House and the Gala Ball. It would not have been the wonderful spectacle it was without you.

With deep appreciation." -  The Board of Trustees - Emmanuel House

Photography by Pete Henderson Photography

Emmanuel House 40th Anniversary Ball

"My personal thanks for all you did around the Gala Ball. It definitely would not have been the event it was without you.

The Ballroom looked splendid and I have had very postive feedback about the occasion. One person said it was the best ball they had been to! My sincere thanks." - Denis Tully - CEO Emmanuel House

"Thank you so much for your time and talents you gave to Emmanuel House and the Gala Ball. It would not have been the wonderful spectacle it was without you.

With deep appreciation." -  The Board of Trustees - Emmanuel House

Photography by Pete Henderson Photography


Richard and Katie - Marquee Wedding in Aston

Richard and Katie

"Really helpful and saved us many hours of work.."

"As we were having our wedding in the garden we were concerned that on the day itself any problems or last minute jobs would fall on us or our parents to sort out. We therefore booked Val to help us with on-the-day coordination to make sure that the day ran smoothly.

However, Val did much more for us than just helping out on the day. She contacted all our suppliers to introduce herself before hand and drew up a very detailed timetable for the day making sure everyone knew the plan. This was really helpful and saved us many hours of work.

On the day itself Val and her assistant Anna were fantastic and made sure our day ran smoothly, even taking care of small intricacies such as lighting the lanterns along the garden path before it went dark. This really took the pressure off the bridal party so that we could enjoy the day.

We would not hesitate to recommend Val and Benessamy Weddings to anyone who is looking to ease the stress on the run up to the big day and make sure their wedding is perfect."

Jo Hastings Photography


Mark and Chris - Swarkestone Pavilion Tipi Wedding

'Peace of Mind at the Time We Needed it Most'

 

"Where do we start....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!"

Matt Brown Photography

Mark and Chris

'Peace of Mind at the Time We Needed it Most'

 

"Where do we start....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!"

Matt Brown Photography


Charity Fundraising Gala Dinner - Floral Media

Charity Fundraising Gala Dinner

"Val organised a wonderful Jazz and Cocktail Evening in support of Nottingham Hospitals Charity Renal Unit. It was an amazing event, with fantastic food, drink and music. Val’s attention to detail was incredible. From the beautiful decorations to the table plan, everything was exceptionally well presented. The event raised a brilliant £3,400 and was thoroughly enjoyed by all attended. We look forward to working with Val again in the future."

Ruth Brady - Community Fundraiser, Nottingham University Hospitals Charity Trust

Photography by Dan Hughes Photography


Jenny and Paddy - Grove Barn Wedding

"Always calm, cheery, helpful, supportive and a sounding board for ideas/decisions. She was our wedding angel."

 

“We had seen (and heard) what a wonderful job Val did for our friend’s wedding the previous year. As we weren’t getting married in a venue, we really wanted the support leading up to, and on the day, so we didn’t have to worry about pulling it all together. Val did exactly that!

Val was incredible. We took on a lot of work with our wedding (as we turned an old industrial shed/ barn into a venue) and I honestly don’t think we could have pulled it together without Val’s constant support. She worked tirelessly amending our schedule (when I made last minute changes every 5 minutes!) and helped enormously with the barn set up. She was always calm, cheery, helpful, supportive and a sounding board for ideas/decisions. She was our wedding angel!”

Hannah Duffy Photography

Jenny and Paddy

"Always calm, cheery, helpful, supportive and a sounding board for ideas/decisions. She was our wedding angel."

 

“We had seen (and heard) what a wonderful job Val did for our friend’s wedding the previous year. As we weren’t getting married in a venue, we really wanted the support leading up to, and on the day, so we didn’t have to worry about pulling it all together. Val did exactly that!

Val was incredible. We took on a lot of work with our wedding (as we turned an old industrial shed/ barn into a venue) and I honestly don’t think we could have pulled it together without Val’s constant support. She worked tirelessly amending our schedule (when I made last minute changes every 5 minutes!) and helped enormously with the barn set up. She was always calm, cheery, helpful, supportive and a sounding board for ideas/decisions. She was our wedding angel!”

Hannah Duffy Photography


Lily and Gareth - Marquee Wedding in Leicestershire

Lily and Gareth

"Organisation and attention to detail are second to none!"

 

"Hiring Benessamy was by far and away the best decision we made regarding our wedding. Val and her team were absolutely phenomenal! Whether in the pre-planning stages, on the day itself, or during the dreaded clean-up/aftermath, we couldn't have done it without their help. Val's organisation and attention to detail are second to none. She has a directory of amazing suppliers and no challenge is too great. However full on things get, she's always as cool as a cucumber and manages to get everything done with a smile! I didn't once feel stressed in the run up to the wedding, and that was 100% down to Val and her team and knowing I could trust them implicitly to help us make our dream wedding come true. We can't thank you enough Benessamy!"

Marta May Photography


Chris and Maebellyne - Norwood Park Wedding

"Our guests still talk about the wedding and how much fun they had!"

 

"On the morning of the wedding, Chris and his friends went out clay pigeon shooting. I on the other hand went for a leisurely run around Norwood Park. Several of our friends along with the hair stylist and make-up artist commented that they’d never seen anyone so completely calm before getting married.

As much as we’d love to claim we have nerves of steel, we in fact have Val and Anna to thank for everything! Val provided us with her full wedding planning service which meant she helped us every step of the way from choosing a location, finding fantastic suppliers to liaising with the local Register offices and then pulling all the details together on the big day. We were so calm because we knew the team had everything under control and that things would just run smoothly."

"Planning a wedding can be hard enough at times but when you’re doing it from hundreds of miles away I’d imagine it adds a whole other level of stress. Thankfully we have no clue what that other level of stress feels like because we had Val. She kept us on track, offered support when needed and gave us ideas we never would have come up with on our own. The day itself could not have gone any better. Our guests still talk about the wedding and how much fun they had.

It was an absolute pleasure working with Val so if you’re thinking about hiring Benessamy...do it!"

Eleri Tunstall Photography

Chris and Maebellyne

"Our guests still talk about the wedding and how much fun they had!"

 

"On the morning of the wedding, Chris and his friends went out clay pigeon shooting. I on the other hand went for a leisurely run around Norwood Park. Several of our friends along with the hair stylist and make-up artist commented that they’d never seen anyone so completely calm before getting married.

As much as we’d love to claim we have nerves of steel, we in fact have Val and Anna to thank for everything! Val provided us with her full wedding planning service which meant she helped us every step of the way from choosing a location, finding fantastic suppliers to liaising with the local Register offices and then pulling all the details together on the big day. We were so calm because we knew the team had everything under control and that things would just run smoothly."

"Planning a wedding can be hard enough at times but when you’re doing it from hundreds of miles away I’d imagine it adds a whole other level of stress. Thankfully we have no clue what that other level of stress feels like because we had Val. She kept us on track, offered support when needed and gave us ideas we never would have come up with on our own. The day itself could not have gone any better. Our guests still talk about the wedding and how much fun they had.

It was an absolute pleasure working with Val so if you’re thinking about hiring Benessamy...do it!"

Eleri Tunstall Photography


JHAI Ltd Summer Ball - Staverton Park

JHAI Ltd Summer Ball

"We can't thank Val enough for the fantastic summer ball she organised for our staff this July. Val and her team took care of everything from the venue and catering to the excellent entertainment, and was there to ensure everything ran seamlessly on the night. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend her services and we all agree it was the best company event we've ever had! Thank you on behalf of Matt, Alistair, Amanda, the rest of JHAI Ltd's Board and all the lucky attendees."


Lauren and Oliver - Marquee Wedding in Buckinghamshire

"Anticipating Every Guest’s Needs and Ensures the Perfect Day is Delivered."

 

"Val and her team were absolutely amazing and were pivotal to the success of the day. Val is super calm, yet focused on the job in hand. She has a lovely manner that motivates everyone and nothing is too much trouble, any issues are overcome without a drama. Val runs the event in the background like clockwork, anticipating every guest’s needs and ensures the perfect day is delivered. She is a true professional and I have no hesitation in recommending Val and her team”.

Ann-Marie Hunter, Mother of the Bride

Photography: The Glass Passport - Richard Tilney-Bassett

Lauren and Oliver

"Anticipating Every Guest’s Needs and Ensures the Perfect Day is Delivered."

 

"Val and her team were absolutely amazing and were pivotal to the success of the day. Val is super calm, yet focused on the job in hand. She has a lovely manner that motivates everyone and nothing is too much trouble, any issues are overcome without a drama. Val runs the event in the background like clockwork, anticipating every guest’s needs and ensures the perfect day is delivered. She is a true professional and I have no hesitation in recommending Val and her team”.

Ann-Marie Hunter, Mother of the Bride

Photography: The Glass Passport - Richard Tilney-Bassett


Jo and Jake - Marquee Wedding in Nottinghamshire

Jo and Jake

"Val - Where do I start?! Thank you, thank you, thank you!! Honestly, you were an absolute star from beginning to end. All of your support in the lead up to our wedding was fabulous. I can't thank you enough for calming me down during my "Bridezilla" moments! (sorry) and for arranging the amazing light up letters when our original option didn't go to plan.

You are wonderful at what you do and I will be sure to recommend your fantastic service to anyone planning a wedding. If we ever renew our vows (!!) I know who I will be calling to arrange it!

Red on Blonde Photography


Jo and Jake - Marquee wedding at home in Nottinghamshire

"A wedding planner? Do we really need one?"

"I have to confess that when Joanna suggested we have a wedding planner I thought 'do we really need one?' Then we met Val and the answer was a resounding 'yes!'

Undertaking a wedding at home is no mean feat and to have Val’s calm presence in the run up to the wedding was invaluable. She is a very quiet powerhouse! With her directing everything, it allowed us to really enjoy the preparations and see all the ideas come together seamlessly. Even when there was a hiccup (the large illuminated sign failed to materialise) Val managed to find a replacement, at 3 o'clock on a Friday afternoon in wedding season!

On the day, it was lovely to have her with us making sure that every detail in the marquee and the church was correct, and later on directing the timings and all the minutiae that go to making a truly memorable day run smoothly. I truly could not have managed without her and cannot recommend her highly enough. Thank you Val."

Sue (Mother of the Bride)

Red on Blonde Photography

Jo and Jake

"A wedding planner? Do we really need one?"

"I have to confess that when Joanna suggested we have a wedding planner I thought 'do we really need one?' Then we met Val and the answer was a resounding 'yes!'

Undertaking a wedding at home is no mean feat and to have Val’s calm presence in the run up to the wedding was invaluable. She is a very quiet powerhouse! With her directing everything, it allowed us to really enjoy the preparations and see all the ideas come together seamlessly. Even when there was a hiccup (the large illuminated sign failed to materialise) Val managed to find a replacement, at 3 o'clock on a Friday afternoon in wedding season!

On the day, it was lovely to have her with us making sure that every detail in the marquee and the church was correct, and later on directing the timings and all the minutiae that go to making a truly memorable day run smoothly. I truly could not have managed without her and cannot recommend her highly enough. Thank you Val."

Sue (Mother of the Bride)

Red on Blonde Photography


Alex and Rachel - Bawdon Lodge Farm Wedding

Alex and Rachel

"So much more than just help on the day...putting our mind at ease"

 

"Val was an absolute superstar - providing us with lots of ideas and suggestions, whilst all the time listening to our thoughts and helping us to make them a reality. Val provided us with her Wedding Day Management service, but we felt that Val offered so much more than just help on the day - supporting us at supplier meetings in the lead up to our wedding day, as well as meeting us two weeks before to run through our entire schedule and putting our mind at ease. Val and Anna were around all of the day before our wedding helping us to style our tipi and worked so hard to help us create our vision."

"On the day, Val and Anna couldn’t have been more valuable - helping with final wedding dress tweaks, arranging last minute reception music when our guitarist was delayed and supporting all of our guests throughout the day, ensuring they were warm, dry and happy! We couldn’t recommend Val and Benessamy Weddings enough - we loved working with her and our day was all the more special because of her hard work and support."

Martin Neeves Photography


Ellie and Tom - Carsington Water Wedding

"...like a swan gliding around with grace and calm, but below the surface working SO hard, achieving more than we expected, or asked."

 

"My first encounter with Val was when I was lucky enough to WIN a wedding planning party through her website. I think it must have been fate! This was such an awesome idea - getting together with our bridal party, eating cake, drinking tea and talking with Val about where to begin with wedding planning. She was like a breath of fresh air! I had previously met wedding planners and I really felt like the focus of their service was wrong. As someone who loves organisation, I could see that I was going to get on with Val immediately! She was so open about the whole process, identifying the challenges and how to overcome them.

All of my friends and family came away from that party feeling like they had made a new friend (who just so happens to be very knowledgeable about how to host the perfect wedding!) I knew from then that we had to book Val to help us on the day.

Hosting an entire wedding weekend, and going very much for the DIY approach, we knew we needed someone who, on the day, could make sure that all of our hard work and planning was realised. Val was the perfect lady for the job. She not only helped us with any queries we had, at any point in the process, but she met with us 2 weeks before and put together a super-detailed schedule for the whole weekend. On the day, she was like a swan gliding around with grace and calm, but below the surface working SO hard, achieving more than we expected, or asked.  Val went far beyond what we expected and we will never be able to thank her enough for all of her advice, calm words during moments of stress and her love of lists! So many of our friends and family have commented on how much they LOVED Val, and we know that without a doubt it was the best wedding decision we made (of ALL the decisions we made!!).

Val went above and beyond all of our expectations and we know, 100% that our wedding simply would not have been the PERFECT day that it was without her and the lovely Jess. Even the day before, during the set up (which Val was there for, from start to finish!), Val made sure that I took time to take care of myself and get some lunch. An absolute superstar!"

Camera Hannah

Ellie and Tom

"...like a swan gliding around with grace and calm, but below the surface working SO hard, achieving more than we expected, or asked."

 

"My first encounter with Val was when I was lucky enough to WIN a wedding planning party through her website. I think it must have been fate! This was such an awesome idea - getting together with our bridal party, eating cake, drinking tea and talking with Val about where to begin with wedding planning. She was like a breath of fresh air! I had previously met wedding planners and I really felt like the focus of their service was wrong. As someone who loves organisation, I could see that I was going to get on with Val immediately! She was so open about the whole process, identifying the challenges and how to overcome them.

All of my friends and family came away from that party feeling like they had made a new friend (who just so happens to be very knowledgeable about how to host the perfect wedding!) I knew from then that we had to book Val to help us on the day.

Hosting an entire wedding weekend, and going very much for the DIY approach, we knew we needed someone who, on the day, could make sure that all of our hard work and planning was realised. Val was the perfect lady for the job. She not only helped us with any queries we had, at any point in the process, but she met with us 2 weeks before and put together a super-detailed schedule for the whole weekend. On the day, she was like a swan gliding around with grace and calm, but below the surface working SO hard, achieving more than we expected, or asked.  Val went far beyond what we expected and we will never be able to thank her enough for all of her advice, calm words during moments of stress and her love of lists! So many of our friends and family have commented on how much they LOVED Val, and we know that without a doubt it was the best wedding decision we made (of ALL the decisions we made!!).

Val went above and beyond all of our expectations and we know, 100% that our wedding simply would not have been the PERFECT day that it was without her and the lovely Jess. Even the day before, during the set up (which Val was there for, from start to finish!), Val made sure that I took time to take care of myself and get some lunch. An absolute superstar!"

Camera Hannah


Philly and Josh - Garden Tipi Wedding in Leicestershire

Philly and Josh

"Val was like a wedding wizard!”

 

“Val was like a sponge, armed with a notepad absorbing everything we said, listening to every name we mentioned, every little detail we hinted at. Calm, collected and logical in her planning pre wedding and then BOOM! Val arrived on the day, told us she was on it and literally made our dream day run like clockwork.

Her service is fantastic, helping out on setting up the tipi and running through rehearsals to grabbing champagne bottles and sorting table names. Val was like a wedding wizard!”

Red on Blonde Photography


Philly and Josh - Garden Tipi Wedding in Leicestershire

Philly and Josh

"Val was like a wedding wizard!”

 

“Val was like a sponge, armed with a notepad absorbing everything we said, listening to every name we mentioned, every little detail we hinted at. Calm, collected and logical in her planning pre wedding and then BOOM! Val arrived on the day, told us she was on it and literally made our dream day run like clockwork.

Her service is fantastic, helping out on setting up the tipi and running through rehearsals to grabbing champagne bottles and sorting table names. Val was like a wedding wizard!”

Red on Blonde Photography


Richard and Katie - Marquee Wedding in Aston

"Really helpful and saved us many hours of work.."

"As we were having our wedding in the garden we were concerned that on the day itself any problems or last minute jobs would fall on us or our parents to sort out. We therefore booked Val to help us with on-the-day coordination to make sure that the day ran smoothly.

However, Val did much more for us than just helping out on the day. She contacted all our suppliers to introduce herself before hand and drew up a very detailed timetable for the day making sure everyone knew the plan. This was really helpful and saved us many hours of work.

On the day itself Val and her assistant Anna were fantastic and made sure our day ran smoothly, even taking care of small intricacies such as lighting the lanterns along the garden path before it went dark. This really took the pressure off the bridal party so that we could enjoy the day.

We would not hesitate to recommend Val and Benessamy Weddings to anyone who is looking to ease the stress on the run up to the big day and make sure their wedding is perfect."

Jo Hastings Photography

Richard and Katie

"Really helpful and saved us many hours of work.."

"As we were having our wedding in the garden we were concerned that on the day itself any problems or last minute jobs would fall on us or our parents to sort out. We therefore booked Val to help us with on-the-day coordination to make sure that the day ran smoothly.

However, Val did much more for us than just helping out on the day. She contacted all our suppliers to introduce herself before hand and drew up a very detailed timetable for the day making sure everyone knew the plan. This was really helpful and saved us many hours of work.

On the day itself Val and her assistant Anna were fantastic and made sure our day ran smoothly, even taking care of small intricacies such as lighting the lanterns along the garden path before it went dark. This really took the pressure off the bridal party so that we could enjoy the day.

We would not hesitate to recommend Val and Benessamy Weddings to anyone who is looking to ease the stress on the run up to the big day and make sure their wedding is perfect."

Jo Hastings Photography


Chris and Maebellyne - Norwood Park Wedding

Chris and Maebellyne

"Our guests still talk about the wedding and how much fun they had!"

 

"On the morning of the wedding, Chris and his friends went out clay pigeon shooting. I on the other hand went for a leisurely run around Norwood Park. Several of our friends along with the hair stylist and make-up artist commented that they’d never seen anyone so completely calm before getting married.

As much as we’d love to claim we have nerves of steel, we in fact have Val and Anna to thank for everything! Val provided us with her full wedding planning service which meant she helped us every step of the way from choosing a location, finding fantastic suppliers to liaising with the local Register offices and then pulling all the details together on the big day. We were so calm because we knew the team had everything under control and that things would just run smoothly."

"Planning a wedding can be hard enough at times but when you’re doing it from hundreds of miles away I’d imagine it adds a whole other level of stress. Thankfully we have no clue what that other level of stress feels like because we had Val. She kept us on track, offered support when needed and gave us ideas we never would have come up with on our own. The day itself could not have gone any better. Our guests still talk about the wedding and how much fun they had.

It was an absolute pleasure working with Val so if you’re thinking about hiring Benessamy...do it!"

Eleri Tunstall Photography


Alex and Rachel - Bawdon Lodge Farm Wedding

"So much more than just help on the day...putting our mind at ease"

 

"Val was an absolute superstar - providing us with lots of ideas and suggestions, whilst all the time listening to our thoughts and helping us to make them a reality. Val provided us with her Wedding Day Management service, but we felt that Val offered so much more than just help on the day - supporting us at supplier meetings in the lead up to our wedding day, as well as meeting us two weeks before to run through our entire schedule and putting our mind at ease. Val and Anna were around all of the day before our wedding helping us to style our tipi and worked so hard to help us create our vision."

"On the day, Val and Anna couldn’t have been more valuable - helping with final wedding dress tweaks, arranging last minute reception music when our guitarist was delayed and supporting all of our guests throughout the day, ensuring they were warm, dry and happy! We couldn’t recommend Val and Benessamy Weddings enough - we loved working with her and our day was all the more special because of her hard work and support."

Martin Neeves Photography

Alex and Rachel

"So much more than just help on the day...putting our mind at ease"

 

"Val was an absolute superstar - providing us with lots of ideas and suggestions, whilst all the time listening to our thoughts and helping us to make them a reality. Val provided us with her Wedding Day Management service, but we felt that Val offered so much more than just help on the day - supporting us at supplier meetings in the lead up to our wedding day, as well as meeting us two weeks before to run through our entire schedule and putting our mind at ease. Val and Anna were around all of the day before our wedding helping us to style our tipi and worked so hard to help us create our vision."

"On the day, Val and Anna couldn’t have been more valuable - helping with final wedding dress tweaks, arranging last minute reception music when our guitarist was delayed and supporting all of our guests throughout the day, ensuring they were warm, dry and happy! We couldn’t recommend Val and Benessamy Weddings enough - we loved working with her and our day was all the more special because of her hard work and support."

Martin Neeves Photography


Jo and Jake - Marquee wedding at home in Nottinghamshire

Jo and Jake

"A wedding planner? Do we really need one?"

"I have to confess that when Joanna suggested we have a wedding planner I thought 'do we really need one?' Then we met Val and the answer was a resounding 'yes!'

Undertaking a wedding at home is no mean feat and to have Val’s calm presence in the run up to the wedding was invaluable. She is a very quiet powerhouse! With her directing everything, it allowed us to really enjoy the preparations and see all the ideas come together seamlessly. Even when there was a hiccup (the large illuminated sign failed to materialise) Val managed to find a replacement, at 3 o'clock on a Friday afternoon in wedding season!

On the day, it was lovely to have her with us making sure that every detail in the marquee and the church was correct, and later on directing the timings and all the minutiae that go to making a truly memorable day run smoothly. I truly could not have managed without her and cannot recommend her highly enough. Thank you Val."

Sue (Mother of the Bride)

Red on Blonde Photography


Julie and Grant - Colwick Hall Wedding

"On the morning of the wedding we could really relax and look forward to the day as everything was being dealt with which took away all of our nerves."

 

"We were recommended Val at Benessamy by one of our friends to assist us with our wedding planning as we were looking for someone who was really experienced as we live overseas in Dubai and might need that little bit of extra help with a few things.

We were so glad we took that recommendation, as Val and her lovely daughter Jess who was helping out on her break from Uni were both absolutely fabulous!

Right from our initial meeting Val was great and in constant contact over our year of planning. Val was extremely thorough and in the schedule for our wedding we felt really happy and secure that she had everything covered. She contacted all of our suppliers and worked with our venue ensuring that everything was in place for our special day.

On the morning of the wedding we could really relax and look forward to the day as everything was being dealt with which took away all of our nerves. Val and Jess were constantly updating us both on the deliveries and vendors etc. Our friends and family commented how lovely Val was and she blended in almost as a guest chatting with them and making sure everything was just great. She also worked so well almost as part of a team with our photographer, videographer, harpist and band making sure they had all they needed too.

When we saw the setup for our wedding breakfast it really blew us away how Val had worked in such a short space of time with the venue to make all our visions a reality with no detail spared. When we did have a little glitch....it was Val who calmed us down and sorted things out. We would recommend Val and her team at Benessamy without hesitation. We had a truly magical wedding day and we just couldn’t imagine the day being so amazing without her."

Eleri Tunstall Photography

Julie and Grant

"On the morning of the wedding we could really relax and look forward to the day as everything was being dealt with which took away all of our nerves."

 

"We were recommended Val at Benessamy by one of our friends to assist us with our wedding planning as we were looking for someone who was really experienced as we live overseas in Dubai and might need that little bit of extra help with a few things.

We were so glad we took that recommendation, as Val and her lovely daughter Jess who was helping out on her break from Uni were both absolutely fabulous!

Right from our initial meeting Val was great and in constant contact over our year of planning. Val was extremely thorough and in the schedule for our wedding we felt really happy and secure that she had everything covered. She contacted all of our suppliers and worked with our venue ensuring that everything was in place for our special day.

On the morning of the wedding we could really relax and look forward to the day as everything was being dealt with which took away all of our nerves. Val and Jess were constantly updating us both on the deliveries and vendors etc. Our friends and family commented how lovely Val was and she blended in almost as a guest chatting with them and making sure everything was just great. She also worked so well almost as part of a team with our photographer, videographer, harpist and band making sure they had all they needed too.

When we saw the setup for our wedding breakfast it really blew us away how Val had worked in such a short space of time with the venue to make all our visions a reality with no detail spared. When we did have a little glitch....it was Val who calmed us down and sorted things out. We would recommend Val and her team at Benessamy without hesitation. We had a truly magical wedding day and we just couldn’t imagine the day being so amazing without her."

Eleri Tunstall Photography


Alistair and Amanda - Walton Hall Vow Renewal Celebration

Alistair and Amanda

"We wanted our 10 year wedding anniversary to be extra special, to make this happen we needed an expert within the industry. That is why we chose Val Mattinson at Benessamy.

Val is a very special lady, with her charm, charisma and excellent eye for detail, our day was exactly how we had planned it. One of our requirements was to have Peter Cox from Go West sing at the renewal. With lots of conversations and tracking on Twitter, Val made this happen! The whole weekend from start to finish was FANTASTIC."


Jo and Jake - Marquee Wedding in Nottinghamshire

"Val - Where do I start?! Thank you, thank you, thank you!! Honestly, you were an absolute star from beginning to end. All of your support in the lead up to our wedding was fabulous. I can't thank you enough for calming me down during my "Bridezilla" moments! (sorry) and for arranging the amazing light up letters when our original option didn't go to plan.

You are wonderful at what you do and I will be sure to recommend your fantastic service to anyone planning a wedding. If we ever renew our vows (!!) I know who I will be calling to arrange it!

Red on Blonde Photography

Jo and Jake

"Val - Where do I start?! Thank you, thank you, thank you!! Honestly, you were an absolute star from beginning to end. All of your support in the lead up to our wedding was fabulous. I can't thank you enough for calming me down during my "Bridezilla" moments! (sorry) and for arranging the amazing light up letters when our original option didn't go to plan.

You are wonderful at what you do and I will be sure to recommend your fantastic service to anyone planning a wedding. If we ever renew our vows (!!) I know who I will be calling to arrange it!

Red on Blonde Photography


Lily and Gareth - Marquee Wedding in Leicestershire

Lily and Gareth

"Perfect and effortless in every way..she throws one hell of a party!"

 

"I so wish I’d known about Benessamy before I got married! Val was the wedding planner for my sister-in-law's amazing wedding this summer. It was a mind blowing brief for 250 people and she handled it all with such finesse, accuracy and calm. The whole day was just incredible, there was nothing left undone, it was perfect and effortless in every way. Even the sudden turn in the weather didn’t throw her, everything was taken care of with a smile and a solution. It was the most amazing day, and it was all down to Val and her team. For anyone considering using Benessamy, don’t even think twice, you’ll never regret it, she throws one hell of a party! Are you free to organise my 40th?"

Lucie - Bride's sister-in-law

Marta May Photography


Ellie and Tom - Carsington Water Wedding

"...like a swan gliding around with grace and calm, but below the surface working SO hard, achieving more than we expected, or asked."

 

"My first encounter with Val was when I was lucky enough to WIN a wedding planning party through her website. I think it must have been fate! This was such an awesome idea - getting together with our bridal party, eating cake, drinking tea and talking with Val about where to begin with wedding planning. She was like a breath of fresh air! I had previously met wedding planners and I really felt like the focus of their service was wrong. As someone who loves organisation, I could see that I was going to get on with Val immediately! She was so open about the whole process, identifying the challenges and how to overcome them.

All of my friends and family came away from that party feeling like they had made a new friend (who just so happens to be very knowledgeable about how to host the perfect wedding!) I knew from then that we had to book Val to help us on the day.

Hosting an entire wedding weekend, and going very much for the DIY approach, we knew we needed someone who, on the day, could make sure that all of our hard work and planning was realised. Val was the perfect lady for the job. She not only helped us with any queries we had, at any point in the process, but she met with us 2 weeks before and put together a super-detailed schedule for the whole weekend. On the day, she was like a swan gliding around with grace and calm, but below the surface working SO hard, achieving more than we expected, or asked.  Val went far beyond what we expected and we will never be able to thank her enough for all of her advice, calm words during moments of stress and her love of lists! So many of our friends and family have commented on how much they LOVED Val, and we know that without a doubt it was the best wedding decision we made (of ALL the decisions we made!!).

Val went above and beyond all of our expectations and we know, 100% that our wedding simply would not have been the PERFECT day that it was without her and the lovely Jess. Even the day before, during the set up (which Val was there for, from start to finish!), Val made sure that I took time to take care of myself and get some lunch. An absolute superstar!"

Camera Hannah

Ellie and Tom

"...like a swan gliding around with grace and calm, but below the surface working SO hard, achieving more than we expected, or asked."

 

"My first encounter with Val was when I was lucky enough to WIN a wedding planning party through her website. I think it must have been fate! This was such an awesome idea - getting together with our bridal party, eating cake, drinking tea and talking with Val about where to begin with wedding planning. She was like a breath of fresh air! I had previously met wedding planners and I really felt like the focus of their service was wrong. As someone who loves organisation, I could see that I was going to get on with Val immediately! She was so open about the whole process, identifying the challenges and how to overcome them.

All of my friends and family came away from that party feeling like they had made a new friend (who just so happens to be very knowledgeable about how to host the perfect wedding!) I knew from then that we had to book Val to help us on the day.

Hosting an entire wedding weekend, and going very much for the DIY approach, we knew we needed someone who, on the day, could make sure that all of our hard work and planning was realised. Val was the perfect lady for the job. She not only helped us with any queries we had, at any point in the process, but she met with us 2 weeks before and put together a super-detailed schedule for the whole weekend. On the day, she was like a swan gliding around with grace and calm, but below the surface working SO hard, achieving more than we expected, or asked.  Val went far beyond what we expected and we will never be able to thank her enough for all of her advice, calm words during moments of stress and her love of lists! So many of our friends and family have commented on how much they LOVED Val, and we know that without a doubt it was the best wedding decision we made (of ALL the decisions we made!!).

Val went above and beyond all of our expectations and we know, 100% that our wedding simply would not have been the PERFECT day that it was without her and the lovely Jess. Even the day before, during the set up (which Val was there for, from start to finish!), Val made sure that I took time to take care of myself and get some lunch. An absolute superstar!"

Camera Hannah


Lily and Gareth - Marquee Wedding in Leicestershire

Lily and Gareth

"Organisation and attention to detail are second to none!"

 

"Hiring Benessamy was by far and away the best decision we made regarding our wedding. Val and her team were absolutely phenomenal! Whether in the pre-planning stages, on the day itself, or during the dreaded clean-up/aftermath, we couldn't have done it without their help. Val's organisation and attention to detail are second to none. She has a directory of amazing suppliers and no challenge is too great. However full on things get, she's always as cool as a cucumber and manages to get everything done with a smile! I didn't once feel stressed in the run up to the wedding, and that was 100% down to Val and her team and knowing I could trust them implicitly to help us make our dream wedding come true. We can't thank you enough Benessamy!"

Marta May Photography


Jenny and Paddy - Grove Barn Wedding

"Always calm, cheery, helpful, supportive and a sounding board for ideas/decisions. She was our wedding angel."

 

“We had seen (and heard) what a wonderful job Val did for our friend’s wedding the previous year. As we weren’t getting married in a venue, we really wanted the support leading up to, and on the day, so we didn’t have to worry about pulling it all together. Val did exactly that!

Val was incredible. We took on a lot of work with our wedding (as we turned an old industrial shed/ barn into a venue) and I honestly don’t think we could have pulled it together without Val’s constant support. She worked tirelessly amending our schedule (when I made last minute changes every 5 minutes!) and helped enormously with the barn set up. She was always calm, cheery, helpful, supportive and a sounding board for ideas/decisions. She was our wedding angel!”

Hannah Duffy Photography

Jenny and Paddy

"Always calm, cheery, helpful, supportive and a sounding board for ideas/decisions. She was our wedding angel."

 

“We had seen (and heard) what a wonderful job Val did for our friend’s wedding the previous year. As we weren’t getting married in a venue, we really wanted the support leading up to, and on the day, so we didn’t have to worry about pulling it all together. Val did exactly that!

Val was incredible. We took on a lot of work with our wedding (as we turned an old industrial shed/ barn into a venue) and I honestly don’t think we could have pulled it together without Val’s constant support. She worked tirelessly amending our schedule (when I made last minute changes every 5 minutes!) and helped enormously with the barn set up. She was always calm, cheery, helpful, supportive and a sounding board for ideas/decisions. She was our wedding angel!”

Hannah Duffy Photography


Mark and Chris - Swarkestone Pavilion Tipi Wedding

Mark and Chris

'Peace of Mind at the Time We Needed it Most'

 

"Where do we start....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!"

Matt Brown Photography


Jenny and Paddy - Grove Barn Wedding

"Quietly efficient and always willing to go the extra mile!"

 

"Val is just superb. She coordinated my daughter's wedding brilliantly.
She is a lovely lady - thoughtful, friendly, professional, full of understanding, quietly efficient and always willing to go the extra mile. Frankly, I don't know how we would have managed without her.

Thank you Val for making a truly significant contribution to a wonderful day. You are the best! We will tell anyone who will listen that they should contact you concerning coordination of their wedding plans - after all, the best is simply the best!"

Mike - Father of the Bride

Hannah Duffy Photography

Jenny and Paddy

"Quietly efficient and always willing to go the extra mile!"

 

"Val is just superb. She coordinated my daughter's wedding brilliantly.
She is a lovely lady - thoughtful, friendly, professional, full of understanding, quietly efficient and always willing to go the extra mile. Frankly, I don't know how we would have managed without her.

Thank you Val for making a truly significant contribution to a wonderful day. You are the best! We will tell anyone who will listen that they should contact you concerning coordination of their wedding plans - after all, the best is simply the best!"

Mike - Father of the Bride

Hannah Duffy Photography


Ami and Gavin - Leicester Guildhall Wedding

Ami and Gavin

"ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!"

“Thank you for everything you did to help us on our wedding day. You and your team were absolutely amazing! You took all the stress and pressure off so we were able to just relax and enjoy our day!" - Ami & Gavin

Josie Parr Photography


Lydia and Fergus - Marquee Wedding in Derbyshire

"Thank you for your calmness, organisation and wonderful ideas!"

 

"Fergus and I (plus our families) want to say thank you so much for all your help with the run up and wedding day. It seemed stress free from my side and this was down to knowing you had 100% control! We had the most wonderful, perfect and happy day. Have made some exceptionally special memories and of course fab photos! We were so thrilled with the team that put it all together and all the feedback of what a fun wedding it was is still flooding in!

I hope you enjoyed being part of it - We don't know what we would have done without you!

Thank you for your calmness, organisation and wonderful ideas! I'd get married every year if I could!!"

Matt Parry Photography

Lydia and Fergus

"Thank you for your calmness, organisation and wonderful ideas!"

 

"Fergus and I (plus our families) want to say thank you so much for all your help with the run up and wedding day. It seemed stress free from my side and this was down to knowing you had 100% control! We had the most wonderful, perfect and happy day. Have made some exceptionally special memories and of course fab photos! We were so thrilled with the team that put it all together and all the feedback of what a fun wedding it was is still flooding in!

I hope you enjoyed being part of it - We don't know what we would have done without you!

Thank you for your calmness, organisation and wonderful ideas! I'd get married every year if I could!!"

Matt Parry Photography


Lauren and Oliver - Marquee Wedding in Buckinghamshire

Lauren and Oliver

"Anticipating Every Guest’s Needs and Ensures the Perfect Day is Delivered."

 

"Val and her team were absolutely amazing and were pivotal to the success of the day. Val is super calm, yet focused on the job in hand. She has a lovely manner that motivates everyone and nothing is too much trouble, any issues are overcome without a drama. Val runs the event in the background like clockwork, anticipating every guest’s needs and ensures the perfect day is delivered. She is a true professional and I have no hesitation in recommending Val and her team”.

Ann-Marie Hunter, Mother of the Bride

Photography: The Glass Passport - Richard Tilney-Bassett


Stacey and Hal - Lace Market Hotel Wedding

"..Professional, Organised and Friendly"

 

"From the moment we met Val we were really impressed! She is extremely professional, organised and friendly. Her advice and input in the pre-wedding meetings were really useful in identifying any potential issues so they could be addressed before the wedding. On the wedding day everything was co-ordinated brilliantly.

We hired Val to help us out on the day of our wedding as we had a wedding across two different venues. This obviously created many extra complications and we were very grateful that we had Val to sort them out.

Val helped us to organise our wedding across the two different venues. She was extremely professional and co-ordinated everything brilliantly. When we weren't sure who was turning up exactly when, Val knew; when flowers needed to be taken from one place to the next and set out, we could be confident that it would be - and was - done and done well; and when Hal managed to forget various things moving from venue to venue, Val was on hand to sort it out.

We had a fantastic day and a big part of that was not having to worry about anything because we had such a great wedding planner. She gave us the confidence that any problems or issues that needed to be addressed would be."

Michelle Waspe Photography

Stacey and Hal

"..Professional, Organised and Friendly"

 

"From the moment we met Val we were really impressed! She is extremely professional, organised and friendly. Her advice and input in the pre-wedding meetings were really useful in identifying any potential issues so they could be addressed before the wedding. On the wedding day everything was co-ordinated brilliantly.

We hired Val to help us out on the day of our wedding as we had a wedding across two different venues. This obviously created many extra complications and we were very grateful that we had Val to sort them out.

Val helped us to organise our wedding across the two different venues. She was extremely professional and co-ordinated everything brilliantly. When we weren't sure who was turning up exactly when, Val knew; when flowers needed to be taken from one place to the next and set out, we could be confident that it would be - and was - done and done well; and when Hal managed to forget various things moving from venue to venue, Val was on hand to sort it out.

We had a fantastic day and a big part of that was not having to worry about anything because we had such a great wedding planner. She gave us the confidence that any problems or issues that needed to be addressed would be."

Michelle Waspe Photography


Surprise 50th Birthday Party Weekend - Breadsall Priory

Surprise 50th Birthday Party Weekend

"Val helped my husband plan a surprise 50th birthday weekend for me - and it was truly amazing in every way and I know he couldn't have done it without her! The sheer scale of the events and the wonderful surprises that just kept on coming were a master class in planning and attention to detail. And the icing on the cake, Val is a warm and lovely person who genuinely did everything she could to make my birthday one I will never forget. Thanks so much Val!"

Sally Binley

Photography by Daniel Hughes Photography


Emmanuel House 40th Anniversary Ball - Charity Ball

"My personal thanks for all you did around the Gala Ball. It definitely would not have been the event it was without you.

The Ballroom looked splendid and I have had very postive feedback about the occasion. One person said it was the best ball they had been to! My sincere thanks." - Denis Tully - CEO Emmanuel House

"Thank you so much for your time and talents you gave to Emmanuel House and the Gala Ball. It would not have been the wonderful spectacle it was without you.

With deep appreciation." -  The Board of Trustees - Emmanuel House

Photography by Pete Henderson Photography

Emmanuel House 40th Anniversary Ball

"My personal thanks for all you did around the Gala Ball. It definitely would not have been the event it was without you.

The Ballroom looked splendid and I have had very postive feedback about the occasion. One person said it was the best ball they had been to! My sincere thanks." - Denis Tully - CEO Emmanuel House

"Thank you so much for your time and talents you gave to Emmanuel House and the Gala Ball. It would not have been the wonderful spectacle it was without you.

With deep appreciation." -  The Board of Trustees - Emmanuel House

Photography by Pete Henderson Photography


JHAI Ltd Summer Ball - Staverton Park

JHAI Ltd Summer Ball

"We can't thank Val enough for the fantastic summer ball she organised for our staff this July. Val and her team took care of everything from the venue and catering to the excellent entertainment, and was there to ensure everything ran seamlessly on the night. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend her services and we all agree it was the best company event we've ever had! Thank you on behalf of Matt, Alistair, Amanda, the rest of JHAI Ltd's Board and all the lucky attendees."


Charity Fundraising Gala Dinner - Floral Media

"Val organised a wonderful Jazz and Cocktail Evening in support of Nottingham Hospitals Charity Renal Unit. It was an amazing event, with fantastic food, drink and music. Val’s attention to detail was incredible. From the beautiful decorations to the table plan, everything was exceptionally well presented. The event raised a brilliant £3,400 and was thoroughly enjoyed by all attended. We look forward to working with Val again in the future."

Ruth Brady - Community Fundraiser, Nottingham University Hospitals Charity Trust

Photography by Dan Hughes Photography

Charity Fundraising Gala Dinner

"Val organised a wonderful Jazz and Cocktail Evening in support of Nottingham Hospitals Charity Renal Unit. It was an amazing event, with fantastic food, drink and music. Val’s attention to detail was incredible. From the beautiful decorations to the table plan, everything was exceptionally well presented. The event raised a brilliant £3,400 and was thoroughly enjoyed by all attended. We look forward to working with Val again in the future."

Ruth Brady - Community Fundraiser, Nottingham University Hospitals Charity Trust

Photography by Dan Hughes Photography


National Citizens Service - Graduation Events

National Citizens Service

"Val at 'Benessamy has been invaluable over the last year, organising and running our NCS graduations. With almost 500 young people graduating from NCS over a series of 8 events last summer, Val proved that she can be calm under pressure and managed to pull off some spectacular events focusing on the achievements of the young people involved and their inspiring stories of volunteering in their local communities.

Things went so well in the summer, we absolutely had to have her back for our autumn graduations and another set of 200 inspiring young people. I really valued having Val's expertise and advice on board for all our events and am looking forward to working with her again this year. I just don't think we could have pulled it off without her!"

Sarah Hartley - Marketing Manager, National Citizen Service Notts & Derby