FOUNDER. CREATIVE DIRECTOR. HEAD HONCHO.
Merry maker. Daydreamer. Architect of magic. Lover of love. Cheerleader. Confidante. Friend. Number cruncher. Creator. Mediator. Organiser. Ideas girl. Your right-hand woman.
Meet Jo Pyman, multi-award-winning UK Wedding Planner.
the girl in charge
“I’d LOVE your job…”
I’m asked all the time what it’s like to be a wedding planner. The truth is, it’s 5 am alarm calls and 5 am finishes. It’s working in the pouring rain and the blazing sun. It’s winning hearts and minds. It’s making the impossible happen.
It’s working with integrity and love with the best couples across the planet. It’s collaborating with the most talented, creative wedding professionals in the UK. It’s hard. Sometimes, F*cking hard. But it’s also magical. SO magical. And I wouldn’t change it for the world.
“It’s never too late to be what you might have been” ~ George Eliot
Planning & designing amazing weddings was never something that featured in my life goals. Whilst I’ve always been creative, my career started in the corporate world. From investment banking and management consulting to building a leading UK corporate practice from the ground up, I was probably what you would consider a ‘high flier’. But I’ll be honest, fulfilment was lacking, and something was missing, and on a grey day, on a grey train to London, surrounded by grey people, I knew something had to change.
Back then, I had just started planning a dry-hire wedding with my gorgeous (now) husband, John. As a busy professional, I knew I didn’t have the time or knowledge to plan the wedding we wanted, so we looked for a wedding planner to help.
We wanted somebody who would prioritise the practical but also bring the pretty. Somebody focused on the nitty-gritty and logistics who could still deliver the big creative ideas.
A person who was down to earth and approachable that we could trust would always have our backs. A wedding planner who had amazing contacts, could take the pressure away and allow us to enjoy the fun aspects of planning our wedding. We never found that person.
It dawned on me that there had to be other busy people out there who also wouldn’t want a ‘pink and fluffy’ planner. Couples who would want to find the safest pair of hands to take care of the biggest damn party they’d ever throw.
The seed for One Curious Dream was sown. I’ve never looked back.
Behind the scenes
Love what you do. Do what you love.
When I’m not living and breathing weddings, you’ll find me hanging out with the hubs (he’s amazing), my two cats, Archie & Max, and super cheeky rescue pup, Lyra. I’m a huge foodie, so enjoy filling the house with hungry peeps and cooking up a storm. I’m partial to a tipple or two (in moderation, obvs). Gin is life. Travel and exploring the world is my ‘Why’.
The tv is rarely on at home, but you’ll always hear music playing – anything from Disclosure & Hot Since 82 (I love to dance) right through to Nina Simone, Florence + The Machine & the Foo Fighters.
I hate having my photo taken and despise rudeness. I laugh – a lot. I’m a Gemini. I work hard, I play hard. I’m a maker of moments. I’m a lover of life.
I love what I do. I do what I love. I’d love to help bring the wedding from your wildest dreams to life.