Meet The Team
Our Wedding Team
Wedding and Events Team Leader
Simone is our fabulous Wedding & Events Team Leader here at Stoke by Nayland Resort, and she, along with her team, is on hand to guide you with ideas, support, and enthusiasm through every step of your wedding journey.
Having started out as a waitress, Simone quickly realised that she had a talent and passion for wedding planning, and has now been working in the wedding industry for over eight years!
Renowned for her friendly, caring, and passionate personality, her eye for detail and for going above and beyond to help our couples achieve their dream wedding days, Simone’s experience has seen her lead a diverse range of weddings and events and has helped make each and every one unique and personal.
In her spare time, Simone loves gardening and is keen to make her mark on her new home which she recently bought with her fiancé. Having recently got engaged herself, Simone knows all too well how overwhelming the wedding planning process can be. We can’t wait to see if her beautiful roses and peonies appear in her wedding bouquet!
Simone’s favourite thing about working at Stoke by Nayland Weddings is watching the excitement on couples’ faces as they find their perfect place to say ‘I do’. It’s such a magical moment, it’s impossible not to get excited too!
Simone is currently on maternity leave with a new adventure beginning and we hope to welcome her back soon!
Wedding and Events Coordinator
Melanie joined the Wedding & Events Team last year and has become an integral part of the team.
Mell is a conscientious member of our team with a keen eye for detail. She is highly organised and full of ideas to make events extra special.
Her background and experience in Food and Beverage roles help Mell communicate easily with the delicious dining options at our events, giving her the skills to talk through catering and special details for events cuisine.
She’s a dab hand with a sewing machine, creating handmade clothes and is often seen with a sewing kit in hand, rescuing wedding guests with an urgent repair or two.
Mell really does go above and beyond for her brides and grooms, with special details to remember for a lifetime. She’s a great asset to the Wedding & Events Team.
Events Sales and Coordination Executive
Jess joined us last year and has played a crucial part in planning Stoke by Nayland Resort’s events ever since. Through the organisation of Christmas events, smaller celebrations, including baby showers, birthday parties and other bespoke events, Jess has flourished in her role at SbN Weddings and has become an integral part of the Wedding & Events Team. We are delighted that she has recently been promoted to Wedding and Events Sales and Coordination Executive and look forward to her ongoing success and growth with us.
Jess’ wealth of experience in people facing roles echoes her kind and friendly personality. She loves building relationships with people and helping others.
When she’s not working, her passion is creative writing. She’s a romantic at heart, a common theme explored in her writing topics, influenced by the special relationships in her own life. This fits perfectly with her passion for working with weddings, creating special memories for everyone involved.
Jess feels that “Getting married is about two people standing in front of each other, their friends and families and showcasing their love for one another. It’s beautiful. Meeting couples and helping them plan their day fills me with fulfilment”.