John Drysdale, YO1 Festival Director

Ellen Davies became part of the YO1 events team during the early part 2012.
At the time, she was working for Now & Then events. Ellen quickly fitted into our way of working and was quick to show initiative and an ability to work well under pressure. A festival is a fast paced, high-pressure environment and is no place for the faint hearted.
Ellen adapted well and from her initial voluntary work position, she quickly became a valuable and integral part of the team.
In 2013 Ellen’s role increased to include the procurement and management of all the food concessions as well as taking her first steps into the media aspect of the event, taking on the responsibility of creating the event programme as well as negotiating with sponsors and clients for adverts and content within the programme. She took to the challenge well and excelled once again.
By 2014 Ellen had reached the point of being part of the festival management team, her roles were varied they included being media manager, concessions manager, art coordinator, she also gave support to the event director in the day to day running of the business.
Ellen now goes from strength to strength, taking on her own work, being a key member of the Bishopthorpe road success at the TDF and now pushing on with her dream of becoming a wedding coordinator.
I can’t see why anything should stand in her way; she is an enthusiastic, knowledgeable, focused individual capable of achieving any of her aspirations.
I for one would feel completely at ease knowing she was in charge of making my special day one to remember.


Alex and Sam, Now and Then Events

Ellen has worked with us on numerous occasions over the last 3 years and we have loved her help on projects and events. Ellen's positive and friendly attitude makes working with her an absolute pleasure and we would highly recommend her!
Ellen is very loyal and always goes the extra mile to make sure she's doing the best she possibly can for you. It is this quality, alongside being a genuinely lovely person which makes us believe that she will go far in the events industry!


Paul and Kelly

The big bonus of Barmbyfield Barns as the venue for us, was having access to our own wedding planner. The help and support that wedding planner, Ellen, gave us was invaluable and just what we needed. Having someone there to bounce our ideas off and give impartial feedback was a great help – even when it came to choosing suits! Ellen is efficient and organised. Her friendly presence really helped us to relax and enjoy the day.

Ellen was also generous with her time and made herself available at all sorts of random times to answer any questions that we had.  In the days before the wedding, knowing that Ellen was there to make sure that everything went according to plan was priceless.


Matt and Domi

We found it quite difficult to choose a wedding venue – we wanted something unique and rustic that we could make our own. However, we didn’t have the confidence or artistic flare to bring our ideas to life! When we found Barmbyfield Barns, we fell in love with this venue straight away as it had bags of character and was so rustic that we could do whatever we liked with it. We were however a little bit overwhelmed about decorating such a huge venue from scratch. Fortunately for us, we were introduced to Ellen by the owner and immediately knew that it would all work. We straight away clicked with Ellen – we felt so comfortable in her company and she really seemed to “get” the musical theme we were visualising. Ellen helped us with everything, from thinking up ideas, sourcing materials, meeting with and coordinating suppliers, right through to decorating the barns in the days leading up to the wedding and seamlessly coordinating everything on the big day!

Ellen already had a big network of contacts including all the kinds of suppliers we were looking for, so she quickly introduced us to Fleur Adamo (flowers), Pizza Peddlers (woodfired pizzas from a van) and Limelight Hire (D&M lettered lights). Although we had lots of ideas of our own, Ellen helped us to put all those ideas together so that everything worked with our theme, and she provided tonnes of suggestions to tie everything together, creating a secret board on Pinterest where we could all share ideas. We had so many comments about how amazing the venue looked on the day! Ellen’s coordination on the big day was immaculate, with her working away subtly in the background to make sure that everything happened exactly as we’d planned. A massive thank you to Ellen, we can’t sing her praises enough!


Duncan and Jennie 

Thank you SO much for everything on the 25th and in the run-up. It was really important to me to organise everything myself, but I can't begin to tell you how much it helped having you there on the day to put everything into action. I didn't worry about a thing and it all went so smoothly so thank you :) 








Sarah and George

Ellen played a huge part in bringing our wedding day together, she is professional and knowledgable and helps to keep what can be a stressful day running smoothly. We were holding our wedding on my parents farm, with all suppliers hired separately, Ellen co-ordinated everyone meaning myself, my husband and family didn't have to worry about a thing and could just enjoy the day! Ellen also helped with the finishing touches and made sure all styling was looking how it should at all times, an element that held much importance to us, I completely trusted her creative eye. From the initial meeting to the day itself communication was easy and I felt relaxed knowing that Ellen had everything in hand. I would advise any bride contemplating hiring Ellen to not hesitate, your day will be all the more special by doing so.




Liz and David

Ellen was an absolute star on our wedding day. Everything ran so smoothly and perfectly and it was down to Ellen and all her hard work.

She liaised with all our suppliers in the run up to the wedding and never stopped all day on the day. She was also so friendly, helpful and approachable. She took all the pressure off so we could just enjoy our day. We'd recommend her to anyone!