Valentina Ring
OWNER, HEAD PLANNER, & CREATIVE PRODUCER

Londoner by address, Italian by blood, and explorer by spirit.

Hopeless romantic, living for those moments that make you want to hug a little harder, that make your heart beat a little faster, and that make you watch the stars a little longer.

Head Storyteller, Serial Traveller & Professional Third Wheel.

Proudly INFJ.

ME.

about

I am SO excited to finally meet you.
My name is Valentina Ring, and I live in North London with my wonderful husband, James. I'm originally from Rome, in Italy, where my family still lives; I grew up travelling between New York, Italy, and Brazil, before making a home in the UK fourteen years ago. 

The path that has brought me to the wedding industry hasn't been a straight one - but now I know that the best adventures are the ones full of plot twists, and I wouldn't have it any other way! My experiences enrich my work now in complementary ways: my years as an astrophysicist make me a puzzle-loving logical thinker, driven by curiosity and the challenge of solving problems; my years studying and working as an aerialist & circus performer have made me passionate about uniqueness and creativity, about connecting with people, and about telling stories in a way that is aesthetically beautiful and deeply human; and my years working on the trading floor of an investment bank have given me a practical perspective on how to make things happen, and how to communicate with lots of different types of people. I needed every single part of my background to give me the tools, skills, and strengths that I use to serve my couples and colleagues in the wedding industry.

Now, there is nowhere I would rather be. I founded The Stars Inside in September 2017 because, for me, this is the most personal and rewarding pursuit of beauty and happiness, and the answer to questions I didn't even know I was asking. Working in this industry means doing more of what I love, it means using all my different skills towards a happy purpose, and it means meeting awesome people like you. It may not sound like it from the jobs I mentioned, but I've been preparing for this my whole life.

hello there

Let's be friends. 

if you think we'd be a good fit,

current food obsession:

Photo by Ed Peers

Best day Ever!
July 2017

 Val xxx

currently playing:

latest series binge:

currently reading:

Horizon Zero Dawn

truffle oil on anything

The Immortal Prince, by Jennifer Fallon

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

most recent holiday:

a 2,200-mile campervan roadtrip from London to the Outer Hebrides and back

since i was 8

fantasy videogames

I've been playing

but NEW YORK WAS MY FAVE

Europe, South America, and North America

I've LIVED IN

AND I LOVED THEM.

secret cinema

I'VE BEEN to EVERY

EXPERIENCE

especially fabulously fluffy ones

any dog

I will melt at the sight of

AND I'M NEVER HAPPIER THAN WHEN KNEE DEEP IN A PROJECT

I'm aN UNASHAMED

perfectionist

all the time

love

I FALL IN

as every meal of the day

with maple syrup

I COULD EAT pancakes

and prefer listening

I'm Contemplative & introverted

when i can't sleep

rain

I PLAY SOUNDS OF

be brave

be graceful

Words I try to live by:

be humble

be kind

to talking

for hours

i drink coffee in bed

ON sunday morningS

and read

and listen to the world

especially in the kitchen

dancing

I REALLY LOVE

as i am right side up

upside down

I'm Just as comfortable

kind of person

milk before

I'm a

cereal

and wear my feelings all over my sleeves

I'm very sensitive and

empathetic

for a change in perspective

sometimes when i'm thinking

i lie on the floor

is a cozy, crisp autumn

MY favourite

season

have enough

I CAN NEVER, EVER

flowers

things about me

things that are important to me

honesty

individuality

creativity

respect and kindness

exploration and learning

my work ethic

I become friends with the humans I work with because I love my job and because you're so much more than a "client" or "supplier" to me. I take pride in going above and beyond to make something the most perfect for you that it can be. I focus on quality over quantity, and only take on a limited number of partnerships per year. so I can show up for each and every one as physically, mentally, and creatively charged as I can. 

I believe that connection and trust foster all the best things in the world. I will always be open and honest with you, and encourage you to do the same with me. I want you to take your time finding out whether I'm the best partner for you, whether for wedding planning or anything else, and I'd much rather you book someone else if I'm not. I want us both to be shouting from the rooftops and doing happy dances in our PJs about having found each other.

I'm all about people doing things their way. I want the work we do together to speak YOUR truth, and to be meaningful to you because it reflects who you are and what you feel right now. Everyone's story is different, full of plot twists, and just as beautiful.

I love harnessing originality and pushing the boundaries of what's expected and what's normal. I have a wild imagination, and I play with it. I believe in the power of intentionally colouring outside the lines, and of exploring many different visual styles. I answer a 'why', with a 'why not'.

I feel strongly about everyone having the right to their thoughts, opinions, and needs. I strive to be graceful, sensitive, and kind in the way I tread through people's lives. I respect your privacy. I'm very emotive, and wear my feelings *all* over my sleeves and face.

I'm a logical thinker, and a serial problem solver. I find learning about new things very rewarding, and will always take the time to explore a route off the beaten path. I travel as much as I can, and I breathe it all in when I do. I believe there is always more to learn, and that the most important thing is to stay curious and humble.

surprises

warm cheese

a new dress

cocooning on the sofa with my hubby

travelling to new places

ticking off to do lists

sketching

learning new things

beautiful light

surreal, abstract, and dry humour

videogames

laying down on the floor to think

running in the rain

sweet fruity cocktails

correct punctuation

going to the cinema (and nibbling on pick'n'mix)

disney movies

dancing in the kitchen

reading a really good book for hours

emotive photographs

being playful

soppy love stories

sitting by a log fire

small dogs - and also big ones

aimless walks to stop and smell the flowers

glitter

every genre of music, at the right time

stationery

gooey chocolate brownies

laying in the sun

kind, smiley people

tight hugs

flowers everywhere

puzzles and riddles

pinterest

taking photos of people, places, and details

beautiful words

things I love

My awesome husband, photographer and videographer for all my social media and blogs, financial brain of the business,  and partner to all my adventures. When he's not busy assisting me on wedding things, standing in lakes, and fulfilling my (admittedly high) hug quota, he's a Doctor of Theoretical Physics and a Chartered Patent Attorney - and that's cool too.

Founder of The Stars Inside, wedding addict, and pancake connoisseur extraordinaire. I can be found spending just as much time on my laptop (called Thunder) as on the floor making things. Happiest when barefoot, brainstorming, and warm. Really geeky about fantasy videogames, Disney films, and puppies - but when I'm trying to be cool, I'm into jazz, red wine, and sketching.

Val

jim

I know it's soppy, but here goes: we truly do make each other feel complete. Not in a grandiose, stuff-of-movies kind of way. It's so much better than that. There is nobody I would rather spend time with, whether it's exploring a new country together or just quietly being in each other's presence curled up on the sofa. All the little things we do are what my happiness is made of: taking walks in the rain, giggling late at night, running errands together, making each other jump when we've got headphones on, Netflix marathons, playing videogames together (preferably with either magic or zombies involved - bonus for both), and all the other moments in between. The wonderful experience of becoming stronger together through marriage is what made me want to be a wedding planner, and my most favourite thing is to see how much others love & can be loved.

the real

love stuff

OUR WEDDING VIDEO TEASER, TUSCANY, 2017

us as a couple

I donate 1% of all my planning fees to Cancer Research UK. I've always tried to participate in as many fundraising charity runs as I can, and it's so important to me for my business to do its part too.






If charities are something you'd like to pay homage to or incorporate in your wedding, I would love to help you discover meaningful and personal ways to do so. From charity wedding favours to donating your flowers after the wedding, there's so many thoughtful and impactful options we can explore together. I've lost my mother, aunt, and grandmother to cancer, and sadly my story is just one of so many. For our wedding, my husband and I chose to make donations to Cancer Research in lieu of favours, and I even managed a few wobbly words during my speech - to those who fight, those we lost, and those forever with us.

charity donations

for those no longer with us, and those who fight