I wrote this piece last November for A Life Loved blog. Its all still true and I thought some of you might like to have a read about how The Vintage House That Could came about.
But What About Your Pension?
Some of the very first words uttered to me by several people including my parents when I broke the news that I would be leaving my career of 17 years to go it alone.
In a world where it feels like everyone is trying to reduce their belongings and live a minimal life I am here to tell you that I think more is definitely more!
This is one subject that I get asked a lot about when I meet my couples so I thought I would throw some ideas at you. The options are limitless, your budget is not always! I always encourage my couples to think carefully about their favours, not everyone has them but if you want to offer your guests a gift then it needs to be something that they will want and not discard on the table at the end of the night. Even better if it is something that can be taken home and serves as a lovely memory of your special day.
I am pretty sure if you told people you were having your wedding in a garden centre most people would think you were a bit strange and smile politely! But what if you were having it at Petersham Nurseries?
When I started the business I never even contemplated the quantity of stock and props that I would acquire or indeed where said items would live!!
One of the best parts of being a wedding stylist is searching for new and unique pieces but more often than not you don’t just need one of these pieces you need a set of ten or twelve and this soon starts to mount up. So imagine what happens when things start to take over, imagine the constant battle with sorting and rearranging after each event whilst also trying to live in the same space….
Well, it’s been a long time coming but I think we can all see spring on the horizon so when Dobbies garden centre asked me to style with their #springblooms I was extremely excited to get some colour in the garden.
Spring offers so much to weddings – colourful in-season flowers, gorgeous sun, and the giddy, exciting feeling of new beginnings. There’s just so much to take inspiration from during this season, as explained in a previous post here Spring holds a lot of fresh, warm promise, and is one of the best times of the year to get married.
Whether you’re planning a grand wedding with hundreds of guests or an intimate gathering with your family and closest friends, here are some springtime craft ideas for styling your wedding.
Like a mother living out her dreams through her children I am living out my interior/wedding fantasies through my wonderful clients! You may have seen on Instagram that I recently updated my kitchen and although I would absolutely love to replace my wooden worktops with marble, sadly funds will not allow. Therefore I am gradually introducing as many affordable marble accessories as possible.
I love it!! And luckily for me working in the wedding industry I get to see all of the fabulous ways that it can be used.
Marble has the ability to be both classical and modern. It is just at home in a French chateaux as it in in an industrial venue. The most recent resurgence for modern geometric shapes seen in the interior world doesn’t seem to be letting up. It is everywhere and I love how it can be used as a main feature or just as small accents.
Used as place mats in this gorgeous setting, it really lends itself so well to these romantic rustic surroundings. A table scape to die for!! Styling by The Marthy’s Vintage Garden
I am still very much in love with it being used as place names, especially here with the gold calligraphy.
Incorporating your venue aesthetic is really important and I love how this couple worked with the vast amounts of marble in their Town Hall wedding. They have used lots of other modern elements too but the flowers keep it romantic and soft. Photography – Camilla Arnhold
This stunning marble hexagonal cake is both modern but timeless and the use of real flowers really adds that wow factor. Cake – Custom Baked Cakes
The majority of marble used is Carrara, which is white and grey but brand new onto the interior scene is Terrezzo. I say brand new, its been around for decades but as with everything its made a comeback and the varieties and colours are amazing. When I think of it I picture a huge Miami beach house in the 1950s, with Terrezzo floors, pink velvet loungers and palm trees…… ooooo!!! Think Feud, Bette & Joan, and if you haven’t watched it you need to!! Here are some of my fave images.
I got slightly carried away on the amazing Yellow Trace blog! Such gorgeous interior inspiration and as I always say, if you love it in your home whats stopping you from bringing it into your wedding?
Now, I am off to find a marble butter dish, don’t ask!!!
I suppose this is whats known as a cathartic post, new year, new me and all that but to be perfectly honest this has been manifesting for a while now.
Who doesn’t love gathering around the table with their loved ones to celebrate and share a wonderful meal? So when Denby approached me to work with them on their new range I jumped at the chance.