& Decor, covering beautiful bouquets, buttonholes, arrangements, and room dress ideas.
If you are new to our blog, these wedding posts have been running for the last 3 weeks also, and they have covered The Venue, Attire and Beauty - why not take a look?
The following mood boards were created as a personal project during the planning of our wedding,
and therefore, I was predominantly screen grabbing any images that I found inspiring. I have done my absolute best to go back through and locate their sources, but where sources, designers, stylists, artists or photographers are unknown to me (and if you find your work on here) please contact me and I will add a credit immediately.
Unlike my (mostly successful) previous attempts at image sourcing, I was unable to find the exact locations of where any of the following images were found. I can confirm that a lot of them would have come from Style Me Pretty, but I simply cannot account for which ones exactly, and where the others were found. My sincere apologies.
Bouquets & Buttonholes
When considering and researching my bouquet, the maid's bouquets, and the buttonholes, we were instantly drawn to pastel shades, big, blousy, romantic arrangements, and lots and lots of roses.
It wasn't just the flowers and colours that we wanted to get right, but the binding of the flowers as
well - details really mattered.
As you can see above, there are many ways to tie a bouquet, rather than just the normal bind of organza. Why not a big bow using fabric ribbon? Why not a special tie using satin? I for one didn't want to settle for what was the usual thing to do - I wanted to have something out of my dreams.
As a bit of an interior design fanatic, I was in my element when piecing together our room arrangements and dress. There are so many things that you can do with flowers - and as this is what we wanted to
be the main focus in the room, we had lots to explore. From pretty vases, to vintage tin jugs, the containment itself is a big topic, and then there is the use of flowers - along the aisle, as table centrepieces, in tall vases, cascading down softly lit candelabra, or intertwined in tree branches
- you can really get lost in the details, which put me right in my element!
To some florists, my vision may have been a challenge, but we were extremely lucky to come across what must be the best florist in the world! We met Jayne Pugh very early on in the planning of the wedding, and straight away she was aware of the level of detail I was dreaming of. Jayne is so full of passion for her work, and loves nothing more than helping brides to accomplish their vision for their big day. From flower arrangements, through to special details that she was able to hire out to us, she took
it all on, and at a price that was extremely reasonable. Visit her website here - she comes very highly recommended by us.
Lighting, signage, table layout, coverings and ceiling details - you could get lost in this world! There really is so much that you could do, and it certainly is the little details that really make your theme work.
The biggest challenge for us I think, was the chair covers. We were completely put off by the over-use
of chair covers with big organza bows, and wanted something far more individual for ourselves
- our vision just wasn't going to work without it. Alas, there does not seem to be anywhere on this
planet that offers any other choice, so we ended up putting pen to paper and coming up with our own design (which luckily, we could rely on my dab-handed mum to create). This of course made for such
a personal feel to the decor. I guess what I am trying to say is, don't be put off or deterred if you can't
find something that matches your vision - if you can't find it, make it.
The sheer amount of details can seem quite daunting, and I was very nervous about forgetting something. This is why it takes so long to research things - the more inspiration you look at, the
more ideas you see, and by the end of it, there is no stone left unturned, so you cannot possibly
When we began our journey of planning our wedding, I desperately wanted to create the vision in
my head, but I was grounded in the belief that none of it really mattered, because the day was about marrying Jay. However, it is very easy to get caught up in the details and the expectations. You see
all of the possibilities and think, I could do that, and any time that thought crosses my mind, that is
it, I am like a dog with a bone.
The year spent planning our wedding was definitely the most stressful and yet the most inspirational year of my life. I discovered so much creativity, I learnt more than I thought I would, and I ran myself into the ground in the attempt to make the day look just how I wanted. Who ever said dreams were easy to reach? I must remind you though, that I was of course running Leaff at the same time, so this certainly didn't help with the stress, or the amount of time I had to do things, but I do think it enriched my creative productivity within Leaff.
On the day itself, I woke up satisfied that we had done everything that we possibly could, to make everything just how we wanted, and it was time to refocus on the most important thing - marrying Jay. It is true what they say - with all the stress that you go through planning your wedding, you really couldn't care less about the details on the day, for your eyes are no where but on your new husband.
I hope that this lot has inspired you - both the rich visuals and what I have had to say on the subject.
As ever, I would love to hear your thoughts on this post, so don't be shy, leave us a comment.
Next week is the last post on the planning, before the great reveal of our day in week 6. The next post focuses on 'Cake & Favours', and includes cake design ideas, a huge array of favour ideas and visuals, along with the details of our very own baker. Hope to see you here then!