I love this time of year celebrating Halloween and Bonfire Night. They’re such fun and cosy festivities without the commotion compared to Christmas. (I love Christmas too though, but you know what I mean). Halloween, as commercial as some people might think, is a fun time of year to be embraced. It’s the end of October what else are you going to be doing!
Inspired by decorations in the shops, I’ve put together a mood board based on this time of year. Not quite as gimmicky as the pumpkins in the supermarket but quite the opposite. The mood board portrays an eerie elegance, a level of mystery and and the unknown (much like a marriage). The deep colours add drama to the scheme which are harmonised by soft whispy tones of bleached pumpkins and textured tulle. The word ’til death do us part’ echo in the background.
Pantone released their top ten colours for Spring / Summer 2017. It seems a long way off but we all know it will come round quickly and we will be planning for weddings for next year over the next few months. The Wedding Academy have launched a competition to all students from all over the globe to submit a colour board based on one of Pantone’s top ten. Below is my interpretation of Pink Yarrow.
I decided to choose Pink Yarrow out of the colours above to challenge myself and put a design together using a bright colour. I’m naturally drawn to more subtle toned colours such as the Hazelnut or Pale Dogwood, but I thought, no, do something different. At first I thought the colour was too bright and screamed more Barbie pink, but then I thought actually, who doesn’t love Barbie pink and the ultimately girly colour!
The board represents just that, colourful, fun, vibrant and girly. It’s a strong colour not to be ignored and just lifts your spirits. Mixed with softer pinks and whites as shown on the bard, the pink yarrow really pops out as the focal colour without being overpowering. I’ve now fallen hard for this colour and will be braver when considering bolder, brighter colours in the future. Turns out their not as scary as I first thought!
Autumn has well and truly fallen upon us and after shopping for a new cosy jumper this weekend, I am ready for it! The rustling leaves, shiny conkers and snug nights in make me feel a sense of humbleness inside. Saying that, I did venture out in the rain this weekend to visit Brides the Show at the design centre in Islington. I hadn’t been to this show before so didn’t know what to expect, but it was really amazing, not too big and very welcoming.
The first real wow factor as soon as you stepped into the exhibition space were the show stopping cakes from various suppliers. The meringue rainbow was just so elegant and the unicorn was what every little girl dreams about. They looked too perfect to be real never mind to eat. There really are some very talented people out there in this fabulous industry.
The show on Saturday afternoon was bustling, but a squeeze to the right supplier meant a lovely conversation finding out about the services they have on offer and who they are as a company or person. We chatted to amazing photographers such as Alexandra Hall and Tupou Photography, whose work, beautifully displayed drew us right in to their space to find out more.
Gathering business cards, brochures and juggling free raspberry mojito samples can be tiring so a much needed sit down and a refuel was needed. This gave Nicola and I, my friend who is getting married next year, a chance to catch up and hear about how her wedding plans are going so far.
We continued to wonder round and be further inspired by stationery from Papier, and Br& new weddings. Calligraphy workshops from Quill got me hooked and made me set my New Year’s resolution already – learn calligraphy. Watch this space!
Just to wonder round the show and be surrounded by the inspiring wedding industry was amazing. It also helped me gain a small glimpse to what works at a show, what doesn’t, what were brides picking up, what were they bypassing? What were people captivated by and photographing? All a good experience to help me with my own wedding business for the future.
Next weekend I’m helping an amazing wedding planner and stylist, Pamella Dunn, at the Wedding Affair show at The Royal Hall in Harrogate. I’m very excited about helping out, and having my eyes opened to the back stage coordination that goes on to exhibit at one of Yorkshire’s best wedding shows. Tickets can be purchased online, click here for more information. Come along and say Hi!
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