5 Reasons You Need a Wedding Stylist

A wedding stylist isn’t necessarily a key ingredient to the wedding planning recipe, more like the garnish on the top making everything that bit better and taste even more yummy.
Here’s why that garnish is so much more than just a cherry on the top…

 

 

 

 

5 reasons you need a wedding stylist…

1. Save Money

Save money by hiring decor rather than buying it. Hiring a wedding stylist can be cheaper than doing everything yourselves. Stylists know where to get props and decor to help you make your wedding day even more amazing. 

2. Save Time

No one wants to be stressed or under pressure on their wedding day. A wedding stylist can set it all up for you before or on the morning of your wedding. Therefore, you have time to relax, get ready with mum and your bridesmaids, sip prosecco and just enjoy! Trust me, I’ve experienced this first hand on my own wedding day. On the morning of my wedding day, my parents and husband-to-be were frantically running around decorating the venue, they came back so stressed and had to rush to get ready. I felt so bad for doing that to them and I missed enjoying my morning with my mum. So please don’t have the same regret I did!

A stylist can also save you time before the day itself. I will help source decor so you don’t have to and if you have those extra bits you want to do yourself, just let me know and I’ll style them for you on the day. I totally understand if you want to use those Gin bottles you’ve been saving for table names!

 

 

3. Less Effort

It’s a lot more effort than you anticipate doing the styling yourself. Doing all the DIY elements, packing them up the day before then collecting the morning after your wedding is so much effort. The last thing you want to do after your first breakfast as husband and wife is clear up at the venue! A stylist does all that for you. Get yourselves off onto that honeymoon!

4. Better Design

When you’ve got a Pinterest board bursting at the seams with ideas that have evolved and changed so much, you don’t know what you want anymore! A wedding stylist can help you refine your wedding style and put together a more cohesive wedding design for you. My Story of Your Day pack does just that. Aimed at couples who have been bombarded with ideas and worried about which direction to take their wedding style, the pack clarifies those details and ideas to bring your day to life in a narrative. After reading through it, I guarantee, it’ll make you even more excited about your wedding day, maybe even a tear to your eye. My job as a wedding stylist is to then bring the Story of Your Day to life by sourcing, design decor and working with the best suppliers. 

5. Higher Quality

Chances are you might be able to get cheaper props from the high street, but you know what, if I’m being honest, they’ll look cheap. Quality is so important on your wedding day, those little details matter and if you hire a wedding stylist, they will have more high quality or specialised decor to set your wedding apart and elevate your wedding design. The quality of service for a stylist is important too. I communicate with you throughout your wedding planning and draw up a layout plan so your wedding design is exactly how you want! 

Get in touch to arrange your free consultation and let’s get creative with your wedding styling.
Emily K Weddings Wedding Styling
Photography by Boho Chic Weddings
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Newsletter – Wedding Styling

 

Emily K Weddings Wedding Styling
Photography by Boho Chic Weddings

 

This month’s newsletter is a little intro about styling your wedding day. This is where my passion lies.

To download the PDF newsletter for ‘on the go’ reading, click here. It’s not long but it’ll give you something to read on your commute.  Or you can sign up to the newsletter to recieve it directly into your inbox.

I love the fact that your wedding day can be styled exactly how you want and done so that it totally reflects you. What I really don’t like is when people say their wedding style is a colour, a shade of blue or Cadbury purple. How can picking a single colour define your style and reflect any part of your personality?!

Na ah, not under my watch, your wedding deserves better than that. I thought I’d share with you a recent table styling so you can see there is so much more to styling your wedding day.

WHITE ELEGANCE at Jervaulx Abbey

My favourite styling so far took place this month with The Alternatives photography workshop. Inspired by the Grecian hanging gardens of Babylon, and set in the beautiful setting of Jervaulx Abbey ruins, I wasn’t totally confident about the different white tones coming together if I’m being honest. My concern was that it would look too plain and lack colour and interest. However, the end result was elegant, modern and most of all, fresh.

 

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Photography by Jo Greenfield

 

The white tones layered together worked perfectly with the lush greenery from All Bunched Up which gave it more textured detail and colour. The gold cutlery and boxes added a beautifully warm metallic tone. Stationery from A Little Pigment, ribbons from Bertie and Fred and macaroons from Where the Ribbon Ends all added those little details I just adore on a wedding table. Those are the bits that make guests go ooooh and ahhh.

 

Screen Shot 2018-08-29 at 13.38.48A NOTE FROM BYRON…

There’s a new company in town, Bow, Wow, Vow! They take care of dogs at weddings so you can bring your pooch along knowing they’re looked after during and after the vows. Because us dogs love a wedding too you know! Thank you Bow, Wow, Vow for making it possible to be part of our Human’s wedding day.

 

 

HOW TO FIND YOUR WEDDING STYLE?
Some key questions to help you define your wedding style…

 

  • How do you imagine your wedding day? Relaxed, outside, romantic, quirky, fun, casual…
  • What’s your personal style like? Clothes, home, accessories…
  • Is there anything about you as a couple that makes you unique? You got engaged on the beach, you both love Star Wars…
  • What is the venue like? This can often denote the style initially. Barn wedding – rustic. Castle Wedding – opulent, etc.
  • Is there anything that must be included in your wedding that you’ve always thought you’d have when you got married?
  • What makes you cringe or you absolutely hate?  It’s always good to rule things out.

 


Get in touch if you would like to book a free wedding consultation to find out how I can help you with your wedding planning and styling. hello@emilykweddings.com

More of mine and Byron’s daily shinanigens can be found on Instagram,  have a follow @emilykweddings.

 


 

Lovely Suppliers ||

Couple: @lucielowex @olihughes1
Flowers: @all_bunched_up
Ribbons: @bertieandfred
Dress: @meggieandma
Cake: @wheretheribbonends
Jewellery: @london_victorian_ring_co
Stationery: @alittlepigment
Venue: @jervaulxabbey
MUA: @lucyhartmakeupartist
Hair: @hairandmakeupbysaskia
Macrame: @frankie_and_flea
Shoes: @asos
Suit: @asos
Stylist: @emilykweddings
Creative direction: @the_alternatives_ss
Crockery: @whitehouse_crockery

 

Lego Bride Diaries: Part 2 – Peru

A little update from Ariane, my lego Bride who has moved on from Bolivia and is now adventuring through Peru. Click here for her Bolivia adventures.

I don’t know where to start with Peru. In such a small space of time I’ve managed to fit a lot in and seen some amazing sites as well as challenging myself  with hikes and heights I’ve never experienced before. I do have some sad news though. Our floral arch used in the salt flats didn’t quite make the journey across the border from Bolivia and it collapsed. However, the scenery in Peru has made the perfect replacement backdrop. I guess these things happen on a wedding day but as long as there is a back up plan, there’s nothing to worry about.

So Rodrigo and I continued our journey as bride and groom into Peru with the first venture been a place called Colca Canyon. Like many moments of wedding planning, it had its ups and downs which happened to be very steep ups and very steep downs. We began the hike down which was surprisingly ok in my dress and carrying my plastic bouquet of spindly flowers. (I wish I had a better one but this lego standard style will have to do). The path was so dusty but I kept telling myself it’ll brush off my dress and it will be perfect again. We stayed one night in the bottom of the canyon, relaxing by the pool and having a well deserved beer. The hike up the next day was the real challenge, the 5am start, managing my veil with my walking poles and trying to keep my tiara upright was a struggle. The sweat was deterimined to ruin my manufactured lego make-up but this was followed by tears of relief as I reached the top. The views and back-drop were incredible. Rodrigo was there encouraging me every step of the way, supplying me with gummy bears on demand. Like every couple planning a wedding, it’s about teamwork and supporting each other, and Colca Canyon symbolised just that.

After a couple of days composing myself, it was time again for another venture to find the perfect backdrop. This time it was Rainbow Mountain, a beautiful landscape at 5000m (yes that’s pretty high). However this was topped dramatically by the ever enchanting site of Machu Picchu. After 4 days of muscle aching hiking and sleeping on cold mountain tops in tents it really was worth it. The Inca trail hike to get there took us over high mountains passes reminiscent of Lord of The Ring and were truly magical and inspiring. The trail and ruins had everything – history, enchantment and an amazing unique character. What every bride aspires for in her dream venue (although maybe with fewer tourists!). I fell in love with the location straight away. My dress, veil, tiara and Rodrigo and I survived the Inca Trail. Everything was perfect!

After all the hiking and excitement of Peru I was ready, as every bride is after finding the perfect wedding back drop and location, to celebrate and rest. We did just that in the desert oasis of Huachacina. A pool, the sunshine, an extensive cocktail list, sand boarding and a Pisco tour. Perfect!

Pisco is a Peruvian spirit made from grapes. They use it to make a fab popular cocktail called a Pisco Sour which by the way is delicious. Here’s a recipe for one below. Maybe one to add to your wedding cocktail list.

Pisco Sour Recipe

50ml Pisco

50ml Lime Juice

1 egg white

Ice and a slice

2-3 dashes of Angostura Bitters

Syrup to sweeten

Method

Blend or shake the Pisco, lime juice syrup and egg white until the egg white is nice and frothy. Serve over ice and add the bitters to taste. (Well that’s what the Peruvian bar tender did anyway).

Our next adventure is in the Galápagos Islands. A last minute 8 day catamaran cruise round the protected islands to see the wonderful wildlife and beautiful nature the world is lucky to have. David Attenborough, we hope to see you there!

Follow more of my adventure updates on Instagram.

Love, Ariane the Lego Bride x

 

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A Spooky Romance

A Spooky Romance

Hello. Happy Halloween (nearly)

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!

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A Spooky Romance
IMAGE CREDITS
FEATHERS: DINA CHUMT PHOTOGRAPHY BRIDESMAIDS: ALISSA DINNEN PHOTOGRAPHY   BRIDE: LUNA DE MARE  INVITES:SHAUN MENARY PHOTOGRAPHY TABLE SETTING: WEDDING CONCEPTS AISLE:J. MESSER PHOTOGRAPHY PUMPKINS: MEGHAN CLOUSE PHOTOGRAPHY CAKE: ARTISAN CAKE COMPANY

 

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.

For more colour boards take a look over at my Inspiration Boards page. 

Happy Halloween, hope it’s a spooky one!

Emily

 

Teal Colour Inspiration

Teal Colour Inspiration
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Sensual Teal

 

Hello.

Hope you’ve had lovely weekend. It’s been a gorgeous sunny weekend here in London. It’s also been a rare weekend of little plans which has been great. We’ve been out with friends, caught up on house work (unfortunately) and even got my head back into my Wedding Course.  However, I hate to say it, but Autumn will soon be approaching. Although I love summer, there is something about Autumn that makes me excited, I’ve always found it fascinating and have so many fond memories of conker picking as child. The turn in colour and Autumn walks with crunchy leaves make the season so embracing. The rich colours of Autumn are what has inspired this colour board. The warm amber and copper tones teamed with teal is a perfect colour scheme for an October or November wedding. The Teal is deep and sensual. A thought evoking colour.

It is said that people who are drawn to Teal are confident, sophisticated and have a positive outlook on life. For Egyptians it is the colour of truth and faith. With these connotations, it is a perfect choice for a wedding theme.

The dip dyed concept is shown on the board through the draped fabric and the marble styled cake. It adds an organic element to the scheme which contrasts with the almost geometric shapes in the invites. I love the teal painted wall with vintage frames. Although this wasn’t taken from a wedding, this idea could be used to display the couple’s family photos, maybe wedding photos from parents and grandparents for the extra sentimental touch.

The shoes are simply divine and could be the bride’s something blue to wear with her dress for the ultimate elegant, vintage and classic look.

The bouquet of fiery amber tones and organic greens bounce off the teal bridesmaid dress to add that punch complimenting colour.

So when summer is over, don’t be down, just think of the visual inspiration to come in Autumn. For more colour boards take a look over at my Inspiration Boards page. 

Emily

Natasha and Craig’s Beach Stationery

Natasha and Craig’s Beach Stationery

Happy Sunday!

After been back a week from holiday I think it’s safe to day I’m officially back to reality. I can’t lie, been back at work this week has been tough but on the other hand I’m excited to get stuck in to my diploma course work and helping Pamella Dunn as much as I can.

We’ve been in Spain for a friend’s wedding. The lovely Natasha and Craig got married at the Hotel Marinas de Nerja, Spain two weeks ago today. The ceremony overlooking the beach was incredible and very special. I felt honoured to help with their wedding stationery for the their special day and was over the moon to see everything come together on the day. Both of them didn’t stop smiling the entire day, very sweet!

Here are a few images of the stationery I helped put together for them.

Natasha is Russian and Craig is American. They have friends and family from all over the world who travelled to make their wedding day in Spain. It was a real unity of cultures and traditions that made their day so unique and treasured.

Their invites needed to tell a story and include as much information for their guests to make plans as possible. The front cover was a simple watercolour background with a photo of them both. The inserts included accommodation details, menu options, etc. A postcard style RSVP was included for guests too send back with their menu preference and the all important song request.

The order of the day booklets were along the same simple watercolour theme with the starfish logo throughout. I love an order of the day. I think they are lovely to give your guests as they sit down for the ceremony. It informs them about the rest of the day and gets them excited for the things to come! It is also a little memento of the day for them to keep. Because some of their family didn’t speak English, some of the order of the days were in Russian. These were so fascinating to make as the Russian language is totally alien to me with ornate letters which are almost graphic like in themselves.

With the guests coming from all round the world, Natasha and Craig wanted a table plan to reflect this and their travels. A scratch map and postcards were displayed to guide guests where they were to be seated. The postcards were made up of collages of images from the places they had visited together and meant something to them.

 

I really enjoyed creating and making all these stationery elements, I love to see a design leap off the screen and into real life, adding to a couples special day is what it’s all about.

What an amazing day it was…as the invites say…

“The tans may fade, but the memories will last a lifetime”.

Emily

Floral Design Through Time

Looking back at the history of floral design can influence and inspire design trends for the future. A unit within my Diploma course explained how floral design has varied and developed over period of time. Below I look at 5 key European floral trends from different eras.

Renaissance

(1400-1600 A.D.)

Design Elements:

Floral motifs Fruit and vegetables

Classic style urns

Woven baskets

Dianthus, daisies, lilies, violets, roses

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Renaissance

The renaissance style emigrated from Italy throughout Europe. The creative energy and inspiration came from still life paintings which were popular at the time. Fruits and foliage such as olive and ivy were included within arrangements. Designs developed throughout this period to become more and more ornate.

Baroque

(1600 – 1775 AD)

Design Elements: Large, bold flowers

Large metal or glass containers

Ornamental Gladiolus, roses, iris, peony, marigold, branches

Colour Metallics

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Baroque

Moving into the Baroque period meant floral arrangements were becoming much more ornamental and dramatic. Interiors at this time were becoming more lavish and this translated into the floral trends. The style was decadent, flamboyant and dramatic.

Rococo

(1715-1744 AD)

Design Elements:

Tighter, denser arrangements

Taller pieces

Roses, Hydrangeas Delicate glass containers

Soft pinks, whites and gold

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Rococo

In contrast to the exuberant Baroque style, Rococo floral design took influence from the romance of France and designs developed into a more feminine, delicate approach. The shape of arrangements changed to tall, elegant figures. Soft pinks and complimenting pastel colours emphasised the feminine and pretty style within this period.

Georgian

(1714-1810 AD)

Design Elements:

Vibrant colour palettes

Wedgewood urns

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There wasn’t much transition from the Rococo period, during the Georgian period floral design remained very similar. Due to the influence in overseas trading, there was an oriental element to some of the designs. The fragrance and herbal symbolism of flowers came into play at the end of this period as well as wearable pieces. Pottery design by Wedgewood introduced more vibrant colour palettes.

Victorian

 (1830-1901 AD)

Design Elements:

Tiny flowers

Posy arrangements

Trinkets, Bell jars Bud vases

Forget me nots, feathers, shells

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Flowers in this period became much more fashionable and recognised as a skill and profession. The style adopted a miniature approach with more detailed flowers being the key focus. These were complimented with small trinkets such as feathers, figurines to give a focal point and interest.

Image Credits: Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, Georgian, Victorian

 

Emily

 

Golden Boho Inspiration

Hello

It’s sunny! It feels like Spring has finally sprung after lagging behind these last few weeks. To celebrate, I’ve put together a new inspiration board to add to the collection. Titled ‘Golden Boho’, it captures the free spirit style of Boho, combining natural and metallic accents to enhance the style. The palette is detailed and textured. Soft, flowing layers are contrasted against geometric shapes for modern twist. I particularity would love to have a go at painting the tips of feathers with a metallic paint. Cost effective and easy to do décor, but look how stunning it is!

More inspiration this way…

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IMAGE CREDITS
FEATHERS: BOHO WEDDINGS  HAIR: LOTTIE DA DESIGNS DREAM CATCHER: NOT ON THE HIGH STREET LANTERNS:AT HOME WITH ABBY TABLE SETTING: CONFETTI DREAMS FLOWERS:  GLAMOUR AND GRACE RING: RUTH TOMLINSON CAKE: GLAMOUR AND GRACE INVITATIONS: THE MODEST BRIDE

Emily

Napkin Setting Mock Up

Happy Sunday!

This second mock up post shows a simple napkin setting. With the floral arrangements and favours creating a focal point on the tables at the wedding, I wanted to keep the napkin settings simple. There are so many fancy design inspirations out there but as I say, I didn’t want them to detract away from the other table details.


As with most things, I did a mock up at home to communicate the design. The napkin fold formed a pocket to display the menu for each guest.

The photos below show a step by step folding guide for you to try yourself.


Step 1: Lay the napkin flat in front of you

Step 2: Fold the top down half way. Fold the bottom up a quarter of the way.

Step 3: Fold the bottom section up, hiding the edge of the top section.

Step 4: Flip over the napkin. Fold each end towards the centre.

Step 5: Fold the napkin in half to reveal a pocket for the menu.

The napkins were then bound with twine and a brown name label which were a repeated element within the stationary. A sprig of aromatic rosemary added an organic final touch.

The napkin settings were prepared the day before the wedding, boxed and ready for the venue to lay them out in line with the step ladder table plan (shown in my last mock up post).

Thanks for reading! Stay tuned for more napkin ideas soon.