Perhaps you have chosen your wedding day colours but can’t decide how to pull all your ideas together? Or have a few key items you want to include on your tables but want the styling of the entire day to flow?
We talk venue styling with a twist, we have gone seasonal and oh yes, did I mention we have gone Cornish?
I spoke with the very talented Jenny Phipps who works as a wedding planner and stylist (Jenny Wren Wedding and Events) about how to incorporate the things you love the most into styling your big day.
We talked inspiration, colours, ideas, what we love and what we hold dear and why she chose to style her latest wedding photoshoot at Knightor Winery and Restaurant using Cornish inspired theme.
I asked Jenny what sets the brief when styling a venue?
“Before I begin to think of styling ideas, even if my couple have briefed me completely on the look they have in mind, I always pay a visit to the venue first. This is so important, as a venue layout, existing decor or in-house rules can cause restrictions and may limit what can be done. Conversely, a venue visit and chat with the events manager may reveal other opportunities for creative paths to follow that I may not have thought of prior to the visit.”
“When I knew the wedding venue for the photoshoot was Knightor Winery & Restaurant my mind filled with excitement and I was bursting with ideas, I took a visit as soon as I could to explore the venue for myself.”
The brief for the styling was to reflect a Cornish Spring Country Wedding. Using all local suppliers to showcase what Cornwall can offer for elegantly styled wedding breakfast. With that brief in mind I took a good look around the building, the original stone walls, bar tops and stunning exposed beams inspired me. I wanted to work with the venue, complimenting its current look and highlighting its features, everything around me was telling me that rustic wedding was the way to go.”
How do you choose the colour scheme if the couple are unsure of what they want?
“I find it best to listen to what the customers love and hate. It is important to establish what they don’t want as much as it is what they do. I look at the characteristics of the venue, consider seasonality, incorporate some of the style from the wedding dress and flowers. I look tie in the colours the couple like and then start to explore.”
“I encourage couples to ask their florist what flowers will be in season at the time of their wedding, these can set the tone of the colour scheme. If you are struggling with which colours to pick, flowers are a great starting point.”
What tools can couples use to help plan the venue styling?
“Get on Pinterest! It really is one of the best tools invented for wedding styling ideas. Acting as an online scrapbook it can keep record of everything you have ever seen and liked online for your wedding style. You can also search other people’s ideas and pin them to your board. I encourage my couples to bring their Pinterest board log in with them to our meetings so they can show me their ideas or we can browse together.”
What items did you use to create your Cornish Spring Wedding Styling?
“I absolutely love paper pom poms and they are bang on trend at the moment, so I used them to highlight aspects of the colour scheme. The venues ceilings were very high, so I used the pom poms to bring the ceiling level down, making the space feel more intimate, they also drew attention to the beautiful beams on which they were hung.”
“The wooden center pieces gave both a countryside and rustic feel and also acted as a clever holder for the glass jars to sit pretty on. I tied eyelet lace and yellow beaded ribbon, threaded it around the jars and popped tea lights or feathers inside them. I used crisp white table linen and grey satin table runners as the base for my tables, accentuating the colours from the wood, the flowers and the splashes of colour on the stationary and the jam jars.”
“When it came to flowers, I didn’t want anything too extravagant as they may detract from the other table pieces, I wanted to keep the look consistent. The tables were narrow so there was limited room. I briefed the florist to incorporate daffodils, as nothing says Spring more to me than these flowers and also chatted to her about the overall look I was creating. I wanted to try to use locally grown flowers to try really try and push the rustic countryside feel. The end result was a beautiful, simplistic yet totally gorgeous Spring flower centrepiece which really tied in with the theme I was developing.”
“The stationery supplier found the colour scheme I had chosen slightly challenging as from her experience grey and yellow are not the easiest to work with, yellow especially as on white it can look a little stark. However she really came up trumps and did an amazing job to create some beautiful grey menu cards with sweet yellow ribbon attached. The name places were sat in corks which was perfectly fitting for our vineyard setting and looked really quirky too. We do love quirky in Cornwall!”
“When it came to the wedding favors I really wanted something that could be a little piece of Cornwall for guests to take home (as a lot of them were national press out of county). I chosen organic bath salts made right here in Cornwall. Not only did they look pretty, tying in with the colour scheme also, the lavender and sweet orange ingredients smelt divine.”
“I decided a few pictures on those gorgeous stone walls would add some more colour to the room and contrast well with the grey stone. I picked images from a company that often sell them as wedding gifts, which was a real talking point and showed off some beautiful landscapes in Cornwall.”
“The cake was a real talking point, a stunning three-tiered hand painted floral design cake, surrounded by completely handmade, completely edible teacups in varying designs! This added so much to the look and the cake maker even did some pre-baking sketches for me to look over before she went ahead to ensure she was thinking along the right lines.”
“When it comes to styling the venue lighting often gets overlooked but good lighting has a huge affect on the atmosphere and ambience of a room, which is why I felt it important to get a professional in to do this. The lighting was subtle and welcoming and really created a warm inviting feel to the room. As well as highlighting the beautiful cake!”
What are your favourite aspects?
“My favorite part of styling a wedding aside from creating an utterly unique experience for the couple on their big day is being able to work with such wonderful suppliers.”
“Styling does not always mean supplying everything yourself, it’s about creating a design concept then making this concept come to life by bringing together and combining products which compliment each other and collectively create the final look.”
“Cornwall’s wedding industry has such a bright and beautiful tapestry of creative beings, services and specialists, all playing their part in forming those unforgettable days and I was very lucky to work with such talented lovely people, all of which really grasped the idea I had and put their all into helping me to create my vision.”
What are your top tips for couples planning to style their day and want to tie in a Cornish influence?
“Cornwall is such a beautiful place to get married, play on what it is about Cornwall you love through your styling.”
“I chose wooden centre pieces to reflect the countryside (which Cornwall is full of!) and to show off how naturally beautiful Cornwall is. I used the jam jars which were all different shapes and sizes, this created a mismatched perfection, placed together with pretty ribbon tied around them.”
“Choose flowers that are in season and they are likely to be a lot cheaper as florists are less likely to need to outsource them.”
“Why not incorporate some family keepsakes that are special to you, perhaps use lace table runners or mismatch vases.”
“When planning your wedding styling, try and keep things local where possible and where it works. If you are lucky enough to be getting married in Cornwall, then show your guests what Cornwall has to offer and they will love the fact that they feel they are taking a little piece of Cornwall home with them. I did this by using the Cornish bath salts which added a real luxury feel and were made locally. These are also a great talking point for your guests at the meal and and will bring back fabulous memories in the future ”
“Look to incorporate things that can be sourced without spending a lot. Cornwall is a creative county so be resourceful, think quirky and creatively!”
If you would like to create a look just like Jenny’s here are the suppliers and venue involved in creating it:
VENUEKnightor Winery & Restaurant www.knightor.comSTYLING & DECORATIONJenny Wren Weddings & Events www.jennywrenweddingsandevents.co.ukPHOTOGRAPHYNick Walker Photography www.nickwphotography.comLOVE LIGHTSSuper Duper Vintage Events www.superdupervintageevents.comCAKEEmily Hankins Cakes www.emilyhankins.co.ukFLOWERSWedding Flowers in Cornwall www.weddingflowersincornwall.co.ukSTATIONERYEnglish Rose Stationery www.englishroseweddingstationery.comFAVOURSTrevarno Skincare www.trevarnoskincare.co.ukDINNER MUSIC & LIGHTINGR2 Events www.r2events.co.ukPICTURES ON THE WALLSThe Day That www.thedaythat.co.ukWritten by – Hazel ParsonsWedding Marketing Consultant
Photography by Nick Walker Photography (all rights reserved)