How to transform a huge blank space into something that’s fit for a wedding or a “WOW” event? It’s something that I come across so many times and fills people with dread as to where to start.
Firstly, don’t panic! Below are some of my tips for dealing with that blank canvas.
1. Break up the space– try and visualise different pockets of activity throughout the space. For example; there could be a chill out lounge in one space (try my hay bale lounge look), a catering area, a dance floor & space for the band. Before you know it, the space will no longer feel that daunting. Use foliage and trees to provide a natural divide between these spaces.
So now we’re right in the middle of a cold and wet December and I’m going to take you back to a gorgeously warm day back in July for the lovely Jen and Derek’s rustic barn wedding. When I found out they were having their wedding reception for 250 in the HUGE barn at Court Farm in Banwell I must admit I thought they might have bitten off more than they can chew.
The barn is….well an old cattle barn. Actually, not even old with oak wooden beams and creaky wooden door that we’re usually accustomed to. Just 80 ft by 60 ft of concrete and corrugated roofing. How on earth can this be transformed into a beautiful space for a wedding?!
Finally, I’m excited to share the latest photos from a rustic Spring wedding I styled and provided props for back in April. Simple, understated but so divine!
As the bride’s nickname was “bee” by her hubby to be, we thought we’d thread this look into all elements across the wedding; honeycomb shelving on top of the homemade palletwood bar, a gorgeous homemade cake with honeycomb patterns topped with its own felt bee and hand stamped bee invites on luggage tags.
OK ok so you you usually see it stacked up on some industrial estate rotting in a pile amongst some old disused tyres and a load of old scrap metal but I can really see some beauty in these pallets. Yes really! I honestly get such a thrill of making something that people write off as ugly and useless into a bit of a wow.
So this leads me to talk about our pallet wood seating for hire. Living on a farm, we’re not short of space so we have a huge amount of these bad boy seating areas for hire. I think they’re absolutely perfect for all types of events; dressed up smartly for weddings, draped with sheepskins for a festival or barn wedding.
Wow, never in my wildest dreams would the vintage wedding styled shoot I organised make it to featuring in Rock My Wedding but I’ve just found out it has and will be published today. Yeeeeeess. Rock my Wedding only has nearly <control the breathing..> HALF A MILLION likes on Facebook!
The shoot all came about from a chance meeting with the lovely ladies at Heartfelt Vintage over a few glasses of wine (nothing new there in my books). I had a vintage prop hire and styling business and was wanting to put together a styled shoot featuring some of my gorgeous prop pieces and vintage furniture for hire. They have a team of ladies making brides look beautiful; from providing vintage bridal gowns to make up, hair and floristry. What a brilliant match!
So Im still recovering from Monday’s epically long day styling and shooting our beautiful collection of prop hire and furniture pieces for the soon-to-be-launched website.
Beautiful day for it, well it stayed dry which when you’re working on a farm is important. Mud plus white is a bad combination especially when you’re dealing with beautiful old vintage fabrics.
We’d spent the best part of 3 days painting the old pig barn on the farm, transforming it into a beautiful white rustic studio. Even managed to rope in my niece for some extra help, poor love!