This large wedding was great fun to style as I also acted as wedding planner & creative director! This was almost my last wedding as owner of Devon Vintage China before I sold it to South West Event Hire & supposedly retired (haha – I can’t seem to retire from styling!). I designed a table layout, a rustic bar & outdoor seating from hay bales to meet the couple’s overall vision. For two days before, I led an army of their friends & family who came down to Devon to pitch in with setting it all up. The couple & their families were wonderful to work with & the best fun! The venue was a huge marquee from Hatch Marquees with a clear roof extension for the bar in a field overlooking the Avon estuary & Burgh Island. All photographs are snaps by me before the guests arrived, while the caterers helped to straighten the chairs & light about 400 candles! The official photographers were at the church & their reception photos include guests so they’re in a private collection.
We filled hundreds of jars with camomile daisies, alchemilla & gypsophila as this was the bride’s favourite combination. In between, we placed pillar candles in jars & hurricane vases, using nightlights in small jars at every place setting.
We decorated cartwheels with soft ruscus, gypsophila & fairy lights & hung them between my hessian & lace bunting.
I designed a rustic bar using hay bales & the tops of wooden trestle tables, with barrels on each corner & used freshly harvested hop bines for a canopy, which we entwined with fairy lights. I put drinks dispensers for cocktails on each corner, crates of wine behind & we filled a wooden boat with ice & beer bottles.
If you want to recreate something like this, barrels can be hired from South West Event Hire.
Outside around the fire pits, we made lots of sofas & chairs from hay bales & vintage patchwork throws. Sadly, I was too busy to take any photos of them before the guests arrived but that’s how styling goes sometimes!