This afternoon is all about creating atmosphere on your wedding day.
Lighting is a huge part of your wedding day, just ask your photographer. Whether you are looking for colour, romance or a festive feel, lights can help to achieve all of those things.
I have the pleasure of getting to know Oakwood Events today, who specialise in wedding lighting. I love the different lighting options they offer to couples, my favourite has to be those fabulous festoon light above. Perfection.
Hi, Sarah could you firstly tell WWW readers a little bit about you?
We’re a wedding lighting company based in South Buckinghamshire. I’m Sarah and I run the client facing side of the business. My co-director and husband Steve manages design and installations.
We install custom lighting schemes, using fairy lights, festoon lighting, chandeliers, uplighting, lanterns, candle light, evening party lighting and outdoor lighting. We specialise in barns and also work in marquees, village halls, hotels and outside spaces.
What do you love/dislike about your job?
We love what do and we do what we love. Every day is different – one day we’ll be hanging a fairy light ceiling in a 16th century barn, another day we’ll be transforming a village hall with chandeliers and uplighting and occasionally (my personal favourite) we’ll find ourselves lighting a huge cow shed, complete with cows!
We’re passionate about lighting because as well as creating atmosphere on the day it can create amazing photo opportunities. We get such a buzz when clients walk in and see how lighting has completely transformed a venue – it’s like switching on magic!
How did you get into the wedding industry?
Oakwood Events came from a vision of ‘lighting with style’; we felt there was a gap in the market for unique, wow-factor lighting tailored to weddings.
Our careers after university were in project management in the city (me) and corporate IT (Steve). Steve’s interest in lighting unexpectedly began growing into a business and so we took the plunge and decided to work for ourselves.
We were overwhelmed by the response – we hoped to do 15 weddings in our first year and ended up doing over 100! We’re still constantly humbled by the loveliness of our clients and their feedback. We feel very lucky. (more…)
If you are planning the perfect summer soiree, you need the right floral display to represent you as a couple. I have rounded up some of the most popular and seasonal summer wedding flowers featured on Whimsical Wonderland Weddings to help you decide on your floral displays.
Peonies are one of my favourite blooms, open and fluffy or closed and neat. They come in white and pink and are mainly in season late spring/early summer in the UK.
Stocks are great at adding height to floral arrangements and come in a variety of shades. I love them in hand tied natural bouquets.
Daisies are having a resurgence at the moment, on their own or mixed with other flowers they add a delicate pretty element to wedding bouquets.
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I have a special treat this lunchtime in the form of a beautiful wedding bouquet tutorial by one of the biggest names in the floral world, William Clarke Flowers.
If you are looking to create your own wedding bouquet, or want to make a pretty arrangement at home then stay tuned peeps :-)
I so love this pretty and whimsy bouquet, and its super simple to recreate the look, take it away William….
What you need:
First of all I have selected my choice of English grown flowers, all grown in abundance at this time of year, the flowers I used are scented pink Stocks, delicate Sweet Peas, burgundy Astrantia, and lime green Alchemilla Mollis to add a lovely limey zesty colour.
After you have selected or hand picked your flowers, they need to be conditioned, this means that the flowers need to have all foliage stripped off the stem up to the tying point, the ends of the stems are cut, and then placed in deep cold water. This means the flowers can have a good drink before you start to create!
Now to make the bouquet! With one hand you need to gently hold the flowers between your fingers and thumb, and with the other hand you are going to add the flowers.
Make sure that the flowers are added on a diagonal, this ensures that your stems will spiral! (more…)
Following on from A DIY Shoot — Fresh + Modern, White Wedding Ideas. It’s time to start sharing how to recreate the look. I thought today i start with the flowers, and i haven’t done a floral tutorial for a while.
Rather than strictly telling you how to create this, i thought id share which flowers i used, how many stems etc. So you can have some flower ideas for your wedding day, especially if you are looking at a white colour palette. Some of these flowers come in different colours too, so consult your florist/flower wholesaler on your options.
The flowers in this arrangement cost me around £15 from a local florist and the mini milk bottles £16 from eBay. So a total of £31 was spent which i think is pretty budget friendly. To stay in budget try to go for seasonal flowers. I think the most expensive flower here was probably the rose, so it’s nice to get a mix of florals to keep within budget.
I am a total amateur when it comes to flower arranging but have picked up some kind of skills from experimenting before hehe! If you want to DIY your wedding flowers, it could be fun to head to a flower workshop at your local college/florist. It’s something I’m really keen to try too. Or just keep practicing at home.
Rather than give you a step by step guide i will offer you some hints and tips.
What you need:
♥ Stocks – 2 stems
♥ Dahlia – 2 stems
♥ Dephinium – 1 stem which was divided in 2 here
♥ Gypsophilia (Babys Breath) – 1 stem divided
♥ Phlox – 1 stem
♥ Rrose Avalanche – 1 stem
See the above image to identify the different blooms :-)
♥ When using a small vessel, be sure to cut the stems fairly short, so the flower is low against the top of the vase. This gives support to the flower and helps create a nice shape to the arrangement.
♥ When you recieve the flowers, give them a good soak, and if possible use some flower food. When cutting the stems do so at an angle. Don’t cut to much off of the stem at once, keep popping it into your vase and chop more off if needed. (more…)
All Images (c) Lou at Whimsical Wonderland Weddings
Morning lovelies :-) It’s a special day today, as it’s an extra one…. one in which tradition states a woman can propose to her man… and with Valentine’s day in February too, I drew inspiration from the month of love and created a heart inspired mini inspiration shoot.
I have made heart felts in the past, so i came up with the idea of using origami hearts, oh so simple yet so very effective.
I wanted to create something clean and modern and showcase different ways in which you can use one décor idea in your wedding reception :-) I have the DIY tutorial of how to make an origami heart a little later today so stay tuned. I only threw this together yesterday, so i hope you likey.