Creating the Collection
My hire collection is made up of beautiful, hand-made, rustic pieces that can be used to add a unique and memorable touch to all kinds of events. These pieces are perfect for Weddings, Engagement Party's, Birthday Party's, Functions, Exhibitions, Markets, Shows and so much more.
I spent months designing and making all kinds of functional and decorative pieces including an archway, rustic trestle tables, hand-scripted wooden signs, chalk boards and other accessories. My favorite part of this project was the styling and photography of the completed collection. I enjoyed it so much that I did two photo shoots!
Fall Inspired Photoshoot
The first shoot was in a lovely little Cambridge park during the middle of Winter. I recruited the help of my very clever and creative mum (check out her designs here: Paper Day) and together we styled the full collection with a whimsical, autumn inspired look in a beautiful, leaf scattered setting.
We added greenery to this rustic trestle table in the form of a hand made Magnolia leaf table runner.
I love the colours of Magnolia, the deep green and golden browns go perfectly with the look and feel of reclaimed timber.
I made these "Mr and Mrs" signs and "His One and Her Only" specifically for weddings because, although my goal was to create pieces that could be used in a range of settings, I think its super important to make a fuss about the two main people at a wedding.
These signs look beautiful hung on the back of the bride and grooms chairs or simply placed on the bridal table surrounded by floral's.
I created wooden table numbers, with twelve numbers per set, and a mix of white washed and natural timber designs to choose from there is sure to be a style to suit each theme perfectly.
There's something nostalgic about beautifully rustic, weathered chalk boards, especially when decorated with pretty hand lettering, so I simply had to include some in the collection. I made chalk board signs in a range or sizes and designs that can be used at all kinds of events - the largest chalk board can be hired with a wooden easel if needed.
I chose some of my favorite bible verses and made hand lettered wooden signs. I love typography so it was nice to work on some hand lettering, as well as read through lots of lovely verses, the hardest part was picking which ones to make into signs.
Rustic and Whimsical Photo Shoot
My second photo shoot was indoors, with a minimal white background and lots of floral's and greenery!
For this shoot I wanted to show how versatile the pieces in my collection are and how they can be creatively styled to suit any wedding theme or event. I used wild flowers, string lights, magnolia garlands, tree branches, and styled each piece with an elegant, rustic, and whimsical style.
I've always loved luscious greenery on any archway or backdrop and magnolia is one of my favourite plants for creating this effect. Not only does it last for days after being cut, but the mix of forest greens and golden browns, adds a pretty palette of colour. The addition of magnolia flowers would be beautiful if its blooming season, otherwise a set of string lights is the perfect finishing touch to a magnolia garland. I love these copper string lights, they have such a beautiful, warm glow that adds such a lovely, warming feel to any setting.
Wild flowers always look gorgeous in a bouquet. During Spring and Summer these wild flowers, and wild grasses can be found almost anywhere there is long grass where I live. These wild bouquets were perfect for filling vases and bottles, adding decoration to wooden signs and tying to the archway with white ribbon. The colors are all a little different and they look gorgeous whether closed or in full bloom.
Olive leaves make gorgeous, natural confetti and their soft green colour is the prettiest accent to any colour palette. For this styling I chose whites and neutrals, using white washed timber, faux lambs ear stems and galvanized steel. I also added warmth with the raw wood rounds and copper string lights.
This Lambs Ears Wall Hanging was super simple and easy to create. I simply tied each stem to this olive tree branch using ribbon and hung it above the table. I love how it adds a bit of visual interest and height to this styled set up.
These white washed, hanging wooden signs add a pretty, personalized touch to any wedding. They can be hung almost anywhere or propped against fixed items to help your guests find what they're looking for. I also made a set of three arrow stands for hanging signs, to help direct guests to specific things at a venue. These arrow stands can be stood in the ground and styled with flowers and other items to create a welcoming entrance to any event,
I love how versatile these stacking crates are. Here I stacked them up with wild flowers and greenery to create a modern farmhouse look at the base of a large chalk board sign on an easel.
The mix of white washed and natural, timber finishes adds a pretty, reclaimed look that goes perfectly with any additional decor.
Wood rounds are beautiful decor for any event. The warm tones of the wood suits any wedding style or event theme. Here I've used a rustic wood round that is full of character, to anchor a scripted table number among string lights and greenery.
Here I have styled the large trestle table with an eclectic and whimsical design. I've used stacking crates, string lights, wild flowers in matte black bottles, wooden bunting flags and lambs ear stems for greenery. I love how this look would suit almost any event theme whether it be rustic bohemian, romantic garden party, traditional and elegant and so many more.
These amber glass bottles look beautiful when filled with wild flowers, surrounded with olive leaf garland, and catching the twinkle of string lights.
Magnolia leaves are another beautiful solution for table decor. Add pretty, hand lettered names with an inky, white pen to make place holders. Magnolia leaves are long lasting and the rich green color adds a beautiful, natural touch to any table setting.
There are so many beautiful ways to decorate and style different events, and materials and inspiration can be found everywhere!