Photography by Binky Nixon Photography
Art deco & geometric design…
I had the pleasure of meeting up with the lovely Kate from Lavender & Linen at Tie The Knot Wedding Carnival a few weeks ago at Elmore Court. Its always so nice to catch up with her and yet again Kate pulled it out of the bag and designed a gorgeous table setting for all the visiting couples to look at and be inspired by. Lucky for you, Kate got in touch and asked if our readers would like to hear more about how she put the look together… and I snapped her arm off -a big fat yes please!!
So I’ll leave it to Kate to fill you in further:
I had the pleasure of designing our stand for the recent Tie The Knot Carnival at Elmore Court. I began with drawing together a few ideas in a moodboard (below) centred around an Art Deco/geometric design, which I then pulled together with a gold, teal, grey and navy blue colour palette. These colours suited our vintage glassware perfectly, including amber and gold wine, water and champagne glasses, and of course our striking blue and clear glass bottles which made a perfect centrepiece filled with intricate paper flowers. Some gold spray painted gypsophila in a vintage jug and a few sparkling vintage decanters completed the look.
Lavender & Linen Pinterest board
Whilst I used the expertise of some very fine suppliers for details like the stationery (designed specifically for us by Siobhan Wolton from White Hanami), paper flowers (Things by Laura), and the chocolates for our favours (The Cake Chemists), I also decided to embark upon some very easy washi tape DIY details that could be easily replicated in your own wedding theme and colours.
I used our ‘L&L’ letters as signage for our stand, but this would work perfectly for your own initials. I suspended them with ribbon inside our ornate gold-gilt frame in front of our crepe paper and ribbon backdrop. The cardboard letters came from Hobbycraft and I sprayed them with some fabulous gold glitter spray paint. Once this had dried I added the strips of washi tape in parallel lines, echoing the Art Deco designs on the stationery. The gorgeous gold geometric washi tape came from Amazon, there are literally hundreds to choose from on there, as well as eBay.
Finding inexpensive gold cutlery is hard to come by, so I decided simply to enhance the silver cutlery I already had instead. Again this was simply done by wrapping strips of the same washi tape in angled parallel lines down the handles. The washi tape easily comes off afterwards so you can return your cutlery to its natural state!
I had some gold place mats left over from Christmas that I wanted to also tie in with the whole look, so again a few simple strips down one edge for the place settings echoed the geometric designs elsewhere. I covered the whole of another mat with parallel strips of the washi tape as a base for the centrepieces of glass bottles and paper flowers.
For the favours I left the chocolates in just their gold foil wrapping, and then chose some velvet and lace ribbons in teal and gold and tied in a simple knot. For visitors to take away I again used the washi tape to bind two chocolates together, and popped in a little wax paper bag with a sprinkling of handmade tissue paper confetti in colours that matched my stand, all sealed with one of our little logo stickers. This would work just as well with your own bride and groom monogram or a simple design of your own choosing. The little bags ensure no-one gets chocolate on themselves or their clothes if they aren’t eaten straight away! You could also include a little thank you note to your guests if you wished in place of my business cards.
All these little touches are very easy and inexpensive to do, even if you’re not a big wedding DIY fan!
Thanks Kate… you’re a super star! Look forward to seeing Lavender & Linen’s next project!
(full links and more inspiration available on this Pinterest board):
Mirror garland: Etsy
Dress: Ellie Saab
Stationery: Paperless Post
Teal Threads Print: Etsy
Gold Baby’s Breath: Save On Crafts
Decanters: Bells and Boards