Creating a beautiful wedding reception is so much more than just arranging the flowers. In fact, arranging centerpieces is the smallest and most easiest and most enjoyable portion of the job. As you can see so much needs to happen in order to execute a beautiful wedding.
This is a Splendid Affairs design process, and this process varies between companies. I wanted to share it so that the brides can understand the amount of work that goes into every wedding, and when you receive a quotation for your wedding and your florist charges for labour, that one line probably represents everything listed bellow and much more!
Illustrations and Design by Chrystalace
Your wedding day goes by as fast as a camera flash… Right after “you may kiss the bride,” you’re at the “last dance” before you know it and then it’s all over. It’s amazing how much action happens on that very day.
You can’t be everywhere, yet you don’t want to miss a thing on your wedding day. What will your fiancé be doing, thinking and feeling just before you walk down the aisle? What expression did your parents have on their face when they were seated in the church? You’ll probably miss your cocktail hour, what was it like? You spent thousands of rand decorating your reception, but what did it look like before it opened for guests all ready for a grand celebration? What were your friends doing on the dance floor when you were saying goodbye to your guests? The list goes on and on…
You may hear people tell you that they never got a videographer because it was a waste of money, or that they had one but rarely watched their video. However if you have a professional video company then results of your wedding day footage that you’re left with are PRICELESS and you will want to watch and share it with your loved ones for years to come. Here are a few reason why you should consider hiring a videographer:
1. Being Able To See His Face When He Sees You Over Again
There is nothing like seeing your bride, or seeing your groom for the first time on your wedding day. Whether you have a private first look, or if you make eye contact on opposite ends of a long aisle, being able to witness that moment again, or show your friends and family again is beyond priceless.
Such a wonderful surprise when amazing Heleen from Splendid Productions sent me images from Jennive’s wedding which took place a few weeks ago at Memoire. I just had to share this wedding! The colours for this wedding were vibrant blues, lime green, purple, white and touches of red. Black and white vases, silver container filled with eclectic mix of dembrodium orchids, snowdons, antheriums, and even gorgeous mauve peonies coupled with peacock feathers added up to an unusual yet magnificent look.
It is the hight of a wedding season, and days days are flying by! The pace is unbelievable and the pressure is immense to create beautiful weddings, put in the client hours, sign up new business, train staff, attend to admin, style shoots, and yes there is a family and a tad bit of sleep in there somewhere.
This week is going to be totally insane. I woke up dreaming of the stunning November weddings that are a stone throw away. Each wedding will be so different, filled with intricate, personal and beautiful details.
As we are gearing towards master piece weddings, I would like to send a shout out to all the creative people I simply love working with. These are the top companies in this industry. For example, every time our amazing stationers Canvas and Chrystalace send me new designs I am simply amazed by their creativity. Candy buffets are taking on a whole new shape and form, and our preferred supplier Karamella Candy never fails to surprise with creative concepts and approach to displaying not only candy but any yummy edible creation. It has been exciting working with De.Light whose expertise in anything to do with lightings never fails to surprise me – from gorgeous warm glow cascading fairy light curtains to hanging of chandeliers from trees, turbines and other strange places. However my absolutely favorite part is when they light our floral arrangements, the effect is always breathtaking!
In September and October we had the privilege of working with top tier wedding photographers – Christiaan David Photography, Ryan Graham Photography, Custo Photo, Nic Huisman Photography, Rensche Mari Photography, ZaraZoo and Splendid Productions (photographers appear in order of weddings that took place). You will be seeing these weddings soon!
Last but not least, a massive thank you to Hauke Digital Productions for amazing videos you have created for Splendid Affairs in the past months. We have three truly spectacular weddings in November together and I cannot wait to see them through your lenses!
Wishing you all a great and productive week! I know we will be hard at work creating…
Image cutesy of Rensche Mari Photography
Spring flowers are delicate yet cheerful, fluffy and just beautiful. Bellow is the list of my top five spring flowers.
These varieties are easily mixed with popular wedding flowers such as roses and lisianthus, complimenting any wedding reception. Spring wedding flower arrangements can vary greatly in their overall effect, however the common feeling is one of hope and joy.
Sweet peas are a gorgeous option for a spring wedding. The butterfly shaped flower grows in abundance of colour, from red to deep lilac, as well as all subtle pastel hues.
This bloom is prized for its fragrance. Even a few bunches will fill the room with beautiful scent. Sweet peas are very delicate flowers and you need to treat them with great care to get the most out of their beauty if you are using them at your wedding.
I love using them en mass in beautiful containers. Pairing sweet peas with roses, freesias and ranunculus will sure set any wedding table apart! Sweet Peas love the cold, and will wilt quickly if placed in direct sunlight or if they don’t have direct access to water.
Therefore, I recommend using water when arranging them and not floral foam. Avoid using sweet peas in your bouquet as the flowers will not last throughout the day.
Ranunculus are simply divine and beautiful flowers that have soft and delicate circular structure. These peony-shaped flowers have a bright and fluffy texture and grow in white and every shade of yellow, orange, peach, pink, red, burgundy and purple. I think ranunculus are simply divine and happy flowers.
They are plentiful when in season but in South African tend to come in a rainbow mix bunches, meaning a bunch of flowers is made up of variety of colours. The white variety is pure and beautiful for wedding work and brings an elegant and exquisite feel especially to bridal bouquets.Unfortunately monotone bunches are extremely rare in South Africa.
Tulips are simply amazing flowers, surviving underground over the winter months to flower beautifully from early spring. Appearance of tulips signals that spring is coming and it always a great joy to see these flowers first sightings.
There are enormous assortment of cut tulip flowers in multitude of colours available – white, pink, pale pink, purple, green, red, yellow. Tulips were originally grown in the royal gardens of the Ottoman Empire, they derive their name from Persian word ‘turban-covered head”, which is a great description of the Tulip’s distinctive shape.
Tulips are well loved and popular flower for weddings. Tulips are great when used on their own, and they mix well with other spring flowers.
Hyacinth are a beautiful spring bloom with a sweet and delicate fragrance. They come in a wide range of pretty pastel shades of purple, pink and yellow and make the perfect addition to a mixed bunch of country style flowers.
Tied loosely on their own, hyacinth perfectly suit a rustic country or casual bohemian wedding. They can also be wired separately to create delicate buttonholes or corsages.
Freesia is a romantic spring flower which comes in white, purple yellow and pink.
Freesia flowers grow along one side of the stem, in a single plane which makes them perfect for pairing with roses, or to create a soft drop on mass arrangements.
Freesia is particularly stunning in the bridal bouquet used with roses, ranunculus and tulips to create a perfect spring bouquet. Since the flower itself is relatively sturdy it is a great option for a groom’s buttonhole.
Think of an artist whose stunning painting is displayed at an art gallery, the painting is hung carefully on the wall, beautifully lit and ready for viewing. Then visit same artist’s studio and you will see scattered canvases, paint cans, paintbrushes submersed in turps – it is a creative space where magic happens. This artist has an idea and a direction but he does not know exactly what this piece of art will look like in the end. Incredible art happens with creative freedom and patience.
The same is true for wedding flower and decor design. When everything is set up, crisp tablecloths hanging beautifully, crockery, cutlery and glassware properly set, your flowers carefully displayed, candles are lit and you step back and think WOW, this is incredible. We are talking about space transformation, so when your guests walk into your wedding reception they know it is all ‘you’. And this is the job of a wedding designer.
I think of wedding design as three dimensional – there is a creative process, practical limitations of budget and resources and then execution.
When I meet with a new bride we talk about ideas, possibilities and establish the direction. We establish our parameters and then creativity takes over. By the time it comes to the mock-up there is generally a good idea of a direction we will take, and then we play around with different combinations. Styling your wedding is a creative partnership – your vision coupled with my expertise is a combination that is required to make your wedding spectacular.
Personally, I dread, dread, DREAD mock-ups. No matter how many successful weddings I’ve created over the years, I still get anxiety attacks – every time! Some clients walk into my studio expecting to see their wedding but it doesn’t work that way. A mock-up is a glimpse, sneak peak into what it will look like in the end. A mock-up is an opportunity to create a new, exciting and fresh look that works for that couple. Often the most unlikely combinations are created once we start trying out different containers, flowers and variations.
After the mock-up, armed with notes and pictures I do more brainstorming and search for more ways to make the wedding even more special. I know it is hard to image how everything falls into place, but it really does. Some of the most amazing elements come spontaneously when creativity flows. It is unpredictable and fun.
And then you will have to wait until the wedding day. A wedding is the grand reveal, when you get to see your wedding masterpiece – perfectly styled, beautifully set, lit and impressive in every way.
Gillian and Earl are just incredible, they are a fun and spontaneous couple with strong family values. Their wedding day was romantic, beautiful an joyous occasion. Their day was a family event in every respect. Gillian looked radiant in the Pronivias gown carrying a bouquet made out of white roses and freesias, and Earl was simply mesmerised by his bride. The evening was cozy with fireplaces roaring with fires in the reception area of Casalinga. The tables were beautifully decorated with candles, candelabras, soft pink and cream roses and mood lighting set the elegant winter ambiance. Heartwarming speeches celebrating families, important people past and present, and wonderful wishes along with good wine and food lead to dancing! This wedding had one of the best parties ever, guests dancing the night away. The fabulous Eve from Splendid Affairs did the couple’s wedding planning, flowers & decor styling – absolutely amazing! Canvas Stationery Boutique blew us away with her stationery and Soundworx were rocking the party. One of our favourite photographers Laura Jane, made sure the memories are captured with charm and grace. Wishing you all the best Gill and Earl, keep smiling!