The Corona Virus has swept the globe and although it has had a devastating effect on so many peoples lives, it has united us, as we tackle this together. With the Governments announcement on Monday 23rd March that all marriages are to be cancelled for the foreseeable future, in a National fight to slow the spread of this virus, so many couples have had to postpone their weddings. I know how incredibly hard this must be; not only have some of my own clients had to postpone but my cousin and best friend were due to marry over the coming weeks. My heart breaks for them, but the safety of their friends, family, suppliers and the strangers that would be affected is of upmost importance; and they will get married, when it’s safe to do so, and the celebration will be even more special.
I was chatting to my dear friend Gyan Gurung who is a Surrey based Wedding Photographer about how so many couples are now facing a complete change of season for their weddings, including some of our own couples; moving from a spring date to a winter one. It has left a lot of people feeling disheartened that their beautiful, light or colourful colour palette isn’t going to work in the colder, darker months. But let me tell you, you’re wrong!
Gyan and I had a wedding last November with Moss & Stone and we wanted to share with you this beautiful, light and spring inspired styling. I’m not changing anything about my spring clients weddings, other than the fact that we won’t be going outside for the ceremony or drinks reception. So, if you are now facing a postponement and fear a spring colour palette won’t work, here are a few tips to tweak your design to subtly adjust your design to a change in season, based on J+B’s wedding a few months back:
– bring in a little darker foliage or the odd flower to give a depth and detail to the flowers. For J+B we wanted a spring colour palette but we introduced some browning dried leaves to the floral arrangements to give a little nod to the season.
– we used brass vases and bowls to compliment the room but it also helps to add a richer material more in keeping with a warmer finish, rather than a glass bowl which would work better for spring / summer.
– candles… and lots of them! Tapered candles, pillar candles, votives. You wouldn’t necessarily have too many candles in summer as the nights are so bright, but they are perfect for darker nights.
– don’t be afraid to still use light linen. We used subtle pink table cloths and white napkins to lift the room, especially when the lights went down, it retained a slight air of lightness we wanted to achieve.
– you might want to serve a warm mulled wine, apple toddy or Baileys hot chocolate but select beautiful delegate glassware to keep it elegant and summery. We served mulled wine in a double walled tumbler rather than a copper mug.
– use gold, brass or copper accents instead of silver to add a subtle hint of warmth but offset against light backdrops to keep it summery.