Colourful styling at the new Giraffe Shed wedding venue. I am Zoey, a wedding designer and stylist and this is my blog that will hopefully inspire and encourage you along your wedding planning journey. Today I am sharing with you an oldie but a goodie! I don’t get to do colourful too often and I must admit I am a neutral and moody lover myself. But a bright colourful wedding really does cheer me up!
The shoot was set in this gorgeous new wedding venue in South Wales, The Giraffe Shed. I headed up there in the summer with a brief of colourful, festival style, I had to add a little edge though! Which, I hope always add!
This venue was the making of Hannah and her husband, Hannah is a photographer and you can certainly tell, not just for the amazing lighting throughout the venue there are some pretty amazing photo backdrops too. I certainly fell in love with this venue, a modern blank canvas with some industrial elements, that pretty much ticks all my boxes.
I decided to add some industrial elements to the styling to work with the venue. Then the rest was all about the colour! I used all jewel tones. It is really important when working with a colourful palette to keep to the same shade, tones or tints. It gives a well-designed feel and adds luxury.
My favourite part was the chair ribbons. I spent longer than I care to admit messing with the ribbon and deciding a way to thread them. Just tied on looks nice but I feel the weaved look just lifts the design and looks super stylish! We kept the table minimal as there was so much going on with the chairs and colours. Just some key elements to add the industrial modern feel.
If you are looking for a wedding stylist for a colourful or any wedding, then get in touch!
Photographer: Jade Maguire Photography Venue: The Giraffe Shed Dress: Shikoba Bride Models: CJ Carpenter / The Unidentified RockerLeather Jacket: Ophelia Rose Cake: Cow and Cake Glitter: Luna Glitter Bar Flowers: Bizzi Lizzi Flowers Styling: Zoey Louise Design Newspaper: Photo Press Stationery: Knock Knock Penny Studio Lighting: Peter Lockwood Hair: Ypdws Elinwyn Bridal Hair Make Up: Toni Searle MUA
So this is a question I feel is something a lot of couples think about when they start searching through the minefield that is wedding planning. Now for most all this is new to them and can seem daunting and a little overwhelming. All these new terms to learn and figure out, traditions your being told you must follow. The must-have new items and the wedding colour choice everyone seems to ask you about. So let’s break it down and explain exactly what a wedding stylist is and why they can be a crucial part of your wedding.
A stylist firstly is not to be confused as a venue dresser! A venue dresser has a selection of stock you pick from and they set up and take away. You usually pay per item hired. As a stylist they are there to help design your wedding, working with you to help bring your vision to life. So like me, some stylists do have a collection of stock items. Their clients can pick from these, mine are included in my package price. Their fee also includes the sourcing or making of extra items to make sure our vision comes to life. This means you are not limited to their stock meaning the styling possibilities are endless.
Stylist are usually the go-to person for all creative suppliers for your day. Taking away all the stress from you on the run-up to the wedding. It also means that you know that every little detail is going to coordinate and be styled to perfection. Your stationery, cake, florals and any extra finishing touches. For me, I supply my couples with a look book which is passed on to all suppliers to make sure their vision is understood by all. I am there from the night before or first thing in the morning through to when your guests sit for your wedding breakfast. Then of course there to supervise the clear down the next day.
I usually say think of a stylist as a design-led wedding planner you have booked for on the day. As they are there to help you make all the important decisions running up to the day. Then there to deal with any issues that may arise the morning off. For me, a wedding is about celebrating your love story with family and friends. So, styling is about getting to know you as a couple and bringing your personality out in fun quirky ways.
I have my set items to make the process as easy as possible. As we all know how stressful and time-consuming planning a wedding can be. I love to design, source or make personalised items for my clients. This can be anything from a themed table plan to a show-stopping ceremony backdrop.
So I hear you, this is all amazing but weddings are expensive and I can just do all this myself can I not? Yes of course and no one is stopping you! Sourcing all your co-ordinating trusted suppliers and design item and making all your items should not be taken lightly. It is a fun process, especially for the creatives, but it is time-consuming and at times stressful. I love what I do and I know I am very fortunate but even I wouldn’t want to spend my wedding morning rushing around setting up all the items. Why would you? When you could be sat around relaxing and being pampered ready to marry the love of your life.
Also, stylist have great connections in the wedding industry. They can usually source you the best quality items at the cheapest price. Once you add up all those items you have bought, and now stuck with. The material cost for all the items you’ve made, have you really saved money not booking that stylist?
We all know weddings cost a lot financially! they also can have a big footprint on the planet its self. Hiring a stylist or venue dresser means that these items are being reused. For me, I try to make sure 70/80% of my stock is eco friendly. Because the items are being reused I can spend that extra for handmade, recycled items. I’ve just upgraded my glass to all recycled. These are double the price of normal glass vases so this makes it harder if you are buying for just one wedding.
I make a lot of my bigger items or source local tradesman. Consciously never buy from china and I am looking into offsetting every booking with a tree being planted. I saw the idea recently from kate at little button bakery. I also know and work with a local florist who uses local growers as much as they can. Also, clearing down and disposing of items. It may seem a silly thing but think of all the plastic from your new purchases packing alone. I make sure when binning items that what can be recycled is properly.
For me there has to be trust when booking a wedding stylist, designer or any supplier who is a big part of your day. You need to be able to trust them to understand your vision. Truly get how you want your day to look and feel. Book a consultation, get to know them. Do your research to make sure they have the same style as you, the same values. Don’t go of price alone. Peace of mind is priceless, book a supplier you trust to deliver on your day.
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I just loved being involved in this Manchester elopement styled shoot. I love a city-centre wedding, a cool couple and the only thing to make it better, a bike! Yes, I super gorgeous, wanted to ride off on a motorbike!!
I have decided to break my shoots down in more detail. Show you the design process and take you behind the scenes a little more. This is to help those planning shoots themselves. I struggled when I started to find information on planning and implementing a styled shoot. Or even couples as this can be adapted to designing your wedding.
For this shoot, I was approached by Chelle, a wedding planner. She had an idea that she wanted a motorbike, it to be an elopement in Manchester. She needed help getting her ideas down as a design. The first step was a venue, once she had this sorted I could work on the design of the shoot. I suggested hotel Brooklyn as I know Chelle loves New York. In her head for the shoot, it was an American couple eloping. They said yes! So with the brief and venue, I could get to work on the design!
I always start with a story when doing an editorial shoot. I sit and write about the couple, what will happen, their reason for the wedding/event. What feelings and emotions are they feeling and I want to create with the design. If you are doing a styled shoot I highly recommend sitting and thinking about the story you want to tell on the day before any planning or design. The same for a wedding or event, write down the feelings you want to create on the day. How you want the guests to feel. Also, think about the story of the couple or the reason for the event.
A young couple living in New York is looking for a place to elope! The stress of the traditions and expectations of the wedding they have planned is too much! It is not them and they want to just be together and make their love official. The traditional elope in American is Vegas, a quick drive-by style wedding! Again, just not them, even though they loved the concept.
They met while travelling Europe and always vowed to go back together one day. Then it hit them, we go to Manchester the place we met and we elope. Mixing our New York style vibes, the fun drive by feel of a Vegas wedding all together to create the ultimate elopement.
Cool, modern, fun couple. Totally in love and looking for an adventure they will remember for the rest of their lives.
A modern couple so the styling needs to be cool, minimal and modern. With the bike, I came up with the idea of driving in and out of the hotel for the drive-by feel. Then the colours of New York with the yellow and black. Again, still modern, urban and stylish!
Once I have the story and couple, if a wedding shoot, in my mind I then go and look for inspiration about them. Think ideal client work, one for the business owners reading this. The couple is cool, modern and want to be different but also want to bring a piece of them to Manchester. With this thinking, I went with the traditional new york colours, black and yellow. I softened with some grey and made sure the yellow was only in pops. Look at my colour palette guide for how I create my colour palettes in more detail.
I searched Pinterest, not for wedding photos, New York City streets, Brooklyn vibes, yellow and black patterns. Then I searched 90’s high fashion, 90s supermodel shots. I wanted paparazzi style, high fashion city street photography. Also, I looked at motorbike photography and leather jacket images and lastly modern yellow florals. Head to my Pinterest blog for more details on selecting non-wedding photos.
I then set up my mood board template and start to build the mood board. This is the time to carefully curate your pictures to showcase your ideas. When looking and saving to Pinterest, or wherever, you can save any you like. As you are just allowing yourself to fall into the design and ideas deeper and deeper. Now you need to examine each picture. Write the keywords you want to create within the shoot. Then pic the photos that show these words. You can’t be half-hearted about this. You can’t just think that will do. A picture that screams the mood you want to create but is totally the wrong colours. A picture may have some elements but a little traditional when you want modern. These work for extra pictures but not for the mood board.
You have to remember this is going out to all the suppliers. Each person will connect and see something different in each photo. They all have to be spot on, every element, colour, detail has to work for that shoot. If not, don’t use it, get looking for another. I can spend days, usually weeks, okay I’ll admit months sometimes, working on mood boards. Head to my 5 step guide for creating a mood board for my full in-depth process.
This is sooooo important! Putting a call out on a group, or on your socials really isn’t the way to get the right suppliers. That’s my opinion though, others do this and have a great shoot. I suppose it depends on the reason for the shoot. When designing a certain look and feel you need to search out the right supplier for that shoot. I go into this in more depth in my styled shoot guide. I also touch on the protocol of paying for suppliers and who pays who.
You need to consider each area and what elements you need to create them. Then search for suppliers that can do this and are the same style as the look you want to achieve. For this shoot, I was just doing the design so Chelle went off and sourced the suppliers she wanted. This can be hard if you are a stylist or designer at times. If the supplier is not suited then it will show and your design can be easily lost. For me, I step away and accept that I have done the design brief and will work with what I have on the day to best style the elements. It is their vision not mine at the end of the day!
I will always talk through certain elements with key suppliers if styling also. I make a design brief and each element of the shoot is considered in this. Each key supplier will have a section tailored to them. Then all suppliers will receive a copy of the design brief. This is the best way to keep things cohesive and make sure all suppliers are working towards the same vision. I like to choose suppliers carefully so I can give them the creative space they need to create something that suits the design brief.
I knew a lot of the suppliers or at least knew of them so it worked out well. Chelle did a great job selecting the supplier that was the right fit on the day.
With a shoot, things are different from a wedding or event. The supplier I am always most conscious of is the florist. I spend a lot on items with a shoot as I always want it to be unique and offer something new. Because I want luxury, the best and with this comes a cost. I am more than aware though that the cost for the florist is usually a lot more. This means you need to be creative and thoughtful with the styling on the day. Reuse items and especially flowers throughout. Meaning, you need to give yourself self-time to set up each area and move elements and set up the next throughout the day.
As this shoot was an elopement it was nice that there wasn’t a lot of setups. I had a table for two and a cake area! It was a lovely chance to have free time during a shoot to network and relax!
A table for two! I love doing sweetheart tables for a wedding also, going all out so this was definitely my jam! This one was a little different as they needed to face each other. Straight away I was excited to do an off angled runner. You may have noticed I do love layering of angle with my fabrics! I knew Chelle was using a stunning dipped dye Lucy can’t dance dress. So, I wanted to do something similar and created a dip-dye table runner.
I kept the table minimal with black and grey elements. The yellow only from the flowers. I used these stunning plates from Nkuku, black crockery and nice simple grey napkins. We didn’t have a stationer so I made my own with a template from Etsy.
I love styling a cake area! This one we went for a dessert treat table for two for them to enjoy. A gorgeous black cake and cool modern treats made my styling job so much easier. I used another dip-dyed table runner and then a mix of plates and terrariums from my styling collection.
I kept this styling minimal also, let the treats do the hard work! We moved the flowers over from the table to reuse and also add some yellow. It is important to mention here about the placement of the table. I choice in front of this sign to add to the whole are styling. Picking where you set up is key with a shoot and an event. Look what is behind and speak to your photographer about lighting, background in shots and make sure it will work.
Hopefully, you can see the elements of the design within the shoot. Chelle chose not to go for the more high fashion vibe with the city street shots. I love them all though and it is totally more her style! Enjoy scrolling the pictures and let me know what you think in the comments below! If you want to see the full portfolio and hear more about the shoot its self head to here now!
Planner: MICHELLE AMY WEDDINGS, DESIGNER: ZOEY LOUISE DESIGN, PHOTOGRAPHER: MARNI V PHOTOGRAPHY, VIDEOGRAPHY: CATHERINE LUTHER WEDDINGS, FLOWERS: FLOWER STUDIO MCR, CELEBRANT: CELEBRANT SJ, VENUE: HOTEL BROOKLYN MCR, DRESS: ROCK THE FROCK CHESHIRE, SUIT: GROOM WARRINGTON, HMUA: KATIE, JACKET: ROCK PAPER NIB, CAKE: GRACE EMILY CAKES, ACCESSORIES: GLORIOUS BY HEIDI, COUPLE AND BIKE: HELEN & STEVE.
Spring wedding color palettes. Spring, the season of new life! The world starts brightening up, lighter days and everyone has a spring in their step! Okay, a little corny! But for me also true, I start to feel better, and healthier and my mood lightens with spring.
So of course for me, a spring palette needs to be fun, playful, and colorful. But also light and refreshing. For this, we have to choose our colors, shades, and tones carefully to create the perfect spring color palette. Toning down colors works very well and is usually associated with pastel colors. You can have a bright colorful palette that still feels fresh as the colors are toned down.
So I like to break my palettes into 3 colors for most events. I have my base color which is the one used in 80/90% of the design. Then the main color is the color of the event or wedding. The color everyone remembers. You want to use this in pops though, not all over the space so it becomes overpowering. Remember with both of these colors you want to mix in different shades and tones. Don’t stick to the same exact color for every little item.
Then you have your accent color, usually a metal like gold, copper, or brass. This can definitely be a color also though. This I use to either tie the colors together or add contrast if needed. You will be surprised how much effect an accent color can have on the overall design.
You can of course add in a contrasting color or do a mix of colors. It really does depend on the overall design of the day. But for the majority of my weddings, we work with this style of the palette. If you are new to event design or designing your own then this is the easiest way to build a great palette. I think spring is a good time to mix it up though and really play with your color scheme and mix up the way you use your colors.
Pantone color of the year 2021, yellow and grey! Yellow is the perfect spring colour. In this palette, we included the light grey to work with Pantone colors, adding tints to draw it into white. Then the same with the yellow but deepening the shade of yellow heading into the mustard color you see above. The accent is gold, again to playing on using a mix of yellow shades and tones, you can think of gold and a metallic yellow in a way as it is so similar.
This is a perfect fresh yellow colour scheme. It works for spring and summer weddings. You can mix it up and change the base or accents or even the yellow shades to get it to work well in Autumn or winter.
I love that this palette is modern, simple but packs the wow factor. Here you can swap the main colour to any colour and it will still give a cool modern feel. Yellow works well, it is a great way to do pink also but still have a modern feel.
I love this one for a spring palette. I think it is also a great example of how much changing the shade or tone of colour really affects its overall feel. Using lighter shades of purples and pinks gives a soft beautiful palette. Using the lighter grey as a base softens the feel even more and adds a little freshness, perfect for spring.
This palette is the perfect spring or summer red palette. The greens in the accent come from the greenery in the flowers. Crisps whites help the reds really pop. Giving a bright colourful and fresh palette. It is the perfect spring garden color palette.
Adding lighter reds will give a brighter, softer feel. Going with darker reds adds drama, and created a bold palette. It is definitely the palette for rose-loving couples! All you need is lots of greenery and all the shades of red roses and you have the perfect garden wedding style, any guest would be honoured to attend!
This is perfect for an outdoors wedding. Or if you want to create that garden feel indoors. Using pink and red roses as if natural growing around the venue gives a beautiful secret garden vibe. Here we have taken the red and adding more and more amounts of white lightens it to create our pinker shades.
The perfect way to do a multicolour scheme in springtime! I love a modern pastel palette! It is a huge spring trend and I have seen some amazing shoots using this palette! Fun, bright and bold! You can really get creative, with modern floral designs it add a artistic modern playful feel to the day.
It is the perfect choice to use with another huge trend, curved shapes galore! I am loving the backdrops, stationery and everything curved! It add such a modern feel, gives the design a some fun but stylish elements. So I decided that this one will be the one I do some digital designs for.
With my full design clients, I love to focus on the detail of the design. I always do these mockups. Usually the table setting and any feature areas or focal points of the day. If I or my couples can’t envision a certain design these are how I show them and fine-tune the tiny details myself. Now, if I could draw I would but my creative skills never spilt into drawing skills!
So we are working with Palette 5. We have the overall moodboard, this is a quick design moodboard. My couples get one for each area plus a brief in their design plan.
A normal wedding mood board would be more in-depth than this. I still try not to include to many wedding shots. Flowers are okay but not completely styled looks. We want to be creating something unique not copying.
I hope you found this blog useful and you are now full of spring wedding ideas. Remember to keep it simple with your base, main and accents. Use slightly different colors or shades to add depth and interest to your design.
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Moody Boho was the order of the day at Owen House wedding barn! Gemma and Jamie wanted a boho feel to the day but wanted it to be a bit edger. It also and to be fun and relaxed! So moody boho was born. We used dried florals and grasses and macrame in deeper darker shades to give a moody feel. While still having relaxed boho vibes.
Owen house wedding barn in Mobberly Cheshire is the perfect venue for a moody colour palette. The barns natural wood and metal elements already give a warm moody feel to the venue. So I worked with the elements of the venue enhancing and playing on the natural darker feel.
The venue is great space. It has everything a couple could need to have the perfect stress free day. The 2 areas for both of the couple’s wedding party to get ready in. They have onsite accommodation and more space near by. Owen House is still a working barn so lots for the guests to see on the day and morning after. My favourite area as to be the photo shed! No need to go find the perfect spot for family and couple pictures they have perfect space with all your photography needs! The fairy light wall is stunning!
For the ceremony, we went with fairy lights and candles for a romantic feel. We used large dried grasses from just Dalilah mixed with pampas grass to give a natural feel. I wanted to create shadows and movement with the darker room lighting with the fairy lights and candles flickering. It really was a beautiful ethereal feel.
The ceremony room is next to the main reception room. It is turned into a chill area after for the guest to relax and enjoy a quieter space.
For the wedding breakfast, we carried on the moody boho feel. We used a palette of mixed grey shades and black for the base. Deep dark reds and burgundy for the main colour and copper for the accent. The colour palette worked perfectly in the space. Using a mix for the base meant that we could lighten the palette slightly by adding the lighter greys on top of the blacks and dark greys. Head to my wedding palette blog to understand more about how I create a colour palette.
Gemma and Jamie were an amazing couple! They wanted a design-focused day and was clear on their vision but they also wanted it relaxed and fun! I think we nailed it they are their guests had an awesome night!
This Liverpool wedding was a dream, the venue wow! It was so magical, green forest in the city to comes to mind! The couple and all the suppliers were also a dream. The Palm House at Sefton Park is the perfect city wedding venue for couples still wanting lush grounds.
The only thing I would change from this day was the heat! Glass building in the heat while climbing ladders, moving chairs and running around like a crazy person. Let’s just say I sweated a few pounds away that day, yikes! Urban jungle kind of theme for this wedding. They wanted a modern cool industrial feel in the beautiful lush surroundings of the venue. We used lots of copper, neon and geometrics! mixed metallic, white and green colour palette.
The cake also didn’t like the heat! The cake maker had to make a dummy cake that looked identical and bring the cake cut up already. It was already melting with the heat and it would not have lasted 5 minutes in the glass dome of the palm house.
The couple never knew about the cake drama, which is the way it should be. Remember things will go wrong on your wedding day. Having a great team of suppliers you trust means that you will not have to deal with it. most of the time you will never know!
We also had an issue with a neon sign the couple ordered. It came with a strange plug, not foreign it was explained to me but all I knew it was going to turn on! After 4 shops later we managed to get an electrical shop to wire a plug on so it would work! Again the couple never knew! A bonus to having a city Liverpool wedding I suppose! not sure what we would have done in the middle of nowhere. The couple hired a neon sign from the word is love but also had one made to keep after, such a great idea and a lovely keepsake.
The couple and a beautiful day and the guests looked like they had an amazing time. Feast your eyes on the beautiful gallery below. If you are planning a wedding a The Palm House or any other venue get in contact and I would love to chat with you!
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Victoria warehouse wedding shoot was my first ever styled shoot and still has a huge place in my heart. I wanted it to be a celebration of my beautiful home town city of Manchester. Also about the great Manchester suppliers and incorporate the rich industrial heritage Manchester is known for. The vision was born, an industrial luxury style with elements that give a nod to Manchester and its history.
First up was the venue, well this wasn’t a hard choice, my mind was set on the amazing Victoria warehouse from the start! Being a Manchester wedding designer and stylist there are certain venues you just can’t wait to get your hands on. Victoria warehouse played a huge part in Manchester’s industrial past and was one of the biggest cotton mills. It is also such an iconic building, you may not know it by name but one look and you know exactly the place.
With the venue decided the fun began. I started work on the mood boards, just like I would for styling a wedding. Researching unique items and textures to bring together to compliment each other perfectly and create our vision. It really is in the detail with wedding design! Each small part of the design plays its part and either compliments or adds needed contrast to build the ultimate style on the day. I went for cold, harsh industrial elements like copper, steel and concrete and softened these up with cotton and velvets. I kept a neutral colour palette with grey and silver shades with pops of greenery and copper. Of course cotton had to be a huge focal point throughout the shoot and Sian at The Flower Lounge didn’t disappoint with her amazing cotton floral displays.
I got to have so much fun with the cake area, I wanted to make this a focal point and showcase the hard work that goes into an incredible cake like the one supplied by Little Button Bakery. The cake is one of the elements I tell my couples to get personal with and one of the parts I enjoy most as a wedding stylist. This can be the one thing that really celebrates you as a couple and also can be a lot of fun designing. I personally feel a 3ft table and white tablecloth just doesn’t do it justice.
Here we displayed the cakes and treats on a selection of our plinths! All come as part of our wedding packages. I love contrast of textures so we mixed our copper pipe plinths with our concrete ones and some clear plinths draped in one of our velvet table runners. Adding little touches with the candles and copper trays makes all the difference. I then finished it off with a crazy amount of cotton plants! You can never have to much cotton right? This all sat under the most gorgeous Edison bulb lights that were adorned with some amazing foliage.
So speaking of lights next on the design list was the aisle, I knew exactly what I wanted! The only problem was it didn’t exist. Not to worry though as Peter Lockwood had me covered. After just one meeting at the venue I left him to it, unsure if he fully understood my waffling but OMG he did! They were more than perfect, exactly what I wanted and looked like they was made for the venue itself.
So for the table, my pride and joy, like with most wedding stylists. Every tiny element of this table was meticulously picked. To start was the velvet runner, these runners are from my collection and available with all of our wedding styling packages. With so many cold harsh elements in the styling and such a raw venue I wanted to add luxury and softness and velvet was the obvious option. In a grey/silver colour it was still in keeping of the colour palette and was the perfect contrast for the table. I then rummaged my stock of candlesticks and tea lights, I chose to use my copper geometric, glass and collection of silver and grey tea lights. Our copper pipe candlesticks fit the design perfectly. Adding some luxury with glass candlesticks, these both had a mixture of grey taper candles.
Well any way I feel like I have waffled enough! Here is a collection of photos to hopefully inspire you for your wedding styling. If you are feeling overwhelmed or like you may need a pair of helping hands then give me a shout!
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All suppliers involved : PHOTOGRAPHER – KERRY, FLOWERS – SIAN, CAKE – KATE, DRESSES – BECCA, HAIR & MAKEUP – ROW, LIGHTING – PETER, CHAIRS – CHAIRMAN, PLANNING – MICHELLE, MODELS JENNY & HARRISON, VENUE – VICTORIA WAREHOUSE.
I have the most epic Beauty and the beast wedding styled shoot for you. This is not your typical disney version. Moody, decedant and oh so beautiful.
For me, styled shoots are a chance to get creative, push boundaries and show a little bit of my personality. For the beauty and the beast shoot, I wanted to be able to show that you can have a theme for your wedding. Without it being overpowering, tacky, full-on or cheap looking. Also, show that Disney doesn’t always have to be a pink pretty princess wedding!
It was more about the meaning of the fairy-tale rather than the Disney version. ‘Tale As Old As Time’ so of course number one on my list was to find the Old perfect building that had to have a library! Wow well I think we hit the jackpot when it came to Chetham School of Music. The oldest building in Manchester and wow what a library it has. I have mentioned this but I do love a unique building that is either full of character, history or has some raw natural beauty and this one was just full of all of this.
The next thing to include was the Rose of course, yes we can have a red roses in the flowers but come on a little obvious. We did a bit of searching and digging and I came across the most beautiful metal Roses, these are stunning! I think they would make perfect alternative to bridesmaid bouquets and then make the perfect present for your bridesmaids. Just imagine how beautiful they’re going to look walking down the aisle holding them! Go check them out!
I wanted to show the dark side of the fairy tale but also still hold the beauty behind the story .I chose do this with a lot of contrast which again is one of my favourite things. Yes we had dark linens but I chose rich velvet fabric. Dark moody flowers in abundance on the table adding an opulent feel, amazing as always for Kate. Finished off with soft chiffon runner and napkins. Then stone crockery and cut crystal glasses. Kind of like a mediaeval feast in ways, you can just imagine them sitting around the table like this full of food in the old days…… no just me?
Then for the cake area, designing a good cake area is so important to me. I knew I wanted a dark black cake (Lisa did a great job on this!) and something different for the set up. I has started to fall in love with the increasing food platters I saw popping up on Instagram and knew it would make the perfect addition the cake area! Little green platter are must at your next event! This carried on the idea of the feast feel from the table styling.
Beauty and the Beast is loving each other for who you are, deep soul love. Designing people’s weddings is all about finding the inner personality as a couple and why they love each other and then being able to tell that love story to all the guests. Marni captured all the design and the story of the day. they way she catches light, mood and moments in a picture is just incredible!
I also have to give a shout out to the amazing dress and stationery. It was like the dress was made for the shoot, we couldn’t have asked for anything more perfect from Legend Bridal! The stationery finished the design of perfectly, again it fit o well and Frain and Grain more than smashed the brief. Then the show stopper of the set up was the amazing chandelier, Peters Edison lights adorned with Spanish moss, so dreamy!
I would love to hear your thoughts below on this style, make sure you check out all the suppliers involved. If you are a creative couple planning a wedding in a unique venue full of character or a blank canvas venue, then get in touch and let’s chat about how we can make your vision come alive.
Hi and welcome to the new look blog for Zoey Louise design. Lets chat about my new wedding design and styling packages. I am a Manchester based event designer and stylist for creative couples and brands. Helping style conscious couples and brands tell their story through thoughtful design and styling. I am a Manchester based event designer and stylist but cover worldwide.
This blog is all about my new wedding services, who they are for and how they work! As my business has grown my passion for design and working closely with couples to truly showcase their personality and style within their wedding day has grown hugely. I am a true believer in following your passions and living a life you love! So my new packages are my version of this! I am offering packages that make my heart sing, that I know I can give my all to and I know my couples will truly value.
Because of this I will also be offering coordination. Mainly as this is something my couples have asked for (a lot) and I have always said no and recommended. Planning is not my thing, I personally believe there is a big difference between design and planning, but that’s for another blog I suppose! I always had assistants to help on bigger weddings but now I will offer planner assistants. They are planners themselves or have event planning experience and will take on all the logistical sides of the day. Leaving me to be creative and not get bogged down by spreadsheets!!!! To be fair I am pretty good with a spreadsheet, thank you maths degree! I just don’t enjoy them.
This is my most signature package. For my super organised stylish couples looking for support to bring their design ideas together. This is also great for couples who have a great coordinator already, whether that be from their venue or hired themselves. Most of the time though my couples are just super organised themselves! They know what they want, they have the spreadsheet, the to do lists all sorted. They just need some creative help bringing all their ideas toghter.
This is where I come in. This can be booked form before your venue and I am with you every step of the way. We get to know each other in our monthly meetings and this is how I can then design a perfect day truly reflective of you both. I am there to source all visual suppliers. I am their go to contact leaving you to enjoy the run up to your day. You have access to my styling toolkit, as I like to call it. This all my items that make a great foundation to build your personal design on top. We then get curating unique pieces to enhance the design and make it truly personal to you.
This is the all in one! The all inclusive as they say! Me and my planner assistant will help you plan, design and style every inch of your day, weekend or week wedding! This can start from a venue search or whatever stage you are at. Then we are with you every step of the way throughout your journey. We are there to hold your hand as little or as much as you want.
This is perfect for couples looking for the stress free way to planning their wedding. We spend the time getting to know you and what makes you special as a couple. Then we support you to build a dream team of suppliers. You have full control and we are there to guide and support and take over all the finer details you just don’t need to stress about.
A great event is well designed and effortlessly organised and with this package you get both. This is great for blank canvas venues or couples looking for all around support.
The new pick and mix! This is the perfect package for you super organised, creative and usually DIY couples. This package gives you access to my styling toolkit and on the day set up of mine and any other items sourced on the day. You get a design from us but with the focus on our items and any you will supply. I will be the lead designer and design your day but it could be set up by a styling assistant. This is really popular with our DIY couples! It is a great way to have a professionally designed day when you have a lower budget or you just want to do all the creative work yourself. If you are a DIY bride or groom then head over to our new DIY website all about design your own day.
This is the perfect extra piece of mind. Like with the main package this will be an assistant planner on the day. This is an add on option for my design or styling package. An on the day logistic assistant making sure every detail of the day runs smoothly!
You can take a proper look on my services page for the full details. If one of these packages sounds like just what you need then give me a shout I would love to discuss us working together to make some stylish magic happen. If you are a brand or just looking at hosting an event of any sort head to the next blog for the details.
Hi and welcome to the new look blog for Zoey Louise design. I am a Manchester-based event designer and stylist for creative couples and brands. Helping style-conscious couples and brands tell their story through thoughtful design and styling. I am a Manchester based designer and stylist but cover worldwide.
Eeeek! I love my new branding! Brand goals or what!!!!! I would love to hear your thoughts so leave me a comment below!
As you will know if you follow me anywhere else. My former name was bespoke events and styling. I never liked the name, I rushed to pick it and but little thought into it except that I wanted the word bespoke. Because I was, and still am, passionate about weddings or any event being personal and showcasing your authentic style!
Picking this new name was sooo hard! I just couldn’t decide! I kept going back to my name though! So, there you have it! Zoey Louise design it is! I honestly love it! Not sure Louise did trying to work with a Z and L with script font!
Now, this has been a long time coming. I have never really liked my branding and it was always a do for now sort of thing. If I am grateful for one thing in lockdown it has been the creative space to really nail my branding.
It’s funny as for me design is about creatively showing your personality in whatever it is you are designing. Telling yours or a story. I tell this to the couples and brands I work with! Here I am with cringeworthy branding and really not living by my own beliefs.
I am a control freak and it took me a while to pick someone, trust someone to do my brand how I want. Louise from fleurir online has been amazing! She got me straight away, got my ideal clients and understood my waffles, which is a hard task in itself! So here is my brand board, so gorgeous!
So, with the new brand come a small change in path. I have come to realise my passion is in the design and style of the wedding. I actually find it really hard to drop items off and walk away, weird I know but I just want to make sure they are placing and using them right! So going forward no more hire items only deign and styling. We will be offering coordination. This will be from one of my planning assistants though! As I know my strengths and timelines, spread sheets and not it! Well, a little lie, I can make a killer spreadsheet and excel sheet! Glad my maths degree comes in handy now and then! I just do not get the joy out of doing them.
The next blog will break down all my packages and how they work. I hope they are more streamlined and have been put together to make the planning process for couples as easy as possible. Also, I have a new website for all my DIY couples. I get so many requests asking about how to’s I thought a new venture/page made sense. Go check The event design toolkit out.
This blog is going to be more lifestyle. Sharing design hints and tips from all aspects of life. More about me, what I am up to. Lot’s of behind the scenes when weddings are back up and running! Also, for my brands following me there will be some business talk! Business is a big part of my lifestyle so would be unnatural to not share more of me and my life without the business chat. If you are a modern couple or brand and looking for help bringing toghter your next event then give me a shout. I love to chat all things design and always happy to jump on a call!