SET­TING THE SCENE

Once you’ve set­tled on an event lo­ca­tion, let its beauty and sur­rounds set the tone for your style and dec­o­ra­tion.

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Let your venue in­form the tone of your day

Tak­ing in­spi­ra­tion from the sur­real sur­rounds of Cas­tle Hill’s grand lime­stone rocks – lo­cated be­tween Darfield and Arthur’s Pass in the South Is­land – stylist Fal­lon King from The Lit­tle Hire Com­pany cre­ated a dreamy scene to blend into the beau­ti­ful en­vi­ron­ment. “I’m orig­i­nally from the West Coast of the South Is­land, so by trav­el­ling be­tween coasts reg­u­larly I’ve passed this scenery too many times to count – it’s ma­jes­tic!” Fal­lon’s vi­sion (pic­tured on these pages) was for some­thing el­e­gant amongst a nat­u­ral and some­what rugged back­drop. “We brought in nat­u­ral and or­ganic el­e­ments – fo­liage, or­ganic linen, re­cy­cled pa­per, ham­mered hand- crafted jew­ellery – to con­trast with beau­ti­ful fab­rics, sil­ver­ware and crys­tal.” We love the warmth and cosi­ness of this win­ter styled shoot so much, that we asked her for some tips on pulling to­gether wed­ding themes for win­ter­time too.

HOW CAN BRIDES IN­CLUDE WIN­TER AS­PECTS INTO THEIR WED­DING STYLING?

Cosy out­door seat­ing with pic­nic bas­kets filled with blan­kets and wee hot wa­ter bot­tles for guests to feel super snug are per­fect. We also love fire pits and hot choco­late sta­tions where guests can make their own with dif­fer­ent flavoured cho­co­lates, marsh­mal­lows and cook­ies for that com­pul­sory dip!

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE ITEMS YOU OF­FER FOR HIRE THAT WILL MAKE A BIG IM­PACT ON THE MOOD OF A MO­MENT?

Good light­ing is a must. Even­ings get darker so much ear­lier dur­ing the cooler months – mak­ing for longer nights and oh- so ro­man­tic set­tings. Think vin­tage fes­toon light­ing (that work well both in­side and out­side), and can­dles at var­i­ous heights.

WHERE IS THE BEST PLACE TO START WHEN CON­SID­ER­ING WED­DING THEMES AND DÉ­COR?

Look­ing at im­agery is the best way to fig­ure out what you like and what you don’t (this goes for both wed­ding style and in­te­rior style). Next, con­tact a hire com­pany or stylist who can help nar­row down your style and will sug­gest op­tions and ideas to suit your bud­get. They will also of­fer so­lu­tions that you might not have thought of yet. Don’t over­look the set- up and pack- down time and lo­gis­tics; choos­ing a pro­fes­sional to take the reins in this de­part­ment means you can re­lax on the day know­ing that the styling is per­fect!

Dress to im­press In­dulge in bridal style for win­ter nup­tials; a form­fit­ting bodice cou­pled with lay­ers of tulle cre­ates vol­ume, warmth and in­ter­est.

Sweet treats Let your theme flow through­out all as­pects of your day by gift­ing your guests choco­late favours in your colour pal­ette – pretty and de­li­ciously good.

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