Reception Décor

The Wedding Collective | Decorations | Knot & Pop

Yay!! We are half way through the week and today the Knot & Pop ladies share their fun ideas for the decorations board in this ‘Around the World’ themed wedding.
I met Susie last summer as her and Claire were just embarking on the Knot & Pop journey. Since then this clever duo have created some seriously lust-worthy bespoke events and styled shoots, with fun, originality and creativity always at the heart of all they do!
 
Over to Knot & Pop to tell you more…
 
Drawing from the many lands that this couple will visit, we wanted to channel the sense of wanderlust and feature the wealth of local artisans within each country.
 
The Wedding Collective | One theme - Four collaborators | Whiter than White Weddings + Knot & Pop + Belle & Bunty + The Flower Drum | The Decs by Knot & Pop

Credits: 1. via Contemporist | 2. via The Lane | 3. Raj Tents | 4. Etsy | 5. via Ruffled | 6. Beads Paper Ink | 7. Etsy | 8. via 100 Layer Cake | 9. via The Lane | 10. Fig & Fauna | 11. Etsy | 12. via All Posters | 13. via 100 Layer Cake | 14. One Canoe Two | 15. Trading Phrases

 
A traditional style marquee, sides opened to the elements, and Moroccan lanterns casting a warm glow as if at sunset, sets the scene for the travel loving couple and their adventure ahead. For décor, we looked to Morocco for their tile-tastic finishings that appear as individual drinks coasters along table-tops, or grouped together to form the most visual of table centres. Clusters of potted plants and cacti dress tables, nodding to the arid desert-scapes of both Morocco and the Navajo region, with tapered candles and gold candle-sticks dotted across sociable banquet tables. Rich in texture, rugs line the ceremony aisle and sit beneath the sweet heart table, with lounge areas featuring low level rattan seating, in neutral shades of the purest white and straw, and the quintessential hammock for early morning slumbers.
 
Furthering the sense of local craft that each area is famed for, a backdrop of woven plates from South Africa form the photobooth back-drop with floral Balinese neck garlands, African masks and Indian head-dresses used as props for the fun photos. Escort cards appear as zebra-like striped feathers, nettled into sand with a small tag with name and table attached to each. Feathers re-appear both as garlands draped across the marquee and as name cards, placed in the centre of Navajo print plates, with later dessert and cake served from banana leaves.
 
For favours, each guest receives an African beaded bracelet placed around a soft grey linen napkin, or an animal ornament of one of the many they’ll see on their travels. The guest book cements the sense of their journey ahead with an antique globe painted, and a calligraphed message for guests to ‘Wish The Couple Well On Their Life-Long Adventure Together’.
 
Just too many lovely ideas, if only our English weather would play ball so we could all dine beside the beach to a beautiful coral sunset backdrop! To see more pretty from Knot & Pop check out their lovely site!

Tomorrow, the amazing Sydney based florist Holly from The Flower Drum has put together a floral explosion of loveliness in her flower board – see you then!
Mrs White x

Introducing The Wedding Collective

I am super excited to share with you today (drum roll please)… ‘The Wedding Collective.’ An inspiring team of collaborators put together especially for you by Whiter than White and wedding planners, Knot & Pop. As you may well know, we love nothing more than a beautifully collated mood board to inspire your celebration and it got us thinking, lets gather a rather special team to showcase the very best of a theme and the most creative of wedding concepts. We took one fun idea and asked a collective of four talented collaborators to each compile a mood board putting their own spin and signature style on things. Including everything from flowers and fashion to decorations and stationery, we’ve got it all covered.  
 
The Wedding Collective | One theme - Four collaborators | Whiter than White Weddings - Knot & Pop - Belle & Bunty - The Flower Drum  

The Wedding Collective includes wow wedding dress designers Belle & Bunty, flower goddess The Flower Drum, event designers, Knot & Pop and Whiter Than White Weddings.
 
We are kicking things off today with a ‘Scene Setter’ mood board, colour palette and story collated by Knot & Pop and yours truly. Every day throughout this week, each of the collective will be sharing their own interpretation of the theme across their own mood board, providing you with lots of interesting and intriguing inspiration to explore. The super stylish girls from Belle & Bunty have the fashion side of things covered tomorrow with their dress board followed by Susie and Claire from Knot & Pop decking out the decorations board on Wednesday. We are then heading on over to Australia for a floral explosion from Holly at The Flower Drum before concluding on Friday with lots of paper prettiness in my Stationery board. Let me tell you, you’re in for a treat as these mood boards are super gorgeous!
 
So, what’s the theme?
We’re all longing for a bit of sunshine right? Well, on this imaginary couple’s Around the World trip, that’s exactly what we get. The theme is set around the couple themselves; uber cultured and with a love of travel, they have long dreamed of taking a sabbatical from work and what better time than after their wedding, when they can embark on the most ultimate of honeymoon’s – a trip Around the World taking in some of their most lust worthy locations. With this life-long dream that they’re now sharing together, we wanted to theme the wedding based upon this exciting adventure.
 
Theme: Around the World Wedding
The wanderlust couple have their sights set on lands full of culture, scenic beauty, delicious local foods and endless explorations. Starting in Morocco where their senses will be set alive with the busy markets – the smell of exotic spices igniting the senses, the Moorish architecture and the beautiful traditional mosaic tiles. Vibrant colours reminiscent of an African sunset pervade the colour palette as burnt oranges and rich reds mix with golden hues and sea aquas. From the tip of Africa to the toe, the couple continue to South Africa for a Safari. Their love of animals take them to a park for endangered species, where they stay with the sanctuary in Safari tents under the vast South African sky and stars. After South Africa a flight to Bali to see the undulating rice paddies of Ubud and relax at a yoga retreat. A time to unwind, Bali will be spent immersed in the unique Balinese local culture and the Hindu rituals. The famed wood carvings and gold and silver crafts on the region will also be sampled, with visits to local artisans to see the hand-crafting. The final destination will be America to see the sights of the Navajo Nation to see the unparalleled beauty of the region, it’s historical monuments, tribal parks and intricate crafts. The bright light of Los Angeles then beckon, before flying back to England.
 
The scene is set and here it is, the first of five dreamy mood boards heading your way this week that have inspired all of our creative collaborators…
 
The Wedding Collective ! Scene Setter Moodboard | By Whiter than White Weddings & Knot & Pop

Credits: (From top left) 1: Tablescape | 2: Fairy lights | 3: Floral Motif | 4: Dress | 5: Chromogenic Print | 6: Black/ White Beading | 7: White Garland | 8: Rug | 9: Globe | 10: Spices

 
Make sure you pop by tomorrow to see the gorgeous fashion board from the lovely UK wedding dress designers Belle & Bunty. The journey begins… Mrs White x

Beautiful, Quaint Cornish Garden Wedding

I have a stunningly beautiful wedding to share with you today. Rebecca and Mark said ‘I do’ last Spring in rural Cornwall in the hopelessly quaint church of St Endonoc. It was a magical day, full of traditional values and was perfectly captured by the incredibly talented photographer Alan Law. The photos of Rebecca getting ready are so dreamy and utterly ethereal in her gorgeous dress and veil! I’m sure the couple will treasure these timeless images for many years to come! I just adore the beautiful floral arch outside the church and those bouquets…

 
Quaint Cornish Garden Wedding | Gorgeous wild flower arch | Rebecca & Mark | See more at Whiter than White Weddings
Quaint Cornish Garden Wedding | Rebecca & Mark | See more at Whiter than White Weddings

 
‘My dress was from Morgan Davies in North London. I knew it was the one because I instantly felt relaxed when I put it on. I wasn’t fiddling with it or trying to adjust any part of it, it just felt so right. I wore a full length veil with a lace trim, also from Morgan Davies. I loved it as much, if not more, than the dress! My hair was very simple; it was styled in a bun with daisies in (my second name is Daisy!).’

 
Quaint Cornish Wedding | Rebecca & Mark | See more at Whiter than White Weddings
Quaint Cornish Garden Wedding | Rebecca & Mark | See more at Whiter than White Weddings
Quaint Cornish Wedding at St Enodoc | Rebecca & Mark | See more at Whiter than White Weddings
Quaint Cornish Wedding at St Enodoc | Rebecca & Mark | See more at Whiter than White Weddings

 
‘The heel of my shoe got stuck in the grids right by the church and it took my four bridesmaids and my uncle to dislodge it. My bridesmaids were panicking but I was laughing; at that point I couldn’t have cared; I just wanted to see Mark and I was ready to walk down the aisle bare foot!’

 
Quaint Cornish Wedding at St Enodoc | Rebecca & Mark | See more at Whiter than White Weddings

Quaint Cornish Wedding at St Enodoc | Rebecca & Mark | See more at Whiter than White Weddings
Quaint Cornish Wedding at St Enodoc | Rebecca & Mark | See more at Whiter than White Weddings
Quaint Cornish Wedding at St Enodoc | Rebecca & Mark | See more at Whiter than White Weddings
Quaint Cornish Wedding at St Enodoc | Rebecca & Mark | See more at Whiter than White Weddings
Quaint Cornish Wedding at St Enodoc | Rebecca & Mark | See more at Whiter than White Weddings
Quaint Cornish Wedding at St Enodoc | Rebecca & Mark | See more at Whiter than White Weddings
Quaint Cornish Wedding at St Enodoc | Rebecca & Mark | See more at Whiter than White Weddings
 
THE CAKE: ‘Fee Turner made us a tier of chocolate brownies which she decorated with flowers -it looked amazing!’
 
Quaint Cornish Wedding | Incredible chocolate & flower cake!| See more at Whiter than White Weddings
Quaint Cornish Wedding at St Enodoc | Rebecca & Mark | See more at Whiter than White Weddings
Quaint Cornish Wedding at St Enodoc | Rebecca & Mark | See more at Whiter than White Weddings
Quaint Cornish Wedding at St Enodoc | Rebecca & Mark | See more at Whiter than White Weddings
Quaint Cornish Wedding at St Enodoc | Rebecca & Mark | See more at Whiter than White Weddings
Quaint Cornish Wedding at St Enodoc | Rebecca & Mark | See more at Whiter than White Weddings
Quaint Cornish Wedding at St Enodoc | Rebecca & Mark | See more at Whiter than White Weddings

 
REBECCA & MARK
DATE: 11th May 2013

GUESTS: 120

 
THE PROPOSAL: Mark proposed while we were on holiday in the Lake District. It had rained all day but as we were driving back to our hotel after a meal out, Mark suggested we stopped by the lake and had a walk. Initially I tried to dissuade him (we had eaten so much at dinner and I was hoping we could get straight back to the hotel so I could get into my pyjamas!) It was a beautiful evening; the sky had finally cleared and no one else was about. Right by the lake, he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. It was perfect. He had asked my Dad’s permission the week before too which was something that was very important to me.

 
THE VENUE: Mark and I are both quite traditional so a Church service was the obvious choice. We were married at St Enodoc, Trebetherick, Cornwall. My parents were married there (35 years ago) and I was christened there too!

Our reception was held at Trefelix (a private garden) a 2 minute walk from the church. We had hoped to have the marquee in the garden of my holiday house nearby but due to the slope of the garden, this wasn’t possible. I did however stay in my holiday house the week leading up to the wedding, wake up in it and get ready there so that was very special!

 
STYLE/ THEME: We were keen for a marquee rather than a hotel, barn or manor house because it meant we had control over the layout and general look and feel of it all. It made it more personal for us. We didn’t have a specific theme or style but we simply hoped to create a relaxed fun wedding with lots of good food and drink!

 
PHOTOGRAPHY: I found Alan Law online and he was coincidentally also the wedding photographer for a friend of my brothers the very weekend I spotted him online. He was brilliant; so unobtrusive on the day. The photos were beautiful; we have so many framed!

 
HAIR: I had a family friend do my hair. Fortunately she is a hair dresser so knew what she was doing! Initially I didn’t know how I wanted to have my hair styled but she was great at giving me ideas. I normally always wear my hair down so I was a bit apprehensive about having it up. However after careful consideration I decided it was probably wise to have it up as the Cornish wind has a way of messing your hair up very quickly! I loved the final result and think (or hope!) it gave me the classic look I wanted.

 
THE FLOWERS:  I wanted classic, pretty flowers including bluebells and daisies rather than anything extravagant. Fiona Hammond was recommended to us and she completely understood the look we were after.

 
DECOR + DETAILS: Mark and I wrote personal messages to each of our guests and these were also used as their name places and wedding favors. They took a long time to do but it was our way of thanking each and every guest for being a part of our day. Each table was named after a beach in Cornwall (Mark grew up in South Cornwall so he chose the beaches he grew up on, in and around there and I chose beaches I spent most of my summer holidays on, in North Cornwall) We printed pictures of each of the beaches on one side of the card and the name of the beach on the other side.
 
FIRST DANCE: Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton.
 
THE ENTERTAINMENT: We had a band called Electric Planet. They were brilliant; so many people asked us how we found them.
 
CARRIAGES: Due to the church being on a slope and in the middle of a golf course, arriving in a vintage car wasn’t possible, so my uncle drove me in his 4×4. He put a cream ribbon across the bonnet of the car and it was really lovely being driven by him!
 
THE HONEYMOON: Isle of Skye – it’s one of the most beautiful places!
 
MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT: Most of the morning rushed by in a blur but I do remember standing in front of the mirror, after my Mum and all the bridesmaids had left for the church, waiting for my Dad. It was such a surreal moment; I felt like a little girl and yet I was about to walk down the aisle – such a grown up thing to do! I remember feeling really excited and emotional as my Dad called from the landing if he could come in. I started faffing with my veil, telling myself not to cry. It was such a special moment between the two of us and I will remember it forever. I also remember when I first saw Mark’s face as I walked down the aisle; he looked so happy and I couldn’t wait to stand next to him and say our vows!
 
OUR TOP TIPS: Just enjoy it, the day goes by so quickly! There probably will be a few things which go wrong in the lead up (the weather in the days before our Wedding was awful; strong winds and rain which resulted in our marquee blowing away the day before the wedding! Luckily the marquee team managed to get a new one and put it up in time!).

Also, don’t lose sight of what the Wedding is all about; marrying the man you love.

 

CREDIT ROLL…

Photography: Alan Law Photography | Church: St Enodoc | Venue: Trefelix  | Florist: Fiona Hammond  | Dress: Morgan Davies  | Groom: Moss Bros | Bridesmaids: Coast  | Catering & Cake: Fee Turner Catering | Entertainment: Electric Planet

 

Such a pretty day and so charming!! Congratulations to Rebecca & Mark, wishing you every happiness and thanks for sharing your special day with us!

Don’t you just love the shots of the guests walking on the hill at sunset too?! A huge thank you to Alan Law for sharing the beautiful images and congratulations on your recent award of ‘Best Reportage Wedding Photographer 2013′ too – very well deserved!

Love, Mrs White x

 

Gold and Garnet Decadence

Happy New Year!!! Hope you all had a smashing evening celebrating. Thanks so much for all of your support, feedback, and comments over the past year. I really am so grateful and wish you all a year ahead filled with love, happiness and health. We have some exciting plans for 2014 here at Whiter than White and I look forward to sharing more ideas and inspiration with you over the coming months. Lets kick things off with some dreamy and decadent gold and garnet inspiration. Golden hues, sparkles, champagne and the deepest and darkest burgundy blooms…

 
Gold & Garnet Decadence | Whiter than White Weddings

Credits: Top left to bottom right 1. Truro Fabrics | 2. Photo: Miguel Varona | 3. Odessa May Society | 4. via HellAnne | 5. Susie Tsang | 6. via Fos

 
Gold & Garnet Decadence | Whiter than White Weddings

Credits: Top left to bottom right 1. Houzz | 2. Photo: Kari Herer | 3. Eye Poetry | 4. via Wedding Chicks | 5. via 199 | 6. Zuhair Murad

 
Gold & Garnet Decadence | Whiter than White Weddings

Credits: 1. via DavaDip | 2. 100 layer cake | 3. via Decor Pad | 4. Andreas Lagos

 
Gold & Garnet Decadence | Whiter than White Weddings

Credits: Top left to bottom right 1. Jose Villa | 2. Jenny Packham | 3. via OneFabDay | 4. via Poise Boston | 5. Shannas Creations | 6. BrideBop | 7. Photo: Trent Bailey

 
A very Happy New Year from Mrs White x

Antique Wedding Props | Hélène Millot

One of the highlights of running this blog is coming across amazing new companies that offer something new and refreshing to the industry! I was particularly interested in new antique tableware and furniture hire company Hélène Millot Furnishings as I searched high and low to find antique props as gorgeous as these to no avail when planning my own wedding! I found it was relatively easy to find vintage china, vases, bunting and tables but really hard to find more unusual antique items such as the exquisite gold and silver cutlery, silver goblets and linens! You can even hire a taxidermy deer head or an old wooden boat to fill with ice and bottles! I think it’s pretty damn special and if you’re after quirky and unique decoration ideas then you should most definitely take a look! I spoke with Katherine from Hélène Millot to find out a little more info about the amazing products and services she offers…
 
Antique Tableware from Helene Millot | Whiter than White Weddings

Antique Tableware to hire from Helene Millot
 
What is the inspiration behind the company?
There is a very simple answer to this question! Hélène Millot is my late maternal grandmother. She was a Parisian dressmaker and costumier. She lived in Paris until she was in her 20’s then moved to the UK where she settled and met my Grandfather.
When I got engaged in January this year, my mother told me that stored away in her garage were lots of my Grandmothers treasures that I could potentially use at my wedding. What I found were hundreds (and I mean hundreds!) of solid silver cutlery, antique crockery, French linen, wine & sherry glasses, silver napkin rings, silver goblets, silver wine coasters & placemats, silver tea sets, old typewriters, record players as well as antique French dining chairs, armchairs and coffee tables plus many more amazing items. (My grandmother lived until she was in her 90′s so you can imagine how old some of the items are now!) Some of the linen had been signed and stitched by Hélène Millot and I even have her old letterheads from when she was working as a dressmaker. One of the trunks has a travel stamp from a trip to Paris -truly amazing!

So now we hire Hélène Millot Furnishings out to other brides who are looking to create a really special and unique setting at their wedding. Just a simple touch like using elegant cutlery, crockery and wine glasses can really enhance the beauty of wedding tables. It’s a small thing but can make a huge difference. We also hire to photographers and interiors stylists. I continually add to the collection, ensuring that all added items adhere to the style and elegance of the original Hélène Millot pieces.
 
Antique Tableware: Helene Millot | Whiter than White Weddings
 
Where do you seek your inspiration?
I have always been obsessed with anything old. Whether it’s from the 1980s or over 100 years old. This applies to most things whether it’s art, music, fashion or furniture. For me antiques hold so much beauty. We have a lot of French Limoge porcelain in the collection. The detailing on the plates is so amazing and all hand painted. You just don’t see this anymore what with mass production. I already mentioned the solid silver cutlery but each knife, fork & spoon are so ornate, you can’t help but marvel and wonder the history behind how they were made and who has used them over the years. Of course I am biased but in my opinion French antiques are the most elegant and inspirational!
 
Antique Tableware: Helene Millot | Whiter than White Weddings

Photo: Marie Wootton Photography

 
Are you able to source specific props/ items for clients?
Yes, absolutely. This is one of our services. We have a wealth of knowledge of antique fairs & flea markets all round Europe. We always love to add to the collection so if a bride is looking for a specific item that we don’t have then we will do our utmost to find it.
 
Are brides able to buy the props from you outright or is your collection only available to hire?
Unfortunately not. We can’t part with many of the items as they have too much sentimental value!
 
Antique Tableware: Helene Millot | Whiter than White Weddings
Antique Tableware: Helene Millot | Whiter than White Weddings

Photo: Marie Wootton Photography

 
What is the typical price range for your props available to hire for weddings?
Our hire price ranges from £100 – £600 for a 48 hour period. If the items are needed for longer then this can be arranged.
 
What areas of the UK are you able to supply your beautiful antique props to?
London & East Anglia (and surrounding areas)
 
You have a showroom opening soon in London, will this be open to the public and what can we expect to find there?
We hope to open it next year. We will display all the amazing items so people can browse and see up close all the pieces that are available for hire. It will be open by appointment so I will be there to answer any questions.
 
You also have a showroom in Amsterdam. Do you hire props to brides in the Netherlands also?
Yes we do! Vintage styled weddings are getting big in the Netherlands. We also hire a lot to photographers & stylists there. Amsterdam is a very creative hub.
 
What beautiful items and such a lovely personal story behind the company. Wishing Katherine every success with her new venture. You can contact Katherine to find out more information about her ever growing collection of beautiful props here.
Mrs White x