Sunday, 2 November 2008

Mood Montage: Sea Spray



I'm automatically drawn to deep, rich colours, so it's nice to create a montage with slightly softer shades this time. The colour scheme came to me through a book I'm reading called The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton, part of which is set on the coast of Cornwall. Using seaside shades from sand, pebbles and driftwood, this is an elegant montage which translates easily to any venue, but is perfect for a beach wedding...and it doesn't have to be summer either! It's all about the drama of sea spray and that crisp, fresh feeling of walking along the sands on a cold November morning...

Flowers and Decor...
At this time of year, you might just catch the end of the Hydrangeas which look incredible en masse, try a mixture of white and blue for billowy texture. Roses are always in season and are the classic choice, but for more of a coastal feel, fill out your displays with ferns and grasses or thistles. Make use of what nature has to offer-collect some of your local beach's finest pebbles and use them as place names by writing your guests names on them. If you're trying to cut down on floral centrepieces, then try a collection of driftwood with a selection of well places candles in the centre (be sure to check they don't catch alight though!)

Dress...
Jenny Packham creates the most beautiful, stunning bridal gowns using sheer, flowing fabrics and diamante detailing. What could be more perfect than this gorgeous creation, made for a real siren. The bridesmaids dresses mirror the neckline of the bride's and echo the blue of the sky. Scrummy!

Favours and Catering...
I'll be honest, I'm not a fan of favours at the best of times, generally because when I put them out at the start of the day they're still there at the end of the evening and have costed a fair bit in the process. The home-made route is fantastic if you can (jams and chutneys always get snapped up fast) or leave a small stick of rock on each place setting-everyone loves an edible favour!
As for the food, what do we do when we visit the coast? feast on fish and chips of course! It's a nice surprise to arrive and be served with fresh fish and chips in newspaper cones (honestly-it is!) or if you'd like to be a little more reserved, a selection of seafood-oysters, prawns-you name it. Be a little adventurous with it!

Image Credits:

Top Row: Ice blue chiffon bridesmaids dress: Alvina Valenta Couture,  Soho stationery: Emily and Jo,   Wedding Dress : Jenny Packham at Brides
Bottom Row: Rose and Hydrangea bouquet: Brides,   Display of Stocks and Delphiniums: Scarlet and Violet, White on Blue cake: Makis Cakes

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