Oh don’t you love weddings at summertime when everything feels so colourful and bright? :)
Last Saturday, I got to assist the lovely Elisabetta (wedding planner extraordinaire and blogger of Linen & Silk Weddings) on my first ever ‘real wedding’ in London. Having only designed and styled our wedding, and assisted a couple of friends with theirs, this was an exciting chance to go behind the scenes and actually help set up on the very day of the wedding, of people I had no personal connection with! And, by working alongside Elisabetta again was not only fun but this time, it meant that I got to see the ‘big day’ through the eyes of a planner and coordinator; which for me, was incredibly invaluable having only ‘seen it’ as a bride or a wedding guest :) I got a great insight on how efficiently things need to run on the day….what is in essence, a military-style operation to ensure that the day ran as seamlessly as possible for the Bride and Groom and their families. It’s not an easy task (especially when you’re on the go for 10-12hours) and the reason why I appreciate wedding planners even more, because in all honesty….however much you plan and DIY, they are the glue that hold everything together on your special day! :)
Anyway, what I loved most about this funky East London summer wedding were all the unique and personal touches the couple added to their big day; from pinwheels to pom poms, alternative ‘records’ guestbooks to photo-backdrops, outdoor barbecues to ‘pick n mix’ sweet table…and much more. While it may not be to everyone’s style, it’s the going against all traditions and norms to turn a budget wedding into something truly special that I find most admirable. And as a DIY-er myself, I totally applaud the lengths they went to for that and was only too glad to have helped bring all those elements together on the day.
So on that note, here’s a few behind-the-scene photos I took that give you a teeny glimpse of the pinwheel backdrop I worked on (seriously – give me paper pinwheels ANY day and I’ll be one happy woman!!!) and a few other DIY elements I mentioned about.Pretty funky right?