So here I am finally writing the first blog for the Invicta Weddings site. Stevie and I will be regularly blogging about things that we love, Kentish wedding inspiration and will also provide lots of tips and tools to help you in planning your wedding.
I have just come back from the Kent Wedding Show at Detling Showground and am very inspired so it seems a suitable place to start. I started Invicta Weddings last year then decided to take some extended leave to hang out with my toddler. Then I was tied up with some venue consultancy which has only just finished (more about that another time!) so the wedding show seemed like a good place to re-set and get some new inspiration for 2017. And it was. It was so busy this year and there were so many interesting people to talk to. What a great day. I could go on forever about all the amazing different suppliers there today but I wanted to focus on new trends and what has inspired us at Invicta Weddings for the coming year.
Vintage and country chic have been a mainstay theme for a while now and it is great to see that the rustic feel is still there (I love that trend!) but it is becoming more earthy and fresh. I was inspired today by the use of the elements. It's real back to nature stuff and for a former city girl who now drags her wellies on every week to take her forest-loving toddler rambling in the countryside it gets my vote!
Styling inspiration of the day definitely went to The Creative Venue (www.thecreativevenue.co.uk) They had a stunning earthy table dressing using bold forest greens, burlap and lots of wood and greenery. Excuse the fuzzy phone picture! It was funny because I started chatting to the stylist about it and she told me that someone had suggested that it was possibly too green. TOO GREEN?? Nooooo!! It was just perfect. So earthy.
After that I was soon transfixed by the handmade gold and silver jewellery by Muriel and Lily (www.murielandlily.co.uk) . Mary, a fairtrade goldsmith, actually makes it all at home in her studio at the bottom of her garden. Her pieces were stunning and each one was unique and had real soul to it. I loved that Mary not only makes beautiful jewellery (in her garden!!) but it is local and ethical too. Besides the amazing rings, Mary also makes stunning necklaces and other jewellery using delicate plant designs - cow parsley, wild rose leaf, lily pad to name but a few. Her peas in a pod collection is amazing and is definitely going on my Christmas list! I think Mary's organic pieces would make beautiful thank you gifts for the wedding party.
I had a brilliant chat with Karina from Simply Ceremonies UK (www.celebrant-uk.co.uk) about Druid ceremonies, handfastings and handtying rituals (did you know there was a difference?? I do now!). It's simply fascinating and is becoming so much more popular now in woodland settings. Karina showed me her selection of hand tying ribbons for handfasting ceremonies. Beautiful.
Before I continue I couldn't write about the wedding show and not mention the showstopping blossom tree from Big Day Prop Hire (www.bigdayprophire.co.uk) that was on display there. It. Was. Huge.
Continuing the ethical trend I was fascinated by the beautiful favours on display at the Empathy Action stand (www.empathyaction.org). Handcrafted in terracotta, soapstone, wire and beads they were not only a perfect addition to a rustic earthy wedding but were fairtrade and ethical too. So many different designs, each with their own story about the producers. The charity raises awareness of global deprivation and is all about increasing empathy. Isn't that what love is all about?
Lastly, no earthy elements wedding would be complete without a good old tent! I love a bell tent and often wistfully imagine having one to take on family camping trips (although to be honest, 'go camping' is actually on my bucket list so I think that tells you all you need to know!). There is nothing like a huddle of individual canvas bell tents for some wedding party glamping after the party and the tents from Honeybells tent hire(www.honeybells.co.uk) were both beautiful and affordable. For the party itself, I loved the enormous brown tipi tent outside the Wedding Show from MyTipiEvent (www.mytipievent.co.uk) and not just because they let you roast big marshmallows on the fire inside it -heaven! The tent was a refreshing change from the usual white marquee and had a really homely feel to it. Plus, it was stunning inside with the exposed centre poles and guy ropes and most importantly provided complete shelter from the cold wind today! The tipi had a great country look to it and I love that if you needed more space you can add more tents to it, creating your own (not so) mini tent village!
There was a lot of bright opulent glamour on display today and I loved the quiet contrast of the earthy trend at the show. I hope it really takes hold in the coming year.
After the show we stopped by Kent Life and then did some obligatory pumpkin picking ready for our first ever carving attempt! I now need to go and Google what to do with all that left over pumpkin...Happy Halloween everyone!