When I was asked by the owners at Stockwith Mill to style the marquee ready for their September open day, I got very excited, as I already had some ideas in my back pocket for my next theme I wanted to bring to life but on a bigger scale. Knowing I had lots more space to play with than the last open day, the creative juices began to flow and I came up with the idea of creating a colourful tropical oasis inside. The colour palette I chose was a mixture of terracotta, yellow and dark green to add some fun. Here is my mood board which was my starting point for the whole design.
Concept of Design | Styling | Props | Plants | Stationery
Welcome to Paradise
Creating a sense of excitement and a warm welcome as couples entered the marquee to inspire their vision for having an outdoor wedding, was my main goal.
A collection of tropical plants greeted the guests at the entrance to help transport them to an oasis. Tall tropical plants from my collection were included to help decorate the large space. I created this fun chalkboard design with lots of leaf drawings to compliment the theme.
My design choices were led by my hanging ceiling installation that I wanted to create over the seating area, which included a statement piece filled with big tropical leaves and greenery & dark green draping, complete with disco balls for a fun vibe.
In a marquee this size, I knew I had to bring in large decor, so I included my new Tropical Greenery Wall into the design complete with handmade wording 'wild about you'
in copper to compliment the theme and to bring it alive. The perfect opportunity to snap some fun photos of your guests.
I always consider all the details, making sure everything is thought of to tie in with the theme.
The wall of white in the marquee behind the top table needed livening up, so I created this large backdrop with my wooden trellis planter frame
. Decorated with large fan palms, ferns and dried grasses, draping and a big disco ball
. Perfect for framing the happy couple on the head table.
The tablescape is always one of my favourite parts of the design to plan. To keep things fun I used my dark green chiffon runners, terracotta pots with tropical succlents and cactus's. Colourful glass vases and seagrass charger mats which helped keep things relaxed.
I also chose these fun tropical pattern leaf napkins to lift the design on each place setting and help the menu cards really pop off the plates.
When designing the table details, I felt I needed some more colour higher up, so I created these yellow name tags to sit on top of the wine glasses. They added a fun twist to name cards and looked like a tropical cocktail.
The table numbers sat proudly in my handmade wooden holders which you can hire here.
A fun mixture of fresh tropical grasses, fennel flowers and some dried florals looked the part in my coloured glass vases.
I wanted show how versatile my metal display frame is, by adding lengths of colourful ribbon with table plan cards on for a fun look. It helped to create some movement as the breeze caught them. I added wooden crates full of lush plants at the base to keep in with the theme.
I also created a fun dried floral floor arrangement to sit next to the cake stand to help frame it. With palm leaves, grasses and disco balls. The rust table runner really helped show off the cake colours.
I was so pleased with how my Tropical Oasis had turned out and there was lots of lovely compliments from guests who had come for a viewing. If this is your vibe and you would love to work with me in someway on your wedding, whether it be styling, prop hire, stationery, or dried florals, I would love it if you get in touch.
You can take a closer look at all the props that featured on this open day in the prop catalogue here >>
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