Afternoon lovely readers, I’ve been so excited about writing this post… ever since the event itself last week! About a month ago I was approached by The Matara Centre to help them come up with design concepts and style the main function room for a yummy food tasting event being held for all their 2012 brides & grooms.
If you don’t know the venue, it’s a stunning retreat in Kingscote, in the heart of the Cotswolds, and has a very spiritual feel to it. With lots of Asian influences, it has excellent eco-credentials and a real bohemian feel that so many couples are drawn towards. Couples can hold an outdoor ceremony at the venue in the cloistered courtyard, and for every couple who get a hitched there – a tree is planted in the grounds as a forever memory.
So naturally when I was first approached by the owner, I was delighted to offer my services and come up with some initial design concepts. They loved my ideas and so the wheels were set in motion! I was asked to come up with five different design concepts for separate tables, they needed to be completely different styles for individual tastes, but still representing the uniqueness of the venue – and also showing prospective couples that the sky really is the limit when it comes to realising their own design dreams. Many couples visit the venue and fall in love, but struggle somewhat to create the main function room into their dream day. It’s quite a large and empty room, so there is lot’s of scope for creativity, but that is not always something that comes naturally to us all.
So… five themes were created to get the creative juices flowing: a warm pink and red moroccan theme, a glitzy starry night theme, a clean and modern orange and navy theme, a vintage peacock theme, and a fun and colourful “wedstival” theme inspired by Woodstock & Glastonbury.
Each table was to be dressed as per the themes, all inspired by elements of the venue itself, to be used as a starting point to carry the theme throughout a wedding day.
I’m going to stop talking and just show you the wonderful photo’s next,which were all taken by the AMAZING Marcus Ward from Bigeye Photography. I also want to say a massive thank you to all of the suppliers involved, all of whom I will mention again, pointing out their contributions: flowers by Flowercube, stationery by Invitable, props and decorations from Oasis Events, and favours and table decorations by Chocolate Apple Creations, Essentially Me, Something Borrowed Something Blue.
First up, the starry night theme, inspired by the gorgeous midnight blue starry ceiling of the main function room:
The next table is a warm pink and red Moroccan theme, which glowed beautifully later in the evening with the lanterns and tealights in Moroccan glasses. Rose petals were scattered and gorgeous favours provided by Essentially Me who made bespoke perfumes and mini bags of goodies:
Then there was the fabulous Music Festival themed table, with DIY cd favours which you can make yourself here, vintage green glass bottles, paper straws, DIY tin can holders, delicious swirly lollipops and pretty vintage table cloth material:
The next table is a bright and modern table with orange, green and navy accents, DIY plantable bulb favours were created by myself and you can make them too by following the instructions here.
And finally…. a gorgeous vintage peacock theme, with lots of sweet goodies for favours, vintage teacups and birdcages.
Of course since the day was a food tasting event for couples getting hitched at The Matara Centre, I thought I’d also share a few shots of some of their scrummy food!!
…and I can confirm that it was all absolutely DELISH! 🙂
In addition to the main tables I hung paper lanterns from the fabulous ceiling with ribbons and colourful bunting…
So are you planning a wedding at The Matara Centre? I’d love to hear about your own theme and design inspiration. Or send me your photo’s of one that’s already taken place, it may well be fabulously blogworthy.
Credits: photography, Bigeye Photography; flowers, Flowercube; stationery, invitable; venue, The Matara centre; favours, Chocolate Apple Creations, Essentially Me and Something Borrowed Something Blue; props, Oasis Events.