WEDDINGS

Real Life Bride: Danielle’s decor & details

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Morning lovelies! It’s time for our b.loved bride Danielle to share the next chapter in her wedding story, and this is the one I’ve been waiting for! Today she’s sharing inspiration behind all the pretty details – and believe me there are going to be lots! Here she is ~

Once our venue and photographer were booked I began focusing on the flowers and décor – I started out only knowing one thing, I only wanted white flowers.  I have no idea where it came from, but I love the classic and elegant look white flowers and greenery gives and it was this that became the starting point for everything that came after in terms of colours, stationery and décor.

the inspiration

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I began by browsing Pinterest and various wedding blogs, b.loved and South African blog SouthBound Bride being my favourites, and slowly looked at different ideas. Every time I saw something I liked I pinned it – without worrying at that stage how anything linked together. I did this for a good couple of months without putting myself any under pressure. When I stopped and looked at my Pinterest board as a whole there were some common themes; white flowers, succulents, the colour navy, travel themed ideas and chevrons.

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At this point it was slightly overwhelming to have so many different ideas!  I was left wondering how they would all come together to make a complete picture. Would it look bitty and disconnected? How would it all go together? This is where being a b.loved bride made my life a whole lot easier! Louise put together a look book for us which amazingly streamlined my ideas and put them into a cohesive story. I then used this as the basis to start thinking about each individual element. {See the inspiration board Louise created for me here}

the stationery

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For us, the invitations were where we needed to start. As we had decided to get married mid-week, we decided to skip save the dates and send out the invitations as soon as we could so that people had as much time as possible to save and book flights from South Africa as well as book annual leave. I remember not having a clue where to start, but I knew that I wanted the stationery to tie in with other décor on the day. I had decided that the navy chevron design was going to feature prominently in various aspects of the day, I liked the contemporary design of the chevron strips and decided navy was main colour of the wedding. So it naturally came together that I could incorporate the navy chevron design in to the invitations!

Louise put me in contact with Nikki from Knots & Kisses and I found Nikki already had a beautiful graphic collection. Nikki also offers the option for bespoke designs, so working with her I was able to take the chevron design and change the colour to navy. Along the way we made a few other changes to the drafts and Nikki made the whole process seamless. I can’t recommend Knots & Kisses highly enough! The invitations are beautiful and I got so many compliments when our guests received these!

the flowers

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Once the invitations were sorted I soon realised how important it was going to be to choose the best suppliers. It just makes the logistical side of things so much easier if you can relax and put your trust in them (especially when organising everything in the UK from South Africa!). This I found so true for choosing a florist. For me the flowers make up a big part of the look of the day and it was important to choose a florist who I felt ‘got’ the look I had in mind. I requested quotes from 3 florists for comparison and I gave all 3 the same information and pictures. This in summary was ‘white flowers with plenty of greenery, incorporating succulents with a contemporary look’ .  It was interesting an experience, with not everyone coming back with quotes that matched what I had described!!

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I decided to go with Liz from BlueSky Flowers who as it plays out, is part of the b.loved b.team. I had admired Liz’s work previously but above all, I felt the ideas and pictures that Liz showed me in her quote were exactly what I had in mind. I felt Liz immediately understood the look I want to achieve and I think she will probably make the flower better than I envisage. I can’t wait to see the flowers on the day!

the DIY

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As well as working with a great team of suppliers, we have had lots of help from our friends and family. It’s great to work with the professionals but having homemade and DIY touches along the way makes it more personal and we are so thankful we have so many people to help us. A close family friend is a horticulturalist, and he has offered to grow and pot succulents which we are giving as favours. My Dad’s partner Lynne is a amazing baker and we were so honoured when she offered to make our wedding cake. As well as that Lynne has carefully cut and glued over 80 flags for the place settings, and my godfather David – who is the most amazing calligrapher – has kindly added the names to all the flags too!

I’m so excited to see how all the details will come together on the big day, and I’m sure it will turn out even better than my Pinterest boards!

Danni xx

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Image Credits:
Chevron bow tie by Gideon Photography via Wedding Party // Chevron paper bags via Etsy // Chevron cake via Sweet & Saucy // Grey & navy bridal party by Steve Steinhardt via Style Me Pretty // Hydrangea bouquet by Olivia Griffin Photography via Elizabeth Anne Designs // Candle-lit aisle by Allison Reisz via Style Me Pretty // Chevron place setting by A Couple of Night Owls via Wedding Chicks // Chevron stationery by  Jennifer Dery via The Sweetest Occasion // White tablescape by Jilda G Photography via The Pretty Blog // Succulent decor by Jilda G Photography via The Pretty Blog // White & green floral arrangement by Jose Villa // Succulent & chevron place setting via Birds of a Feather Events // Stripe grey place setting by Christine Meintjes via The Pretty Blog // White summer bouquet by Polly Alexandre Photography via Style Me Pretty // Succulent favours by Simply Bloom Photography via Elizabeth Anne Designs // Floating succulent by erin hearts court via JL Designs

Louise

After a decade-long career in corporate interior design, I took a giant leap of faith, left the security of an office job, and founded B.LOVED in 2011 as a platform for romantic and beautiful wedding inspiration. Thanks to a whole lot of creativity, hard work and passion, my gamble paid off and B.LOVED became one of the leading wedding blogs in the UK.

You’ll also find me working as an Editorial Stylist, where I design and curate beautiful photoshoots for wedding and lifestyle brands, as well as contributing as a founding member of bridal inspiration hub Aisle Society, and running wedding industry community the B.LOVED Hive from our super pretty base in London. Yep, I definitely have the best job in the world.

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