When Pantone announced their colour of the year as ‘Living Coral’ we were ecstatic. We LOVE helping create weddings that are a little bit different and knew this gorgeous warm colour would add a vibrant pop to any wedding day. However, if you like something a little less bold, blend with softer tones as well as gold and clear accents to add a soft and romantic touch to this lively colour palette.
As soon as ‘Living Coral’ had been announced, we knew instantly which venue we’d love to hold a photoshoot at… Penton Park Estate in Hampshire. With its stunning coral walls in the Grand Ballroom, we knew it would be the perfect choice. Olivia was straight to it, creating mood boards for how the day would piece together.
The day of the photoshoot started a little differently to normal however, with heavy snowfall sweeping across Hampshire threatening the day going ahead. Here at Not Your Average I Do, we don’t let anything stop us doing our job and we certainly weren’t going to let a bit (ok… a lot!) of snow stop us!
We donned our wellies and winter coats and begun unloading our van full of goodies.
Sophie, our lovely photographer from SMP Weddings made her way up to the house after abandoning her rear wheel drive car half way up the snowy driveway! Photography equipment in tow and we were ready to get started.
First up on the agenda was the gorgeous stairway with its sweeping staircase. The stunning trailing foliage and floral garland created by Lisa from Not Your Average Flowers would create timelessly romantic photographs as the bride makes her grand entrance.
The snow didn’t stop our determined cake maker, Nikki, from Nic’s Slice of Heaven joining us in Hampshire and we’re so relieved as we all got to head home with a bag of goodies! Our expert opinion is that her cakes are dangerous as they are overly delicious and may lead to you wanting more.
We thoroughly enjoyed creating a table design for her cakes which would create a stunning focal point for your wedding day. You can add pops of coral in the icing and decoration or by adding some of your bright flowers to a naked cake.
This photoshoot was the first time we got to use our Pinterest-worthy new cake stand, which comes with either a circular or hexagonal gold metal hoop.
You can use the hoop for your table plan instead (or as well as your cake stand!), making it a versatile prop which can be reused during the day to save you money.
Next, we moved into the Grand Ballroom to set up for the Wedding Breakfast. The stunning coral room is a feature in itself. Complement the rooms bold colour with gentle touches of gold and clear accents alongside varying tones of coral to create an elegant look.
Lisa, head florist for Not Your Average Flowers, created a stunning focal point on the fireplace. The key at any venue is to complement the room rather than try and work against it. The foliage, twisted willow and floral accents work perfectly with the antique wallpaper.
Lisa takes inspiration from her previous careers and interests in interiors, fashion, art and architecture which is reflected in her work and keeps her style fresh and original. We love this deconstructed floral arch installation she created on our poles for the backdrop of the top table.
We enjoyed tweaking our styling to present how many of our props can work in the same setting. Take for example our table centre stands. We experimented with both our short and tall acrylic and gold stands. The acrylic tall stands are barely noticeable allowing for uninterrupted photographs (which Sophie said was a dream!) and no restrictions for guests talking around a round table. Which is your favourite?
With over 4 years in the wedding industry, we have a wealth of incredible suppliers that we work with who help us to complete the dream finished look that either we or our couples design in our minds. Tables, Chiavari chairs with seat pads, tablecloths and napkins were provided by our good friends at Co-Ordination Catering Hire.
Duchess and Butler are a luxury tablescape and event décor company based in London who provided us with their vintage blush glassware collection and gold rimmed charger plates which added a touch of texture and colour without overbearing the coral theme.
All the elegant calligraphy stationery pieces were provided by Grey and Copper. Isn’t there something special about seeing your name written so beautifully? Am I the only one who takes all my place names home from weddings? That’s the only favour I need!
Orla and James provided us with their bang on trend acrylic table numbers and place names which looked stunning with the clear glass charger plates. Watch this space – more acrylic stationery coming soon!
A trend we predicted for 2019 in our blog Five Trends for 2019 weddings was having a personalised scent for your wedding day, and we weren’t wrong. It’s National Fragrance Week this week (18th-24th March 2019) and we thought we’d showcase a fabulous local company, Parkminster Products. They’re located opposite our Wedding Warehouse so you can drop in for a meeting with them after visiting us! They can provide you with personalised wedding candles for your big day. Either opt for candle table centrepieces to scent-your-day or create favours for your guests.
Lastly, we just want to say a massive thank you to all our incredible suppliers who all helped to bring this gorgeous Pantone Coral Photoshoot together despite the heavy snow threatening to cancel our plans. We couldn’t do this without you all!
By Becky, Head Stylist at Not Your Average I Do
Styling and Photoshoot Planning by Not Your Average I Do
Foliage and Florals by Not Your Average Flowers
Venue Penton Park
Photography by SMP Weddings
Cakes by Nic’s Slice of Heaven
Furniture and Linen by Co-Ordination Catering Hire
Tableware by Duchess and Butler
Calligraphy Stationery by Grey and Copper
Acrylic Stationery by Orla and James
Personalised Candles by Parkminster Products