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Q. How did Hillfields Farm combine rustic barn décor with a modern twist in our 'get the look' special?
A. Hillfields Farm says: “Hillfields Farm is a hidden gem set in a beautiful rural location, utilising two adjoining barns full of character and charm. We used white and navy to match Hillfields' branding.” - Sarah
Q. How did you combine rustic barn décor with a modern twist in our 'get the look' special?
A. Sarah Jones says: The idea of the shoot was to show how you can have rustic barn décor with a modern edge, incorporating trending metallics and geometrics with beautiful blooms and vintage props such as barrels and old barn doors used for table tops. We used rich colours with high-contrast touches, utilising the barn's space and features to make sure every aspect of the shoot was highlighted.
I created a three-tier navy and gold geometric cake with a white contrasting flower.
Q. We're planning an autumn wedding, and we'd like our day to reflect the time of year – what do we need to keep in mind?
A. Audrey says: Autumn is a beautiful time to get married. As with planning any wedding, it is the details that matter most. First, pick a great location, and make sure it has both indoor and outdoor options, as the weather in autumn can be unpredictable. Have wellies and umbrellas available, as well as warm wraps in case the evening gets a little chilly.
Venues such as vineyards, converted barns and country manors are all perfect choices. Find picturesque grounds to capture the stunning autumnal colours, and choose a theme to complement the season. Rustic browns and rich reds all work great in this season, but also try to incorporate seasonal accessories. Toffee apple favours, pumpkin-inspired centrepieces, lanterns, hay bale seating – these are just a few ideas.
Audrey , Sapphire Weddings and Events
Q. My partner and I are having an autumn wedding as we've always loved this time of year, and we want our venue décor to reflect that – any suggestions?
A. Serena Honke says: Autumn is the perfect time of year for a riot of colour and texture for both flowers and foliage. Colours can range from soft, golden yellows through myriad tones of orange and red to deep shades of earthy browns, while a wide choice of texture adds to this eclectic look. For the more adventurous couple or individual, the use of fruits and vegetables can add another dimension to the décor choices. Try pumpkins (carved or plain) as flower or tea light containers, apples, peppers and fir cones for texture and willow branches for height. And why not create a warm, cosy and intimate atmosphere to your day by using lots of candles or fairylights within your design?
An autumnal theme works well in all types of setting. A country or barn venue can lend itself naturally to a more rustic style of autumnal theme, but the strength of the colour at this time of year can provide an intense and dramatic look that's well suited to a more modern environment. No matter what your style or look you would like to achieve for your special day, an autumnal theme will be a success.
Q. I've just seen the venue, and it's OK, but I don't feel there's much of us in it yet. Any suggestions for how we can make it more personal?
A. Anna Moores says: I feel that it is sometimes a great opportunity to start with a blank canvas. You can think about all the things that you like as a couple, as well as individually, and let your imagination go wild with a theme. For example, different styles like Art Deco, Gothic or fairytale – or even the groom's favourite football team. This theme could be incorporated into the table plan, place settings and even the wedding favours. The venue can be turned into anything you would like. You can push a theme as much or as little as you want throughout the day, especially if you seek professional support. My style of work is very country chic and suits a barn-style wedding, but then you can add bunting, props, etc. to any type of venue, to give it a more personal touch. One of the things I enjoy the most when creating my wedding stationery is making it work for the couple and making it original and bespoke. It is all about what you want, what you like regarding colour and style and the experience you want to share with your guests.
Q. We don't have any specific theme but are worried our barn venue needs a little extra something for our al fresco summer wedding – what would you suggest?
A. Linda Brooker says: Dress your tables with lots of wood blocks, bark-effect vases filled with pretty blooms, fluffy gypsophila and lots of wildlooking foliage for a rustic-chic look. Or you could go all woodland glam with centrepieces of mercury-toned vases in either silver, gold or copper, filled with pretty pastel blooms in shades of pink, pale peach or champagne, nestled in among wood bark log bases for a twist on the traditional rustic look.
Line your tables with pretty hessian and lace or take on rustic glam with some rose gold sequin table runners. Create a romantic atmosphere with fairylights, candles and lanterns – use lots of assorted candle holders, floating candles and tea light votives for a magical look. Add in colour with bright bunting, Chinese lanterns or pompoms suspended from the ceiling.
Floor-standing flower arches create a statement at the entrance or behind the top table. Large floorstanding vintage crates filled with wild flowers and candle lanterns are great scene-setters.