10 Effortlessly Elegant Ways To Style A Spring Wedding

10 Effortlessly Elegant Ways To Style A Spring Wedding

The dark, cold days are gradually being swapped with warmer, sunnier climates and an abundance of beautiful blooms, and we couldn’t be happier that Spring is almost upon us. The season signifies new beginnings, so it really is the perfect time to start your happily ever after. With that in mind, we’re taking a look at ten effortlessly elegant ways you can add some serious style to your Spring wedding celebration…

10 Effortlessly Elegant Ways To Style A Spring Wedding

All white wedding flowers are a timeless choice for your classic Spring wedding and they are guaranteed to look beautiful. From your bouquet to your centrepieces, opt for soft white roses, Lily of the Valley or tulips.

10 Effortlessly Elegant Ways To Style A Spring Wedding

Spring is all about flowers, so it makes sense to use lots of floral decorations throughout your big day. Floral archways can be used in lots of different ways throughout your Spring wedding. You can adorn the entrance of your wedding venue with an array of seasonal flowers or you can create a floral-inspired ceremony backdrop.

10 Effortlessly Elegant Ways To Style A Spring Wedding

Show your guests to their seats in style by creating a Spring wedding seating plan. Opt for a pretty pastel chart adorned with lots of pillow-soft posies, we suggest matching the flowers to the ones you’ve used in your bouquet.

10 Effortlessly Elegant Ways To Style A Spring Wedding

If you’re a fashion-forward bride, why not rock something a little different for your aisle style? A coloured gown in pale peach or pretty blush would look utterly gorgeous for a Spring wedding. A wedding dress adorned with 3D floral appliqué is one of the hottest 2018 bridal trends and it’s the perfect fit for a Spring soirée!

10 Effortlessly Elegant Ways To Style A Spring Wedding

Spoil your guests with a scrumptious Spring wedding dessert table! Make your wedding cake the main focus but treat your guests to an array of delicious delights such as cookies, cupcakes, macarons and more! Decorate your cake table with an assortment of flowers, table runners and candle sticks.

10 Effortlessly Elegant Ways To Style A Spring Wedding

We are simply besotted with the thought of an oversized bouquet brimming with seasonal blooms! The wild, natural look is totally on-trend and you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to picking your posies.

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Hanging installations are another wedding trend that we’re seriously loving and we think it’s a fabulous option for a Spring wedding centrepiece. Ask your florist to create a stunning floral installation and hang it above your wedding tables. Not only will it look gorgeous, it will also save you heaps of space on your tables too! Work in fairy lights or hanging candles for an extra special touch.

10 Effortlessly Elegant Ways To Style A Spring Wedding

Add a touch of Spring to your wedding ceremony by lining the aisle with some pretty floral and foliage decorations. The addition of blooms will be a nod towards the season and it’ll create a truly special place for you to tie the knot.

10 Effortlessly Elegant Ways To Style A Spring Wedding

Transform even the simplest of chairs with some wooden signage and floral décor! You could design some personalised signs to suit you both as a couple, they’d look fabulous as part of your home décor after the big day.

10 Effortlessly Elegant Ways To Style A Spring Wedding

Your team of ‘maids will look utterly divine in an array of pretty pastel gowns and they’ll adore embracing the mix and match trend. Opt for muted tones of pink, lilac, lemon and baby blue!

10 Effortlessly Elegant Ways To Style A Spring Wedding

If you’re in need of a wedding planner and venue stylist to help you pull off the perfect day, get in touch with Lily & Lavender today!

Image Credits: Image 1 by Amy and Jordan Photography / Image 2 by Lauren Albanese Photography / Image 3 by M & J Photos / Image 4 by Rachel Soloman Photography / Image 5 by Sweet Eventz / Image 6 by Naomi Kenton Photography / Image 7 by Arabella Smith Photography / Image 8 by Amy and Jordan Photography / Image 9 by Melissa Beattie Photography / Image 10 by Frances Sales Photography / Image 11 by Krystle Akin Photography

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10 Unusual Wedding Venues Around the UK

10 Unusual Wedding Venues Around the UK

Choosing your wedding venue is one of the most important aspects of wedding planning, it’s the moment that you can set the date, choose your theme and start imagining the best day of your life. Brides and grooms are now spoilt with so many incredible wedding venues to host their special day, so it’s no wonder that you’re feeling a little clueless as to where to start! Today we’re talking about 10 unusual and unique wedding venues in the UK. We’ve discovered a handful of incredible locations that are made for couples who are looking for something slightly different, where you can really express your personalities and love for one another. Let’s get stuck in and find out which wedding venues have made it onto our list…

Hidden Spring Vineyard

We’re looking forward to working with the team at Hidden Spring Vineyard in 2018 and this is a unique wedding venue that we think you’ll adore. Nestled in the heart of East Sussex, the vineyard provides a truly romantic backdrop for you to tie the knot.

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The Asylum Chapel

Steeped in history and bombed in WWII, The Asylum Chapel is an extraordinary project space in London. It offers flexibility, incredible backdrops for your photographs and an undeniable romance – what’s not to love?!

10 Unusual Wedding Venues Around the UK

Ace Hotel

Situated on Shoreditch High Street, Ace Hotel is the perfect match for the couple who want a dash of quirkiness on their wedding day. Filled with vintage furniture, striking artwork and tonnes of style, this is a fabulous wedding venue to host your big day.

10 Unusual Wedding Venues Around the UK

Elmore Court

The ‘Gillyflower’ at Elmore Court really does make this wedding venue stand out from the crowd. A recently renovated historical home, this is now a self-sustainable space with a naturally built marquee that will take your breath away.

10 Unusual Wedding Venues Around the UK

Pynes House

If you love the idea of being surrounded by history and romance on your wedding day, Pynes House is the venue for you! An exclusive-use country house surrounded by Devonshire countryside, the venue is said to be the inspiration for Barton Park in Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility. It’s the perfect location to transport your guests to a bygone era…

10 Unusual Wedding Venues Around the UK

Somerley House

For couples who want an ultra-luxurious wedding venue, we’d recommend Somerley House in Hampshire. This one-of-a-kind venue is hidden away in over 7,000 of lush countryside and it features the most magical walled garden you’ll ever see – just imagine all of those wedding photographs!

10 Unusual Wedding Venues Around the UK

St Giles House

Beautiful in any season, St Giles House is an inspiring family home with a number of stunning spaces for your special day. Timeless and romantic, this wedding venue in Wimborne will effortlessly capture your heart.

10 Unusual Wedding Venues Around the UK

Maunsel House

Maunsel House simply oozes charm and character. Hidden in the heart of Somerset, this family home adores being full of love, happiness and laughter, making it a wonderful choice for you to say ‘We Do’.

10 Unusual Wedding Venues Around the UK

Kew Gardens

Located on the bankers of the River Thames, Kew Gardens offers a botanical retreat from central London. Boasting over 30,000 different species of plants, this world-renowned setting offers an iconic and unforgettable setting for your celebrations. In fact, you’ll be spoilt with a number of striking spaces for both your ceremony and reception! From The Orangery to The Nash Conservatory, you can take your pick to find a place that is perfect for your nuptials.

10 Unusual Wedding Venues Around the UK

Wollaton Hall

From the very moment you arrive at Wollaton Hall, you will be amazed. From the Elizabethan architecture to its incredible surroundings, this wedding venue is guaranteed to wow you and your guests. Don’t forget, it was also featured in a recent Batman film!

10 Unusual Wedding Venues Around the UK

There are heaps of swoon-worthy wedding venues out there, so it’s important to take your time and find one that you feel is perfect for your big day. For more wedding inspiration, head over to the Lily & Lavender blog!

Image Credits: Hidden Spring Vineyard by Unknown / The Asylum Chapel by Eclection Photography / Ace Hotel by Yellowbird Photography / Elmore Court by Laura Power Photography / Pynes House by WOOKIE Photography / Somerley House by Kitty Wheeler Shaw Photography / St Giles House by Taylor & Porter Photography  / Maunsel House by McKinley Rogers Photography / Kew Gardens by Ali Paul Photography / Wollaton Hall by Ed Brown Photography

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The Predicted 2018 Wedding Trends

The Predicted 2018 Wedding Trends

As experienced wedding planners and event stylists, we are always keeping a close eye on the latest wedding trends, styles and ideas. With 2018 upon us, here is a round-up of the most anticipated wedding trends for the year ahead.

So let’s find out which wedding trends are going to be hot this coming season…

The Predicted 2018 Wedding Trends

Celestial Wedding Themes

If you haven’t heard about this trend, where have you been?! Couples are going to be going starry-eyed for a celestial wedding theme in 2018 and we can’t wait to see all of the magical wedding themes, decorations and details.

The Predicted 2018 Wedding Trends

Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2018

As you know, greenery was Pantone’s Colour of the Year for 2017, and it proved hugely popular among both couples and wedding suppliers. 2018 is all about ultra-violet, and we’re excited to see how brides and grooms embrace this colour-popping shade of purple.

The Predicted 2018 Wedding Trends

Creative Wedding Chairs

Gone are the days of traditional chair covers! Couples love getting creative with their chair decorations and we love seeing the impact they can have on the overall décor of a wedding venue. From ghost chairs adorned with foliage and greenery to rustic wooden chairs entwined with beautiful blooms, the options are endless.

The Predicted 2018 Wedding Trends

Unusual Wedding Venues

More and more couples are bidding goodbye to traditional wedding venues and are instead embracing unique spaces and locations, such as industrial warehouses, glass marquees and even greenhouses. These unusual settings are a great fit if you’re not a fan of a castle, hotel or barn wedding venue.

The Predicted 2018 Wedding Trends

Dusty Pink Colour Palettes

When it comes to predicted colour palette trends for 2018, it looks like dusty pink is set to stay in the spotlight. While blush pink has captured our hearts in the past, we adore this modern take on a classic shade of pink.

The Predicted 2018 Wedding Trends

Floral Archways

Floral archways are undeniably romantic, so it’s no wonder they will be set to make an even bigger appearance in 2018. From hanging floral installations to circular backdrops, a floral archway really does make an incredible place for you to say ‘We Do’ and it can transform any wedding venue.

The Predicted 2018 Wedding Trends

Bridal Fashion – 3D Florals

Speaking of flowers, you will find dresses adorned with 3D floral appliqué in 2018 and these gorgeous gowns are a fabulous and feminine way of making a fashion statement as you walk down the aisle.

The Predicted 2018 Wedding Trends

Bridal Fashion – Leather Jackets

Add a modern edge to your aisle style by rocking a leather jacket on your wedding day. Not only will it keep you nice and warm during the cooler months, it’ll look seriously stylish. We love the thought of personalising it with ‘Bride-To-Be’ or your newly-married name. The best news? You can wear it after the big day with a pair of jeans!

The Predicted 2018 Wedding Trends

Groom Fashion – Velvet

For the grooms out there, velvet jackets and suits are set to be the hottest groomswear trend of the year. Offering a dash of luxury, velvet suits are a great choice for the style-conscious groom. We recommend opting for jewel tones, such as emerald, navy and burgundy.

The Predicted 2018 Wedding Trends

The First Look

Brides and grooms are waving goodbye to old-age traditions and are instead embracing new ideas for their celebrations, and our favourite is definitely ‘the first look’. It gives you an opportunity to sneak five minutes together before the ceremony – it’s a moment you’ll cherish forever and your photographer will adore capturing it on camera.

The Predicted 2018 Wedding Trends

If you’re planning a 2018 wedding and you’re looking for a helping hand, do get in touch with Lily & Lavender here!

Image Credits: Image 1 by Rebecca Goddard Photography / Image 2 by Jessica Kettle Photography / Image 3 by Rebecca Goddard Photography / Image 4 by Sarah Kate Photography / Image 5 by Blaine Siesser Photography / Image 6 by Rebecca Goddard Photography / Image 7 by Lauren Fair Photography / Image 8 by Sweet Eventz Photography / Image 9 by Rashida Keenan Photography / Image 10 by S6 Photography / Image 11 by Sarah Joy Photography for Melissa Prosser Photography


Festive Wreath Making for the Holidays | Sussex Wreath Making Workshop

Lily and Lavender Events workshopChristmas wreaths really start to get you into the festive spirit and displaying one on your front door symbolises hospitality and gives you, as well as your friends and family a warm welcome. You can use flowers, foliage, leaves, twigs and trimmings to create your own design and here is the guide from Lily & Lavender, the Sussex based events planner to some of the greenery and decorations you can use to build your own fabulous wreaths.

Classic foliage includes holly, ivy, fresh pine branches and spruce, and other options include birch willow, dogwood and hazel. And of course, for some designs, you will need lots of moss.

A Traditional Wreath of Holly and Ivy

Traditional wreaths can be made with holly (Ilex aquifolium) and ivy (Hedera). The glossy, shiny oval holly leaves will look glorious on their own or why not choose sprigs with their rich scarlet berries. Holly is an evergreen so it keeps green throughout the year and can be found in woodlands and hedgerows. Did you know that holly is dioecious which means there are separate male and female plants and the male plants cannot produce berries? There are several variants including variegated, which can be green and white or green and yellow and some even have yellow berries.

Ivy has dense dark green glossy leaves with pale veins and so is perfect for wreath building and in winter has black berries. Cultivated varieties of ivy are often variegated with yellow, cream and white.

Pine and Spruce

Fresh pine and spruce branches are available in a variety of shades of green from luxurious dark green to lighter hues and of course the blue spruce with its distinctive greenish-silvery-blue foliage. Pine cones come in all shapes and sizes and are perfect for adding to wreaths and they can be scented by adding fragrant oils such as cinnamon, which is probably the most popular although you can use any scented essential oil, such as apple, orange, nutmeg or peppermint.


Ideas include ribbons and bows, cinnamon sticks, pinecones, berries and dried apple or orange slices. You could also think about spices such as rosemary sprigs and bay leaves to generate scents and aromas. Other interesting additions for colour and fragrance include red chillies, black peppercorns, juniper, eucalyptus, dried roses, crab apples and of course one of our absolute favourites, lavender.

Festive ornaments can add further colours in the form of round balls or bells and why not add some glitter to give sparkle. Colourful sprays will add shimmer as well as also extending the wreath’s life.

Make Your Wreaths In Early December

Did you know that wreaths when placed outdoors could last as long as 4 to 5 weeks? So late November or early December is a great time for making your festive wreaths.

Here at Lily & Lavender, we believe that there really isn’t anything quite like a freshly made wreath complete with the scents and foliage of the festive season. So why not join Carol on one of her festive wreath making workshops?

Wreath Making Workshops

Lily & Lavender is running Wreath Making workshops where you will learn how to create your own wreaths, which will look absolutely amazing when your friends and family visit you and they will also make great presents. The workshops are interactive and fun and will be taking place on Thursday 7th, Friday 8th and Saturday 9th December from 11am to 2pm in Cross in Hand, East Sussex.

To book and to find out more about these fabulous workshops go to the Lily & Lavender Facebook events page at https://www.facebook.com/events/239774303215403??ti=ia or email Carol at events@lilyandlavender.com.

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Focus on Makeup | With Makeup Artist, Hazel George

“Makeup can help you capture a moment”
Carine Roitfeld

Today on the blog we are featuring the amazingly talented and lovely makeup artist, Hazel George. She knows how to make a woman look naturally beautiful by using her fairy dust and, most importantly, works her magic on all types of skin tones.

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We had the chance to delve into Hazel’s story and to also get some insight into her process and useful makeup tips. (Full disclosure – Hazel made me look like a goddess for my wedding (see below) so yes, she’s that good!)

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L&L: Tell us about what set you on the path to becoming a makeup artist?

Growing up I always enjoyed art & crafts, painting, drawing, sewing and creating jewellery and many things by hand. I became an independent beauty consultant with Mary Kay Cosmetics 8 years ago and in my second year I entered a makeover challenge and won first prize out of all the entrants in the U.K. During that time I started receiving enquiries about Bridal makeup and makeup for special occasions from my circle of friends, family and beauty clients. This helped me realise that makeup artistry was my calling and pushed me to seek the necessary training I needed to continue to have my creative outlet and do what I love so I took time off my day job and attended a makeup course at the London School of Beauty.

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L&L: What brand(s) of makeup do you use? What happens if the bride has a preference?

I have some favourite standard, as well as specialized, products that I like working with, that suit all skin tones well, so my initial recommendations are made based on that. However, I am familiar with, experienced and capable of using a wide variety of cosmetic brands in an expert manner. My ultimate aim is to ensure that the Bride’s ideas and preferences are prioritized to achieve an amazing, timeless look.

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L&L: How long do you typically take per person?

About 30 to 40 minutes for each person on average (Bridesmaids, Mothers and other special ladies), but on sets where a large number of people are involved, I have worked at a faster pace.  For the Bride, an allowance of about an hour is ideal for general skin prepping, corrective measures, blending, contouring and facial feature enhancements, while taking into account the gown and head gear design, as well as overall style theme.

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L&L: When doing bridal makeup, what do you do to ‘connect’ with your bride before the big day?

Usually, we get to know each other by chatting over the phone and via email. I ask Brides to compile and provide images of bridal makeup looks they admire, elaborating on what particularly appeals to them, so that I can begin to make notes and plan on how I will refer to those pictures as a guide in a way that is realistically suitable to the individual concerned. I tend to meet most of my bridal clients, for the first time in person, when we have the trial which is arranged to take place 8 to 12 weeks before the actual wedding date. I always suggest this is scheduled to happen in the morning for 2 reasons; firstly so that we have natural lighting which is very important, and secondly so that the Bride gets a chance to evaluate not only how it feels but also how long it lasts, which helps determine how long I may be needed to be available for on the actual day.

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We get better acquainted on the trial day, which starts off as a consultation. We go over the Bride’s skin type and skin care regime.  I learn more about a client’s makeup likes, dislikes and usual habits. Specific wedding look requirements such as; colour combinations, keeping it natural, being glamorous and even adding a bit of drama are discussed in advance, and considered when I apply the makeup. A trusted friend or relative is most welcome to attend the appointment, to give a second opinion on how the Bride looks.

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L&L: How does a bride keep her make-up fresh throughout the big day?

There are various methods that can be used to keep makeup looking perfect throughout the ceremony and reception, depending on application techniques, appropriate water-proof choices and long-lasting product selection. It’s necessary to take preventive measures to counter the effects hugs, kisses, tears and toasts could have on the Bride’s appearance.  A good primer is key – I read once in Vogue Beauty that ‘Primers do for your skin what lingerie does for your figure – they smooth, flatter, conceal and hold things in place, so that everything you put on top of them looks immediately better’. I use foundation primer for a smooth and flawless finish, an eye primer for eye makeup and lip primer to stop the lipstick from feathering or bleeding. Primers are just one example of the options available to ensure a picture perfect wedding day.

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I never double book on a wedding day, so can be on standby to make emergency and periodic makeup touch ups that the Bride and her party may require. Alternatively, I can recommend and help pack a touch-up kit for application by the Bride herself or a designated Bridesmaid at a later stage. I will also give the necessary tips on how best to go about maintaining the desired look.

L&L: What are your top beauty do’s and don’ts for the bride before the big day?

  1.  Seek professional advice, from a beautician, on the timing of complimentary procedures such as tanning, application of false lashes, manicures, pedicures, shaping brows and removal of facial hair if applicable. Grooming and ideal appearance of exposed areas, depending on the design of the gown, such as the neck, décolletage, shoulders, back, arms and possibly covering tattoos, must also be discussed with a beautician and makeup artist, so that everything appears uniform and flawless.
  2. Never experiment with a new skincare routine, product or exfoliation treatment a few days before the wedding day. Taking such a risk may lead to an adverse reaction that may cause a breakout, redness, pain or inflammation.
  3. A Bride must also have a hairdo trial to gauge exactly how much time should be set aside by the hairdresser, no matter how simple or elaborate the style planned will be. On the wedding day, it’s common practice to start with the hair then finish with the makeup. It’s therefore very important to make sure that enough time is allocated for both the hairdresser and makeup artist, as rushing either or both, will compromise the overall quality of the Bride’s look.

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Thank you so much to Hazel for sharing her story and process.

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See more information and examples of Hazel’s gorgeous work here. 







Image credits: Images 1, 4, 5, 7 and 8 – Emma Harrel Photography / Image 2 – Alana Meyer Photography / Images 3, 6 and 9 – Daniela K Photography 

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