Our wedding venue's many, erm, challenges means everyone involved has their work seriously cut out. Converting a back yard into a pretty wedding space isn't easy in the simplest of cases, but I want the space - fire escapes, garages and all - to be transformed into a veritable urban garden.
I wanted it to be something different, but real; pretty, but certainly not too contrived. Definitely easier said than done, I realise.
Luckily, I've got the best team in place to make this a reality. Whilst at Brides The Show I met plenty of amazing suppliers I'm now working with to make my dream venue transformation a reality.
Stylist Louise Beukes has this amazing ability recreate the visions in my head (not easily described, let me tell you) into flawless moodboards just like that. Having Louise there makes me confident that the space will look amazing come rain or come sunshine. Plus, she's able to manage everyone involved; a major bonus.
Another little gem I've discovered: Belle Boo and Beau, who will provide lots of amazing lighting - from the festoon to the fairy variety - and I will be hiring some of their wonderful selection of props, too. I can't tell you the number of things I've found among their repertoire that I never knew I even needed (in a good way!) Baskets of blankets? Yes, please. Decorative trunks? A must at all weddings, as far as I'm concerned.
The wonderful Penny at The Little Lending Company has everything I need to add the wow factor; finishing touches will come from her. She has everything from tin containers to milk bottles - each piece unique and eclectic, which I love.
A client of ours (a bride who had her maids dressed in Maids To Measure) went on to set up a company after her own wedding, Pumpkin Events, and has all the important bits I nearly forgot about - including crockery. Following our grey- and white-themed décor, we've chosen beaded charger plates, beautiful cutlery and silver-trimmed glasses. They are all being sent directly to the venue too, so that's one less thing to worry about.
The temptation to go crazy with the beautiful offerings of Greige and The Wedding of my Dreams remains… but I will have to try to resist.
The biggest challenge of course is the space itself. Taking up that test is the Lewis Marquees team. It is a small, weird-shaped space to work with, and I make it even more challenging by confusing them with my endless demands. I feel for them, I do. But I basically don't want to it to look too much like a marquee, despite it being a marquee wedding… Is that too hard?
My florist, Bluesky Flowers, reassures me that any and all wires will be covered up with greenery, creating a magical and unique space in the end. I trust her inherently.
There is so much to do! So much to think about! It's all a tad exhausting… And you know what they say about 'all work and no play'… So I'm off my hen do this coming weekend. All décor, marquee and theme thoughts will be forgotten for at least one weekend! Wish me luck…