I know summer is the season for weddings, but I have a real soft spot for winter weddings too. In winter it’s all about layering and texture, not just for fashion, but also when designing a tasteful luxe winter wedding that will be as cosy as it is chic. A little while ago I was invited to be part of a winter showcase that Oxfordshire wedding venue Caswell House ran. The idea was to show the barns in all their winter glory and inspire couples with ideas for creating a beautiful set up for a wintry wedding. There were two different themes: a frosted luxe look with a ceremony set-up, and a more traditional tablescape in rich jewel tones. I provided stationery and hand lettered details for both themes, and I’m excited to share the results with you today!
The first look was ‘frosted luxe’, using soft neutrals and silvery pastels. For the invitation suite, I decided to use my Blossom design, a romantic combination of blue and grey washes, geometric details, and watercolour florals. I love how adaptable the Blossom collection is, looking just as much at home when used as a winter wedding invitation suite as it does for a spring garden celebration.
The set-up for this theme consisted of ceremony decor and a cake table. For the ceremony, I created a fabric ceremony backdrop with the words ‘you are my today and all of my tomorrows’ printed on it in along with the bride and groom wedding names. I also made matching cotton rag vow books, tied together with hand dyed silk ribbon and wrapped in vellum to match the layers in the invitation suite. The signage was also created on cotton rag paper with silver leaf foil detailing to add an extra frosty touch!
The second theme was a more traditional reception set-up with a tablescape in rich berry reds and coppers. This is such an on-trend look for 2019 weddings, with jewel tones and copper making a really lovely, warm combination. The invitation suite I created to match this look used burgundy ink on cotton rag paper, tied together with a hand dyed silk ribbon. It looked like a bundle of love letters – so pretty!
For the table, I produced an acrylic calligraphy table number with a copper painted backing and a matching welcome sign which was placed at the entrance. As I mentioned, successful winter styling is all about texture, and the clear acrylic worked beautifully in contrast with the rich blocks of colour and shiny copper detailing. At each setting, a cotton rag calligraphy place setting tag with foil details and tassels was placed, as well as a cotton rag menu with a simple rose illustration to match the invitation suite.