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Change the Canvas – Change the Look

At the beginning of June we were back at Aswanley celebrating the marriage of Vicki and Ewan.

Vicki came to me with a few thoughts on their wedding theme. Her colours were to include a navy blue but not through the more common solution of a navy sash but something a little more “statement”. To give an example – her flowers by Isla Duncan were to include an unusual white/ivory gerbera with a navy centre. So this was not going to be the “same old” response to a colour – not by any stretch. I love stepping “outside the box” so I was already excited to be part of my favourite kind of wedding.

Enter our gorgeous navy linen. Now deep colours are still very much in the minority for weddings. Of course we see some stunning set ups by some truly fabulous event and wedding companies who, like me, are brave with colour. But white or ivory still wins out in the popularity stakes – well with so many hotels choosing white as their own linen it’s easy to see why if you are keeping to a budget. However, that’s where the lovely Aswanley and similar independent “DIY” venues really do offer so much more flexibility with your decor. If you have to fetch in linen anyway then it opens up a whole new world of linen and colour. Dare to be individual – it’s my mantra 🙂

Navy table linen wedding

Vicki herself was already decorating all kinds of jars with a collection of lace, hessian, pearl bands and bracelets and beautiful cameo brooches. In fact she brought a selection along to her first consultation to begin to see how her table might look. It was real mix of containers which Isla would then be filling with beautiful flowers. And they really were quite stunning! So the theme was already emerging – and it just so happens I have a collection of beautiful heritage lace style table runners. Not the usual commercial runners, but a purpose made, shaped, elegant cream runner which, when placed on a navy canvas, simply lifts the entire table to another level.

Finish the chiavari chair with a softer, floaty, but simple ivory organza drape and the ceremony and table was set.

Aswanley really is a beautiful venue with essentially four great spaces available for dressing (five if you include the wonderful arch entrance). Our couple love the paper globe trend just now – ivory is often used for the ceremonies, but imagine those interspersed with lace ones too? Yummy.

Colourful paper globes

And finally the dance floor just cries out for colour – and colour we gave it through a slightly brighter blue globe, ivory to soften and then pale pink to draw out the pink colours in the flowers. All in all the effect captured our couple to a tee!

After the ceremony, the wedding party and guests were treated to a first class meal catered by Country Flavours of Alford.

As always I leave the final words to our lovely couple. “Thank you so much Marie! I can’t believe at one stage I had thought I could do everything myself. So glad of your help in making an already stunning venue look perfect. It was so strange this morning packing up everything and seeing it turn back into to a blank canvas once again. We had so many lovely comments about the table runners in particular”

Well it was our pleasure! Thank you for allowing me to share a few of your fab “before and after” shots. And we wish you both the happiest of futures as Mr and Mrs Lyle. Thank you for choosing Highland Occasions by Design to make your day extra special.



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Banffshire AB37 9DL

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