Introducing our new guest blogger, Mirlah Thornley

Well hello there lovely people! I do hope you are well, I’m certainly feeling pretty great to be here writing for Tineke. My name is Mirlah and I’m the new guest blogger for the wonderful, ahem, Award Winning Tineke Floral Designs! I am a self-confessed bargain hunter with a passion for vintage and all things pretty. I’m also a bride-to-be with a love for colour and a nice cup o’tea (& cake!) Each month I hope to bring you inspiration, ideas and lots of prettiness to help plan and inspire your wedding day, new project or just to pass the time on your lunch break.

I’m so excited to get started of my first post for Tineke and I do hope you enjoy it. Today we’re taking inspiration from the nature and the forest, a little Midsummer Night’s Dream you might say. With the nights starting to draw in (I’m sorry to have to mention it) it seems the perfect time to recreate the magic of the woods, to look back on a wonderful summer and celebrate amongst twinkly lights, beautiful blooms and family and loved ones.

 

Colours and Floral Inspiration

The colour palette for midsummer really is beautiful. With earthy tones of deep purples, shades of green magically mixed together with delicate blush pinks and pastel shades. The palette for creating this look is striking yet pretty, bold yet understated and really sets the mood for a most enchanted affair.

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Getting the look

The feel of a midsummer dream inspired wedding is reminiscent of a fairytale, now of course, all weddings are magical, but this theme goes that little bit further. Think less Disney princess in a horse-drawn carriage more, elegant fairy drifting through an enchanted forest seeking her happily ever after.

This theme does lend itself to an outdoor affair, and by this, we’re talking woodland ceremonies, forest picnics and moonlit first dances, however that’s not to say you can’t recreate the look indoors. Using lots of texture and lighting you can bring the enchanted forest to any venue.

Hand crafted signs and rustic wooden trestle tables create the texture of the woodland. Use a mix of flowers and foliage to create fabulous centrepieces and team with mossy table runners to recreate the earthy tones of a forest floor.

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Image Credits:

Fairy Lights: via Bobka baby and bridal

Blush Dress: Elizabeth Messina via 100 Layer Cake

Table Setting: Julie Wilhite via Green wedding Shoes

Start collecting those jam jars and empty wine bottles and fill with and abundance of tea lights and golden candle sticks, this will look simply breathtaking when the light starts to fade and who doesn’t want to feast by candle light. Just remember to check with your venue whether candles are permitted, battery operated candles may be an option instead and strings of fairy lights will create the desired lighting effect.

Pops of colour like deep purples, pinks and a dash of metallics add interest and a little grandeur to your table and décor. Finally, add a wash of pastel shades to bring a touch and whimsy and femininity to the look, bringing the magical fairytale to life.

 

Image Credits:

Invitation: Oh so beautiful paper | Moss pendent Necklace: Kristen Booth via Love My Dress | Tablescape: via Bespoke Bride

Veil: Kristen Booth via Bridal Musings |Sparklers: Lamb & Lark via 100 Layer Cake | Lavender Cocktails: Brides Magazine

Fairy Bride: unknown | Moss Ring Box: Docuvitae via Lovely Bride | Floral Crown: Simply Sarah via Ruffled Blog

Now then, the dress! Of course, you’ll want to choose something that you feel comfortable and 100% FAB in but to really create the whimsical nature of this theme how about turning your head to an a-line silk chiffon beauty? Layers of soft tulle, flowing trains and a touch of sparkle are perfect for a magical forest inspired wedding. You could even opt for a non-traditional coloured wedding dress, soft pastels like pale blues and blush pinks would work wonderfully with a bouquet of deep jewel tones like purples, pinks and leafy greens. Take a look a designers like Claire Pettibone as a starting point. And just so you know, the wings are optional!

I’m a firm believer in the finer details and I’m just in love with the moss filled trinket box to hold the rings in, it’s just so delicate and not to mention practical too. There are bargains to be had at vintage fairs or boot sales up and down the country, have a little rummage and see what you can find.

Oh, let’s not to forget floral crowns, a personal favourite of mine. Who wouldn’t feel like a woodland princess in one of those beauties? You can keep it simple with a delicate crown of Gypsophila or add colour and size by adding in your favourite blooms!

Your photographer will be on hand to capture those magical moments and how about recreating that middle picture? What a photo opportunity! I believe it was created by using a long exposure. The couple stood very still and people ran around them with a sparkler, don’t hold me to that to though, do speak to your photographer and ask whether it’s possible. You could also opt for a sparkler send off or entrance. Using the sparklers as the favours, set a time for your guests to light up and form a tunnel for you to walk down! Pretty magical if you ask me!

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