As part of our #EventprofsAtoZ series we have lined up a number of guest bloggers to post on their area of expertise.
Today, we hear from Louise Bashforth, Founder of L27 Weddings and Events.
L27 is a creative event design studio, offering bespoke wedding and event planning and styling services. L27 create modern and stylish weddings and events which are personal, meaningful and memorable. From the studio in South London (and home in North Yorkshire) founder Lou, plans, designs and coordinates weddings and events across the country.
Nuptials, wedding, marriage, the best day of a couple’s lives… whatever you call it, it’s a celebration of love between two people and it is without doubt my favourite kind of event to plan. Yes, product launches are fun and corporate socials are great, but nothing beats assisting a loved-up pair create a day that’s super special and truly personal to them.
There are certain things which (almost) every wedding has: a happy couple, a ceremony, a reception (consisting of good food, plenty of drinks and a good old party), flowers, bridesmaids, groomsmen and a best man’s speech that will leave everyone in fits of giggles (hopefully!). But the rest is totally the couple’s choice.
From the venue, music, and food to the attire, stationery and décor… there are so many options that can make their day unique. Pinterest is a great place for inspiration, but its essentially full of other people’s ideas that might not really represent the couple’s style. I find that looking around a couple’s home, discovering their favourite restaurants/bars/pubs/coffee shops and finding out their top holiday destinations gives me a real insight to them and uncovers their “couple style”.
From here, it’s easier to narrow down the options. For a couple living in a trendy, East London flat, who enjoy spending their Saturday’s perusing modern art, I probably wouldn’t suggest a rustic barn venue (although there are always exceptions!) but perhaps a blank canvas warehouse is more their vibe. For a “cuppa tea” loving couple that adorn themselves with patterned outfits, maybe an afternoon tea reception full of wild flowers is their thing… I’m sure you get the picture.
Today is the day that the most talked about wedding of the year is taking place at Windsor Castle. Of course, it’s the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. A few details were released previously and it’s great to see they’re injecting some of their own style into their day, despite the royal traditions. Instead of the traditional fruitcake, they’ve opted for a lemon and elderflower cake by London bakery, Violet Cakes. Philippa Craddock is designing the flowers, creating wildflower meadows, full of “bee-friendly” plants, another personal touch for the environment-loving pair. Its also expected that the Bride will make her own speech – definitely a break from the norm – so let’s raise a toast to the happy couple, who have succeeded in making their day truly their own.