Simplicity Collection – my new hand dyed silk ribbon range
The Simplicity Collection is my new range of bias cut, hand dyed, habotai silk ribbons. These ribbons are borne out of my love for textures and raw materials, and are reflected in their names. Whilst I am addicted to colour, this year I have felt a yearning for a more pared back look – ribbons that compliment the amazing stationery and floristry works they adorn, rather than overwhelm.
People are always searching for that perfect nude shade – a neutral colour that is warm and romantic – and I’m in love with this one – it will go perfectly with any pastel florals or stationery I think.
Pale grey continues to be a popular colour choice for weddings – and it’s easy to see why. It is elegant and timeless and goes with so many colour ways. I also have an addiction to handmade ceramics at the moment and wanted to have a nod to this wonderful raw material here.
Styling flat lays with my silk ribbons (and here gorgeous stationery from Laura Elizabeth Patrick)is one of my most rewarding parts of my job. I adore putting colours and textures together to create visual stories of both my own and others’ work. If you’d like me to style your products please do get in touch.
You can learn more about my full editorial styling here too if you’re looking for more in depth portrayals of your products or services, including creating narratives for publication submissions.
You can do anything but not everything – life changes
As the saying goes, you can do anything but not everything. The last few months have been an exciting and challenging time for me – I started up the Fine Art Wedding Boutique which launched in September and its sister site Nurture this month – a wedding industry umbrella support site. Both have become far more established and busy than I really anticipated at this stage – for which I’m grateful and thrilled. However, to do these, and my own silk textiles business justice, I don’t feel I can continue to offer the standard of wedding styling services that my clients deserve. So as of now I will no longer be taking on any new couples for wedding styling.
This has been a very hard decision – I genuinely love working with my couples and am always inspired and humbled by the work I have been able to do over the last 7 years. But the time has come to make the change, both for myself and my family, and the Boutique family.
Photo: Bowtie & Belle Photography
I will still be offering my editorial styling, and have given some more details on this here – I will be taking on a limited number of clients per year and am really excited to take this part of my business further as I am passionate about the wedding industry and its wonderful suppliers. Whilst it is always something I have done when asked, I am now establishing these services on a proper footing and would be delighted to discuss how I can help you with your brand story through beautiful styled shoots and submissions. Just get in touch!
Of course I will also be continuing to make my hand dyed silk ribbons and table linens – with my styling bundles coming to the fore – creating new colour ways and putting textures together is one of my true delights in business – it will be wonderful to have some more time to spend on these – both for weddings and for wedding businesses.
Thank you for reading – I can’t wait to see what the rest of 2017 will bring.
As I head towards my last wedding styling of the year in a few days, I am delighted to have received the images from one of my first – that of Maree and Dan at the beautiful, newly refurbished Lower Slaughter Manor in April. This wedding was a joy to work on from start to finish – despite not meeting the couple in person until the actual day of the wedding! We started planning and designing the wedding over Skype and phone last year as Maree and Dan flitted around the globe from Seoul to Dubai (ending up in Yorkshire!). Despite not being in the same room I immediately clicked with this laid back couple of trusted me with their ideas and let me run with it.
My first port of call was Jodie at Acacia – I knew her love for bohemian, wild and interesting blooms was exactly the style that Maree envisaged for her bouquet (along with some of my silk ribbons), plus the colour schemes of yellows and navy were always going to be a colour choice that Jodie would adore creating something special for. The bouquet and floral crowns met with adoration from Maree on the day, and the table centrepieces reflected the overall scheme to perfection.
With the weather looking a little unpredictable we opted for some bright brollies just in case! They came in handy for the short walk between the church and the Manor.
With plenty of tealights and candlesticks (I cannot ever get enough of candlelight!) and the stationery made by a friend, the whole look came together seamlessly with the new stunning décor at the Manor (a bit of a challenge as it only reopened a short whole before their wedding!).
I will miss working with this gorgeous pair – wishing them every happiness together as they start their new adventures back in England.
Welcome! Thank you for stopping by my new website. I’m thrilled with it and it is a testament to the hard work of the fabulous husband and wife team that is Gemma Milly and Tom Gyr. There are no ends to the talents of this pair (literally.. check out their work!).
So, there are some obvious changes – I have stripped back a lot of my services this year – due in part to refining my own style and finding the essence of what drives me in my work, and partly to alleviate some of the workload as I start my new venture – the Fine Art Wedding Boutique – launching this week on Friday (please do pop over and take a little look around whether you’re a bride, groom, or wedding industry supplier).
I love creating and so there will be some new additions to the shop soon. I will also be making some limited edition bundles every couple of weeks and listing them in the shop – do sign up to my newsletter (bottom of the page) to get first notice of when these go live as I anticipate they will go fairly quickly! This is simply because I love messing around with colours – I’m addicted to hand dying and painting ribbons and table linens and am driven by the season’s hues, although there will no doubt be some surprises in there somewhere as I do love experimenting with new pigments and paints and this doesn’t always go quite the way I planned! Bespoke orders will now only be taken for orders of 16m (ie a bundle) or more. I’m sorry to have to raise my minimum amount but hopefully with the limited edition bundles there will always be something for everyone.
I will be taking on a very limited number of weddings next year – I have adored working with my couples in 2016, but in order to provide the high quality service I want to I need to be more firm with myself on the numbers I take on. I still have a couple of spots left for 2016 however so please do get I touch if I can help you designing and styling your wedding.
So, I won’t bore you any further with my inner thoughts! Please take a lovely look around the new site – I’d love to know what you think!
My week on Instagram has been reflection of the new season – I love Spring – the florals, the slightly longer days and the inevitable excitement as I start to head into the final planning stages of all the weddings I’ve been working on over the winter months.