Classic Romantic Sailcloth Styling
Back in April we hosted our Spring Showcase at the fabulous Cattows Farm. We had on show both tipis and sailcloth, alongside a group of amazing local suppliers. Lesley from The Rustic Wedding Company was the master in charge of the Sailcloth team. Describing her theme as Classic Romantic Sailcloth Styling. She used lots of greens and natural styling touches which worked perfectly in the sailcloth.
Lesley talks us through her inspiration and how it all came together. Alongside photos from the brilliant Hannah Amy Photography.
As a stylist who works in a variety of different spaces and venues, I really feel like the Sailcloth Marquee in particular is a romantic and classic space to style. With it’s white fabric, clean lines and tall ceilings and I wanted the styling and design to reflect this.
Whilst the Tipi works best with a quirky and bright colour palette. The sailcloth tent really can take a much wider variety of colour palettes. Due to it’s blank canvas design and they don’t always have to be bright!
I am a lover of all things rustic and natural so a colour palette using a combination of muted olive greens, whites and nudes seemed like the perfect fit for an outdoor venue such as Cattows Farm with it’s natural landscape.
We wanted to sway away from a super rustic design so I tried to keep the use of wood and hand crafted materials to a minimum. Opting for something a little more glamorous with the gold glass charger plates and the tall dinner candles.
I did however want all floral arrangements to have a slightly wilder and less than tamed look to soften the design and bring in a little bit more of the rustic charm. We even extended this to the ceiling by attaching soft and trailing ruscus garlands to the central wire.
I absolutely loved the table layout we chose for this particular set up. The strong central table created a really good focal point to draw your eyes towards the top table without it being too formal and “banquettey” and the round tables worked really well around the edge meaning that we could comfortably seat 72 guests with plenty of space between the chairs and tables.
I always like a mixture of long and round tables as it means that not only can you create a variety of designs with centrepieces but you can work to different budgets as the round tables can take less decor than the long ones quite easily without looking too empty.
In this instance we used less florals and candles on the round tables and invested the majority of our budget into the design for the Top Table and the central long tables using a variety of different height candlesticks, glass cylinder vases and more concentrated floral arrangements.
We finished the tables off with softly draped olive green chair drapes in a beautiful chiffon fabric, tied with a white ribbon to help to ground the tables and make them blend into their surroundings.
I always feel that a well placed chair drape takes venue styling from average to spectacular and really transforms the space whilst tying the colour scheme together nicely.
The cake display also reflected the romantic and classic vibe with a variety of differently decorated cakes and sweet treats whilst still being slightly rustic with sweet treats displayed on wooden chopping boards.
In the styling brief given to Cathlene’s Cakes, I made it clear that I wanted a seamless colour scheme and design throughout the whole space and I really think she nailed it as the colours of the fondant were perfectly matched to the table cloths.
We styled the cake table using the same olive green fabric which we used on the chairs and filled the central drawer with overflowing and wild greenery. Perfectly placed olive green and nude Macarons finished off the design to add an extra touch of class.
Sailcloth | Sami Tipi
Venue | Cattows Farm
Photos | Hannah Amy Photography
Styling and Stationery | The Rustic Wedding Company
Flowers | Lilac & Wild
Cake | Cathlene’s Cakes
Children’s Corner | Sorrel & Grace
Linen | Executive Linen
Video | SBD Videography