Happy Monday all. We hope you’ve all enjoyed all this snow lately, its been beautiful! Have you dug yourself out, de-iced the car and dragged yourself back into work today? We have!
To ease the pain, we have a lovely post to share with you all. The wonderful Megan and Claude have recently joined our Lush List and today will be sharing their review of 2017 along with trends for the coming season. So grab yourself a cuppa and enjoy x
Nick Murray Photography
2017 has been a revelation for me. I have always been in love with my home land, born and raised in Swansea, but having spent many years living and running events in Southern France for British clients and creating www.marrymeinfrance.com, coming home and working on Welsh events was new ground.
Despite the fresh territory, Megan and Claude’s (M&C) first season was a lovely mix of wonderful venues, new supplier friends and delighted clients. Boy do we know how to do castles in Wales! and what talented suppliers we have met. The adaptability of the spaces has lent brilliantly to what we do best.
Megan and Claude (school friends Beth Stretton and Ed Hinton) provide a range of services for events. We specialise in styling and prop rental but also work alongside accomplished chefs and providers of personalised elements such as stationery, favours and linen. The business came about after my 12 years wedding planning, and the realisation that at the most beautiful events, the key element came in the personalisation of the details. I also witnessed too many occasions where something could have been done better. Too many times did vegans not get to eat the items on the menu, too many times could the room have really “popped” had the cloths been coloured rather than plain white. In weddings, tiny details make a big impact and key things like catering should be accessible to all attending. M&C aim to provide whatever the client dreams for their own event in terms of look and in terms of services. Making the wedding experience enjoyable for both the couples and their guests.
In 2017, West Wales based wedding planner Fiona Burton kicked us off, taking M&C on for her own event near Pembroke dock. Woodhouse is a fantastic barn in a lovely location and the team were super. Fiona’s aim was to personalise the interior (one she knew well from having coordinated events at the venue regularly.) It really worked out well and the ceiling was transformed by the addition via M&C of large French chandeliers and draping. Fiona and Lyndon also provided a first outing for our drinks truck (much enjoyed by all at the event.) This mobile bar can be tailored to a client’s requirements, providing both an ice bath for prosecco bottles or optics for your favourite spirit.
Angharad Thomas Photography
June’s highlight was St Donats. Kelly and Rob had the day you dream of. Everything was styled to perfection and the sun shone on the pretty terraced gardens.
Our magnolias made their first appearance as did our outdoor garden piques which make a courtyard or garden come alive at night. Gold chargers added glamour to the tables and the enchanted trees add a bit of sparkle to any dancefloor.
Nick Murray Photographer
July took us to St Davids twice and to two very different venues. The Bishops Palace is spectacular in every way and something completely outside the norm with its open air spaces.
Sonny and Daf had a clear vision of fusing the ancient stone exterior spaces with personalised detail and colour. Our antique chair selection made the ceremony space in the Grand Salle even more unique. Pink linen details and a comfy lounge area in the tent added a great contrast to the grey walled setting. Stone staircases were softened by faux floral detail and pillar candles.
Then over later in July to Crug Glas where the owners provide a calm and pretty space. A super blank canvas to allow decorative freedom alongside their excellent event and catering service. They were wonderfully flexible with us in terms of allowing Sara and Craig to fully realise what they wanted to achieve.
Outside featured garden games, our drinks trough and barrel bar. An elegant ceremony area was created inside (flanked by our extra-large candelabra and pillars.) Stunning stationery, provided by the talented sister of the bride Mari-Ann was set alive by our antique silver frames and easels.
Rich and Maria Photography
And our Welsh events in 2017 finished in Tenby alongside Hanna at Just Imagine Events providing chairs for an intimate ceremony, our pretty drinks dresser for their post ceremony tipple and antique carpet and outdoor lighting for the reception. We fell in love with Manorbier castle and can’t wait to go back there again in 2018!
And what do I think 2018 will bring styling wise?
I think people will dare to add colour. More and more are accessorising with coloured linens and I see that trend continuing. Particularly pastel shades such as greys (As below) and pale pinks.
Table detail including charger plates and gold cutlery is going to be a continuing big trend too. The focus on table detail has moved towards those more functional elements of the table and less forwards the flowers and favour décor over recent years. Attention to all the ideal scenario and it can be enjoyable putting together your ideal style with attention to all these areas. When it all comes together the effect is magical.
Darek Smietana and Marry me in France
I think personalising the drinks reception has also become a key element. Our drinks based props (drinks dressers, trough, barrel bars, prosecco truck) have been regular renters over the recent season. Why just have a table with a cloth when you can do something a little more adventurous, even for your soft drinks.
Darek Smietana with Marry me in France
And that is the Megan and Claude mantra.
With a new found love and passion for the venues here in Wales and the fantastic people we have met, we are super excited about what 2018 could bring.