When you're young with stars in your eyes, you think love is going to last forever. And sometimes it does. But when life (and love) doesn't unfold the way you planned, it requires courage to take time to sit back, regroup and find your feet again. Slowly, you stand up, take a few guarded steps into the world until eventually, you regain your stride and let love find you again. We all get more than one chance in life. Our only enemy is cynicism and bitterness. Never give in.
Jenn and Layton came into my life to affirm my belief in second chances. I knew the minute I met Jenn that we had a job to do together and that job was to create a fitting celebration of her marriage to love of her life, Layton. I was all in!
Creating weddings and all the associated embellishments may seem like nonsense to some. I get that. But like everything in life, every person needs the right to choose for themselves. For many, marking milestones with a celebration is what gives life joy and purpose.
In a world of fake social media and the five minute celebrity, individuality feels devalued. It is more necessary than ever. Each time I work with a client, I let them take the lead on where their journey begins in terms of styling, planing and even coordinating their day. I am a facilitator. Never the decision maker.
For sure, I will carefully guide my clients and tell them honestly if I don't think an idea will work. That's my job. I want to make their wedding the best it can possibly be. It is never to force or coerce. It is to tap into the essence of who they are and bring that to life within a venue. It's why, when I am coordinating a wedding, I love to be a fly on the wall when guests walk into the venue and I hear them exclaim "Oh, this is soo them!" It's a complete thrill.
And so it was when it came to working with Jenn and Layton. Sure, it helped that Jenn had a clever sense of style. When she first asked me if the words "coastal neutral" made sense with regard to her styling, I knew exactly what she meant. This was a gal who knew her colour palettes!
Grey, beige, white and muted shades of blue were the colours of our style direction and when we delivered Jenn's bouquet that morning, she burst into tears. That's when I knew for sure she was going to love her day.
The team and I created Jenn and Layton's wedding ceremony in a quiet little park by the water's edge just around the corner from the couple's home, with a reception to follow at the Moreton Bay Boat Club. And even though they had close to one hundred guests, the day somehow felt very personal and intimate in their small corner of the world. We styled it up at ceremony with a wild and whimsical floral backdrop, modern chairs and champagne bar . Back at the Boat Club, French chandeliers, velvet lounges, suspended ceiling florals and fairy lights created a fitting salute to two people who found the courage to let love
This one, Jenn and Layton, and that lovely, sunny day by the sea will stay in my heart. Thank you Jenn and Layton for inviting me to play a small part of that day. And thank you, as always, to my crew. It's pretty amazing what these guys can accomplish in just one day and come to think of it, what one woman can actually fit into a truck.
Kudos also to the staff at the Boat Club who were super accommodating, friendly and helpful. A great venue makes a job so much easier and enjoyable (and they make fantastic coffee - what more could a wedding stylist want?).
On Team Jenn & Layton were:
Flowers & styling: Two Little Rows
Ceremony venue: Tingiri Park, Scarborough
Celebrant: Mr. Noosa Celebrant
Bride's dress: White Lily Couture
Hair stylist: Dextress Hair Salon
Photography: Just For Love Photography
Venue: Moreton Bay Boat Club Scarborough
Band: Brown Suga Music
Cake: Marie-Eve Gutierrez
Photo booth: Photo Bombed