I am super happy to share this incredible Boho Picnic Package Eve to Dawn is now offering with the extremely talented girls at Cargo Catering Co. who are the brains and creators of this amazing package. Perfect for Hens Parties, end of year functions with a difference, birthdays or Christmas shows – this package will make you feel so spoilt..the only word for it is indulgent!!!
I was very lucky to meet the girls from Cargo Catering Co. not very long ago and was so thrilled when they asked me if I would be interested working with them on this. Having some awesome ladies to bounce ideas off and work with has been the best and I absolutely could rave all day about their food… Their food is edgy, tasty…just completely on point and you definitely need to book them if you are planning a wedding or party as guests remember and discuss the food and I can tell you right now – they will not stop talking about how insanely different and delicious the food is if you get Cargo Catering Co. on board. Check out what they have to offer here.
And…back to the picnic! So, the package includes set up and styling by me as well as an amazing grazing table laid out by Cargo Catering Co. For more details on how you can have all this for yourself and to check availability – contact us on email@example.com
Eve to Dawn came about after a lifetime of wanting to plan and prepare events. My career path went extremely close, working mostly as an Assistant Brand Manager, coordinating lots of things from promotions, people and events like conferences however I wanted to style settings and plan larger scale events such as weddings.
Fast forward several years and after some time off full time work due to family commitments, a husband who turned out to be able to make furniture in his spare time and a burning ambition that wouldn’t blow out…suddenly all the stars aligned and Eve to Dawn was born.
When I set up Eve to Dawn I wanted to be able to offer a range of items that aren’t readily available on the hire scene… at least in Adelaide where things tend to be a bit more traditional. Eve to Dawn has a bit of a bohemian theme to it, that is a reflection of the style I like and how I live – but I also love wearing all black and listening to hard rock, I like jewellery and clothing with an edge and like things to look romantic but a bit rough and edgy. If that is you with all the contradictions then you have come to right place.
I am against doing something due to it being ‘tradition’. I’m not the wedding planner who is going to suggest you do crap you don’t want to do. If you have people in your ear telling you what protocols you HAVE to do on your wedding day – let me tell you – if you don’t want to walk up the aisle in white – then don’t. If you don’t want to an introduction post ceremony – then don’t have one. The best weddings are the natural ones. The ones where your light shines through and who you are is laid out before everyone.
When you book Eve to Dawn to either style or coordinate/plan your event – we will ensure that the day is a reflection of you. Not a reflection of us, not your best friend or what everyone is doing in a bridal magazine. People will remember your wedding because it had your obvious touch on it and that is what we want to help you achieve.
There are different services we provide and I thought I would outline them a bit so you get an idea on what we do.
Styling services. This is where you let us help you create your design style for your special day. We will go through colour boards, talk about what inspires and motivates you and what key items in your home represent you and how you would like to see a version of that in your wedding or event.
We will fully style your wedding to whatever level you want us to and you have full access to all our rental items.
Styling and Planning. This service is all of the above with our expert planning advice thrown in. I love timelines and managing them is what I thrive on. We can help with budget templates, dealing with other stakeholders such a florists, large hire items and the venue etc plus coordinating everything in the lead up and on the day.
On the day coordination. Although this says on the day – we don’t just rock up on the day and think we know how shit is going to roll. We meet with you about three months in advance and you give us the low down. We will then start liaising with vendors on your behalf – a month (if you want), two weeks, a week before and on the day. We will be there making sure the day runs smoothly, your props are where you want them and your day goes exactly how you planned.
Obviously doing it yourself can be fun albeit a lot of hard work so we do offer hire only options and you can style your day as you please. Contact us so we can get an idea on how we can help. We love creating exciting proposals and can’t wait to work on yours with you.
Eve to Dawn now has a showroom and boutique thanks to Renew Adelaide! I applied for a space in Port Adelaide a few months ago and was incredibly surprised when I got given the opportunity to have the space.
Since then it has been an absolute whirl wind trying to fit out a store – a very long store at that! The original idea was for it to just be a showroom space but it quickly evolved becoming a retail boutique also. In it I have my vintage clothing range, various bohemian style home wares and amazing stockists such as Yard organic and vegan skincare range and Suci potted plants to name a few.
I absolutely adore the space and being in the company of many other amazing businesses in Port Adelaide – it is such a wonderful place to visit with all the history and old buildings – it is like a dream!
Make sure you come say hi – but for now here are some photos from the launch night taken by the amazingly talented Elle DS Photography. x x
I am pretty pumped to start the new year fresh with being able to offer wedding and event prop hire services to Adelaide and surrounds.
When planning our own wedding late last year we decided to make our own tables and chairs as we couldn’t find exactly what we were after. They are designed with family style banquet eating in mind. They are wider than a trestle table and long. The bench style seating fits two people and we have 8 tables available to hire with 40 benches.
As well as the tables and benches we have other rustic style furniture on offer such as low style tables and rustic grey scale bench seating with no backs.
I love working with fabrics and making things so we are happy to work with you to create items that fit your colour scheme plus already have various items already on offer. Table runners, napkins, cushion covers and table cloths – we have a growing range in modern bohemian, vintage and rare Indian fabrics.
Style your wedding how you would style your home. That is my key point I think couples should keep in mind when planning their wedding.
All the decor items at our wedding where bought with your home in mind or already came from our home and now I have lots to hire out and more of a reason to get more. Looking for a key piece but can’t find it on the website? Send me an email because chances are I could already be on the hunt for it. I enjoy a good hunt.
If you go to the homepage and click through the drop down tab you will see all the items listed so please have a browse and contact me if you have any questions on firstname.lastname@example.org
2017 is here and I am doing my typical thing – planning all kinds of things for me to accomplish this year – thinking I will get it all done in the first two months like a gun and then in March I will get down on myself when I realise I have been too worried about what is new on Netflix (nothing – they are shit at giving us new stuff to watch) to really achieve anything.
I have started out strong though. I have my new 2017 Planner from The Collective Hub. It’s got quotes and places for me to put my goals. Boom. Organisation sorted.
I got a new book for Christmas – Like A Queen by Constance Hall. Another Boom. I generally have no time to read books now, but I knew I had to make time to read this book and so far there have been so many gem things in there that my confidence is riding high and I feel so friken determined to conquer something (not sure what) this year.
It’s two days in and I have looked at courses. Lots of courses. I’ve looked at so many and in so many varying fields I have gotten myself confused and don’t know who I am or what I want anymore. I am the ultimate Aquarian – although I know I shouldn’t blame it on the star sign. I am forever changing my mind on what I want to do – what career should I follow, what should I study etc etc. But I just read in my Like a Queen book that Queens can change their mind so another Boom. I’m on the right track.
I love lists. Already there is a today list, a this month list and a by mid year list. I got married in December so I am pretty sure that whilst my list game has always been strong I am in a bit of post wedding denial and just need excuses for a list.
One thing that you may have noticed if you are actually reading this (is there anyone out there??), is that I have got my prop hire business up and running. For our wedding we got very DIY and made the tables and chairs plus collected a lot of bohemian decor items and so we decided to hire it out and later this year offer a planning service as well (planning to be ticked off the list by Feb). If you are interested in hiring then you need to live in Adelaide and/or surrounds but please take a look as our tables are pretty awesome if I do say so myself.
The whole new year new you stuff can be bullshit lets be honest. But when there is a fire in your belly telling you to give it a go then no matter what else you have going on try and go for it. Fit it in between everything else and keep trying. One day you will get there and no longer will it have to fit in around the normal – it will be your normal. There’s a quote in my fabulous black new diary that says it well, “Let the beauty of what you love be what you do” – Rumi.
Pantone have released their top 10 colour trends for Spring 2017 which they create in conjunction with New York Fashion Week. These are the colours that have featured on the runway and you will see used in weddings and events in the coming year.
The Australian Academy of Wedding Event Planning had a competition for it’s students to compete in a Pantone inspiration board competition and this was my entry featuring Pantone colour 17-2034 Pink Yarrow. I absolutely LOVE making Inspiration Boards – they really help create your vision for your event and keep you focused on the style you want.
“Tropical and festive, Pink Yarrow is a whimsical, unignorable hue that tempts and tantalizes. Bold, attention getting and tempestuous, the lively Pink Yarrow is a captivating and stimulating color that lifts spirits and gets the adrenaline going” (Pantone, Pressman 2016).
I tend to like to see bold colours kept to a minimum and letting them feature subtly alongside complimentary colours. I feel it gives them a bigger impact and so in keeping with that theory is what helped me curate this board. I love the pop of colour on the table setting and in the napkins as well as a touch of orange mixed in to florals and decor for a very bohemian, eclectic style.
The water colour calligraphy on the invited by Letter & Ink are vibrant yet not over the top as is the stunning cake by Whisk and Whittle with the pink icing slightly coming through – just divine. Agate is definitely on trend at the moment and these coasters by Rock Chic Homewares on Etsy are the perfect pop of textured pink.
Long lunches with family or friends is one of my favourite ways to spend a Sunday afternoon. Sitting outside in the warm sun enjoying food and wine – there is nothing better – especially after a long winter indoors.
I’ve hosted many a dinner party over the years and its taken me a while but finally I have realised that less is more – not just with styling but with food selection. Keep it simple and you can enjoy time with your guests more and less time stressed out in the kitchen. Just because the food is simple doesn’t mean it isn’t delicious. Be present.
My last long lunch was for my mothers birthday and we kept it simple with a mezze platter to start, smoked chicken skewers with oregano, lemon and garlic and a whole salmon smoked. It all ended with a layer cake which yes took a bit longer but insider tip – make your cake layers the week before and freeze. Then all you have to do on the day is make the buttercream and assemble. Mine was vegan with a gluten free top layer and it actually turned out pretty nice – and it actually rose which was a miracle!
Cheers to Spring and many more long lunches to come x x
As promised, this week I have the pleasure of providing you with some winter wedding tips and ideas from Christine Ligthart, Creative Director/Founder of the I Do Crew and Director of Education at the Australian Academy of Wedding and Event Planning.
What are your three key tips for planning a winter wedding?
If possible, choose a venue that can host both the reception and ceremony. This will help guests stay warm and feel comfortable throughout your wedding, as it avoids the need to move between venues. Also check on the availability of heating at your venue.
Incorporate ‘winter warmers’ into your wedding, such as ‘wintry cocktails’. A basket of blankets for guests is a nice touch, especially if there is an outdoor element to your wedding.
Your flower of choice may not be available during winter and if it is, it is likely to be more expensive. My tip is to talk to your florist about what is available and embrace the season in your styling.
Is there a insider planning and/or stylist tip that comes in handy for a winter wedding that you could share?
Lighting! During winter the days are shorter and darker. You can use this to your advantage by incorporating lighting into your styling; candles are a beautiful edition to a winter wedding. But limited natural light can affect more than just the ambience, it can impact on the quality of your photos. For this reason you may want to hold your wedding earlier in the day, especially if you want any outdoor shots. My tip is to talk to your photographer about the impact of the weather on photos and the venue/stylist about options for creating a gorgeous glow for your wedding.
What do you think is a key focal point that could be utilised for a winter wedding and that can be a real impressive point of difference to a spring/summer wedding?
For me it’s all about embracing the season and a beautiful way to do this is to create intimate zones within your venue. Fill these cosy spots with wintry features like Woollen blankets, wraps, scented candles and even Wellies and umbrellas for those who want to head outside and enjoy the season. Use heaters, but if your venue has a fireplace, you have the ideal feature element.
4.What is your favourite colour palette for a winter wedding?
Berry tones and Blush featuring lots of greenery.
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For Part 1 of my winter wedding planning ideas please click here
There is something especially romantic about a winter wedding. The crisp edge of the weather can be balanced out with muted, pastel tones that have a subtle darkness of charcoal and light grey tones weaved through. A winter wedding can transport guests to a far away destination in their mind just like a summer wedding can make guests feel like they are on a seaside vacation.
There are many ways you can create a feeling of warmth when the weather is anything but.
Think log fires, charcoal, smokers cooking a banquet feast, scents of cinnamon and spice, warm, textured rugs to warm guests as well as cushions and soft, layered fabrics on the floors and draped over lounge chairs.
An abundance of candles and light from coals burning can create a sense of warmth and homeliness that makes guests feel comfortable and relaxed.
For outdoor weddings under a marquee consider using turf or layering large Persian rugs to prevent the ground feeling damp and to create a feeling of warmth under guest’s feet.
More so than probably any other season, styling winter weddings can require serious consideration of weather changes and how the dropping temperature and potential wind and rain can affect elements of your day.
Branches that have lost their leaves can create an ethereal centre piece with the negative space becoming a key feature whilst incorporating the winter theme.
Anything that is relatively light has the potential to blow over or out. Consider heavy stones to keep vases sturdy on tables, put candles in high glassed vessels and ensure anything that is likely to flap around (table cloths) are pinned down.
I asked Catherine, Floral Designer and owner of Woods and Bloom, her thoughts and tips on hosting a winter wedding and she has some fantastic pointers as well as sharing her favourite winter flowers and foliage.
1. Do you have any tips for wedding flowers/greenery and wet and wild weather?
I usually advise people wanting outdoor wedding sites to have a back up plan indoors. When they’re choosing floral decor make sure it can adapt to both spaces. For instance if you’re having an arch make sure it’s not dependent on being pushed into the dirt and can free stand indoors.
Greenery needs to be chosen considering the location, time of day amount of light and wind. Sunshine in the middle of the day is probably harder to deal with than gentle rain.
Another hint is when picking a photographer check if they’ve done weddings in the rain before. I’ve seen some really special shots taken where raindrops look like crystal confetti because of the lighting used.
I’d consider jungle greens or sculptural strong leaves like magnolias or cymbidium orchids and proteas as probably holding the best in rain.
2. What are your favourite winter flowers/greenery to use in wedding arrangements?
Winter greenery. I love cypress, especially grey green cypress mixed with mossy branches and twigs. I like keeping the textures interesting so I try to contrast it with ivy and fern and brezilla.
As a winter flower I love Cymbidium orchids, especially. They’re so sleek and sculptural. They go really well with Blushing Bride Protea. They play well together!
Next week I have some more winter wedding tips this time from the Creative Director/Founder of The I Do Crew and Director of Education at The Australian Academy of Wedding and Event Planning, Christine Ligthart.
For more winter wedding inspiration check out my other blog posts here , here and here.
Water colour is a massive wedding and event stationary trend right now and I am far from over it. Obviously the romantic pastels are in full force but I tend to be drawn to the darker colour palette and love the charcoals, navy and deep purples that create a real moody, winter vibe.
Search water colour on Pinterest and you will be overwhelmed with so many different ideas so I have decided to feature a few of my favourite designs I have seen on the web. Also – if you are interested in trying some water colour stationary yourself check out my previous blog post on how to do it here.