Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Rustic Retreat by the sea

One final post before the end of 2011, can you believe its that time of year again? The above wedding was for Brooke & Kurt at the newly built Surfhouse, Mereweather on the coast of Newcastle. While the weather proved frusterating on the day, the reception was protected from the elements and provided the

While there is alot of new and excitng things to post about, Im going to keep these under wraps until we return back to the office as per normal on Tuesday 10th January, 2012. We wish all our followers and clients a safe and happy holiday season and look forward to styling many more gorgeous occasions and sharing them on our blog for 2012.

Much Love,
TSS xx

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Styling Tip - The importance of Lighting

While putting together our blog bank (a list of topics we wish to blog about) the topic of lighting was one of the first to come up! Why, because it’s so often overlooked and an area of styling we place the utmost importance in. Let’s face it; most of you are likely browsing through perfected wedding photos that have been edited to ensure the image projects the right light for the moment, wether that is soft and whimsical or bright and bold. Reality check – that’s not how it’s going to look in real life UNLESS you put your thinking hat on when it comes to your days lighting!
To start with we will just be covering artificial lighting but in the coming weeks we will also touch on natural lighting and the importance of this at say an outdoor ceremony. We are not saying we can control the weather just as we can’t grow endless fields of Peonies on command (though some brides would like to think we can!) but we can at least give advice about the best way to ensure we make the most of what we are dealt with weather wise on THE day.
The lighting you select can vary as much as the theme you choose, see below a range of ways to incorporate lighting into your room:

1. Ceiling Chandeliers/Lighting

This is the classic option for lighting and styling your room, lights hung at a reasonable height from the ceiling and to not impose on any stage formalitites. The advantages of this option is that it creates intimacy in a previous large or bland style room. Its also great for taking focus off any unsightly areas above. There are no rules with what you choose to suspend just ensure the size of the piece works with the ratio of the room i.e. a small chandelier in a large grand ballroom will just look lost and out of place!

2. Low hung lighting

When a room and your floor plan have the capacity to create this type of rig its usually always your best option for lighting impact! The idea is to have your lighting unit hung at exactly the correct height above your guest tables, as a guide around 80cm from the bottom of the piece to the top of the table. Before you get too excited, keep in mind this rigging set up doesnt work for every event and we recommend you hire a stylist to manage a technique such as this as it can become quiet tricky.

3. Candlelight

Who said you need the expense of rigging powered lights? Candlelight is one of the most romantic and eye pleasing forms of lighting and its relatively inexpensive to provide! Get creative with your candle lights; create clusters of hurricanes in a mix of sizes for an eclectic mix. For something more elaborate see our floral rings which feature a mix of foliage and blooms with soft candles for lighting. To make it extra special, select good quality candles even ones with an 'ever so soft' scent that fills the room (make sure its not too strong this could result in giving guests a headache!). Our pick, Papaya candles in a range of sizes to suit! 

Quick Tips on Lighting:

* Ensure you select the correct ratio and size of lights to fill your desired space

* Book a licenced rigger or styling company to install your lights.

* Speak to your venue coordinator first before planning any of your lighting.

* Dont skmip on your lighting, it will make or break the atmosphere of the room!

 * If the venue doesnt have rigging points get creative and use candles or items such as The Hire End's table chandeliers, they look like a real chandelier except they are lit using candles!

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Tuscan Wedding Part 2


We featured this gorgeous Hunter Valley wedding a few months back however we just received the final edit of images from the very talented Something Blue Photography - enjoy!

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Who needs floral.

The office couldnt wait to share this simply irresistable range that has just hit the shelves of The Hire End and The Style Salon. The range has been created to cater for the DIY stylist who either hasnt budgeted for flowers or is just head over heels in love with vintage lace and the scent of burning candles! These beauties have been created with both style and budget in mind with the pieces ranging from $5 to $20 each to hire. Hire a mix in heights and design to create a effortless chic look to your tables, all while saving you a dollar or two in flowers!

To enquire about hiring these for your wedding or next function please contact our office on 02 9938 1534 or via email at info@thehireend.com.au

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Garden Chic @ Bells at Killcare

Its been far too long between posts as the team has just been non stop the last couple of weeks with gorgeous wedding after wedding to style! We have a handful of weddings still to post so please be patient while we get through the backlog - we promise you wont be dissapointed!

The above wedding was for the lovely Josh and Sam, such as sweet couple that were just a dream to work with! The wedding was held at the newly refurbished Bells at Killcare, which we are sure you will agree is simply stunning! The property itself is surrounded by an array of manicured gardens making it the perfect setting for the garden style bride. The Style Salon kept the feel of the wedding elegant and understated using just the freshest of flowers with a mix of crystal and brass finished on the tables.


Styling/Flowers/Ceremony: The Style Salon

Photography: April Werz

Ceremony/Reception venue: Bells at Killcare

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

HOT Competition - The Style Salon give all Cosmo Bride readers the chance to win a $10,000 Styling Package!

The Style Salon is very excited to share with you the news of our latest and greatest promotion ever! Together with Cosmo Bride magazine The Style Salon are giving one lucky reader the chance to win a Styling Package to the value of $10,000! This never before offered competition is open to all readers of Cosmo Bride magazine, to enter please fill out the coupon featured in the latest edition of Cosmo Bride.

For more details visit the link on the Cosmo Bride website found HERE

Good Luck gorgeous brides xoxo

P.S. For a taste of what our lucky winner has to look forward to, we posted a few of our most favourite looks below.

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Ceremony Canopy - Now for HIRE through The Hire End.

Natural Linen
Ivory Linen

Natural Linen

Ivory Silk

Ivory Linen

We are very excited to announce the new and very exciting product just added to The Hire End range. Our very own signature canopy will now be available to hire to all the lovely Sydney brides out there who wish to create a magical and romantic ceremony setting for the most memorable day in their lives!
The price $1100 inc GST
The canopy comes with its Bamboo frame, base plates and a range of gorgeous fabrics to choose to dress the frame with; some of these include Natural linen, Ivory linen, scalloped lace, Peach Silk, Ivory Silk. Customised colours can also be arranged, POA.

To enquire or receive a quote visit our Hire website http://thehireend.com.au/Ceremony-Canopy.html

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Staff Profile - Mr William Wedlock

Meet the man behind the arrangements, the colourful and creative William Wedlock. We managed to take 5 minutes out of William busy schedule pruning and arranging to give our readers a little insight into wedding flowers, travel and the perfect Summer salad!

1. How long have you been working with The Style Salon, how did your creative paths cross?
I have been with the ladies at The Style Salon for just shy of 12 months. We met on site at a wedding of course! I was doing a job for a family friend of mine that included church and bouquet arrangements and the lovely Rouba was taking care of the reception arrangements and styling.

2. What do you like about working with the team and the weddings they create?
I love the innovation and creative atmosphere that is generated by the entire team. It's always a fun and inspiring environment with a million new things going on each week.

3. What has been your most memorable moment with The Style Salon?
Well I guess one of the most exciting and fulfilling moments was a gorgeous wedding we created at the breathtaking Fort Denison. The brief was to create a line of hanging floral chandeliers constructed using a rich array of foliage and berries coloured with deep lavender blooms. The chandeliers were suspended just above eye site on tables and once lit with soft candle lit the overall effect was simply breathtaking!

"The brief was to create a line of hanging floral chandeliers constructed using a rich array of foliage and berries coloured with deep lavender blooms"

4. What are the best months for flowers in Australia?
That would have to be Spring/Summer for the variety of field flowers available.

5. For brides whose wedding is not in the warmer months, what other options can you suggest?
The cooler months still provide an interesting mix for brides to choose from. Some of my favourites include Tulips, Hyacinth and Lilac as well as the option of using interesting foliage and blossom. If all else fails, there is still the option of imported David Austin roses which are just as good, if not better then the loca grown field rose.
6. What styles do you love right now for bride bouquets?
Soft and feminine, with a relaxed unstructured style. My tip, always create something with fragrance, it makes it that little bit more special!
7. Do you prefer to use colour or textures in your arrangements?
Preferably I like to use both, it creates for a more interesting and striking appearance.

8. How do you stay inspired with your work?
It's easy to stay inspired at The Style Salon. Each and every job is different, and by the time the brief reaches me the stylists have ensured it has plenty of creativity involved.

9. What fills your time when your not creating your arrangements?
Well I love to cook and gardening keeps me busy also. Don't mind the odd book by the pool in Summer either.

10. We know you love to travel, any top picks for where our brides should honeymoon?
If we are talking overseas I would have to suggest Venice as its just gorgeous, South of France for the atmosphere or anywhere in the tropics for those who want something exotic!

11. Your talent in the kitchen hasn't gone unnoticed at the office, could you share a quick and easy summer recipe our readers can use for a weekend get together?
Well its simple, but the perfect Summer salad would include:

Yellow & Red Tomatoes diced


Fresh torn Basil

Drizzle of a good quality Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar

Seasoned with freshly Cracked Pepper and Sea Salt

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

The modern day baby shower that oozes style.

Gone are the days where a baby shower consists of daggy and outdated baby decorations!
Every occasion should be a stylish one, and a baby shower seems the perfect excuse to throw another stylish affair for your closest friends and family! If you werent looking for a stylist to hop on board for the baby shower why not try websites such as Etsy, they offer a great rage of super cute crafty items that can be used to jazz up your soiree. Its also worth mentioning our Hire website http://www.thehireend.com.au/, the website has a range of gorgeous pieces available for hire such as plate chargers, crystal glasses and napkins - the little things that make all the difference!

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