Merry Christmas, beautiful people! What better way to celebrate this day of feasting and decadent table settings then by sharing some super extra styling inspo. Whilst we have already shared our Best of 2020: Wedding Cakes and Best of 2020: Bridal Parties, today is all about the details.
Last years list championed the humble blossom and this year we’ve got lashing of them. But you are also set to discover that it was the little details that reigned supreme throughout 2020. We’re talking place settings, signage and lighting – all of those extra bits and bobs that elevate your big day to the next level. You’ll also find swathes of dried blooms and textured florals galore.
We are stoked to see that some of our fave florists and stylists in the biz made the list including Luca Luna (based on the South Coast), Aisle of Eden (servicing Sydney and surrounds), Flowers In Nature (SA) and Found Collective (Adelaide).
You’ll also find some stunning wedding venues on this list, the perfect canvases to bring your wedding dreams to life including the gorge Lake House Daylesford and Audley Dance Hall, located smack bang in the middle of the Royal National Park.
So, full tummy and pudding in hand, settle in. Pull up your Pinterest boards, because right here, in no particular order, are our top ten styling ideas of 2020…
Steve & Cam, Melbourne, VIC
As if a Miami rooftop pool party themed wedding wasn’t going to make an appearance in this list. Steve & Cam’s ultra-fun nuptials featured roving entertainment, flamingo floaties and tropical blooms (thanks to The Paper Empire and Kat Flowers and Events). Our fave detail? The DIY cute-as-a-button chocolate box favours. But their pervasive theme didn’t stop here, dear readers. Just wait until you see who was responsible for marrying these two dapper lads! Head on over here to check out the rest of their big day (and to peep Anchor and Hope Photography’s snaps) and here to nab the boys’ photographer for yourself.
Sarah & Jodie, Daylesford, VIC
We’ll always be suckers for a serene green and white palette, especially one pulled off with this level of perfection. Lake House Daylesford were not just the hosts of this big day, they also styled and planned the whole things, florals included! How’s that for stress-free!? We think they nailed the greenery in abundance brief rather well (and don’t get us started on the drop-down lighting). Be sure to pop on over here to peep the ceremony styling and more snaps by Gold & Grit Photography and here to get in touch with the venue for your own big day.
Jessie & Millie, Melbourne, VIC
Don’t ever let it be said that pink and red isn’t one of the greatest colour combos of all time. Combine that with Nomad Styling’s OTT-in-the-best-way approach and you’ve got something a bit spesh. The brief? “We wanted something that wasn’t too traditional, a bit trashy and that celebrated femininity without being too girly”, the gals share. We’ve spent our fair share of time perusing Enchanted Wedding Photography’s snaps from this big day, not wanting to miss a single detail. Honestly, guys. You need to take a squiz at each and every one from the oodles of custom made sings, to the kissing booth, super extra Miss Ladybird Cakes creation and freaking fabulous baby-makin’ wishing well. Technically this big day was originally featured in Issue 25 of Hello May (which you can nab here) but it didn’t pop up on the blog until this year (and you guys were feeling it pretty damn hard) so there was no doubt it had to make the list. Pop on over here for the full shebang.
Kristy-Lee & Logan, Hobart, TAS
When we shared Kristy-Lee & Logan’s Tassie wedding with you we were a bit blown away by your response. To say you guys loved the rustic palette and styling would be the understatement of the year. We wholeheartedly agree with you on this pick and are living for the popping bronze details. With lighting, florals, styling and hire items all sorted by the couple’s venue, Glen Albyn Estate, it is no wonder these two look so relaxed and carefree in Janneke Storm’s loved up portraits (of which you can find more of here). One of our fave lens ladies in the biz, you can peep more of Janneke’s gorgeous couples here. You can also find her work gracing the pages of Issue 29, available for purchase here.
Emma & James, Kimo Estate, NSW
Originally published in Issue 28 of Hello May mag, Emma & James’ Kimo Estate wedding has been a rather big hit with you guys. Our good mate Jack Henry Photography was behind the lens capturing the couple and their rad styling. The combo of autumnal blooms and dreamy candles has made this a firm favourite here in the HM office also. Whilst we only had space to share two snaps with you here, you can find the whole day right here. Just wait until you lay your eyes upon the couples 6 metre high floral installation, courtesy of Little Triffids Flowers. Keen to host your own country nuptials? Find a bunch of our fave venues here.
Tori & Matt, McLaren Vale, SA
Tori & Matt are big believers in the little details and promise it was choosing these that was actually the most fun part of their wedding planning journey. Settling on a winter theme, it was their acrylic ghost chairs, candy-coloured blooms from Twig Studio and custom cake topper that secured themselves as some of the fave details. Believe us when we tell you the details didn’t stop there. You can catch the rest right here or in Issue 27 of Hello May (available to purchase here, friends!). The mastermind behind these captures? Only one of our fave lens ladies Katie Harmsworth, a regular contributor here at HM. You can catch a bunch of real weddings she has shot here if you’re in the mood for a peruse.
Gemaya & Tim, South Coast, NSW
We like our florals in abundance and clearly, Gemaya & Tim are on the same page, as their South Coast wedding was positively overflowing with the good stuff. With the bride the owner and mastermind behind Be Designed, an interior design and event styling service, every single detail was executed to perfection. Our fave detail? Undoubtedly the 9m long reception canopy, built by Gemaya’s dad. Head on over here to take a squiz at The Evoke Company‘s snaps of this masterpiece. Getting married on the South Coast? Click here for a list of vendors we love.
Brigitte & Sam, Sydney, NSW
A backyard wedding with pizazz, Brigitte & Sam’s wedding boasted, without a doubt, some of the best florals of 2020. This ombre rose arbour by master floral wranglers Luca Luna being just about one of our fave this year (get in contact here). But the floral goodness didn’t stop there with the matching bouquet, buttonholes and corsages being the couple’s fave details. We are also a fan of the colourful confetti and photo backdrop which you can find here. As if this day couldn’t have gotten any better, Brigitte & Sam were lucky enough to snag our office bud Scott Surplice as their photographer. Head over here to peep his snap of these two right in the middle of the iconic Sea Cliff bridge. Keen to catch more of Scotty’s work? Click here for a bunch of real weddings.
Ellie & Nathan, Audley, NSW
When your backdrop is the Royal National Park and your wedding venue the beaut Audley Dance Hall, you’ve got the canvas of dreams. When you adorn said canvas with swathes of bright blooms from the magical Aisle of Eden, you’ve got something else altogether. We’re talking real-life secret garden vibes, guys. How can you get in on a lil bit of this goodness? Well, first up we suggest getting in contact with Audley Dance Hall and Aisle of Eden, the legends behind the details, before heading on over here to catch Ellie & Nathan’s full set of snaps from The Paper Fox. Do be sure to take notes on the bride’s custom Amy New Bridal gown. Hop to it!
Katie & Matt, Adelaide, SA
We’re calling it guys. This has to be your favourite styling set up of 2020 and with styling by Found Collective and florals by Flowers In Nature, it’s not hard to see why. A dried floral fantasy, Katie & Matt championed an earthy palette with pops of orange and auburn. Describing Kelly of Found Collective as her “fairy godmother”, the bride was stoked that her vision was brought to life in such a mind-blowing way. The gals at Flowers In Nature were even able to source in season, ethical blooms. The other standout? The Raw Photographer, who the couple flew down from Cairns to capture their love fest. If you haven’t already you are going to want to pop over here to peep the full day and if you’re SA based, we recommend getting in contact with Katie & Matt’s stylist here and florist here.