Monday, December 2nd 2013
Tell The LANE's creative team about an untapped warehouse in the back streets of Sydney's Northern Beaches, filled floor to ceiling with the most incredible selection of eclectic and hard to find decor hire props, sourced from some of the most exotic and far flung destinations around the world and we are there in an instant.
Inspired by our enduring love of travel and a drive to reflect our passions and inspiration in our styling - we are always on the search for those hard to find props and furniture pieces to help us bring our creative concepts to life. The Hire End is one of the few creative resources we have found that shares this love (and eye) for gorgeous pieces, so on a recent trip to Sydney we decided to let you in on our little secret and document our visit to the warehouse to show you just how amazing this place is…
If you are an Australian DIY bride and are currently in the process of trying to style your own reception or ceremony you will know the frustration of trying to find good decor hire items. However you no longer need to scour every antique shop daily to find that vintage peacock chair for your bohemian beach ceremony or spend hours on ebay trying to find hundreds of gold Moroccan lanterns for your effortlessly luxe gypsy reception - The Hire End is spilling with them. Stylists, DIY brides or even the hostess can visit the warehouse and get a first hand look at the pieces available for hire. Whether your aesthetic is classic, bohemian, French country or tribal luxe, the warehouse will have the perfect pieces for the look you are trying to achieve. Think luxe linens and eclectic prints, vintage chandeliers repaired to their original beauty, beautiful crystal glassware, weathered elm dining tables, wrought iron, Tiffany and peacock chairs as well as exotic props sourced as far as the souks in Morocco.
Also on offer are a range of ceremony packages (to suit your aesthetic) that come with delivery, set up and dismantle making it so simple to have a beautiful ceremony set up on your wedding day! We adore the beachside luxe ceremony package featuring a linen bamboo canopy, oversize peacock chairs, signing table & fisherman stools.
The Hire End is based in Sydney, NSW, but products are available interstate at request. You can coordinate to visit the warehouse if you would like to view items prior to hiring. Warning, enter at your own risk! After hours exploring every nook of the warehouse we wanted to leave with it all, we just couldn't manage to fit peacock chairs in the taxi (believe us we tried)!
Wednesday, November 27th 2013
Festival Days Details:
Top and Skirt: Toni Maticevski / Stationary: Papier D'Amore / Musical Instruments & Records, Brass Tablewear, Ombre Napkins and Feathers: The LANE Event Styling / Polkadot Stationery Suite: Papier D'Amour / Brass Rings: Molten Store / Crystal Ring: Mania Mania Salome Cocktail Ring in Brass with Smokey Quartz and Chlorite / Sunglasses: The Row / Make Up: All Chanel - our favourites were Chanel Lip Colour in Rouge Allure 98 Coromandel and Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in 565 Beige / Perfume: Chanel Coco Noir / Clutch: YSL / Crystal Necklace: Mania Mania Fatale Necklace in Brass with Smokey Quartz / Bracelette: Mania Mania Babylon Bangle in Brass with Smokey Quartz / Lingerie: Stella McCartney / Veil: Polka Dot Tule from Spotlight / Terracotta Saucer / charger plate (placed under white plates): Bunnings / Crochet Placemats and white dinner plates can be hired at The Hire End
Continuing with our Sound Issue, our most recent flat lay was inspired by the girl who spends her Summers following her favourite bands and chasing the sun. The kind of girl who might rock round sunglasses and bare a peek of midriff with a cropped top & full skirt (like these divine Tony Maticevski pieces!) on her wedding day - in essence the wild at heart bride.
While this non-traditional look isn't everyone's cup of tea, I think it's important to be inspired by your soul and the things you love, and reflect these passions in the colour choice and styling decisions you make on your wedding day.
Our focus for this flat lay was to find the perfect blend of bold colour and metallics to evoke a festival vibe that felt free-spirited but also slightly polished. Inspired by the red earth and dust stirred up at a music festival, we used brass, gold and red tones contrasted with bold blacks & whites. Luxe items like the incredible full skirt and beaded top from Toni Maticevski, YSL clutch, antique gold flatware and opulent flower crown add a touch of glamour.
When planning your reception, keep this festival mood & aesthetic in mind and search for the perfect outdoor space to hold a colourful celebration under the stars. Dance barefoot around blazing bonfires & create a vibrant atmosphere with fire twirling, live bands and overflowing glasses of champagne!
See more from our Sound Issue...
Our Perfect Playlist
Ceremony Inspiration: Musical Instruments
Reception Decor: Festival Inspired Styling
Favours: Mixed Tapes
Ceremony Inspiration: Ribbon Canopies
Reception Decor: Fire Away
Music Planning Tips
Live Wedding Band Picks
Monday, November 25th 2013
Maybe it's the fact that Summer is just around the corner and I'm dreaming of exotic island escapes, wild salty air, toussled hair and sun-kissed skin (aren't we all!) but I've been obsessing over the Hibiscus of late! I also love taking a flower that has received a bit of a bad name after having starred in a tacky beach wedding or two, and trying to find a fresh way to incorporate it into a wedding. (however you won't see me attempting this with the Gerbera!)
I love the lush, tropical vibe that the Hibiscus can infuse into a wedding with it's vibrant palette of coral, fuchsia and watermelon. For this shoot I wanted to blend effortless bohemia with the Summer island aesthetic that a Hibiscus evokes, and capture the flower styled in a beautifully raw, natural way. We kept the Hibiscus as our focal flower and blended Bougainvillaea, Russian Red Spray Roses, David Austin garden roses, Lilac, Alstroemeria, Lithianthus and Carnations to create beautiful garlands, bouquets, arm bands and anklets!
Cue a secluded beach location that looked perfectly rugged after a giant storm, the most divine sunset, bohemian lace gowns from Grace Loves Lace, our talented florist at The LANE, Alex Lorking-Tanner and the amazing eye of wedding photographer Brooke Adams to capture it all... and we had ourselves a pretty magical shoot!
Take a look at the full Hibiscus shoot in our Floral section of The Guide here.
Art Direction / Styling / Production: Karissa Fanning / The LANE