"Love is friendship set on fire" - Jeremy Taylor
There's something truly fascinating and intriguing about fire. Maybe it's a deeply-rooted instinct to try and master it - due to the fact it was ultimately crucial to human survival millions of years ago. Fire offers a sense of mystery, a magic from the past - its gentle movement is soothing and creates instant ambience that guests will naturally gravitate toward.
If you are opting for a winter wedding - a fireplace is a must. Think a heavily adorned rustic timber mantle ladened with glowing lanterns and white candles contrasted atop burnished brass candelabras. Try placing candles in bottles and allowing them to drip (burning some of these at home prior to your big day will speed up the dripping/melting process.) If you're limited to a void fireplace - this can still be decorated beautifully with clusters of chalky white pillar candles that vary in sizes to create a point of difference.
Fires aren't necessarily limited to winter weddings, late autumn (even summer) is the perfect time to have an outdoor fireplace. A circular fire pit will be the focal point of a reception setting once the sun has descended. We love the idea of setting an array of mismatched vintage chairs to create an intimate area for guests to mingle around the fire.