D E S E R T . R O S E pt.2
Hi! We’re back with the next edition in our series about Desert Rose, our mini styled shoot that was inspired by the Western Sahara. In our last post, we were saying how amazing a place the Moroccan desert is, what it looked like, what it felt like, and how it inspired us. We talked about how we used our images to create a mood board, and what it was about those particular images that helped us to source further imagery to deepen a concept.
What we are aiming to do here is give you a simplified version of how we translated the photos that provided us with our muse, and turned them into a physical design. For the creatives among you, this might be obvious! But for those who want to know how we come up with our schemes and designs, this is basically how we do it. It starts with inspiration (which clearly can come from anywhere!), but it’s in the interpretation of that inspiration that creates something unique.
In this instance, we want to tell a story about our experience, and therefore we need a ‘beginning, a middle and an end’. Our beginning is the basis of our look: a neutral and natural backdrop. We wanted to echo the beige sand, the dust kicked up from the roads, white clouds, the fabric tents from the market-place and the chunks of black volcanic rock. Therefore, our colours were oatmeal, black, and light cream. We used these in the table cloth, the crockery and cutlery, a vase or two and in the floristry.
To help explain how it felt to be there, we explored texture as the ‘middle’ of our story. We used African pottery made literally from the earth of the region, and sparse, dried flowers as a natural reminder of the heat, fragility and beauty of the place. The dried flowers also ticked another box for us – the colours and shapes of the 1970s are creeping into interiors, events and fashion at the moment. Using dried flowers gave us all the feels - knowing the scheme, although unique, would be current.
To elevate the look further, we decided to bring in the colour blue, to remind us of staring into that beautiful sky, and basking in the very welcome warmth that you crave in the depths of an English October. Blue is a very up-and-coming colour for weddings at the moment, and we have a feeling you’ll start seeing it a lot more in the coming months, with blue flowers taking centre stage. However, if blue flowers are a bit much, it’s very easy to introduce the colour in smaller ways. We’ve done it with napkins here, and we just love it. Note also how our vases are not plain – they look almost like they are sand blasted
You’ll be able to see on our mood board from our previous post how we were drawn to all the warm and earthy colours in the Western Sahara. We wanted to bring them into our design as well to add some richness and dynamism to create a feast for the eyes. This becomes our ‘ending’: you’ll see we use burnt orange, rich mustard yellow, pale pink and some shiny gold to help make the blue stand out, and to give our scheme some layers. We didn’t use too much of each colour, but just enough to lift and highlight – something that would repeat well over a larger or more numerous tables. It’s a very personal and meaningful arrangement, which we feel is essential for good wedding décor composition. Personalising your wedding doesn’t have to mean that you put your names and wedding date on your favours or napkins, but can reverberate through every design choice you make.
So what do you think of it? Have you enjoyed this journey with us? Perhaps you haven’t, and you feel like this is painful to look at. The best element of design is that it can be changed depending on how you relate to it. If you’re not sure that blue is your colour, or you need to tone down the richness, or your memory of your holiday differs slightly to that of your partner’s, you can adjust the design to suit you both. With a small accent change, like taking out the blue napkin and replacing it with charcoal, you can create an entirely different look and an entirely different feel. You lose the spring-like feeling and create a more sultry, evening effect. Choose a good foundation and then decide whether you’d like to juxtapose colours or textures to create something dynamic and contrasting, or complimentary colours for a gentle and tonal harmony.
Which would you choose?