Updated: May 12, 2019

On Thursday afternoon I had the pleasure of visiting a new wedding venue in York. When I say new, it hasn't even been officially 'opened' yet.

I was invited along by Lianne of Blonde Army Event Design to meet owner Charlotte (who by the way, also happens to be an absolute cakey genius!) to hear all about her vision for the future of White Syke Fields.

''Were just farmers' says Charlotte, who moved to the stunning property just over a year ago with her husband. "All I've done is power wash down a barn, paint it, decorate it, put in new windows & doors, re seed half of a field big enough for a marquee.... *5 minutes later* install outdoor toilets....."

The list was extensive, and the work shows. Not only has Charlotte moved to a new area, kept her successful wedding cake business running, renovated the entire house but she also has two small children (and a handy husband). Talk about power woman, whatever this lady has for her breakfast, I'll take two!

Whilst modest Charlotte was telling us that was "all she had done" she was finishing off icing one the cakes she had made for the networking event that was to follow that evening *I can confirm, cake was scrumptious!

Lianne had planned a mini styled shoot and networking event for later that evening for local suppliers to meet and chat and just enjoy some time with other humans. It can be a lonely life for us creatives sat behind a laptop for 80% of the time. Any excuse to let our hair down and we are usually there with bells (and lipstick) on.

On to the styling for our mini shoot. We had a small but delightful team of creatives collaborating on this gorgeous tablescape. Styled by Lianne, Florals by the insanely talented Elichia Robinson of Hare and Howl Floristry, Stationary by Nats Paper Studio and cake by Apple Charlotte Cakes.

Transparent menus and table place cards seem to be really popular at the moment, and for good reason! If you have simplistic styling and are looking to minimise 'clutter' on your tables these menus are a fantastic choice to do just that. you can have a darker text to compliment a lighter plate or if you are going for a moody vibe, you can close a lighter text to overlay a darker plate. Alternatively, you can use them alongside big bows to create more texture for an elegant and classic look with a modern twist. Nat had sent us several styles to work with but these by far had to be my favourite!

I always love to watch florists at work. They walk into a bare room with a bucket of beautiful flowers and foraged goodies and transform it into a wedding venue. Your florist is probably one of the key elements in your wedding décor. Whether you are looking for a minimal florals and tables bursting with greenery, huge bouquets full of colour and soft textures or anything inbetween, they have the power to turn a seemingly simple room into the most legant banqueting suite. To transform a white tablecloth into a 'blooming' masterpiece.

A newcomer to the 'North' Elichia has built a successful business after leaving her muggle job behind. With a family who have a background in floristry she is no stranger to florals. It was an absolute pleasure getting to know her and watch her work.

Last but not least I need to say a few words about the organiser of the event. Lianne is also a girl from the South. Living and working in London she has amassed a wealth of experience in the events industry. Lianne will be relocating up north to the York area and will be specialising in luxury wedding and event planning "for the stylish, chic and life loving". This is a woman who knows what she wants, will listen to what you want and will do her upmost to plan your day to perfection. If you are looking for an event or wedding planner with an eye for detail @BlondeArmy is the one to check out!

Styling and Planning - @blondearmy

Photography @emmaryanphotographer

Florals @hareandhowl

Stationary @natspaperstudio

Cake @applecharlottecakes

Venue @whitesykesfields

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