Back in the early spring, in a tiny back street, we came across a perfect treasure trove of beautiful Moroccan gold furniture and accessories. We almost bought the entire shop’s
stock! We gathered intricate gold lanterns in different sizes, antiqued gold urns and goblets, filigree gold mirrors and a wonderful gold 3-tier tray which we could imagine piled high with Turkish delight and macaroons, or filled with glasses of chilled mohitos garnished with fresh mint. We added hundreds of incense sticks in an array of colours and fragrances worthy of the most bustling eastern bazaar, highly-decorated gold Moroccan occasional tables and piles of gold cushions.
For last weekend’s wedding, in the cool shady courtyard of our castle venue, we set out our new chill-out area. It was a tranquil setting, beneath tall leafy palms with a gently tinkling fountain and refreshing pool nearby to set the scene. Later on, guests discovered the perfect retreat from the party atmosphere beneath a thousand stars.
Flower tower challenge
We’re not the only people who have been gripped with flower tower mania in 2016, right? Earlier this year, Pinterest was awash with these tall gold structures, graced with stunning flower balls and adorned with crystal and pearl droplets. We were smitten! And so was one of our brides. So we set out on a quest to find them. This proved surprisingly difficult. Clearly a feeding frenzy had been underway! So we decided to give our silver towers a facelift. This involved some serious research into shades of antique gold and several trips to our yacht painter friends to get a perfect professional finish. But at last, our towers had their first outing, filling with the most luxuriant balls of pure white hydrangeas and peonies. As the evening sun lit up the tables, the gorgeous flowers in their gold stands, dressed with their glinting crystal droplets were a stunning sight.
The best-dressed chairs
Also going WAY up in our favourite decor this summer are long chiffon chair sashes. For one of our June weddings, we teamed elegant gold Napolean chairs with sweeping taupe chiffon sashes, pleated into the chair backs and finished with a bow. They looked breathtaking.