Picture of the Month – June 2018

And the winner is… Ryan Goold Photography!

We now have half of our finalists for our Picture of the Year vote in January, after you voted this beautiful picture by Ryan Goold Photography our June 2018 Picture of the Month. Taken at Lauren and James’ wedding in Somerset, Ryan explained how he had to act quickly to make the most of the perfect sunlight…

Bride and groom kissing under tree - Picture by Ryan Goold Photography

It Turned Out Lovely

“Lauren and James married on the 5th May this year at the stunning Longhouse wedding venue in Somerset. It was my first time photographing there and it was amazing. Used during the week as an activity-filled day out for schools, with climbing, raft building and so on, at the weekend Longhouse gets transformed into a beautiful wedding venue.

“I spotted the raised banks down from the venue, and I was actively looking for the sunlight at this time of day. Luckily it happened to fall through the trees so I quickly got the bride and groom to stand over by them ready for the shot; it turned out lovely. I love using greenery no matter where I am, and always look to bring it into the couple photos.”

To see more of Ryna Goold Photography’s work visit www.ryangooldphotography.co.uk.

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Getting to Know – The Prop Factory

Company Name: The Prop Factory

Interview with: Carys Jenkinson

Location / Coverage: Based in Exeter but cover all areas of the UK

Introduce The Prop Factory

The Prop Factory is a seven year old amazingly unique Prop and Furniture Hire Company. We hand-make beautiful items to hire for weddings and events from nearly 90% recycled, reclaimed and second hand materials. We don’t use any nasty chemicals and say “NO!” to fibreglass. Most of our items to hire are handmade from wood or fabric and a little bit of metal. We don’t sell any of our products either so you’ll only find them here.

Bride sitting on pink sofa available to hire from from The Prop Factory

Who works at The Prop Factory and what are your roles?

We are a small team of six working in the heart of Devon, obsessively foraging, creating, following trends, setting trends, drinking tea and being generally inspired and excited by all things pretty, weird and fun.

  • Carmen: Director, Prop designer and Marketing Manager
  • Adam: Director, HR and Customer service manager
  • Jim: Logistics Manager
  • Laura: Prop Maker
  • Carys: Stylist
  • Tricia: Website Creator

Cream and gold candelabra available to hire from from The Prop Factory

What’s your story? How did The Prop Factory come about and how long has the company been running?

The Prop Factory started in 2011 by 23 year old single mum Carmen Croxall, while she was at University. It has now grown into a warehouse of wonders.

Carmen started in the industry with a small vintage china hire business, and soon after had the passion and knowledge to create something amazing with prop hire. The company began as ‘The Very Vintage Hire Company’ and then changed face to ‘The Prop factory’. This is indeed an accurate description as we are a Factory making wonderful Props.

Bride under cream arch available to hire from from The Prop Factory

What props and furniture do you hire out for weddings?

We hire out such a variation of props and furniture to both weddings and events. We have a broad and creative range of sofas, chairs, tables, games, signs, giant objects, bunting, lampshades, light up letters, bars, backdrops and much more.

What made you decide to make the prop items rather than simply hiring out existing products?

Carmen wanted to have products that no one else would have, and the business revolves around making and creating new ones. If we were to buy new products they wouldn’t be unique to us. We also like to bring life back to old furniture and recycle as it’s much more satisfying to know nothing has gone to waste and we’ve created something gorgeous!

Bride sitting on chocolate coloured sofa available to hire from from The Prop Factory

Where do you source materials for the props?

We save and restore a lot of pieces of furniture, and look for lovely wood details which we can take off of something old and make into something new.

How do you decide what to make? Where do you get your inspiration from?

Carmen is very creative with new prop ideas, and often one new prop idea can spur on a range of new props.

Test Your Strength game available to hire from from The Prop Factory

If a couple is looking for something very specific that you don’t currently have, could you make a bespoke item for them?

We have made bespoke props in the past for weddings and events, and are always open to creating new things for customers. However, we try to create props that many couples can enjoy, so nothing too bespoke that others won’t relate to it.

Your warehouse must be huge! What’s it like?

The warehouse is amazing! I recommend that everyone comes to have a look around. It’s floor to ceiling props and so much colour and creativity to look at. We have a workshop, office and styling area also packed in, so there’s a constant buzz here! A lot of people refer to it as an Aladdin’s cave.

Carmen from The Prop Factory in their warehouse

Do you have a favourite item that The Prop Factory supplies?

We are very popular with our funfair games, especially for outdoor weddings. They are so fun and interactive, and look lovely and colourful when all set up together.

Wedding funfair made from items hired from The Prop factory


What’s the craziest item you have available for hire?

The new Mad Hatter’s Chair is the craziest item we have, which Carmen only designed last week. It has a tiny rabbit living underneath it. Keep an eye on the website for an exciting new photo of this one.

What are your top three most hired products?

Flamingo Statues, Velvet Emily Sofas and our giant daisies.

Bride and groom sitting on deckchairs available to hire from from The Prop Factory

How soon in advance should couples book their props and furniture?

The sooner the better as we tend to have one-off props. We like having single items as it’s nice for couples to know they have the only one of a product at their wedding. Props get booked up quickly, often a year in advance, so if you have something in mind get it booked and then you can always add more at a later date. Couples just need to pay a deposit to secure products, and then pay the full balance 14 days before hire.

Bride and groom sitting on blue Chesterfield sofa available to hire from from The Prop Factory

As you cover such a wide area, what are your delivery costs?

We have a handy delivery calculator on our website. It calculates the prop hire cost and postcode, and the more spent on props the lower the delivery cost is. Also, if a customer spends £300 we deliver free within a certain mile radius.

Describe The Prop Factory in three words

Creative, sustainable and FUN!

Bride and groom holding up willow heart available to hire from from The Prop Factory

What’s your typical day like?

For me it’s a dream job and every day is different. For the last six months I have been coordinating and styling a photo shoot a week with our props to create inspiring content for our customers. Each photo shoot has had a completely different theme, with the images used on our website, social media and in publications.

Have you ever hired props for a celebrity wedding?

We have supplied to many well know celebrity events and had TV and Film bookings. Two we are very proud of are Britain’s Got Talent and The Great British Bake Off, and a lot more of our corporate clients are listed on our website.

Where can I find out more about The Prop Factory?

Website: www.propfactory.co.uk

Instagram: www.instagram.com/thepropfactory

Twitter: @The_PropFactory

Facebook: www.facebook.com/propfactory

Pinterest: www.pinterest.co.uk/thepropfactory

The Wedding Community: www.theweddingcommunity.com/14213/Suppliers/The-Prop-Factory

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Sparkling Celestial Wedding Inspiration

There are so many reasons why I love these incredible sparkling celestial wedding ideas. Dreamt up by the amazing Kiss from Fleur, this styling is enchanting and ever so beautiful.

Celestial designs are a big thing right now. There’s an abundance of star and moon designs available for just about all aspects of life, from clothing to homeware, stationery to garden elements. Celestial designs make the most amazing wedding concept too, as you’ll see from these styling ideas.

Two brides by ladder covered in flowers

The soft and romantic tablescape features draping tulle table linen, very cool galaxy patterned plates and a fabulous white orchid, peony and dark red calla lily table runner. I adore the angelic celestial wedding cake and textured handmade stationery that mirror the universe, and the large silver moon used in this shoot would make a brilliant backdrop for a wedding ceremony

If you want a wedding dress to turn heads then look out for the incredible Anna Campbell ‘Sydney’ dress. The amazing hand-embellished sequins sparkle from head to toe.

So, if you’re looking for a romantic and ethereal wedding styling concept then check out these charming pictures by Cornelia Lietz…

Celestial World

“Inspired by the mysticism and spirituality between heaven and earth, a beguiling beauty invites us into her celestial world. Naturally and perfectly imperfect, her eyes sparkle like little orbs while her dress shimmers like a beautiful galaxy.

Wedding table with tulle tablecloth draped to floor

Floral table runner on tulle tablecloth

Galaxy design plate

Candles on tablecloth draped off of table

Wedding place name card

Galaxy pattern on plate

White and very dark red wedding flowers Wedding menu

“Floating fabrics elegantly emphasise dark plum and deep black. An arrangement of orchids a recurring, earthly element next to black plates, a symbol of fascinating mythology.

Wedding table with celestial styling

Floral wedding table runner

Gold chair Dark calla lilies


Celestial wedding styling details Dark cutlery

Candles on tulle tablecloth

Bride standing on ladder covered in flowers

Bride with updo and dark choker neckpiece Bride wearing draping wedding dress

Bride sitting in chair

Black wedding shoes with stars

Bride with dark hair and make-up Bride's sparkly fingernails

“Following the plates’ constellation, handmade calligraphy stationery gets us in the right mood for celestial wedding inspiration, like the delicate ring that seems like it’s made of a thousand little stars.

Grey and black celestial wedding stationery

Grey celestial themed envelope for wedding invitation

Celestial love quote

Quote next to wedding ring

Bride standing on crescent moon

Bride wearing sparkly wedding dress Bride with star in her hair

Bride sitting on crescent moon

Bride sitting on crescent moon Bride leaning back in crescent moon

“Also sparkling, two modern brides appear with glittering moons in their hair and shiny accents on black velvet shoes. Delicate yet impossible to overlook, they radiate a magic glow almost like the rising moon next to them.

“The minimalistic brides brought a metallic moon down to earth, to sway in its big silver crescent and dream of their big day. On this day they’ll put a complexion on vows like “You are my sun, my moon and all my stars”, and lay the world to their sweetheart’s feet.”

Bride wearing long sparkly wedding dress

Bride with moon in hair Reflection in mirror of bride's wedding dress

Bride looking over her shoulder

Bride standing by window Bride resting elbow on stool

Celestial themed wedding cake

Top of grey celestial wedding cake

Glitter detail and flowers on celestial wedding cake

Brides on ladder covered in flowers

Bride with hand on hip

Cowl back of bride's wedding dress Bride wearing headband

Back of bride showing cowl back of wedding dress

Atticus quote - A Sky Full of Stars and He Was Staring at Her

Creative Team

Photography: Cornelia Lietz

Shoot Concept, Styling, Flowers and Cake Design: Kiss from Fleur

Shoot Location: Anna van Neerhave

Hair and Make-Up: Natalie Arslan

Wedding Dresses: Sydney by Anna Campbell, Suki and Pearl by Rime Arodaky, Demi Sequin Top and Juliette Dress by A La Robe. A La Robe and Rime Arodaky Dresses from Wild at Heart Bridal

Headpieces: Naturae Design

Orchidee Choker: Yves Saint Laurent

Table Runner and Ribbons: Silk and Willow

Ceramics and Cutlery: Astier de Villatte

Glasses: Malfatti Glass

Stationery: Nice Plume

Models: Janice Saya and Lia Leuskens

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