The custom circle arch we created for Maria and Nick’s big day is one of our most popular images on Instagram. You guys can’t seem to get enough of that pinky halo backdrop, so in answer to all your like-happy thumbs, we sat down with Maria to discuss styling her big day, from the ceremony arch to the reception details.

George & Smee wedding styling

1. Maria, which three words best describe you?

Kind, determined, strong.

2. Tell us about the venue you chose for your big day?

We had two venues on the day, Vaucluse House for our ceremony and Beta Bar for our reception. They are quite different in terms of vibe and design. Vaucluse House is classic, with lots of light and greenery, whereas  Beta bar is a loft style venue with high ceilings, big windows and modern design. 

3. What vibe did you aim for?

We wanted a relaxed, modern vibe but with a hint of classic. Best of both worlds and a mix of two to achieve an atmosphere that was warm and welcoming.

George & Smee ceremony styling

4. What made you choose George & Smee for the styling?

George & Smee did a tremendous job of styling both locations end to end, which was quite difficult given the distance between the two. Apart from the styling they also did all the florals including our beautiful ceremony arch full of flowers, flower arrangements for the reception venue and flowers for the bridal party. 

They understood exactly what I wanted from the first conversation, starting from the vibe and colour scheme, and finishing with the table layout. Communication was seamless and I was really comfortable and confident that everything would go well on the big day. 


5. Tell us about the inspiration behind the styling?

I spent hours and hours on Pinterest researching European weddings, and George & Smee really helped my ideas come alive. 

6. What were your favourite details that George & Smee created?

The flower arrangements mixed with the draped shawls and candles were absolutely stunning. We received lots of compliments on the day on how tasteful it was. 

George & Smee reception styling

7. What was the most memorable moment of the day?

Walking down the aisle with my father and our big entrance. Entering the room full of people that we love, it was incredible. 

8. What do you wish you knew before you started planning?

I wish I knew how difficult it is to find a right location, and how far ahead you need to plan. Lots of good locations get booked out well in advance. Same goes for stylists, photographers etc. 

George & Smee reception styling

9. Do you have any (other) words of advice for brides-to-be?

My advice would be to trust your instincts, believe in your wedding ideas, stick to your guns and everything will be beautiful. Surround yourself with friends and family who will help and inspire you.

George & Smee reception and table styling

Photography by: @elinbandmannphotography