The Boat Shed – London Warehouse Vibes by the Sea

Blog posts have been boat shed-heavy lately… but that’s just because we’ve got so much great content at the moment! We were eagerly awaiting the professional edited photos from our recent Boat Shed open day and boy, Weddings by Tom, did NOT disappoint.

At the open day we really wanted to showcase the space and demonstrate how it could look for an event. We set up the space for a photo shoot back in March with a kitsch, colourful theme and this time I wanted something a little different. I still wanted the relaxed/rustic look because, lets face it, it suits the venue but I wanted to showcase a more ‘minimal’ look and a different colour-scheme.

(Stationery shown above is by Paper Bear Lane)

The W Collection‘s ‘ghost’ chairs worked so well. The slick, modern vibe worked for that ‘juxtaposed’ look I love so much.

Smell The Roses (florist) has such a distinct wild yet elegant-style. When discussing colours with Lula we talked about pretty pastels vs autumn hues. I said I wanted to stick with summery pastels as the venue is such a seasonal space (boats, sunshine reflecting off the water and warmth as you stroll down the jetty). We decided the colours for the flowers would be bright pops of pink, coral and lilac.

When Ellen from Harriet’s Table knew what colours the flowers would be she was able to pick out vintage side plates with coordinating colours. It looked subtle, beautiful and elegant with white and gold main plates, traditional cutlery and cut glassware. Ellen used copper candlesticks from The W Collection with pastel coloured candles to complete the look on the tables.

Becky from Hartt Cakes tied in with the floral theme and coordinated with Lula to use matching fresh flowers on the stunning cake.

We set up a small ceremony area using ghost chairs, a magnificent floral arch backdrop, floral arrangements on the pew ends and fresh petal confetti.

The ceremony area was the perfect place for Diane Bell AKA Family Tree Ceremonies to base herself on the day. We’re not licenced for ceremonies at The Boat Shed so the legal bit needs to be done elsewhere, but with a celebrant you can have your own bespoke ceremony within the space.

The ceremony area was also the perfect spot for Martha Waddington to perform from. Martha is a talented cellist and the beautiful, traditional sound lends itself to walking down the aisle.

Luminique Events strung up festoon lighting for the occasion. The perfect lighting solution for the space.

Flamingo Boss came along too to dot around subtle coloured spotlights. It’s all in the detail! The colours looked great against the nautical sails (the effect would have been more noticeable at night).

Elizabeth James Events provided the faux foliage wall and hot pink neon, which was a fantastic backdrop for the band, Freight Train Runners.

Visitors helped themselves to drinks from Effervesce Bars. The bar is the only thing we’re providing strictly in-house for boat shed weddings. We liaise with clients re reception drinks (fizz? Pimms? Bottled beers, Cocktails… the choice is yours!) and the evening bar will be a mobile unit. It’s not guaranteed to be this bar but it’s guaranteed to be a quirky van/caravan in-keeping with the industrial space (and with a good size serving hatch like this!)

As well as the dining tables, The W Collection provided two lounge areas – one inside and one outside. The indoor setup consisted of a brown leather Chesterfield that looked great against the dark walls and the nautical wall hangings. Pippa paired this with a low wicker chair, side tables and rugs. The outdoor seating area was a great place for me to conduct my appointments with visitors! It had airy beach club vibes with wicker, light-coloured linen and potted plants.

And finally, visitors could hardly miss the huge light up PARTY letters from Sparkling Events Hampshire! They were so big we had a job knowing where to put them, but in fact they worked perfectly in front of the oil drum table with the gorgeous flowers and framed photographs behind.

If you’d like to discuss a wedding at The Boat Shed please contact me.

Helen x

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