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See Our Collection In Person

Since our launch in 2014 we have been evolving the Box and Cox collection and quickly out growing all the rented spaces we’ve occupied.  This summer, during our busiest ever month, we made the move into our largest space to date.  From our rural 19th Century stone barn we are now able to offer our clients the opportunity to view the Box and Cox collection in person.

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© Exposure Photo Agency – Box & Cox Vintage Hire studio shots

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© Exposure Photo Agency – Box & Cox Vintage Hire studio shots

Our online catalogue still remains the most popular way of seeing our collection, but for those who want to chat, play about with ideas, and see our larger items like our wedding archways, assembled, the new space offers a terrific opportunity.

The photos of the new space are thanks to the wonderful Anna Burt at Exposure Photo Agency. One of the great benefits of working within Weddings and Events is you meet so many wonderful and talented folk.  Anna and her husband Simon Burt are seasoned wedding photographers, who also happen to have an extensive portfolio of commercial and journalistic photography.  It was an honour to work with Anna and we are thrilled with her images of our new space.  Thank you Anna!

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Furniture To Suit Your Style

Whether you’re having an elegant country house soirée or a boho woodland wedding, your furniture choices are a great way to stamp some serious style.

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Antique pieces like our Dressing Table are simply beautiful.  They can be used to display wedding cakes, sweeties, or perhaps a special place for your guest book.

Instead of using a hamper or basket, why not fill the drawers with snugly blankets and invite your guests to keep warm on chilly Cornish evenings.

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Behind the scenes on the ‘It’s All About Love’ styled shoot

box and cox behind the scenesWhen you plan an outdoor wedding styled shoot, the very last thing you want to see is an amber severe weather warning for heavy rain and 80 mph wind, but unfortunately that’s what we got! We had to improvise and move the ceremony part of the shoot to the workshops at our shoot location, The Cornish Cutting Garden.

Our models were couple, Chloe and Sam, a real couple who are set to tie the knot in a matter of weeks. A real couple meant we could capture genuine moments of love and affection. Neither had modelled before, but did an amazing job and never once complained about being asked to stand for hours posing in the pouring rain!

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Our phenomenally talented photographer, Joanne Clement from Enchanted Brides, has a way of capturing both story and beauty in its raw state. Jo embraced a deluge of Cornish wind and rain to provide us with wonderfully atmospheric, love and laughter filled images!

The Cornish Cutting Garden gave us a wonderful setting for our shoot.  With both wild and nurtured spaces, horticulturalist and florist, Clare Webb, tends and grows all the foliage and flowers used in their wedding displays and arrangements.

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The large wooden archway was given an organic and romantic feel, and created the centrepiece for the shoot. Adorned by Clare from The Cornish Cutting Garden with beautiful foliage, herbs, moss, and in-season florals, the arch had glorious colour and texture.  Aged tin cans filled with bright spring blooms, willow balls, potted plants and an abundance of chalkboards gave the ceremony a budget friendly, stripped back look.

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The beautiful stationary, embellished with sparkling glitter gold detail added a sense of luxury to the occasion. Honey, the superstar four legged ring barer, giant balloon and 1930s bicycle provided us with the opportunity to capture some playful moments and stolen kisses between our bride and groom. The traditional lemonade stand, festooned with pastel bunting, complimented the spring colours of the flowers and added to the sense of celebration.

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Credits:

Arch, props and styling – Gemma Rawlinson, Box and Cox Vintage Hire

Photography – Joanne Clement, Enchanted Brides

Venue and Flowers – Clare Webb, The Cornish Cutting Garden

Make Up Artist – Amy Pike

Brides Clothing – Vintage

Grooms Clothing – Own/Vintage

Balloon – Snazzy Balloons

Bunting – Funky Flags Bunting

Stationary – The Paper Princess

Models – Real couple, Chloe and Sam

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Cornish Summer Weddings

Nothing beats a wedding in Cornwall.  Whether a chic city venue, rustic barn, or a manor by the sea, Cornwall has it all.

For us at Box and Cox, January and February are the months when brides and grooms start to make those final plans for their beautiful summer wedding.  As visions of croquet and Pimms on the lawn brighten the bleak winter days, enquiries and bookings for our games, vintage drinks stands, and deckchairs soar.

So just to wet your appetite for what can be expected from our 2016 couples, here’s a few of our favourites from last year! Enjoy!

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Hotly Anticipated Wedding Trends for 2016

Weddings taking place in 2016 are predicted to be a far more luxurious party affair this year.  Metallic will be the most heavily featured colour, with both rose gold and copper cropping up in all styles of weddings.  Cakes, stationary, table arrangements and wedding attire will all be touched by metallic fever.

Other colours to feature include apricot, grey/blue and jewel tones.  When combined with glitter, captivating lighting, and absolutely everything monogrammed, 2016 is set to be exceptionally decedent.

The floral installation will be a big feature this year, with chandeliers, archways, and flower walls all creating a feast for the eyes.  The oversized bouquet, harking back to the decant 1920s will also be a popular choice.

Festival and whimsical style weddings continue to surge in popularity, with a real back to nature feel.  Think weather worn wood, outdoor ceremonies, tipi tents, hay bale seating, naked cakes, moss and wild flowers.

Stripes and chevrons as well as art deco geometric patterns will cross over between festival style and luxe city weddings, cropping up in table linens, cakes, décor and stationary.

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Food and drinks stations will feature heavily, with bespoke cocktails, tapas and sharing platters all creating the party feel.

We’ve put together a Pintrest Board featuring all these key looks.  Take a look here.

To hire 2016’s top looks visit the Box and Cox website.

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New Packages and Services

New for 2016, we’re introducing packages for games hire which includes on the day set up.  Designed to take a little of the strain, our packages not only offer a discount, but also saves clients having to worry about who’s going to set everything up.

Also new for this year is our Pack Away Package.  For those who are concerned about who’s going to take the responsibility and pack all our items up ready for collection, we make things simple.  For details, take a look at our website.

Finally, we are adding a number of beautiful wedding arches to our collection.  These either come with the option of set up or set up is included in the hire price.  We’ll work with florists to make sure they’re ready for the floral touch.

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Celebrating 90 Years of an Inspirational Woman

I’m so excited to share this post with you all.  Last week we travelled to London for a very important event, my beautiful Grandmother’s 90th Birthday.  Family and friends from across the globe made the journey to be with her on such a special occasion.

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Born in Victoria, Australia in 1925, my Granny married my British Grandpa and in 1950 moved to London to set up home.  Much to everyone’s disgrace, she and Grandpa decided to buy a home in Notting Hill, believing it to be ‘up and coming’! At the time, Notting Hill and neighbouring Holland Park were still full of bomb rubble and empty Regency and Victorian buildings with broken windows and leaking roofs.  No one wanted to live there except squatters and those renting cheap rooms.

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Granny was determined to create a beautiful home, have a family, but not to be a typical fifties housewife. She wanted a career, and with a passion for design and architecture, she began work as an interior designer.  She wrote for major magazines and publications on the subject as well as designing beautiful spaces for people to reside in.  Her eye for great design has influenced several generations and her work remains a great inspiration to me.

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Visiting Granny’s home is always a joy for me. She still lives in the same area of London, which of course is no longer impoverished!  Her home is packed full of family photos, beautiful furniture collected over a lifetime, and clever design solutions.  She has most certainly reached her 90th year in style and has created a legacy of design that I’m extremely proud of.

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Vintage Style Wedding? Here’s our Top Tips!

Vintage is a trend that’s here to stay.  It conjures up feelings of romance, elegance, nostalgia, and joy.  At Box and Cox, we love vintage so much it’s what we eat, sleep and breathe.  We see a lot of vintage weddings, and we’ve learned a few things along the way.  Make sure you read our top tips if you’re creating a vintage style wedding!

1)  Avoid trying to completely recreate a wedding set in the past.  It can make weddings feel staged and without soul.  Instead, use elements of the past to invoke the spirit of vintage but do so in an on-trend way.  For example, why not suspend beautiful, traditional umbrellas or pretty lampshades from the ceiling of your marquee.  Antique mirrors make great table plans when written on with a chalk pen. Aged furniture and styling props add a sense of history and personality.

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2)  Even though your theme may be ‘vintage’ don’t forget to make it personal to you as a couple.  Perhaps you’re keen sailors – incorporate some vintage nautical touches into the overall style with well weathered life rings, oars, maybe even an old boat for your self-service drinks bar.  Or maybe you’re film lovers – get some inspiration from retro cinemas with popcorn, light up signs, old fashioned tickets.

3) If you need to transport guests, why not choose a classic bus. Packed full of the romance of a bye gone ere, the Routemaster double decker busses or the smaller 1950s coaches will create a memorable vintage experience for your guests. Plus they make for some fantastic photos!

4)  Don’t be afraid of colour!  So many vintage style weddings have a pastel colour pallet.  This can look gorgeous, but strong colours are amazing at vintage weddings.  For florals, think of the traditional English cottage garden and how it’s packed full of blues, bright pinks, purples all jumbled together and it totally works!  Packed into brightly coloured vintage containers like enamel coffee pots or old tin containers, your arrangements will scream vintage.

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5)  Don’t underestimate the power of nostalgia.   Why not do sweetie favours with all the sweets you loved as a child.  Your guests will love reminiscing about them too.  Or perhaps create a DIY photo booth with the things that remind you of your younger days.  1980s telephones, your old school ties, you can even use the toys you loved as props!

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6)  Wedding days are as much about families are they are about you as a couple.  Include some personal vintage history that involves your family in your day.  Set out a display of photos featuring you both as children, perhaps your parents or grandparents on their wedding days.  Don’t forget to add some funny photos too that will raise a smile and get people talking!

7)  Create a vintage feel in your outside spaces.  Guests stretched out on deckchairs or picnic blankets watching traditional lawn games, sipping champagne, Pimms or cloudy lemonade, create a relaxed and elegant feel.   If you’ve got children attending the wedding, some child friendly garden games like Hook a Duck or a traditional Coconut Shy work brilliantly within a vintage theme.

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8) Create a guest book that’s a real talking point for your guests. Perhaps you could ask them to type out messages on an old typewriter or write on vintage postcards to post into an antique letterbox. Message in a bottle is a lovely idea for seaside weddings and also works well for vintage themes. Guests write on paper scrolls and pop them into a bottle for the couple to read on their first wedding anniversary.

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9) The cake can say a lot about your chosen style. Whether you choose a gorgeous hand painted cake or a tower or cheese,  don’t forget to give a little thought to how to display your cake. Antique writing desks, dressing tables, old whiskey barrels, are all being used by couples to show their cakes off in serious vintage style.

10)  If you’re serving after dinner cocktails or a buffet for your evening guests, why not bring in a retro catering van. Sleek silver Airsteam caravans, 1950s ice cream vans, VW campers, can all be found proving some serious treats out of their quirky vintage transportation.

To help create your dream vintage wedding, hire some vintage style from us at Box and Cox Vintage Hire.  We stock Cornwall’s widest range of vintage hire items and deliver throughout Cornwall.

http://www.boxandcoxvintage.co.uk

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A Seasonal Products Shoot

The glories of autumn are starting to fade as we edge towards winter.  Making the most of glimmering sunshine, I packed the van and my camera and went to visit to our neighbours, ‘Cornish Cutting Garden’ for an impromptu photo shoot.

We’ve got some gorgeous new rustic items for hire, and the wildly romantic setting of the cutting garden provides the perfect backdrop.  Our Rustic Bar, with it’s oak whiskey barrels looked so at home nestled in amongst this wooded setting.

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It’s always a treat to see what Claire, the garden’s owner, is working on.  As both a knowledgeable horticulturalist and a talented florist, she is able to transform what she grows into beautiful bouquets, garlands, centrepieces and wreaths.  Couples who book Claire for their weddings not only receive wonderful arrangements, but the feel good factor that everything is native and local.

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To find out more about Cornish Cutting Garden go to http://www.thecuttinggardencompany.co.uk

For our rustic bar and all other vintage hire items go to http://www.boxandcoxvintage.co.uk

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Welcoming the flamingos

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With wedding season now calming down, it’s time to revamp our website – enter our Flamingos!

We’ve got lots of plans to make our website better than ever, with a designated wedding hire section and event hire section.  There’s a few empty slots for some lovely new stock to be listed in too!  We’re also adding lots of links between our items and Pintrest pin boards to give a little inspiration as to how our fab items can be incorporated into your styling.

To check out the website, which is evolving every day, go to http://www.boxandcoxvintage.co.uk