I hate Christmas lights. Said no one, ever. Because seriously, who doesn’t love a good string o’ lights? I know I do. In fact, the first time I saw the tree at Rockefeller Centre in New York, I almost passed out with delight. And the second, and the third. (I liked that tree a LOT.) Admittedly, actually getting them wound around a tree I am less a fan of (cue: annual family tree argument) but once they’re up, twinkling away, there’s nothing quite like it. Maybe that’s why fairy lights/ twinkle lights/potato/potahtoe are always such an exciting component of wedding decor – maybe they remind us of things magical and childlike. Or maybe we all just like shiny stuff. Whatever the cause, it’s coming on Christmas, and I feel like looking at some sparklies, so today’s post is sheer fairy light indulgence. Some of these babies go big on quantity, but they’re also big on impact and romance. Lights transform an outdoor area into an intimate evening space, or warm up a winter wedding, or create an illusion of height, or just add that extra bit of wow. Hang them in strings, wind them around trees, hang them vertically from the ceiling. Create a wall of light, or a curtain, or a path. But whatever you do, take a few moments to drink them in – the hundred tiny stars shining just for you.
Images – Row 1: Jimena Roquero via Once Wed; Row 2: Next Exit/Entertainment Design Events via Enfianced (left); Kari Bedford Photography via Style Me Pretty (right); Row 3: Marriott Hotels; Row 4: Film still from Twilight (left); Stephan Marais on SBB (right); Row 5: Ian Mitchinson/Wedding Concepts on SBB; Row 6: Lane Dittoe/Joyful Weddings and Events via Style Me Pretty (left); Jean-Pierre Uys Photography via Grace Ormonde Wedding Style (right); Row 7: Bali Exclusive Wedding; Row 8: Preston Bailey; Row 9: Briana Moore Photography via Heart Love Weddings (left); Nouveau Events/Arrangements Floral & Party Design/Sasha Gulish via Style Me Pretty (right); Row 10: Maloman Photographers/DL Event Planning via Style Me Pretty; Row 11: Christina Szczupak via Heart Love Weddings (left); Jess + Nate Studios/Kirkbrides via Style Me Pretty (right); Row 12: Full Scale Events; Row 13: Jules Morgan on SBB (left); Mastin Studio via Apple Brides (right); Row 14: Ana Souza via Vestida de Noiva; Row 15: Lauren Kriedemann/Let’s Get Lavish on SBB.