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Carolyn Hall from Adore Weddings and Events is, without a doubt, one of the sweetest most genuine people we know. With her kind heart, beautiful nature and green fingers, she is affectionately known as the flower fairy amongst her industry friends. Wherever she goes, a little bit of magic follows and we swear at times, we can see butterflies fluttering at her heels.
She is compassionate, talented, and throws every single bit of herself into every wedding she does. Her clients are more like her family and we have just loved getting to know her both personally and professionally over the past few years.
Without further adieu we hand you over to the flower fairy herself, Carolyn from Adore.
Hooray: Please tell us your name, name of your company, and area of specification.
Adore: Hi, my name is Carolyn. Proud wife to Chris, Momma to our daughter, Georgie Grace, and dog Mom to our fur babies Lucy and Dixie. I’m a born romantic, absolute flower lover, and happy owner of Adore Weddings; a Wedding Planning, Styling, Floral Design and Decor Hire business based in KZN. I love what I do with all of my heart! It gives me incredible joy to partner alongside a couple, to take their vision for their special day and help bring it to life. It is an incredible honour to witness the joy and celebration of love shared by two people and their families each week. What I do fills my cup to overflowing, such a joy! I absolutely, hands down LOVE my job.
Hooray: Tell us about yourself.
Adore: I’m a farm girl, born and bred so have a deep love for wide open spaces, green growing things and beautiful moments. When I’m not creating wedding magic, I love spending time with my little family in wild and beautiful places. I have a particularily deep love for the berg and will take any opportunity to go be still in its vast spaces. I also have a deep respect for growing things, books and tea. It soothes my soul to have my hands deep in the soil, making green things grow. And to feed the inner silly, I love dancing around the lounge with my daughter. Baby giggles are the best sound ever!
Hooray: How did you get into the wedding industry?
Adore: With 6 years combined experience in Corporate Eventing and Client Services, I reached a point where I felt compelled to spread my wings in a more personal and creative way. Weddings were the perfect personal choice, a combination of all the elements and skills that make me, me. JoiningNetherwood Wedding Venue in Nottingham Road in 2010 was the beginning of my Wedding Planning journey. In 2013 I literally followed my heart to the North Coast to be with my other half, Chris, and launched ‘Adore’ in February of that year. Adore started out exclusively as a Wedding Planning company, but after being coerced into styling a shoot for a fellow creative, Jacki Bruniquel, a whole new world opened up before me, and I inadvertently fell sideways into providing styling, flower and décor services to my clients in addition to wedding planning. It was the missing piece of the puzzle. Our floral and styling services are now one of our key services requested by clients.
Hooray: What inspires you?
Adore: In terms of planning, styling and décor I am inspired by my client’s love stories. It’s special to integrate something personal and unique to each couple. Whether it be working the map of the world for travellers into the styling of the day, or bringing fully grown fever trees for a Kenyan farm girl getting married far from home, to suspending a thousand white butterflies throughout the venue in honour of a special Mom who was no longer with us; I love finding a way to integrate personal touches into the day that are unique and precious to each individual couple. In terms of floral design, I am very much influenced by an abundant, natural style. Does the arrangement feel as though it is growing? Is there space between the stems for butterflies to float through? Does the arrangement look as though it would dance in the breeze? Is there depth, texture, movement and freedom? I love flowers, trees, movement and the wind. There is a quote by Tolkein that resonates with my heart, “We put the thought of all that we love into all that we make”, this is the essence of my inspiration with floral design.
Hooray: Running your business can be hard, do you have a daily routine.
Adore: We tend to have a weekly routine, especially during peak wedding season. Tuesdays are admin, email and client consultation days, Wednesdays and Thursdays we work on flowers in studio and begin décor / installation set up at the weekend’s venue, Friday flowers are delivered and set up is completed, Saturday we run the day of the wedding, Sunday we pack away, Monday we rest!
Hooray: Tell us about your ideal client.
Adore: I love to partner with my clients in order to bring their vision for their special day to life. I love working with couples whose primary focus is on the fact that they get to marry their favourite person in the world, and who want to make their day one of celebration and love shared with friends and family. As both a planner and stylist, it is always fun to work with a couple who are willing to try something new and out the box in terms of structure, venue, décor and flowers; but really I just love weddings, so any couple celebrating their special day with love brings me joy!
Hooray: What do you love most about your job?
Adore: Being witness to two people who truly love one another exchanging a covenant of love before God and all their most favourite people in the world. I still have tearful moments at every wedding I do, because it’s just so beautiful.
Hooray: Can you describe your style.
Adore: Abundant, romantic, nature inspired, growing, sophisticated bohemian, wild and free
Hooray: Name 5 of your favourite wedding vendors that you enjoy working with:
Adore: Am I only allowed five??? Jacki Bruniquel Photography; Vanilla Photography; Shank Tank; Derryn Schmidt Photography; Orchards Venue; Netherwood Venue; Venue Fontana; The Glades Farm; Aubergine Catering; Nixon Make Up; Julia Ferrandi Design; Casey Jeanne; Bash Paperie; Ruby & Swallow; Oh Happy Day; House of Hudson; Crystal and Vine … I can’t only choose five … this is leaving too many people out. We get to work in an incredible industry with the most AMAZING creatives, and they’re all pretty much the nicest people in the world. It’s impossible to limit vendors or to list them all!
Carolyn, thank you so much for sharing with us. You are a visionary in your field and you blow us away with every single wedding. We love watching you grow from strength to strength. You are an incredible wife, mom and boss and we adore you! (see what we did there)
If you would love to get in touch with Carolyn for your wedding or function, you can get in touch with the links below: