Timber beams, exposed brick walls, rustic floor boards, natural light and a feel of times gone by, The Old Auction room in Albany is a building that evokes creativity in its own right. 

The natural, rustic hues of the building and its wares provided much of the inspiration for the shoot. The perfect foundation for a warehouse vibe with a boho-luxe edge, a natural, golden color palette and a focus on textures.

The first time I visited Old Auction Room, I just knew it would be perfect for a wedding. Originally one of Albany’s first General Merchants, it was erected in the late 1800’s. I later found out that it once housed beer kegs, so maybe the old building always wanted to party. 

The dried floral creations were central to the colors I chose to work with – muted tones from dried natives, creating beautiful textures. These subtle tones meant the textures of the building and furniture could also speak for itself, without being over-run by any bold colors.  The vintage brass pots, lanterns, animal skulls and geodes were contrasted against the luxury of the agate coasters, gold cutlery, glass cloches and rattan chargers. 

The focus on textures extended to the stationery with beautiful textured white card, torn edges, gold leaf detailing, flowing script and gold font. Candle light and festoon lighting reflected off the surfaces of the hand polished cutlery, brass ornaments and those edgy toffee shards, sitting in hand-piped, vanilla, Italian-meringue buttercream and roasted hazelnut. Eight creative vendors coming together perfectly, for a Warehouse Eclectic. 

Photographer: In the Wilds of Someplace | Stylist, Planner, Furniture & Props: The BIB Approach | Flora: Lush Floral Designs | Food Credits: Entice Food Co. | Location/venue: Old Auction Room, Albany | Stationery: Naomi B Designs | Tableware & Lighting: Albany Event Hire | Gold cutlery: Why Industries