Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Always Loves: Under The Cherry Moon

I've already expressed my blog love for Rock'n'Roll Bride, well they recently had a makeover by graphic designer Rhiannon Burton of Under The Cherry Moon Wedding Frippery, who also does wedding stationery. Her site is still being worked on and I can’t wait to see the full range, in the meantime I adore this series of great postcards ‘Will you be my…?’ you can send out to your bridal party.

For the traditional bridal party…

Will you be my…Bridesmaid?

And for the not so traditional…

Will you be my….Best woman?

Looking forward to seeing more of Rhiannon's work...

Monday, 24 August 2009

Blog Love: Real Weddings

Check out the ‘Sweet Whimsical Wedding’ on Style Me Pretty in three parts, here, here and here

Beautiful photography by Choco Studio, amazing venue- Ralston White Retreat, fabulous short dress (a thrift store find re-designed by dressmakers at Al's Attire), colorful carnival masks and succulents…love it!

And if you’re looking for ideas for a budget friendly green wedding take a look at this beautiful eco wedding full of great details on Green Wedding Shoes. The photography was by Sabine Scherer…gorgeous.

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Always Advice: Choosing Your Dress.

Choosing your wedding dress is one of the best things about getting married. Right? You dream about it from a young age, it’s your day to shine; all focus will be on you with everyone telling you how wonderful you look. Well for all these same reasons choosing your wedding dress can be as daunting and nerve-racking as it should be fun and exciting.

Before you rush of to the shops it's worth doing a little preparation. Bridal magazines and their websites are your obvious first port of call when looking for ideas for your wedding outfit, (after all you may ultimately decide on something other than a dress). Go through and pick out the styles you like, whatever shape or size to give you a feel for what it is you want and if there any particular designers you love. Also consider other magazines such as Vogue if you’re not sure you want a typical dress. It’s also worth looking at celebrity magazines especially around awards season as you’ll get to see a great selection of evening dresses as worn by the stars.

As you look at the different styles think about what you want your dress to say about you and does it reflect your true personality. Would your groom, friends and family be surprised to see you in a certain style, (which may be the effect your after) or will they take one look and know it’s you all over. You need to feel happy and confident in the outfit you choose and not feel tied to what you think will be expected of you. You wear the dress not the other way round.

Another factor worth considering when thinking about what style of dress is the kind of wedding you are having and the venue. Are you having a large church wedding, an imposing mansion house or perhaps something more intimate – a garden party or city restaurant? Larger weddings in grand settings would suit a real statement dress such as a ball gown, where an intimate affair might call for something simpler such as a lightweight empire line dress. Also bear in mind practical aspects; a church wedding may require a certain amount of concealment, marrying abroad- will the dress travel well?

Body shape plays a part in what kind of wedding dresses you can wear so bear this in mind when choosing suitable styles. However, rather than thinking about the body parts you hate and you want to hide think about the parts you love and celebrate them. Use your dress to flatter these areas; no one will be paying any attention to the other parts anyway.

Also set yourself a budget you are happy to spend on your dress not forgetting all the accessories- shoes, jewellery etc. Even if your budget is tight don’t rule out getting a designer dress you may be able to go for a very simple version of a style you like and add accessories such a coloured sash or vintage brooch to personalise it.

Finally research your shopping options. Large bridal shops which stock a range of designers are a good starting point but also consider department stores, unique boutiques and vintage shops for something different.

All photos courtesy of Marianne Taylor Photography

Monday, 17 August 2009

DIY Succulent in Jar

Last week I shared my love of succulents, here’s a little DIY project.

Succulents in jars could be used as favours with a thank you note tied around the top or clustered together as part of the table décor.

What you need:
A small succulent plant, A glass jar, Gravel, a piece of card and glue or a small card tube.

We love Bonne Maman conserves in our house so this was the jar I used but you could use any style, I think a variety of shapes and sizes would look good especially if you are going for a laid back country look.

What to do:
Make a tube from a small piece of card or use the inside of a tissue roll. Cut it down so that it sits 1cm below the top of the jar.

Carefully fill the jar with the gravel on the outside of the card roll, put some down the middle too so the base is covered.

Once filled put a little soil down the centre then gently plant in your succulent. Firmly press it into the jar and then cover the soil with the gravel.

You could use different coloured gravel or even coloured sand. You could even experiment with layers of colours.

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Adorable Finds: Frey Wille

Looking for a beautiful piece of jewellery for your wedding that's a little different?

Check out Frey Wille Viennese experts in fine enamel jewellery who believe in creating modern jewellery inspired by art.

Their new collection is Ode to the Joy of Life, I love the Diva bangles, they really show off the beautiful enamel work; also available within each collection are rings, pendants and earrings.

Heavenly Joy -Silver Paradise Sunlight

Passion Gold

Passion Silver

Monday, 10 August 2009

Always Loves: Succulents

I love the use of succulents that I’ve been seeing in a lot of US wedding blogs, I think this is a great plant which can be used in number of creative ways.

In a bouquet

In a Buttonhole

On a Wedding Cake

For Table Centres

Design by Beth Helmstetter Photo By Steve Steinhardt Via Style Me Pretty

(Follow link for instructions)

And check out this fab post ‘Things I like: Succulents’ by Juel from EAD Weddings, for loads more great succulent inspiration.

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Love Quotes: The Time Traveler’s Wife

“Clare, I want to tell you, again, I love you. Our love has been the thread through the labyrinth, the net under the high-wire walker, the only real thing in this strange life of mine that I could ever trust. Tonight I feel that my love for you has more density in this world then I do, myself: as though it could linger on after me and surround you, keep you, hold you.”

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffengger is one of my favourite books, I’ve lost count how many times I’ve read it; the film comes out on this month.

Monday, 3 August 2009

Adorable Finds: Lime & Chocolate

Following on from last weeks Lime and Chocolate Colour Inspiration here are a few adorable finds to tie in with the theme.

Guest book from etsy shop Red Otter (will ship to the UK)

Smokey Olive Choker by Dirty Cherub from Not on the High Street

Lower Case Wooden Letters by Morello Living from Not on the High Street available in green

And how about a lime green signature drink, I found this on the US based Sweet Paul blog it’s a Celery and Cilantro cocktail, (that’s Coriander by the way) and Grey Goose Le Citron is a lemon flavoured vodka.
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