Urban Ballerina Styled Shoot

Good morning, friends! We have some fabulous inspiration for you this Friday, starting with a gorgeous inspiration shoot all the way from Canada! Mona Abo Said of Birds & Honey Events dreamed up this lovely shoot – a fuse of urban red brick chic and modern styling with a ballerina-esque bride, and a few dreamy vintage touches (the quote from Pride and Prejudice is one of my favourites!). Love it. I also love the cake with all its many ‘I do’s – so joyful! Thanks so much for sharing, Mona!Read More

Inspiration Board: Tropical Coral & Mint

Hidey ho, neighbours. How was your weekend? Mine has been absolutely chokka with work, and a separate project I have on this November which has really been taking me back in time a bit to a year I spent teaching English in Milan… really wishing I could just jump on a plane and spend some time in my second favourite country again! Anyway, we’re transporting ourselves somewhere else completely today, to tropical Colombia, where lucky reader Clara will be getting married at a restaurant venue. She’s chosen mint/aqua, coral, gold, ivory and white, and I have to say, I don’t think she could have picked a more perfect palette. It’s just the right mix of tropical, modern and romantic. My first find was the stationery set below, which I am completely in love with, and which I think completely gets across the location and the colour scheme. I also love the idea of adding in some fun tropical touches, like coral bands on the napkins and this cute enamel statement octopus ring – maybe a fun accessory for the bridesmaids, in their coral sundresses. Clara also likes shabby chic and lace, and while it’s not always easy to mix this with tropical, I’d do it using pretty tea glasses with coral roses, a fringe garland (why not include lace in this?) and a ruffly dress. The flowers are also a lovely mix between classic and tropical, and I love the bold use of a flash of gold. For the tables, I’d keep things simple – maybe using a nice print (chevron or stripes always work well) in the mint or aqua shade, with gold cutlery and glassware (or just keeping to simple white tables with beautiful stationery accents at each setting for a more sober look). Clara also asked about using flowers for the church and the restaurant and I think she has a few options, depending on the size of the party. If it’s intimate, I’d use smaller arrangements in the church placed at different heights, and then re-use these along the table (even bridesmaids’ bouquets can be placed in vases and double up as reception flowers). Or, if you’re going for big statement pieces in the church, place these standing or on stands around the reception and keep table flowers more simple. Finally, you could keep things very simple in the church – maybe forsaking flowers completely and using lots of candles, for example, and save the flowers for the reception. There are no hard and fast rules – do whatever your budget and wedding size allow. Hope you like your board, Clara, and good luck with the rest of your planning!

Colours: Mint, coral, gold, ivory, white

Top row (l-r): Bride and groom {efeunodos/William Banea}; roses in tea glasses; fringe garland; tropical bouquet {José Villa}; palm print {Stella McCartney}
Row 2: Coral and mint beach wedding invitation suite {Boudreaux by Wednesday Custom Designs}; enamel octopus ring; watermelon margarita pops; cake {}
Row 3: Coral bridesmaids dresses; aqua chevron print table decor {Kate Headley}; coral napkin holder {Wedding Concepts/Annemari Ruthven}; aqua shoes {Karen Hill/Loli Events}

 

Inspiration Board: Green Light

Good morning friends! How was your weekend? Needless to say, mine was Olympic obsessed, but I won’t bore you with more of that! Anyway, today’s board is another reader request, which I actually received a little while back from Lizelle. She didn’t tell me much about her wedding, just that she’s chosen a palette of sage, ivory and pewter, so that was where I started with the colour palette. I’ve landed up going for a kind of romantic country style, that would suit a variety of South African venues (and which always makes for my favourite boards). It’s equal parts whimsical, dreamy and elegant, with the more serious pewter playing off the bashful green, and that lovely romantic ivory making up the trio. Layers of tulle in the wedding dress play off ribbons in the breeze, pale green drinks, and soft flowers, while bridesmaids wear formal pewter dresses, and the table is adorned with pewter or silver vases and mercury glass. Give groomsmen a range of slightly varied boutonnieres (a nice twist on the individual bridesmaids bouquet trend) and invest in a set of beautiful stationery that can be used throughout. This is a look that is classic and effortlessly chic. Hope you like it, Lizelle!

Colours: Sage, ivory and pewter

Top row (l-r): Bottles {C: Mindy Weiss; P: Elizabeth Messina}; wedding dress and bouquet {C: Beth Helmstetter Events; P: Jasmine Star Photography}; shoes {C: Honey Darling Events; P: Melissa Schollaert Photography}; ceremony area {P: Annabella Charles}; centrepiece and menu {C: Beth Helmstetter Events; P: Jasmine Star Photography}; seating sign {P: Nadine Photography}
Row 2: Bridesmaids with bouquets {C: Beth Helmstetter Events; P: Jasmine Star Photography}; green and pewter table setting {S: Tying The Knot Wedding Day Coordination; P: Greer G Photography}; boutonnieres {F: Flowerwild; P: Jose Villa}; sapling favours {P: Alison Conklin}; rose hair piece {C: Sarah Carsten Events; P: Rebekah J Murray}
Row 3: Bride and groom {P: Photographs by Anjuli}; wedding cake with olive leaf decoration {S: Beth Helmstetter Events; C: Susiecakes; P: Steve Steinhardt}; stationery set {Ruby & Willow}; rowing boat {Elizabeth Messina}

 

Inspiration Board: Gatsby Glam

The Roaring ’20s are upon us in a big way in the fashion and style stakes, thanks to Boardwalk Empire and Baz Luhrmann’s up-coming adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. I’ve been a massive fan of the era ever since I read Gatsby in high school, and I adore the slinky dresses and art deco jewellery that started to make waves in weddings last year. Although there are a lot of things you can do with a 1920s theme, my favourite is combining it with the metallic/shimmer colour trend for a look that (with apologies to F. Scott) is full of money. Think mercury glass, champagne, sophisticated bling. I’m especially a fan of this gorgeous metallic-coloured bouquet and that headpiece? Wowsers. So if your boyfriend’s just given you a diamond as a big as the Ritz and you fancy something a little different from the vintage wedding stable, this could be the way to go.

Colours: Silver, gold, bronze, ivory, taupe and white

Top row (l-r): Vintage headpiece; metallic bouquet; metallic drink stirrers; coupleSyrie Maugham decor
Row 2: Champagne; tassel garland; mercury glass; flapper bridesmaids
Row 3: Gramophone; glitzy biscuits; cake; art deco invitation suite; bride.