Kate Spade Wedding Inspiration

It’s the last day of our fashion-dedicated content on SBB, and it’s been so much fun running this theme that I might just have to make it an annual thing. Before we move on to our next editorial theme though, I’m closing things of with the last of our gorgeous styled shoots for the month, which comes courtesy of photographer Christine Skari Photography and JenEvents. Together with their team, they created this gorgeous shoot inspired by one of my fave designers, Kate Spade, complete with sparkly linens, bold monochrome stripes and dots (including a fabulous cake!), playing card motifs, bows, a preppy chic bride and groom, and the most beautiful florals, in shades of pink and peach and coral (that bouquet!!) – all the things that epitomise the Kate Spade brand. It’s fun, and whimsical and happy and stylish, just like the designer who inspired it, and just happens to be absolutely perfect for a modern bride and groom with a love for colour and chic decor. Let’s fall a bit head over heels, shall we?

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Inspiration Board: Botanical Stripe

Hello lovelies – we’re entering the last week of our month of Greenhouse botanics, so there’s just enough time to squeeze in one last lovely inspiration board. This one takes a cue from Kate Spade by mixing bold monochrome stripes with feminine pinks and greens, but takes things an extra notch up the pretty scale by adding garden rose garlands, greenery swags, and floral prints. This is my perfect mix of masculine and feminine, modern and romantic.

Colours: Black, white, pink, lilac & green

Top row (l-r): Bouquet {Belathee Photography/Bustle Events/Natalie Bowen}; floral table runner {Watson-Studios/Jennifer Laraia Designs/Whimsical Gatherings}; bride in floral crown {Jack and Jane Photography/Ribbon Creative Studio}
Row 2: Greenery crowns {Erich McVey/Lushka}; floral print bridesmaid dress {Chi Chi London}; chairs with striped ribbon {Aaron And Jillian Photography/A.Caldwell Events}
Row 3: Groom with pink & stripe boutonniere {Bwright Photography}; mini champagne {Scott Clark Photo/100 Layer Cake}; greenery swags reception decor {Kristen Weaver Photography/An Affair To Remember/Raining Roses}


The EdWed Recap (Part 2)

We’re back this afternoon with the second part of our recap from The Editorial Wedding. From our talented students’ work earlier you will have had a good idea of the gorgeousness that Louise of b.loved Wedding Design and Styling created for us that day, but now it’s time to share the full shoot from my EdWed partner, Anneli Marinovich Photography. Anneli’s love of colour was so perfect for highlighting Louise’s design – like the ‘Kate Spade meets Elizabeth Messina’ theme, it was a marriage made in heaven. Lou’s inspired idea was to mix bold glitzy graphic prints with soft florals, and to introduce colour gradually through the design. So starting with the set-up of the bridal suite, which has just a little touch of gold, black and white to offset the romantic vintage gown and accessories, it moves into an emerald and gold ceremony area and on into a riot of gorgeous colour at the reception. I love it. In fact, I loved it so much that I’m surprised Louise managed to take any of it home, as I wanted to steal every glass, every invitation, every plate, every glittery peg and tassel to hang up in my house and stare at forever.Read More

Kate Spade: A Love Letter

I’m not going to lie, this might be one of my most self-indulgent posts ever. Especially since Kate Spade isn’t actually available in South Africa just yet. But what can I say, it’s an excellent excuse to start sucking up to whichever friend/relative/co-worker you know who might be going to Europe or the States before your wedding to get them to bring you a pair, because Kate’s shoes are MADE for weddings. The perfect mix of classic and cute, they all also have that extra little something, which often just happens to be a bit of sparkle, and as you guys know, I am kind of obsessed with a touch of sparkle. It never looks prettier than on a bride’s feet, even when there’s no other glitter in an otherwise traditional palette. So it’s no wonder that so many brides opt for Kate, and that everytime they do, their shoe pics get Pinned a zillion times over. Feel free to do just that with all of these lovelies. ;)

The ‘classic’ Kate Spade wedding shoe is the Charm slingback, which comes in black, gold, silver and a bright multicolour glitter. One day, these shoes WILL BE MINE.

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Inspiration Board: Ace of Hearts

You all know how much I love creating inspiration boards especially for my lovely readers, as each one presents a different creative challenge to try and incorporate the things that a couple loves into a coherent design concept. Today’s board is no exception. Reader Nicole mailed me for ideas for her 2013 wedding (you have to love a bride that thinks ahead!) and told me how she and her husband to be are the perfect combination of sophisticated city girl and nature-loving farm boy. Nicole loves black lace, peonies and a bit of sparkle, and both she and her fiance enjoy playing poker and a bit of casino fun. She wanted to have red as a colour, but for it not to be a red-themed wedding. Putting her ideas together, I’ve come up with a board that’s sort of Kate Spade meets Coco Chanel with a slight playing card motif going on – a base of monochrome black and white with some pink to soften it up and a bit of gold for glam. I love the way the Parisian-style table setting works on the rustic wood, and the inclusion of succulents – just enough of a rustic farm touch. And how gorgeous are those lace votives? I think on the whole it manages to be a little bit Gothic, but still warm and elegant. Nicole, I hope you like it!

Colours: Red, pink, gold, black & white


Top row (l-r): Tablescape(Daughter of Design/Trent Bailey); wedding dress with black lace detail (Modern Trousseau); black and white balloon ceilingblack lace votives
Row 2: Sparkly shoespoker themed save the date (Wedding Paper Divas); peony bouquet; Kate Spade playing cards; black lace detail stationery (Knots and Kisses/Anneli Marinovich)
Row 3: Bridesmaid (Daughter of Design/Trent Bailey); succulent with bell jar (Mint and Magnolia/Just Judy); bottles with lace detail (Mon Tresor); Love is the New Black frame detail (Sweet Emilia Jane/Captured by Aimee); table with candelabras

Inspiration Board: Spade in Heaven

Morning folks! Hope you had a lovely weekend! Mine was fab – on Saturday I met up with two other wedding bloggers (Annie from the awesome Marry You Me and Louise from new blog Bijoux Bride) for tea and Laduree macaroons… which spontaneously became a bottle or two (or three) of wine. Love those spontaneous evenings, and what a pleasure to spend time with these ladies! Hope you had fun, whatever you decided to do.

I’m starting off the week with some inspiration from the ever awesome Kate Spade. Seriously, I could spend HOURS browsing through her site (sadly, not her store, unless I am in New York) especially now there’s a special weddings section. The signature green and pink with an eclectic mix of black and white stripes and polka dots and a touch of glittery gold makes a stunning, modern palette for a wedding and there have already been some swoonworthy inspiration shoots on the blogs using this style. I’d be so thrilled to see a real brideuse it!

Colours: Green, pink, black and gold

Top row (l-r): Kate Spade wedding lookbook; Kate Spade Mrs necklace; tablescape; green favour boxes
Row 2: Table setting; peonies; gold bow shoes; pink poms
Row 3: Gold shoes; wedding dress with striped sash; invitations; cake; couple dancing.