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Creative Colour – Poppy Red

by | Bride, Creative Colour, Wedding Inspiration


This is such an effervescent colour, it’s hard not to be inspired!

Combine with aqua and magnolia

–       With azure blue and sand or taupe

–       With orange and olive green

–       With pewter grey and magnolia

–       With pewter grey and touches of saffron yellow

–       With white, cream, magnolia and ivory and touches of midnight blue

–       With taupe and midnight blue

–       With Tiffany blue, magnolia and touches of milk chocolate

–       Roses, grevillea, waratah, kangaroo paw, poppies, red berries, gum blossom and gum nuts, grey leaved plants, NZ Christmas bush, Australian Christmas bells, dahlias, nemesia, tulips, fern fronds, variegated leaves

–       Toffee apples, cherries, raspberries, jelly candies, lollipops, candy canes, red jelly beans, Turkish delight, French macarons (built into a tower a la Masterchef Australia), red velvet cake

–       With glass candlesticks, poppy red crockery, vintage floral tablecloths incorporating red and spring green, large glass vases holding red poppies or red roses, spring green undercloth or napkins, white furniture all in a garden setting

–       Or keep it fun and casual – a school yard theme – red gingham cloths, lunch pails with your guest’s ‘lunch order’ (menu) tucked inside, vintage furniture, apples in buckets, little blackboards with chalk, a book to write ‘reports’ in – i.e. wishes to the bride and groom for their future, class photographs, toffee apples, popcorn, ice cream bar with a choose your own topping theme, red balloons, old books

–       With lots of white, and touches or hot orange and fern green in berries, flower arrangements, napkins ties, green glassware, trims

–       Consider a poppy red border design, beading or embroidery on white tablecloths, red napkins with the same design scaled down, in white

–       Red polka dots on shoes, ties, cakes, cupcakes, ribbon, crockery

–       Or red candy stripes as the basis for a striped theme – echoed in lollipops, candy canes, fabrics, red bordered plates, striped shirts or ties for the men, striped skirts on the bridesmaids with a little plain cardigan to tone it down, red shoes

–       A nautical theme using any of the above colour combinations

–       Old French linens, dark metal lanterns, moss covered urns, stone walls or floors,  metal chairs and French bistro tables, baskets with berries, red letterpress invitations

–       A bright red wedding dress

Red ball gown from rubypearl on Etsy, , matchbox from Brides, table setting from Martha Stewart Weddings, red chiffon flower hair pins from nomsa on etsy

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Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


I am so happy to see Friday this week! We’re going to have a lovely family dinner to celebrate a special occasion and there will be so much food (and delicious wine I purchased this week!) What are you getting up to this weekend?

Here’s some of the news from around the wedding web!

Portobello Bride has launched a brand new site. I am dying for Kim’s first boutique wedding market she’s holding early next year, if it’s anything like Kim’s sense of style it is going to be an event not to miss! Plus if you’re a vendor you can apply to be a part of the market too!

Why I have not mentioned this new site launch until now I’ll never know but the queen of blogs Kathryn at Snippet & Ink launched her brand new site a few weeks ago. I adore Kathryn’s blog so if you haven’t checked it out yet, it really is a must see!

Over 1000 photographers are expected to rally on Sunday, 29th of August in opposition to the photo permit costs that are preventing photographers from taking photographs of landmarks (including Bondi). Led by landscape photographer Ken Duncan, it will take place from 10am at Campbell Cove in Sydney. Find more information on the Arts Freedom Australia website.

Our Princess Cherry Pie competition have been chosen! Amanda has won a wedding day makeup package for herself and her maid of honour, by Princess Cherry Pie herself! While Rowena and Kobe have both won Princess Cherry Pie gift packs. Princess Cherry pie’s brand new range is hitting Australian stores soon and I can’t wait!

If you’re near or in Sydney, do enter our competition to win one of two double passes to the evening gala of The Ultimate Wedding Planning Party. Enter here.

Mitchell & Dent Stationery

by | Bride, Stationery And Paper Goods


I have been quite smitten with the work coming out of Perth invitation studio Mitchell & Dent lately! They do letterpress. print and even bespoke wedding invitations all beautifully stylish with their own special flair.

They also have an online shop for beautiful paper creations including gorgeous prints, greeting cards and fun notebooks.

Here’s a few of my favourites…

“Vintage Floral” combines a fresh, stylish colour palette with beautiful typefaces.

“Honeycomb” is another on my “favourites” list with it’s modern clean and black lines with a splash of yellow

I am also head over heels for  “Paper Heart” it has that relaxed, sweet vibe that I love so very much. It reminds me of potato printing we did at school (though mine never turned out as elegant as these!)

Images by Angela Higgins from Mitchell & Dent

Samara and Nick Engaged

by | Bride, Engagements


Samara & Nick

I recently received a lovely email from reader Sarah who thought I might be interested in today’s shoot. I was and I am, I love this gorgeous engagement session from Toowoomba, Queensland!

Photographer Darren of CKmetrophotos was contacted by Samara & Nick who wanted a “modern vintage” look to their engagement photos. They enlisted the help of Peter Downsteam Tourist Railway and Museum for some fun train photos and then headed for a picnic in the park in some of the beautiful gardens around Toowoomba.

I love the creativity in this shoot and I love the fact it’s Australian. Gives me a little patriotic thrill down my spine! Congratulations on your engagement Samara and Nick!

Photos by ckmetrophotos

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