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Marziplanner Software Winners!

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The winners of our Marziplanner wedding planning software competition are:

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Congratulations! You have each won a copy of Marziplanner wedding planning software valued at AU$120. I will be in touch soon!

Don’t forget to check out the Marziplanner website to download your free trial!

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Snapshot Sunday – Walk On By

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This shot captured by Wildberry Photography of Michael and Brooke’s wedding (see more here) captures their large and lovely bridal party.

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Photo by Wildberry Photography

Get Married TV

by | Bride, Wedding Inspiration

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I only recently acquired an Ipod (hooray for becoming a person of the 21st century!) and so have been having a lot of fun downloading all kinds of great content.

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I really love the vodcasts that are available nowadays (it’s especially handy when I miss a TV show!) and have recently discovered Get Married’s vodcasts.

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Based in the US, Get Married is a directory and content site for brides. Each edition of Get Married TV is hosted by wedding planner to the stars Colin Cowie and his co host Deanna Pappas. There’s new episodes every week day on the site and a new vodcast to download every week. I’m excited to see the guests they have coming up!

Although the vendor spotlight and directory on the Get Married website is not relevant to Australians, the vodcast has Colin Cowie style tips (I loved the idea of a wedding aisle that isn’t perfectly straight!), celebrity wedding profiles, vendor tips, galleries, fresh ideas and other tid bits to inspire brides. As the vodcasts are ad free they’re a great little bite sized video to watch for inspiration.

The Get Married website also has pages on inspiration, including blogs and Colin Cowie’s own pages which includes photos and videos of Colin’s previous weddings.

Visit the Get Married on TV website for more information on downloading their shows or visit this link to go directly to Itunes.

Cocktail Celebration – Pimms Cup

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Pimms Cup

Makes 8 drinks (serving size: 1 drink)
Ingredients

* 2 oranges, cut into half-moons
* 2 lemons, cut into half-moons
* 1 Persian cucumber (see Notes) or one 3-in.-long piece English cucumber, washed and sliced
* 2 cups Pimm’s No. 1 (see Notes)
* 4 cups Sprite or other lemon-lime soda
* 6 to 8 large sprigs mint, crushed gently, plus a few loose leaves

Preparation

Fill 2 pitchers 1/4 full with ice. To each, add a layer of orange slices, a few lemon slices, and a layer of cucumber slices. Repeat the layering. Pour in the Pimm’s and Sprite, dividing between pitchers, and mix with a long-handled spoon. Poke mint sprigs and leaves down into drink. Divide drink among 8 tall glasses, with a few slices of fruit and cucumber in each glass, along with some mint leaves.

Photo bought from istockphoto, recipe from My Recipes

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Photo from Etsy store Risen, cucumber sandwiches from Martha Stewart Weddings, outdoor reception photo from Brides, croquet photo from Jose Villa, Pimms Cup bought from Istockphoto, strawberries and cream from Martha Stewart Weddings, Invitation from Ceci NY, bouquet from Martha Stewart Weddings, Bunting photo from Zig Zag Cotton Bunting, Just Married photo from Brides

Pimms No. 1 Cup is a delectable English cocktail particularly suited to warm summer days and afternoon weddings. Based on gin, with dry ginger ale, lemonade, and apple, lemon, orange and cucumber sticks garnished with mint this cocktail conjures up long balmy afternoons, cotton or muslin summer dresses, summer hats and the genteel game of croquet on a wide green lawn. Lots of white chairs arranged casually in groups around the garden, the sound of water falling in a fountain, hydrangeas, roses, peonies arranged in casual billowing posies. Large shady English trees, with tables underneath, with floral sprigged cloths and delicate china, dainty teacups, creamers and teapots, silver spoons, beautiful serving dishes.

Of course a variety of elegant foods such as petit fours, cucumber sandwiches, delicate sponge cakes, berries and cream, strawberries dipped in chocolate, scones, lemon curd filled tarts, and English trifle would be served to further heighten the ‘English tea’ feel. A variety of beautiful teas and coffees would be offered, along with fruit punch in an elegant glass bowl, and of course who could forget the pink sparkling wine or champagne!

For fun, you could serve a variety of Pimms recipes such as the ‘Wimbledon Cup’ from Drinks Mixer which consists of Pimms gin, more gin, strawberry syrup, mandarin juice and double cream. Serve fat flavourful strawberries and cream with this cocktail – if you close your eyes you could well believe that you are in England at Wimbledon! Other Pimms (numbers 2 through to 6) are based on other spirits such as Scotch and vodka and you could offer the makings of the cocktails suited to these.

Your dress could feature hail spot muslin, your bridesmaids could wear dresses of a vintage feel floral cotton with wide skirts, coloured shoes and satin bowed waists. Your groom could be in a dark suit to add to the elegant feel, or in a light summer linen number for comfort.
Enjoy the return of restraint and elegance!

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