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Caitlin and Richard

by | Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Today’s beautiful wedding of Caitlin and Richard is a simple and elegant celebration. The emotions captured and obvious love in the room is beautiful to me in this wedding. It was captured by Bliss Photography based on the Gold Coast.

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I love the simple wedding gown Caitlin wore (I can only assume it’s an heirloom gown) and the beautiful bouquet. Such a gorgeous day!

Photos by Bliss Photography

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Cocktail Celebration – Chocolate Martini

by | Bride, Inspiration Boards


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I took a little break from our cocktails last week due to the short week. But this week I’m back again with something wonderful for the cold Australian weather!

Chocolate Martini
1 1/2 shots Godiva® chocolate liqueur
1 1/2 shots creme de cacao
1/2 shot vodka
2 1/2 shots half-and-half

Mix all ingredients in a shaker with ice, shake and pour into a chilled cocktail glass.

Recipe from Drinks Mixer Photo from My Recipes.

Chocolate Martinis can be made in many varied ways, but the base ingredient is always vodka – plain or flavoured. Added to that are Crème de Cacao, cream, Cointreau,Dark Chocolate Liqueur or White Chocolate liqueur to create your particular martini. Try Martini Art for inspiration. Even the names given to the different Chocolate Martinis are fun – Mint Patty Martini, Out in the Milky Way Martini, Funky Monkey.

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Wedding gown by Mariana Hardwick, cake from Brides, boutonnieres from Martha Stewart Weddings, programs from Brides, chocolate martini from My Recipes,  cigars from The Fairmount Bride, chocolate desserts from Koko Black, Bircage Veil from ktjean, Lounge photo from Theobroma Chocolate Lounge, polka dot stockings and shoes from Jigsaw

Naturally awedding inspired by a Chocolate Martini would feature all things chocolate! Milk, white and dark chocolate – mix these hues up using varying shades of these colours in your napery, table decorations, and flower arrangements. Add an accent colour – say orange/red and your wedding will have a perfect colour scheme for autumn. Add a Tiffany or duck egg blue and the feeling will change entirely to one of elegance and restraint. Using a background colour of white chocolate add the other colours in varying amounts – cream as your main colour, dark chocolate, then milk chocolate and then the blue (or orange)as the accent which adds the sparkle to this subdued scheme.

Use lots of glassware to add sparkle, or copper or pewter with your orange accents. Think chocolate coloured leaves, succulents, flowers or even just plain cream arrangements will look elegant.

Guests would of course be served your choice of chocolate martini – perhaps one created especially for you. Dessert could feature a chocolate laden table – truffles, brownies, mousse, cheesecake – the list is endless. Use chocolate bars wrapped in paper with your names inscribed on it, would be a sweet favour. Or small boxes with special chocolates from your favourite chocolate shop. Even your cake could have the flavours of chocolate or be plain vanilla with cream frosting embellished in milk and dark chocolate piping.

A cigar bar provided for guests with dark elegant lighting, crystal tear drops and tealight candles in gold and brown glassware lighting the area. A dessert bar with chocolate mousse, icecream, tart and even chocolate covered strawberries.

Dark brown velvet covered lounges, chiffon brown curtains and table runners and coffee beans in bowls. Think intimate! Crackling fires, ottomans and plenty of areas for small group chats. Music of jazz and piano playing in the background with smooth jazz singers.

What a yummy way to get married!

Nine Ways To Add Colour To Your Wedding Day Attire

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


There are a trillion ways to add colour to your wedding- but what about adding colour to your wedding day attire? Here’s 9 ways to get your attire to stand out.

1. Coloured Shoes. A subtle pop of colour peeking out from your gown. Wear your favourite colour or choose one from your wedding colour palette.

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Photo by Drew B Photography

2. Coloured Accents On Your Wedding Gown. Can’t brave going a full colour gown? Choose a gown which has bold colour accents instead.

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Photo by Tim Harman via Southern Weddings Blog

3. Coloured Hair Accessory. Subtle and beautiful! Fresh flowers, feathers, floral pins, crystal clips!

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Photo by ST Photography

4. Coloured Wrap. Perfect for winter weddings! Consider a coloured cardigan to keep yourself warm and looking stylish.

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Photo by Susie Cushner via Brides

5. Coloured Petticoat. A sneaky hint of colour that creates a “wow” moment when you lift up your gown. Looks fantastic with very full skirts but beautiful on slimline gowns too.

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Photo by Shepherd Photography via Katie at A Backyard Wedding

6. Coloured Veil. Not for the faint hearted but so much fun! An eye popping statement piece! If you’re a little unsure of a full length veil in colour go for something like a birdcage veil for a more subtle result.

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Photo by Bonnie Berry Photography via Offbeat Bride

7. Coloured Dress. The ultimate in colour for your bridal attire! The choices are endless! Beautiful blues, scarlet reds, soft pinks, mint greens! How bold or subtle you want to go is up to you! I love a big, statement ballgown in a bright show stopping colour.

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Photo by Wildberry Photography

8. Coloured Jewelry. Pearls not working for you? Add colour to your wedding day attire with a beautiful coloured necklace. Go big, bight beads for a bold look or tiny coloured crystals for a pretty look.

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Photo by Perez Photography

9. Coloured Ribbon. The last of my countdown today! Add a beautiful ribbon in your wedding colours around your waist. Easily added and removed, it’s a great way to change your look from ceremony to reception.

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Photo by Natnee Photography

Win Four Bridesmaids Frocks from Henry Roth Shuts This Week!

by | Bride, Competitions


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Wednesday is the close date to win four bridesmaids gowns from the lovely Henry Roth- mentor on Australia’s Project Runway! Total prize value is $1500 and competition is open Australia wide! The winner will be able to choose colour and size for her bridesmaids! Email your inspiration board containing at least one photo of the gown up for grabs to Click here for more entry details.

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