I love the new collection from Alannah Rose Stationery. Botanica Belle is my favourite.
This cocktail containing white rum, vodka, lemons, sugar syrup and mangoes, conjures up visions of lazy golden summer evenings, sitting in deck chairs being cooled by a soft sea breeze.
Photo from Brides, bouquet photo by Victoria Pearson, Umbrellas from Martha Stewart Weddings, thong/ flip flop from J.Crew, arrangement by Flush Designs, , Cocktail photo from Cocktail Angels, cake form Planet Cake, setting from Oh! How Charming, seashell photo from penelopejonze, jellies from Martha Stewart Weddings.
As the last of the summer fruits come to the markets it may be the perfect time to indulge in a Mango Daiquiri celebration. Think beaches, long stretches of white sand and azure blue water in a warm tropical location. Palm fronds, ginger flowers, orchids, frangipani, and lush tropical foliage enhancing a beach location dotted with bamboo chairs.
Soft floaty dresses in light colours, light coloured linen for the men, straw hats, thongs (flip flops), fans, parasols. Feminine maxi dresses, casual yet elegant – no Hawaiian shirts here!
As the sun sets flickering candles are set out and the feasting can begin. Our magnificent Australian seafood – scallops, prawns, barramundi, mud crabs – all laid out on long tables for a buffet on the sand. Use banana leaves and coconut husks as ‘platters’. Access the local organic produce from on-farm producers – from fruit and vegetables and meat to icecreams. For dessert anything with tropical fruit – mangoes, lychees, coconut, pineapple, pawpaw, black sapotes, banana, limes, passionfruit. From the fruit simply laid out in its gorgeous glory, to sorbets, tarts and icecreams – all will be devoured on a warm summer night.
For favours why not give your guests a momento of the tropics – organic coffee beans, vanilla beans, chocolate coated coffee beans, macadamia nuts and ginger.
Use natural elements for your décor – bamboo, driftwood, shells. Capiz shell to add lustre, lots of candles in bamboo or coconut husk containers, wooden or cream earthenware bowls. The smell of fragrant tropical blooms,the salty sea breeze and the crunchy sand underfoot – what more could you need for a perfect tropical wedding.
I love the popular crazy booth I’ve been seeing from US photographers and am excited to see it starting to emerge in Australia. An alternative to a traditional photo booth, the crazy booth allows for a little more freedom! Here’s a few of the Australian photographers I’ve found offering it.
North Coast Photography based in Coffs Harbour
NFE Design based in Newcastle
Nattnee Photography based in Sydney
Kent Marcus Photography based in Coorangbong (Hunter Valley)
Push The Button Photo Booths offers a more traditional setup with crazy booth style results. Crazybooths are a little different to the DIY booths- the backdrop is often plain white and allows for crazy antics. Be sure to provide fun props if the photographer doesn’t already and have the MC announce the photobooth throughout the night to get guests in there!
On news stands now…
Wedding Style Guide Autumn 2009
Also- new Australian wedding magazine Handmade Weddings is out. Let me know what you think!