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Handle and Spout Hair Pieces

by | Bride, Bridesmaids, Hair and Beauty


I’m in love with these hairbands and hair flowers from  design duo Handle & Spout I spotted on The Design Files (via Tas-Ka).

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Snapshot Sunday – Bush Emotion

by | Bride, Photography, Snapshot Sundays


I adore today’s photo- the post wedding emotion is blissful. The wedding itself of  Mary and Craig (see more here) captured by Natnee Photography is beautiful and so Australian. There are green shoes, rolling hills gum leaf place cards, Akubra hats, an old tin shed and a bonfire.

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Photo by Natnee Photography

Alannah Rose Autumn/Winter 2009 Collection

by | Bride, Stationery And Paper Goods


I love the new collection from Alannah Rose Stationery. Botanica Belle is my favourite.

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Botanica Bele

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Hearts Aflutter

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Love Potion

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Sweet Something

The team at Alannah Rose has also just launched a children’s stationery range- perfect for your next kids party!

Cocktail Celebration – Mango Daiquiri

by | Bride, Inspiration Boards


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Mango Daiquiri

Makes 12


  • 6 mangoes, peeled, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups white rum
  • 1 1/2 cups vodka
  • 6 lemons, juiced
  • 1 cup sugar syrup (see note)
  • 6 cups crushed ice


  • Combine half the mango, half the rum, half the vodka, 3/4 cup lemon juice and 1/2 cup sugar syrup in a blender. Blend until smooth. Add half the crushed ice. Blend until just combined. Pour into 6 cocktail glasses and serve immediately.
  • Repeat using remaining ingredients.

Cocktail photo from Cocktail Angels, recipe from Taste

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.

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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.

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