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Snapshot Sunday – Her Diamonds

by | Bride, Photography, Snapshot Sundays


How magical this photo is from Divine Order Photography.

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Photo by Divine Order Photography.

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Alecs and Raluca Engaged!

by | Bride, Engagements


Razvan of Razvan Photography sent over this fun engagement shoot of Alecs and Raluca that took place in Portugal! The couple plan to marry in 2010.

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Photos by Razvan Photography.

Creative Colour – Spring Green

by | Bride, Creative Colour, Wedding Inspiration


Spring Green1 Creative Colour Spring Green

The colour of spring leaves, Granny Smith apples, and the promise of the warm months to come.

Combine with smoky purple, plum and cream

–       With white and ivory

–       With white and black

–       With lavender and smoky blue and ivory

–       With sky blue and white

–       With chocolate brown and ivory

–       With apricot, coral and ivory

–       With clear mid pink, soft yellow and white

–       Green orchids, white lilac, moss, Euphorbia, fern fronds, white sweet peas, Alstroemeria, green berries, blushing bride, freesia, hyacinths, Corylopsis (Winter Hazel), Hellebores, green Kangaroo Paw, Baby’s Breath, hydrangeas

–       White broderie anglais as part of the flower girl’s dress, wrapped round your bouquet and secured with pearl or diamante pins, around favour boxes with spring green ribbon, edging a table runner

–       Broderie anglais lends itself to the more simple flowers such as freesias or Hellebores in white crockery containers, or in flowered vintage crockery

–       A white simply iced cake topped with a profusion of sugared white blooms and green leaves. Think of a fruit flavoured cake such as raspberry or citrus for freshness

–       A green, white and coral lolly buffet, with homemade green toffee apples, coloured jelly beans,  green apple lollipops, customised candy, peppermints

–       An ice cream and sorbet bar with paper icecream cups and wooden spoons, or icecream cones

–       A bridal tea length dress with a wide skirt, spring green shoes and sash, white bouquet, white chairs on a lawn, bridesmaids in sky blue with green sashes, green shoes, and white, blue and green bouquets of hydrangeas, crockery a mix of green and soft blue on white cloths, fresh spring foods

–       Indoors on a cool day, try smoky purple cloths, pewter or silver candelabra, green orchids, euphorbia and kangaroo paw, touches of plum and spring green in napkin ties, piping, favour boxes, place cards, candles

–       Bird, butterfly, flower and insect shapes cut out in spring green patterned paper and strung or hung from the ceiling, around windows and doorways, from tree branches, from candelabra, echoed in creatures molded in sugar or marzipan to decorate your cake. Use a favourite creature or flower shape for placemats or place cards. Find butterfly napkin rings or favours such as animal shaped chocolates or butterfly embellished spoons.

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Table arrangement from Martha Stewart Weddings, Sweet Pea earrings from muyinmolly on Etsy, Bridesmaids gown from Aria Bridesmaids via Brides, Green mood paper bag from Kate’s Paperie via Brides.

Having A Bar Of It… The Decoration

by | Bride, Catering, Favors and Decor, Wedding Inspiration


After Tuesday’s post on the well, endless bar and buffet ideas for your wedding. I thought today’s post could be about how to make your bar come to life! I love that bars and buffets provide a place for guests to congregate, have a bit of a giggle over sweet treats and perhaps hide a few lollies in their pockets!

– Brides in the USA do buffets really well. For inspiration look at Amy Atlas, Martha Stewart, Colin Cowie, Jo Gartin and Preston Bailey – all have books, magazines or websites that are a feast for the eye. The point is to take a little of the things that appeal to you and adapt them for your own wedding.

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Photo by Craven Images

– Create atmosphere with the theme of the bar in mind – think of how the best cake shops present the cakes in their windows, how to create an ice cream bar reminiscent of an old ice cream van, or ice cream parlour, lemon themed bar with lemon trees, bowls of lemons and leaves, citrus blossom, create the ‘oooh….aaah’ factor.

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Photo by Thayer Allyson Gowdy via snippet & ink & Elizabeth Anne Designs

– You are, in fact, creating a miniature scene or picture. If you feel overwhelmed, create a mood board, cut out pictures of the ideas you like and pin them to a cork board. Add and subtract pictures, paper, fabric swatches, bits of ribbon until the look feels right to you. This will also give you a good idea of what you need to buy, source and do, save your energy and cause you less headaches in the long term.

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Photo by Sarah K Chen Photography

– Use accessories to enhance your theme – dishes, cake stands, bottles labelled with your monogram. Think about the area/wall behind the table, where the table is placed for best effect and ease of serving. Flower arrangements beside or on the table, cute and different touches to enhance the theme, tags (e.g. ‘yum’, ‘eat me’, ‘our favourite’) tied with ribbon or twine to highlight items,  swizzle sticks, unusual containers that actually have another purpose – large flat shells, terracotta pots, low metal planters.

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Photo from Josh Goleman via Once Wed

– Use colour coordinated cloths, ribbons, twine, napkins. Use paper that fits in with the theme e.g. for the striped or polka dot lolly bar use striped or dotty paper or fabric as an over cloth, striped or spotted ribbon to tie round the necks of jars or bottles, wrap chocolate bars in striped paper, or an apple patterned fabric/paper for the apple themed buffet.

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Photo from Jordan Ferney of Oh Happy Day!

– Do you want to create a feeling of restrained elegance e.g. food presented in rows on flat platters, or do you want to create a ‘kid in a candy store’ feeling with large jars of lollies, meringues piled high or so many donuts that it’s hard to choose.

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Photo by Sarah K Chen Photography

– Vary the heights and shapes of your serving platters. Consider whether they will all be of the same material e.g. glass – or colour, or whether they will all be deliberately different such as with vintage crockery. How will they look with your overall reception theme?


– Consider either a long table where guests can help themselves, or tables in a U shape staffed  by waiters who can assist the guests by ensuring the tea or coffee is kept topped up, the icecream is kept cold, the ice is not melting under the oysters.

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Photo by Birdsong Photography

– Look past the usual places for your materials. Wallpaper shops for orphan rolls, remnant tables for fabrics, quilting fabric shops, plant nurseries, garage sales, local markets, second hand traders for interesting containers or items. Consider an old multi paned window frame – lie it flat on the table and put square boxes inside the frames to neatly hold your sweet treats.

Did you have a buffet or bar at your wedding? Are you going to?

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