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Cocktail Celebration – French Martini

by | Bride, Inspiration Boards


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French Martini
1 1/2 oz vodka
1/4 oz Chambord® raspberry liqueur
1/4 oz fresh pineapple juice
1 twist lemon peel

Pour each of the above into a tall bar glass. Shake with ice, pour into a cocktail or martini glass, and serve.

Recipe from Drinks Mixer Picture from In The Spirit

French Martinis are made with vodka, Chambord® raspberry liqueur and fresh pineapple juice. Pineapple pieces, fresh whole raspberries or a twist of lemon peel can be added for extra zing.

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Photo from Brides, favors styled by Rebecca Thuss, bouquet from Martha Stewart, Raspberries from Barren Wheatfield, French Martini from In The Spirit, Estrella Invitation from Bella Figura, flowergirl from Sweet Beginnings via Brides, Macaroons from Delicious Magazine, Photo by Meg Hunt, Cake from Martha Stewart

The happy colours of raspberry and lemon spring to mind here with touches of soft grey in furry plant leaves, such as Artemesia or lambs ears. With a background of off-white or soft cream, add raspberry and lemon in sashes, shoes and flowers. This colour scheme can be sleek and modern, with raspberry as the main colour and lemon and pearl grey as the accents.  Or bring out the old fashioned girl in you – think lemon ballerina length full skirted dresses in lemon chiffon with raspberry sashes and shoes, or bridesmaids frocks in a 1920’s flapper style embellished with beading.

Flower girls in raspberry or lemon fairy dresses with wands and headbands of sparkles in the other colour, jewels of raspberry gem stones surrounded by sparkles, raspberry coloured candles set amongst soft lemon flowers.  Think frangipani  (plumeria) – especially the variety that has the raspberry pink flowers with touches of yellow in the petals, orchids, daisies, snap dragons, roses such as ‘Raspberry Ice’ or ‘Sutter’s Gold’, even some varieties of ginger plants.

Desserts of raspberry or lemon ice creams, sorbets, tarts, sauces, big bowls of raspberries or jellies. Sour lemon sweets or sherbets as favours, raspberry jam or lemon butter – homemade of course presented in pretty old fashioned jars.

Lots of silver ware on tables for the glitter effect, soft lemon napkins tied with raspberry coloured ribbon, lemon chair covers or cushions with raspberry piping and your boys sporting lemon or raspberry socks!

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Madeleine Brown Jewellery

by | Bride, Engagements, Jewellery


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I am really loving the beautiful organic feel of these pieces by Australian jeweler Madeleine Brown. Madeleine’s been creating jewellery for the past seven years and is inspired by patterns in nature, unusual textures and mechanical movements. The ring above is supposed to represent tree branches or flowing streams of water.

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Based out of QLD, Madeleine creates beautiful pieces displayed in galleries across Australia or can create a customised piece just for you. Madeleine will meet with you to understand your needs, sketch your design and then hand make it.

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I especially like reading the inspiration behind Madeleine’s pieces on her website. Like the story of Martine and Blairy who had a ring craft to look like the washer Blairy proposed with. Or the beautiful ring commissioned by Elizabeth who wanted the piece to represent the four generations of her family. Each part is layered and has secret black diamonds. Natalie and Dan even made their own rings with the help of Madeleine.

You can read more stories and see more of Madeleine’s work (and stockists) at her website.

Rock Your Frock & Win Your Bridesmaids Gowns

by | Bride, Competitions


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There’s a little over a month left to enter our Rock Your Frock competition with Henry Roth. Up for grabs are four bridesmaids gowns from Henri Josef with a total value of $1500! You’ll even get to pick your dresses out of over 20 different colours! (Including black, plum and my favourite, the above peridot)

Check this post out for more details!

Snapshot Sunday – Silent Revelry

by | Bride, Photography, Snapshot Sundays


After Tara married Jason (see more here) when the last guest had left the dance floor and the the last glass of champagne had been drunk, she took a moment to look at their wedding photo slide show and the day that was.

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Photo by Pixel Magic

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