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O.P.I Fairytale Bride

by | Bride, Hair and Beauty


Masters of nail polish, OPI have launched a new collection for brides – ‘Fairytale Bride’.

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Including four shades, the collection (part of the OPI Soft Shades collection) has the quirky names OPI is famous for- I Pink I Love You, Otherwise Engaged, Isn’t It Romantic and  At First Sight.

The colours are pretty enough to be visible enough on your wedding day but neutral enough to not be overpowering.

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Creative Colour – Raisin

by | Bride, Creative Colour, Wedding Inspiration


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This colour is a colour creatively (I think!) called Raisin. A colour that is a little bit red and a little bit brown – but not maroon. Reminiscent of American barns as seen in the naïve paintings of Grandma Moses, or patches of autumn leaves, this colour makes a rich strong statement that is neither dull not flat.

Here are some suggestions for incorporating it into your colour scheme:

– Use it in touches with cream and a dusty brown-pink

– Team with light olive, deep olive, or a deeper sludgy black-green

– A tiny ‘pop’ of a reddish orange, in say napkin embellishment for liveliness

– A deep or sludgy mustard colour

– Taupe

– Pewter, brass, bronze, gilded candlesticks, ornate mirrors

– Ornate metal dishes with filigree and other detailing to lighten the scheme

– Emphasis on textured, lustred fabrics to add movement and light, velvet

– A sitting room with deep sofas, lots of cushions, birdcages, candles, pewter dishes of ‘sweetmeats’, sherry and port served before and after

– Dark stained wood

– Chandeliers

– Voluptuous greenery, deep red to ‘black’ roses, ‘black’ Asiatic lilies, succulents especially those with a purplish/black tinge (e.g. Aeonium ‘Zwartkop’), the occasional mustard or orange coloured flower, dark red berries, strong sculptural leaves such as dracaena, autumn leaves, branches of persimmons

– Australian natives such as leucodendron, brown boronia, smoke bush, bronze coloured teatree

– Bowls of pomegranates, persimmons, plums, nuts in their shells, russet seed pods

– Crockery or linen in your chosen secondary colour e.g. raisin linen, with deep mustard and/or deep olive crockery, pewter or brushed stainless steel flatware.

– Monograms

– Dark wine lips

– A simple bridal dress in lustrous cream fabric – see Kat Stewart’s J’Aton dress at the Logies – caught at the side with a beautiful jewel in raisin, olive and mustard

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Pear Raisin Chutney from Martha Stewart, Earrings from Exotic India, Makeup look from Instyle Weddings, Flowers from Brides

Free Wedding Style Guide Issue

by | Bride, Magazines and Books


Australian wedding magazine Wedding Style Guide has opened up their Spring 2008 issue for free for the next ten days.

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Wedding Style Guide features beautiful weddings and recently featured Vané at Brooklyn Bride and Sarah at Classic Bride’s own special wedding days.

Issue 8, Spring 2008 features the work of Oh How Charming!’s Lisa Vorce, the wedding of Ryan Fitzgerald (aka “Fitzy”) held at the Adelaide Cricket Ground, a colour palette feature of aqua blue, white and lime green and a tennis inspired party.

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To view the issue digitally, click here and to buy the other issues, visit their website

Images from Wedding Style Guide

What A Gem!

by | Bride, Jewellery


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The Desire To Inspire girls introduced me to the loveliness that is photographer Nicole Hill. The photos of multi coloured rings, like transparent lollies enchanted me.

The biggest myth in wedding jewelry is that your engagement ring has to be a diamond – and a white one at that! I love the endless options for brides wanting something a little different.

Coloured diamonds in pink and yellow are always fun but a beautifully cut sapphire, ruby or emerald can look amazing.

Amethyst, opal, citrine, topaz, garnet, aquamarine, peridots. The colours and choices are endless and there is no limit to the creative ring you might decide on.

If you can’t let go of featuring a diamond all together, consider accenting your centre stone with diamonds or including them in your wedding ring.

Photo by Nicole Hill.

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