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Anna and Chris Engaged

by | Bride, Engagements


Now that we’re headed into the dark and gloomy months in the Southern Hemisphere, it seems like it’s possible to comprehend cooler weather shoots!

This is the engagement shoot of Anna & Chris taken in Richmond Park in Surrey.

I really love the simple beauty of these photographs (plus they make me feel warm and snuggly with those wintery outfits and the dark gloomy sky!)

Photos today are by Marianne Taylor.














Photos by Marianne Taylor.

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Creative Colour – Copper

by | Bride, Creative Colour, Wedding Inspiration



A rosy orange metallic found in copper coins, copper pots and copper cookware.

Combine with warmer whites and

–       dull teal and taupe

–       duck egg blue, pale grey

–       apricot, rust and chocolate brown

–       peach pink,  milk chocolate

–       deep yellow cream (like really old vintage lace) and milk chocolate

–       teal green, touches of mint green and pearl grey

–       pea (yellow-y) green and dark green

–       slate blue and milk chocolate

–       Champagne, olive green and copper

–       For a rosy copper, add touches of dark red, olive green or coppery pale pink

–       tea dyed fabrics, old French linen, old lace, metallic/shiny fabrics in rich colours, brown stained pages of (non precious) old books or music manuscripts fashioned into flowers set in copper vessels, or used as garlands

–       copper wire baskets, old washing coppers, old coal skuttles, old copper serving dishes to use as containers from anything from sweets to flowers

–       blue, chocolate brown and white speckled eggs and feathers scattered in a copper chafing dish

–       vintage style gowns in taupes and old creams, copper beaded belts, copper edged lace or beading

–       Magnolia or taupe coloured under cloths embroidered or printed in a simple design in slate blue, copper metallic fabric table runners, copper coloured glassware, slate blue napkins tied with a copper tassel, chocolate speckled eggs in twig nests or copper wire baskets, crockery in taupe or magnolia

–       Lantern style lights covered in a tulle like fabric embellished in copper beading with copper tassels, hung above the tables, rich coloured fabrics, some metallic, some textured – think Arabian nights

–       Copper coloured roses, autumn leaves, berries and pods, sedums, copper coloured orchids

–       Copper touches on the wedding invitations, copper ribbons – around the cake, around bouquets, around napkins

–       Bridesmaids in copper dresses, perhaps with a contrasting lining, perhaps patterned in a lustrous copper pattern for added sparkle, copper shoes, dull green bouquets


Williams Sonoma Ice Bucket from Brides, Elizabeth bracelet in Copper Pearl from BonitaJ, Favors from Martha Stewart Weddings, Ivy Vine napkin ring from Paper Orchid Stationery.

Laura and Mike – The Celebration

by | Bride, Inspired Weddings, International,


I love the fresh, spring feel of today’s wedding. The green paisley style is perfect for St Patrick’s Day!







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The cake was decorated with Phalaenopsis orchids, green ribbon and a piped paisley pattern by Just American Desserts.


Laura and Mike had their stationery designed by Amy Moran at Alphagraphics Chicago. They assembled the stationery themselves with each piece carrying through their green paisley theme. Laura and her mother also made the ring bearer’s pillow, cocktail table linens and escort card presentation table together.



Design Events decorated the reception with strings of lights. Laura says “Our favorite part of the venue was having the ability to put the dance floor on a deck overlooking the lake, covered with lights, creating a truly uniquevenue!”. The couple danced to Tracy Chapman’s “The Promise”.





Laura and Mike celebrated with guests for hours. “Our vision was executed perfectly overall, thanks to the enormous help from family, friends, and all of the staff and vendors on site, especially the images captured that day, it reminds us of how much we enjoyed every minute.”

Thank you for sharing your wedding day on this St Patrick’s Day with us Laura and Mike! Thank you also to Kirk Mastin of Mastin Studio for sending over the perfectly green wedding today!

Photos by Mastin Studio.

Laura and Mike

by | Bride, Inspired Weddings, International,



Laura & Mike

Happy St Patrick’s Day! I really wanted to share something lovely and green today as a special celebration of the day of Guinness, shamrocks and  potatoes! The wedding of Laura and Mike has a lovely green colour palette that worked perfectly for what I had in mind!

Mike and Laura have known each other throughout their childhood growing up in Spokane and visiting Hayden Lake during the summers. Even though they both grew up together, they didn’t start dating until they both met again while living in Seattle, where they started to date in 2006.

Photographs today are by Mastin Studio.

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Laura wore a gown from Mori Lee with gold shoes from Dyeables.



Laura’s bridesmaids wore soft green gowns from Aria and carried bouquets of a single style of flower in white to tie into Laura’s bouquet of white Phalaenopsis orchids (created by Mike at Beau K Flowers) . Mike wore a grey suit from Banana Republic.



Laura walked down the aisle to Canon in D.


Laura and Mike held their wedding at Hayden Lake Country Club. Laura says “The venue was a place that was very special to both of us, having grown up spending our summers at Hayden Lake, it was naturally the perfect place for our wedding. The events of the day all took place on the lawn that overlooked the lake.”



During the ceremony, Mike had surprised Laura with a wedding band that she was not expecting and the moment is caught perfectly by their photographer.



To start off the celebrations, Laura and Mike used “Let Love Open My Door” by The Who as their recessional.



After the ceremony, Laura and Mike snuck away for 25 minutes together to reflect on the importance of the day and enjoy each other’s company.

Photos by Mastin Studio.

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