Monthly Archives: November 2008

It’s All About the Details

Whilst doing some Christmas shopping in Habitat on Saturday I stumbled across these. And oh my goodness, what absolute genius! In retrospect, I may have got a little over excited but these babies are worth it!

The humble tea light has a special place in my heart, it is such a simple, low cost way of transforming a space and it’s an emergency kit must-have for any self respecting wedding planner. However, why oh why do they package them in those ugly metal cases? Well no more my friends. Thanks to the clever people at Habitat you can now buy tea lights in transparent cases. Hooray I hear you cry! No more beautiful candle holders being spoilt by conspicuous candles. But wait…there’s more. These little beauties are also scented. And by scented I don’t mean cheap and over powering, I mean tasteful and delicate so your guests will get a treat for the eyes and nose when they enter your banqueting area. Perfect!

£10 for 50 candles at a Habitat near you.

Design Concept: Luxurious Winter Wonderland

There is something so beautiful and so special about winter weddings. I think often we can be all too eager to opt for a summer date because we’re counting on the (super unreliable) weather when a winter wedding would be just as beautiful and a fraction of the cost.

Very often the colour palette of choice for a winter wedding is red. Now don’t get me wrong, this can be and very often is, stunning but because I think it’s important to break the mould, the colour palette for this board is something a little different. The rich green and purple used here retain the luxury and warmth of that ever-popular red but are something just a little bit different and I can already hear guests gasping with amazement at bridesmaids in that beautiful shade of green. (The combination of purple and green in all it’s many shades and hues is a fail safe one. Way back when I launched the blog I featured this one which just shows how you can create a completely different feel by simply adjusting the shades of particular colours.)

As for the rest of the wedding I see an uber modern venue just like the fabulous Haymarket Hotel in central London, a super chic cake like this one from April Reed a roaring fire and a twinkling (but ever so chic) Christmas tree. For favours I’d choose modern, minimalist Christmas decorations and for flowers I’d pick something like the beautiful Anenomies pictured above and team them with winter berries and ivy to keep the winter/Christmas feel going. Perfect!

Photo credits:
Banqueting room: The Haymarket Hotel
Keira: This is London
Flowers: Brides
Roaring fire and Christmas tree: Flickr here and here
Cake: April Reed
Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Ruby: Gem Affair
Dress: Vera Wang via Brides
Nail varnish: Nails Inc

I Heart: Maki’s Cakes

So I’ve been updating my supplier database over the last few days and one of the little gems I stumbled across is Maki’s Cakes. Be ready for eye candy galore! Maki’s beautiful designs range from bold and contemporary to soft and girlie and they’re so good they’ve been known to win an award or two. Now if only I could taste a slice…!

If I could, I think I’d wear a veil to work…

So I’m still catching up with my reader since being away (currently 136 posts to read, ack!) but yesterday I spotted these beautiful veils over at Polka Dot Bride. Ahhh aren’t they beautiful? Something about vast lengths of tulle makes me go a little weak at the knees.

So pretty and I’m loving Honeycomb’s quirkiness. Her Etsy profile made me smile:

“My veils are totally different and wild, made for brides with a healthy sense of humor and a fearless approach towards tradition – they may not be traditional, but they are great fun.”

Plus she can do a completely bespoke service: colour, design, length you choose. Hooray! What more could you ask for?

Claus Porto Vintage Favours

Whilst over in Portugal recently, I saw these gorgeous Claus Porto soaps and surprise, surprise was immediately thinking how they’d make great favours. Packaged in beautiful vintage style paper, complete with wax seals and smelling heavenly, these little beauties would look so pretty at each place setting and wouldn’t the ladies be thrilled! Although the website only lists the 150g version the company definitely do miniature versions (think 5cm tall) which might prove a more budget friendly option.

I Heart: Clinique Body Butter

Having been blessed with dry sensitive skin I’m always on the look out for the latest wonder potion to make my skin silky smooth. That was until I stumbled over Clinique Deep Comfort Body Butter which is the only body moisturizer that has ever made any real different to my skin. This fabulous stuff is thick without being greasy (hooray!), quickly absorbed and you can still feel it working hours after application. It’s not exactly cheap at £19.50 a tub (and the wasteful/misleading packaging is a sore point) but you only need to use sparingly and if you’re looking for smooth wedding day skin this could just be the ticket!

Anyone else have any miracle worker beauty products?

Design Concept: Soft Latte

This board is inspired by last week’s beautiful Monique Lhuillier gowns. The soft tones of this edgy gown teamed with gorgeous coffee coloured pearls and cream merino wrap are just about perfect to me!

This board is all about keeping a neutral colour palette and playing with different textures. I love how the use of soft golds and creams give a slight vintage feel. And isn’t that picture of the library steps just amazing?

Photo credits:
Gown: Monique Lhuillier via Coutorture
Steps: Fete
Merino wrap: Etsy
Hazelnut cakes and cupcakes: Cannelle et Vanille
Hair: Brides
Pearls: Bead FX
Teacup: Miss Whitee via Flickr
Head dress: The Not Wedding
Ring pillow: Martha Stewart