Monthly Archives: July 2009

Design Concept: Yellow Submarine


A few of weeks ago in a moment of inspiration block, I saw this gorgeous wedding over on Once Wed and was reinspired by the mouthwatering combination of zingy yellow and cool aquamarine. I’m convinced that yellow is going to be a hot wedding trend over the next year or so as it seems that everywhere I look right now couples are using it to great effect in their colour palettes.

I see this board being for a cool, modern couple who want a quirky, fun wedding in an urban space. I’m imagining structural floral arrangements, bespoke cocktails, a cage veil, smokin’ lipstick and a phenomenal live band who keep guests on their feet until the wee hours.

Photo credits:
Stationery: MS Weddings
Lemon place setting and daisies: Hugh Forte via Once Wed
Napkins: Jonathan Hanson via SMP
Shoes: Dunston Todd via SMP
Dress: J Crew
White Balls: Our Labour of Love via Once Wed
Lemonade: Crate and Barrel via SMP

A Happy Customer


A couple of weekends ago saw the wedding of the lovely Jo and Ben and yesterday we got an email from Jo which we just couldn’t keep to ourselves (excuse the moment of blowing our own trumpet, normal service will resume shortly!):

“Hi Zoe,

I just wanted to say a huge thank you to you and to Tiffany for all of your help and support with my wedding on the 27th.

I felt so calm on the day and in the run up to the wedding and that was really down to you.   You were so great to work with, an absolute professional but you felt like a friend at the same time. Our guests also said how lovely you were, in fact we’ve had so many wonderful comments about the wedding. It’s hard to articulate but the day was wonderfully organised but relaxed at the same time.  Many of our guests said it was the best wedding they have been to and and personally I could not have imagined a more magical day.

I felt so confident to leave all of the details in your hands and just enjoy the day which ran so smoothly. I was supremely thankful for your attention to detail – from everything to crawling around quietly distributing the presents during the speeches to being on hand with suntan lotion and insect repellent!

I could go on and on with praise and comment but just wanted to say a huge thank you.  I will absolutely recommend you to any friends who are getting married!”

Scenting Your Wedding

So often at weddings, fragrance is something that’s completely neglected. Couples will spend hours deliberating over music, food, lighting and floral arrangements yet forget all about the importance of smell. Research has shown that scent is the quickest trigger for memories and emotions so it makes sense to incorporate this into a day you want to remember forever.

There are so many different ways to incorporate fragrance into your wedding from placing scented candles around your venue (our favourite are Diptyque) to putting a drop of fragrance on your invitations (be sure to do a spot check first). We also love the gorgeous English Roses available from The Real Flower company whose stunning flowers will fill your ceremony and reception space with a delicious fragrance. These days you can even get your hands on amazing scent machines which spray bursts of fragrance throughout the evening. Unbelievably Scent Air has over 1,500 different scents to choose from and will even evaluate the flowers in your bouquet in order to pick out complimentary notes. We love the idea of changing the scent as you move between your wedding breakfast and evening reception to really mark the change in atmosphere and add another dimension to the day.

Another great way to ensure your fragrance leaves its mark is to concoct a signature perfume just for your big day. The lovely people at Jo Malone encourage you to find your ‘little black dress’ fragrance by layering their different essences to create something special and unique whilst The Perfume Studio allow you to create an entirely bespoke fragrance and will even host a ‘Perfume Party’ in your living room! A great hen party option.

So go ahead, add another dimension to your celebrations and put some thought into your wedding fragrance.

Reception Drinks: Mint Juleps

With this past Saturday being US Independence day, we thought it a perfect time for an American inspired post. Now I love Pimms as much as the next person but for a different take on this classic English drink why not look across the pond to the Southern summer staple, the Mint Julep?  This frosty cocktail looks sweet, but watch out because its main ingredient is bourbon and it has a fiery Confederate kick!

For one julep you will need:
6-8 mint leaves
1 tablespoon sugar
1 cup crushed ice
2 shots of Bourbon
A splash of simple sugar syrup (equal parts sugar and water, heated so the sugar dissolves)

Mix all the ingredients together, pour over the crushed ice and garnish with mint (although we love the look of Lavender springs).
And the best part of this cocktail? The traditional sliver julep glasses are too cute for words and compliment nearly any wedding style!

Photo credit: Catering Specialist