Monthly Archives: August 2009

Design Concept: Sugar Coated Ruffles

sweetrufflesCatching up on my reader yesterday I stumbled across this mesmerising picture of the vintage typewriter and completely fell in love with the colour interaction. Soft, sweet and with an air of 1950′s retro, this quietly vintage board and reminds me of the song ‘Lollipop’ by the Chordettes and would be perfect for a girly bride who has a sweet tooth.

Texture is really important within this board and I’d love to see a bride with an ostrich feather gown, lots of satin ribbon and countless tuelle pompoms dotted around the venue.

Happy Wednesday!

Typewriter: Skippydesigns via Brides Cafe
Girl and tuelle: Ye Rin Mok Photography
Save the date: Minted
Felt corsage: A A Alicia
Feather dress: Jenny Packham at Wedding Magazine
Bead corsage: Bead Flora
Dalias: The Bride’s Guide
Pink room: Josh Goleman
Cupcakes: MSW
Pink Dalias:  100 Layer Cake

Cosmopolitan Bride

We were thrilled to find a surprise copy of the new Cosmopolitan Bride in our postbox this morning and even more excited to see some of our tips for modern weddings on page 69! And OK I’m not just saying this, the current edition is F-A-B. Packed with gorgeous design details, some really great real weddings and some stunning fashion pages; I am in LOVE with the Alpine Romance feature and considering framing some of the pages they are so beautiful!

Be sure to head out and buy your copy now.  The new edition is out on Thursday from all good newsagents.


Real Wedding: Sneak Peek

We’d been looking forward to Friday for a long time here at WBZL. After a year of planning, Georgiann and Jamie were all set to hold their wedding at Tylney Hall in Hampshire and we were getting to work with some of our favourite suppliers including the fantabulous Kerry Morgan. Being the all round rock star that she is, Kerry has already put some of the images up on her blog, so here’s a little sneak peek into the day’s events.

The design theme to the day was simple, relaxed and elegant which really reflected the personalities of Jamie and Georgiann. The florals were created by the lovely Julie at Moutan Flowers and all of the arrangements encorporated herbs and so smelt delicious.

The couple are originally from the United States and Canada and their guest list followed suit. As such, part of the wedding’s design was to encorporate some quintessentially ‘English’ details some of which were umbrellas and wellies; not a great PR job for the UK!

Right at the outset, Georgiann had mentioned how much she’d love to hold the ceremony outdoors. Of course with the famous British weather nothing is ever certain. The forecast was dubious and during setup we had to contend with flash downpours but as everyone got in postion for the ceremony, the grey clouds parted and the sunshine burst through. It really was a little bit magical!

One of the subthemes running through the day was trees. The ceremony was held under beautiful old tree and the Hello!Lucky stationery featured a chestnut tree motif. Rather than a table plan we used escort cards and wrapped them around a big, beautiful chestnut tree close to the banquetting space. It looked really cute fluttering in the wind.

Georgiann and I worked hard to find the best tasting cupcakes in London (this was obviously a huge chore) and it was great to hear so many of the American and Canadian guests saying how delicious the Hummingbird Bakery cupcakes were. The couple chose vanilla, black bottom and red velvet.

Georgiann’s hair and makeup was done by Antonia at Elle au Naturel. Antonia did such a great job, Georgiann looked breathtaking and what’s more her look lasted perfectly all day.

A big thank you to all the suppliers who worked so hard to make Friday happen so smoothly! Check out Kerry’s blog for a few more images.

Kerry Morgan Photography

Design Concept: Vintage Blush

vintageblushHello there everybody, happy Wednesday! We thought a Design Concept was long overdue so here you go, something with a little sophistication for this cloudy Wednesday morning.

Classic and elegant with a twist of quirky bohemian vintage we love this board’s muted palette of barely-there blush colours, creating a concept that is quiet and retiring yet powerfully classic and elegant. We like the idea of collecting vintage style object and trinkets to use for table centers, each one being slightly different and adding to the bohemian feel of the day.

Photo credits:

Photobooth and bride: Josh Goleman
Hair slide and pearls: MS Weddings
Bride and parasol: Utterly Engaged
Votive: Cox and Cox
Shoes: Paul White Weddings
Silhouette: Driftwood Dreams
Icecreams: Ice Angels
Box Tie: Tec Petaja
Door Numbers: Ackt! I can’t find this link, if you know please let me know.

Gift Boxes for Out of Towners

One trend I’m seeing a lot this season & one that is especially popular if guests are coming from across the globe is providing ‘welcome bags’. These bags (or boxes if you like) are placed in guests’ hotel rooms and filled with goodies to help your nearest and dearest feel at home. I love, love, love welcome bags as they’re a great way of injecting some personality into your celebrations, possible to produce on small and large budgets alike and another chance to thank guests for attending your celebrations. Bags can be as simple or as fancy as you like with ribbons, tissue paper, personalised motifs and name-tags, and can contain anything you fancy. Below are a few of my ideas for contents:

An information card outlining your celebration’s itinerary, local points of interest, the hotel’s facilities and a map

A short ‘thank you for attending our day’ note

A bottle of mineral water

A bottle of your favourite essential oil

A compilation CD of your favourite music

A copy of your favourite childhood storybooks

A face pack

A half bottle of wine

A luxurious shower cream, bubble bath and/or body lotion

A miniature can of hair spray

A miniature deodorant/body spray

A scented candle

A sleep mask or cooling eye mask

A small medical kit including plasters, paracetamol/ibuprofen and a hangover cure

Bags of your favourite candy

Bottles of Elderflower presse, ginger beer and/or pink lemonade

Facial tissues, wet wipes, nail files and safety pins

Fresh fruit

High quality chocolate

High quality tea and ground coffee (our favourite is from Monmouth)

Jars of locally produced honey, jam or chutney

Locally produced biscuits and/or cheese

Locally produced Real Ale

Sachets of insect repellent and sun cream

Photocredit: MS Weddings

Budget Friendly Frosted Votives

Just back in the office after a little trip away and here to meet us when got back was a big box of these votives which have arrived for a wedding later this month. These little lovelies cast a soft, warm glow across any tablescape and at 84p each are super-budget friendly, meaning you can buy lots and create a big impact. In addition, because they’re frosted and you can’t see the candle flame they’re perfect for hiding battery powered tealights in venues that don’t allow candles.