Category Archives: Design Concepts

Design Concept: Diamonds and Pearls

diamondspearlsWith a bitter chill in the air, there’s no avoiding that winter is well and truly here. Winter weddings can be really magical and if you’re getting married in the run up to Christmas but don’t want to go obviously festive, then this board is the one for you. Inspired by diamonds and pearls, this wintery concept uses golden tones to create a cosy ambience that’s perfect for a timeless winter wedding. It makes me want to go and curl up by a log fire with a glass of mulled wine. Lovely.

Photo credits
Dress: Christos via SMP
Fairylights: via Flickr
Bracelet: Sedona Bride via SMP
Pearl pendant: Heather Berry
Table setting: Brides
Bride and Groom: James Christianson via SMP
Necklace: J Crew
Flowers: Domino Magazine

Design Concept: Winter Lavender

winterlavenderLavender is a popular palette for summer weddings but it tends to gets left behind when it comes to the winter months. That being said, I think this soft shade is perfect for winter and when combined with snowy white, creates an elegant yet unusual finished look. The advantage of using lavender over something such as a soft blue is that whilst remaining simple and classic, the end look is slightly warmer; to the chilly English winter!

Photo credits:
Gowns: Blue by Enzonai
Champagne: Minted
Framed Calligraphy: MS Weddings
Couple shot: Project wedding
Bridesmaids dress: JLM Couture
Trees: Oll Bullough via Flickr
Stitched stationery: Bird and Banner
Lace edged bouquet: Ariel Yve via SMP
Bridesmaid dress: J Crew

Design Concept: Oo La La!

pinkmushroomFor today’s board I wanted to do something classically elegant and luxurious, yet understated. With a colour palette of soft pink and mushroom brown, this board was inspired by that beautiful Jim Hjelm dress with it’s gorgeous ruffles and layers. I also wanted to combine a touch of French romance as a little tribute to my dear friend Hayley who recently had a surprise proposal in Paris!

Bridesmaids in soft pink never fail to make my heart flutter and adding a touch of soft brown means the whole look avoids being overly saccharine. Pink will never, ever go out of fashion with weddings so if you’re struggling to decide on a palette and looking for something timeless yet feminine, pink is a great choice.

Happy Wednesday!

Dress: Jim Hjelm
Stationery: The Whole Caboodle
Bridesmaids: J Crew
Shoes: Ken Buist
Bouquet: Brides
Tablescape: Kerry Morgan
Bride and candles: Jose Villa via SMP
Paris Athenee: Flickr
Macroons: The Miniature Cake Shop

Design Concept: Shifting Seasons

peachlavenderFrom the moment I saw that beautiful bouquet (shot by uber talented Nikole Ramsey,) I couldn’t get the combination of pretty peach and deep, juicy purple out of my head. I love, love, love peach but until now have only thought of it in terms of delicate summer weddings and was gobsmacked by the results of combining two such contrasting shades.

I’m in love with the earthy feel of this board which just feels perfect for the this month’s shifting seasons.

Photo credits:
Bouquet: Nikole Ramsey
Sloes: Flickr
Wedding Sign: Jose Villa via Once Wed
Wall Sconce: Cox and Cox
Paper lanterns and barn: Sugar Love Weddings via Once Wed
Shoe: Ashley Garmon via Once Wed
Dresses: J Crew
Barrels: Leigh Miller via Green Wedding Shoes
Programs: MS Weddings
Stationery: Hello!Lucky

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

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.

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

Design Concept: Light, Bright and Breezy


We’re kicking this week off with this light, bright and breezy design board. The inspiration for this board came from these beautiful invitations by Hello!Lucky which are appropriately called Meadow and which we’re using for a wedding later this year. I love, love, love the Meadow design because it’s manages to be modern and chic yet still perfect for a classical country wedding. In the same way, the colour palette for this board focuses on crisp whites, grass greens and a splash of delphinium blue; a fresh and simple approach to the English marquee wedding.

Photo credits:
Dress: Pronovias
Tent: Midcoast
Bunting: Cox and Cox
Delphinums: Me
Bonfire: Flickr
Floating veil and driveway: Project Wedding
Streamers: Lillian and Leonard
Invitation: Hello!Lucky

Design Concept: Aqua and Red


There’s something about the brave combination of these two colours that brings me great joy. Something to do with how the ice blue cools the heat of that cherry red creating a kitsch, retro look.

From my excursions around the web, it seems like this palette is much more popular over in the States and I have to admit that there is something about this concept that makes me want to go and eat an ice cream sundae in a 1950s diner and pretend I’m a character in Happy Days!

Photo credits:
Balloons: Flickr
Invitation: Hello!Lucky
Photobooth: MS Weddings
Escort cards and confetti: Lisa Lefkowitz via Tear Drop Weddings
Cake: Miette
Cherries: Flickr
BM dress: Jenny Yoo at Brides
Stamps: 100 Layer Cake via OSBP
Mailbox: Flickr
Calligraphy: Project Wedding
Dress: Lela Rose via MS Weddings

Design Concept: Dove Grey and Sunshine Yellow

We’ve featured lots of quite traditional boards recently so I thought it was about time for a chic, modern look that would work well in a city venue where outside space isn’t always a given.

greyyellow1I love, love, love grey and am constantly amazed by what a flexible accent colour it makes. Here, by teaming grey with this cheery sunshine yellow the overall look is clean, minimal and quirky.

I see this wedding taking place in an unconventional, city center space that isn’t a typical wedding venue; where different areas can be created for different parts of the day and guests can seamlessly walk from one area to another. I think this wedding would be lots of fun to attend with lots of quirky touches, a photo booth, a candy bar and little regard for ‘normal’ wedding traditions.

Photo credits:
Confetti: Brides
Dessert station and lemonade: Amy Atlas
Cake: Cake Girls
Flowers: Project Wedding
Favour pouches: Martha Stewart
Dress: Thread Spring 2010 at Martha Stewart
Table setting and Dhalia chair: Brides
Table setting 2: Martha Stewart