Category Archives: Purple

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: 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

Real Wedding: Stephanie and Richard at the Haymarket

Another sneak peek into Stephanie and Richard’s beautiful winter wedding at London’s Haymarket Hotel. Pictures courtesy of the fabulous Ken Buist.

Bridesmaid’s shoes


Flower girl’s pomander and bridesmaid’s bouquet. You can’t see it here but the pomander had a lovely twinkly handle c/o Euphoric Flowers


Stephanie’s dress was by Pronovias. It was stunning.


As the wedding was just a few days before Christmas, the favours were Christmas Tree decorations tied with ribbon. The ribbon matched the bridesmaid’s dresses perfectly!


More to come…

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

Design Concept: Pink, Purple and Sunshine Yellow

It’s been a while since the last design concept appeared here and as the weeks have sped by the weather outside is slowly changing. Despite the gorgeous sunshine last weekend, the nights are slowly edging their way in and there’s no denying that autumn is on its way. It seemed only right therefore to stretch the summer time out as far as possible with a bright and vibrant design concept.

So here it is, a feel good, Indian summer style concept. First of all I just love the combination of fuchsia pink and Cadbury’s purple and the addition of sunshine yellow adds a new dimension to this full proof combo. I also love, love, love maids’ dresses in different colours, it’s a great way to add interest and bring out the different personalities of your best ladies. Finally, the invitation from Ceci New York is just stunning and the idea of walking through that yellow forest floor is well…heavenly.

Photo credits:
Invitation: Ceci New York
Necklace: Noaki via Etsy
Maids’ dresses: Asos
Wedding dress: J Crew
Flowers: Matt Priestley
Cakes: Martha Stewart

Design Concept: Blackcurrant Purple and Soft Green


I imagine this type of wedding happening in the winter months, somewhere down to earth (perhaps a farm) and excited guests leaving footprints across frosty lawns. I’d love to see simple, rustic foods balanced by delicate (but quirky) calligraphy and floral arrangements with lots of silvery-grey greenery. In the evening I think some kind of traditional music would be perfect (a ceilidh perhaps), for favours I’d give away Welsh love spoons and for late night snacks I’d serve roasted chestnuts and hot chocolate – delicious!

Inspiration for this concept’s colour palette came courtesy of Nordljus, a beautiful food & photography blog I stumbled across. Now a cabbage isn’t normally something I’d want at a wedding (except perhaps on the menu) but I was really inspired by this beautiful photo. If you are in need of some food eye candy or just have a few minutes to spare be sure to stop by Keiko’s fab blog.

Photo Credits:
Flowers: Rebecca Thuss
Cheese and cookies: Martha
Dress: J Crew
Cabbage: The super dooper talented Nordljus
Trees: Oll Bullough via Flickr
Invitation: Hello Lucky
Dress: Brides
Calligraphy: Minted (please make sure you stop by this amazing site)
Berries: BBC Good Food

Design Concept: Violet and Green

Our latest design concept is centered around a colour palette of violet and green. Inspired by the grape hyacinths that seem to be popping up everywhere at the moment, I’m slightly obsessed with the mouth watering combination of these two shades. When I was constructing this board, I found it hard to decide between a soft, delicate look or a more structured, minimalist feel. In the end I think I found a happy medium and I’m really pleased with the overall fresh and pretty feel. The Monique Lhuillier gown is simply stunning, so simple and elegant whilst the crisp white bunting gives the concept a quirky edge.


Photo Credits:

Flowers: Martha Stewart Weddings
Pea Pod Necklace: Rachael Sudlow
Bridal Gown: Monique Lhuillier
Cake: Cheryl Kleinman
Dress: J Crew
Bunting: Cox and Cox
Tart: BBC Good Food
Ring dish: Paloma’s Nest
Invitation: Snap and Tumble
Umbrella: Project Wedding

Design Concept: Love Birds

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been putting a design board and colour palette around together around the theme of ‘Love Birds’. I love this concept, two beautiful birds who only have eyes for each other and as a hopeless romantic, think it’s perfect for a wedding.

The board is centered around the stunning love bird graphic which has been patiently waiting on my hard drive for a couple of years now (unfortunately I’m not sure where it’s from, any suggestions gratefully received). As for the colour palette, I’m in love with the vibrant but slightly muted colours which create a carnival atmosphere without being garish.
The whole concept would be perfect for a late summer celebration and I picture it in a unconventional venue, perhaps somewhere like the Royal Pavilion in Brighton.


Photo Credits:
Dresses: J Crew
Pencils: Cox & Cox
Feathers: MacCulloch & Wallis
Macaroons: Ladurée
Wreath: Raggedroses
Flowers: Martha Stewart Weddings