Thursday, 23 October 2008

Mood Montage: Let Them Eat Cake


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This idea just makes me squeal with girlish excitement-how deliciously scrummy IS this?! I've taken inspiration from Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette (2006) staring Kirsten Dunst for this scheme, with a brighter take on pastel ice-cream shades. It's all about shoes, cakes and couture. 
Just like the movie, this theme packs a girly punch. If you're going to go for it, go for it in a BIG way. Think excess, luxury...

Venue...
You can't get any bigger than a palace, with Hampton Court being my absolute favourite and Blickling Hall a close second. Choose a venue with large gardens so you can host within a marquee or use the space for outdoor evening entertainment such as a firework display-anything fit for a queen. 

Dress...
It's all about volume, big hooped ball gowns layered with luxurious tulle, brocade, taffeta. You can really accessorize with this one, using delicate small hats or larger bonnets if you want to stay true to the Rococo era. 
Dress your girls in a classic corseted dress with a modern twist to bring it bang up to date-I love the shocking yellow against the black in this Max Chaoul number.

Flowers and Decor...
Be creative and go for sculptural floral displays, from waxflowers rested in teatering teacups, to huge explosions of tall headed blooms bursting out from ceramic urns. Cut your bouquet down to size with a neat little nosegay posy of candy pink roses to counterbalance the size of the wedding dress. 
Marie Antoinette apparently loved her lace and you can bring this out in the little details. Tie lace trim around your confetti cones, introduce it into your stationery or wrap some round your bouquet.

Catering...
You can't go wrong with a traditional stacked cake, decorated with a flock motif, or if you want to think a little outside the box, have a dessert table full of cake, or a huge stack of French Fancies and petit fours. Delicious!


Image Credits:

Top Row: Row of Marie's shoes: Jeweled Elegance, Wedding dress: Mira Zwillinger at Brides
Middle Row: Yellow and black corset dress: Max Chaoul, Marie's shoes: Jeweled Elegance, Rose and hyacinth nosegay: Martha Stewart Living
Bottom Row: Hot pink placecards: The Knot, Confetti cones: Brides, Waxflower teacups: Brides, Lilac floral display: Scarlet and Violet, Baroque cake: Martha Stewart Living

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