Tuesday, 17 March 2009

Mood Montage: Apricot Blush

Apricot Blush

This colour scheme makes me feel all warm and fuzzy, full of anticipation of spring! By now, blue skies aren't a rarity and with some warm sunshine you can afford to bring your wedding outside amongst the birds and bees. Apricot is set to be a huge trend for 2009 and I love this blush combination using shades of apricot, pinks and creams. It's all about using natural, warm tones-from the citric orange of the nasturtium flowers, to the billowy ice cream pink of the ranunculus. The best thing about using this combination of colours is that you can't really over do it, providing you create the right balance and if you don't feel confident enough to go all out, then just use a splash. Think soft, warm, classic elegance...and then pop open that pink champagne. 

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Made In Heaven: m t masking tape!!!

Yes, I know, for most people this really isn't very exciting, but for an ex stage monkey (or stage manager) these are a thing of joy. You took pride in your little kit of magic fix 'ems, you can solve ANY problem with a bit of tape. Trust me.

So I was stalking Oh Joy rummaging for little gems and stumbled across this amazing site selling coloured masking tape. I need to get me some of these babies! The colours are just gorgeous, but now they've started doing patterns as well and would look amazing if used to wrap favours or maybe even lining your stationery-the possibilities are endless...

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Tuesday, 10 March 2009

Dress Your Girls...

Dress Your Girls...

...in floral blush.

This piece is for Charlotte who recently contacted me looking for inspiration for her own wedding-a 1950s garden party in July next year. I hope you find this useful Charlotte!

The best thing about this time of year is that all the colour really starts coming into play in fashion, giving you the artistic license to really go for it. 
Not to get stuck down the route of pastels again (although I'm absolutely in love with them at the moment!) you really can't go wrong with this for a 50s look. I've picked out a floral design to compliment the garden aspect of Charlotte's day. The scooped neckline of the tea dress is quintessentially 50s along with the short sleeves and you can easily add a net petticoat underneath if you desire extra volume. 

To accessorize, I've brought in a silk hair corsage with can be tied around a simple pony tail worn high, or around a bun. You could also use a hairband or pill box hat here if you wish. A simple pearl necklace echos the neckline of the dress and helps to bring that 50s look together.

For a modern touch, I chose a pair of peep-toe Mary-Janes in a blush pink. You can also try a flat pump if you wish. 

To complete this look, a bouquet of beautiful garden flowers could not be better, especially the sweet pea which gives off the most intoxicating scent.

All the best Charlotte and if you're getting married and looking for inspiration for your bridesmaids, just drop me an email!

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Sunday, 8 March 2009

What A Week!

Last week was fabulously busy, starting with a site visit to the Wallace Collection, our newest venue on our books. Just a five minute walk from Oxford St (past Selfridges) this hidden gem is an absolute treasure trove of 18th century paintings, furniture and porcelain. Head of events Nicolas Leevers gave me a private tour of  Hertford House, where the collection has belonged for centuries. A feast for the eyes at every turn, this stately home is floor to ceiling oppulence, with walls hung with silk, stunning chandeliers and of course, some of the most famous works of art in the world:

The Swing: Jean Honore-Fragonard

The Laughing Cavalier: Frans Hals

This is the perfect reception venue for art lovers, with exclusivity of the galleries upstairs for drinks and canapes you have the freedom to stroll through the rooms and enjoy them at your leisure. The courtyard is just breathtaking for large dinner receptions downstairs too with so much space and light...

If you want to go and visit the collection, it's open to the public seven days a week from 10am-5pm.

The rest of the week was taken up with preparing for the launch at Luella's (we had a lot of tidying to do on Friday when the boutique was closed!) meeting the ladies at Cupcakes To Go who brought some of their delicious cakes for us to try

and stopping by to see Tom, the Wimbledon Village Florist. He was so lovely and gave us a bunch of sweet smelling baby daffs to take home!

There is still so much to do and on top of that, I'm trying to organize a photo shoot for the new promotional material-argh! Let's hope I get a lot more ticked off the list this week!

You & Your Wedding Web Chat

On Tuesday 10th March I'll be doing another web chat all about wedding style on the You & Your Wedding forum. From 4-6pm I'll be helping brides discover their wedding style, from making the best of your venues, to colour schemes, to innovative ideas to keep your guests talking.
Joining me will be Angela from Shropshire Petals whose natural confetti is to die for.

Get your questions ready and I'll see you there!