Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Mood Montage: Antique Paper

Antique Paper

This soft, chic design concept is for a bride keen to do something a little different with white. On its own it looks stunning and contemporary but can be a little cold, so I've introduced touches of cotton cream, ivory, buttermilk, vanilla and light grey. There really are no rules here other than sticking to soft tones. Take inspiration from silk tulle, cotton and parchment paper for an antique vintage look and dress it up with large headed blooms, corsages and lace. Delicious.

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Monday, 27 April 2009

Made In Heaven: David Austin Roses

Juliet (Ausjameson)

Last week I had a lovely email from Katie Brooks at David Austin Roses asking if I would like a complimentary bouquet of their roses delivered. Would I?! And after a stupidly busy day it was such a lovely surprise to come home and see the box with my bouquet waiting in the living room. 

Established in 1961 by David CH Austin, there is no denying there is something incredibly unique about his hybrid roses. Their distinct billowy appearance, soft vintage tones and heady sweet scent make the perfect choice for a vintage day and look gorgeous in small jam jars and large arrangements as well as bouquets. Their bridal collection is very sweet and well worth a look.

Miranda (Ausimmon)

It's very easy to mistake these beautiful blooms for peonies at first glance and are a fabulous alternative should you miss the season. You can find the four main varieties (all carefully grown and selected on site) such as Juliet (my favourite) Miranda, Patience, Emily and Rosalind on their website. And should you wish to bring a little vintage charm into your garden you can also choose from a selection of container roses.  

Thanks to Katie for a lovely surprise!

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**All images taken from David Austin Roses

Thursday, 23 April 2009

Top Tip: Hire Your Decor

Recently, I've been thinking about the opportunities to hire items to save on the wedding budget and that, with more exciting and new hire companies coming onto the market, it should be something we take advantage of. Vintage weddings always require a certain amount of dressing, whether it be tea cups and pots, decanters or strings of pearls. While it can be wonderful if you have time to pootle round the antique stalls and charity shops, what starts as a cost effective solution can mount up. For our wedding I collected gilt and cobalt blue tea cups (yes, I was that specific-they matched our theme!) and on Ebay they were at least £6 each before P&P which, as much as I love having them as souvenirs, didn't exactly help the budget. 

We are lucky enough to have some wonderfully dedicated hire companies offering such a wide range of choices. A few weeks back I met with Beck and Louisa of Grace & Tailor, a vintage dressing and hire company we discovered at the Designer Wedding Show, and we discussed the importance in promoting hiring to brides as a cost effective option. They have access to some really unusual props due to the various launches they dress aside from wedding events including large picture frames which can double up as fun props for photos later in the day. Of course, with a passion for vintage they also have heaps of  linens, lamp shades, flower pots and tea sets and even have their own workshop for custom made pieces. 

There are also companies such as Abor Verde offering luscious bay laurel trees to bring some greenery into the proceedings as well as more contemporary items such as ghost chairs and minimalist white sofas at Great Hire.

So my advice is to shop around and get some quotes for hire-particularly where crockery is concerned as some items cost as little as a couple of pounds each. It saves you time too. Take control of that budget!

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Crockery from Grace & Tailor
Bay trees from Arbor Verde

Sunday, 12 April 2009

Made In Heaven: Bake It Pretty

I've been baking pistachio and rosewater vegan cupcakes for my in-laws this morning in some very cute pastel shaded cases, so you can imagine my joy to discover these beauts (and I know you'll appreciate these too Meg!) Half the fun of baking cupcakes is having a sweet little case to put them in and these fit the bill perfectly. Many thanks to Bake It Pretty at Etsy for keeping things fresh and interesting!

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**All taken from Bake It Pretty at Etsy

Mood Montage: Emerald Aisle

Emerald Aisle

Green is without doubt my favourite colour. It's fresh, calming and always puts me in a good mood. It's also a very versatile colour meaning that you can combine it with virtually any other shade on the colour wheel. Here I've used complimentary shades of green to demonstrate the depth and texture you can achieve whether it's a vintage or contemporary feel you're going for. 
Large bunches of green crespedia, hydrangeas and guelder roses create a real impact grouped together on tables and you can also bring in garden herbs for a gorgeous heady scent.
I also like to use pattern with wallpaper samples and fabric swatches. Try experimenting with your stationery, napkins and favours too (loving those macaroons!)


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Tuesday, 7 April 2009

Happy Birthday! Two Today!!!

I've had such a busy day today that I completely forgot it's the two year anniversary of Grant-Riley Weddings! I had planned to make some cupcakes and get a bottle of champagne on ice, but apparently my planning skills aren't as good as I thought (just kidding!) How time flies. So far I've had the absolute pleasure of working with some wonderful couples, witnessed some very touching moments and met some fabulous suppliers, all of whom I hope to work with regularly in the future.

Moving forward, we launch a brand new planning service at Luella's Boudoir in May (details to follow) and next week we shoot our new promotional material in London, so watch this space! 

Here's to many more unique and eventful weddings!

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Monday, 6 April 2009

Eye Candy #18: Elizabeth Avey

I love my job. Really I do! I had a lovely message in my inbox today from Elizabeth Avey, who owns the self titled North London vintage wedding dress boutique (otherwise known as "the secret wedding dress place"). 
What looks to be a real treasure trove (I'm hot footing it there as soon as I can!) Elizabeth lovingly sources beautiful vintage dresses from the 1900s to 1960s aimed specifically at brides with a passion for a bygone era. She also has a gorgeous collection of vintage accessories, from pill box hats to beaded bags. Thought I'd give you a taster...

Friday, 3 April 2009

Wedding News: Win A Vintage Wedding!!

I've had to wait MONTHS before I could announce this very exciting competition to you. Months! 
In conjunction with Luella's Boudoir and Your & Your Wedding Magazine, we've put together the most spectacular chance to win your ultimate vintage wedding worth £22,000, complete with stunning venue, the Merchant Taylors' Hall, wedding gown by designer Shane Ryding and sooooo much more. It's a complete day with almost every detail covered by a selection of expert vintage suppliers, so go out and buy the May/June issue now to find out more or apply online.

The winners will meet the team at their exclusive 'Meet The Team Tea Party' at the boutique and we'll bring you along for the journey as we follow the bride and groom through the planning up to the big day, with yours truly at the helm, of course! 

Can't wait to meet the lucky bride and groom-good luck!