Wednesday, 17 June 2009

The Wren Wedding

I'd just nipped over to Wren Handmade and nearly had a wedding related heart attack! Laura and Ben have finally put up their photos from their Brooklyn wedding and my goodness, just look at all those details! No wonder Martha Stewart got in on the act-she was a guest at their wedding, lucky things!
Laura's bouquet is just to die for, made entirely from silk and paper butterflies all wired together so they fluttered when she moved...

The centrepieces of scented geraniums doubled up as favours for guests to take away at the end. I'm very fond of recycling centrepieces-we made sure we packed our guests off with plenty of hydrangeas after our day! 

Recognize the cupcake cases? They look like an Etsy find to me! The tablecloth was made from Japanese floral fabric-just gorgeous.

The stationery really set the tone for the day bringing together all those warm, springtime colours complete with bird motifs.

And what a unique way to make that get away as newlyweds-on his and hers vintage bikes. I want them! 

Congratulations guys!

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Friday, 12 June 2009

Hopelessly In Love With...Preston Court

Preston Court is a jaw droppingly stunning venue, nestled between Canterbury and Sandwich and new to weddings, with a rich history dating back to the 17th Century.  I had a call from owner Anna, who together with her family and events company (Peacock Events-what a coincidence!) has decided to open their home to couples yearning for the perfect country wedding and want to tell the world about it.

The venue boasts a beautiful 17th Century barn complete with collections of Victorian fairground organs, a carousel, private island (known as Julianna's Island) and a steam museum. 

It's also licensed for civil ceremonies and has its own private church for a more traditional, intimate ceremony. Isn't it beautiful?

...and I'm off to visit next week. I JUST can't wait! 

To find out more, visit the website here

Image Credits:
**all images belong to Preston Court.

Thursday, 11 June 2009

Dress Your Girls...

Dress Your Girls

in chic country garden. Yes, yes, I know, I have a real thing for florals but I love how classic Hollywood this is. I could just see Audrey Hepburn in this outfit on her way to lunch with the ladies, lace gloves in hand. 
I've teamed this 1940s style rose print dress from Monsoon (always the first place I look for a good dress!) with a sweet little cocktail fascinator which would really help to frame a face...and fabulous to flutter your eyelashes under too! The sweet peep toed shoes pick out the red tints in the fabric and give the whole outfit a bit of a lift. You could add a chunky red bangle or necklace to give it a more up to date feel. I love this, such fun. 

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Click image for item breakdown.

Tuesday, 9 June 2009

Eye Candy #20: Esther Coombs

English Rose


I'm VERY excited to announce that we've just signed up the uber talented Esther Coombs to Luella's Boudoir which means there are MORE places to find her beautiful hand painted crockery! I could just see one of these gorgeous cake stands gracing each table as a centerpiece at a wedding. Ahhhhhhh....
Esther breathes new life into vintage pieces of crockery found in charity shops and antique markets by transforming them into cake stands, plates, new tea sets and her recent creation, seed markers for allotments (and I may be purchasing a few of these for my own via Etsy). She doesn't even stop there, creating stunning line drawings which would look fabulous framed in pride of place in your home. I'm not going to lie, I want it all!!

Image Credits:
All images by Esther Coombs.

Sunday, 7 June 2009

Peonies and Pearls

Penny by Shane Ryding

Carrie by Shane Ryding

Claire de Lume at Luella's Boudoir

Jules at Luella's Boudoir

Here's a sumptuous taster of the new Shane Ryding and Luella's Boudoir collections launched last month. I LOVE the contrast between the demure, vintage glamour of Shane's Pearl collection and the fun and flirty retro style of Luella's Peony. There really is something for every bride here and I couldn't believe how hard Shane and her talented team had worked to create such a broad range of choices for both collections. It doesn't even stop here as Luella's exclusively stocks her own bespoke bridesmaids collection too. Shane Ryding-the one to watch. 

Image Credits:
All images provided by Luella's Boudoir

Saturday, 6 June 2009

The Gift List

I was just trawling through some home interior magazines for recycling and came across Pedlars, the perfect home decor website for couples looking for something a little different for their gift list. Most items are either original vintage pieces or based on originals, so you'll be owning something completely unique. Unfortunately there's no option to set up gift lists yet, but there's nothing stopping you requesting things! 

Make Do And Mend Print: £125

Recycled Tin Stool: £69.50

1950s Diner Phone: £89.95

Street Speak Mugs: £8.50 each

Milk Bottles 50s to 70s: £9.95 each

Flower Pot Pendant Light: £145

Image Credits:
All taken from Pedlars

Friday, 5 June 2009

La Dolce Vita

A few weeks back I promised to share with you some of our piccies from our time in Liguria. I haven't forgotten, but thought, seeing as it's Friday, I'd treat you to my favourite scene from Fellini's La Dolce Vita. Beautiful cinematography...

Thursday, 4 June 2009

SFC Vintage Masterclass: 1940s-A Practical Romance

I'd like to introduce you to a friend of mine, Yvonne Ottley-Awuah, co-owner of SFC (Simply Fab Company) a fabulous(!) hair and make-up team helping brides look gorgeous on their wedding day. We met at a vintage event last year where Yvonne was showcasing her company using iconic make-up styles from various 20th Century eras. This week she's sharing her tips on how to achieve the perfect 1940s look...

'By the swinging 40s, make-up was as romantic as it was practical. Natural beauties (natural with "a little support") were the ideal of the 40s. Lips were in more dynamics of red; skin had a more natural glow than the porcelain finish of the 1930s and blush was a girl's best friend. Here's how to get the look...

Step By Step Guide:

1.Begin by sweeping a vanilla/tan eye shadow all over your lids as a base and then add some warm coloured shimmer just below your brow-bone and the inside corners of your eyes. 
2. Next, apply a light layer of a deep brown shadow to your socket, blend well and then dab more of the warm shimmer in the centre of  your upper lid. 
3. Line your upper lashes with liquid black eyeliner and line the bottom lashes as well. 
4. Apply thickening black mascara to the top and bottom lashes for full on effect.
5. Take your eyebrow pencil and lightly run it along the natural shape of the brow, use the side of the tip to fill in the brow where needed. Or use a brow powder brush for a softer look. 

6. Contour your cheeks with a matte bronzer and a natural shade of blush. Combining the two creates a healthy, neutral glow to the face.
7. Add a little bit of highlighter to the tops of your cheekbones and blend outward to enhance the dewy, soft effect.

8. Base lips with a creamy nude liner. Brighten up the edges surrounding your lip by applying a light dab of concealer, using a small brush to blend.
9. Apply a red lipstick to your lips using your lip brush and finish with a red gloss for dazzling shine. 

Masterclass Tip:
As a fun finishing touch, take a black waterproof eyeliner and carefully and precisely, create a false beauty mark near your lip.'

Many thanks Yvonne!

Image Credits:
Words and images by SFC