Sunday, 31 May 2009

Homemade Lemonade

A few weeks ago I received a lovely comment from Meg at Meg Gets Crafty who awarded me the Lemonade Award for blogs that show great attitude or gratitude-it's a great honour!

So it's now my job to choose the next nominees and below is my list of favourites, chosen because they inspire me on a daily basis with a never-ending supply of beautiful things...

If you win the Lemonade Award, please pass it on to the blogs you feel are most deserving by:

1. Making sure you put up the Lemonade Award logo somewhere on your blog. 
2. Nominating at least 10 blogs.
3. Linking your nominees in your post.
4. Commenting on each of their blogs to let them know they've won an award.
5.  Linking the person who gave you the award in your post. 

Thanks Meg and congratulations to the winners!!!

A Sneaky Peek...with Bad Photos!

Peony Pedestals arrangement by the Wimbledon Village Florist.

Invitations at the entrance designed by Sugalily.

Refreshments provided by Create and dressed by Grace and Tailor

Stunning cupcakes by Cupcakes To Go

Delicious macaroons by Create.

When I wasn't doing my final pacing up and down routine I managed to snap a few dodgy shots on the iphone-apologies for the quality. As soon as we get the official shots back from Geoff I'll let you know! 

Thursday, 28 May 2009

Mood Montage: Rustic Chintz

Rustic Chintz

In light of the decor at the Luella's launch today, I've put together a fun, relaxed montage based on floral prints-a real Cath Kidston style extravaganza! This is ultimately for an outdoor affair in some sort of marquee structure, a traditional poled marquee would be perfect. Bring the indoors outside with straw bale sofas draped in quilted throws and blankets with scatter cushions for lounging. It wouldn't be a shabby chic affair without the bunting of course and you can find new and interesting ways to display country garden blooms-I particularly LOVE the old tea tins and jars covered in fabric and hung from wire. Now...time for some homemade lemonade!

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Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Wedding News: Countdown To Launch...

Well, I'm back after a week of bliss (tell you all about it later!) and tomorrow marks the big day-the Luella's Boudoir press launch. Owner Rachel Attwell and in-house designer Shane Rosanne will be launching two different bridal collections, both of which are exclusive to Luella's. In addition to that we're unveiling the new planning and supplier service with yours truly as official planner. Exciting times but boy am I nervous! 

The theme will be peonies and pearls...but that's all I can tell you for now until we have the official photos back, but I'll leave you with a sneaky peek of what I'm wearing ;-)

Image Credits:
Dress: Rose Print Prom Dress, Laura Ashley
Shoes: Dollie Day, Office

Grant-Riley Weddings

Thursday, 14 May 2009

Ice Cream, Limoncello and Blue Umbrellas

Well, it's never too long before the gravitational pull from Italy draws us back again. I am deeply in love with this country-whether it's the food, culture or the people, something about it feels as though I belong there. We've started up our own organic allotment in preparation for when we eventually find the time to break ties and move there permanently...our dining room is like a nursery full of little seedlings peeping through! I live for a dream of a Tuscan farmhouse, a large kitchen, warm tiles under my bare feet, the cats sunbathing in the orchard...

And so I'm signing off for a week, but I'll be back with plenty more wedding related news, INCLUDING all the goss from the Luella's Boudoir press launch at the end of May. The new bridal collections are already flying out the door before they've been launched so I know it's going to be fabulous. It also marks the beginning of the new planning services by yours truly so I am incredibly excited!

Ciao for now!


Tuesday, 5 May 2009

For Little Flowers...Monsoon

I'm totally in love with Monsoon's range of gorgeous vintage style flower girl dresses. From 1900s capped sleeve styles to 1920s flapper, any little sweetie wearing one of those will be far from outdated, these are timeless...

Monday, 4 May 2009

Sealed With A Kiss...

A BIG congratulations to one of my closest friends Michelle and her new fiance Sean who got engaged whilst on holiday in Oz last week. She was a great support to me during the planning of my wedding and I hope to be the same for her-can't wait to get started! Thanks also to Sean for putting up with my constant need for progress updates since telling me on our wedding day he was planning to propose. As you can imagine, I found it very hard to keep the massive grin from my mouth for the next nine months, so well done for making two girls very happy :-) 

Congratulations and Happy Planning!!!


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Friday, 1 May 2009

Top Trend: Creative Hen Parties

I'm quietly glad to witness the slow demise of the tacky hen party and in the words of Chris Rock: 

"That's right-IIIIIIIIII said it!!!!"

The stereotypical drunken night out with a gaggle of manic hens covered from head to toe in 'L' plates and veils is coming to an end in favour of more refined options. Vintage crafts and baking. Hallelujah! 

Brides looking for a different approach to a good send off are keen to explore more creative avenues with more of a team building/bonding atmosphere. The Papered Parlour in Clapham is fabulous. Recently launched, this artistic haven for artisans, thespians and anyone with a flair or passion for getting crafty is perfect for tea and cakes in the cafe or private workshops. You can also hire their space for a Parlour Party in, funnily enough, their parlour room! Decked out in vintage handprinted wallpaper and period furniture it makes a great backdrop for a 1940s cocktail party or 50s Rockabilly dance. So, whether it's knitting, screen printing or quilting, there's something for every crafty bride there.

Another increasingly popular trend is baking classes, provided by cupcake companies as an alternative sideline. If you're eager to try your hand at making your own deliciously baked goods, then take a look at Cookie Girl, run by Xanthe Milton the "Nigella Lawson of the cake world" as quoted by London Lite paper. Her popular Cocktail and Cupcake hen parties held at the Drawing Room are £80 per person for two hours and she also holds cake decorating classes there for £45 each including a glass of champers. 

So if you happen to be organizing a hen party and you're keen to learn new skills to take on into married life, or would just enjoy a civilized day with the girls, then give something like this a go. Or maybe just go for afternoon tea instead!

Image Credits:

Eye Candy #19: Catherine Deane

Fergie Dress

Felicity Dress

Thought you might enjoy these beautiful creations by Irish designer Catherine Deane. She's a master with draped fabrics, don't you think? 

Happy May Day!!

Image Credits:
**All taken from Catherine Deane.