Thursday, 29 March 2012

Custom Bridesmaids Dresses: The Amanda Archer Collection

As I type I'm on a ruthless hunt for the perfect set of bridesmaids dresses for my best friend's wedding. Well, it would be ruthless if there was anything in the right colour and budget. It's a typical case of sod's law-the bride settles on a colour scheme she's happy with after much deliberation and then (surprise, surprise!) you can't find a single option that hangs well, isn't a belt or covered in diamante. Would you listen to me!

Then it occurred to me that I ought to see what Etsy has to offer, after all if you can't find what you want there then you're never going to find it! I instantly fell in love with Amanda Archer's Collection.

Amanda's dresses are created using natural and eco-friendly fabrics and trims and won't be left hidden at the back of the wardrobe after the wedding. Not only am I a sucker for a pleated neckline but I LOVE a dress with pockets. Stylish and practical!

Image Credits:
© Amanda Archer

Friday, 23 March 2012

Inspired. By. Harriet #7

Our lovely Harriet is back from her wanderings and adventures around South America! Looking forward to catching up with you in the coming weeks and hearing all about your travels!

But in the meantime, my amazing styling partner in crime has thrown together an inspiring spring board for you, using this seasons hot colour collection, pastels. I've been crazy obsessed with the Louis Vuitton Spring 2012 campaign which is, funnily enough, all based on pastels but giving them a proper update with candy and ice cream colours. No longer are they considered baby-ish and washed out as Harriet shows us...

"This month it has started to feel like spring is almost here. So, inspired by the (slightly) warmer weather, I have been looking at pale pastel tones. The word 'pastel' can can sound a bit sickly, but this depends on the tone and fabric. If the pinks are less sugary and more peachy, and the fabric is silk or lace, then you can create a more vintage look. This colour palette feels really fresh, and can compliment both your flowers and your decorations."

Image Credits:

Top: 30s embroidered dress via Persephone Vintage | Floral fabric, Fabricut Daugherty Duck Egg | Lace nighties, Junkaholique
Middle: Bride & bridesmaids via OnceWed | Hanging cups via Crush Cul De Sac | Mint green dress, Fancy Treehouse
Floral centrepiece via OnceWed
Bottom: Muted wardrobe, Junkaholique |  Bride & Groom via OnceWed | DIY Posies in glasses via Once Wed

Friday, 9 March 2012

Spotlight On...Olofson Designs

Nude Painted Cake

Phew! Just poking my head up over the parapet after last week's epic Oxfam Wedding shoot (#oxfamweddingshoot on Twitter if you fancy checking out some of the live tweets on the day) and I just couldn't wait to share our next Spotlight On supplier with you. Ceri Olofson. A rising star in the world of cake design, Ceri is such a sweetie and let me tell you, having tasted her creations she provided for the Oxfam shoot, I was blown away. I've never tasted cupcakes like them. I kid you not. So here we are...'Olfoson Design'...

Feather biscuit favours

Ceri spent some of her childhood growing up in France and it's clear from her designs that she was heavily influenced by French patisseries. 

Gold Botanics Wedding Cake

 Each design is a custom piece created especially for the client, taking inspiration from their wedding design, venue and personalities.

Ivory Anthropologie Teapot Cake

Ceri continues to experiment with new flavour combinations and I just love the sound of lavender, rose, cardamom and vanilla chocolate marble. I can also vouch that the zesty lemon sponge is out-of-this-world spectacular. Fact. 

Marie Antoinette Rococo Cake

You might also like to know that before she founded Olofson Design, Ceri used to spend her days piping biscuits for The Biscuiteers, so she knows a thing or two about a good cookie. If you fancy learning how to create your own beautiful cupcakes and biscuits, we recommend you check out Ceri's classes here.

Ruffle Cake (with brassicas!)

If you appreciate the amount of skill and attention that goes into these eye-wateringly beautiful creations, do leave a comment, she'd love to hear from you!

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Sunday, 4 March 2012

Sweet Sounds

I realised it'd been some time since I'd written a post about wedding music, which is silly really, considering, well, music holds importance for most of us in some shape or form. So today I'm talking about  music without words, film scores to be precise. My love for film scores seems to be growing all of the time, it paints a thousand pictures, adds life to the emotion you watch on screen. I want to share with you some of my favourite composers and inspire you to introduce touches of film score into your day, be it accompanying you down the aisle, in the background during dinner, or even using it on your own wedding film afterwards....

Big Fish (Titles) by Danny Elfman

This is in my opinion is Tim Burton's finest hour and one of my top 3 favourite films of all time. A story of enduring love, I actually can't listen to the opening titles of this film without tears streaming down my face! Despite having watched it a thousands times I just can't help myself. A MUST watch for those that haven't.

'White Dress',  Under The Tuscan Sun by Christophe Beck

Another from my top 3 films-yes it's cheesy and I love it. But the point is, it's about a woman who on a whim ups sticks and moves to Tuscany. Just like that. Nevermind that I want to do the same! It was this film that sparked my love affair with Italy, drove us to explore Tuscany for our own wedding and, despite it not happening for us there, we did play this soundtrack as our guests arrived before our ceremony and I still cannot listen to it without conjuring up thoughts of our adventures in Italy...

P.S if you have no idea who Raoul Bova is, you will after watching this movie! 

'Sophia',  How To Make an American Quilt, by Thomas Newman

Thomas Newman, a score composer for the 21st Century. God, I love him. His signature style is unmistakable and he has written for films such as The Help (most recently) Revolutionary Road, American Beauty, Fried Green Tomatoes (also in my top 3) and too many more to mention. This piece comes from a gorgeous movie I saw many years ago (in fact, it was one of those lesser known titles my step-dad discovered hidden at Blockbusters) but the story is so heartwarming. In short, a group of women get together to create a giant quilt, and whilst they sew, they tell of their experiences of love. Oh, and Winona Ryder and Jared Leto are in it...

I could go on all night posting up my favourite pieces of music, but most of those aren't wedding appropriate and I wanted to illustrate how music from your favourite films can be included in your own day. I hope you feel inspired to do it!