Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Oh Mr Darcy!

Last night I watched "Don't tell the Bride" you can watch it here and the theme for the wedding was Pride and Prejudice. It was so touching and sweet so I was inspired to write a post about marrying your MR DARCY!!!
Here's a bit of advice:

So once you catch your Mr Darcy here's how to get married in stlye!
Ooo Mr DarcyYour dress should be beautiful, simple and feminine. Why show off when you ARE that gorgeous!
Invite your guests in stlye with these personalised profile portraits to show it was meant to be!
For your flowers go delicate and feminine, lavender will look and smell magically elegant.
Be creative with the confetti, use an old copy of the book, go mad with a heart shaped hole punch and there you have it, desperately romantic confetti that tells a story!Use quotes from the book to help narrate your perfect day. Dress the venue in light linens, embroidery and busts! Quite spectacular!
Be dainty with the tables, fine china accompanied by delicate flowers and mini busts. Be romantic with the cake, your Darcy will love it!
And what to get Mr and Mrs Darcy as a wedding present? Why not this gorgeous Framed art with Pride and Prejudice butterflies! From Terror Dome

"You have bewitched me, body and soul, and I love, I love, I love you. I never wish to be parted from you from this day on."-Mr. Darcy


Friday, 23 September 2011

Wedding Lingerie - Interview with Miss Jones

Personally, finding gorgeous, tasteful, romantic and sensual wedding lingerie is such a task! When it came to my own, I typed "wedding lingerie" and "honeymoon lingerie" into google and was bombarded by lots of tacky, cheap looking white lacy horrid things! I was after something simply beautifully sexy, something that would make me feel special rather than cheap and nasty!
So how happy was I when I came across Bristol based designer
Miss Jones who has her own Wedding Lingerie collection! Whoop! I had to meet her and ask her some important questions over cocktails!
Me: How did you start designing wedding lingerie?
I started 4 years ago in costume design. I made and designed lots of menswear which was quite standard and normal whereas I loved making the more delicate, pretty, girly things such as embroidery and corsets. I also enjoyed the more decorative garments with their different layers of textiles. Then I started making high end garters for brides to be, I loved making them feel like family heirlooms to be, treasures, keepsakes in a box as well as a flash of secret naughtiness!

"It's nice to feel like your creating a moment for someone."

Me: What inspires you about wedding lingerie?
Creating a moment for a couple, something they'll never forget! Helping a bride feel comfortable, sexy, sensual and importantly, herself and the confidence that comes with that.
Me: What were your inspirations for for the Bridal collections?
For Rosalind I was inspired by vintage fabrics, lace, English romance, opulent gold and the beauty of the English rose.
The Scarlet collection is not part of the classic Bridal range but is perfect for sensual wedding lingerie. Red 100% silk, it becomes like skin, warm and gorgeous to touch, which of course is very important.

"Often when designing I'm thinking how the garment comes off!"Red and pink are a fabulously romantic mix, they create a beautiful rose effect but its very important to get the right red, deep and bright. Red lace can look cheap if not the right shade, I get mine from Paris, its fabulous!
Me: What's your favorite piece in the collection?
I love the pasties. (nipple tassels) they are sweet, cheeky, an unexpected surprise! Not every bride wants to be traditional in her choices so these are a lot of fun!

Me: What tips do you have when it comes to choosing the perfect lingerie?
Think about the daytime and all the things you'll be doing so think supportive, a good foundation which is affective with dress. Don't leave the decision to the last minute, feel comfortable but controlled. For the night time think of it as a different mood, go flirty, light and gorgeous. Make the evening a different moment, that "I'm going to change into something more comfortable." Its a one off, never again moment so treasure it!

Me: Is there anything brides should be aware of when trying lingerie on with the dress?
White can show under dresses so flesh coloured underwear is the best way to go.
Invest in a really good strapless bra for under a strapless dresses, keep comfy and confident.
For a larger bust go for jewelled straps, celebrate the fact you need straps and flatter yourself!

Me: How do you think a bride should feel when trying on wedding lingerie?
"They should gasp! Feel beautiful, sexy, sensual, indulgent and opulent."
You should plan when your going to change into your "special" lingerie, look forward to it,
it's your little secret for later and for your partner. That extra surprise will help make the ultimate romantic moment for you to share with your lover.

Me: Do you make things to order?
Yes, the lingerie can be made especially for you, when I'm making something to order I tend to think about the couple as I make it! I can also customise handkerchiefs for men with their initials and date embroidered in the corner. It's the little bespoke details that help to make the day that extra bit special. Also, I made a tartan garter for a bride that matched her husband to be's kilt! Soo sweet and a pleasure to make!

Me: What's the most important thing about wedding lingerie?
It's that romantic, magic moment of the day that only the couple get to see! It's those embellished, lace, crystals and opulent details that are personal and expressive to the brides own sensuality and sexuality! I love to be a part of that!

Take a look at her gorgeous collections here!
The lovely Miss Jones.
"Celebrate you own unique femininity. Be confident. Be sensual. Be Miss Jones."


Sunday, 11 September 2011

Autumn Wedding Ideas

I LOVE the Autumn. The light is golden, the air crisp and you get to wrap yourself up in woolly jumpers and wear wellies!
I got married in September, we were really lucky with the weather as it was very sunny and warm. If your not sure what time of year to get married consider the beauty of the Fall!

Embrace the gorgeous colours that are unique to Autumn and use them as inspiration for your theme.
Get romantic, think quiet golden country lanes and open fire places.
These simple ruby apples make a charming place holder!
Go dramatic with deep reds, burnt oranges and creamy vanillas.
I love the look of this quirky vintage brooch bouquet and it will never wilt! An heirloom for future generations!

Indulge your bridesmaids with sumptuous velvets, luxurious silks and vintage treasures!

Use the dramatic autumnal landscape in your wedding photographs.

For food ideas think comfort, sweet, sticky, earthy, hearty and humble.
These mini sticky toffee puddings are perfect!
Also use autumn colours in your food such as deep purple in grapes and creamy whites in strong cheeses!
Treat your guests to a beautiful detailed cake painted with autumnal themes.

And for little sweet treats think seasonal raspberries!
I hope this post has been inspiring to help make your beautiful day even more special!

Friday, 9 September 2011

Garden Party

At the weekend I went to my friends wedding and their reception was held in the grooms parents garden and it was gorgeous and truly magical! It inspired me to look into other garden wedding ideas and heres some just for you!

I LOVE this almost tree house approach to the tables! How romantic, whimsical and magical!

My friend had put fairy lights up so when we strolled back to our car we could see where we were going, sooo cute and thoughtful.

I love how these could have been picked from the garden that morning. My morning bouquet was picked by my hubby in the morning and he sent them over to my sister, it was a gorgeous, sweet idea. I felt like a little girl getting her first flower from her admirer, expept I was 24!

Garden weddings can also be very dramatic when a few key props are added in a quirky way! Great to wow your guests.
This is like a deam! The reflection from the ground makes it magical!


Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Interview with... The Little Wedding Helper!

Create a celebration that your guests will remember well after the confetti has blown away.

How lucky are you guys! In this post I’m interviewing the fabulous Kirsten Butler from The Little Wedding Helper to give brides an insight into the importance of a wedding stylist.

I’ll tell you, if I could go back, I’d totally get myself a wedding fairy godmother, which basically is what Kirsten is!

As well as styling weddings she also writes for Perfect Wedding Magazine, Folio & West Weddings as well as arranging regular wedding “Tweet ups” in Bristol. Follow her on twitter for more info.

What is the role of a Wedding Stylist?

I’ve been told by brides’ that having me as their wedding stylist is like having a fairy godmother, trusting me to make their day gorgeous and how they wanted it. I sprinkle lots of inspiration and bring together creative and visual ideas of the reception and venue (and everything in-between!) I help decorate the venue, my experience of making the most of venues from village halls to flash hotels helps make the most of the space. I also offer support, tips and help them to hire things such as props. I take the worry out of the day when it comes to the “look” and help make a memorable wedding for the couple and guests.

What’s your favorite part of your job?

Working closely with the couple and getting to know them is a pleasure and honour as it’s such a important day for them and helping them realise their perfect day! There’s nothing like seeing their smiling faces when they see the finished work!

How did you get into wedding styling?

I started as an art teacher, it was my best friends wedding and she asked me

to help with ideas and decorating. We said, “We need a little wedding helper” and it started from there! I loved every minute and my friend said it was such a relief to know that I was putting all the table settings out as we had planned, I was making sure all the detail was there and giving it time and care as she would have liked to herself. It took a lot of pressure off of her shoulders and I thought it would be great to offer that to other brides. I asked a few more friends if they would have liked it when they got married and they all said yes! Anything to help take some pressure off of the day and not have to rely on maybe part time staff at the venue to set everything out perfectly. So I did a few more friends wedding and it went from there! It’s amazing to do what you love and see people’s dreams come true.

Where do you get your inspiration?

My inspiration comes from the happy couple, from hobbies and jobs to where they met and I turn them into ideas for decorating, table settings and favors and its these details that will help make their big day completely unique to them. It’s all about being bespoke, unique, original and true to the couple.

Are you there on the big day?

I’m there first thing in the morning, but the couple usually don’t see me on the day as I’m in the background making sure everything looks perfect. I do tend to peep out to see the happy couples face as they walk in the venue though!

How soon should a couple think about hiring a wedding stylist?

As soon as they book the venue. Sometimes it’s hard to tell what will get swallowed up in a large room, for example flower arrangements or colours and I’ve got experience that helps take away that worry. I’ll go visit a venue with the couple as well as having consultations and emails. I am a little wedding helper!

What trends do you see coming up?

I don’t really take notice of trends in magazines; I take my inspiration from the couple and go from there. Styles that I tend to come back to are all things vintage, personal and things that tell a story like vintage black and white photographs.

What’s your favorite?

One thing I’m really enjoying working with at the moment are doilies, lace and wild garden flowers. I think the royal wedding has a lot to do with it but it seems things that are brand new and shiny are not as popular as sentimental objects such as vintage suitcases, typewriters and books. A few choice props such as an old writing desk for your guest book, can not only look fabulous but also change a wedding into a truly original affair.

Photo from Frances Taylor Photography

What’s your dream wedding styling?

I LOVE working with village halls and old buildings as they have such personality and potential. Marquees are also great fun as they are basically a blank canvas so you can be as creative as you like. Also you don’t have to work with swirly carpets!

What tips can you give to brides to be?

Don’t be afraid to think outside the box, if your not sure on a theme or style tear out pictures from magazines that you like and a colour or shape should emerge for you to work with. Try not to do everything yourself, just because you don’t bake your own cake, make your own dress and grow your flowers doesn’t mean that the wedding wont be as special or beautiful. Plan and delegate as much as possible so it’s not too hectic come the big day. Research your suppliers, get the best deals you can and of course work with the Little Wedding Helper!

To take a look at some of gorgeous weddings Kirsten has styled as well as some local suppliers link take a look at her website

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