Thursday, 15 April 2010

DIY: Japanese Tape

Washi Tape is here! This fantastic Japanese decorative masking tape is the perfect tool for quick and easy crafting projects, and thanks to several US suppliers, you can now buy it outside Tokyo. Much cheaper than the airfare. Originally designed to prettify presents, it's now being used every which way you can imagine, and thanks to all the different styles and shades, there'll be at least one that fits in with your theme. Use it to decorate vases, edge your stationery, tie your bridesmaids' bouquets and upgrade white candles. Don't miss the fab DIY ideas from To Be Charmed in the centre of the picture, and try Pretty Tape for your tape purchases.

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Wow! Yet more incredible invitation creativity for you this Sunday. Check these out! Amazing American designer Anna Bond  from Rifle Paper Co embroidered this fabulous stationery set by hand to create the design and then added hand painted lettering before scanning the art for printing. Fabulous, no?

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Real Wedding: Sooji & Dave

Candy coloured weddings have to be amongst my favourites, and this gorgeous peachy affair ticks all my boxes. Sooji and Dave celebrated their wedding on a rainy day, but thanks to their warm colour theme, it was never going to be dull. Sooji's bridesmaids' dresses are a fabulous inspiration for anyone looking to create a unified look, without wanting their girls to all look the same. Also loving Sooji's bright shoes, her simple pearl jewellery and her peachy gloss lipstick. Dave looks fab too, check out that sharp suit! Fantastic photos as ever from the team at Our Labour of Love, particularly the one of the wedding team jumping for joy. Do you think they served candy-floss as a canapé? I can see some in the last picture. What a cool idea!

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Tuesday, 13 April 2010

BBD Theme: Polka Dots

Playful, cheeful and downright cute, polka dots are a micro trend this season for spring and summer weddings. They've become hugely popular because they're so easy to use. Big or small, multi-coloured or monochrome, they're super-flexible. You can either design your entire wedding around a theme of spots, or you can use them as a last minute addition by going dotty with your accent colour. Check out these products for inspiration.

Product Credits - {from top left} Daisy Clip: Lourux, Favour Cone: Orange & Blossom, Spotty Bird: The Girl in Yellow, Stationery: Designed By Me {from middle left} Polka Dot Stationery: Trendy Cards, Bow Tie: Me & Matilda, Cupcake Wrappers: The Cupcake Wrapper Co {from bottom left} Cupcake Stand: Cupecakeology, Bow Tie: Twirly Tots Bowtique, Wedding Invitation: Just Peachy Paperie, Pom Pom: Prost to the Host

Product Credits - {from top left} Material Bouquet: Kotton Kandy, Ring Cushion: Whistle Thistle Bridal, Bridesmaid Card: Print Your Party, Candle Cover: The Posh Event, {from middle left} Place Marker: ISDM Printing, Bridesmaid Dress: My Black Dress, Envelope Wraps: The Posh Event {from bottom left} Invitation: Decadent Designs, Material Flags: Possibly & Perhaps, Save the Date: Kiss & Tell Cards, Table Number: The Posh Event

Product Credits - {from top left}: Pinwheel Boutoniere: Rule 42, Invitation: A La Mode Bride, Flower Fascinator: Mischa M, Pom Poms: Pom Love

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Sunday, 11 April 2010

Real Wedding: Carrie & Adrian

Seaside weddings are always amongst the most memorable. Beaches that make people feel like they're on holiday, and that carnival spirit will make your guests want to party! Carrie and Adrian's Kent wedding was a day of two halves, with their marriage ceremony at Mount Ephraim Gardens, and the reception hosted at the East Quay Restaurant in Whitstable. Traditional seaside fare was the order of the day, and the rustic restaurant adds real character to their big day. I'm loving Carrie's choice of pink detailing, starting with her stunning pink shoes, and carried on through the hot pink gerbera and stationery. The classic convertable Beetle is a great touch, and while I'm hoping the Camper Van wasn't for their honeymoon, it certainly makes a fantastic wedding prop. Do you think they handed out rock as favours? Huge thanks to David Fenwick for his gorgeous photographs, and don't miss the message from the bride below the pics!

Message from the Bride: Adi and I have always loved the sea, and having grown up in Whitstable myself we hoped to incorporate some kind of beach theme into our wedding. I stumbled across the East Quay Restaurant whilst looking online for wedding venues and although I hadn't thought of a restaurant for a wedding venue, it just seemed right for us. We didn't want a formal wedding, we wanted a fun day where friends and family could relax and enjoy the beach and we felt the East Quay was the perfect venue for this. For our ceremony we felt certain we wanted to get married outside. We wanted the outdoors to be a real feature of our wedding and Mount Ephraim Gardens was a beautiful, tranquil and very romantic setting.

As pink is my favourite colour I had to have it featured in my wedding somehow. I was so lucky to find a florist (Jane at Graham Greener) who seemed to know exactly what would suit me, and our wedding. I love Gerbera's and find them such a sunny and happy flower - they also fitted so well with the beach theme. Jane had Gerbera's in a vivid fuschia, and with the men's chocolate suits and the bridesmaids chocolate dresses, they looked amazing.

Our wedding day, although cloudy in the morning, turned out to be a lovely sunny day. After the ceremony Adi and I travelled back to the restaurant in a convertible vintage VW Beetle with the top down - it was great fun! Guests enjoyed oysters back at the restaurant followed by traditional Fish and Chips, finished off with a chocolate fudge cake. We hired a ceilidh band for the early evening to liven everyone up after their meal and then enjoyed a disco for the later part of the evening. We finished our perfect day by releasing sky lanterns off the beach which our guests had written messages on earlier in the day. It was a lovely end to an amazing day by the sea. Carrie x

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Big Love for Big Cartel

Shopping at Etsy is one of the things that I do best, it's just such a fabulous resource for cool, handmade items from around the world. But I've found a new source in inspiration in Big Cartel, which acts as a simple shopping cart for artists wanting to sell their work to a wider audience. It's like a permanent online arts fair, and it's awesome! Just try these fabulous stationers on for size....

Product Credits - {top two collages}Two Trick Pony (middle collage} Hello Tenfold
{last two collages}Up Up Creative

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Saturday, 10 April 2010

BBD Theme: On Yer Bike

Have you noticed that one of the major motifs for weddings this spring/summer season is tandem bicycles? They're everywhere! There's definitely a romantic side to cycling off into the sunset with the man of your dreams, although getting your gown caught in the chain would definitely be a worry. So whether you're a cycling fan, or just love the whimsy of a tandem bike, this is the feature for you. Check out the suggestions below, and if you're still short of ideas, take a look at Bicycle Paper Designs. And by the way...heart-shaped bike lights and personalised water bottles ARE a step too far.

Product Credits - {from top left} Save the Date: Felice Design, Ties: Projector, Customised Stickers: More and More Originals, Bicyle Cards: Kindred Knits {from middle left} Mug: Vicki Hartman Clay, T-Shirt: Dark Cycle Clothing, Biycle Stamp: Doodlebug Design {from bottom left} Ceramic Heart Pot: Acero Studio, Bicylce Stationery: Paper Wheel

Product Credits - {from top left} Invitation: One Reverie, Bicycle Stamp: Doodlebug Design, Handbag Mirror: Pressed Orange, {from middle left}Green Invitation: Kiss and Tell Cards {from bottom left} Save the Date: Cheerup Cherup, Just Married Card: Paper Michelle, Biycle Cake Topper: U R A Star House

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Friday, 9 April 2010

Real Wedding: Alex & Brian

Need an inspiration hit? Try this super sophisticated wedding on for size. Alex and Brian celebrated their wedding this winter, and got massively into the detailing. Just check out the stunning reception room; the candlebras, the red roses, the chandeliers - it's like the set of an Audrey Hepburn film. Other inspirational details include Alex's gorgeous gown and bolero, plus Brian's cute lily-of-the-valley buttonhole, and I love the bright red of the youngest bridesmaid's dress. Have you spotted Alex's beautiful jewellery? All designed by her mother, specially for her daughter's wedding day. Gorgeous pictures thanks to the team at Our Labour of Love.

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