all in a row…

March 15, 2012

image courtesy of we heart it

This gorgeous wedding reception caught my eye for its unusual seating arrangement. A lot of brides and grooms are dispelling with the traditional seating arrangement of a head table for the bridal party for a more relaxed layout. I doubt many venues would have the option and space for a seating arrangement like this but it sure does look super stylish under the canopy of fairy lights! What type of seating arrangement did you go for?

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paper lanterns…

October 4, 2011

image courtesy of pinterest

These paper lanterns are gorgeous way to do lighting for an outdoor wedding. The mix of sizes and the pink colour give off such a lovely glow and if you arrange for your dancefloor or tables to be set under the trees then a collection of these strung up through them will make for a romantic setting adding to the ambience of the evening.

 

wedding ceremony ideas…

August 14, 2011

image courtesy of valley and co

For a bit of inspiration this Sunday afternoon I’m rather taken with this breathtakingly beautiful white aisle from a wedding featured on Style Me Pretty. With the use of only one colour, the whole room is transformed into the most sophisticated of ceremonies. With the dark wood floors contrasted against ivory rose petals, white candles and white chairs strung with ribbons, there is a lot going on yet by keeping it all one colour it actually has the effect of effortless simplicity as well as incredibly romantic.  

 

down by the seaside…

August 5, 2011

images courtesy of this is glamorous, style me pretty, etsy & scissors

While many of us are heading off on our summer holidays to enjoy the sun and the sea, there are plenty of upcoming nuptials planned for the summer as well. If you’ve decided not to take any chances with the English summer and are planning a beach wedding abroad, why not take some inspiration with these quirky little nautical touches.

The star fish bottle stopper wedding favour is anything but tacky and is a charming way to bring in the seaside theme to a wedding and is echoed in the starfish place setting napkin ring. This personalised birch vase from Etsy can be inscribed with the couple’s initials and adds a rustic charm to each table – simply fill with flowers of your choice.

If you’re having the ceremony on the beach, especially if guests are staying over why not include baskets of flip flops or other beach essentials like beach towels for them. Other finishing touches include fun ‘gone to the beach’ signs, outdoor lanterns such as these gorgeous eco ones from Etsy and why not continue the seaside theme with beach stationery like the On the Beach range from Bunny Delicious.  

under an italian sky…

July 30, 2011

images courtesy of martha stewart weddings, elizabeth anne designs and the wedding vine

I thought it was appropriate to do a little post on Italy seen as though the wedding is taking place there next year. There are so many inspiring choices of weddings in Italy from rolling countryside, beach or lakeside affairs or ultra chic city ceremonies. A particular favourite style of mine is a rustic, romantic and rural wedding that chooses a colour scheme similar to that of the countryside, generally in a palette of green and white. I particularly love the little Italian touches in these weddings such as the mini bottles of Limoncello, a traditional Italian lemon liqueur with a personalised message from the bride and groom or the bottles of olive oil especially if chosen from a local olive oil factory. The bride is yet to settle on a style but either way with a setting as breathtaking and romantic as Italy you could simply light up the venue with fairy lights and set the tables with clean white linens and a few simple flowers and it would still be breathtaking.

The recently married Prince and Princess of Monaco spent a few nights of their honeymoon at the Oyster Box Hotel in Umhlanga, a short drive from central Durban on the eastern coast of South Africa. For years this historic hotel, built in 1869, with its iconic lighthouse was relegated as tired, old seaside hotel which despite its history was more than a little bit tacky. However after an extensive re-build it re-opened in 2009 and is now considered to be one of the places to stay in Durban.

Retaining its colonial charm,  this elegant mediterranean style hotel with stunning views of the Indian ocean is perfect for a romantic wedding or relaxing honeymoon. Weddings can be held in the beautiful gardens or the Pearl Room with views of the ocean while honeymooners can stay in one of the charming 86 rooms or luxurious suites. It’s the perfect place to relax, with a choice of infinity pool or why not sun yourself on the beach or enjoy a pampering session at the new world class spa.