pretty peonies…

March 8, 2012

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I adore peonies and whenever I see them it makes me think how romantic these full soft blooms are and how perfect they are for a bridal bouquet or within a table setting. These gorgeous flowers are a very popular choice for weddings as they mean ‘happy life’ and ‘happy marriage.’

Peonies are one of the more expensive choices of flower so if a bouquet full of them is out of the question, don’t worry as they complement other smaller flowers beautifully. Peonies come in a wide range of colours from the classic white and pale pink to vibrant fuchsia and coral –  simply mix with greenery, roses or tulips for a stylish bouquet.

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So the bride has her dress, the suits for the groom and his men have been ordered, so now its time to find dresses for me and the other bridesmaid. We’re still not sure what we’ll be wearing but the options are endless – maxi or short, formal or relaxed, modern or vintage? If you’re shopping for bridesmaid dresses, the high street has some great options including Monsoon and Coast or why not visit the wedding boutique at Net-a-Porter or check out online favourite Dessy for every colour of bridesmaid dress you can imagine.

pretty hydrangea cupcakes…

January 31, 2012

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Blue hydrangeas are a popular choice of flower for weddings so why not extend this gorgeous flower and colour scheme to your cake. These cupcakes I found on Glorious Treats are amazing with their intricate petal details and this techique could be applied to a whole cake as well, if you didn’t fancy cupcakes for your wedding. Can you imagine what a beautiful centrepiece a cake like this would make?

There’s exciting news on the horizon for brides everywhere with the announcement that former Project Runway winner, Christian Siriano will be designing a bridal collection for American department store, Nordstrom. The department store already has a gorgeous collection of bridal collections and from this March will be adding an exclusive collection from Christian Siriano.

Already known for dressing celebrities like Heidi Klum, Christina Hendricks and he recently created a breathtaking dress for Taylor Swift’s new fragrance advert, his romantic designs are the perfect choice for an ultra girly bride. And the best news is that Nordstom ships to the UK as well!

 

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I came across this really fabulous way of serving cocktails and thought they would be really stylish at a wedding reception. These cocktails are proscecco popsicles!! You can make them non-alcoholic but these frozen popsicles are both a colourful and fun way to keep your guests refreshed.

Endless Simmer makes these Kir-Royale inspired cocktails with fresh blackberries, lime, creme de cassis and of course prosecco – delicious! For full details on how to make them visit: http://www.endlesssimmer.com/2011/05/26/sunday-brunch-cocktail-on-a-stick/ 

shoes, shoes, shoes…

January 17, 2012

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Shopping for wedding shoes can be a bit of a dilemma. Unless you are wearing a short or three quarter length dress, where you are quite happy to spend a bit of extra money on shoes and make them a statement, then you don’t generally want to spend too much on them. But is it worth spending money if you are wearing a long dress and you know they won’t be seen that much especially when more than anything you need them to be comfortable.

The bride to be was lucky enough to find a gorgeous pair of shoes on sale which is a great piece of advice for any brides on the hunt for shoes at the moment. Another great piece of advice is to consider two pairs of shoes – heels for the ceremony and the dinner and then flats for the party and dancing. Do you have any advice for brides to be shopping for shoes?

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It seems like Christmas is the time of year to propose with quite a number of my friends getting engaged. Also this year is a leap year and so the tradition goes, the 29th February is the day for women to propose to their boyfriends. This seems like a rather strange tradition but I wonder how many women actually take this opportunity. Would you ever propose to your boyfriend? In light of this I couldn’t help but share these gorgeous little sparklers!