Marsala- Official Colour of the Year

Pantone have announced the colour of the year….drum roll please

2015/01/img_8430.jpgThis beautifully rich, yet subtle colour just oozes elegance. If it was food…it would be a Galaxy.

The earthiness of this colour can easily be translated into fashion, beauty, interior design and so much more. It can be used as a base colour or an accent colour and will still have the same strong impact.

Marsala is a subtly seductive shade, one that draws us in to its embracing warmth- Leatrice Eiseman
Executive Director, Pantone Colour Institute®

2015/01/img_8432.jpg

2015/01/img_8431.jpgThis gorgeous colour can enhance all skin tones and will definitely be the go to colour for all make up artists this year.

2015/01/img_8433.jpgand you can see why…
Pantone have disclosed the perfect colour palettes for Marsala, these two being my personal favourite..

2015/01/img_8436.png

2015/01/img_8435.png
I’m in love! For more inspiration, visit Pantone.

Happy colouring

.x.

Advertisements

Why You Need a Wedding Planner

Every bride believes they can plan their wedding by themselves, and so does every Mother of the bride, every mother in law, every sister, every cousin, every aunt…(you see where I am going with this). The worst culprits of this thought process are Asian brides!

I’m sure many brides are capable of doing so, but my question is why would you, when there are people who dedicate their lives to this type of planning. I mean they REALLY love seating plans, guest lists, crockery arrangements and more, and they REALLY love doing it for everybody else!!
Seriously..I know because I am one of these creatures!

I am here to let you know why it is beneficial to have a wedding planner. Continue reading

Guestbook Alternatives

To quote Wikipedia,

 ‘A guestbook (also guest bookvisitor logvisitors’ bookvisitors’ album) is a paper or electronic means for a visitor to acknowledge a visit to a site, physical or web-based, and leave details such as their name, postal or electronic address, and any comments.’

A guestbook, in the context of a wedding, can be absolutely anything! No really… and the more unique it is, the better! I am always in favour of a good book so my vote would normally be there, however some of the following options could make me reconsider!

Most of these lovely creations can be found personalised on Etsy,

Happy Sunday

.x.

Sources
Puzzle credits Heart Box Quilted Padlocks  Corkscrew/ Jenga Calendar Guestbox/ polaroid book Guestbox Greenhouse

Unique Vintage Engagement Rings

With a slight obsession with wedding jewels, I have been collating the most gorgeous offbeat and vintage wedding and engagement rings. Enjoy!

This round brilliant diamond is encased in a high polished platinum. This intricately designed vintage basket drenched in subtle diamond accents and trimmings is designed by Ken & Dana and costing roughly 2.5k...but definitely worth it!!

This round brilliant diamond is encased in a high polished platinum. This intricately designed vintage basket drenched in subtle diamond accents and trimmings is designed by Ken & Dana and costing roughly 2.5k…but definitely worth it!!

aaaaand DROOL! How AMAZING is this 1930's ballerina style diamond ring. The sparkle is just phenomenal! Found by Becky at an Antique Market and designed by Beverly Losacco of Bebi Pearls & Estate Jewellery.

aaaaand DROOL! How AMAZING is this 1930’s ballerina style diamond ring. The sparkle is just phenomenal! Found by Becky at an Antique Market and designed by Beverly Losacco of Bebi Pearls & Estate Jewellery.

Crossover rings are becoming more apparent today and this one of my favourites. Mark Silverstein Got it just right with this 18k white and rose gold triple band crossover, containing both pink and white diamonds. Just gorgeous and not too much of a splurge at $4.5k

Crossover rings are becoming more apparent today and this one of my favourites. Mark Silverstein got it just right with this 18k white and rose gold triple band crossover, containing both pink and white diamonds. Just gorgeous and not too much of a splurge at $4.5k.

This is definitely a ring setting fit for a Princess.

This is definitely a ring setting fit for a Princess. No a QUEEN! Very Disney-esque. Find it from Diamond Mansion.

This is a vintage Cartier, which is a popular celebrity collection, date and price unknown. The circular floral setting suggests a 1920-1950 date and is just stunning.

This is a vintage Cartier, which is a popular celebrity collection, date and price unknown. The circular floral setting suggests a 1920-1950 period and is juuust stunning.

At $30k this is a 1920s regal diamond ring, with sapphire surrounds designed by SITFinejewellery. 18K white gold, real diamonds and real sapphires.

At $30k this is a 1920s regal diamond ring, with sapphire surrounds designed by SITFinejewellery boasting 18K white gold, real diamonds and real sapphires. Hubba!

The sheer impact of the pavé cut diamonds within this gold circular setting, makes this an absolutely perfect engagement ring. (or just a nice present).

The sheer impact of the pavé cut diamonds within this gold circular setting, makes this an absolutely perfect engagement ring. (or just a nice present).

This is a 1940's vintage French ring. OH EM GEE. At a cooooool $12k. Can you IMAGINE how this would look in the sun!!!

This is a 1940’s vintage French ring. OH EM GEE. At a cooooool $12k. Can you IMAGINE how this would look in the sun!!! From Ruby&Lane.

Literally no words. Except there are....WOW. This is my kinda ring! Straight from Disneyland onto my finger...JUST FOR FUN! I don't actually know where this is from but if you know...PLEASE TELL ME!

Literally no words. Except there are….WOW. This is my kinda ring! Straight from Disneyland onto my finger…JUST FOR FUN! I don’t actually know where this is from but if you know…PLEASE TELL ME!

 

This is a gorgeous alternative to your traditional solitaire. Champagne stone and rose gold, amazing. What is even more amazing is that the diamond is on the underside of the stone for only you and your other half to know about. Such a pretty thought!

This is a gorgeous alternative to your traditional solitaire. Champagne stone and rose gold, amazing. What is even more amazing is that the diamond is on the underside of the stone for only you and your other half to know about. Such a pretty thought!

This geometric Roman inspired ring carries a cool 1.75 carat stone.

This geometric Roman inspired ring carries a cool 1.75 carat stone.

This 5.45 carat beauty, was once owned by Marie-Antoinette. Although you cannot actually purchase the ring anymore..you CAN buy a picture of the ring. I know. Amazing.

This 5.45 carat beauty, was once owned by Marie-Antoinette. Although you cannot actually purchase the ring anymore..you CAN buy a picture of the ring. I know. Amazing.

These rings just get better and better. This fairytale gem with its aquamarine stone and gold outer just screams Princess.

These rings just get better and better. This fairytale gem with its aquamarine stone and gold outer just screams Princess.

Raw stones are so romantic, probably not an engagement ring but gorgeous as a gift.

Raw stones are so romantic, probably not an engagement ring but gorgeous as a gift.

14k gold, rose cut diamond and a beautiful white diamond. This handmade beauty is available on Etsy alongside similar items.

14k gold, rose cut diamond and a beautiful white diamond. This handmade beauty is available on Etsy alongside similar items.

There is nobody on the planet who would not love this ring. If you don't then you are lying. This 20k rose gold, 3 stone engagement ring only costs $6k! Amazing value from WhiteFlash.

There is nobody on the planet who would not love this ring. If you don’t then you are lying. This 20k rose gold, 3 stone engagement ring only costs $6k! Amazing value from WhiteFlash.

This amazing 2.03 carat is designed by J.E Caldwell, so antique , so lovely, circa 1920, found by Diamonds in the Library.

This amazing 2.03 carat is designed by J.E Caldwell, so antique , so lovely, circa 1920, found by Diamonds in the Library.

This gorgeous round champagne diamond ring with 14k rose gold can be found from Etsy for under $2k

This gorgeous round champagne diamond ring with 14k rose gold can be found from Etsy for under $2k.

This pretty little thing is from Stone & Fox. Perfect alternative to have sitting on your finger.

This pretty little thing is from Stone & Fox. Perfect alternative to have sitting on your finger.

This is so pretty it hurts. Rose gold and diamond. The prettiness of this ring makes it a show stopping piece.

This is so pretty it hurts. Rose gold and diamond. The prettiness of this ring makes it a show stopping piece.

Happy New Year!!

.x.

 

 

 

Metallic Weddings

Metallics, if done tastefully, can add a huge amount of luxe and glamour to any event.
As a bridalwear designer I get to experiment with every type of ground, however I always mute my designs with a touch of gold or silver. You reeeeally can’t have a wedding without them.
The idea of having metallics may seem scary at first…
IMG_6855.JPG
But there are tricks to be able to use metallics for maximum impact.
Decor
Decor is one of the easiest and quickest ways to sneak in some glitter!

IMG_6792-0.JPGYou have so many options where you can use your golden touch.

Centrepieces and vases are available in the most gorgeous antique golds and silvers. Your table decor is the most forgiving part of your wedding, it doesn’t all have to match!

The key is to find a type of metallic you’re happy with and stay away from those that will plummet your wedding into the tacky area. Matte colours and antique colours add the most prestige, whereas yellow silvers and yellow golds turn your wedding into a 5 year old’s princess party. Although….

IMG_6785.JPG

IMG_6790-0.JPG

With table decor…go all out! You can never have too much!

IMG_6793-0.PNG

Bridalwear
A metallic dress. Not many brides’ idea of preferred bridalwear, but they look SO beautiful and glamorous that you should find a way to incorporate these into your big day.

IMG_6784.JPG

IMG_6795.JPGThis is pretty full on, but actually for a reception or rehearsal dinner it’s AMAZING!

IMG_6796.JPGThis beautiful Oscar De La Renta shows just how you can add touches of sparkle.

IMG_6798.JPG

IMG_6797.JPGIf you want to add metallics into your wedding but don’t want to go as far as metallic clothing, go for small touches like make-up or accessories. Huge impact…teeny tiny efforts…what’s not to like?!

IMG_6801.JPG

IMG_6800.JPG

IMG_6799.JPG
Cakes
These beautiful cakes are the perfect touch to your millennium wedding.

IMG_6791.JPG

IMG_6783.JPG
Flowers
Make sure the teeniest parts have the metallic touch, such as your bouquet. There are fab sprayed bouquets available but if these are not your cup of tea, then improvise.

IMG_6786.JPG

IMG_6787.JPG
Embrace your inner Midas!
.x.

 

Oscar De La Renta – A Bridal Inspiration

Following the sad news of the passing of the amazing Oscar De La Renta, I thought it only fitting to showcase his 2015 Bridal collection.

De La Renta has led a truly inspirational design career and has been one of the biggest bridal names within the fashion world, not to mention an icon in ready to wear fashion.

Oscar De La Renta – 2015

The 2015 collection comprises of the perfect use of embellishment and embroidery against clean, crisp silhouettes. Just amazing!

ecce0a16-537c-4994-8418-cd8ff62c5662 da5b3213-1e20-490b-be25-9adf8df833e4

The us of lace within the collection is minimal, comparative to the use of material, creating the perfect angelic bridal look. e725fe7f-737f-45cb-823e-38bb7c80b004This open empire trail skirt has to be one of my favourite cuts from this collection. So simple yet so effective. d031aea8-e467-4f47-b7b2-65b8a3a0dc7dI absolutely adore this embroidery. Threadwork is a huge passion of mine within my own bridal designs so this gets a huge thumbs up from me. d9db6b6e-b42a-495e-957b-b7a204c81a31A full padded skirt. YES. A gorgeous lace overlay yoke. YES. Love! a465d22d-966b-4665-b5cc-3f17686d6894No I don’t just like this because the new Mrs. Clooney wore it. The only designer to make a short wedding dress ooze elegance.66648922-de95-40b6-bf0b-62b9e727985a b56b2c77-4ecf-49d8-9c61-dad9825698eb b15374ff-c75e-4328-aacc-8a680ad77212 beach dressThe perfect beach wedding dress. Front split, lace and a bohemian bouquet…beach anyone? 112047b3-1103-4556-80cb-a49fd274751b27226a52-2b01-4460-9bbb-fa592c254427 3262b234-3dd8-4a13-848b-2c856bbccf7b 252faccf-b59f-4c47-93f7-cedc6b978c82 17e552e2-550b-485b-8954-38857db273ee 4acf889d-57a8-4628-83bc-1d3451a730afThe cut of the corset is so beautifully structured, this shape would be amazing on any figure! 02c926a2-acff-4c54-8036-a447f7be3fd0 1a104f33-0dc2-4b48-998f-f9b175189eeb 0c377fc0-e744-4472-ac15-cdb1c0628ae2

The De La Renta brand is infamously known for its simplicity and elegance. This gorgeous collection proves only this. I can only hope a 2016 bridal collection was in work.

.x.

 

 

Most Unique Save the Dates

So you are engaged, you got that ring, well done you! Next step is to save the dates! You don’t want to be the couple with no friends at their wedding because they were too late in the day to book everyone! And you certainly don’t want to be that couple on the receiving end of an eye roll for boring save the date cards!

I have seen and gathered some of the most unique save the dates ever. This is your time to be sickly cute and all in love, go all out with the cheese, it is expected!

IMG_6063.JPG

This is really simple and oh so cute!

IMG_5875.JPG

Everyone loves scrabble!

IMG_5874.JPG

So artsy, I love it!

IMG_6065.JPG

Hold on..whaaaat?! A POP UP SAVE THE DATE?! Sold much!?

IMG_6067.JPG

Do we know Michelle and Thomas? No. Are we in awe at how cute they are? Of course.

IMG_6064.JPG

Really sweet. Hopefully people use this as that month’s calendar!

IMG_6066.JPG

Ring and kisses…the simplicity in this is amazing.

IMG_6071.JPG

Oh mer gawwwd….STICKERS!!!! OF YOU!!! Too cute!

IMG_6068.JPG

Very sweet idea, can’t imagine how it would look with very different sized thumbs however….

IMG_6070.JPG

I just love the little cartoons!

IMG_6069.JPG

A 4 picture magnet for everyone!? YES PLEASE VANITY! This is amazing!

IMG_6072.JPG

I literally cannot express how much I love this saying, thus this is the perfect save the date!

IMG_6074.JPG

So this isn’t a save the date – however so cute it could be turned into one!

IMG_6077.JPG

Just aww! Mini keys are too cute to ignore

IMG_6073.JPG

Pretty cool really.

IMG_6076.JPG

Its an actual knot! As in ‘tying the knot’…lets have an actual knot! #mindblown

IMG_6075.JPG

Can’t handle the cuteness of this picture save the date!

IMG_6079.JPG

Very nerdy but very cool! (nope, not judging!)

IMG_6082.JPG

A really simple authentic card, which your surprisingly do not see a lot of today.

IMG_6078.JPG

Luggage tag save the date for destination weddings! Love it!

IMG_6081.JPG

And people SHOULD feel like they’ve received a golden when they get your wedding invite!

IMG_6084.JPG

Love this idea! Here’s one way of making sure everyone wear black tie!

IMG_6083.JPG

Not sure I quite understand this…but it is still unique. Feel free to explain this to me anyone.

IMG_6086.JPG

PAH! Brilliant. The things we can do with good old chalk.

IMG_6085.JPG

CHOCOLAAAAAAAATE!!! Bribery at its finest.

IMG_6087.JPG

Just so funny!

IMG_6088.JPG

I’d draw hearts EVERYWHERE! Oooh BALLOON hearts!!

IMG_6095.JPG

Hilarious!! A girl after my own heart

IMG_6094.JPG

Awwwwwww….she gushes.

IMG_6098.JPG

Jigsaw save the date….really cool!

IMG_6097.JPG

‘My humans’ hahahah

IMG_6100.JPG

Ballooooooons! this is pretty cool too

IMG_6099.JPG

I mean…legs like that…why not!?

IMG_6101.JPG

Too much cuteness! Hearts and pastels!

IMG_6102.JPG

Pretty cool

IMG_6103.JPG

Cutest little biscuits EVER

IMG_6105.JPG

Lego people. Why not.

IMG_6106.JPG

Magnet paperclips…maybe stick your picture on them!

IMG_6096.PNG

3.D.O.M.G.

IMG_6104.JPG

I would LOVE to do this

IMG_6107.JPG

Its a polaroid reel of little pics of you two and your save the dates! Really creative

IMG_6109.JPG

My favourite! Keyrings!

 

I would love to have lots of these as my own save the dates…however I have no date for people to save. I guess you all have to do it for me!

Enjoy!

.x.