It’s just a week to go guys & gals! Are you nearly ready? While my tree is up, and decorations are slowly filling empty corners of my home, there’s still the food shopping and present wrapping to do – I think I’ll need a strong glass of mulled wine before I tackle those two! As I’ll be taking a few days off over Christmas, this is our last real wedding of the year. And it’s a cracker (sorry!).
It’s always a pleasure to receive submissions from readers, so I loved it when bride Lee-Lyn got in touch to share the story of her relaxed rustic wedding. I love how she kept it simple – with a natural palette, home grown florals and handmade details – yet it all comes together with sophistication and elegance. Thank you to photographer Taryn Rahl for sharing these beautiful images.
Good afternoon b.loved readers! We’re well and truly in the festive spirit this week, and this afternoon our lovely Style Guide cake expert Karen is here to share a lovely Christmas gift idea…
Christmas in the Karenanna household entails lots of baking (of course!) but we also love spending time together making gifts and treats to share. This cute gingerbread cookie gift jar is the perfect treat for young and old and everyone in-between. These wonderfully spiced and ridiculously moorish cookies can be given as festive wedding favours or Christmas gifts – or used to hang on the tree as we do at home! We used a fun moose cutter to give a twist on the humble gingerbread man. These are fun to bake of course but the real fun is in the decorating, anything goes here! I love them simply with royal icing but my children have other ideas about the ones going on our tree this year - although they don’t last long here!
With Christmas just around the corner what better time to let you hair down, celebrate and indulge in some culinary favourites. For the Festive Style Guide we at Kalm Kitchen were keen to demonstrate how chic festive canapés can be incorporated into your wedding breakfast. With hints of green and red these canapés give a subtle nod to the time of year without overtly screaming Christmas.
Good morning my loves! This morning I’m sharing the last of my festive wedding inspiration boards, and this one is so different to the rest! Gone are the rich reds and greens, bold colours and festive tones, as we embrace the cosy romance of winter with a toned down and pretty peach and silver palette. Although most often seen in Spring and Summer weddings, there’s no rule that these pretty tones can’t be used in winter. In fact, I think they’re pretty darn gorgeous all year round – just add a touch of shimmer and sparkle for a seasonal twist.
Treat your guests to sparkling peach Bellini’s, before seating them at the prettiest of tables, with matching peach crockery and flickering candlelight adding warmth and a golden glow. Carry bouquets filled with winter roses in white, ivory and peachy tones and add texture with velvety silver foliage and festive orange berries. The last few falling leaves and bare branches make a romantic backdrop in the peachy golden sunlight of winter, wrap up warm in a feathery white stole and embrace the season with a touch of bling – if only I were brave enough to wear these mighty pear-drop earrings!
Morning lovelies! It’s Friday and I’m back with a little honeymoon dreaming to fill your morning! This week we’re leaving Addo and venturing back along the coast to hip and happening Plettenburg Bay. This trendy little coastal town is known as the ’Riveria of South Africa’, attracting some of South Africa’s hippest residents, and during the long Christmas holidays is the place to be seen (remember November-February is Summer here). The attraction? Plettenburg Bay itself is beautiful – it’s long stretch of golden sandy beach and perfect surfing waves and a child-friendly lagoon makes it the perfect spot for families old & young. It’s long, and glamorous history hosting both National, and International superstars means it’s packed full of stylish bars, hotels and boutiques offering everything from seaside trinkets to expensive artworks from Plett’s most famous artists.
Good morning lovelies! Today we’ve come over all rustic, with some gorgeous woodland wedding inspiration from Bloom Wedding and Eppel Fotografie. Way back since 2012 one of my trend predictions has been outdoor weddings, it’s been a slow burn (thanks mostly to ridiculous red-tape stuff) but I’m sticking to my guns and saying this is one trend that’s just going to grow and grow! And with the potential to create something like this, why on earth not? Wooden benches draped with moss and laden with tempting treats remind me of a fairytale, with all those red apples Sleeping Beauty perhaps? I love the use of a bright & colourful palette including pink, red, orange and yellow – a vibrant modern take on a traditional Autumnal palette.