I always find it lovely when couples are able to find a wedding venue that doesn’t just tick the boxes of budget, location and service, but when it has an extra-special meaning too. Alisa & Dermot tied the knot on his family farm in South Africa, nestled in the Stellenbosch mountains with stunning views of the surrounding countryside. With guests travelling from all over the world to celebrate their marriage (Alisa is from New Zealand) it was the perfect place for them to bring their families together. They chose a classic navy scheme with a pop of coral – picked up perfectly in the flowers using local flowers & foliage. Alisa’s gorgeous illusion neck Pronovias dress may be one of the most well-travelled I know – being purchased in London, taken for fittings in Amsterdam (where they now live) and worn in Cape Town before being flown home with Alisa’s parents to New Zealand! The glorious scenery, pretty details and romance of their day was captured by b.loved favourite Cheryl McEwan.
Afternoon lovelies! If you’re loving our Understated Elegance style guide as much as I am (hint: a LOT!) then you’ll want to download this fab free stationery template from the lovely Itty Bitty Bijou straight away! Just print onto some quality card stock and there you have it, swanky wedding invitations sorted!
In this month’s Understated Elegant style guide we loved playing with ideas to make a very minimal palette look amazing! I mean, just look at that stunning bouquet!! Isn’t Liz from Bluesky Flowers a total floral genius? The textures and colours show that even an ‘all white’ colour scheme can look incredible with the right touches! She combined luscious Ivory Duchess de Nemours peonies with Antirrhinum, Dahlia, Astrantia with delicate Astilbe and Queen Anne’s’ Lace. Brunia, Senecio and Eucalyptus foliage in varying shades of silvery greens cascade effortlessly, while a bold black & white striped ribbon adds a modern twist.
There’s nothing like a bold punch of colour to brighten up your Monday morning! So this week’s inspiration board is inspired by the frankly tropical weather we’ve had over the past few days – from brilliant blue skies to spectacular thunder & lightening storms it’s felt more equatorial than northern European for most of the week! I’m not suggesting this is the perfect British wedding scheme – although at a venue like Kew Gardens this could look totally rad!
For a destination wedding – I’m thinking the beautiful remote beaches of Hawaii or Bali – this is the perfect palette. Don’t be afraid of colour – mix unusual, tropical blooms with gold for a totally luxe look. I love the idea of paper tassels fluttering in the breeze – a super easy way to bring your own but of DIY to a destination venue! But most of all with this one, you’ve got to have fun with floral crowns and pineapple place settings all adding to the ‘totally tropical’ taste!
Happy Friday wedding lovers! I’m really excited to introduce you to one of our lovely sponsors today. Jessie is an incredible wedding planner AND stylist (you might have spotted her pretty banner over in the side bar), and owner of Cotswolds-based Jessie Thomson Weddings & Events. I adore her sense of style (natural, contemporary and almost always floral) and her awesome organisational skills – Jessie is also super mum to adorable toddler Flora, and with another on the way! When she’s not helping her couple’s plan luxury, stylish and unique weddings, she my Flourish & Prosper co-founder. See, I told you she was super organised, how else would she fit all that in?!
What’s better than a wedding cake? A whole dessert table of course! The perfect treat for your guests, the dessert table trend is one that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere (at least not if I have anything to do with it!). So today we’re sharing a healthy dose of sweetness from stylists The Little Lending Company and photographer Tatum Reid, with some dessert table styling inspiration that manages to be rustic and glam all at the same time. Love it.