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.
Who doesn’t love fire places, a beautiful set table, hot cocoa and pretty candles? We certainly do at b.loved HQ, so when this gorgeous winter-inspired shoot landed in my inbox I couldn’t resist. The pretty palette of blush & gold is the perfect antidote to the frosty chill of winter, a romantic option for a winter bride! The overall look is so elegant, with the pink and gold baubles and a touch of glitter adding a hint of festivity to the party. I’m so in love with the bridal styling, a cute tea-length dress is perfect for showing of those fur-topped ankle boots, and the little fur stole so warm and cosy!
The shoot was created by a stylish team of Dutch wedding professionals (there must be something in the water!), including hair stylist Lonneke van Dijk and wedding planners Save Your Date and captured by Yes I Do Wedding Photography.
Breaking the rules and going bold for your bridal make up was once considered a real no no….. but not so much any more!
You don’t have to stick to traditional and classic make up for your wedding – it can take on a fun element if your personality and vision for your wedding calls for something a little more daring! And why not? Weddings are changing, and couples are choosing to reflect their personal styles more & more, so why should that not be reflected in a brides hair and make up too?!
Morning lovelies! It’s Tuesday, so you know what that means? That’s right, the Style Guide is back and today we’re sharing our looks for the bride and your bridesmaids, as well as some gorgeous makeup tips from Ana this afternoon.
Our stylish fashion-focussed b.team girls created two party-ready looks ~
The decorations are up and there’s a definite frost in the air – there’s no getting away from it Christmas is nearly here! We might be covering all things seasonal in our Style Guide this month, but frankly there’s only one time of year I get to share Christmas inspiration with you so I’m going to make the most of it! Last week we looked at the inspiration behind the Festive Issue, adding a contemporary twist to a classic red & green palette, so this week I’m stripping it back to create a Scandinavian-inspired Christmas mood board in striking red & white. Grab a glass of glögg and enjoy!
To keep this look fresh and modern I’ve picked a pale white canvas which really lets the red pop, with a limited amount wood and kraft paper adding natural texture. I’m so in love with this wooden stag (reindeer?!) adornment sealing a simple set of stationery, it’s the perfect finishing touch. Colour block your flowers – an all white bouquet with touches of green foliage just needs a chunky red striped ribbon adds that much needed flash of colour. On the tables, striking red arrangements and glassware are broken up with acres of crisp white linen and lots of candles for a cosy glow. For a truly Scandinavian touch, Dala horses make a perfect motif, and patterned cookie decorations make the perfect favour! Fashion-wise I just couldn’t resist including a headpiece from Danish designer Jannie Baltzer, the striking red lips and voluminous dress just complete the whole magical look perfectly!
And if you can’t get enough Christmas colour combo inspiration, check out the Twobirds Bridesmaids blog tomorrow where I’ll be sharing a festive green & gold mood board!
This morning we’re heading back to Africa with the next part of our journey along South Africa’s Garden Route. It seems all the more poignant after last night’s news of the sad passing of South Africa’s greatest inspiration, Nelson Mandela. This beautiful county held a very special place in his heart as it does mine, and he was prepared to fight to make it a better place for all. I truly hope that his legacy will be for his ideals, hopes and dreams to live on in peace.
Going on safari is a very special experience for Mr B and I. We spent many a day exploring the Kruger Park in the first years of our relationship on our regular trips to South Africa, and we spent part of our honeymoon in a nomadic tented camp in Kenya’s Masai Mara. I could, quite happily live in the bush. We knew, in comparison to previous our safari’s, the River Bend Lodge reserve is small, and located in a fairly developed part of South Africa where we were never far from hints of civilisation – a railway, electricity pylon, or farm. This time was undoubtedly a different experience, but nonetheless very special.