Monthly Archives: February 2010

As much as I absolutely love veils, lately I’m finding myself drawn to pretty headbands and flower headpieces, like these lovelies by Krystle of Feathers & Frills. She calls them confections, which sounds so perfect for such sweet and charming pieces. Here are just a few of the pretties you’ll find in her Etsy shop.

Hop over to Feathers & Frills’ shop to see all of the other bridal adornments that Krystle has listed – there’s plenty more where these came from. And if you’re anything like me, you’ll have the hardest time choosing just one!

{photo credits: Jill Thomas}

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I don’t know about you, but Spring cannot come soon enough. But since we can’t rush nature, I thought I’d put together an inspiration board based on one of the sweetest Spring flowers – pansies. Though they’re not the best flowers for bouquets – they’re awfully delicate and tend to wilt out of water, plus they have short stems that make them tricky to bundle up – it can be done if you really have your heart set on it. They also make delightful potted decorations, or even potted individually as favors or attendant gifts (here is a beautiful example using mercury glass votives and African violets). Though this is certainly a feminine color scheme, I think the richness of the purple and the hints of sage green keep it from being overly sweet.

Mood: sweet spring
Palette: palest blush pink, rich purple, a touch of faded sage

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Top row from left: violet and pansy nosegay by Matthew Robbins for Martha Stewart Weddings, vintage dress and African violets both from Martha Stewart
Row 2: sugared chocolate truffles and embossed scallop-edged card both from Martha Stewart Weddings
Row 3: calligraphy cake from Martha Stewart Weddings, Leone Pastilles photo from flickr, pale periwinkle bridesmaid dresses from Brides

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I’ve been following the work of photographer Polly Alexandre for awhile now, and today I get to share her beautiful work with you, with Fiona and Niels lovely wedding. As soon as they were engaged, Fiona says that she and Niels knew they wanted a small wedding in their adopted hometown of London, and that’s just what they had…

Fiona’s 1930′s-inspired gown was beaded by hand with Swarovski crystals taken from her mother’s wedding dress and Miyuki satin beads. She completed her look with a pair of silver and drop crystal earrings given by her parents when she moved from Scotland to London years ago.

How amazing is this hat! Made by milliner William Chambers, who also made Fiona’s gorgeous headpiece.

Guests were treated to a short tour of London before going on to the reception in a red Routemaster bus. Says the bride, “The night Niels and I first met, he insisted on waiting with me for my bus (No. 139) in Bond Street, London. I will never forget the sense of certitude when I got on that bus that I had met someone quite special. So, as a surprise for Niels, I arranged for the red bus to be mocked up as the No. 139 bus.”

Fiona describes their ceremony site: We came across the historical church of St. Bartholomew the Great (built in 1123 AD) long before we got engaged and were struck by its heritage and beauty. Unbeknown to us, the church has played many a starring role in films, including Four Weddings and a Funeral.”

“Our reception venue was located on the banks of the River Thames with stunning views of St. Paul’s Cathedral. This restaurant and brasserie is attached to Shakespeare’s Globe and we instantly fell in love with it, not only for the location but also for their ethos of serving seasonal produce in a relaxed atmosphere.” Fiona and Niels love to throw dinner parties at home, so this was the perfect wedding reception for them: 38 guests joined them for dinner around one large table, allowing everyone to feel included, and allowing the couple to interact with each of their guests.

The wedding cake was a small square fruitcake. Also, Fiona says, “My mum is famous for her shortbread, so we asked her to make small individual heart shaped pieces for the reception. I forgot to thank her on the day so can I take this opportunity to say thank you so much, Mum!”

“Our first dance was to Glen Campbell’s Grow Old With Me, as we think the lyrics say it all.”

Photographer Polly Alexandre had entered Fiona and Niels into a contest to win wedding videography, and they won! Renaissance Studios shot this 8mm film of Fiona and Niels’ wedding:

London- Fiona & Niels from Renaissance Studios on Vimeo.

Stationery: Emily&Jo

Ceremony venue: St Bartholomew the Great, London

Reception venue: The Swan at the Globe

Bride’s gown / headpiece: Jacqueline Byrne / William Chambers Millinery

Bride’s shoes / red hearts: Bridal Rogue Gallery / Victoria Health

Mother-of-the-bride’s suit / hat: Jacqueline Byrne / William Chambers Millinery

Groom’s suit: Richard James

Flowers: Paula Pryke

Reception music: City Strut band

Cake: Tina Koorland

Scrabble tiles / tile racks: eBay and Tilefish / Seven Letters

Best wishes Fiona and Niels! Thank you for sharing a bit of your beautiful wedding with us, and thank you to Polly Alexandre for sharing these gorgeous photos – you can see even more from this wedding over on Polly’s blog. Oh, and I just have to share this funny story from Fiona with you: “Niels and I decided to spend our wedding night at home as we live only five minutes from the reception venue and we weren’t leaving for our honeymoon until Monday morning. On arrival at the threshold Niels discovered he didn’t have any keys on him as they ‘spoiled the look of his suit.’ He had his iPhone with him but no keys!”

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Has anyone else been paying attention to the Olympics? I didn’t think I really cared much about watching them, but I won’t lie – I’ve been enjoying some of the events a lot. I mean, how beautiful was this? And how totally fun was this? It’s so fun to see people who love something so much, and who do it so well, get to do that thing they love. Especially because this is what I look like doing winter sports…

Bathing beauties.

Olympic hijinks.

I looooove the calligraphy on this paper “tablecloth.”

Not your average domestic goddess.

Brooches for the bride.

The Victorian version of Craigslist.

Retro illustrations
as wedding invitation, via 100 Layer Cake.

A cowboy’s dream, via Richie Design.

Love the ruffles on this dress (and the whole wedding)!

How to have a lovely day.

Chinese New Year in New York.

The groom wore jeans.

If you’ve been wondering what to do with all those bright yellow blow dryers you have lying around….

When’s the last time you had a penpal?

Paper and porcelain.

Tiny Texas houses, via oh, hello friend.

Has a dirty truck ever looked so good?

Maybe we should spend our honeymoon in Morocco?

Hope you enjoy these links, and have a happy weekend, lovelies! Oh, and don’t forget to vote!

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