27 September 2016
Dreaming of Europe? We believe SA is the finest state in the world, but
that doesn't mean we too aren't affected by a little 'wanderlust'! Bring
the beauty of Europe to you with a Tuscany inspired wedding,
highlighting the best parts of Southern Europe and creating a intimate
and rustic bridal soiree...
Introduce Italian-inspired rustic elements into your style to create the effortless style so characteristic of chic Europeans. They combine glamorous pieces with earthy elements, such as woods and luxurious materials, for style that is enviably glam! Consider wooden table tops with golden cutlery and crystal motives to ensure your mix of rustic and luxury is spot on!
For true authenticity, aim to ensure your food and bomboniere are also European inspired. A 'bread' bar with fresh crusty loafs is a delicious idea, as are Italian inspired wedding favours. Think quality olive oil, homemade tomato sauce or a fabulous bottle of wine.
9 August 2016
If dripping in diamonds is not your thing, and you fancy an intimate
soiree with close friends and family the casual garden wedding might be
your perfect style! Weddings aren’t always four tiered cakes,
extravagant chair sashes and an eight course degustation before panna
cotta with raspberry coulis for dessert. Celebrating in a low key
setting, with a day full of wild flowers and sandals is as special and
memorable and we can’t get enough of this amazing style.
Buffets offer a great dining experience, with a communal vibe.
Provide high bars, blankets and pillows or stools for guests to perch on
as they enjoy some wholesome food.
Leave the Manollos home and slide into something comfy like strappy flats, they’re bound to come off at some point as you dance barefoot on the grass to your favourite acoustic tunes!
6 April 2016
Weddings are about bringing friends and family together for a celebration filled with fun, laughter and good times. While hubby-to-be and yourself are off on a romantic photo-shoot, keep the good times going for your guests and provide them with a variety of super-fun lawn games to keep them occupied. There is no better way to get guests chatting and laughing with one another as they toss, jump and putt their way to fast friends!
Lawn games also make for the perfect post-nuptial breakfast/brunch entertainment for the day after the wedding. Oh, and did we mention it's a good way to keep the kids entertained for hours!
1 March 2016
Roll up, roll up, the carnival is in town! This vibrant and fun wedding style incorporates the fantasy world of the traveling carnival. Give your guests a ticket to the greatest show on Earth and have them witness the extraordinary wonders of your nuptials...
Think back to childhood memories of the summer carnivals - the games, the food and the exciting atmosphere. Create anticipation long before your wedding day with invitations unlike any other...include an 'admit one' ticket so that guests can gain entry to your wedding.
The best part about a carnival is all the exciting food. An apple pie stick, toffee apples, coloured macaroons, fairy floss and popcorn are all simple and delicious carnival style foods. Cake pops are also a new, carnival-esque style of dessert that you can treat your guests to! Why not offer your guests something totally unique as a wedding favour - thank your guests in true carnival style and have a caricature on hand sketching your guests!
5 January 2016
For every bride, whether you spent countless girlhood hours spinning in circles in a princess costume or not, today’s bridal inspiration is unmissable! Lush colours create a far away land full of little details and lovely fabrics. These pastel combinations are fit for a fairy or perhaps just a bride with superb taste. Draw inspiration from Disney princesses favourite hues of shimmering gold, lilac, blue, white + hues of pink - fashioning the quintessential fairy-tale palette, reminding one of princesses from childhood and unforgettable love stories.
fairytale inspired bridesmaids dresses / pink wedding reception tablescape inspired by fairytales / bride + groom written on apples / fairytale inspired wedding seating chart / drinking straws inspired by fairytales / purple tiered wedding cake with flowers + gold decor / gold fairytale inspired wedding table centrepiece / fairytale inspired wedding dress / sleeping beauty inspired wedding favour / wedding ceremony chiavari chair with pink shash
17 December 2015
15 December 2015
24 November 2015
Can anything be more romantic than saying “I Do” surrounded by the fashion, the architecture and romantic nature inspired by the city of lights?! Chateaus featuring perfectly manicured gardens + vintage accents make for the perfect venue to host your nuptials. Pastel hue’s of pink’s + blue’s coupled with elegantly gracious gold’s make for the perfect whimsical palette to celebrate a Paris love story.
macaroon wedding favour / whimsical parisian inspired wedding centrepiece / whimsically decorated pink wedding champagne / bride + groom wedding photo in front of the eiffel tower / four tier whimsically vintage wedding cake in pastel blue / paris inspired wedding invitation / parisian inspired wedding headpiece / scooter wedding getaway vehicle / paris chateau inspired wedding reception hall / paris chateau wedding venue
10 November 2015
Say “I do” surrounded by the calm + graceful ambiance of an English garden styled soiree. The perfect style for a relaxed bride wanting to add sophistication + charm for all to enjoy. With dreamy pastel accents + vintage heirloom, it is just the thing to get us in a tea-sipping, wonderful hat wearing kind of mood.
whimsically decorated getaway wedding car / bride + groom on their wedding day / deep purple wedding invitation / vintage ice cream wedding truck / english garden inspired floral + ribbon decorated chiavari chair / garden wedding pie bar / whimsy wedding centrepiece / garden wedding lawn games / whimsical winding wedding reception centrepiece / whimsical winding wedding reception centrepiece / gold printed wedding table number / flower filled church door way
6 November 2015
Wisteria; “welcome” or “I cling to you” – the perfect way to symbolise the love + integration of a wedding between two people + their families. The glorious scent of this spring bloomer is one of the reasons for its popularity – think a garden in full bloom! Since wisteria is a climber + not a traditional stemmed bloom, this is the ultimate flower to use in floral installations that will leave your guests oohing + ahhing from the very first moment. Think luscious floral chandeliers, whimsical arbors + heavenly dripping floral roof installations.
wedding floral roof installation with wisteria flowers / wedding bouquet with wisteria blooms / wisteria inspired wedding invitation / four tiered wedding cake with dripping wisteria sugar paste decor / wisteria filled whimsical wedding entrance arch / wisteria flower inspired wedding gown / dripping wisteria filled wedding canopy in pink
3 November 2015
A gorgeous balmy night spent under the stars singing, dancing + celebrating - it’s time to draw inspiration from traditional European courtyard ceremony and receptions – and ladies this is a trend we just LOVE! The beauty of a courtyard wedding is that you have the ability to go as formal or informal as you like – a three-course dinner or canapés + share plates – the choice is all yours. A courtyard is a blank canvas so this is your perfect excuse to play with theming + lighting; the possibilities are endless from glamorous chandeliers to festoon lights. Don’t forget to let your guests know they will be dining al fresco, we all know that ‘sinking feeling’ when we wear stilettos on soft + uneven surfaces.
courtyard wedding dance floor / courtyard wedding ceremony styling / black + white courtyard wedding reception with botanicals / outdoor wedding reception bird nest lighting / whimsically chic courtyard wedding reception / formal dining courtyard wedding / courtyard wedding reception with light up love letters / bride + groom dancing under lantern festoon lighting / lit up courtyard with mood lighting / elegant castle balcony wedding reception
26 October 2015
22 October 2015
Filled with organic beauty and whimsy romance – an enchanting midsummer nights dream is born. Ladies, its time to bring back all our fairy fantasies, think wild + fresh blooms, an abundance of unruly foliage and light - fairy lights, candles + lanterns -combined with ethereal bohemian bridal looks.
12 October 2015
There’s so much beauty in simplicity, and a monochromatic palette of shades of green is a visually pleasing example of such. Bridesmaids adorned in muted shades of green ranging from moss to mint, cakes draped in leafs and white flowers –green glassware + tables prettified with greenery upon greenery, make for the perfect setting for an enchanted garden theme.
green watercolour wreath wedding invitation / gold chiavari chair with green sash / rustic woodland themed wedding table with green accents / green moss wedding table number / green vase wedding centrepieces with white flowers / green coloured buggy wedding car / green coloured grooms tie / monochrome green bridesmaid dresses
29 September 2015
It’s official, minimalist weddings are back and we couldn’t be happier! Less is definitely more with this trend ladies - and let me tell you it does not disappoint. Embrace clean whites + neutral, earthy tones paired with brass + wooden features with added lashings of foliage. Commit to pared down silhouettes, sheaths and slip dress in pure, luxe fabrics + matte skin, flushed skin and sleek hair.
minimalist two tier white wedding cake with flower topper / modern minimalist black + white wedding invitation / modern minimalist wedding tablescape with wooden features + ferns / brass minimalist calligraphy wedding cake topper / minimalist wedding dress with sheer cape / simple modern white anemone wedding bouquet / minimalist wooden wedding arbor with white florals + ferns / modern minimalist gold engagement ring + wedding band
24 September 2015
Everything you are thinking about a Latin themed wedding is probably right; pull inspiration from the vibrant, rich colours + textures of both Central + South America. This is the perfect theme for couples wanting a gorgeously creative outdoor wedding that is carefree + fun. Think ranch style buildings, vibrant hues of orange, reds + pinks carried through everything + native floral's.
latin inspired wedding invitation suite / vibrant native floral wedding bouquet / outdoor wedding reception seating / fiesta inspired wedding arch / cocktail taco + tequila wedding food + drink /ranch vase wedding decor / latin crochet inspired wedding dress + orange bridesmaids dress / hanging floral wedding decor / fiesta inspired wedding tablescape
31 August 2015
24 August 2015
Winters shorter + cooler days have us dreaming about pretty + dreamy winter palettes. Soft, elegant and all shades of pretty - dusty blue + grey make for magically romantic nuptials. Imply quality, tranquility + luxury to your wedding day with these muses.
18 August 2015
14 August 2015
The soft neutral + blush tones of the lush Peony flower make it the perfect bridal bloom all year around. An incredibly versatile bloom exuding elegance, innocence + romance, it can be fused into your big day in a number of ways. We think they look amazing amongst lush greenery or in a whimsical flower crown. Sometimes, elegance lies in simplicity.
pink coloured peony wedding centerpieces / white peony + olive branch wedding bouquet / blush pink peony + candle wedding centerpiece / blush + peach coloured wedding day flower crown / pink peony wedding cake topper / pink peony + lush green leaf wedding bouquet / peony + lavender vase wedding centerpieces
22 July 2015
14 July 2015
Hotel heiress Nicky Hilton wed the man of her dreams over the weekend, with vows taking place in the breathtaking gardens of Kensington Palace (yes, where the Duke & Duchess live; swoon). She wore a couture high-neck Valentino gown composed of three different ivory hues, richly embellished with crystals. The delicate balloon skirt ended with a three-meter long train and was covered with an elongated veil, trimmed with vintage lace. She was the epitome of angelic and we can’t get enough!
9 July 2015
20 February 2015
Embrace the charm and beauty of gorgeous garden as a wedding day backdrop. The ‘love on the lawn’ style is all about location! A warm breeze brushes past as you lean in for your first kiss as husband and wife. Trees offer shade for family and friends, while your reception awaits – mere steps away. Aroma is around from flourishing flowers and lush greenery lay at your feet; it’s freshly mowed lawn. Your décor options are varied and vast as are your photography possibilities. ‘Love on the lawn’ is a gorgeous style and can be decorated to suit celebrations from rustic, boho chic, classic and glitzy glam.
29 January 2015
Visit acres of heritage garden only a couple of hours from the city, a location where you can express your own creative flair and style. Majestic shady trees provide privacy and serenity for the most beautiful of wedding days. The country cottage and its surroundings are perfect for an outdoor ceremony, a cocktail or sit down reception or just casual refreshments and memorable photos. Retreat to a Victorian-esque cottage for bridal party preparations in a relaxed and beautiful atmosphere. A boho inspired style, white wedded wonderland or rustic and country chic… The country cottage offers the perfect styling for all brides-to-be.
26 January 2015
Happy Australia Day!! We truly are so blessed to live in such a beautiful country and what better time to style an Australian inspired wedding. With such incredible landscapes from the barren but blissful outback, the greenest of wine regions and pristine, perfect beaches… Brides, the world is your oyster in terms of your wedding options. Today we take a trip inland and focus on the gorgeous “outback”. Sometimes overlooked as a wedding wonderland this style full of flora and fauna, taking from the natural elements and incorporating this into tablescape, fashion and favours… We can’t get enough of this stunning setting and to say we are proud to call Australia home is an understatement xx
23 January 2015
Such a stunning wedding scheme; it’s foliage and golden tones galore. Centerpieces of kept organic, full and low whilst the canvas is clean with hints of gold. It’s Grecian meets Australian outback as we somewhat take a walk down memory lane and revisit Pantone’s Color Of The Year for 2013, emerald. Foliage and fauna lends a rich green hue to the palette and metallic gold is a hint of antique/rustic. With opulent flair this palette achieves a lovely, luxurious look.
23 January 2015
With the lovely weather lately, we can’t help but daydream of a blanket spread on the grass, and the sun shining down on a perfect picnic. Your picnic wedding could be as fancy or relaxed as you want. We love bold, bright reds paired with hay bale seating or elegant round tables. Keep your guests satisfied with signature red cocktails and strawberry shortcake in red-and-white checkered paper cartons. When it comes time to eat, each guest can choose an adorable boxed meal with a menu printed on a sticker on the front of the box. Use plain red or tartan tablecloths, and simple flower arrangements.
13 January 2015
The perfect location for romantic love-story style photography. It’s all about cherry blossoms in the hair, bright oriental patterns and quirky folded invites and linen. Tie the knot as fountains trickle and trees shelter over head, friends and family walk picturesque bridges and beautiful memories are of abundance in the Japanese garden wedding style.
1 January 2015
Morocco – endless sands, marvellous markets, cuisine to die for and a seriously trending interior design aesthetic… The white Moroccan wedding style is sophisticated, polished and modern – all the qualities we love at BOA. Think lush furnishings, lanterns, beaded embellishments, flowing white fashions and opulent décor. An inspiring palette which will prove precious and distinctive.
26 December 2014
Kick your shoes off and celebrate your nuptials amid a stunning marquee. Wedding styling at is finest, the marquee offers a romantic and fashionable event, perfect for celebrating outdoors but with the addition flooring and shelter. Opt for a totally enclosed marquee or with non existent walls to fully appreciate your surroundings. Fitted with floor tiles, stocked bars, dj booths and lighting – marquees are an amazing wedding addition.
Add some fairy light, chandeliers, draped tulle and a fabulous palette and you have the perfect fairy-tale wedding.
24 December 2014
Super rustic and boho, ideal for a outdoor, garden or country wedding, the hay seating option is so fun. Wow your guests and execute your style to perfection, making guests feel as though they are truly at a rustic wedding. Ensure your wedding stands out – we think these hay bails make the cutest seating for your ceremony or wedding reception décor.
10 December 2014
The botanical wedding is inspired by a stroll through an overgrown garden… it’s predominantly green with the occasional surprise of a maroon or pink bloom. Bring this element of serenity and beauty to your wedding day with a palette of rich earthy colours and plenty of foliage.
2 December 2014
Olive and mauve compliment each other in this palette, lending itself to a rustic affair. Feminine and vintage at the same time, this scheme looks best with fauna and organic textures. Homemade jars of pitted olives and beautiful mauve, blackberry infused macaroons for wedding favours... A white canvas offers a clean base for olive and mauve to play off each other, resembling a weekend away in a cottage with your beau; it's romantic, and homely, like mums best apple pie.
This palette is one for ages... mauve and olive - a timeless and stylish combination. We adore the romanticism and effortlessly chic nature of this colour pairing.
6 November 2014
A petal strewn aisle; a romantic and elegant touch to any wedding day… A petal for each moment you’ve longed for your man? A petal for everyday you will continue to be in love? Or perhaps you just love roses? However you approach it, we’re in love.
Opt for either silk petals or the real deal, in a colour to match your palette or white for a classy affair. We love these different arrangements. For those with patience the swirl effect is gorg, tastefully line the edge of your aisle or scatter completely over your pathway for a fairytale look. What’s your style?
23 October 2014
Get your inner Goddess out for your wedding day with a Grecian themed wedding.
It's all about the foliage, whites, golds, drapery, bronzed skin and flowing dresses Embrace the natural, breezy nature of the Grecian wedding theme. It's tasteful and majestic.
The perfect theme for your summer, outdoor wedding. Take your 'garden' wedding from typical to Grecian with off-whites, gold details and plenty of draping decor.
Don't be shy when using foliage and greenery! We think this table looks spectacular with live centerpieces.
14 October 2014
If your the kind of bride who wears braids, bat-wings, henna, flowers in her hair, bare feet or just love a relaxed vibe, then a bohemian wedding might be your style. Like the "just woke up, bed-hair-bun" that every girl has spent hours in front of the mirror trying to achieve, the effortless look sometimes takes a little more work than one would image so take some inspiration from these gorgeous weddings and get your boho on...
We think these beautiful chalkboard invites are so alternative and fun. The flowers against the washed out black is so boho!
The most important rule to bohemian success is there are no rules. Try to not put too much thought into the details... perhaps chose a neutral or broad colour scheme and select decor and attire that isn't symmetrical or perfectly polished. We think these bridesmaids look amazing in non-matching dresses, carrying random bouquets that aren't identical.
13 October 2014
There is something so whimsical, special, fun and magical about sparklers. Perhaps because they are reminiscent of Tinkerbell's wand or because mum only brought them out of special birthdays.
Avoid the mess and retain your beautiful hair, toss the confetti and rice to the side and provide sparklers for your send of. We think they make for the most fabulous pics too...
10 October 2014
It's a balmy evening, Sauv Blanc in hand and acoustic tunes fill the air, shoes are kicked off and soft grass is at your toes; this could be your wedding reception. Garden weddings are unique and special; not to mention how fabulous your photos will be.
Have fun decorating with bright colours focusing on tones found in the garden; pinks, yellows, blues and greens are ideal.
Play on the garden theme and be creative with decor like this wheelbarrow with seeds for guests to take or an area for the ladies to kick off their heels and have a dance.
Try to remember to constantly refer back to your wedding theme or colour palette during the planning process. This will make for a polished event that flows, from invite, to cake and the final send off.
Create a whimsical event for guests... lanterns, fairy lights and tulle are perfect for this.
8 October 2014
Remember, as a little girl, going along to a carnival with your family; over sized lollypops, fried food, music, rides and face painting - perhaps some of the best days of your life. Why not bring these memories back for your guests on your wedding day!
Have some fun with bright vibrant colours or use pastel tones for a more elegant affair.
Be adventurous; remember to mix and match colours and patterns. We think these varying bridesmaid dresses with colourful bouquets completely embrace a 'spring carnival' vibe.
3 October 2014
Something for the modern and eclectic bride, looking for an alternative to the traditional flower arrangement. These beautiful terrariums will, no doubt, bring out the green-thumb in all of us. This cute and innovative idea will certainly achieve the 'wow' factor and have heads turning on your wedding day.
Place them as centerpieces, hang them during the reception or ceremony, use them as decor or gift them to bridesmaids, friends and family.
3 October 2014
We seriously can't get enough of these beautiful terrariums, and we think we just found our favourite; when glamour meets garden. Just one more, we promise... well maybe.
30 September 2014
Candles and fairy lights- absolutely picture perfect. The more the better we say.
8 September 2014
If you fancy an affair by sparkling water, however a beach wedding isn't your scene, consider a tranquil lakeside escape. This carefree theme is a mix of rustic and woodland styling, creating a feel as though you're in an enchanted hideaway. Think an abundance of earthy elements infused with a dash of colour here and there and perhaps a romantic row on the lake...
wedding row boat / outdoor wedding sign / kraft paper wedding invitation / strapless lace wedding dress / 'skipping stone' wedding game / wedding guest book / couple in wedding row boat / directional wedding sign / candle wedding centrepiece / lakeside wedding jetty / bride + groom / floral wedding garland
4 September 2014
Remember the days of young love when youths would carve their names in trees, followed usually by ‘4 eva’ underneath. Recreate this sweet playful motif on your wedding day by decorating with stumps carved with your initials. They can be used as aisle decorations, vase stands and even rustic cake stands. Simple to make and super effective. Love! xx
19 August 2014
When it comes to creating decor for your outdoor wedding, think outside the box - and perhaps think inside a drawer instead! Pre-loved furniture chests or bedside tables are a fabulous way to display fresh blooms - ideal for a dessert table or simply as a way to brighten your location. We love! xx
13 August 2014
Seeing stars? Don't worry - you're not the only one! These gorgeous lanterns are a wonderful alternative to traditional reception lighting, creating a truly magical display xx
12 August 2014
The coolest way to find your seat! This wedding seating chart features a pair of sunnies along with your table number - perf for outdoor Aussie weddings!
1 August 2014
Fragrant gardenias; elegant, beautiful and a fabulous choice for weddings. These delightful beauties are perfectly versatile, creating enviable bouquets simply on their own or together as a complementing flower for a bouquet overflowing with stunning varieties. The beautiful shape of the gardenia flower is sophisticated, yet provides a charming touch of difference to the classic roses so often seen throughout weddings. Not only are they heart-meltingly beautiful, but their delicious fragrance is known to enchant... xx
white + green gardenia bridal bouquet / all white gardenia bridal bouquet / gardenia + foliage bridal bouquet / white gardenia buttonhole / white + green miniature bridal bouquet / peony + gardenia white bridal bouquet / foliage + white gardenia bridal bouquet / white gardenia wedding centrepiece / white + green unstructured gardenia bridal bouquet / baby's breath + gardenia bridal bouquet
15 May 2014
Flower power! If you're feeling the bohemian, carefree vibe for your big day, it's a fun idea to adorn your bridesmaids in floral crowns! These creations are super popular right now and are the prettiest way to blend style with nature at your wedding. Consider working with your florist to create fresh flower hair accessories that match your bouquets, or use faux flower headbands that you can keep long after the wedding! xx
coral bridesmaid dresses with flower crowns / smiling bridesmaid with flower crown / bohemian neutral bridesmaid with baby's breath flower crowns / neutral bridesmaids with white + purple flower crowns / colourful bridesmaid dresses with pink flower crowns / lilac bridesmaid dress / gold + white bridesmaid dresses with colourful flower crowns / pink bridesmaid dresses / magenta bridesmaid dresses with oversized floral crowns / maroon + aqua bridesmaids with holly flower crowns
3 March 2014
Autumn is upon us yet again. The leaves will begin to change hues from green to a rich palette of yellow, reds and orange and the air will turn cooler. Mother nature turns it on during autumn, creating a gorgeous and captivating landscape, from the Barossa to the Adelaide Hills. Join us on our love affair with an autumn wedding...Decorate with autumn hues and elements to create a gorgeous styling. Think burnt oranges, reds, yellows and browns, all tied together with a welcoming warmth. Homely additions, such as comfy throw rugs and soft seating will ensure guests feel comfortable. Comfort food is another scrumptious idea for the autumn months - pumpkin pie, plenty of roasted vegetables and other filling items are key.
Collect wine bottles and brown jars to create a centrepiece that extends down the length of your table. Filled with beautiful orange and white blooms, the centrepiece will fill the space and highlight the beauty of the autumn landscape. Finish with a scattering of autumn leaves - you can even decorate glittery leaves to create unique autumn themed decor.
30 January 2014
Whimsical and oh-so-pretty floral crowns are a trend for carefree brides that is here to stay. Feminine, soft and relaxed, floral crowns bring a sense of magical whimsy to a wedding day. The best part is there's SO many gorgeous ways you can incorporate flowers into your hair! Whether you want a dramatic crowns or a few blooms here and there, there's something to suit every flora loving bride! It's a beautiful idea to use fresh blooms that match the varieties in your bouquet to create consistency throughout the styling. Peruse our top ten floral crown picks...(it was hard to narrow them down!)...
pink + white off centre bridal floral crown / white + yellow bridal floral crown / ombre bridal floral crown / lilac bridal floral crown / white bridal floral crown / pink + orange bridal floral crown / white bridal floral crown in plait / leafy bridal floral crown / apricot bridal floral crown / pink, white + green bridal floral crown
16 January 2014
Fabulous flowers and dreamy draping come together to create a floaty ceremony archway with WOW factor. It's a great idea to customise the material to suit your wedding theme - whether you turn heads with modern black and white stripe or maintain sophisticated elegance with pure white, the options are beautiful and endless...
28 November 2013
Summer weddings are fabulous - the atmosphere is vibrant, fun and relaxed. The sky is blue, the sun is shining and guests are basking in the warmth of our Southern Hemisphere glow! Australia can get a little hot in the summer months, but don't worry - we've got plenty of ideas that will beat the heat and keep your guests cool enough to enjoy the celebrations!....
We love the idea of using plastic sunglasses as bomboniere! Place a pair on each of your guests' seats, or create a basket full of them for guests to grab. A sign such as 'Don't be blinded by our love!' is a cute touch and the glasses are a fun photo prop too!
Take advantage of the plethora of delicious, juicy fresh fruit on offer in the summer months and provide plenty of fruity goodness for your guests. Trays of cut-up oranges and watermelon are great refreshments for post-ceremony drinks, or to even provide while guests wait for the bride to arrive! Yum!
It's a thoughtful (and probably vital) idea to provide water for guests if you're having a summer ceremony. Buckets full of ice with water bottles in them are great for family and friends to grab and keep hydrated throughout the day. You can even get personalised labels on the bottles - "Lauren + James' Wedding 2013" is a cute touch.
Mason jars of icy cocktails are also great to provide to guests! Cold beers, fruity slushies and popsicles dipped in champagne will have your guests grinning from ear to ear!
SHADE is vital! There's seriously nothing worse than enduring the hot sun with no escape - particularly in your Sunday best. Ensure there either marquees or umbrellas for your guests to retreat to the shade when they need it, or at least provide summer parasols or umbrellas.
Fans are also a small touch, but will mean the world to your guests. Place a cute fan on each guest's seat. It could be a vintage fan or a stationery fan that doubles as a program. Either way, please ensure your guests have them to stay cool. They'll make good use of them...trust us!
If you're having an outdoor wedding and you aren't opposed to a super relaxed vibe, provide thongs for your guests with a sign 'dancing shoes'. It's no secret that feet swell up during the hot weather...guests will enjoy kicking off their heels or formal shoes in favour of comfy thongs they can groove in all night.
Water pistols! If you're wedding falls on a particularly hot day or night, leave a miniature water pistol as bomboniere for guests. An end-of-the-night water fight will be SO much fun!
13 November 2013
Here's a great idea - particularly for lovers of wine! Old barrels can be re-used to create amazing rustic tables, perf to load up with delicious desserts! What better tribute is their to our state of world-renowned wine!?
7 November 2013
We adore the way this couple has made their own ceremony backdrop by tying rope to flowers and hanging them upside down. It looks so romantic and whimsy - a great idea for outdoor weddings beneath large tree branches! xx
6 November 2013
Another fab idea for a a garden wedding (we've got loads of them not that the sun is shining!)...old doors can be transformed into pieces of decor, personalised with accessories that complement your theme. Chic, effective and so easy!
4 November 2013
The soft and whimsical style of an outdoor vintage wedding is so pretty, feminine, fun and simple to DIY! We love this style and it's so popular at the moment - everyone wants a piece of the vintage action! Spring and summer are the seasons to take the celebrations outdoors; exchange vows and mingle with guests beneath a blue sky and later twinkling stars. Stunning!
Collect memorabilia from generations passed to decorate your vintage garden wedding with - pre-loved chairs, teacups, books, bottle crates, fabrics, radios and dresses all create an authentic garden scene. Provide guests with parasols to stay in the shade and vintage fans to keeps themselves cool. Mix and match until you find the right combination of hues and bits and pieces for your vintage style - op-shops here you come! Display photos of your family line - your grandparents wedding photos and beyond are a beautiful touch!
Long tables are an excellent idea if you're hosting your wedding outdoors; they give the relaxed vibe of a family picnic and will allow you to maximise your space. Lanterns and lace hanging from the trees will create a magical atmosphere as guests mingle beneath the stars.
3 October 2013
Now that the gorgeous warmer months have finally approached, the season of memorable balmy nights can finally begin. There's something magical about a warm still night beneath the clear twinkling sky...a relaxed romantic atmosphere that cannot be recreated until next summer. Many couple's take advantage of the hot nights with gorgeous outdoor receptions, why not make them as cosy as possible with one of these cool and comfy outdoor settings? They're also perfect for guests to relax on with post-ceremony drinks while you and the bridal party have precious photos taken.
Bring the indoors outdoors with mismatched furniture, chaises, lounge chairs and coffee tables. Hang photo frames from tree branches and scatter comfortable cushions and ottomons around your outdoor area - guests will enjoy lounging around and mingling before they get up and hit the dance floor later.
Vintage furniture will create an adorable rustic feel and crisp white ottomons will create a stunning modern setting for your guests to enjoy. It's a thoughtful idea to even place colorful umbrellas around the furniture if you intend for guests to relax during the afternoon sun. There are some fantastic business in Adelaide that will hire out furniture for you to create your dream setting, see our fav Adelaide event hire...
4 September 2013
One of the best things about summer has got to be the abundance of bright, delicious, mouth-watering fresh fruits! There is nothing more refreshing on a hot day than tucking into some juicy watermelon or a succulent apple. There are sooo many scrumptious ways you incorporate fruit into your wedding day! Fruit is widely available and affordable in the summer months and guests will love mingling in the sun while enjoying nature's delights.
Replace your usual place cards with an item of fresh fruit, from a peach to an apple. Organic and stylish, they're a little treat guests can take or home or enjoy after dessert to freshen their palates. Fresh fruit also makes an excellent bomboniere gift! Pile fresh fruit into baskets and provide guests with little paper bags - they will be able to fill them with fresh fruit on their way out and enjoy them for breakfast the next day. Yummy!
If you're having a DIY wedding, a wonderful dessert idea is to create a froyo bar. Line up fresh fruits and give each guests a little cup to fill with ice-cream or frozen yoghurt. They will then be able to line up and fill their cups with fruits of their choice. Alternatively, make fruit wands by putting slices of fresh fruit on popsicle sticks, sprinkle with feta and mint for a delicious twist. So refreshing on a summer's night!
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24 April 2013
Kayla puts her chance meeting with her future husband, Joe, down to ‘fate’. “He was from London and he and some friends were travelling the world. They ended up in Adelaide by accident and funnily enough, I was waiting for him.” Two years after their worlds were brought together, Joe proposed to Kayla over an intimate candlelit dinner – on bended knee, of course!
Everything about their wedding eye-catching, from the breath-taking surroundings at Waterfall Gully to the striking bride herself, all infused with a touch of old Hollywood glamour. Kayla and Joe wanted to transport guests back to the 1950’s era for the night, inspired by the very cool vintage swagger.
The handsome couple embodied the theme well, their cool outfits the epitome of vintage swagger. Joe stood tall in a black tux, suspenders and framed glasses by Gerry’s Suit Hire, his hair pushed back in a retro style. His sultry bride’s bright blue eyes stood out against her jet-black hair, which was voluminous and accessorised with an extravagant headpiece from Miss Martini. Her fitted silk dress was from Brides By The Park; a simple gown with a slight fish tail, low back and Hollywood train. It sparkled with the perfect amount of crystal embellishment and lace embroidery.
Infallibly classic and elegant, Kayla’s bridesmaids wore different styles of black dresses in different materials. The simpleness of their dresses ensured the beautiful pink and red rose bouquets were a pop of stand-out colour. The groomsmen were cool and traditional in black suits, also from Gerry’s Suit Hire.
The reception, held at Utopia @ Waterfall Gully, continued the 1950’s inspired celebrations. Utopia supplied the decorations and centrepieces, which featured mirrors with tea-lights on them and four-foot high white ostrich feathers on white stands. They also scattered diamond chips on black and white damask table runners. Utopia also designed the bright cupcake tower, decorated with red icing hearts.
Guests were treated to live swing songs and bomboniere designed by Kayla’s mum. They were mini bottles of white wine decorated with feathers and around the neck of each bottle she hung red shiny chocolate hearts in white organza bags with black velvet swirls. Wine and chocolate - you can’t go wrong in our eyes!
Wendy Broekx captured the wedding around Waterfall Gully with a mixture of some old Hollywood vintage shots, natural shots and magazine shots. The overall result, as you can tell, is just as perfect…although it’s not difficult to capture amazing photos when the couple look like Hollywood movie stars themselves!
15 April 2013
This whimsical styling concept is inspired by the classic novel ‘The Secret Garden’ and the magic that stirs within the high garden walls. A hidden world of fanciful delights and beautiful overgrown flora is the enchanted setting for a delightful mystical wedding ceremony and reception. “And the secret garden bloomed and bloomed and every morning revealed new miracles.” - Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden.
Briefly transport guests to a serene environment away from the hustle and bustle of the world, where they can laugh and dance and celebrate your love amidst the tranquillity of a secret garden. Rustic elements suit this styling concept perfectly; spend time before your wedding collecting weathered mismatched furniture, vintage crockery and wooden boxes for flowers and umbrellas.
Bring out the natural beauty of your hidden garden with a variety of simple D.I.Y projects. Homemade wooden arrows and signs point your guests in the right direction with excited anticipation of what will follow, as the garden is a secret after all. Glass jars filled with flower arrangements picked by family and friends and candles and chandeliers hung from the branches of trees create a truly enchanted space.
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2 April 2013
Amongst the lush, green surroundings of the garden, love blossoms. Combining a palette of moss green, magenta and white, luxe contrasts are created for the ideal tribute to the natural beauty of the outdoors. A whimsical aisle is formed from toadstool stem-like white leather ottomans, providing guests with the perfect 360 degree view of the bride and groom amidst impeccable surroundings.
Natural materials are faultlessly interwoven with the mad made. From serviettes disguised as delightful bows to a moss ring pillow and dainty floral centrepieces, this concept allows for both quirky and traditional elements of the wedding style to have an essential presence. A bold floral neck adornment is an edgy and modern alternative to the traditional bouquet for brides who want their hands free throughout the day.
Each element is considered with meticulous consideration of the backdrop. American inspired décor elements such as the increasingly popular Adirondack chairs are featured at the signing / place finder table for a modern, garden-party interpretation. This setup is embellished with upturned vases filled with pebbles and topped with wheat grass rounds. It also toys with the concept of bringing the indoors out, through the inclusion of lighting elements and a free standing piece of art, drawing focus to the table itself.
A forest of colour, exploring use of different vessels, textures and height is created on the table to truly encapsulate the garden feel. Ferns, long stems, bunches of blooms and varying sizes of glasses create a miniature paradise along the table. Pebbles are fresh cut limes are also dotted throughout the table to captivate the senses of each guest.
Whilst the natural elements of this concept make it truly unique, bridal party accessories need not be overlooked; intricate, oversized and beautifully eye-catching pieces are called for, with a perfectly delicious floral fragrance to match. Furthermore, this playful setting calls for playful accessorising from all involved and the groom’s subtle tie change from ceremony to reception is extant in this detail-rich wedding wonderland.
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30 November 1999
Down, down, down the rabbit hole Alice went, embarking on her magical adventure in Wonderland. We love the idea of a Wonderland themed wedding, based on the Mad Hatter's Tea Party - a day of beautiful colour and fairytale creations.
The key to our Alice in Wonderland wedding is to beautifully present the theme, without overdoing it. Sweet touches of the story are present throughout the entire day, fun colours, mismatched elements and a little bit of the unexpected. We love tea cup place cards, attached with a little note that simply says "drink me". Collect mismatched crockery to place along your tables as a throwback to the Mad Hatter's Tea Party and use string to hang tea cups from trees as decoration.
A little bit whimsical, nothing goes together perfectly, which makes the style so beautiful and endearing. Search op shops high and low, raid your grandmother's cupboards and visit garage sales for pre-loved items to decorate with on your big day. Doilies, old fashioned alarm clocks, floral patterns, teapots as vases and darling sugar bowls are the perfect additions to your style. The perfect wedding favour? A copy of Alice In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll of course, with a hand written note to each guest in the cover.
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