Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Kristy Hinze in Oscar De La Renta

Kristy Hinze married American billionaire Jim Clark at the private Necker Island (owned by Richard Branson) in a stunning Oscar De La Renta gown.

** I saw this gown when I picked up my bridesmaids dresses at Helen Rodrigues. It is absolutely ,gorgeous and the detail is incredible. A steal for A$17,000...

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Style stalking: Fleur Wood

Fleur Wood's girly, eclectic style is evident in not only her feminine designs but also her boutiques and cosy Sydney home.

Fleur's cottage is filled with vintage glassware, candelabras, religious icons and furniture creating a stylish and homey feel. The white walls and key pieces of furniture are soothing and show off the lovingly collected items to their best. A beautiful contrast with the dark timber floors.
Feminine, ethnic and vintage influences combine throughout the whole house, even in one table-setting.
The semi-renovated fireplace becomes a beautiful feature of the room when filled with candles, religious statues and flowers.
A half-bedroom, otherwise a difficult space to work, acts as a walk in wardrobe where Fleur's considerable wardrobe is easily accessed on simple white shelving.
Her favourite pieces are often on display- the huge and gorgeous mirror provides the perfect canvas as well as being a stunning feature.
Bay windows and white walls make the bedroom a light, bright space.
Pretty and feminine pieces are a feature in the house like these mini-mannequins and vintage fragrance bottles.
Interiors images: Belinda Aucott for marie claire

The Fleur Wood boutiques also have evidence of Fleur's eclectic interiors styling. I love the feature wall of mirrors and frames above the racks.

Combined with the shelving a sense of heritage prevails in-store which give aesthetic pleasure whilst browsing the beautiful ranges.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Monday's Muse: Fleur Wood

Tomorrow Australian fashion designer Fleur Wood and husband Nick Bryant will celebrate their first wedding anniversary. The couple were married in Galle, Sri Lanka at the luxurious Amangalla resort. (the image above top right is a bathroom! I thought it was a spa)Seventy guests from all of the word celebrated with Nick and Fleur for five days.

Festivities included a parties on the Friday and Saturday nights, a Sunday picnic near tea plantations followed by boys' and
girls' drinks.

The wedding was held on the Monday with a recovery brunch on the Tuesday.

Fleur recreated her ceremony gown from a 1950's wedding dress and later changed into a 'party' dress for the reception.

Festive tuk-tuks and cart-bearing elephants provided transport around the villiage much to the enthusiasm of the locals

Images: Madison
Fleur's wedding is the inspiration for brides and women after a fashionably exotic look.
Image above Vogue June 2008, below- Madison

Friday, March 20, 2009

A small request

Dear Hydrangeas,
It appears to be a contentious issue amongst florists as to whether you are in season in Autumn. I know you are quite the Summer flower and as the warm Summer weather fades into the crispness of Autumn and then finally Winter you take your leave to pre
pare for a new year.
So, I am begging you now to please stay about just a little longer. Not long now... just two more weeks.
I think you would look so pretty in little vases with roses, creating a fluffy, romantic feel- a cloud of flowers, something that I so desire!
I'll leave you to think about it- and inspire you with the stunning arrangements below (particularly the first 2 pics- so pretty!)
Bonnie xxx

P.S Despite initial fears, David Austin roses will be in season after all so will be having some of these regardless of temperamental Hydrangeas.

This is so stunning- something blue!

Image: Sarah Postma Photography

And this! Exactly what I have in mind!

Image: Li weddings

The prettiest pews

Mauve, blue, and pink hydrangeas create a stunning centrepiece.

Green and white violet-tinged hydrangeas surrounded by hosta leaves, snowberries, jasmine, and amaranth.

Roses and Hydrangeas in pinks, ivories, and greens.

Boutonnieres for the groom and groomsmen.

Images: Martha Stewart

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Diamonds and Pearls

If you are after an engagement or celebration ring with a difference, Victoria and Albert Antiques in The Strand Arcade, Sydney is the perfect place to look.
I have fallen in love with these 19th century French designed rings.
The diamond is priced at $4800 and pearl is $3500.
Image: SMH

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Net-a-porter Wedding Boutique

Credit cards at the ready ladies!
Net-a-porter has heard your prayers and answered them with the introduction of their Wedding Boutique.

Gorgeous frocks, jewels and shoes have all been carefully edited to appeal to the bride, bridesmaids and Mother's of, as well as wedding guests. There is also a lingerie and honeymoon section where I fell in love with everything!

A few favourites...

Grograin bow pumps

This pretty neutral colour will match almost any dress. Great for bridesmaids who can't decide!

Vivienne Westwood
Pearl & Silver bow necklace

I am totally coveting this! Pearls made modern and I can't resist such cute little bows!

Moschino Cheap & Chic
Cotton stripe sleeveless dress

perfect for the summer bridesmaid or wedding guest.

Juicy Couture
Lace Silk Dress
Bring a splash of colour to your wedding day

Roberto Cavalli
Cady Chinoise dress
for the stylish Mother of the bride (or groom!)

Thank you to shop-a-holic and bridesmaid, Danielle for the heads-up on the Net-a-porter Wedding Boutique!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Saint Patrick's Day

Green can be an intimidating colour for brides however with so many beautiful ways to incorporate in into your day it doesn't have to be!
St Patrick's Day Bridesmaid
Hermes Goodluck crocodile clutch, traditional Emerald cluster ring with brilliant cut diamonds, Maids gown from Vera Wang Maids, gold heels from Christian Louboutin, Emerald & Peridot earrings, cake from Polkadot Bride.

Guest books

Remember your day by having your guests pen their thoughts to you. Prompt them with a question or two or leave them to write their own memories.

Ben & Katie's gorgeous wedding as featured on Snippet & Ink had many original touches including a "photo booth" with a pretty fabric background. Guests wrote messages to the couple on small chalkboards, creating a unique and fun guest book!

Crystal & Ben loaded up a vintage type-writer with an extra long roll of paper for guests to type messages. See more of their pretty garden inspired wedding at Brooklyn Bride.

Put your favourite bottle of wine and a metallic marker out for guests to sign. You will love remembering the day when you open the wine on an anniversary!Image: Southern Weddings Magazine

Classic guest book from Smythson. Emboss your names with a luxe gold-stamp.
Beckoning Designs (an Australian company!) has a beautiful range of guest books and the option to personalise.

Guest book photo frame

Individual notes
Set out piles of pretty paper as well as little stickers and a mix of pens. Guests write their messages on the paper, roll it, seal it with a sticker and drop it into a vase or pretty box.Source & image: Martha Stewart

Have guests write messages on individual note cards (you could also include mini envelopes) and have them drop their cards into this cute holder. For large weddings, have one per table.

From Pink Frosting.

This stunning birdcage is beautiful for capturing notes and well-wishes. Use it after the wedding for Birthday and Christmas cards- you will always look over and smile at the happy words inside!

guest book captures guests memories and keeps them just for the bride and groom! Featuring 150 individual note cards and 132 envelopes for guests to tuck their notes inside.
Available from Pink Frosting.

Wishing Trees
I love this idea which originates from a Dutch custom. Create your own by placing branches in a vase and decorate according to the event theme. Supply guests with paper or card tags for them to write their notes which they then tie with ribbon or peg onto the tree to create an amazing feature at the reception.Images: Here Comes The Bride