Sugar & Spice & All Things Nice – New Wedding Trends for 2011

If there’s one thing that makes a wedding blogger’s heart go a-flutter, it’s lots of lovely details – gorgeous ideas that you, dear reader, can sneakily steal for your own weddings. So, when I was sent this utterly gorgeous rustic/Rock n Roll (who says the two can’t merge!?) it took me all of about 30 seconds to say yes to featuring it.

Moustache cookies (and shoes!), cute typography, mis-matched bunting, multi coloured florals a-plenty and a cake covered in different coloured bow ties (seriously dying over here.) Oh yes, this blogger certainly approves!

Eager to share some new trends for 2011, the team behind this shoot wanted to add a new dimension to some of the ever-popular wedding details that don’t seem to be going anywhere just yet (moustaches anyone?!) “We made sure to incorporate all of this year’s trends including bow ties, paper garlands, barn weddings, and moustaches,” Sugar & Fluff, the stylists behind the shoot explained. “We even exhausted the balloon idea with a dress made of them! Each balloon was blown up and then popped to give an effect that the dress was popped by a fork!  Let me tell you it was not easy making.”

“Our colors were very vibrant and based off of a beautiful bow necklace found at Anthropologie. We also used bow ties as a major theme in the shoot…as you can tell our cake had hand-made bow-ties tapering down! To complete the look, we found some amazing bow tie rings at a flea market. We were even able to scrounge up a moustache ring! Our bouquet was filled with all kinds of amazingness of color and pretty including some doorknobs and birds. Finally, we managed to find a chandelier with ice cream cones! They were perfect because they matched our color palette to the tee.”

“To top it all off, our amazing florist had the most perfect ranch in mind to shoot at. It fit everything so well. The horses, the greenery, and haystacks were absolutely perfect.”

I think you’ll agree that this shoot is nothing short of awesome, and if this is what 2011 weddings are going to look like then I can’t wait!

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Charlie & Jo’s Unconventional Music Gig Wedding

Charlie & Jo’s reception took place the day before their ceremony and that’s not the only thing about this awesome wedding that was unconventional. “We decided to get married and the Registry Office had a date free in two months time so we had a short amount of time in which to plan and make everything happen,” the couple explained. “We already had many things that we wanted to have at our wedding, incorporating lots of themes that we love. Many of these themes were not obviously related and not directly relevant to a wedding but we were more interested in these than having a traditional wedding. It all came together perfectly in the end. The less we worried about what we ‘should’ be doing, the more time we had to be creative and make our ideas possible in the time we had.”

“Our local community centre was the perfect venue but we could only get it for the night before the ceremony so everything happened a bit backwards! The hall dates back to 1909 and has a remarkable amount of original features (including the chairs!) and fitted in with the old time theme we wanted for our wedding. All our friends are very talented and generous so we knew that things would turn out perfectly if they helped arrange everything, rather than hire professional wedding companies – they designed the DJ booth posters, the stage banner, the collages, table decorations and more.”

“The age of the hall gave it a slightly eerie tone that reminded us of The Shining and so we complimented this with the DJ playlist for the beginning of the night by playing songs by Al Bowlly, Tiny Tim, The Ink Spots, The Mills Brothers etc. and brought woodland animal masks for the children. This loosely tied into the art nouveau style of the hall and complimented the Mexican party theme (tissue paper flowers and garlands, fairy lights, Santo, Salsa).”

Music was also really important to this couple so the reception almost has the vibe of a music gig. They had a DJ that played Mexican music, projections of some of their favourite films, line dancing, salsa dancing and a gramophone playing. The night concluded with the reunion of Charlie and his best man Dan’s band, who performed into the night with friends and family as extras in the line up. “Tracks included White Wedding, 20th Century Boy, Knocking On Heaven’s Door and our friends did a surprise cover of Don’t Stop Believin’ for our first dance,” Jo concluded.

The next day, the couple woke up together and headed to the Registry Office to be legally married.

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Kevin & Shawna’s Budget Balimore Elopement

“We had two requirements for our wedding day: that it be in our favourite season of autumn and that it be just the two of us,” explained newlyweds Kevin & Shawna. “We’re both a little uncomfortable with a ton of people showering us with attention, and we knew we would not be happy with a traditional wedding. It was important that we be able to focus on us and only us…to have that intimacy. Our families were not initially thrilled, and we considered many possibilities of changing our plans because honestly, we were feeling guilty of depriving them of witnessing our wedding day. Yet every time we thought about planning a traditional ceremony and a reception, we quickly lost sight of what we were doing and why. It became more about making everyone else happy, and we were becoming more and more miserable and stressed out, and that’s NOT how we wanted to start our lives as husband and wife. So, we stuck to our guns and did what we wanted! We’re also so freakin’ Rock n Roll that we shot down an after-honeymoon reception idea. We admit we’re being selfish, but we have a lot of stuff going on in our lives, and we want to focus on us and building a solid foundation to our marriage. In lieu of a reception, we’re thinking of throwing a one year anniversary party because what better way to celebrate a marriage than by actually getting through that first year together!?”

The ceremony took place at the top of Federal Hill Park which overlooks the Inner Harbour, “It was very fitting for two history nerds” the bride laughed. “It turned out to be a beautiful day, although quite windy! We had a simple, quiet ceremony under a tree while there were children playing at the playground and high school kids from a nearby school watching and cheering as we kissed! Luke then drove us to a more urban, gritty setting in Baltimore for a short photo shoot.”

Shawna wore a dress she was lucky enough to find on sale at the last minute at a local department store, “I love clothes and more importantly SHOES, but I loathe shopping. I couldn’t find a dress I liked online that didn’t cost a fortune or that I could get in time (I waited until the last minute!), so I grudgingly went to the mall a few days before we were to leave and found the cutest, short white dress I could find off the rack in a department store. Bonus of my procrastination: my dress was on sale and cost $35 AND it was super comfortable.” With this she wore super cute red pumps and a gorgeous yellow fabric flower headband in her hair.

“After we landed in Baltimore, we had an hour to spare before meeting our officiant and photographer,” continued the bride. “I’m not sure if I’m the only bride out there who’s gotten ready for her wedding day in an airport restroom, but I have to be in the minority here! I went into the restroom wearing jeans, a t-shirt and a hoodie and wearing no make-up at all and came out a half hour later all dolled up that Kevin did a double-take because he didn’t recognize me at first! And I’m so happy I didn’t waste any time on my hair and let it do its thing and just slapped a headband on my head…the wind was crazy!”

“Our day began at 4 in the morning, and in the span of about nine hours, we drove to the airport that was about two hours away, waited… hopped on a plane for an hour flight, changed clothes and tried our best to make ourselves look good with the airport restroom facilities, grabbed a taxi for a half hour drive to Federal Hill Park, got married, ran around with Luke (our photographer) for about an hour, and after he dropped off us off at the cruise terminal (I told you he was amazing!), we stood in line to board the ship. We then found food!”

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Thursday Treats – 25th November 2010

Credit: dazeychic on Etsy. I love this (it’s totally true too)

Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends!

Can you believe it’s only a month til Christmas?! I know every one has been saying this, but seriously, where has this year gone!? I haven’t even started thinking about Christmas shopping yet – in fact the whole idea of it stresses me out…

So, why not de-stress with me and a bumper issue of lovely Thursday Treats? Mince pie anyone? …

And if you’re still looking for a unique Christmas gift for a loved one (or yourself!) why not get yourself a Limited Edition Rock n Roll Bride Wall Planner?! Available on a first come first served basis until Monday 6th December…Wooo!

DIY Palm Springs Wedding
Bethany + Ethan – beautiful backyard details
Library Styled Love Shoot
Florida Fingerpainted
Amy and Nick – rad tattooed neon graveyard shoot
♥ Utterly breathtaking photography – National Geographic’s Photography Contest 2010

Deborah Bibby – pink union jack love!
A sofa wearing a cardigan – I want to snuggle on this at Christmas!
Self-professed font snob – made me laugh out loud
Poppies & Posies
Sydney & Jordan – tattooed hotness
♥ The Elizabeth Dye 2011 bridal collection is gorgeous! My favourites…

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Sean & Carrie’s Cute ‘n Colourful Blog-Inspired Wedding

Sean & Carrie’s Brisbane wedding has really brightened up this cold November afternoon for me (and it’s my second aussie wedding of the day – I really must be feeling the cold!) I am grinning from ear to ear over the sunny and mis-matched colour palate. 

Inspired by the wedding blogs they read throughout their planning, the couple scoured etsy for a lot of the gorgeous details you see here. Carrie explained, “Prior to getting engaged I had no idea about the HUGE world of weddings out there on wedding blogs. Etsy.com was also an endless inspiration and a principal contributor to our wedding.”  

“Our table decorations were made up of:
Pinwheels from Crossroads Cottage on Etsy.com, the pinwheels sat in ceramic jugs I bought from Ikea for next to nothing.

Jars of all shapes and sizes collected by family and friends, where I wrapped the most incredible lace, from my now mother-in-law Sue’s vintage lace collection, around the top of the bottle and we used these as the vases for the flowers.

Our favours were little paper lolly bags from Pulp Creative Paper and we filled them with Pastel coloured Sugarcoated Almonds and Candy handmade with Sean loves Carrie from Candy Addictions in Montville, QLD.

We also had a bunting handmade with “JUST MARRIED” from littlekittenhomemade from etsy, it was delightful.”

“We used hay bales from the local farm produce store and laid quilts over them for guests to sit on. I used some quilts of my mother-in-laws and had some made bysewfunbymonique from etsy. The fabrics Monique uses are just gorgeous and they looked so nice and homey on the day. Fantastic idea as it is cheap and effective and I will now have the quilts forever.

I also bought 2 prints from Dazeychic on etsy. Both delightful – “All you need is Love” and “Today I am happier than a bird with a French Fry”. I bought frames from Ikea and we used them as decoration on the day and props for our photos. Again, something I will now have forever.

We didn’t have a cake, however I was inspired by what I’d seen on blogs and we had an Ice Cream Parlour! We had too many people for ice cream, so my dear friend and bridesmaid and family all got on board to help design the desert parlour and bake the goodies for the day. It was so much fun, we had old fashioned jam sponges with real strawberries and cream, meringues, wonderful Australian lollies which reminded us or our childhood – Strawberries and Cream/Chicos/Teeth/Freckles, we had plates of macaroons, coconut ice, apricot balls, honey joys and chocolate crackle (both traditional Aussie goodies) were wrapped in cupcake holders from The Cupcake Wrapper Co. which I found on Etsy.com. Every one absolutely loved it, it was a major hit and let me tell you EVERYTHING was devoured.” 

“Dear friends of ours also created our wedding sign, which we hung up at the entrance to the property and the hanging monograms which we hung in the garden. So blessed to have so many gifted friends and all so willing to help.

We also had a homemade photo booth. We wanted as many photos of guests as possible, completely inspired by numerous wedding blogs we decided to hang fabric in the garden and supplied disposable camera’s for our guests. We also had the cutest props ever – moustaches on a stick, pink lips on a stick, some silly sunglasses,also inspired by the numerous wedding blogs I trawled before the wedding, we bought these from pertyfultings, also found on the wonderful etsy. Fab DIY idea.” 

“Last but certainly not least, I could not recommend more Anna from Missprintdesign in New Zealand, also found on etsy. Anna did all of our Save the Dates, Wedding Invitations, our seating cards and our thank you cards to each guest on the table. Another truly talented lady, so very helpful and accommodating to all of my ideas. The remarkable comments about all of the above were endless from our guests. Anna was an amazing find for me.”

Awsome huh!? I am just so in love with the creativity of this wedding it’s unreal! Be sure to check out the full vendor list below

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Steve & Sharon’s Red, Black & Yellow Wedding with a Laid Back Vibe

“Steve & I have always been that little bit different and really wanted to buck the system for our wedding,” bride Sharon wrote to me. “I have always loved the idea of getting married in red, not just to stand out but also to make the photos much more exciting. Steve started wearing hats over the last couple of years and decided that he wanted to wear one on the day.”

Inspired by some of their favourite hang outs (The Opera Bar in Sydney and the Otis Bar in Wollongong) the couple wanted to create a laid back wedding that their friends and family would enjoy, “We had a real drive for our friends to have a fabulous time and wanted them to walk away feeling like they had just been to an awesome party” they explained.

Sharon wore a red dress which was designed by Nat Felvus at Designer Fit in Wollongong. She originally saw the dress in the shop window in black & white, but being set on wearing red, asked the owner if she could have it made in her chosen colour. The best bit? It was a bargain at just $480. She teamed her perfect dress with red and black accessories from Diva.

In order to keep the atmosphere relaxed and to make sure everyone was comfortable, the bridesmaids and groomsmen were told to choose their own black outfits. The girls were given yellow fascinators (which the bride found at a $2 shop!) and belts made from strips of fabric to tie them all together. The groomsmen were given yellow braces to tie their outfits together and the groom wore a red set to match his bride!

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