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A 1950s-Inspired Shoot with a Brightly Coloured Modern Twist

1950s wedding inspiration isn’t going anywhere, but these days I’m loving seeing shoots that have taken from this era but added a modern twist to it. Whether that be with bright pops of colour, modern accessories or quirky details (aren’t the bouquets in the shoot the coolest?!) This shoot organised by The Sugared Saffron Cake Company and certainly landed smack bang in the middle of this new-wave of modern vintage styling. I’m thrilled to share it with you today.

“I wanted to organise a 50s themed shoot but with the current wedding debate about whether vintage is dead, I wanted to avoid a very retro look, whilst keeping the elements we’ve grown to love about 50s weddings” Asma of The Sugared Saffron Cake Company told me. “I wanted it to be bright and playful and I think that was captured really well by photographer Caro Hutchings. I wanted to find a venue that came with its own history, and a modern edge and The Royal Society of Arts was perfect.”

“After contacting some great suppliers I started work on mood boards and planning the treats for the dessert table. I finally decided on floral inspired double barrel wedding cake with sugar flowers, victoria sponge, triple chocolate cake, trifle shots, apple pie cupcakes, milk chocolate, cake pops, sugar cookies and bakewell slices.”

“I took a lot of inspiration from the stationery designed by Delectable Ink and the beautiful bouquet ideas of The Vintage Floral Design Co.” she continued. Andri coordinated the styling on the day, and thought up the ingenious ribbon dessert table. Carla dolled up our model Kris, with 2 gorgeous dresses from Luella’s Boudoir, including an exclusive new 50s-inspired design and some picture perfect peep toes from Emmy. In the end I think we all managed to showcase what we think a 50s London wedding should have, something accessible for brides but also a bit more exciting than they might have thought up themselves.”

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A Colour Pop Bridal Shoot

“Waking up to a dark sky and torrential rain, the day started with two long suffering, bare foot models scampering through puddles and sheltering under crochet blankets”, photographer Becky Mitchell wrote.

Luckily for all involved the shoot was to be held indoors, in an old school building. The inspiration for this shoot came from wanting to create something simple but delicate, pretty and soft – pastels juxtaposed with a bold and bright and neon edge.

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A DIY Beach Wedding: Jaq & Patto

Beautiful weddings like Jaq & Patto’s constantly remind me why I got into this wedding blogging game in the first place – to inspire others to create a wedding perfect for them. Sure it’s just a day and it’s just a party, but honestly, there’s just something about seeing events like these that makes my heart sing! Call me soppy, call me overly romantic but awww ain’t love grand?!

The beach wedding was held at a friend’s private residence on Roches Beach, Tasmania. They had only 45 guests and kept the whole affair really personal and intimate. The lucky couple were able to set up a marquee in a paddock on the property and really put their own stamp on the day. Everything was handmade by Jaq & Patto. Every line of bunting and every paper heart. Each table had origami paper and instructions to keep people entertained and the wine was donated from the Winery where Jaq works.

“We found inspiration in so many places,” Jaq wrote, “in Frankie magazine, on Pinterest, and searches for eco weddings on the net. We always wanted it to be a relaxed affair, with just really close friends and family. We both love vintage, retro and eco/ natural ideas so we chose this theme because it is just ‘us’. I also love to be creative and really enjoyed making the decorations and searching for ideas.”

“We wanted to do as much as possible ourselves to personalise it. We chose the marquee and had it at friends property because we wanted to feel relaxed and we wanted everyone else to relax too. We wanted people to have the option of camping, to be able to take our time to set up, and pack down, to hold a ‘hangover cure’ cook-up the next day, to be able to party into the early hours without time restraints. Also having a marquee meant that we could create our own little world inside…it was like a blank canvas so we could make it just how we wanted it to be. We were trying to create a romantic, natural, playful and relaxed vibe when making up the decorations.”

Jaq wore a dress purchased from Claire Louise Bridal in Brisbane with a vintage lace necklace that she found at a local gallery. “I chose the dress because it was simple and elegant but I didn’t want a meringue” Jaq continued. “I couldn’t afford the lace/vintage style that I would have loved and this one was within budget. I hate shopping do didn’t want to shop around too much so when I saw it and tried it on it looked good so I bought it then and there! I think the designer was a bit shocked at my quick decision and it was only about the fourth dress I had tried on.”

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A Picnic Wedding: Alex & Denise

The inspiration for Alex & Denise’s Brighton wedding was for it to be “just like a big picnic”. They used local suppliers (including the caterers who used local produce and supplied locally produced champagne) where possible and DIY’ed the rest! “Our inspiration was for it to be like a big picnic – although without having to sit on the floor!” Denise told me. “I found mini picnic baskets that were used as the centrepiece on each table. These were filled with chutney, pickles and breadsticks. We wanted the wedding to be really relaxed – I’ve always disliked formal situations. I also wanted there to be lots of colour. For the meal we had a blanket set up on the floor for any children that got bored of the adults. We also did a play area with a wigwam, dress up box and colouring books. Although on the day they mainly opted for running around the field like lunatics.”

“The second (and very crucial) driving force for the wedding was the belief that it needn’t cost a fortune. Apparently the average wedding costs around £19,000 which to me is just a ridiculous amount of money (and was totally out of the question – we had nowhere near that amount of money to spend). We had less than £5,000 for the wedding and honeymoon but I didn’t want to compromise on the feeling of it being a special day. It was time to stick it to the man and beat the system.”

“There was a lot of DIY with this wedding. I gave myself the challenge of making 100 metres of bunting. I had my own mini production line! I sewed the bunting on to paper ribbon (which was much cheaper than using bias tape). I also made our sweetie favour bags (full of lovely sweets: pink shrimps, parma violets and flying saucers being my favourites). I really liked the look of the old fashioned paper sweetie bags – each table had a different colour (they looked great and they were as cheap as chips – sweet). They also doubled as name places. I tied them up using raffia. The raffia came in handy for lots of things – you can buy a massive bundle from floristry suppliers. This was much cheaper (and was far nicer raffia) than buying it anywhere else. Floristy suppliers were also a great place to go for decorative items (eg baskets, enamel buckets etc).”

“Another friend made great signs for the bar, camping area and toilets. This friend also made our tennis table bat table plan. Alex’s family are big fans of table tennis so it seemed like a good way to go! Each table was named after top table tennis players of the 1990s – I think that might be a wedding table plan first! I also made moustaches on sticks because I think they’re funny.”

Denise wore a wedding dress which she bought from Oxfam Bridal and then has customised and shortened by Erika Langley Bridal Alterations. “Wedding dress shops scare me so I never actually set foot in one,” the bride continued. “I’m not a girly girl and the idea of all the attention on me made me feel a bit ill. I knew I wanted a short dress – I’m only 5ft 1 and thought a meringue would drown me. Also, as we would spend the majority of the day in a field (and possibly a wet, muddy one) I didn’t want to be dragging a dress behind me. Plus, if I did need to don my yellow wellies, I wanted everyone to see them! I scoured the high street but nothing was right. I eventually went to Oxfam Bridal – perfect for me, I love a charity shop! The dresses were mainly quite extravagant but I did stumble across one that was nice and simple. It was also long with a huge train. Nothing that a dress maker couldn’t sort our though. I loved having such a simple dress – I felt really relaxed in it all day! My heels got replaced by some nice flat yellow sandals as soon as I got to the farm. A farm is no place for heels.”

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An ‘Old Soul’ Bridal Shoot: Bella Angelina

There are few things I love more than a beautiful pink haired bride. So when Bella Angelina’s (yes, I know, best name ever!) bridal shoot sent over by Veronica Lane Photography I was thrilled.

“Angelina is a locally known artist who also teaches art classes to children at the one of the galleries in Chatham-Kent, Ontario (Canada),” Veronica told me. “Angelina has been ‘pink’ for 6 years and has no intention of letting the look fade away any time soon. She did her own hair and makeup for the session and made the white wedding dress shown in the photos herself!”

“I met Angelina at a social event after returning from an inspiring trip to Versailles.  I was immediately inspired by her creative and whimsical style which reminded me of Marie Antoinette’s image. We come from a small conservative community (aka a lot of retirees!), so she is pretty unforgettable! Shortly after the social event I approached her to do a styled shoot. We literally had a 10×7 bit of space to work in! The weather wasn’t cooperating with us so we were very limited to the natural light of the studio. I adore that Angelina’s style is quite authentic as she gets ‘made up’ everyday! She is a true old soul!”

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DIY Tutorial: ‘Cocktail Time’ Clock

NB Other considered and witty titles for this feature included  ‘a clock-tail display’ and ‘gin o’clock’…although granted I came up with those on my own and Chloe, who created this tutorial, is much much classier than I. Over to you lady…

I like being thrifty. It’s my adult version of ‘doing a makeover’, only instead of lipstick and eyebrow-high green shadow it involves glue guns and gin.

Cue one creative afternoon with Butterworth Photography and Darby & Joan! We treated twelve vintage Baby Sham glasses to a project restyle, transforming them into a quirky cocktail clock. Perfect for adding some personality to a blank canvas venue or some ‘retro cool’ to your living room afterwards?!

Supplies Needed:

♥ A large piece of MDF (sanded and painted white)
♥ A clock mechanism
♥ A drill
♥ 12 cocktail glasses
♥ A glue gun
♥ Gel candle wax
♥ Red food colouring
♥ Card
♥ Glitter
♥ PVA glue


Step One: Measure and mark out the centre of your piece of wood and drill a hole to fit your clock mechanism

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