Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Fabulous Single Tiered Wedding Cakes

Image by Red Berry Photography

Single tiered wedding cakes have became very fashionable because they offer plenty of opportunities for flamboyant decorations. With DIY details and fun cake toppers, you can make your wedding cake very personal and choose any flavour you like. Just place it on a gorgeous cake stand and it will look as impressive as the classical multi-tiered wedding cake. 

Image by Red Berry Photography

You can delight your guests with a wonderful cake buffet and serve a range of single tiered cakes with different flavours from mouth-watering choc mud to a classical fruit cake, but also add some cake pops, macarons and cupcakes to make the table look even more decadent. 

Cake by Sugar & Spice Cakes

Naked wedding cake adorned with iced sugar and fresh berries is the perfect choice for and intimate rustic themed reception, while plain white one topped with pink flowers is ideal for romantic vintage inspired weddings.

If you want to serve your guests a truly modern wedding cake, think outside the box and opt for geometric shapes, minimalistic design and vivid colours. Ombre style is hugely popular and if you like the idea you can make a red velvet cake by using different shades of pink or simply pick any flavour and decorate the cake with ombre icing.

Dream Dresses for Modern Brides: Pronovias Spring 2015 Collection

 With their beautiful Barcelona exhibition “50 Love Stories” and a breathtaking collection of spring and summer dresses inspired by the brand’s history, Pronovias is celebrating their 50th birthday. We loved their lush gowns made from luxurious fabrics such as silk, tulle, lace, guipure and organza with ladylike silhouettes and intricate embellishments. Their dresses are ideal for modern brides who want to look glamorous on their big day, but mix classic style and cutting edge details in their wedding outfit. 

From white A-line crepe dress with a big belt and detachable train to strapless ball gown made from Dupion silk, the latest collection from “Atelier Pronovias” is very chic, elegant and diverse with many different looks for various types of brides. Their “City” range includes pieces like small cocktail gowns and slip dresses, “Fashion” features delicate draping and gemstone embroidery, “Glamour” has dazzling ball gowns and dramatic veils and “Dream” includes ethereal dresses made from layers of organza and tulle. 

One of our favourite looks is the Bandera princess style gown from the “Costura” line with an illusion neckline and ribbon tied around the waist. 

Influenced by the roaring twenties, Pronovias accessory range features adorable vintage accessories such as big hats, small veils, tiny gloves and sequined head bands. We love how the gowns were styled with these details and we think they are great for Great Gatsby inspired wedding reception.

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Orange Lipstick Trend: Hollywood Glamour With a Modern Twist

Orange lipstick is this season’s beauty must-have and it can look interesting as a part of your bridal outfit too! We love how Dennis Basso, Prabal Gurung and Dsquared2 channelled Hollywood glamour with high voltage orange lips! This is an ideal option for summer weddings and you can choose between different make-up styles and lipstick textures to find that perfect look for you. 

We have seen vibrant orange at Prabal Gurung spring/summer 2014 show and it is ideal for beach weddings, but you will want to have bronze skin to create that sun kissed glow! You can choose darker hue of orange if you have pale skin, or even a very light shimmery orange if you prefer a more effortless make-up look. 

To re-create the fabulous Dennis Basso Marilyn Monroe inspired make-up style, use a good primer to make your skin look radiant, a black winged eyeliner and some false lashes to create a dramatic effect and finally, lip pencil in bright orange. 

Another way to achieve this new Hollywood glamour look is to match orange lipstick with brown eyeliner and bronze eyeshadow and wear it with big earrings and wavy hair, just like we have seen at Dsquared2 spring/summer 2014 show.

Glamorous Naked Wedding Cakes

Image by The Evoke Company, Cake by Alison Lawson Cakes

A naked wedding cake is one of the hottest trends this year so forget about the perfecting frosting and delight your guests with scrumptious layers of chocolate sponge and butter cream! Naked cakes look even tastier because you can see every delicious layer, and if you are worried that it won’t look glamorous remember that less is more so a bit of icing sugar and a few lush blooms scattered across tiers is just enough.

Our personal favourite is a chic three-tiered cake with brown and white layers of chocolate sponge and butter cream which we used in our 2014 styling shoots for The Bride’s Diary®. To finish sprinkle it with icing sugar, use soft pink and white flowers for decorations and present it on a glamorous glass cake stand!

With its natural look and distinctive rustic feel, homemade naked cake is just ideal for intimate weddings and vintage themed receptions. You can decorate it with fresh berries, garden roses or even wildflowers. This delicious cake is an exquisite choice for breakfast or brunch receptions and if you make a fresh fruit filling it will be ideal for summer weddings. However, if you are planning a beach wedding, citrus flavoured naked cake adorned with orange and yellow flowers is going to be very refreshing.

Monday, April 28, 2014

My Eternal Daydream: Monique Lhuillier’s Spring 2015 Bridal Collection

Monique Lhuillier’s spring 2015 show at Bridal Fashion Week was stunningly feminine and romantic with layers of tulle, satin organza and Chantilly lace overlays. The name of the collection is “My Eternal Daydream” and it was influenced by the famous 19th century artist John Singer Sargent, well known for his portraits of beautiful women. 

Just like ladies from that era, Lhuillier’s brides are dressed up in white and ivory, but also in pale pink, pistachio green and hydrangea blue. She used beautiful floral appliqués made from silk gauze, intricate embroidery and subtle layering to decorate her fabulous gowns and accessorized them with bejewelled head bands, metallic sandals, lace booties and beaded veils. Make-up was simple and natural with glowing skin, pink cheeks and berry lips, while hair was gathered in an elegant bun. 

We have seen column shapes, cascading hemlines, A-line gowns accented with huge ribbons and crystal embellishments, as well as sexy fit-and-flare silhouettes with gorgeous illusion necklines. We loved her effortless slip dresses too, but our favourite gowns from this collection were one shoulder satin ball gown with tulle insert because it is timeless and modern at the same time and a dreamy A-line embroidered dress with matching embroidered shrug.

Ethereal and Timeless: Jenny Packham’s Spring 2015 Bridal Collection

Inspired by “The Goddesses”, Madame Yevonde’s series of portraits of British society ladies, Jenny Packham’s spring 2015 bridal collection features soft colours, exquisite embroidery and beautiful embellishments. She used fabrics such as delicate French lace, soft chiffon, fluttery tulle and luxury silk to create her column shaped timeless gowns influenced by the 1930’s and the Edwardian era.

A blue sky with fluffy white clouds was Packham's backdrop for her romantic dresses in champagne, ivory, caramel, buttermilk, platinum, ivory and sepia tones. The collection features crystal embellishments, fine beadwork, celestial capes and tiered hemlines. The show was opened with a gorgeous long-sleeved gown and was followed by a range of styles designed for different types of brides. 

There were lovely cap sleeved dresses with crystal embellishments, fabulous strapless dresses and even A-line cocktail style frocks for modern brides. Natural make-up done by Laura Mercier was a perfect match to this utterly romantic collection and the hair was just angelic with low ponytails and crystal bands which complimented glittery gowns.

Each look is named after a superstar woman and we loved the “Hepburn” gown with draped neckline and crystal bow on the waist, short-sleeved “Grace” with crystal studded illusion neckline, and breathtaking “Garbo” dress with cut out shoulders and delicate floral embellishments.

Wedding Decoration Ideas: Cut Crystal

Cut crystal is very glamorous and you can build the whole wedding theme around it. It is the perfect choice for classical, formal lunch or dinner receptions because it is very elegant and luxurious. You can use big vases or crystal rose bowls to make a fabulous centre-piece and flutes or wine glasses can serve as candle and tea light holders. A combination of crisp white and soft pink is perfect for this style and crystal will reflect the light creating a romantic atmosphere. 

You can also use cut crystal for vintage themed parties and match it with lace and wooden tables and chairs. Our tip for DIY brides is to use old glassware in different shades such as red, pink, blue, green, yellow and orange. You can even combine these mismatched pieces with colourful glass jars to make an impressive centre-piece.

If you want to find perfect crystal cut glassware for a glamorous wedding reception, think Waterford’s range of stemware, candle holders and crystal figurines, or Royal Doulton’s glassware with both modern and classical designs. For brides-to-be who are into cutting-edge design, we recommend Vera Wang’s cut crystal which she created for Wedgwood.

Visit WWRD to see all the beautiful crystal cut glassware from these brands.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Wedding Trend: Bright Blooms

Image by The Evoke Company

If you want to infuse a bit of trend to your wedding theme without too much effort, just use bright-coloured seasonal flowers to decorate your venue. We love this design because it is so effortless and yet incredibly appealing! It is perfect for vintage or rustic themed weddings and all you need is a natural background colour and a bunch of colourful flowers which you can place in metal tins, glass jars or wooden boxes.

 Flowers by Affair With George

Our favourite version of this decoration style is mixing very vibrant hues such as cherry red, sunflower yellow, bubblegum pink and bright orange with slightly darker shades such as deep purple and splashes of white. Rustic wooden table is the perfect option for this combination of colours and when choosing the type flowers make sure to use either the same variety or a blend of similarly shaped blossoms. Garden roses, peonies, poppies or ranunculas are very appropriate for this look. You can even make a matching bridal bouquet to contrast your white wedding dress and decorate your wedding cake with fresh blooms.

Image by Mink Studio

If you want to keep it simple with only one colour, you can choose between bright red, orange, fuchsia or yellow which will look amazing against white backdrop.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Wedding Stationery Trends: Floral

Stationery by Bespoke Letterpress

Wedding stationery with floral prints is very fashionable at the moment and you can choose anything from romantic aquarelle style illustrations to bold and minimalistic two-coloured designs. Bright-coloured blossoms are ideal for spring and summer weddings and you can match them with wide range of themes. 

Stationery by Cristina Re

If you are planning a vintage themed wedding reception, think soft pastel colours such as soft pink, light orange and washed-out blues, greens or purples. You can add a DIY touch by accessorising your stationery with ribbons, lace or pearls, or just keep it simple with nice graphics. 

Stationery by De La Mod

To add more bright colours to your palette colour blocking watercolour style blooms or in electric orange, hot pink, lime green and bright yellow will look amazing on crisp white paper or even sand-coloured backdrop for a rustic effect. Choose a lovely font and a pretty envelope to finish off the design. 

Stationery by Giftables

For elegant black and white theme you can pick fabulous monochromatic stationery with abstract flowers and if you are dreaming of a truly glamorous wedding, think modern floral wallpaper patterns and cards embellished with satin ribbons and glittery crystals. We love fabulous floral prints from Love Berry Lane, Dreamday Invitations, Felicitations, and Invitations For All Occasions, subtle floral detailing from Papier Damor and beautiful thank you cards with pink roses print from Giftables.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Add DIY Touch to Your Wedding With a Satin Ribbon

Adding chic DIY touches to your wedding is fun and we love it! If you want to make your design scheme more personal without much effort, you can use a satin ribbon to decorate anything from wedding invitations to favour boxes and flower arrangements. It is very easy and you don’t need to do much thinking, but if you need some inspiration here are some fun ways to use personalised and plain ribbon from Weddingstar to make everything more stylish… 

You can decorate love bird damask invitation with royal blue satin ribbon or attach a burlap chic square tag to an antique style key bottle opener with satin ribbon in blue vapour

A “thank you” card in the shape of a contemporary vintage hand fan with a wooden handle is a great idea for hot summer weddings and you can decorate this fabulous accessory with a piece of ribbon in pewter grey

Satin ribbons are very decorative but they can also be very handy, especially if you need to secure favour boxes. You can wrap them around Weddingstar's “Love” cube favour boxes or use them to secure the wooden lid of the miniature woven picnic baskets.

Satin ribbon in deep plum is a cute decoration on a personalised mini glass bottle which you can fill with delicious homemade jam or honey, and it will look gorgeous if you use it to wrap “Sweetie Pies” mini packaging kits.

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Lightness of Being: Vera Wang’s Spring 2015 Bridal Collection

Vera Wang’s spring 2015 collection premiered in an artistic video with brides holding black roses and dancing inside a gloomy house dressed in her gorgeous ivory gowns which were styled with gothic make-up and “love” tattoos. The dark ambience is a perfect backdrop for her angelic wedding dresses made from layers of tulle and lace.

The collection is very diverse and includes 20 different looks from classical ball gowns to contemporary minimalistic dresses. There is a piece for every type of bride, including a strapless bra and a tulle skirt! Some of the dresses are very simple and effortless such as a halter gown with a plunging neckline made from wonderfully light silk chiffon which is ideal for summer weddings. On the other hand, her most extravagant gowns are embellished with beading, corded lace and silk organza detailing. For this collection Wang also used her signature draping technique to create truly stunning tulle wedding dresses.

She described her collection as “delicate and disciplined” as well as “sensual and seductive” since it is very classical, feminine, light and ethereal, but also modern, serious and even a little bit murky, which turned out to be a fun contrast.

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Celebration of the Modern Bride: Reem Acra Spring 2015 Bridal Collection

Reem Acra’s spring 2015 bridal collection named 'Mirror Mirror' is all about the modern bride, regardless of whether she prefers to walk down the aisle in a romantic, vintage inspired gown or a figure hugging dress. 

The collection is very glamorous and sparkly with delicate fabrics such as silk chiffon, tulle, silk gazar and lace embellished with exquisite embroidery and subtle beadwork. From column, A-line and fit-and-flare silhouettes with illusion or plunging necklines to ball gown style dresses, romantic ruffles and cascading chiffon, there is a style for any type of bride in this gorgeous collection. 

We loved the opening look from the show which was a body-hugging stretch satin gown with stunning embroidery, but our favourite piece from the show was the strapless dress made from re-embroidered lace and a satin ribbon at the waist. All the dresses are very feminine and beautifully cut to enhance natural beauty of a female body. 

Even though silhouettes are not relaxed, there is something effortless about the dresses, especially because they were worn with sandals, natural makeup and beach waves. Instead of jewellery brides wore crystal studded lace cuffs which we think is a wonderful detail for summer weddings!
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