Friday Faves – Our Beautiful Wedding Invitations

Designing our beautiful wedding invitations was such a fun part of wedding planning! I feel when you create wedding invites, their vibe really sets the scene for the whole day and gives guests an idea of what to expect. Our guest list just included those we are truly closest to and have been a big part of our lives, so we had around 75 people. This allowed us to create a beautiful invitation set for each guest. After doing lots of research online, I found Wedding Paper Diva’s and was blown away with how many designs and personalization options they had. This meant that whatever I dreamed up, I could create!

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I’ve always loved metallics and neutral tones, so I chose a gorgeous rose gold color font and heavy ivory card stock for our church invitations. I wanted something simple but elegant and pretty. However, not so frilly that it wouldn’t suit Chris. I created the design online and showed Chris the proof, he thought it was fantastic. The whole process of finding the perfect invitation to reflect us, personalize it and have it printed was incredibly easy – and importantly, budget friendly.

Our Beautiful Wedding Invitations

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white and rose gold beautiful wedding invitations idea black floral invitations

As part of our wedding invite set, we also included a separate card for the reception, along with an RSVP card. This had a fun option for guests to nominate the song that will get them on the dance floor. Finally, we added a little Details card which had some helpful information for guests and our wedding website with registry information.

Side note, I couldn’t find a wedding website design that I liked or a cute URL to give to guests. For example, ours was just laurenandchris.we-do.love …how fab is that! You don’t want to put a big clunky one with numbers or a business name. None of the other wedding websites I found had built-in Google maps for directions, or an online registry that allowed us to choose any gift (from anywhere or anything). So I built a wedding website for us with all of this! If you are interested in your own custom wedding website, contact me and I’d love to create one for you too.

I adored the mix of our crisp ivory wedding invitation and the dark floral and gold of the additional cards. I’m a fan of florals, but sometimes they can be too girly. The black toughened it up a little and gave a very glamorous feel. While the soft pink shades of the floral was very wedding appropriate. I didn’t want any part of my wedding to be a token, typical wedding style. I wanted it to of course reflect a wedding, but be more what you would expect for a fabulous event.

We complete our wedding invitation set with a kraft card envelope, it was the perfect juxtaposition of high end glam and something a little more rustic. I tied them with Rose Gold Bakers Twine that I found on Amazon and each invitation was finished with a pretty bow at the front. I once read an interview from a celebrity event planner and they said creating an amazing experience and styling vibe for an event is all about mixing unexpected elements. I’ve always believed this even with fashion and outfit ideas, for example mixing sequins and denim. The best looks combine different vibes!

Below are the beautiful wedding invitations we chose (these are the design proofs so you can see all the details). I’d love to hear what you think…

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pretty wedding invitations black floral and gold what to write on wedding rsvp card

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I adore our wedding invites and was so thrilled with them in real life. The quality of design, card stock and printing was impeccable! When our wedding invitation delivery arrived, I couldn’t have been more excited or happy. With anything you put your name to in life, you want to feel proud and both Chris and myself, along with our parents, were genuinely excited to send these to the most special people in our lives.

What do you think of our wedding invitation set? I’d love to hear from YOU, my friend! What invitation vibe and colors did you (or would you) choose for your wedding? Leave a comment below and let’s chat.

 

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Friday Faves – How To Style Your Bedside Table

I love home decor ideas and wanted to share some tips on how to style your bedside table beautifully. As the first thing you see when you wake up and the last sight at night before you go to sleep every day, it’s definitely worth spending some time to create a stunning little space that reflects your style and includes a few things you love!

This is my bedside table below. I like to keep it clean and organized, with a sprinkling of a few of my favorite things. Of course, fresh flowers always add a gorgeous touch and I have fun choosing a pretty bunch each week. It is so simple to add a little luxury to your life and your home – and your bedside table is the perfect place to start!

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Shop My Decor – Style Your Bedside:  Lamp    |    Himalayan Pink Salt Lamp    |    WoodWick ‘At The Beach’ Candle    |    Le Labo ‘Santal 33’ Eau de Parfum    |    Maison Margiela Replica ‘ Beach Walk’ Perfume    |    Le Labo ‘Rose 31’ Eau de Parfum    |    Beyonce Quote Art    |    Jewelry Dish    |    Michael Kors ‘Lexington’ Watch    |    Daniel Wellington Watch

 

How To Style Your Bedside Table

 

1. SIMPLICITY IS THE ULTIMATE FORM OF SOPHISTICATION.

As they say, less is more and this is key to remember when styling your bedside table. Choose a few pieces you love and feel inspired by, the rest should be stored in drawers below to keep your surface clean, clear and uncluttered. When buying a bedside table, opt for one with great storage space (big drawers). This means you’ll have everything at your fingertips, but it will be neatly packed away.

We have the from Malm 3 Drawer Chest from Ikea in the black / brown wood color and I added the Malm White Glass Top – they look fabulous together! Our bed is a king with a high headboard frame, so I feel a larger bedside table fits well and also accommodates our gorgeous oversized lamps. It’s very chic and has just the right amount of drama to create a luxe feel.

 

2. ADD DIMENSION AND DRAMA WITH HEIGHT.

Styling with objects of varying heights creates interest and drama, this is key to styling a bedside table. A lamp is perfect as the tallest item, then graduate down from there by adding a photo frame, flowers or a candle. Then for the lowest item, a jewelry tray is brilliant.

 

3. BRING IN NATURE.

Your bedroom should be a relaxing space and to encourage restful sleep, including elements from nature can help promote this. In addition to fresh flowers, I personally love having a Himalayan Pink Salt Lamp beside our bed, these have become mega popular and are great to have in key rooms around your home. They can help cleanse and purify air, as well as give many other benefits by absorbing the positive ions in the air, which sap our bodies of energy. Himalayan Pink Salt Lamps generate negative ions naturally, when heated, the salt releases cleansed water vapor back into the air. I got my Himalayan Pink Salt Lamp on Amazon.

 

4. USE COMPLEMENTARY COLORS.

As you’re adding pieces, think about what genuinely works well together. For a beautifully styled look, keep almost everything within a neutral color palette, then add a little pop of color with one statement piece. I love doing this with flowers! It’s fun to change them up each week and bring a new vibe to the space. Another great option includes a pretty bright jewelry box – these are practical and pretty!

 

5. HAVE FUN WITH ART AND INSPIRATION.

Whether it’s a photograph of loved ones or fun quote art, be sure to bring your personality into this space. It’s a really fun opportunity to make an area in your home 100% completely YOU!

 

Remember, you don’t have to spend a fortune to have gorgeous interior style and decorate your bedside table. I like to check out Target and Ikea for great basics, then dress them up with more personalized and creative items from Etsy. Or look for when big departments stores like Nordstrom or outlets like Century 21 (my favorite!).

I hope this helps provide inspiration on how to style your bedside table, I’d love to hear your thoughts and what pieces you like to wake up and dream next to?

 
 

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Style Sessions – Best Activewear On A Budget

I believe fab workout clothes inspire you to get out and move! I wanted to share my best activewear on a budget finds, they’re cute, comfy and won’t break the bank. I spend so much time in activewear and with lots of stylish options, it means you can easily get through the day from morning spin to brunch and beyond.

I’d love to hear from you, do you have any favorite brands or places to find activewear? I like discovering new options, so please leave a comment and let me know. I also want to know what colors you like? Black is such a popular choice, but brights are so fun too.

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In case you’re new here, Style Sessions is live every Tuesday. It’s all about sharing what we’ve been wearing, or if you’re on a budget, a virtual outfit you’d love to wear! Every week I also select someone to showcase as ‘Head Stylist’ in the next edition – it’s a perfect way to meet new bloggers, showcase your personal style and your blog.

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Best Activewear On A Budget

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Best Activewear On A Budget:  1.  Zella Live In High Waisted Leggings (in Nordstrom sale for $35)    |    2.  Wireless Sports Bra (on sale)    |    3.  Chillin’ With No Makeup Sweatshirt    |    4.  Nike Flyknit Training Shoes (on sale $89)    |    5.  Zella Midnight High Waist Crop Leggings    |    6.  Zella Sultry High Waist Leggings (on sale $46)

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best Activewear budget fashion nike freerun fabletics workout outfit ideas

Friday Faves – Organic Aromas Essential Oil Diffuser Review

I am excited to share one of my very favorite things with you today! After Chris and I got married, I really wanted to give our home a little makeover to freshen things up and have a new vibe for the start of our married life. On our honeymoon as we were exploring Copenhagen, we were introduced to the concept of ‘Hygge’, which is all about the art of happiness, creating magic in ordinary moments and living well.

I learned that despite the often cold, dreary weather and high costs of living, the Danish people are ranked among the happiest in the world! Quite extensive research was done to uncover what it is that fosters this happiness and the concept of Hygge pretty much explains it all. A key aspect is making your home a sanctuary through things which nourish your soul and senses… candles and scents are very easy examples of this. There are also celebrations through the year that are full of Hygge, Christmas with it’s special traditions and family focus, is a prime example.

Chris knows I’ve always been a little obsessed with creating beautiful atmospheres, perfect lighting and adding fun little touches to regular things, it was just brilliant to finally have a name to explain it all! So he bought me The Little Book of Hygge before we left Copenhagen and I’ve been soaking up every page. It was written by Meik Wiking, CEO of the Happiness Research Institute (what an amazing job that would be!). It’s a lovely coffee table book too! Inspired by everything I’ve learned in The Little Book of Hygge and without spending a fortune, I have found a few things that have made a huge difference and helped me create a beautiful and relaxing home environment, with the fresh, modern and fun vibes we want our home to have.

The Little Book of Hygge is beautiful to read and we couldn’t have discovered this at a more perfect time. I said to Chris that I want to create a home and life together that is full of Hygge, after all it’s family, friends and the little things in life that light up your soul… that’s what Hygge is all about.

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In addition to soft furnishings, rugs, artwork and a few other little touches, which I’ll continue to share more of soon, there’s been one item that has made such a wonderful impact! As I’m sure many of you would agree, there’s something so amazing about a beautifully scented home. I searched everywhere for the perfect way to achieve this and found this Organic Aromas Essential Oil Diffuser. Whether we’re relaxing on the lounge catching up on favorite shows or entertaining friends, we have both come to appreciate and really look forward to using our pretty diffuser each day… and of course choosing which scent we want to use!

 

Organic Aromas Essential Oil Diffuser Review

I have always been a huge lover perfumes, candles and scents, they help to create a vibe, enhance the atmosphere and uplift how you feel. We have ours running every day and if I can share one major point of difference that sets this diffuser apart from anything else I have tried before, it is that the scent travels incredibly well. I just got so sick of spending money on expensive candles, diffuser sticks, oil burners or humidifiers that did not spread a scent you could actually smell without having your nose in direct contact! Major applause needs to be given to the engineers, artists and business team behind Organic Aromas – they’ve created such a high quality product that completely delivers (and far surpasses) what they say.

When we turn the diffuser on, within minutes I can smell essential oil at the other end of our large living room… and after around 5 – 10 minutes, the scent travels upstairs and finds it’s way into the bedrooms and bathrooms, filling our home beautifully with pure essential oil. It’s been so great having the diffuser on while we’re watching tv downstairs in the evening, then walking up to bed and as my head hits the pillow, I love laying there enveloped with the delicate aroma before falling peacefully asleep.

The diffuser is fully automated and runs for two hours before turning off (I think this is such a great feature, as I always turn it on and just forget… probably because the essential oils make me so relaxed!). During this time, the diffuser cycles intermittently to diffuse the perfect amount into the air.

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The Elements Premium Essential Oil Blends Collection and Exquisite Nebulizing Diffuser

Over the years I have tried so many different candles, oil burners and diffuser stick sets, but nothing has worked as incredibly well as this essential oil diffuser. I did a lot of research before choosing this one and the unique difference with Organic Aromas essential oil diffuser sets is that, unlike the other heated units on the market or those made of plastic or humidifier diffusers, the Organic Aromas diffuser works without heating up the oils and without the need to add water to the diffuser. This was an incredibly attractive quality for me, as it means the essential oils are kept 100% pure (and not diluted by water), which makes it so much more powerful and ensures we get the full therapeutic, health and wellness benefits of essential oils. Plus, as it doesn’t use water this means my house doesn’t fill with moisture particles or humidity (which are not good constantly being pushed onto walls or furniture).

There are lots of diffuser designs to choose, however as a standard each set includes the diffuser and a bottle of essential oil to start your journey.

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You’ll also find a large range of pure essential oils and essential oil blends, I couldn’t narrow it down to just one as I love using different oils depending on my mood and how I feel from day to day. Given this, we went with The Elements Premium Essential Oils Collection, which includes the Inspire box collection and the Awaken box collection – a complete set of ten different oils. It’s been so much fun for Chris and I to choose the scents we want to use each day, they are all genuinely beautiful and each fill our home so perfectly. Every time we’ve had friends of family over, the second they walked through the door they have commented “oh it smells beautiful in here, what is that?” … and then of course I get to show off our fabulous diffuser and share the different oils with them.

Our essential oil collection includes premium essential oil blends including Ocean Breeze, a mix of Peppermint, Sweet Fennel, Cajeput, Lime, Eucalyptus, Rosemary and Coriander (I have this on right now and it’s just gorgeous!), Welcome Home with Pine, Cedarwood, Patchouli, Eucalyptus, Lemon, Jasmine, Tagetes and Petigrain, as well as Morning Bloom a fresh blend of Geranium, Jasmine, Patchouli, Ylang ylang, Palmarosa and Sweet Orange.

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The Elements Premium Essential Oil Blends Collection

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My essential oil diffuser operates so quietly and I love the clean, stylish design – we have been moving it around to decide where to place it permanently, but it suits the decor anywhere in our home (so it makes choosing only one spot hard!). I was really impressed by the quality of the Organic Aromas diffuser – it is really well made and the solid wood base combined with the beautiful glass components make for a very luxe looking device. At the back of the diffuser, there is a little knob to control the intensity level (which I love, as if we have all the windows open I will have it on more, or of an evening we just turn it down to the lowest setting and it is just the right amount to delicately fill our home). There is also a pretty white light inside, which can be turned on and off by a touch button at the back. So clever!

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Exquisite Nebulizing Diffuser

If you’d like to learn more, you can check out Organic Aromas here. I also must say their after sale care and customer service is exceptional, which says so much about a company – I love shopping with people who truly value and appreciate their customers. Oh and I’m clearly not the only one who is thrilled with the Organic Aromas Essential Oil Diffusers and customer service… I always check reviews these days before I get anything and their reviews are amazing. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about one of my favorite things and found this information helpful! If you have any questions, please email me or leave a comment below.

 

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Style Sessions: My Wedding Hair Style – Ideas for Brides and Bridesmaids

As a bride, you have so many decisions to make! I have always been someone who knows exactly what I like… and what I don’t. Everyone who knows me, also knows all too well how notoriously particular I can be and what a perfectionist I am with everything. When it came to finding the wedding hair style that was juuust right, I spent countless hours browsing Pinterest but couldn’t find a photo of a bride with the exact hair I wanted for the day. Instead, I narrowed it down to three styles and found the most incredible hairdresser that was able to just get my vision and merge the elements of each that I loved to create the perfect wedding hair style for me.

I wanted to share a little more about my own bridal hair chignon, as well as the gorgeous bridesmaid hair styles my sister and best friends wore on the day… and of course our amazing hairdresser, Holly Stewart, who created them all beautifully and was an absolute delight to share the morning with.

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My Wedding Hair Style – Ideas for Brides and Bridesmaids

When choosing a bridal hair style, I had a few criteria the looks under consideration had to meet. First and foremost, it had to be a wedding hair style that could last the entire day and look as fabulous at the end as it did at the start… enduring hours of dancing, along with summer heat, humidity, a cathedral length veil and lots of guest hugs! After chatting with Holly about it, she confirmed what I had suspected… the only way to ensure this was with an up-do.

I found a few styles I liked and explained to Holly which parts I wanted to use from each to create the perfect wedding hair style for me. Some of my other specifics included a naturally finger brushed back look, sweeping one side back above my ears (to ‘lift’ my face and not drag it down) and have a effortless twist at the back, without anything too fussy or over-styled.

I also loved Morgan Stewart’s wedding hair style and used this effortlessly polished vibe for inspiration. Holly added the perfect finishing touch of bringing my chignon out to the sides so front-on in photos, you could see I still had a nice full head of hair.

bridal chignon wedding hair style bride hair styles bridesmaid pony tail loose curlsI loved my bridal chignon, Holly Stewart did the most incredible job styling our hair.

 

When I was explaining it all (in my very specific and detail oriented way), I thought “oh gosh, no one is ever going to understand what I am envisaging”… but Holly is absolutely incredible and just ‘got it’ straight away. It was such a relief to know that on the day I didn’t have to worry… I knew I was in the best hands with Holly and could feel completely relaxed and excited.

On the day, I loved that Holly styled most of my hair early in the day so I could then relax, chat with my bridesmaids and have my makeup done. Then, when everything else was done and I was about to get dressed, Holly finished the chignon and worked in so wonderfully to help me achieve the perfect side-swept fringe, juuust the way I love it (as I said earlier, I am a notorious perfectionist! #sorrynotsorry).

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My bridesmaids were also incredibly happy with their hair. I love juxtapositions, so mixing high and low elements was what I wanted for the bridesmaids to create an easy, effortless look. They wore the most gorgeous rose gold sequin dresses, so I thought loose waves and a fun, high pony tail would be just right to add an effortless elegance. I was obsessed with how their hair turned out!

Even my sister, who has short hair and always wanted to try loose waves (but never had anyone get it right) was over-the-moon with how Holly did her style. At least once a week, she will still say to me, “I wish I could get my hair how Holly did it!”. If you have bridesmaids with different length hair (or people who just feel more comfortable with it up or down), this was a great way to tailor the style individually, while still having an overall vibe for the bridesmaids that fit together.

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I felt it made the biggest difference to work with a hair stylist who just ‘got it’ instantly and was so kind, patient, accommodating and supremely talented. I also remember thanking Holly for having such a beautifully calm and relaxed vibe, she is the perfect energy to have around on the morning of your wedding and made me feel so at ease.

When choosing a hair stylist for your wedding, it’s obviously essential to have someone really talented who works efficiently, but remember it’s also important to have people around who will bring a fabulous energy to the day and fit in well with your bridal party. #GoodVibesOnly! We were all absolutely thrilled with Holly Stewart for both these reasons, she’s the total hair stylist package and I feel so lucky that we were all able to have such perfect hair on my wedding day.

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bridal chignon wedding hair style bride hair styles bridesmaid pony tail loose curlsOur Father-Daughter dance, we did such a fun routine!

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Friday Faves: Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Stylish Picks

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is now officially open to the public! I have been counting down the days to shop this amazing sale and as I’m sure you know, there has been so much buzz around it. Everything sells out fast, so you have to be quick to snap up the pieces you love… I have been browsing some gorgeous new homewares to give our home a little post-wedding makeover and start our married life with a fresh new vibe. I also love buying denim jeans, pretty summer dresses, cute shoes and designer handbags on sale.

What are you excited to find in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale? I’d LOVE to see some of your favourites, just leave a comment below and share a link with me, I’d love to check them out. Happy shopping, friends!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale – Stylish Picks

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale – Stylish Picks: 1.  Crystal Art Gallery Gold Bar Cart, $149 (was $225)    |    2. Diptyque Candle Set, $55    |    3.  T3 Featherweight 2 Hair Dryer, $134 (was $200)    |    4.  GHD Hair Irons, $133 (was $199)… girls, these are the BEST! I’ve had mine for 13 years and nothing else compares!   |    5.  Farren Booties, $69 (was $99 and also in black)    |    6.  Tory Burch Claire Ballerina Flats, $184 (was $268)    |    7. Barefoot Dreams ‘In The Wild’ Throw Rug, $119 (was $180)

 

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Friday Faves: Our Magical Wedding Rose Petal Toss

I wanted to share more from our wedding with you and one of the most magical moments was the rose petal toss. It truly was one of the happiest and fun parts of the day! We had just been named “Husband and Wife”, then turned to see our most cherished family and friends, and for everyone to celebrate together in that moment by tossing beautiful fresh rose petals as we walked down the aisle, it was sheer delight!

There’s also just something about a wedding flower toss which unites everyone and kicks off the celebrations in such a fabulous, fun way…

Our Magical Wedding Rose Petal Toss

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The photo above is one of my favorites from the day, I remember feeling so happy in this moment. You can also see in our wedding video here, when Chris and I walk down the aisle amidst the shower of gorgeous rose petals, there’s a moment we look at each other – we’re beaming and laughing together as we enjoy the very special feeling this brought. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience and I am so thrilled we did a rose petal toss.

I got them from Simply Rose Petals and couldn’t have been more impressed! If you’re thinking of doing a wedding flower toss, definitely check them out… I love that it’s a family business and all flowers are grown on their family farm.

When choosing suppliers for our wedding, it was so important for me to work with amazing people who would bring good positive vibes to the day and I knew I could count on. With one of the largest rose petal farms in the world, combined with over 20 years experience and having received 11 bridal industry awards, I knew Sarah and the team at Simply Rose Petals were just who I needed to help us create this special wedding day moment. Oh and with features in Cosmopolitan Bride and as trusted suppliers for The Bachelor, The Bachelorette and Dancing With The Stars, I felt 100% confident knowing they would supply the highest quality.

Plus, after hours and hours of research online, they also had the best prices and the largest variety of colors, along with options including Freeze Dried Rose Petals (which are what we chose), Flower Petals and to glam up your drinks and food, even Edible Rose Petals which are a world-first!

The edible rose petals are organically grown and completely natural, so they are perfect for decorating cupcakes, wedding cakes, chocolates and even salads. Simply Rose Petals have also partnered with Foodbank and for every pack of edible rose petals or flowers purchased, they will donate one meal to a person in need. Let’s be real here, weddings can be somewhat self-indulgent, so I absolutely love this initiative!

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In addition to the wedding flower toss, I also used these gorgeous rose petals to set the scene when guests arrived at the church and they helped to create a soft, romantic and elegant feel. I’d always dreamed of being married outdoors in a garden, but wasn’t brave enough to be at the mercy of mother-nature on our wedding day.

I also love mixing unexpected elements, so we chose a stunning church venue with crisp white walls, stunning chandeliers and shiny dark timber floors… then added a grass aisle topped with these gently scattered rose petals from Simply Rose Petals, gold mason jars filled with fresh cut flowers lined the aisle and the warm glow of candles flickered from the fireplace at the centre of the room.

We received so many compliments on what a beautiful feel the church had and what a special ambiance it gave to the day. As I walked through the church doors with my Dad by my side, I was so excited to walk down such a stunning aisle… after all, doesn’t every little girl dream of walking through rose petals to meet her prince?

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I really believe in supporting other women in business and love to recognize and share brilliant products, so I wanted to express my gratitude and acknowledge what an amazing service Simply Rose Petals delivered. For future brides to be, I also wanted to help out with this review and share that I would recommend using them 110%. Sarah and the team also helped me choose the perfect color mix for our venue to ensure the petals complemented the grass aisle and for the flower toss, that they would show beautifully with all the crisp white tones of the room.

I chose Freeze Dried Rose Petals in Cerise Seduction (a bright magenta, purple / pink hue that is beyond stunning) and mixed these with the Pastel Impression, which are pretty shades of cream, pale pink, lemon, lilac and peach.

The day before our wedding, my bridesmaids, mother and I all had a fun little working bee to put together pretty gold polka dot miniature cups filled with these stunning scented rose petals.

If you’re trying to decide whether to do a wedding petal toss or not, oh gosh girl… definitely do it! This is such a magical moment you’ll treasure and also one that guests truly have such fun doing, it starts the festivities and celebration in such a fabulous way!

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I chose the Cerise Seduction (a bright magenta, purple / pink hue that is beyond stunning) and mixed these with the Pastel Impression, which are pretty shades of cream, pale pink, lemon, lilac and peach.

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Friday Faves: Summer Style Inspired By My French Honeymoon

I love summer style and we’ve been spending time in Lyon, France for our honeymoon. The perfect summer vacation! It’s absolutely gorgeous and I’m a firm believer that all things French are so stylish and inspiring. Here are a few items I currently covet, it’s pretty summer style inspired by my French honeymoon… and one thing I noticed, everyone here loves their blue and white stripes! Très chic!

Summer Style Inspired By My French Honeymoon

Summer Style Inspired By My French Honeymoon

1. Stripe Cotton Shirtdress    |    2. Givenchy Stud Earrings (only $25!)    |    3. Fleur Mirrored Sunglasses (just $60)    |    4. Chanel Rouge Coco Moisturizing Glossimer in Icing    |    5. Kendra Scott Set of 2 Wrap Rings    |    6. Reversible Tote and Wristlet in White / Silver (also in a gorgeous tan color)    |    7.  Grace Stripe Two Piece Dress    |    8.  Topshop Holiday Cross Strap Sandals (only $35!)

 

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Friday Faves – Our Beautiful Wedding Styling

I am excited to share another element of our wedding with you today, our beautiful wedding styling! I love this part, as it really is what sets the mood and vibe of the day. It’s all about the details and little touches that bring your vision to life!

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Before I started planning my wedding, I always imagined having something outdoors. However, when it came to planning my own the reality set it… and that is you can’t control the weather! So my search for a beautiful church that would allow me to bring the outside in began. I also wanted to mix a fresh garden vibe with a romantic, warm and elegant feel. I’ve always been a big fan of juxtaposing elements and weaving in the unexpected. I was thrilled with how our beautiful wedding styling turned out… the opulence of chandeliers mixed with the grass aisle and fresh picked flowers, the topiary trees and candle-lit fireplace.

I adored all the little details and was so thankful to the amazing team at WOW Weddings for making my vision a reality. They were supremely organised and executed the set-up of our ceremony and reception flawlessly. Plus, they were just so nice to deal with – they made everything so easy and such a fun experience.

Our Beautiful Wedding Styling

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We love the warm glow the candle-lit fireplace gave to the room, it exuded such a romantic feel and it was beautiful to stand beside this and say our vows. It also provided a gorgeous backdrop for photos…

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The details were perfection and I really appreciated the attention to detail Zoran and the team at WOW Weddings put into creating an amazing space for our ceremony. As a busy bride in the lead up to the wedding, it was brilliant to know I could count on them to do what they said and nothing was a problem. On the day, they arrived on time to set-up the ceremony and reception, ensuring everything was just as we had discussed and I’m a very particular person… it was such a great feeling to know the WOW Weddings team understood my vision and executed it flawlessly.

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Bridal Party Church styling photo wow weddings hugh church brisbane gold sequin bridesmaid dresses

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One of my favourite photos from the reception. Capturing our first dance as husband and wife was made even more perfect with the beautiful wedding reception styling, how fun are the giant illuminated LOVE letters – a fabulous back drop to the dance floor!

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The flower centerpieces on the tables gave the whole room such an elegant feel when you walked in. A lot of our guests commented how beautiful they were and it really set the scene and gave a wow factor when people arrived.

Again, I wanted to mix elements of high and low, the exposed reclaimed wood tables and tall gold flower centerpieces worked beautifully together. For me, I like things to appear effortless and not be overly styled. This balance combined with tea light candles, scattered gold heart chocolates, crisp white linen napkins and a fun menu card set was just perfect for the elegant, relaxed vibe we wanted for the reception.

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wedding reception styling love lights letters wow weddings brisbane wedding flowers on table

wedding reception styling love lights letters wow weddings brisbane wedding flowers on table

wedding reception styling love lights letters wow weddings brisbane wedding flowers on table

I really do believe in sharing the great work of others and love to endorse amazing companies. I rely on reviews and referrals for everything, and when it came to planning our wedding, finding incredible suppliers was the key to having our day run so smoothly.

If you’re organising a wedding, engagement party or special event, I would absolutely recommend WOW Weddings without hesitation. I am so particular with details and had a very particular vision, they were phenomenal in bringing it all to life! You can choose from so many incredible pieces in their hire catalogue, plus they have some gorgeous styling packages on their website too, which makes it extra easy to put together a look that will impress and give your event a really special feel.

If you have any questions about our wedding day styling, please leave a comment below or email me – I love talking about this.

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Friday Faves: Wedding Series – Our Beautiful Wedding Cake by Petite Crumb

I am excited to share another very special part of our wedding with you today… our beautiful wedding cake! The ‘cake cut’ is definitely one of the highlights of any wedding day and we were absolutely blown away by how incredible our cake was – the second we walked in, I couldn’t believe how stunning it turned out! I had done hours (and hours) of research and cake stalking online and knew Jen from Petite Crumb was the only person I wanted to have design and create our wedding cake. I am a big believer in referrals, reviews and giving major credit where it’s due… I also love advocating for other women in business and was so immensely impressed with Jen that I wanted to share more about her business, Petite Crumb, with you.

Of course, a wedding cake has to look gorgeous… but as they say, it’s what’s inside that counts! We has so much fun deciding on the flavours and Jen helped us create the cake of our dreams. One of my favourite things in life is chocolate covered strawberries and berries, so we created one tier of the cake chocolate flavour with fresh berries and vanilla bean frosting. Word can’t even describe how incredible it was! For another tier we chose a classic vanilla with vanilla bean frosting and finally for my gluten free friends, we did another tier red velvet with vanilla bean frosting.

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They were all absolutely incredible! On the day I remember asking our waiter to please serve me a slice of each – I wasn’t missing out, I wanted to experience them all! Our cake ended up being quite the talking point, with everyone having so much fun sampling the different flavours. Both sets of parents and myself ended up fielding so many requests for who made our cake in the weeks after our wedding!

So many of our guests said rather emphatically that they hadn’t ever had a cake that tasted so delicious. As a cake connoisseur myself, I certainly agreed. The cake sponge was so delicate, fresh and light, plus the real vanilla beans in the icing gave it such a rich, decadent flavour.

 

Our Beautiful Wedding Cake

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Our three tier wedding cake was created by Jen from Petite Crumb. It had a chocolate and raspberry tier, a vanilla tier and a gluten free red velvet tier. All covered in the most delicious vanilla bean frosting and topped with fresh flowers, fruits, macaroons, meringue’s, white chocolate drips and gold foil.

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I was delighted that our cake generously served all our guests AND left us with more to take home to enjoy! We froze pieces and in the week after the wedding (when cares about fitting into a dress were long gone!), Chris and I both indulged in quite a few pieces. It was really fun and we’re looking forward to enjoying the rest on our first wedding anniversary. I actually made my parents store it in their fridge – Chris and I wouldn’t be able to resist if we had it at our house!

How stunning were the wedding cake decorations! In our early discussions, I shared some ideas with Jen and a few elements I’d like to incorporate, then left it up to her creative genius. She well and truly surpassed anything I could have dreamed of! I loved the touches of gold foil, the petite macaroons and meringue’s, fresh figs and fruits, vibrant flowers and perfectly dripped white chocolate. Jen has such meticulous attention to detail and genuinely cares about every creation, she even delivered the cake and decorated it on-site to ensure it was absolutely perfect.

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beautiful wedding cake white with drips gold foil pink flowers fruit macaroons by petite crumb bride and groom cake cut

I am so grateful to Petite Crumb for putting such creativity, care and heart into our stunning wedding cake, it’s what Pinterest dreams are made of! Straight after the wedding, we were all thinking of excuses to have another cake made … perhaps a birthday cake, or who knows down the track, maybe a baby shower!

If you love stalking cakes online as much as I do, be sure to check out Petite Crumb’s Instagram – so pretty and delicious! When I first contacted Jen to make our special wedding cake, I could instantly tell how passionate she is about her creations and genuinely cares about her clients. I learned through chatting with Jen that she’s been baking since she was only five years old and in 2015, made the big leap to start her own cake business. I am so glad she followed her heart and is now gracing the world with her very tasty talents! If you want to discover more, here is the Petite Crumb website.

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beautiful wedding cake white with drips gold foil pink flowers fruit macaroons by petite crumb bride and groom cake cut

beautiful wedding cake white with drips gold foil pink flowers fruit macaroons by petite crumb bride and groom cake cut

beautiful wedding cake white with drips gold foil pink flowers fruit macaroons by petite crumb bride and groom cake cut

 

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