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Pantone Spring 2012 Colour Report

21 September, 2011

It’s that time of year again! After fashion week in New York, I love seeing which colours Pantone put in their colour reports for spring and autumn, as I know I’ll be seeing these colours in the shops and eventually making their way into weddings as well.  This time last year they included coral and aqua, and now they’re two of the hottest colours (both together and combined elsewhere). And this time the brights are even brighter, although there’s a pretty pastel end to the spectrum as well. There are so many gorgeous colour combinations possible here – you can really let your imagination run riot! I’m sure many of them will be showing up in my inspiration boards soon, but in the meantime, here are some mini-boards to get those creative juices flowing. Which is your favourite?




Source: Tim Walker via Dezeen





Real Wedding at The Grand {Fiona & James}

20 September, 2011

Today I am EXCITED, and it’s not just because my guilty little pleasure Made in Chelsea came back on TV last night, yah. (Um, Gabriella my namesake “making a point”? Awkward.) It’s because of this wedding. See, I happened to go to university with the groom, and when I heard a rumour that the fabulous wedding he and his lovely wife-to-be were planning was going to be at The Grand, which is just one of the best hangouts in Cape Town (two, in fact, with one in Clifton and one in Granger Bay) and an absolute dream for a cross between Cape Town city chic and right-on-the-beach style, I jumped on the email to Fiona to find out all about it. Co-ordinated by the fab Event and Design, it turned out to be just as gorgeourific in reality as Fiona and James had planned, and now I finally get to share it with you! Wait till you see Fiona’s dress and shoes – she made such a beautiful bride and looked like she stepped straight out of an Audrey Hepburn movie. Another element I loved was the way that the couple incorporated the logo from the venue throughout their stationery (and even on their cupcakes) with special permission from the management – talk about integrated branding! I think it’s such a clever way to make the most of an existing concept, and Event and Design really did a wonderful job on the paper goods. The result is such a stylish and yet very intimate wedding that showcases what Cape Town is all about. Unfortunately The Grand don’t do a lot of weddings, but if this is the kind of look you’re going for, give them a call and you may get lucky. Or why not consider hiring out another favourite restaurant? The good news with restaurants is that much of the decor is already in place, so all you have to do is add personal touches to make it really spectacular.

Unfortunately, as James and Fiona recently moved back to South Africa themselves, they haven’t had a chance to tell the story in their own words, so I’ll just let you enjoy an uninterrupted gawk at the pretty pictures (thanks to the ever awesome Joe Dreyer for these beautiful babies!). Enjoy!

A big thanks to Joe, to Barry of Event and Design and to Fiona and James for sharing! (Hope you guys are settling in nicely! xox)

Service providers:

Venue & catering: The Grand
Co-ordination & stationery: Event & Design
Photography: Joe Dreyer

Inspiration Board: Tales of the Jazz Age

19 September, 2011

Good morning lovelies! How was your weekend? I had a crazy busy one, and yesterday I got to hang out with some seriously awesome wedding bloggers. The very fab Naomi of Enchanted Dream Weddings was in London with her husband, so a group of us TWIPS girls joined them for a tradional British afternoon tea in Central London – oh my word, holy cakiness! I could use one of those cupcakes right now. Anyway, I’ll be blogging more about that soon, but today I have a very special inspiration board, created for one of our readers. Kirsten emailed me from Melbourne, where she lives with her Aussie fiance, but is planning a wedding in San Francisco. She has the most incredible venue, the City Club of San Francisco, an art deco gem dominated by a Diego Rivera mural, and she felt that the design of her wedding should be jazz age inspired since the venue has such a strong ‘personality’. I just love her colour palette of black and white, with red and gold touches, and I’ve included lots of grey as well to add depth and keep things contemporary as well as classic since grey is such a signature colour right now. I’ve also included chevron – a big trend that resonates with art deco design. For flowers, calla lilies are popular jazz age motifs, and of course I had to have a dress and headpiece from Aussie designer Johanna Johnson – swoon! I also tried to incorporate San Francisco into the board, and the customised art deco poster from Alexander & Co. is beyond perfect! I love the luggage tag place names (a little reference to how far Kirsten and her husband grew up from one another), and with one placed at each table, these collectors’ editions of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s works would make the most amazing table markers (each table name would be the name of one of the books – you’d be limited to six, though, unless you started using the short stories too). It all adds up to a super sophisticated soiree that’s classic but very much of the moment as well. Hope you like your board, Kirsten!

Colours: Black, white, grey and red, with gold and silver metallic touches

Top row (l-r): Groomsmen in braces and complementary ties (I can’t find my link to this image – if anyone knows where it’s from, please let me know!); San Francisco customised art deco poster; lilies (Sedona Bride);luggage tag place card (Megan Ann Photography)
Row 2: Chevron clutch; sparkly gold shoes; art deco earrings; chevron sequin dress; Penguin collector’s edition series: The F. Scott Fitzgerald’s; art deco stationery (Vintage Designs)
Row 3: Art Deco Woman Receiving Flowers (Lempicka style); art deco cake; deep red calla lilies; Johanna Johnson dress.

Guest Post: Why a Wedding Planner?

16 September, 2011

Good morning bridettes! (Er, and groomettes if you’re out there too. Hi!) Let me drag you away from your Friday Friday dance for a second, because today we have a guest post from one of Cape Town’s top planners, Barry Geyer of Event & Design. Not all couples feel like they need or have the budget for a planner, but I think it’s easy to forget what a difference a good one can make not only to the way your day ultimately looks and feels, but to your stress levels as well. Don’t get me wrong, everyone has to make this decision for themselves, but a think a lot of brides and grooms discover that planning their wedding isn’t as easy as it looks, and if you can afford it, having an expert take charge can allow you to really enjoy the process and still have it look the way you want it to. Just like you might regret taking on that plumbing problem when the tap suddenly springs a leak, or you wouldn’t think about representing yourself in court. Anyway, Barry’s here today to share his opinion – let us know what you think in the comments!


Hello Cap Classique readers! As someone in the wedding industry, I believe that having a wedding planner is paying for peace of mind and having time to enjoy the wedding day that you have dreamt of your entire life. Let’s imagine a situation where two newly-engaged couples are planning their wedding. Couple A (let’s call them Anton and Angelina) at first think that a planner is an unneccessary luxury, but having been advised by a friend, decide to check them out anyway. Couple B (who we’ll call Ben and Bianca) immediately shrug off the idea of obtaining a wedding planner’s services and decide to plan their day all by themselves. Let’s look at how these two couples’ wedding arrangements might typically pan out!

Anton and Angelina make a few appointments with various wedding planners and soon find one whom they feel comfortable with and can relate to. To their surprise, the cost of his services is no more than that of a good photographer, and after considering that this service will extend over twelve months, they contact a few of his references and are convinced. They sign the contract and complete a detailed questionnaire. They then receive a detailed budget proposal and after accepting this, a proposal of four suitable venues which take their specific needs into account. The planner presents them with a tabled comparison of the costs, terms and conditions, services provided, catering details and availability for these venues, as well as pictures of previous weddings held there. Anton and Angelina confirm the two venues they like the most, and visit both on a Saturday morning with their planner. They fall in love with one of them and, as the planner has already made a provisional booking, he confirms the venue straight away. He provides them with recommendations for the best and most cost-effective service providers that are available on their wedding date, and after allowing them to visit the providers websites and discuss them with him, he arranges for the florist, photographer, decor consultant and caterer to visit with them at the venue. He also arranges for samples of cutlery, crockery and glasses to be present at the venue.

Anton and Angelina have a great meeting with their service providers, who advise them on flowers available on their wedding date, decor which will suit the venue, etc. The photographer discusses a few angles and the layout for the day, and shows them more of his portfolio. After sampling the local estate wine, the couple discuss a possible menu with the caterer. One week later, they are taken for a tasting at the venue where the chef prepares the menu they have discussed and they are able to make their final decision knowing how the food will taste and how it will be presented. The planner also arranges for a mock-up of the final table setting and flowers, and they are delighted to see it looks exactly as they imagined. They make one or two small adjustments and confirm the menu and wine. A few days later they receive a revised budget and they realise that as they have a bit of extra overtime pay at hand, they are able to afford some of the special silver items they had both loved so much. They pay an agreed amount to the planner, who immediately attends to paying the necessary deposits and securing all provisional bookings. Anton arranges their honeymoon, including travel arrangements, accommodation and restaurant bookings through their planner. It’s so easy!

Meanwhile, Ben and Bianca have also been looking for their perfect venue. They spend a whole weekend driving from one venue to another. By Sunday afternoon they’re exhausted and confused, but the search isn’t over. Two great venues promise to send their terms and conditions, but no luck. On the other hand, two dodgy venues have sent ridiculous quotes and a set of confusing terms and conditions. After spending a further two weekends driving around and quarreling, they find a venue they both like and which is available. It’s way over budget and they’re not entirely sure what’s included in the price, but they settle on it anyway. They then look at their To Do list (pulled from the back of a wedding magazine) and realise they still have a lot to do. As they both work full time, it’s difficult to get to everything and they find themselves falling behind schedule. They decide to ask Ben’s Aunt Petunia for some assistance and she immediately starts arranging some surprises for her favourite nephew…

Unfortunately, everything spirals downwards from there. Ben and Bianca find they have to stick with the crockery and cutlery from the venue since the budget doesn’t allow for anything else. The florist they wanted is no longer available since they forgot to pay their deposit on time. The cheap photographer they have booked now tells them she is only available an hour before the wedding and an hour after the reception starts. If they pay her for extra time, it will land up costing more than their first choice photographer, but they’ve paid their deposit so they have no choice. They also discover they will have to use the venue’s in-house caterer, an inexperienced chef, because bringing in an outside caterer will incur an additional charge. Nobody told them this when they made their initial booking.

As if this isn’t bad enough, Ben and Bianca are bombarded with booking forms, pro forma invoices, contracts and terms and conditions. They spend evenings setting up internet banking, paying deposits, sending proof of payments and trying to keep track of everything. What was supposed to be a memorable time, turns out to be filled with stress and chaos.

Then the wedding day arrives… Anton and Angelina wake up to a relaxed breakfast – massages and manicures on site for the girls (organised by the planner of course!) and time by the guest house pool for the boys. The makeup and hair stylist arrives and the bride gets ready for the wedding surrounded by friends and enjoying sparkling wine and snacks. At the reception, the couple have a ball with the food arriving on time, and the service providers knowing exactly what to do and when. Afterwards they retire to their lovely decorated hotel room (arranged by their planner) and next morning enjoy breakfast with their family before departing on their dream honeymoon. Since they paid a retainer into the planner’s account beforehand, he attends to all final payments, return of rental items, breakage charges, etc. On Anton and Angelina’s return., they find a final statement of account in their inbox and the balance of the retainer returned to their account.

Ben and Bianca have a different experience. the bride struggles to get through her hair appointment on the morning of the wedding, receiving numerous calls from service providers asking for directions to the venue and sorting out one crisis after another. The groom has barely slept since he was finalising the cash bar, picking up the liquor, overseeing the delivery of rental items and set up at the venue. He and his best man spend the morning carrying tables and chairs in the blazing heat. The couple arrive at their wedding stressed and exhausted, and don’t enjoy their special day as much as they would have liked. During the reception, the bride has to keep the caterer and DJ updated. The morning after, family and friends help them to sort out collection of the rental items. They leave for their honeymoon, which is interrupted by calls and emails from the venue and service providers regarding lost and broken items and final accounts to be paid. As a result, they spend quite a bit of time in internet cafes.

So the question is… which couple would you like to be? The choice is yours: Choose wisely and have a glorious time!

Images: 1 – Peartree Photography; 2 & 4 – Greg Lumley; 3 – Joe

Real Wedding at Vrede en Lust {Sohini & Kieran}

15 September, 2011

There’s a quote I’ve always liked, from one of South Africa’s fathers, Desmond Tutu. “We are made” he says, “for complimentarity. I have gifts you do not; and you have gifts that I do not. So we need each other to become fully human.” I think that’s something that could be true of all good relationships, but it’s never more obvious than when you see a wedding that blends two very different cultures, whether that’s a bride and groom from two different countries, faiths, whatever. It reminds us of the beauty that is all marriages – two complete individuals forging their lives together to create something new. And so it is with today’s bride and groom. South African Sohini not only chose to marry her Scottish groom in a colourful, joyful and superchic Indian-Caledonian fusion wedding at Vrede en Lust, but this girl can rock a sari! I adore her citrus colour choices, and the way that bright flowers were incorporated with birdcages throughout the decor. It’s just so gosh darn purdy. As always, I’m delighted to feature photographer Annemari Ruthven, who totally captured the joy on everyone’s faces, and all the movement and magic of this family-filled celebration.

From the lovely bride, Sohini:
Kieran is a Weegie (from Glasgow) and was out in SA for six months on a project that I happened to be working on as well. A mutual friend of ours who fancies herself as a fairy-god-matchmaker subtly suggested that I dance with him on one of the nights out. Of course I was not going to refuse an opportunity to dance with a handsome guy with a gorgeous Scottish accent and wit! We have been together since that night. Four years later, after losing any memory of any life before each other, Kieran surprised me with a trip to Finland. He knew that I had been wanting to experience snow in all its winter wonderland glory and that I was desperate to see the Northern Lights. We stayed in a quaint red log cabin at the edge of a frozen lake in a small town called Kitilla just inside the arctic circle. On one of the evenings, Kieran casually proposed to me. I was beside myself and after much crying and a second request for an answer, I said yes!

My parents live in Cape Town for part of the year and with all the Tamil pre-wedding ceremonies that need to happen at my parents’ house, we thought what better opportunity to have a vineyard wedding! So we knew what we wanted our day to look like and then found the spot that matched. Vrede en Lust stole our hearts immediately and everything fell in to place quite easily from then on! All the inspiration for the day came down to the fact that we wanted it to be a relaxed day with family and friends that reflected our taste and personalities and both our families’ cultures.

Indian weddings are usually very bright and vividly colourful events. I wanted to keep that element but simplify it, and keep it natural. I am Hindu and Kieran is Catholic so we decided to have a Hindu ceremony outside, with our family priest (originally from Sri Lanka and flown in from Pietermaritzburg) – he conducted it so beautifully, with so much love and devotion (and humour!). My uncle and aunt provided the Carnatic music – no Tamil wedding is complete without the sounds of classical music and I am so glad that they managed to get the musicians to accompany them to add the finishing touch to the ceremony. Kieran’s family played their respective parts without any inhibitions and with so much enthusiasm. We loved every moment of it. There was a definite spiritual vibe about it. Just a fantastic fusion of cultures, nationalities and ideas!

The painted coconuts at the ceremony were a special touch made by Kieran’s family. It just wasn’t practical for them to perform all their contributions to the pre-wedding and wedding rituals, so we tweaked a few of the traditions. It was my mama’s idea to have them involved in the pandal (gazebo). It came out beautifully and just added a punch of colour that looked great in the photos.

Another multicultural touch was the kilts and saris! Both are traditional dress from our cultures that are around the same yardage in length. Both very elegant. It looked so awesome and I regret not taking any family photos before my sisters and I changed for the reception.

Kieran and I entertain quite a bit and so do my parents, so we really wanted the reception to be a big family dinner. And we tried to achieve that with buffet-to-table catering. I was not prescriptive about the décor at all… there were a few must-have elements and then I left it up to the professionals to do the rest. I mean, who wants to spend time obsessing about what linen to use? Not me. Kieran and I designed all the stationery with help from my family – I loved that it came out so lovely and that it was done by us.

We had favours from both our cultures. I handpicked colourful pashminas, which were much needed when the wind picked up and the sun went down! From Kieran’s side we had whisky and tablet – the single malts were brought to South Africa in many a relative’s suitcase and filled into smaller bottles in Cape Town. Tablet is a traditional Scottish sweet and was made by Kieran’s aunt and then everything packaged by his family here.

Our guests were our nearest and dearest. Many saved to travel out here to spend the time with us and attend the wedding. Their presence and company was very special and it was a rare opportunity to have both our families and friends in the same place. To preserve these memories, we had a guest book made up of instant photos with wacky poses and amazing words from our loved ones. It’s just too precious, and was a great idea I had to fight with Kieran to have – he is far too practical sometimes!

If advising a future bride I would say, don’t take it so seriously. I often hear of crazy stories and tears and drama over the planning and can’t imagine that wedding planning can get to that. It should be fun and exciting! Let it reflect yourselves and not a magazine or a movie.  Compromise where you can. Choose a few things that you can’t imagine your day without and then spend your money on making those happen. I have to reiterate…have fun with it!

I couldn’t agree more, Sohini! Thank you to you and Kieran for sharing your big day with us! And as always to the lovely Annemari, I’m delighted to have your pictures gracing the Cap Classique pages.:) You can see more on her blog here.

Service providers:

Venue and catering: Vrede en Lust
Photography: Annemari Ruthven
Florist and décor: Leipzig
Cake: The Cake Box
Hair and Makeup: Katherine, Susanna and Roxanne from Sacred Care
DJ: Brendan Wickstrom (In the Mix)

Dessert Table Inspiration

14 September, 2011

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been in love with dessert tables ever since I discovered the genius that is Amy Atlas. It takes such a simple concept – a spread of sweets, usually including a cake (but I’ve seen them done with all veggies, or cheeses, or whatever you like really!) and elevated it to a level where dessert meets design. I’d hate to be the first person at these buffets, because it must feel a little like taking a bite of a museum masterpiece, they’re just that pretty. And the best thing is, you can be really creative with them, and incorporate one into just about any style of wedding and make your dessert table a real feature of your reception that your guests will be talking about for years to come! To show you how, I’ve paired up some gorgeous dessert tables with matching Cap Classique inspiration boards. So fun!


This is one of my all-time favourite dessert tables, combining gorgeous green, brown and blue with vintage elements and a bird motif. It’s so usable, and all the different containers at different heights make it so easy on the eye. Perfect for an elegantly rustic wedding, or for a lovebirds theme. It’s paired here with (and partly inspired) the Vintage Birds inspiration board.

Dessert table: Merci New York via Green Wedding Shoes
Inspiration board: Top row (l-r): Birdcage with favours by Merci New York via Green Wedding Shoes; photo of shoes by Lynne Brubaker Photography; photo of nest by  Kristi Wright Photography via Style Me Pretty; photo of dress by Heidi Ryder via Love & Lavender
Row 2: Bridesmaid dresses from Martha Stewart Weddings; chocolate favours by Merci New York via Green Wedding Shoes; photo of typewriter guestbook by  Dana Grant via Green Wedding Shoes
Row 3: Photo of boutonniere by Simple Photo in Ontario via Style Me Pretty; wine lables via The Bride’s Guide; photo of bird escort cards by Henry Shoots via Style Me Pretty; photo of blankets by MIND|Castle Studios via Style Me Pretty; photo of cake by Amy & Stuart via Snippet & Ink.


I love our Beachy Keen board – it’s just the kind of wedding I’d love to go to. Sweet summer pastels and a relaxed beach vibe – perfect! The Amy Atlas sweets table would be a perfect feature at this wedding (maybe with the addition of some ice cream) – love how the candy stripe background and the bunting creates a sweet shop feel.

Dessert table: Amy Atlas
Inspiration board: Top row: Image by Karen Wise; photo of bride by Nikki Meyer; bouquet by JL Designs photographed by Stephanie Williams; ice cream via Wedding Paper Divas; slip slops via Wedding Moo
Row 2:  Photo of drinks via Wedding Paper Divas; bridesmaid dress J. Crew; rock candy by Gemma Comas; photo of hands with sand from pixdaus; sky lanterns by Dublin Bazar.


Another Amy Atlas original, this luxe dessert table always catches my breath. Duck egg blue works so perfectly with gold and silver metallics, and I love how clean the glass sweet jars look against the frothy ostrich feathers. The silhouettes at the bottom just perfect the whole look. I’ve paired the table with our first ever inspiration board, Duck Egg & Damask.

Dessert table: Amy Atlas
Inspiration Board: Top row (l-r): Photo of bridesmaids from InStyle Weddings; seating cards from Martha Stewart; white bouquet via Sugar Love Weddings; mood board from Ideal Home
Row 2: Place setting via 100 Layer Cake; photo of cake from Rebecca Thuss; vintage chairs via Annie Sloan
Row 3: Invitation by Star and Rose Stationery; martinis via Bridesmaid Stuff; silk shoe clips from The Blossom Shop at Etsy; fascinator via Bridal Express.


The dessert table above was designed for a birthday, but would work just as well for a circus-themed wedding. There’s so much going on, and I love the way the red stripes are repeated throughout. And tell me that the popcorn and candyfloss won’t have guests’ mouths watering! The inspiration board is Circus Circus.

Dessert table: Two Queen Bees via Amy Atlas
Inspiration board: Top row (l-r): Circus sign; biscuits; ice cream and drink; circus tent
Row 2: Carousel horse; engagement shoot; menu; bridal party
Row 3: Popcorn cupcakes; decor; moustache sticks; animal masks; favour bags.


Me gusta! I adore how this dessert table goes beyond the table and separates elements onto different surfaces, including other furnishings like doors and window frames as well. Also love the Just Married burlap bunting and the soft roses interspersed throughout. The look matches perfectly with our desert Santa Fe Love Letter inspiration board.

Dessert table: Heavenly Blooms/This Modern Romance via Green Wedding Shoes
Inspiration board: Top row (l-r): Cacti; silver ristra necklace; bridesmaid’s dress (TripleCord Photography); papel picado garlands; succulent bouquet (Michelle Warren Photography)
Row 2: Succulent; adobe entrance; Georgia O’ Keefe painting; table setting (w. scott chester photography)
Row 3: Succulent hair decoration (Stephanie Williams); invitation; adobe with farolitos; turquoise bracelet (Twin Lens).


Whimsical is definitely the word for this shabby chic table. Love the vintage bureau and window combination, the hanging ribbons and the use of milk glass. And you guys, that ruffly cake! J’adore! I also like how bell jars have been used for height and visual interest. This table would is perfect with our Dreams & Love inspiration board, inspired by balloons and Paris.

Dessert table: Sweet & Saucy Shop
Inspiration board: Top row (l-r): Miss Dior advert; cake; bridesmaid; macaroon placecard holders; bubbles
Row 2: ‘Nothing is real but dreams and love’; Parisian details; cupcakes with flags
Row 3: Flowers; groom details; bride and groom with balloons; bunting table assignments; interior decor


If your style is more bling than burlap, this one’s for you. Combining superhot pink and grey and mixing up vases of flowers with desserts (and even champagne – nice touch!) makes for a gorgeous visual with the chandelier a perfect centrepoint. Love how the ribbons have been used to just allow a little brick wall to peek through. All the containers are chosen for their glamosity. The table pairs perfectly with Shades of Pink & Grey, one of our most popular boards.

Dessert table via Save the Date for Cupcakes
Inspiration board: Top row (l-r): Flowers; bride & groom; groom’s tie and boutonniere; bridesmaid’s dress
Row 2: Macaroons; necklace; fortune cookies
Row 3: Peonies; bride with cupcake; diamonds; cake; shoes.


Here’s one of our more recent boards, Candyfloss & Lemonade, which included this soft beachy dessert table in yellow and pink. It was for a birthday, but I think the giant pinwheels and candystriped tablecloth would be perfectly at home for a fun, relaxed wedding. You may not want to go all-out with a sandcastle cake (but then again, why not?), but a standard cake would look just as good in the centre here. I especially love the way that little buckets have been used as containers.

Dessert table: Frog Prince Paperie/Party Dreamz via Pizzazerie
Inspiration board: Top row (l-r): Candyfloss; flip flops (Natalie Spencer); bride door sign (Kristen Weaver Photography); pink and yellow bouquet (Honey & Poppies); heart sweets (Creative Push)
Row 2: Summer love sign (Sarah Layne Photography); sunglasses; beachy dessert table (Party Dreamz/Frog Prince Paperie); pink and yellow bunting (Stephanie Cristalli); lollies
Row 3: Bride with bridesmaids (Kai Heeringa); ribbon garland (Party Dreamz/Frog Prince Paperie); ribbon wands (Cameron + Kelly/Sedona Bride); lemonade with stripy straws.


This is one of my all-time inspiration boards, Rustic Orchard, combining citrus details with vintage style. Love it. The dessert table doesn’t come from a wedding, but would work perfectly either for dessert or for pre-reception drinks (lemonade, of course!). I love the little teracotta pots filled with fruit and, of course, the bunting!

Dessert table: The Savvy Mom’s Guide via Amy Atlas
Inspiration board: Top row: Oranges; wreath; cake; lemonade; couple in orange grove
Row 2: Beloftebos; orange favour; vintage car; vintage advertisement
Row 3: Juggling groom; tablescape; candles; vintage advertisement; ladder.


Finally, here’s another gorgeous Amy Atlas table, which was created for a Martha Stewart party. And you KNOW those ladies have impeccable style! As Amy often does, she’s combined sweets with desserts and used lots of different heights with a beautiful cake at the centre. if you look closely, there’s lots of pretty gold sparkle to accent the pink, just like in our popular Sparkle & Blush inspiration board!

Dessert table: Amy Atlas
Inspiration board: Top row (l-r): Bride and groom (Jose Villa); teacups (AveryHouse); glittery dresses (Edyta Szyszlo); cake with crown topper
Row 2: Bride with gold bracelet (Our Labor of Love); glitzy table setting; escort cards (AveryHouse); bride with sparkly shoes (Kellie Kano); pink lemonade (Alice Hu Photography)

Row 3: Cherry blossoms; macaroons; glitter; hearts (Joielala Photographie)

So, you love it. You want it. And you’re going to attempt it yourself. But how? Here are some top tips by the awesome Sweet & Saucy Shop, and from European Sweet Table winner Belle Amour.

And for more inspiration, check out:

Inspiration Board: Just Peachy

12 September, 2011

Happy new week, friends! Hope you had a lovely weekend. I spent it catching up with friends and indulging in a little side of rugby – what did you get up to? I wish weekends could last forever, but here we are, back at Monday, *sigh*. On the upside, Monday means pretty inspiration boards, and today’s is exactly that. I love peaches as a motif for a wedding – not only are they symbolic in Chinese culture of marriage and longevity, but in Renaissance art a peach with a leaf attached represented truthfulness and speaking from the heart. Plus, they’re totally pretty and a little bit rustic. Soft peachy pink goes beautifully with a warm coral orange and green, and pair that with brown neutrals like wood, craft paper and even copper, and you have the perfect combination. I just LOVE the idea of these peach pouches at each place setting – a totally sweet and affordable favour – but you could also treat your guests to homemade peach jam in pretty glass jars. For escort cards, try this sweet rustic option of little labels tied to birdcages – the cages can also be used to house gift envelopes from your guests.

{Pssst! Like this? Check out our Rustic Peach & Apricot board as well.}

Colours: Peach pink, coral, white & green

Top row (l-r): Peach pocketoutdoor ceremony area (Jesi Haack);peach jam favours; flowers in copper pot (Simply Bloom Photography)
Row 2: Tie; kraft/brown paper menu and wooden utensils (Austin Gros);folk art wedding invitation; peach shoes (Troy Grover Photography); bouquet with lace accent (Simply Bloom Photography)
Row 3: Bride & groom (Austin Gros);fruit cooler in mason jar; bridesmaids; birdcage escort cards (Jen Huang).


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