October, 2012

Oct 12

Top ten tips for a winter wedding

With the summer being taken over by the Jubilee and the Olympics, winter weddings have been forecast to be more popular than ever this year. These tips from Snapdragonparties.com will help to ensure you have a spectacular and magical wintry day:

Winter Wedding Shots by Joe Short

1. Wrap up warm: Avoid being photographed with a red nose, chapped lips and goose bumps with a stunning faux fur wrap and soft pashminas for the bridesmaids.

2. Think about your guests’ comfort: If you are having a church ceremony put some blankets in the pews. Churches are always colder than you think! After the service greet your guests with warm coffee and hot chocolate.

3. Transport: Classic cars and cold weather don’t go well, so why not opt for a horse and carriage filled with warm, wintry rugs.

4. Photographs: If you are having photographs taken outside, make sure that you and the photographer know exactly what the plan is and what the situation will be regarding lighting. You can also use the darkness to create atmosphere by floodlighting the outside of the church, for example.

5. Move away from convention: Serving cold champagne to an already chilled gathering isn’t great, so warm everyone up with hot toddies, mulled cider with calvados, eggnogs or warm brandy and winter fruits.

6. Warm banquet: To warm up, nothing better than a good meal, full of hot and delicious dishes, such as creamy mushroom soup and truffles as appetisers, beef tenderloin or roast duck for main course, and a fine selection of liquors and coffees.

7. Style and colour: If either of you have any Scottish blood, beautiful tartans and checks, heathers and feathers work really well. Alternatively, keep things classic and simple and go for white, silver and gold.

8. Contingency: The one thing you can’t control is the weather so you need to plan for all eventualities. If there is going to be any amount of walking around outside, you should tell your guests to bring their wellies. As long as everything is well organised, the whole ritual of putting them on and taking them off can be rather fun. If you can’t beat the bad weather, join it – apart from plenty of large umbrellas, have a pair of stunning pink or gold wellies on standby – ready for a few outrageous photos!

9. Centrepieces: A winter wedding is all about atmosphere and your centrepieces should excite all the senses. Beautiful candles, set amidst holly and fragrant spruce, hand-decorated chocolates and crystal decorations to reflect the candlelight will create a beautiful setting.

10. Ice-bars / ice-sculptures: Embrace the winter with ice bars and sculptures. With good lighting they can look amazing and really help to add to the atmosphere.

Oct 12

DIY: Film Roll Wedding Invitations

Whilst looking for wedding invitations I came across a very original idea that I really loved, a film roll wedding invitation.

Inspired by Trevor and Larissa, the first couple to share their idea with everyone, I have created a simple invitation to show you how you can do it at home.

It is really easy, and once you get the hang of it, you can complete a film roll in less than five minutes!

Firstly, you need to get hold of empty film roll canisters. I rang up my local photography shop and asked if they could keep them for me instead of throwing them away, they happily obliged. By the end of the week, they had gathered a total of 40 for me.

Once you have the empty canisters, and you know what design you would like for the invitation, you need to think about the packaging.

I thought of various different packages, one of them being a nice organza bag with rice inside, but as an alternative (more personalised) option I decided to go for a cute homemade box instead.

Making a small box is not as difficult as you may think, especially with the help of a Cricut crafts machine (my new best friend!), which is used for cutting paper, vinyl and fabric. The Cricut machine does it all for you, it’s like a printer but instead of printing it perforates shapes on the paper, ready to be easily popped out to use.

Once you set up the Cricut and download the required software, you are all set to go. I chose a gift box from the wide range of designs they offer, and once it had cut it out for me, all I needed to do was fold the parts and stick them together with glue.

After finishing the packaging of my invitation, I began working on the film roll canister.

As I mentioned before, I decided to create a really simple design for the outside of my roll. All I needed was white address labels and a long strip of paper with the details of “my wedding” wedding written on it, such as who is getting married, where the ceremony is taking place and where I will celebrate.

Once you have your strip of paper cut out, all you need to do is tape the inside end of the it to the film spool.

Then you wind the paper into the canister and leave a tab for the recipient to unfurl the message, I chose the word PULL.

You can choose to leave the exterior of the film roll as it is or decorate it with an address label with text on it or any other personal decorative touch you may think of.

I went for the second option and included text on the outside of the roll.

To complete the invitation, I put the film roll inside my lovely box, filled the inside of it with rice and wrapped it with a bow.

Et voilà, wedding invitation done!

Oct 12

Recreating Jessica Biel’s wedding look

Since Jessica Biel‘s wedding look has been such a hit, I have decided to recreate a less expensive version for all of you.

I have searched far and wide to make it as similar as possible, but it is very difficult to find wedding dresses with touches of pink. But seeing as both Anne Hathaway and Jessica have both opted for white dresses featuring the rose colour, I can imagine that next year’s gowns will have the romantic shade splashed all over them.


Out of all the dresses I have seen, Rosa Clara‘s 125/Dehesa design is the most similar one to the actress’. The dress, featuring lace and beading, is available from their website, and it’s a cheaper version of the custom, petal pink Giambattista Valli Haute Couture gown that Jessica wore for her nuptials.

For the veil, I have also chosen a design by Spanish designer Rosa Clara. Made up of tulle, it is very elegant and simple.


As for the bouquet, the blushing bride chose a very rustic design made up of camomile flowers. A very similar option is this gorgeous, classic scented freesia bouquet from Wild At Heart. They offer wonderful bouquets at a reasonable price, this one in particular is just £60.


Jessica finished off her look with natural, minimal make-up and hair. Her make-up was very soft and included light pink lip gloss, blusher and nail polish, perfectly matching the tones in her dress.

Her hair was pinned up in a chic chignon, and her fringe was reminiscent of iconic Hollywood beauty Audrey Hepburn.

MB xxx

Oct 12

Jessica Biel’s wedding dress designer

Yesterday morning, thinking about Jessica Biel’s wedding dress, a light bulb suddenly lit in my head.

I remembered I had seen pictures of the newlywed actress attending the Giambattista Valli Paris Fashion show back in October, and it suddenly hit me!

My suspicions were soon confirmed when HELLO! Magazine posted the first stunning picture of Jessica and Justin’s wedding this morning.

The 30-year-old star dazzled on her big day in a non-traditional white bridal dress with touches of pink designed by Giambattista himself.

She went for a natural and minimal look for hair and make-up, and her bouquet was made out of camomiles.

The designer, who was behind Margherita Missoni‘s gypsy-inspired wedding look, also dressed Jessica’s bridesmaids and mother.

But it doesn’t stop there, once the couple had exchanged vows, the bride apparently changed into a second dress to celebrate her nuptials, which we will be able to see in next week’s HELLO! issue.

Jessica has long been friends with the designer and has chosen his stunning gowns for premieres and award shows.

Most recently at the Total Recall premiere in London (above left), where she dazzled in a white lace tuxedo shirt and a feathered floral appliqué pencil skirt.

But Jessica isn’t the only celeb that favours Giambattista for special occasions.

Last year, Charlotte Casiraghi stunned at the Monaco Royal Wedding with her Couture ball gown created in a very special colour, ‘Princess Grace’ blue, in honour of her grandmother.

Emma Stone and Diane Kruger chose the designer to attend the Oscar’s and Cannes Festival, respectively.

Emma in a sticking red gown and Diane in a silk mint-green creation which totally took my breath away.

And last year, the designer attended the Met Ball with model Doutzen Kroes, who shined in a red tulle gown, a dress perfect for any A-List wedding.

What do you think of Jessica’s wedding dress? Would you have preferred any of the above?

MB xxx

Oct 12

Royal weddings: Princess Stephanie of Luxembourg

After wearing a tweed cream Chanel suit for her civil ceremony, the new Princess of Luxembourg, Stephanie, left the world speechless, including me, with her stunning custom made Elie Saab wedding dress.

The glitzy affair included stylish princes and princesses from Europe, fireworks and a concert.

But all eyes were on the blushing bride and here we take a closer look at all the details.

The Dress

The bride walked down the aisle in an beautiful Elie Saab dress making her look exactly what she was about to become, a princess.
The A line ivory lace gown, designed personally by the Lebanese designer, took a total of 3,900 hours to make, 3,200 for embroidery and 700 of seamstress.
It featured a 13ft train embroidered with a silver leaf motif, three-quarter length sleeves and a silk tulle veil, decorated with silver thread, beads and pearls.

The Veil

The 15 metre silk tulle veil, attached to her chignon, complemented her tiara with its leaf motifs.

Hair and Makeup

The Princess’ stylish chignon was created by Tom Marcineau of the House of Carita in Paris. Makeup artist Bouzouk was responsible for Stephanie’s simple but feminine makeup.


Stephanie chose a lovely cascading bouquet made out of white orchids created by the prestigious Maison Lachaume in Paris.

Family Tiara

She followed her family’s tradition by wearing a Lannoy family tiara worn previously by her sisters on their wedding day.
Designed by the renowned Althenloh from Belgium, the tiara is made up of 270 diamonds inserted in platinum and crowned in the middle by a pear shaped diamond.


Honouring her late mother, the bride wore her mother’s engagement ring (below) on her left hand whilst wearing her own on her right hand. For their wedding rings the couple chose fair-trade gold, showing their humanitarian side.

Oct 12

Celeb inspired updo’s

There are hundreds of hairstyles to consider for your big day, and out of all of them, updo’s are always a favourite, especially if you are considering wearing a halter neckline wedding dress.

With so many award shows, like the Oscarsand premieres this year, celebs have showcased various styles, from low buns, high buns and romantic chignons to the classic French twist.

I’ve put together collection of some of the best that I think make perfect styles for wedding hair

The Romantic Chignon

Elegant and classic, the wavy chignon look will make any bride look and feel like an old Hollywood screen siren.
It is created thanks to some glamorous 1940s-inspired waves, a sexy parting and sections loosely pulled up at the back like shown in the pictures below.


A French Twist

The French twist is the most common of updo’s and it never seems to fall out of style with the A-Listers.
It is easily created, all you need to do is gather your hair in a low ponytail and twist it upwards until it turns in on itself against the head. To finish it off, just secure the hair with pins.


Sleek Buns

Uber-glam, clean and sophisticated is what makes the bun a red carpet favourite. For this year’s Met Gala, actress Rosie Huntington-Whiteley wore a sleek bun piled high on top of her head. A super-sleek do, it adds heights, glamour and a large dose of va-va-voom volume.



Remember that a sparkling hair piece will add a touch of glamour, keep an eye out for my post on bridal hair pieces as well as some more hairstyles…

MB x

Oct 12

Swooning over Marchesa

When talking about weddings, there is so much to cover. After putting a lot of thought into what my first post was going to be about, I have finally decided to show you the wedding dresses from the new bridal collection by Marchesa. I came upon it last week and since then I am swooning over the breathtaking gowns.

Adorned with cascading petals of silk chiffon blended along with delicate pearl scallops and intricate lace detailing, the 21-piece collection is immaculate.

From traditional long gowns and flirty shorts to tea length styles, Marchesa has thought of everything for this season’s bride.

Have a look at some of my favourite pieces from the collection:

Ball gown beauty
Clouds and clouds of tulle make these two dresses my top choices.

Mermaid elegance
The ethereal collection, inspired by the architectural iris and romantic Bulgarian Rose, features scalloped Chantilly lace

Keeping it short and sweet
Designers Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig spiced up their short versions with floral details, saturating them in romantic detail

What do you think? Are you a fan of long or short wedding dresses? Fitted or flowing?

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