Link Love

Hello lovelies …

It’s the weekend already. Do you have anything special planned? If not, curl up on the sofa and go through all the lovely things I’ve found on the web this week …

An engagement session with a canoe and breathtaking scenery on Green Wedding Shoes 

A DIY wedding with a very impressive dessert table on Rock My Wedding

A South African farm wedding with a short dress and red shoes on b.loved

A geeky chic wedding on Aisle Candy

Elaine x


Fab Frocks Friday {#11}

Hello lovelies …

I’ve been following NYC Bridal Market closely (virtually, unfortunately), and so for today’s Fab Frock, I had to post my favourite so far.

Douglas Hannant gown blue and white

I guess you’ll either love or hate this gown by Douglas Hannant (spotted on Project Wedding). I just love it … everything about it just leaves me breathless.

Tell me, do you love it or hate it? And oh, for more pretties from this year’s bridal market, be sure to join me on Pinterest, where I’m pinning all the pretty gowns!

Elaine x

Portfolio: 1930s Art Deco (IDo November 2011)

Good morning lovelies!

After managing to show the Exotic Paradise shoot a few weeks ago, I figured it’s about time I blog about the next shoot I had styled for IDo magazine. Again, a huge thanks to super talented photographer Jessica Moritz for letting me share these photographs.

The theme this time was 1930s Art Deco. I had just watched Water for Elephants, a love-story set in a Depression-era 1930s circus, and it really inspired me to set the tone for this shoot (besides finally understanding what all the fuss about Robert Pattinson is about 🙂 )

1930s art deco faux wedding shoot gramophone hydrangeasThe shoot took place at the Phoenicia Hotel, a historic Art Deco hotel, and a perfect setting for the opulence and glamour that we wanted to portray. The dress and veil were provided by Wedding Bells … Marquita did a fabulous job styling the bride for this shoot. The veil was positioned in such a way to give that 1930s feel, and we added a headpiece at the side for more bling. Pearl necklace (used as bracelet) is from Zsa Zsa.
1930s art deco wedding faux shoot

The hairstylist for the shoot was Alison Chetcuti of Scissors Tango, while Gaby Naudi was the makeup artist. Hair was styled in finger-waves, and makeup reflected the 1930s glamour … red lipstick and all the works.

phoenicia hotel malta wedding 1930s art deco gramophone hydrangeas

 Antique Memories of Fgura kindly gave me the red chair and gramophone to use for the shoot. What would a 1930s-inspired shoot be without a gramophone, right? Gold vase is available for rental from Elegant Impressions.

malta destination wedding 1930s faux wedding shoot hydrangeas brooches

Joseph of Flower Arts was the floral designer for this shoot. He used hydrangeas for the bouquet and incorporated brooches for that extra shine and opulence.

malta destination wedding 1930s art deco faux wedding shoot hydrangeas gold black white

 The inspiration for decor was chosen along the lines of ‘vintage eccentricity meets opulent glamour.’ We set up a sweetheart table in front of this magnificent door.

1930s sweetheart table art deco malta destination wedding gold black and white ribbons brooches

I used black and gold ribbons as a table runner. Joseph did an amazing centrepiece using hydrangeas, roses and orchids which he put in a black vase. We then surrounded them with little tealights and gold vases.
1930s sweetheart table art deco malta destination wedding gold black and white ribbons brooches

Gold plates, decked out with black napkins, completed the look. I tied some gold ribbon around the napkins, and used brooches from Zsa Zsa as a napkin ring. I have to admit that is one of my favourite table setups so far!

hydrangeas 1930s faux wedding styled shoot malta destination wedding

The Phoenicia hotel is so opulent, and the model Victoria looked like a screen siren … It all seemed as we had been transported back to the 1930s!

hydrangeas 1930s faux wedding styled shoot malta destination wedding

 This is another favourite photo of mine … I have to admit though that there were so many favourite photos, I had such a hard time choosing which ones I should post. So I hope you join me on Facebook, where I’ll be posting more photos from this shoot.

A huge thank you to all the team … Hope this has left you inspired …

Elaine x

Midweek Melody {#6}

Hello lovelies!

I first heard about Lifehouse from an ex-colleague of mine, who was hooked on Smallville (and got me hooked as well!) This song, You and Me, appeared in the first season if I’m not mistaken.

I hope you enjoy today’s selection … let me know if you do 😉

Elaine x

In Love with … Pets at weddings

Hello lovelies!

I’ve never had a pet of my own, but can imagine how attached people are to their pets. Lately I’ve been seeing more pets being included in weddings, so decided to round up some pretties for you.

dogs pets wedding stationery

I guess the easiest option would be to include your pets on your stationery … no hassling whether pets would be quiet or no. It could be something as simple as this silhouette, but I have to admit I’m totally in love with this illustration … so cool!

dogs bowtie tie pets weddings bride and groom dogs

Aren’t the bride and groom dogs the cutest?! You could dress your pet up for a few shots at your home, with a bowtie or a tie. 🙂

bride with cat dog

You have to agree that pets do provide a memorable photo opportunity. I’m loving the way this cat is looking at the bride and what about this bride taking a walk with her cute pups?

dog ring bearer bow tie

And for those who are more brave, why not have your pet carry your rings down the aisle?

And if you can’t imagine yourself bringing your pet at the wedding, why not use them in your prewedding session? Besides making it more personal, the cuteness factor will certainly go up a notch or two.

So, would you include your pet in your wedding?

Elaine x

Monday Makerie {#13}

Hello lovelies!

I’m so sorry that I didn’t even manage to post a single post last week … It was a very crazy week in a good kind of way. On Monday we had the cover photoshoot for the next feature of Wedding DAY … Can’t wait to have the next issue in my hands!

As usual, I scoured the internet for a nice DIY project. I always encourage my couples to inject their personalities in their wedding, and one way of doing so is by doing something yourself.

DIY tutorial Burlap Favor Bags Peony Pockets

I love anything with burlap, and these favor bags look so rustic and chic. Intimate Weddings have divided the tutorial in two: how to make the burlap bags, and how to make  the felt flower. You can then fill the bag with whatever you want. You can also use the flower for so many other things … wouldn’t it look fabulous as a napkin ring, for example?

Hop on over to Intimate Weddings for the full tutorial.

Elaine x

Monday Makerie {#12}

Hello lovelies!

Easter is upon us, and Spring is definitely in the air. When I saw this Chalkboard Herb Pot Tutorial on Ellinée’s blog, I couldn’t help not posting it, even though I posted a printable from their blog not so long ago.

Ellinee Herb Chalkboard Pot tutorial diy

Nothing screams spring more than fresh herbs in my opinion, and I love the touch of chalkboard. These beauties would do double duty as escort cards and favors at a wedding, don’t you think?

Hop on over to Ellinée for the full tutorial.

Elaine x