May 3, 2011

Royal Wedding Round-Up

There wasn’t a dry eye in my house as we watched the beautiful and elegant Catherine Middleton walk down the aisle to Prince William at Westminster Abbey on Friday evening.  Her gown has been universally praised for its elegance and detailing, and her composure under such enormous pressure proves what an intelligent and mature lady the new Duchess is.  Can you imagine keeping your cool under the eye of over 2 billion people?  She is an exceptional lady in my book.

Here are some of our favourite parts of the Royal Wedding:

Dress #1

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Image: AP Photo/Martin Meissner

The elegant gown by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen was a nod to the tradition of the British monarchy and also represented a new modernity.  I was surprised that Kate chose a gown that included lace as I glimpsed her in the back of the car before the wedding ceremony, but when she stepped out, my breath was taken away!  The bustle was my favourite part of the look – I am looking forward to bustles and lace making a welcome return to bridal fashion this year.

Dress #2

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Image:  Insider Wire

The second gown that Kate changed into for the reception, also designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen with a stunning shrug cardi gives inspiration to ever winter and autumn bride!  I had a Collette Dinnigan beaded cardigan that I wore at my wedding reception when the weather turned cooler in the evening and I feel now that my choice was vindicated!

Pippa Middleton

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Dubbed “Her Royal Hotness”, Pippa Middleton almost stole the show from Kate.  Her stunning cowl neck sheath dress will transform bridesmaid fashion and gives brides the choice to have cream, ivory and white for their bridesmaids on their wedding day.  She handled the pressure beautifully and was a modern picture of support and elegance.  The perfect Maid of Honour, and Lady in Waiting.

The Mateship of Brothers

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Image: Photo by WPA Pool/Getty Images Europe

The great friendship between the brothers Prince Harry and Prince William was so apparent during the wedding.  Such a public display of mateship was wonderful to behold.  And how regal and handsome did this pair look in their regalia?

The Hats

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I love a British wedding if just for the hats.  Millinary has never been more prominently on display as it was last Friday.  Tongues wagged for all the wrong reasons about the over-the-top choice of hat worn by Princess Beatrice, and for all the right reasons for the elegant head wear chosen by Posh Spice (Victoria Beckham) and Zara Phillips.

The Mother of the Bride

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I have an awful lot of sympathy for Carole Middleton, Kate’s mum.  She has been panned by the media for not being sophisticated enough for the royal family, but I fail to see what is wrong with a family oriented woman who has made millions of dollars from a business that she is passionate about.  I think she’s amazing and I was so excited that she looked so elegant and beautiful on the day.  There was not one thing to criticise.  She was amazing.  You go girl.

The Cake

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The eight tiered wedding cake was a pretty vintage inspired cake that elegantly blended white and cream.  This restrained work of art included over 900 sugar flowers by master cake maker Fiona Cairns.  I love that it was wide, not tall so it wasn’t overwhelming and that it reflected some of the artworks in the room it was displayed in for the reception, with acorns, garlands and apple blossom flowers piped into the design.  Elegant and awe-inspiring.

The Kiss

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Can you imagine kissing your new wife or husband for the first time in front of 2 billion people?  Then, doing it again!  Agh, just love the reaction of the little bridesmaid covering her ears.  My sentiments exactly… this is something you want to do not in front of a roaring crowd!

Getaway Car

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Proving that they have a great sense of humour and modernity, the choice of using Prince Charles’ Aston Martin decorated in tin cans, ribbons and just married signs was one of my favourite parts of the whole wedding.  The perfect way to end a perfect wedding.

Congratulations Wills and Catherine.

Happy Celebrating

Kathryn

 

December 22, 2010

Carolyn’s Beautiful Canberra Wedding

Filed under: General, Real Weddings, Wedding Dress, Wedding Planning, Weddings — Kathryn @ 2:31 pm

One of Pink Frosting’s very precious Online Shopping Consultants, Carolyn Battye, recently tied the knot with her man Arlen in Canberra at the very beautiful Gold Creek Chapel, and we wanted to share the gorgeous photos with you, as well as Carolyn’s advice to other brides planning their big day right now.

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What was your favourite part of the day?

Fave part of the day….. mmm hard…  I loved it all….. I guess walking out the chapel officially married and being greeted by everyone who is dear to me.. people I haven’t seen for ages, family, friends, etc.  LOVED  the photo shoot. . . Our entrance as Mr and Mrs Battye…  Cutting the cake, first dance…. It was all exciting!

Who was your wedding day dream team?

The photographer was Mel Hill www.melhillphotography.com.au

The ceremony was at ‘Gold Creek Chapel’ and the Reception was held at ‘The Abbey’, both at Gold Creek, Nicholls, ACT. www.functionsatfederation.com.au.  The staff at the Abbey were FANTASTIC! Super friendly service and the meals were one of the best I have ever eaten. Anywhere Ever!!!!!!! Everyone commented on the food for weeks after the wedding.

I made the flowers myself and my makeup artist was Jacqueline Scott www.jsmakeup.com.au and my best friend did my hair.  She is so clever!

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 Having “been there, done that” now, what five things would you recommend to other brides?

  • Plan well ahead and be sure to meet with the people who you will be associating with on your special day – catering mgr, chapel staff etc…
  • Choose a celebrant to match your personality – Ours was WONDERFUL! He had a great sense of humour and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the ceremony.
  • Have a backup plan for the weather – make sure your photographer knows of alternate places to offer you – it started pouring as we walked out of the chapel and we had a garden booked for photos.
  • Be sure to do a final check of the bridal parties appearance before you all walk down the isle – my son didn’t have his shirt tucked in and no-one noticed!! Eeeeek
  • Keep a collection of photos (positions, locations, landmarks)  you like leading up to the day… You may be able to have these photos taken for your own collection.

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As someone who works in the wedding industry, what advice are you now giving Pink Frosting brides that you learned from your big day?

  • Be aware of time frames for bulk / personalised items.
  • It is possible to sample items before purchasing bulk quantities.
  • Have back up plans for weather permitting venues… Having parasols umbrellas just in case.
  • Be organised and don’t sweat the small stuff-not everything always goes according to plan….
  • Guest numbers will always change, so take this into consideration when ordering bonbonniere etc….

We hope you love these inspiring pictures as much as we did!  Thank you Carolyn for sharing your day with us and also for your work every day in making Pink Frosting’s customer’s weddings and parties just that much more special.  We adore you!

Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

November 17, 2010

Prince William & Kate Middleton Engaged

Filed under: Celebrity Weddings, General, Proposals, Real Weddings, Weddings — Kathryn @ 7:51 am

Oh joy!  Who isn’t buzzing with excitement this morning at the news that Prince William and Kate Middleton are (finally) engaged to be married in the northern Summer next year?  I’m all for a royal wedding – it’s been too long since Mary walked down the aisle!  Thanks Will and Kate for this wonderful early Christmas present, which we will get to celebrate for the next 12 months – don’t tell me the tabloids won’t get months of post-wedding fodder from the big day!

For anyone who missed the story this morning, here is the report from Associated Press this morning:

Love it.  Lots of bubbles to the happy couple!

Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

October 11, 2010

Honour & Loyalty : Paper Cranes for Weddings

The perfect symbol for your wedding day.  Paper cranes mean honour and loyalty in Japan, and the Japanese believe that a person who folds 1000 paper cranes will be granted his or her greatest wish.  What a beautiful symbol of your love for one another – the loyalty you hold dear, your greatest wish for love together – fold 1000 paper cranes together and use these gorgeous decorations throughout your wedding day as a symbol of your love for one another and your hope for the future.

I recently found this stunning paper crane themed wedding over at Hostess Blog and needed to share it with you.  When this couple were dating, Jonathan would send Laura origami cranes with special messages inside them, just as the Japanese used to do.  Here are some of my favourite images of the stunning wedding of Laura and Jonathan in Chicago for your inspiration.

Laura and Jonathan used the paper cranes (1300 to be exact!) as a backdrop for their wedding ceremony.

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And, once the ceremony was over, the couple then creatively used the cranes as decorations for their wedding reception, both as a curtain and on the wedding centrepieces:

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Floating around the wedding cake, the paper cranes reminded the guests of the love and hope the lucky couple has for one another:

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If you’d like to make your own paper cranes, there are plenty of origami books to purchase online, or you could follow these easy instructions.  Don’t forget to source beautiful papers to make your cranes from (we love that Laura used lots of colour and mis-matched designs in her cranes) and enlist the help of your bridesmaids, friends, family and anyone else who has paper folding skills!

We equally love this idea for a baby shower, Christening, bridal shower and engagement parties. 

Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

July 1, 2010

Breezy Bicycle Wedding Ideas

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The new range of wedding invitations by Alannah Rose at Pink Frosting’s invitation shop have us swooning!  The Bicycle Built for Two invitations and matching wedding stationery remind us of a romantic ride around the park with our sweetheart.  A truly sweet and whimsical invitation theme.  We love the design for an engagement party or a casual wedding celebration in a garden in Summer.  Simply divine.

Here are some stunning ways to help you put this sweet theme together for your wedding or engagement party via the beautiful blog Green Wedding Shoes and wedding photographer Travis Hoehne:

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Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

 

June 10, 2010

Feather Wedding Decorations for Table Centrepieces

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Ostrich feathers are one of my favourite wedding decorations.  They look so glamorous and they work beautifully in wedding aisles, table centrepieces, in bridal bouquets and so much more.  They scream glamour and style and they really are very easy to work with.

If you’re wanting to create a glamorous table centrepiece using ostrich feather drabs, it is usually recommend that you use a florists ball floating at the top of the vase which you carefully sit the end of the feather into for support.  In honesty, I usually don’t use these green florists balls because they are difficult to cover up at the top of the vase.  The best way I have found is to fill the vase with a support filler that looks good, such as plain old cellophane scrunched up and then filled with water (this creates an amazing ice-like effect) or with water pearls and secure the feathers as low down as possible in the vase.  If you’re also using flowers, this makes securing the feathers much easier as well as they have something else to rest against.

I’ve tried wiring the feathers for some extra length, but again, I don’t think it’s necessary if you’re filling the vase with cellophane, crystals, sand or another great filler.

Usually, I recommend you use between 3 and 7 ostrich feathers per centrepiece, but it depends on your budget!  If you use too many, your centrepieces can end up looking like palm trees!

I also love ostrich feathers on the back of chairs at outdoor weddings, as pew decorations at a Church ceremony, as an addition to or in place of flowers in a bridal bouquet (as shown below by Karen Tran) or simply laid flat as centrepiece decorations for wedding reception tables.  They are a versatile wedding decoration, that’s for certain, and your guests will love to take one home at the end of the night!

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And, as shown on the amazing Hostess Blog, they don’t just work for weddings!  These coloured feathers make a stunning baby shower decoration centrepiece too!

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Sign, I love ostrich feathers…. Now available to purchase online at Pink Frosting.

Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

November 8, 2009

Sunflowers Make a Wedding Even Happier!

Filed under: Flowers, Real Weddings, Wedding Decorating, Weddings — Kathryn @ 8:11 pm

If I had my time over, I would have sunflowers at my wedding.  Big, happy, jolly, bright and extroverted sunflowers.  Huge smiling faces, bright petals dancing as you walk and long stems to dramatically elongate me as I walk down the aisle.  Perfectly representing how happy I am with my amazing husband.  Making a happy celebration even jollier.

I think the sunshine is making me dream of long celebrations on the grass in the spring air.  I am always bouyed at this time of year and sunflowers represent my mood so perfectly.  Here is a gorgeous sunshiney, sunflower themed wedding I just adore.  Sigh…

Kristina & Josh's Happy Sunflower Wedding at Ruffled Blog

Kristina & Josh's Happy Sunflower Wedding at Ruffled Blog

Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

August 26, 2009

Modern Aisle Decorations Using Paper Lanterns

Filed under: Budget, General, Real Weddings, Wedding Decorating — Kathryn @ 5:34 pm

Here’s a modern twist on an old favourite!  These stunning aisle decorations are actually aqua paper lanterns tied with a red satin bow and used to line the wedding ceremony aisle.  Are these not the most stunning aisle decorations for a casual affair you’ve ever seen?  I am a big fan of kissing balls and big bold statement decorations for your aisle, so these have me very excited indeed. 

 

Thanks to Quyen and Derrick on The Knot for sharing this stunning idea!

Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

August 5, 2009

My Best Friend’s Wedding

My best friend, Shannon and her gorgeous man Al married yesterday in beautiful but freezing Tasmania.  We have had the most wonderful time with their family and friends, decorating and celebrating their wedding.  Shan and Al shared their first kiss at Richmond Bridge, Tasmania five years ago exactly, which is why they chose the 4th of August to exchange vows.  Truly sentimental, the poignancy of the day was heightened at every step.  The bouquets, handcrafted by the bridesmaid (me) and the groom, included handmade sugar hearts that Shan and Al made together last week; Al composed the music that Shan walked down the aisle to; and Shan recited some of the “80 things she loves about Al” as part of her vows, a list she wrote when they first began dating.  This was a truly romantic celebration of love.

Here are some of my favourite happy snaps from the day.

David (my husband) and I took these cute happy snaps during the day, so I can’t wait to see what the professional comes up with!  This was a beautiful wedding – filled with tears and laughter and love.  Congratulations Shan and Al – may your lives together be as filled with love as the past few days.

Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

July 25, 2009

Cake of the Week: Marie Antoinette Wedding Cake

I’ve been posting my cake of the week for some time now and while I love every single one of the cakes I’ve featured, this cake is going down as my new favourite.   This Marie Antoinette themed wedding cake by Cake As Art in San Francisco is a superb example of fine sugarcraft.

The wedding, held May 31st at the Marines Memorial in downtown San Francisco, was as coquettish as can be, with inspiration from Marie Antoinette’s lavish style. The cake is iced in pink butterceam and the scroll details are hand piped in buttercream and painted in gold. The cameos, bands and bow are made with fondant, painted bronze. The topper was transported all the way from the amazing patisserie, La Duree, in Paris.

It makes me seriously want to scream – “Let Them Eat Cake!”  Team this gorgeous cake with some other Marie Antoinette wedding theme style described over at Pink Frosting’s wedding inspiration pages.

Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

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