It is nice to have a guest book, somewhere for your friends and family to write you special messages and draw funny pictures. Where though is it written that it has to be a book?
I bought some card before our engagement party with the idea of making a guest book, I could not find the inspiration to finish what I wanted. I might have to put some more thought into it for the wedding and see what I can come up with!
I really do love shoes that pop! You expect conservatively coloured shoes and then "Wham!", they hit you. These yellow shoes especially are brought out by the large yellow balloons in the background. The bride's dress too is short enough that the shoes are a statement, unlike some of the more conservatives who cover their shoes with a long dress.
I do like the idea of bomboniere that is either useful or easily eaten! It makes it so much simpler. I love the concept of a small plant, and these can be grown at home for the cost of the pots and potting mix and a few packets of seeds, ore even cuttings! My choice would be for something edible, such as the herbs as shown or a tomato seedling.
This gift would not suit everyone however, and you would also need to consider how they would take the plant home! Another option would be to gift the seeds in lieu of the plant, and such a gift could easily be put into a pocket or purse at the end of the celebration and planted at the guest's convenience.
This is the concept for bridesmaid dresses that I am hoping to achieve. In this instance the dresses are tied together by the same colour and possibly fabric, and the matching sashes made from Japanese fabric. The dress styles have been selected to suit each bridesmaid, not so much so that they are all the same!
These beautiful poms are from Oregon artist PomLove. A whole Etsy shop devoted to the sale of these wispy wonders of tissue paper. Perfect as a decoration for your ceremony or reception, you can pick your colour combination from the eighty or so listed.
If you need any more convincing on the practicality of these items, according to the Shop Policies"my colored tissue papers are made from 100% post industrial recycled material and my white tissue paper is made from 100% post consumer recycled fibers. my cello bags are 100% biodegradable and/or compostable. i buy all of my embellishments from sellers on etsy, who make them with found/vintage materials."
There were forecasts of thunderstorms today. I did not take them to seriously considering last week there were also forecasts of a thunderstorm and all that happened was that it got really humid.
Ha! Little did I know...
This afternoon I left the office around 5pm, just before the skies opened up. I was trying to head down to the Novotel-Langley where C and his crew were. The rain got pretty heavy fairly quickly and I ended up taking refuge behind a bus shelter. Everyone else stood on the road side, I preferred the other side to the buses - every time they drove through they would drench the shelter! By the time C and B picked me up from the bustop about 15 minutes later I was drenched and cold. I could even pour water out of my shoes!! B dropped us home but of course traffic was pretty congested and it took a while!
Luckily we were in a 4WD (work vehicle) so the engine was better designed to cope with driving through water!
As we were driving along Riverside Drive we realised that we could not see any light in across the river in South Perth. As we drove down the freeway Chad actually called out of the window to one bloke who was on his balcony and asked if he had power. He said no, as did a couple of other blokes along Labouchere Road that he quizzed.
When we got home one of my neighbours told me that their skylights had been smashed. Since our units are pretty much identical she told me to expect the same. And they were! There was water down the bottom of the stairs and also in the ensuite. All four of us with the similar floor plans have two smashed skylights, and a couple of neighbours have casualties in the shape of windows.
As it darkened we scrounged torches and candles and placed them strategically around the house. I tried to create ambience with a plate full of tea lights but it just wasn't happening! Thankfully our stove top and hot water system are gas, so we could cook food and warm ourselves up in the shower. Power was restored around 9pm.
In the light of tomorrow we shall see what the damage is. We have two holes open to the skies and we have placed a large tub under one to catch the water. The other one is in the ensuite and should flow into the drain.
One place that I would love to take C to is Italy. It is such a beautiful country, with many different and wonderful things to see and do. The food is so fresh and tasty. Even the flavour and the texture of the pasta that you buy in the supermarket is incredible. The breads are yummy and the gelato is fantastic.
In amongst the eating, we could check out one of their famous sporting venues...
...before taking in the view of the Firenze skyline...
..and top it off with a stay in the Cinque Terre region.
The last photo periodically makes an appearance as the background on my computer at work. It reminds me that I once went on holiday... it also reminds me that another long break would not go astray!
I do not think that I have actually posted any photos of real flowers as inspiration, until now! I love the deep purple colour and I like this flower too, although I think it is normally white petal with yellow stamen.
I personally prefer the concept of a paper bag to present your bomboniere, especially if it is made from recycled paper! Something sustainable as I am sure that most of the packaging will be quickly thrown away.
Taking that even further, the gift of a cloth bag as the favour is definitely a positive statement for sustainability.
My three bridesmaids came over for lunch today. I had originally thought it to be a brainstorming session, but I did not organise well for C to be away so it was crashed by the groom! We only have one living space so the background to our lunch was the V8 Supercars on TV! It was too warm today to be outside comfortably.
Anyway, the plan is to set out on our first adventure in April. Bring it on! (First adventure = bridesmaid dress shopping. Woohoo!!)
The ABC has reported that cane toads have made it to Kununurra.
The cane toads were introduced into Queensland in the 1930s to help control the cane beetle, but soon became a pest to all of the native fauna. They are toxic when eaten by our local animals, and they have no natural predators here to keep their numbers under control.
They have been slowly making their way across our country.
People across the north of Australia have been working hard to try and stem the tide, but the toads appear to be unstoppable.
Here is an image of the card that I bought for the happy couple for the wedding just gone! It is by local Perth designer Mokoh Design. We also purchased cards to send as thank yous for our engagement from Mokoh.
Mokoh have also released a whole range of new designs and I cannot wait for another excuse to buy them!
Image is from Mokoh however does not do the actual card justice!
Following on from yesterday's post, I wanted to share the wedding stamps here in Australia.
Actually there are only two, as part of a series of stamps for every occasion. The series includes Baby, Love, Romance, Party and Celebrate! The pictures above show the covers of the booklets of 10, the designs are used on the stamps.
I bought a few booklets of the 55c stamps for our invitations, obviously believing two things: 1. We would design lightweight invitations, and 2. The ACCC will not approve the increase in price of postage as proposed by Australia Post.
BetsyWhite Stationery have posted advice on how to assemble your wedding invitations. This is the part that happens once all of the swirls are inked and all of the ribbon is stuck down. Useful tips include how to stack your papers and insert them into the envelopes, how to address your invitations and finding the right stamps!
C and I went down to Dunsborough this weekend for the wedding of his friends M&R. The wedding was held at the lovely Clairault Winery! It was an awesome venue, the ceremony was performed on the lawn outside and the reception was in their restaurant. There was decking outside and that was set up as the dance floor.
The whole evening was nice and relaxed and casual, and a real celebration of M&R's love. Thank you for the great party!
Mr & Mrs A! The bride's dress was a simple and elegant Alex Perry gown; I did not get a particularly good shot of it but it seemed to be lovely layers of chiffon. There was a violin and cello duo for the ceremony music; they also provided background music for the canapes as well. The entertainment once the meal was over was a one man band! Check out his dual didgeridoos. The table runner was funky wallpaper. They used chunky square vases for the decorations, with either a fat vanilla scented candle or simple white rosebuds. The decor was very elegant. Random end of the night photograph. The lanterns were on the high tables outside on the decking.
Apologies for the lack of interesting photographs, my shots were a bit random and I hoping to upgrade to a camera that will take better photos at night without a flash!
Your personality and your color choices in day-to-day life are bold and vibrant, so your wedding color palette should be no different. Use lots of colors that show off your bold and passionate personality.