Nothing says cheery like a rich, buttery yellow, so if you've a bright, sunshiny wedding day in mind, these zesty little cuties might be exactly what you're after. Taken from the newly re-released 500 Cupcakes, they're all but guaranteed to win you over with their sunny personalities. Read on for detailed baking and decorating instructions!
Reading anything by hilarious author Jenna McCarthy is like doing an hour-long work-out on the Abtronic: your stomach muscles will be screaming at you for respite. The difference is that Jenna's work is a heck of a lot more fun than military-style crunches, and as a bonus it offers some strength-training for your relationship as well as your abdominals (further point of difference: a free set of steak knives isn't included, although in truth this is probably wise).
Her latest book, If It Was Easy, They'd Call The Whole Damn' Thing a Honeymoon has recently been released by Berkeley, and it's fair to say that your copy will end up well-thumbed, covered in underlines and post-it notes, and quite possibly nicked by your mum, who will read long passages aloud to you over the phone (if you're paying for the call, anyway). We caught up with Jenna for a Q&A session about what to expect after the vows have been exchanged...and how to cope. Read on for more!
When Elaine Kendall was planning her wedding, she had her heart set on incorporating a sand ceremony. Although this was achieved easily enough, finding a vessel in which she could store the sand from the ceremony was far less so. Elaine tells us that she spent six months searching for something suitable before taking matters into her own hands. "I bought a shadow box from craft store, drilled a hole in the top and used that," she says.
The box featured a photograph of the couple in the background, while the patterned sand took up the foreground.
However, although the box worked like a charm during the ceremony, Elaine found that the design gradually seeped away, with the sand patterns melding together and losing their shape. "And since the glass wasn't sealed, it leaked all over and still does to this day," she says. Read on to learn Elaine's solution to this problem!
Australian summers are exquisite in their distinctness: there's the inescapable dry heat, the faded palette of the native grasses and flora, and of course the light that stretches out the days to a magnificent degree. Beneath summer's lens, everything is golden, bronzed, or a blanched green--and it's this aesthetic exactly that sisters Jacqui and Renee of Brown Betty's Bakery, who have previously brought us a vintage-inspired dessert table and a sugar-loaded wedding buffet table, aimed to capture in this gorgeous shoot. Read on for more!
If you're planning a bridal shower for a vintage-loving bride, why not get into the swing of these with a shower redolent of all things past? Today on Little Wed Hen, Emma Smith, owner and designer of Emma Smith Event Stationery, shows us how to prepare some sweetly nostalgic hen's night invites. Read on for more!
Over the past months, Little Wed Hen has featured a number of destination wedding features designed to give you an extensive walk-through of everything you need to know about planning for a destination wedding. Having touched on Tuscany and India, we're now setting our sights on picturesque Fiji. Today Kim Beddoes of Fiji Weddings takes us through what's involved in planning a wedding in this South Pacific destination. Read on for everything you need to know about planning a wedding in Fiji!
Sugar and Spice events has recently brought us a lavish Moulin Rouge-themed wedding inspiration shoot and an enchanted garden wedding shoot. Today we conclude our three-part spotlight with this talented company with a Snow White-inspired feature.
Decinda "Cinderella" MacDonald tells us that today's theme was inspired by the classic white wedding, but with Sugar and Spice's signature theatrical edge. "WIth the crisp clean lines of white linen and gorgeous crystal, this look was designed to conjure feelings of minimalist elegance, and sophistication." Keep reading to see the rest of this stunning feature!
“It wasn't a formal sit-down dinner. It was a wedding you wouldn't feel uncomfortable at," say newlyweds Selene and Zeke when asked to describe their wedding held at Newland Barn in Huntington, California.
For the rest of this real wedding feature, keep reading!
"Since I was a child, I have dreamt about fairies who live at the bottom of the garden. In high school, whilst studying Shakespeare I discovered 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream' and I was hooked," says Decinda "Cinderella" MacDonald of Sugar and Spice Events.
"No matter what the occasion, I look for an excuse to have a party in the garden. So it was only fitting that one of the themes I would love to bring to life was the Enchanted Garden look."
Read on to see Decinda's enchanted garden-inspired design!
When it comes to bridal gown shopping, finding something with simple, clean lines can be a surprisingly tough task. So it’s no wonder that those after something a little different from the strapless or mermaid styles that are so ubiquitous find themselves turning away from the mainstream and towards smaller, boutique designers such as Schone, a mother-daughter operation based in New York.
“Brides come to me because they see my aesthetic and want something in that vein, if not specifically one of my existing designs,” says owner and designer Rebecca Schone.
“They usually just want something simple and clean, but also special, romantic, of high quality, and sometimes at least a bit glamorous.”
The timestamp on the email reads 5am.
And it’s the kind of email that completely, utterly brightens your day. With “one sleep to go”, Little Wed Hen reader Melanie is so excited about her upcoming nuptials that she can’t sleep–and she wants to chat all about it.
“I’m not really sure where to start!” she says. And so she starts from the beginning. Melanie met her partner John almost nine years ago, and having been together for so long she was completely surprised by his marriage proposal, which came without warning in January 2010 during a road trip to Kangaroo Island.
“We had discussed it before and marriage just wasn’t really something we thought we needed to do. After all, having been together for so long we already feel married,” she reflects. So when John did propose, Melanie’s natural response was: “but I thought you didn’t want to get married!”
John and Melanie have tried to keep a sense of perspective throughout the wedding planning process and to avoid becoming overwhelmed by everything that goes along with a wedding. “It’s one day,” says Melanie, “and I have always kept in mind that it is a day for us. We wanted to focus on that, not what the bombonniere are going to be, what colour the bridesmaids will be wearing, or what kind of cars we would have! All of that seemed too much!”
So Melanie and John have kept things small and intimate, with the guest list comprising twenty very close family and friends. “My family arrived from Adelaide just yesterday,” adds Melanie with some excitement. “Most of our friends live near us–we wanted our wedding to represent what our life is in the here and now. I do have some close friends in Adelaide but have opted to not invite them as it would have meant having to invite others on top of that.”
Melanie and John will be married at 4:30pm tomorrow by celebrant Jennifer Etherington at Wise winery In Dunsborough. “We are always holidaying down south of WA and hope to one day move there,” says Melanie. “Dunsborough just seemed perfect. It’s our favourite place, and we wanted to share that with our family and friends. It’s a weekend for everyone to relax and enjoy. Hopefully it will be one they will remember forever!”
Melanie will be accompanied down the aisle by her mum and brother to the strains of The Luckiest by Ben Folds. The ceremony that follows will incorporate the traditional vows, but also some meaningful additions. “My best friend, whom I’ve known since grade 3, will give a speech about how John and I met,” says Melanie. Melanie’s step-dad will also be giving a speech during the ceremony.
Following the ceremony Melanie and John have arranged for group photos (to be taken by Blakeney Photography), after which the cake cutting and location photos will take place. “We wanted to cut the cake after the ceremony so we didn’t have to do those photos when we got back from our shoot,” explains Melanie. The couple opted against the exclusive use of the restaurant at Wise, preferring instead for the occasion to feel more like a dinner out with friends. “There’ll be no first dance and no DJ!”
Melanie will wear a stunning gown by Adelaide designer Liza Emanuele. “I visited my mum in Adelaide in February this year, and while I was there I found the dress,” recalls Melanie. It was the very first dress Melanie tried on in the store and it was love at first sight.
“Liza was amazing. She and her team worked around the clock to have it ready before I returned to Perth–they had it completed in a week and I carried it on the plane!”
"Our philosophy is simple," says Decinda "Cinderella" MacDonald of Sugar and Spice Events. "It's to create jaw-dropping, theatrical weddings with lavish styling no matter what the theme."
And one glance at today's feature, the first of three we have lined up from this Gold Coast-based company, shows that Decinda knows exactly how to create something that will dazzle onlookers. Entitled La Belle Époque, “the beautiful era”, this design draws its inspiration from the late 19th century period of the same name.
"It was a culturally thriving period that marked the onset of a more provocative type of entertainment," says Decinda.
"We aimed to create a fusion of Moulin Rouge glam with baroque chic. Deep red tones, the opulence of gold and sophistication of black added to the 'sexiness' of this theme while deep red roses brought the romance. More is more."
Even in terms of entertainment, it seems: Decinda's conceptualisation of this theme also includes a striking aeralist, an addition that's a far cry from the standard wedding band.
"Our showgirl in the air is an example of what can be replicated at your wedding," she says. "Imagine her high on a glittering silver ring, performing while showering you with rose petals during your first dance as husband and wife...." Read on to see the rest of this astonishing shoot!
Those of you who are long-time fans of Little Wed Hen are probably well aware of our weekly newsletter, which is a bright and cheery mail-out full of fun links, pretty pictures and secret subscriber-only stuff.
If you haven’t yet signed up, now’s a good time to do so, because thanks to our friends at Little Sooti, all new and existing Aussie subscribers to our newsletter will go in the draw to win a gorgeous Rosanna Inc cake stand valued at $79.95 (pictured below) AND a $25 voucher to spend at Little Sooti’s online store.
We’ll announce the winner in our 9th of December newsletter, so sit tight until then.
So what is Little Sooti?
Little Sooti is a Boutique Party Wares store and Event Styling company owned by Thetis Sardo. Little Sooti sources striking and unusual products both locally and worldwide for sale in the Little Sooti online shop; Thetis also uses many of these products in her own styled creations.
The Little Sooti online store stocks everything you might need to ensure that your event stands out, with cake stands and servingware, decorations and props, cupcake wrappers, crockery and drinking straws, and stationery and packaging just some of what’s on offer. Many of the items in stock are also available on a short-term hire basis. (How pretty are these?)
Thetis has experience in styling dessert tables, kitchen teas and luncheons, bridal showers, dinner parties, children’s events and more, and is also happy to work with small or boutique companies interested in preparing a professional media kit. Check out some of her work below:
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"Ethical jewellery is jewellery made with precious metals and gems sourced from ethical mines," says Zoe Pook, a Sydney-based classically trained jewellery designer who works only with ethical materials. "Ethical mines are those that pay their miners a fair wage, treat them with respect and provide them with fair working practices."
Ensuring that her designs are both ethical and environmentally friendly is a key factor in her approach to design. In fact, Zoe is one of a select few jewellers world-wide who works closely with the ethical Oro Verde ("Green Gold") company, a Colombian-based company committed to fair-trade approaches. "The land is owned and managed by the artisanal miners, who are in fact he ancestral owners of the area."
When it comes to gemstones, Zoe exercises similar caution, sourcing her gems only through fair trade dealers. She is particularly careful when it comes to diamonds, sourcing them only from Australia Canada and Botswana. "These countries have safe working practices and stringent environment controls on the mines." Read on for more!
A typical wedding ceremony usually lasts an hour at the most. But if you find yourself attending an Indian, Nepali or in this case, a Cambodian wedding, you’ll be in for long, elaborate and colourful experience.
Destination wedding photographer Christophe Viseux experienced just that. For more about this elaborate wedding, keep reading!
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