Monday, August 27, 2012

Paisley Blue Hues

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Paisley Blue Hues

At a time when too much pattern is not enough, paisley is hot. The ornate, feathery design dates back to persia in the 1500s when royalty embellished court garments and crowns with fine detail. Rediscover paisley’s luxurious potential using a ralph lauren wallpaper and make a contemporary statement in smokey blue against bridal white.
Blue continues to be the world’s most favourite colour, so use the crowd pleaser to the hilt. In a white marquee, pedestals decorated with paisley wallpaper are used to put the blue story on show. A bold cluster of cobalt bottles looks sharp and a touch quirky, The gladioli stems add a dignified beauty and the paisley pattern ties it all together.

The sublime colours in the florist’s arrangement are breathtaking against the exquisite paisley patterned box. A striking sheath bouquet of long stemmed white gladioli is skirted with the soft-to-touch frills of silver suede foliage. The subtle charcoal velvet bow adds a truly tactile finish.

"A sapphire statement"

Following the theme, the buttonholes have been made from individual white gladioli blooms with a silver suede leaf. Their stems have been set into tiny paisley wallpaper cones and finished with the thinnest of navy blue bows.

Boxed flowers always have an ultra special feel, but when the boxes match the flowers in beauty, the effect is dizzyingly perfect. Organise lined boxes for the flower deliveries. The benefits are doublefold, the wedding day photos will show the flowers off to their best advantage and the thrill for the bridal party will be memorable.

An alternative to individual guest favours is an inviting jar of self-serve after dinner lollies on the table. The handsome glass and pewter canisters are decorative in themselves and hold mints for a post dinner treat. Cut into circles, the patterned wallpaper decorates the centre of each table, emphasising the theme of the wedding.

The classic paisley pattern lends itself to many thoughtful and interesting uses. Paper has been twirled into cones which are used to hold rose petals to be thrown rather than confetti.

The perfect detail, a letterpress placecard

in a paisley design.

Mid blue fabric has been hung as a backdrop to heighten the blue colour theme in the white marquee space. The generous use of the textile creates a swish, well decorated look and creates a contrasting backdrop for the elegant table setting. In a recent floral turnaround, white gladioli have made a big comeback and it’s easy to see why, they add height and make a classic centrepiece in a simple cylindrical vase.

A cake that really looks too good to cut; if ever there was a centrepiece on the dessert table, this ‘look at me’ delight wins on a number of counts. It’s a stand alone beauty that echoes the decorative theme of the wedding closely and does divine things to tastebuds. The nine-tiered fondant wonder is finished in a pale blue pearlescent wash and detailed with a paisley motif.

"The power of good design"

The Ralph Lauren paisley wallpaper decorated the wedding venue and inspired the artwork for the stationery suite which includes the invitation, menu, placecards and swing tags, all follow the theme.

A delightful picnic food box would be a welcome pick-me-up for the bride and groom after the reception. This idea is perfect for the occasion when ordering room service would be too much after a great dinner and raiding the mini bar would not be good enough. The box is convenient, it can be made to look like an extension of the wedding when wrapped in the themed paper binned when finished.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Dogs In Love

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Dogs In Love

When you are a dog lover it can be really important to you to include them in your big day.

Have them participate by carrying the rings

Images by Feather and Stone Photography
(Issue 17)

"Ask someone who knows the dog well to be in

charge of them for the day"

The Flower Girls taken at Maleny Manor

"Dress them up for the occasion"

Check that the venue is happy for you to have a dog there.
Think about whether your dog is trained, is ok in crowds and likes wearing clothes or flowers.

You could utilise the dog as a theme for the


Images by Feather and Stone Photography
(Issue 17)

Of course some people may not be dog lovers but may like to include other animals.

Left: Image by Calli B Photography _________________ Right: Owl and Image by Raptor Vision

At Maleny Manor in Queensland you can have

China a beautiful barn owl deliver your


Owl and Images by Raptor Vision
Wedding Style Guide advises to make sure that they are the only dog at the wedding or there could be trouble

Monday, August 13, 2012

Brides Raise Hemline for Vintage Style

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Brides Raise Hemline for Vintage Style

When Natalie Portman wed Benjamin Millepied in a Jewish ceremony last weekend, she paired a traditional floral headpiece with a 1950’s-style three quarter length skirt.

^Photos: FameFlynet Pictures

Australian bridal designer Pina Fiorenza said Shorter hemlines are making a comeback, with an increasing number of brides opting for the elegant mid-calf length instead of the usual full length gowns.

Left-Gown: Jennifer Gifford, Image: NGG__________________ Right-Gown: Carolina Herrera

“It speaks of an era that was all about understated elegance, with the influence of Dior and Balenciaga’s silhouettes coming through,” Ms Fiorenza said.

Photos & Gown: Carolina Herrera

"Brides who want to adopt the style for the wedding day should look for fabric and garment structure that enables the skirt to hold its shape and form; and be aware of getting the length right.

"Also select a neckline that compliments the style; my favourite is the classic sweetheart or wrapped sweetheart.”

Photos: Stephen Blakeney Photography __ Gown: Johanna-Hehir
Bride: Veronika Lowmass (From our Winter 2012 Issue)

Fiorenza’s 2012 collection features two three-quarter length bridal gowns, the ‘Isabella’ and ‘Lucia’, pictured below.

Photos & Gown: Pina Fiorenza

Monday, August 6, 2012

Style Guide Cocktail Recipes

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Style Guide Cocktail Recipes

The perfume of garden fresh herbs is absolutely heady, build their leaves into drinks as well as your decoration and their power will be twice as good. Talented drinks gurus give us the recipes for the best brews.

Style Guide Mojito

Each of the many species of mint has it's own fresh tasting, aromatic foliage.
Spearmint mint gives a lift to punch; applemint is a pleasant addition to fruit salads and desserts.
Mint is very popular in Middle Eastern cuisine, whichever type of mint you use, it will work a treat.

3 fresh mint sprigs
2 tsp sugar syrup
2 tbsp fresh lime juice
50ml light rum
1/2 cup crushed ice
Soda Water
Lime segments to serve

Put the mint, sugar syrup, lime juice and rum into a tumbler, using a muddling stick to pound the mint leaves.
Add crushed ice and stir until mint is spread evenly through the glass.
Top with the soda water and stir.
Serve with lime segments and a sprig of mint if desired.
Makes one drink.

Strawberry and Basil Martini

Sweet Basil is a deliciously aromatic annual herb with with a soft and succulent stem and bright green leaves. It’s a great favourite in Italian cookery and is often married with ripe tomatoes. Our martini recipe combines basil with strawberries, an innovative combo.

750ml vodka
3 heads of basil
1/2 punnet of strawberries
15ml sugar syrup

Infuse vodka with basil and the strawberries for up to two weeks.
The infused vodka will make 10 cocktails.
Pour the sugar syrup and 75ml of the infused vodka into a cocktail shaker with crushed ice.
Stir well and strain into a chilled martini glass.
Garnish with a basil leaf and serve.
Makes one drink.

Lemongrass Mule

Each of the many species of mint has it's own fresh tasting, aromatic foliage.
What would Thai cooking be without lemon grass? The flavour is an important signature. The leaves have a very appealing lemon taste, their base is thick and fleshy and adds a tangy taste, in a cocktail, it’s a taste sensation.

45mls 42 Below Vodka
1 fresh lemon grass stalk chopped
1/2 fresh lime chopped
4-6 fresh mint leaves
Ginger beer
15mls sugar syrup

In a cocktail shaker bash the lemongrass with a muddling stick.
Add vodka, lime, mint, sugar syrup and one scoop of ice.
Shake vigorously and pour into a tall glass, top with ginger beer and garnish with a lemongrass swizzle stick.
Makes one drink.

French Connection

Rocket has reached legendary status in modern salads, so much so that it is giving lettuce a run for it's money.
The leaves have a distinct aromatic flavour that can be described as nutty, they have a very pretty shape that makes them a natural for presentation.

5 ml Campari
8 rocket leaves, plus one extra to to garnish
20 ml Grand Marnier
40 ml Gin
Juice from 1/2 a pink grapefruit
2 squeezes of lemon

Rinse martini glass with Campari.
In a cocktail shaker bash the rocket with a muddling stick, then add the remaining ingredients with a scoop of ice.
Shake, then strain into a martini glass and garnish with a rocket leaf.
Makes one drink.

Apple and Rosemary Martini

Rosemary has spiky, narrow leaves, blue flowers and a big flavour.
Traditionally it is teamed with lamb and is an important component in most combinations of mixed herbs.
It can can also be drunk as a tea, but why drink tea when you can have it in a martini?

1 piece of lemon rind
1 sprig of fresh Rosemary plus 1 extra to garnish
50ml Millers Gin
10ml Cinzano Bianco
15ml Massenez Pomme verte
A dash of rosemary sugar syrup

Firstly rub the lemon rind inside a martini glass so that some oils are released.
In a cocktail shaker bash the rosemary with a muddling stick, then add the remaining ingredients with a scoop of ice.
Shake and then strain into the glass, garnish with a rosemary sprig.
Sugar syrup is made by boiling equal quantities of sugar and water. To make rosemary sugar syrup, infuse a rosemary sprig in the boiling syrup.