Tuesday, August 31

we ♥ august

we heart august 2010

We just loved putting together this months dreamy pastel wedding, hope you loved it too. Thanks again for all your comments and contributions, keep them coming.

This month we fell in love with bokeh photography, epitomised by this beautiful shot by Big City Dreams. Sweets were the theme and we were just overwhelmed by the all the delicious ideas out there like these petits fours from Dragonfly Cakes. And check out these totally delicious popsicle soaps, great for wedding favors, by So Stinking Sweet! Love heart sweets via tumblr.

Hope you had a sweet month, next month spring is in the air...

Monday, August 30

real wedding: the pop up wedding

Last year Martha Stewart weddings organised the pop up wedding chapel. Five lucky couples were married in a setting right out the pages of Martha Stewart weddings magazine and the style just seems perfect to wrap up our sweet hearts theme this month. Leah and Michaels pop up wedding in Brooklyn was a colourful combo of peach and pinks with beautiful yet simple paper decorations. Check out the wedding photos on Martha Stewart Weddings.

pop up wedding 1
pop up wedding 2

Sunday, August 29

blog loving

Hi everyone, just a quick post to say if your loving the 'i do' it yourself blog then head on over to bridetide and vote for us! Share the love!! :)

Saturday, August 28

DIY project: bokeh photography

If you've ever wondered what that beautiful blurry light effect in photos is, its called bokeh. It's used to describe the out-of-focus areas of a picture and comes from the Japanese word meaning blur. There is a simple way to take your own romantic bokeh shots and all you need is a bit of black paper! Just cut a circle of card to cover your lens and make a hole in it the shape you want your little lights. Check out this quick step by step for how to set up your camera.
Pics via tumblr.

Thursday, August 26

eye candy

It seemed to begin as an option for indecisive brides who couldn't settle on what flavour icing to have, so why not have them all! Today its evolved into something of a wedding phenomenon - the dessert bar! Check out this eye candy for some mouth watering wedding inspiration...

dessert bar 1dessert bar 2

Credits: Green Wedding Shoes, Green Wedding Shoes, Bello Photography via Style Me Pretty, Mini Gaga, unknown, unknown, Once Wed, Style Me Pretty.

Tuesday, August 24

DIY project: lollipop escort cards

lollipop escort cards

This is just the sweetest way to show weddings guests to their seats! All you will need is some large lollipops, round stickers and something to stand them in. Here we've used different shades of glass bottles but you could use a bed of jellybeans or smarties to keep the sweet theme. Print your guests name and table number onto the stickers and pop them on your lollies! Easy!

Sunday, August 22

something new... softspot

softspot invitation
I think its safe to say that I have a soft spot for weddings and wedding invitations (and if you're visiting this blog you probably do too). I hope you love our soft and romantic new stationery range - took me ages to come up with a name for it, and we've decided on softspot. This pretty bokeh photography inspired design is now available in our online shop!

Friday, August 20

FREEBIES: sweets from the sweethearts

sweet heart box
This month we have the cutest little free wedding download for you. These favor or bomboniere boxes are just perfect for giving guests a sweet treat. The free template folds into a 5cm (2 inch) square box with the words 'Love is sweet' written on the front. Just download the file from our website here, print, fold, cut and glue. It's easy.

Wednesday, August 18

pastel perfection

sweet heart decorations
Set the scene for a romantic wedding with pretty pastel decor.

Balloons and paper streamers make easy but effective wedding decorations (pic via 100 Layer Cake). Stunning centrepieces of pretty pink roses work beautifully with the pastel napkins and plates - even pastel shades of cocktails! (Pic by Studio22 Photography).
Paper streamers from Martha Stewart make a fabulous backdrop to a drinks bar. Customised and printable 'Sweet Heart' menu, $20 from 'i do' it yourself. A pretty handmade garland of paper flowers, $52, from Milla Love.
Delicious heart shaped cookies like these on each table are sure to delight. Or how about filling large jars with heart shaped sweets for fun and colourful centrepieces? (pics unknown).
A beautiful wedding tent in calm pastels shades of mint, peach and pale yellow, with cute bunting flags made by the brides mother, (via Ruffled).

Monday, August 16

something borrowed: crochet heart garland


Garlands of any kind make great wedding decorations, but these crocheted sweet hearts are just the cutest idea! Grab the instructions from Bella Dia and crochet your hearts in a mix of different pastel shades then simply peg to string as above.

Saturday, August 14

DIY stationery: sweet hearts

sweet hearts range
I'm so pleased our latest printable wedding stationery range is now available. I love this cute little pastel design which has the key text written inside sweet hearts! Shown here in pink but as you can see by the loose insert above, you can have just about any colour you like and its great fun to mix and match the pastel shades.

sweet hearts invitation

Thursday, August 12

add some fizz

lemonade labels

Add some fizz and pretty up your wedding with our new DIY lemonade bottle labels. Sure to impress wedding guests on a warm day the labels come customised with your wedding details (name and date).

Supplied as a PDF computer file and ready to print as many as you like at home on sticker paper (we recommend the waterproof kind) for an easy DIY wedding project. With a vintage vibe the file comes with two designs, pink lemonade and fresh lemonade.

Size: Each label is 210 x 90mm or 8 x 3.5 inches other sizes may be available on request.
So cute! To buy now for $15 visit our online shop.

Tuesday, August 10

DIY project: lemonade stand

lemonade stand

Nothings better on a hot day than a cool glass of lemonade, especially if you've just been standing in the hot sun watching a wedding ceremony! So why not set up a lemonade stand for your wedding guests? Picture perfect and really easy to put together, it's just the thing for an outdoor wedding, you can even keep the kids busy by asking them to man the shop.

What you'll need:
• A stand, which can be anything from a wine barrel to a table covered with a pretty fabric cloth.
• A 'lemonade' sign - write it on a chalk board or print one out.
• And obviously some lemonade. You can keep it simple and just supply chilled bottles of pop or make up your own batches served in large glass pitchers and make paper cups or glasses available.
• Finish by decorating with a few lemons and your done! Refreshingly simple.

Credits: Once Love Photos via Once Wed, dessert table with pink lemonade via Style Me Pretty, vintage soda bar via Intimate Weddings, yummy punch from a yummy wedding by Katie Day Photo, mint limeade and pink lemonade from Martha Stewart, don't forget to check out the recipes while your there!

Sunday, August 8

something borrowed: your own sweet hearts

martha sweets

The always amazing Martha Stewart has this gorgeous DIY project to make your very own sweet heart cookies! You can even stamp them with your own messages and conversation starters once the icing is completely dry. How cute? View the recipe here.

Friday, August 6

pretty in pastel

Pretty pastel colours have always been a favourites for bridesmaid dresses. And for good reason, soft pastel shades are romantic and feminine and look great up against the white wedding dress.
Below we've put together some examples of pastel clad bridesmaids, all with quite different styles, but all gorgeous.

pretty in pastel

Wednesday, August 4

unleash your inner princess


If you're a fan of handmade etsy weddings then chances are you've come across the designs of Ouma Clothing. A popular seller on the wedding blog circuit, Ouma based in Phoenix, Arizona creates dreamy dresses made up of layer after layer of tulle. Each dress is made to order and there are plenty of pretty colours to choose from. Visit Ouma Clothing on etsy.

Monday, August 2

sweet hearts

sweet hearts scrapbook inspiration
As the saying goes love is sweet, and this month is sugar and spice and all things nice with a girly pastel wedding. Our inspired for this wedding theme has come from those cute love heart sweets, you know the ones with little romantic messages on them like 'You're Gorgeous' and 'Cuddle Me'.
With a colour palette of pretty pastel pink, buttermilk yellow, pale peppermint and peach this themes pure eye candy.

Credits: Model shot by Joshua Jordan; pretty party balloons in pastel shades are a quick and easy way to decorate (pic unknown), delicious desert bar cup cakes via Green Wedding Shoes. This months inspiration sweet heart lollies.
Beautiful bridesmaids in pastel shades, photo by Sugar Love Weddings. More mouth watering cupcakes from Wedding Magazine. Pretty paper pom palms by Gracious Paper. Pastel shades of an eye shadow palette (pic unknown).

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