Thursday, September 30

we ♥ september

we ♥ september 2010

Obviously we were a little obsessed with cherry blossoms this month, well who wouldn't be? It's such a gorgeous time of year right now. So while you were all emerging from your winter cocoons we tracked down some seriously pretty handmade accessories, perfect for spring weddings.

Striking cherry blossom photo by Kimiko Yoshida.
Doloris Petunia's beaded cuffs are just to die for! Customised to fit and to match your colour scheme, these designs are just bursting with sparkling details. (Don't forget to check out her custom bridesmaid sashes too.)
A modern twist on the Japanese art of tsumami kanzashi, Petal Mix creates the most beautiful hair accessories and brooch pins. Like this pretty little vintage rose brooch for US$26.
Ila Handbags and clutches are all handmade, using new and vintage fabrics, some even incorporating vintage accessories. We love this hand rushed pink silk purse.

Things that made us go ooo this month...
• Pretty up your party with pink lemonade, great little recipe here from good old Martha.
• One of our favourite blogs, cannelle et vanille, put together this amazing cherry blossom and macaroon shoot.
• We love the idea of these simple little cupcakes, just some pink icing a cherry on top. Perfect!
• Another gorgeous wedding from the talented Caroline Tran. Jennifer and Matthews Japanese garden wedding. Full of fabulous colour, including an amazing wedding dress which is a modern take on traditional Korean hanbok.
• Michael and Malienas stunning cherry blossom wedding reception - love the hot pink.
• Love these Japanese origami paper dolls, great for decorating your cherry blossom theme wedding
• New TV series Four Weddings started in Aussie this month and we're loving every tacky bitchy comment moment! If you're after a real laugh follow this link to the UK version featuring the nudest wedding, yes, we said nudest wedding.

We also asked you this month to vote in our online poll, are you planning your wedding while at work? We'll it seems most of you are, and if you're not you'd like to be!

Are you planning your wedding at work?

Our best tip for wedding research - make sure the volume on your computer is turned off, wedding vendor websites do have a habit of blasting out romantic music which will be a tad obvious, especially if you've recently announced your engagement to the office.

We'll try and do a poll each month so let us know if you have any big wedding questions that need putting to the vote!

Tuesday, September 28

ninja bread men

We're loving these ninja bread men cut outs. They would be so cute for a boys birthday party. Available from Fred and Friends.

real wedding: Vivian and Sean


To wrap up the month we have the most gorgeous cherry blossom wedding to share compliments of a very talented photographer, Caroline Tran.

Vivian and Seans Californian wedding this year was full of the most amazing details, you can really see how much effort went it to putting it all together. A girl after my own heart Vivian DIYed her own cherry blossom wedding stationery including some beautiful ceremony fans. Going for a modern Asian-fusion feel for the wedding, it was pink, pink and a little more pink! And doesn't it look fabulous? From the stunning bridesmaids in sunny pink (just perfect for those beach photos) to the pretty pink parasols.

The aisle was decorated with petals and more of those lovely pink parasols, such a simple but effective idea. Manzinita branches painted black were decorated with strands of crystals and pink orchids at the ceremony and again as fabulous table centrepieces at the reception. Dried Manzanita branches are great to use in decorations because of their beautiful shape and strength.

The amazing reception flooded in pink lights must have just taken the guests breath away. Tables were awash in candles and vases filled with pink orchids, and to finish off the most delicious cake decorated with delicate blossoms.

Sunday, September 26

something borrowed: sakura cookies

sakura cookies

The sweetest treat for a cherry blossom wedding, we came across this lovely recipe to make your very own sakura cookies. There are few odd ingredients including Sakura extract and Sakura flakes for garnishing! If that all sounds a little too tricky you could always just whip up your favourite batch of cookie dough and use a blossom shaped cutter.
But for the authentic recipe on Petit Chef here. We love the idea of displaying them in cute asian take away containers too.

Saturday, September 25

DIY project: floral wedding cake

DIY wedding cake

OMG! Can you believe that Kalleen is not a baker or even a professional cake decorator? But she made this amazing wedding cake using a pasta machine for the decorations. You can see her great post about the process on her blog At Second Street.

Friday, September 24

scrumptious sweets

We've cherry picked the best blossom wedding cakes around for some sweet inspiration...

cherry blossom cakes

Credits: From Spring 2008, InStyle Weddings Magazine (U.S. edition), via Style Hive, Martha Stewart Weddings, shot by Caroline Tran, Gorgeous Cakes, Eat Cake Be Merry.

Thursday, September 23

real wedding: Cineca and Joshua


Cineca and Joshuas Japanese inspired wedding was a truly DIY affair, designing and creating nearly every detail with the help of some great friends. Here Cineca talks us through the process of making her cute message in a bottle wedding favors which doubled as programs.

"I began saving clear glass bottles roughly 6 months before the wedding. Each bottle had to be cleaned and have the labels and glue scraped off. (Nothing we tried made getting the glue off much easier... nail polish remover helped a little.)

Once the bottles were prepped, I began making personalized stickers to go on each bottle. The stickers varied. Some were pictures of the bride and groom (my husband and I) others were decorated with our custom, hand-drawn monogram along with our favorite quote, 'When I saw you I fell in love, and you smiled because you knew.' All of the stickers matched our color scheme of green, brown and orange.

The message or program, inside the bottle was 2 pages of beige antique-looking paper rolled and tied with natural raffia. The programs consisted of a Ceremony page and a Reception page. Our wedding was non-traditional, and I wanted to reflect that in our program. The bottles were displayed on the guest book table for guests to take as they arrived."

thanks Cineca

Wednesday, September 22

sweet sakura style

sweet sakura style

Pink cherry blossoms displayed in a variety of glass vases make simple but beautiful table decorations, an easy DIY project for your wedding, photo by Eric Hegwer. You don't always need a big wedding cake to make an impression. These pretty little pettie fours with delicate cherry blossom sugar flowers look divine. If you're lucky enough to find a venue with cherry blossom trees, why not set up the reception outdoors? Try botanical gardens or orchards. Pic via Martha Stewart Weddings.

Pink Asian brocade favour boxes can be used in lots of ways, $3.95 for a packet of six, available through Moonlight and Whimsy. Bare manzanita branches decorated with crystals, paper butterflies and flowers are perfect for the ceremony or reception, pic via project wedding. Keep your wedding cake safe from outdoor nasties AND create a beautiful backdrop at the same time! A simple mosquito net hung above the cake looks amazing. Photo by Caroline Tran.

Monday, September 20

FREEBIE cherry blossom wishing tree tags

wishing cards

We have a beautiful free wedding DIY download today. These gorgeous cherry blossom tags in, three pretty shades, are prefect for a wishing tree guestbook.

Just visit the 'i do it yourself website to download this free wedding template. Cut out each tag and punch a hole at the top to attach some ribbon for hanging. Easy!

Saturday, September 18

DIY project: wishing tree

DIY wishing tree

Wishing trees are a beautiful alternative to the traditional wedding guestbook. Rather than signing a book or a photo, guests write little messages on cards then hang them from branches gathered together in a vase.

You will need:
Bare tree branches
Spray paint (optional)
Planter or vase
Floral foam or decorative pebbles
Clear wire or ribbon
Beads, crystals and/or faux flowers (optional)

DIY project:
1. You can start by spray painting your branches, silver or white look great, or just leave them natural if you prefer.
2. Place the branches in your chosen container. If this is glass, secure them with heavy pebbles. Or if you are using a planter you can use floral foam and then cover with the decorative pebbles on top.
3. Cut out your wishing cards and punch a hole to hang them with a little ribbon or fishing wire. Watch out for our FREE wishing card download next week!
4. Finally you can decorate the branches with beads, crystals or faux flowers. We finished our branches off with little origami cherry blossoms from this weeks DIY wedding project.

Thursday, September 16

inviting ideas: belly bands

sweet sakura belly band

Belly bands are the quick and easy way to add that extra bit of elegance to your wedding invitations. It's a beautiful way to package together your invite, rsvp card, any loose inserts and envelope by wrapping a strip of paper or fabric around. You can use plain or decorative paper, finish off with some ribbon or attach a seal or monogram. You can even use belly bands to wrap around your wedding favors and transform an otherwise simple gift into a work of art!

How to:
It couldn't be easier. Just cut strips of your chosen paper or fabric, roughly 1/3 of the height of your largest insert is a good guide. Wrap it around the invitation and secure with a little double sides sticky tape on the back.

To help with your DIY endeavours, belly bands are now available in the 'i do' it yourself online shop to co-ordinate with all of our designs. From just $10, check them out and unleash your creative streak!

belly band favor wrap

Tuesday, September 14

something borrowed: origami cherry blossoms

origami blossom
Create your own beautiful centrepieces or scatter these cute little origami flowers on your wedding tables. This lovely DIY wedding project can be found on The Firty Guide. All you will need is some paper and a little glue. Gorgeous!

Sunday, September 12

DIY project: paper sakura garland

DIY paper sakura garland
Today we have the prettiest little DIY wedding project - a beautiful paper cherry blossom garland. We followed some very simple steps on Cut out and Keep, found here, to create our very own pretty paper flowers. We made sakura blossoms in two different sizes using different shades of pink paper, and finished off by threading some cotton to hang our spring garland. Perfect! You could even scatter them on tables like these heart shaped ones below, click here to see the instructions from Martha Stewart.

Friday, September 10

DIY stationery: sweet sakura

sweet sakura range
sweet sakura invitation

Fresh and fabulous, perfect for oriental and spring garden weddings. Sweet Sakura is a gorgeous cherry blossom themed wedding range with everything from gatefold wedding invitation to thank you cards. All available as printable computer files for easy at home printing - or just take to your local print shop.
Prices start at $15 from the 'i do' it yourself online shop.

Wednesday, September 8

beneath the blooms

ceremony blossom ceremonies

I think you would be hard pressed to find a more romantic wedding location than under a canopy of delicate pink or white blossoms. You can even bring the magic indoors with cherry blossoms in planters wrapped to create a beautiful wedding arch.

Credits: Love Life Images by Stephen Bob; Erik Ekroth; Martha Stewart Weddings; Striking Shots; Marin and Daniels wedding via Pre Owned Wedding Dresses.

Monday, September 6

beautiful bridesmaids

sakura birdesmaids
Once you have your own dress in the bag what to do about your beautiful bridesmaids? Here are some tips and inspiration for getting the perfect gowns to compliment your own.

Colour - the best starting point when choosing a bridesmaids dress. You probably already have a colour theme in mind for your wedding and bridesmaid dresses are a great way to introduce it. In our cherry blossom wedding this month we're obviously going to go with pink, but what shade? Once you have decided on your colour its time to look at all the different shades available. It's quite common to have lighter shades for earlier in the day and darker shades for an evening weddings. Obviously all this will come down to what you can find in the right size and style! Its a great idea to always carry a swatch of the shade you are after in your purse - just in case you spot the right dress or those all important matching shoes. Just grab some paint swatch charts from your local hardware store!

Credits: Blossom pink textured organza strapless gown by Carolina Herrera from the 2011 Resort Collection. Strapless pink chiffon dress from Nordstom, L'Occitane Cherry Blossom Eau de Toilette, 'Randee' shoe by Badgley Mischka. Pretty pink parasol. Mayor Ozaki's Gift Dress from Mod Cloth. Wooden heart earrings engraved with cherry blossoms by Genevieve Motley. Shu Uemura light pink cream eye shadow.

Saturday, September 4

culture bridal couture

Culture Bridal Couture

If you're looking for a cherry blossom inspired wedding dress the you can't go past Culture Bridal Couture. Based in Leichhardt, Sydney, their unique gowns fuse designs from around the world and even use the most exquisite vintage Japaneses Kimono and Obi fabric.

Satin Cherry Blossom Kimono Wedding Gowns by Culture Bridal Couture. Photo by Glenroy Photography, make-up by Laurel Brown

Friday, September 3

brides group banner

I loved my wedding dress, but I don't feel the need to keep it just sitting in a box in my wardrobe. Do you know anywhere I can sell it? - Amy, Sydney

We were recently asked this question by an 'i do' it yourself blog reader and as luck would have it Savvy Brides dropped us a line a few days later!

Savvy Brides is a boutique bridal service that specializes in buying and selling used designer wedding dresses. Based in Double Bay, Sydney, simply make an appointment to see their selection of pre loved gowns all in the one location - no more traipsing around all over the city! Visit Savvy Brides at

Have any other ideas to help Amy? Visit our facebook page and join in the discussion.

Thursday, September 2

sweet sakura

sweet sakura scrapbook

You can always tell spring is just around the corner when the cherry blossoms, or sakura in Japanese, start to appear. Romantic and feminine with their soft pretty pink petals, its no wonder they're such a popular wedding feature especially at this time of year.

Credits: Model shot via Elilte Models. A stunning canopy of cherry blossom trees, the perfect setting for a spring wedding, pic unknown. Sakura kimono silk, pic unknown. Sweet sakura cookies via Wed Central.
Delicious cherry blossom macaroons by Cannelle Vanille and pink blossom cake via Sasi Wedding. An amazing table setting via Martha Stewart weddings. A cherry blossom wedding is the perfect excuse for pretty pink ruffles and cute pink parasol, pics unknown.

Colour palette: pink

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