Marie Antoinette Wedding Inspiration

As some of you may know, I’ve just returned from Paris and had a wonderful tour of Versailles.  The tour guide talked a lot about Marie Antoinette, and we saw her separate ‘hamlet’ and Petit Trianon where she spent much of her time.  Since then, I’ve gone a bit mad over Marie Antoinette, and am hoping to do a lot of reading into her history.

To start things off, I thought I’d indulge in some Marie Antoinette wedding inspiration – I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

If you are planning this theme for your wedding, use lots of pastel colours (pink, green, blue, yellow, gold), and the styling will need to include lots of embellishments – lace, pearls and glitz.  Use lots of draping for your linen, glittery candelabra, old fashioned pastel roses, fans and parasols.

For your dress, go for something very elaborate, such as this style by Stella de Libero.

Etsy seller Paper Nosh has created this gorgeous Marie Antoinette stationery (amongst many other lovely designs).  And I just love this amazing wedding cake, the colours, the detail and patterns – very ‘Marie Antoinette’!

Pretty Marie Antoinette inspired shoes:

This is an image from the 2006 film ‘Marie Antoinette’ I just love the wallpaper in this image – wouldn’t this be perfect for a photo booth backdrop?

This inspiration board from Swashbuckle the Aisle kind of sums it all up – pastels, crystals, gathers, swirls and gold.

My trip to Paris

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted as I’ve had a whirlwind visit to London and Paris and just returned on Monday – I’m still trying to get over the jetlag!  However, I thought I’d write a quick wedding related summary of my trip to Paris.

As we all know, Paris is the city of love, and it’s pretty obvious when you visit – couples madly in love, and wedding couples having their photos taken.  One couple was on the riverbank at night with the glowing Eiffel Tower behind them – how wonderful would that be?

I saw one couple partaking in the tradition of fixing an engraved padlock to a bridge and then throwing the key into the river as a sign of their undying love.

I saw so many amazing places that would make perfect backdrops to weddings – I particularly love the palace at Versailles, such stunning gardens – imagine having your wedding photos taken here!

I also visited Laduree for some delicious macarons – check out their gorgeous window with their macaron towers…

After visiting Versailles, I’ve been really inspired by Marie Antoinette, so expect to see some Marie Antoinette inspiration coming your way in the future.

Until next time, au revoir!


Sanyukta Shrestha gowns

Wow, I can’t believe that I’ve only just come across the stunning gowns of UK couture designer Sanyukta Shrestha.  Many of her gowns are vintage inspired, and her spring 2013 range is inspired by Wallis Simpson.

While I absolutely adore the style of the gowns, I also love that they are ethical and eco-friendly, made with organic, fair trade materials, including silk, hemp and bamboo.

Anyhow, I’ll leave you with a peek at some of her gorgeous gowns – I hope you love them as much as I do!

The stunning Anne dress is an elegant raw silk gown with an art deco inspired brooch at the waist.

The Margie dress is a sheath like halter neck wedding gown with dropped low back and soft flowing skirt flared from the hip.

Stunning Marion is a cowl neckline plunging v-back wedding gown with angled soft collar that flaunts and highlights the delicate area.

Beautiful Pearl is a show-stopping strapless column gown with a soft sweetheart neckline. With glamorous heavy beaded detailing this wedding gown is organic cotton lace.

And finally, the Alice gown, shown with the Alice Overlay, is a silk strapless wedding gown with sweetheart neckline.  The overlay has an enchanting high neck, and the Chantilly lace detailing and delicate buttons at the back echo eras gone by.

Using grey in your vintage wedding

Grey is one of my favourite colours, and I have to confess to having a lot of grey in my wardrobe – it’s just such a versatile colour.  It works with so many other colours, which is why it’s one of my favourites for weddings, and perfect for shabby chic weddings.

Teamed with pink or yellow it adds a softness and warmth to any colour scheme.  It’s also a great backdrop to highlight your other colours.

Some ideas for adding grey to your wedding include having grey bridesmaids dresses, grey table linen, incorporate grey into your invitations and using succulents in your bouquets.

I’ll leave you with some lovely inspiration…

Gold, black and white bouquet

Further to my last post, I finished the order today and just wanted to show you the bridesmaids’ bouquets.  I’m really pleased with how they turned out – they’re a little bigger than the flowergirl’s and feature a large black ostrich feather in the top for something a little different!

Handmade silk bouquets

I’ve been a busy girl the last few weeks, which has kept me from posting on the blog.  So today I thought I’d reveal what’s been keeping me so busy!

I’ll be shipping an order today that was for a set of shabby chic bouquets, buttonholes and corsages.  The bride wanted darker pink roses for her bouquet and lighter pink and cream for the bridesmaids.  I sourced some lovely pale pink roses that look real, and finished off around the base with some feathers for a lovely shabby chic feel.  The bride’s bouquet handle has a pink ribbon while the bridesmaids were cream, and all with a diamante buckle.

Bridesmaids bouquetThe matching corsage features two pale pink roses, some feathers and is finished off with a sweet little diamante buckle.

shabby chic corsageThe buttonhole features a rosebud, feather and leaves and is finished with a cream bow.

Shabby chic boutonniereThe other order I’ve been working on had me a bit nervous at first as my client asked for gold, black and white bouquets.  I was nervous because of the gold which could potentially look a bit tacky…

Unfortunately, my suppliers didn’t have any gold roses, but they did have a rose which was a deep yellow which I thought could work.  I also found some little gold berries which were perfect for adding the gold touches that my client wanted.

Gold ballsMy client wanted more black than gold in the bouquets, so I’ve added black feathers to make it more dramatic.  These are the sweet little flowergirl’s bouquets, and I’m working on the bridesmaid’s bouquets now – they’ll be the same but larger and with more black feathers.

Gold flowergirls bouquetI love being creative with bouquets, and I also love that customers aren’t afraid to ask me to make designs to match their colours – it’s a real challenge for me, and pushes me to be even more creative – I can’t wait to see what my next challenge might be!



I’ve been inspired today by some sweet little macaron trinket boxes that I’ve recently come across.  These gorgeous little boxes look just like macarons but are made of plastic and are hinged to store trinkets inside – perfect bridesmaid’s gifts!

So I thought I’d have a look at some other ways you can use macarons in your French-inspired wedding.

Macarons (or macaroons in English) are a meringue style biscuit with a filling.  The perfect macaron has a crispy outside and soft inside.

Made popular by the French bakery Laduree, they’ve gained in popularity in recent years.Probably the first thing I think of with weddings is to have a macaron tower for the wedding cake.

We all know that dessert buffets are really popular, so why not add some macarons!  I love the pastel colours of this buffet.

Or macaron ‘pops’ for your dessert buffet

A box of macarons is a great idea for a wedding favour.

Or they can make unique (and delicious!) place settings.

These stunning handpainted macarons by Lou Lou P’s Delights would make a lovely gift for guests or bridesmaids.

Or they would make for a unique and special proposal!