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4 August 2015 Jessica + Steven

Jessica and Steven met over 15 years ago. They were the ‘cliché’ couple that began as two best friends who eventually fell in love. For their wedding, Jessica and Steven gathered their nearest and dearest for a traditional ceremony that celebrated their Croatian and Macedonian heritages.

‘Set against a backdrop of vibrant colours, clear waters and Sydney’s famous harbour, we decided that the theme of our wedding would be beautifully fresh, fun and effortless, with a wonderland of florals,’ said Jessica. ‘We envisioned elegance, tradition and warmth with a touch of golden hues. From that, Sheree from She Designs Events created the magic.’

Sheree and florist Mikarla Bauer gave the reception venue an ‘enchanted forest’ feel. Blooms in white ivory and fresh greenery were suspended from the ceiling and the tables were decked out in seasonal florals. Crystal candelabras, gold vases, wooden features and hanging lights gave the venue an intimate, warm and romantic ambience.

Jessica and Steven share a love of food, laughter and dancing, which is exactly what they captured with their wedding. See the images of their beautiful big day below.

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4 August 2015 4 Ways to Style Your Sweets Buffet

Sweets tables – everyone’s doing them! Have you got one planned for your party? They’re a fabulous focal point, a fun way to serve an array of desserts, and a total crowd pleaser! Below are 4 different ways to style the sweets buffet at your next celebration. For general tips on styling a buffet, click here.

Colourful

To create an eye-catching, colourful buffet, you need to start with a good base. The below buffet was displayed on a stunning vintage dresser and cabinet, which we think is a fab idea. Draw colour into the table within the sweets themselves, like bright macarons and vibrant icing, then flow party-wares like paper rosettes and honeycomb balls through the buffet for extra pops of colour.

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4 August 2015 Naked Cake Inspo

Naked cakes and fresh blooms are a match made in heaven. They’re like peaches and cream, or better yet, wine and cheese.

While naked cakes are no longer a new trend, they’re more popular than ever! Whether it’s a wedding, an anniversary, a milestone birthday or even a baby shower a naked cake decorated with fresh florals is sure to make a statement and is always a favourite amongst guests (not to mention they taste delicious).

We’ve lined up a whole heap of floral-filled naked cake inspiration below. Find your favourites, save the images and then take them to both your baker and florist to create the cake you’ve always dreamed of!

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Left: Image via Waiting on Martha | Right: Image via Style Me Pretty

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3 August 2015 Party Activities for Adults

Need to entertain the adults? We’ve scoured through our Real Celebrations library to find some of the best activities that were a total hit amongst all of the bigger kids. Here’s what we found:

Petting Zoo

Baby animals are the business, so there’s no reason why this activity should be reserved for the kids! Organise a petting zoo to come to your next party and watch the adults swoon over the little babies. Monika and her guests spent the afternoon playing with baby animals at her bridal shower.

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Photography Angela Rose Photography

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3 August 2015 DIY Place Cards

If we’re completely honest, you can use almost anything as a place card, so long as you stick a name in or on it. Bon bons, party hats, confetti poppers, balloons even fruit – the world is your oyster!

But if you’re having a little trouble coming up with an original place card idea, don’t fret because we’ve rounded up 8 super fun DIY place cards below. Some are great for kids’ parties; others are perfect for girlie gatherings and even weddings. They might also inspire the theme for your entire celebration; for example, the cactus place cared holders would be fab for a Mexican-themed fiesta.

Anyway, we digress. Take a peek at the place cards below and then click on the links for the full DIY tutorials.

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Left: Rainbow Honeycomb Place Cards, Oh Happy Day! | Right: Floral Vial Place Cards, HOORAY!

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3 August 2015 P is for Pinterest: Our Fave Finds

Happy Monday people!

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, this year is just flying by! Honestly, wasn’t it only Easter like last month? We’ve already reached August, which means there are only 4 months until Christmas. Yes, you read that correctly, JUST 4 MONTHS. While it’s a scary thought, it’s also super exciting, because we love the festive season. In fact, we’re already beginning to plan our festive issue.

In saying that, have you picked up your copy of our current issue? The way this year is headed, it’ll be off the shelves in no time, so be sure to grab your copy from your nearest stockist, or from our online store today!

But before you go, check out what we’ve been pinning this week.

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31 July 2015 Jess + Nathan

Jess and Nathan had been friends for years. Everyone thought they were dating, and one day they both woke up to the fact that they pretty much were! Nathan finally asked Jess out while lying in a hospital bed after an operation, while high on strong painkillers. ‘Together, we are everything ridiculous,’ said the couple. ‘We are the couple that when we tell stories, people shake their heads and say “only Jess and Nathan”. We like to try new things, push ourselves to the limits, do things that no one else would try and most of all, we don’t like to do things by halves.’

When planning their wedding, Jess and Nathan wanted their guests to walk away at the end saying: ‘that was so Jess and Nathan’. Every single detail was planned from the moment the guests arrived. From the scent of the candles that were scattered around the venue to the ridiculous amount of lights used, it was all totally them. The couple are both very musical, so song was a central theme to the day. There was a live band playing through the ceremony, a live acoustic set in the side bar after the ceremony, DJ B-Side for the reception and a wedding band for the couple’s first dance.

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30 July 2015 Throw a Pastel Party!

Pastel parties are perfect for so many occasions – birthdays (young and old) Easter, baby showers and even bridal showers and weddings! It’s so easy to put together a pastel themed party because it doesn’t matter what colours you use, so long as they have a pale tone to them. Plus everyone stocks pastel coloured party-wares at the moment, so your choices are almost endless!

We’ve rounded up an array of pastel themed party-wares below. But we encourage you to delve further into the vendors below because there are plenty more pastel goodies where these came from.

Happy styling!

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1. Jumbo Pastel Confetti Balloon, Poppies for Grace | 2. Pink Honeycomb Fancy, Poppies for Grace | 3. Vintage Striped Wooden Cutlery, Ruby Rabbit | 4. Pastel Balloon Bouquet, Studio Mucci | 5. Yellow Candy Stripe Gift Box, The Party Cupboard | 6. Straws in Purple Stripes, Little Kite | 7. Memphis Grid Lunch Plate, Lark | 8. Stripe Cupcake Baking Cups in Turquoise, Little Kite | 9. Pastel Confetti Bomb Tassel Garland, Party Pony | 10. Silver Rimmed Plastic Tumblers, The Party Provider

30 July 2015 white+white Field Days

Brisbane brides, listen up! Our friends at white+white are holding a pretty spectacular event at Westfield Garden City. From Thursday August 20 – Sunday August 23, the white+white wedding and events specialists will be holding Field Days, a creative, interactive and lavish fairground-esque experience, designed to transport guests into a picture book of the ultimate wedding planning journey.

At Field Days, attendees can chat to some of Queensland’s best to unlock tips for wedding events and receptions, bridal couture, hair and makeup, accessories and food and beverage. It’s a designed to be a masterpiece wedding event that will provide a new and exciting way to get up close and personal with industry experts.

Enjoy free food, a champagne bar, a pamper station, a powder room and a goodie back, all within a lavish fairground-style wedding creation. Indulge your senses at the Bouquet Boutique Flower Market, see masters like Little Peach Co. and Amini Concepts at work in the Supplier Workshop Carousel and receive specialised advice at the white+white Planning Lounge. And if that’s not enough, you can also book in for one of the exclusive wedding planning workshops on Saturday or Sunday!

On Thursday and Friday exhibits are open to the public free of charge, otherwise you can book your tickets for just $12 right here. For more event information and workshop inclusions, click here.

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30 July 2015 Amielle's 1st Birthday

When your little one turns the big one, you tend to throw them one helluva bash to celebrate, even if you know they won’t remember a thing. So, that’s exactly what Carlie did to celebrate her daughter Amielle’s 1st birthday!

With the help of Alicia from Perfectly Sweet, Carlie threw Amielle a boho birthday bash full of nothing but dream catchers and teepees. Because Amielle can’t exactly choose her favourite colours just yet, Carlie decided to go with her choice of colour palette – purple and teal. ‘They are the key colours I have used to design her room and my favourite colours on her. So I asked Alicia to create something magical around these choices,’ said Carlie.

There was a teepee present table, dream catchers galore, balloons, paper lanterns in the trees and a deliciously stunning dessert buffet. Each jar was wrapped in a hand painted leather rope and Alicia even created a beautiful fabric backdrop using strips of silk – so dreamy!

Planning a party for your soon-to-be one year old or simply need a magical party theme idea? Take a look at Amielle’s teepee and dream catchers party below.

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