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High Tea and yummy goodies

22 Nov

I went to two high teas this weekend and one had the most amazing looking and tasting goodies.

My workmate Kendall’s friend Kendall (called Kenny for obvious reasons) is an amazing chef and for some reasons, she doesn’t really do much about it on a professional level and I am wondering: WHY? She bakes the most amazing little cupcakes and decorates them exquisitely. I think she has a bright future ahead of her.

What do you guys think? Look at this yumminess!

A little heart. So sweet.

Not only they were tasting amazing, but look at how pretty they are. The details are amazing. And those chocolate brownie ones? So goooood!

A clock. Yes. A clock.

17 Nov

Well today I just thought I would do a quick feature on one of the many clocks that my soon-to-be brother in law crafts.

I not only think they are quite stunning and well-made. I also still have a huge block of limestone in my garage, which if Gareth sells clocks will slowly be eaten way and disappear! Haha.

In all seriousness (and honesty) – those are fine clocks and look absolutely gorgeous in a house and they are now available on Etsy (right in time for Christmas, how cool)… So make sure to go over to Etsy and check out this clock. More will be added soon, as well as Gareth is happy to work on commissioned work.

Guest Blog over at Valley & Co

16 Nov

Champagne dessert for two: sounds rather fine to me.

This is the guest blog post I put together for Aleah + Nick while they are enjoying NYC. And I am a little tad jealous… If you haven’t noticed yet, traveling could easily be my full time job!

So I pulled a couple of my friends, Kendall and Lindsay on a Sunday afternoon to create this little inspiration shoot, which is achievable by all as long as you put a little time in it. I leave you with one board and you should go and see the rest of the post over at Valley and Co…

The Team:

Concept by Steph Dunant + Kendall Hunt + Lindsay Woodall
Photography by Steph Dunant
Wine Charms: Kendall Hunt for BubbleRock on Etsy
Clock: Gareth Killip for BubbleRock on Etsy
Buntings: GiggleBerry
Model: Kendal Hunt

Need to shoot…

9 Nov

When I roam the blogosphere and see all my twitter friends being amazing and talented people, I wish I had the time and no day job to do what I love doing – design, photograph and film.

Tonight, I thought: let’s do a mini-session. I gave myself 10min to find props, set the scene and shoot! And here is the result. Nothing amazing but a start. But most importantly, it teaches me one thing or two.

  1. Have a concept. It’s hard to just pull props from around the house and hope it’ll just work.
  2. Take your time. No point trying to achieve grand things with only 10min – speed-shooting doesn’t necessarily bring inspiration
  3. Select your props and lay them out with the plan in mind.
  4. Choose a good location or a good time of day when you have plenty of natural light and no distracting background (oh I cannot wait for my home office to be revamped)
  5. Do it for yourself first. I love photography so it’s just fun to take the camera and shoot.

And maybe I should add: don’t be overly perfectionist or self-critical. I am not that bad!

Oh! And. I almost forgot. Keep your cats away from the set! Ah!… Enjoy.

Making progress…

8 Nov

I am making a book for our wedding invitation. That’s right! I like to complicate myself with unnecessary extra work or worries but, all in all, I am happy to do so!

I have been struggling coming up with a look and feel. A theme. A front and back cover. I have had trouble tying it all in. Until I created something, which now I love and I can see the vision coming together rather nicely.

I do not want to reveal the front cover (just yet) but I like the simplicity of the back cover so I thought I would share that, at least!

What do you think?

Fun to be had

3 Nov

In French weddings, we don’t have speeches or bridesmaids and groomsmen. It is a different type of weddings altogether.
But what we have however is ‘games’. Generally organised by the friends, the bride and groom (and guests) are entertained by fun games, stories, mini shows and so on.

So when I looked at the La Belle Bride‘s blog the other day and come across this wedding and these tags (below),I though of how great it would be to incorporate some sort of games or activities during the dinner. I have been to a few weddings where you  have questionnaires on the couple, and so on and it is really nice to have something to entertain your guests and have fun. But what about having something that will last the distance. A dare or a task that you get given on the night (as part of your escort card) that you have to do with the bride and groom within their first year as a married couple.

So it gets me thinking and I would love to have your input in these. I already have some ideas, all surrounding the concept of old-school communications, keeping in touch and reminding each other how important we are for each other.

Examples:
– Write a letter to the bride and groom before their first year anniversary
– Take the bride out for a cocktail
– Take the groom to the driving range
– Send a photo to the bride and groom of your favourite place in your home town.

Who wouldn’t be up for the challenge?

Credit: Photography by Katie Day Photo (via La Belle Bride)

It doesn’t have to be a flower

2 Nov

When I think about the bride and bridesmaids’ bouquets, I am thinking – it doesn’t have to be flowers. But mainly what I am thinking is – it doesn’t have to be a bouquet.

When you look for inspiration for alternatives to bridal bouquets, all you find is another bouquet but made with something else than flowers: lollies, papers, feathers, cloths, buttons,… You name it. But in my hunt for something different, I am not wanting to think bouquet at all.

If I were to have a bouquet, I want real flowers. I want something like babies breath, like cacti: something organic and different (although I see a lot of those on the blog market lately). But I am not after roses or lilies or other typical flowers from bridal bouquets.

Credits: Wild Flowers  | Succulent bouquet – Chris & Kelly by Erin Hearts Court (via Once Wed)

But in fact, I am trying to think a little different and have something that is not a bouquet, more like an accessory: fashion accessory or fun accessory. Something different.

An elegant, bright clutch could be fun. And you get yourself a present for your bridesmaids at the same time.

Credit: {AO3} Designs

Balloons are fun too but it doesn’t fit with our wedding vision.

Lanterns or fire logs would be great for a night time wedding but I don’t get one of those. Sad!

I like the idea of a nice sun umbrella – it is practical at the same time. It’s been done before but it doesn’t mean it’s not a great alternative.

Winter weddings can have muffs! I think that is really cool.

Credits: Unknown | Photography by The Schultzes (via Aislinn Events)

Basically, there are options out there. It is just a question to find the one that fits our vision, theme and personality. Whatever it is, it just doesn’t have to be flowers.

Credit: Photography by Natalie Moser

Invitations are driving me mad!

29 Oct

I have to admit. I love the idea of designing my own invitation but I am my worst critic as well. I come up with idea, then I think about dropping those ideas because they do not suit. It is driving me mad but at the same time, I think I love the idea that it is driving me mad!

I think something that is really characteristic of Robin and I and our relationship is: indecision! We love so many different things, we feed off vintage and modern. We are into photography, travels, summer bbq, films, creative projects and to nail down ONE concept for our wedding is difficult.

When we both decided to embrace our indecision and the fact we love so many things, we decided to create a book to complement our invitation, along with an old fashion map, a quirky front page for the invitation and just have some fun.

When I saw this invitation, also featured on Green Wedding Shoes, I thought this was very much in the direction we were thinking to go in. Have some fun with our invitation, create a book to add with our invitation, especially for those who want to know more about us, about the day, about the destination and what to do when spending a great weekend up in a beach resort with us, in NZ.

So I cannot wait to share what are working on. It certainly will be a mix-match but it is just so us!

In the meantime, enjoy this great invitation design by the groom himself Mike.

Designed by Mike for Mike and Rachael’s wedding

Not easy to DIY

28 Oct

DIY is not actually always a money-saving scheme for your wedding. I just realise with my wedding planning that it involves a lot of time, effort and money spent trying this and that. The main goal of DIY-ing your wedding is to give it this unique touch, the personality that is very much yours. And this is why Robin and I are DIY-ing!

I have come across this today and I thought it was an absolutely brilliant tutorial. So it is my turn to share with you all! So go to Ragehaus for the full diy project! It’s simply brilliant!

Design Baby Steps

15 Aug

When my best friend decided to throw her baby shower at quite late notice, I thought I wanted to help her make something simple yet special. I had been inspired week after week by people I have connected with on twitter. People that love what they do and do not mind to share their amazing talent, energy and time with you.

The week leading to the baby shower saw me come down with the flu. Stuck at home,  unwell and bored, I started thinking about something simple yet cute that I could do.

My friend doesn’t know what they are having. Boy or Girl? – the theme was born. So, two colours came to mind. A nice blue and a dark old pink. Bright baby blue and hot pink weren’t what I wanted, that’s for sure.

I found the perfect cloth to make a table cloth so I went on a mission on Saturday morning before the baby shower to look for all the last minute finds. Cupcakes, muffins, cherry tart, mini lollypops, tea… The table was set and we were ready to welcome her friends to the party.