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Dreamy Beach Wedding Inspiration

I have a simply stunning beach shoot to share with you today, courtesy of the super talented Sophia Kwan Photography. The dreamy setting for this elegant and timeless shoot was the beautiful Clearwater Bay beach in Hong Kong. A barefoot bride, the prettiest vintage lace dress and a simple palette of white and green… perfection!
 

Dreamy Beach Wedding Inspiration | Photo: Sophia Kwan
Dreamy Beach Wedding Inspiration | Photo: Sophia Kwan
Dreamy Beach Wedding Inspiration | Photo: Sophia Kwan
Dreamy Beach Wedding Inspiration | Photo: Sophia Kwan
Dreamy Beach Wedding Inspiration | Photo: Sophia Kwan
Dreamy Beach Wedding Inspiration | Photo: Sophia Kwan
Dreamy Beach Wedding Inspiration | Photo: Sophia Kwan
Dreamy Beach Wedding Inspiration | Photo: Sophia Kwan
Dreamy Beach Wedding Inspiration | Photo: Sophia Kwan
Dreamy Beach Wedding Inspiration | Photo: Sophia KwanDreamy Beach Wedding Inspiration | Photo: Sophia Kwan
Dreamy Beach Wedding Inspiration | Photo: Sophia Kwan
 

VENDOR DETAILS…

Photography & Styling: Sophia Kwan Photography | Location: Clearwater Bay, Hong Kong | Dress: Etsy | Model: Kaylee Suen | Make-up & Hair: Carmen Lai

The Wedding Collective | Stationery | Whiter than White

It’s the final day of The Wedding Collective series which concludes with my stationery board! It’s been such fun transporting ourselves around the world with this fun collab and sharing so much clever inspiration.
 
Decorative patterned rugs, hand-painted tiles and the traditional crafts of Morocco combine with strong geometric graphics from the distinctive Navajo textiles to provide the focus for the stationery elements.
A soft, hazy palette of coral and peach blended with an array of aqua tones and highlighted with deep cerise pinks and olives mix well to create an early sunset vibe.
Tropical heraldic crests painted or etched with palms and exotic flowers containing your wedding date or initials work perfectly for your save the dates, and set the tone of whats to follow. Or create your own naive block printed stamp monogram by taking geometric shapes and combining with your initials to be used throughout your stationery from envelopes to cocktail menus.
 
The Wedding Collective | One theme - Four collaborators | Whiter than White  + Knot & Pop + Belle & Bunty + The Flower Drum | The Stationery by Whiter than White

Credits (from top left: 1. via 100 Layer Cake | 2. via Oh Lovely Day | 3. Mark Rothko | 4. via Martha Stewart | 5. via Once Wed | 6. Sycamore Street Press | 7. via Nomuramaya | 8. via 100 Layer Cake | 9. The Weaver House | 10. via Style Me Pretty | 11. via Style Me Pretty | 12. via Julep | 13. Lovely Little Details

 

For the invitation suites, take graphic Navajo elements and shapes and give them a softer edge by blending with watercolour bled techniques. Alternatively, collect old souvenir postcards of your choice or take your own photographs and use these as a backdrop to overprint with solid geometric patterns and text. Add a touch of luxe by printing with metallic or gold foil shapes instead. For envelope linings – marbling techniques in muted pastel tones create a dreamy map like pattern, or for a quirky, fun vibe use colourful hand-painted zebra prints instead. Decorate envelopes with vintage cactus and palm printed stamps or get involved with some good old cut and paste with geometric shapes to mirror those used in your invitation patterns.
 
The tile influence comes into play with your escort cards by printing names onto small tiles with table numbers displayed beneath. Continue this element through to your table numbers by using mis-matched patterned Moroccan tiles overprinted with colourful or metallic opaque numbers.
Use offcuts of the marbled paper to create hand written name tags at each guest’s place setting. Playfully anchor them with miniature safari animal models sprayed with a metallic gold finish.
Guests are invited to leave well wishes and travel tips for the newlyweds on geometric printed cards, which are then placed in huge sand filled shells.
 
Thanks for joining us on our journey this week, I hope you’ve enjoyed all of these inspiring ideas. It was such fun working on this with so many talented creatives and designers and thanks so much to all those involved. By the way, if you missed any of the mood boards earlier this week you can take a peek by clicking on the links here… The Scene Setter by Whiter than White & Knot & Pop, The Dress by Belle & Bunty, The Decs by Knot & Pop, The Flowers by The Flower Drum.
 
Have a great weekend guys!
Mrs White x

The Wedding Collective | Decorations | Knot & Pop

Yay!! We are half way through the week and today the Knot & Pop ladies share their fun ideas for the decorations board in this ‘Around the World’ themed wedding.
I met Susie last summer as her and Claire were just embarking on the Knot & Pop journey. Since then this clever duo have created some seriously lust-worthy bespoke events and styled shoots, with fun, originality and creativity always at the heart of all they do!
 
Over to Knot & Pop to tell you more…
 
Drawing from the many lands that this couple will visit, we wanted to channel the sense of wanderlust and feature the wealth of local artisans within each country.
 
The Wedding Collective | One theme - Four collaborators | Whiter than White Weddings + Knot & Pop + Belle & Bunty + The Flower Drum | The Decs by Knot & Pop

Credits: 1. via Contemporist | 2. via The Lane | 3. Raj Tents | 4. Etsy | 5. via Ruffled | 6. Beads Paper Ink | 7. Etsy | 8. via 100 Layer Cake | 9. via The Lane | 10. Fig & Fauna | 11. Etsy | 12. via All Posters | 13. via 100 Layer Cake | 14. One Canoe Two | 15. Trading Phrases

 
A traditional style marquee, sides opened to the elements, and Moroccan lanterns casting a warm glow as if at sunset, sets the scene for the travel loving couple and their adventure ahead. For décor, we looked to Morocco for their tile-tastic finishings that appear as individual drinks coasters along table-tops, or grouped together to form the most visual of table centres. Clusters of potted plants and cacti dress tables, nodding to the arid desert-scapes of both Morocco and the Navajo region, with tapered candles and gold candle-sticks dotted across sociable banquet tables. Rich in texture, rugs line the ceremony aisle and sit beneath the sweet heart table, with lounge areas featuring low level rattan seating, in neutral shades of the purest white and straw, and the quintessential hammock for early morning slumbers.
 
Furthering the sense of local craft that each area is famed for, a backdrop of woven plates from South Africa form the photobooth back-drop with floral Balinese neck garlands, African masks and Indian head-dresses used as props for the fun photos. Escort cards appear as zebra-like striped feathers, nettled into sand with a small tag with name and table attached to each. Feathers re-appear both as garlands draped across the marquee and as name cards, placed in the centre of Navajo print plates, with later dessert and cake served from banana leaves.
 
For favours, each guest receives an African beaded bracelet placed around a soft grey linen napkin, or an animal ornament of one of the many they’ll see on their travels. The guest book cements the sense of their journey ahead with an antique globe painted, and a calligraphed message for guests to ‘Wish The Couple Well On Their Life-Long Adventure Together’.
 
Just too many lovely ideas, if only our English weather would play ball so we could all dine beside the beach to a beautiful coral sunset backdrop! To see more pretty from Knot & Pop check out their lovely site!

Tomorrow, the amazing Sydney based florist Holly from The Flower Drum has put together a floral explosion of loveliness in her flower board – see you then!
Mrs White x

Bohemian, Colourful Wedding in an Old Amphitheatre

With Christmas just around the corner and the weather so cold, let’s transport ourselves for a minute back to the heat of those summer days with this super pretty August wedding. Loved ones gathered in a beautiful old amphitheatre in the centre of Amsterdam for this flower filled, bohemian wedding. It was a relaxed affair filled with colour, fun, some seriously cute flower girls and one sexy bride. The stunning images are taken by the lovely Eliška of Khiria Photography. I am completely in love with this bouquet too…

 

Bohemian, Colourful Wedding in an Old Amphitheatre | Read more at Whiter than White Weddings
Bohemian, Colourful Wedding in an Old Amphitheatre | Read more at Whiter than White Weddings
Bohemian, Colourful Wedding in an Old Amphitheatre | Read more at Whiter than White Weddings
 
I wore a long veil and a crown of fresh flowers in my hair. I borrowed earrings from my best friend and wore heels (I absolutely loved the pistachio colour of them!!).
 
Bohemian, Colourful Wedding in an Old Amphitheatre | Read more at Whiter than White Weddings
Bohemian, Colourful Wedding in an Old Amphitheatre | Read more at Whiter than White Weddings
Bohemian, Colourful Wedding in an Old Amphitheatre | Read more at Whiter than White Weddings
Bohemian, Colourful Wedding in an Old Amphitheatre, Amsterdam | Read more at Whiter than White Weddings
 
Our aim was to have a relaxed, colourful, cozy and bohemian wedding, almost like a mini festival! The ceremony was held in an old outside amphitheater at Rijk van de Keizer in Amsterdam. It was so, intimate and very personal, we prepared some words for some of our loved ones.
 
Bohemian, Colourful Wedding in an Old Amphitheatre, Amsterdam | Read more at Whiter than White Weddings
 
For our favours we chose wooden spoons with our initials engraved, we tied our favourite recipe to them (homemade Buma BBQ sauce) and a red pepper!
 
Bohemian, Colourful Wedding in an Old Amphitheatre, Amsterdam | Read more at Whiter than White Weddings
 
My dress was from Cymbeline and was the first one I tried on! It was originally long at the front as well, but we cut it out. I wanted to feel comfy in the dress but also be able to dance like crazy in it! The dress was elegant, romantic and flattering, yet super sexy at the same time.
 
Bohemian, Colourful Wedding in an Old Amphitheatre, Amsterdam | Read more at Whiter than White Weddings
Bohemian, Colourful Wedding in an Old Amphitheatre, Amsterdam | Read more at Whiter than White Weddings
Bohemian, Colourful Wedding in an Old Amphitheatre, Amsterdam | Read more at Whiter than White Weddings
Bohemian, Colourful Wedding in an Old Amphitheatre, Amsterdam | Read more at Whiter than White Weddings
Bohemian, Colourful Wedding in an Old Amphitheatre, Amsterdam | Read more at Whiter than White Weddings
Bohemian, Colourful Wedding in an Old Amphitheatre, Amsterdam | Read more at Whiter than White Weddings
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Bohemian, Colourful Wedding in an Old Amphitheatre, Amsterdam | Read more at Whiter than White Weddings
Bohemian, Colourful Wedding in an Old Amphitheatre, Amsterdam | Read more at Whiter than White Weddings
Bohemian, Colourful Wedding in an Old Amphitheatre, Amsterdam | Read more at Whiter than White Weddings
Bohemian, Colourful Wedding in an Old Amphitheatre, Amsterdam | Read more at Whiter than White Weddings
Bohemian, Colourful Wedding in an Old Amphitheatre, Amsterdam | Read more at Whiter than White Weddings
 
Instead of a cake we had a buffet table full of a variety of small deserts, all made by our friend Nicoline.
 
Bohemian, Colourful Wedding in an Old Amphitheatre, Amsterdam | Read more at Whiter than White Weddings
 
In the evening we had small open fires where our guests could sit and eat marshmallows. There were hundreds of small candles and little glass vases filled with just a couple of field flowers.
 
Bohemian, Colourful Wedding in an Old Amphitheatre, Amsterdam | Read more at Whiter than White Weddings

 

SHARON & TEUN
DATE: 24 August 2013

GUESTS: 210

 

THE PROPOSAL: It was Christmas day and we were on holiday in Udaipur, India. Teun got down on one knee in a beautiful Maharadja palace garden. Very romantic!!!
Our friends kindly made us a small rocking bench that was covered in flowers for the ceremony.
 
THE VENUE: Luckily the amphitheater was all part of our venue, which meant the day flowed beautifully from the marriage itself to drinks, diner and dancing. The venue was incredible, it had a rustic ambiance, great views and so much greenery considering it was in Amsterdam! It felt like we were abroad surrounded by all the beautiful flowers and scenery. Plus the staff were amazing!
 
PHOTOGRAPHY: We chose the incredible Eliška from Khiria Photography. We love her work and in Netherlands her style is very unique. Eliška traveled 1000 km from Prague to Amsterdam on the day!
 
BRIDESMAIDS: In Holland the parents tend to arrange the outfits for the flower-girls and page boys themselves. Most of their outfits were handmade or from Zara kids!
 
THE FLOWERS: We wanted field flowers, a little rustic and wild with lots of colour! The venues florist did an incredible job!
 
DECOR + DETAILS:  Our friends made the festival style wooden signs that were displayed throughout the grounds. Most of the decorations were organized by the venue but we brought some giant balloons and made some lanterns with long ribbons attached.
 
THE ENTERTAINMENT: We had a band during the reception drinks when we served homemade punch and lemonade followed by another band and DJ in the evening.
 
THE HONEYMOON: Morocco!
 
MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT: The ceremony itself and all the speeches and movies our friends & family put together for us – it was hilarious yet very moving!
 
OUR TOP TIPS: Don’t forget to enjoy the planning as well as the day itself and don’t be afraid to let people arrange things for you if they are willing to help!
 
CREDIT ROLL…

Photography: Eliška + Aneta Trajerová of Khiria Photography VenueRijk van de Keizer | Florist: Rijk van de Keizer  | Dress + Veil: Cymbeline | Brides Shoes: Supertrash | Groom: Tailor made, Belgium |  Bridesmaids: | Zara 
 
What a beautiful day, I love the relaxed vibe of the bride and groom and those adorable flower girls and page boys. Wishing Sharon and Teun every happiness together and a great big thank you to Eliška + Aneta for sharing this stunning wedding with us.

Love, Mrs White x

Katrin & Matthew | A Pretty Street Festival Wedding

I’m completely and utterly blown away by the sheer beauty and romance of this stunning street party wedding.

Following a romantic proposal in the rain, complete with flamingos and pelicans, Matthew & Katrin set to work, organizing their very own street festival wedding. The couple actually closed off Katrin’s parents ‘leafy’ street in Cape Town to host the reception! Think a divine matte sequin column dress, a wild flower bouquet, four-leafed clovers, dinner in an historic watermill, all washed down with home-brewed beer – Perfection!

The stunning photographs were beautifully captured by Deon and Irene from Modern Hearts Photography. They are the most talented photographers, I defy you not to fall in love with literally every single photo on their website!

Words cannot describe how beautiful this is…

 

Katrin & Matthew Wedding | Photo Modern Hearts
Katrin & Matthew Invite

 

THE STATIONERY: Matthew’s an art director and I’m an illustrator, so we simply made our own, drawing on a mixture of symbols that were special to us – pelicans, foliage, recycling and rosy-tinted specs!

 

Katrin and Matthew Wedding

 

DECOR + DETAILS: Matthew and Katrin filled their day with personal touches and DIY details. I just love the paper crown garlands strung across the street! Friends and family played a huge role by supplying chairs and antique tablecloths to brewing beer, baking cakes and decorating the street itself!

 

Katrin and Matthew WTWW Blog

 

THE DRESS: My godmother is a fashion design lecturer and very graciously made my simple, matte sequin column dress, exactly to my specifications. I decided not to wear any accessories at all. Three days before the wedding I found my favourite blue orchid on a mountain hike and decided to wear it in my hair. I would never otherwise condone picking flowers on the mountain, but thought just this once.

 

Photo-Modern-Hearts

 

THE GROOM: My husband wore a crisp white shirt and a blue linen blazer from Zara. He wore one of our favourite designs from our own small limited cotton tie enterprise ‘Good Heavens‘. Both of us wore brown leather shoes we’ve loved and worn for years.

 

Katrin & Matthew
First Look Katrin and Matthew
Real Wedding Katrin and Matthew
Katrin + Matthew
Whiter than White Wedding Blog - Katrin and Matthew
Confetti Moment Katrin and Matthew

 

THE FLOWERS: My mum and I had a huge amount of fun picking flowers at a rose farm and collecting natural foliage from hedgerows and neighbouring gardens in the mornings leading up to the wedding. Friends and family brought armfuls of foliage from their own gardens the day before and my bridesmaids and I pulled together some very wild but charming bouquets and centre pieces in the nick of time.

 

Katrin & Matthew Real Wedding
K & M Reception
Katrin and Matthew Reception

 

THE CAKE: I invited 7 of our wedding guests to each make their favourite simple cake for our cake table. Our friend brewed 100 bottles of beer and we also served gin & tonics, elderflower cordial and sparkling water.

 

Beautiful Simple Wedding Cakes
Katrin and Matthew Wedding Bouquet
Whiter than White Weddings / Real Wedding

 

PHOTOGRAPHY: Deon and Irene from Modern Hearts. We simply loved their aesthetic. Nothing other than documentary style would do for us since we’re both terribly camera shy. Their clean, sensitive and friendly (but also romantic) approach appealed to us. Of course, they are also really lovely people who understood us well.

 

Portrait Wedding Shots
Katrin & Matthew Wedding Day
Street festival Wedding
Street festival Wedding / Modern Hearts photography
street festival wedding
Outdoor Wedding

 

THE MUSIC: Our first dance was to ‘Home’ by Edward Sharpe and the magnetic Zero’s. The lyrics “Home is wherever I’m with you” say it all.

 

Katrin and Matthew / The First Dance

 

KATRINA & MATTHEW

DATE: Summer 2013

 

THE VENUE: We married in my family’s church in Rondebosch, Cape Town, in the neighborhood I grew up in. The ceremony was presided over by a minister we have deep respect for. Our cocktail hour was held in my parents’ leafy street, a short walk from the church. We had it closed off for the afternoon and enjoyed home-brewed beer, cake and live guitar. We followed this with dinner and dancing at a restaurant housed inside an historic watermill on the river – also in the same neighbourhood.

 

STYLE/ THEME: Although we both work in the creative industry, we decided to keep decorations to a minimum. We decided not to have favours, yet something special came up. In the eight months or so of our engagement, the two of us kept finding four-leafed clovers on walks with the dog and the occasional weekend away from the city. When we reached 20 we thought it must be some kind of a miracle and kept hunting for them up to two weeks before our wedding. We found sixty in total – which we pressed and presented to our wedding guests for love, luck, faith and happiness.

 

MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT: The strong feeling of presence and security I had all throughout the ceremony. And the moment Matthew and I took to be alone after the speeches topped it all. We stood in the dark under the trees, near the river and felt affirmed in everything that was good and right in the world.

 

OUR TOP TIPS: There are plenty of prescriptive ideas and opinions about weddings out there (some wise, some manufactured) which any couple intending to marry will be faced with. I think its very important to filter these ideas and only plan what feels right, real and special to you. Use local suppliers. It’s not for everybody and can take up a lot of time, but it suited our budget very well doing our own stationery and flowers.

 

CREDIT ROLL…

Photography: Modern Hearts Photography  | Venue: Josephine Mill  | Florist: Family & Friends  | Dress: Bride’s Godmother  | Men’s ties: Good Heavens  | Stationery: Katrin Coetzer 

 

If like me you were swooning over talented Katrin’s hand-painted illustrations on their invitations then head on over and check out her beautiful website Katrin Coetzer.

 

See what I mean about the amazing photography! I adore how Deon and Irene have captured those special tender moments so naturally in the portrait and first dance shots. A huge thank you for sharing this incredible day with us.

Mrs White x