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Gold and Garnet Decadence

Happy New Year!!! Hope you all had a smashing evening celebrating. Thanks so much for all of your support, feedback, and comments over the past year. I really am so grateful and wish you all a year ahead filled with love, happiness and health. We have some exciting plans for 2014 here at Whiter than White and I look forward to sharing more ideas and inspiration with you over the coming months. Lets kick things off with some dreamy and decadent gold and garnet inspiration. Golden hues, sparkles, champagne and the deepest and darkest burgundy blooms…

 
Gold & Garnet Decadence | Whiter than White Weddings

Credits: Top left to bottom right 1. Truro Fabrics | 2. Photo: Miguel Varona | 3. Odessa May Society | 4. via HellAnne | 5. Susie Tsang | 6. via Fos

 
Gold & Garnet Decadence | Whiter than White Weddings

Credits: Top left to bottom right 1. Houzz | 2. Photo: Kari Herer | 3. Eye Poetry | 4. via Wedding Chicks | 5. via 199 | 6. Zuhair Murad

 
Gold & Garnet Decadence | Whiter than White Weddings

Credits: 1. via DavaDip | 2. 100 layer cake | 3. via Decor Pad | 4. Andreas Lagos

 
Gold & Garnet Decadence | Whiter than White Weddings

Credits: Top left to bottom right 1. Jose Villa | 2. Jenny Packham | 3. via OneFabDay | 4. via Poise Boston | 5. Shannas Creations | 6. BrideBop | 7. Photo: Trent Bailey

 
A very Happy New Year from Mrs White x

Inky Indigo Sun-Print Inspiration

Blue is one of my very favourite colours, its just such a soothing and calming hue! From the palest pastels to the brightest azure and the deepest inky navy, the spectrum is just stunning. The boards below show ways to incorporate this colour story into your day – using inky watercolour florals and the rather incredible sunography paper. Plus a few DIY craft projects thrown in for good measure! The ideas are perfect as an alternative autumn wedding theme using blue and white leaf shapes instead of the usual rust and yellow! Or of course, it works perfectly for a summer wedding by the sea…
 

Inky Blues Wedding Inspiration | Whiter than White Weddings

Credits: (top to bottom/ left to right) 1: Laurent Segretier | 2. Dress: J Mendel | 3. via Indulgy | 4. Luli Sanchez | 5. via AllthingsStylish | 6. via Branco Prata | 7. Joy Thigpen | 8. Luli Sanchez

 

The leaf print design (below right) was created using the amazing sunography paper (a special light sensitive paper). I did some print designs a little while back using this technique and its such good fun. In a nutshell you place any object or transparency onto the sunography paper and then expose it to bright sunlight. Then simply rinse the paper in water to reveal your rich inky blue print! Tip – make sure you expose to bright full sunlight for the best effect and vary the amount of time you expose the paper to ensure you get different levels of colour intensity. You can buy the paper from most craft/ art shops or online here.

There are endless ways to use the paper – as place settings, wedding stationery, table plans and table runners! There is even a gorgeous cake above using the technique! If you are thinking of giving it a go then take a look here at this great tutorial on Once Wed. You could even take a pack on your honeymoon, capturing your very own memories whilst your there and then displaying them in frames at home when you return.

 

Sunography & Inky Blue Wedding Inspiration | Whiter than White Weddings

Credits: (top to bottom/ left to right) 1: via Branco Prata | 2. via Laudland | 3. via The Gifts of Life | 4. via Once Wed | 5. Luli Sanchez | 6. Poketo | 7. via Seasonal Joy

 

You could incorporate the theme more subtly by using cut-out leaves as stencils through which to sprinkle icing sugar on your desserts!
 

Inky Blue Wedding Inspiration | Whiter than White Weddings

Credits: 1: Joy Thigpen | 2. via Once Wed | 3. CRM Ceramics

Inky Blues Wedding Inspiration | Whiter than White Weddings

Credits: 1: Hazel Terry | 2. Photo: William Henry Fox Talbot

 

The hand-painted pebbles/ paperweights above would make such lovely favours and are totally in-keeping with the theme.
Love, Mrs White x

Autumn Leaves Wedding Inspiration

There is definitely a hint of Autumn in the air and as much as I will miss summer, I have to admit I can hardly wait for autumn (apart from the rain of course!). There is something about those crisp, chilly days and the golden hues that I crave. Long walks collecting berries and fruits, making apple pies and sipping on hot cider! The natural colour palette is incredible too, from russet and taupe to rich berry reds, plum and damson. Some of my favourite weddings are ones that really reflect the seasons and with autumn you can most definitely take an abundance of ideas from nature itself!

 

Autumn Leaves Wedding Inspiration | Whiter than White

Credits:Top to bottom + left to right | 1. Photo: Hanna Skoog | 2. via Zsa Zsa Bellagio | 3. Dress: Leila Hafzi | 4. Design Sponge | 5. Once Wed 6. Photo: Tyler Branch via Green Wedding Shoes 7. via Clemmensen Brok | 8. via Wolf Eyebrows | 9. via pinterest  |

 

Autumn Leaves Wedding Inspiration | Whiter than White Weddings

Credits: Top to bottom + left to right | 1. via Eat more Greens | 2. Photo: Lucy Stendall via Whimsical Wonderland Weddings | 3. Photo: Elizabeth Messina via Once Wed | 4. Photo: Elemental Photography | 5. Hyunmee Lee | 6. via Style me Pretty | 7. Best Photography via Green Wedding Shoes

 

One thing’s for sure, fruit is the perfect starting point to base your decor and styling upon. I just love the idea of serving hot apple cider poured into the apples themselves to your guests on arrival. Rather than canapés, let guests toast their own marshmallows over fire pits and serve a selection of berry pies for dessert!

When it comes to flowers there is a long list of suitable blooms for the season including scabious, cornflowers, clematis, dahlias and sedum. Combine these with beautiful autumn foliage, hips, dried wheat, berries and seedheads to add texture and depth of colour. By mixing the florals with so much pretty foilage you can actually save a small fortune on the amount of flowers needed too!

 

Autumn Reception Wedding Inspiration | Whiter than White Weddings

Credits: Top to bottom + left to right | 1. Joey Kennedy via Green Wedding Shoes | 2. Best Photography via Green Wedding Shoes | 3 + 4. Joey Kennedy via Green Wedding Shoes | 5. via Fab Fatale

 

Autumn dessert cart | Whiter than White Weddings

Credits: 1. Best Photography via Green Wedding Shoes | 2. Weddings Unveiled

 

Autumn Wedding Inspiration | Whiter than White Weddings

Credits: 1. Best Photography via Green Wedding Shoes | 2. via Green Wedding Shoes | 3. Jose Villa

 

Fallen leaves are another perfect element to incorporate into your styling. The leaves used as place names above add such a lovely rustic touch and are free too! They also work really well included in the buttonholes for the boys and help to tie the whole look together.

 

Autumn Wedding Cake | Whiter than White Weddings

Credits: 1 +  2. Best Photography via Green Wedding Shoes | 3. Photo: Paula O’Hara

 

I am all ready now for those incredible autumn colours and walking amongst the fallen leaves in the park!

Welcome autumn…
Mrs White x

The Bloomsbury Set

I visited The Charleston farmhouse in East Sussex, England a little while ago and cannot begin to tell you how inspiring and beautiful it is. If you have not paid it a visit then you really must! In 1916 it was the country home of artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant and became the country meeting place for a group of artists, writers and intellectuals known as The Bloomsbury Set. The group also included Clive Bell, Roger Fry and Virginia Woolf (to name but a few!) all of whom either lived at or visited the house over the years. The artistic duo transformed the house into a charming retreat by painting furniture and murals on the walls in their own distinctive style. They crammed the place full of incredible decorative art, textiles, ceramics and paintings! The artistic group escaped London and led the most incredible bohemian lifestyles, breaking away from social norms and filling their days with art, beauty and eccentricity! I have often thought what an incredibly unique wedding venue it would be (if only!!!). So that might not be possible but it makes an amazing and highly original theme for your big day…

 

Charleston House Inspiration / Whiter than White Weddings

Credits: Top to bottom / left to right 1. via Anca Gray | 2. Claudia Raymat | 3. via Bliss In Images | 4. Sarah Alden | 5. Vanessa Bell | 6. Vanessa Bell | 7. Vanessa Bell |

 

The Bloomsbury Set Inspiration / Whiter than White Weddings

Credits: Top to bottom / left to right: 1. Photo: Paula O’Hara | 2. Painted by Vanessa Bell via Charleston | 3. Photo: Rodger Obley | 4. Photo: Clive Birch |

 

You can really go all out on the bohemian theme here with a beautiful old antique tea dress, disheveled curls and a flower crown! For your flowers – think wild, country mis-matched blooms in a mixture of old china, vases and glasses.

 

Bloomsbury Set Wedding Inspiration / Whiter than White Weddings

Credits: Top to bottom / left to right: 1. Joanna Newson | 2. Photo: Shae Detar | 3. Vanessa Bell | 4. Design by Duncan Grant | 5.Invite: Feast | 6. Matt Armendariz | 7. Photo: Clive Birch |

 

If like me you love print and colour then this is the theme for you and its perfect to base your reception decor on too! The boards below show a more modern approach to the theme incorporating the current watercolour and pattern trend. I love the dip dyed napkins, subtly dyed to match your colour scheme. The watercolour story can continue throughout your styling and there is a stunning idea for a table plan below using ombre dipped paper!

 

Bloomsbury Wedding Inspiration | Whiter than White Weddings

Credits: Top to bottom/ left to right: 1. Dress: Mango | 2. Griottes | 3. Raw Colour | 4. Amy Sia | 5. Erdem | 6. Invite via Colin Cowie Weddings |

 

Bloomsbury Inspired Wedding Cake | Whiter than White Weddings

Credits: 1. Lulie Wallace | 2. Photo: Clive Birch |

 

These painted graphics from the original book covers of Virginia Woolf’s books are a great focus and vibe for your invites, menus and place names. Each book has lovely decorative borders that work perfectly for your stationery. You could then use the same print and borders to decorate paper seed packets to be used as favours for your guests.

 

Bloomsbury Wedding Invite Inspiration | Whiter than White Weddings

Credits: 1. book cover designed by Angus Hyland | 2-3. Vanessa Bell book covers | 4. Angus Hyland | 5-8. Vanessa Bell book covers |

 

Be inspired by the beautiful painterly floral patterns and dress your bridesmaids in pretty floral printed dresses.

 

Bloomsbury Wedding Inspiration | Whiter than White Weddings

Credits: Top to bottom / left to right: 1. via StyleSight | 2. via Romantic Chic Atelier | 3. Lulie Wallace | 4. Duncan Grant via Christies | 5. Photo: Mark Tattersall via Lucy Says I Do |

 

I’m really excited by this theme and love the art, craft and unconventional feel to it. Somebody please take this idea and make it your own! You can find out more about the magical Charleston house here.

Mrs White x

Parma Violets

Violet and purple are personal favourites of mine – they have an utterly romantic edge without looking too girly. There’s something about the many different tone and colour levels you can incorporate with this colour scheme that always wins my heart. To create depth and richness to your palette, mix mauve, deep crimson or aubergine tones together. These work wonderfully for a autumnal or winter wedding. You can just as easily brighten and freshen the palette for a summer wedding too by incorporating cooler dusty blues, pinks and pastel tones with brighter purple pops of colour. Its such a versatile, romantic and soothing colour scheme!

 

Parma Violet Moodboard | Whiter than White Weddings

Credits: 1. via We Heart It | 2. Elie Saab vis ArtDornment | 3. Photo: Ali Harper via Pinterest | 4. via Fab Findings | 5. Colin Cowie Weddings | 6. via We Heart It | 7. via Refinery 29 |

 

Parma Violet Mood board | Whiter than White Weddings

Credits: 1. Photo: Michel Zoeter via Stylesight | 2. Photo: Linda Trine via Thedphoto | 3. Alan Benson Photography | 4. Cocktails: Kate Preftakes Photography | 5. Photo: Jonny Lindh | 6. Style me Pretty | 7. Hitched Magazine |

 

No matter what the time of year, there are always an abundance of purple hued flowers in bloom. For a soft and romantic look, place pretty stems in a mass of old lilac and clear glass medicine bottles on your tables. I love the different tones in the purple fabric napkins which very cleverly double up as place names and the flower stems wrapped inside as favours!

 

Parma Violet Floral Moodboard | Whiter than White Weddings

Credits: 1. Photo: Anna Hardy via Rocknrollbride | 2. via Photo Problem | 3. Which Goose Etsy | 4 & 5. via Tiny White Daisies | 6. Reverie |

 

I am currently obsessed with delicate flower heads on cakes – the one below right is one of my favourites and so easy and inexpensive to achieve over a simple butter iced sponge cake. Don’t forget a display of beautiful apothecary and old sweet jars filled with parma violets too!

 

Parma Violet Inspiration | Whiter than White Weddings

Credits: 1. Style me Pretty | 2. Every Cake You Bake | 3. Martha Stewart | 4. via The Little Big Company |

 

Hopefully I have inspired you with these mood boards to consider this stunning palette…
Mrs White x