Elegant Pastel Inspiration

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When talented people collaborate magic happens, as was the case for this one-on-one workshop shoot that JEN HUANG did with styling by DAVIA LEE EVENTS. It’s so incredibly feminine and romantic, and I’m completely taken with the beautiful trio of cakes by MELISSA’S FINE PASTRIES. Stunning florals by KIM STARR WISE FLORAL finish off this gorgeous pastel hued inspiration. 

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Photography JEN HUANG PHOTOGRAPHY | Event Design DAVIA LEE EVENTS | Rentals MRS VINTAGE RENTAL | Florals KIM STARR WISE FLORAL | Sweets MELISSA’S FINE PASTRIES | Gowns ONYX GOWN BY CATHERINE DEANE  from BHLDN, ANNA CAMPBELL from LOVELY BRIDE, and CLAIRE PETTIBONE from CLD PR | Hair Accessories EMMY LONDON and OLIVIA NELSON | Jewelry L’DEZEN from CLD PR | Shoes EMMY LONDON | Venue LOUGUE VUE HOUSE & GARDENS | Vintage Car ALL SOUTHERN LIVERY | Mixologist HEIRLOOM COCKTAIL | Hair KELLY D HOPPER | Makeup MELISSA VACCARO of ASHLEY SIEVERT BEAUTY | Umbrellas BELLA UMBRELLA
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Citrus Compote Tutorial

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Wouldn’t you just love to be able to create something like this to wow your guests at your next dinner party? Well now you can with this beautiful and simple to follow tutorial by EMBLEM FLOWERS. JENNA BECHTHOLT was on hand to take some stunning pictures both of the process and the finished product. I’m definitely going to have to give this one a go myself!!

You’ll need: Urn or Bowl / Floral shears / 6 stems of garden rose /10 stems of ranunculus in various colours / 10 stems of spray rose / 6 sprigs of kumquats or seasonal berries and fruit / 6 stems of seeded eucalyptus leaves / Floral pin frog or chicken wire shaped into a ball / Floral adhesive tape to secure the pin frog to the centre of the bowl.

1) Build a base using sprigs of kumquats or seeded eucalyptus leaves. Use 3 sprigs to form a triangle and cut them at the length where they will rest at around the same height as the edge of your bowl. Form a cuff around the entire bowl. Insert a heavier sprig at the centre of the bowl. Start building out the arrangement with longer pieces of greens by forming other triangles.

2) Position the large garden roses as your points of focus where they can be clearly seen within the arrangement. Cut the stems at different lengths where some stems come forward and some stems recede.

3) Position some shorter stems of spray roses behind the garden roses. Fill in the rest of the arrangement using ranunculus and spray roses and build up the center. Work on both sides of the arrangement. Leave space in between each bloom to allow the flowers room to “breathe”. 

4) To finish, add the more delicate and wispy elements to give the arrangement a greater sense of natural movement. Use ranunculus or vines that look like they’re reaching out towards the sunlight or spilling out of the bowl.

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Australian Coastal Wedding by Brumley & Wells

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Situated on the spectacular Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia, the town of Anglesea is a special place for both Lisa and Andrew, as well as their families. Being the beach loving couple that they are, the Surf Life-saving Club was the ideal venue for their special day. They held the ceremony on top of a cliff along the famous stretch of road and with the perfect weather, it staged an incredible setting with a view. The sunset that followed provided an incredible backdrop to the party that followed. With the help of their families they pulled together most of the wedding details themselves, from the mixed herb seedlings that the groom’s mother grew to give out to the guests, to a beautiful grazing table prepared by both mothers. The ever so fabulous BRUMLEY & WELLS were on hand to capture this special day. You can see the wedding in Issue 6 of MAGNOLIA ROUGE MAGAZINE.

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After searching over ten stores and getting even more opinions, Lisa finally found the simple and elegant look she was after in her GWENDOLYNNE designed gown – although it took bringing in her older brother for the final say with the reasoning that “boys know what other boys will like!”

For their florals the use of succulents and native Australian foliage combined with a touch of yellow in a unstructured bouquet matched the relaxed nature and style of their wedding.

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Photography BRUMLEY & WELLS / Videographer GABRIEL BLACK / Cake PIPPI GREEN / Florist DAHLIA DRIFTWOOD / Stationery GROOM / Venue ANGLESEA SURF LIFE SAVING CLUB
Bride’s Gown GWENDOLYNNE / Jewellery SAMANTHA WILLS / Hair & Make-up SHARI-LEE BROMLEY / Bridesmaids’ Dresses WAYNE COOPER / Groom’s Attire JACK LONDON
Bride’s Shoes TONY BIANCO 
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