• Not so scary Halloween wedding ideas

    As promised we are back today with some great ideas for using pumpkins as part of your autumn wedding decor. Yes, you heard right....pumpkins!

    We all think of the only use for pumpkins as the carved scary faces carried around by little ones on Halloween, but we can think of many more fabulous uses for them. We think that pumpkins can actually be used to make your autumn wedding look great and totally unique and there are a few stylish ways in which you can use them.

    Why not get hold of some pretty white pumpkins and use several together to style banquet-style venue tables or fill them with beautiful white roses and fresh sage to use as centrepieces for circular wedding breakfast tables. Miniature pumpkins can also look great spray painted gold or silver and placed at each guest table setting with a name card.

    These are just a few of the many ways you can use pumpkins as part of your wedding theme and we'd love to hear if you have any other ideas for autumn wedding styling. Drop us a line at info@hopeandgrace.co.uk. Happy Halloween!

    Image sources: top row left, top row centre, top row right, bottom row left, bottom row centre left, bottom row centre right, bottom row right

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  • Simple autumn wedding inspiration

    Now, we've already said how much we love an autumn wedding and all of the rich colours and tones which are around at this time of year. So, here we are with more inspiration with the second of our autumn inspiration boards.

    We love the rich tones of deep oranges and reds which can add warmth to your wedding palette, but we also adore the pale, soft hues which can offer simplicity and pared down beauty...we are talking wedding breakfast tables decorated with lovely white pumpkins, muted dried herbs at each table setting, a touch of rustic style with printed muslin favour bags, the simplest of letter pressed wedding invitations in brown paper envelopes and, for the bride, our softly toned verity stole in antique pink.

    We hope you like our ideas for a simple autumn wedding and we'll be back soon with a few ideas for how to style your autumn wedding with pumpkins!

    Image sources: napkin with dried herbs , pumpkin table setting, bottles and wedding invitation, muslin favour bags, bridal shrug

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  • Vintage glamour winter wedding inspiration

    It's almost that time of year again where there is no excuse for going all out and putting on the glitz and glamour. Those brides who are planning a wedding for the end of this year or early next year will almost certainly be looking forward to a twinkly affair with lots of romantic sparkle and stylish cover ups.

    Here is a selection of our lovely headpieces and shrugs which may just fit the bill perfectly. Whether it's Gatsby glamour or understated elegance you are after, there is something in the range to suit. And make sure don't forget those beautiful bridesmaids either. Our Swan Lake and small St Tropez combs are perfect for your girls to wear on the day and to keep afterwards as a gift to say thank you.

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  • Say cheese!

    In the next of our inspiration roundups for the new season, we though we'd take a look at an alternative to the traditional wedding cake.

    We've recently come across some lovely alternatives to the traditional fruit or sponge cakes and one of these alternatives is the cheese wedding cake. Even though these cakes have been around for a while, it is only recently that they have been gaining a lot of popularity.

    Image sources: top left: Toronto Life, bottom left: cliq par hazard, centre: Ocello, top right: Intimate Weddings, bottom right: Trend Hunter

    If you aren't that keen on the idea of the usual wedding cake, or want a twist on tradition, a cheese cake can offer you something a little different as well as creating a stunning centrepiece which can be decorated with fruits or flowers to suit your wedding theme. If budget is no object why not go for a traditional wedding cake for the wedding breakfast and a cheese tower for the evening party, served with homemade breads and chutneys, and this will provide your guests with the energy they will need for all of the dancing they will be doing!

    There are numerous companies out there which will help you put together a stunning cheese cake, but if you are planning to have a go at putting one together yourself, there are just a few things to bear in mind. Firstly, aim for a balance of flavours in your tower, consider different colours and textures, allow approximately 100g of cheese per guest and, lastly, steer away from the smelliest of cheeses if your wedding is taking place mid-summer....for obvious reasons!

    Image sources: top left: Camille Styles, bottom left: Style Me Pretty, centre: The Gourmet Grocer Online top right: Pinterest, bottom right: Pinterest

    For an even more personal touch to this more unique take on the traditional wedding cake, why not choose some of the more unusual artisan cheeses from the regions where you and your groom come from or put mini cheese towers on each of your tables instead of table centres.

    If you like the sound of a wedding cheese cake and are looking for more inspiration, check out our Pinterest board here. You can also see our inspiration board for traditional wedding cakes here.

    See you soon with some more autumn wedding inspiration x

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  • Autumn inspiration with our rustic boutonniere roundup

    With autumn now in full swing we are loving the new array of colours to choose from and the warmth and richness in this new colour palette. In the next of our series of autumn inspiration articles we are bringing you a roundup of rustic boutonnieres.

    We think that the boutonniere, or buttonhole as it is more traditionally known, is often a part of the wedding which is given little thought to when planning blooms for the big day. This is really such a shame, as the options for creating stylish boutonnieres are endless and you can really unleash your creativity when it comes to design. A well designed boutonniere can really make the groomsmen's outfits stand out and can be something unique or which has sentimental meaning for you and your groom.

    Boutonnieres can range from the traditional single bloom to feathers, lockets containing photographs of loved ones, antique keys and even used gunshot shells containing flowers...what did we say about really unleashing your creativity!

    If you are looking for inspiration for your autumn wedding boutonnieres, take a look at our inspiration boards below. If you have any inspiration of your own for unique boutonnieres, we would love to hear from you. You can email your images to info@hopeandgrace.co.uk.

    Image credits: top row left to right: Ruffled, Southern Weddings, Ruffled bottom row left to right: Etsy, Cedarwood Weddings , Pomp and Plumage on Etsy

    Image credits: top row left to right: The Hens Nest, Kate Osborne Photography via Style Me Pretty, Confettipop bottom row from left to right: The Knot, Bridal Snob, Botanical Brouhaha

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  • Stylish bridal cover ups

    It finally looks like the nights are drawing in and the heat wave is behind us for another year. Glorious as the summer may have been, this is no reason to be feeling blue as we believe that a beautiful autumn wedding can be just as stylish as a summer wedding. Not only are there some wonderful colour palettes to choose from to create a unique wedding theme, but it's the perfect chance to put together a versatile bridal outfit.

    We've put together a selection of our shrugs and cover ups below which are a great addition to any autumn or winter bridal ensemble for keeping the chills of while having photographs taken at the same time as looking great.

    As well as this inspiration for beautiful cover ups, we'll be back soon with some ideas for styling gorgeous autumn weddings.

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  • Hello Baby! Red White and Blue Inspiration

    So the much awaited royal baby finally arrived yesterday afternoon and it's a boy! While we wait to see pictures of His Little Royal Highness, we have put together some red, white and blue inspiration for brides-to-be looking for a slightly more daring colour palette. Our own Christy Rose Britannia headpiece fits the bill perfectly, we think.

    Bouquet: Style Me Pretty Britannia headpiece: Hope and Grace Union Jack and vintage teacup: Biscuiteers Shoes: Elegant Wedding Invites Groom: tumblr

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  • Pinterest Picks.....something blue

    It recently occured to us that it is quite a difficult task for beautiful brides-to-be out there to find something chic and stylish for the "something blue" part of their ensemble. One bride recently bought our lovely Christy Rose piece in petrol below as her something blue and looked just fabulous. However, we'd be the first to agree that while this piece is super pretty, it is usually chosen as part of a bridsmaid outfit. So, for this week's Pinterest Picks we thought we would hunt down some ideas for unique "somethng blue" options and it turns out that the traditional blue lace garter is not the only way to incorporate blue into your day and still keep it understated...

    Our own Christy Rose in Petrol. Perfect choice for the bride looking for something a little different or for stylish bridesmaids.

    Bride with bouquet via Burnett's Boards

    Groom with shoes via Ruffled Blog

    Groom with ring bearer book via Junebug Weddings

    Keira Knightly in blue tulle via Fleeting Fancies and Hardcore Love

    Powder blue invitation suite via Martha Stewart Weddings

    Blue tulle tutu skirt via Love Dreams Imagination

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  • Royal Ascot 2013 Fashion Roundup

    Thousands of racegoers turned out again this year for Royal Ascot 2013 and, even with the weather hanging precariously in the balance, the headwear and outfits on show didn't disappoint.

    Last year saw the introduction of tough new fashion rules at Ascot, meaning that hemlines need to be of a certain length, no strapless dresses are aloud and fascinators are strictly banned from the Royal Enclosure. With this in mind, the racegoers pulled out all of the stops with some beautifully colourful outfits and fine headwear on display. Here's our roundup of the ones which caught our eye...

    Katherine Jenkins stole the show for us this year in this eye catching outfit from Roksanda Ilincic and hat by Philip Treacy

    Image credits: image 1 WireImage, images 2 & 3 EPA

    Danish designer Isabell Kristensen took the new big hat rule literally with this stand out from the crowd pink floral creation and film actress and model Aishwarya Rai looked stylish in this monochrome Philip Treacy creation

    Image credits: image 1 PA, image 2 Paul Grover

    Here's a girl after our own hearts....art couture designer Larisa katz attended wearing an outfit made entirely from chocolate packaging. By contrast, racegoer Eleanor Matthews looks pretty and elegant in this black and white floral piece with blusher veil

    Image credits: images 1 & 2 PA

    Retro girl band Tootsie Rollers pushed the boat out for each day of the races with matching outfits and headwear which which were both fun and stylish

    Image credits: image 1 APF/Getty images, images 2, 3 & 4 PA

    And finally these lovely ladies in their fun cake inspired creations caught our eye, as they somehow seem to still look super stylish while wearing confectionery on their heads!

    Image credit: Toby Melville for Reuters

    So, that's it for another year of Ascot. We've enjoyed checking out all of the lovely and somewhat eccentric headwear on show this year and we hope you've enjoyed our roundup.

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  • The City's Best Kept Secret

    A while ago, our friends over at Sternberg Clarke told us about a bit of a hidden gem of a wedding venue over in East London, so we thought we'd check it out.

    The place in question is the intriguing Wilton's Music Hall in Graces Alley, Whitechappel.

    The venue is the the world's oldest surviving music hall, built in 1743 to provide entertainment for Scandanavian sea captains and the wealthy locals of London's East End.

    Today, Wilton's Music Hall is host to various forms of entertainment and it can also be booked as a wedding venue by those brides and grooms looking for somethig a little bit different and a bit special.

    At Wilton's Music Hall, you certainly won't find the polished sleekness of the traditional wedding venue, but what you will discover, hidden behind an unassuming entrance from the street, is a part of history in all its fine faded elegance.

    The entrance opens up to a beautiful grade 2 listed space for weddings which takes shabby chic to a new level......but in a really good way! Dressed simply with twinkling lights and pared down table settings, this place makes a completley unique and stunning choice for a wedding venue. In fact, we love it so much that it makes us want to do it all over again!

    Image 1: Howling Basset Wedding Photography Image 2: Jono Kenyon Images 3,4,5 & 6: London Insight Blog

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