Monday, 14th June 2010


I stumbled across Sweet & Saucy looking through the Green Wedding Shoes Blog, a great blog for beautiful wedding inspiration, and fell in love. Sweet & Saucy, I love the name, based in the US specialise in custom desserts, wedding cakes and much more yummy treats that really look beautiful. Their wedding cake designs are stunning, I love the elegant understated look…


I have been looking for cake inspiration as I am planning on decorating my own wedding cake. A family friend has a bakery and their cakes are so delicious that we never even considered going anywhere else to have our wedding cakes baked but I really love the idea of decorating the cakes myself. I have always been interested in cake decoration so this is my chance to really embrace it. I have been looking for something different in decoration and think I’ve hit the jackpot in inspiration with Sweet & Saucy, their cakes really are beautiful. I also love the images of the cake tables, three beautiful cakes on lovely cake stands with flowers and candles decorating the table…

Watch this space for some of my practice cakes.

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    Tuesday, 8th June 2010


    I met Ellie Balfe at The D4 Berkeley Wedding Fair a few weeks ago. She is a very talented make up artist and was making up the models for the show. I was chatting to her about makeup, the show and how amazing the weather was, the beautiful weather we were missing out on! She mentioned that she had a blog so the week after the show out of curiosity and a love of blogs I had a little read through her posts, it has quickly become a weekley must read for me.


    Ellie gives amazing make up tips on her blog, tries out new products for her readers and of course posts about all of her favourite things including her beautiful little girl Lulu. I have to say I have loved reading her makeup tips and have picked her brain over makeup for my wedding next year. As you know I’m getting married in Rome next summer so I have been looking for a nice makeup that has no SPF (for photography reasons), that looks natural, isn’t drying on my skin and will last all day, demanding you say? Well yes I am.

    She recommended MAC Face & Body, so I went into Mac and asked for a sample, which I tried out at my friends hen party last weekend. And… I am a total convert, I love love love it. I have quite dry sensitive skin so allot of makeups dry out my skin and look patchy but my skin is very clear so I only need a light to medium coverage. This foundation was perfect. You can layer it to your liking, it looks so natural and it really did last all night.

    “It is a professional product so is only sold in their pro stores as opposed to smaller counters or airports, but do try to get your hand on it at some stage on your makeup odyssey!”

    Ellie did recommend setting it with a MAC Select Sheer Powder in warmer weather which I will try out in Barcelona this July when we are at a friends wedding. I’ll let you know how I get on.

    Among her other recommenations are Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow, which I use daily.

    Lancome Hypnose Mascara, this is on my shopping list, I tried it out and it’s great, no eye irritation and it wears well with no smudging.

    Lancome Effercernes Long Lasting Concealer, I have bought this already, it’s brilliant for dark circles!

    And who knew I have been wearing MAC’s best selling eye shadow shade Satin Taupe for the past few years, as recommended by Ellie.

    Ellie specialises in Bridal Make Up and also runs makeup classes at Boylan Balfe.

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      Tuesday, 8th June 2010


      I am very excited to tell you all that I have chosen and have in my house my wedding dress! I know it’s just over a year to our wedding but it was the one and I couldn’t not buy it.

      I bought my dress from a supplier I met at The D4 Berkeley Wedding Fair. It is a stunning dress that I had been looking at on the designers website, my mother called it, when she saw it she instantly knew it would be the one. It isn’t exactly what I had in my head, it’s so much nicer, but it does have the vintage hollywood glamour feel to it that I have been so drawn to.

      It was the first dress I tried on, such a cliche. I tried on a few more to make sure, the silk gowns I loved so much on the bridal websites were terrible on me, I’m far to curvy for them. I also tried on a mermaid shape dress which made my figure look amazing, but I couldn’t walk or sit down in it, I know wedding dresses shouldn’t be practical but this was a whole other level. I also tried on a beautiful flowing chiffon gown which I did really like but it was very similar to a dress I already have. Compared to any other dress I tried on, the first, the one, was just wow. I got that feeling that I never thought I would get, butterflies in my tummy, I really didn’t want to take it off! It is perfect on me too, no alterations needed.

      I did try it on a couple of times with my mother when I got it home but it’s packed away now, but it might have to come out again for one last look and to show my bridesmaids.

      I’ll let you all in on a little secret, it is a Jenny Packham gown, but I will reveal no more. Alan has said he wants it to be a total surprise when I’m walking up the isle.

      I can’t wait to wear it. Roll on July 15th 2011!

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        Tuesday, 1st June 2010


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