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Gingerbread People!!…

Monday, December 19th, 2011

Happy Monday… hope you all had lovely weekends? We had a little bake-a-thon that Delia would have been proud of yesterday, and as we were shaping our little Gingerbread men and women into the prettiest edible wonders, we thought wouldn’t these be lovely to include in a winter wedding!! The possibilities are endless, but we love the idea of using them as decorations on Christmas trees – you could even make one for each guest with their name and table number on them and turn the whole tree into a festive seating plan!! Or how about mini Bride and Groom gingerbread people cake-toppers? Or one of our favourites… candy-cane place cards…. just pop one on each persons napkin, and they can nibble on them through the speeches, or take them home as a memento! So easy to make – we used the lovely Rachel Allen’s recipe (below), and cutters are available pretty much in every supermarket or cake shop at the minute!! So happy baking, and more importantly… happy eating!! Aoife & Deirdre xxx

Ingredients : (makes 40)

300g butter

125g caster sugar

125g soft dark brown sugar

225g golden syrup or treacle

725g plain flour

2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

3 tsp ground ginger

1 tsp ground cinnamon
For the icing for the gingerbread boys and girls:

175g (6oz) icing sugar

1-2 tbsp boiling water
You will need a piping bag and nozzles.

How To :

Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F), Gas mark 4. Line 2 baking trays with parchment paper.

In a large saucepan, melt the butter together with the sugars and golden syrup or treacle.

Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda and ground ginger and cinnamon into a large bowl.

Add the melted butter and sugar and mix together.

Knead the mixture for a few seconds until it comes together, adding a teaspoon or so of water if necessary, but without allowing it to get too wet.

Flatten the dough slightly into a round about 2cm (3/4in) thick, wrap with cling film and place in the fridge for 30 minutes.

To make the gingerbread boys and girls, remove the dough from the fridge, dust the work surface with flour and roll all of the dough out to about 5mm (1/4in thick).

Cut out the girl and boy shapes using boy/girl cutters, transfer onto the baking trays and cook in the oven for 12 minutes, until they are slightly firm, a little darker at the edges and slightly drier on top.

Allow the shapes to firm up for a few minutes, then place them on a wire rack to cool. When they have cooled, they can be iced, if you wish.

To make the icing, sift the icing sugar into a bowl and add the water. Beat until the icing comes together, adding a little more water if necessary. (Be careful not to add too much or the icing will be too runny.) Using a small palette knife or the back of a spoon dipped into boiling water (to make the icing easier to spread), spread the icing over the gingerbread boys and girls.

If you wish to pipe on details, such as faces and hair, spoon the icing into a small piping bag with just the smallest corner cut off.

While the icing is still slightly ‘unset’ on the biscuits, arrange the silver balls or whatever decorations you are using, then set aside for the icing to set.

Images : 1. www.wilton.com, 2.www.helloisitea.blogspot.com, 3. www.weddingaccessories.net

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Barbie & Ken… A Dream Come True!!

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Well how many times did we imagine this wedding when we were oh so small and playing with our favourite Pink Lady…. Oh that one day Barbie would marry her Ken. Mind you, I don’t think we ever could have imagined that it would look so stylish, or so colourful, or that the groomsmen and bridesmaids would be so darn stylish ;0) Well we’re just glad that French photographer Beatrice de Guigne was there to capture every moment so we can see this wonderful day come true… So beautiful, so soigneé… so PINK, so fabulous… WE LOVE IT! Enjoy, enjoy enjoy, Aoife & Deirdre xx

Photos Courtesy of Beatrice de Guigne, via Joyce Kim Weddings Blog

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Back to School…

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Well it’s that time of year again…. sharpened pencils, new schoolbags, brown-paper wrapping for the squeaky-new schoolbooks! We might be a bit beyond the classroom these days, but it didn’t stop us studying hard to bring you some ‘back-to-school’ wedding inspiration!! Now pay attention… there’ll be a test on Friday ;0) Enjoy, Aoife & Deirdre xx

Photo Credits : From Top L to R -

1. Martha Stewart Weddings , 2. Meg Smith Photography via Snippet&Ink, 3. Brookelyn Photography via OnceWed, 4&5. Union Photography via Project Wedding, 6&7. Invitation Suite by Paper+Cup Design via Martha Stewart Weddings, 8&9. Kate Triano Photography via Elizabeth Anne Designs, 10-12. Meg Smith Photography via Snippet&Ink.

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DIY Monday – Flower Power!!

Monday, August 29th, 2011

Happy Monday – hope you all had lovely weekends (between the showers!!) You might have noticed by now that we’re paper addicts here at the Bridal Lounge. It all started when we spent hours in the playground at primary school swopping treasured pieces of ‘fancy paper’ from our collections with our friends (remember the scratch-and-sniff ones anybody?) So when we saw this beautiful canopy from a wedding photographed by Ashley Rose, we couldn’t rest until we found out who had created it and how!! After a bit of hunting and searching we’re very, very happy to be able to tell you it’s a super simple DIY concept by Jesi Haack… and we have all the details. So happy DIY Monday! Enjoy, Aoife & Deirdre xx

Here’s the Inspiration….

Here’s the How-To courtesy of Jesi Haack….

You will need – Coloured posterboard, construction paper, tissue paper, scissors and a stapler!

Step 1: Trace out the shape of your large leaf onto the posterboard – this will create the base leaf to which the other leaves will be attached.

Step 2: Cut out your leaf shape and use it as a template for your other leaves which will be put together to make your ‘petals’. You can use as many petals as you like – Jesi used five per flower.

Step 3: Do the same in two smaller sizes (medium and small) using construction paper and tissue paper. Jesi used the tissue paper for the smallest leaves.

Step 4: Place each paper leaf on top of one another in order of size. Jesi used several sheets of tissue paper leaves to create dimension and fluff!

Step 5: Fold base of petal like a taco and staple. Create your five ‘petals’ like this (step 1-4 above)

Step 6: Staple each petal together to create your flower.

All Done!!!

Photo Credits: Inspiration Photo – Ashley Rose Photography, DIY project photos – Mr Haack

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Pinata-tastic!

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Ok, so we’re not Mexican, but we can certainly ‘borrow’ a tradition or two especially when they are as beautifully glitzy as this one – and we do love a good ‘sparkle’ here in the Bridal Lounge! These uber-luxe pinatas are the brilliant creations of CONFETTISYSTEM aka artists, stylists and design duo Nicholas Andersen and Julie Ho. As if they aren’t busy enough creating installations for fashion brands, decorating private celebrations for high flying clients, and custom designing artwork for institutions like the American Ballet and Gagosian Gallery (phew) they also design an amazing range of sparkly, beautiful products which include these spectacular Pinatas. Traditionally they are made of papier-maché and filled with sweets and treats, then suspended and children (or adults) take turns being blind-folded and hitting the Pinata with sticks to try to break it open! Of course these Pinatas are filled with very ritzy contents, and the blindfolds aren’t any old fabric ties – oh no, they’re made of the softest leather and silk! How fabulous would these be as a ‘game’ at your wedding, or even better… as a game at a very stylish Hen! WE WANT ONE – get yours here (CONFETTISYSTEMSHOP) Enjoy, Aoife & Deirdre xx

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Momiji Love!!!

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

Oh we love when we come across some sort of cuteness that we can’t resist, so we’re still feeling the inspiration bubbles from what are possibly one of the sweetest things we have seen in ever so long!! Momiji Dolls are super gorgeous little friendship dolls that have a tiny space inside them for hidden messages! They are the brainchildren of the wonderfully creative and fabulous people over at www.lovemomiji.com, and as they say themselves – “Momiji is inspired by friendship and little kindnesses. It’s about filling life with memories and messages.” We think they would make FANTASTIC bridesmaids gifts, just fill with little notes of thanks or love and give to your ladies on the big day… Given there are so many to choose from, you can pick dolls that suit their personalities – ‘Little Star’, ‘Pixie’, ‘Party Girl’, ‘Sister’!! We’re off to find ours now… soooo much choice – it might take some time ;0)  Enjoy, Aoife & Deirdre xx

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Monday Morning DIY…

Monday, May 30th, 2011

Happy Monday everyone – hope you all had a great weekend! We’re mid DIYing in the Bridal Lounge at the minute, and it must have ‘tuned’ our minds in because when browsing the wonderful wedding blogosphere last night we came across this fantastically creative use for old paint cards… and oh do we have so many of them lying around the studio ;0) So here we go – fresh from yet another amazing Etsy find ‘Grace and Light’- maker of gorgeous, quirkey little cross-stitch samplers – (we love the birdies!) comes a brilliant coloured heart garland that is easy-peasy to make! Thanks to www.sparkleandhay.com for finding it in the first place… Enjoy! Aoife & Deirdre xx

1. Round up lots of old paint cards (or get some new ones from your friendly local DIY or paint shop), Get a heart shaped punch – there are hundreds of online stores where you can buy craft supplies like these – Etsy has some of our favourites (surprise, surprise), and finally a needle and some heavy duty thread!

2. Get punching! Make as many hearts, in as many colours as you like!

3. Start stringing them up! Thread your needle and thread through the back of each heart leaving space between them!

4. Voila! A gorgeously simple, colourful garland ready to use in so many different ways and places!

Here’s a couple of ‘Grace and Light’s’ pretty little samplers… had to show you these too!

Photo Credits – Grace and Light via www.Sparkleandhay.com

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A Jammy Idea!…

Monday, May 16th, 2011

Happy Monday everybody, we have an eco-chic posting for you all this windy afternoon! You know how we love a good DIY post, and particularly one that’s cheap, easy and fabulous, so today’s inspiration is all about the humble jamjar and how they are the hardest working decorations with hundreds of different potential uses. We think they’re perfect for a laid-back wedding with a casual vibe, or a country-cute style get together! So many ideas – here’s some of our favourites! Be inspired and get collecting!…

1. Table Decorations – Just add single flowers and maybe use a coloured jar for a pop of colour – simple and stunning! If you loved the idea but didn’t want to use it on the actual day of the wedding, try some the following day if you’re having a family BBQ – just use the flowers from your wedding table-centers, pop them into the jars and dot through with tealights – an instant and easy change of style ;0)

2. Alternative place setting – we loved how this couple used the jam jars to hold their guests napkins and cutlery, then tied a name-tag to the top of the jar!

3. Tea Buffet! This couple made a sweet little tea buffet for later on in their day and personalised the actual teabags by taking off the paper tags that were on them and replacing them with coloured paper hearts!

4. Escort Table / Seating Cards – These are one of our favourite types of jam jars… FULL ONES! Miniature jars were filled with Jam or chutneys, dressed with cloth caps, twine and name tags, and also personalised with details of the wedding date and place as mementos for guests to bring home! (We did mention they were hardworking little decorations didn’t we?)

5. Fantastic idea below from Design*Sponge of putting photos of all your guests in them!! Check out their blog for step-by-step instructions.

6. Twinkly candle holders -  use a mixture of shapes and sizes to create this sparkling effect!

7. And finally… well if it looks like a glass and it’s filled with something yummy then that’s ok with us too ;0)

Image Credits (from top) – 1-3. KHolly Studio, 3-4. Weddingbelleslookbook, 5. BVWeddings, 6. Manolobride, 7. Design*sponge, 8. ApartmentTherapy, 9. Weddingbelleslookbook.

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Wishing for a Rainy Day??…

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Well not really… but an amazing client we met with recently inspired us to come up with some alternative ‘ceiling’ decorations for her ‘Vaudeville’ style wedding. During our research we came across the most gorgeous ideas using suspended upturned umbrellas. They bring an almost ‘Mary Poppins-like’ magic to a dancefloor, ceremony space or even as part of the tablecenters! We’ll definitely be putting this idea into action! Enjoy, Aoife & Deirdre x

Photo Credits (from top): 1. Yolanda Qui, 2-5. Gabriel Ryan via 100LayerCake, 6. AmorologyWeddings, 7. Dan Hallman via  WeddingObsession.com

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12 Days of Christmas – Day 10…

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

Day 10 – Christmas Cranberries… We LOVE cranberries, the tart taste, the colour, the fact they mean Christmas dinner’s on the way – but we came across this fab recipe for sugared cranberries over the weekend on www.citycradle.com, made a batch and fell even more in love…. dot small crystal or china bowls filled with to the brim along your Christmas day table and accessorise with tealights and ribbons in frosted shades for a vintage modern twist on festive table settings! Best part is your guests can nibble on them at the end of the meal – great idea for a winter wedding decoration too! We have only one thing to say…. YUM! The recipe’s below for you to have a go yourselves… Enjoy x

sugared cranberries

Make Your Own – (recipe from www.thecitycradle.com)

Ingredients : 2  cups  granulated sugar,  2  cups  water, 2  cups  fresh cranberries, 3/4  cup  superfine / icing sugar

Preparation : Combine granulated sugar and water in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring mixture until sugar dissolves. Bring to a simmer; remove from heat. (Do not boil or the cranberries may pop when added.) Stir in cranberries; pour mixture into a bowl. Cover and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.

Drain cranberries in a colander over a bowl, reserving steeping liquid, if desired. Place superfine / icing sugar in a shallow dish. Add the cranberries, rolling to coat with sugar. Spread sugared cranberries in a single layer on a baking sheet; let stand at room temperature 1 hour or until dry.

Note: The steeping liquid clings to the berries and helps the sugar adhere. Store in an airtight container in a cool place for up to a week.