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Festival Brides: We’re Still Blushing

4 Jun

Oh heyyy, Blushing Brides!

I just wanted to take a moment today to affirm to you guys that here at Festival Brides, we still adore the Blush trend. It’s been around a little while now, but it’s not going anywhere fast. Soft, warm pinky hues remain a huge trend across the realms of florals, dresses and stationary for 2014. Embrace it full on, or gently splash a tint of watercolour pink across your invites… There’s a multitude of ways to approach the blush trend and they’re all just so darn gorgeous.

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A Deep Shade of Blush

So, I was kinda scared that you boho gals might take one look at the title of this post and run a mile, for fear of something way too prissy pink! But have no fear, I’m not particularly a pink girl myself, but we’re keeping our blush looks totally boheme and subtle. This is sexy blush, nothing too cute.

For us, it’s all about how you blush. To avoid that sickly sweet, super girlie look, combine blush hues with quirky elements like the fun ‘Next Step’ save the dates below, or bohemian patterns such as the Morroccan tile print. Keep it subtle, and if you’re still unsure, try deepening the shade of blush you’re using or, at the opposite end of the scale, washing it out to a paler tone.

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Sipping on Rosé

If  drinks could say ‘Come Hither’, my goodness would it be these beauties! Blush hued cocktails are some of the most beautiful. Yes, half of them are adorned with flowers or herbs and yes, the majority are fruit based, but make no mistake, they’re grown up and seriously cool. Top tip? Add an edible Hibiscus flower from Ocado to any clear drink to give it a beautiful pink tint. Go ahead and seduce your guests with one of these little numbers…

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…That last image? Yeah, that’s for me to drool over. Blush macarons will always be an absolute delight. Keep them styled simply and juxtaposed with a lovely green palette to compliment those pale pink tones. Uh, delectable!

Layers, Textures & Depth

Yeah, this is so, so important. Whether you’re wearing blush, hanging it to decorate or holding a bunch of blush coloured blooms; use many layers and variety of textures to give it depth, thereby avoiding a flat, one dimensional use of pink. To contrast with the soft colours, use heavily woven fabric with rough edges and don’t hesitate in using slight variations of the pink you’ve gone for. Contrast with hard elements, like those beaten up brass bells… It’s blush, but with a Rock n’ Roll edge.

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As with the invites, if you’re thinking of blushing blooms for your bouquet, keep it boho cool by adopting one of the following suggestions: a single, massively oversized stem, paper flower variations (so stinkin’ sweet) or embrace last week’s Glorious B.I.G. bouquet trend with a huge bundle of blush coloured peonies. These concepts will create a luscious, textured blush bouquet that simply screams gorgeous, or if you’re as rad as Kinfolk, you’ll put your blooms in an ice cream cone (obviously, right?!)

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Boho Brides Wear Blush

That’s right! Bohemian brides you can rock the blush trend without looking at all cutesy and here’s how. When it comes to blush flower crowns, as we said above, either go for a deeper, Morroccan-like blush or a supremely pale wash. In both instances pairing with brass or gold elements is an absolute game charger.

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And of course the dress. Brides, please on’t be scared to consider a blush dress for yourself, not just your maids. It’s a warm, sophisticated bridal statement that we just LOVE. Again, texture is key: layer up various sheer fabrics and pair with natural textures, like that gorgeous straw hat, or dishevelled blonde braids, or couple will sultry brown eyes, especially if you’re a brunette. Complimenting your blush with natural textures and earthy tones ensures you stay a million miles away from anything too girlie, and instead create an elegant look with plenty of depth; it’ll work perfectly in your outdoor venue.

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I just adore that last image of Emily Blunt. With the light behind her, the blush dress creates such a delicate warm haze around her, don’t you think? Sheer sophistication.

And, of course, blush gets a major tick from us when it comes to your wedding day beauty. Whether you opt for a so-hot-right-now Petal Pout (follow the link for a ‘how to’), a beautiful sweep of coral blusher or those divine half moon nails; blush is the colour for your pretty lil’ face. Just remember to choose your Blush tone carefully, being sure to compliment your complexion, and when it comes to makeup: blend blend and blend again! We want soft feminine tones, no doll-like glowing cheeks!

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Well, my bohemian brides, it’s been a journey! I’ve been contemplating these images for a good month now and I was struggling to convince my (really rather tomboy-ish) self that you’d still love this trend. Here’s hoping that I’ve managed to convince you girls as ardently as I have myself.

Now, where’s that coral blusher I loved last summer…

Clare xo

Viva la México: a Festival Brides Fiesta!

7 May

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Good morning gorgeous creatures!

Happy Wednesday to you all! In homage to the colourful Cino de Mayo festival on Monday, we thought we’d spend today chatting all things Mexicano! I think the best word to describe this trend is ‘vivid’, in every sense. It’s all about your senses and contrast, spicy flavours, vibrant contrasting colours, big bold blooms with many luscious petals, and texture, texture and then more texture! When dressing yourself, your tables and your venue try to think tactile and evoke all the senses to really get that flavour of Mexico.

With that in mind, hit play on the video below for the truly sumptuous sound of Rodrigo y Gabriella, for an all encompassing Mexican experience!

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Before we get on to Mexican reception styling, it’s really important to note that if you’re gonna go for this trend, as with most things, it’ll work best if you fully embrace it and that means looking like you belong there too. Now I’m not saying you need to walk down the aisle in a sombrero and shaking a maraca, but just subtle hints of Mexico will allow you to appear perfectly and effortlessly at ease with your theme. Think ‘cold shoulder’ or dropped shoulder dresses, which happen to be a major trend anyway (Grace Loves Lace’s new collection is teeming with them), paired with lashings of lace and a centre parting and crimson lips. Again, it’s all about the senses; sensual exposure of the décolletage, delicious red lips and layers of textured, luxurious lace.

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If you want to tone it down a little, and go for something super subtle, the Stone Cold Fox collection features the beautiful Caitlin dress, whose tiered effect and slightly flared sleeves exposure tiny peeps of skin. No less sensual, it’s a classic case of ‘less is more’ with this dress, although subtle in style, it remains a gorgeous choice for a Spanish themed wedding, especially teamed with that flower crown, or maybe even a couple of blooms place low and behind the ear for Spanish chic.

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Image credit: the Caitlin by Stone Cold Fox

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Of course, as I mentioned earlier, Mexico is all about colour and vibrancy, so this trend facilitates the introduction of colour to the wedding gown with ease. Think contrasting hues and go bright: fuchsia, electric blue, turquoise, sunset yellow and scarlet red, embroidered floral adornments, focussing around the neck and lower hem of the dress. I mean, aren’t they just gorge?

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If introducing bursts of colourful florals to your dress itself is a little too much for you, be sure to focus on your bouquet. We’re talking big, bold, beautiful and seriously, the more petals the better. Luscious bundles, tightly packed with layer upon layer of petals and textures and colour. There’s almost no room for foliage in these bouquets, focus on the blooms themselves and lots of them and that applies throughout the reception, floral designed cakes adorned with oversized flower heads, table centre pieces exploding with warm coloured blooms… It’s a feast for the eyes!

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Note the ever-present hue of sunset yellow, warming everything up, whilst soothing and rounding off the harsher tones of red and green, it’s a key colour it making the busyness of this trend appealing to the eye. We’re loving the prominent use of cacti and citrus fruits on these tables, harsh textures and tangy crisp flavours and scents bring this reception style to life.

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Being such a busy, animated trend, you might be forgiven for thinking that details weren’t essential, but to get that authentic Mexcian vibe, it really is all in the details. Whether it’s serving a late night treat of  sweet churros and warm chocolate sauce, giving Mexican clay tiles or tiny bottles of hot sauce as favours, or just decorating that bare corner with a Día de Muertos painted skull, incorporating these motifs and allowing every element of your reception to ooze Mexican goodness is the only way to hit up this trend.

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…And of course a Mexican Falsa blanket simply must feature, be it a table runner, a cosy wrap for your guests, or to adorn a seat, they’re instant Mexico and just the coolest fabric around this summer!

Last up; the all important paper goods and oh goodness, do Mexican motifs make the coolest stationary designs ever? Er, I think so! What an incredible bit of mail this’d be, I’m not sure I’d ever take it down from the mantlepiece! Again, use zingy colours and pick a single motif, they’re all such strong designs you don’t want to overwhelm that tiny piece of card!

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Uhh, those last two designs, I die! The minimalist in me is crying, but they’re just so boho and colourfully cool, I can’t resist! That’s the thing with this trend, you just have to let go of that reserved, magnolia voice in your head and embrace all the colour, all the flavour and the host of textures and quirky motifs that Mexico has to offer. It’s trendsetting, it’s unusual, but it’s full of life and celebration and what else should weddings be about? 

Viva la México!

Clare xo

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