Thursday Cake day: Garden Tea party cakes

photo by Erika from Photo Madly.

photo by Erika from Photo Madly.

With a light and airy tea party theme, how much fun can a garden venue be? … Complete with mix and match tables & chairs, decor, and place settings… AND let’s not forget the cake! 

Today I have a secret to tell so here goes nothing

Images from Disney

Images from Disney

From a Page by Julia Dowling - Alice in Wonderland / Mad Hatter's Tea Party

From a Page by Julia Dowling – Alice in Wonderland / Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

“If you’re wedding planning skills aren’t that of a ‘Leading Wedding Planner’ and no one will give you a diploma in Co-ordinating Colours and you still need to work in a budget, the Alice in Wonderland theme is just what you need. This theme leads to a lot of savings, DIY project and well “randomness”. That being said, no one will mind your homemade topsy-turvy cake. They could even belief you intended it that way, in fact this kind of ridiculousness is expected and encouraged. “

I would like to encourage ALL to really go any way you like with this one – And I do mean this  literally… 😉

Who needs advance wedding planning skills any way if you have a touch of enchanted fairytale magic?

Go MAD my Mad Hatter Friends!

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Down the rabbit hole we go…

“The time has come,” the walrus said, “to talk of many things: Of shoes and ships – and sealing wax – of cabbages and kings”Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

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There are so many things you could do with a Mad Hatter… tea party that is and still have a sophisticated and likable theme for grown-ups, (but do we ever really grow up?) You can decide upon 1 of 2 colour pallets that would work really well namely: ‘The Bright and colourful’ OR ‘The Pretty vintage look’.

Red, black, hot pink and even some Turquoise… Now let’s add an odd combination of patterns with just enough quirkiness. Embellish with ribbons and rhinestones, trough in a few layers of fabric and you’ll be ready for one mad tea party!

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It is important to keep your tea party exciting with ideas which may leave your guest astonished. With the element of surprise make sure your guest receive an unusual invitation and experience an unexpected opening…

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Fashionable food Fridays.

06BrightColoursWeddingShoot-OMGImGettingMarriedWeddingBlogAnd so the week comes to an end again… Most of you will be excited that “it’s the weekend baby”, however I find myself pondering is it really Friday? As we constantly strive to uphold our balance lifestyle this particular week time didn’t quite count in my favour – if it was at all possible perhaps rewind a little?

Thought I would blow your mind with some images and even make you crave some sweet things.

Dig in birdies and have a lovely weekend.

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Images from

http://www.onewed.com
http://www.greenweddingshoes
www.elizabethannedesigns.com
www.ruffledblog.com

Thursday cake day: Pop-art inspiration.

Finally the time has come for you to choose a wedding cake for your big day; your heart is filled with excitement and joy. You arrive at the bakery with the perfect shade of white for your wedding cake, you know you want 5 tiers with vanilla frosting and strawberry filling and there you are with your cake topper in hand wondering is this it…

Don’t worry your pretty little head… gone are the days that brides had no options and today I would like to share some exciting ideas you might not have seen before while browsing through magazines, social media pages & websites.
So open your mind and allow yourself to dream… here are some “out of the cake box” ideas just for you.

Eat cake ladies.

References:

http://chickgeek.org/cake-art-lichtenstein/
onewed.com
http://www.greenweddingshoes
www.elizabethannedesigns.com
www.ruffledblog.com
www.theknot.com
http://www.bellenza.com/wedding-ideas/decorate/cake-alert-modern-wedding-cakes-to-swoon-over.html

 

Wednesday inspiration: 1950′s POP ART popping around

Just picture this; An Art gallery venue with comic book graphics, Polka dot prints and patterns, bold primary colours with pops of black and white. The bride walks in with red lips, a vintage inspired hair style and a tea-length wedding dress with a birdcage veil, next to her is the groom in his smartly tailored black suit, white shirt and a skinny black necktie.

Here is a look at wedding dresses fitted for a pop-art wedding

Let’s get shopping ladies, we have a smashing party to go to…

1950’s POP ART popping around the Bridal scene

Hey Love birds,
This week at Newton & Strauss we are changing things up a bit. Last month we have shared; grey week, eco week and black & white week. (Hope you enjoyed it and found something to inspire you while planning your wedding).

Now for the first week of March I thought I would push your boundaries and maybe show you something you did not consider before. That is why this week we will be looking at Pop Art as a wedding theme. This theme is currently POPPING up everywhere (LOL) and is quite a change from the lovely, vintage chic look that is currently dominating the WWW. This retro theme combines clashing colours, funky fonts and accents inspired by pop-art for a fun filled quirky wedding day

Are you a bride that hates doing what is expected, tired of traditions – why not get married the way your grandmother should have? Well, my modern bride – the 1950’s Pop art theme is definitely something to get excited about.

Bold colours, geometric patterns, vibrant paint hues and oh so retro, get ready for a Pop Art party. This is a theme with lots of personality and even something old. (The Pop Art movement originated in the mid 1950’s in Britain which is very similar to the “mod” trend).

Below please find a list of ideas from 1 Wedding source. (www.1weddingsource.com/blog)

•   queenslandbrides_popart_9 Create table centers using glass bottles such as milk or soda bottles and fill with two or three flowers in vibrant shades.
•    Serve up your wedding cocktails in personalized soda bottles.
•    For wedding favours or just as a snack give your guests cones of popcorn in different flavours.
•    Create a retro inspired bouquet with colourful garden flowers such as dahlias, chrysanthemums and gardenias.
•    Use an old fashioned typewriter font for your invitations, menus and other stationery details. If you can get hold of an old typewriter, set it up at your reception as an alternative to a classic guest book and ask your guests to type their messages.
•    For a table centre with a brightcolors-styled-12different use retro cake stands piled high with whoopee pies standing on a pile of vintage hardback books.
•    Give your guests funky wedding invitations shaped to look like vinyl records.
•    Create whimsical signs to hang on your reception
•    Add some nostalgia with candies from your childhood and wedding favours in fun container ideas like mini jelly bean machines or personalized candy jars.
•    Give your guests some fun with a vintage gramophone and some choice records.
•    Create table centres with vases filled with colourful jelly beans and flowers or oversized personalized lollipops.
•    Decorate cupcakes with pop art images such as Marilyn Monroe and other images coordinating with the theme.
•    queenslandbrides_popart_1Hire a Wurlitzer jukebox for your cocktail hour and fill with some retro records.
•    Dress your bridesmaids in colourful fifties style dresses complete with sweetheart necklines and big skirts.
•    This trend will be reflected in the continued popularity of the bride’s ‘little white dress’ with the addition of strong lines and a modern look. Stationary will feature comic illustrations and graphics. Bold, graphic colours and whimsical decor will also be incorporated into the setting. We will also see bite-sized food and drinks such as mini sliders and mini cokes.

Just picture this; An Art gallery venue with comic book graphics, Polka dot prints and patterns, bold primary colours with pops of black and white. The bride walks in with red lips, a vintage inspired hair style and a tea-length wedding dress with a birdcage veil, next to her is the groom in his smartly tailored black suit, white shirt and a skinny black necktie.

So, ladies send out your pop art inspired ‘save the dates’ and get your guest excited for the wedding of the year!

References:
http://blog.theknot.com/2013/07/17/pop-art-neon-wedding-ideas/
http://www.fatchett.com/blog/2012/07/epic-diy-wedding-invitation
http://queenslandbrides.blogspot.com/2011/04/qb-loves-pop-art-party.html
http://www.matthewoliver.co.uk/pop-art-wedding/
http://www.callunaevents.com/pop-art-weddings/
http://www.1weddingsource.com/blog/wedding-theme-ideas-ideas-creating-retro-wedding-theme/35/
http://www.onewed.com/vintage/blog/vintage-wedding-ideas-weddings-inspired-by-pop-art2
http://www.bookmorebrides.com/7-red-hot-wedding-trends-for-2014/

Thursday cake day: Black alternative cake ideas

As we continue our black and white theme into Thursday cake day, I must admit I had no idea what I wanted to do.I could have easily just posted a few Black and white cake images and said be inspired…

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But that would be to easy… so, instead I searched the WWW and found a few alternatives, make it yourself (or pay someone to do it…) wedding cake ideas.

Unique-Wedding-Dessert-Table-Ideas-As-Seen-on-weddingsbylilly3-e1370836440431With so many alternative cake ideas just remember that as a general rule of thumb, individual sized desserts work best as they keep their appearance for longer, like cookies. You could choose traditional varieties: Chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin or try some Cupcakes, mini pies, dessert shooters, cake pops, macaroons, whoopee pies etc. These yummy ideas could be anything you want then to be from simple to fancy. Try your hand at some DIY to save a penny or go to the best bakery in town. That is up to you…

Macaroons:

This delicious French confections meringue-based cookies filled with ganache or butter cream, not only looks lovely, but taste delicious. They could be served just as or even as macaroon pops. They also make for an amazing cake if placed in tiers on a cake stand creating a more traditional feel.

Oreo Cookies (or any cookie of your choice):

Just like with the Macaroons you could play around with cookie-pops arranged on a cake stand for guest to sample or simply create a cookie tower, you could also add a milk fountain mmm… Dunk it!

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Or just some fun cake pops:

Cake pops are delightful little treats that most haven’t tried yet, so they’ll seem incredibly novel to your guest

You might even like a tiered cheesecake…02-englishCheesecakeCo-450x275

Donuts: Most people don’t even know how much they love these treats, now can you imagine having three tiers of piled donuts?

Cupcakes:

You could always go for the tried and tested- a simple, yet potentially decadent treat.

Lamingtons:

Although I would love to think of these as traditional treats called Ystervarkies from South Africa, Lamingtons originate in Australia. They are available at almost every church bazaar, making this a delicious and really affordable alternative to the traditional wedding cake.

I would love to see the most unusual wedding cakes you have ever seen, so please share.

Happy baking! 😉
Ansunel Strauss

onewed:
http://www.onewed.com/wedding-cake-picture/blog/wonderful-wedding-cake-alternatives1.
http://www.onewed.com/wedding-cake-picture/blog/five-fun-and-affordable-wedding-cake-alternatives
simplypeachy:
http://www.simplypeachy.com/wedding-cake-alternatives/
omgimgettingmarried:
http://www.omgimgettingmarried.com/2010/04/english-cheesecake-company/
projectwedding:
http://www.projectwedding.com/ideas/129507/groom-s-cake-alternatives
Justweddings:
http://www.justweddings.org/blog/tag/alternative-wedding-cakes/
marthastewartweddings .
http://www.marthastewartweddings.com/226354/diy-cake-decorating
myinspiredwedding :
http://myinspiredwedding.com/weekly-wedding-ideas/wedding-cake-mondays-wedding-cake-alternatives
bakingobsession:
http://www.bakingobsession.com/2009/10/26/nut-free-french-macarons/
sweetstyleblog:
http://www.sweetstyleblog.com.au/archives/1212
food24:
http://blogs.food24.com/pinkpolkadot/tag/ystervarkies/

Wednesday Inspiration:Black OR white? Would you ever consider wearing a black wedding dress?

This week we are focusing on the ‘black and white’ wedding theme that comes and goes every now and then. I must say my immediate reaction was – “NO; Black wedding dresses are for the Red carpets & fancy dress parties and definitely not for weddings”. What is your first reaction?

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Are your immediate thoughts also in the lines of Goths or Rock when hearing ‘a black wedding dress’? If so, then maybe this article may entirely change your vision of this non-traditional bridal choice.

With that being said, when mentioning black wedding dresses, Vera Wang is the first bridal designer to come to mind. Her Fall ‘12 bridal collection were seasons ahead as Vera always knows the latest trend 2 or 3 seasons ahead of time, but it didn’t all start with Vera’s black sachet on pearl-white wedding dresses.

The fact is that history does tend to repeat itself, bringing back old traditions. Prior to the Victorian era, brides were primarily married in the best dress they owned, colour played no role; be it a black, brown or yellow. In Scandinavia, black wedding dresses were especially popular and as far as white was concerned, in the 1500’s white was considered as the colour of mourning for French Queens, (therefore the ‘black is for mourning’ argument was not valid before).

Centuries ago black wedding dresses were worn in different cultures, but this all changed when Queen Victoria wore a white dress to her wedding ceremony in the 1840 and sparked the trend of white wedding gowns. First white dresses were exclusive to the elite, but after WWII the middle class caught up to the trend. Nonetheless, black was still often worn by brides, especially by those who recently lost a love one. Interestingly enough, in Spanish Cultures, Roman Catholic brides wore black to symbolise their devotion to marriage till death.

In the late 1800’s black took on a very negative connotation and people started associating the colour with death and mourning. The mother of the groom or bride didn’t wear black as it was seen as a huge taboo, a symbol of regret to the marriage or choice of spouse. In today’s day and age one can clearly see the symbolic meaning has faded as black is the most elegant and sophisticated shade for women to wear.All brides are different and like different styles and so if they want to hide some non-flattering body curves to look their best on their big day, black works magic while white visually enlarge.monique-lhuillier-

Looking back now, it could have been predicted that it was only a matter of time before the modern bride toppled over the ‘all dresses in white cliché’ and opted for a dress with colour. I love the idea of surprising everyone with a black dress. It would be unexpected, unique and dramatic to say the least.  Although… I don’t think black is for my big day.

So, we are definitely going to see more black wedding dresses soon with the likes of Avril Lavigne making a huge fashion statement in her black wedding dress, but it might take a few more centuries before you see the average brides taking the black option. This is mainly because of the negative connection black carries and the fact that society mainly sees the lighter shades as a symbol of purity, beauty and virginity.

This leads me to ask you again… would you wear a black wedding dress?

Research:
Atelier Aimée: http://www.atelieraimeebridalcouture.com/wedding-dresses-gowns-collections/black-and-white-bride.html
Elegant Black: http://www.vponsalewedding.co.uk/wedding-trends-20-offbeat-non-white-wedding-dresses/
bridalmusings: http://bridalmusings.com/2011/10/black-wedding-dress-would-you-wear-a-black-wedding-dress/
The knotty bride: http://theknottybride.com/22533
Verawang: http://www.verawang.com/veraunveiled/2012/03/black-is-the-new-white/
Black-wedding-dresses-the-story-behind-them: http://www.khaleejesque.com/2011/11/fashion/black-wedding-dresses-the-story-behind-them/
Fashion.maga-zine.com: http://www.fashion.maga-zine.com/8630/black-wedding-dresses/

Engagement shoot Competition

February has arrived, and as you all know it is the month of love.
We at Newton and Strauss would like to make it special and memorable by making you and your partner the WINNERS of a 2hour Engagement shoot.

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All you have to do is simply like our  Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/newtonandstrauss), post a picture of you and your fiancé together with your engagement story. Get your friends to like your post and our page. The couple with the most likes win.


T&C’s Apply:
Couples need to live in the Western Cape.
The prize may not be redeemed for money.
Closing date: 1 March 2014
The winner will be announced on facebook on the 3rd of March 2014.
The photoshoot expires on the 1st of June 2014
Have fun
Kind regards
Newton&Strauss