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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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/

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

Rustic table centerpieces

Hi everyone, keeping up with our Eco week I thought I would show you something fun I found on OnceWed, this was created by the author herself.

Here is a great, inexpensive way to really bring Eco design to your wedding…

Have fun!

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Directions:

What you will need:

· slice of wood ( 11′ diam x 2.5′ h)
· glass cylinder vases ( 11′h, 9′h, 6′h x 3.5′ diam)
· pillar candles ( 3 varying heights to fit in each vase)
· ribbon & yarn
· fabric, wood, or dried flowers
· double sided tape
· scissors

Instructions:

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1. Cut 3 pieces of ribbon/yarn (one arms length per piece). Wrap each vase with ribbon/yarn. Attach ends of ribbon/yarn with double sided tape to surface of vase. I chose to wrap with a knobby yarn, satin ribbon, and grosgrain ribbon to create a variety of textures. I also wrapped the ribbon/yarn at different heights on each vase to create more interest.

2. Attach fabric/wood/dried flower to a piece of ribbon and tie around tallest vase.

3. Insert pillar candles into vases. arrange cluster of vases on wood slice, keeping the sides with the tape facing the center.

4. Arrange fabric/wood/dried flowers on wood slice around the vase cluster. Light the candles and enjoy your rustically elegant centerpiece!

FYI: The wooden flowers shown are no longer available for purchase. I would suggest creating fabric flowers or heading to a local craft store and picking up some dried botanicals. If you are interested in creating these centerpieces in large numbers, I would suggest ordering the vases in bulk.

Table decorations at weddings have historically been just flowers. But a great alternative if you don’t want to use flowers is a project like this. Using recycled materials (in this case reclaimed wood), you can really have lovely centerpieces that ooze style and can be made to fit your overall theme. For example, I’m not using wood, but instead my mother’s antique lanterns as our table centerpieces- our overall decoration will be “beautiful light” since everyone is eating at outside at night. I’ll post pics of my vision as I get closer to my wedding date this October.

What about you? Will you be using flowers as table centerpieces at your wedding?

Thursday cake day: Cheese Wedding Cakes

Images (left – right): 1, 2 & 3 from The Fine Cheese Co.; 4 from Martha Stewart

Images (left – right): 1, 2 & 3 from The Fine Cheese Co.; 4 from Martha Stewart

Today I have something different for you. Have you ever thought of cheese for your wedding cake?

These days you’ll find that not many guest eat cake at weddings as they mostly have too much wine. So why not a cake made from cheese to go with the wine? This will be something new and exciting that will have your guest talking – infact long after your wedding!

That being said, I have a surprise/treat for you…

DIY cheese wedding cakes:

Images: Just Judy

Images: Just Judy


I’m sure you can find a company that will create a cake from cheese for you, but I think it’s more fun and personal to build your own. So, here is how!

To start, you will have to find a good and cost effective cheese supplier. Try out your local cheesemakers and give your guest a taste of the region. It’s important to source a variety of cheeses, like you would for a good cheese board. Finding a hard cheese and maybe a blue cheese might be a good place to start. Depending on your wedding theme bear in mind the colour of the cheese, you should also try to find similar shapes of cheese with different strengths that comes in wheels and are suitable for stacking, (wet or fruit flavoured cheese’s are a big no-no as they might melt). You will need about 100g of cheese per guest or a minimum of 4kg per 50 guests.

To get the traditional wedding cake you would ideally need three to five layers of cheese, graduating from large too small. Small goat’s cheese pieces could be added between layers if needed.

Let’s get stacking! To create a rustic look use a wedding cake stand on top of a trunk base. Perhaps have your local sawmill sand and wax the base for you?
Stack each layer directly on top of each other, (you could put grease paper between layers).
Now for the fun part: use fresh or dried fruit, herbs, crackers, ribbon and/or edible flowers to decorate your cake. Honey could also be drizzled over your cake to create an extra bit of decadence.
And there you go, a personalised unique wedding cake made from cheese.


Today I was inspired by a
n article that appeared in the February Cap Classique newsletter and featured on the southboundbride’s blog: Here are the links:


http://www.southboundbride.com/how-to-style-a-cheese-wedding-cake/
http://www.southboundbride.com/make-it-yourself-cheese-wedding-cakes
http://thepastrystudio.com/blog/au-natural-rustic-urban-botanical-wedding-cake-by-the-pastry-studio-daytona-beach-fl/

Sources (top to bottom, left to right): 1- Aaron Delesie/Kelly Oshiro Design via Style Me Pretty; 2- James Melia/Flourish and Prosper via Whimsical Wonderland Weddings; 3- Stephan Marais/Fairview on SBB; 4- Caught the Light/Forever & Ever Events /Tastes Delicatessen via 100 Layer Cake; 5- Stellar Photography via Style Me Pretty; 6- via My Wedding Thing; 7- Tasha Seccombe/Fairview via The Pretty Blog; 8- Nicole Cordeir/Woodside Cheese Wrights via Hello May; 9- Cypress Grove Chèvre  via The Knot; 10- Harrison White Photography/High Weald Dairy via You & Your Wedding; 11- Ocello; 12- C’est Cheese via Hitched; 13- Tasha Seccombe Photography via The Pretty Blog; 14- Eliza Claire via Rock My Wedding; 15- Ann-Kathrin Koch/Fine Cheese Company via Rock My Wedding; 16- I Heart Weddings/Cathrin D’Entremont Weddings/The Black Truffle via Polka Dot Bride; 17 (left & right) – Rensche-Mari van Dyk/La Marina via The Pretty Blog; 18- As Sweet As Images/Van Gaalen Kaasmakerij on SBB; 19- via Southern Living; 20- C’est Cheese