Candle Making Workshop

Pearl Lowe

Hello lovely people, hope you are all well.

Are you coming along to the Fabulous Places Summer Market on 5th and 6th July?

DIY Candles

There are three fabulous workshops to consider attending –


Places are limited and for full information, times and costs please visit the Summer Market website:


Candle Making Workshop

  • Learn how to make your own natural wax candles in this half hour workshop.
  • Darby & Joan started their journey by making these candles and I will be hosting this workshop to share my tips and to take you through the process, from a packet of wax flakes to the finished candle.
  • I was asked to contribute to Pearl Lowe’s book “Vintage Craft” and here my step-by-step candle tutorial is featured.
  • They are ridiculously easy to make once you know how!
  • You will leave the session with your own candle and the knowledge of how to do it all at home.
  • Full course notes are provided.


You will learn about:


  • Health & Safety
  • Equipment required
  • Suppliers information
  • Types of eco & vegetable waxes available for the candle maker
  • Choosing the right wick and wick sizing
  • Colouring your candle
  • Trouble shooting

Cost is £10 per person


faulous places 2014 summer market


Image credit – Style me Pretty

6:31 18 June 2014

Wedding Colour Trends for 2015

Sandon Hall elegant afternoon tea wedding styling

Hello Lovelies! We’ve got some lovely wedding inspiration for you today.   This year’s wedding season is winding down for us and we are hearing from lots new brides who are planning their 2015 weddings.

In today’s blog we’re taking a peep at our favourite wedding colour trends for 2015, and oh my they are gorgeous!

I hope you enjoy!

Mirlah xox



Yellow & Grey

Sophisticated but fun and full of sunshine this colour palette is the perfect mix between a formal affair and a proper summer do.  Pastel lemon and washed out greys or block colour and patterns, it doesn’t matter what you choose, this unusual colour combination works so well. I forget their ‘proper’ name but I love those little yellow ‘billy balls’ of delight they work really well as button holes or just popped into mismatched stem vases. We’re seeing this more and more now where brides are doing away with any greenery and opting for a colour block bouquet. I think it looks stunning and an all yellow rose or peony bouquet next to floaty grey bridesmaids dress sounds like perfection. To really go for it and another splash of colour to your wedding day you can even tie in the colour of your drinks. Think cloudy lemonade in drinks dispensers, mini Limoncello bottles as favours and a pineapple inspired cocktail for happy hour.

2015 Vintage Wedding Colour Trends - Yellow  and Grey Inspiration

Moodboards by Best Day Ever

Yellow Bouquet – Joe Elario Photography via Style Me Pretty | Chevron Runner – Sweet Monday via Ruffled Blog

Ribbon Backdrop – N & L Notes | Letters – Jennifer Eileen Photography via Bride & Joy

Lemon Table scape – Revel Blog | Pom Poms – Figlewicz Photography via The frosted petticoat

Orange & Peach

This year peach has been teamed with lots of minty goodness and whilst this is still a firm fave of ours we’re loving where brides are taking peach to next. Say hello to a fruity burst of gorgeousness with peach,coral and orange. An absolute feast for the eyes this citrus inspired colour palette is for the fun loving couple who are up for a bit of a fiesta. For this look you can really go wild with flowers mixing lots of different shapes, sizes, textures and colours and we’re never one to say no to different vases and vessels to put them in. For a fresh look dress you tables in crisp white linen with a bright patterned runner or if you fancy something a little more rough around the edges, wooden trestle tables make for a colourful rustic affair.

2015 Vintage Wedding Colour Trends - Peach and Orange Inspiration

Image Credits: Table Setting –  Sweet Root Village via Ruffled Blog | Ice Lollies –  KT Merry via Southern Weddings

Orange and Peach Bridesmaids – Eric Kelley via Southern Weddings | Bright Bouquet- Angela Higgins via 100 Layer Cake

Table scape – Anna Delores Photography via Style Me Pretty | Orange Balloons – Stephanie Kapra Photography via Burnett’s Boards

Neutral & Sparkle

Is white a colour? Not sure? but our next look is all about keeping things neutral and letting the sparkle do the talking. A modern take on the traditional white wedding this look is a breath of fresh air and all types of beautiful. Dress you maids in shades of white, eggshell and cream and keep the blooms simple too. I love the idea of tying some ribbon or sequins round the bouquets and letting them hang down and sparkle in the breeze! You may have seen over on Facebook  that we’re pretty smitten with the sequin table runners we used at Sandon Hall the other week, they were courtesy of  The Sweet Hostess and are just stunning. Plain white table clothes, a sequin runner, stunning white/blush roses and vintage china = The perfect mix of timeless, understated, vintage glamour!

Fancy more pretty? See pictures of Darby & Joan’s table styling at Sandon Hall Here.

2015 Vintage Wedding Colour Trends - Neutral, Sparkle and Sequins Inspiration

Image Credits: Neutral Bridesmaids – Matt Johnson Photography via Style Me Pretty

Tassel Garland – Your Cloud Parade | Elegant Table Setting – Harwell Photography via Style Me Pretty 

Sequin Tablecloth – Yasmin Khajavi via Social Bliss | Bridal Bouquet – Robin Lin via Style Me Pretty



So there we have it. Our top picks of wedding colour combinations for 2015, which ones your fave? or what are you favourite wedding colours? Let us know!

9:46 17 June 2014

WedFest Part 2: The Reception, Entertainment, Outdoor Wedding Ideas & Inspiration

WedFest Part 2: The Entertainment, Outdoor Wedding Ideas and Inspiration

Hello & HAPPY FRIDAY to you all! It’s a little grey outside today but I’m hoping to bring some sunshine with the second instalment of our WedFest Inspiration post. Last time we looked at Outdoor ceremonies, a twist on the traditional Wedding Breakfast and some fab decor ideas! Catch up here if you’d like.

This week we’re turning our heads to the ‘Do’ We’ll be looking at how to entertain your guests, wonderful little details to add that special touch and where would a carefree, festival inspired wedding be without an after party? Hope you enjoy!

Mirlah xox


The Entertainment

Chances are if you’ve gone for a festival inspired wedding your venue is likely to have tons of outside space to spread out for fun and frolics. If you are short on space though, fear not, giant lawn games are sure to be a winner. I’d like to say if you’ve got quite a lot of little ones coming to your reception then a bouncy castle and space hoppers are a great choice, but who are we kidding? These things are just as much for the adults! A photo booth always goes down well too! DIY it with a backdrop, props and vintage frames or go pro with a personalised  backdrop and printed snaps, we totally recommend OH! Photobooth for a fab time!

One thing you just can’t beat for a fun,relaxed vibe is live music! I don’t know about you, but when a band starts to play it doesn’t really matter if I know the song it gets my feet tapping and my shoulders bopping. You could create a ‘main stage’ or tent where they could play and set up your dance floor right out in the field! If you’ve got a musical guest list why not see if any of them would be willing to play and mix it up a little?

Entertainment Ideas for a Festival Themed Wedding | Live Music, Games, Bouncy Castles & More

Moodboards: Best Day Ever

Image Credits: Musical Bride: The House Meadow via pinterest Space Hoppers: My beautiful bride via Rock My Wedding  Dancing: This and That Photography via Boho Weddings

Wedding Band: viva wedding photography via rock n roll bride Outdoor Dance floor: Samm Blake via ruffled blog

Photo Booth: Pinterest (source unknown) Bouncy Castle: Vowed & Amazed 



The Little Details

Whilst your venue, the music and the decor will be making a big impact and setting the tone for your festival wedding, it’s those little details that add a personal touch and tie it all together. Here are a few ideas to get those creative juices flowing.

1) An alternative Guest Book

If you are music lovers I just love this idea. Get your guest to write their well wishes on an old guitar and hang it pride of place in your home. You could also do something similar with a wooden bench or anything for that matter.

2) “If your feet are sore, put these on a dance some more!”

Keep the party going with a box of flip flops for tired tootsies! A field and heels never worked anyway!

3) Light it Up

It goes without saying these bad boys are pretty much fit for all types of weddings! Spell out L.O.V.E or your initials for a great atmosphere when the sun goes down.

4) Snuggle Up

A really simple idea but one your guests are sure to love! Even in the height of Summer, it can get a little chilly and for those who aren’t pulling shapes on the dance floor a snuggle with a blanket would be perfect!

5) Tea Lights

So cheap and easy to do, get yourselves down to Ikea for a job lot of tea lights (obviously) and collect loads of jars to dot around the venue and hang from trees! Ta-da!

6) The Family Tree

This is a really sweet idea, you could use it to show members of the bridal party, or your parents weddings. I really love the idea of being able to share the day with loved ones who sadly couldn’t be there. What a lovely way to remember them and involve them in your big day.

7) Musical Favours

Not sure what to give as a favour? These cute CD’s would be a great choice for a musical couple. Load them up with your fave tunes and wrap up in a brown paper wallet for a little vintage twist.

The little details for a Festival themed Wedding | Outdoor Wedding Inspiration

Image Credits: Guitar Guest Book: A First Class Wedding Flip Flops: Tux & Tales via Boho Weddings

Love Sign:  viva wedding photography via rock n roll bride

Blankets: via the knot Tea Light Tree: The Fashion Medley

Family Tree: M&J photography via Love My Dress CD Wedding Favours: Shabby Chic Daydreams

The After Party

A wedding day goes by so quickly who can blame you for wanting to keep the party going long into the wee hours, or the next day in fact! If you’ve opted for a Tipi, Marquee or a wedding venue that allows you access all weekend long you should totally make the most of it.

When the party starts to wind down, that’s the perfect time to all sit by a campfire, roast marshmallows or sip some Hot Choc (with a little extra tipple) and laugh the night away. Then when it’s finally time to retire a bell tent wedding guest village is the perfect accommodation! Dressed with vintage bunting and a real bed for the Newlyweds, this is glamping at it’s best!

How fab to wake up as a married couple with your close friends and family in the fresh air? I love the idea of putting on ‘The Real Wedding Breakfast’ with bacon eggs and lots of tea whilst you chat about your wonderful day before or how about setting up an alfresco brunch with picnic blankets.

PS. I love those hangover kit favours! Let’s face it, they may come in handy :o)

The After Party - Festival Themed wedding Ideas | Guest Village Accommodation, Campfires and the Morning After Wedding Brunch

Image Credits: Bell Tent Village: Tinkers Bells via Save The Date Picnic:

Sparklers: Pinterest (source unknown)  Hangover Kits: Be Collective on Etsy

Campfire with Marshmallows: Mullers Photo via wedding chicks Wedding Brunch: Martha Stewart Weddings

So there we have it, your guide for creating & styling your perfect festival wedding. We hope we’ve given you lots of ideas for you to recreate. Don’t forget you can catch up with Part 1 here:

WedFest Part 1: Outdoor Ceremonies, Yummy Food & Drink & Styling Inspiration

8:07 23 May 2014

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