Gingham

A gorgeous choice for a summer day wedding.

Above is the Incredible Ulyana Sergeenko in a striking gingham dress. The skirt shows the gingham pattern stretching and moving. This is because of a full circle skirt which shows off fabric beautifully because 4 points in the skirt sit on the bias.

Brush strokes soften the bold gingham print on this Caroilna Harrera skirt. I wonder if I could create this look with actual brush strokes, I like the thought of using white silk with a hint of colour in the paint.

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This Oscar de la Renta gown uses a sheer ribbon sewn onto the fabric to create the gingham effect.

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The same gingham effect is created by Aria bridal using 2 layers of stripes at 90 degrees to each other. I love the look of this dress for a day wedding. The gingham effect would  shift as the layers of the skirt moved against each other. This dress is called Dorothy, after the Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz and her iconic gingham dress.

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Another way Gingham is created is through pleating the fabric in 2 directions, 90 decrees to each other. I love this Christian Dior dress for the variation in width of the pleats which create a modern take on gingham.

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All the methods of creating gingham through layering of fabric would be achievable in a made to measure dress. Using white on white would give texture in a more subtle way than some of these examples. Creative ways of using basic fabrics can give amazing results.

Flower Inspiration – Ferns

It isn’t always the value of the item that makes something special. Sometimes it is the thought, care and time that turns it into something surprising.

With this in mind I have given some time to something I have in abundance in my unloved rental garden, ferns.

Green on green is an emerging trend and I love for its simplicity and unpretentiousness.

Here are some Ideas to get your creative juices flowing.

Antique botanical prints as inspiration for invitations.

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Potted ferns as centrepeices. Most species in domestic gardens can be divided and re potted easily. Pot up what you need a few months ahead and keep the seaweed solution up to them to have a green lush reception. Consider making friends with a local nursery, they may be willing to hire larger specimens.

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Is your reception somewhere with a sturdy roof? What about a ball of ferns as a centrepiece over your dance floor. All you will need is a hanging basket that will allow you to insert plants into the bottom to make a sphere. Here is a similar idea but using succlents.

mix the species  for texture.

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Larger leaves gently twisted into wreaths for a lush green backdrop for your ceremony or to decorate a wall at your venue.

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Simple white flowers combined with ferns

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These are cut ferns where the lower leaves have been stripped and simply used like flowers in a glass vase. These arrangements once made lasted 4 days before they showed even the slightest sign of wilting. This would make them a great  option to make even 2 days ahead.

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My favourite florist in the whole world

I love to share the amazing and inspiring things I come across. This New York based florist and farm has blown my mind.

Sapuia have a store in Brooklyn where they offer bridal services using flowers that they grow themselves. The flowers are soft and romantic as much as wild and moody.

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The natural and hand picked flowers shatter the conventional flowers we see with perfect straight stemmed roses and limited foliage. I think this has been why I find the idea of growing or collecting flowers that you can pass to a florist to arrange with commercially supplied flowers so appealing.

They make me want to grow wonderful wildflowers and bulbs that are wildly inappropriate for the australian climate.