Queen Anne’s lace

Blooming all over the Bega valley right now is Queen Anne’s lace. A very romantic name for what is essentially weed carrots but either name a lovely white flower. The above photo shows Queen Anne’s lace flowering along the Wolumla-Candelo road.

I have found some lovely examples of brides using this flower in their celebrations. My favourite is the basket loaded with flowers that could easily be colected.

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It is interesting reading comments from people outside of Australia about not picking them from the wild. Luckily we live in Australia and they are an introduced species and technically a weed so are fair game as long as they are not in someones garden.

These photos show the flowers I cut over 24 hours ago, still looking lovely in a vase. They did droop a little on the way home but perked up as soon as they went into water. Perhaps a bucket to keep them wet the whole time would be advisable if you were collecting a large bunch.

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The spent flowers look just as lovely

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The ladies of the 50’s really did have style skills that have been almost lost to us now. One of these was their ability to wear polka dots. That perhaps isn’t entierly true as there are below some lovely modern brides re-interpreting the spot.


Large and small dots together. They look great in black and white but I wonder what colour they were?

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Another cascade of spots in chiffon. A little contrast added through a fine black lace trim on the hem. I would love to see the front, Is the strip around her shoulders a shawl or large collar?


A wonderful way to wear spots, A maxi skirt with a contrast top to break up the pattern.


 I love this spotty tulle over the contrast lining.


Incredibly stylish spots from Valentino. Perfectly matched shoes as well.


A hint of Peacock

I have often seen peacock feathers used in weddings and sadly they seem to be a little overdone. Here are some inspiring ideas for ways to bring a little hint of peacock into a celebration.

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A few feathers tucked into a bouquet of greens.

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Incredible shoes (Choo, Choo, Bhlanik) Lovely if they are in your budget and inspiring ideas for a diy if you are a little crafty.


cute little uncut mineral earrings to bring more of the peacock colours in other ways.


Peacock colours for bridesmaids kept simple with white flowers and gold shoes.


Kate Moss’s Galliano peacock embroidery