{favour inspiration} gourmet toffee apples

Now I know what you may be thinking – toffee apples are more ‘five year-old’s birthday party’ than chic wedding favour, but this classic treat has undergone a makeover. Think non-traditional toffee apples dipped in thick caramel and topped with choc chips, crushed nuts or pastel sprinkles – wrapped up in clear cellophane and tied with a cute tag  and you have a pretty amazing wedding favour.  And don’t think that your event needs to be carnival-themed or that your toffee apples should sit alongside bags of popcorn and fairy floss for you to give these delightful treats to your guests. Gourmet toffee apples fit in perfectly with casual, rustic weddings or as a playful touch to more formal affairs, and I’d love to see more of them in creative, handmade celebrations!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top image from Ruffled, bottom two images from Rustic Wedding Chic

Let me tell you a {Love Story}

I am so pleased to finally announce that My Darling Heart’s second collection, Love Story, is now available. Love Story is a collection full of sweet and charming favours as well as chic wedding decor pieces, made especially for the stylish bride who dreams of a wedding filled with delightful handmade details. I have so many favourites in this collection and I’m sure you will as well! You can shop the collection now in My Darling Heart’s Etsy store

{style story} pastel 50’s wedding

{style story} pastel 50’s wedding

1950’s party dresses, pink lemonade, rosebud cupcakes and dance halls – I was so delighted to be involved in this inspiration-filled pastel styled shoot with some lovely Brisbane wedding vendors recently. The style story was featured on Polka Dot Bride … Continue reading

{wedding favour inspiration} vintage-style handkerchiefs

I love the idea of giving vintage-style handkerchiefs as wedding favours, and if you want to add a few vintage-inspired details into your wedding but don’t want to go overboard then these little hankies are perfect and oh so sweet. I’ve been playing around with some favour designs which incorporate  handkerchiefs and this is my favourite. It’s a two-fold gift for your wedding guests, as they get a box of sweet treats as well as a pretty vintage-style hankie – a lovely keepsake to remind them of your wedding day.

 

The ultimate traditional wedding favour sweet – the sugared almond!

I love the variety of sweet treats that are given as favours in modern weddings, but we all know the traditional wedding favour option was the sugared almond. The bitterness of the almond and the sweetness of the sugar symbolised the bitterness of life and the sweetness of love – that’s pretty darn cute right? But the good old sugared almond has fallen out of fashion lately and is now seen as terribly grandma-ish.  But I have a confession to make – I love them! I love their chic pastel colours, the way they look when piled into a vintage crystal comport and when packaged into little clear bags. And I think the little sugared almond is making a big comeback.

Sugared almonds, or jordan almonds, are really versatile as a wedding favour and you can put a modern (or vintage-inspired!) spin on the packaging you use for them. Or include them on your sweets table alongside macarons, mini cupcakes and chocolates. They come in pastel shades as well as brighter shades, and also in metallics – tres chic!

{top image from Boho Weddings, bottom left image from Martha Stewart Weddings, bottom right image ‘A Little Dream’ favour from My Darling Heart featuring mixed pastel sugared almonds}

favour station inspiration ~ get creative!

I love seeing brides getting stylish with their favour stations! There are so many ways you can get creative and make your favour station a real focal point for your wedding.  It’s the perfect excuse to get some gorgeous props together and make something pretty! Here is a little bit of favour station inspiration for you for your Friday morning. These little printed calico bags tied to a vintage ladder are just so sweet! You can find some great designs in printed calico bags, and I have a couple of designs available here.

Have a lovely weekend all,

Katy x x

Guest post ~ Casey from Rustique Wedding Designs

Good morning darlings! Today I’m very excited to share with you a guest post from Casey of Rustique Wedding Designs. Casey and I met at the recent Vintage and Handmade Bridal Showcase and I’m thrilled that the first guest post is by someone who shares my love of rustic chic weddings. Hope you all enjoy her words as much as I have, Katy x x

Hi My Darling Heart Fans! I’m thrilled to be guest blogging for Katy this week and am a massive fan of her work myself. A little about me, my names Casey and I’m from over at Rustique Wedding Designs. I created my blog to share beautiful rustic inspiration and my goal is to style and plan Rustique Chic designed weddings.

Today I’m going to share some inspiration for creating a charming barn wedding and how to create that barn look without the barn:

Barns create an instant atmosphere to a wedding and adding hanging lights and draping turn it into something magical, intimate and inviting. But what if you there is no barn in sight and you still want to include some elements on your big day, here are some ideas:

By bringing some of the same elements across- old doors, hay bales and wine barrels you can still have a charming atmosphere without the barn and your guests will love all the details. If you love the amazing dress featured it is from Gowns of Elegance and the favours are of course made by My Darling Heart.

For any of the links to the above photos please check out the Rustique Wedding Designs Pinterest Page here.

Thanks a lot for having me, Casey x

{inspired event} The Vintage and Handmade Bridal Showcase

Good morning lovelies! Are you all having a good week? You may have heard about an exciting new event for Brisbane brides that I’m going to be a part of in August – The Vintage and Handmade Bridal Showcase, and I’m going to tell you all of the juicy details!

The showcase is the creation of Melanie from Silver Sixpence & Kim from Hermia’s Wishes – both supremely talented (& nice to boot!) ladies who have a passion for all things vintage, creative, well-designed & offbeat when it comes to weddings. In the words of the ladies themselves, the showcase will be an ‘evening of fashion and fabulousness, with many vendors under the one roof to share with you plenty of inspiration for planning your very own vintage/handmade/rustic wedding.’

Are you getting excited yet?!

As if the showcase wasn’t enough, they will also be offering a program of workshops especially for the DIY-bride who wants to get all the fabulous insider tips and tricks on putting together amazing creative details for their wedding. My Darling Heart will be offering a workshop on how to create beautiful vintage-inspired DIY favours for your guests (now I know you’re definitely excited about that!).

My new favour range, Oranges & Lemons, will also be officially launching on the night of the showcase and I’ll be sharing a special code with those who attend that will get you 10% off the range when you purchase through my Etsy shop. I will also be offering a prize to one very lucky bride on the night – a voucher for $250.00 towards anything in our shop! You could use the voucher towards favours for your wedding or bridal shower, or handmade decorations!

Make sure you stay tuned to The Vintage and Handmade Bride’s blog and facebook page to get all the goss on the wonderfully creative vendors who will be exhibiting at the showcase, and all of the fantastic prizes that will also be on offer on the night.

Looking forward to seeing you at the Ship Inn on 12 August!

Katy x

{friday flowers} midsummer weddings

We are heading to the other side of the world today for our Friday Flowers post – all the way to Sweden! As today is Midsummer, which is the most celebrated festival aside from Christmas for Northern European countries, I thought you may enjoy a little taste of a Scandinavian wedding!

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Heart-shaped flower wreaths like this one are quite popular in Scandinavian weddings and my oh my they are also quite beautiful! Wreaths are often also made of couple’s initials – swoon! Wouldn’t they be perfect as a ceremony backdrop or behind the bride & groom chairs at the reception? If you’re after more wedding inspiration from this part of the world there is an entire blog devoted to the lovliness that is a Scandinavian wedding – PrettyChicBlog. Enjoy!

Have a wonderful weekend,

Katy x x