{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

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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

{favour inspiration} teacups + succulents

I’m a huge fan of non-edible favours for weddings, and as far as non-edible wedding favours go I think mini succulents in vintage teacups pretty much takes the cake. These favours are perfect keepsakes of your celebration and they also suit many different styles of wedding – from rustic barn to glam garden party, the teacup succulent is just perfection.

Finding the number of teacups you need may be a challenge – be prepared to scour many vintage and second hand shops in the lead up to your wedding and get family and friends on board for The Great Teacup Hunt. It also pays to do some research on good local nurseries in your area to supply succulents in bulk, rather than paying a fortune buying them from large commercial nurseries. This is a favour that requires a lot of effort but it sure would be worth it to give your guests such a gorgeous and thoughtful keepsake.

Images from Polka Dot Bride

{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.

 

{sweets for my sweets} chic white sweets table for Natalie’s kitchen tea

I had the pleasure of styling a sweets table for the lovely Natalie for her kitchen tea on the weekend and I’m really excited to share some photos of the event with you. Natalie was after a chic all-white table for her kitchen tea, with lots of sweet little details to delight her guests. The table featured some yummy treats like mini vanilla cupcakes, lychee jelly beans, milk bottles, white chocolate raspberry bullets, vanilla bean macarons and white chocolate haystacks, as well as some sweet handcrafted details like ‘i do’ cupcake toppers, personalised lolly bags and ‘C & N’ fabric-wrapped initials (for Chris & Natalie!). The Brisbane River provided the most beautiful backdrop to the event. I loved working on this table and I’m so glad that Natalie really loved it as well!

All the best for your wedding in a couple of weeks Natalie & Chris!

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

{a darling gift} out of town wedding guest packs

If you’ve ever needed to travel a long (or even a short!) distance to attend a wedding you’ll know how delightful it is to find a little bag of goodies in your hotel room – they are one of the really thoughtful little details you can include in your guest’s ‘wedding experience’, and you guests will love you for it!

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Your out of town guest bags can include goodies like bottled water, fresh fruit, mini champagne bottles, gourmet teas, handmade chocolates and mini jars of honey or jam. Including locally made items or produce that is famous in that particular city or area is extra thoughtful, and popping in some homebaked goods like banana bread, muffins or tarts are a gorgeous personal touch.

And, of course, how you package and present your carefully selected goodies is extremely important! Small picnic or wicker baskets are perfect for a couple’s gift pack, and mini berry baskets work well for individual gift packs. Kraft paper bags and boxes are also great as they can be prettied up with a cheerful grosgrain ribbon and patterned waxed paper. A personalised handwritten notecard with a few words of welcome to your guests is the finishing touch, and will leave them wondering what other delights await them at your wedding!

Katy x 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