Table with ice cream and sweet treats for hen party

Colourful 1960’s Mod Inspired Ice Cream Hen Party

I have some super sweet hen party inspiration for you today with this colourful 1960’s Mod inspired ice cream hen party shoot. These cool hen party ideas were dreamt up by stylist Kristin Rapisardi of Lustre Theory. The styling combines the most amazing bold and pastel colours, fabulous florals, ribbons, balloons, and a cute pup!
The concept is inspired by the well-loved 60’s mod era, and combined with a love of ice cream and sweet things works so well. These ideas are perfect for a spring or summer hen party.

Everything about these hen party ideas are fun and playful. I really adore the cute ice cream hen party stationery in pastel watercolours. Even the envelope has a pretty liner, and there’s also an ice cream cut-out RSVP (love this so much!).

Of course, the ice cream is the main attraction of the shoot, with fabulous cones filled with delicious ice creams, but other showstoppers include retro candy treats and ice cream filled macarons (oh how I long for one of these).

Kristin has really excelled herself with these whimsical hen party ideas that really will wow brides to be.


Table with ice cream and sweet treats for hen party

1960’s Mod Style

“This shoot combined amazing colours, macaron ice cream sandwiches and one of my favourite vintage style eras. Inspired by the 1960’s Mod style, the shoot took place in the downtown Norfolk Arts District, sometimes called the Neon District of Norfolk, Virginia.

“Rather than copy the well known Twiggy style we wanted to include hints so you could feel the influence when looking at the images.”

Colourful ice cream hen party stationery

Ice cream hen party invitation Ice cream hen party RSVP

Woman in 1960's style dress with French bulldog

Table of colourful sweets and ice cream for hen party

O-So Strawberry drinks Small tub of colourful sweets

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Simple, Romantic Garden Wedding Inspiration

I’m so in love with today’s romantic garden wedding inspiration shoot… it’s making me long for summer when we can enjoy the outdoors and al fresco dining! These simple styling ideas for an elegant garden party are so dreamy; I just know you will love them as much as I do.

To start with the colours are divine. The combination of loads of different shades of green with pretty peach and white instantly evokes thoughts of the great outdoors. The floral design is stunning, from the extraordinary oversized bridal bouquet hand tied with a peach silk ribbon, to the beautiful blooms that are the focal point of the table design. To me, these flowers are the epitome of long lazy days in the sunshine, and are just perfect for a garden wedding.

The tablescape is elegant and romantic, styled with contemporary striped table runners laid across the table to create each individual place setting. Finished with a marble charger, elegant china and a sage green napkin laid with an individual flower, it’s simple elegance at its best!

The bridal style is once again elegant and chic in keeping with the concept. I’ve fallen in love with this wedding dress ‘Jaymes’ by Alexandra Grecco – it’s the perfect balance of sophisticated and sexy. It features a deep V-neckline that is perfectly mirrored in the back.

Beautifully captured by the talented Christine Gosch, the whole design is perfectly simple and unfussy, yet classic and romantic too. Here’s to pretty summer garden weddings!

Garden wedding table styled with flowers

Beautiful Elements

“Melanie of Mayhar deigns curated the perfect garden wedding inspiration shoot for The Living Room Workshop by Michelle Boyd.

“With differing hues of greens and a pop of fair peach, this shoot included so many beautiful elements. There was a perfect marriage of elegant and modern fashion, a marvellous cake, and a picturesque backdrop of the gardens of Barr Mansion in Austin, Texas. Styling details included fabulous jewellery, fresh fruit, and an understated invitation suite. The florals tied everything together to make for a simple yet romantic end to our time together.”

Simple, elegant wedding stationery

Wedding rings in bowl of limes Small headed white flowers

Strappy bridal shoes

Elegant buttonholes Envelope on plate

Pillars in garden of Barr Mansion in Austin, Texas

Peach and white bridal bouquet on chair Peach and white flowers of bridal bouquet

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Bride holding bouquet in ceremony room at Brumpton House

Dramatic Dark Hues Wedding Styling at Brympton House

I have something rather special for you today with these dramatic dark hues wedding styling ideas. As one of the most spectacular and unusual wedding venues in the English countryside, the magical Brympton House was the perfect setting for this edgy shoot.

This styling concept shows how to create magical, romantic wedding styling but with an industrial twist. The dramatic dark hues and grey are daringly bold and look fabulous together, and the overall look is breathtakingly beautiful. The team also very cleverly added pops of this year’s Pantone statement colour, ultra violet, in the styling.

For me, one of the stand-out aspects of these wedding styling ideas are the flowers – WOW! As a purveyor of weddings I see a lot (and I mean a lot!) of wedding flowers, so it’s always lovely to see something a little different and quirky. Emily of Stems of Somerset has really worked her magic with these blooms. There is a whole spectrum of purple hues going on, from rich deep purple, vibrant pops of purple and palest lilac, plus the contrast of orange berries and yellow leaves, all finished with beautiful green foliage.

Bride holding bouquet in ceremony room at Brumpton House

The tablescape is something very special and unique too. Place settings of art deco gold edged glassware, gold chargers, and gold cutlery sit atop dark grey linen along with grey candles in gold candlestick holders and incredible floral arrangements. The whole look is elegant and romantic with the dramatic vibe.

There are two bridal looks, and both work so well with the styling concept and the grandeur of the venue. For the first look the bride wears ‘Locklin’ by Watters, which exemplifies bridal elegance. I love the sheer straps with the delicate beaded detail that then cascades over the bodice with an embroidered motif. The soft flowing netting of the skirt makes this bridal look so elegant and almost fairytale-esque. For this look the bride wears her hair in a loose half up style with a pretty hair vine running through.

The second bridal look has a more contemporary feel, and here the bride wears ‘Druida’ by Pronovias. This is a spectacular mermaid design with sweetheart neckline and incredible gemstone appliqués that adorn the entire dress.

Everything about this wedding styling is dramatic and elegant. I hope that you fall for these images, captured by Emma Barrow Photography, as much as I have.

Grey and Dark Tones

“Brympton House has so many areas and options for photographs, so we were spoilt for choice! With so many different areas to choose from, we decided the main styling concept behind the shoot should go away from the obvious and expected!

“Our fantastic house florist, Emily Jewsbury, carefully selected a range of unique and unusual flowers which were key to creating the look we wanted. Grey and dark tones added a nod to the industrial style trending in the general interior design world right now.

“We wanted to blend colours that may seem uninspiring and bring them to life by contrasting them with deep shades of purple, orange and yellows, along with a variety of fabric textures including linen, silk and velvet.”

Dark and metallic style wedding stationery

Dark blue bridal shoes with gold detail

Bride holding bouquet in Brympton House

Bride holding bridal bouquet Hair vine in back of bride's hair

Bride on stairs at Brympton House

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Colourful flowers in centre of table

Day of the Dead Hen Party with Colourful Florals

Are you looking for some seriously cool hen party inspiration? Well here it is! This Day of the Dead themed hen party is really fun and vibrant. With the launch of the recent Disney film, Coco, I thought now would be the perfect time to share these fabulous ideas.

Day of the Dead styling for parties and celebrations has been a big thing for a while now. For those who love the style and vibrancy but are not sure what it’s all about, here is a little insight…The Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and by people of Mexican ancestry living in other places, especially the United States, and is acknowledged internationally in many other cultures. The multi-day holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and help support their spiritual journey.

Vibrant, Bold and Colourful

The best thing about Day of the Dead is the colours and flamboyancy. Meghan and her hens took inspiration from the vibrancy of the concept and loosely based her special day around the theme. The invitations featured a cool Day of the Dead skull with floral details, and the floral theme carried through with some incredible floral arrangements in the styling.

Everything is bold and colourful, from the tablescape with an abundance of florals and cute place settings with tassel details, to the paper pom-pom garland and, not forgetting, the cute ‘Hip Hip Hooray’ bags decorated with coloured pop-poms and containing a beautiful marigold plant for each hen.

For the celebration each hen wore a fabulous large floral crown to complete the Day of the Dead of floral theme.

So, if you’re looking for a really fun, cool idea for hen party styling then I’m sure you will love these ideas. Grab a cuppa and have fun looking through these gorgeous pictures by The Leekers.

Day of the Dead hen party invitation

Bags of flowers for hen party

Arranging colourful flowers for Day of the Dead hen party

Table dressed with colourful flowers and tableware

Colourful place setting with napkin with tassels

Woman wearing colourful flower crown

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Bride holding out skirt of wedding dress as she walks on the beach

Beach Wedding Inspiration with Blue and Gold Styling

Today I’m taking you to the beach. I’d like to help you escape this bitterly cold weather, and think of summer. I’m not talking about the beach of a tropical island though; oh no. We’re going to a beautiful beach at Daymer Bay in Cornwall, the perfect setting for this beach wedding inspiration shoot.

When I first saw these pictures I fell in love. Not only with Cornwall, one of my favourite places in the UK, but also the styling ideas the creative team worked so hard on. Blue and gold were the perfect colour choice for the styling, and the concept of creating a Mediterranean wedding right here in the UK.

The blue and gold colour palette looks great against the sea, sand and rocks. The styling has a rustic edge, especially the alluring tablescape. This is styled with fabulous patterned table runner, napkins, and plates, complemented with beautiful blue glassware, gold cutlery and candle holders and simple sprigs of flowers in small gold vases.

I adore the choice of flowers too, all white and blue. The air plants and succulents really bring the Mediterranean vibe out.

And what about the two sensational wedding cakes? The first is a two tier, blue and gold hand-painted square cake, and the other a four tier navy blue cake with delicately hand-painted flowers. They are both amazing.

The team used two brides to show different bridal styles; both are really beautiful. I can’t forget the groom’s outfit either – I really love his style, with his subtle patterned suit jacket and bow tie.

I hope these beautiful pictures by Michelle Cordner Photography really inspire your beach wedding ideas.

Bride holding out skirt of wedding dress as she walks on the beach

Wedding On the UK Coast

“This workshop, run by Liberty Pearl Photography and styled by Elle from inspire hire, was set at the St Moritz hotel, which is a stroll from the stunning Daymer Bay beach in Cornwall.

“The idea was to create inspiration for a Mediterranean/ocean themed shoot. With blue and gold complementing the sands and sea, Elle used stunning accessories to re-create the feeling of a Mediterranean wedding, on the UK coast!

“The couple (who are a real life couple and actually got engaged the night before the workshop) were great to capture. The genuine love and laughter between them made photographing them great fun.

“With so many beautiful details, from the ocean themed stationery, to the gorgeous aqua-cake, I think this styling will inspire any beach-bound brides!” – Michelle, Michelle Cordner Photography

Chair covered in foliage on the beach

White bottle with blue flowers

Wedding stationery with shells in sand

Blue and gold wedding jewellery

Groom holding light blue wedding cake

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