30 Oct

Dark and romantic Ireland wedding inspiration | photos by Paula McManus Photography | 100 Layer Cake

It’s pretty obvious from just this first photo that Paula McManus wanted to create a different kind of bridal shoot. One with no white dresses nor bright colors. She photographs to tell a story, and this one is entirely romantic! Her inspiration came from this quote, “one day long ago, the sea asked the city if it wanted to go out for a drink, they spent the whole night dancing and fell in love with the way they were different, yet the same”. From there a story of a city bride in the romantic atomosphere and beauty of the sea came to light.

Dark and romantic Ireland wedding inspiration | photos by Paula McManus Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Dark and romantic Ireland wedding inspiration | photos by Paula McManus Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Dark and romantic Ireland wedding inspiration | photos by Paula McManus Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Dark and romantic Ireland wedding inspiration | photos by Paula McManus Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Dark and romantic Ireland wedding inspiration | photos by Paula McManus Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Dark and romantic Ireland wedding inspiration | photos by Paula McManus Photography | 100 Layer Cake

So dramatic, we love it!

Dark and romantic Ireland wedding inspiration | photos by Paula McManus Photography | 100 Layer Cake

At first it looks like the table is on a bed of leaves, but they’re sea shells. So pretty!

Dark and romantic Ireland wedding inspiration | photos by Paula McManus Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Something about mercury glass on the beach… it just goes perfectly together, doesn’t it?

Dark and romantic Ireland wedding inspiration | photos by Paula McManus Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Dark and romantic Ireland wedding inspiration | photos by Paula McManus Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Dark and romantic Ireland wedding inspiration | photos by Paula McManus Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Dark and romantic Ireland wedding inspiration | photos by Paula McManus Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Dark and romantic Ireland wedding inspiration | photos by Paula McManus Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Dark and romantic Ireland wedding inspiration | photos by Paula McManus Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Dark and romantic Ireland wedding inspiration | photos by Paula McManus Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Dark and romantic Ireland wedding inspiration | photos by Paula McManus Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Bouquet recipe: cream roses, black dahlias, white veronica, cream hypericum berries, cream stock, mint, white peonies, white larkspur, origanum, and gold grevillea.

Dark and romantic Ireland wedding inspiration | photos by Paula McManus Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Such pretty ideas… and we love the model’s fishtail braid! Thanks to everyone involved for sharing your creative work with us.

For more inspiration check out our Wedding Ideas section + Pinterest boards.

Photography: Paula McManus Photography / Flowers: Floralearth  / Event Design: Grace and Saviour / Location: Murlough Beach Northern Ireland / Dress: By Jude / Makeup Artist: Tippy Logronio / Hair: Styled by Michelle Maxwell / Model: Destiny Carlisle

 
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30 Oct

Fall Bohemian Wedding Inspiration | photo by Andi Mans Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Before we get ahead of ourselves and start thinking about winter, let’s absorb every bit of pretty fall inspiration we can. Fall weddings can be much warmer and cozier than ones in other seasons with all the varieties of colors, florals, and decor there are to play with, so when Andi Mans shared this bohemian, fall inspired shoot with us, we thought it would be great inspiration for those of you considering a fall wedding. Everything you’d want in a fall wedding is in this shoot! A tasty recipe for a sparkling cranberry tea cocktail included. So you’re pretty much set.

Fall Bohemian Wedding Inspiration | photo by Andi Mans Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Fall Bohemian Wedding Inspiration | photo by Andi Mans Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Fall Bohemian Wedding Inspiration | photo by Andi Mans Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Fall Bohemian Wedding Inspiration | photo by Andi Mans Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Sparkling Cranberry Tea Cocktail recipe

4 cups water
1/2 cup sugar
2 family-sized tea bags
21/2 cups cranberry juice (no added sugar)
1 cup vodka
1/4 cup Grand Marnier
4 cups ginger ale
 (Garnish with cranberries and orange slices)
1.  Combine 4 cups water and sugar in a large saucepan; bring to boil.  Cook until sugar dissolves, stirring occasionally.  Pour over tea bags.  Cover and let stand 5 minutes; discard tea bags.  Cool.  Stir in juice, vodka, and Grand Marnier; chill.
2.  Gently stir in ginger ale.  Serve over ice.  Garnish with cranberries and orange slices if desired.

Fall Bohemian Wedding Inspiration | photo by Andi Mans Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Fall Bohemian Wedding Inspiration | photo by Andi Mans Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Fall Bohemian Wedding Inspiration | photo by Andi Mans Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Fall Bohemian Wedding Inspiration | photo by Andi Mans Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Fall Bohemian Wedding Inspiration | photo by Andi Mans Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Fall Bohemian Wedding Inspiration | photo by Andi Mans Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Fall Bohemian Wedding Inspiration | photo by Andi Mans Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Fall Bohemian Wedding Inspiration | photo by Andi Mans Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Fall Bohemian Wedding Inspiration | photo by Andi Mans Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Fall Bohemian Wedding Inspiration | photo by Andi Mans Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Fall Bohemian Wedding Inspiration | photo by Andi Mans Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Fall Bohemian Wedding Inspiration | photo by Andi Mans Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Fall Bohemian Wedding Inspiration | photo by Andi Mans Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Fall Bohemian Wedding Inspiration | photo by Andi Mans Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Fall Bohemian Wedding Inspiration | photo by Andi Mans Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Andi sent over this cute behind the scenes video with some great tips on styling a shoot like this one…

Photography: Andi Mans Photography / Gown: Simply Bridal / Bride Styled & Peace Sign by: Andi Mans / Makeup: Flawless Faces by Alicia / Hair: Ashley Loerzel Hair + Style / Furniture, Chairs, Decor, Styled: Wish Vintage Rentals / Dishes, Silverware, Glassware, Styled: Dishie Rentals / Floral: Taylormade Floral & Event Decor / Pies, Cakes, Sweets: P is for Pie / Invitation Suite, Paper Goods: Lana’s Shop / Headband: Miss S-A Headbands

 
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29 Oct

It’s fun to mix up our DIY’s around here. From decor projects to cocktail recipes, fashion how-to’s, and a few dessert ideas, we’d say the sweet ones are usually our fave. Anything that means having your whole house smell like a sweet baked good, we are all for. And macarons, well… we’ve never met anyone that didn’t love the pretty little bites.

raspberry pink -peppercorn macaroons | recipe by Hint of Vanilla | 100 Layer Cake

We found this recipe while perusing the mouthwatering, hint of vanilla blog and couldn’t help but share the goods. A recipe this good & pretty deserves special attention, like at your sweets table, yes?

raspberry pink -peppercorn macaroons | recipe by Hint of Vanilla | 100 Layer Cake

Here’s what you need:

Macarons
240 g granulated sugar
50 g water
110 g egg whites #1
110 g egg whites #2
300 g ground almonds
300 g icing sugar
1-3 drops red gel food colouring (optional)

Pink Peppercorn Buttercream
Recipe adapted from Bouchon Bakery
38 g (3 tablespoons + 1/2 teaspoon) granulated sugar
38 g (3 tablespoons + 1/2 teaspoon) granulated sugar
63 g (1/4 cup + 1/2 teaspoon) egg yolks
75 g (1/4 cup + 2 1/4 teaspoons) whole milk
250 g (1 cup) unsalted butter, cut into 1/2 inch pieces, at room temperature
10 to 20 g crushed pink peppercorns

Raspberry Puree
200 g fresh raspberries
20 g granulated sugar
10 g pink peppercorn for sprinkling over top

raspberry pink -peppercorn macaroons | recipe by Hint of Vanilla | 100 Layer Cake

raspberry pink -peppercorn macaroons | recipe by Hint of Vanilla | 100 Layer Cake

raspberry pink -peppercorn macaroons | recipe by Hint of Vanilla | 100 Layer Cake

For the complete recipe + recipes to other delicious treats, pop over to the hint of vanilla blog. She’s a pastry chef student, so you know there’s going to be tons of goodies on there!

raspberry pink -peppercorn macaroons | recipe by Hint of Vanilla | 100 Layer Cake

Let us know if you give these a try! They’re so pretty, and would be perfect to make as wedding favors, or a macaroon tower. We’ve seen a lot of those pop up in weddings recently.

Happy baking!

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