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Monday, May 22, 2017

The Society Wedding of the Year ~ Pippa Gets Married

On Saturday, May 20th Philippa Charlotte “Pippa” Middleton married financer James Spencer Matthews. The happy event was deemed the society wedding of the year.

Pippa Middleton

For those who may not know, Pippa is the younger sister of Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, who is married to Prince William, son of Prince Charles and the late Diana, Princess of Wales. 

Pippa and James

The wedding ceremony took place in Saint Mark's Church in the quiet Berkshire village of Englefield.  The church is situated on private land known as the Englefield Estate.

Here is one of the three early English arches decorated for the special day.

The Englefield Estate is owned by Richard Benyon, one of Britain’s wealthiest members of Parliament.

The earliest parts of the church date back to 1190. It was extensively restored by Sir George Gilbert Scott in 1857.

The same shot in all its wedding glory. Faux tree trunks featured cascading vines, to include English ivy, and were topped with peonies, roses, sweetpea, as well as freesia and accented with various greenery.

No doubt the church was selected for it’s history, beauty and privacy.

The church is also located just six miles from Bucklebury where the Middleton's live.

The interior floral decorations only enhanced the loveliness of the church.

A closer look at the traditional floral arrangements.

The bride arrived to the church in a vintage 1951 Jaguar Mk V car.

Pippa Middleton

She was accompanied by her father, Michael.


The bride wore a custom Giles Deacon dress. It featured a high neckline, cap sleeves and a corseted bodice with a heart-shaped detail on the upper back. The bespoke guipure silk cotton lace was hand appliqued to create an illusion that the dress had no seams. The lace was additionally embroidered with pearls. The underskirt of the gown had multiple layers of organza and tulle to create a floor sweeping movement.

Pippa Middleton arrives with her father Michael Middleton

Her veil was a double-tier, cathedral-length design made by Stephen Jones. The tulle had a scattering of dégradé pearls (a minute change from one shade, tone, or color to another). The bride also wore a diamond tiara by Robinson Pelham in a Maidenhair Fern design.


The small bridal bouquet, made by Lavender Green,  included peony, sweetpea, asilbe, freesia, waxflower, green bell and lady’s mantle.

Pippa Middleton

Her bridal shoes were the Seneca bridal heel by Manolo Blahnik. The ivory silk satin pump has a pointed toe, ankle strap and Swarovski crystal buckle embellishment.

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The bride’s “something old” were the earrings she wore to sister’s wedding in 2011. They were custom made by Robinson Pelham who also created the tiara.

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Her engagement ring, also from jeweler Robinson Pelham, is an Asscher-cut, hexagonal-shaped diamond set in a platinum platinum bezel setting. This is surrounded by multiple smaller brilliant-cut diamonds. A very simple Welsh gold wedding band was selected to pair with the diamond ring.

The bride’s sister, Catherine Duchess of Cambridge, was Pippa’s matron of honor.

Her custom peachy pink crepe silk dress featured a fitted bodice with a deep v-neck and billowing sleeves that cuffed with three covered buttons. It was designed by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen.

She wore an elegant fascinator hat from milliner Jane Taylor and morganite and diamond earrings by Kiki McDonough.

The Duchess of Cambridge stands with her daughter Britain's princess Charlotte, a bridesmaid

Princess Charlotte’s ivory silk dress, by Pepa & Co., had a frilled collar with pale pink trim on the sleeves and neckline. The bodice features a vintage-style pleated panel. Underneath is a silk petticoat with lace trim to provide volume. The charming frock was accented with a pale pink silk sash.

This same style of dress was worn by all the flower girls.

They also wore custom pink leather “Angelica” strap shoes created by Papouelli.

Here you can see the back pleating of the Duchess’ dress. Her heels were Gianvito Rossi suede pumps in the “Praline” colorway.

Prince George, and the other page boys, were dressed in Pepa and Co. knickers made of pale olive silk dupioni and ivory double-breasted silk pleated shirts accented with olive silk covered buttons and matching cummerbunds. They wore blucher style “Celebration” shoes.

Prince George was cherubic in his little page boy outfit as he gathered some petals to throw over his auntie 

The pageboys were Casimir Tatos, Edward Sebire, William Ward and the bride’s nephew, Prince George.


The flower girls were Countess Philippa Hoyos, Lily French, Avia Horner and the bride’s niece, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge.


Prince William and Duchess Catherine’s children were angelic cherubs.

Prince George of Cambridge, paige boy and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge

Just as her sister did for her six years ago Duchess Catherine arranged the back of Pippa’s bridal gown.

Pippa played doting maid of honour to Kate on her big day in 2011 so it was Kate's turn to return the favour by helping her sister out

Spencer Matthews, James's younger brother, was the best man.

Spencer Matthews

In attendance were princes William and Harry wearing customary morning suits.

Princess Eugenie of York (the younger daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah, Duchess of York) attended the wedding with her boyfriend, Jack Brooksbank. She wore a Paule Ka dress and carried a metallic Anya Hindmarch clutch.

Princess Beatrice

The bride’s brother, James Middleton, escorted the bride’s mother, Carole Middleton, to the church. Mrs. Middleton wore a pale pink bespoke Catherine Walker design.

The grooms parents, David and Jane Matthews. Mrs. Matthews wore a gown in a lovely shade of mint green and accessorized with emerald green.

Parents of the groom Jane and David Matthews looked to be in excellent spirits as they arrived at St. Mark's Church today. Elegant in mint green, Jane teamed her look with an emerald clutch and matching stilettos 

The happy couple immediately following the ceremony.


The first public kiss.

The happy couple share a tender kiss outside the church moments after saying their vows

Pippa and James kiss

A jolly wedding party.


The beaming couple.

Pippa Middleton and James Matthews

The reception took place at the Middleton family home, Bucklebury Manor.

The Duke and Duchess stayed here for a few weeks after Prince George was born.

A custom glass conservatory-style structure was shipped from Belgium and constructed on land behind the home.

As appropriate, the airspace above both villages was closed to intrusive press crews from flying overhead or launching drones on the day of the event to prevent video footage of celebrations.

PHOTO: Aerials views of the Middleton family home in Bucklebury, UK where a gigantic conservatory-style marquee dominates the surrounding gardens. Preparations continue for the upcoming wedding of Pippa Middleton to James Matthews.

The happy couple leaving the church.

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They drove through the village in a 1961 Jaguar E-Type car.

The groom's hair blew in the wind as he drove his new bride home after marrying her at St Mark's Church. Despite rain forecasts, the couple certainly got lucky with the weather 

Best wishes to the happy couple.

I hope you have enjoyed this post!


Sunday, May 21, 2017

What’s Brightening The Weekend

This weekend has been rainy and gloomy. But never fear, there were still several bright spots to be enjoyed.

Weekend Reading:

An oldie but a goodie, Garden People: The Photographs of Valerie Finnis. It’s  an absolute tongue and cheek representation of the British upper classes tending to their gardens. You can’t help but smile while perusing this book.


Weekend Watching:

Anne of Green Gables (Also known as Anne of Green Bagels in our house. :) is one of my all time favorite books. It’s probably tied for first against Jane Eyre or Pride and Prejudice.

I still have my treasured VHS tapes of Anne, with Megan Follows in the lead role, so Anne With An E has been greatly anticipated. While I still love the 1985/86 adaption the best, this very happy series, available on Netflix, is worth watching.

Weekend Happiness

Lewis Miller, aka “The Flower Bandit” is giving a cheery gift to New Yorkers by transforming random city trash cans into beautiful bouquets.

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Weekend Pampering

A pretty gift for the upcoming graduation and bridal shower season. The Unicorn Glow Box summer limited edition. Available today at Ulta and Wet and Wild tomorrow. 

Weekend Wearing:

Scallops + gingham = perfection. I found this Southern Proper Brooks popover blouse, with scalloped collar, at Marshalls for a steal.


Best Design/DIY of the week

This DIY brought a smile to my face and heart. My son, the Scout, introduced me to Jake Weidmann last year as he was intrigued by this master of calligraphy. But you MUST visit this new dad’s FB page to see what he made for his sweet baby girl. Here’s a few sneak peeks:

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Go HERE to see the finished project in action.

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Which Mediterranean Patio Style Is Right For You?

Many people love the Mediterranean look for their patios.

Did you know that there are several different Mediterranean styles? This means, with an almost certainty, that you can find a look you love.

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Greek Mediterranean

Having lived on the island of Crete I am drawn to the clean lines the Greek Mediterranean style. It brings back so many happy memories.

But there can also be a softer side to this style.

Love this: creamy walls with blue painted accents and orange/ red/pink fabrics.:

The use of stone is prevalent and shade from the intense sun is often incorporated into the design.

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White washed walls provide a clean background.

Drought resistant plants such as bougainvillea and geranium are often selected for their hardiness.


Outdoor taverna’s throughout the Greek islands often paint rush seated chairs in happy primary colors.

Dodo's Taverna in Gaios, Paxos.:

Although Aegean blue will always be synonymous with Greek style.

 Colorful Scene, Kos, Greece heerlijk dit tafereel krakkemikke stoeltjes met een bruisende spa met citroen, een boerensalade met brood en de zon:

Italian Mediterranean

While this style can be formal, it is often quite relaxed in feel. It is as if you have just come in from the vineyard.

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However, wrought iron is used in abundance and can be quite ornate when used in furniture design and lighting.

Flooring is generally terra cotta tiles or brick quite rustic in appearance.

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Earth tones such as oranges, deep reds and yellow are favored.

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Dark wood pairs nicely with stuccoed walls painted bright white.

On a promontory overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea, one of Italy's reigning families of design escape to their lush island paradise.​:

Pergola’s are used in abundance to ward off the hot sun.

Mediterranean Terrace:

Spanish Mediterranean

This style has a strong Moroccan and Moorish influence.

Under the Tuscan Sun: 30 Outdoor Dining in Tuscany |

The use of hand painted tile is prevalent in this design.

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Outdoor walls can be painted deep purple or cobalt blue.

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Accent colors are also bright such as  fuchsia, yellow, turquoise and red.

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Mosaic murals are incorporated in the flooring and on fountains as well as on tabletops and accessories such as lamps, pottery and vases.

Moorish Garden Fountain 2 by jwinterscom, via Flickr:

Moorish architecture is found via arches such as the horseshoe and ogee.

How to Give Your Home a Vintage Holiday Feel and the Look of a Spanish Eclectic Villa:

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French Mediterranean

The French Mediterranean style most often features a cool color palette of whites, greens, blues and purples.

Beautiful. Wish bougainvillea was not frost sensitive and could be grown this big here in South Carolina.:

This is often paired with yellow or terra cotta colored walls.

Beautiful Mediterranean house and garden:

Stone is used abundantly to create terraces, paving, and edgings or as decorative elements such as fountains, urns or orbs.

Mediterranean Oasis  Mediterranean-style homes often feature porches, patios, and courtyards surrounded by lush plantings. To unite the landscape with the Mediterranean flavor of the house, a variety of plantings soften this transition from the house to the patio. Keeping with the style, the patio is composed of stone pavers and gravel.:

Furniture is generally made from wood, wicker or wrought iron.

love this, looks like an oil painting but those place exist in Europe in many countries take some of the ideas and create them in your yard / patio areas: .

Charming linens are abundantly draped over tables and chaises.

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Garden plantings can be both thoughtfully planned out in detailed symmetry or more relaxed in feel.

Provença, França.:

Drought tolerant plants such as lavender, olive trees and Provençal cypress work well for this design. 

Olive trees, lavender, and Provençal cypress line the entrance drive of beauty guru Frédéric Fekkai’s gorgeous vacation home in the South of France, which features landscape design by Marco Battaggia. Photo by @simonpwatson:

Does one Mediterranean style speak to you?


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