Bride of Colour Wedding Blog Celebrating the Cultural Diversity of Weddings: UK and worldwide Mon, 27 Mar 2017 09:05:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Sharlene and Craig’s Breathtaking Fairytale Florence destination Wedding Sat, 25 Mar 2017 15:03:42 +0000 Today Sharlene and Craig share info on their fairytale nuptials in Florence. Thanks to Adorn Wedding invitations for sending them in!

The Proposal
Craig and I first met studying together in 2004. At only 19 I fell completely in love with his kind heart. Our relationship progressed as we slowly set up our future together, and after 8 years he proposed. It was the most incredibly surreal moment I have ever felt. We were on a holiday traveling through Europe, when one beautiful evening in Florence we stood on the Santa Trinita bridge, to the left a view of the Ponte Vecchio and to the right the sun setting over the Arno river.

I have always told Craig, sunset is my favourite part of the day as I love watching the colours of the sky change. It was then he dropped to one knee, told me he loved me and asked me if I want to return to Florence one day as husband and wife. With tears streaming down my face I said yes, never thinking almost exactly two years later we would return to our favourite city to become husband and wife.

How did you choose your wedding gown?
I’d always loved Steven Khalil’s designs; it was such an easy decision once I tried that beautiful gown on. The fit, the silk and the lace couldn’t compare to anything else I’d seen! As with my husband, it was love at first sight!

What sort of style did you envision for your wedding day?
Simple and elegant with a beautiful view, something classic that wouldn’t date. From the immaculate gardens where we held the ceremony, to the reception on the terrace under the Tuscan sun, we watched the city light up as we ate under the stars.

Our decorations were simple white flowers with touches of gold to reflect the history of this beautiful city, without detracting from the view.

What was your favorite moment from the day?
Craig and I were dancing as the sun was setting, and I remember saying to him after looking around “I cannot believe this is our wedding!” The scenery was so beautiful, and it was everything I ever dreamed of.

How did you choose your venue?

Upon first sight of Villa La Vedetta, we knew we had made the right decision, it was the most beautiful property we had ever laid eyes on. It beautifully fit our grand but elegant theme and the view of the city was breathtaking.

If you could do it all over again, what would you change?
Absolutely nothing! As cliché as that sounds, it was truly the most perfect day from start to finish.

Any tips that you can give to future brides?
Don’t stress over the small things, the day will always turn out the way it is meant to, so enjoy every minute, it goes so fast!

Anything else you’d like to add?
There could not be a more beautiful day imagined, with 40 of our nearest and dearest traveling from Melbourne, Australia to share the most magical experience of our lives. It was simplicity meets grandeur combining our decoration with the villa and views. After 10 years Craig and I have shared together, with our love for family, friends, travel, and our engagement in Florence, this day encapsulated everything we ever wanted, needed or dreamed possible.

The original plan was to get married in our home town Melbourne, Australia with a guest list of 120 people. With the venue booked, and plans unfolding, my Grandmother sadly lost her battle to cancer 9 months prior to our wedding date. With heavy hearts, we continued with the preparations, never anticipating losing my Grandfather 3 months later. With a giant void in my life, this great loss was enough for us to reassess what we truly believed our wedding should be. The decision was made to cut our losses and stay true to ourselves, to travel to a beautiful destination with our closest friends and family, and what place would be more meaningful than Florence.

On the day of my wedding, once I was dressed my mother handed me a ring my grandfather had given her, it was a pearl and topaz ring. This was my something old, borrowed and blue, along with a lace and pearl horse-shoe she had made for me for my something new. Our honeymoon was spent on the Amalfi Coast, Isle of Capri, South of France, and the Greek Islands. This entire experience will always be the most vivid memory of our lives.

Suppliers who helped to make it happen
Photographer: Facibeni Fotografia
Dress: Steven Khalil
Hair: Bride did it herself
Shoes: Yves Saint Laurent
Accessories: Dior & Love On
Bridesmaids Dresses: Zimmermann
Grooms Suit: Bespoke
Stationery: Adorn Invitations
Cake: Provided by Venue
Food: Provided by Venue
Flowers: Stiatti Fiori
Ceremony Venue: Villa La Vedetta overlooking the city of Florence, Italy.
Reception Venue: Villa La Vedetta
Celebrant: Blessings From Italy
Cinematography: Gattotigre – Destination Wedding Videography

Wedding Planning: Choosing your perfect venue and whittling the guest list down with Samuel and Lorraine from Champagne Talk Fri, 17 Mar 2017 11:18:19 +0000 Today we are sharing this video of Lorraine and Samuel’s reflections on choosing the perfect wedding venue and how they managed to whittle their guest list from 350 to 150 from their YouTube channel – Champagne Talk!

This video is part of their Wedding series showing the process of their planning leading up to the wedding.

The channel is updated every Tuesday and in April they will be showing clips of their wedding and honeymoon blog which will be extremely exciting!

Lorraine and Samuel started this channel in November 2016 with the aim of being REAL about their relationship to encourage others to do the same as well as their favourite champagne recommendations!

You can subscribe to their Youtube channel here.

East meets West themed wedding – black/gold with touch of 1920s Mon, 10 Oct 2016 14:43:26 +0000 Lili and Michael met at work, so saw each other every day. One day they started talking and the rest is history. Here they share their real wedding with us! Nestled amongst the Willow trees of Melbourne’s most romantic venue – Lili and Michael exchanged vows in a glamorous, gold dripping ceremony inspired by the romance of the East and West. Adorning a custom made gown with delicate lace and flower details – Lili, Michael and their closest friends and family enjoyed a stunning reception which featured a champagne tower, a floral arrangement from Victoria Whitelaw and a gold dusted candy bar. 

The Proposal
He proposed to me during the TV show “Family Guy” completely out of the blue. Honestly, if that isn’t a dream proposal, I’m not really sure what is!

The Gown
My bridal gown was handmade by Neomi Pereira from Neomi Allens Couture. I wanted something modern, western and elegant but with a whisper of The East. Neomi brought it to life and her creation was gracefully modern, effortlessly elegant and the perfect harmony of East and West. What stood out to me were the details, the tiny flowers, sewn by hand, with love in every stitch, the pearls, the lace, the collar….all amazing.

The Wedding Style
I envisioned the style of East meets the West. The theme for the day was black and gold with a touch of the 1920s. I definitely wanted a golden touch of glamour throughout the day.

The Reception
We wanted a place that was intimate and beautiful. As soon as I saw the court yard and the beautiful willow tree of The Willows, we knew that we found the perfect reception venue.

Your Favorite Moment
Was of course marrying the love of my life and getting to share the day with the closest people in our lives.

DIY décor elements
I did all the signage’s for the wedding, as well as the guest book and photo booth. It was fun to get a bit creative!

If you could do it all over again, what would you change?
Nothing, we absolutely enjoyed every moment of it!

Tips for future brides
Relax, chill, drink, eat and be married. ☺


Bridal Gown: Neomi Allen
Suits: Dom Bagnato
Stationery: Adorn Invitations
Rings: Canturi
Venue: The Willows
Flowers: Victoria Whitelaw
Cake and Bonbonniere: Regnier Cakes
Photography: Elleni Toumpas
Hair & Makeup: Onset Studio
Entertainment: Blue Avenue
Honeymoon: Singapore
































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A taste of Africa – cupcakes by Delights by Cynthia Mon, 10 Oct 2016 13:48:28 +0000 cynthiacupcakes-10


October as you know, is Black History Month. How cool are these African themed cupcakes by Delights by Cynthia celebrating African arts and crafts – textiles, sculpture, beading and of course, nature! Cynthia Akinsanya created this collection to celebrate Black History Month and as a nod to her West African heritage. Her family is from Sierra Leone.

Cynthia Akinsanya says:
“These cupcakes are definitely pleasing to the eye and will delight your taste buds too. I have such a rich and delicious heritage that continues to inspire my creations.

As a continent, Africa is rich in resources in terms of delicious ingredients, coconuts, citrus fruits, bananas and nuts. Some of the best coffee comes from Ethiopia; let’s not forget that chocolate is made from cocoa, usually from Ghana or Ivory Coast. Even home favourites like Milo and plantain chips can be incorporated into recipes to give a modern African twist.”

The cupcakes are decorated with edible beading, sculpture and iconic African shapes and symbols; which is right on trend.

“The trend for all things Africans is driven by Africans or people of African descent. We are putting our own stamp on food, fashion, music and the arts. It’s exciting to see.”

Join Cynthia for Cupcakes – A Taste of Africa, a half-day cake decorating class, during Black History Month. The class will look at tastes and flavours of Africa, then decorating your own collection of African inspired cupcakes ideal for an unique hen do idea! Or you can order a dozen (£36), a pack of 6 (£18) or a single cupcake (£3.50) from the master baker herself.

To view the Delights by Cynthia cake collection, go to:

For information on the African Cupcake Class go to:

Follow Delights by Cynthia on Twitter @DelightsbyC and Instagram on Delights_by_Cynthia

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Jessica and Chintan’s Gold Sparkling Wedding in Portland Wed, 07 Sep 2016 12:18:20 +0000 Thanks to Adorn Wedding Invitations for sending in this beautiful sparkly wedding photographed by Powers Photography Studio.


Following a month long trip and a very large traditional wedding in India, Jess and Chintan returned home to Portland, Oregon for a low key, small and simple wedding with friends that took place on April Fool’s Day. The day began with a civil ceremony at Multnomah County Courthouse where the judge was gifted with a custom cake by Dream Cakes.
Adorning a gorgeous custom made gown by local Portland designer – Embellish Designs, Jessica’s shimmering gold Christian Loubotin’s (and gold sequin converses for the reception) were a beautiful contrast against their relaxed civil ceremony. Jessica also payed homage to her partners ancestry and her own contemporary taste with a nontraditional bouquet completely filled with glimmering peacock jeweled broaches (the national bird of India.)

After taking a romantic pedicab tour around the city where their hearts first met, the couple returned home to their newly built house with their friends and family for a selection of treats from Vodoo donuts and Poplandia popcorn following a dinner of sweet and savory grilled sandwiches from local food trucks, PBJ’s Grilled and Koi Fusion.


Here is Jess and Chintan’s story in their own words.

The Story
We met seven years ago at a nightclub in Portland which no longer exists. Fittingly enough, by chance we had our photo taken the night we met. During the pedicab tour after our American wedding, we re-created the same pose and photo from seven years prior.

The Proposal
A few weeks after returning from India where I met his family, it was nearly Valentine’s Day. He had his brother send the ingredients for my favorite Indian food, street-style pizza. In India, you often have to offer bribes to get what you want. He said the pizza ingredients was my “bribe” if I’d let him be my husband. (Technically, I was proposed to with Amul cheese—although there was a ring, too).
The Gown
I initially wanted something short and simple. However, in my husband’s community, all-white is reserved for widows. The choice to have a couture gown custom made was a process of elimination. There were no dresses I liked, particularly with accent colors. I’m a big fan of Zuhair Murad’s designs, but nothing was available that was “just right.” Going with a custom gown was the only way to get what I wanted, although “what I wanted” drastically changed in the year-long process.
The style for your wedding day
For our American wedding, just a few weeks following the large Indian wedding, we wanted something small and simple with just friends. Since neither of us are Christian, the idea of a church wedding was already out. There’s always been something sweet and romantic about the notion of getting married at the courthouse. The day was informal, fun, and simple, which is just what we needed after spending a month in India.

The Décor
I am not a DIYer, but many of the details were from Etsy designers and shops. I also surprised my husband by having a brick placed in downtown Portland’s Pioneer Square. You can purchase a permanent brick in what’s dubbed Portland’s living room. It read “J+C 4.1.16.”
Any advice for fellow brides to be?

Prioritize making time to spend with just your husband on your wedding day! After all, that’s what it’s really about.

The favorite moment of the day…
For an hour in between the ceremony and reception, we took a pedicab tour around downtown Portland. It was time where we could just spend it together before hosting the party at home. We also got married again (our third time after India and the courthouse!) at Voodoo Doughnuts where legal ceremonies are performed with blessings from the “Voodoo gods.”

Suppliers List
Dress: Custom couture from Embellish Designs
Makeup: Melanie Lindsey of Picasso Artistic Salon
Hair: Melanie Lindsey of Picasso Artistic Salon
Shoes: Christian Louboutin for the ceremony, gold sequin Converse for the reception
Accessories: Custom 24k necklace/earring set from Mumbai, the gold bracelet was my “something borrowed and something old” and was lent from my best friend (it was her mother’s, and her mother wore it at her own wedding 40 years ago)
Bridesmaids Dresses: N/A
Grooms Suit: Custom made in Mumbai
Photographer: Powers Photography Studio
Stationery: Adorn Invitations
Cake: Dream Cakes
Food: Display from Voodoo Doughnuts and two food trucks for catering on site (PBJs Grilled and Koi Fusion)
Flowers: Brooch Bouquet custom made from Secret Garden Bouquets
Ceremony Venue: Multnomah County Courthouse (Portland, Ore. USA)
Reception Venue: Our custom built home (we moved in four days prior to the wedding)
















Relaxed Bohemian Bridal Shoot from Israel Tue, 05 Apr 2016 22:59:52 +0000 Hello all,

Just in time for the hot lazy days of summer, here is a cool bridal shoot from Erez Benistry. Ideal inspiration if you are planning a relaxed bohemian, outdoor or even beach wedding.

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Flowers: Lia Ruman
Makeup: Sheer Raev
Models: Ada Neznansky/Rose Cooperman
Photographer: Erez Benisty
Styling: Ada Neznansky

What a Typical British Wedding Looks Like? Thu, 29 Jan 2015 10:23:23 +0000 Britain has its fair share of wedding traditions, some stand the test of time, while others are chopped and changed as time goes by.

In Libra Photographic’s infographic, you will get an insight into what a British wedding looks like in 2015. From what age the bride and groom are on their wedding day to the average British wedding budget and of course, the most popular places to get married in the UK. We also reveal the major differences between a British wedding and an American wedding. For example, did you know that American wedding cakes are typically made of sponge and the tiers are usually stacked on top of one another, while British wedding cakes are traditionally made of fruit cake and are displayed using pillars in between each tier? There are plenty more differences in traditions between America and the UK that you may not be aware of and we reveal all in our insightful infographic.

If you want to know what a typical British wedding looks like in 2015, take the time to view Libra Photographic’s engaging graphic below. We’re sure you’ll enjoy it!

Infographic by Libra Photographic –


Fab Finds: Cortez Treats – Wedding Cakes Tue, 27 Jan 2015 12:54:23 +0000 cortez-treats-wedding-cakes (4)

Cortez Treats is a London based distinct bakery business that produces exquisite and delightful hand-crafted confectionery of all sort and style from British, French, Italian, and American to the most exotic ones. Cortez Treats provides its clientele with a rich selection of freshly baked,  bespoke, hand-crafted sweet favours ranging from the simplest to the most complex and intricate designs. Our expertise is creating the finest, most healthy and nutritious treats, to bring about edible and elegant culinary art pieces.

Cortez Treats  has been contributing to the success of various events and collaborating with a number of ventures such as  fashion houses Nichole de Carle London, Nichole de Carle Marine, Ventura/RIva Yachts, MyEden for London Fashion Week, TNBT, Me Firi Ghana, WAM Campaign, Divas on Demand, Channel 4 and the Ghana Embassy in Belgium.

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Fab Find: Uniquely Precious Wedding Invitations Fri, 12 Dec 2014 12:41:05 +0000 Uniquely Precious Cards are a London based wedding invitations company.  They can be found via Facebook or on Instagram.

Here are some of their wedding invitations and favour box designs.


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Fab Find: Petit Papier Wedding Invitations Mon, 10 Nov 2014 20:03:28 +0000 Petit papier d’Amour is a French based entrepreneurial wedding invitation company  offering a range of colourful African-inspired wedding invitations. In addition to invitations, Petit papier d’Amour offer a range of place names and wedding menus. The collection is available to be posted to brides and grooms all over the world. You can find them on their Facebook page.

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