The Dazzling Lights Emerald City

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The Emerald is the sacred stone of the Goddess Venus.  The stone is said to have preserved her love, and contain an abundance of healing powers, spread love, and ensure that the lover of the wearer would remain loyal for all eternity.

The colour itself without doubt is the world’s most beautiful, striking and alluring colour.  The depth of the colour represents the depth of meaning this stone has.  Many cultures believe it can cure diseases, heal the heart, create harmony, wisdom, and above all; love.

Emerald green is already pouring off the catwalk this year.  You can be sure to see Brides from all over the world dripping from head to toe in Emeralds.

The Emerald stone engagement ring is already popular with brides-to-be, and with 2013 said to symbolize a new age full of prosperity, wealth, peace and balance; the Emerald stone seems a perfect fit.

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Halle Berry showing off her Emerald engagement ring with fiancé Oliver Martinez.

The ring is a 4 carat Emerald center stone with two smaller diamonds and set in yellow gold.  The ultimate statement ring on any woman… (I know what I want)!

 Elizabeth Taylor, one of Hollywood’s most beautiful women to have ever graced the red carpet, and is my ultimate icon.  Her affair with Bulgari was an expensive one; for Richard Burton that is.  One of Richard’s most famous quotes of Elizabeth…

“I introduced Liz to beer, she introduced me to Bulgari”.

And that she did Richard; in a most extravagant way too!  Conveniently, when they met on set of ‘Cleopatra’, Elizabeth discovered Bulgari.  Over the years Richard purchased many an Emerald for Elizabeth.  She was quoted in the New York Times 2001

“I used to get so excited, I would jump on top of him and practically make love to him in Bulgari”.

To be honest, I don’t blame her!

 Image source:  http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/life/celebrity/article3257701.ece

The Hollywood icon above wearing the most famous Emerald stone necklace by Bulgari as a gift from her greatest love Richard Burton.

Below is an image of Elizabeth in one of her many wedding gown’s dripping in Emerald jewels.

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 With one of the world’s greatest icons, involved in the world’s most notorious love affair, smothered in Emeralds over the years; has finally set an everlasting popularity of Emerald in stone.  You can be sure to see the jewel gracing catwalks ahead of 2013.

Cake Goes Pop!

Cake pops have been around since Bakerella invented them in 2008.  This year however, I have seen a huge boast in these little sugary treats, as they are proving very popular at weddings.  Bakerella (if you haven’t already heard of her, then be warned; you will soon become very addicted) created the first ever cake pops for Christmas with designs like mini Christmas trees, and reindeer.  Overnight,  Bakerella’s cake pops became one of the most popular dessert sweet of all time.  This year, over five weddings I have assisted with have all had cake pops.  It seems the demand for cupcakes is slowly deteriorating.

My first wedding I assisted on was at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Knightsbridge, London.

Chefs own take on Cake pops!

Photo courtesy of Filmatography.com and Atelierlondon.co.uk

For a little sparkle and sophistication…
Photo Courtesy of newportweddingglam.com

If you are looking for cake pops to have at an event and not a wedding, then MollyBakes.com is a fantastic site.  She prepares the most beautiful and detailed little cake pops.  She has even created a mini ‘Lady Gaga’ cake pop…

Lady Gaga goes pop!

Mini Lady Gaga cake pops!

Photos courtesy of Filmatograhy.com, AtelierLondon.co.uk, Newportweddingglam.com, Nbarrettphotography.com, and Mollybakes.co.uk.

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All About Shoe…!

There is a growing popularity with Modern, statement weddings this year.  As beautiful as Vintage and Retro weddings are; more brides are seeking themes with bright, bold colours.

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These red peep toe classics, will dramatically transform your dress to appear cutting edge, sleek and sexy; still sophisticated.  Wedding shoes are very personal and speak volumes of the bride.  From the dainty classics, to the elaborate embellished divas; every bride can be certain that her Tootsie’s will look and feel beautiful.  Injecting colour into bridal shoes adds to your character.  Personally though, the darkest I would go is a deep red.  Anything deeper may look a little too dark, and weddings are wonderful, joyous occasions full of celebration.

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Think of Sarah Jessica Parker in Sex and the City, she finally marries Big; in a simple two piece and stunning Manolo Blue heels!

If bright colours seem a little too ostentatious, then why not inject a little colour elsewhere?  Jewellery, Belts, Nails, and Head pieces are a fantastic way to induce some colour.  Forget diamonds…shoes really are, a girls’ best friend!