FIT BRIDES Event at Frame Kings Cross

FRAME-04-23-16-Fit Brides-011Last weekend, I had my first experience showcasing at an alternative wedding event, hosted by award-winning wedding planners Knot & Pop and Frame Kings Cross (a dance, fitness and holistic studio). The ‘FIT BRIDES‘ event was an alternative wedding event very much focussed on the modern bride. The afternoon offered brides to come down to get a feel for the classes Frame offer, as well as gain insights and inspiration from the best in the wedding/fashion/beauty industries….the likes of Liz Earle, Bobbi Brown, THE OUTNET, Patchwork, London Lightbox, Georgina BoyceLucy Says I Do, etc. So, on that note, here’s a few photographs from the day to give you an idea how things panned out!

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I have to admit I was a bit apprehensive at first at the thought of running a workshop AND live painting in front of people at any public event. When I work on any painting/installation jobs, it tends to require a lot of focus and normally done within the quiet realms of my studio…..and even when I’m out doing murals, I’m still relatively cut away from any interaction from people, so this definitely tested a lot of my skills…..multitasking being one of them! ;) Anyway, it turned out to be a fun experience and I’m actually so glad to have done it – not only did I get to meet both potential clients and suppliers in the industry, but my workshop turned into a little art-therapy haven on the day.  I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it! So yea – this may be the start of something new…who knows eh! :)

Here’s a few more photos I took of my little stand and of the workshop in progress. Enjoy the rest of your week folks, and I’ll be back with more……I’ve soon much to catch up on here! xx

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DIY Inspiration | 6 Valentine’s Day Printables

While I figure out and prepare some Valentine stuff for you guys, here’s SIX fun printables I’ve rounded up for you to try if you’re struggling for ideas! They range from chocolate wrappers to gift wrap to loooooove coupons…..so why not give these bespoke and off-the-high-street goodies?

Enjoy my sweet little love birds! And stay tune for more later this week!!! xx

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[ONE] For those chocolate fiends, try these chocolate wrappers5_vday_stickers[TWO] Try these incredibly cool stickers to adorn your gifts! valentine-gift-wrap-43[THREE] And if you need off-the-high-street gift wrap, here’s what you’re looking for! Aren’t they fab? printable-valentine-tags3[FOUR]  Gift tags to go with them? free-valentines-printable-cards-and-envelopes[FIVE] Brush-lettered love notes to make it extra special

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Real Weddings | Work in progress

MbM_AF-Wedding-Stationery-05A quick little behind-the-scenes peek on some recent work I had done for a gorgeous couple getting married next summer. With Turkish-Cypriut backgrounds, the couple were eager to bring in Mediterranean influences to their bespoke stationery design while keeping it contemporary and elegant on the whole. In essence, setting the scene for their summer wedding day itself.
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The combination of fluid brush lettering and soft water-coloured illustrations were explored to create an organic sun-drenched feel. The designs for this phase of the stationery designs were centered around Mediterranean tiles and citrus hues in a subdued yet refreshing style, while exploring the subtle textures brought from the inks and paper used.

There’s a lot of work that goes behind bespoke, custom-designed wedding stationery but it is a lot of fun working on them particularly when you get to play around with different mediums. I most definitely enjoyed this one and cannot wait to get started on the next phase that is their main Invitation Suite which will be exploring more lettering and illustrations that involve olives and lemons!

So stay tuned for that in the new year :)

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[All Images: ©MadebyMolu]

 

In the Press | An Elegant City Chic Wedding Shoot

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This isn’t quite Christmassy, I know but I’ve been looking forward to sharing this styled shoot on here – one, we worked on back in April this year which got featured on both Wedding Magazine (October edition) and B.Loved Blog this autumn! I’ve obviously had to wait till after we secured those features to reveal any of it to you ;)

Styled and directed by my dear friend and wedding planner Elisabetta of Linen & Silk Weddings, this shoot encapsulates all the chicness you find in a über glamorous city wedding. It infuses a lot of monochrome vibes, clean lines with bright colours and rich copper hues to bring you a harmonised combination of both masculine and feminine elements…..reflecting both your modern-day bride and groom.

My role in this shoot was to design and create all the stationery elements and key installation pieces that involved a lot of hand-lettering…which y’all know by now, is what I LOOOOOOVE especially when they involve big backdrop pieces.

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So what do you think? Don’t you just fancy a bit of monochrome love and all that copper jazz now!? I love how it oozes luxury but without it being all OTT! I think it would be perfect for New Year coming to think of it! :)

As always, it’s been freaking amazing working alongside some of the most super talented folk in the wedding industry so I do urge you guys to check them out if you’ve got a wedding on the horizon that needs planning. Oh and before I forget, here’s a beautiful little video of us working hard behind the scenes of this shoot, thanks to Edgar of Wedding Films London. Happy Monday!

 

THE TEAM:

Planning and styling: Elisabetta White, Linen and Silk Weddings:  linenandsilk-weddings.com/
Videographer: Edgar Vs, Wedding Films London: weddingfilmslondon.co.uk/
Photography: Nora Photography: nora-photography.com/
Stationery & installation design: Made By Molu: madebymolu.com/
Flowers: Bluesky Flowers: blueskyflowers.co.uk/
Cake designer: Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium: elizabethscakeemporium.com/
Makeup: Ana Ospina Makeup: anaospinamakeup.co.uk/
Hair stylist: Natanja Fleckenstein: natanja-fleckenstein.com/
Jewellery: Carrie Elizabeth Jewellery
Venue: Il Bottaccio: bottaccio.co.uk/
Crockery: Amara: amara.com/
Bridal gowns: Vera Wang – Zoro, Switzerland: zoro.ch/
Shoes: Lele Pyp: lelepyp.com/ch/
Furniture: Great Hire: greathire.co.uk/
Model (bride): Rosie Meckiff Mengel
Model (groom): Ryan John Clarke

Christmas Inspiration | A little round up of festive DIYs

MOLU_CHRISTMAS-DIY-ROUND-UP 01Sadly, this year has left me with hardly any time for DIYs for Christmas so I thought I’d round-up some of my old time favourites from last year if you’re on the look for some festive creative antics or even inspiration this weekend.

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So, clockwise from the top:

  1. Chocolate Spoons that make perfect little gifts or favours
  2. Scandi-Inspired cork placemats for your table
  3. super simple Paper decorations for the Christmas tree
  4. Hand-printed Christmas Stocking perfect for your home this yule time
  5. Liberty Tana Lawn fabric Wreath to add a bit of jazz to your door
  6. Free printable Christmas tags if you still have gift wrapping to do!

Happy Weekend! xx

 

 

12 Styled Days of Christmas with West Elm

MbM_12-Styled-Days-of-Xmas_MAINGosh, I’m soooooo excited about sharing this post with you guys as it’s been long-awaited!! I am totally honoured to have been invited to take part in this AMAZING blogger collaboration with West Elm and good friend, Teri of The Lovely Drawer where myself and eleven amazing bloggers were asked to style our dining tables in the spirit of Christmas. Each one of us will have our styled table tops featured on both West Elm’s blog Front + Main and The Lovely Drawer over the first 12 days of December so that you lovely readers get the chance to see how we all celebrate the festive season and of course, inject our distinctive styles to the table. I honestly couldn’t ask for a better way to kick-start the festivities! Well, we’re halfway through the 12 Styled Days of Christmas series and I’m up today for Day 7! :)
MbM_12-Styled-Days-of-Xmas_02I wanted to create a table that reflected both my cultural influence and personal tastes that developed over the years; an east-meets-west inspired setting by combining Indian and Scandinavian elements that embodied a warm yet stripped-down simplicity and elegance. The handmade paper star lanterns, have for decades, been a tradition back in India that were hung out in the porch – like the Christmas tree here in the west, it represented Christmas and why I felt it was essential to incorporate into the overall styling as a reminiscent nod to my background.
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I kept the table relatively minimal and neutral, dressing it up with leftover paisley-patterned Liberty fabric and geometric-patterned napkins from H&M I had at home to fuse the two styles together even further. Subtle hints of gold are introduced through the organic dinnerware and cutlery to add a bit of understated glamour to the relaxed setting. We were so fortunate to be gifted with West Elm products of our choice and use into our styling challenge so I picked out their gold-rimmed organic shaped dinnerware, the gold cheese knives and pie serving set; all of which tied in perfectly to my fusion table setting I wanted to achieve (Aren’t they simply divine?!!)MbM_12-Styled-Days-of-Xmas_06MbM_12-Styled-Days-of-Xmas_03Growing up in the Middle East with most of our school holidays spent in India, our Christmases were somewhat different to what we’d have here in the UK. While Santa, turkey dinners, and gift-swapping traditions were more of the western influence, ours typically revolved around carol services at the church followed by family gatherings around the table for a relaxed meal at lunch (be it at home or eating out) that usually consisted of a medley of both east and western dishes.

I wanted the edible props in my styling to tie in with my east-meets-west theme too; fruits like figs and pomegranate I used to eat in abundance as a kid (a luxury here!) along with ‘western’ favourites I’ve grown to love like quiches and cheese boards, I thought fitted nicely to the overall look and feel of the table.
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This Christmas, we’re heading to the Green Isle to spend it with my parents-in-laws and catch up with all the extended family over copious amount of food….and tea!! ;) I always find it so blissfully peaceful being out in the countryside and Christmas is just even more cosy especially when it snows (fingers crossed!). Just the thought of it is making me excited! And boy, with the crazy busy year we’ve had this year in London, I know for certain that the rural retreat will be just the thing we need!

I would of course, love it we could have both families get together around the table every Christmas like something out of a movie with everyone stretched across a loooooong big table, nattering and laughing to our hearts content. Some day I guess, so until then it’ll be a jet-setting affair to be with one or the other which isn’t all bad! We’re actually hoping to visit my family in India in the new year sometime, which would be amazing as it’s been over two years since we were over and I can’t tell you how much I look forward to spending time with my little grandmother and stuffing our faces with all her delicious home-cooked meals! *sigh*MbM_12-Styled-Days-of-Xmas_10

Well folks, that’s my festive east-meets-west table top styling! I do hope it’s inspired you to get creative and inject your own personal flair to your tables this Christmas. Remember that you can find a recap of all the styled tables here over these 12 days (as well as West Elm’s blog Front + Main) or just follow the hashtag #kindredspirits on Instgram, FB or Twitter if you fancy an up-to-date sneak peek of all the past and upcoming posts! :) There’s soooooo much festive inspiration to swoon over!

Have a wonderful week ahead and good luck with all your festive plans……..Christmas is not that far away!! (eek!) x

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[All Images: ©MadebyMolu]

D.I.Y. FEATURE | Laura Ashley Wedding series – part 4

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Don’t you just love the versatility that you get out of wallpaper? Well, if you like to know more ways to use them, here’s how, with my final wedding installation I did for Laura Ashley. I show you how to go about creating a simple yet visually effective backdrops for your wedding, so, whether it’s for your guest book table, a photo backdrop, or behind your top table, you’d be surprised what a couple of rolls of wallpaper and props can do! Cost-effective transformations too so what’s not to like eh? :)

Hop over to the Laura Ashley blog to read more about it, and if you fancy checking the other DIYs I did for their Make & Do Wedding series. I really do hope you’ve enjoyed these and that I’ve managed to inspire you all to be a lot more savvy and creative when it comes to DIY weddings. Oh and these can apply to any occasion and not just weddings by the way! :)
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[All Images: ©MadebyMolu]

**This post was sponsored by Laura Ashley, however all words and opinions are my own, dictated completely by my love for  DIY and styling**

D.I.Y. FEATURE | Laura Ashley Wedding series – part 3

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Remember the wedding DIYs I was doing for Laura Ashley over the Summer (the table place settings and wedding love sign)? Well, here’s the third instalment for their ‘Make & Do’ wedding series, that shows you how to make fun paper pinwheel fans out of wallpaper! So, if you’re getting hitched somewhere tropical, in enviable warmer climates, then these will be a right little treat for your guests – they’re both practical and make lovely little keepsakes that they will no doubt enjoy!

You’ll find the full tutorial over on the Laura Ashley blog.  Let me know what you think and share away if you know anyone who may like this one! :) xx

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[All Images: ©MadebyMolu]

**This post was sponsored by Laura Ashley, however all words and opinions are my own, dictated completely by my love for  DIY and styling**

[Real Weddings] when East-meets-West

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One of the many things I’ve been meaning to share on here since the summer, is this fun ‘fusion’ wedding project I did back in May. Some of you may have seen a few behind-the-scenes snippets back around springtime so I’ve now complied a few images of the finished elements to give you an idea of the project as a whole.

The couple (she’s of Indian descent and he’s of english-irish descent) had got in touch looking for bespoke wedding stationery to fit their ‘east-meets-west’ wedding after stumbling across ours on the blog (the power of search engines never ceases to amaze me!) They wanted something that signified them as a couple (fun, fresh, modern) and their cultural backgrounds, but one that also tied in elegantly with their quintessentially english country house setting in Oxfordshire where they were to get married in. With this being my first wedding job of the year, and the first ‘fusion’ one since our wedding, I was excited at the prospects (and challenges) the job presented…so instantly agreed to take it on. Plus, it’s not often you find clients you instantly get on with and wholeheartedly trust your judgement! :)
MbM_M&N-INVITATIONS-04 MbM_M&N-INVITATIONS-07So, inspired by folklore illustrations and patterns traditionally found on Indian textiles, murals, and religious occasions that depict poetry and enchanted tales, the final design route created brought a sense of romance and mystic to the couple’s fusion countryside wedding. The Stationery suite consisted of 5 elements: Invitations for both Civil & Hindu Ceremonies, RSVPs and Order of Services for both ceremonies. Once the illustrative designs were finalised, we decided that each stationery element would be distinguished by colour from the colour palette we agreed on for this project (A ‘thank you’ card was added later in the same style and fashion)

I also made on-the-day elements and hand painted signage, which for me is the most fun part being so tangible, particularly with the welcome sign and the large photo-backdrop. Again, the folklore-inspired illustrative designs were incorporated so that all the pieces looked completely unified.

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Well, the overall experience of this project was simply amazing – not only did I get to explore avenues I didn’t think I’d envisage doing much of (i.e. illustration), but I was also extremely fortunate to work with a truly delightful couple who made the entire process seamless for me. It’s people like them that make all the hard work so worth while! A huge heartfelt thank you to Mita & Nathan for being a.w.e.s.o.m.e. in every way possible and for letting me be a part of their gorgeous fusion wedding!! And of course, for the lovely professional photos you see below (courtesy of Matt Horan Photgraphy) that shows some of the signs in-situ. :)

Until next time..! xx

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[Image credit: Matt Horan Photgraphy ]

D.I.Y. FEATURE | Laura Ashley Wedding series – part 2

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Hey folks! I hope you’re enjoying the…..ummmm….sunshine? Seriously, where has the sun disappeared off to this week….just when we were getting used to its warm sunny rays. Anyhooo, I hope this fun DIY will still bring a bit of summery cheer to all you folk in the UK

So, my second DIY for Laura Ashley‘s ‘Make & Do’ wedding series is now up on their blog. I’m showing you how to make this fun LOVE sign for your summer wedding; whether you want to jazz up your dessert table or use as a prop for your wedding photography….the choice is really yours. To be honest, you can make this for any occasion really especially if, like me, you have a thang for all things ice creams and popsicles!!

You’ll find the full tutorial here, where I’ve even given you guys templates to work with (so even less work!!). I hope you have fun with this one and I’ll be back for more in the coming summer months so do stay tuned! Oh and if you want to take a look at the last DIY on how to make floral place settings out of wallpaper, you’ll find more meets here. Enjoy lovelies!! xx

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[All Images: ©MadebyMolu]

**This post was sponsored by Laura Ashley, however all words and opinions are my own, dictated completely by my love for  DIY and styling**