- Sunday, January 29, 2012

Royal Opulence: Kate's Inspired

From intern Kate:

I have always been a fan of the stories surrounding Marie Antoinette and the royal court of Louis XVI. The opulence, the lavish parties, the extravagant spending…. the opulence. Marie Antoinette was my inspiration for this week’s blog.

The first piece I found was this amazing dress from Ian Stuart. The dress, appropriately named Antoinette, is a modern day interpretation of the enormous and luxurious gowns of the French court. You, however, will not need to hang glass ornament filled with honey from your hoop skirt to chase away the fleas.
White French Anemones are the perfect flower to use for you bridal bouquet. In case you’re not a big fan of a black and white idea, anemones also come in reds, pink, purple, and blue.

The French are so fancy that a regular ole’ wedding cake will not do. The croquembouche is a traditional French wedding cake made of a donut-hole like pastry, stacked halfway to the heavens and then smothered in caramel. Délicieux, no?

Fleur de lis toasting flutes are a great way to embrace your French theme at your reception even further. Let your guests take a little piece of the French court home with them with these Fleur de lis topped favors.

For décor, you might want to consider using a French Lace table runner and some intricately carved and molded candles.

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