Crafty hands

Weddings that we love at A Darling Affair all have an element of craftiness to them.

From the earliest age i was exposed to scissors, paper, glue and pencils. I had a very DIY wedding 6 years ago and i just love how much it has evolved since then.

Raise your scissors and hold them high. Here’s a tribute to the people who make your weddings grand when you just run out of time!

Party Pony Handmade Party Decor:

party pony

Beckoning Designs – Handbound guest books and albums:


Sunshine & Confetti:

s & c matches s & c succulent

Sweet Details:

sweet details

Perfectly Sweet:

perfectly sweet

Christelle Creations: (image: Mihaja Wedding Photography)

christelle creations

Fox and Fallow:

fox and fallow

Fresh Honey:

fresh honey


Bowerbird Designs:

bowerbird designs

Come and meet these lovely crafters/stylists/makers/creators at the Gold Coast Wedding Fair June 22nd 

Buy your tickets here for your special 2 for 1 deal:

I’ll see you there – Carrie xxx

The snow fell upon our high tea…

For the Month of May on the blog we are celebrating the “Sweet things in life”

Nakita from Jhar Binx and Zave Cake Artistry is inspired by flowers and her love of cooking to bring to the table what she knows to be “sweet”:

“Baby’s breath is known to be the cheap filler flower for old fashion bouquets, well not anymore.

Beauty can come from many places and to me this fine spray of snow inspired flakes is absolutely beautiful and should not be forgotten, in fact should be utterly embraced as a sprinkling of vintage beauty either adorning your tabletops in lavish sprays or being walked down the isle of a garden wedding or just sitting on the kitchen window sill in all its sweetness.

We have been using bunches of these white soft specs on our high tea tables and I must say it has out done the rose as one of my favourite flowers.

Baby’s breath for us has added a soft vintage touch to our High tea décor and a little bit of something unique.

Remember that sometimes the most insignificant things can be the loveliest of all.

Happy caking baking and creating!” – Kita xx



Nakita has so kindly shared a little treat for you from her own kitchen:



500grams Caster Sugar

2 Tablespoons Liquid Glucose

2 Tablespoons Gelatine Powder

2 Egg Whites

2 Teaspoons of Vanilla

2 Cups of Desiccated Coconut

Grease and line a 18cm x 25cm x 4cm lamington pan. Combine the caster sugar, liquid glucose and 200ml water in a saucepan over low heat, stirring, until the sugar dissolves. Bring to the boil and cook over medium heat for about 3-5 minutes until a sugar thermometer reaches 120°C.

Place 200ml cold water in a small bowl. Sprinkle over the powdered gelatine, and then stand for 10 minutes. Place the bowl in a saucepan of simmering water and stir until completely clear. Stir the gelatine mixture into the sugar syrup.

Beat egg whites with electric beaters until stiff peaks form. Continue to beat while you gradually add the sugar syrup, and then beat for a further 10 minutes until mixture thickens and becomes glossy. Fold in the vanilla and pour the mixture into the pan. Chill for 1 hour until firm.

Cut the Marshmallow into Squares, the easiest way to do this is to run your knife under hot water, wipe of quickly on a tea towel and cut each line with the knife still hot but not wet.

Take each square out and roll in coconut


Chalkboarding – Not just for kids

I always loved chalking up the driveway as a kid. I still occassionally write a love message or a ‘welcome home’ to my husband just outside our front door.

It’s envokes a personal touch to me. The handwritten, raw, rustic and the stroke of an artists hand.

So chalkboarding has made it onto the tables at weddings and it has become an art form for the talented person who can master the dusty lines.

Chalkboards are great because you can use it again and again after your big day for party’s and shin digs. A great investment.

Enjoy the simple black and white!

Carrie xx

find your seat


find your seat heart boards

pick a seat



Credits: Boots Photography, Fresh Honey Wedding Styling, Figtree Pictures Wedding Photography, Senna Jean Designs, Down Bangalow Road Photography.

Shimmering Light

Today’s feature in this month’s “Lovely Light” series is a makeup tutorial courtesy of the talented Natalie Hunter – MUA. Here’s a step by step tutorial on how to recreate this lovely sunkissed, shimmery-eye and shiny-lip look for yourself.simone

Base:  MAC Studio sculpt buffed into the skin with a real techniques buffing brush, Powered with a loose powder such as Napoleon translucent.

Cheeks:  Nars Laguna Bronzer in the cheek contours with Napoleon Bronzer for colour on the apple of the cheeks. A light shimmery highlight on top of the cheek bone, with Napoleon shimmer dust in number 37.

Eyes:  Start with a base of Napoleons shimmer dust in No 37 all over the eyelid, right up to the brow bone.

In the crease (socket) of the eye, with a dome shadow brush, add, Ben Nye medium brown Matte eye shadow, focusing mainly on the outter corner of the eye. Blend to soften any harsh lines with a MAC 217 brush….my favourite brush in the WHOLE world.

Line the upper and lower lash line with MAC eye kohl pencil in smoulder. Smudge with an angled brush to create a soft smokey line.

Coat the lashes with Maybelline’s The Falsies, top and bottom.

Brows: With a real techniques brow brush and a light brown shadow, fill in and shape the brows to suit the face shape.

LIPS:  The key to this lip is to gain as much shine as possible. I used a clear MAC Dazzleglass lip gloss and added a touch of Napoleons No 37 for that extreme shimmer highlight……

Your look is complete! ENJOY and have fun recreating this.

Thanks Nat! You’ll be able to see some more of Natalie’s work in an upcoming styled shoot previewing a number of our lovely vendors from our Sunshine Coast Wedding Fair, taking place at the Chapel Woombye on August 10th.

Cosmetic Images sourced online

Tutorial Photograph by Andrea Sproxton