Friday, October 21, 2016

Dessert of the Week: Sweet and Sassy

Who says your cake has to be uniform throughout? We love the amazing icing job on this gorgeous cake from Sugar and Scribe!  It's the perfect combination of sweet from the pink icing and sassy from the glitter cake topper.

Cake from Sugar and Scribe

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Inspiration Thursdays: Iced Coffee Vintage Romace

Their styled shoot was very unique filled with extraordinary details of incorporating our inspiration of iced coffee into our theme! The team had a lot of planning this shoot balancing the coffee elements with a classic, timeless, romantic and touch of vintage style. Each stage of their shoot presented a unique element and consistency from displaying the cute signage "Love is Brewing Wipe Your Tears" with handkerchiefs at the ceremony site, highlighting coffee beans into the boutonnieres, offering an iced coffee & tea bar, displaying coffee beans in the candle holders and escort cards tray, using coffee beans in the amber filled jars as holders for the cake pops shaped as coffee cups on the dessert display, having custom made coffee sleeves for the bridal party to enjoy, using coffee sugar scrubs as the guest favors with the tag “one to be yummy”, and another favor filled with coffee beans with the tag “one for the tummy”, and having their bride & groom hold a “thanks a latte” sign in front of a classic 1929 Durant Vintage car. Absolutely in love with the calligraphy detail on the vintage mirrors on the dessert bar, having old newspaper print love letters embedded into the wedding cake, and coffee cups airbrushed on half of the macarons and the other half with a coffee bean in the middle. Loved having a whole separate cake display honoring our groom! The groom loves motorcycles, football & whiskey! Why not have all his favorites incorporated into a topsey-turvey coffee mug cake!?! The fresh flowers were so romantic on the tablescape & sweetheart table with the gorgeous vintage furniture pieces! The collaboration between Soirees & Showers & Four Things Paper with all the stationery and calligraphy details were incredible! Love the gorgeous braid on our bride! A lot of creative details to draw inspiration from!

Location: Hilton Mission Valley
Photography: Taylor Abeel Photography
Videography: Carry On Studios
Florist: Flowers by Erin
Cake: Cute Cakes
Invitations/Stationery: Soirees & Showers Stationery / Four Things Paper
Hair & Makeup: Beauty Bar
Dress: Katie May / Paper Crown
Menswear: Friar Tux Shop
Rentals: CC Vintage Rentals / Not My Dish
Favors: Liefy Solutions

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Wedding Wednesday: Sumari & Pete

6/28/2015  |  Westgate Hotel San Diego

It was a rather small and intimate wedding, but lively nonetheless. The Westgate Hotel is SO gorgeous and has beautiful lighting throughout the venue. Love was in the air from start to finish, and the guests, all close friends and family of the bride and groom, had nothing less than genuine and sincere smiles throughout the day. There was non-stop laughter, even during the tear-jerking sentimental speeches. The bride's sister all the way in South Africa couldn't attend, so they had her on FaceTime throughout the ceremony and the reception and she even gave a speech while plugged into the speaker system - through the iPad from South Africa! It was touching - all of it was magical. Although a small wedding, the LOVE was real! Afterward, the I stole Pete and Sumari away in a limo to the harbor nearby and then to Balboa Park for some couples portraits where they captured some amazing moments and invented new inside jokes. It really was the perfect day.

Location: Westgate Hotel San Diego 
Coordinator: Whitney Coffman
Photographer: Kelli Bee Photography
Videographer: Kay Piper Film
Florist: Linda Phillips
Entertainment: Joshua Randle
Catering: Westgate Hotel

Ask Abby: Where should my family sit during the ceremony?

We are trying to figure out where our guests are supposed to sit during the ceremony. Which side is whose?

Photo from the US Grant- A Luxury Collection Hotel

Following tradition, in Christian ceremonies, the bride stands on the left side of the altar while in Jewish ceremonies, she is traditionally on the right side.

However, these days people are choosing to forgo assigned sides completely in order to bring together the two families and to allow people to sit where they'd like. You can still arrange the room with two sides and put out a fun sign with verbiage such as "Pick a seat, not a side. We're all family here once the knot is tied!" Pinterest has a plethora of fun sign ideas you can peruse.

However you choose to do it, make sure to let your ushers know so they can point your guests in the right direction.

Wedding Wednesday: Jenny & Nick

8/22/2014  |  Stone Garden Events
Jenny and Nick wanted their wedding to have a mix of natural beauty and elegance. The overall result was exactly that with a feeling of being in a hidden secret garden decorated with elegant lights, candles and gold/crystal decorations. Their wedding felt intimate because of how secluded and close the ceremony and reception sites were to each other, yet there was plenty of room for all guests to move around and enjoy themselves. With the centralized dance-floor, multi-colored overhead lights, and large island-style bar, the reception came alive and felt like a fun dance party into the evening. Lastly, their grand sparkler exit was DIVINE because of the long exit pathway. This was the best day they had ever had and they didn't want it to end!

Location: Stone Garden Events
Photographer: Rachael McCall Photography
Catering: Emilio’s Mexican Restaurant & Cantina
Cake: Von’s Bakery
Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas / Minted
Hair & Make-up: Cutting Edge Salon/ Make Up by Vanny
Bridal Dress: Allure Bridals
Men’s Formalwear: Friar Tux Shop

Monday, October 17, 2016

Mangia Monday: How to Plan for the Alcohol Costs

When planning a wedding, one of the most variable expenses, and potentially most expensive expense is the bar at the reception. While there are benefits to an open bar, there are also options!

The first thing you need to do when it comes to picking a bar is talk to your reception location and see what they allow.  Some may only allow you to use their alcohol while others may allow you to bring your own. If you can bring your own, the best way to do it is to start stocking up early. You can watch the sales and use coupons to get the most bang for your buck.

Another option is to do complimentary signature cocktails during happy hour and then wine and beer included during the reception with hard alcohol as an additional cost.

There are plenty of creative ways to make the alcohol budget fit into your overall budget. Just be sure to let your guests know so they are prepared for what to expect.

Cocktails from Snake Oil Cocktail Company

Friday, October 14, 2016

Dessert of the Week: Petal Pushers

This birdcage cake dotted with pastel blooms stood out in a sea of real wedding submissions!
Photo Credit: Sarah Michele Photography