Wednesday, September 30, 2009
I found this article on a caterer's blog and thought it was well written, informative and could be of interest to many brides out there. With so many vendors and venues requiring deposits and retainers, it's so important to know their policies and to have a payment schedule so that you don't miss out on securing your date! This and other great articles can be found at
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Another week has come and gone, and here I am again with an etsy Tuesday post and nothing else to show for the last week! The "rush" of my wedding season has come to a close, and blogging daily is back at the top of my list! I can't make any promises, but at least I can try.
For those of you who've read my blog for a while may remember another feature I did on Paper and Cake. I absolutely LOVE this company, and I think it's ingenious that they sell their designs electronically and allow you to print your own party ware. It's not QUITE homemade, but at least you'll feel a bit more creative than if you had walked into a store and bought everything premade. And who doesn't like to feel a little bit Martha Stewart every once in a while?
This pink partyware is designed in honour of Breast Cancer Awareness Month which is right around the corner, but would be perfect for a bridesmaids luncheon, shower or tea party. Compliment your tablescape with gorgeous white candle holders (these ones look like they're from Ikea), some pastel blooms and pretty stands to hold your treats, and you're good to go!
For $8, you get ALL of this :
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Papercuts bu Julene
I realize I missed etsy Tuesday AGAIN...for the second week in a row! I have a feeling, however, that this delightful find will appease you! Really, I can't think of a more unique, crafty creation than this incredibly detailed papercut. It looks great on it's own, or frame it with a funky fabric or paper behind it. Use one (or many) to add a personal touch to your ceremony or reception decor!
Thursday, September 17, 2009
For all of you fellow Martha Stewart stalkers, you will probably be familiar with this eye-candy filled wedding. For those who aren't, meet Cheree Berry's wedding! Cheree Berry is one of my personal wedding crushes, and you can probably understand why from her wedding; her enormous attention to detail and design combined with her innovative approach to stationery makes her work unique and timeless. Formerly a stationer for Kate Spade, Berry now designs her own incredibly popular line of stationery, and her website is chock full of delectable designs sure to make you drool a bit ( www.chereeberry.com ).
Necklace from Sandra Webster Jewelry
Silk clutch from ViaBella
Headband from the Sleepy Albatross
Bow Invitation My Lady Dye
Dress from kissedjewelry
Garter set from Woomi
Bow crystal earrings from sdvintagecollection
Dupioni silk ring bearer pillow from belles and crystals
Silver Bow Pendant Necklace from lime green modern
Bowtie Groomsmen Notecard from BeanTown Homemade
After receiving a threatening text from a friend regarding my lack of an etsy Tuesday post, I have decided better late than never! This weeks collection was inspired by my penchant for bows. Where this affection comes from I have yet to determine (Hello Kitty?), but I do know that I am drawn to anything with a bow, and can often be found (I'd say at least 60% of the time) donning one in my hair. There's just something about a bow that is at once both innocent and outrageous. You never know whether it's to be taken seriously, or whether it's supposed to be fun... I guess the appeal is all in the mystery.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
All photos from the wonderful Martha Stewart
After the post on cake stands, it only seemed fitting to follow up with a lovely collection of pretty cakes to feast your eyes on. Not to mention that designing a website for a local cake designer has also caused me to have cake on the brain!
Monday, September 14, 2009
If there's one thing that comes to mind when viewing the incomparable images of Reine and Jana (silent "j"- say it "yawn-ah"), it's complete and utter astonishment. I sometimes have to remind myself that these are real people and real places, not just some imaginary world of painted perfection. Reine and Jana's photographic style ascends all conventions of typical wedding photography, and if you're a photo-junkie like me, it's well worth the investment. Heck I wish I had found out about this pair for my own wedding!
After personally watching Czech-born Jana Vackova work her magic at a recent wedding, I can say whole heartedly that I can't imagine a more up beat, enthusiastic, energetic or passionate artist than she. Jana beyond blew me away with her personality and creativity, and taking in her photos evokes a bounty of emotions. Reine, Jana's partner, shares the same creative and artistic aesthetic, making these two probably the most talented duo in the province if you ask me. Reine and Jana have become so talented in their own right that they can work separately with their own second shooters. Check out their website for loads more eye candy, and you'll see what I mean. You can even peruse the ultra-alternative photographs from Bif Naked's wedding!
Check out Jana's site here: http://www.janavackovaphotography.com/
And for Reine site here:www.Reineweddings.ca
Friday, September 11, 2009
Above: Clara French
Above: Whitney Smith Pottery
Above: Rosanna Inc
Above: Country Living
Above: Found this on a "wanted" etsy listing. Let me know if you know where these are from, because I LOVE THEM!
Above: Spice and Lore
Above: Butter Sugar Flour
DIY Cake stands from Once Wed
Above: The Knot
Above: The Tea Pot Shoppe
Above: Cottage Chic Shop
If there's one thing I can't get enough of (really, we all know it's far more than just one thing) it would be cake stands. I'm not quite sure what it is about them, but if I see one, I buy it. Cake stands are to me as shoes are to a fashionista. I feel like they are my babies, my sacred collection, and I promise you one day they WILL be displayed on some gorgeous shelf in my office. I love single tiered ones, ones that stack in graduated sizes; I love cupcake towers, and I especially love individual glass cupcake stands. There's something about a cake or cupcake stand that completely transforms any baking, candy, or everyday item from mundane to magical. Must be the pedestal!
The collection of pretty stands above range from low to high prices, and for those of you looking for a shabby chic way to present your creations, here's a fab diy project over at Once Wed that uses terra cotta pots! Ingenious idea. Any style, any colour, and size- cake stands WILL improve you event, whether you're using for your wedding cake, or to hold cookies on a dessert table for a baby shower. And by all means, if you happen to see some pretty stands while out and about, feel free to think of me!