Saturday, June 27, 2009

Charm City Cakes

I love weddings! If I didn't, I wouldn't be doing what I do. Instead of gossip magazines, I read bridal magazines. Instead of tv drama or comedy, I watch every wedding show there is on tv. My PVR is constantly taping "Wedding SOS", "Rich Bride, Poor Bride", "Say Yes to the Dress", etc. One time, I even watched Meg from Family Guy get married. (She didn't.)

My new favorite show is "Ace of Cakes." This show is about a bakery called Charm City in Baltimore. They make the coolest cakes. You might have guessed, I watch this show for the wedding cakes that they make. Sometimes clients even get engaged on the show. I know it is sappy but I get teary eyed when I see their clients propose and get engaged.

Here are some of their cakes!!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Las Vegas Weddings

Last week I was in Las Vegas for a mini vacation, staying at the MGM Grand Hotel. During my stay there I couldn't help but to notice a lot of brides and grooms. They did not appear to be there for bachelor and bachelorette parties, rather they were there to get married. After seeing them a bunch of questions popped in my mind (as would a lot of others I am sure.) Questions such as: Where did they get married? Did they get married at some cheesy venue like in the movies? Did they get married by Elvis?

I didn't go up to the bride and groom to get answers because this was their special day and they do not need some crazy lady ruining their day and memories. Not being able to relax or let these questions go unanswered, I ventured around the hotel to get some answers. I headed to MGM Grand Hotel's Wedding Chapel, Forever Grand Wedding Chapel, and spoke to Wedding Coordinator, Sarah.

I learned from Sarah that a lot of brides (not grooms) contact them three to six months before their wedding date. The wedding coordinator would help them with their wedding planning and booking of venues, reception, flowers, cake, accommodations, etc. After speaking to Sarah, I also toured the wedding chapel and saw that the two chapels were not only tastefully decorated, but also intimate and romantic. If brides and grooms don't want to have their ceremony in one of these chapels, they can also opt for an outdoor ceremony or a poolside ceremony!

Prior to my talk with Sarah, I knew that it is possible to have a classy and intimate wedding in Las Vegas, despite what is protrayed in the movies. After my talk with Sarah, I learned that if you want to have a classy wedding in Las Vegas, it is just like anywhere else, you have to plan for it!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

One Room, Two Events

I met a wonderful couple named Crystal and Aaron, they were so easy going and carefree. Like many of my other clients, Crystal and Aaron only had their venue picked out and thought they liked the color purple. With this information, we started to design their wedding. The ceremony and reception was going to be held in one room at the Sundance Lake Community Association. One side of the room was used for the ceremony, while the other side was for the reception. We wanted to create two distinct areas but still have them coordinated. We accomplished this with the use of their wedding color. Here are some pictures of the decorated venue. Enjoy!!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Miko Designs

This past weekend I had the opportunity to help decorate my friend's jewelry booth. Clara is the talented designer and owner of Miko Designs. All of her jewelry is handmade with sterling silver, swarovski crystals, and glass pearls. (Not necessary all in one piece of jewelry!) Each design is made only once and is truly unique. Whether you are looking for a casual piece of jewelry or something to go with your wedding gown, you can find it at Miko Designs. Clara will also assist you in designing your own piece of jewelry too! You can purchase the jewelry either online through Paypal at her website or at some stores around town. Here are some pictures taken of the booth and of course, jewelry by Miko Designs!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Food Inspired Flowers

My close friends and family knows that I love food and weddings! As I was researching ideas for my next wedding, I came across some food inspired decorating ideas at LotusHaus. I don't know if these will work at a wedding but they are definitely different and unique. The designer of these floral arrangements was definitely thinking outside the box...or vase!

Chinese take out box!

Floral sushi

Ice cream sundae (Yum!)

Friday, June 5, 2009

Favors with a Purpose!

As a bride (and maybe groom), you want to give your guests a wedding favor that express your appreciation for their presence in sharing your special day. As a guest, you probably don't want another trinket that gets lost in your home. Ivy is the creative force behind Favor-its. Her goal is to provide brides and grooms with the option of providing unique and useful favors to their guests. At Favor-its, there are chopsticks, coasters, key chains, and even USB drives! How cool is that?! Check out Favor-its for their entire list of favors!

Pet Plants (This is a cactus plant inside a globe)

Towel Cakes! (Too cute!!)

Wine Stoppers (This is the Sweet Lover Set)

Music of Love box!

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