Dessert Inspiration!

My friends over at Traveling Bites sent me these photos last night. I love these Tarts! they were homemade by Rosemarie's Boyfriend Thomas. Don't the look fantastically delicious??? Yum! I also loved how the used the cutting board I got them for Christmas as a display item in the photo as well. Maybe these photos will inspire some dessert tables/buffets for future weddings, parties and special events. Enjoy!

A Downton Abbey Wedding

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Does anyone watch Downton Abbey? If you don't you should. It is a fantastic period piece television show based in the early 1900's. The show is about the social class system, which deals with the upper class system and the lower class system (in this case, the servants). Well, enough about the show, I didn't tell you the best part of the show, all the absolutely gorgeous fashion! The costume design is breath-taking, full of stunning early century dresses with lots of beading and velvet!

There are 2 main character in the show, that have a love interest: Matthew and Mary. If these 2 characters ever end up together, I wonder what their wedding will entail? Maybe it'll be something like this:
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Source: Styled by Anne Sage for the CIty Sage Blog
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Happy Wedding :)

Hipstamatic Stripes

I have a great fascination for black and white. I love the idea of black and white weddings and parties. Here are a few images of a new idea of what black and white means to me. Black and white to me is always modern, hip and cool. It is always different and always stands out from the crowd. Enjoy!

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Yes, that's Audrey!

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Wedding Outfits: Inspiration

I tend to heart/admire many wedding items on Etsy. I don't know whether it's because it just appeals to me, or whether it inspires my wedding shop's product line. Either way, I know that I am not planning a wedding, so I find it rather funny. I gathered some of my favorite things on Etsy, to create some inspiration boards. Even though, I'm not planning a wedding, I think I still want to get all of these things!

Kateszabone (Raw Cut Diamond Ring) 
Longbarn Mercantile (Chalk Board)
The Peppermint Pretty (Wedding Dress)

Carol Hannah (Violet Dress)
Jean Jean Vintage (JFK Locket)
Which Goose (Mini Purse Necklace)
oOlive (Flower Ruffles Dress) 

Apple & Ivy (Shoe Clips)
Dear Golden (Blue Berry Hat)
Amor Dress (White Dress)
Honey Tree (Art Print)

Happy Wedding :)

Pop it with Pink!

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Can I just say that I love Pink! Many people who know me, are aware of my love for this color. I tend not to wear pink anymore, but I am still very much in love with this color. I think with age, I come not to wear pink anymore. I use to wear pink every day of the pink, but now it seems I like to wear purples and grays.

To see more pink inspiration photographs, go to a previously published post on Wedding Window.

Marimekko Wedding

I just love Marimekko! Readers may remember a post, I recently wrote on a 'Marimekko Wall Hanging Project' a few weeks ago. Since then, I decided to pull a few Marimekko wedding inspiration photos just in case a few readers are a fan of these stylish textiles!

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Happy Wedding

Happy Friday: Kate Moss

It's been a long and stressful week for me. I am thank for the weekend (it could not come fast enough, in my opinion). I just wanted to share with readers today some beautiful images I found of Kate Moss's Wedding. She is a stunning model and bride. And her wedding seemed romantic, vintage and glam at the same time. Is that even possible? Stay tuned for posts on Monday & Tuesday. I see a Give Away in the near future!

Cherries and Cherry Pits

I recently posted a wedding inspiration post on Wedding Window on something as sweet as cherries. Well, okie... nothing is as sweet as cherries.. I adore cherries, ever since I was a child. I could eat cherries all summer long. Cherries actually remind me of my younger sister. When we for kids, we loved to read this book:

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Can anyone remember this Children's book? Its an adorable story about eating cherries and spitting out the pits. I definitely recommend this for children growing up! Stories like this make me enjoy cherries so much, I wrote a wedding inspiration blog showcasing cherries:

'Think about incorporating one of the season’s finest treats with your wedding. This will surely bring a smile to all your guest’s faces. Cherries can be used as decoration in your floral arrangements, be incorporated in your salad course, and even your wedding cake!' 

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 Happy Wedding :)

Photo Inspiration

Over the weekend, I have been busy blogging like crazy! Not for this wedding blog though. I've been blogging for Wedding Window (another wedding blog I write for). So this week may be a little slow for wedding inspiration on my blog... I apologize in advance!

However, here are a few inspiration photos that I found over the weekend... It's really a collection of found wedding inspiration photos. Hope you like it :)

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Happy Wedding :)

Apples and Oranges

Weddings with themes are full of fun and whimsy. One of my favorite themes for a wedding is the idea of Apples and Oranges. This makes for a perfect wedding theme. Although the term ‘apples and oranges’ refers to 2 people who do not see eye to eye, I think in wedding terms, I would define it as 2 people, with 2 different personalities, finally seeing eye to eye on one subject: marriage. Here a few lovely inspiration images that may inspire your wedding with something as simple as apples and oranges.


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Vintage Cake Toppers!

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I dislike modern cake toppers. I had no clue that I hated modern cake toppers when I was getting married. LOL I searched for months to find a cake topper that wasn't a monogram or a comedic ceramic figurine. I feel those have been seen enough at weddings (that is my personal opinion for my own bridezilla wedding). In the end, I decided not to have a cake topper. LOL After months of planning, I just gave up. Now, I wish I could do that part of the wedding over again, because I finally decided what I liked about cake toppers... (almost 2 years after the wedding) ...

I discovered that I loved vintage cake toppers! hehe! A few weeks ago I had written a blog post for Wedding Window, with the topic of vintage cake toppers. It's a little too late for me, but at least I can try to inspire other brides on finding their love for vintage cake toppers!

Happy Wedding :)

Straws and Stripes

I just love the oh so trendy stripe straws that are all the rage for parties and weddings. They are whimiscal with a old fashion flair. Here are a collection of photos of stripe straws that may inspire you to add these lil straws to your wedding.

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Happy Wedding :)

What Love Actually Is

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Love Actually is one of my all time favorite movies. (I think I might even watch it today! heheh) I had decided that I loved this movie the first time I watched the movie, at its opening scene, actually. If you don't remember, there is a couple in the beginning where the groom surprises his bride on their wedding
day with having guests play 'All You Need is Love' with musical instruments.

I had a thought: What if grooms really did this loving gesture in real life? I wrote about this idea a few weeks ago on Wedding Window:  

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'The scene is of Juliet & Peter’s wedding ceremony. Mark (the best man) surprises the happy couple by planning a live performance of The Beatles song “All You Need is Love.” During this grand gesture, some of the guests surprise everyone by popping up with instruments and playing along with the song. This is one of the most magical things that I think could happen at a wedding, such a grand gesture is surely a symbol of love and would certainly surprise unsuspecting wedding guests!'

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Happy Wedding :)

Wedding Showcase: Emily + Ryan's Wedding

Bride: Emily Lauren Hatch                       
Groom: Ryan Lee Shola
Occupation: Emily - design consultant/sales, Ryan - project manager           
Date of Wedding: October 9, 2010         
Location: The Farmhouse Inn at Hundred Acre Farm
Photographer: Simply Bloom Photography
Favorite Romantic Comedy/Wedding Movie: Our favorite movie is Stepbrothers…not really romantic! Our favorite wedding movie would have to be Wedding Crashers…we love funny movies!

Inspiration for your Wedding? My Mom passed away or breast cancer about 3 years ago…before she did, she told me that she dreamnt that Ryan and I would get married under a big oak tree with a chandelier hanging from it. After she passed away, we were engaged about a year and a half later. I googled oak tree venues and found the Farmhouse…I knew it was the place. After visiting it, I was in love!

What Color Scheme where you trying to achieve? I wanted greens, greys, and some pops of mustard yellow.

Any DIY projects, you loved the most? I loved our candy buffet and favors. They were so fun to make and turned out so cute! 

Any Bridezilla moments while the planning process? The one and only advantage to paying for your own wedding is that you get to do whatever you want! I made all the decisions from day 1! About 10 minutes before the wedding I started to freak out that some last minute details hadn’t been finished and no one could calm me down!

Thoughts on the final outcome?  Our wedding turned out to be better than I could have ever imagined. The planning all came to an end and it was a laid-back, beautiful event. I had so much fun and remember every single moment of the night. I re-play it in my head all the time and it always makes me smile!

Are you glad its over?  We are so glad it’s over! I loved the planning---hated the paying! Weddings are ridiculous expensive!
 A Special Thanks to Emily + Ryan for sharing their special day with us!

Wedding Showcase: Emily + Chris's Wedding

How we became us (a quick overview from Emily):
Chris and I met through a mutual friend that worked with Chris at a local bike shop in San Luis Obispo, where we both attended school at Cal Poly. I joke that I knew I loved Chris after spending one day with him, but it’s true. We spent one evening dancing with friends, and after I went home that night, I had a crazy dream that we were in love. Love love – like, jump-in-front-of-a-speeding-train love. It’s ridiculous, but when I saw him the next day, I couldn’t shake the feeling from my dream. Cliché as it may be, it was as if I had known him, and had known how natural it felt to want to be with him, for years.

Chris’ story is a little different. He claims that he knew he loved me – and that he ultimately wanted to spend the rest of his life with me – when we were both home in Sacramento for Spring Break during his last year of college. I left when he was still sleeping one morning to attend a hair appointment and pick up some breakfast. I came home between the two errands to check in on him, and he says now that when he opened his eyes and saw me leaning over him to say hello, something just clicked. He says it was like he had an epiphany. (And then he went back to sleep.)

How we became us (as written by Chris, borrowed from our wedding website):
The little things matter and they matter in a big way. The simple gesture of buying a 20 oz. Diet Cherry Vanilla Dr. Pepper or sharing in the love of Jamba Juice’s Orange Dream Machine doesn’t seem like a big deal. But then you realize all these little things are adding up to be great and the one common denominator is the person you’re going to spend the rest of your life with.

Emily and I met at college, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, during her third year and my fifth. Although we shared similar social interests early in college, it wasn’t until the later half that our paths crossed and joined into one. In all honesty, it was a local bike shop, Foothill Cyclery, that brought us together.

My love for cycling brought me to that great local bike shop in my third year and I worked there pretty much till I graduated. In that time, Emily’s friends and roommates also went to work there, and as things tend to work out in ways we don’t understand, Emily and I met and a new chapter in our lives began.

I asked Emily to spend the rest of our lives together in 2009, a question that was four years in the making because I knew soon after we met that I loved her. I always wanted to save the words “I love you” for the one I truly love. And in doing so, I had created a barrier to attachment that for a long time could not be broken until I met Emily. My wall crumbled quickly after innocently spending time together. She made it so easy to love her.

The little things matter – finding out you’re from the same home town, being only children, one liberal, one conservative, both level-headed. It’s the things that make us similar and different that make us one, and those things matter in a big way.

Wedding Details
 When we first started considering our wedding, we knew we wanted something that was expressly “us” – a little romantic, a lot kitschy, with vintage details and homemade touches that would add playfulness and interest throughout the day. Since we come from such close families, we also wanted to make sure that we honored our parents and their cultural heritages. Together, my mom, aunts, cousins and friends helped us fold the 1,000 paper cranes that we used to embellish the walnut orchard in which we were married. When everything was said and done, we had more than 30 beaded strings of cranes. It was a lot of work (for both my family and the event staff that painstakingly hung each strand), but seeing the final effect, and knowing that every crane symbolized the love and support of our family, made it worth the effort.

 To honor Chris’ cultural background, we also featured mariachis during our cocktail hour. I remember thinking that his mom had arranged for maybe three or four entertainers to perform – instead, there were nearly twice as many! The musicians were wonderful! They contributed such warmth and energy to the day, and it was great to see Chris’ family – especially the older generation – singing and laughing along. At the end of the night, Chris’ Grandma Inez said to me, “I couldn’t help myself when those mariachis started singing! I had to join in…it’s in my blood!” It was more than 90 degrees and sunny (read: HOT) during our cocktail hour, but thanks to the mariachis and their infectious energy, no one seemed to notice the heat. It was such a fun addition to our day.

Part of the reason why we chose Viaggio Winery & Estate was due to their impressive event menus. We’re foodies at heart, and it was important to us to serve simple, good food that everyone could appreciate.  The duo of filet and scallops that they prepared for us was perfect, as was the impressive cous cous stuffed portabella with red pepper crema that they prepared for our vegetarian guests. We were told that the coconut prawns and the appetizer station of charcuterie meats, cheeses, pickled veggies and dipping oils were all delicious as well -- we only regret that we didn’t have the time to try them for ourselves!

As for our cake, the design was inspired by a cake that we saw in a wedding magazine, although it was originally decorated in fondant and gold foil. Even though we loved the look of fondant, we wanted the taste and the more homemade look of buttercream, so we asked M&W Bakery in Stockton (a contracted vendor with Viaggio) to reproduce the design in frosting, instead – and they did! They even color-matched the green of the cake to the green we used in our Save the Dates to keep with our (somewhat informal) color scheme of pale green, pale yellow and navy.

I had no idea what I wanted in a wedding dress when we were first engaged. The typical bride, I had cut out pictures from magazines and browsed some of the larger designer websites to get ideas – but I was that girl they hate on Say Yes to the Dress that liked a wide variety of styles and trends. The dress I ended up with was a phenomenal sample gown that I found at a tent sale at Bridal & Formal in Cincinnati, OH. Even though I tried on a number of full-priced designer gowns (probably a few too many, since my sales consultant kept having to reel me in), I always came back this ivory Alvina Valenta sample that had an old Hollywood silhouette, a strapless neckline with an avant-garde crumb-catcher and a scalloped hem. It was one of the few dresses I tried on that made me feel like a bride, and yet it didn’t look overtly bridal. Moreover, I still felt like “me” wearing it, and I knew that would be important to Chris and the rest of the loved ones I’d be sharing the day with. When the time came to finally step into the dress, it was better than I had remembered. Maybe it was because I was surrounded by family and friends or because I was minutes from seeing my husband-to-be, but it seemed like the dress injected an even greater dose of energy into the day.

The one thing I did know that I wanted for my wedding day attire was to change into a somewhat traditional Chinese dress at some point during the reception to once again pay homage to my mom’s culture – in particular, to honor her parents, my Paw Paw and Goong Goong, both of whom are no longer with us. My mom and my godmother took me shopping in San Francisco to find something that would be appropriately traditional but still functional for dancing and making my way through a room of people on a 90+ degree evening. The shorter style I chose ended up being perfect. It was cool, comfortable, and – paired with my grandparent’s traditional Chinese jewelry – it was the perfect nod to my Chinese heritage and the loved ones who weren’t able to join us on that day.

Since we planned most of our wedding from afar, it was a bit of challenge working with some of the more visual vendors, such as the florist, but Chris and my mom were able to schedule in-person meetings to ensure we would be comfortable with the end result. Armed with plenty of photos of designs we admired, Chris worked with Dennis at Cazale’s Flower Shop in Stockton, CA, to create a floral scheme that complemented our slightly vintage, romantic and kitschy theme. (Chris was even thoughtful enough to request a touch of blue in my bouquet, knowing that I hadn’t yet come up with a plan for my “something blue.”) On the day of the wedding, when we were given a peek at our reception room before the guests arrived, we couldn’t have been more pleased. The floral arrangements carried even more presence than we had anticipated, and, coupled with more than 200 candles that we were able to provide ourselves, they created a beautiful first impression. More than one person commented that the room felt very “Emily and Chris,” and we couldn’t have asked for anything more on the day of our wedding.

Brian Taylor with Swerve Entertainment provided music for both our ceremony and our reception and was an incredible asset throughout the planning process. Knowing that we were planning most of our CA wedding from OH, Brian worked with our on-site coordinator to ensure the wedding day timeline fit our specific needs. Along with our photographer, Brian was by far one of the easiest and most accommodating vendors to work with. Prior to the wedding, he was always
available via email and phone, and when July 10th rolled around, Brian made sure we knew the night was about us. Furthermore, all of our guests, young and old, commented on what a great variety of music he played to keep the dance floor alive well into the evening.

We met our photographer, Patrick Ang, at a friend’s wedding when I was a bridesmaid and he was a guest. Almost a year later, once Chris and I were engaged, Patrick was the first vendor we secured, and we had all the faith in the world that he would be the appropriate choice to document some of our lives’ most important memories. After working with Patrick on our engagement shoot in December, I think Chris and I both looked forward to reuniting with him in July almost as much as we anticipated marrying each other! He’s an absolute natural at what he does, which makes it easy to forget there’s a camera present. He’s also incredibly efficient! We had quite the assortment of family photos to get through, and he managed to snap them all before the ceremony so that we could spend more time with our guests during cocktail hour. We just received the proofs from the wedding, and Patrick has outdone himself. He’s covered every style of photo – including a few fun and edgy Vanity Fair-esque shots that have impressed the heck out of everyone that’s seen them. We’d recommend him ten times over if given the chance. He captured everything we’ll want to remember about our day.

 *Wedding Experience
I’m an anxious person – the kind that over-researches and over-plans just about everything. So it speaks volumes that, after months of manic, I woke up on the morning of July 10th feeling excited but calm and surprisingly normal. It finally felt like all the little unknowns, the pestering details I had yet to finalize and the DIY projects we hadn’t gotten around to completing, were out of my hands. And I knew that, despite all else, it would be a perfect day in that it would end with me calling Chris my husband. In fact, my nerves were the calmest they’d been in months, and they stayed that way as I approached Chris for The Reveal and when my parents walked me toward him at the altar. I was at such ease.

My favorite part of the day was, by far, hearing Chris’ vows. We had both decided to write our own promises in addition to reciting the traditional vows, and I knew that his heartfelt sincerity and good humor would come through in his words. His spoken promises brought the true meaning of our marriage into focus and reaffirmed everything I had never doubted about Chris. At the end of the day, we all commented on how beautiful the paper cranes turned out, and we marveled at the delicious dinner and the many comical stunts that ensued throughout the evening, but if all those items were stripped away and all that remained was Chris’ promise to bring me home and love me forever, it still would have been everything I could have asked for in our wedding.

Vendor Details:
Venue: Viaggio Winery, Acampo, CA
Catering/Beverage: Viaggio Winery, Acampo, CA

Cake: M&W Dutch American Bakery, Stockton, CA
Floral: Cazale’s Flower Shop, Stockton, CA
Photography: Patrick Ang Photography, Bakersfield, CA (available for travel)
DJ: Brian Taylor for Swerve Entertainment, Sacramento, CA
Mariachis: Mariachi Mi Terra, Sacramento, CA
Hair: Laura Harvey for AJF Salon, Sacramento, CA

Attire Details:
Wedding Dress: Alvina Valenta, Bridal & Formal (Cincinnati, OH)
Chinese Dress: Chinatown, San Francisco
Wedding Dress Shoes: Poetic License, DSW
Chinese Dress Shoes: Badgley Mischka,
Hair Fascinator: Selah Vie Designs,
Bridesmaid Dresses: Gap
Bridesmaid Belts: Forever XXI
Bridesmaid Shoes: Their own
Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss, Nordstrom
Groom’s Shirt: Ralph Lauren Blue Label, Ralph Lauren Store
Groom’s Tie: Nordstrom
Groomsmen Suits: Their own
Groom and Groomsmen Shoes: Puma,
Flower Girl Dress: Strasberg Children
Ring Bearer Suit: The Men’s Wearhouse

♥ Special Thanks to Emily + Chris for sharing their beautiful wedding day with us! ♥

All Photography is by Patrick Ang Photography

In Love with Peonies

I must say, that I love looking at flowers, especially, floral arrangements at weddings. Wedding flowers always seem so perfect, like nothing you can never create at home by yourself.
My favorite flower of all time for weddings would have to be the ‘oh so fabulous’ Peony! Peonies have got to be the most romantic flower out there. They are sweet and timeless; nothing could make a better wedding flower then the Peony. If you don’t believe me, just look below to see a few inspiration images that you might fall in love with yourself.

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Source: Sweet September Wedding
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 Happy Wedding :)

Wedding Showcase: Kristine + Jay's Wedding

Bride: Kristine Patio
Groom: Jay Cruz
Occupation: Kristine, Merchandiser at Anthropologie 
                      Jay: Web/Multimedia Designer at Think Department
Date of Wedding: April 17, 2010
Location: Immaculata at University of San Diego, then the Prado at Balboa Park in San Diego
Photographer: Susan Yee at En Pointe Photography
Favorite romantic comedy/wedding movie: Serendipity and The Proposal

Inspiration for Your Wedding: vintage modern - we were inspired by our '69 camaro and everything vintage, antique birdcages, suitcases,travel, spanish lace
What color scheme where you trying to achieve?  We went for navy and a variety of shades pinks - fuschia, hot pink, pale pinks,and greys for the guys
Any diy projects, you loved the most?  Working on the invites, the birdcage wedding card holder, well wishes tree

 Is there anything you would have changed or done differently?  Nothing, it was exactly what we wanted!!  I'd do it all over again
Thoughts on the final outcome? I think everything turned out great and we had amazing family and friends that helped with everything from setting up, diy projects, and organizing everything!!

Are you glad its over? I think we'd do it all over again!!!

 Special Thanks to Kristine and Jay for Sharing their Wedding Day with us!

Secret Garden Wedding

Source: Wedding Chicks
I had recently written a blog post for Wedding Window. The topic? Garden Weddings. I think I quite in love with the collection of inspiration photos gathered in this post. It tells of a romantic fairy tale wedding with butterflies, vintage furniture and picnic games. Very Alice in Wonderland if you ask me.