Thursday, December 17, 2009

Hot Trend: The Bundt

Goodbye cupcakes, helllllo bundt cake! Nothing makes us happier than mixing things up, doing something fun and different. One of our very creative 2010 brides-to-be informed us that she will be using a variety bundt cakes at the wedding reception.

This might immediately take you back to the scene of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, but stop your thoughts there! Nothing Budnt Cake is taking the old school version of 'budnt' to a whole new level! Nothing Budnt Cake now has two locations in San Diego {Scripps Ranch & Del Mar} along with ten other shops across the country.

After hearing about this new craze, I couldn't wait to taste one for myself! Pumpkin Spice, Red Velvet and White Chocolate Raspberry made the grand appearance to a recent party I helped host.

These simple little cakes were outofthisworld incredible! Seriously, some of the best cake I have ever tasted. And we taste a lot of cake! Not only does it taste amazing, but would make a killer dessert station for your guests with a variety of flavors, and the price is RIGHT. Sizes range from baby bundlets to large tiered cakes. The 10" cakes serve approx. 18 people, which rounds out to $1.50 a slice. Such a bargain!

Hot Trend 2010....Bundt Cakes. Watch for it!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Seasonal Inspiration: Joy

Many famous Christmas carol tunes all proclaim the theme JOY during the holiday season. We are certainly blessed to work with couples who are so joyful in the season of their engagement, and especially on their wedding day. Wedding day's are surrounded with joy on so many levels and in so many forms. So is Christmastime, for this we rejoice!

"JOY to the world, the Lord has come, let earth receive her King!"
"O tidings of comfort and JOY, ...Comfort and JOY...O tidings of comfort and JOY"
"Angels we have heard on high Sweetly singing o'er the plains, And the mountains in reply Echoing their JOYous strains"
" Love and JOY come to you. And to you glad Christmas too."
"JOYful, all ye nations rise, Join the triumph of the skies."

Here are a few inspired images that proclaim great JOY!
{including a few DIY projects that are oh-so-great!}

Monday, December 7, 2009

Exquisite Weddings Magazine: Top 10 Reasons...

Exquisite Weddings Magazine recently asked us to chime in to an article they were writing on the Top 10 Reasons to Hire a Wedding Coordinator. You may remember the article we wrote on our top reasons back in October. [You can read that here.] Other talented coordinators around San Diego contirubted to the article and the answers were right on! Make sure you read this article...we're #7. :)


C&C Featured!

We were so thrilled to have Kate & Daniel's wedding featured on the wonderful Inspired Bride blog last Friday as well as Bridal Inquirer over the weekend. Thank you ladies for featuring the lovely wedding and dessert bar! Check out both features here, here & here. For our brides-to-be, these two blogs are wonderful for fresh ideas, and hip inspiration.

Ashlyn + Heather

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Real Wedding: Kate + Daniel vol. 2

Now for the details! Kate + Daniel's reception was held at The Thursday Club in Point Loma, a charming little Spanish house with 180 degree views of the ocean.

The escort cards were strung across old white shutters {found at a local thrift shop} by twine and close pins. As you walked into the house, you were greeted by a table full of various colors of mums wrapped in burlap. It was such a sweet touch an the guests loved being able to take home their very own mum! Such a great idea for a favor that will be a lasting memory!
We took all the lavender potted plants that were at the ceremony and moved them to The Thursday Club. You can see them in the background below. It was a great way to re-use something from the ceremony, and it made a big impact at the reception site.

The tables were covered in gray linen and each centerpiece held a variety of vintage, wildflower looking florals in old various glass. The Floral Lab did a fabulous job pulling together the theme.

The dessert bar was a labor of love. The bride's grandmother made her famous chocolate chip cookies that were quite the hit, and a friend who is a baker made the red velvet and carrot cake cupcakes. Azucar, a local bakery in San Diego, made a darling two-tier chocolate cake for the bride and groom to cut, and had wonderful lemon bars.
Our favorite part of the dessert bar was the old vintage doors that created the space. They were rented from a local antique store for $30, and that included delivery and pick up! It was so very charming!

As the guests left, they grabbed handfuls of lavender to toss at the newlyweds. I loved the story behind tossing lavender, and the smell was incredible! You can read about the fun tradition here.

This wedding was so much fun. We worked with an incredible team of vendors, and at the end of the day, left smiling and feeling grateful for the opportunity to work with Kate + Daniel. The love in that room was extraordinary, on so many levels, and for that we felt blessed.

K+D, we already miss meeting with you {and you, Jan!} over a cup of coffee, but we know your lives are going to be so blessed and full. We wish you the best in years to come!
Wedding Vendors:

Coordinators/Designs: Carter & Cook Event Co.
Photographers: He & She Photography
Paper Designers: Posh Paperie
Reception Venue: The Thursday Club
Wedding Cake&Lemon Bars: Azucar


Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Real Wedding: Kate + Daniel vol. 1

This wedding was one of our favorite weddings to date. Kate and Daniel, their families, the vendors, the ceremony and reception sites, the theme - everything combined made for a perfect and beautiful day. We love fall weddings, and we loved working with these two to create a vintage, 'anthropologie' wedding day.

This wedding is so jam packed with goodness. We're going to have to unfold the photos in two volumes, so make sure you stop back for more tomorrow!

Kate was just the most gorgeous bride in her Mikaella lace wedding gown. Here is a series of photos from their first look. As Heather and I were busy running around with the details, Erin and Randy from He & She Photography were able to capture the precious first look. I love this quote from He & She's blog, "Kate & Daniel were so calm before the ceremony. I would almost consider their portrait session beforehand to be a "holy moment" - it was so peaceful and quiet. It was just one of those right moments that was so very memorable." How perfect, and sweet and really an exact picture how the entire day went!

The wedding ceremony was held at McCullough Park at Point Loma Nazarene University, where the two met and fell in love. Old benches were found and painted white, and were lined with lavender plants covered in burlap. It was a darling touch!

Posh Paperie was once again, the creative minds behind the oh-so-darling invitations!

These were the cutest bridesmaid dresses that we've ever laid eyes on. JCrew did it again - and these darling girls wore them well! The dusty/lilacy-pink and shades of gray and cream set the palette for the rest of the wedding.

Okay...look at those flowers. Can we say WOW?! Leigh Anne at The Floral Lab designed all the flowers for the wedding, minus the potted plants done by the wonderful MOB, Jan.

Daniel is an extremely talented musician, and of course, wrote all the ceremony music, which was played by a trio of wonderful musician friends. It was a very sweet and personal touch to the ceremony.

So in love with this image below, peeking through the bridesmaids. Their eyes are so excited!

Photos: He & She Photography

And stay tuned for vol. 2...the reception!