Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Real Wedding: Brooke & Nathan

Remember this good looking couple? Well, they tied the knot!! Brooke and Nathan had a beautiful wedding at the North Chapel in Liberty Station January 17th. The chapel was filled to the brim with over 350 family members, friends and people who truly love this couple. It was such a beautiful wedding, and so refreshing to see a couple who deeply loves one another and the people that are a special part of their lives.

The black and white wedding was elegant, classy and had so many natural and organic elements. The use of eucalyptus, china mums, and mini eggplant colored calla lillies were perfect. Their reception was held at the Admiral Kidd Club which over looked the bay, and downtown San Diego. Thank you to Aquario Studio Photography for the lovely photos!

The stunning bride...Brooke.

There's our beautiful Heather....can you see her? She was adorable. The girls wore super cute Anthropologie dresses.

The getaway car to the reception was a classic Woody. WAY cute!

Nathan and Brooke, our lives are so much fuller and enriched because of you two. Thank you! We love you!




Monday, February 22, 2010

C&C Interview:

Heather and I spilled the beans regarding 201o wedding trends, the "DIY" craze, and how we started Carter & Cook. Thank you so much Tara for writing this fun article. Check out the article featured here at!

Ashlyn + Heather

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Sneak Peek.

We just wrapped up a super fun photo shoot yesterday for the ever so popular blog, Wedding Chicks. I can't wait to share more of the details...but until then, here is just a peek of what's to come. Oh what a fantastic day it was, and we had the privilege of working with the incredible Jessica Claire. Enjoy!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Engaged: Liz + Rich

We are excited to share with you a simply sweet engagement session today, done by some of the coolest photographers around, He & She Photography. We will be working with this talented team again on Liz and Rich's wedding, which is less than a month away!

We met with the beautiful bride to be Liz this weekend and enjoyed discussing all the details to their upcoming wedding. The wedding theme is "Up, Up and Away"....and each of them have come up with some outrageously creative ideas! We are so excited for their wedding! It is going to be fun!

The photo above is one of my favorites! Liz, you're stunning. I love the use of these pale pink heart balloons, and they will also be tied into parts of their wedding day. How fun are those?!


Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Coral & Shimmer [nonpareil magazine] Part Deux

We're back to round up the details from our tablescape photo shoot for Nonpareil Magazine. This was an extremely fun project, as we worked on creating something beautiful, yet affordable for most brides!

Karrie & Elizabeth are the two behind Posh Paperie. These girls always amaze us with creativity and attention to detail through paper. We were excited to see their paper quilling skills when it came to this shoot. We tried to incorporate the round movement through paper in different ways.

Here is a little DIY tutorial for your very own quilled lettering, which can be a creative touch to any piece of the wedding! I loved the framed monogram and cookie banner they came up with.

You will need: a pencil, strips of paper cut 1" thick and glue dots.

First, determine what word you want to spell out. For each letter, use a strip of paper for each stroke you need to form the letter. Wrap the edges of each strip tightly around a pencil to curl it and shape the rest of the strop to form the letter. To attach the strop to the surface, use a glue dot as needed!

Dessert bars are still awesome. In 2010, I think we're going to see many twists on your standard dessert bar. Friends, meet the DIY Cookie Bar. Often times we get many brides who don't love cake. We encourage our brides to do things they love, and reflect their own taste. And this bride is a cookie lover.

With a handful of family recipes, she got her family to baking and we created a mini cookie bar. We covered pieces of wood in the fabrics to match our colors, theme, and the lampshades. We placed them on top of large candlestick holders to create various heights. The finish, stack the mini cookies inside gold foiled cupcake liners. Don't forget the milk! Serve ice cold milk in non-traditional old bottles with mini glasses.

If you don't want to bake these yourself, ask your caterer or hire a baker to make homemade cookies of your choice, and see if they can even serve them warm!

This wraps up the shoot. Thank you again Nonpareil for the opportunity to be a part of issue number one! Many more fun details about the shoot can be found in the Nonpareil article. We'll leave you with a quick snap shot of yours truly, Heather and Ashlyn. All of our photos were taken by Jackie Wonders!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Coral & Shimmer [nonpareil magazine] Shoot 1.

We are so excited to finally be able to share more of the fun details that we have been working on since November. Our concept for this tablescape shoot was bold, colorful, and creative while using a variety of gold and shimmery tones. Coral and gold look simply incredible together, and it is something fresh and new that hasn't been overdone. There was a photo I saw of a coffee shop in New Zealand that had lots of lamps hanging upside down on their lamp stand. It was then that I had an "ah-ha!" moment, and thought it might be pretty fun to find different shapes of old lamps, cover them with fun fabric and hang above a wedding table! So, the Coral & Shimmer table was born, with so much help from our fabulous team of vendors.

Table Linen + Bistro Chairs: Classic Party Rentals
Paper Styling: Posh Paperie
Floral Styling: The Floral Lab

These amazing ladies made this vision come to life, in all of their awesomeness! Thank you all again!! And thank you Maddy & Kristen for allowing us to join the fun of Nonpareil Magazine! See the shoot and write up here!

Leigh Anne from The Floral Lab pulled through and found us the perfect coral peonies for the shoot. I am totally in love with them and really think they make such a dramatic impact on any table. Yes, they are pricey, but as we mention in the article, you only need a few stems to make a big impact on any table. Leigh Anne also sprayed several pieces of the foliage gold, which matches perfectly with the table. Another DIY trick to fancy up your standard greenery and give the centerpiece an antique finish.

These lampshades were a vision that came to life! All you need is your trusty glue gun, ribbon, various old lampshades, spray paint and fabric of your choice to create your mini lamp chandelier. We found our fabrics online from various Etsy sellers, and the lampshades were all found at Pat's Corner for $1.00 a piece! Such a fun bargain.

DIY Lampshade Chandelier:

step 1. Lay your fabric out, and measure the amount you will need for each shade. Don't worry about getting it too exact - you can always, trim, tuck and fold and glue the extra underneath.

step 2. Use your hot clue gun to secure the fabric on one side and wrap it around the shade. The larger, more symmetrical shade you have, the easier it will be. Make sure that it looks "pretty" from underneath, as your guests will be able to see the inside if these are used as a chandelier.

step 3. Spray painting a few of the lampshades is quite easy, and much quicker! It adds some simplicity if the fabric you use is a little busier.

step 4. Once done and dry, tie the inside tops of each shade with ribbon and hang from a ceiling, overhang, tree, or any area in which you can secure these pretties over your table. It is such a fun way to bring a homey feel outside! I also think this would be darling at a bridal shower, or a fun party.

We'll be back soon for round two next...The DIY cookie bar and paper quilling by Posh Paperie!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Nonpareil Magazine

We were so excited this past fall when we were approached by the two ever so talented ladies, Maddy from Inspired Bride and Kristen from Paper Crave, to design a tablescape shoot for their new upcoming and top secret project, Nonpareil Magazine. The online magazine officially launches today. The first issue, Beautiful on a Budget, caters to the DIY bride, with fun tutorials, and ways to class up your wedding, for less! We are so excited to see our Shimmer & Shine shoot in all it's glory. It is such a privilege and we are completely ecstatic to be a part of the very beginning for Nonpareil, and wish you only the best with this new endeavor.

To Jackie Wonders, Posh Paperie girls and The Floral Lab...THANK YOU for helping us execute our vision. You were such an incredible team, as always. I'm going to post more photos from the shoot soon [trust me, there are LOTS!] check back for more of the details!!