Edible Trends: Eye Candy

March 30, 2011

Keeping theme with Monday's inspiration, here is more of the yummy hot corals, reds, and oranges that are everywhere this season. Why limit this trend to fashion and flowers? Lets see these hot hues in decor and table-scapes!

This shot by Marla Christina is absolutely darling. These treats are almost too pretty to eat!

Martha Stewart knows her color. This table scape is bright and fun, but not too loud. It can work for spring or summer.

 This cake is amazing. Can't get enough poppies!

Photo Credit in order: Marla Christine, Martha Stewart, Wish Special Events

Floral Inspiration: Shades of Coral

March 28, 2011

Nothing speaks more to the changing of winter to spring than bright buds in warm hues. This spring, different shades of coral are a refreshing addition to wedding palettes. From soft sea coral to hot red coral, this color is sweet, fresh, and fun!

This bouquet of bright anenomes is sweetly simple, but still interesting.

Got a wild side? A soft poppy bouquet is easy breezy. Can't help but smile!

Photo Credit: Poppies and Posies

Vendor News: Anthropologie's New Bridal Line

March 25, 2011

What kind of a bride are you? Anthopologie's new wedding shop, BHLDN (pronounced Beholden) debuted online last month, and the website is amazing. The site categorizes the collection into bridal shops based on your personality, from "nostalgic romantic" to "neo-sophisticate". The collection goes beyond gowns and dresses to include unique wedding accessories and shoes. Here are some favorites, courtesy of www.BHLDN.com.

The detailing on this dress makes it a work of art!

These flower hair pins are the perfect dainty addition to a bridal updo.

So charming!

Edible Trends: Leading Veggies

March 23, 2011

 Who ever said vegetables are boring? The veggie trend has already hit our kitchens and now it has officially become stylish. Vegetables as food and decor at weddings has never looked so sleek.

 Love these dainty Caprese salad cups from an Amy Atlas vegetable bar.

This grilled vegetable platter with a balsamic vinegar reduction (from the Avalon Restaurant in PA) is very gourmet and is a perfect example of how to incorporate veggies into the main dish.

Veggies aren't just for eating! Use them as an alternative to flowers or as funky and truly fresh place cards.

Taking it to the extreme and incorporate veggies into a totally unique wedding bouquet.
Healthy AND Stylish.

Photo Credit in order: Amy Atlas, Uwishunu, Manolo Brides, Amy Atlas, and Brides.com

Inspiration: Liquid Metallics

March 21, 2011

Trend alert! Looking ahead to a shift toward minimalist, sleek lines, and a color palette of neutral metallics. The neutral/metallic trend is evident all over the red carpet.

Like most fashion trends, metallics can be reinvented into the world of weddings. Enjoy this "ode to metallics" inspiration board.

Theme: Liquid metallics
Colors: Gold, Silver, Bronze, Diamonds
Textures: Silk, Brass, Chain, Taffeta, Beads, Sparkle

Photo Credits: DHLDN, Elizabeth Anne Designs, My Wedding , Fashionizers, DHLDN

Honeymoon Vignettes III: Greece Godliness

March 18, 2011

The Mediterranean may just be the perfect honeymoon destination. What could be more romantic than island hopping in Greece? It may be hard to choose just one!

This secluded Red Sand Beach in Santorini is a stunning hideaway and a natural wonder.

 Visit the small hillside town of Oia at dusk. (It is known to be the best spot on the island to watch the sunset!)

Looking for luxury? No problem. The resorts in Crete are exceptional.

Next to godly!

Photo Credit: Photos4Travel, Scott Dunn, and Klikunic.com

Industry News: Wedding Salon Next Week

March 15, 2011

The Wedding Salon is back in Los Angeles.  For tickets, please go to their website www.WeddingSalon.com or call 212.631.7777.  Sounds like it will be a very good show.  The London West Hollywood is the venue so check it out.  Promotional tickets are $15.00 so make sure you have the code BLWP.

Inspirations: Unique Save the Dates

March 14, 2011

The very first announcement of your wedding day should be exciting, unique, and memorable. It is easy to get creative with save the date cards while still staying within your general theme.

Adding a non-paper element like this balloon, gives an invitation texture and humor!

These save the dates from Ceci New York put a spin on plane tickets- such a cute idea for destination weddings!

I love the ribbon element in this design. Sleek and playful at the same time!

(Designs from Martha Stewart Weddings, Office Optimist and Ceci New York)

Photography: Snapshot Simplicity

March 11, 2011

Meet Marla Christina Aufmuth. Her philosophy is simple. Using the camera lens, she documents the small, spontaneous instances that happen throughout your special day. She hones in on every interaction, smile, and anything beautifully unexpected, capturing a bride's unique personality perfectly.

 See more gorgeous shots at www.marlachristina.com

Cakes and Sweets: Whoopie Pies

March 9, 2011

First it was cupcakes. Now it's what is often referred to as the "inside out cupcake"- Whoopie Pies! These not-so-little treats consist of two large cookies or round mounds of cakes stuffed with a sweet buttercream filling. This seemingly simple combination is nothing but heavenly!


Photos from Ice Maiden Cakes and Foodess.com

Inspiration: Cath Kidston

March 7, 2011

London-based designer Cath Kidston is known for her chic, vintage-inspired floral patterns. These bright graphic flowers evoke an English garden style that is such a great inspiration for a spring or summer wedding.

Feminine floral designs and a combination of bright and pastel color palettes are the basis of the English country theme.

Unfinished, romantic flowers arranged in vintage glassware mimic these vintage prints.

These fresh floral patterns also translate beautifully into cakes and sweets!

Springtime chic!

Photo Credit (in order): Little Miss Wedding, Style Me Pretty, Nonpareil Magazine, Cake Journal, Ice Maiden Cakes

Vendor News: Meet Kelly!

March 4, 2011

The key to a flawless wedding is a talented, professional, and fabulous event planner. Meet Kelly from A Savvy Events! She is all of the above and more. We were lucky enough to interview this busy lady and get some insight into her unique personal style, the hottest trends on the wedding platform this season, and day-of- wedding advice. Enjoy!

NLCD: What have been the most popular wedding colors for this upcoming spring/summer season?

Kelly: This year I am seeing A LOT of Grey! Grey is everywhere and it is such a neutral color and it just goes with everything! I love mixing grey in to a variety of color palettes! Another color I am seeing a lot of this year is Dark Purple. I typically don't love Purple but if done properly it looks fabulous and it is very rich and warm! 

NLCD: What is your favorite bouquet of the moment?

Kelly: My favorite bouquet is anything with Peonies! Just like every bride I am a sucker for beautiful peonies and I just think they are so soft and romantic and make the perfect bouquet!

NLCD: If you got married again in the Bay Area- what location/or venue would you choose?

Kelly: Gosh this is so hard as I like so many venues for so many different reasons but I think if I were to do it all over again and if I were to get married in this area I would probably choose Annadel Winery in Sonoma! I just love it there! The ruins are so beautiful and the property is just spectacular. I love the garden feel and Annadel is just that. It is a stunning property. I love rustic and elegant together and that property to me fits that feel to a tee! 

NLCD: What was the largest wedding you organized- how many guests, where was it, and what was the biggest challenge?

Kelly: The largest wedding to date was 275 people at Cornerstone Gardens in Sonoma. It was a beautiful wedding and really their were not a lot of challenges at all. I would say the biggest challenge was that I was hired about 8 weeks prior to the wedding as the couple felt they didn't need a wedding planner and as it got closer they realized they really needed one. So a lot of times when I am hired last minute there is a lot to do to catch up on everything that has been done and sometimes a lot of cleaning up and organizing things. So that is always the biggest challenge is when you are brought on last minute! I always tell my couples, friends and anyone that is going to get married hire your planner first. They will help you through out the entire process and it is money well spent

NLCD: What is one design/wedding trend that you love?

Kelly: I am still a sucker for the white wedding! There is something so romantic and timeless about a white wedding. It doesn't have to be vanilla and boring. You can always bring in soft hints of color to accent with but what I truly love is to walk into a reception that is candle lit with shades of whites it is still breath taking to me and it just says WEDDING!

NLCD: What is one trend that you are hoping will go away soon? 

Kelly: Gosh...I have never really given this a lot of thought lately because even if a trend is over done or tiresome I always try to tweak it to make it new to the couple or the wedding. I can't really think of anyone trend that should go away.....

NLCD: What was the most memorable moment of your own wedding? 

Kelly: The most memorable moment for me is when the doors to the church opened and I saw my husband for the first time. Nothing will ever take that moment away from me! It was very important for me and my husband to keep some tradition with our wedding and one of those was that we were not going to see each other before our ceremony! I wouldn't change it for anything in the world. It is the one picture that is my mind for the rest of my life and I will never forget his expression and the way he looked at me for the first time! It still makes me teary eyed. 

NLCD: If you could give a bride one piece of advice/words of wisdom on the day of her wedding- what would it be??

Kelly: My biggest advice is that this is your special day! Remember to take time to smell the roses (Literally) because it goes by so fast. You have spent so much time and days preparing for this day so stop and take little moments through out the event to just step back scan the room and remember everything! I also recommend after your ceremony to have a little alone time with your new bride or groom. It is probably the only alone time you will get all night so have your caterer/planner get you some champagne and hors d'oeuvres and enjoy them together before you greet your guest!

Thanks to Kelly for such great insight!

Get in touch with Kelly at asavvyevent.com

Edible Trends: Korean Cuisine

March 2, 2011

According to foodie website Epicurious, Korean cuisine is one of the top ten food trends for 2011. We've seen Korean food take off everywhere from fancy restaurants to trendy Korean BBQ food trucks. Now for a way to make Korean cuisine chic and wedding friendly.

Kalbi and Bulgogi (Korean BBQ beef and short ribs)

Side dish Kimchi (perfect for vegetarian guests!)

Bibimbap- veggies, beef, fried red pepper paste, and granishes served over rice. 

And perhaps the most fun part is getting creative with table settings! Try a structured, minimalist theme for food presentation and decor.

Photo Credit: Steamy Kitchen, The East World, Ines Cho
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