Wedding Day Details

A few weeks ago I worked on a beautiful wedding. (I posted the invitations here). We carried the invitation theme through several of the wedding day details, and the reception was absolutely gorgeous!

There were a LOT of escort cards, and Anthony helped me line them up at the entrance. The bride collected lots of pretty purple vases and candle holders that she placed all around the reception.PlacecardsFor escort cards, I think it’s best to keep it simple, especially for weddings with lots of guests. I like using large, clear type so guests can locate their names in even the dimmest candlelight.Placecards2

For table numbers, the bride purchased these simple white picture frames from Ikea, and I printed simple numbers on a deep purple background.Table7The tables had a variety of stunning arrangements by Central Park Flowers.Table1The bride is an orthodontist and the groom a dentist, so they placed a tooth-shaped chocolate at each place setting. I supplied the labels and menus.PlaceSettingFinally, I created some signs for the couple’s specialty drink.DrinkSignAll the details came together for a really stylish wedding!

Venue Scranton Cultural Center

Flowers by Central Park Flowers

Event Planning by Kelly Harrington

Catering by Constantino’s

Hooray for May!

May 2013Happy May! Spring is finally here in PA and I’m enjoying the blooming flowers and trees from inside (allergies are the worst). I just finished up an awesome pink and green candy buffet at a wedding this weekend, and I’m putting together some really pretty new wedding invitations this week.

New Wedding Invitations

I worked on a wedding last weekend and created some custom invitations for the bride. She was in love with purple and had a very specific vision for a mix of modern and traditional. We worked together to design these cheerful stripey invitations that look great in purple and plum, but can be adapted for any wedding colors.InviteMainThe highlight for me is always a pretty lined envelope – that really makes the invitation special and helps it stand out from regular mail.Invite3We had a lot of information to share with the guests about reception, hotel and direction information, so the reception cards were slightly bigger than the response and stacked inside the main envelope. The reception card did double duty, listing all the accommodation info on the back.Invite1 Invite2

There are lots of other matching pieces – programs, placecards, menus, table numbers, rehearsal and shower invites that I’ll share with you this week, plus some gorgeous shots of the beautiful reception decor.

Congratulations to Jess & Corey!

Etsy Love – Wedding Sashes

Etsy is made for weddings, seriously. I really wish I could get married again just so I could buy everything handmade from etsy. If you’re in the market for a beautiful sash, maybe for a bridesmaid’s dress (like my cousin Margi), I found a ton of options:

This lovely lace version from LoveLikeStylePeachPink

Pretty Pink Flowers, also from LoveLikeStylePinkFlowers

Stunning Beaded Medallions from Lucy Bridal BoutiqueBeadedMedallion

Big Blooms from BridalShoppeBigFlowers

Ornate Vintage Flowers from The Red MagnoliaVintageFlowers

This Super Glittery Style from Boutique CornerCrazyBeads

Surprise – It’s April!

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Oh hey there, I didn’t fall off the face of the earth just yet. I just totally flew through March! It might be the fact that it’s still snowing here in Pennsylvania, or that I have been so busy gearing up for the start of a busy wedding season, but I can’t believe it’s actually spring.

BookshelfI have been trying to do a little spring cleaning/organizing around the house, and so far I have only tackled our living room bookshelf, which I organized by color last weekend. It helps that Anthony has a serious book buying addiction, so I had lots of colors to choose from.

Marching Forward

March2013Oh hey, it’s March? How did that happen? I made approximately 8 billion cupcakes and 11 thousand wedding invitations last month, and oh my goodness am I exhausted!

I just finished up an awesome event this weekend, and I am working with lots of spring brides on invitations and fun wedding paper goods.

This month I’m going to try my hand at candle making, cause I need some more hobbies, and try to give our bedroom a little makeover. We’re also dealing with an exploding over abundance of books in the house, so we’re looking for some creative storage solutions.

I’m so excited for the snow to melt and to break out some pretty spring dresses. Yay for spring!

I Really Like Snacks

I love a good appetizer and I live for dips. This weekend Anthony and I made a perfect, amazing dinner and ate it in my favorite location – on the coffee table. Dinner

When I saw this recipe for hummus on Smitten Kitchen, I knew I had to make it. I felt like a crazy person taking the skins off of the chickpeas, but ohmygoodness it was worth it! I modified the recipe slightly, roasting the garlic first before adding it. I also made twice as much because we really love hummus in this house.

Because Anthony likes his hummus spicy, I put some chopped hot red peppers on the side so he could mix it up. I also added some cucumber sticks, some proscuitto and a little cheese for variety. We gobbled everything up with toasted naan and multigrain baguette while watching Flight.

DSC_2548It was pretty much a dream date.

Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

This weekend I made a batch of my absolute favorite cupcakes in the entire world. They require a little bit of work, but they are 1000% worth it. Trust me.

CupcakeLook at that – don’t you want to eat it right now? Here’s what you need to do:

Step One – Make Lemon Curd and put it in your fridge.

Step Two – Make some lemon cupcakes, either from a box mix or from a recipe like this one.

Step Three – After the curd is chilled and the cupcakes are baked and cooled, scoop out the center each cupcake using a tablespoon or a fancy gadget like this one. Spoon a little lemon curd into each cupcake.

Step Four – Frost the cupcakes with Simple Marshmallow Frosting (recipe below).

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Simple Marshmallow Frosting

- 1 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 3 egg whites
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1. Combine sugar, water and cream of tartar in a small saucepan and cook over high heat until sugar is dissolved.

2. While sugar is cooking, beat egg whites and vanilla in the bowl of a stand mixer until frothy.

3. Continue beating egg whites while slowly pouring sugar syrup into bowl. Continue beating on high speed until frosting is fluffy and hold stiff peaks. The mixture will be thick and soupy at first but leave the mixer running – the results will be amazing!

Step Five – Stuff your face (I did!)

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Hello February!

February2013Wow – we’re already 1/12th of the way through the year – how the heck did that happen?!? I spent the whole month of January printing party invitations and it was so much fun!

February is my favorite month – mostly because my birthday is right in the middle of it, but also because I love pink! There’s so much to do this month and I can’t wait to share it with you.

Valentine’s Day Decorating

I have a confession to make – I don’t really like holidays. I think it’s primarily because they tend to be a little stressful, and there is tons of extra work to do (decorating, cooking, shopping, etc.) for things that just get eaten or stored away.

There are, however two exceptions – Thanksgiving and Valentine’s day. I made some decorations this year and brought them to my sister’s house to decorate her brand new mantel.MantelSmall

The glitter letters are bright red glitter, and they are perfect for Valentine’s day, but can be customized for a wedding or party too. The garland is made from pink felt hearts, sewn together with silver thread.LettersSmall

Both the Heart Garland and the Glitter Letters are in my etsy shop and ready to ship! SetSmall

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