Friday, September 25, 2009

SNDS Top Ten List - Bridal Shoes

Anybody who knows me knows that I love shoes.  Most women do.  So I really threw myself into researching my top ten favorite bridal shoes.  In fact, I enjoyed this so much, that I may do it for every season!
First, I will tell you that I LOVE high heels.  The higher the better!  So you are not going to see any flats - and by "flat", I mean anything under 3".    I also don't usually pick open toe shoes.  And that's not because I don't like them.  It's just that I always feel like you are not supposed to wear pantyhose with sandals.  But how can you not wear pantyhose for a formal occasion?  Bare legs are too casual.  Anybody have any thoughts on this??   Anyway - I try to circumvent this debate all together by not picking sandals for evening shoes.  But there are a few on this list that were too pretty not to include here.  So ladies... enjoy!  And remember to keep those pretty shoes clean (especially for an outdoor wedding) by using one of our hand painted aisle runners!

                                                        #10 - PORTIA  

                                              #9 Badgley Mischka - HARROW

#8  Giuseppe Zanotti - E7155


                                  #6  Benjamin Adams - LANA (could you just die?)

                                    #5   PEACHES                                                     

#4 Stuart Weitzman - DRAMAHALT

#3 Grace - TALIA

#2 Stuart Weitzman - SUPERBOW

#1 Grace - SCARLETT

All photos courtesy of:  Zappos, My Glass Slipper, Bellissima Bridal Shoes

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Flower of the Month - September - Aster


Photo courtesy of Moosey's Country Garden

September's flower is the Aster.  This flower is a pretty little daisy-wanna-be.   It's palette of white, pinks, red, lavender and purple make it a perfect filler for wedding bouquets.   It works well in an all white bouquet, or one with lots of color.  It can even be the main flower in more casual bouquets.  The name Aster is derived from the Greek word for "star", and it's symbol is love and daintiness.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Custom Wedding Garters

For today's post, I'd like to feature the very talented, Victoria Joanne of HCC Garters.  Victoria has been designing and creating custom wedding garters since 2002.   Whether or not you decide to remove your garter at the wedding, these are a gerat way to add a personal touch, or just simply add your "something blue".    Check out some of her latest designs... from some ladies you may recognize!


In addition to garters, Victoria also does custom pillows, sachets, dress labels, bouquet sashes, flower girl baskets and other beautiful hand-sewn accessories.

Victoria is also the founder of Club Wedding Luv where brides can get some great stuff for FREE!  That's right!  Brides can connect with vendors having promos and giveaways and really clean up - no strings attached!  If you are not already a member, please get on over to Club Wedding Luv!

Please be sure to check out Victoria's other sites (blog, HCC shopHCC blog)  where she is always highlighting new talent, providing useful wedding info, or selling her famous wedding garters and accessories!
She is an artist to watch!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Dream Wedding Giveaway

We are so proud to announce that we have been hand-selected to be part of the premiere group of vendors known as the "Dream Crew" in the Southern California Dream Wedding Giveaway!  Our wedding aisle runners have been selected for the uniqueness & beauty that they add to the ceremony. 
This is an absolutely amazing giveaway with a great lineup of wedding pros that will orchestrate a perfect event.  One very lucky bride and groom are going to be extremely happy!  All residents of the US are welcome to enter, so be sure to check it out at Southern California Dream Wedding Giveaway. 

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Hand Painted Cake

My little angel baby just celebrated her first birthday on Tuesday!  I can't believe that a whole year has gone by already.  Time really does fly.  We had a little family celebration this past weekend and it was really fun.  While planning my menu for the day, I thought of desserts and what I would have.  After all - dessert is the most important meal of the day (oh, is that not dessert? :) )  Anyway, I flashed back to the amazing wedding cakes that I featured on this blog on August 29, and I thought of how great it would be to have a cake like that for Chloe's birthday.  So, after finding a website with lots and lots of photos of amazing cakes made by regular people, I thought that I might just give it a try.  And if it went well, wouldn't it be fun to do a special cake every year on her birthday?  I read on and got some great tips for painting with food coloring, and after re-watching the video about fondant that I posted on my aisle runner lens, I was ready for the undertaking.
I decided that I would do the same theme that I painted on the walls in her room.  I spent many weeks last summer as a very large, swollen and sweaty pregnant woman painting these critters.  I was thrilled with them when they were done, and thought that these bunnies were worth repeating. 
I wish I had taken pictures of each step of the cake assembly, but I did not.  I had the presence of mind only to keep running over to my computer to tweet about every step in the process (, but I failed to take the photos.  In my defense though, twitter is addicting!
I would like to thank all who supported me on Twitter on Saturday when things got rough with my first batch of pudding.

Anyway - here are some photos to enjoy.  I will definitely make another hand painted cake for birthday number two!
                                                    These are some photos of her room:
That were the inspiration for the cake:


And I did a personal cupcake for Chloe... the "butterfly" that's on the wire and supposed to be flying above is a little lame, but it was getting really late on Saturday night and I really had to get to bed! 
So now that I feel pretty comfortable painting on fondant, I thought I might add hand painted fondant-covered cookies as wedding favors!   If you can paint on it, you can add it as a wedding accessory!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Fall Weddings

As we begin September and I see football games starting to appear on televisions in my home, I get that familiar sad feeling in the pit of my stomach.  Fall is on its way.
I guess it goes back to when I was a kid and I feared the Jerry Lewis telethon, and the horror of the first day of school that immediately followed it.  No more lazy days.  Back to books and homework and stydying and reports and.... Yuck!   I shudder to think.
I have been out of school for a while, but still always feel sad when the summer comes to a close, as so many others do as well.  I have to remind myself though, that with the end of the Summer, also comes an end to the oppressive things about it like humidity so high that you can't breathe, swelling mosquito bites, and dripping sweat!
So, rather than feel sad, I am going to focus on finally getting rid of those awful things - which I won't miss at all.
So I am going to look toward the sweet smell of cinnamon and warm apples bubbling in the oven.  I can almost taste the cobbler now.  I will think of pumpkin picking, hayrides and the beauty of the palette of color outside my window.
Actually, Autumn is a lovely time of year to get married and originally the time that I wanted for my own wedding.  You can't beat fall foliage for gorgeous images in your wedding album!  The changing landscape offers rich hues of green, gold, burgundy, and persimmon.  What beautiful colors for wedding accessories!
Unfortunately for me though, an event at this time of year would have created a great conflict with what the NY Giants had in mind, and this idea was nixed immediately (Yes, I am a football widow).  I have prepared an inspiration board to get me into the "FALL" frame of mind.  I hope that it inspires you too.  Oh, and.....
Go Giants!
Photos courtesy of:  (wedding cake)  (bouquets) (print ribbon) (velvet ribbon)  (Badgley Mischka dress)


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