Saturday, December 18, 2010

Delightful Christmas Treats for The Perfectly Sweet Ending

Christmas treats--a sweet inspiration board! From peppermint candy canes to ginger bread cookies, oh how the holidays can be so filled with yummy things to tempt the palate. Enjoy these treats with egg nog, rum-spiced coffee, or your favorite tea. Perfect as a dessert bar for a memorable winter wedding. Don't you just love the holidays?!

1- Christmas wedding cake from
2- Peppermint candy cane cake from
3- Gingerbread cookies via
4- Peppermint swirl cupcake from fairytalefrosting
5- Red velvet whoopie pies from

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Thanksgiving weddings!

For Thanksgiving, I'm just glad to be healthy! A Thanksgiving wedding is definitely a unique opportunity to highlight what you are grateful for.

For inspiration, think of a color palette in ivory, burnt orange, and brown. Consider adding touches of brilliant gold, too. And for my own take for this event:

Wedding cake with painted leaves
Bridal gown from Amsale - love the look of this gown with the gloves
An orange and yellow wedding bouquet
Cookie favors for guests from Eleni's

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Halloween Wedding Cake Ideas - BOO!

Now that I've covered the color palettes of my favorite birthstones, I've decided to switch gears and focus on my next topic of interest. Halloween, of course! In this series, I'll be going over what's wacky, cool, and stylish when putting on a wedding during one of the funnest times of the year. And today, I'm kicking it off with my favorite wedding cakes. These four cakes really caught my eye and I'm sure you will be inspired just as much as me. {from left to right - click to enlarge}

Pumpkin Wedding Cake
A Nightmare Before Chirstmas Wedding Cake Theme
A "Wonky" Themed Cake
An Unusual Halloween Themed Cake

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Green Wedding Color Palette

Seeing green ain't all that bad especially if it's the color of emerald. Truly one of my favorite birthstones. This brilliant stone brings to mind, a cool and chic palette that you can match up with easily in a monotone way or with hues such as navy blue or chocolate brown! In this design board, you will find that an emerald green can't be just as elegant as long as you apply it properly:

  1. The Wedding Cake from Venus Cakes
  2. The Bridesmaid Dress from jlm couture
  3. For the Groom, a lovely striped tie to wear from the Tiebar
  4. Crisp green and white wedding invitations
  5. Mint chocolate squares for guests! Put them in a white sachet bag and they're ready to give.
  6. Don't forget the engagement ring, of course!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

A Red Ruby Wedding Color Palette

I'm totally seeing red right now! A ruby wedding color palette is one that speaks classic elegance no matter what season of the year. Match red with black and you've got a totally modern yet sophisticated look. When paired with brown, you can instantly turn the palette into a modern and chic one. For a more daring combination, a gold and red pairing simply says opulent and glamorous! My personal favorite is a black and red palette:   

The Dress from Jenny Yoo
The Invitations from
The Cake from Sweet Retreat in Canada
The Ruby Diamond Engagement Ring from
The Party Favor Fillers from

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Topaz Wedding Color Palette

Whether you call it light blue or sky blue, topaz still remains one of my favorite birthstones. While you would think that the December birthstone would be something like blue or red, this pretty blue stone steals my heart away especially if you think about the "something blue something borrowed" aspect of as wedding. And who doesn't have something that is blue!? Imagine a topaz palette that is matched with gold or silver. You can even consider pairing it with a lovely hue of pink or fuchsia for a truly girly palette! Check out my favorites below:
Jlm Couture bridesmaid dress - gorgeous blue hue!
Light blue cake with scrolls via Flickr user Diane's Sweet Treats
Invitations from Southall Eden - unusual yet elegant color pairing
Topaz engagement ring from
Light blue candy coated chocolate balls via

Friday, September 03, 2010

A Blue Sapphire Wedding Palette

I'm thinking of sapphire this September! So classy a color and teeming with refinement. It speaks conservative, but also elegant at the same time. You can match it up with a variety of hues from ivory to fuchsia. Sapphire was also the color of Princess Diana's engagement ring so this brings loads of style and class with it. The inspiration board below shows just how you can match a sapphire blue palette:  

from left to right: 

A navy blue tuxedo from
Navy blue and white wedding cake via
V-neck taffeta bridesmaid dress via
Blue hyrdangea bridal bouquet via
Crisp blue wedding invitations from
Diamond ring via

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Apple Green Wedding Color Palette

Peridot is the birthstone for August! So, I went nuts over this pretty hue of apple green, which became my inspiration for putting together this inspiration board consisting of apple green and lemon. Imagine crafting a color palette matching this color with anything from plum to chocolate brown. You can even infuse some touches of gold to make it truly glamorous! And of course, don't forget it can also be coordinated with vibrant hues of fuchsia, yellow, and orange. Check it out:

Gorgeous cake made with buttercream and topped with lilies


Strapless silk bridesmaid dress from - luv the pretty sash and bow

Apple green wedding invitations via

Cymbidium orchid bouquet via in Hawaii

14Kt peridot engagement ring via - luv the pretty diamond accents

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Citrine Wedding Color Palette - Oh WOW!

I seem to be on a jewel hunt lately! Citrine is my next adventure with its beautiful yet understated elegance. Imagine yourself in a citrine-inspired wedding decorated with sparkly details of this wonderful stone. I can highlights of gold painted with soft touches of ivory, ecru, or vanilla cream. The look is just stunning! Think of Hollywood glamour here! The following are my favorite elements to put this scene together:

The Wedding Invitations via
The Citrine Engagement Ring via

The Bridesmaid Dresses
Wedding Cake with Gold Accents via
The Shoes by Stuart Weitzman via

Saturday, August 07, 2010

Purple Wedding Color Palette

I'm somewhat mesmeried by the color purple. It's one of those colors that's mysterious yet the more you get to know the color, the more elegant it becomes. Whether you choose to have a monochromatic palette of purple or a combination of colors, purple will speak to you as if it is saying "c'mon, do you dare try me?" Here, I've put together a few of my favorite purple themed wedding items:

view from left to right

Amethyst & Diamond Ring - gorgeous rock via Max & Chloe. Be sure to see the matching earring set!

Purple and black wedding cake via Jeneza Cakes in Utah
- love the look of these gum paste flowers!

Bridesmaid dress via - the taffeta fabric is so luxurious! I think this can also make a beautiful substitute for a wedding gown, if you don't plan on having any bridesmaids. Think unconventional here!

Twig purple invitation via - so simple yet chic

Remember that purple comes in varying shades from lavender to aubergine, so consider how to match these colors by deciding on what shade you want to use. For instance, do you want the look dramatic with a dark shade or one that is light and elegant with lilac. And then find matching hues to coordinate with these colors.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Inspiration Board for A Fall Wedding Theme

While we may be almost a month and a half away from fall, I just decided to fall into autumn anyways! This fall-inspired inspiration board sums all that I could imagine for a romantic autumn wedding with vibrant hues that seemingly bring the beauty of the outdoors in.

images via
1 - Fall Ivory Cake from Sedona Wedding Cakes - featuring dark ivory fondant with chocolate swirls and sugar flowers

2 - Orange Callas from Beautiful Blooms - I can't say enough about this! Speechless!

3 - Brown Bridesmaid Dress from Eden available at Perfect Bridal

4 - Organza Wrapped Porcelain Boxes from Bellenza

5 - Floral Chiffon Wedding Dress from David's Bridal

6 - Maple Leaf Invitation by Vera Wang from FineStationery

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Wacky Wedding Venues

I was feeling a bit quirky today, so it seemed logical to come up with some wacky ideas for wedding venues. After all, sometimes, you need to see something totally off the wall to be able to get those creative juices going!

One of the ideas that I stumbled upon was a wedding in a bowling alley. For all of you avid bowlers, this would be wonderful theme idea!

Check out this article "Bowling alley wedding: How creativity is priceless in a bad economy."

Or how about attending camp? This couple had an entire weekend of camp activities leading up to their wedding ceremony. It's a fun-filled event that can get everybody involved. Also perfect for acquainting the two sides of the bride and groom. Check out "The Bride Wore Bug Spray."

Do wild animals and an African safari interest you? Then perhaps you can have a wedding in a zoo. The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical garden features the perfect wedding location!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

A Wedding by a Golf Course TPC Valencia

If you're an avid golfer, you will most likely be familiar with TPC golf courses, which brings me to today's idea for a wedding by a golf course. The TPC in Valencia is one example! You can have a breathtaking golf course wedding overlooking the beautiful Santa Clarita valley. The venue itself can accomodate parties as small as 40 to as larger 250 or more guests. You can even have a lovely ceremony wedding by the golf course. They also have menu packages for brunch and breakfast so it's great when you're watching your budget. Check out the place:

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Real Life Artwork for your Wedding

I was at the dentist's office yesterday and stumbled upon my favorite magazine Dwell where I found a company called CanvasPop! It's basically a cool way of putting any photo into a life-sized canvas. They offer various dimensions and layouts for the canvas. Best of all, you get to customize the look yourself using their various online tools. I say that this is a great way to personalize your wedding with a life-size shot of your engagement pics. Or how about as a lovely way of decorating your guest book table. Check 'em out at!

Friday, July 09, 2010

Ball gown wedding dress from Pronovias

I must be a hopeless romantic for ball gown wedding dresses have always been my favorite! And the 2011 collection from Pronovias is a must-see. They're all gorgeous, but my absolute favorite is this one (Felisa):

Just imagine a romantic church wedding in a historic church as your setting. Or an elegant garden location in a botanical garden. Then consider bridesmaid dresses in a summer color like aqua or apricot! The groom is all dressed up in an ascot tie, while your groomsmen are handsomely attired in tuxedos. It's definitely a wedding fit for a princess!

Saturday, July 03, 2010

Would you sign a pre-nup?

Yes, I do, but wait. Please sign here first! Would you sign a pre-nup? Read about it in the WSJ article: I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Sign Here

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Alternatives to Bridesmaid Dresses

Today, I am looking beyond traditional. In fact, it's all about going out of the box and unconventional. When you think about bridesmaid dresses, you probably won't consider prints and florals, but they can be just as pretty! Perfect as an alternative to traditional bridesmaid dresses, which have no printed patterns at all. So, if you want to try something totally different consider these dresses that I found at Nordstrom's:

Paisley dress by Ralph Lauren

Halter dress by Donna Morgan - me like a lot!! so pretty!

Cutout neck cotton sheath dress by Arthur S. Levine

And one you find that perfect outfit, dress it up! Add a pretty accessory like a bangle. Match it up with some lovely shoes and end finish it up with an elegant purse. Just remember to add accessories!

Friday, June 25, 2010

The Wedding Registry - Tips To Keep you Sane

Ah, the wedding registry! If you've ever had to put one together, it can be both fun and nerve wrecking simply because there are so many things to consider. But before you bonkers, let me give you a few tips to remember.

1) First think of the essentials like dinnerware and linens. This is best done with an exhaustive list.

2) Register at places that make the lists easily accessible. I personally love stores like Sur La Table, Williams Sonoma, and Pottery Barn. It's best to limit the list to a few stores because when there are too many stores, you won't be able to keep track of the things you've chosen.

3) Keep the list manageable so that you actually do get what you want.

4) Share the list with your fiance and see if it is realistic. You may end wanting so many things that it will end up sitting in the closet forever.

5) Identify things that you absolutely want to have, but be sure to consider the prices. We don't want to break etiquette here. For example, the Cuisinart® PartyPop Popcorn Maker would definitely be on my list:

via Sur La Table

Among other things in the "want" list, coffee maker, toaster oven, microwave, and food processor. These are appliances that you will surely use!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

The Cutest Little Flower Girl Dresses from JCrew

I'm going small today. Small as in turning my attention to the littlest members of the wedding entourage. The flower girl! And when it comes to looking for cute dresses, J Crew has some of the nicest pieces. Some may find them pricey, but they're just oozing with cuteness! Take these three lovely ones:

Coral, sleeveless with ruffles

Pink organza with tulle underlay - luv this! it's on sale, too!

Metallic gilded with crinkled design - unusual yet pretty, too.

And if you find that these are a bit over your budget. Get creative with the outfits. Try dressing them up as little ballerinas or fairies with wings. Or consider other costumes that would be appropriate. These are ideal for an elegant garden ceremony in the summer. Imagine that!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Casual Wedding Attire for Beach Weddings

With the lingering effects of the past recession, I think casual weddings are definitely a mainstay this season! Consider going casual without going totally informal by having a "smart" casual look. The look I'm talking about is especially ideal for a beach wedding! So today I'm focusing on how you can dress up for your wedding this summer sans the tux and formal gown, but still being high on style.

Enter first the groom! For him, I suggest the Seersucker sport coat from Brooks Brothers. A Cuban straw hat would look equally handsome as well. If you don't want to have a bowtie, a tie would work, too.

via Brooks Brothers

And for the bride, I just love this white eyelet sheath dress from Talbot's. It's simply elegant. Imagine yourself with a beautiful hydrangea bouquet while outfitted in this dress. Accessorize your look with a lovely shawl or wrap because beach weddings can get cool at night!

via Talbot's

If you tally up the total you'll spend on the above outfits, you won't be spending any more than $500-800 total. Plus, you can wear them again. Lastly, with the money that you will save on your wedding attire, what do you do? Splurge on your honeymoon, baby.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Classic Weddings of the 50s

Today is about looking back. Way back at weddings during the 50s. Romantic, nostalgic, and pure elegance is what comes to mind. It is also so inspiring to have a wedding crafted in the style of stars such as Grace Kelly or Audrey Hepburn. Imagine what it would be like?! Check out the wedding galleries at Life Magazine, they cover great pics which offer up not only the fashion of the time, but you will also notice the photography style is also quite unique!

via Life

Be sure to see their slideshow on Royal Weddings and other classic weddings, too!

Friday, June 04, 2010

Chartreuse Wedding Color Palette

Chartreuse. I just love the name as much as the color itself. It is versatile and can be matched up with a beautiful hue of purple to a sunny shade of orange. You can even pair it nicely with aqua or brown. See the possibilities! This wonderful color is also elegant and understated. To build your own color palette, consider these options below from your bridesmaid dress to the invitations:

Chartreuse A-line tea-length bridesmaid dress - via JLM Couture

Oak tree invitation - via

Grid pattern wedding cake - via

Bride's Bouquet (Cymbidium Orchids) - via

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Carrot Cake Wedding Cake So Yummy

I love cake especially when you can have your take of vegetables. Huh? It's carrot cake I'm talking about. While not everyone is fan of carrot cake, I personally think it's a great flavor for a wedding cake. But, if you are not a fan of carrot cake, at least there are many other options. Check out Wilton's site for more recipes! And if you're still looking for a carrot cake recipe, try this recipe that uses white chocolate icing. YUM!

As for the design of the cake, this design would simply take the cake! Don't you just love the pretty daisies. So cute.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

A Wonderful Alternative to an Engagement Ring

Would you still say "yes" if your fiance didn't pop a ring, but instead a necklace like this one? Yes, of course! I was thinking about engagement necklaces as a unique, hip alternative to rings. Don't get me wrong. I love rings, but sometimes having to wear a ring all the time can pose small issues like when you're cooking or when you have to dip your hands in a brownie batter! Hence, I thought that an engagement necklace would be a wonderful option. Plus, you can flaunt it more easily than a ring, since it's on your neck. While browsing through the lovely necklace collection at Neiman Marcus, I chose this cable circle pendant from the David Yurman collection as my favorite:

Cable Circle Pendant - Sterling silver Cable circle pendant with pave diamonds on a box chain. 1.08 total carat weight.

Saturday, May 08, 2010

Halter style dress in blue from Edenbridals

I just can't say this enough, but I love this gorgeous and stunning bridesmaid dress from EdenBridals. This beautiful halter-style V-neck, chiffon royal blue piece is sure to be eye-catching during the wedding. What I really like about this gown is the backside! And let's not forget the elegant brooch in the front. Just pretty, so pretty! I can see how this dress would be great for a winter, fairy tale wedding or even at a tropical wedding ceremony by the beach. It's royal blue after all. Match it up with some black or metallic-matte colored shoes.

Check it out via

The front

The back

Thursday, May 06, 2010

The Pantone Wedding Color Guide

I just love Spring and with the release of the PANTONE WEDDING color guide, I'm sure you will find the prefect color combo for your wedding. The guide offers 194 colors for Spring 2010 and it's portable to use. You can take with you to your meetings with the florist, the cake maker, or even the stationery people. Get the guide from the website of

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Foodzie - Luv it!

Every once in a while, you just want to see something totally different. Something you want to eat naturally. So, when I am looking for something truly scrumptious, I head for the site of Foodzie. There are so many unique, edible items on their site that I'm sure you are bound to find a perfect wedding gift. Or even those cookies you've been wanting to give out as favors. If you have any questions on making an order, you can also always contact the artisan and perhaps find something that they can make just for you.

And just to let you know or to whet your appetite, here is what I found today! Cookies from Elsylee Galetes Artesanals:

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Color Those Nails Pretty

Oh. Beauty calls again! This time it's nail polish for having the prettiest nails on your wedding day. I recommend NARS Cosmetics simply because this is one of the few ones that have UV protection. MAC Cosmetics incidentally is the other brand that also has them.

When I found the shades of NARS nail polish at their website, I immediately fell in love with their glamorous shades. Think of sparkly pink or pearl or pearly white. Their names are equally funny like "Temptation" or "Candy Darling!" I'm sure you will find a shade that is perfect for you.

I found mine here (see Candy Darling):

And here is just a preview of some of their shades:

They also have a line of Limited Edition Shades!

Friday, April 30, 2010

Pretty as Princess in a Tiara for your Wedding

Tiaras have always fascinated me probably because I'm such a hopeless romantic. The idea of a fairy tale wedding could not be further from my mind. While not everyone can get married in the fashion of Princess Di, we can certainly imagine a wedding inspired by her beauty and grace. Hence, during my search for tiaras, I had the most trouble finding designs that really stood out, but once I stumbled upon the handmade tiaras of Susan York, I immediately fell in love with their vintage yet modern-like appeal. Her creations mainly use Swarovski crystals and freshwater pearls, and several are available in gold or silver. Note that even though it's a UK company, you can always make an inquiry as to whether they can ship abroad.

Check out some of my favorite finds and be sure to visit her site for even more exquisite pieces:

Horae tiara

Brimo tiara

Naiad tiara

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Have a Themed Bridal Shower Cake!

Let's talk cake! While we almost always see the ever-popular three-tiered cake, I wanted to turn my attention to other cakes. Specifically, the bridal shower cake. It's a real chance to showcase the personality and style of the bride. You can make it as whacky as a bustier (yes, I've seen this) or as elegant as a white lace butttercream one finished with peonies. Be creative when crafting the theme and color of the cake, and whoever is in charge of ordering the cake, you can also match the cake with the invitations of the event, so that it's a good way of creating consistency! Plus, the guests can anticipate what's ahead. Look below and you will see an example of a bridal shower cake at a Caribbean themed bridal shower!
Ain't it cute?

via the Post Gazette

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Wedding Beauty Update for Your Eyes

Since I'm not exactly feeling pretty, I thought that the best thing to talk about is how to get pretty especially on your wedding. One of the things that really stands out nowadays as you will probably notice are deep, heavy mascara-laden eyes. But honestly, I don't like it at all. So, when I saw the model on the homepage of shu uemura's website, I was ecstatic. The eyeshadow is light yet so flattering with its sea green palette and is part of their "gem glam" collection. And of course, if you are going to have such a look, you have got to check out their eyelash curler, which is a beauty must-have!

Check out the collection here:

Friday, April 23, 2010

Weddings at The Parker in Palm Springs

Ever consider getting married in the desert? Why not! Let's picture Palm Springs for a classy spin! There are several great venues, but my all-time favorite has always been The Parker in Palm Springs. The decor has that classic feel of old Hollywood ala Cary Grant or Audrey Hepburn. The hotel accommodations are gorgeous in every room, while the garden area is exquisite. Let your guests soak up the sun in a beautiful garden wedding! And if you're making it a wedding weekend, guests can enjoy some shopping because not so far away is the Cabazon Outlet Mall.

For a preview of all these photos, check out


Friday, April 16, 2010

Cinco de Mayo Bridal Shower Ideas - OLE!

So, tax day finally came and went! And now it's time to gear up for something more festive and exciting. Care to guess? Of course, it's Cinco de Mayo. Make it a bridal shower-a coed shower. A fun theme that's sure to be memorable. Think of a colorful table setting with artful ceramic serving platters, shapely margarita glasses, and a bountiful serving of food. Having kids over? Then consider a pinata. You may even find yourself wanting to hit that thing. Or have one for adults! Why not! The goal is to have fun. A chance to be a kid all over again, but in a grown up way.

I've found some cool stuff to help you get your party planning started.

Party Invites via - Luv the pretty borders of this invitation. Perfect for a casual celebration!

Celebration Cake via CHARM & MAVE'S CAKES - This whimsical sombrero will also make a great groom's cake for a Cinco de Mayo wedding.

Drinks - Great for Teetotalers and kids! Mexican Jarritoas Sodas available in various flavors. My neighbor says that you can find them at any Mexican grocery. They're very popular. You can even have your own drinks bar with tequilas, mojitos, Coronas, and a whole array of refreshing drinks. Remember to have ice. Lots of ice.

Taco Bar DIY - this is a place wherein you can save a lot of money with your food budget. Rachel Ray has this idea for a taco bar. You can also incorporate burritos and tortillas. Include items such as beef asada, shrimp, and carnitas. And don't forget the sides such as sour cream, salsa, limes, cilantro, cut onions, and lettuce! Hot sauce, anyone?

More on the web, too. I've gathered some more ideas for you to use:

Saturday, April 10, 2010

The Wedding Mantilla

The mantilla is one of those things that you are love or hate. It gives a bride a romantic look, one that is reminiscent of old Spain. If you are looking for something different besides an ordinary veil or headpiece, you may want to consider a mantilla. Most often, they are made of tulle or chiffon, and can also be made of lace. Available as a long or short one. You can also find custom-made ones that can be tailored to the design of your wedding gown. You may want to check out the designs from Orange Blossom Tiaras, here is a preview of one:

A long, oval mantilla veil made of white lace

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

A Wedding at the Oklahoma Aquarium!

Under the sea, but not in the water? Yeah, I'm talking about wedding venues specifically, aquariums! The Oklahoma Aquarium is a wonderfully romantic place to have your wedding reception. Imagine how cool this would be!

Here, you can choose from either the Coral Reef or Siegfried Shark Adventure. The place also takes care of coordinating the catering. This venue would be great for a couple who has a real affinity for the sea!

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Wedding cake alternatives that you can try yourself

I'm really excited to talk about cookies! Specifically, wedding cookies because they are a great option for a couple that doesn't want to spend a lot on their wedding cake, but want to give something special for guests to enjoy at the wedding. So, I'll be sharing some fun wedding cake alternatives, which you may actually do yourself!

Stacks of cookies via Just Cupcakes from Australia

as you can see here, when you have little cookies each separated by icing. You can instantly have something sweet and attractive for guests. If you can find a delicious recipe for butter cookies and learn how to apply the icing, then you can actually save your budget. This idea would also be great as dessert at a bridal shower party. Oh yummy!

Cupcakes via Flickr user kylie lambert

yes, these are some of the easiest treats that you can create. All you need is ample time and planning to make a batch for your guests. Now, if you plan to make 50 or more of these puppies, I suggest you plan way way ahead to retain your sanity and to assure that your cupcakes look cute as a button. Personalize them by adding a sugar accent that follows your theme or add some colorful sugar sprinkles. When using white icing, a little red sugar crystals, adds a beautiful and chic accent!

Individual cakes via Patisserie Viennoise in the UK

I think it's best to say that when thinking of individualized cakes for your guests, that a small guest list is in your horizon. When opting for this cool creations, try serving up 2-3 different flavors so that guests can be in for a big surprise. I suggest strawberries and cream, carrot cake, and of course, chocolate!