Friday, February 26, 2010

~ Frosting Friday ~

As soon as I saw this cake I knew it had to be the Grand Finale to my series on beautiful cake displays! How gorgeous is the lucite stand filled with a variety of florals and moss and topped with a fluffy bed of orchids? I just love it and I hope you all love it too!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Ally & Jon ~ Engagement Session

Love, love, love this brilliant engagement session from our friends at Mi Belle Inc.! Ally & Jon, you guys rock and your wedding is going to be amazing!

Loving all these details.

Seriously, how many people can pull off the perfect mid-air chest bump?

See more on the Mi Belle blog. Counting down to July... :)

Friday, February 19, 2010

~ Frosting Friday ~

I can't talk about beautifully displayed cakes and not mention the fantastic Sweet and Saucy Shop! Not only are Melody's cakes delicious, but they are beautiful, modern and the cake table is always beautifully styled. I tried to pick just one cake to feature today, but two caught my eye and I couldn't decide! Which one is your favorite?

photos courtesy of the Sweet and Saucy Shop

Monday, February 15, 2010

Bella Blooms

I hope everyone had a wonderful Valentines Day. As promised, here is the long awaited posting of all things red red red! I just love red flowers, in fact when I was planning my wedding 7 years ago, it seems that all the inspirational photos I pulled out of magazines included red linens, florals, and detail elements.

Pictures from an event at the Beverly Hills Hotel, when I first met the bride and asked her what she envisioned her wedding to look like, her description was gorgeous red florals!

Florals by JL Designs, Photography by Ryan Phillips

One of our brides vision of an elegant reception with the perfect blend of red and turquoise was brought to life by our friends at Hidden Garden.

Florals by Hidden Garden, Photography by Cean One
Some images from a Casa del Mar celebration that we partnered with Carissa of JL Designs ~ what a great opportunity to meet and work with an amazing floral designer.

Florals by JL Designs Photography by Christine Marie
This is a picture that every single time I see it I just swoon! Can I please have a redo on my wedding and re-create this look .... with the gorgeous cuff!

Bouquet by JL Designs

Okay, if you are a flower lover...and have the budget for something like this, how about getting married under this!

Found on Kristin Banta Events, Photography from David Michael Photo

Red tablscape from One Lovely Day

I hope that you find these pictures as romantic and inspirational as I do. Enjoy your Presidents Day holiday.

Until next week!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

~ Happy Valentines Day ~

Wishing you all a Happy Valentines Day! We hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend, and spending time with the family and friends that you love.

Sharing a couple of engagement pictures that inspired me with their use of hearts.

Images found on Ever Ours, photography by Kim Le and Adrienne Gunde.

Friday, February 12, 2010

~ Frosting Friday ~

I love the idea of incorporating organic elements like fruit into wedding decor, and lemons just happen to be one of my favorites! My great aunt's house in Santa Barbara had this amazing lemon tree in the backyard that produced the biggest lemons I have ever seen and every time I would visit her, I would pick a big basket full and rush home to bake something delicious. For some reason citrus grown in Santa Barbara just tastes different to me, but back to today's cake...

This cake has a great simple and elegant style and I love the clean look of the glass cake stand with the lemons and limes underneath. This is a great inexpensive way to dress up your cake and cake table!

photo courtesy of The Knot

And if this post put you in the mood to bake, here is one of my favorite lemon recipes from none other than the fabulous Barefoot Contessa: Lemon Yogurt Cake.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Bella Blooms

I know that I promised lots of red flowers today....but when I saw that our good friend Carissa of JL Designs just launched a Valentines collection for the gals and girls in your life, I knew I had to feature it.

Carissa is an equal opportunity designer, and she has created 11 amazing looks with all sorts of extras to make it very personal for your valentine. Here are just a few of my favorites.

One of the gorgeous looks for that special guy in your life!

I just can't figure out which ones I want to have my husband get for me. :-)

Carissa is accepting orders now, for delivery within LA and Orange counties. Email her directly at to place an order. Be sure to visit her blog for additional pictures (and additional choices) and all the ordering details.

All the photos are courtesy of The Modern Type.

Happy Valentines Week, and I promise lots of fiery red pics next Monday!

Friday, February 5, 2010

~ Frosting Friday ~

This month on Frosting Friday I am taking the opportunity to showcase creative ways to display your wedding cake. It makes me very sad when a cake is delivered and just plopped on a table without any thought to the presentation. Personally I love cake stands and have a fairly substantial collection of pieces I have picked up over the years, but there are lots of fun ways to display wedding cakes that I'll share with you over the next month.

Today's gorgeous cake has a bit of vintage flair and is artfully displayed on a beautiful antique cake stand. Stay tuned for more ideas for displaying your wedding cake every Friday this month!
photo courtesy of Elizabeth Messina

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Featured in Weddings in Houston Magazine

Ya'll know Kathy is from Texas (if you didn't before, you do now), so when Susan and I got the opportunity to be featured in the Weddings in Houston Magazine I was like drop everything, lets get them what they need.

Thank you to our publicist Leila Khalil and her entire team with BeInspired PR for making this happen!

Big shout out to our friends Carissa of JL Designs and Carolyn of The Special Day for their input in the article as well.