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Cover Photo courtesy of The McCartneys Photography • www.meetthemccartneys.com

I am so excited to present the April issue {3rd edition} of The Best Wedding Sites Magazine. This issue focuses on Spring pastels including bubble gum pink, mint green and robin’s egg blue. And, this month on my daily blog, Brenda's Wedding Blog, I featured the third round of the Wedding Vendor Challenge with 7 vendor teams from across the US that put together amazing creations. This month’s challenge required the teams to create a bridal shower tablescape with a dessert display {and of course the ideas showcased can also be used for weddings and/or any type of party}. Like the previous two challenge months, I have great DIY downloads for you from each photo shoot - both as downloads and at home creations with a simple list of supplies. Each month as the photos from the challenges start coming into my inbox I am just astounded at the creativity of the team members. I am honored to be given the opportunity to work with each of you and showcase your work to my readers. In this issue, I’m featuring the top 5 Handmade "Spring" gift picks from fellow wedding pros and bloggers plus Real Weddings. And, there’s so much that’s new - including a Spring Shopping section, cocktail recipes, a wedding book feature, and an AMAZING Giveaway for my readers, you will love the prizes being awarded I even have an exclusive photo shoot that Pamela of Party Starters created just for this issue based on the color palette but with a little twist. Instead of bubble gum pink with the robin’s egg blue and mint green - Pamela introduces a new color. And, I have to give a special thank you to the contributors that have helped make this issue super special. We’re joined by Corrine of Buds and Blooms, Jo Gartin and Rani Totman of St. Pucchi wedding gowns. Enjoy . . . xoxo

Brenda

PS: I’d like to give a special thank you to Samantha of Papermints {www.papermints.com} who has helped me behind the scenes in designing the layout for the Real Weddings and Wedding Vendor Challenge spreads.

A Special Note For Vendors: The May Wedding Vendor Challenge is already underway and there’s a few slots left at the time of publication for a few more teams. If you are interested in participating in the May challenge or reserving a spot for June, please let me know. And, if you would like information on advertising in either the magazine, blog or wedding directory, please email me at bestweddingsites{at}gmail{dot}com

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in this issue . . .

above: from a vintage circus themed bridal shower shoot by StudioSister Photography

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Start your wedding day journey . . .

KnotTheGroom.com Wedding Accessories for the Bride-To-Be!


A Robin's Egg B lue Bridal Luncheon Styling & Photography: Pamela Smerker • www.partystart.me

An Exclusive Magazine Feature from Pamela of Party Starters. So many sweet ideas in this photo shoot Pamela put together exclusively for this issue where orange is introduced with robin’s egg blue and mint green. Vendors: Styling + Photography: Pamela Smerker of Party Starters • www.partystart.me | French Macarons by Green Eyed Susan www.greeneyedsusan.com | Custom mini tags byTag Me Chic • www.etsy.com/shop/TagMeChic | Custom Message Board by Rae Design Studio • www.etsy.com/shop/RaeDesignStudio | Custom "Sunny Bird Collection" Paper products by Party Starters www.etsy.com/shop/PartyStarters - items include mini, small and large cake slice shaped boxes, dress boxes, popcorn boxes, "love" bunting, bird cupcake picks note cards & "thank you" sign BESTWEDDINGSITES.com

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Robin’s Egg Blue Bridal Luncheon by Pamela Smerker • www.partystart.me

Favor ideas from Pamela: • Individual Mint Herb Plants wrapped in plastic bags were placed in decorative scalloped popcorn boxes • Mints or small candies fit nicely inside of cake slice shaped favor boxes • A single French Macaron fits perfectly into a dress favor box

Tips from Pamela: • Message boards make a nice display for thank you notes, which recipients can grab and take with them. Add photos of the bride to be and the bridesmaids for a personal touch. • Decorate fruit with fun ribbon and custom tags

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Jo Gartin’s

Spring Wedding Tips andTrends [ by ThisNext lifestyle tastemaker and celebrity wedding stylist, Jo Gartin ] www.thisnext.com/by/Jo%20Gartin

Jo Gartin joins us with some spring wedding trends and wedding planning tips • All my wedding menus are taking advantage of the local farmers market produce boasting fresh organic ingredient and artful presentations. • Neutral color palettes are big this year... shades of greys and taupes venturing into mushrooms and eggplant are the perfect foundation and allow you to add punches of color throughout. Coral and fuchsia are prominent accent colors this spring. • For an upcoming wedding the outdoor cocktail lounge will be scattered with an abundance of potted herbs in assorted ceramics that the bride made in pottery class. Each pot has a love note written to her groom on the underside. These herbs will add a wonderful scent and I have the florist replanting them in the couples garden after their big day! 8 | ISSUE 03

• I love for wedding receptions to feel like one giant, decadent dinner party. Bringing in home accents to personalize a wedding creates a warm and intimate atmosphere. Coffee table books, vintage games eclectic candles add charm to your celebration and will be sweet reminders of your wedding day afterwards when they are scattered throughout your home. • Print out your wedding ceremony and paste it into a keepsake journal for your officiant to read from during your ceremony. Include your vows too, if you have decided to write them to each other. Take your journal on your honeymoon writing all your wedding day memories while they are freshest... • Keep a list or have your DJ put together a playlist of all the tunes played on your special day.... soundtracks are great keepsakes!

Photographs courtesy of Amy and Stuart Photography www.amyandstuart.com


Adding Colour to Your Wedding Trousseau [ by Corrine O'Neill of Buds and Blooms ] www.etsy.com/shop/CorrineONeill It is spring in the northern hemisphere which means colour has returned to our gardens and in our wardrobes! Put away the dark and break out the light and the bright! Bridal fashions can also take a clue from the return of colour on the runway. Adding colour to your wedding day “look” can run the gamut of donning a coloured gown to simply adding hues to your accessories. One only has to look to Kate Spade’s recent wedding collection “Wedding Belles” to see pops of colour added to bridal fashions with aqua jewels and bright pink hosiery! Perhaps donning a coloured frock or brightly hued tights is not your thing; you can still add pops of colour to your accessories from your head to your toes!

Accessorize your Gown: Tie on a sash in your favourite colour to add a splash of colour to your look! Like a headpiece, sashes are a great way to add colour because they are easily removed and can be worn for only cocktails if you want to stay with a traditional look for the rest of your day. Belts not your thing? Pin on an oversized bloom, like this bubble gum pink broach, to make a statement in full colour. Brighten up your Shoes: Sure you can get some gorgeous coloured shoes, but if you don’t think you’re ever going to wear mint green pumps again, you can still add colour to your feet. Turn a pair of neutral shoes into couture, one-of-a-kind creations by adding shoe clips in your colours! These ones in mint green feature chiffon ribbon flowers and vintage sequins in mint green.

Here are some of my favourite suggestions: Start with your head! Headpieces are a great place to add some colour to your outfit. Fabric blooms, headbands or feather fascinators offer a very flexible way to add colour to your wedding day fashions because you can wear them the whole day or just for your reception. This Double Feather Flower piece, shown here in Robin Egg Blue comes in over 100 colour combinations and is fully customizable. 10 | ISSUE 03

Whether you’re feeling bold, or just want a hint, adding colour to your bridal fashion is easy and fun! About Corrine of Buds and Blooms: Buds and Blooms is an independent Canadian design label specializing in delivering high-quality, hand-made, reasonably priced, gorgeous adornments and embellished apparel to fit any lifestyle.


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Garden Inspired Wedding

[ Eileen & David ]

Photography: Karrn Frost Photography • www.karrnfrostphotography.com Coordinators: Pearls Events • www.pearlsevents.com

When Eileen and David met with Aletha of Pearls Events to plan their wedding, Eileen came

Lake Michigan to witness Eileen & David exchange their wedding vows.

prepared with beautiful design ideas and David had already dreamed up the out-of-this-world dinner

The Tiffany blue linens and the lush floral arrange-

menu. And on their wedding day, it went just

ments with peonies, garden roses and ivy were just

as planned - casual, intimate and with all the

perfect for the spring wedding. Aletha writes . . . “the

gorgeous details in place.

little bird nests, with the chocolate eggs inside, add just the right look for the garden-inspired affair

Upon arrival to the ceremony site, guests sipped

overlooking West Michigan’s most beautiful body

champagne and gathered on the bluff overlooking

of water, Lake Michigan”.

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Vendors: Coordinators: Pearls Events | Photographer: Karrn Frost Photography Ceremony & Reception Venue: Ventura Pines Cottage | Event Designer, Flowers & Linens: Stems Event Design Cake: Eileen, the bride | Caterer & Bar Services: Martha’s Vineyards | Rentals of Tent, Chairs, Tables: A-1 Rent All


Question and Answer with Rani Totman WEDDING GOWN DESIGNER FEATURE

[ President and Designer of St. Pucchi ]

R a n i To t m a n , P re si d e nt a nd D esi gn er o f S t. P uc c hi , i s here to a nsw er some qu e s t i o n s b e f ore shar i ng a se l ec t ion of g o w ns f ro m her l a test co l l ec ti on .

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www.stpucchi.com

How did you start designing for Bridal?

A Having grown up around fabrics as my family was

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Where do you draw inspiration from as a designer?

A Everywhere and everything! Many times, my inspiration doesn’t come from only what I see but also a feeling, sensation or in general, a vision. The Smolny, Hermitage, St. Peter’s Basilica and the Trevi Fountain were

one of the largest purveyors of fine silk in Thailand, I think

all great works of art & architecture that all came to life

fabrics and design are in my genetics. With no formal

because someone had a vision. (These places also

training, and a degree in English Literature, I opened my

inspired by 2010 collection)

first boutique when I was 20 and specialized in ready to wear and evening gowns. My venture into bridal wasn’t

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until in 1985 when I was asked to create a bridal gown as a finale for a charity event. For that I created an intricate hand embroidered, hand beaded blush colored Thai Silk bridal gown and so began my journey in bridal couture.

Do you feel brides have changed over the years you have worked in the industry? If so, how?

A Yes, today’s brides are very savvy and well informed thanks in part to the internet and forums where brides can share information. In the past, bridal gown shopping was

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What is your favorite thing about your job?

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Being able to design every day is a blessing,

choice based on whatever the salon carried. Either that

especially when you see your imagination, ideas and

or it is couture. Nowadays, we have samples, fittings, cus-

inspirations transfer on to the fabrics and all elements fit

tomization – wedding dress shopping has definitely be-

together to complete a whole. It is truly music to the Soul.

come more interesting.

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What makes St. Pucchi unique?

simply going to the nearest bridal salon and making a

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A Our first ever collection in 1985 was a collection of 15 dresses, most in color at a time when people weren’t using color in bridal. This launched a trend and St. Pucchi

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Are there any other new projects that are you currently working on that you would like to share with our readers? My newest project is the Anais Collezioni

became the first bridal house to use color in wedding

{anaiscollezioni.com}, a modern, flirty and whimsical

gowns. So if you ask me what sets St. Pucchi apart from

affordable luxury bridal collection that I have launched with

other bridal houses is that we do not follow trends even

my two sons Montree and Kris. Bridal gowns is a family

though it means taking a risk.

business with us.

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St. Pucchi unveils an avantgarde collection in honor of their 25th anniversary “With a focus on fabrication, this collection is inspired by the futuristic appeal of geometrics combined with femininity and romance,” says Rani. “It celebrates the simplicity and minimalism of modern contemporary structures.”

Silk Organza fitted mermaid style dress with a sweep train. Hand rolled flowers in various sizes adorn the neckline and grouped randomly on skirt. Satin sash ties at back.

Grecian strapless dress with a sweetheart neckline and vertical strips of ricamo net flowing from under the bust. Alencon lace fills the bodice and floats as streamers down to the hem.


Silk Shantung, strapless bodice filled with embroidered floral motifs. Tiered skirt with vertical soft ruffles of silk organza. Sweep train. Sash at natural waist adorned with intricate floral jeweled center.

The eight new designs in the St. Pucchi avant-garde collection pay homage to the feminine form. Intricate designs with beads and crystals are replaced by fabrics

The collection consists of strapless gowns with sweetheart necklines, one shouldered manipulated to create different textures.

Pure Silk Shantung ball gown with a dropped waist. Front bodice has a rose swirl draped into a one shoulder neckline. Full silk skirt with pick ups revealing layers of tulle underneath. Chapel train.

gowns and modified mermaid pieces built from luxury fabrics like pure silk organza, silk shantung, ricamo net, tulle and Alencon lace. Totman’s signature touch adds an element of surprise to each style with elaborate flower forms and geometric designs.

ST. PUCCHI’S AVANT-GARDE DRESS COLLECTION

Ricamo Net ball gown with draped bodice and stacked, layered skirt. Satin sash at waist, adorned with jeweled motif, ties in the back.

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Silk Shantung bodice diagonally draped and woven with silk organza sash that tie at side waist. Skirt has asymmetrically woven stacked layers of tulle with a two-tone effect and floral swirl at one side. Sweep train.

Silk Organza strapless dress fitted thru the hips and flared into a ruffled, pleated mermaid skirt. Bodice adorned with hand embroidered circular motifs.


it’s a Giveaway! So exciting - it’s your chance to enter to win amazing prizes from great vendors. There will be 6 total winners. Contests runs thru 11:59 pm Thursday May 19, 2011. Winners announced on Brenda’s Wedding Blog the morning of Friday May 20, 2011.

Enter Here: www.brendasweddingblog.com/contest-issue-03

Wrap-around address labels (pink, blue and green) from Pink Studios {www.etsy.com/shop/pinkstudios}. The ones shown are for #10 envelopes, but Marii will make them fit whatever size the winner needs. Spring Bracelet from Meredith of Tilley Jewels {www.tilleyjewelsbride.com}. The bracelet is mother of pearl, freshwater pearls, swarovski crystal and sterling silver, adjustable from 7 1/2-8 1/2". Ivory, Green Mint and Pink satin rosette brooch/hair clip and a set of hairpins from Miroslava of Peace and Glory Details {www.etsy.com/shop/peaceandglorydetails}. One 50 foot Damask non-slip fabric aisle runner from The Original Runner Company {www.OriginalRunners.com}. Six color choices to choose from to match your event perfectly, $215 retail value. Any pair of eco-friendly sandals or flip flops from OKA b. - Shoes That Love You {www.shoesthatloveyou.com}, up to $40 value.


Vintage Inspired Wedding [ Emily & Mike ] Photography: Linda Lewis Photography www.lindalewisphotography.com Planner: Simply Natural Events www.simplynaturalevents.com

Many of the table setting details, favors and decorations were handmade by the bride and

groom themselves. Mike is a graphic designer and there’s an amazing attention to detail throughout the entire wedding. Mike created all of the stationery for the wedding and even made his own paper. The invitations were made out of paper towels. BESTWEDDINGSITES.com

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Planner: Simply Natural Events • www.simplynaturalevents.com Photographer: Linda Lewis Photography • www.lindalewisphotography.com

[ Emily & Mike ]

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Vendors: Reception Venue: Marina del Rey Marriott | Ceremony Location: St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church Photography: Linda Lewis Photography | Event Planner + Stylist: Simply Natural Events | Floral Designer: Ann’s Flowers DJ: Dash Entertainment | Makeup Artist: Blushing Bridal Make Up | Stationery: the groom, Mike Paz

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C lassy Oceanfront

Wedding IN SANTA BARBARA

[ Rachel & Christian ] Photography: Kristin Rogers Photography www.kristinrogersphotography.com

Guests drove along the coast and made their way up to the cliff for the wedding of Rachel and Christian. The backyard wedding took place in a beautiful home with a classy little set up.


Vendors: Photographer: Kristin Rogers Photography | Venue: Hacienda Oceanfront in Santa Barbara Makeup and Hair: Luna Bella of Santa Barbara | Bridal Dress: San Patrick from The Image Bridal of Los Angeles Bridesmaid Dresses: Jim Hjelm from Dina’s of Santa Monica | Catering: Lorraine Lim of Santa Barbara Cake and Flowers: by bride’s mother | DJ: Kidd Spin of Santa Barbara

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Handmade “Spring” Gifts Christina of

Top 5 handmade “spring” gift picks from wedding bloggers and vendors

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They're all under $50 too!! 1. Obi Clutch from Grace Design • www.etsy.com/shop/gracedesign 2 Vintage Butterfly Gallery Art Locket Set from Verabel • www.etsy.com/shop/verabel 3. Handmade Leather Journal from Peaseblossom Studio • www.etsy.com/shop/peaseblossomstudio 4. Cotton Gauze Scarf in Lemon Cream from Janny's Girl • www.etsy.com/shop/JANNYSGIRL 5. Tiny Hammered Stacking Ring with 14k Gold Set Faceted Stone from Mary John • www.etsy.com/shop/MARYJOHN

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A selection of honey-flavored gifts, thought the bee-theme would relate with your spring gifts nicely 1. Chaparral Natural Solid Perfume, Honey from Illuminated Perfume • www.etsy.com/shop/IlluminatedPerfume 2. Two Bees Clutch from Eva Katharina • www.etsy.com/shop/evakatharina 3. Absinthe Infused Gourmet Honey from Pixxxie Pie & Posie • www.etsy.com/shop/pixxxiepieandposie 4. Hand Knit Honey Comb Cable Slippers from Knitched • www.etsy.com/shop/knitched 5. Honey Comb Mug from Just Mare • www.etsy.com/shop/justmare

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Handmade

Each item links to the shop for easy buying.

“Spring” Gifts

Thank you to all who submitted their picks.

Sarah of

Not So Witty Witterings . . . notsowittywitterings.blogspot.com

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Gorgeous gifts for the newly-weds home 1. Raw Silk Picnic Blanket and Napkin set from Rubiyat • www.etsy.com/shop/rubiyat 2. Three Tier Bluebell & Violet Cake Stand from Pearl and Godiva • www.etsy.com/shop/pearlandgodiva 3. Personalized Bird House from Clegg Farm Creations • www.etsy.com/shop/CleggFarmCreations 4. Home Map Sculpture from Little White Dog • www.etsy.com/shop/littlewhitedog 5. Irish Love Screenprint from Placed • www.etsy.com/shop/placed

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1. Oliver Rue: Love her vintage wine stoppers for a hostess or bridesmaid gift. Great for Spring entertaining. I'm planning to buy some to give the hosts of my upcoming Bridal Shower. • www.etsy.com/shop/OliverRue 2. Watflooswing: Love her handmade scarves. They are so pretty for Spring and also make a great gift. • www.etsy.com/shop/watflooswing 3. J&M: These vintage inspired bags are perfect to accent a Spring bride or something pretty for the bridesmaids. • www.etsy.com/shop/jandem 4. Mane Message: I love the duel benefits of these pretty hair ties. They are chic hair accessories and double as a bracelet. • www.etsy.com/shop/ManeMessage 5. Lucky Elephant: She has lovely wrap bracelets.This wedding one is my favorite! • www.etsy.com/shop/theluckyelephant

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Spring Shopping in pastels color palette: bubble gum pink, mint green and robin’s egg blue

Twirlie Whirlies creates handmade paper party accessories. Specializing in made-to-order party pinwheels, hats, favors, and decor. www.etsy.com/shop/twirliewhirlies

Vatne Designs is a unique collection of timeless and romantic jewelry and accessories. The casual elegance in each piece of jewelry easily takes you from day to night, completely wearable everyday out and about or to a special event. Created and crafted in Bellingham, WA. www.vatnedesigns.com

Chris Galli’s Spoonful of Sugar Bake Shop bakes rainbow cookies, gluten free cookies, dairy free cookies, and autism awareness cookies including these Gluten Free Tea Cookies www.etsy.com/shop/chrisgalli 26 | ISSUE 03


Invitation Consultants carries wedding and party invitations as well as stationery. And, because they believe ordering invitations and stationery online should be easy and convenient, Invitation Consultants can also address, stuff and mail your items, for your convenience. www.invitationconsultants.com The brand is Red Leaf Papers by Invitation Consultants Shown: Palm Perfection, Floral Fashion Aqua, Delightful Daisies Rose

OKA b. Shoes That Love You are 100% recyclable, waterproof, made in the USA and priced under $40. The comfort shoes and sandals for women, girls and men also come in endless color combinations. www.shoesthatloveyou.com

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Leslie Vega Design is a boutique studio specializing in custom couture letterpress invitations. Along with their stunning predesigned collection, they understand the style-savvy bride and offer quality custom designs to fit the client's event perfectly. Sugar Bunch Creations is the collaboration of the creative minds of two life-long friends that have an eye and taste for style, perfection, and overall fun. www.etsy.com/shop/Sugarbunchcreations

Camilla Suite, top: Flat printed on rich cotton paper, the romantic pink graphics and soft script calligraphy are the perfect match for the elegant bride that appreciates intricate ornate details and patterns. Marla Suite, bottom: Letterpress printed on luxuriously soft cotton paper. Inspired by the elegant bride who appreciates elegant ornate touches yet a clean and bright approach for the perfect spring wedding. www.leslievegadesign.com

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Spring Shopping in pastels color palette: bubble gum pink, mint green and robin’s egg blue

Lasso'd Moon carries sweet & exclusive invitations to celebrate your unique style on paper. Specializing in custom designed invitations and social stationery with modern and vintage flair. www.etsy.com/shop/LassodMoon Top Left: as seen in this month’s Wedding Vendor Challenge

Favor Days is your source for great favors for your wedding or any other special occasion. From practical favors to tasty edible treats, you will find great products at great prices. www.favor-days.com Shown: Mix-and-Match Favor Boxes

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A Grand Music City Wedding Photographer: David West Photography Venue: The Hermitage Hotel • www.thehermitagehotel.com

AT THE HERMITAGE HOTEL

[ Lana & Andrew ]

Lana and Andrew Johnston chose the century-old Hermitage Hotel for their hometown Nashville wedding.

reception was inspired by the menus at the hotel’s

The silver and pink wedding, photographed by

Capitol Grille and supplied with seasonal vegetable

David West, was a blend of casual elegance and

from the sustainable, period garden at Glen Leven,

understated grandeur.

an historic farm located just five miles from The

historic room has not only hosted generations of brides but also a president or two. Dinner for the

Hermitage Hotel. The intimate wedding ceremony took place on the hotel’s sky-painted veranda and was followed by

Reception tables were dressed with white linens and

a reception in the Grand Ballroom with Russian walnut

floral arrangements of baby pink and hot pink roses,

panels and intricate hand-cast plaster ceiling. This

beige hydrangeas and white and pink day lilies.

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Vendors: Venue: The Hermitage Hotel {www.thehermitagehotel.com} | Photography: David West | Food: The Capitol Grille Cake: Leland Riggan at Dessert Design | Floral Design: Kathy West | Day-of Coordination: Marsha Husband

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Vendor Challenge | Spring Issue

A Vintage Bridal Shower

Vendors: Photographer and Designer: StudioSister Photography • www.studiosister.com | Invitation and Paper Goods Designer: Papermints www.papermints.com | Floral Artist: Make Believe’N • www.makebelieven.com | Cream Mini Top Hat: La Coco Rouge www.etsy.com/shop/lacocorouge | Papier-mache Masquerade Mask: Artisan Maskers • www.etsy.com/shop/artisanmaskers

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The color palette of bubblegum pink, mint green and robins egg blue are the inspiration for this carnival of candy and circus of sweets, with a soft feminine touch. The tablescape was prepared using a unique pillow wall as the backdrop for the table, adding to the overall colorful appearance. Mint green material was used for the tablecloth, as well as the chair cover. The chair was accented with a plaid-patterned bow that complemented the plaid/gingham print plates and cupcake wrappers. All of the fabric was purchased from the clearance section at Jo-Ann Fabric. The fun and flirty bouquet resembles a big round stick of cotton candy perfectly fitting the carnival/circus theme.

The table displayed an array of desserts and candies, including jelly beans, salt water taffy, rock candy, cotton candy and cupcakes. Maria made the cupcakes with a strawberry cake recipe and buttercream frosting, then topped each with either blue sugar crystals or pink glitter gel. A pink lemonade cocktail with fresh-cut lemons was displayed on the table in a large glass pitcher as was a bin full of ice cold glass bottle sodas.

Easy DIY Projects include: • the cupcake carousel {an easter egg holder accented by candy sticks with attached carousel animals} • the pink and white cupcake stand {a candlestick and plate with some epoxy glue and pink paint}

DIY

Download Vintage Circus Toppers

{http://ht.ly/4GmYF}


Vendor Challenge | Spring Issue

This bridal shower’s casual, homespun, hand-crafted look

Hand-Crafted

was achieved with a quilting fabric in mint green as the tablecloth, crocheted place mats and the use or yarn and twine with buttons on the invitation and napkin rings. Also, used

Bridal Shower

were paper napkins and robin’s egg blue cupcake ramekins with pink frosted cupcakes with sprinkles.

The tall but compact, garden-style centerpiece

was

created

in

a

vintage-style, ivory, opaque, ceramic urn. It contained hot pink, Ravel roses,

light

and

medium

pink

lisianthus, soft blue hydrangea, light green carnations, and blue/green seeded eucalyptus.

Labeled and awaiting each guest was a hot pink tin pail as their favor that was filled to the brim with pastel pink, blue, and white miniature Cadbury eggs.

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DIY

Download Springtime Cupcake Toppers and/or Gift Tags

{http://ht.ly/4GkX0}

Vendors: Planners/Designers: Brenda of Best Wedding Sites and Brenda’s Wedding Blog along with Kim of Something Spectacular Custom Floral & Event Design • www.SomethingSpectacular.com | Florist: Kim of Something Floral www.SomethingFloral.com | Photographer: Kate of Kate Elliott Photography • www.kateelliottphotography.com Invitation and Paper Goods: Brenda of Wedding Girl • www.etsy.com/shop/weddinggirl Cupcakes: Meijer, Warren, MI • www.meijer.com | Location: Warren Community Center Park • www.cityofwarren.org BESTWEDDINGSITES.com

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Vendor Challenge | Spring Issue

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This beautiful vintage glam bridal shower features the talents of Sandra Downie Events, Sassy Mouth

bridal shower

Sandra and her team at Sandra Downie Paperie Studio have created a DIY download of the Drink Stirrer Flags as well as a bonus download of the Pretty in Pink

Photography and Sweet SugarBelle. The lovely centerpiece features tulips,

Cupcake Toppers. The Flags can be downloaded here {http://ht.ly/4Dui2}. The toppers can be downloaded here

hyacinths and snapdragons.

{http://ht.ly/4Gkvm}.

Vendors: Project Design and Coordination: Sandra Downie Event Designs • www.sandradownie.com Paperie & Paper Accessories: Sandra Downie Paperie Studio • www.sandradownie.com Photography: Sassy Mouth Photography • www.sassymouth.net Cookies: Sweet SugarBelle • sweetsugarbelle.blogspot.com 36 | ISSUE 03

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Vendor Challenge | Spring Issue

An elegantly This elegant tablescape & dessert display features pieces from the Simon

Bridal Shower

Pearce collection which is the retail store of The Simon Pearce restaurant where the shoot was held. Items included the celadon “Belmont” plates as chargers, and the white “Corinth” design for the dessert plates. All of the vases shown are from Simon Pearce’s gallery as well - the glass vases were

from

the

“Shelburne”

collection and the white vases also from the “Corinth” collection. Florals for the centerpieces on the table and side bar included peonies, blue muscari (which looks similar to hyacinth), pink tulips, green dutch hydrangea and blue “Bella Donna” delphinium and geranium leaves. The side bar features beautiful “Hartland” cake domes and pedestals.

Vendors: Venue: Simon Pearce Restaurant • www.simonpearce.com | Photographer: Paige Hiller Photography www.paigehillerphotography.com | Florist: Jasper and Prudence Floral • www.jasperandprudence.com Invitation and Paper Goods: Lasso’d Moon • www.lassodmoondesigns.com 38

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Circular Place Setting Bridal Advice Cards

{http://ht.ly/4Gm8W}


Vendor Challenge | Spring Issue

A romantic

Bridal Shower

Vendors: Coordinator and Stylist: Events by Sarah Elizabeth • www.eventsbysarahelizabeth.com | Venue: Terrain • styers.shopterrain.com Photographer: Jim Heine Photography • www.jimheinephotography.com | Florist: Peicha Chang with Falls Flowers • www.fallsflowers.com Baker: Emily Malloy with Le Fouet • www.lefouetbakery.blogspot.com | Paper Goods: Brad Wason with 23rd & 5th • www.23rd5th.com/work 40 | ISSUE 03


This garden inspired bridal shower shoot

for the centerpieces since they were the perfect shade

was held at Terrain which is a boutique garden center

of blue. And, Sarah said the dessert table was so

in the suburbs of Philadelphia. Sarah created a

much FUN because after the shoot they all got to EAT

spring atmosphere that was welcoming and

everything! Some of the great desserts included:

romantic with bubble gum pink, mint green and

- make your own fruit kabob station

robin’s egg blue. When she received the pint and

- cupcake macaroon

quart size blue mason jars Sarah knew they’d be used

- pastel chocolate covered pretzels

DIY

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Vendor Challenge | Spring Issue

a

bridal shower with

Since this photo shoot took place in Wisconsin where things are still quite brown this time of year, Kelsy of The McCartneys Photography brought in a vibrant tablecloth - it was actually the bottom half of a prom dress {which was found at a second hand shop in the perfect color}. During antique shopping, Kelsy found rustic vintage flatware that worked perfectly for the DIY cupcakes and the petite plates. To

bring in more pink and green to the table - there was pink lemonade and pops of green with limes and cucumber slices and DIY cupcakes in pink inside of a mason jar. Vibrant candy was incorporated with the salt water taffy hanging in tiny jars from the gorgeous canopy-style floral centerpiece. And, lastly the cotton candy fudge, pink/green/blue truffles, blue bitty bites, and floral napkins were all compliments of great etsy shop owners.

Vendors: Photography: The McCartneys Photography • www.meetthemccartneys.com | Paper Goods: The Event Essentials www.theeventessentials.com | Flower Centerpiece & table: Evolutions in Design • www.evolutionsindesign.com | Cupcakes: Sweet Lola’s Cupcakery & Bakeshop • www.sweetlolascupcakes.com | Robin Egg Blue Floral Cloth Napkins: The Artists’ House www.etsy.com/shop/theartistshouse | Bitty Blue Bites: The Fetching Hound • www.etsy.com/shop/thefetchinghound | Pink, Green, and Blue Easter Truffles: Hits the Spot • www.etsy.com/shop/hitsthespot | Cotton Candy Fudge: Jewel of the Lion • www.etsy.com/shop/jewelofthelion

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Kelsy created these DIY Cupcakes in a Mason Jar per the instructions from My Cakies (however she used white cake mix from a box, and added food coloring to bring it to the bubblegum hue she desired)


Vendor Challenge | Spring Issue

bring

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Flowers


So many special touches for this themed bridal shower: - mobile made with taffeta to represent the “rain”

DIY from Jacin: A simple “favor/placecard” which includes a seed packet for guests to take home

- wellies with baby’s breath and hydrangeas as a “vase” to represent rainy weather - peat moss pot with malted milk balls and green pixy stix to represent grass - pink carnations for a simple floral design using bud vases and an antique watering can - mini pink takeout boxes for guests to take their sweets home in - “potted” cupcakes with custom embossed flowers created by Jacin herself

Vendors: Coordination, Florals and Paper Goods: Jacin of Lovely Little Details • www.lovelylittledetails.com Photographs: Gladys of Gladys Jem Photography • www.gladysjem.com BESTWEDDINGSITES.com

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Host a P ink Soiree

www.perfectpuree.com

from The Perfect Purée of Napa Valley

WITH PINK COCKTAILS

The Perfect Purée of Napa Valley is

and Lychee purees create a fruity base; while port wine,

here to share some pink cocktail ideas. So lemon juice and a topping of champagne produces a grab a gaggle of gal pals and celebrate with nice spin. Whip up a big batch in a pitcher for your these delicious cocktails. With Wedding guests to enjoy. Season in full swing, these cocktails can also work wonders for Bridal Showers and About The Perfect Purée of Napa Valley: The Perfect Purée of Napa Valley is the leading U.S. producer of premium fruit and vegWedding Receptions. Showcasing delectable flavors including lychee,

pomegranate and raspberry, these libations are rich in flavor and can be enjoyed by male counterparts as well! Bubbles’ pink and bubbly nature makes it perfect for a girl’s night. Perfect Purée Raspberry, Pink Guava,

etable purees. Since 1988, The Perfect Purée, through its Culinary

Traditions™ line, has introduced more than thirty exceptional flavors, ranging from the staple raspberry, strawberry and banana to the exotic lychee, passion fruit and pink guava. The fruits are harvested at the peak of season, pureed and packed frozen to maintain the ultimate in fresh flavor and color.

Every good hostess knows that a non alcoholic beverage is as essential to entertaining as cocktails. Serve the Berry Sparkler mocktail which is simple and flavorful; none of your guests will even miss the alcohol. Simply mix Strawberry, Raspberry and Cranberry purees with club soda and serve. To dress this drink up a bit, garnish with a lime wheel.

Berry Sparkler 2 oz. Perfect Purée Raspberry, thawed 1 oz. Perfect Purée Strawberry, thawed 1 oz. Perfect Purée Cranberry, thawed 2 oz. club soda Method: Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake gently and strain into a chilled glass. Serve.

The Pomegranate & Ginger cocktail has a tequila base with Pomegranate puree, lime juice, ginger ale and muddled ginger. Serve this cocktail at a Pink Themed Bridal Luncheon for a refreshing treat.

Pomegranate & Ginger

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1 oz fresh lime juice 1 oz simple syrup ½ oz Perfect Purée Pomegranate concentrate, thawed ½ oz fresh grated ginger 1 ½ oz Corzo Silver Tequila Ginger Ale Method: In a mixing glass, muddle lime juice, simple syrup, Pomegranate Concentrate and ginger. Add Corzo Silver Tequila and ice. Shake and double strain to remove ginger into an ice filled tall glass. Top with ginger ale and garnish with lime wheels inside glass.


Art of Celebration - The Making of a Gala Georgia Edition www.panache.com Top Left: Modern feel with black tones and multiple centerpiece styles, Ben Vigil Photographers Top Right: Initials made out of dendrobium orchids add delicate, whimsical element, Scarlett Lillian Photography Left: “Breakfast at Tiffany’s theme with satin bows and twinkling crystal on the table, Harold Alan Photographers


The End Vendors interested in advertising in the next magazine or participating in a vendor challenge, please email me for more information at bestweddingsites{at}gmail{dot}com

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