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“Let Them Eat Cake�

sweet confections created for charity

BOLD nail colors

Tips for a Destination Wedding

issue 2 Summer 2011

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Inspired Wedding

Great wedding color combos

in this issue... features

to buy & to sell


find great wedding items on Bravobride and sell some too

a honeymoon wishlist


forget about the traditional registries

saving money online for you big day


find great deals in your city

tips for a destination wedding


plan your wedding perfect destination wedding

in every issue letter from the editor........................5 wedding day countdown..................7 q & a................................................9 the hotlist.........................................9 date night.......................................12 great color combos........................57 d.i.y. spotlight...............................105 professional spotlight...................107 great giveaway.............................111 seven things to love.....................113

Style & Beauty and bow ties 17 ties forget the basic tie nail colors 19 bold make a colorful statement 21 urban bride by urban decay

6 wedding day must haves

Stationery & Favors

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colorful invitations

birds and flowers

nothing like a typical favor

uniqu favors

Forgotten Details getaway car 41 the don’t miss your exit

Wedding Related Parties

48 bachelorette fun

you just need friends, fashion, food, and fun

Venues beautiful 53 simply ridgeland mansion - philadelphia, pa

Reception & Ceremony them eat cake” 59 “let historical romances - love in any age to create a wedding that your guests will love 77 4 waysgames, dancers, and more wonka and the chocolate factory inspired wedding 80 willy happy 40th anniversary! june 30th, 1971

Real Weddings & engagements

90 real weddings and engagements worth checking out

Editor-in-Chief Heather Kimble

Executive Editor/Art Director Jason Kimble


Food & Pastry Contributor Nicholas Clare

Wedding Planning Contributor Amanda Walls

Real Wedding & Engagement Submissions

To Contribute

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editor’s note Welcome to our second issue! This issue was really fun to do. We, once again, had the priviledge of meeting and working with aweseom vendors. We focused a lot on color in this issue. There’s on better way to start the summer then with bright colors! We had the honor of covering a wonderful event in Philadelphia called, “Let Them Eat Cake”. This event is put together to help raise money for an organization called, City of Hope. You can find a huge article featuring all the cakes and telling you a little bit more about the event itself as well as City of Hope. Our venue that we featured is great, because the entire rental fee goes to Cancer Support Community Philadelphia. Make sure to check out the article on them for more details. This issue is full of color and ways to plan your wedding to help support charitable organizations. Enjoy! Hearts Always, Jason and Heather

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Your wedding day countdown! *Decide on your wedding budget and who’s contributing.

12 Months

*Appraise and insure your engagement ring. *Decide your wedding style and colors. *Choose your wedding date and time. *Interview and hire a wedding planner/coordinator. *Start envisioning your wedding dress

Choose your bridal party, ring bearer, flower girl, ceremony reader, etc. *

*Interview and hire a caterer. Begin planning your reception menu. *Finalize guest list. *Decide on your wedding officiant. *Look into any family customs or cultural traditions. *Research centerpieces, flowers, décor, etc. *Start your gift registry.

9-11 Months

*Choose and order bridesmaids’ dresses.

*Choose and order your wedding dress and veil. *Research and book vendors, eg. florist, baker, DJ, photographer etc. *Set aside blocks of hotel rooms for out-of-town guests. *Order and send out save-the-dates. *Research and buy wedding insurance. *Order your wedding invitations and wedding announcements.

6-8 Months

4-5 Months

*Choose and order groomsmen attire. *Choose and order grooms attire. *Research and choose a rehearsal dinner site. *Choose and reserve all tables, chairs, and any other wedding rentals. *Make all your honeymoon reservations-airfare, hotel for your wedding night. *Put together hotel and city information for out-of-town guests.

*Purchase your accessories-jewelry, tiara, garter etc. *Purchase wedding bands. *Decide on your favors-edible, DIY, custom made etc. *Purchase all your under the dress essentials, shoes etc. and take them to your dress fittings. *Decide on special ceremony songs and readings. *Book wedding day transportation. pg. 40

2-3 Months

*Send out wedding invitations *Order ceremony programs and decide on your wedding vows. *Submit your newspaper wedding announcement. *Research local marriage license requirements. *Schedule hair and makeup trial appointments. *Purchase entire bridal party, parent etc. gifts. *Purchase and send out rehearsal dinner invitations.

6 Weeks

3-4 Weeks

*Purchase ceremony accessories. *Confirm honeymoon reservations.servations. *Pick up marriage license and your wedding dress. *Meet with your officiant & musicians and/or DJ to go over details. *Create a wedding day schedule. *Have your bridal portraits and/or boudoir photography session. *Schedule wedding day hair and makeup appointments.

*Call guests who have not RSVP’d and make seating arrangements. *Confirm all details with your reception site. *Give guest count & confirm all details with your caterer and baker *Determine your receiving line. *Confirm all details with vendors etc. *Pack for your wedding night and honeymoon. *Put final payments and tips for vendors in marked envelopes.

1-2 Weeks

*Designate someone to mail out your wedding announcements on the *wedding day. *Pull together your wedding dress, all accessories, and emergency kit. *Designate someone to drop off items to ceremony and reception sites *Get manicure and pedicure. *Enjoy your rehearsal and rehearsal dinner! *Set your alarm!

Day Before

*Tell your parents how much you love them and thank them. *Set aside time after your ceremony to have a private moment together.

Your *Enjoy your Wedding Day! Wedding Day!


A &

Q- Is it rude to ask people for cash instead of presents? A- Yes, it is considered rude. However, if they ask which you would prefer, cash or physical present, than it’s ok to let them know. Q- My budget is really small and I barely have any extra for flowers, but I’d really like some at my wedding. What should I do? A-Try to pick flowers that are in season and keep the arrangements simple. If you really can’t afford to get all your flowers through a florist, consider doing your own centerpieces. Have a florist do your corsages, bouquets, and boutonnieres. Remeber, just keep it simple, compare wholesale flower websites, and enlist the help of your bridesmaids.

Back to Nature and comfort

“Earth tones, whites, and a basic dress are great for a laid back summer day. You can look stylish and be comfy. Don’t forget to add touches of color”

-Heather Kimble Editor in Chief


Belted Challis Shirt Dress


Multi Beaded Necklace & Earrings

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If you would like to have your questions answered, please send them to

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Sleeping Beauty Inspired Cake

Good Luck Mini Wooden Elephant

Pebble Strap Wedge Sandal

the hotlist 2





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date night


uring the planning stage of your wedding, it’s easy to forget about the main reason why your getting married… your future spouse! And then once your married, it can be easy to let the fire start to wane and for romance to fall by the wayside. For many couples the solution can be picking a night to have a “date night.” This too can get stagnant however. How many times can a person go to a movie and grab a bite at the local chain restaurant? That’s why we recommend “spicing it up” with a few ideas that are maybe a little bit more unique.

Local Fairs Local fairs are a fun place to hang out. Most towns have some kind of local fair or festival in the summer time that is accompanied by rides, food, vendors, and sometimes even fireworks.


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Not into bowling? Another alternative could be mini golf, pitch and putt, or shooting pool.

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Local Sporting Event Even if neither person has a vested interest in the local sport teams, a great place for a date can be grabbing a pair of tickets to a sporting event in your area. Baseball games tend to be the best because they are tamer than the other sports, and the fans tend to be a little less rowdy, but just about any event can be fun. You can grab a bite, a drink, and just sit back and enjoy the game. don’t u o y , t ge a bud level sports n o s couple jor league e s league t o r h o a t n r i m Fo o to a plenty of m hose ticke g o t e hav e are stadiums w friendly. r e h T team. h very nice ore budget , wit le m teams can be a litt prices

style & beauty

ties & bow ties

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One way to add a splash of color to you wedding day is to venture away from the traditional and go for a brightly color tie. Feel free to use patterns and stripes to dress up the grooms suit. style & beauty - grooms tie and bow ties

Or instead of a tie, try going back to the old fashion bow tie. They come in a variety of colors or you can go with the traditional black. Either way it is a change from the ordinary.

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BOLD nail colors Red is always a great color and it’s definitely a classic!

You can even get bold nail colors that are actually scented when they dry!

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Let your nail color be your something blue!

Don’t be afraid to make a bold color statement!

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urban bride by urban decay


rban Decay has a fantastic line of beauty products and when found out about Urban Bride we had to test it out! You get SIX must haves for a bride on her wedding day in a great keepsake box. At only $42 it’s defiantly worth it. Did we mention that they DON’T TEST ON ANIMALS! How great is that? Here’s what’s included: • Razor Sharp Ultra-Definition Finishing Powder to diffuse lines for a flawless airbrushed look. • Urban Decay’s best-selling original formula Eyeshadow Primer Potion (full-sized) and Supercurl Curling Mascara to keep her eyes looking fresh. • Lip Junkie Lipgloss in Midnight Cowboy to give bare and lightly colored lips a sensual, comehither shine or electrify darker lipcolor with more texture. • All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray to ensure her look stays put for 16 incredible hours. • Marshmallow Sparkling Lickable Body Powder to keep the party going long after the guests have left.

It’s your Day To Feel Beautiful


to buy & to sell! A

re you a bride that is looking for less expesive items to use on your wedding day? Is there a way to get used or left over items cheap? Or maybe you’re a newlywed who doesn’t know what to do with all of the left over items from your big day. What do you do with all that stuff? You could try eBay, but that website is so generalized that your few wedding items could get lost in the shuffle. And if you are a buyer, it can be really hard to search through the 100,000 search results to find the item you were really looking to purchase. So what can you do? That’s when you go to!

They also offer the option of upgraded listings at a minimal fee. But a portion of the proceeds from that is donated to the American Heart Association Go Red for Women campaign.

“The overall goal is to help brides have more practical weddings and relieve some of the financial stress that a wedding can cause.” Founded in October of 2008 by Susan Shapiro, BravoBride is a great wedding resource. It is a global market place where brides can buy and sell wedding items of all shapes and sizes. What makes it different then other online auction sites? According to Susan, “BravoBride is the largest online marketplace for everything wedding. Almost all items are free to list and we never charge a commission upon sale. This sets us apart from other classified and auction sites.” And anyone can use it! “We have brides, grooms, newlyweds, mothers of the bride, bridesmaids and just about anyone else you can imagine using BravoBride. Brides can list almost all wedding items for free, there is a small listing fee for wedding dresses and wedding rings. We also have a section called BravoBride boutiques for retailers and wedding vendors to list their products.”

So how did it all begin? Well Susan actually got the idea when she was planning her own wedding. “When I was planning my own wedding I quickly realized how expensive weddings were. I became tired of overpaying for brand new wedding items I’d use only once and for just a few hours. I looked online for used wedding items but couldn’t find a website that was specifically focused on wedding items. I decided to create a website were brides could find what they needed without spending a fortune and get some money back on their wedding. And so BravoBride was born.”

What can we find at BravoBride?

“From used wedding dresses to jewelry, accessories, shoes, veils, ceremony and reception items to decorations and more. We’ve even had wedding attire for dogs listed for sale on BravoBride.”

Now down to the details. How much can a person expect to spend when listing items? Well according to Susan, “Almost all items are free to list. There is a one-time $19.95 fee for wedding dresses and wedding rings. We never charge a commission upon sale and all items remain on BravoBride until sold. Retailers pay a low monthly fee to advertise their products on BravoBride.” And there is no limit to the number of items that can be listed. The only rule is that you can only list 8 items per day. They also offer the option of upgraded listings at a minimal fee. But a portion of the proceeds from that is donated to the American Heart Association Go Red for Women campaign.

So make sure you go online and check out BravoBride and get some great wedding deals!

a honeymoon wishlist


ne of the most fun things a couple gets to do together before their wedding is the filling out of their gift registry. It gives the couple a chance to have fun together and pick out all the things that they need for their new lives together. But many couples have a lot of the items they already need for their future lives. Whether it is because they lived together before the marriage, which is a growing trend, or they lived separately, many couples are presented with the problem of already having most of what they need. In some cases they have more then what they need. And how many couples really need two toasters? Most couples don’t want to ask for cash, because it can be a little awkward and it’s bad etiquette. So what can you do? If you are finding yourself in this predicament, or are just not interested in unwrapping bath towels; there is an alternative to the traditional gift registry. It’s called a honeymoon registry. This is where couples are able to go online and select things that they would like to get for their honeymoon. It could be a massage, a romantic dinner, or anything else that you might desire on your honeymoon.

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Register for dinners, cocktails, golf, and more!

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One place that couples can make one of these registries is a site called It allows the bride and groom to customize a registry that specifically fits their needs. They can ask for airfare, a room upgrade, and more. But that’s not all. This site also allows for a special bride and groom website showcasing their story or any other information they wish to share. They can also put up a photo album full of great couple shots and more. It’s a great site for the couple that has everything they need. So, if you’re a couple that is looking for great honeymoon adventures go create a honeymoon gift registry!

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saving money online for your big day! Many people have started taking part in the new emerging trend of “group” buying power. There are sites sprouting up all over the internet that allow you to select your local area and received great discounts on restaurants, movies, and more all through the power of group buying. And now that trend has reached the bridal community., launched in 2010, is a group buying site that helps brides and grooms get great prices on some outstanding vendors. This is a great way for couples to work with amazing vendors all over the country without having to worry about the big price tag that usually comes with a great wedding day. So how does it work? Well, visit the site daily for new and exciting deals. Tell your friends about and if enough people buy the deal, the deal is on! A voucher is put into your account and you’re ready to go. So head on over to and check out all the great deals that are available in your local area. New areas are being added all the time so if your area is not on there yet, be sure to keep checking back. Hopefully it will be up soon.

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Tips for a Destination Wedding

by; Alisha Fuller of Hummingbird Hall Jamaica

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Destination weddings are also a wonderful opportunity for couples to introduce their guests to a place they might not have visited.


fair priced wedding in a gorgeous destination has become an increasingly attractive option for couples wishing to restrict their guest-list, control their budget and begin their happily ever after in paradise. As a social anthropologist turned wedding designer, nothing excites me more than destination weddings. There is something magical about couples choosing to incorporate another culture and area of the globe into their love story! For instance, rather than traditional welcome parties at a resort, Hummingbird Hall couples have welcomed their guests to the island by hosting volunteer-work “parties” at a local children’s home, stingray sanctuary or butterfly sanctuary. Wonderfully, not only do these parties make a lasting and positive contribution to the host-country; guests are given a once-in-a-lifetime, feel good experience too. Other details that guests tend to appreciate are locally made wedding favours. Think handmade soups, locally grown coffee, honey and candles made by local bees, or miniature bottles of the local alcoholic delights. Not only do these favours root the guest experience in the locale; but by purchasing in-country, couples again support the local economy and spread the feel good factor! Indeed, with use of technology, the wedding feel good factor can even spread beyond the country’s shores. For, at innovative resorts and venues at least, couples have the opportunity to beam their wedding live and in real time to password protected websites. This is an ideal way of ensuring that those unable to travel can witness and participate in the festivities and celebrations.

Making full use of the host country or city is therefore a must!

Destination weddings really can be what dreams are made of.

Yet for most couples the real difficulty revolves around deciding on the actual location of the wedding. This decision is made all the more difficult because few couples have the opportunity to see their wedding venue in person until shortly before their wedding. Due diligence is therefore a must; and couples who opt for destination weddings are well advised to ask their venue or planner questions that are listed on the next page. Armed with questions, there is no need for couples to hold a wedding at a large chain hotel simply because their advertising budget enables them to advertise on prime-time television! In fact, boutique and smaller venues are often more reasonably priced, offer a more exclusive experience and are more delightfully situated than their larger competitors.

Do non resident guests have to pay extra?

Are children permitted? If so, can games, • children’s entertainers and suitable food be provided? •

How long must the couple be “resident” in the country prior to the wedding?

Will the wedding be within sight of other guests or vacationers? Is there a private area for photographs? Is the beach or waterfall public? If so, how are curious onlookers prevented from stumbling into the photographs?

Do couple have to stay at the property where the wedding takes place?

Will one, or several, planners be dealing with the preparations surrounding the wedding?

Are pictures of actual weddings with real • brides and grooms available?

Can welcome baskets be made for guests?

Are decorations provided? If so, are these customised for each couple or the same for every wedding?

Will a Marriage Licence be obtained on the couple’s behalf?

Is there the option of beaming the wedding live and online to guests not attending? If the wedding falls on a local national holiday or local religious holiday, what will the significance be?

When are the mosquito and hurricane seasons? Do these tend to impact weddings?

What are the cancellation and change of date policies?

Is the wedding legal and valid worldwide, or simply ceremonial?

How many weddings occur on the location per day?

Are coordinated rehearsals offered free? Is the wedding officiant present?

Are chaivari chairs and wooden folding wedding chairs available as standard, or simply white plastic chairs?

Are the inclusions detailed in a written and comprehensive contract? Is this contract electronic?

What is the policy on the answering of emails? Is there a response-time guarantee?

The best gift that couples can give friends and family who have invested time and resources to attend their destination wedding is a wedding which is memorable, meaningful and personal. Destination weddings really can be what dreams are made of. Best of luck with your wedding journey!

stationery & favors

A Little Bird Told Me


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Tropical Bliss


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unique favors Who wouldn’t LOVE a rubber Ducky!


ired of seeing the same old favors everywhere you look? Check out these great, unique, and fun favors for your wedding day, from Weddingstar!

“We Clicked� Mouse Pad - 6 for $20.88

Mini Classic Gumball Machine in Traditional Red- $3.48 each

Metal Boats - 6 for $20.98

Bride and Groom Keyboard Dusters - 12 for $41.98

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Rubber Duckies - $5.98 each

Mini Heart Shaped Hand Warmer - $3.40 each

Mini Travel Suitcase Container - 6 for $11.88

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forgotten details

getaway car

The geta 41 - issue 2

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ne detail that sometimes gets overlooked is the final exit of the newlyweds. There are a lot of options for this, but sometimes nothing is more fun than the traditional getaway car. All you need is a car, some decorations and you’re ready to go. In the past, people would write on the windows with a bar of soap, or shaving cream, and tie cans to the bumper to drag along the road. The problem with this is that shaving cream can damage the paint, and cans could create sparks which can be dangerous. A better option for the decorations are kits available to decorate your car that come with a variety things, from magnets, to window clings, to streamers, and more. We found a great kit at A.C. Moore that does the trick. Just make sure that safety comes first when decorating the car.

Don’t put too much on the windows, or do anything that will obstruct the drivers view. To add an interesting twist to the getaway car, try finding an uncommon car or a classic car. For our getaway car we used a 1965 Plymouth Fury. Enjoy your GETAWAY! 43 - issue 2

To add an interesting twist to the getaway car, try finding an uncommon car or a classic car.

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Don’t put too much on the windows, or do anything that will obstruct the drivers view.

wedding related events

Bachelorette Party Fun! Baker: N Clare Venu: Bucca di Beppo Models: Emily Coombes Alina Gidjilova Julie Kauffman Hair & Makeup: Salam Madanat

Wear great rings that make a statement!

Friends, Fashion, Food, & Fun Wear shoes that make you feel sexy!


hen planning a bachelorette party, there are only a few key ingredients you need to make it a great time. Take friends, fashion, food, and sprinkle in some fun, mix it all together and you have yourself one great bachelorette party. Whether you’re going dancing, or out to eat – as long as you have fun and look great doing it, that’s all you need. There is nothing wrong with getting together with a small group of girlfriends, going to a local restaurant, and having a great time together. It’s not always about where you go or what you do, but who you’re going with. Just have fun.

It's not always about where you go or what you do, but who you're going with.

Tasty drinks! Great tasting food!

Awesome thong cookies!

Ridgeland Mansion


itting on a large plot of land overlooking the Schuylkill River in beautiful Fairmont Park, one can find a hidden gem, known as Ridgeland Mansion. Open for weddings since 1999, Ridgeland Mansion is a beautiful outdoor wedding venue, with a fully operational kitchen, as well as indoor facilities for smaller events.

venue spotlight

With no restricted or recommended vendor list, and a large space that offers a lot of flexibility to set up your event your way, Ridgeland Mansion is a great place to have your special day. The staff there is more then willing to help in any way that they can and to make your big day come together as easily as possible. Not only that, but they are flexible and open to your less then traditional wedding party requests. One couple even requested (and had) a moon bounce! Check them out online at Built before 1763, Ridgeland Mansion served as a residence for Fairmount Park directors. Now it serves a different purpose. Aside from being a great place to hold a wedding, it now stands for rejuvenation and hope. This complex is now home to The Suzanne Morgan Center at Ridgeland, an award winning non-profit organization that provides support services to people with cancer and their families. The best part is, 100% of the rental fees directly benefit the Cancer Support Community of Philadelphia – a nonprofit organization that provides, at no cost, a professional program of emotional support and education to people whose lives have been impacted by cancer. “A true sanctuary, featuring a contemplation garden, this facility brings healing and hope into the park.”

Check them out online at

ceremony & reception

great color combos Wisteria and Venetian Red make such a beautiful and romantic atmosphere. A nice balance between tradional and dramtic. Wisteria Venetian Red Portland Orange and Persian Rose are just happy colors. They are perfect for a tropical inspired wedding. A great choice for a couple who don’t want traditional colors. Portland Persian Orange Rose Maize and Indian Green are such pretty colors for an outdoor weddings and weddings inspired by nature. Just enough color without being overwhelming. Maize

India Green Located in the suburbs of Philly, N Clare is the up-and-coming custom cake shop in the area. Owned and operated by Nicholas Clare, he has been working with custom cakes for over 2 years now.

Let Them Eat Cake

Historical Romances-Love in Any Age


edding cakes come in a variety of shapes, sizes, styles, and colors. Every baker has a different outlook and interpretation of a theme or an idea. So what happens when you give over 30 plus bakers a theme and let them run with it? You’re faced with City of Hope’s 8th annual cake bake off, known as “Let Them Eat Cake.” It is held at the Lowes Hotel in Philadelphia. This was quite a site to experience. City of Hope is a Comprehensive Cancer Center, as designated by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). It is an independent biomedical research, treatment, and educational institution that has been around for almost 100 years. In that time, they have helped improved the quality of life of countless patients, as well as pioneered new developments that have brought us ever closer to finding a cure for numerous life-threatening diseases, from cancer to diabetes. City of Hope has chapters all over the United States. This particular event was hosted by the Philadelphia Chapter. This year’s theme was historical romances – love at any age. This brought out a variety of cake designs that those in attendance were able to take in visually, as well as taste. This year’s event was one of the most highly attended bake offs that they have hosted. If you want to check it out next year, keep an eye on City of Hope’s Website.

Check them out online at to find out what events they are having in your neighborhood and how you can lend a helping hand.

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“Best Student” WINNER!! Kake Creations by Kayla & Katie

*Culinary Student: Walnut Hill College*

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Splendora Cake & Tea Company


The Cake Art Studio


Bradley Bunch Bakery


Piece a Cake


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“Best Theme� WINNER!! Piece a Cake




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Cakes By Suzy


Jones Christine Hudson


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The Merion Diane Fehder


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“People’s Choice” WINNER!! Bredenbeck’s

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“Best Tasting” WINNER!! “Most Artistic” WINNER!! “Overall” WINNER!! Truly Custom Cakery


4 Ways to Create a Wedding Your Guests...... by: Amanda Walls of Cherishable Weddings & Events


ow do you want your guests to feel on your wedding day? Do you want them to be talk ing about how fabulous wedding was for years to come? Nobody can force your guests to have a good time, but there are certainly plenty of tips that you can use to make it hard for them not to enjoy themselves!

Entertain Your Guests!

Think about hiring entertainers such as dancers, impersonators, caricaturists, or magicians to perform for your guests. This is sure to leave a great impression for your guests!

You can also rent a photo booth. The photos that come out of these booths can be used in your guest book and can also be used as a wedding favor!

Purchase some hula hoops, Find a limbo and scatter them around bar and have two the edge of the dance floor. People are bound people hold it. Let the An inexpensive way to to pick them off and DJ know what you are so he/she can play entertain your guests is to show everyone their doing appropriate music. Then talents! play games on the dance floor let the contest begin!

such as limbo, hula hoops, and dance-freeze.

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Have the DJ play some upbeat music, and freeze it. Whoever keeps moving is out!

These games are not for every reception, but hopefully you will get inspired. When deciding on these games to play, make sure that you consider the demographics of your guests.

WILL LOVE! Get guests to

Have fun!

The seating chart can become an important role in getting your guests to have good conversatalk to each other! tion. You don’t want to make one couple feel uncomfortable by sitting them in a table of strangYou want to ers who happen to all be best Seat people toavoid having your friends. gether that have simiguests show up at your lar interests. Have a lunch or dinner wedding and look around at the day before the wedding a room full of strangers. Introand introduce your guests. You duce your guests to each other. can have an informal barbeque or you can use your rehearsal dinYour guests will feel much ner as a way to have your guests more comfortable and will mingle before the big day.

make your wedding day more enjoyable.

Have fun and relax! What guest is going to have fun when they look at you running around and stressed? If you want your guests to get up and dance, you should go to the dance floor yourself to get it started! This is your big day, and you should be able to enjoy it!

Remember that you can’t please everyone! You’ll exhaust yourself if you try to listen to everyone’s advice! In the end, it is your day and you should feel like a guest at your own wedding!

Have a well-planned itinerary! Create an itinerary that is well thought out and stick to it! I am not saying that you should stress out if it is 6:05 and you were supposed to be introduced at your reception at 6:00. You do, however, want to ensure that your guests are not waiting around with nothing to do. While you’re taking your photographs between the ceremony and reception, give the guests some drinks, snacks, and/or hors d’oeuvres to enjoy while waiting for the reception to begin.

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Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Inspired Wedding Baker: N Clare Venue: Hibernia Park Model: Alina Gidjilova Hair & Makeup: Erin Costante of Escape Salon & Spa Photography: Sweethart Expressions

What better way to celebrate the 40th birthday of the classic film, "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" than to have a wedding i nspired by the candy man himself.


illy Wonka’s world has always been a mix of magic, excitement, and pure imagination. All of these elements translate to a fun and magical wedding theme. That means that you don’t have to be scared to reach a little outside the box and create some breath taking and magical elements for your big day. That can mean edible elements, including a rock candy bouquet. Or an all out candy bar, featuring candy from the man himself, Mr. Willy Wonka. Instead of invitations, send your guests a golden ticket inviting them to the big day. When the door to the chocolate room opens, the characters are greeted with a chocolate waterfall. Willy Wonka’s factory is the only factory in the world to mix its chocolate by waterfall. Further more, everything in the room is edible. You can eat everything in the room. Why not then make this vision a reality with the cake? That’s what Nick from N Clare was able to do. He engineered a cake, with a fully functional chocolate waterfall, and all of the elements used to decorate the cake were in fact edible. And what better way to top it all off then with an Oompa Loompa and a golden egg.

Remember It's Wonkavi


Take your guests back to their childhood with a Willy Wokna candybuffet.

Candy Buffet!

The Cake Don't be scared to be imaginative. As Willy Wonka himself says, "We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams."

real weddings & engagements

Dee & Shawn’s Engagement How they met: Dee and Shawn met in high school. When they first met, Shawn was a very closed person. Dee couldn’t pin point exactly why, but she just had to get to know him. After he accepted her invitation to prom, she soon found herself gushing about him and exclaiming to her best friend that “he was the one”. Later that night, they set up their first official date. The relationship lasted for a year before they parted ways. Five years later Dee found Shawn on Myspace and they decided to rekindle their friendship. The friendship quickly escalated into the romance they began years ago. The proposal: In March 2009, Dee had just returned from a trip visiting her grandparents in Florida. It was a long two weeks, as her and Shawn had never been away from each other for that long. After their excited hellos upon first seeing each other airport, their lives changed forever. Shawn explained that he didn’t want Dee that far away for that long again without knowing they would be together forever. With that, he placed the ring on Dee’s finger.

Photography - Frozen Moments Portraits

Keith & Misha Santiago July 3rd, 2010 Photography - Frozen Moments Portraits


isha was born in England and all of her family resides there, other than her sisters and parents. In addition to their wedding being a celebration of love, it was also an opportunity to see family members that lived thousands of miles away. It was an extremely emotional affair the day of the wedding. Minutes into getting ready, each bridesmaid began tearing up. They had all grown so close to each other over the years and couldn’t find the words to express how they felt about their friend getting married. It wasn’t long into the ceremony before dozens of people began to shed tears, including the groom and a few groomsmen. Keith’s brothers used their talents to perform a song that they had written specifically for the occasion. Misha had no idea that this was planned and was completely floored by their heartfelt performance. The ceremony was followed by a small reception in which everyone from the church was invited to. After thanking each attendee, the second and more intimate reception began.

Vendors Catering - Elite Catering Venue - Washington township fire hall (the Washington) Bangor, PA Ceremony – Innovation Church Wedding dress – David’s bridal Bridesmaids dresses - Elegant Boutique in Tannersville/Bartonsville Flowers/Centerpieces – Keith’s mom

It didn’t take long for the party to begin. In fact, unlike most traditional weddings, Keith and Misha didn’t begin their reception with a first dance. They instead had everyone on the dance floor for a celebration. In addition to the bride and groom, father/daughter, and mother/son dances they also had an anniversary dance to celebrate the long marriages of each of their grandparents plus a special surprise to Misha’s side of the family – a special dance very well known in England. How they met: They met in high school. Misha was on the volleyball team and Keith was manager of the team. Proposal: While home alone at Keith’s mother’s house, he cooked Misha a three course meal and set up a little table for the two of them. After dinner, he proposed.

Stefanie & Paul Hutchins September 11th, 2010


tefanie and Paul both grew up in the Flemington area. Paul had just found his biological father two years before the wedding so for Paul this was the first event that both parents were able to share with him. For Stefanie, the location was most memorable. Stefanie’s Parents and grandparents were both married at Three Bridges Reformed Church with a reception at the Firehouse just like theirs. Both Stefanie and Paul grew up very close to their grandparents. Pauls maternal grandparents were a huge part of his upbringing as was Stefanie’s. Both sets of grandparents had deceased so a big memorable part of the reception was a banner Stef and Paul had made with their grandparents wedding picture stating “In loving Memory of our grandparents on our wedding day.” Proposal: Paul proposed in August 2009 on Cadilac Mountain in Main.

Vendors Wedding Planner - Memorable Celebrations Catering - Rosatas Pizza in Hampton, NJ Ceremony – Three Bridges Reformed Church Wedding dress – Alfred Angelo Venue - Three Bridges Volunteer Fire Company Flowers/Centerpieces – Memorable Celebrations Baker - Kathryn Sheehan The minister was a very close friend of Stefanie’s that just became ordained and Stefanie and Paul were his second wedding ever. At the Reception, there were two highlights for Stefanie and Paul. Their wedding favor was called “photo favors” everyone left with a professional photo of themselves. The other favorite was the blow up guitars from the DJ. Everytime someone talks about our wedidng they mention the picture or guitars!

d.i.y spotlight

little birdie thank you notes Here’s what you’ll need: Scissors Decorative scissors Glue stick Card stock (2 colors of your choice) Stamps (found at your local arts and crafts store) Ink (2 colors of your choice)

Step 1: Cut paper to your desired size, ensuring that one is slightly smaller, allowing it to fit nicely in the center of the larger piece. These thank you cards can be large or small and will be dictated by the size of the stamp as well as how much you plan on writing. Step 2: Center and glue the smaller piece of paper onto the larger piece of paper. Allow the glue to dry. Step 3: Take your stamp and color the birdie with your desired color ink. Take your other color ink and color the message. Step 4: Place in the center of your card and press firmly and evenly for a few moments. Remove stamp and allow the ink to dry. Step 5: Now just right your “thank you” message on the back and you’re done. Your guests will defiantly adore your thoughtful handmade and hand written “thank you” notes!

professional spotlight

Jessica Lark

it’s about details: How long have you been a baker?

it’s about details: What do you love most about your business?

Chef Nick: I have been a baker for about a year Chef Nick: That is such a tough question because an a half now. However I have always loved being in the kitchen.

it’s about details: What made you want to become a baker?

Chef Nick: I always wanted to pursue some kind

of culinary career, but I was heavily influenced by my mentor in school, Chef Terry Port.

there are so many great things about my business. I get to meet new and exciting people all the time, attend some really great events, go to lots of weddings, however, I think the absolute best part of the job, is seeing the faces and reactions on peoplewhen I show up with their cakes. There is no feeling in the whole world that can compare to that moment.

it’s about details: What are all the services you

it’s about details: When did you start your



Chef Nick: I started N Clare in February of 2010. Chef Nick: My main services offered are custom

designed cakes, wedding cakes, and gourmet cupcakes. If requested I also am able to offer catering services along with my partners ‘Deli at Radnor’.

It has been an amazing year so far.

it’s about details: Why did you start your business?

Chef Nick: I had a lot of support from friends

who really liked my baking and decorating, and after finishing my schooling I really wanted to share my baked goods with everyone. I had a lot of support from my family as well, who still support me in any way possible.

Chef Nick can be reached through the N Clare website at or for pricing information you can call N Clare at 267-467-0066.

Logan Clare

Jessica Lark

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Feather & Chiffon Floral Hair Accessory This distinctive hair accessory takes traditional wedding trims and gives them a modern twist. Can be worn alone or along side the popular Bird Cage Veil or headband. Complements a wide range of hair and dress styles.

“Just Married” Tote Bag Need more space for souvenirs from your honeymoon but don’t want the hassle of taking empty bags? This black Tote Bag will neatly fold away in its own pocket making it small enough to fit almost anywhere. The tote is made of 100% cotton with the words “Just Married” in white and silver embroidery. Bride Ready To Hit A Home Run with Groom Pitching Cake Toppers For all of those baseball sports fans, this is the cake topper that truly hits home. Great on a cake or with mini apple pies. Baseball and apple pie - couldn't be more appropriate! Hand painted porcelain.

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Pet Tux - Dress up your best friend for your special day!

Light-Hearted Wedding Toilet Paper Rolls One word....WOW

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Issue 2 - Summer 2011  

it's about details is an online magazine for brides in the planning and designing stages of her wedding. Focusing on all the details from th...

Issue 2 - Summer 2011  

it's about details is an online magazine for brides in the planning and designing stages of her wedding. Focusing on all the details from th...