Archive for January, 2010

A Proposal & Wedding

Monday, January 25th, 2010

Well a lot of fun things have been happening at the shop recently!  A few months back the sweetest guy ever, Devin, emailed me asking if I was possibly up for him proposing to his girlfriend Kristen at our shop.  He said Kristen was a big fan of the blog and lover of sweets like me, so of course without thinking twice I said a big YES!  Time went by and Devin kept me in the loop with his plans of them flying to California and his thoughts on how to propose.  He designed the gorgeous ring himself and wanted me to make a cake with some of the design elements incorporated into it.  We set the cake up with the rest of our daily treats and had a sign made for it that said “Turn Around Kristen”!  When they walked in the door I was a little nervous that I would mess up their special moment, but thankfully everything went as planned…Kristen had absolutely no idea of what was going on and we chatted for about 5 minutes before she even glanced at the desserts.  Then I tried to describe the treats and point her in the direction of the special cake…she was still not catching on…so finally I asked her if she could read me what “flavor” the cake was. Instead she told me the sign read “Turn Around Kristen” and that she was Kristen, SO I told her to turn around and as you can guess the rest is history!

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Here are some photos of the gorgeous ring that he sent me for inspiration…Kristen is one lucky lady!

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Now grab some tissues everyone!  Too bad we didn’t have a recorder going because Devin made one of the most romantic proposals ever…very touching!

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The happy couple!

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And yes I should’ve put a little make-up on and done my hair, but I’m a baker right…

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Thank you so much Devin and Kristen for letting us share in your special moment!  I am so happy for you both and wish you only the best!

This next wedding was such a pleasure to do also!  The bride, Kerri, was so much fun to work with and really jumped into helping with the design and set up.  Kerri & her mother made all of the cake stands by gluing plates onto cups, bowls, and candlesticks and bought matching platters to go along with them.  I love it!  She also made the backdrop and the signs too!

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I am finally getting time to make more sugar flowers lately and had a great time making this orange ranunculus flower.

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They wanted their guests to have lots of yummy mini desserts too so we made mini candy bar cupcakes, mini lemon cupcakes with fresh raspberries, vanilla cake lollipops,  chocolate espresso cake lollipops, and mini chocolate peanut butter pies.

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Thanks for letting me bring some “sweet” to your special day!

An Eventful Post

Friday, January 15th, 2010

Well as you probably know these kind of posts come up every couple months when I have so many small events that I want to feature, so I cram them all together into one large, mega post!  There is a lot of eye candy coming up, so definitely let me know what’s your favorite!  First off I recently got to do a wedding with Jesi Haack Weddings & Sarah K Chen at The Marvimon House (which I LOVE).  I met Jessica, the bride, at The White Dress in Cornona Del Mar when we did a wedding showcase there and we definitely hit it off.  She told me her and her fiance, Curt, wanted to have an out-of-the-box kind of wedding cake.  The wanted sleek, modern, and rustic all at the same time and threw out the idea of a square cake that looked like a real block of wood, SO that is just what we did.  They had goodies on the dessert table from friends, family, and local bakeries, but we were really happy to do their special wedding cake.  Their wedding was to say the least AMAZING…it has been featured all over the wedding blog world, so I am pretty sure you have seen the photos already, but if not here is just a little sneak peak into their special day.  To see all the photos from their wedding check out this post! Thanks for the great photos Sarah!

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Her bouquet is unbelievable!

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Here is the fun dessert table…before and after the desserts were eaten!

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A couple detail shots of the cake that I took at the bakery…

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These next photos are from another recent weddings I did.  The cake is all buttercream with fresh raspberries on top.  Thanks to Bonnie Tsang for these beautiful shots.

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This next cake was for a baby shower and they had an owl invitation they wanted me to grab inspiration from.  She wanted the cake to be simple and modern with some fun accents.  They were also kind enough to send me some personal photos that they took at the shower…thanks!

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I also got the pleasure of providing mini desserts for Jessica Claire’s recent Shootsac party.  I loved how the set up turned out and of course I got some gorgeous photos from Jessica!

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We always get lots of fun cookie orders, so here are some photos of some recent cookies we’ve done!

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Now these two deadly cookies are my main addiction every day in the bakery!  My sole mission is trying to not grab one from the front of the store and eat it, but sadly I fail often!  Chocolate Chunk Cookies & White Chocolate Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies are in the shop daily, so if you are near by definitely stop in!

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Well hopefully I didn’t tempt you guys too much and ruin your diet for the day…if I did, I apologize!

Valentine’s Day Special!!!

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

Well, I have some great news for you today!  The talented KristinEldridge is offering an AMAZING special for your adorable little ones!  I can’t think of a better way to celebrate this Valentine’s Day then getting gorgeous photos of your little ones!  Kristin is one of the sweetest people I know and captures children in an a beautiful way!  So here are the details…

Book a mini-session between the dates of January 19 and Feb 5 and receive a complimentary digital image!  The package is $100 and includes 20 minutes of shooting time, lots of fun props to play with, 10-15 re-touched images in an online gallery and one digital image for all your crafty Valentine ideas! (A la carte prints are also available for purchase.)

This photo session is for kids, but families are also welcome…we can go all out with the Valentine theme or keep things simple!

Check out my blog for all the other Valentine themed photos.  http://kristineldridge.com/blog/

The sessions will take place in either Long Beach or Huntington Beach locations.

Email info@kristineldridge.com or call 562)980-6480 to book your session.  Spaces are limited!

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Kristin only sent me that one image, but I found some more on her blog and HAD to share the because they were way too cute!

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I personally can’t wait to have her shoot my nieces!  I will definitely share the photos!

Melissa & Bryan’s Wedding…To Die For!

Monday, January 11th, 2010

Melissa & Bryan were some of the first weddings clients that I booked back when I started that I KNEW would be amazing and I have to toot my own horn and say that I was right…it was AMAZING!  Their attention to detail was fabulous and their sense of style really showed through in everything from the flowers to the dresses.  Of course a wedding this gorgeous takes a whole team to pull off…Courtney from Joyful Weddings & Events did such a great job with every detail, Amelia & Justin Lyon killed the photos (definitely some of my favorites EVER), Nicole DeAnne made Melissa look stunning on her special day, and Kristin from The Treasured Petal blew me away with the flowers!  Rancho Las Lomas is one of my favorite venues to work at and from the photos you can see it is a lovely backdrop for a wedding!  Well now that you know how this beautiful wedding came together lets look at some photos!

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Look how adorable her invites were…

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They have so many gorgeous photos that I couldn’t help, but share them all!

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The beautiful touches at the reception were just perfect!

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I do have to say that I am a little bit jealous of her ring…

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And lastly…the desserts!

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I absolutely love seeing photos of my couples enjoying their cake!

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I know my photos don’t compare to Justin & Amelia’s, but I just had to take some too since I was so into the whole look!

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I loved all the mercury glass, bird cages, and romantic flowers!

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Hope you enjoyed this wedding as much as I did!

A Regal Affair

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

2009 seemed to fly by so fast that I found myself with so many weddings that I still needed to blog about!  This next wedding is straight out of a fairytale and the photos show just how stunning this couple looked on their wedding day!  Jennifer and Mike had the help of Ashley Powell, of Agape Planning, to pull off their gorgeous wedding.  I loved the color scheme they choose and found the pops of gold, red, and turquoise worked perfectly together.  The wedding was held at The Nixon Library and  White Haute Photography captured some lovely photos that really showed off the beauty of this couple.

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Here are some details shots of their gorgeous reception and dessert bar!  Of course I had to take some photos myself!

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For the cake we wanted to incorporate all the colors as well as add some intricate design.  We made a red dahlia sugar flower to accent the bottom tier too.

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Along with the cake we added a full spread of mini desserts so that their guests wouldn’t leave without their sweet tooth taken care of!

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Thanks so much Jennifer and Mike for letting me be a part of your lovely day!

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