Archive for August, 2010

Utterly Engaged Feature!

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

I had the pleasure of working with the lovely ladies from Utterly Engaged again for their 1 year anniversary issue!  When I heard the idea for the shoot, “Sew in Love”, and then the amazing team I was going to get to work with I was SOOO excited! The team included…Art Direction & Stylist by Sugar and FluffLucia of DL/sh Design and UtterlyEngaged, and props & design from Jeni from Found Vintage Rentals!  The fabulous florals were from my girl Carissa from JL Designs…she never disappoints! Also the paper painted bouquets by Kristy Rice of Momental Designs were too much fun! I have to say a major thank you to Paula & Mike from Luna Photo for the gorgeous photos; I absolutely love working with them!  Here’s some of the pages from the online magazine!

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The models were simply gorgeous & got perfectly beautified by the talented Fiore Beauty.  Their lovely gowns were by Elizabeth Dye of The English DeptSarah SevenHolly Stalder, and Joan Shum.

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Lucia was sweet enough to send me over a couple more photos from the shoot and I had to post them!  I loved making this cake & seeing it come to life.  We made lots of custom vintage molds & put sugar paste in them & then painted them.  I loved how it turned out!

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We’ve recently been starting to make a lot of french macaroons at the shop and boy can I tell you that I am now addicted to them! My talented assistant pastry chef Susie has been coming up with so many scrumptious options that I think I’ve gained 5 lbs. just taste testing them!

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We also made some yummy little french desserts and drizzled them in pink frosting!  I wanted to make homemade donuts too, but sadly we ran out of time, so lucky me I have a donut shop right next door to my shop & picked some up for props!  Speaking of props…how jealous are you of Jeni from Found Vintage Rentals…her collection is AMAZING!

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Thanks again Lucia, Henny, & Eva for this fun opportunity!  The next photos are from the talented Kristin from Kristin Eldridge Photography!  Kristin blesses me all the time with her many talents and again came by my shop and took some photos for me of our new window display….it is quite hard to capture the cutest of it all with the funky windows & reflections, but Kristin did a great job!

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Even though my good friend Jesi, from Jesi Haack Weddings, was almost about to pop out a little baby she still was sweet enough to come over to my shop & help me put it all together!  We got inspiration from the recent Martha Stewart Weddings magazine and made the fabric hoops for the main display.  We then hung some flag banners that Jesi had from previous weddings and we were basically all set!

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If you follow me on Twitter you probably already know that I am almost finished with my new online store!  We have been working on it for what seems like FOREVER, but it really is almost finished!  I have such a love and passion for cute, adorable cake stands and I really wanted to share that with my readers, so they can get them too!  I will be selling the most gorgeous cake stands, platters, dishes, domes…..the list goes on and on!  Here are a couple sneak peaks that Kristin took for me…aren’t they dreamy!

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Lots of Specialty Cakes

Sunday, August 15th, 2010

Get ready to be bombarded with LOTS of cakes!  Since hiring Kyong on full time we have had an opportunity to take on a lot more cakes and we have had a great time! Everything from chickens to Vegas cakes….if you can dream it, we can make it! First up one of my favorites…our Bun in the Oven Cake!  A client showed up a photo of a cake that the Cake Girls had done a while back, which I had always loved, and so we did our own take on it.

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The couple didn’t know what they were having so we put the last name of the couple on the “bun”…little Baby Zaby will be coming out soon!

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My client was sweet enough to send me some photos from their special day!

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We have gotten to do lots of fun animals lately too…some cakes and some cake lollipops (inspired by Bakerella of course).

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We get to work on lots of fun events that Marie from, Sweets Indeed, puts on & the details  she puts into her table design is fabulous!

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This cake was one we did for Lucia of Utterly Engaged.  Her brother & his wife had a baby shower & she got this cake for them. It matched the adorable invitation she designed.

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Next up is a Vegas Cake we did for a birthday party and I have to say Kyong did a great job on the details!

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This next cake was a unique groom’s cake we did this last weekend.  I don’t know all the symbolism to it, but I think it’s great that the bride had us incorporate so many fun, corky details to the cake that mean something to both of them.

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Lastly a Harley Davidson Cake we did…I just love how Kyong’s sugar flames turned out!

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And I just had to throw in this last little buttercream ruffle cake because it is way too cute!  Thanks for stopping by the blog!

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Max & Margo’s Wedding

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

I bet many of you have seen this fun wedding all over the blogosphere, but of course I had to share it too since I did the desserts for it!  Max & Margo had such a personal wedding that looks like such a joy to go to!  They had a intimate ceremony with close family and friends and then the next day had a bigger celebration!  Love that idea!  The definitely picked a team of great vendors to help them with their special day and since there were a lot of them you can check them out at then end of the post!  Special thanks to Labor of Love for the great photos!

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Margo did a dress change for both days and I have to say that I am quite jealous of both of them!

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For the desserts we did a lot of fun rustic treats!  A homestyle two tier cream cheese frosting style cake, mini pies on sticks, caramel dipped apples, cake lollipops, and mini cupcakes!

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What wedding wouldn’t be fabulous with In-N-Out!

FLASHDANCE for everything!
DJ: Michael aka “The Human Jukebox”
Photography: Our Labor of Love
Event Design: Ashley Meaders
Video: Sharkpig
Event Coordination: Jesi Haack Weddings
Floral Design: JL Designs
Dessert Display: Sweet and Saucy Shop
Invitations: Rifle Design
Valet: Jeffrey Valet
Hair & Makeup: Nyrie Aitken
Appetizers & Service: Huntington Catering
Tacos: Ricky’s Fish Tacos
Burgers: In n’ Out
Salads: Jack n’ Jills too
Lighting: Ambience Party Lighting
Linens and Wooden Lounge Furniture: Classic Party Rentals
Rentals: Town and Country
Favors: Mi Alma Designs, Silverlake
Band: The Bluegrass Hoppers
Landscaping: Kate Meigneux of StudioK8

Attire

Ceremony Day:

Skirt & Top: Morgane Le Fay
Shoes: JCrew
Earrings: Anthropologie
Hairpiece: Ban.do

Max’s Suit: John Varvatos
Max’s Shirt: Paul Smith
Max’s Tie: Alexander Olch
Max’s Shoes: John Varvatos

Reception/Party Day:

Dress: Melissa Sweet
Bracelets: JCrew
Earrings: Vintage
Sweater: JCrew
Shoes: Vintage

Hairpiece: Ban.do

Max’s Suit: Shipley & Halmos
Max’s Shirt: Shipley & Halmos
Max’s Shoes: Opening Ceremony
Bow Tie: JCrew JCrew

Boutonniere: Emmerson Made

Hollywood Hills Wedding

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

When I first met Heath &  Olivia I was blown aways with just how gorgeous of a couple they were.  They were truly in love and beaming from ear to ear.  Their photos were no different and really made me pause for a second and just stare at the beautiful location, food, friends, and decor!  Uyen from Sassy Girl Weddings & Events did an amazing job on this wedding and is always a joy to work with!  This was my first time working with Float Away Studios and I can’t believe how gorgeous their photography is! The setting for the wedding was at the beautiful Villa Fiona in the Hollywood Hills…what a great find that was!

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I LOVE this next photo!

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Normally I don’t put that many photos of the couple, but I just couldn’t withhold these gorgeous images!

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They had such a great vibe at their wedding…loved the design and look of it!

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They had their monogram featured throughout their wedding and wanted to include it on the cake too.  For the cake they wanted a modern, clean black and white cake.  We added a little texture to it by adding white fondant bands all up the cake with a central black band in the middle.  They did lots of fun mini desserts too!

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Sweet & Saucy Shop on TLC’s Fabulous Cakes

Monday, August 9th, 2010

So hopefully by now all of you have had a chance to see our Fabulous Cakes episode on TLC!  It was such a great experience and I feel really blessed to have been asked to do it.  To tell you the truth it was a last minute whirlwind experience that I basically only had 2 days to plan for.  I had been in contacts with TLC for a while about me pitching a wedding for the show and each time it fell through and then 2 days before Kristin & Michael’s wedding they confirmed everything and I said yes!  We had cameras in our studio for 3 days straight and let me tell you that is quite an experience.  I had no clue what they would use and how they would edit me and my shop, but overall I was really happy with how it turned out!

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It was such a pleasure to work on Kristin & Michael’s wedding and I could not of asked for a better couple for this show.  I was actually already booked for their wedding when I was approached for the show and when they said they were up for it too I was so happy.  We basically made their cake bigger & better than we had planned it to be and even threw in a groom’s cake (which I will talk about later).

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Kristen from The Treasured Petal did an amazing job with the floral design…I was seriously blown away by it!

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This is the first time I had the pleasure of Michael Norwood shooting a wedding of mine and it was truly a pleasure; his photos are simply breathtaking.

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This wedding definitely wouldn’t have been the same without the incredibly talented and sweet Angel Swanson of Events of Love & Splendor who did the wedding planning & design!  She made my job so easy!

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Once I met with Kristin I was so inspired by her and her creativity.  She designed and made the invitations herself and I have to say they are some of the most gorgeous ones I have seen.  She pulled such inspiration from the location of Rancho Las Lomas and really wanted to pull in the spanish tiles that they had there, spanish style lace, and of course her grandmother’s vintage buttons (if you watched the show)!

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We made silicone molds of her grandmother’s buttons, handpainted the tile design on the cake, took the tile pattern and used it for a depression & impression on the cake, made a giant sugar flower anenome flower since that was her favorite and finally lined the cake with spanish lace.  This cake was certainly one of my most daring designs that pushed the envelope, but I was truly proud of it once it all came together.  I LOVED how Michael captured their reaction when they first saw their wedding cake!

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Of course we also had do to a full on dessert bar for them as well!  Angel did a fabulous backdrop for us that really made it all pop!  We made custom sugar cookies with Kristin’s printed designs, cake lollipops, mini cupcakes, mini key lime pies, and chocolate chunk cookies

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One interesting aspect of the wedding and show is that I was actually asked to make a second cake that would be featured as well, so Kristin wanted to surprise Mike with a groom’s cake.  Kristin and Mike love their dog Baxter like a child and he was even a part of their wedding party.  Kristin thought Mike would flip if I made a 3D dog for him and so that was my mission. There was actually quite a lot of drama that occurred with me making Baxter (which would’ve made for great TV), but I guess they ran out of time for the episode so that is why he didn’t make it on the show.  Nonetheless here is the cute little guy!

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Again I loved seeing their reaction!

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Thanks so much to my incredible team at the shop…we all know I could never do anything with you!  A special thanks to my mom who keeps me sane, encourages me daily, gives me the best advice a girl could ask for, and is the most amazing business partner ever!

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Travel Themed Wedding

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

There are certain weddings that you know are just going to be dreamy and this one was definitely one of them!  Once I heard that Stephanie Williams was photographing it I was super giddy as she always captures gorgeous images!  Maya & Joe wanted their wedding to really reflect them & their love of traveling.  I thought Shana Fu did an amazing job helping them pull this love of their’s throughout the wedding.  The images really capture how beautiful the day was and just how happy Maya & Joe were to become husband & wife!

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Maya just looked stunning!

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I partnered with Euri & Kendra from Fleuretica on the dessert bar!  They did the amazing job on the backdrop & provided the fun props too! I have to say that their florals for the day were beyond gorgeous too!

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For the cake we did brown lace with blue sugar pearls & a large white sugar flower!

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And of course we had to have lots of yummy mini desserts too!

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The dessert set up was so much to see come to life…definitely one of my favorites!  I love the details for this wedding…the pom-poms, the travel details, her gorgeous flower hair piece…it all was fabulous!

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Thanks so much for having me as part of your wonderful day!

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