Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Shabby chic beach wedding dessert table

shabby chic beach wedding dessert tableIt's been a while since I've featured a dessert table and this one, submitted by Josephine of Sugar Canvas, was too lovely to pass up.

Sugar Canvas is dedicated to the design, planning and creation of dessert buffets in the Cayman Islands. 
shabby chic beach wedding dessert tableThis gorgeous dessert table was the centerpiece in the wedding that was held on a private beach on the 7 Mile Beach in Grand Cayman. The colors were mint, peach and ivory with a touch of gold.

It couldn't be more lovely. I am a major lover of anything shabby chic.
shabby chic beach wedding dessert tableThe bride and groom opted for the focus of the desserts to be fairly simple such as cookies, brownies, coconut cream and vanilla cupcakes as well as donut holes. shabby chic beach wedding dessert tableRibbon cakes are so gorgeous and I love the light peach color against the mint cake stand. shabby chic beach wedding dessert tableThis is a great idea for any brunch or dessert table. Simply buy store-bought donut holes, and add them to a skewer or lollipop stick. shabby chic beach wedding dessert table shabby chic beach wedding dessert table shabby chic beach wedding dessert table shabby chic beach wedding dessert tableI am a big fan of the burlap and lace details throughout this table. shabby chic beach wedding dessert table shabby chic beach wedding dessert table shabby chic beach wedding dessert tableMini pie pops with all different flavors. I'm hungry. Also, I adore that mini heart bunting. shabby chic beach wedding dessert tableThis table is stunning and I'm sure it was a special treat for all the guests. Thanks so much to Josephine of Sugar Canvas for sending it my way.

Vendor credits:

Hand Painted Mason Jars: The Shabby Chic Wedding
Printable Food Labels: Sunshine And Pop
Linens, Table Rental, Backdrop Set Up, Flowers: Celebrations Ltd Cayman
Sweets Styling, Monogram Sugar Cookies, Custom Cupcake Toppers, Pie pops and Doily Cake Bunting : Sugar Canvas Cayman
Two Birds Cake Topper: DoTheDeco
Catering: Kirk Market
Love Is Sweet Banner: Franny Chicago
Cupcake Wrappers: Brightsoslight
Photography: Kenroy Lumsden

Monday, June 27, 2011

Real wedding: Amy and Jay's Indian/American wedding, part one

As I mentioned in the sneak peek post last Friday, I am excited to feature my best friend Amy's wedding.  Her wedding took place last October in Washington DC.  It was a multicultural affair, a whirlwind of a weekend filled with tons of delicious Indian food, bright, gorgeous colors, cocktails and more cocktails and lots of dancing.  Oh, and an elephant ice luge.  But you'll have to come back tomorow to see that.

I am posting Amy and Jay's wedding in a two-parter, there is way too much to fit into just one post.  Today is the traditional American ceremony and luncheon and then the Sangeet. 

Did I mention I performed an Indian dance? Nothing like a few drinks to calm some nerves.

Photo credits to Love Life Images.

Amy and Jay's wedding began on a Friday at noon at beautiful All Souls Unitarian church.  She was stunning in her La Sposa wedding gown from Brides of France, contrasted with our black bridesmaid dresses and hot pink bouquets (Amy told us to wear any short, black cocktail dress we already owned, loved that).


Gorgeous Kristin walking down the aisle.


How happy does she look?!
The bridemaids consisted of five of her closest friends and her younger sister. That's me to the left of the bride.
The reception was a luncheon in the church, which was actually a bright, open ballroom.  Amy's vision for her luncheon was pink and green details with some touches from home (including the birch tree table numbers, made by her father) and homemade pies her grandmother and aunt baked.




Amy's wedding planner, Trish Cannor of Working Brides was awesome and the weekend couldn't have happened without her.  She went to the farmers' market the morning of the wedding and arranged all the centerpieces.

After the luncheon we headed back to the hotel for some down time, then the bridesmaid met to rehearse our dance that we performed later that night at the Sangeet.  The Sangeet was basically another reception, with about 150 people, Indian food and dancers.  Many of Jay's family members and friends performed a dance for Amy and Jay.  The event was so festive, fun, filled with happiness and excitement for the Hindu ceremony and reception following the next day.
The Sangeet had gorgeous fabrics and decor.
Professional Indian dancers performed throughout the evening.  The bridesmaids and I made sure to perform before the professionals!
We pulled this dance off and Amy loved it.  Melanie (left) learned the dance off of YouTube and taught it to the rest of us the weeks preceeding the wedding.








I'm in the pink on the right...like I said, I had a few cocktails prior to this dance! All those gorgeous Indian outfits that we were wearing are Amy's. Melanie (in green) was a dance major in college so she was the most graceful of all of us, though I thought everyone did an awesome job.

All the dancing took place before dinner was served!  We didn't eat until 11ish and I think most people had plenty to drink prior to that!  It was an incredible day!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Real wedding sneak peek: a multicultural fete

{Photo credits: Love Life Images}

I am so excited to post (in a two-parter!) my best friend Amy's wedding, this is a sneak peek with the real deal on Monday and Tuesday.

Do you remember when I headed out east for Amy and Jay's Indian/American wedding last fall? It was a weekend filled with endless celebration...in fact there were four separate occassions within one wedding; a rehearsal dinner, a traditional American wedding, a Sangeet and a Hindu wedding. During the Sangeet the bridesmaids and I performed an Indian dance. I'll have a video of that to share with you as well. Amy says that was one of her favorite parts about her wedding.

With that many celebrations tied into one weekend there were many outfits, all beautiful! Don't miss it.

Have a great weekend.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Real wedding: Kristin and Tim, September 2010

Last fall my two best friends and my sister got married. I was the matron of honor in Kristin's wedding and a bridesmaid in the other two. It was an amazing, but whirlwind of a fall, to say the least.

Kristin and Tim's wedding took place on September 11, 2010. They couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day with a sunny, cloudless sky, 70 degrees...just gorgeous. The entire day was filled with a sense of calm...the morning was not rushed, as they often are. We drank mimosas, relaxed and hung out with the bridal party.

The ceremony was perfectly timed and lovely. The reception was a blast. Of course, because I was the MOH I gave a speech and was somewhat of a nervous wreck (even a few glasses of wine didn't calm my nerves). Luckily, it went well.  After the best man and I were finished with our speeches we ran to the bar and took a shot of tequila. That's when the party got started (for me at least).

Kristin's vision for her wedding day was a blend of traditional and modern with a red and Tiffany blue color scheme.  Click here to view Kristin's inspiration board.

Photo credits to Gruman Photography.
Kristin wore a beautiful lace dress with cap sleeves and a low back. 
Kristin rocked cute, red shoes.  This clutch has now been used in three weddings, my sister, Kristin's and mine.  Kristin found this clutch at Target a few years ago for only $10.

Kristin had a pretty ivory sash tied around her lace dress. 




We made simple ceremony decor using baby's breath, ribbon and mason jars.






I love the texture and colors in Kristin's bouquet.






We stopped and took photos at Minnehaha Falls in Minneapolis.  Kristin and Tim snuck some photos on an ice cream truck. This has really got me dreaming of summer.












Be sure to check out this wedding highlight video.  I think it perfectly captures Kristin and Tim's day and you really get a sense of how fun and goofy of a couple they are.  Check out the dance moves toward the end.

Kristin + Tim from Life's Highlights on Vimeo.

Kristin married a great guy and was a gorgeous, happy bride. She had exactly the kind of day you wish your best friend will have on her wedding and I was honored to be a part of it.

Vendor credits:

Photography: Gruman Photography
Florist: A Day in Provence
Cake: Buttercream
Bridal gown and bridesmaid dresses: The Wedding Shoppe
Reception venue: Minnesota History Center
Videography: Life's Highlights