A Peek at How I Spent June 16, 2007…
Cakes, Cookies, Weddings

I’m in a reminiscent mood today and while looking through our wedding pictures (and realizing that 3 years later we still haven’t ordered our album…I know, that’s really bad!), I thought that it would be fun to share an overview of our wonderful day and some of the vendors who helped to make it so special!  Below is a quick look at the event.  It was really hard to choose so few pictures to share because there were so many amazing ones but hopefully these give an idea of the feeling of the event!

Our wedding weekend was held in The Berkshire’s at Cranwell Resort, which was beautiful in June!  I had always wanted to get married in a “castle” or at an old estate and I loved that Cranwell was close to where most of our family would be coming from, but far enough away that our immediate family could make a short getaway out of the wedding.  I can’t thank Samantha, the wedding coordinator at Cranwell, enough for making our weekend run so smoothly!  All of the pictures below were taken by Lisa Berry who was our photographer who we both absolutely loved working with!  She did an amazing job not only capturing the day but also making us feel completely comfortable as we’re both very camera shy.

My sister and I watching from the bridal suite as the ceremony was set up and guests began arriving…

The flowers were the one item that I really didn’t know too much about when I first started the planning process.  I had no idea at all what to ask for when I met with florists, but when I met with Mary Anne Gillooy, all that I had to tell her was when we were getting married and that we were working with shades of purple and she was just brimming with amazing ideas!  It was such a relief because I really had no clue what kinds of flowers I could even have and would have never thought about using lilacs, although they are one of my favorite flowers!

I had to wear ballet flats because my gown would have had to have length added during alterations if I had wanted to wear heels…Justin was glad because heels would have made me a bit taller than him!

The beautiful flowers on the arch, and view of the mountains, for our ceremony…

My Dad and I walking down the aisle…

Justin looking a tiny bit nervous and Eileen Drumm (on the left), our wonderful Justice of the Peace…

At the very end of our ceremony a dark cloud rolled in and it started to pour!  You can see everyone in the background scattering and running for cover, although it looks like Justin and I are completely oblivious to it in this picture :)

Greeting guests on the (luckily) covered patio during the 20 minute downpour…

The result of all of that rain!

When Justin was really little he was in his Aunt’s wedding and ruined all of her wedding portraits by making bunny ears in every single one…a detail not noticed until they were developed!  Justin’s Dad stood in for his brother as Best Man because both his older and younger brother were deployed and couldn’t get leave at the time.  My brothers Andrew and Brett are on the left and were his groomsmen.

Some details and closeups…

We did a good number of DIY projects for our wedding, mostly because I love doing craft projects.  They included our save the dates, invitations, programs, seating cards, menu cards, card box, out-of-town guest baskets, guest book, and of course favors.  Ordering custom rubber stamps and embossing the resulting mongrams was a nice and inexpensive way to make our paper products look more professional.

I love the color combination of the purples, greens, and bright pinks in the bridesmaid boquests!

Tiny purple Swarovski crystals added a sparkly element to our seating cards…

Making the 100 cookie favors the week of our wedding was actually a pretty stressful project…I’m so glad that Justin was able to help because I don’t think I could have done it myself!

Our delicious cake was made by Something Sweet by Michelle and  I loved the detail of the sugar vase filled with gum paste flowers!  We had three different flavors, lemon with lemon curd and blueberries, white chocolate with white chocolate mousse and strawberries, and chocolate with chocolate ganache…all of which were completely heavenly!

Lots of flowers and even more candles in our reception…I adore the romantic feeling of candlelight!

We alternated large arrangements and small arrangements to fit the tall ceilings in the ball room…

The pillars in the ballroom gave more opportunities to add candlelight…

I love this picture of Justin dancing with his Mom!

Taking advantage of Cranwell for a few pictures before the sun goes down…

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Checkerboard Collaboration: Inspiration Boards
Cookies, Design Inspiration, Weddings

A few months ago I was asked by Michelle May, one of the lead designers at Checkerboard, if I would like to collaborate on an exciting project that she was working on for Checkerboard’s new Unveiled collection.  Of course I said yes!  Below is one of the beautiful collages that is part of this project which showcases their new line of stationary and I have to say from what I’ve seen the invitations are completely beautiful and very detailed!  It’s probably best if I let Michelle tell a bit about the new collection…

“About the collection: Unveiled is a new Checkerboard wedding invitation album releasing this week at the New York Stationery Show. The immediate look of the book is so different, as it uses inspiration boards and beautiful imagery to set the tone for each ensemble. With images courtesy of Michele M. Waite Photography, Dom Miguel Photography, Cookie Creatives, Something Sweet by Michelle, and Sprout, beautiful collage boards make each suite come to life and create visual excitement, as each step of your wedding planning should be! The colorful collages of cool locations, wedding cakes, decorative cookies, and photojournalistic images were designed and inspired to capture the excitement and inspiration for each design by the artist.  Each invitation suite may tell a story of your wedding; the planning, the gatherings, the parties, up to and through the main event of the wedding ceremony and reception. The common invitation text is taken to a new level with your excitement and personal connection to your guests in mind.”

And here’s a bit from the press release for the NY Stationary Show: 

“Unveiled elevates the act of inviting through imagery and personal expression, making it a conversation between the couple and their guests. No longer are invitees mere spectators but rather they are now a part of the event just as they have been a part of the couple’s life. From stationery that tells the personal story of a couples first date, to coordinating note cards that add a distinctive and individual touch to an invitation, Unveiled welcomes your guests into the event as active participants..they may just become as excited as the bride and groom.

 Unveiled features mindful juxtapositions of colors, from subtle tone on tone to bold pops of color such as vibrant corals partnered with aqua and bright watermelon on white. Fashion forward as always, we’ve expanded our extensive collection of envelope liners to include lively patterns such as whimsical balloons and antique maps along with luxurious imported Italian designs.

 Unveiled has thought through all the little details that make a couple’s planning easier and their event more personal and unforgettable. Checkerboard invitations are sold internationally. Although this new line is not yet available to view online, you can visit your local stationer to see it in person.”

I thought that I’d start by sharing one of the beautiful boards that Michelle created.  There are lots more but I figured that it would be best to enjoy them one at a time and also to spread the inspiration out over time…

{c} Checkerboard  {Images: Bride & Tent: Michele M. Waite Photography:  Rings: Dom Miguel Photography:  Corset Cookies: Cookie Creatives}

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Celtics Cake

I was just watching the end of the Celtics playoff game and I was reminded of this cake that I helped make while working for Something Sweet by Michelle a few years ago.  It was a groom’s cake that a bride ordered to serve as a surprise at their rehearsal dinner.  I actually like the idea of having the groom’s cake be the dessert at the rehearsal dinner and then having a traditional cake at the wedding reception.  This way both cakes can be fully enjoyed and really who can complain about having cake two days in a row?  To give an idea of the size of this cake I think that it was a 16 inch round.  The logo is one very large piece made entirely of royal icing and is almost as big as the cake.  To make a royal icing piece you pipe the design onto a wax paper covered cake board then flow it in with thinned icing.  It needs to sit and completely dry which takes a few days.  When you’re ready to use it you just carefully peel the wax paper off and place on the cake.  It’s really pretty simple and I’m always excited to make these because I love working with royal icing and it’s fun to watch the design come together as you fill in the colors.       


Pretty Pink Baby Shower Cake

I’ve gotten so behind with my blog lately for a number of reasons but I’m happy to say that I will hopefully be getting back on track next week.  I have lots of pictures to share from the past few months and have been very busy working on some exciting projects which I unfortunately can’t share just yet.  Bridal Shower/Wedding Season is starting in full force in April and that means lots of cookie pictures that I will be able to share!  In the meantime, check out this beautiful pink baby shower cake that Michelle of Something Sweet by Michelle recently made for an expecting mother…

I love the colors and the details on the mother figurine which is made out of gum paste.  So cute!


Mentions, Miscellaneous

We’ve been mentioned a few times recently around the web and I thought that I’d share some of the links.  I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I get when I find out that someone has decided to write about us or mention us on their website or blog!  It’s so rewarding see my work being shared with different audiences who may not have come across my site on their own.  I want to say a huge “THANK YOU!!” to everyone who mentioned us recently…it definitely made my week!!

Two Friday’s ago we had the honor of being the “Fabulous Friday Find” on the So Chic Events Blog!  Shelby is the amazing Planner/Designer behind So Chic Events, a Massachusetts based Event Planning company and writes a great blog with ideas and tips to help you through the planning process.  You can also check out some of her work on the my Kate Parker Wedding site since she is a fellow member!

Recently, I found out that some of my cookies along with a few of Michelle Bohigian’s cakes (Something Sweet by Michelle) had been featured on the eInvites Blog, eInvite’s Insights.  I met Michelle May, one of the talented designers behind eInvite, at a wedding tasting party we did at Tuckerman Hall in Worcester, MA.  I was thrilled when she contacted me to ask if she could use some pictures for a very cool project that she was designing…I can’t wait to hopefully share some pictures of what she has done!  You can also check out her design blog at Festival Creative.

As I’ve mentioned before, we are a member of the new and very neat wedding website, my Kate Parker Wedding.  Earlier this week Kate posted a Vendor Tour video of our company on YouTube.  Very Cool!  Be sure to check it out along with the my Kate Parker Wedding YouTube Channel, where there are some other great vendor tours and some tips from Kate herself.

A few weeks ago on Style Me Pretty, the winners for the Deserving Couple Contest put on by the wonderful Jessica of Jessica’s Country Flowers, were announced.  Jessica is SO amazing to do this for these couples and I am thrilled to be a part of both 2011 weddings and one of the 2010 weddings.   I can’t wait to work with the fabulous group of vendors that she has put together as well as the wonderful couples involved!

It was very neat to find out that one of my cookie images had not only made it into an inspiration board put together by Kate Parker of my Kate Parker Wedding, but also that the board was featured on The Wedding Chicks!!  The board was titled Black and White with Hues of Blue: Vintage Inspiration.  Check it out for some pretty vintage inspiration and to see which cookies were part of it! 

I was excited when I received an email last Monday morning from Stephanie of Starry Night Design Studio, letting me know that she had mentioned my cookies on her blog!  Stephanie does the most amazing hand painted aisle runners and also does coordinating accessories to match. Check out some of her work and also her blog which has lots of great ideas and inspiration! 

Thanks again to everyone for the mentions and I hope that I get to return the favor soon!!

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