Tuesday, September 30, 2008

One of my favorite cakes

This is the cake from our wedding this past weekend. The tiers were stacked in the topsy-turvy style with individually wrapped cupcakes for guests to take home. Flavors included chocolate with chocolate mousse and chocolate ganache, vanilla with lemon curd, and strawberry. Pretty and yummy!

The groom's cake was banana! Mmmm!

Cakes by Mindy

We'll have more from this wedding in a few weeks! Look for more cakes in upcoming posts!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Chalkboard Tags

How cute are these?! They would be great as gift tags or napkin ring/place cards with a chalkboard seating chart. Find these at Posh Posada.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Rosana & Jason: A Virginia Tech Wedding

Rosana, Rosana, Rosana. We started working with the family over a year ago and we will miss them all! Rosana has been a ray of sunshine and a regular blog reader. I cannot sum up what she has meant to us, so I won't try - but she knows. She married Jason, the love of her life and we are thrilled for them.

The exuberant couple exchanged vows at Tabernacle United Methodist Church is Sandbridge. It is a little country church on the Virginia Beach Historic Register. The ceremony was both emotional and funny!

The bride made the programs and many other touches throughout the wedding.

In a nod to the groom, Virginia Tech influenced the colors of this autumn hued event from the attire, to the unity sand to the table settings. Groomsmen received Virginia Tech cuff links and there was a VT Luge engraved with the couple's names - the groomsmen took it to the after party!! They even watched the game as we waited for the processional (shhh)!

Flowers: Posh Petals & Gifts

The Lesner Inn was the reception site. Favors were Virginia peanuts and koozis (there is a story but I can't tell). Leaves featured in the couple's invitations and table number holders so we created this escort card tree with guest names in calligraphy on the leaves.

It was a non-stop party! Roger with Astro DJ was insanely good and no one wanted to leave - so they hopped the trolley and headed to the beach house for an after-party! It was an amazing day.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Memory Displays

Are you planning any kind of heritage or memory display for your wedding? One of our clients is planning to display photos and a family wedding gown at her cocktail reception.

My husband and I lit a candle for my parents and included family photos at our reception seven years ago. We also displayed a few mementos on a memory board.

Cameo , handkerchief, engagement ring and locket from my grandmothers. Photos of our parents.

My father-in-law's baby shoes

Last year we saw saw several brides include lockets and frames on their bouquets. We found this one at JeanM.

We have also seen brides embroider parent and grandparent anniversaries in the hem of their gown for their "something blue".

Leave us a comment about what you did or are doing for your wedding!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Kerry & Todd

Kerry and Todd's wedding and reception at Cavalier Golf & Yacht Club was fantastic! The bride and groom were awesome - laid back, fun, and ready to have a good time.

Guests enjoyed a leisurely cocktail hour on the back lawn overlooking Linkhorn Bay. We moved inside for the dinner and dancing after heartfelt toasts from the couple's family. A highlight of the evening was an Irish ditty from the grandfather of the bride - he brought the house down! A good time was had by all!

Flowers: Flowers at Hilltop

Isha Foss Events provided wedding day management as well as production of the favors, place card display, and guest welcome bags. It was a pleasure to be a part of their day.

Saturday, September 20, 2008


Check these out!

They're called Coaster Notz from modern-twist. You can doodle on these with a ballpoint pen and it wipes right off! These would be nice place cards for the rehearsal dinner!

They also have Vinotagz - a "modern twist" on wine glass markers! They come with a case that attaches to a wine bottle. These would make a great hostess gift!

I discovered this site thanks to Erin over at BrideDesign. She makes one-of-a-kind invitations and Invitastions (invitations you can eat)! Stop by her fabulous blog, Design is Everywhere.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Details: Personalized Party

Don't you love these stir sticks from For Your Party! Take your wedding personalization to the next level.
Also available in a rectangle shape. They offer lots of font, color, and customization options. Choose from standard template or create your own design!

Tips: Use these as cheese or hors d' oeuvres markers.
Stand these in grass or flowers and use as place cards
Stick these in cupcakes (shown on FYP site) with the words "Eat me!"

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Alex's Bar Mitzvah

Alex celebrated his Bar Mitzvah at the Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront! The family asked us to provide a design that fit the location. We initially proposed a boardwalk with street lamps, adirondack chairs, pilings, and a midway since they had arranged for over a dozen full-sized arcade games. The original design called for a personalized cabana at the entrance to the game area.

We finally landed on a look that was low-key and relaxed, yet festive - the feeling they really wanted. They also wanted to include their personal collection of shells. Here is what we came up with:

Alex didn't really want a theme but his 'logo' is a shark (I didn't have a logo at that age!). It was an element that we used throughout the event - on the cabana, t-shirts, and sport packs.

We found a 6ft fiberglass shark in New York (we'll go anywhere to find the right item) and had it driven down and hung over the DJ to give a focal point to the room.

We selected 'Oceana' linens in royal, teal, and turquoise for adult tables and 'Coral Reef Nights' for cocktail and kid's tables.

Centerpieces consisted of shells, Cymbidium orchids, and Bird of Paradise in vases of varying sizes and shapes. Each vase was accented with wire and starfish. A smaller version accented cocktail tables

We delivered the centerpieces to their home for Sunday's brunch. We were honored to be a part of this awesome event!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Table Number Stands

I love these pedestal frames from Iron Accents. They would make great table name/number stands or buffet signs for your brunch!

The black frames below are great for a cleaner, more modern look.

I also found this iron centerpiece. How sweet would this be for the bridal shower, brunch, or bridesmaid's luncheon?!

This is one of my favorite sites for iron decor! They have beautiful arbors, gazebos, torches, and architectural elements for a garden wedding. Enjoy!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Wedding Brunch - Pt. II

Here are some more yummy brunch recipes that are simple and elegant. Add brunch staples like pastries and baked good, juices, and of course coffee! All these items are self serve.

Fajita Frittata
from the American Egg Board

1/2 cup thinly sliced green pepper
1/2 cup thinly sliced onion
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 cup chopped tomato
4 eggs
1/4 cup water
1 medium tomato, sliced
2 tablespoons shredded low-moisture part skim mozzarella cheese
Flour tortillas, optional
Salsa, optional
Reduced-fat sour cream, optional

In 10-inch omelet pan or skillet with ovenproof handle+ over medium heat, heat butter until just hot enough to sizzle a drop of water. Add pepper, onion, chili powder and cumin. Cook, stirring occasionally, until pepper is soft and onion is translucent, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add chopped tomato. Continue cooking 1 additional minute. Remove from heat. Set aside.

In medium bowl, beat together eggs and water until blended. Pour over vegetables. Cook over medium heat until eggs are almost set, about 6 to 8 minutes. Top with tomato slices. Sprinkle with cheese. Broil about 6 inches from heat until cheese is melted and eggs are completely set, about 1 to 2 minutes. Cut into wedges. Serve with tortillas and top with salsa and/or sour cream, if desired.

Note: To make handle ovenproof, wrap completely with aluminum foil.

Shrimp and Grits from My Recipes

This shellfish specialty of the Carolina Low Country, sometimes called "breakfast shrimp," tastes great for lunch or dinner. Start with frozen bell pepper and onion, as well as prepeeled and deveined shrimp, to minimize prep time.


6 servings (serving size: 2/3 cup shrimp mixture, 2/3 cup grits, 2 tablespoons cheese, and 2 teaspoons green onions)


  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce (such as Tabasco)
  • 1 1/2 pounds peeled and deveined large shrimp
  • 2 bacon slices, chopped
  • 1 cup frozen chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup frozen chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons bottled minced garlic
  • 1 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions, divided
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked quick-cooking grits
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup (3 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese


Combine first 3 ingredients; set aside.

Cook bacon in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until crisp. Add onion, bell pepper, and garlic to drippings in pan; cook 5 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in shrimp mixture, broth, and 1/4 cup green onions; cook 5 minutes or until shrimp are done, stirring frequently.

Bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan; gradually add grits, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to low; simmer, covered, for 5 minutes or until thick, stirring occasionally. Stir in butter and salt. Serve shrimp mixture over grits; sprinkle with cheese and remaining green onions.

Check back tomorrow for charming tabletop pieces!