Dark Chocolate Shooters Recipe

I love these fabulous desserts!  These Dark Chocolate Shooters from Erica Loeks Photography are so elegant and fun.  Everyone will go nuts when they see these Dark Chocolate Shooters. They’re great as passed treats as well if you’re lucky enough to have a server. 

Elizabeth Fillmore Spring 2013 Collection

Elizabeth Fillmore Spring 2013 Bridal Collection is elegant and idealistic for any outdoor or garden wedding.  The stunning collection includes intricate beading and glamourous fabrics. 

Chic Wedding Rehearsal Dress

Love this amazing dress! It’s perfect for a rehearsal dinner and for a second dress to change into on your special day. This gorgeous dress gives the perfect illusion of an hourglass silhouette.  So chic and so affordable from Celeb Boutique.  

Should I Include My Dog in My Wedding?

I have received so many questions from brides to be whether on not their pet should be included in their big day. I say go for it! This little one above, is my dog, Boomer, in his little tuxedo.  My family has had Boomer since he was 6 months old.  He is very much apart of my family and we always include him in special events. Keep in mind that many pets may get shy or may need some training, prior to walking down the aisle.  It’s a good idea to bribe them with some treats and off they will go. 

Things may not always go smoothly when incorporating a pet in your wedding.  Some may get nervous and use the bathroom and some may bark.  Always have a bag for them with wee wee pads, food, and anything else that may keep them in check.  Also touch base with your venue.  Some venues may not allow pets and some may have pet sitters.  Looking for a sitter? Check out the NAPPS website to find a professional pet sitter near you. You may not want to deal with finding a sitter or with the possibility of your dog using the bathroom down the aisle.  Ultimately, you have to be comfortable with your decision.

Something Blue?

Ever thought of your nails as something blue? It doesn’t have to be your garter, bouquet, or a clip in your hair.  How fun would it be to have blue nails on your wedding day! 

Dress: Oscar de la Renta

Charm City Cakes is located in Baltimore, MD with a newly opened location in Los Angeles, CA,Charm City Cakes West.

Charm City Cakes is located in Baltimore, MD with a newly opened location in Los Angeles, CA,Charm City Cakes West.

In 2012, the average cost of a U.S. wedding is between $26K-$27K (honeymoon not included). While this number varies by region, season, day of the week and style, it accurately portrays what most planning couples ultimately spend for their big day. This dollar amount is a logical indication and baseline for an average 2012 wedding budget.
Did you know nearly 50% of all couples will end up spending more on their wedding than they had originally budgeted for?  Think about that for a moment.  Roughly 2.6 million weddings are performed each year in the U.S. and almost half of them will fail to stick to their intended budget. Knowing what other couples are spending is helpful in creating a realistic wedding budget that can successfully be followed.

Weddings By the NumbersAccording to TheKnot.com, New York City (Manhattan) topped the rankings in 2010 as having the highest average wedding budget ($70,730) of any other U.S. city while Utah has the lowest average wedding budget ($13,214). For more basic but in-depth wedding information, check out the inforgraphic below from

Source: Wedding Stats
In 2012, the average cost of a U.S. wedding is between $26K-$27K (honeymoon not included). While this number varies by region, season, day of the week and style, it accurately portrays what most planning couples ultimately spend for their big day. This dollar amount is a logical indication and baseline for an average 2012 wedding budget.
Did you know nearly 50% of all couples will end up spending more on their wedding than they had originally budgeted for?  Think about that for a moment.  Roughly 2.6 million weddings are performed each year in the U.S. and almost half of them will fail to stick to their intended budget. Knowing what other couples are spending is helpful in creating a realistic wedding budget that can successfully be followed.
Weddings By the Numbers
According to TheKnot.com, New York City (Manhattan) topped the rankings in 2010 as having the highest average wedding budget ($70,730) of any other U.S. city while Utah has the lowest average wedding budget ($13,214). 
For more basic but in-depth wedding information, check out the inforgraphic below from
Great Find on Etsy!
Want to try this dress on in person? Available at Truly Bridal in Camdenton, Missouri. Make an appointment! www.trulybridal.com
These photos are my actual recreation inspired by the Monique Lhullier Sunday Rose dress.Lined in satin, bodice and ruffles are made entirely of taffeta. Can be made with a regular hidden zipper, covered buttons over a hidden zipper, or a corst back. The last photo shows the dress made in regular taffeta.Shown in silk taffeta. Can also be made in regular taffeta in white, ivory, light champagne, champagne, apricot champagne or blush pink (contact me for photos).Price listed includes the dress made without a train and in regular (not silk) taffeta. It can be made in regular (not silk) taffeta with a train for $929 + shipping.This dress can also be made entirely of silk taffeta (as shown in first four photos) with a train for $1569 + shipping . It can be made entirely of silk taffeta without a train for $1359 + shipping. Please note, the color of silk is closer to a champagne shade (as seen in photos).This designer specializes in custom design reproduction. I can recreate the dress shown in these photos, make changes to the design per your specific requests, or recreate a design for you from example photographs or sketches. 

Great Find on Etsy!

Want to try this dress on in person? Available at Truly Bridal in Camdenton, Missouri. Make an appointment! www.trulybridal.com


These photos are my actual recreation inspired by the Monique Lhullier Sunday Rose dress.

Lined in satin, bodice and ruffles are made entirely of taffeta. Can be made with a regular hidden zipper, covered buttons over a hidden zipper, or a corst back. 

The last photo shows the dress made in regular taffeta.

Shown in silk taffeta. Can also be made in regular taffeta in white, ivory, light champagne, champagne, apricot champagne or blush pink (contact me for photos).

Price listed includes the dress made without a train and in regular (not silk) taffeta. It can be made in regular (not silk) taffeta with a train for $929 + shipping.

This dress can also be made entirely of silk taffeta (as shown in first four photos) with a train for $1569 + shipping . It can be made entirely of silk taffeta without a train for $1359 + shipping. Please note, the color of silk is closer to a champagne shade (as seen in photos).

This designer specializes in custom design reproduction. I can recreate the dress shown in these photos, make changes to the design per your specific requests, or recreate a design for you from example photographs or sketches. 


Keepsake for your Bridesmaids

What a great idea it would be to give your bridesmaids a sketch of her dress like the picture above.  She can frame the sketch and every time she looks at it, she’ll remember being part of your special day.

Photography: Meg Baisden Photography 

Marie Antoniette Inspired Cake by: Olofson Design

Marie Antoniette Inspired Cake by: Olofson Design

Vera Wang 2013 Spring Bridal Collection

(Source: styledandwed, via csebastian)

Escort Cards are One of my Favs…

               

Escort Cards are one of my favorite things to see when I walk into a venue.  Reason: So many people are coming up with new and exciting ways to welcome their guests to their tables.  Have fun with flowers, ties, pictures, etc.  The escort cards are possibly the first thing that your guests see when they arrive.  How much fun you have with them sets the tone for the wedding and what they can expect. So don’t be afraid to have fun!

(Credits -  Brett Matthews, florals by Tantawan Bloom,   Preston Bailey | Danny Weiss Photography florals Tantawan Bloom | M Bénédicte Verley Photography florals Tantawan Bloom)