Tuesday, May 25, 2010

We've MOVED....

No not our physical location... our imaginary web location!

Our blog has been imported to our website and you can still, and you SHOULD, follow us here:


But, we're still in training mode... so bear with us while we get the hang of it.

Sarabeth | Amanda | Fallon

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Short Hiatus...

Hello Followers and Fans...

We have a busy weekend this weekend with a "Alice in Wonderland" Thirty-ith birthday party on Saturday... featuring some fun and unique candies. As well as a fantastic Grand Opening on Sunday with our custom tailor-made dessert bar!

So, on top of all the planning we have, we are also updating the site (blog AND website) with some awesome new features. We can't wait to share them with you...

In the meantime, start daydreaming about what we can help YOU plan next...

Sarabeth | Amanda | Fallon

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

To Top or Not to Top that is the Question?

Recently we were talking about wedding cake toppers. Where did they originate from? What is the meaning? Why do we do it and necessarily needed on top of a wedding cake? Sure of course most average people might not ask these question out loud and have long drawn out conversations about the subject. But we do!

One of the first things a bride always wants to see first is her cake. She walks straight up to it and admires it's beauty. As we all know Wedding cakes are elaborate constructions, each is unique and individual to the bride and grooms personality. Us here in the south also have grooms cakes but that is an entirely different subject. Adorning the top of the cake is the topper, which is the cherry on top!

Here is a brief history on the wedding cake and topper: A classic form was commercially established in Britain and the United States in the early years of the twentieth century. An exceptionally large, rich fruit cake, as much as twelve inches in diameter and twenty pounds in weight, was used as a base for pillars supporting a similar but smaller cake. A third, still smaller cake layer was mounted on another set of pillars above that. The three tiers were each covered with hard white "royal" icing, which also was used for a characteristically formal decoration of piped icing. The whole was crowned with flowers, natural or in a variety of artificial materials, or a limited range of other appropriate ornamentation that might also adorn the sides.

So we find ourselves in the year 2010, lets take a brief look at the wedding cake topper and how it has evolved. From your traditional bride and groom combo, to your modern bride dragging her groom to the alter. Wedding cake toppers are just another place for the bride and groom to show their personality and charm as a couple.

Here is your classic Bride and Groom wedding cake topper.

Here is a bride that wanted a classic with a twist, were guessing this wasn't a traditional wedding.

Blast from the past!

This looks like something I remember seeing in the grocery store when I was a little girl.
Sugar flowers are truly an art form!

OK so to answer the question we would say NO, you don't necessarily need a wedding cake topper. Honestly there are so many options out there including personalized wedding cake toppers. There are a number of companies where you can send it a picture of yourself and your groom and they can make you two fishing if that's what you fancy. Here are a few options to consider, you can glitz up your cake with a custom monogram, if you have a love bird themed wedding adorn your cake with love birds. Or get corky with a funny bride and groom or ride off into the sunset with a customized clay model of the two of you.

Finally, there is nothing we love more than just fresh flowers on top of a wedding cake. There is just something about the elegance of them to frame out a cake and to tie in all the other floral elements of the reception. But the bottom line is be true to yourself, and whatever appeals to you and the theme of your wedding. This is truly a magical day and celebrate that with who you are as a couple.

Amanda | Sarabeth | Fallon

Sunday, May 2, 2010

It's All In The Details (A Wedding At White Rock Lake)...

We had the opportunity to work with an amazing bride & groom a few weeks ago! We are truly in awe of their vision and dream -- that turned reality -- and were thrilled to be a small part of it.

Blake & Becca were married at the beautiful Filter Building on White Rock Lake. It is a perfect location for your 'i-do's'; rich with Dallas-Style history to boot.

Luckily, the inside of the Filter Building is as beautiful as the outside. Plan A was to have the wedding outside on the lawn, overlooking the beautiful lake. Plan B was to have the wedding on the patio over looking the beautiful lawn (mentioned in Plan A) and the beautiful lake. Plan C was to arrange everything inside the building, while looking out of the windows to the patio, lawn and beautiful lake. Rain was in the forecast; although we hadn't seen any. The call was made to move everything inside... and the bride and groom couldn't have been any happier with the decision. Who wouldn't be with great options all around?!

But what was really refreshing about our wonderful couple were all of the details they put in to the wedding. We honestly can't take any credit for the design aspect of the below photos. They had a dream and we were there to set it up and turn that dream in to reality!

Speaking of photos... Bella Pop did an amazing job of not only capturing these one-of-a-kind details but also in showing the love that Becca & Blake share. We are so inspired...

The theme for this wedding was "English Garden". The bride's family is from England and the groom proposed in a... you guessed it... English garden! {Awwww}... The underlying theme was their love for anything books; which in-turn showcased their passion for vintage.

So, take a journey with us as we TRY to show you all of the special touches of this wonderful day...
Small chalkboards lead the guests to the front door.

The Bride's vintage-blue shoes + suitcase and her beautiful "English-Garden" inspired bouquet.

Introducing: Becca, our beautiful blushing bride!

Shoes Galore! See Amanda's post below on latest trend!

Bride & Groom "First Look".
Introducing: Blake, our super-romantic groom.

Roof-top photos... see above mentioned amazing lake!?

I LOVE this photo.. they had a great bridal party -- including a "Man of Honor" and a "Groomswoman"

Adorable details.
Top Left: Hand-Painted Welcome Signs on the Roads.
Top Right: Ringbearer "Books" that the rings were hand-tied to.
Bottom Left: Programs.
Bottom Right: Boxwood Wreaths that flanked the aisle.

See, Plan C was still strikingly beautiful!
The Filter Building has great structure including windows that can open (which we did to let some fresh air in and make it seem more like an outdoor wedding) and some awesome rafters.

Walking down the aisle... she is priceless!
Her father had an accent we could listen to all day.

Memorial lanterns -- These were for their grandparents. The groom also carried one down the aisle, as he walked his mother down, in honor of his late father.

The Kiss.

Adorable Details:
Top Left: The guests found their escort cards by finding their name which was written on a Field-Note book. Their name was on the line that read "This Book Belongs To:" and their table name was found under the line "Pertinent Coordinates".
Bottom Left: Guest Book - at each place setting the guests found a library card in which they could write best wishes to the bride and groom. They then inserted these cards in a book with the pockets already attached.
Right: The table names were actual books the guests located on their respective table.

Simple and stunning.
This just goes to show you that you really don't need a lot when the location is this beautiful.

Adorable Detail: Hand-made book flowers by the bride. What a labor of love?! This detail was included in the bouquets, the boutonnieres and centerpieces.

Adorable Details: The centerpieces.
Mason jars as vases, books as table names, English garden flowers.

Adorable Details: Heirloom cross
and a hand-sewn register that told the story of Blake & Becca.

Marriage License SIGNED!

Adorable Detail:
Hand-carved Cake Topper from a Groomsman!
This cake topper was so precious to the bride and groom. It was designed just for them and included unique features about the couple.
Oh... plus we LOVE cupcakes!

First Dance.

Departure: Even the mini-cooper reaffirmed the English theme!

Not shown: Hand-forged napkin-rings from the brides fathers company in England.
Scottish-Eggs for the Cocktail Hour.
And many, many more details this thoughtful bride and groom included.

Thank you Becca & Blake for trusting us on one of the most important days of your lives! We will forever remember your unique wedding and how in love you guys were on your special day.

Sarabeth | Amanda | Fallon

Friday, April 23, 2010


Just wanted to share some fan-tab-u-lous photos of the fun Amanda and I had yesterday at CANDYLAND... we have a lot of our Sweet Soiree dessert bars coming up, so we can't wait to share these with you soon... stay posted.

Small sample of the candy for an Open House coming up on Sunday, May 16th!

Walls and walls and wall of candy....


We were so excited about attending our monthly AACWP (American Association of Certified Wedding Planners) meeting this month because (a) it was at the beautiful Ritz Carlton and (b) it was a round-table discussion about Destination Weddings!
The Ritz-Carlton was, as expected, beautiful and sophisticated. We had an amazing meal that started with an Amouse Bouche of spring english pea and butter lettuce shooter with crispy speck that elegantly moved to a salad of grilled asparagus with baby greens, minus 8 vinaigrette hazelnut goat cheese souffle. The entree was delicious and featured a pan seared sablefish, miso cauliflower potato pillow, sauteed wild ramps, sauteed haricot vert with a golden raisin brown butter emulsion. The dessert was my favorite part, since I have such a huge sweet tooth, which featured Gaviota strawberry panna cotta, sous vide poached rhubarb and vanilla shortbread.

Then the round-table discussion started! Each table discussed unique challenges that coordinators face when encountering destinations weddings such as how to charge for your services, sourcing from vendors, legal matters, local customs and logistics.
As we were eating our delicious meal and discussing such a fun topic, we looked around and are always amazed by the wonderful group we are so honored to be a part of. There are many, many wonderful certified coordinators in Dallas; many that we look up to and are humbled when we are in the same room with everyone all together.

We can't wait until the next meeting which will be at Union Station and is the yearly FASHION show!

Sarabeth | Amanda | Fallon

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Love is in the air!

We are so excited about our cute couple Courtney and Chris being featured in D Weddings bridal buzz. If you are unfamiliar with Bridal Buzz it is a daily advice for the Dallas bride. They give great tips on everything from fashion advice to where to get a great wedding tan. Check it out @ http://bridalbuzz.dmagazine.com.

Amanda I Sarabeth I Fallon

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

There is a fine line between "Different" and "Trendy"

We have never met and bride that has said that she wanted an ordinary wedding. Everyone wants to put their own personal spin on their special day. From ceremony to reception there are many opportunities to make the your wedding day your own. However, with that being said we understand you want to make your wedding day unique and special to you and your groom, but there are certain trends you should keep in mind. There are some trends that you might want to consider when choosing the details of your day. Staying current on fashion, colors, and even hair styles will help you in the right direction and will ignite your creative thinking.

Our most favorite new trend is brides wearing a colored funky heel. What gal doesn't love a great pair of shoes? From flowers to jewels the sky is the limit on shoe possibilities. It really brings out your personality and helps you coordinate with your wedding color pallet. Why not even let your bridesmaids in on the fun? Let them be creative with their shoes or even let them match your heel.

2010 Wedding Color Trends

It's important to stay in tune with 2010 color trends. The table below includes popular wedding color choices for the current and upcoming seasons:

Fall/Winter: deep red teal violet mocha sage

Spring/Summer: turquoise platinum coral pale yellow fuchsia

Another great trend that we have found that the "generation y" has been particularly interested in is "going green". This generation knows the importance of this in their everyday lives from the cars they purchase to being more conscious in the grocery store with the food they buy. Why not use those values and interests on your wedding day. Some couples choose organic fabrics, flowers, food and invitations, etc. Making green and sustainable choices helps our environmental crisis tremendously, why not use that thinking for one of the most important days of your life. Choosing environmentally responsible resources helps reduce the amount of carbon emissions, promotes sustainable practices, and supports local businesses. This trend in particular is one that we hope this is here to stay!

We encourage our brides to make the day their own, but remember no two weddings will ever be the same, because you are you. Therefore automatically your day is going to be "different". Keeping up with trends can give you a push in the right direction to making every last detail extraordinary and exclusive.