Real Weddings: Erin & Eric

Every girl dreams of having a wonderful wedding day. Some dream of large castles…some of tropical destinations…and other girls dream of having an intimate home affair. This was exactly the type of wedding I recently was a guest at. My dear friend Erin dreamed of having a beautiful wedding at their home. The weather was perfect…the location couldn’t be more welcoming..and the mood was perfect to feature it on my blog!

The ceremony was held in the front yard, where the entryway was adorned with fresh green garland around the iron posts. While the door had a lovely green, ivory & purple hydrangea wreath. It served as the perfect alter. The attire was classic and elegant. The groom wore a black suit with a lavender tie and purple sweet pea boutonniere, while the bridesmaids wore black silk dresses with purple, green & ivory bouquets. One of the most important aspects of this wedding, was the wonderful participation by Erin & Eric’s daughter. She wore a pretty lavender dress.

As the guests anticipated the bride walking out of the limo, Eric walked over to the car with their lovely daughter Allison and helped Erin out of the car. The three of them walked proudly down the isle.

The bride walked down the isle in an elegant Ramona Keveza ball gown style dress in ivory. She too held a hydrangea, sweet pea & rose bouquet.

After the ceremony, we all went to the backyard where a white tent was set up with hydrangea centerpieces. There was lots of dancing, a wonderful bonfire by the bar and a comfortable feel to the whole event. The bride and groom along with their daughter cut the white with Bailey’s cream cake. They looked like such a wonderful family as they fed each other.

There are tons of wedding you attend, and witness…but this event was by far one of my favorites. I think the best aspect of this wedding was the fact that the couple chose a location significant to them and I think it shows couples that you can absolutely have a wonderful event in your backyard with a little vision and organization.

It was a pleasure to be at this wedding.

Vendors: Photography – Photo & Video Digital Weddings: Robert {Poughkeepsie}

Catering: Lola’s Catering Cafe

Dress: Ramona Keveza

Florist: Murphy’s Florist

Band: Four Guys in Disguise

Cake: Pasty Garden

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Sweet.Tooth.Fix

Step away from the norm…let your guests indulge in a wonderful dessert table. They can take some home or enjoy it during the event. The dessert table trend is becoming more and more popular. And Amy Atlas Events specializes in dessert/candy tables.

Check out this stunning Mod Dessert table filled with chocolates, cake, licorice and cupcakes! Not only does it give guests something to indulge in, but it makes for a wonderful showcase piece for the event. Whether it’s a wedding, shower or birthday party…dessert/candy tables are an eye catcher!

{image & vendor: amy atlas events}

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Vendor.Interview.DK Designs

From time to time I enjoy getting in touch with some of my favorite vendors and getting some inside information on their creations, talent & inspirations. For my first interview I got in touch with Diane of DK Designs. Here is the interview with Diane…

What’s your inspiration for creating flowers?
DK Designs – I love looking at bridal magazines for the latest flower and color trends and they serve as my inspiration.  I also have a few favorite floral designers (Yvonne Floral, The Flower Girls, etc).  It’s always helpful if a bride who wants to order a bouquet have some pictures and an idea of what they would like.  When brides who don’t have an idea of what they want, but have a color in mind, it gives me an opportunity to be creative and design something I think they will like.  I love flowers and enjoy analyzing them.  My goal is to spend more time when things aren’t so crazy to develop new flowers out of clay that I don’t already know and continue perfecting the ones I do know.
How do you create the flowers?
DK Designs – The clay basically comes in packages of white, yellow, red, blue and black.  With the primary colors and white you can create any color of the rainbow.  The clay is the consistency some say of marshmallow or soft taffy.  I mold the clay into balls or teardrops and use my fingers or different detail sticks and sometimes texture molds to create the petal shape of my choice. CLAYCRAFT by DECO Soft Clay is an air-dry, polymer clay that enables me to create thin, lifelike flowers one petal at at time.  The clay dries within 24-48 hours to a firm consistency while maintaining it’s lifelike quality.  It’s quite durable.  I do paint some of the flowers to accent or highlight the colors I want to bring out in the arrangement.
One of your biggest challenges?
DK Designs – creating a flower that I don’t already know how to make.  I wish I had more time to do this so I could offer my clients a lot more selection of flowers to choose from.  To date, I’ve been fortunate that the majority of my brides have been happy with the flowers I do offer.
Your Top 3 Favorite Pictures:
Tell us about yourself and how you got started making clay flowers for weddings?
I’m a native of California and worked in the high-tech marketing field of over 10 years.  I had to make a choice when I was pregnant with my son whether to go back to CA (as we lived in Hawaii at the time) and work or quit and pursue my dream job of making clay flowers and doing wedding invitations full time.  I obviously decided on the 2nd option and it’s been the best decision I have ever made.  I absolutely LOVE what I do and I enjoy creating stylish and totally unique floral arrangements for my brides.  I found the clay flowers in 2001 and there was a school, DECO Clay Craft Academy in Hawaii where I could take classes.  I took classes for a year and a half and became a certified instructor so that I could teach others how to make the flowers.  I could see the business potential from the beginning not only the teaching aspect but the finished product aspect.  In 2005, I really pursued the finished product side of the business and it began to evolve from there.  I like to say I’m a corporation of “1” because I do it all, everything you see, from my website, my designs, my PR, accounting and everything else, is all done by me…..   Some may think that my prices might be a little high, but I believe they are in line with what a florist would charge.  Brides need to understand 2 things: 1. I handcraft the flowers one petal at a time and 2. The flowers will last for many, many years to come with just a little care (light dusting and keeping them away from direct sunlight exposure and water).  Money well spent if you ask me.
I currently reside in San Jose, CA where I work out of my home studio creating wonderful designs for my bridal customers.
Here are some key highlights in 2008:
April 2008 – Featured on the Martha Stewart Show where I got to teach Martha how to make clay hydrangea flowers
May 2008 – Miss Pineapple of www.weddingbee.com hired me to do her wedding and got exposure with brides nationally and internationally.
July 2008 – TheKnot.com – Real Weddings – Mae & Jeremy and MyKnot.com Real Weddings – Alicia & Crash – my creations from those weddings were featured
August 2008 – My arrangement which is sold through www.estiloweddings.com was featured in the Fall 2008 issue of In Style Weddings Magazine
How can someone purchase clay flowers?
DK Designs – most of my items are custom order and the bride can contact me via email at dk@dkdesignshawaii.com.  I have ballpark pricing, but every bouquet and order is different based on the size, style and type of flowers the client chooses.  I can guarantee that every bouquet will be an original design and no one will have the same bouquet as you!
My website is www.dkdesignshawaii.com.  I also sell finished products on my Etsy site at: www.dkdesignshawaii.etsy.com.  For my latest creations that don’t exist on my site I update my blog at www.dkdesignshawaii.blogspot.com.

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Ellen & Portia – Real Weddings (Updated)

Here is an initial glimpse into Ellen & Portia’s wedding details. We will update the post with more images as they come out to the public.

Ellen just released a video of their wedding day…check it out!

I know this couple has been waiting for this day for a long time. Candles & flowers were done by Mark’s Garden and both brides wore Zac Posen while they sat on floor pillows with Wayne Dyer as he officiated the ceremony.

Their rings were by designer Neil Lane. The couple & guests sat down for an all-vegan menu which was prepared by David Silberkleit. Their vegan velvet cake created by Sweet Lady Jane.

{photo credit: people magazine.com}

Ellen’s Letter to her fans

{from ellen degeneres website}

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Be.Featured!

Thank.You.DK Designs

I would like to thank Diane of DK Designs for giving us a kudos on their site! I look forward to featuring their article on our site soon!

Lifetime.Flowers

If it’s good enough for Martha Stewart…then it’s good enough for me. Diane of DK Designs shows us that natural flowers don’t have to be the only way to go…while still maintaining stunning beauty. She creates all her pieces by hand…petal by petal from a material called Deco Clay. Her work is absolutely brilliant…and I would want everyone to check out her creations…But see for yourself…

{images: dk designs}

The amazing thing is that after the event…you can display them anywhere you want and always be reminded of your special day! (just keep them out of direct sunlight or around moisture)

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Inspiring.Placecards

Placecards…or escort cards? The difference? Place cards are placed at each seat to show exactly where someone would be sitting at a table…an escort card is usually placed at the entryway of the reception room on a larger table with the names of the guest and the table number or name.

Whether it’s at each individual place setting or on a table outside the reception…placecards can set the mood of the theme or style you are going with. Want to have a beach theme wedding? Try a lounge chair placecard holder that reflects your laid back personal style…

Have a look at these wonderful theme placecards that can work with any event…

{images & vendor information: instyle weddings}

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I’m.Back

Hi everyone, I just wanted to write a quick hello and say that I’m back from my vacation and will start posting new things shortly. I haven’t forgotten about my readers and apologize for the delay in getting things out there. So stay tuned…

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