Have Your Cake & Eat It Too!

Friday, July 31, 2009
One of my favorite parts of any wedding is getting to taste the delicious cake! I'm always sad when my piece is gone. :) Of course we got excited when we came across these edible favors from The Crumb Runner Cookie Co. Edible Favors are always our favorite! If you can believe it, these are actual stacks of cookies, iced and decorated to look just as elegant and fun as the wedding cake!

There are so many different flavors and styles to choose from, which makes it fun!

We also adore the look of these boxed iced sugar cookies from Martha Stewart Weddings. so cute!... so cute you might not want to eat it...(ohhh who are we kidding!)

Crowning Moments: Featured

I just went out today and picked me up one of these!! Always such an honor to be a part of such a great publication and So fun to see the feature that Brides Southern California Magazine did on Brian and Andrea's Wedding. It's such a treat to look back and remember all the fun details that we had such a great time putting together with the Spanish Crown Concept. For a look back go HERE!

Hugs to Andrea and Brian for being so dang cute and allowing me to have so much fun with them!! Special thanks to Leo Patrone too for being so awesome with the camera and the stunning photography! Be sure and check out his latest work too!

What's in my file: Stars & Guitars

Thursday, July 16, 2009
We are only a couple days away from Nick and Missy's wedding and I am so excited to see this one finally come together! I thought I would share some of what's in my file for them. Guitars, paper stars, a love for music with a nod to The Beatles and all in a palatte of orange, jade, chocolate browns and bougainvillea pink. The vintage mosaic guitar pin that we found (pictured in the upper left) coupled with the couple's love for music became our source of inspiration for this wedding. The event will take place at the beautiful Rancho Valencia, which we also took into consideration when combining the design elements. Citrus oranges, mosaic tiles and bougainvillea were all aspects of the venue that we wanted to highlight and work into the concept. Stay tuned for pictures of how things turn out!

Sharing the love: Yia + Saul

It's been a few weeks since Yia and Saul's lovely wedding was featured on Style Me Pretty....one of the all time biggest wedding blogs and sources of inspiration out there, but we didn't want to go without sending a big thanks to Abby for sharing! Who doesn't love being associated with something pretty?

Tiny Treasures

Wednesday, July 15, 2009
At Amorology, we love to have our brides pick wedding favors guests will actually use. Nothing is sadder than a favor tossed in the trash or forgotten at a table because your guests see no use for them! With these lovely Japanese chiyogami (old-paper) favor tins from Etsy shop gamiworks, how could you resist taking one of these unique treasures home!?

I love how the tins are all different, colorful and distinctly delicate. We would just love filling these with snacks like mini candies, mints or nuts for the reception! Guests could use these later as coin tins, accessory holders or even tiny gift boxes! Traditional favor boxes are always easy to find and fun to fill, but these keepsakes will have your guests raving about your attention to detail, and will surely remind them of your special day for years to come!

Sharing the love: Paige & Doug

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Warmest Thanks to Green Wedding Shoes (One of our new FAVORITE Blogs)
for featuring Paige & Doug's vintage Carnival wedding. Keep up the great work Jen! This site is overflowing with style and details!

Also, many thanks to Wedding Chicks for also featuring it! Just came across this the other day and it was so fun to see. Love that you all love it as much as we did!! Thanks gals!!

Here comes September 18th! Nicole + Josh

We were inspired right from the start with this baseball loving couple. Nicole and Josh played softball and baseball, respectively, while at college, and it actually brought them together! We were thrilled they wanted to incorporate elements of both into their wedding!

We'll be using elements of pinstripe in a black, mixed with a pink and red color pallet to bring the look of this updated "a league of their own" baseball extravaganza to life. Can't wait to share everything else with you that we have planned!

Special thanks to my long-time friend John Schnack at Schnack Studios for capturing these great shots. Looking forward to working with him on what is sure to be a memorable event!

So excited, guys...play ball!

sharing the love: Pernel + Aaron

Friday, July 10, 2009
Once WedMany many thanks to Emily at Once Wed for featuring Pernel & Aaron's Lemon and Lace Wedding. We're so glad everyone loved it as much as we did! Head on over to Once Wed for endless amounts of inspiration and eye candy.

Here comes August 15th: Megan and Brendan

Thursday, July 9, 2009

We are so excited to be working with Megan and Brendan! The couple will be married on August 15th at the beautiful Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club in Orange County. We are planning for a modern, black, white and yellow damask wedding.

Special thanks to the bride's mom, Susan Anderson of Daisies and Dandelions Photography for snapping these engagement shots!

Toby + Amy: Whooo Knew, Part 2

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

....The Reception

To incorporate the owl concept we played with the paper elements. Homemade lollipops by the bride's mom were tied with customized tags that read "Owl love you forever" by Courtney Scowby Designs.

one sat at each place setting.

I loved how fun Amy's accessories were. They brought a bright pop of color and her shoes...ahh..the shoes!

The lush and fabulous centerpieces made by Whimsy Florals were made up of celosia, roses, tulips, billy balls, mini calla lillies and kangaroo paw. They were wrapped in a light wood veneer that gave them a unique and upadated rustic look. By alternating these arrangements with the bricks of yellow mums that ceramic owls sat on we gave the event a little more interest. I am always a fan of mixing it up and making the tables a little different.

Okay...the CAKE. Remember, how I mentioned in the last post that one difficult thing kept happening ater the next this week? In all my years of planning...this is the 1st cake that I have almost lost. When the cake arrived, darling and nearly collapsed...we all moved quickly. Toby escorted Amy away, distracting her from all the happenings. 4 of us grabbed spatulas and lifted off the top 2 remaining tiers that were ready to slide off all together. We luckily had brought the spare cake stand and carefully positioned it on the pedastal. It was still in need of some TLC...and though I can't say enough good things about the Whimsy Floral team...I'm going to try to. They happened to have someone on their team that also had worked in a bakery shop. When there wasn't frosting....she actually went in the back and whipped some up and then re-piped the bottom tiers of the cake. AMAZING!! Talk about things coming together. It was a great team effort all-around.

This is really when your vendors are invaluable. There is always going to be hiccups at nearly every event...not always speedbumps like some of the ones we encountered this time around. However, some of the best teams of vendors should be able to take care of things without the guests so much as knowing about it. Big Sigh....I think the cake turned out Beautiful, as if it was meant to be that way all along.

I loved the girls in their yellow J.Crew dresses.

We hung lanterns and flower balls to add dimension and create more ambiance in the space.

Tea Towels that I found at Anthropologie added decor to the Cake Table and served as part of my gift to Amy and Toby
As a last minute idea I had, and by last minute, I mean two days prior ..... we had one of Amy's talented Bridesmaids create branches on two large canvases to mimick the branches on the tea towels I had gave her. We then placed these at the sign-in table and gave guests paint pens to sign their wishes to the couple. I loved how it turned out!

The end result was so fun and a work of art that they are able to hang in their home.

For the grand exit we filled a trunk of white feathers and handed them out to guests to toss at the couple as they left. It was a soft farewell and I loved the effect of the floating feathers.

Toby and Amy I wish you all the best that life can give you.

Many, many thanks to Jason McGrew Photography for these splendid images and for being so great to work with. For more of his work..be sure to head over to his blog.