Guest Post – Sweet Treats with Dog n Bird

By this point, my love for sweets and goodies is well documented so it seems to fitting to welcome the lovely Bird of Dog ‘n Bird Artful Wedding to share her picks for fun and unique wedding dessert ideas. Without further ado, I’ll turn it over to Bird…

Hello! I’m Bird. Cyd inspires me each day with her beauty and exquisite ideas. I’m delighted to be contributing to The Sweetest Occasion! Today I’m going to knock you a little sugar, serving up 11 high-impact treats to serve alone or create a memorable dessert buffet.

dessert-favori-ideas-pink-marshmallowsA modern take on the classics: Mini pink snowballs and pink meringue butterfly kisses. A fun update to the macaron, these sugar smooches are romantic served in rose petals. XOXO cookies would be adorable piled on vintage cake stands. Jello tarts with tiny strawberry kisses inside round out the love.

melon-balls-pistachiosMini melon balls are eco-friendly inside a lime; a colorful spray of tiny macarons.

smores-mustache-cupcakesBunnies make you feel happy when you see them. Mustache-topped chocolate cupcakes are a perfect compliment to the ‘stache trend. Keep it high-end with mini tiramisu. For a taste of summer, offer s’mores pops or strawberry shortcake shooters.

I am loving all of these ideas! They are perfect for a wedding, but would be equally fabulous for a great birthday party, backyard bbq or shower, too. Thanks, Bird! I’m so thrilled to have you visit The Sweetest Occasion! xoxo


Summer Inspiration Board with Postcards and Pretties

Our next guest post is from the immensely talented Chris of Postcards and Pretties. I love the gorgeous inspiration boards and post after post of inspiring details on Postcards and Pretties so it’s a pleasure to welcome Chris to The Sweetest Occasion. A huge thank you, Chris, for offering up this gorgeous inspiration board for us today!

Hi…I’m Chris from Postcards and Pretties and I’m so honored and excited to be a guest on The Sweetest Occasion. Today I would like to share with you fun inspiration board with a delicious palette of grapefruit and yellow banana ideal for a sweet summer backyard wedding.

{season} summer
{colors} grapefruit, yellow & white
{photos} ribbon wand {project wedding} lanterns {a diary of lovely} favor box {instyle weddings} streamer background/couple {martha stewart weddings} smoothie pops {country living} cake {oh joy} centerpiece {martha stewart weddings} striped dress/lemonade {jordan ferney} bouquet {martha stewart weddings} bride {leo patrone}


Guest Post – Summer Inspiration with Forget Me Knot Weddings

This afternoon it’s my pleasure to introduce Megan from Forget Me Knot Weddings where she shares gorgeous real weddings and beautifully inspiring wedding details and ideas. Today she’s sharing three incredible inspiration boards that have me in the mood for a bit of summer entertaining. I bet you’ll agree. Take it away, Megan, and thanks for sharing your beautiful inspiration with us!

Hi everyone! First off I want to thank Cyd for inviting me to guest blog while she is away celebrating her first anniversary! The Sweetest Occasion is one of my daily reads so I am thrilled to be contributing! I wanted to gather inspiration you can use for a wedding, event or really any celebration! With it being summer time and the outdoors being on my mind, I put together a few nature-inspired event boards.

Honey Bee Brunch
Color Palette: Honey, Birch, Vanilla, Cream
honey-bee-yellow-summer-wedding-ideasImage credits {dress, bee card, honeycomb, tea cup, shoes, honey jars, necklace}

Butterfly Garden Party
Color Palette: Olive, Gold, Turquoise, Pink

Image credits {dress, escort cards, butterfly cards, dresser}

Owl’s Nest Celebration
Color Palette: Moss, Walnut, Forest Green
rustic-brown-white-owl-theme-weddingImage credits {bottles, barn, groom, invitation, centerpiece, bride, cake, birch flowers}


Summery Inspiration Shoot with Marry You Me

This morning’s guest blogger, Annie Packman of Marry You Me, really needs no introduction. She’s an incredibly talented blogger with a great editorial eye and today I’m honored to have her share her very first styled inspiration shoot on The Sweetest Occasion!

I am so thrilled/honored/ecstatic to be guest posting here on The Sweetest Occasion today! When Cyd asked me to do a guest post, I promised her I would cook up something good. I’d been dying to do my own styled photo shoot for a while, and this seemed like the perfect place to make my debut!

I love inspiration boards. Love them to pieces. They can be an amazing tool in planning your wedding or event, a way to help you clarify your theme and show your vendors what you have in mind. That said, sometimes people struggle to translate them from a simple board into a cohesive event. Do you go super literal with them, or what?? With this in mind, I set out to show how you can take cues from an inspiration board without driving yourself mad trying to replicate every little detail in the board. Because who wants to do something that’s already been done? Exactly. Not you.


I started with an inspiration board that jumped out at me the second I saw it, this country chic board by Sofia of Brancoprata. I loved the idea of a country chic theme – it was neither too farm-y nor too stuffy, but had a hint of elegance with a vintage twist. And the colors were my initial palette, but I wasn’t scared to deviate from them. I teamed up with some amazingly talented local Bend, Oregon vendors for the shoot – Nickol Hayden-Cady of Enlightened Patisserie made some amazing macarons, tarts, and a rustic meringue covered cake, and Benjamin Edwards of Benjamin Edwards Photography took the awesome pictures.



I found these adorable honeycomb themed invites via Download and Print, an amazing resource for free invitation downloads. I thought that they fit a country theme perfectly, while still being elegant.


Sticking with the country theme and playing off of the invitation, jars of fresh honey stacked on a cake plate served as yummy and sweet favors for guests. Some jars had fabric lids, some had twine ties, and some were plain for a little variety.


For the guest book table, I wanted to do something a little different. I took an old wood shutter and painted it, then rubber stamped a sign that read ‘drop us a line’ and tucked it into a frame. Guests could write on some vintage (unused) postcards, then tuck them into the shutter. After the wedding you can use it at home for mail, pictures, or notes.




The antique dessert table (actually my desk) held the beehive dispenser, silverware caddy, favors and yummy macarons, rhubarb tarts, and honey, peach and marscapone tarts made by Enlightened Patisserie.





A meringue cake topped with some dogwood flowers picked from a nearby tree was the centerpiece, along with pots of dainty white flowers tucked into galvanized containers.


For place cards, manila tags were rubber stamped and put into antique fork place card holders.  Vintage plates and silver mixed with new (but old looking) pressed glass goblets and colorful bowls to complete the place setting.




Absolutely gorgeous, right? Thank you so much for sharing, Annie! I love seeing how you brought this beautiful inspiration to life.

Photography by Benjamin Edwards of Benjamin Edwards Photography
Event design/concept/flowers by Annie Packman of Marry You Me
Desserts by Nickol Hayden-Cady of Enlightened Patisserie
Invitations via Download and Print

{Photos by Benjamin Edwards Photography.}


Friday Link Love

Good morning, friends! I wanted to take a quick moment today to let you know that I’ll be gone all of next week as my husband and I will be celebrating our first wedding anniversary tomorrow. I can’t believe how quickly the time has passed! Never fear though, I have some incredible guest bloggers popping by to inspire you while I’m away. After our week away, when we’ll be frolicking around the Seacoast region of New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts and visiting with a couple of ladies I just adore, I’m going to resume regular posting the following week. I’ve missed you all more than I can say and the strength you’ve lent me these past couple of weeks means more than you’ll ever know. I’m looking forward to getting back to my normal routine and getting back to celebrating all the pretty little moments in life that make this whole crazy journey worth living. I hope you’ll join me.
syracuse-ny-wedding-photographerAnd, because so many of you mentioned loving and missing my regular Friday Link Love posts, I thought I’d share a few links for your weekend. Enjoy!

I want to run away and live in a blanket fort. Won’t you join me?

I really really love cheese.

Great ideas for wedding decor turned home decor.

Super cute custom party printables.

Consider me a huge fan of this sweet homemade wedding cake.

The newly-discovered official inspiration for our upcoming kitchen renovation.

Knock-your-socks-off pretty letterpress business cards.

I’ve seen advance copies of most of these books (as we are featured) – must reads for letterpress fans.

A gift to each other for our paper anniversary, a cool map to track our travels.

Happy Friday!

{Photo by James Bass Photography from our July 17, 2009 wedding.}