An Inspiration Shoot Sneak Peek

I had the incredible pleasure of styling a gorgeous editorial shoot this past weekend with an all-star team of talented Syracuse vendors and I am so excited to share a little video sneak peek. The shoot came to life thanks to the amazing Kelly Stremmel who sent me an email asking me if I wanted to collaborate on a shoot. My answer was an immediate yes! Kelly and I then teamed up on conceptualizing the look and feel of the shoot from the venue right down to the dresses the models wore. Vasili of Vasilis World Video put together this absolutely beautiful teaser trailer that I couldn’t resist sharing…much much more to come!

Vendors –
Photography + Styling: Kelly Stremmel / Video: Vasilis World Video / Event Design + Styling: Sweet Occasions Studio / Floral Design: The Backyard Garden / Hair: Christy Robinson Salon / Makeup: Erica Abdo / Dresses: Melissa James and Spybaby Bridal / Models: Kateri Allard and Megan Mahaney / Location: The Brewster Inn and Lorenzo Mansion


Party Palette: Americana Beach Blues

With July 4th just around the corner I wanted to play with the idea of a summery color palette with an Americana feel that wasn’t necessarily traditional red, white and blue. I love how calming and breezy this color combination ends up feeling, like a good old fashioned weekend at the beach. In fact, it has me even more excited for our long holiday weekend at home on the lake. Long summer days of boating and warm nights making s’mores over a bonfire are calling my name…

I realized after the fact that this palette is pretty similar to this one. I guess I must really love this color combination, huh?

{top. Costas Picadas via House of Turquoise. left. Pobke Photography via Style Me Pretty. right. Elizabeth Messina for Rue.}


July 4th Printables

Hi all! It’s Jenny from Hank + Hunt with pretty little printables for the Fourth. I love the Fourth of July – friends, family and fireworks! What are you doing this long weekend? I’m sure it involves some sort of fun get together, I know our weekend sure does. I wanted something simple and versatile for the BBQ we’re having so I created these fun Sweet Liberty printables to share with our favorite readers. These are perfect for your Independence Day celebrations! (But, honestly, they’ll be great for Labor Day and come next Memorial Day, too!)

The best part is you can use them however you like! Pretty up your s’mores fixings by wrapping Hershey’s bars in foil sheets and attaching a wrapper label.

I’ve included a traditional flag that’s great to add a little festive touch to your cupcakes or on a straw for drinks. Lemonade anyone?

You can even put those cute paper straws to use by cutting them in half to add cheerful stripes to your cupcake topper.

For our party, I am printing them out on ecru/cream cardstock. It just barely gives the colors an antique wash and looks fabulous. These below are on cream.

So go get your print on and download some fun!

Download your July 4th printables: FLAGS | WRAPPERS | BUNTING | LABELS

Have a Happy Fourth!

{Design + photos by Hank + Hunt for The Sweetest Occasion.}


Rocker Cool Wedding Inspiration

I’m loving today! Not only did the new site debut, but I also have the chance to share a really fun inspiration shoot shared by a group of local Syracuse, New York wedding vendors. It’s not every day I get to showcase local talent so when photographer Mabyn Ludke sent over this edgy shoot infused with cool, handcrafted newspaper details I knew I had to share it with you. Plus, it’s just plain awesome and a testament to how a little ingenuity (newspaper = basically free) can have a big impact on your celebration without necessarily having to cost you a ton of cash. Win. Win.

Isn’t this completely fun? I love how a few details like newspaper, hot pink and a cool quilt can have such a vibrant visual effect. Many thanks for sharing, Mabyn! xoxo

Vendors –
Photography + wardrobe styling: Mabyn Ludke Photography / Event design: Shannon Lach of The Events Company / Floral design: The Floral Gardens / Stationery: Bride Design / Cake: Wegmans

{Photos by Mabyn Ludke Photography.}


The Sweetest Occasion is Shiny + New!

I am really excited this morning to kick off the week by introducing you to the shiny and new The Sweetest Occasion! (Subscribers, be sure to pop over and pay a visit!) On the surface of things, you’ll notice that the site has a fresh new look, which I teamed up on with my lovely (and super talented) friend, Carolynn of Two Brunettes. I’m also debuting a gorgeous new logo, which was created by Nicole Black of The Left Handed Calligrapher. Of course, no update around here is complete without the amazing Ami of Elizabeth Anne Designs who is The Sweetest Occasion’s coder extraordinaire and makes sure everything is running smoothly. To that end, in addition to gussying things up and making them pretty, we also made some big changes on the back end of the site that should make it run a lot faster and allow the front page to load much quicker. Hooray!

In the next few weeks, I’ll be debuting the biggest site addition in a long time, but in the meantime I took your feedback from the latest reader survey into account and made a few changes. You can now find quick links to DIY projects and free printables right from the main navigation. We also made really easy to navigate pages for things like DIY tutorials and color palettes, which are always a favorite with readers. Your feedback and ideas are critical in making The Sweetest Occasion the best it can be so please let me know what else you’d like to see and I’ll be sure to take it into consideration!

Thanks to everyone who helped with the latest site overhaul and stay tuned for more new features in a couple of weeks!