Breakfast Reception Inspiration (and a Discount!)

I was so excited to have one of my favorite photographers, Sara Gray, share this super cute inspiration shoot. Beyond the gorgeous photos (and trust me, there are plenty) I love that the ideas here are sweet, simple and completely approachable. Inspired by an intimate breakfast wedding reception, Sara and her team at Marry This! created a fun doughnut-themed design complete with pretty Italian bottles to hold milk and gorgeous pink and white floral arrangements from Fleur:ology.

The team at Marry This! creates great wedding planning guides that breaks down their gorgeous inspiration shoots and offers in-depth info about how to put together the party look and make it your own. Their Charming Morning Reception guide is available now, detailing all of the ins and outs of recreating this pretty look for your very own celebration. (Having previewed the guide I can tell you it’s full of inspiring ideas achievable for all budgets and great tips on how to personalize to look to make it one of a kind.) Marry This! is extending an awesome exclusive discount for The Sweetest Occasion readers – just enter the code tsoreader to get $5 off any of their incredible wedding planning guides. Here’s a little sneak peak of what you’ll get…

Many thanks to Sara for sharing this gorgeous inspiration and extending such a great offer to The Sweetest Occasion readers! I’ve always loved the idea of a sweet, morning reception and this lovely take on coffee and doughnuts makes me a believer!

Vendors –
Venue: Leftbank Annex / Flowers: Fleur:ology / Doughnuts: Voodoo Doughnut / Rentals: The Party Place / Hair + makeup: Austie Eckley / Hair accessories: Austie / Invitations: Foosie Design / Dress: Claire La Faye / Models: Kirk and Christy Rimrodt of Studio Christy.

{Photos by Sara Gray. Design + concept by Marry This!}


Red, Navy + Copper Americana

I hope you guys are loving the Inspired Creations Contest so far, because we’re kicking off day 2 of the entries with this incredible design from In The Now Weddings + Events, Mathieu Photography, Lunch Pail Pictures, and Creative Media Print. The concept for the shoot began with the poem “Brown Penny” by William Butler Yeats.  In the poem, the speaker contemplates whether or not he is old enough to love, and then decides “one cannot begin it too soon,” inspiring the idea of “young love” and “old love.” The team created a gorgeous tablescape and an amazing kids table with common design elements. I am loving the deep navy, true red, nude, white, and bright copper color palette, in keeping with the penny theme that plays throughout the shoot. An Americana undertone is preppy yet playful making for a fresh take on the “Glitter + Glam” contest challenge. It’s honestly an understatement to say that I just love this design!

To mimic the adult table, they used kids size chivari chairs but switched up the colors by adding a fun shimmer linen in a bold red. Alphabet cookies covered in edible copper luster dust echo the copper wired names on the adult table. Making the table one-sided allowed the second half to be covered in butcher paper to give the kids a bit of extra entertainment, since everyone knows little ones can get a bit restless! In keeping with the color scheme, crayons were purchased to match and the runner was secured with two oversized clothespins, pairing functional with cute.

For favors, a late night box of treats was laid out for the guest’s ride home, since a full night of dancing can result in a case of munchies. Glitter paper in the window added just the right amount of subtle sparkle. A greyhound was the perfect cocktail to fit the color scheme and a glittery drink stirrer added a touch of class.

An inventive guest book idea plays on the phrase “a penny for your thoughts.” Guests would pick a year, write a memory from that year on a card, drop a penny in the envelope from that year, and place it in the vase. Kristin from In The Now brilliantly used lines from the poem that corresponded with that item. For example, “Go and love, go and love” was added under the year 2011, and then “I am old enough” for the year 2009 to represent the year the couple might have met.

All of the details from this shoot are so perfectly coordinated, it was honestly hard to edit down the images to share. In addition to a really fabulous wedding, these ideas would also be perfect inspiration for a really fun rehearsal dinner or anniversary party. Many thanks to this incredible team for sharing their talents with us and being a part of the Inspired Creations Contest. Remember that reader response will be taken into consideration when selecting winners so be sure to leave love for your favorite entries!

Vendors –
Design + coordination: Rachel Ochoa @ In The Now Weddings + Events / Photography: Mathieu Photography / Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental / Floral: Amanda Auer @ In The Now Weddings + Events / Stationery: Kristen Pon @ In The Now Weddings + Events / Rentals:  Classic Party Rentals + Town & Country Event Rentals / Venue: Strawberry Farms Golf Course / Cupcake wrappers: Dress My Cupcake / Vinyl Decals: Creative Media Print / Video: Lunch Pail Pictures / Hair + makeup: Makeup By Berit / Bride’s dress: Coralie Beatrix / Groom’s suit: H&M / Models: Hannah Campbell + Kurt Anderson

{Photos by Mathieu Photography.}


Glittery Ballet-Inspired Bridal Shower Shoot

I have to say, this is probably the most excited I have been for a Monday in a long time! Why? Because we’re kicking off the Inspired Creations Contest today and, wow, are you in for a treat. This time, Ami of Elizabeth Anne Designs and I challenged wedding and event design professionals to create a look inspired by glitter and glam, putting a fresh spin on glitz and sparkle. This morning we are kicking things off with an entry all the way from Italy! The ladies of Bon Bon Studio (made up of Laura Bravi of tren di nozze, Alessandra Aghilar of Almalu’s Place, Federica Piccinini of Sweet As a Candy, and Gaia Borzicchi of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland) created a design that is the epitome of girly glam. It’s happy, ultra feminine, glittery, and a mix of both modern and romantic.

The team’s idea was to celebrate a bride-to-be with a love for ballet, ballerinas and everything girly and glittery. Their design is full of lovely, sweet details that are ballet-inspired, fashionable and fun. The gorgeous color palette showcases various shades of pink, cream and touches of gold. An abundance of tulle and ribbons are incorporated throughout the decor including a gorgeous backdrop for both the dessert table and as cute tutu-inspired fabric chandeliers hanging over the luncheon table.

A mix of absolutely stunning flowers – anemones, hydrangeas, ranunculus, English roses and gypsophila – in white, pink and burgundy with touches of sage green, were placed in gold glasses. As favors they included a pretty pink feather fan and a tulle and lace flower head band used as napkin ring. The dessert table was ultra feminine with a pretty little cake topped with flowers, champagne and gold glitter cupcakes, white meringues, gold, pink and white candies and macarons.

A fun little activity for a bridal shower, the girls designed a chignon table, where the bride and her girlfriends can play dress up inspired by chic and romantic ballet style. The table was draped in pink tulle and topped with a cluster of crystal cake stands holding flowers and pearl hair bands, pins, necklaces and pretty little baubles. Last but not least the ladies also designed a corner to act as a photo booth. Pretty swags of tulle were draped along the wall as a background and piled on the floor with pretty gold, pink and white balloons. Props like glittery paper crowns, fans, presents and heart-shaped magic wands make for festive and happy photos. I love how all of the girls were dressed on theme – glitter, pailettes, sequins, soft fabrics, tulle and ribbon. So pretty!

Many many thanks to this powerhouse Italian team for being a part of the Inspired Creations Contest! Reader input will be taken into consideration as we narrow down the contest finalists so be sure to leave love for your favorite submissions throughout the contest. So much more to come throughout the next few weeks!

Vendors –
Event design, styling + coordination: Bon Bon Studio / Photography: Bon Bon Studio / Floral design: Sofia Barozzi from Il Profumo dei Fiori / Hair + makeup: Tanisha Shulamit / Stationery: Valentina Oliana of Cut & Paste

{Photos by Bon Bon Studio.}


Friday Link Love

Happy Friday, everyone! I am really looking forward to the weekend, I’ve got to say. I’ve been fighting the flu this week (which explains why it’s been a little quieter than usual around these parts) and I’m looking forward to some extra sleep and a quiet little birthday celebration with my family. Plus, next week we’re kicking off the Inspired Creations Contest bright and early on Monday morning! If you’re not excited, you seriously should be. The entries are all absolutely amazing and full of the best ideas for celebrations large and small. To get you excited, here’s a little sneak peek from just one of over 30 incredible designs Ami and I will be sharing throughout the month of April.

And, now some long overdue Friday Link Love! Here’s what I’ve been loving this week…

Super cute DIY gift or favor bags.

Ahh! The most amazing rainbow.

This looks so delicious, it’s probably illegal in 37 states.

Perfect spring or summer bridal shower inspiration.

The perfect DIY project for those of you that loved this wedding.

Easter egg joy.

I love The Beatles!

Summer dreamin’

Freshen up your kitchen.

She does only right.

Fingers crossed my husband got me these for my birthday.

That’s all for me this week. Happy weekend! xoxo

{Photo by Mathieu Photography for the Inspired Creations Contest.}

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Happy Birthday Pancakes

A few times now we’ve talked about my love for pancakes and breakfast in general. (A breakfast birthday party? Fabulous.) So, I have to say I truly believe a little stack of cake batter pancakes loaded with sprinkles and drizzled with icing sound like the perfect birthday treat. Today I am spending a quiet day at home with our pups and a backlog of magazines to celebrate my 28th birthday. The only thing that would make this day better? A plate of sprinkle pancakes, of course.

{Photos by How Sweet It Is via Life As an Artistpreneur.}