Have your cake….and eat it too!!!

How precious are these custom mini wedding cakes? Just imagine one of these sitting on a pretty little plate in-front of each of your guests! It’s the elegant version of a cupcake.

I can’t even begin to guess the number of hours that goes into making all of these, particularly for a large group. But I know one thing for sure, the effort would not go unnoticed. Infact, these adorable little treats could even be packaged as favours.

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Leave it to Sylvia Weinstock to perfect these teeny tiny sugar flowers!
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But here’s another neat idea, what about making one cake per table. I love this idea here of a cake displaying the table name or number!

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We’re lucky to have a number of really talented cake designers here in Calgary. I particularily enjoy working with Cake Creations and Simply Sweet. Visit their websites below!

Cake Creations
Simply Sweet

Ciara

Photo Credits:

Photo 1: Metallic Cake
Photo 2: Mini White Cakes
Photo 3: Sylvia Weinstock Cakes

Photo 4: http://jessiethomson.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/2012-11-20-gloswed-hyde-barn-tweetup-gloucestershire-0225-web.jpg?w=870

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Aside

Men, put your best foot forward!

We don’t focus nearly enough on the men in the wedding, so here we go.

I’ll never claim to be an expert on men’s fashion but I think I know a good thing when I see it. And lately, I have to give a lot of credit to the men for really raising the bar in footwear. You know it used to be the Bride that always got the shoe shot in the wedding photos but not anymore. Men are clearly becoming just as invested in the style and comfort (but lets be honest, it’s always style first!) of their feet, on their wedding day.

I’ll show you just a few of the great styles out there for men from Prada, Gucci and Ralph Lauren. You’ll notice I’m drawn to that Polo, Summer in the Hampton’s vibe, loving the brown and white combo. But for a black tie event, I’ve also included a great Christian Louboutin option.

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In Calgary, Harry Rosen is a pretty easy stop to make. If you work downtown, you’ll find their TD Square location an easy stop on your lunch break or right after work. But if not, Chinook Centre has a great store as well. 

Ciara

Photo Credit:

Photo 1: https://www.tumblr.com/login?redirect_to=%2Fdashboard
Photo 2: http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/originals/67/00/40/670040876d570adbd58edb94912c3a81.jpg
Photo 3: http://wealthandluxury.tumblr.com/post/28588651327/louis-vuitton
Photo 4: http://www.lyst.com/shoes/christian-louboutin-olympio-flat-black/

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Local Spotlight

Every now and then I like to do a local spotlight to highlight some of the incredible talent that we have in this city. And hopefully, help you find a vendor along the way too.

I was reminded, as I wrote my last throw back Thursday post, just how much I love Perry Thompson Photography. He really is brilliant behind the lens and also offers a one of a kind viewing experience.

Remember this photo from our last post?

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Here are a few more of my favourites as well.

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To see more from this local vendor, check out www.perphoto.com

 

Ciara

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Throw Back Thursday : Banff Springs Hotel

Happy Halloween!

Do you all have great plans for this year? I sure do, I’ve spent many years loving the fun festivities of this holiday but I have to say, it’s so much greater with an adorable little boy to dress up! How cute are kids?!

Okay but back to weddings, as fun as today is most of you aren’t interested in a goblin themed wedding so I am here to share with you a beautiful soiree from a few years back now actually. This just goes to show that a truly gorgeous wedding is timeless.

This couple worked with so many amazing local vendors so I’m really happy to be able to showcase their work and continue to have it be so admired for years following the event.

As I’m sure you are aware, this absolutely stunning wedding took place at the Banff Springs Hotel. A venue that I am still to this day so thrilled to have in our region. It really doesn’t matter how many weddings you’ve seen in this location, they will always be memorable.

But what makes a wedding really memorable is a photographer. Someone to capture all of those little details that you as the Bride and Groom may not have had the time to absorb on the wedding day. I love working with Matt and Trish of F8 photography and they did a great job on this day.

Of course the flowers are the showstopper aren’t they? Willow Haven was the team behind them and this wedding wouldn’t have been the same without them. But I know your eye is going back to that cake too. Gorgeous and delicious, this incredible cake was created for us by Barb at Cake Creations in Canmore.

And because I love all things paper, I can’t forget my great friend over at Glimpz for designing all of the gorgeous wedding stationery.

I’ll provide all the websites for these vendors at the bottom of this post so be sure to check them out.

But first, here is some photo inspiration for you. Enjoy!

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Ciara

Vendor Links:

Venue: http://www.fairmont.com/banff-springs/

Flowers: http://www.willowhaven.ca/

Cake: http://www.cakecreations.ca/

Photography: http://www.f8photography.com/

Stationery: http://www.glimpz.ca/

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Wonderful Winter Bouquets.

This week has certainly been a wonderful example of just how drastically our weather here in Calgary can change hasn’t it? It might feel a little early for snow but can we all admit that it sure looked lovely as it fell yesterday?

Most couples don’t choose the winter season for their weddings but some of my favourite weddings have taken place in the winter. Of course when it comes to wedding florals, couples are right that it is more cost efficient to purchase florals that are in season and of course in the winter, very few florals are in season.

I also find that most couples lean towards all white or all red florals in the winter months. Perhaps because the few florals that are in season fall into these colour categories? In my opinion, I find that even flowers in traditionally summer colours can be made to look quite wintery with the addition of natural elements such as pussy willow, cotton, wooden twigs, pine cones and natural greenery. Winter arrangements also tend to have a less structured appearance.

I really feel that when it comes to florals and the winter wedding season, your options are not limited at all. However, I would suggest that the wedding budget will need to accommodate for the fact that most likely, your florals will be ordered from warmer climates and this will increase the cost. What I’d love to show you today is just how lovely winter styled bouquets can be. You definitely need to work with a florist whos design style you admire but luckily for you, Calgary is full of wonderful floral designers and of course I have a few that I love to work with.

Check out these gorgeous winter styled bouquets and maybe even get a couple ideas for your upcoming holiday tablescapes!

 

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Ciara

Photo Credits:

Photo 1: http://modishwed.com/?f
Photo 2: http://media-cache-cd0.pinimg.com/originals/3d/d7/ac/3dd7ac37920aaabd0357a1d32cf35d57.jpg
Photo 3: http://southernweddings.com/2013/02/16/valentines-day-inspiration-from-branches-light/
Photo 4: http://www.100layercake.com/blog/2013/02/27/gold-winter-wedding-inspiration/
Photo 5: http://www.stylemepretty.com/gallery/picture/1130409/
Photo 6: http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/f4/d1/49/f4d1495126f166113537fa50b699c384.jpg

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