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spring inspired shoot + weekend fun.

Happy post Easter weekend! I hope everyone had a fabulous holiday and got some much deserved time with family & friends! Adam and I spent the weekend with my little sis in Albuquerque, NM and had a total blast! BUT honestly, there is nothing to make you feel older than spending 3 nights in your little sis’ college pad – yowza! It was so much fun seeing Coli in her space, and I’m always so so grateful for any amount of time I get with her. Seeing her this weekend also made me all the more excited for our upcoming trip to Europe too! 4 weeks and counting….wahoooo! I’m now doing the standby travel thing and waiting patiently at the airport for a flight to Denver and then on to Seattle. No luck with a flight last night or early this morning, so currently crossing my fingers for the 10:20 outta ABQ. We shall see!

In the midst of waiting for a flight home, I thought I would share some cute pics from a recent holiday/spring inspired shoot that made its way onto Style Me Pretty last Friday. Jessica of Jessica May Photography asked me awhile back to share some scout. goodies for a fun spring inspired styled shoot and I’m so so happy I did! Jessica’s adorable detail shots sure did brighten my holiday weekend and it’s always such a thrill to collaborate with other creatives! Isn’t that ombre cake by Dianne freaking divine?! For more pretty pretty pics of the shoot head on over to Style Me Pretty.

Happy Monday friends!

photo cred: {jessica may photography}

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inspired by : sam dubeau.

I’ve always had a little obsession for flag cake toppers. Make the flags super tiny with an “adorable factor” and I’m sold. So it’s no wonder I fell so in love with these crafty cuties by Sam Dubeau. Sam’s design page is full of crafting inspiration including these stamped exclaim cards & these celebrate cards (oh yes! streamers & confetti bananza!). Simple supplies, with uber creative results.

photo cred: {scarlet o’neill via sam dubeau}

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pic me a palette : the love cake.

I’m all about the love on the blog today! For whatever reason I’m totally pumped about this year’s Valentine’s Day! I guess I look at it not only as a time to celebrate the love of an SO (significant other) but all the love in your life – friends, long lost acquaintances, pets, family, passion for fashion…etc. etc.!

I about fell out of my chair this morning when I spotted this ombre xoxo love cake over on Ruffled. You’ll have to definitely check out the rest of the fab shoot by Couture Events by Lottie here for more lovely inspiration! Yay for LOVE!

photo cred: {sara & rocky photography}

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wears to weddings : golden globes.

I know, I know. It’s been over a week since the Golden Globes, but I couldn’t resist sharing a few “wears to weddings” inspirations. I had every intention in the world of touching base earlier on all the celeb gorgeousness, but with the craziness of ALT things are a bit delayed – whoops!

Usually I’m excpecting quite a few “misses” amoungst award show nominees, but this year I actually enjoyed most of the looks that came down the red carpet. I would have liked a few additional “wow!’s”  but overall was pleasantly surprised by all the fashion choices.

Instead of doing the traditional “hits & misses” post, I thought I’d instead correlate some of the most talked about dresses of the night with some wedding detail counterparts…in this case, CAKE! I honestly believe a gorgeous dress can be the overall inspiration to a wedding day even if it’s not ultimately the one (or color) a bride might choose to wear on her big day.

What were your fav looks of the night? Which could you have gone without?

Favs for me? Emma Stone, Piper Perabo & Charlize Theron. What were they thinking moments? Zooey Deschanel (that hair drove me nuts!), Sarah Michelle Gellar & Madonna.

photo cred: all golden globe pics {via e online} wed pics {beaux arts photographie via style me pretty} {sweet and saucy shop via candy and cakes} {platinum weddings by kerrie via style me pretty} {sweetapolita} {via style unveiled} {once wed} {via ruffled}

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pic me a palette: the winter cake.

photo cred: {rebecca hollis photography via ruffled}

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i’ve got an idea baking…

literally.

for the past couple of weeks i’ve been brainstorming up some ideas for a new project i’m working on, and i think some pretty rad stuff is finally starting to rise. we shall see…

photo cred: {spicy ice cream}

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bow tie wednesday / 21.

how stinkin’ adorable is this bow tie party? too cute for words if you ask me!

photo cred: {photography by gabriel ryan photographers; event design by jl designs; desserts by sweet and saucy shop}

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the cupcake misfortune.

Last night Adam made me cupcakes. Chocolate cake and buttercream icing wrapped in red gingham cups.

This morning my cupcake fell face first onto the countertop. I was reminded…there is beauty in that which is flawed.

Happy Monday my friends.

photo cred: {moi iPhone via instagram}

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inspired board #9: the cake topper.

photo cred: {Potter and Butler via etsy} {jessamyn harris photography via style me pretty} {lisa storms for fiskars} {krystal mann via style me pretty} {hank & hunt via the sweetest occasion} {lael} {wildflowers photography via wedding chicks} {original source unknown} {bhldn}

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featured on SMP!

Today is a good day. A REALLY good day.

When I first started my event design & styling biz I only had dreams of one day making it to a feature on Style Me Pretty. Style Me Pretty is major. REALLY major. It’s the most popular wedding blog out there, dripping with only the most gorgeously detailed weddings imaginable. It’s the place where every wedding creative I’ve ever met dreams of having their work featured. And it was a BIG dream for me when I started this new business.

Vanessa & Tony’s wedding was quite simply amazing. Not only did I get to create a design and coordinate the day from start to finish, but I got to witness two of the most important people in my life commit their lives to one another. The entire wedding was one of those “out of the body” experiences and today feels much of the same. Today Vanessa & Tony’s wedding is being featured on Style Me Pretty and I could NOT be prouder.

I also am SO SO SO stinkin’ grateful for the photography brilliance of my dear friend Mo. Monica captured Vanessa & Tony’s wedding in the most genuine way…she really captured the beauty that is Vanessa & Tony and I’m so grateful for it!

Head over to SMP today and check out the feature here! Don’t forget to view the entire gallery here to get all the little details!

photo cred: {screen shot from style me pretty}

Event Design, Styling, Floral Concept + Coordination: {bow tie & bustle event design + styling} Wedding Photography: {Mo Hines Photography} Flowers: {Mazarte Florals} Calligraphy: Letters By Ellen / Venue, Catering + Make-up: Cabo Surf Hotel / Paper Goods + Invitations: bow tie & bustle event design + styling / Bride’s Hair: Mandi Rhodes / Wedding Dress: Jim Hjelm / Wedding Cake + Desserts: Cabo Surf Hotel

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defined: dessert.

des·sert/diˈzərt/

noun. the sweet course eaten at the end of the meal OR that thing your guests have been drooling over and eyeing from across the room for the past 3 hours.

photo cred: {sarah yates photography & sweet and saucy via style me pretty}


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the cupcake cone.

I’m all about figuring out crazy fun ways to serve sweets to your guests on your wedding day. Dessert tables have easily become one of my most favorite details of the day (the possibilities are endless!) and I’ve loved seeing the newest and neatest ways pastry creatives are helping to keep those guests sweet tooth’s (or is it teeth? or just tooth?) at bay.

Next up: cupcake cones. Yep. Uh huh. A cupcake IN an ice cream cone…brilliant, right? Less mess and more cute. What could be better?!


photo cred: 1 {the ever so crafty martha stewart} 2 {sprinkles via babble}

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cake is totally awesome.

It could be because I’ve refrained from sweets for the past two months, which has led my sweet tooth to cry out in agony.

Or it could be because my favorite thing in the world as a kid was my Mom making me my birthday cake from a box complete with Pillsbury icing – hint, hint Adam….birthday cake from a box is a must in t-minus 6 days : )

Or it could because cake is a standard staple at any fantastic celebration, and I’m currently working on a cake banner at this very moment…

Or it could be because cake is just pure awesomeness in your mouth…

BUT, for whatever reason I CANNOT get cake off my mind!

Here’s a few fantastic cakes from around the web that are currently getting my taste buds begging for more:


14 layer cake…um…YUM!

Adorable cake poster Erin Jang made for a bride and groom. I think this is officially my new love phrase.

P.S. Erin says she’ll have this adorable poster available this summer! I’ll be first in line!

Chocolate marshmallow cake!

Cake pops. If you haven’t tried these babies yet…you are missing out! I had one a couple weeks ago at a wedding showcase, and I now have it on my “to-do” list to learn how to make these…they are soooo good! AND a total must on any dessert table in my opinion.


Photo Credits: 1 {14 Layer cake via Bakerella} 2 {Cake Poster by Erin Jang via The Indigo Bunting} 3 {Chocolate marshmellow cake via Sweetapolita} 4 {Cake Pops via Babyccinokids via Bakerella}

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green wedding shoes feature!

I am officially calling today: green thursday! Why?

bow tie & bustle and some of my favorite wedding peeps were featured today! Our Montmartre Inspiration Shoot made its way onto the front page of Green Wedding Shoes!!! Green Wedding Shoes is only one of the most spectacularly awesome and popular wedding blogs out there, and the amazing Jen Campbell featured our shoot today on her blog! I’m incredibly honored to have my very first styled shoot posted on her site, and I am so thankful for all the amazing friends and industry pros that assisted me in making it happen!

Photography: Monica and Seth of MoHinesPhotography

Floral Design: Teressa of Cashmere Floral Design

Desserts: Judy of Tallant House

Makeup: Cris of Glamour Cris

Hair: Brittany of Bartlett Bridal

Dress: Pricilla of Boston courtesy of Calla Bridal

Vintage Umbrellas: Bella Umbrella

Studio: Chalk Studios

Event Design, Styling and Coordination: me as in bow tie & bustle

Hair accessories, veil and paper goods: bow tie & bustle


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montmartre inspiration shoot: part deux.

I’m over the moon excited to share the second batch of pictures (part one here) from the Montmartre inspiration shoot. These pics were shot by MoHinesPhotography and include some of my most favorite shots from the day, including the dessert table full of the most incredibly enticing French pastries one could wish for, and a vibrantly colorful graffiti wall – cause nothing says Montmartre like a little graffiti!

Thanks again to all of the amazing people who made this shoot possible! A total dream come true!

When I was dreaming up this shoot in Paris, THIS is exactly what I saw! So in LOVE! Gives me chills!

Another fab bouquet by Teressa. Stunning!

Too cute!

Gretchen is so fierce in this one!

If I had to choose a single pic from the shoot, the one above would be it. I’m obsessed!

The birdcage veil was made with netting I bought in Montmartre. I sewed together my most favorite vintage buttons to create the hairpiece.

I begged Mo to get one shot of just the wall for me…she didn’t disappoint. Thanks Mo!

Some of histories best known artists (Van Gogh, Renoir, Degas, Picasso) painted and lived in Montmartre during their day, and even now this amazing area of Paris bursts at seams with resounding art influence – putting art at the heart of my design. I wanted to make sure to pay tribute to Place du Tertre (a square beneath the watchful eye of the Basilique du Sacre Coeur) where artists set up their easels, canvases and umbrellas daily with the hopes of selling one of their masterpieces. Teressa suggested that we use the canvas as a guest book so I painted it with splashes of paint the night before and we all made our mark at the shoot : )

I used a distressed drop lead table, this adorable antique mirror and a rusty mailbox to create a “well wishes” table. The word “cartes” means letters in French. Each postcard had a different french poster on the front with many of them focusing on the infamous Moulin Rouge.

French bistro chairs…so in love with these gems.

The reception table was created using a distressed white picnic table, a picnic bench and adorable french bistro chairs I borrowed from a local cafe named Odd Fellows (if you’ve never been there…check it out…very yummy!). I used textured pillows in various patterns to give the table setting some depth and hung a yellow chandelier I found vintage over the top of the table.

Bonne Maman jelly is something you cannot miss in France. It’s everywhere. I used it here as a favor, tying a chalkboard tag around each jar with burlap. Chalkboard detailing was included in many aspects of the shoot, including the dessert table banner, various signage and the paper goods, since this form of marketing is used all over Paris in the floral and food markets. Teressa filled the table with pops of yellow, red and green flowers including ranunculus and parrot tulips. No two pieces of silverware on the table were alike giving the table an eclectic and whimsical touch. I couldn’t imagine the setting without a cup and saucer as cafe au lait and chocolate chaud are dining staples for Parisians. The black and white polkadot napkins were made with fabric I’d found at a local craft store and the setting was finished off with adorable red ranunculus by Teressa.

I used fabric and twine to create bunting across the wedding cake. This cake created by Judy Tallant of Tallant House is called “ruffled panties” – love it!

I used a vintage green hutch to create a dessert “table” which was layered with the most mouth-watering French pastries one could imagine and mini jars of French jelly to complement the almond croissants. The hutch was decorated with varying shades of fringed patterned fabric, more paper pinwheels, and a “bon appetite” banner. Judy from Tallant House masterfully created eclairs, french macaroons, tiny palimiers, teeny tarlets and the some of the most fantastic almond croissants I’ve ever tasted. I included mini Bonne Maman jellies on the table to complement the croissants. A wood window frame was used above the table with red ranunculus to create the effect of a french balcony.

I created the dessert stands by gluing antique silver platters to the bottom of glass drinking glasses. I then place the glasses over a pile of colorful buttons, labeling them with a chalk font.

The save the date listed out all the available pastries along with the phrase “Adore pasteries? Adore us? See you in Paris.”

I handcrafted the paper suite using red paper doilies as envelope liners, a red button and twine. I placed the words “I love you” in multiple languages in red, yellow, green and black across the top and bottom of the invitation, reply card and thank you note as a means to represent the “Love Wall” in Montmartre. I used a font that reminded me of chalk as a means to tie in the other chalkboard details throughout the design.

Event Design, Styling and Coordination: bow tie & bustle | Photography: MoHinesPhotography | Floral Design: Cashmere Floral Design | Desserts: Tallant House | Makeup: Glamour Cris | Hair: Bartlett Bridal | Dress: Pricilla of Boston courtesy of Calla Bridal | Vintage Umbrellas: Bella Umbrella | Studio: Chalk Studios | Hair accessories and veil: bow tie & bustle | Paper Goods: bow tie & bustle

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