I’m realizing that I really enjoy the creative side of events. A huge event where I appointed myself “event designer” was for my own wedding. I started forming a very specific vision in my mind early on and spent months creating details and elements to pull the vision together.
I loved how everything turned out and it seems like the Knot did too since they featured our wedding in their spring/summer 2014 Real Weddings section :) All the details in the photos were made/designed by me or with the help of amazing bridesmaids/friends!! The flowers were of course in collaboration with my amazing florist, Peicha from Falls Flowers. Photos courtesy of Carina and Amanda of Love Me Do Photography.
Last weekend, I had the privilege of “organizing” and decorating for a baby shower for some friends (I use the term “organize” loosely here because the parents-to-be made most of the logistical arrangements for the luncheon). They gave me free rein for the decor part so I went to town on Pinterest to brainstorm for some ideas. The one request that the couple had for the shower was for some baby books to start a baby library so I decided to use that as the starting point of my inspiration and the “theme” naturally evolved from there.
Since most of the guests were bringing baby books for the shower, I knew I wanted to incorporate them into the overall design as a part of the decor. I also mixed in some stuffed animals, some DIY pinwheels, simple DIY banners, and a pair of oversized candlesticks (which I had used at my own wedding). I borrowed a cake stand and a cupcake stand, which another friend baked cupcakes to fill, and voila, came up with the arrangement below. The key for the table decor below was to mix displaying the baby books horizontally, vertically, and forward facing well as getting in some height which I used the candle sticks for. The lighting in the restaurant was pretty bad (and I have yet to master my DSLR) so unfortunately the first photo above was one of the best shots I got of the whole table.
Yes, our wedding is featured in The Knot Pennsylvania & Delaware Spring/Summer 2014 issue! One of The Knot’s editors emailed me months ago saying that they wanted to feature our wedding as one of weddings in the “Real Wedding” section and I found out this Thursday that the issue was finally out! It was (still is) surreal seeing our wedding photos in a major wedding magazine! The issue is in all major bookstores in the Philly/Delaware area if you want to see it for yourself ;)
I made this apple tart for a Christmas party. It’s one of my go-to holiday desserts since it’s so pretty and is always a crowd pleaser. We had it with vanilla ice cream and it was gone within minutes. Even though it looks super fancy, it’s actually pretty easy to make. I used a mandolin this time around and it cut down the prep time by half. I’ll post a “tutorial” one of these days :)
And yes… I turned 30 this weekend… I’m one of those people who hate their birthdays and want to pretend like it never happens but since it was the big 3-0 this year, I couldn’t quite ignore it. It was actually great being able to celebrate it with some of my favorite people. Continue reading →