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Let Them Eat Cake!

18 Nov

Today’s post is going to be about a new favorite topic… wedding cake!  I have found this to be one of my favorites parts of planning for my wedding!  For anyone with a sweet tooth, how can it not be?  Luckily, Chris shares my sweet tooth so we had a lot of fun throwing around ideas and plotting and planning.

A few months ago, I came across an article about Queen Victoria’s wedding cake in Entertainment Weekly.  Her wedding is credited for being the first to have a cake. And it’s pretty ornate!

I couldn’t find a picture online, but here is Queen Elizabeth’s cake:

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Princess Grace Kelly of Morocco:

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Prince Pavlov of Greece and Marie Chantal Miller:

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I love the scalloped design and the fresh, pretty colors! The cake at a wedding can be a real show stopper, if it’s done right. When we were planning, my mom bought the Martha Stewart’s Wedding Cakes book, and we had a blast pouring over the pages, drooling over the decadent and well-executed cakes! Here are some of my favorites:

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I love the delicate, feminine look of this cake. The French Madeline cookies, the pink icing, the decor on the upper edge of each layer. A scaled down version of this would be perfect for a bridal or baby shower!

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This cake is ornate! No novices could pull this off, but it still has a simple, understated look that keeps it from seeming too intricate.

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This was one of my favorites. I love the rustic simplicity of this cake, and how it still manages to look elegant and refined. This was a design we considered for our wedding cake! We eventually wound up going with something else but I plan to make a smaller version of this!

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This served as an inspiration for the Groom’s Cake. For those who don’t know of this tradition, the Groom’s cake is another cake served at the wedding that the bride has made based on the tastes, hobbies, and interests of the Groom. Sometimes it’s a surprise, but it doesn’t have to be. This is a tradition that originated in the South. I kept the cake topper for ours a secret from Chris, but told him about the flavors I had planned. He loves chocolate and peanut butter, so he was a little hesitant when I didn’t want to consider chocolate for our wedding cake. Our groom’s cake was chocolate, with peanut butter ganache filling and rippled chocolate icing, like in the above picture. The bakers gilded fruit that my mom and aunt found with gold food powder, and used nuts, greenery, and red berries to top both the groom’s cake and the wedding cake. Perched in the middle of the groom’s cake was a small figurine of Chris’ beloved corgi, Snuffy.

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My aunt, Jill, is a master chef and baker. She was originally going to bake both the wedding cake and groom’s cake, but we ran into issues with the logistics. She still made a killer pumpkin spice cake for my bridesmaids’ luncheon!

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Now that I’ve indulged myself in a little sweet talk today, time to go clean… the mound of clothes in the laundry hamper isn’t going to wash itself! More related articles below!

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Something Old, Something New…

17 Nov

A couple of weeks ago, I was blessed to be married to my best friend! We were married in the Historic District in downtown Charleston, SC. Since Chris and I tend to gravitate towards all things vintage, we were married in the beautiful Episcopal church that my parents attend. It has been around since the 1700’s, built before the US was a country. In fact, George Washington even worshipped in one of the pews! The reception was at another Colonial Era building two doors down. It was built as a Society Hall but now also serves as a reception hall for weddings and other events.  If those walls could talk, I’m sure there would be all kinds of stories!

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Before the wedding, my mom gave me my Something Old. It was a handkerchief that a friend of hers had sewn into a baby bonnet, and that I had worn home from the hospital after being born. It came with a poem that instructed the bride to snip the threads in order to have a handkerchief to carry on her wedding day. As my mom read the poem to me and held the bonnet I wore home from the hospital over 30 years ago, tears rolled down her face.

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It was a moment I will never forget. It was such a neat idea, and so special, I have decided to try to revive this beautiful trend. I have started going through my collection of vintage handkerchiefs to find hankies pretty enough to be made into bonnets, to give as gifts!  I think I have some winners… will post updates on this.

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New Vintage Finds!

18 Jun

My life has been quite the whirlwind since last October, and I apologize for just now starting back to blogging!  Below are some pictures of new vintage finds that I love more than my luggage!

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Rin Tin Tile

29 Sep

There is something about a well-decorated ceiling that has always captivated me. On my 5th Grade trip to Washington D.C., I remember snapping an entire roll of film when we were touring The Capitol Building. The famous fresco-painted ceiling was the most beautiful thing my 10-year-old eyes had ever seen and I didn’t want to forget a centimeter of it. I had a similar experience a few years ago in Spain. My dear friend, Lisa, and I were walking through La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona and I was truly awed by the way the light played on the arched walls, through the beautiful stained glass. My digital camera’s memory was quickly filled with pictures of the ceiling, because, again, I couldn’t bear the thought of forgetting one inch.

A week or so ago, Chris and I were having dinner at a local pub, Mortimer’s, which has great sandwiches, beer, and wine. I couldn’t stop looking up at the ceiling, despite the wonderful company, delicious wine and scrumptious ham and cheese panini. It was just too pretty!

An artfully decorated ceiling just gives a room a different air. Michelangelo knew it when he painted the Sistine Chapel. Ceiling frescos have been around for centuries, and tile has also seemed to make its own place in historical homes and buildings. To me, it just seems more like art than décor. A well-tiled ceiling brings back a certain nostalgia of a different time, and can even give a room an Old World kind of feel.

Since then, I have done a little daydreaming about someday tiling a ceiling in my home. I came across Wishihadthat.com , which has most definitely lived up to its name. The tiles they advertise are beautiful and some have a etheral quality that would certainly step any room up to the next level. Unfortunately, they are way out of my budget, but a girl can dream, right?

Here are 3 of my favorites, and pictures of the ceilings mentioned in this post. The Capitol and Mortimer’s pictures were borrowed from http://www.luxuryexperiences.com and yelp.com, respectively. The picture of La Sagrada Familia is mine.

Quick! Someone Call Buffy!!!!

28 Sep

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Forget about the Hollywood Poker Ring. It’s about to get upstaged by the unearthing of something even more salacious. Yep. Start stocking up on garlic, silver bullets and twinkies now folks. Recent pictures have shown irrefutable evidence that Hollywood has secretly been hiding another animal alltogether for years now. Ladies and Gentlemen, get ready for the exposure of the Hollywood UnDead Ring!

Nicholas Cage and John Travolta have recently been exposed.

Former Buffys Sara Michelle Gellar and Kristy Swanson are teaming up to bring justice to Hollywood! Rounding out the trio, none other than Queen Latifah. Her resume doesn’t include slaying vampires but they wanted her to help for her reputation as a badass in general.

Donald's Angels

Together, they form Donald’s Angels! Yep, Donald Sutherland is the mentor and brains of this operation.

Sources also say that due to the type of attack we think may be planned, government forces have also been enlisted. Suspicions are heavy that the Capitol has already been infiltrated, so it seems the best plan of attack would be to have defenders here as well.

Other agents:
The Zombieland Crew. Jesse, Emma, Woody and Abigail are back with a vengeance! Stock up on your twinkies now.
Bill Murray. Double Agent: Ghostbuster and Zombie Impersonator.
Christopher Walkin. I’d sure want him on my side anyway.
Al Pacino. The Godfather knows how to make offers they can’t refuse.
Christian Bale. BATMAN!!!!
Johnny Depp. Can’t cheat Captain Jack Sparrow. Savvy?
Daniel Radcliff. The Boy Who Lived.
Kate Winslet. She’s Superwoman!
Uma Thurman. Kill Bill 3, kids.

No new evidence has been found yet, but suspects include: PeeWee Herman, Tom Cruise, Kirsten Dunst, Amber Heard, Brad Pitt, David Arquette, Ralph Fiennes, everyone on True Blood, half the cast of Twilight, and Nancy Grace.

Table Talk

25 Sep

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The kitchen is said to be the heart of the house, as this seems to be where the most traffic is. Meals are prepared, families gather to talk about events of the day, pets gravitate towards this room when they are hungry and in need of social interaction. Some of the best conversations I’ve had with my mom have been while sitting at the oak table that has seen my sisters and me grow up.

I’ve been on a table kick lately.  My week has been slammed and I haven’t had a chance to finish my sewing table project, but I did come across this pretty vintage cast aluminum table on Pinterest that I love.  I don’t know if I’d paint it periwinkle, though.  I’d probably stick with something neutral since I am already painting the sewing table this same color!  I love the detail in this table though, and how beautifully simple it is.  This would be an eye-catching addition to any kitchen or patio, regardless of what color paint was used.  The plan now is to scour the local antique stores in search of something similar, since I already have the glass and have wanted to find a cool base to go with it!

That’s all for now… time to get ready for Chris’ family reunion!

Over The Weekend…

19 Sep

… It got COOOLD in Charlotte! Stews were brewed, fires built, sweaters worn, and mugs of warm liquids became endearing again.

A while ago, I mentioned finding a sewing machine and table that needed some love.  This is how my Sunday was devoted, as I slaved away.  It was extremely time-consuming, and I didn’t get it all finished in one day. More work will go into it this week… pictures of the finished product coming soon!

Picture of my “work station”:

Also, in between paint coats, I started reading Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. I am not very far into it yet (as you can see by my tracker on Goodreads!), but am loving it so far. The movie was great. How could it be bad when the cast includes John Cusack, Kevin Spacey, Jude Law, and most importantly (honey) The Lady Chablis?  It’s a great story, and I’m looking forward to reading it.