Bettie’s Beautiful Baby Shower

Screen Shot 2013-09-17 at 4.27.16 PMHey Ya’ll,

I’ve designed baby showers in the past and been involved in the planning of them for clients, but when you are one of the chosen hosts for a baby shower for a dear friend, it is a completely different story!

Bettie and I at my Birthday party a couple weeks ago.

Bettie and I at my Birthday party a couple weeks ago.

My friend Elisabeth Stassen or Bettie, as I affectionately call her, is due any day now, so myself along with five of her good friends combined forces to create the perfect baby shower for her.

Screen Shot 2013-09-17 at 4.36.13 PMWe met, created a game plan that utilized all of our different skill sets, and then divided and conquered to make sure that each detail came together on the day of the event.
Screen Shot 2013-09-17 at 4.41.58 PMScreen Shot 2013-09-17 at 4.39.40 PMOur main objectives were to create an afternoon that was a little bit non-traditional in theme and decor, but very personalized to Bettie’s high standards and tastes.
Screen Shot 2013-09-17 at 4.46.15 PMScreen Shot 2013-09-17 at 4.48.28 PMScreen Shot 2013-09-17 at 4.47.59 PMBettie has event planning experience and knew exactly what she wanted and didn’t want, which in some ways made our job a little more difficult but in other ways it really helped us.
Screen Shot 2013-09-17 at 4.51.02 PMFor the decor, we stuck mostly to classic neutral colors. Think: ivory, khaki, pink, light green and light blue!
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The event’s color palette was inspired by the invitations that we found on Etsy. We used these colors in and outside of Bettie’s home for the flowers, table linens, party favors, cups, napkins, and even the food.
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I of course, was in charge of the cake, a therapeutic challenge that I always enjoy taking on.
Screen Shot 2013-09-18 at 10.37.05 AMI used my new cake pans to create a layered white, Funfetti cake (my signature flavor!) and topped it off with some playful white and pink frosting and sprinkles!

Screen Shot 2013-09-17 at 5.06.38 PMScreen Shot 2013-09-17 at 5.07.42 PMAll the hosts made or brought different food that was a specialty in their wheel house.

Screen Shot 2013-09-17 at 5.08.45 PMScreen Shot 2013-09-17 at 5.10.36 PMScreen Shot 2013-09-18 at 10.37.41 AMAll in all, I think we created a relaxing day of eating, drinking, gift-giving, friendship and of course, celebrating David and Bettie’s new baby girl.
Screen Shot 2013-09-17 at 5.09.37 PMHave you ever combined forces with friends to plan an event for a dear friend? Let me know what you were celebrating and how it turned out in comment section below.
-Brian

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Simply White: Design No. 8 from My Hotel Del Coronado Photo Shoot

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We’ve finally come to the eighth and final design (click HERE for more designs from this shoot!) from the Hotel Del Coronado photo shoot: Simply White!


This design is perfect for the traditional bride who has always dreamed of wearing a white wedding dress and has a “less is more” approach to her big day.

We used a combination of wood rectangle tables and rounds with simple textured pleated white linen from La Tavola.

In years past, I believe that the trend for a setting as basic as this would be to accessorize the reception space with metallic accents of silver or gold, with as many dripping crystals as possible, but I think that trend is being left in 2011.

We styled the space utilizing only natural elements in shades of brown like the wood from the tables and the stunning ceiling of the hotel’s Crown Room. In addition to the organic elements of the most pure and basic color; white.

The wood tables provide a shape that is not the standard for a reception and also give strength and weight to a room that is powerful and has an almost masculine feel.

The white of the chairs, linens, napkins, table runner and furniture, soften the room and help to show that it is truly possible to create an understated but fantastic look using this simple and sweet color.

And let’s not forget, Kate Middleton brought simplistic style and grace back to getting married with her wedding last year…

And as one of the world’s most popular trend-setters in fashion — and having been married in front of the entire world — it is only fitting that brides this year will follow suit and scale back their bouquets, cap the sleeves of their wedding dresses, and wear their hair down and loose for a truly romantic look.

Kate Middleton let the world know that simple style is timeless and elegant! She also reminded everyone that it is totally acceptable and chic for the bridesmaid to wear ivory.

Royal wedding photo via lowefactor.com

All in all, I’d say that between my design and the royal wedding you’ve got plenty of great reasons to keep your wedding ‘simply white’!
-Brian

CREDITS:
Decor Photography: Sean Twomey – 2me Studios (www.2mestudios.com)
Model Photography: Anthony Elgort – AE Weddings (www.aeweddings.com)
Stylist: Keylee Sanders (www.keyleesanders.com)
Hair and Make-up: Lisa G (www.lisagartistry.com)
Design: YourBASH!  (www.your-bash.com)
Linens: La Tavola Linen (www.latavolalinen.com)
Lighting: PSAV and Daylight (www.daylight.com)
Menus/Name Cards: Jennifer Sbranti for Hostess with the Mostess (www.hwtm.com)
Florals: Classic Creations  (www.classiccreationssd.com)
Furniture: Hire Elegance (www.hire-elegance.com)  Milano Chairs and Couches
Furniture: AB Elements (www.abelements.com) Wood Tables and Bars
Dance Floor: Platinum Pro (www.platinumpro.com)
Chairs & Chargers: Raphael’s (www.raphaels.com)

Yin and the Yang: Design No. 7 from My Hotel Del Coronado Photo Shoot

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I’m back with design No. 7 from the photo shoot we did at the Hotel Del Coronado (click HERE to see all of my other fabulous designs from this shoot!).

I love to design a wedding using bold and powerful colors; especially colors that may find themselves on opposite ends of the color spectrum but still compliment each other and make a statement that will not go unnoticed.

I designed this reception space in the hotel’s Crown Room with the masculine and feminine in mind, or as I like to call it, the Yin and the Yang.

Utilizing strong wood tables with a sapphire and french blue textured runner from Wildflower Linens, along with modern ceramic vases and monochromatic flowers, we lead the eye down a path of movement and punctuated beauty.

To represent the YIN, round tables draped in dramatic Fuchsia linen from Wildflower are adorned with silver mercury glass vases and intense monochromatic pink shades of flowers that evoke intense passion!

What do you think of this design? Let me know in the comment section below.
-Brian

CREDITS:
Decor Photography: Sean Twomey – 2me Studios (www.2mestudios.com)
Model Photography: Anthony Elgort – AE Weddings (www.aeweddings.com)
Design: YourBASH! (www.your-bash.com)
Linens: Wildflower Linens (www.wildflowerlinens.com)
Lighting: PSAV and Daylight (www.daylight.com)
Menus/Name Cards: Jennifer Sbranti for Hostess with the Mostess (www.hwtm.com)
Florals: Floral artist Mona Davis  (mona.love@hotmail.com)
Furniture: Hire Elegance (www.hire-elegance.com)  Milano Chairs and Couches
Furniture: AB Elements (www.abelements.com) Wood Tables and Bars
Dance Floor: Platinum Pro (www.platinumpro.com)
Chairs & Chargers: Raphael’s (www.raphaels.com)

Friday Favorites: Coral and Fuchsia!

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TGIF! I have been living it up in Vegas, but I am ready for a relaxing weekend at home. Until then, I’m dedicating today’s post to two equally bright, fun and cheerful colors for summer: Coral and Fuchsia!

I was shopping at Target the other day and they had a ton of stylish platters and summer entertaining products in this color combo, so I knew that it was time to make this a Friday Favorite.

As you can see from the photo above, we used coral and raspberry for my business partner Jaime’s wedding. Now, five years later, this color combination is making a come back!

When looking for accent colors, ivory is a great addition to play around with and gold makes for the perfect metallic sparkle.

Image via herecomestheblog.com

I love this combo because it is bold and vibrant and makes a huge impact while still remaining feminine, which is great for a summer wedding.

Image via harveydesignsevents.wordpress.com

If you are trying to make decisions about about what flowers to use, this combination offers so many choices from the “Queen of Flowers” the peonies (pictured above), dahlias the size of a dinner plate, classic roses or orange calla lilies.

Last but not least, if you’re looking for a dessert that goes with this color combination, I highly recommend the Woman’s Day recipe that I found via Ceci New York (pictured above):

Orange-Raspberry Dreamsicle Cake

Ingredients:
2 pkg (13 oz each) coconut macaroons
3 cups (1 1/2 pt) raspberry sherbet
2 pt vanilla ice cream
3 cups (1 1/2 pt) orange sherbet

Directions:

  1. Line a 13 x 9 x 2-in. pan with foil, letting foil extend about 2 in. above pan at both ends. Lightly coat with nonstick spray.
  2. Line bottom of the pan with macaroons; press to flatten and form a layer. Freeze 20 minutes, or until firm. Meanwhile, refrigerate raspberry sherbet and 1 pt vanilla ice cream to soften slightly.
  3. Drop spoonfuls of softened sherbet and ice cream into crust, alternating flavors and packing them down as you go. Freeze 2 hours, or until firm.
  4. Repeat with orange sherbet and remaining vanilla ice cream. Freeze 30 minutes to set, then swirl surface decoratively. Freeze 6 hours, or until hard, and serve, or wrap airtight and freeze up to 2 weeks.
  5. To serve: Lift foil by ends onto cutting board; remove foil. Cut in 9 bars; cut bars in half diagonally to make wedges.

Let me know if you attempt this recipe, it sounds absolutely delicious! Thanks, Ceci.
-Brian

Featured Items:
Wildflower Linen – Lily Pad Orange with Fuchsia Floral
La Tavola Linens
TIBI colorblock dress
Kate Spade woven handbag

Cuff Bracelet

Warm Tone Wine Glasses- Set of 4, Target

Hot Pink Vases Cylinder Glass Magenta Fuchsia 3 Sizes

Fuchsia Pink Place Card Holder (ribbed glass bauble)

Cupcake Toppers Orange and Pink

Preppy Monogrammed Plate – Orange and Hot Pink Ric Rac from the Palm

Fuchsia Pink 24 Inch Square Printed Parasol

Orange and Hot Pink Indian Arch Print Custom Announcements

Hot Pink and Orange Woven Striped Ties

Friday Favorites: Copper!

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I’m starting something new called “Friday Favorites”, which is just a fun way to share my current obsessions and design inspirations with you! As promised, and for my very first Friday Fav, today’s post is all about copper!

Copper!

Copper linens via linens.latavolalinen.com

As far as I’m concerned, copper is THE metallic accent for weddings this year. Gold and silver have been the standbys forever, but with new and unique copper items becoming more available, the ability to use copper throughout the year is much easier and more creative.

Copper bouquet refinerii.com

Copper has typically been used solely during the autumn, but now it can be used year round and looks good with succulents and greens during the summer or with hot pink and turquoise during the spring. I like copper as the new alternative when looking for that final accent color for the perfect design. Copper also looks great with burgundy and orange during the fall and you can easily mix it with gold and silver during the winter to create a metallic wonderland.

Also, click HERE to watch the segment I shot for The Knot TV last week, it’s full of fun tips including creative uses of copper for your 2012 wedding!
-Brian

Modern Vintage: Design No.2 from My Hotel Del Coronado Photo Shoot

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As promised, here’s the next look I designed for my photo shoot at the Hotel Del Coronado: Modern Vintage!


Over the last few years, the idea of incorporating vintage elements into a wedding have been slowing sneaking their way into the foundation of wedding décor… but I know that 2012 is the year that this timeless and romantic theme will make a full explosion!
With that said, the idea for this reception incorporates one of my favorite linens from La Tavola called “New York”.  It is completely covered in blush sequins, but we are softening the sparkle with a Fiori Beaded Chestnut Organza overlay that incorporates a nod to an item that your grandmother may have had in her home many years ago!
The base for this inspiration is blush and brown, however, we pumped in some color with the use of aqua to provide a modern twist…

The centerpieces are a combination of lanterns and crystal candelabras surrounded by white hydrangea, blush and hot pink roses and to emulate the beaded branches on the overlay, brown manzanita branches have been strategically incorporated giving the look of them growing out of the overlay.
Double stacked pink macaroons with a skewer and beautifully printed place cards allow each guest a little pre-dinner treat as they find their seat before dining on a delicious menu created by the chef!

Though this look has a vintage feel, the results are organized and authentic with a modern twist!
-Brian

Credits:
Photos: Sean Twomey of 2me Studios (www.2mestudios.com)
Design: YourBASH!  (www.your-bash.com)
Linens: La Tavola Linen (www.latavolalinen.com)
Lighting: PSAV and Daylight (www.daylight.com)
Menus/Name Cards: Posh Paperie (www.poshpaperie.com)
Florals: Dawn Stone (www.embellishmint.com)
Furniture: Hire Elegance (www.hire-elegance.com) Couches
Furniture: AB Elements (www.abelements.com) Drape, Bar
Dance Floor: Platinum Pro (www.platinumpro.com)
Chairs and Chargers: Raphael’s (www.raphaels.com)
Stylist: Keylee Sanders (www.keyleesanders.com)
Hair and Make-up: Lisa G (www.lisagartistry.com)