And this week, before my final class where we will make a cake involving icing roses, swiss dots, and drop flowers, I decided to make a practice cake.
I did chocolate buttercream icing on white cake and made white drop flowers with violet centers and violet swiss dots. I thought it was adorable! **Excuse the blurriness, my camera had been left in the cold car overnight.**
The send off:
Northern: After the ceremony
Southern: After the reception
Getting ready and posed pictures:
Northern: The pictures of the bride and her attendants are taken at the mother of the bride's home. The pictures of the groom are taken at his mother's home or his own home. These are all the group shots and getting ready shots. Most of the time, the bridesmaids must pay to have their hair and make up done.
Southern: The bride generally gets ready at the ceremony location and the groom gets ready either at home or at a hotel. Bridesmaids usually have the option of paying a professional for their hair or make up or it is a gift from the bride. Posed shots are taken at the ceremony location or the grounds of the ceremony location.
The first dance and other activities:
Northern: The bridal party and new couple are announced and go straight into their first dance. The first dance is then followed by the bridal party dance, and then the best man speech and toast. Then dinner and after dinner the cake cutting and parent dances. Later comes the bouquet toss, etc.
Southern: Everyone is announced and the new couple goes into their first dance. After the first dance is the blessing. Then dinner. Then the speeches and toasts followed immediately by cake cutting so that guests still have their dessert wine to go with their cake. After cake is other festivities, that is usually kicked off by the parents dances.
Northern: A cocktail hour that would put many parties to shame (think a couple of action stations, passed appetizers, and several displays), a sit down dinner, and a Vienese sweet table with coffee bar and flambe station. Don't forget about the 5 hours open bar.
Southern: Cocktail hour is more low key with cheese and fruit, dinner can be sit down or buffet, dessert is cake. A lot of southern girls will even opt for the cocktail reception. An open bar is an option, not a requirement. Some girls choose to have beer and wine instead, or just wine.
Mom and I love to cook, and I especially love to bake. We decided that we were going to take cake decorating classes as a project during our slower season (November-January). This month we will be taking the Wilton Method Course 1. We had our first class on Monday and it was so interesting. The next three weeks we will learn how to make roses, some borders, drop flowers, leaves, and how to write on cakes. December we will take course 2 and January we will take course 3.
Are we looking to expand B & R Events? Probably not. It is always nice to have different options in case of an emergency. (Flowers, make up, and now cakes will be covered!) I will be posting pictures of our creations on the blog. Stay tuned!
Simplicity can be so lovely! Congratulations Andrea and Matt!
(Two more Rambos...Danielle and Diana)
The bridesmaids wore chocolate dresses with sage sashes and carried bouquets of hot pink and orange roses and gerbera daisies. The multi colored palette made for a beautiful summer wedding. The table names were different locations that had meaning to Celine and Chris, such as King's Mountain in Ohio (the couple's home state) and the Esso Club in Clemson. The groom's cake featured a Clemson tiger paw and the MASCOT even stopped by to dance with Celine and Chris right after they were announced.
Celine and Chris gave orange koozies to their guests and donated money to Shriners and Alzheimers Association. On top of their donation prior to their big day, they also did a donation dance where their guests contributed more funds to the two charities. At the end of the night, the men took turns dancing with Celine to the song "Let Me Call You Sweetheart."
Congratulatons Celine and Chris! You made us feel like family!
Many people ask us how we got our start. It never started with anything fancy. Mom and I were living in Syracuse, NY where my brother was active in the high school band and I was active in chorus.
I got engaged a month later. I graduated college, a whole year early. My husband knew that our wedding would have to be wonderful, and it was. I joined the work force, designing the interior and exterior of homes for a production line home builder, but continued planning weddings. My talents were recognized and I was a catering manager for a local 3 star hotel. We both realized that it was not for me in the long run.
I missed doing make up artistry, so in August 2007 I went back to school for Aesthetics. As of Friday, I am now also a licensed Aesthetician. (YAY!) I did this because aesthetics is just one more service I can offer our brides.
Mom and a Super Happy Bride (Lori)
Me and a Super Happy Joelle from the Marriott
In the long run, we LOVE what we do. We LOVE our brides. And we LOVE each other. You can't quit on the ones you love.
They chose bright colors, perfect for a summer wedding. We utilized the coral and aqua with hints of soft ivory and silver. For favors, we set out 35 pounds of candy and 550 cookies. At every ladies' seat there was a coral wooden rose for her to take home at the end of the evening. The centerpieces were combinations of wooden roses, magnolias, and gardenias in varying heights.
Kim and Jason had a fun filled, Southern wedding this past Saturday. A Clemson tiger ice sculpture and Clemson themed engagement photo book and engagement portrait showed that their blood runs orange. B & R Events took care of the floral centerpieces and we created pink and white arrangements with mismatched glass vases that Kim supplied.
They were surrounded by their closest family, the brother of the groom even officiated the ceremony. Different textures of white, black, and bubble gum pink surrounded the guests while Sam Brooks from Life of the Party serenaded everyone.
They had a fantastic playlist, Larkin's Southern Dinner buffet, and the bride and groom even entered their reception with matching white and black shades.
Congratulations Kim and Jason!
Congratulations Lori and Jeremy!
Lori and Jeremy got married May 23rd at Bethel Baptist Church. Lori utilized turquoise, pale pink, and white in her palette, which popped at Larkins on the River's Wyche Pavillion. It was a lovely summer event, with Japenese lanterns, tons of candles, and Larkin's Southern Country Cocktail Buffet. If you see Lori and Jeremy, be sure to congratulate them!
This lovely couple got married on February 9th at John Knox Presbyterian Church and had their reception at the Marriott. They had a charming "Winter Wonderland" theme with frosted and crystalized branch centerpiece and their colors were champagne, silver, and white. Dahlia used plenty of white calla lilies, orchids, and white roses for the floral and B & R Events constructed the centerpieces. There was even snow on the tables!
If you are into crazy bridal antics, or you just want your fiance to see that you could be soooo much worse, the season premiere of Bridezillas on the We channel starts on June 1st.
We told Ana Parra with the Link during the holidays that it is not just about a theme or a color for us, but all about texture.
2008 and 2009 brides should look into playing with different patterns that go with their color scheme. Stripes, toile, flowers, dots, and flourishes can all make the feel of you wedding very chic. Add touches to the cakes, table runners, stationary, ribbons, anything you want to incorporate your style. But remember, stick to just one trend or texture.
Damasks, lace, toile, laquers are all popular in the home design scene and now influencing decor at weddings and receptions.
Don't want to go overboard? Instead of draping the whole ballroom with heavy fabrics, put little accents around the room. Table runners, ribbons, and stationary are all nice touches.
Over the past couple of years, white has taken a back seat at most weddings, allowing jewel tones to take a front seat. While we LOVE color at weddings, whites can be just as fun.
Beautiful white floral centerpieces, sparkling candles, lavish white cakes can make a wedding sparkle and then use your color as accents with stationary and florals.
Martha put together this book with her master baker, the one who puts all her ideas to life and seems to be her right hand gal for Weddings (Wendy Kromer), lead us through all the steps and considerations for wedding cakes. There is even a section on how to make a wedding cake yourself!
2008 is going to be more about the metals. Silver, platinum, gold, champagne, and bronzes are going to be hot for the bridesmaids.
This is a mixed blessing. Many bridesmaids loved the idea of brown, a little richer than black but just as flattering. The idea and textures of the metals are stunning, but will the palette look great on all body types and skin tones? We will wait and see and enjoy!