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4 Wedding Cake Trends We Love!

Designing your wedding dessert isn’t always a piece of cake!

You may be taste-testing for the best flavors and textures, but don’t forget about creating a work of art that wows your guests and stands out in photos. When and where else will a dessert be such a center piece than at your wedding reception? So take advantage of beautiful trends and ideas that showcase your cake with unique concepts and details.

Pearl Cakes
Nothing is more bridal than pearls. NOTHING! So, how much more weddingish can a wedding cake get? Pearly details! Whether included frosted beaded details or using frosting or fondant that has a pearly shimmer, this kind of cake is just about as elegant as it gets. Too pretty to eat? Yes! But… that’s not stopping anyone!

Pearl cakes

Wedding Cake Cakes
That’s right, plural cakes. Why have one when you can have more? Instead of one multi-tiered wedding cake, disassemble the tiers and display individual cakes. This plan takes up more cake real estate, making for a beautiful spread of confectionary goodness. That also means more opportunities for cute and creative cake toppers! By the way, speaking of cake toppers, don’t forget to add some bling to your spread with Bling Diva Designs. No one’s ever disliked a little sparkle, ya know?

Multiple Wedding Cakes

Rustic Cakes
Having a rustic wedding? It’s only natural to have a nature-themed cake. Nothing seals the theme more than a wedding cake to tie in the style of your day. And if you want to get all deep about it, your wedding day is the first day of new growth for a new family tree and you’ll those branches grow over the years. And the best part? The cake will look woodsy without tasting like wood!

Rustic Wedding Cakes

Non-cake Cakes
Who says you have to serve cake anyway? Choose to serve what you actually love. If it’s not cake, then think outside the cake box. Fruit pies! Donuts! Cookie cake! Rice Krispie Treats! Whoopie pies! Macarons! There’s no rule that mandates you serve traditional wedding cake. Find a baker and design your own dessert that represents your taste buds and style.

Alternative Wedding Cakes

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Noshing At Tiffanys Styled Shoot – The Fashion

Paula Cooperman of Mill Crest Vintage shares with us today her vision for the fashion showcased in our Noshing at Tiffany’s styled shoot. As a leading boutique and stylist in the vintage clothing industry, Mill Crest Vintage provided handfuls of options for our beautiful models, Runya and Yana, to wear based on the inspired era and film, Breakfast at Tiffany’s. We were so lucky to be able to play dress-up with such beautiful dresses and accessories! It is truly every girl’s dream! I personally enjoyed examining the vintage dresses and imagining the stories behind them, as they are both original pieces. What fun!

The Breakfast at Tiffany’s Style

The legendary classic style of the wardrobe in Breakfast at Tiffany’s still influences fashion half a century later. Not only did it secure Audrey Hepburn as a style icon, it also made several chic items as famous as the movie itself.

The Bride:

For the bride, we chose this amazing 1950s Alfred Angelo lace vintage wedding dress for its classic lines and whimsical style. The tea length vintage wedding dress is done in a soft white floral lace-adorned net over two layers of tulle and a magnificent silk satin lining.

The sheer lace bodice features a scooped neckline in the lace, which is trimmed in pearls. The silk satin lining, which shows through the lace, offers a sweetheart neckline. Thirty self-covered buttons groom the back and six self covered buttons detail the long sheer sleeves. The full, gathered skirt, which is lined in silk satin and two layers of tulle, falls from just below the natural waist and features a beautiful lace floral design in the sheer net overlay. Paired with a chic crown style headpiece with attached veil, the look is timeless and classic.

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The Bridesmaid:

Audrey Hepburn wore a fabulous little black cocktail dress that is now often referred to as “the definitive LBD.” We chose this fabulous authentic 1950s little black vintage dress, which was designed in the pique of the fashion’s era.

The dress is done in a silk linen blend for our beautiful bridesmaid. The bodice features a banded V-cut neckline and sweet capped sleeves. The skirt, which falls from the cinched waist, finishes just below the knee. We paired it with a petticoat to show fullness. Accessorized with a simple chic velvet headpiece, over-sized black sunglasses, iconic vintage pearl necklace and black gloves, we were able to capture the iconic style of Holly Golightly with ease.

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Both dresses are currently available at Mill Crest Vintage and personalized bridal consultations are available by appointment.

Photographer: Erin Saldana Photography
Venue and Catering: Stonehaus at The Westlake Village Inn
Styled Shoot Designer and Wedding Coordinator: An Enlightened Event
Bride and Bridesmaid Dresses & Accessories: Mill Crest Vintage
Floral Design & Chuppah: Happy Flowers
Event Design and Rentals: Pretty Vintage Table
Tuxedos: Friar Tux
Blue Chocolate Covered Strawberries: Bobalu Berries
Rolls Royce: Classy Chassis
Dessert Topper and Servingware: Bling Diva Designs
Paper Food Cards and Paper Table Number: Fla-de-Dahs
Ketubah: Anna Abramzon Studio
Hair Stylist: Hair of the Bride, Helena Van Zandbergen
Makeup Artist: Sam Salk
Linens: Ventura Rental Party Center

Wonderful Models: Runya Simon, Jason Simon, Yana Ward, Jonathan Bluth

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Noshing at Tiffany’s Styled Shoot — The Details

Today, Cynthia Alexander, owner of An Enlightened Event, shares her vision and inspiration as the lead designer for Noshing at Tiffany’s! Her attention to detail is impeccable and she has the ability to think outside the box and on her feet, which are necessary attributes when collaborating with a team. Noshing at Tiffany’s would not have been possible without Cindy’s design ideas!

Cocktail Hour Sitting Area

Standing during a cocktail hour can get tiring especially when ladies are in heels. I wanted to be able to show an alternative or a way to enhance the way a cocktail hour should be…by allowing the opportunity to sit in a setting that was comfortable and subconsciously feel as if they were in their own living room.

The gorgeous Stonehaus hearth was used as the sitting area. A couple of the things that stood out most to me during the Breakfast at Tiffany’s movie was that Holly Golightly had a bathtub sofa and a suitcase on the floor with a telephone inside of it. We wanted to bring these small details into the shoot to hold true to the movie. To capture this, we brought in a small basin and used it as a floral centerpiece for the sitting area, a settee that had a curved backing that would mimic the style of the sofa in the movie, and a vintage suitcase with a telephone inside of it. Using the hearth and settee made it felt like we were in a living room, which is one of the first scenes in the movie.

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Reception Table Setting

It was extremely important to me to make the setting elegant and simple so that any bride could mimic it, even those on a smaller budget. With the vintage wedding trend still going strong, I wanted to show that vintage didn’t need to be rustic or have a barn in a field. Vintage could be elegant by using old, colorful, mismatched china and colored bottles with silver platters.

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There were a few things that weren’t “standard” in the table set up such as setting up the napkins underneath the plates so that it would hang on the side. This allowed us to bring in the Tiffany Blue that is so well known and associated with Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Using a solid satin napkin works well with the patterned table linen because it breaks up the pattern on the table linen with the patterns and colors of the china. The napkin ties in the mismatched patterns and brings out their colors.

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Most receptions have the silverware placed in a very specific order on the table next to and around the plate. Here, we wanted to show that the silverware could be placed in a different way – wrapped with the napkin ring. Flowers placed inside the silverware bouquet tie together the flowers from the ceremony and the cocktail hour.

I also decided that I didn’t want the table to look too cluttered. Each of the items on the table should have their own “shining moment,” which is why I had the tea cups and saucers placed on top of the entrée and salad plates. The tea cups and saucers are gorgeous and I wanted people to take a look at it and really enjoy the way they bring color and character to the table.

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Finally, the centerpiece was made up of several bottles that had varying colors of the blue at staggering heights. Usually, centerpieces are used to bring in height and color to the tables, but here, the bottles enhanced the overall look. They all sat on a silver platter with a minimal amount of flowers, which is extremely cost effective. Had this been a real, working reception, people would still be able to talk over the centerpiece and since they’re clear, tined glass, they allow light to pass through and brighten the table instead of blocking it.

Food & Presentation

I love strawberries and they should always have their own way to be showcased when they are beautiful as the ones provided by Bobalu Berries. We used an old medicine cabinet that Pretty Vintage Table provided and filled it with chocolate covered strawberries. Most weddings use a medicine cabinet to showcase family portraits or other personal items, but they can be used for so much more. With shelves, you could display desserts such as these strawberries, or other food items. Instead of displaying food, family heirlooms, bouquets, or other featured items on a horizontal level, you could cluster them inside a piece of furniture like the medicine cabinet to give vertical appeal to the aesthetics of the reception.

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One of the things that I find sometimes boring, or often overlooked, is how the entrees are set up at a wedding when there is a buffet. The food is usually presented on a couple of long banquet tables covered in white or black linen. The way the food is presented is just as important to the event as any other design detail.

For this reason, we decided to use a wooden picnic table because it provided the opportunity to have different heights and more surface space on which to serve the food. We placed a patterned table runner across the top of the table to add some character, used Tiffany Blue food cards, included sparkly servingware and a blinged out diamond ring that topped the dessert tower to pay homage to Tiffany’s prized goods for sale, and placed pearls around the table to tie in the theme from the other settings.

We continued the use of silver platters, which were various sizes, and it allowed us to have depth and height. It also allowed each food item to be properly showcased. Of course, we wanted to ensure that we had pastries since the movie starts with Holly Golightly exiting a taxi cab with a pastry in hand.

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It was such an amazing experience and I am truly honored that I was asked to design and execute this photo shoot. It is so much fun to be able to think outside the box and bring new ideas and recreate old ideas to make weddings stunning.

Photographer: Erin Saldana Photography
Venue and Catering: Stonehaus at The Westlake Village Inn
Styled Shoot Designer and Wedding Coordinator: An Enlightened Event
Bride and Bridesmaid Dresses & Accessories: Mill Crest Vintage
Floral Design & Chuppah: Happy Flowers
Event Design and Rentals: Pretty Vintage Table
Tuxedos: Friar Tux
Blue Chocolate Covered Strawberries: Bobalu Berries
Rolls Royce: Classy Chassis
Dessert Topper and Servingware: Bling Diva Designs
Paper Food Cards and Paper Table Number: Fla-de-Dahs
Ketubah: Anna Abramzon Studio
Hair Stylist: Hair of the Bride, Helena Van Zandbergen
Makeup Artist: Sam Salk
Linens: Ventura Rental Party Center

Wonderful Models: Runya Simon, Jason Simon, Yana Ward, Jonathan Bluth

Noshing At Tiffany’s – Styled Shoot, Westlake Village, California

Elegance. Femininity. Fashion. High society. Total Glam.

Those are the words that describe Holly Golightly, Audrey Hepburn, and, of course, Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

Aren’t these wonderful words to use to describe a wedding? Who says you can’t have a wedding in the style of Breakfast at Tiffany’s? Every girl can have her Audrey moment.

But you’re having a Jewish wedding. You have to stick to… tradition! How do you incorporate this kind of aesthetic when your wedding day is mildly or heavily guided by tradition?

Ah ha! A little word play has never been so glamorous:

The Wedding Yentas is proud to present Noshing at Tiffany’s!

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So how do you pull off a Noshing at Tiffany’s wedding, borrowing details from the movie and style while combining some Jewish flair?

It all starts with food! A brunch time wedding is so yummy and high society! Pick a place that provides a beautiful brunch ambiance. We did (Stonehaus at The Westlake Village Inn) and the environment, food spread, and service provided the most luxurious spot for our photo shoot. While delicate desserts like Tiffany-blue chocolate covered strawberries (Bobalu Berries) and colorful macarons bring in ultimate class, go ahead and bring out the nosh with Jewish delicacies like black and white cookies, blintzes, and other treats you’d find in your deli’s spinning glass dessert case. A variety of bagels will always be welcome at any Jewish event and you can’t forget the accouterments: lox, onions, capers, cucumbers, tomatoes. And the cream cheese? But of course!

Here’s the wedding spin on cream cheese: You know the colorful spread of candy in apothecary jars or delicious dessert buffets we see at wedding receptions as we walk out with our midnight snacks? Here’s a new one for you:

Schmear Bar!

Different flavored cream cheeses to accompany your bagel! Noshing at Tiffany’s fusion does not get any yummier or Jewishy than that!

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It would have been criminal of all of us to produce a vintage Tiffany’s-themed styled shoot without that perfect twinkle of blue!

We’ll learn more about the inspiration for the design (An Enlightened Event) later this week, but I’m too impulsive to wait to share the details that are dripping in Tiffany’s robin’s egg blue. The table scape (Pretty Vintage Table and Ventura Rental Party Center) is dessert for my eyes and the brunch buffet even manages to boast signature blue via tri-fold labels (Fla-de-Dahs) and sparkly servingware (Bling Diva Designs). And what’s a better way to tip your hat to Tiffany’s? How about a “cake topper” (Bling Diva Designs) blinged out in Swarovski crystals in the figure of a class Tiffany’s diamond engagement ring? Since Noshing at Tiffany’s is a brunch, we didn’t include a cake and created a dessert tower instead and that pretty little gem of a topper dazzled from the highest tier.

The flowers (Happy Flowers) with silver spray painted succulents add a necessary antique quality to the dream of cream hydrangeas. This carries over from bouquets to boutonnieres to chuppah. The little things add to the big look! The rest of the floral design included romantic and textured blooms like roses, Million Star Gypsophila, Queen Anne palm seeds, Dusty Miller, renunuclas, and Pieris japonica.

You can even incorporate the palette in your Jewish details, too! Your ketubah (Anna Abramzon Studio) doesn’t need to be made out of Tiffany diamonds (although, twist my arm!), but why not select a piece of art that you love and integrates the color scheme? Success for Noshing at Tiffany’s! And you can purchase glass or use a bag for the glass that pays homage to the look of your wedding.

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What screams “vintage” more than a Breakfast at Tiffany’s period Rolls Royce? Whether it’s for a getaway or just for photos, a vintage car (Classy Chassis) seals the deal on a vintage wedding. Shots in, out, and around the car with as a couple or with your bridal party is a great way to capture memories from your day.

This is something that even the girliest girl can get excited about!

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It’s impossible to talk about 1961′s Breakfast at Tiffany’s without mentioning what Audrey Hepburn is most known for: timeless, sophisticated fashion. So, for Noshing at Tiffany’s, this was brilliantly achieved and also appropriate for a Jewish wedding.

While the dresses our models wore (Mill Crest Vintage) were time-period appropriate (more on the fashion of the shoot later this week!), the wedding dress in particular would be a beautiful gown for a traditional Jewish bride as it boasted a modest neckline and covered shoulders. And the black bridesmaid dress is a reminder of that little black dress that Audrey made so famous.

Wedding experts will tell you that your wedding dress will help dictate the style of your wedding, and dictate it did! The wedding dress was the starting point, and the rest of the vision followed, including the ladies’ hair (Hair of the Bride) and makeup (Sam Salk) styles.

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This is just the tip of the Noshing at Tiffany’s iceberg! This week you’ll see in-depth details and analysis from the top-notch designers who expertly created the look of this photo shoot. They are the epitome of true professionals in the field. The idea came to me during coffee on a trip to Chicago with the vintage wardrobe designer from Mill Crest Vintage, and then I called upon my troops and they put their creative juices to work! This kind of collaboration is not only inspiring for brides who are currently planning weddings, but for individuals and businesses in the wedding industry.

It was an honor to coordinate this shoot with my wonderful team and I can’t wait for the Yentas community to see the rest of this dreamy result.

Photographer: Erin Saldana Photography
Venue and Catering: Stonehaus at The Westlake Village Inn
Styled Shoot Designer and Wedding Coordinator: An Enlightened Event
Bride and Bridesmaid Dresses & Accessories: Mill Crest Vintage
Floral Design & Chuppah: Happy Flowers
Event Design and Rentals: Pretty Vintage Table
Tuxedos: Friar Tux
Blue Chocolate Covered Strawberries: Bobalu Berries
Rolls Royce: Classy Chassis
Dessert Topper and Servingware: Bling Diva Designs
Paper Food Cards and Paper Table Number: Fla-de-Dahs
Ketubah: Anna Abramzon Studio
Hair Stylist: Hair of the Bride, Helena Van Zandbergen
Makeup Artist: Sam Salk
Linens: Ventura Rental Party Center

Wonderful Models: Runya Simon, Jason Simon, Yana Ward, Jonathan Bluth

  • Runya says:

    What a beautiful piece yentas!! We had such a fun day with you all and we just loved all the vendors! xo I am craving one of those yummy strawberries from Bobalu Berries!!!

  • sharon says:

    Gorgeous & glamorous shoot. I love the theme and style. The table setting is very pretty & the ketubah is a beautiful work of art.

  • Alexandra says:

    The hair and makeup look divine. I just love it! Vintage chique.

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New Year’s Eve Wedding

I’m going to a New Year’s Eve Eve wedding this Sunday! I’m so excited to see Jordan and Alison get married in Chicago as the perfect ending to a pretty great year. Do you know anyone getting married this weekend? Their wedding isn’t quite New Year’s Eve, but it’s close enough that the festive vibe will be ringing loud and clear as it’s hours away from being the last wedding of 2012.

Must-have photos? A celebratory kiss, of course! And there’s also something fun and classy about the details that go into a NYE wedding. Lots of black and white, crisp textures, sparkly accessories, and bright accents of confetti or bling. Those who are simple or more muted in their design preferences need not apply to have a New Year’s Eve wedding. A celebration that starts in one year and ends in the next is anything but boring!

So whether you’ll be celebrating a new year and a new marriage this year or planning for one next year, indulge in some New Year’s Eve wedding photos!

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