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A look behind scenes (wedding + coffee, lots of coffee)

I’ve been quiet lately, but certainly not bored. My plate has been more than full … sort of like a buffet exploded on my lap, actually. I apologize for the lack of posts — though you seem to have kept occupied reading about summer cocktails, circus parties (an oldie but goodie) and how to make tissue paper pom poms — so that’s good :).

Here’s a few snapshots on what’s been keeping my busy and a little sneak peek at one very gorgeous wedding.

FLOWERS. They occupied my life for 3 straight days. Non-stop. My air conditioner that was set at 50 degrees can testify (dreading that bill!). I played wedding florist (first time for everything, huh?) and it was no small feat. With 150 guests and a large venue… we had a TON of flowers. Just picture, 11 bouquets as a starting point. Boy, I’m glad that’s over!

DIY galore. Painting, staining, building, crafting, gluing …. pretty much up until it was time to get hair and makeup done. Oh, did I mention I was the Matron of Honor? Wedding planner, florist, Matron of Honor, and Sister-in-Law to the beautiful bride … yep, told you I was busy :).

FUEL. This is how I survived. Between all of those roles above, I was still playing the usual: mom, wife, cook and also  keeping together my full time day job.

It was WAY worth it though. This stunning couple are the best Brother-in-Law and Sister-in-Law one over-worked gal can ask for. They deserved a perfect day!

I had so many wonderful vendors help me pull this day off… I can’t wait to show you all the pictures!

And that pic of the rings? It almost killed me. Yep, heart attack. I kept it on the inside though because a frantic sister/Matron of Honor/wedding planner is the LAST thing a happy bride needs to see on her wedding day. Can you guess what happened after this photo was taken? Go ahead, guess.

More, regular posts coming next week (I promise). Thanks for hanging in there with me. I’m going to relax and get rid of my wedding hangover this weekend and then … I’ll be baaaaaack!

the last two photos courtesy of Tracy Dodson Photography

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Romantic Bridal Shower

This bridal shower is girly, romantic and simple. Hope you like it!

When coming up with the over all look and feel of this special shower, I started with the romantic wedding color palette and added a little more “girly” with the addition of gold sparkles and a touch of romantic lace. Overall, I think it had a nice romantic, girly, yet sophisticated feel. Take a look!

romantic bridal shower tablescape

Simple place settings and centerpieces lined the table set for thirty.

bridal shower place settings

The center of the table was lined with romantic flowers gathered in milk glass vases. Nothing too fancy, just soft shades of pink and white flowers.  At each setting was a “He said/She said” questioneer and a tiny pink pencil. Guests filled out their cards (a fun conversation starter) and later, the bride read and answered the questions aloud.

Also the favors were aside each plate — a “adult” flavored lollipop. The flavors were Ginger (totally refreshing) and Champagne and Roses.

pink and white centerpieces

 The flowers were amazing. Gerber Daisies, A wide variety of roses, ranunculus & hydrangeas — all locally grown. Bonus — they smelled divine!

make your own mimosa station

This hutch worked as our beverage station. Guests enjoyed drinks and appetizers before lunch was served.

mimosa bar

 make your own mimosa station

 The Make your own Mimosa station was a hit.

romantic bridal shower dessert table

 The gorgeous desserts complimented the shower so perfectly. These dessert designers (I can’t think of a more fitting name to call them) matched this theme to-a- T!

romantic bridal shower dessert table

 The ribbon and lace backdrop was by far my favorite element. So simple to make and yet so dramatic.

romantic bridal shower dessert table

Raspberry and Salted Caramel Macarons from Sparkles Macarons, Cheesecake bites and lemonade cupcakes adorned with fondant fabric flowers from Edible Details (all were almost too gorgeous to eat).

romantic bridal shower dessert table

The sugar cookies from Better Bit of Butter were a show-stopper. OH. MY. And they tasted just as good as they looked. They matched the look and feel of the shower so perfectly, I couldn’t have imagined them up to be more perfect.

The darling mini wedding cakes were from The Marshmallow Studio and they are … yep…. marshmallows! They were such a unique addition to the dessert table (thanks Alejandra!). And here’s the blushing bride (who happens to be my lovely sister-in-law). :)

romantic bridal shower

A few last pics of the shower. It was such an amazing day. I’m really proud of how it turned out and VERY honored to have hosted such a lovely day for a very special bride.

I hope these photos help inspire your next event, thanks for reading everyone! xoxoxo.

 

Vendors

Rentals | Allies Party

Flowers | Hidalgo Flowers

 

Marshmallow wedding cakes | The Marshmallow Studio

Sugar Cookies | A Better Bit of Butter

French Macarons | Sparkles Macarons

Fondant cupcake toppers | Edible Details

Lollipops | The Candied Flower

 

 

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Wedding Inspiration with Minted + $250 GIVEAWAY

Calling all brides-to-be!

minted giveaway

If you’re a bride (not a bride, but know one? Let her know about this post!), you’ll want to read on. One of my favorite invitation and stationery go-to’s, Minted is sharing four lovely, new wedding invitations with us today. Even better, they have given me a GREAT prize to giveaway — $250 gift card to Minted! So, if you need save the dates, wedding invitations, or thank you notes for your big day … this is for you.

Check out 4 of their newest designs:

Love Story :: Sophisticated buntings created from the pages of a classic love story, set the mood for a romantic event. [see it here]

Chalkboard :: This wedding invitation has plenty of character with a textured background and hand drawn elements. [see it here]

Column Rule :: Clean and modern type highlights the names stars of the day, the bride and groom. [see it here]

In the park :: A sweet invitation to announce an outdoor wedding venue. Features woodgrain and floral embellishments. [see it here]

Do you have a favorite? (I do, but I don’t want to sway you)

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Now for the fun part, your chance to win $250 towards your next Minted order!

Follow these 2 simple steps to enter:

1. Pin your favorite invitation from above to one of your own personal Pinterest boards.

2. Come back here and leave a link to your pin in a comment (grab the url in your browser bar). This will count as your official entry.

P.S. Be sure to follow both HostessTori and Minted on Pinterest!

Contest ends April 29th at 11pm PST. One winner will be chosen randomly from the comments below. Must complete steps 1 & 2 above to enter.

 

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Wedding Colors: Blush & Champagne

It’s been a few years since I’ve planned a wedding and I have to tell you, it feels wonderful to be at it again. There is nothing better than helping a bride create that perfect day where she will be surrounded by all the people and pretty things she loves. This bride is extra special since she is my sister-in-law (YAY!). Here’s a little peek at what we’ve been working on:

 Wedding Colors | Blush and Champagne

The colors the bride has chosen are in the family of ivory, champagne and a light blush pink. Doesn’t this palette just beam with romance?

Blush Wedding

The save the dates were AMAZINGLY perfect. From the colors to the photo to the romantic detail in the hand-drawn frame, oh my goodness. They were perfect! The couple had a STUNNING engagement session with Tracy Dodson Photography (check out all of their engagement photos here). The save the dates were costumed designed by my go-to gal, Kori of Paper and Pigtails. I love how she paired the modern bold outside frame with the delicate (hand-drawn!) romantic inside frame. Simply stunning.

 Wedding Colors | Blush and Champagne

While at my favorite farmers’ market this weekend, I picked up some gorgeous blooms from my favorite flower grower (Alfredo of  Hidalgo Flowers) for  a little eye candy to have at my desk this week. This couple, upcoming wedding, and color palette just make me so happy I want to be surrounded by all things wedding lately!

On the agenda this week: Cake tasting with our friends at Jodee’s Bakery and another wedding site visit to play around with linens at the stunning Gershon Bachus Vinyards.

There is bound to be more wedding posts in the next 3 months so HOLD ON TIGHT!

Planning a wedding or just want to more pretty pictures to look at?  I have a “Blush Wedding” Pinterest  board here — check it out!

Vendors shown above

Photographer | Tracy Dodson

Custom Save the Dates | Paper and Pigtails

Flowers | Hidalgo Flowers

(and more about Jodee’s Bakery and Gershon Bachus Vinters coming soon!)

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WIN! Southern Living Wedding Planner & Keepsake

Are you planning a wedding? Know someone who is? The new Southern Living Wedding Planner & Keepsake is AMAZING!

 

wedding planning timeline

 

I really couldn’t have found this at a better time — I’m currently helping my sister-in-law who is in full wedding planning mode! As her sister-in-law, wedding planner, and hello…. Maid of Honor, I want all the best resources at my fingertips! What I’m loving about this planner:

-It has a great wire spiral binding so I can open it up and it will lay flat. It also has great pockets to put in business cards, notes, and swatches.

-The step-by-step wedding planning timeline and guide feels so different than typical wedding planning books I’ve seen — it’s refreshing!

-The photography is top-notch. I’ve already been inspired by flipping through the gorgeous pages.

Here’s a little peek inside:

wedding planning timeline - book

Want to WIN a copy?

To Enter:

Leave a comment on this post telling me what you love most about weddings!

Good luck! Contest ends March 2, 2012 at 10pm PST.

P.S. Stay tuned for a lot more wedding posts over the next 4 months!

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Engagement Party {Classy + Whimsy} Part 2

As I mentioned in Part 1 of this engagement party, the entire concept of this party was created around the Bride-to-be’s mention that she was envisioning a party that was “classy with a touch of whimsical” and “black with a pop of color.”

Here is a reminder to what started it all … the perfect invitation.

engagement party ideas

Designed by the very talented Kori of Paper and Pigtails, the invite was the source of inspiration for the rest of the event details.

 If you missed Part 1 be sure to take a look. We shared lots of bright florals and details. Here’s a peek back:

engagement party ideas | decor

And at last …  more of the event:

In addition to the fully stocked bar, we served up two signature cocktails. We took classic traditional drinks and gave them a twist by using some fun candy. More details on those below! The tray-passed appetizers were classy but a little playful.

Throughout the night, servers passed trays of veggies and hummus, dirty martini skewers (recipe coming!), caprese turkey meatballs, crackers with pesto tapenade, spinach & feta puff pastries, spicy stuffed mushrooms, chipotle mayo beef sliders and french fries served in a cup with spicy ketchup. The food was a hit!

engagement party drinks

The two signature drinks were both inspired by candy from CandyWarehouse.com — a Rock Candy Champagne Cocktail and a Vodka and Orange Cream Club. Both recipes to come soon!

Paper cones were filled with gourmet cotton candy adult could appreciate. The flavor? Strawberry Jalapeno (it was GOOD!).

The dessert table could not have been more perfect, really. Not over the top — but SPOT ON with the design (just how I like it). Custom cookies by Allyson Jane were a perfect match. She incorporated the logo I designed with a pop of orange and the custom print from the invitaions. She hand decorated our “chevron with a twist” pattern and they were perfect!

engagement party ideas

Matching custom cupcake toppers were made by the talented Edibtal Details. The monogram and custom pattern showed off beautifully here.

engagement party cake

Also, designed by Edible Details were the GORGEOUS sugar flowers that adorned our cake — just so lovely. They mimicked the fresh florals we used throughout the party.

Thank you to all the very talented and helpful vendors who helped me pull this party off. And thank you to the darling couple (Courtney & Dave) who gave me the honor of coordinating this amazing evening for them! Now, let’s plan a wedding shall we? :)

Our Amazing Vendors

Invitations & Paper Elements | Paper and Pigtails

Party Rentals | Allie’s

Cupcake Toppers & Sugar Flowers | Edible Details

Custom Cookies | Allyson Jane

Candy | Candy Warehouse

Vases for centerpieces | Blumebox

Cotton Candy | Daily Grommet

Cake | Jodee’s Bakery

 

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