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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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Sunshine Safari Theme Baby Shower

Well, it’s been over a month since I helped out with the Operation Shower Sunshine Safari theme event in San Diego and I’ve been dying to share photos with you! The experience was AMAZING and I was honored to be asked to join in showering such deserving military moms. The baby shower was hosted by Operation Shower, Birdies for the Brave and the Farmers Insurance Open  — who all came together to honor 40 deserving moms whose spouses are deployed while serving in the military. Pottery Barn Kids donated a ton of goodies not only for the new moms and babies but also for us designers to use in our tablescapes.

safari theme | decorations

Here’s a glimpse at my table. Inspiration came from the cheerful safari printables created for the event by paper and cake [you can get them here] and I selected a few Pottery Barn Kids items that I thought would work perfectly. I used elephant pillowcases from PBK in the large vases and their glass pink and yellow bottles to hold flowers at each place setting.

operation shower

Here’s a close up {images above courtesy of Jackie Culmer}. And see that little orange monkey above? The SUPER talented Edible Details created the most adorable fondant animals to match the safari printables. They were SO cute!

safari theme

 I played with layering a combination of textures (burlap, grass mats, charger plates, ribbon and florals) and also combined the earthy colors of brown and green with bright & vibrant pops of pink, orange and yellow.

operation shower san diego

Fresh flowers are my staple. You can make any table look gorgeous with great flowers.

safari theme table

My centerpiece was my favorite element! This giraffe was a Hobby Lobby find (I spray painted it white) that I made the focal point of the table. I added the pink single rose to the bed of moss at the last minute and just loved how it all turned out.

A warm thank you to Operation Shower for inviting me to participate in this event, I can’t wait to help with another.

A little bonus was meeting up with party gal friends (old & new!)

entertaining bloggers

From left to right: Shannon of Cupcakes & Cutlery, Rebekah of A Blissful Nest, Nancy of A to Zebra Celebrations, Jenn of Hostess with the Mostess & Kim of The TomKat Studio.

There was so much talent amongst all these designers, I want you to see each table they did — they were each so unique. Check out this post on A Blissful Nest for a great photo-recap.

I’ll leave you with a gorgeous image of the dessert station styled by the super-talented Marie of Sweets Indeed.

 safari theme party

Be sure to check out Marie’s post for all of the dessert details and sweet vendors!

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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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