Saturday, December 20, 2008

Pretty in Pink - Rebecca's Bat Mitzvah: November 22, 2008

Okay, well this first picture isn't Rebecca . . . that's me, having fun showing off the arrival table. However, you can definitely get a sense of Rebecca's interests. She loves dancing and had a ballet themed reception.

Originally, they had planned to use this photo as a signature board but when it turned out so perfectly, they decided to frame it and use a different photo instead. This one was simply for display purposes.

Inside the room, everything was color! There were hot pink and lime green splashes everywhere - a perfect color combination to brighten a November afternoon. Joining the centerpieces were a large variety of home-made chocolate covered treats - pretzels and nuts! Yum!

The centerpieces were also home-made. The family arranged with the dance studio to take a bunch of worn out toe shoes and give them new life by turning them into the treasures pictured! Hot pink and lime polka dots outside and tons of hot pink flowers inside, these toe shoes are standing on their own bases! After the reception, they were donated back to the studio to brighten future events.

The guests had two cakes to choose from and of course we used hot pink lighting under the table to add a little pizazz! Here you can see Rebecca captured during the candle lighting service!

Mazel Tov Rebecca!

Non professional photos are courtesy of Rebecca's mother.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Candy Cane Martinis - a refreshing way to spread holiday cheer!

Here's a fun and refreshing way to celebrate the holidays! The Candy Cane Martini is not only delicious but features a minty, breath freshening kick! We are offering these at our holiday parties this year. Yum!

3 parts vodka
1 part peppermint schnapps
splash of lemon/lime soda
crushed mint candies or miniature candy canes

Put ice in the martini glass to chill and then empty.
Then, dip the rim of glass in grenadine and then a saucer of crushed candies.
Meanwhile, mix vodka and peppermint schnapps with ice and shake.
Pour into martini glass.
Top with lemon lime soda.
Add a drop of grenadine - note that this will sink to the bottom for a layered look.
Garnish with a small candy cane if desired.
Enjoy with friends!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Sun Kissed Autumn - Allison and Brad: October 4, 2008

Allison and Brad could not have asked for a more beautiful day for their wedding. The warm autumn sun provided a golden glow for their outdoor ceremony. As you can see, all of the garden flowers were at their peak. The florist added some blooms to the arbor in warm, fall shades of red, orange and yellow and the beautiful draping allowed sheer rays of sun to filter through.

The bouquets and boutineers were evenly matched with one couple in red, one couple in orange and one couple in yellow.

In addition to the ceremony backdrop, the bridal party posed for a few formal photographs in the upstairs garden as well while the guests went on to enjoy the cocktail hour.

The elegant reception was decorated in shades of ivory and chocolate brown with yellow, orange and red accents including alternating designer linens and centerpieces of large candy jars filled with fun fall candies surrounded by flowers.

And, taking the prize for the most unique centerpiece is this figurine that Brad and Allison had at their sweetheart table. Apparently, this lovely lady is a traveling trophy that Brad had won for being the best at engaging in leisure time activities.

Best wishes to Brad and Allison! May you keep the love, joy and sense of humor!
Professional photos provided by Kat Rader Photography
Flowers and garden draping provided by Occasional Flowers

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Happily Ever After: Patricia and Andrew - September 27, 2008

Patricia had envisioned her wedding day as being straight out of a Cinderella fairy tale complete with glass slippers and a castle. What a beautiful day she ended up with!

Andrew posed for a photo in the garden while Patricia looked on from her room (in the castle tower.) Then, it was time for the ladies to join everyone for a ceremony in the garden. Then ladies entered the awaiting carriage (elevator) and headed down to the patio level.

Patricia's dress was a Cinderella fantasy that looked as lovely coming as going. Features included a corset back, elegant train and royal blue detailing.

The garden ceremony featured a unity candle service. And then they were married!

While the guests began enjoying the cocktail hour, Patricia and Andrew posed for some photos in the garden and the staircase.

The ballroom was set with royal blue and purple flowers, a perfect complement to Cinderella details of a horse drawn carriage, a castle cake topper and a glass slipper!

The guests feasted on a sumptious buffet including Chicken with Lemon Basil Sauce and Herb Crusted Sirloin of Beef with Green Peppercorn Sauce. Then, the DJ kept the dance floor packed for the rest of the afternoon!

Best wishes Patricia and Andrew for a happily ever after!

Professional photographs provided courtesy of
Photos by Kelly