Patisserie Inspired Photo Shoot

Ruffled teamed up with Melissa of The Loveliest Day to design a patisserie inspired photo shoot that’s going to make you want to increase your collection of cake stands stat!

I told you so. Melissa desgined the shoot with Ladurée and other real French patisserie shops in mind. In fact, the ribbon backdrop was actually inspired by the gift packaging station at Ladurée. Melissa says, “Rolls of pastel ribbons cascaded down the wall, ready to be snipped off and used to tie up a gorgeous package of fresh macarons.” Umm…genius.

Melissa displayed the flowers to resemble street side flower shops in Paris. 
I’ll take them all please, thank you!
“Heure du thé” translates to tea time.
Tags that read “sucré” were attached to toothpicks and stuck into sugar cubes to stir into tea!
What a great idea for a sip and see…or any shower really! And if the visual inspiration isn’t already enough, Melody of My Sweet and Saucy includes a tutorial on how to ice that gorgeous pink cake AND Jane of Olivia Hue provided free printables for the favor boxes, guest cards, tea bags and flags! Both can be found on the originial post on Ruffled!
Event Design: Melissa of The Loveliest Day
Vintage Rentals: Jen of Found
Cakes and Pastries: Melody of My Sweet and Saucy
Paper Products: Jane of Olivia Hue
Photography: Ashley Rose of Ashley Rose Photography

Easter Dessert Table by Jenny Cookies

Not only did Jenny at Jenny Cookies design this dessert table, she is also the handy(wo)man behind all the desserts! She is an icing goddess to say the least. Just look at her precious and perfect cookies and cupcakes and cakes! Wait until you see a close-up of the baby bird cupcakes. Too cute for words.

I love how she stacked the cake stands and the little green stool is so clever! I wish I was that artistic when it comes to desserts. The pinwheel cookies on a stick? Stop it. And how great are those bunny cupcakes!?

I will have tutorial for you on how to make these sweet cupcakes on the blog later today!
As delicious as this all looks, I think I’d be a little sad to eat any of it because it’s so pretty…but not too sad.

Carlos and Amanda Hernandez

Amanda and I met at one of my part-time jobs and became instant friends. You know how sometimes you just click with people? That’s how it was for us. When I met Amanda, she and her then fiancé Carlos were maintaining a long distance relationship. She was working in Dallas and he was in Oklahoma. In fact, he’s an Oklahoma University Sooner and she’s a Texas Tech Raider so their wedding was a long awaited union!

Carlos and Amanda actually met in Russia while working with Campus Crusade and incorporated several Russian themes to into their wedding decor to remind everyone of the significance of how they fell in love! They used the children’s book, Eloise in Moscow, as their sign in book and gave Russian candy as party favors for their guests.
The main ballroom of The Grand Hotel in adorable old Downtown McKinney acted as both the ceremony and reception. If you are from the DFW area you MUST visit this area. The streets are lined with quaint furniture, clothing and antique boutiques, hole-in-the-wall restaurants and even an old fashioned candy parlor!
Brittany Strebeck did a fantastic job of capturing the day’s events!

Amanda’s wedding dress is from StarDust Celebrations which holds a special place in my heart because it is where I found my wedding dress! I loved the style of her dress and the added brooch was a perfect touch don’t you think?

After the ceremony, guests enjoyed drinks and hors d’oeuvres downstairs while we flipped the room and set up my favorite detail of the wedding: the dessert bar. I solicited the help of our friends to set up one of the most enticing displays of sweets you have ever seen, courtesy of Romano’s Bakery.

The reception was a family style seated dinner. This was the first family style dinner I had ever seen at a wedding and it was perfect! Everyone seemed to enjoy being able to pick what went on their plate without having to wait in line. We also set up a photo booth for guests to enjoy during dinner and dancing.
Carlos and Amanda surprised their guests with a choreographed dance at the reception. It was fabulous!

PazdravlyAyu (Congratulations in Russian…I think) Mr. and Mrs. Hernandez!!!

A special thanks to the following vendors…

Ceremony/Reception: The Grand Hotel
Catering: Rick’s Chophouse
Photography: Brittany Strebeck Photography
Dessert Buffet: Romano’s Bakery
Wedding Dress: Stardust Celebrations
DJ: Bob Janitz

Florist: Fleurs Events

Amy Atlas Valentine’s Dessert Buffet

If you’ve never heard of Amy Atlas you are missing out my friend. She designs some of the most perfectly delicious candy buffets that you will ever see. Her Valentine’s Day dessert buffet will you give you just a taste (pun intended) of the her talent. Enjoy…and try hard not to lick your computer screen…

Visit Hostess with The Mostess for more information about this buffet.