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On 7.11.14 Amy and Bryan tied the knot at The Ranch at Bandy Canyon in Escondido, CA. This serene and tranquil venue was a breathtaking backdrop for one beautiful wedding. I had the pleasure of Coordinating and help Design their special day, and was impressed with Amy’s DIY Skills for the decor leading up to the big day!
After having Amy and Bryan approve the Ceremony Arch Design, I could not wait to see the final outcome! Without further adieu, here is a compilation of a beautiful couple’s perfect wedding day, courtesy of True Photography Weddings.
Venue: The Ranch at Bandy Canyon
Caterer: Bellamy’s Restaurant
Photographer: True Photography Weddings
Wedding Gown: Mori Lee by Madeline Gardner found at Prevue Bridal
Hair Stylist: Bridal Hair by Cristina
Makeup: Erin Martinson at Bella Cheri Salon
Wedding Cake: The French Gourmet
Disc Jockey: Can-Do Productions, Inc.
Wedding Videographer: Spark Films
Last Easter I wanted to bring a little Southern Tradition to the table for my soon-to-be husband. He had mentioned chocolate Coca-Cola Cake that he grew up with in Franklin, TN., but since everyone will be indulging with chocolate bunnies I thought of the classic Hummingbird Cake instead. No one from my San Diego Family had ever tried Hummingbird Cake before, so I thought it would be a delicious and fun cake to bake for everyone!
Hummingbird Cake was originally submitted by Mrs. L.H. Wiggins of Greensboro, NC. in Southern Living’s February 1978 issue. This recipe is known to have won numerous blue ribbons at county fairs. The name Hummingbird Cake was derived from the humming sound “mmmmmmm” people made while eating this delicious cake.
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 3 large eggs, beaten
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple, undrained
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 2 cups chopped bananas
- 1 bag of malt easter egg candy (for decoration)
- 3 cups of shredded coconut (for decoration)
- green food dye (for decoration)
- Combine first 5 ingredients in a large bowl; add eggs and oil, stirring until dry ingredients are moistened. (Do not beat.) Stir in vanilla, pineapple, 1 cup pecans, and bananas.
- Pour batter into three greased and floured 9-inch round cakepans. Bake at 350° for 25 to 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes; remove from pans, and cool completely on wire racks.
- Spread Cream Cheese Frosting between layers and on top and sides of cake.
- In a small mixing bowl, prepare the shredded coconut with a few drops of green food dye.
- Mix food dye and coconut until you have reached the desired green “grass”.
- Sprinkle green coconut on top of the cake, and along the rim of the cake plate.
- Top off the grass with the malt easter egg candy.
- Store in refrigerator until ready to serve.
Ingredients for Cream Cheese Frosting
- 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
- 1 (16-ounce) package powdered sugar, sifted
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Beat cream cheese and butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating at low speed until light and fluffy. Stir in vanilla.
I had the pleasure of working on a beautiful wedding for a beautiful friend of mine. There was not a dry eye at the ceremony of Meredith + John, and this dreamy couple wed in the picturesque hills of Alpine, CA. Between the romantic floral arrangements and delicious Yours Truly Cupcakes, Meredith wore a Maggie Sottero gown reminiscent of a rose. I was so touched to witness two people so deeply in love cherishing every moment, and how the value of family was ever so present.
Meredith wished for a soft pink floral design for her bridal bouquet which consisted of Hydrangeas, Garden Roses, Cymbidium Orchids, and Dusty Miller. The Bridesmaids wore Navy to compliment John’s dress blues, and the subtle variation of the violet and navy hydrangeas in their bouquets brought out the color of their dresses. The romantic candelabra arrangements along with the white Manzanita Trees encrusted with Orchids & Crystals added an elegant touch. Guests were surrounded by candlelight, which set the mood after a gorgeous sunset in the hills.
One of my best girlfriends is having a baby boy! Once I found out what his sweet little name was, I was all over this Birch Branch Sign with Twine Wrapped Letters! His Nursery is going to have a rustic yet modern appeal, and I cannot wait to see the whole design come together.
You can create this DIY Twine Wrapped Letters & Birch Branch Sign, or simply hang the letters on the wall without the branch. There are few supplies that you can pick up at your local craft and floral supply stores, and depending on how many letters you wrap, I discovered that one letter took me about an hour to wrap. The “N” and the “A” were the hardest to wrap, and I double wrapped all of the letters to give them a complete look without any gaps.
The key is to wrap the twine tight, and be sure to Hot Glue as you go! If your Wooden Letters have a similar “extended block” type font, I found cutting around 5-6 3″ pieces of Twine, and then gluing them to the ends allowed for the letters to be completely wrapped in Twine. Once you Hot Glue those little pieces, you can then begin to wrap around them and the rest of the letter with the Twine. I used around 3 1/2 Small Rolls of Twine from Michaels, and I would not recommend using anything smaller than a 6″-8″ Wood Letter (also from Michaels). The small opening for the “A” was especially hard to fit the roll through, or simply cut a really long piece of Twine to ensure you wrap around the opening.
New Year’s Eve is just around the corner, and what is more festive than popping a bottle of Sparkling Champagne? This easy DIY project will look so fab at your New Year’s Eve Party, or bring a bottle as a gift to the host of a swanky soiree!
- champagne bottle
- tacky glue
- parchment paper
- cookie sheet covered with aluminum foil
- gold glitter
- make sure your bottle is free of dust, if so wipe down with a cloth.
- cover a cookie sheet with foil, and lay a long piece of parchment paper on top of the covered cookie sheet.
- squeeze tacky glue all over the bottle, from the bottom of the foil down the the bottom of the bottle.
- spread the tacky glue to cover the bottle with your finger.
- pour the glitter in “rows” down the bottle, ensuring full coverage.
- pat the excess glitter around the bottle.
- wash glue and glitter off your hands.
- set the glittered bottle off to the side to dry on a piece of parchment paper.
- carefully unscrew the lid of glitter and set on cookie sheet.
- create a crease in the parchment paper, and carefully pour the excess glitter back into the jar of glitter.
- let dry over night & enjoy!
For more New Year’s Eve Decor, Games, and Ideas, check out this post for all your party needs!