Martha Stewart Real Weddings – Sophia & Joel

We love working with Bash, Please! and we were so excited to be able to work with them on this stunning wedding which was recently featured in Martha Stewart Weddings Magazine. The whole experience was such a privilege and we are so happy for the bride and groom who may look familiar to you. We provided stir sticks for non other than Sophia Amoruso, epic #Girlboss and owner of Nastygal and her musician husband, Joel Jarek Degraff. We’ve been on cloud nine since the whole event.

Sophia Amoruso - Girl Boss Wedding

image1For more of the gorgeous event, head over to the Bash, Please! blog post.

 

Parisian Photo Session

I am a very lucky girl. My husband and I celebrated 7 years of marriage in July 2014. 7 years! I can’t believe how quickly time is flying by. On our anniversary, I got to open my card from him, and he really hit it out of the park this year as far as anniversary presents go.

Our trip to Paris had been in the books for a couple months already and I kept telling him that was all I wanted. When I opened my card, I had learned that we had a private photo session in front of the Eiffel Tower planned for our stay in Paris. We had the best of the best taking our pictures for us too! Brian from French Grey Photography, is the kind of person you dream of working with. He is, for lack of a better word, genius.

These are by far, my most favorite souvenirs I’ve ever brought home from any trip.  The hubs has set the bar really high for himself, can’t wait to see how he tackles 8 years!

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These are just a few of the many uh-mazing pictures we got from our session. We got to the tower bright and early and had the whole area to ourselves for the most part. To say it was “magical” is an extreme understatement.

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The entire session, I just kept saying “oh my gosh, I can’t believe we are doing this!”

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After the tower, Brian took us to this quaint area that felt very “french”. I mean, I didn’t travel across the world to get pictures of us that weren’t “french” looking, right?

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By then, it was time for a costume change for me. I changed into something a little more comfortable and sat down for a minute with a cup of espresso and hot chocolate.

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After our snack, we decided to walk around the neighborhood and found some more stunning locations to have fun in. It’s not that hard in Paris though to find beautiful photogenic locations to be honest.

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When our session was over, I was so sad. We had a blast with Brian and he made us feel so comfortable. I am so lucky to be able to travel the way my husband and I do; but to have these gorgeous pictures taken as well, on a dream trip of mine, well that’s just icing.

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If you are going to Paris, I can’t recommend Brian at French Grey Photography enough. These are by far the best kind of souvenirs. Forget the Eiffel Tower lighter and the cheesy beret, spend a little money and capture some memories instead.

White Dress, Mint Skirt, Heart Blouse, Parisian Hat – Morning Lavender

Shoes – Steve Madden

 

New Product & Drink Recipe

We are so excited to give you a sneak peek into our new line of products. We have been working hard to develop a line of customizable stir sticks for wedding, birthdays, corporate events, and more!

We recently gave away 25 of these Thanksgiving theme stir sticks on our Facebook page, so if you don’t follow us there, make sure you do!

For this cocktail I tried to think of something holiday-ish.  Horchata always reminds me of the holidays. So I made a little spiked Horchata and it turned out delicious; maybe a little too delicious if you know what I mean. Enjoy!

Hardy Horchata

1.5 ounces of white tequila

1 ounce of Rumchata

¼ ounce of Atomic Fireball Whiskey

5 ounces of good quality Horchata

¼ ounces of sweet syrup

Dash of cinnamon

Pour the tequila, Rumchata, Fireball Whiskey, Horchata, and syrup into a cocktail shaker with ice.

Pour into glass and sprinkle cinnamon on the top.

Will You Be My Bridesmaid Party

A lot of brides order our hangers as a way to ask their friends to be in their wedding party. Some girls even choose to host a small luncheon for their girls, making it extra special. Paper and Cake offers an adorable printable party that will take your special request to the next level.

After a girl says “yes!” to her fiancé, it is time for her to ask her girls to be a part of her special day. It is time for her to ask them to “ride shotgun with her!”
And that was the theme of our party.

I was thrilled when Abigail of Paper and Cake asked me to be a part of this shoot, especially because I love the idea of making you best friends feel special. Abigail pays close attention to all the details that really make a big impact when it comes to hosting a party.

Mix-match chic chairs from Found Rentals around a vintage door used as a table were just a few of the small touches on this picnic. Baby’s breath paired with paper flowers and arranged in tin cans, are simple but elegant. The girls sit down for the gourmet lunch in their own individual boxes and mason jar glasses from TomKat Studio. Each girl is presented with one of our hangers to hang her dress on for the big day as well as a pickup truck key chain as a momento. All of the small details that really tie the whole party together are from Paper and Cake. Her eye for detail is what makes her parties a cut above the rest.

 

No party would be complete without a delicious dessert table. Abigail didn’t let us down there. Meringue Bake Shop provided the scrumptious ombre cupcakes; Dolly’s Cotton Candy was also on display, and the topper of the whole party, the edible cake topper by Edible Details.

It was a privilege to be able to be apart of such an amazing group of vendors. I had a blast working with them and I’m proud of the work we all accomplished.

Featured Vendor Credits:
Styling and Printable Party Set: Paper & Cake
Photography: Missy Marie Photography
Hangers & Key chains: Delovely Details
Truck Fondant Topper: Edible Details
Mason Jar Lids, Stripey Straws, Gable Boxes, Gold Twine: TomKat Studio
Cupcakes: Meringue Bakeshop
Cotton Candy: Dolly’s Cotton Candy

Honorable Mention Contributors:
Cake stands: Sweets Indeed
Chairs: Found Vintage Rentals
Popcorn Ladder: Magnolia and Willow Antiques
Tablecloth: Tablevogue

New Design & Coupon Code

Taking on this re-branding and new website was quite the undertaking. I don’t know that I fully understood what I was getting myself into. Luckily, I was working with some amazing people who really knew what they were doing and helped making this entire process easy and smooth.

I can’t thank Reni, Heidi, and the rest of the crew over at Bliss and Tell enough for all the hard work they’ve done on the new designs and the website. They were patient with me, professional, and kind people to work with.

 

When working on the new photos for the website, I knew I wanted a standard floral shot, and French Buckets came through and gave me one of the most beautiful floral pieces I have ever seen. I can’t thank them enough for their help!

Lastly, my husband once again pulls through and becomes my knight and shining armor.  He’s worked diligently on this whole project with me, staying up late, editing photos, and giving his opinion. I couldn’t have gotten where I am today, without all of his encouragement and support.

To celebrate this new chapter for our little business and for our life, we are offering a coupon code!

Use coupon code NEWDESIGN to receive 15% off your entire purchase!