Monthly Archive:: October 2010

On Somewhere Splendid: A Shoot from Our Labor of Love + Amy Osaba

Just popping into give you all a heads up about a couple of gorgeous features on Somewhere Splendid from Heidi of Our Labor of Love and Amy Osaba, two of my favorites on the wedding scene! They were kind enough to let me feature it over there, but I think they’re both great inspiration for wedding planning as well as general entertaining. Hop on over to Somewhere Splendid to check it out!

Images from Heidi of Our Labor of Love.

Espresso, to Go!

I’m all about coffee. I have my own little espresso machine (which I worship) and since I am SO not a morning person, my little machine makes it just a smidgen easier to face the day. I also love a late night cup. Typically decaf so I am not staring at stars into the wee hours of the morn, but there is something about a warm cup that tops off the night. As I was designing a wedding for one of my sweet couples who adore coffee as much as I do, I thought why not a late night espresso bar! How much fun would that be with cinnamon sticks and cocoa powder and flavored syrups?! Guests would have a blast! In my research I came across some great photo finds – I loved the idea of adding in some espresso sweet treats as well as mixing up cup designs.  Another thought is to have some drinks already prepared for guests to grab so the line won’t get too long, as well as have the custom shot bar so guests would have the option of DIY. I adored the idea of the favor that doubles as an escort card – mini coffee cups filled to the brim with chocolate covered espresso beans! That just might be my favorite!

Images from Geoff White Photography, Kurstin Roe Photography via Elizabeth Anne Designs, Sacha Blue, Cocoa and Fig, Main Event Productions, Beau-Coup, and Canadian House and Home.

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Trisha Dean is a wedding and event planner in the San Francisco Bay Area. A background in graphic design and corporate event planning led to her love of designing and planning weddings. She is the author of Adore and a contributing blogger to Bay Area Bride Guide in addition to the Inspired Bride. She lives in Walnut Creek, California with her husband, daughter, and two cats.

Perfect Petals: Poppies and Posies

I’m going to be just a little wistful, lamenting the fact that everything has turned to brown and gray outside. Can you blame me, though? I live in Minnesota. It’s like a death knell, signaling the onset of a very long and bitter winter. What does that mean for you? Well, as I turn my head to happier thoughts, you’ll probably be seeing quite a few features on some of my favorite floral designers to brighten my day, as well as yours.

First up is Poppies and Posies. I’d seen their work around the blogosphere, but they first truly came on my radar after working on Nonpareil Magazine. I love their eclectic style – I call it “tailored wild”, because it looks very effortlessly put together, but you can still see the amazing amount of care that goes into editing what types of flowers and botanicals pair together. It’s wonderful to look at their work because they pull off the aesthetic time after time while still using an amazing arrange of colors and flower types – each arrangement and bouquet is unique but the look still screams “Poppies and Posies”. Check out their portfolio to see more great work.

Images from Poppies and Posies.