Mar 26, 2009

Italian Confetti Flowers

Pellino confetti flowers - delicious and fresh almond favors (bomboniera) imported from Italy. Still made by hand, these sugar-coated candies have been lovingly created during a four-day process into delicate flowers by the Pelino family for over three hundred years. You can choose from daisies, roses, calla lilies, magnolias, petunias, and sunflowers.  They are amazingly affordable for fresh, handmade favors, from about $2.75 to $7.50 each. They will add a lovely bigliettino (favor tag) tied on with ribbon at your request. Shipping takes 4 to 6 weeks.

Five sugared almonds for each guest to eat
To remind us that life is bitter and sweet
Five wishes for the new husband and wife
Health, wealth, happiness, children, and a long life.

Pellino confetti flowers
Italian confetti sunflowers
Italian bomboniera
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Mar 25, 2009

Sexy Red Wedding Dress

Would you wear a sexy red wedding dress on the day of your dreams? Yes, this is a wedding gown. Created by a young, passionate Italian bridal designer named Alessandro Angelozzi and modeled by five foot ten inch Russian beauty (and former Sports Illustrated cover model), Irina Shayk. His bridal collections include Lost Paradise, An Italian Love, The Beauty of Rome and Siren of Capri. His philosophy? "My sole wish is for my bride to be intimately herself and simply gorgeous." I love and respect the way he refers to every new client as "my bride." Alessandro Angelozzi Couture has taken the international bridal industry by storm with a philosophy of boundless freedom, passion and sex appeal as seen in the daring red wedding dress shown below.

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Mar 20, 2009

British Bridal Designer Ian Stuart

Edgy and theatrical. A little over 10 years in the bridal business, British bridal designer Ian Stuart is in constant demand everywhere from Canada to the Middle East. Based in London, his collections include these seductively named styles: Lady Luxe, Frill Me, Supernova, Killer Queen, Revolution Rocks, Paramount and Belle Epoche (beautiful era). Lucky brides in the US can find his signature wedding gowns in California, Colorado, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Pennsylvania as well as the famous Kleinfeld Bridal ("We sell more designer bridal gowns than any other place on earth.") in Brooklyn, New York.

burlesque wedding gown by Ian Stuart

"Boudoir"  A beautiful burlesque style bridal gown available in so many romantic color 
combinations including my favorite, antique pink with metallic lace. Corset fitted bodice
and apron skirt with hand beaded French lace and flower corsage at back. Exquisite!

blush wedding gown

"Four Seasons" Available in blush or ivory of rich silk gazar, this romantic gown features
hand made silk flowers that cascade gently down the front of the body.

Ian Stuart wedding gown

"Caracas" A ruffled wedding gown with  fitted taffeta bodice
 and ribbon-trimmed multi-layered tulle skirt.

Mar 17, 2009

Shamrock Wedding Favors

Shamrock wedding favors - why not shamrock sugar cookies for your Irish themed wedding? These were hand decorated with royal icing in the colors of the famous Irish flag: green, white and orange. At the time of this writing they were available - four dozen mini shamrock cookies at $16 for the set. This seller has since given up on baking these beautiful cookies. No matter. I can make them for a fraction of that price. Prepare the cut out cookie dough and put it in my freezer up to three months in advance. Pick up a tin plated shamrock cookie cutter (on Amazon) for a little over five bucks. Mix up a batch of royal icing with Wilton's Meringue Powder, a pound of confectioners' sugar and a little bit of warm water. Wrap individually in clear cellophane bags or show off these charming Irish themed favors on decorative plates and trays.

Mar 15, 2009

Beach Wedding Cake Ideas

Beach wedding cake ideas - here are some of my favorites. Living here in beautiful Virginia Beach, I can make the ten minute drive straight down General Booth Boulevard to kick off my sneakers and wiggle my toes in the sand. Not between Memorial Day and Labor Day, which right on schedule draws sea-starved tourists all the way from Pittsburgh to Poughkeepsie. Things get crowded and crazy, but these good and generous people with their love of t-shirts and trinkets help to keep our taxes low. These beach themed wedding cakes remind me why I've always been so lucky to live by the sea. It's fresh air, a beautiful ocean view, family and fun.

beach themed wedding cake

beach themed cupcakes

Beach Themed Cupcakes

hawaiian themed wedding cake

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Mar 12, 2009

Wedding Dress Cookie Favors

Wedding dress cookie favors - you can bake at home month or more before your wedding day. Expect to pay at least five dollars each for custom made cookies online, loaded with preservatives which explains a "shelf life" up to 3 months. No thank you, homemade cookies weren't meant to take up permanent residence on a shelf. Did you know that sugar cookie dough can be frozen up to two months in advance? Place the raw cookie cutouts in a single layer on a waxed paper-lined cookie sheet. Cover and freeze for 20 to 30 minutes. Quickly transfer frozen cut outs to an airtight container, separating each layer with waxed paper. With the help of a good royal icing recipe, these wedding dress cookie designs are well within your reach.

white wedding dress cookies

flower girl cookies
wedding dress sugar cookies
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Mar 10, 2009

Lace Bolero Jackets from Alfred Angelo

Lace bolero jackets - are hand embroidered in exquisite detail with genuine Swarovski crystal embellishments. When I first wrote about these beautiful lace boleros I found them made by the designer who has always specialized in sizes that real women wear - Alfred Angelo. He was creating beautiful plus size wedding dresses when other designers thought every bride was five foot two and weighed 110. A brilliant kind of guy. Now, unfortunately, I'm only able to find one of these in his online bridal collection, a lace jacket with elbow length sleeves, crystal beading and off-the-shoulder lace neckline (available in white or ivory).

short sleeve lace bolero
long sleeve lace bolero jacket

Mar 5, 2009

Corset Wedding Gowns by Pnina Tornai

Breathtakingly beautiful corset wedding gowns by Pnina Tornai. What makes her brand so unique? Pnina is an Israeli bridal designer and star of TLC's "Say Yes To The Dress" who wants to give every bride the sexy waist she wants and deserves. I can live with that. She creates these body-slimming, hand embroidered corset wedding gowns adorned with Swarovski crystal embellishments from the finest fabrics in all of Europe. She currently resides in Tel Aviv and commutes from Israel to New York to meet with brides and work on her exclusive collections for Kleinfeld Bridal in Brooklyn.

Pnina Tornai corset wedding gown

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Mar 3, 2009

Honeymoon in Ottawa

Honeymoon in Ottawa - the capital city of Canada - is it a destination you might consider? If not, take a look at the fluffy feather pillows and "ten layers of bedding" you'll receive at the 7 most romantic hotels in Ottawa. Indulge yourself with Roman style bathtubs, king-sized canopy beds, luxury linens, floor-to-ceiling windows and cozy gas fireplaces. Spend a lazy afternoon at ByWard Market, Ottawa's most well-loved tourist attraction, an area roughly four blocks square, where you'll find boutiques, galleries, restaurants, museums and popular outdoor caf├ęs. Tell your friends you dined on delicious deep fried dill pickles at Chateau Lafayette – Ottawa’s oldest tavern (affectionately referred to as "The Laff"), established in 1849.

ByWard Market

Mar 1, 2009

Wedding Gown Trends For 2009

Wedding gown trends - what was new and exciting in 2009 still looks like something I would hand over several pay checks for today. Back when I first wrote this, two exciting new trends really caught my eye - ruffled wedding gowns and mermaid style gowns. Seven years later, a beautiful marriage has taken place between these two styles as shown below - a figure flattering mermaid gown with a sexy sweetheart neckline and breathtaking ruffled organza skirt.

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