Jan 28, 2010

Silk Organza Wedding Dresses by CHRISTOS

Silk organza wedding dresses evoke fairy tales, femininity and romance.  Everything we dreamed about wanting to wear as little seven and eight year old girls. CHRISTOS was established by Cyprus-born designer Christos Yiannakou.  He has since retired but his impeccable romantic wedding dresses using the finest silks, French laces and silk organzas are still under the creative direction of Amsdale. CHRISTOS designs are especially known for their use of Alen on lace, or point d'Alençon, a type of enchantingly lovely needle lace created in a French town by the same name.

silk organza wedding dress

Christos wedding gown

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Jan 25, 2010

Most Popular Wedding Cake Flavors

What are the most popular wedding cake flavors? Some of these may surprise you - like coconut cake with lime buttercream. Chocolate is our favorite, no surprise there. And where there's chocolate, there is also dark chocolate ganache, a delicious duo of chocolate and cream, made in a 2 to 1 ratio. For making a glaze to drip down the sides of your cake - three times as much chocolate as cream is commonly used. So whether you create your own wedding cake or hire a professional baker, these are the most requested wedding cake flavors, shown in reverse order (list compiled by Bijoux Doux Specialty Cakes).

Top 10 Wedding Cake Flavors

 
10. Chocolate-almond cake, chocolate ganache, and mocha buttercream
 9. Banana cake and chocolate buttercream
 8. Coconut cake and lime buttercream
 7. Hazelnut-almond cake, chocolate ganache, and raspberries
 6. White cake, lemon buttercream, and raspberries
 5. Chocolate devil’s food cake, chocolate ganache, and praline buttercream
 4. Lemon cake, lemon curd, and vanilla buttercream
 3. Yellow butter cake and chocolate buttercream and/or chocolate ganache
 2. Chocolate devil’s food cake, vanilla buttercream, and raspberries
 1. Chocolate devil’s food cake with vanilla buttercream icing

Easy Chocolate Ganache


  • 9 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon dark rum
Place the chocolate into a medium bowl. Heat the cream in a small sauce pan over medium heat.

Bring just to a boil, watching very carefully because if it boils for a few seconds, it will boil out of the pot. When the cream has come to a boil, pour over the chopped chocolate, and whisk until smooth. Stir in the rum if desired.

Allow the ganache to cool slightly before pouring over a cake. Start at the center of the cake and work outward. For a fluffy frosting or chocolate filling, allow it to cool until thick, then whip with a whisk until light and fluffy.

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Jan 5, 2010

Gerbera Daisy Wedding Bouquets

Beauty and Innocence. That's what these beautiful large blooms have come to symbolize. They are available in an assortment of vibrant colors including red, white, bright orange, bronze, purple, raspberry, sunny yellow and shocking pink. And they are very affordable at about five dollars or less per stem. Why not make your own gerbera daisy wedding bouquet?
  • Start with freshly picked daisies, green floral tape, hot glue, and matching fabric or ribbon.
  • To maximize your flowers' freshness, trim the stems and soak gerbera daisies in water or a preservative solution - 2 cups Sprite, 1/2 teaspoon bleach and two cups warm water - overnight.
  • While adding each daisy, turn the bunch slightly clockwise every time, to ensure even placement of the stems.
  • Starting at the base, wrap floral tape tightly down around stems and then back up again. Break the tape gently with your fingers.
  • Wrap the ribbon or fabric around the base and stems of the flowers and secure with hot glue or bejeweled corsage pins.
gerbera daisy wedding bouquet
 
orange and pink gerbera daisy bouquet
 
 
pink gerber daisy bouquet
 
pink and green gerber daisy bouquet
 
bouquet of orange gerbera daisies
 
 
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