Georgetown Cupcake & Bethesda Road Trip

This weekend my family took a short roadtrip to Washington DC. A little Smithsonian zoo action, yummy food, cupcakes, baseball and just enjoying the beauty of the city was so nice.
We arrived in DC and went straight to the National Zoo. If you didn’t know, it’s completely free and you just walk in and can visit all the wonderful animals including pandas, gorillas and anything else you can imagine. After our zoo visit, we headed to Georgetown University…what a beautiful campus.
Below is a photo of the bell tower.

We stayed near downtown Bethesda. What a cute little town. Lots of adorable boutique shops and wonderful places to eat.
 Below are just a few of the shops in the area to give you an idea how cute it is.

Yes…even an Apple store 🙂
Downtown Bethesda even had my fave bakery, Le Pain Quotidien. Blake and I had a 
yummy breakfast there.

Just down the street was one of my favorite paper and stationery stores Paper Source. I thought the paper flower below would look pretty neat on a cake made out of fondant.
I wanted to buy all their beautiful paper!

Awesome inspiration on the wall 🙂
Had to stop and get a  bagel at Bethesda Bagels since there was a line out the door. 
I figured they had to be pretty awesome.

Main mission accomplished of getting to Georgetown Cupcake. I was there when they opened at 10am and there were already people waiting at the door to go in. The girl in front of me asked me if I knew the secret code word of the day…I had no clue. She said they post it on their Facebook page and give a free cupcake to the 1st 100 people who come in and say it. Yes…I got my freebie!
I ordered a dozen cupcakes in a variety of flavors. The flavors below are chocolate with coconut frosting, chocolate with chocolate ganache frosting and chocoloate with a fudge frosting. I think the coconut was my favorite. The cake was delicious and very moist. The frostings were pretty sweet but yummy in moderation.

 I would highly recommend taking a trip to downtown Bethesda. Super adorable…you won’t be disappointed 🙂

Rustic Chic

This is my favorite design that Lori Witmer with Wildflowers by Design and I created for our vendor area at the I Do In Style bridal show presented by Planned Perfection. The color palette included blues, greens and browns. The concept was to create a canopy effect using natural elements. I found a tall straight wooden ladder at a local antique shop and Lori had two folding ladders that we used as supports for the tall ladder to lay across horizontally. Branches with blue berries were placed over the  ladder to create a canopy of branches. Boxes with florals were hung with ribbon from the ladder. The distressed window sat on an old black desk that created a nice contrast. This would be beautiful alter for an outdoor ceremony or for a sweets table display too.

I created two cakes for this display. The cake below was pale blue with a large sugar peony accent.
The second cake included one sugar rose in beautiful shades of green.
Blue mason jars and mismatch vases held a variety of greens and 
florals that sat on the ladder steps.

 This was such a fun display to create. Something creative and unique that would be
beautiful at any outdoor wedding.

A special thank you to Leslie Gilbert Photography for taking these beautiful images.

I Do In Style…Vintage Glam

This is a display Lori Witmer with Wildflowers by Design and I created for our vendor area at the I Do In Style bridal show presented by Planned Perfection. Vintage is hot right now, so a great dresser with some beautiful pops of fuschia, purples and silvers created this vintage glam look.
Loving the candlelight and I just noticed the coffee cup under the table 
that I guess we forgot to remove 🙂
Cupcakes are still a very popular option for weddings and can look glamorous too!
The “LOVE” banner I created looked perfect on the mirror Lori picked up 
on our thrift store shopping spree.

Lovely vintage frame from TJ Maxx.
A little bling is always appropriate on a sweets table.

A beautiful bouquet of tulips peaking out of the drawer.

Delicious gourmet Oreo by Sweeties by Kim.
A special thank you to Leslie Gilbert Photography for taking these beautiful images.

Cake and cupcakes: The Couture Cakery 
Gourmet Oreos: Sweeties by Kim

 Dresser: Thanks to (mattnnatt) for letting us borrow it!

This stunning floral wreath Lori created hung on the vault door. Yes…we were in the bank vault.

Published in Susquehanna Style Magazine

I am so excited to share that I have two weddings featured in the current issue of Susquehanna Style Magazine. I was also invited to research and write an editorial piece called “How Cute is That”. You can pick up your copy at Barnes & Noble.
 The cover photo is just precious.

 Sarah and Kevin’s wedding which took place at King’s Gap is featured. 
Jessi and Jason’s beautiful wedding is also featured. I designed the cake along with a 
sweets table which included gourmet doggie favors. Click here to see my blog post.

 Here’s my editorial piece! I had the opportunity to find amazing details from 
weddings in the area. The selections were organized by season. It was so much fun 
working on this piece.
Spring inspirations…
 Fall inspirations….

Winter inspirations…
Be sure to pick up a copy to see more amazing weddings and inspiring ideas!
Click here to view the Susquehanna Style Ezine online.

I Do In Style — Post #1

It’s bridal show season and I had the honor of participating in the I Do In Style show presented by Planned Perfection this past fall. I especially adore this show because I get the opportunity to collaborate with the most talented wedding professionals in the area. The show took place at the beautiful Lancaster Quit Museum. Lori Witmer with Wildflowers by Design and I had the opportunity to create our vendor space together in what used to be a bank vault…very cool. We designed three different vingnettes and here is the first one.
The cake I designed was inspired by the beautiful mustard colored couch. We also decided to incorporate browns and greys which I worked into the cake design.
 The gown from In White look beautiful draped over the vintage sofa.
Lori created the most beautiful florals including this bouquet which included shades of yellow, orange and pale green accents. I also created some designer cupcakes to match the cake. The amber glass cake stand from Home Goods looked amazing on Lori’s vintage sewing chair.
I found this color board on Pinterest today which was a reflection of our color palette. Inspiration boards and color boards are very helpful in planning your wedding. It’s a great way to collect your ideas and really see how things will look together.

A special thank you to Leslie Gilbert Photography for taking these beautiful images.

More to come tomorrow 🙂

Wedding Gown: In White
Cake and cupcakes: The Couture Cakery
Sofa: Thanks to (mattnnatt) for letting us borrow it!

Fieldtrip to Maggpie Vintage Rentals

Today I took a field trip with the Weddings by JDK design team to visit Maggpie Vintage Rentals. They are located in the Wilkes Barre area, so it was about a two hour drive, but so worth the trip. Maggie and her fiance Jason started a vintage furniture rental business which is the only one of it’s kind in the tri-state area. If you want vintage mismatch chairs and china for all of your wedding guests, this is the place to get it!
Their current showroom is in a magnificent old home with spectacular architectural detailing. Maggpie has a wonderful selection of beautiful sofas, upholstered chairs, vintage suitcases and much more. Really…everything you would need to create the perfect decor for a vintage style wedding.
 Below is a beautiful vanity that I could totally see a cake and sweets on.
Here is just a partial collection of their mismatch chairs. You can view their entire selection on their website.
Their two adorable dogs are certainly an important part of their business! 
We know who’s in charge 🙂
As you can tell, I’m a huge fan of Maggpie. If you are looking for pieces for a vintage, shabby chic or farmhouse glam wedding, stop by and take a peak at their site.
I’m super excited that I will be featuring some of Maggpie’s pieces in my exhibit area at the AACA Wedding show in Hershey on February 19th, so please stop by. Click here for show details.

What a great day of inspiration with Amanda, Emma and Erika. (Thank you Erika for driving.)