The wedding day advice I give to all of my bridal clients is..."make sure you stop to breathe the air during each moment on your wedding day. It will slow the day and the scents you breathe in, will preserve your memories for a lifetime." One thing I know is how fast the time goes from the engagement to the actual wedding day because I have designed for so many brides. It seems as though we were just meeting for our initial design consultation and already my bride is walking out the door of headpiece.com with her completed design ready to walk down the aisle. It is time for me to take my own advice.
It was Alex and Paisley's first time on the island. Our week was packed full with great meals, homemade mojitos, beach days, bike rides, trips up-island, and an engagement surprise for Brielle and Alex. Brielle and Alex also chose this beautiful island to have engagement photos taken. Before our Martha's Vineyard adventure began there was a bit of designing to be done. I designed Brielle's engagement outfit including a subtle hair accessory. We couldn't leave Paisley out...something had to be designed for her too!
Brielle's engagement skirt was designed from an iced blue silk jacquard and took ten yards of fabric to create the desired soft drape to dance in the ocean breeze.
Her hair accessory was delicate and didn't resemble anything bridal. Beachy and beautiful was our aim. I chose sea colored crystals and opals for its design.
We needed something special for Paisley to wear in her first professional photo shoot. A handmade starfish brooch was the perfect thing for her to wear.
Beautiful Paisley, a twirling silk skirt, and sea crystal headpiece are all featured on Millie's Blog "Martha's Vineyard Engagement Photos".
A celebration "Hunt-style" is always one to be remembered! It was time for family and friends to meet before the wedding with a little warm up party at the Hunts.
With family and friends living in many different states, we anticipated a small gathering. Celebrating Hunt-style usually means "leave everything to us." We love to entertain so we decided to have a fire-pit event and cook for everyone. First things first---we needed a theme and handmade invitations. I looked at every paper, leaf, flower, and piece of fabric available and struggled with ideas, until I spotted a beautiful piece of printed "brick" paper. Our theme would be "bricks and patio lights" just like the outdoor setting at Historic Mankin Mansion, Brielle and Alex's wedding venue.
Gold wire, brown tape, jewels, and a white out pen were all that was needed to get the Mankin Mansion effect for the invitations. Next...What about the cake?
When it comes to cakes in NJ, there is one person who stands out among the rest...Kara Schnaidt, owner of Kara Kakes in Franklin Lakes.
Kara Schnaidt's custom cakes are beautiful and delicious, but could she handle the challenge of my designer brain and take my "brick themed, fire-pit, patio lit cake vision" and make it into a delectable, artistic, and functional dessert? The answer is absolutely....YES!!!!
When designing anything, the success of a great design is determined by its foundation. Kara made a champagne cake...and yes, that is real champagne in the batter! Brick patterned fondant surrounded the moist and tasty cake before Kara tackled the final showstopping but completely edible firepit. The patio lights would add the final decorative touch!
Our anticipated small gathering, turned out to be 72 guests coming from Georgia, Virginia, Washington DC, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, and Illinois. Jeff and I had cooked for 24 before, but never a crowd this big! Our menu consisted of Jeff's "famous" turkey chili, Swiss Pork Store bratwurst, Marie's beer braised cabbage with pancetta, home-made green beans and spaetzle, and Aubrey's star studded cookies. Hunt kitchen time had to be scheduled the week of the party for all of us to prepare our specialties with precision and on time.