Let Them Eat {Gluten-Free} Cake

Whether one has an “adult allergy” to gluten or has truly been diagnosed with Celiac Disease, more and more people are avoiding wheat, rye, and barley these days. Although “Gluten-free” may seem like a trendy buzzword, it’s really a way of life for many people. For those who cannot tolerate gluten, the last thing they want on their wedding day is a bloated, aching, stomach!

Luckily, there are more and more wedding cake designers offering gluten-free options. There are so many choices these days that one doesn’t have to sacrifice taste or style when choosing a wheatless cake.

Although I am a wheat-eater myself, I’ve had gluten-free wedding cake and couldn’t tell the difference. In support of the many of you out there who are gluten-intolerant but looking to “have your cake and eat it too,” I’ve rounded up a few of the best wedding cake makers, that offer gluten-free options, from coast to coast (and a few in between).

Washington, DC: Sticky Fingers Bakery

San Jose, CA: Let Them Eat Cake

Manhattan Beach, CA: Cupcakes Couture 

Seattle, WA: d:floured

San Francisco, CA: Beyond Buttercream

New York, NY: Babycakes

Las Vegas, NV: Alice’s Piece of Cake

Keller, TX: Colleen’s Cake

Chicago, IL: Elysia Root Cakes

 

{Giveaway Winner} Brandy K.

Congrats to Brandy K, the winner of our Style Me Pretty giveaway! I love hearing the engagement stories of our winners and it’s especially exciting when they want to share it with our readers. Check out Brandy’s proposal video here and read her sweet story below.

“Our engagement was perfect and I couldn’t have imagined a better proposal story!!”

“Keith and I went to Ambergris Caye in Belize with his parents for a week getaway! He planned a boat ride with a dear friend of ours and his parents to our dock he had secretly built on the opposite side of the Ambergris Island! A very secluded place only accessible by boat!! When we arrived there at the dock, we wanted to take pictures of this beautiful place! I had asked our friend to take a picture of Keith and I at the end of our dock and as we were walking, Keith was telling me he wanted to spend the rest of our lives together!! When we reached the end, Keith got on one knee and asked me to marry him!! It was the best day of my life!! And to my surprise, our friend had video-taped the whole thing!!! Then to top it off we got to celebrate with his parents with specially made Belizian ginger chocolates and champagne!! It couldn’t have been more perfect and I was completely surprised by the entire thing!!!”

~ Brandy K.

{Old Fashioned Valentine’s Crafting}

My most vivid preschool memory was checking the “mailboxes” that we each constructed, on Valentine’s Day, to see who had left me a Valentine. Spoiler alert, each kid had to make one for everyone in the class, but I still remember my excitement as I pulled out each little frilly card. My love affair with this special day started then, at 4 years old. Even when I got older and learned first hand what the phrase “love hurts” meant, the hopeless romantic and eternal optimist in me always loves a day that celebrates love.

I know that holidays like Valentine’s Day are often referred to as “Hallmark Holidays,” holidays that promote consumerism and guilt people into showing how much they love someone, with money. That’s why I fell in love with Meg Taylor’s old fashioned valentine’s making party! Meg’s parties take me back to preschool when we would make Valentine’s for the one’s we love– be it a cat, our grandparents, or the boy who sits next to us in class.

I first attended Meg’s legendary Los Angeles crafting party five years ago, when I first moved to Los Angeles. I’m so hooked on her Valentine’s Day card making soirees that I even flew down to LA, from San Francisco, this year to attend. I happen to have a Valentine this year, but there were times when I had just been through a break up and still sat at her party for hours making creative cards for my parents and my friend’s kids. There is something so therapeutic about celebrating all kinds of love, even if you are feeling “romantically challenged.”

Meg is the most creative person that I know and her annual Valentine’s Day fete helps to inspire other’s creativity. All year she collects paper, cards, print-outs, stickers, beads, wallpaper, and anything else that might look good on a card and then sets it out with glue and scissors and let’s her friends go to work. People of all ages sit for hours while crafting, talking, and eating. It reminds me of art class in elementary school, in the best way possible. And from paper straws to red velvet cake, no detail is overlooked!

There is still time, before Valentine’s Day, to get inspired and make a creative valentine for someone you love! Or better yet, start your own annual Valentine’s crafting party. If you start collecting now, you’ll be ready to host next year.

{All of these gorgeous photos were taken by: Valorie Darling}

 

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{Hair & Makeup} Wedding Day

Unless you’re a celebrity, public figure, or news anchor, most likely the only time that you’ll spend “in hair and makeup” is on your wedding day. Every woman should feel glamorous on her big day, that’s why I love these photos of real brides before their wedding.

I hope these photos inspire the celebrity in all of us!

Photo Credits: Katie Hall, Lydia Daniller, Lori Paladino

Photo Credits: Diane Askew, Chris Schmitt Photography, Sarah Schulte Photography

Photo Credits: Waldorf Photographic Art, Pat Furey

Photo Credits: John Stephens with Iris & Light, Redfish Bluefish Photography

All robes worn by the brides are from Doie Lounge.

{Be Mine} Valentine’s Photoshoot

When the gorgeous and talented Valorie Darling, of Valorie Darling Photography, was available to do our Valentine’s Day photoshoot, I was super excited! Doie Lounge robes are often known as bride and  bridesmaids robes, but what about the honeymoon? We wanted to show the sexier side of these robes and Val was the perfect woman for the job!

 

 

 

Val took complete creative control and created a boudoir inspired shoot with a Valentine’s Day theme. The shoot took place in Los Angeles, CA on February 1st. Both models are wearing the navy and pink Gemma robe.

A Happy Valentine’s Day To All!

{Lovely Lanterns}

I remember the first time that I fell in love with Lanterns. I was in Vietnam, walking through the quaint town of Hoi An and the streets were brilliantly lit up with the colorful paper balls. I was completely mesmerized by their magical beauty. I had seen lanterns before, but never in that way– I felt transported. Lanterns are a very prevalent in Asian culture– the “floating lanterns” in Thailand, the Andon lamps of Japan, and of course the colorful lanterns of Vietnam.

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 Lanterns are a great way to bring light and beauty into any celebration, in any culture, which is why we often see them at weddings. I recently created a whole Pinterest board of beautiful ways in which to use lanterns (& lights). Check out some of my favorites below and get inspired!

 

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