How amazing is it that I get to assist these two women in their big day!!! What makes this event EVEN MORE EXCITING is that they are getting married at the Belle Isle Casino here in Detroit. ( we know just how much I love this spot!)!!!
Welcome Andrea & Amanda! I am so excited to be working with you to develop and stage your decor. I look forward to learning more about the two of you to make the space 100% unique to your vision!
Let the count down begin for their nuptials this upcoming September!
UGH does this photo not just make you want to snuggle up with this fur BABY!
So for this months topic I have decided to focus on our furry favorites. This topic has been a conversation between Jesus and I as well for our big day. It's tricky right? You want them there to be a part of the moment but it also requires more attention to making sure they stay safe, that they aren't too disruptive ( because any dog in a new place with 200 people can get excited), and that they have everything they need at the venue during the event.
So while we debate this as a couple on if, or how, or who, or in what way we will have Chevy at ours... I figured I would go through some of the options that are out there!
Helping Announce!- Save the Dates
No I do not mean literally serving the bar, even as funny and adorable as that would be, I mean naming drinks after your furry friend or using their image as signage to show reference to them!
This idea is one of my favorites!! Especially if you already planned on doing a His and Her drink why not add another for them!!! This is one of our favorite ideas and I am betting you will see it at our wedding. There are soo many different graphic artists who can create these custom signs for you! Check out these Etsy Shops!
I will admit this idea I find SOO cute and I have not seen done before. I love the idea of sending guests home with treats for their fur babies. Sure it is an extra thing, but if your trying to find a way to represent your fur baby on your big day, why not send treats in their name?
There are a ton of homemade dog treat recipes you can DIY but you can also order baked dog goods at many pet stores and pet boutiques. Reach out to your nearest pet stores and see what they have. I would strongly suggest making sure any treats you send home with your guests you list ingredients in case their fur babies at home have allergies.
The Ring "Barker"
Of course...There is always the option of including your fur baby in the wedding itself. Whether that means asking a family member to help them walk down the isle, having them walk with you, acting in as the ring "barker", or simply sitting as a guest observing the nuptials.
For us, WOO I do not know. I think Jesus and I would love to have Chevy walk with me, or before me going down the isle. I adopted him over 7 years ago and I would love for him to be a part of our big day. We are so lucky to have found Jesus who loves us BOTH and has accepted us as a package deal. I mean he is technically the one who brought us together!! Oh you do not know that story?? Check out Ar Sceal, Nuestra Historia, Our Story for the full details on that.
Until next time!
P.S. Is this not the cutest photo! Thank you Focused Soul for capturing this image for us! Notice the bosses paw on top.....
Click here to see how this big guy brought us together...
I love when I get couples who book with us early. I say this because it gives me the MAX amount of time to get to know them! Anna & Josh are on my 2021 list of parties to crash and I am already counting down!! These two are so sweet and after their consultation I was even MORE excited to start working with them and their families.
Anna and Josh are both from the Midwest but met across the world in Germany. They are both officers in the Air Force and have traveled over 15 different countries together! AMAZINGGGGG!
Josh proposed to Anna on a sunset cruise while in Croatia over the fourth of July Holiday. Which.. just so happens to be their favorite holiday ( probably even more so now).
This couple will be celebrating their big day here in Detroit and I am so pumped to assist them in getting it together. They are so excited to have their families,from near and far, join them in the city to throw a great party that brings everyone together.
We look forward to the Summer of 2021!
1. How long have you been in business?
A: "Officially, 4 years. Though I have been baking for roughly ten! I started paying attention to my mom and grandpa when they would bake together in the kitchen, and I started picking up tricks from them. My first official cake was made for a co-worker about 7 years ago."
2. Do you cater to events outside of weddings?
A: "Yes! I cater down to the smallest event. I’ve made everything from little cakes for engagement proposals, to smash cakes for babies, to the big events like bridal showers and weddings."
3. What details do you think make the best event?
A: "Food and people! No matter what the event is, nobody is going to remember what color balloons were there, – they’re going to remember the food and they’re going to remember how great the atmosphere was with all of their loved ones that created all of their great memories."
6. What is the ABSOLUTE best part about what you do for your clients?
A: "The best part about baking, no matter how big or small the event is, is being able to create something that makes such a big and positive lasting impression on the client and their big day. It’s something that makes their event go that much smoother, and tastier!"
Thank you Amanda for allowing us to pick your brain and feature your product this month!
CHEERS! SLAINTE! SALUD!
We are so excited to participating in the January 12th TCF Bridal Celebrations Show! We will be at the TCF Center giving away prizes, chatting with couples and honestly just having a good time!
Show time is from 12-5pm!
If you are still in need of vendors for your big day come to the show and check out some of Detroit's BEST!!
See you there! Cheers! Slainte!Salud!
I am so excited to be spending the next handful of days traveling out of the country! I will return December 17th. If you reach out to me, please do not be offended, I will have little to no access to email, phone,text, or social media while I am away.
When I return I will return your messages as soon as possible!
We are so excited to announce that we took first place in our first year of participating in LCU Detroit Center for Design + Technology's Holiday Window Walk Competition!
For those of you who follow the studio on Instagram or Facebook you may have noticed all of the posts about the partnership we had with City Bark, in Capitol Park Detroit, this holiday season.
When moving back to Detroit it was my goal to find as many things as I could to get myself, and my studio, into. After joining the Detroit Design Core, and searching through the different events and collaborations they do, I found the Holiday Window Walk Competition's information. After applying, being accepted, and meeting my partner in crime, Jamie the owner of City Bark I got started! We were assigned specific storefronts based on our design background, portfolios, and the short essays we submitted.
I wanted to share a little bit of the journey from First Time to First Place with everyone and again thank all of those who voted, Jamie and City Bark, and the team at DCDT!
Meet the Client
Well first things first...You need to meet your client. Jamie at City Bark was my client along with her four legged partners, and last but not least her bird Ms. Cleo.. The rules to the competition were simple, create a window display that both celebrates the holiday season and reflects the shop your working in. You had to work with your store front, you had a budget of $500, and you had to be completed by November 15th at 3:00.
When I went to meet Jamie for the first time I was early...surprise surprise.. if you know me I am always anxious and get to appointments way ahead of time... I had not been to Capitol Park before so this was exciting. I hung out at the coffee shop at the corner and walked around the area prior to stopping into her shop.
When I did make it to her shop I was soo excited. Jamie's shop is so adorable as it is, clean and neat, colorful in the right spots, and plenty of items for pet lovers in the city to choose from. I can tell you right now I never went and worked there without bringing something home for Chevy....
After discussing with Jamie her perspective, opinions, and past experiences with the competition, I took my measurements and started to brainstorm different options.
Programming: The Shop
IS THIS PLACE NOT THE CUTEST! What I was really impressed with, when it came to Jamie, was truthfully her story on how she opened this shop. She re-located to Detroit from Grossepointe and did her research. When looking for property checking out the residences in the city that allowed pets, how many were registered, and using all of that information to determine the best location for her boutique... it's pretty outstanding. Her shop had a really cool industrial design with fixtures being simple with emphasis drawn in by the greenery walls to display product and to relate to the outdoors, her while dog figures, fire hydrant shelving that allows her products to be the main features and I LOVED her treat bar wall. The use of treats on the wall in a white wash while using a colorful silhouette of a dog as the art work. I also loved her bits and pieces of some more "glam" pieces like the lights above her cash wrap.
LOVE! I knew that if I used color in her display that I replicate the same idea. Simple neutrals with items in color coordinating with her shop colors as well to bring emphasis to important items.
Programming: The Window
I had a great window to work with. Not too big not too small. Jamie was very open and willing to let me hang items from what I needed to vertically, open to be really doing whatever I wanted as long as I made sure I kept circulation clear in specific areas.
Schematic: The Options
After doing the leg work it was time to put my ideas on paper. Just like for my event clients I created a schematic document ( map ). This laid out all the options that I felt fit both Jamie's priorities, the holiday season, and the style of the shop.
After sending Jamie her options we both agreed we really could not go wrong. All the ideas would be a great representation of her shop and her clients. I encouraged Jamie to choose her favorite for her storefront and we went with option #2!
Option #2 was a combination of letters to Santa from the pets of Detroit, and the Naughty and Nice list that Santa keeps. This option best displayed her featured holiday product, celebrated her regular customers, featured a holiday theme and blended with the rest of her shop.
Execution: Work in Progress- Phase #1
I did the display in two phases, two weekend mornings. I did as much prep at home as I could..Like addressing and stamping over 500 envelopes that were headed to the North Pole, or building a mail box.
When getting to the shop I started by laying out the base and where all the boxes were going to go. Once they were all laid out I spent the next 7 hours wrapping boxes, staging the overflowing mailbox and preparing the all the spaces for the main features.
Execution: Work in Progress- Phase #2
Before coming back a week later I had the homework of preparing the massive Naughty or Nice list, all the featured dog letters and photos, and lastly the individual 60 other envelopes for the rest of the contest submissions.
The Final Product
THIS WAS IT! I am very happy with the final product. Adding in out featured dogs, the individual envelopes, the naughty or nice list, more packages and snow, and lastly details with added hanging tag details. After adjusting some lighting we were DONE!
Whose is the Naughty one?
I cannot thank The Detroit Center for Design and Technology enough for accepting me into the competition and to Jamie of City Bark for being an amazing client. All of the windows that participated were truly awesome and it was a pleasure to compete alongside all of the different designers.
Like I stated in my application statement...This competition was giving my studio a chance to let Detroit know..We are back in town.
Till next year..Salud..Slainte..Cheers!
I am so excited to be able to be traveling for a handful of days. I will be out of the country and will not have access to email, phone, or any type of social media ( for the most part ). So, if you reach out do not be offended if I do not respond. I will respond as soon as we return safely to the states!
Man.....I just feel amazing about our 202o couples.. It is because of couples like Emily & Ed
Emily & Ed are getting married next October and I ADORE the vision that these two have. Since meeting with Emily I have spent so much time laughing and having a good time. Emily is a bride with a clear vision and idea of what she hopes for her and Ed's big day. I ADORE the feel that she is going for and the personal touches she is looking to add in to make it their own.
One thing that I know for sure is that the little details for the decor are going to make the biggest impact. Just wait and see....I am so excited to be assisting them with their event design and decor.
These two are getting married, and partying, at the Belle Isle Boathouse..UGH crazy historic and someplace I have visited often. This place..oozzzinngg with historic charm. I love the appreciation that this couple has for that, and I think that it makes a huge difference in the connection of their vision to the venue.
Thank you two for hiring my studio!
Silver & Gold
Maybe it is the holidays being right around the corner or just my own obsession with silver and gold tones, but we are going to talk about the trend of Silver and Gold in this months "What's Trending"!
Gold and Silver, while the names of colors, I always think about them as finishes. When I am developing a color story for a couple most of the time one of these is involved. Maybe as an accent or one of the main components. When I think of ether of them as a color, I think of something matte. When I think of them as finishes, I think of them as having a shine or a luster.
When I think of a gold finish, or the color gold, I think about the stylistic flexibility that it has. Gold on the brass side of the spectrum maybe represents a more traditional approach. think golden candle sticks ( as seen above). This is largely trending, the brass candlesticks with simple clean greenery. This is a class look that I admire especially for a venue that has all it's own beauty and charm. A look like this simply compliments and really allows the surrounding details to steal the show.
Gold, again, has this flexibility to evolve and never go out of style. Check out these terrariums and candle holders. This look is a very common trend in the industry. I mean it's obvious why! The gold framing is just enough to give you the finish while encompassing florals, candles, or other small personal details.
While its a totally different style in form, I would say both of these concepts do the same for the surrounding details of the venue. I mean can you see it??? They are enough to have form, be eye catching, but neither of these two ideas would take away from the surrounding details of the venue..
WHAT an amazing compliment to texture as well. I think that a beautiful brass or golden finish against a wood, brick or nature backdrop is a combination that will ALWAYS be trending.
There is something so clean about a wedding that uses silver. Like gold, silver has transformed through time as well. There are a handful of different versions of a silver finish. Seen above you see what would consider a more modern use of silver. It is a clean space, clean linens, monochromatic florals which allows the silver in the space to truly shine. While gold, to me, has always felt classic and like it has been around a long time, silver has always felt very fresh and new.
Don't let it fool you though, silver can also go in the more vintage direction. I LOVE working with mercury glass which I consider part of the silver family. Mercury glass is an aged silver that has a total personality all of its own. I have used mercury glass for, I would say, over 75% of my weddings. Like brass/gold, this version of silver is treated as a finish that looks beautiful with any color story.
What about together?
HECK yes you can do silver and gold together! I think its a sort of like "you cannot do blue and brown together" issue that people have. Where just because they are two finishes that normally people choose one of, people get all freaked out when they like both..it's like they are wearing white after labor day lol.
I love the different interpretations that people do of them together. Sometimes you will see silver treated in the form of the color grey accented with a gold finish. Or maybe you will see a vintage inspired gig where they use worn versions of both to create an a old world look.
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