Tuesday, January 27, 2009

News 10 Appearance

So some of you already know I will be appearing on a segment for News 10 on Febuary 16th discussing where to begin with your planning process. We all know Valentines Day is the number one day for engagements!

I am so thrilled and honored I was asked, but can you say, "Thank goodness for taped segments!?!" Please take notice of the floral arrangements by Martha Andrews of Blooms, the amazing mini-cakes by Tanya of River City Cakes and the linens, tableware and chairs from Celebrations! party rental. I would also like to thank Tish Palamidessi of News 10 for such a great opportunity!

Happy Planning!

Inspiration Board

Who doesn't love the idea of "love?" When I saw this inspiration board on Style Me Pretty, I just had to share.....Regardless of your own personal taste, this board will surely make you smile at the delicate design, yet vibrant color! Gorgeous!

Monday, January 19, 2009

AU adores { Stephanie J Designs }!

I recently met the lovey Stephanie, of Stephanie J Designs when I was visiting some colleagues at the Arden Hills Country Club. I simply cannot recommend her work enough! Andrea and I both were absolutely thrilled to meet such a talented, talented lady! Each piece was so different from the next, full of texture, color, and unique style.

I had such a difficult time choosing which pictures to share! It's so clear that Stephanie takes her clients vision and own personal style to create beautiful invitations & announcements. I suggest contacting her if you're looking to add that special touch to your own celebration.

One of the first questions for my new clients is, "Can I see your invitation if you've picked one?" The design and feel of your own wedding or event starts here. Choose your invitations wisely as you would any other design element for your wedding or social event. They truly will be a reflection of your personal style and the style of your event. Enjoy!

Details! Details! Details!

Photos courtesy of The Memory Journalists

Photos Courtesy of The Memory Journalists

Sunday, January 18, 2009


For those of you who haven't had the privledge of visiting one of my absolutely favorite stops for all things handmade and vintage.....you MUST visit POPPYTALK. One of my many stops when I'm looking for the perfect signature "detail."
This week on Poppytalk is "Love Transforms." I pulled out a few of my favorite's from Sunshine & Ravioli and from Roll & Tumble Press.
Sunshine & Ravioli
Sunshine and Ravioli features gift tags that are completely made by hand. Stef cuts, creates and assembles all of her tags in her cozy little studio in New York. Vintage-inspired images are a favorite, particularly of birds and animals, and almost all of her tags will have a shabby, aged, cottage feel.

Sunshine & Ravioli

Roll & Tumble Press

One of my favorite local artists, Stephanie of Stephanie J Designs will be featured in a few days....I promise to post her work soon for you to relish in her artistry. She's amazing!

Friday, January 9, 2009

Lela Rose

How sweet, simple and simply amazing are these gowns by Lela Rose? I find her work to be the epitome of classic elegance. She is positively one of my new designer favorites! She's also now displaying her gorgeous bridesmaid gowns with Dessy.

How phenomenal is this silhouette? Love it!

AU Events loves Twigs & Honey

One of my weekly stops is always to Etsy, a phenomenal online store featuring artisans with their couture and handmade items. I positively wait to see what Myra Callan of Twigs & Honey has designed! Subtle, stunning and positively unique! Myra designs gorgeous head pieces which are now being sought all over the nation. You must have a look!

Look at this amazing bridesmaid floral headpiece!

Friday, January 2, 2009


How adorable is this party box by Oakland, CA based Barbara Llewellyn Catering!

The Little Black Dress Party
A fun and flirty cocktail party for girls’ night out!

The Menu:
Specialty Cocktails
Watermelon and Tangerine Martini’s
You provide the Goose, they will supply the rest!
Hors D’oeuvres to Pass or Place
Shots of cold spring pea soup
Demitasse spoons with a bite of zesty crab salad
Beef Tenderloin Rosettes
Miniature pot stickers
Chinese Chicken Salad in “to-go” boxes
Ahi Tuna Cones with wasabi caviar
A Little Something Sweet
White chocolate Espresso Parfait
with caramel, toffee crunch and fudge sauce!
As Jennifer, one of my event producers would say, "AMAZING!" Be sure to check out Barbara's website for many more scrumptious Party's In A Box!

I Heart Laurie Cinnoto!

So this is my first DIY project. I positively couldn't resist! When I come across some fun and unique projects to pass along, I promise I will post right away! Enjoy!
Laurie Cinnoto's "natural bling!" DIY project this week is another great example of taking something very ordinary and transforming it into something absolutely beautiful and unique. Can you believe those are just bits of rock candy strung on a piece of wire?

What You'll Need
Rock Candy Strings
Bailing wire (I used 16 gauge) ( 1.5 inches for each)
Seam binding or ribbon (about 10" for each, 1/2"or so wide)

Wire cutters
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Rock Candy can be found at stores selling bulk candy. It can also be ordered through online resources like Oh, Nuts and Candy Warehouse.
Seam Binding can be purchased at any fabric store. There are also a lot of vendors on Etsy selling it too.
Bailing wire is available at any hardware store.
1. Begin by using your wire cutters to cut 1.5 inch lengths of wire. You'll need one per crystal. (see figure 1)

2. Bend your wire into a "Shepard's hook" shape. I bent mine over a pencil to make a nice curve. (see figure 1)

3. At the very end of one of you rock candy strings, put a generous glob of hot glue. Stick the end of the hook into the glue, and hold until it has cooled. If it wiggles a bit, add another dab to secure it. (see figure 2)

4. Cut a length of ribbon, about 10 inches long and tie a knot, then a bow around the wire at the top of the crystal. Trim your ribbon tails.

5. Hang your completed crystals anywhere that needs a little sparkle; on bare branches in a vase, from a tree, in a floral arrangement, from garland or an arch. If you're feeling extra crafty, construct an armature and hang the crystals from it like a chandelier. (see pic below)

A Tip:If you have a lot of short candy strings, you can join them together using hot glue to make longer strands

What it cost:
Rock Candy - $5 a pound (I bought 1.25 pounds, and got about 25 strands)
Bailing Wire - $3 for a 50 ft spool
Seam binding - $.25 - .50 per yard (from most Etsy sellers)

He Proposed!

You’re probably so excited that you’re exploding with energy! You want to tell the world that you’ve met your one and only and just can’t wait to walk down that aisle! You want the most gorgeous dress, the most amazing venue, the best photographer the area has to offer! There are colors and fabric, lighting and floral, so many books and magazines to thumb through, wedding shows to TIVO!

Then reality sets in. How were you supposed to know there were so many aspects to planning your perfect day? Relax, it CAN be done, and done with minimal stress. The key is to start on the right foot to eliminate as many roadblocks as possible.

The first thing I tell all my brides is to decide on a budget and guest list. This can be a daunting task, so approach these decisions together. Having a bottom line and firm guest list will decrease mounds of stress on you, your family and your fiancĂ©. Start allocating where those funds will be dispersed. Don’t forget all the “little” things like bridal party gifts, favors, bridal accessories just to name a few. These items can sneak up on you and wreck havoc on your budget if you’re not prepared. Once you’ve figured those numbers out it’s time to start having fun!

Start making appointments with your favorite bridal salon, bakery, caterer, etc. If you can afford to hire a coordinator, book them immediately. Good wedding consultants will only book one event per day to ensure one on one planning and guidance. I recommend interviewing three vendors per category, no more than four. When you overwhelm yourself with too many, it can start to get confusing.

Get organized. Keep copies of all your contracts and proposals in that adorable bridal folder you bought the day after he proposed! Have all your correspondences filed away under the appropriate vendor. Your musicians and floral designers plan umpteen weddings a year. This will ensure no detail was left undecided.

Talk to your family about their expectations. This has been the day your parents and grandparents have been waiting for! They’ve had a hand in helping you become the person you are, and surely have dreams of their own for your big day.

As your wedding draws nearer, start your wedding week itinerary. Don’t forget the rehearsal. Save enough time for your seating arrangements, final fittings and honeymoon packing.
If you get started early, you should have all of your vendors procured many months before your wedding day. This alone will eliminate mounds of stress! Remember to stay well organized and to enjoy every step of your planning process!