Monday, May 30, 2011

laurie mura for "i believe it's cake"

Thanks to Facebook, I've been able to connect with not just old friends and family, but some really inspirational vendors in the wedding industry. Some time ago, a good friend of mine, Mike Iwamasa, mentioned a friend who had started a company, making wedding cakes and baked goodies, but with many of the referrals I get, many slip through the cracks because of my super busy schedule. :( Thankfully, in my recent attempt to find a local cupcake baker/artist, Mike turned me on to I Believe It's Cake a second time around. I had remembered hearing the name, but couldn't associate a cake with the company, so I looked up IBI on Facebook. OH MY! I've been missing out, and it's so unfortunate! With projects like baking/food sculpting, where hundreds of cupcakes need to be made, in addition to elaborate 4-tier fondant wedding cake projects, and character cookies for a 1st birthday, I can imagine how difficult it might be to maintain a level of quality one must maintain in just one weekend. But for IBI, all of Laurie Mura's creations turn out magnificent! It's obvious she puts all her time and energy into each project, ensuring that no detail is left unfinished nor neglected. From the creative concepts, smooth rolling of the sugar fondant, to the delicately cut out shapes, to the even coloring of the fondant, it's evident Laurie knows her medium and executes every cake with amazing craftsmanship. And if you know me, I pay attention to every detail because execution is more important than the concept alone. Just check out some of Laurie's sweet creations.

To inquire for a local order (proximate to the Torrance, CA area), contact:
I Believe It's Cake
Contact/Founder: Laurie Mura
Location: Torrance, CA
Facebook page (with lots of images!) -- click here

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

color matching as easy as 1, 2, 3 :: dessy group

So you're having a difficult time finding the perfect swatch. Or, you can't seem to nail down the exact colors for the flower girl or groomsmen attire. Don't fret. Lucky for us, there are plenty of wonderful sites that can help you with your color dilemma. Dessy Group is probably the easiest and most efficient resource to navigate, making your shopping experience pretty fun! This site, which used to cater to bridesmaid dresses, expanded its services to include accessories, flower girl dresses, bearers' ties, and even mens apparel. In addition, the site conveniently has a selection of bridal gowns that you can browse while looking for the ideal dress for your MoH. Just check out some sample matches I put together with just a few clicks. I chose long gowns this time around, and I was really excited to see that the selection of designs fit any modern bride. It was easy as 1, 2, 3! ** Note, for those picking colors from a Pantone® book, Dessy even has a section for the Pantone Wedding™.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

guess whoooo's having a baby shower :: the event

On May 7th, 100 close family and friends came out to share a momentous time with us -- our baby shower. It was a special owl themed event held at one of our closest friends, Noel and Elen's house, filled with tons of hand made bellz and whistlez, great "owl" Pollo Loco food, lovely company, and a fabulous ambiance. From the custom letterpress invitations, to the interactive stations, "tweet" cupcakes by Jocelyn Manalo, darlin' table scape and set up, and surprise performance by Monday Sessions Band, this shower was a labor of love. A big "thank you" goes out to the lovely hostesses, Cyril, Ginger, Christy, and Hazel for planning one "owl-fully" cute and memorable baby shower for Abram and me. We had a hoot celebrating this event with you. And we appreciate the help from those who helped prepare -- Janice, Germaline, Katricia, Noel and Elen.

Below: 2-color letterpress invitations with custom fabric belly band

Below: Abram and me (I'm 8 months pregnant)

Below: custom fabric flag banner "Welcome to the Nest"

Below: the centerpieces -- birdhouses with gerbera daisies in Ball mason jars

Below: Jocelyn's home made cupcakes with fondant owls and nests with jelly beans

Below: interactive station -- Owl Treat Myself

Below: custom interactive guest book so baby can identify family and friends

Below: Bellz and Whistlez -- Christy, Cyril and Charmae (me)

Below: assembled favors filled with goodies

Instead of games, Christy and Cyril put their creative minds together to create interactive stations, such as a "Whooo's Who" guest book, owl treats with gummy worms in the tummy, a baby quilt with custom illustrations made by guests, and graham cracker owl treats for the kids. Ginger worked on organizing the menu that would fit perfectly with the theme. Collectively, they worked to match the entire set up with the invitation theme. Everything turned out to be a surprise and definitely more than what I had imagined a baby shower to be (though I really tried my best NOT to think about what the ladies were planning).

Couple: Abram and Charmae Guevarra
Venue: Factor Residence, San Diego
# of guests: ±100
Design+Invitations+Coordination: Bellz & Whistlez
Paper goods/Guest Book/Favors/Centerpieces: Bellz & Whistlez
Rentals: Deco's Party Rentals
Band: Monday Sessions
Photography: Christy
Owl cupcakes/Marshmallow Pops: Jocelyn Manalo
Cake: The Cake Lady (Shirley Resnick)
Catering: El Pollo Loco

Below: interactive station -- Baby Quilt

Below: special live entertainment by Monday Sessions

Below: Cyril with the Bellz & Whistlez mobile
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