Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Please Return To....

"Ever since my twelfth (birthday), I've been looking forward to my sweet sixteen." - Samantha, Sixteen Candles

Although this is not a wedding related post, I thought I would share the cupcake toppers I recently made for my cousin's Sweet 16. In honor of her birthday, her family got her a pair of beautiful Tiffany & Co. earrings so her mom (my aunt) asked us to make cupcakes in Tiffany blue. My cousin, sister and I made it our mission to make the best cupcakes we knew how. Since none of us are experts with  fondant (although we tried), we opted for creative and cute cupcake toppers, paired with edible pearls and sparkles for a professional look. We also used Tiffany & Co. boxes to create our own cupcake stand. Check them out below.

As another surprise for Alyssa's 16th birthday, I made her a 'fake ID' and presented it to her at dinner. She successfully attained her G1 (driver's permit) that day so it was perfect.

Thanks for letting me be a part of your special celebration Shorty.  Love you!

Yours Truly,


Thursday, 26 July 2012

From One Bride to the Next - Part Four

"The most beautiful makeup of a woman is passion. But cosmetics are easier to buy." - Yves Saint-Laurent

My next piece of advice will be short and sweet, and is again related to your hair and make up.  When you scroll through your pictures after your big day, you will notice that you appeared a little fresher and more polished earlier in the day; especially after outdoor photo shoots, the 12 minute hora and after your first dance-off.  You don't want your pictures to suffer because of your crazy dance moves or smooches, so keep your lipstick, bronzer and maybe a few bobby pins at your head table for quick touch-ups throughout the evening.  Having your necessities (yes, blot papers are necessities) near you will mean you don't need to leave the room to freshen up.  Ask your planner to give you a 2 minute warning before moments like your father-daughter dance or your cake cutting so you can quickly re-apply your lip tint and look perfect in your photos.

Keep it glamorous and feel (and look) your best from start to finish.

Yours truly,


Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Current Obsessions: BHLDN

It is no secret that we at WTB love all things BHLDN.   We adore their ethereal bridal and bridesmaids collections and love that they have enabled brides to capture their vintage-inspired dream wedding day. Their style and new trends in wedding attire are fantastic but today we are focusing on what they offer to help with your decor.  They have mastered the 'shabby chic' and 'romantic meets rustic' themes and have a variety of accessories for your tabletop, aisle, cake and main event.

Check out some of our favorite decor pieces sold online at BHLDN:

Trained Vine Candleholder - perfect to use as table numbers
Hothouse Foliage Backdrop - great for a photo booth backdrop
Love is Sweet Banner made from vintage wallpaper to hang above your sweet table
Pair of Swells Cake Topper - a 1920s inspired paper topper for your wedding cake
Blank Slate Sign - the perfect shabby chic chalk board sign for your event
Dotted and Spiraled Shoppe Straws - create a retro look with these straws at any event
Sweethearts' Forks - bride and groom forks for your wedding night

Happy planning (and shopping)!

Until Next Time,

A & S

Monday, 23 July 2012

Holy Guacamole!

"And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count, it's the life in your years." - Abraham Lincoln

In honour of Mr. X's birthday, I decided to host a 'fiesta' cocktail party before we headed to Playa Cabana for the best Mexican food Toronto has to offer.  The theme was "Holy Guacamole" and I was excited for the opportunity to put together this spread. The party's main inspirations were sombreros, mustaches and well, tequila! The entire party was 100% DIY.  To start, we set up a bar which included a Champagne and Tequila Sangria (see below), a Lynchburg Lemonade (recipe below), an assortment of flavored San Pelligrino, and sparkling water with lime.  Beverages were served in mason jar glasses with red and white striped straws.  On the menu were apple and brie quesadillas served with jalepeno chutney, cheese quesadillas served with salsa, individual taco dip cups (my fave!), veggies, chips, salsa, and guacamole.  For dessert, we offered a confetti angel food cake served with whipped cream and berries accessorized by a DIY bunting and homemade vanilla cupcakes with cream cheese icing and mustache flags. It was a true fiesta and everyone had a great time celebrating the man of the hour.

all photos were taken by A

Lynchburg Lemonade
- 1 part Jack Daniels
- 1 part Triple Second
- 1 part Sweet and Sour Mix
- 4 parts Sprite soda

Champagne and Tequila Sangria
- 1 bottle dry white wine
- 1 bottle sparkling wine
- 1/2 cup agave nectar
- 2 cups lemon-lime soda
- 3 ounces Tequila (silver)
- 6 fresh mint leaves
- Sliced oranges

Thanks to everyone who came to celebrate and to Mr. X for being my favourite hombre! Ole!

Yours Truly,


Thursday, 19 July 2012

When Life Hands You Lemons

The laid back vibe of the sunny season brings to mind patio parties, backyard bbqs and of course, sangria. These cool and casual elements set the stage for stellar bridal showers, engagement bashes and celebrations alike.

Décor for such events should be simple and vibrant, truly evoking the spirit of summer. What better way to accent your table than with colourful citrus fruits!

all images courtesy of Pinterest

How refreshing.

Until next time,

A & S

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

For My Man...

"To the world you may just be one person, but to one person you may be the world." - Brandi Snyder

Today is a very special day for Mr. X and I. Not only is it Mr. X's birthday, but it is also our one year anniversary of getting engaged!!  One year ago today, Mr. X made me, without a doubt, the happiest girl in the world by asking me to be his wife. From that day forward our lives were changed and we have been riding high ever since.  I cannot believe what this past year has brought and I am so excited for the years ahead with my new hubby.

Today is a reminder to make your wedding day about your man, just as much (well, almost) as it is about you.  Mr. X made one request leading up to our wedding day; he wanted to play hockey that morning. Hockey has been a big part of Mr. X's life ever since he could tie up his skates and since his initial idea was a Stanley Cup wedding cake, this seemed relatively reasonable.  He invited his family and friends to join him on the ice, in their favourite jersey, for an outdoor game of 'pickup' hockey and a few bevvies.  Danielle Da Silva was there to capture the moments hours before we tied the knot.

Highlights from Mr. X's morning:

Happy Birthday Mr. X! I love you more than a blogpost can sum up and look forward to many wonderful memories to come. Thank you for an incredible year.

Yours Truly,

A (or I guess, Mrs. X)

Monday, 16 July 2012

Pointe Shoes and Soccer Balls

"You don't take a photograph, you make it." -Ansel Adams

Engagement photos are an integral step during your wedding planning process and should certainly not be overlooked. They present you with the opportunity to get to know your wedding photographer, get more comfortable in front of the camera and see what works and what doesn't before the big day.  They also offer great memories and pictures of you and your fiance which can be used for thank you cards, guest books, customized favors, save the dates or just for yourselves.

Recently, I came across a friend's engagement pictures which caught my eye since they were fun, playful and simply made me smile. I always like when couples look like they're having fun and add a personal touch. Andrew of Union Eleven Photographers captured some great moments between Sarah and Matthew. Their bright colours and smiles are contagious.

All photos were taken by Union Eleven Photographers

Thank you Sarah for sharing your beautiful photos.  I look forward to seeing your wedding pictures in September. Congrats again to you and Matthew.

Yours Truly,


Friday, 13 July 2012


"In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle; stand like a rock." - Thomas Jefferson

Alright, we’re not exactly the types to play by the rules. In fact, breaking them every now and again can be quite liberating (and you know it’s true). But when it comes to wedding etiquette, so much of it tends to fall into the grey zone. Never fear, A and S have no qualms in breaking it down for you and we’re certainly not shy about it. This is not only for the hosts, but for all you guests out there whose refrigerators are covered in invitations galore.

Guest List – It’s your day, so really you should invite whomever you’d like to share the wonderful occasion with. It’s important to remember that if your parents and parents-in-law are throwing the shindig for you (aka footing the bill), they WILL have some say about who’s included on the roster (rightfully so). Just keep in mind, you NEVER want someone to receive your invite in the mail and think to themselves, “Ugh, I don’t want to go ” or “why was I invited?”  If you think they might look at it like an obligation they wish they didn’t have, then they shouldn’t make the cut. It’s a wedding, not a sample sale.

Invitations – Send them out a minimum of two months prior to the big day (three months for out of town guests, especially the ones travelling across the country or overseas). Don’t send them out one month before the wedding, unless you’re attempting to shave your guest list and hoping people will have prior engagements already (if that’s the case, don’t invite them in the first place!)

RSVP’ing – As an invited guest to any sort of event, whether it be a shower, engagement party, rehearsal dinner or to bear witness to holy matrimony, as soon as you know if you’re able or unable to attend the function, send back your RSVP card. It takes very little effort to pop a postage paid card in the mailbox, but it makes a HUGE difference to the people planning the affair. The sooner the bride and groom have their guest list confirmed, the sooner they can advise all of their vendors and ensure a smooth planning process.

Plus Ones – Nowadays, it’s acceptable practice to invite single guests to attend solo, especially when you’re trying to keep the numbers (and costs) down. However, if someone is attached, meaning if they have a significant other (significant being the operative word), then you ought to invite them with their honey too.  Now, guests listen up – it is not necessary to find some random on match.com just so you don’t have to sit alone throughout the slow songs, especially if you’re going to a wedding where your friends will be there. Nevertheless, if you know in advance that you will not know anyone besides the happy couple, and you’ve been given the option, it doesn’t hurt to bring a date to keep you entertained.

Punctuality – It’s vital, for all parties involved. We are all about being fashionably late, but the only person who should be making an entrance at a wedding is the bride! If the event is called for a certain time, show up 10-15 minutes early to err on the side of caution. That allows time for any unexpected delays, like running into traffic, getting a speeding ticket or looking for parking, plus you’ll get a better view of the ceremony by snagging good seats. This rule goes for the bridesmaids and groomsmen as well; if the couple asks you to be somewhere at a specific time, it’s your solemn duty to abide.

Hope these tidbits are helpful! TGIF!

Until next time,

A & S

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Sundae Funday

We can remember those hot, sunny days when the sound of a bell chiming its way down the street meant only one thing; the ice cream truck was here, and we needed a dollar or two, ASAP. 

Summertime soirées are in full swing, and a refreshing sundae bar is the perfect detail for the season. A wonderful alternative to a sweet table or candy buffet, have your guests create their own sundaes from a crafty display of flavours and toppings galore.

courtesy of Eat Drink Chic
as seen on Green Wedding Shoes
courtesy of Amy Atlas
as seen on Bottle Your Brand
as seen on Lushlee
as seen on A Blissful Nest

as seen on Julia's Room for Dessert

as seen on Ruffled
Feel like a kid again!

Until next time,

A & S

Friday, 6 July 2012

It's Getting Hot in Here

"Summer heat, boy and girl meet, but uh-oh those summer nights"  Summer Nights, Grease 

With the heat wave upon us, it is quite clear that summer is here! For all the brides that have spent the last year planning their big day, it is impossible to let a little humidity get in their way.  However, your guests might not agree.  Embracing an outdoor ceremony will be a little tough when your skirt is stuck to the backs of your legs and your hair has glued itself to your forehead.  Think of them sitting under the scorching sun and plan ahead for your outdoor nuptials and consider turning your wedding ceremony programs into fans! They are practical, charming and your guests will be thanking you in this hot and sticky weather.

Below are some "chilling" examples:
This stylish fan comes in an array of colors and can be found on Etsy
White and coral fans found at Martha Stewart Weddings - download template HERE and make them yourself!!
Chandelier Estate Opulence Fan Program by Citrine Designs 
Bright yellow heart shaped fans - photos from Style Me Pretty
Wedding Party Program - found on Style Me Pretty
A basket of fans as guests enter your ceremony - Pinterest

We think these are FANtastic!

Until Next Time,

A & S