The Sweet Table Boutique – Our Sweet Story

14 Dec


When I design a dessert table I always get very excited: having sweets of all sorts around me makes me happy!
This teal and gold tabletop had desserts as the focal point. Each place setting had a mini cake with intricate detail, matching the larger size cake on display. The shiny charger plates and the peacock-inspired plates brought a pop of color on the delicate lace overlay embellished with gold beads.
Everything from the Champagne gelee shots to the cupcakes to the colorful meringues and the cookies were the perfect complement, and gold chairs finished the look.










I was in love with these fabulous silk menu booklets – Isn’t the front gorgeous with that lace band and brooch?


Location: US Grant Hotel
Chairs and gold flatware: Raphael’s
Linens and napkins: Sweet Ribbon Events
Charger plates, china, glassware, stands / trays and decor: La Dolce Idea
Cake and cupcake stands: Enticing Tables
Menu booklets: Dolldine Designs
Martini shots, cupcakes and meringues: Wicked Spoon
Cakes and cookies: Grove Pastry Shop
Flowers: Embellishmint

The tabletop was featured in Ceremony Magazine, thank you!




Pictures: Kristina Chartier, courtesy of Ceremony Magazine

What I liked about Charise and Michael’s wedding

9 Dec


What a happy wedding! I think Charise was my most energetic bride ever: a gorgeous girl with red hair and green eyes with contagious positivity. Michael, the handsome and lucky groom has Italian blood in his veins so we immediately connected :)




They selected the Hotel Del Coronado to say “I Do” and the beach was witness to their union.






The colors were lemon yellow, gray, and white; Cherise carefully selected escort cards, table numbers, lace and rosette linens and napkins (from La Tavola Fine Linens) and chair covers (from Sweet Ribbon Events) to make sure that the look was consistent.


Third Season Jazz provided excellent entertainment throughout the evening.


The cake by Flour Power was designed with coral graphics to keep with the beach element.


Guests received lovely candle holders (handmade in Arizona where Charise and Michael live) as favors.

Congatulations to Charise and Michael, it was a lot of fun to be part of their celebration!

Thanks to Charli of Kharisma Studios for the great pictures :)

Get inspired – Pantone’s Color of the Year 2015

4 Dec


The wait is over! Pantone announced the Color of the Year 2015, Marsala – a rich reddish brown.

At first I was a little disappointed with the choice, I was expecting a blue this year (don’t ask me why…) so this brown didn’t get me very excited. But once my creative side started to think about the possibilities, I realized it’s a FABULOUS color, very versatile and very chic.


I played with different options (below) and I think all of them could work for a wedding or an event.

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Marsala can be considered a neutral color, and with all this “naked” trend in makeup with soft beige, pink and light brown why not use it with ivory, brown or pure black? I think it’s a very elegant combination!


Marsala goes extremely well with any metallic accent: silver, gold and my favorite mercury glass:


Excellent choice, Pantone! It will be a very creative 2015 with this wonderful color!

How would you combine Marsala?

What I liked about Adriana and Charlie’s wedding

30 Nov


Adriana and Charlie got married at the Redlands Country Club on a beautiful afternoon. The vibrant green of the golf course was incorporated into the palette with silver accents, and opulent crystals were used to complete the look.


Adriana’s dress was super gorgeous!





Sweet Ribbon Events provided the crush satin linens in silver, green napkins, and silver Chiavari chairs. Laura also designed the decor and floral centerpieces for ceremony (structure by Arc De Belle), cocktail hour and dinner reception.


Chocolate truffles by A La Minute in silver favor boxes (by Taylor’d Favors) were given to guests. Dolldine Designs made the cute tags as well as the table numbers.
A La Minute also served Italian ice cream during the reception.



The sweetheart table had special chair treatments by Sweet Ribbon Events.


The grand finale was a four-tiered cake by Michelle’s decorated with rhinestone bands. The cake stand was, of course, made with rhinestone, too!

Adriana and Charlie’s wedding was featured in Aroos Magazine:

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Congratulations to Adriana and Charlie, I wish them a lifetime together filled with happiness and joy :)

Thank you to Carrie Rosema Photography for the beautiful pictures!

Happy Thanksgiving

27 Nov


Today I give thanks to everything and everybody around me. I often forget how blessed I am with a wonderful family, inspiring friends and colleagues, a creative job, and amazing clients.

I wish all of you a fantastic holiday and a lot of happiness!

What I liked about… Penny’s First Birthday Party

23 Nov


Penny celebrated her first year at the legendary Hotel Del Coronado with her wonderful parents, family and guests. We wanted this to be an affair to remember so we designed an upscale event that would look like a wedding reception and we worked around a cute Minnie Mouse theme (Penny’s favorite Disney character).


The color palette was a combination of baby pink, lavender and deep purple with a splash of turquoise.




The vision came to life in the Ballroom with lavender linens, purple overlays with floral textures, and silver Chiavari chairs by Sweet Ribbon Events, and delicate centerpieces in silver urns and candelabra by Jolie Fleur.




Dolldine Designs created all the paper items from the cute invitation in pink, purple, silver glitter and black, to the escort cards, table numbers and guest book – all matching the Minnie Mouse theme.


Penny’s mother, Leah crafted the beautiful card box – She’s very creative!


Grove Pastry Shop made super cute cookies (with a Minnie Mouse shape, of course!) as favors, and Dolldine Designs provided the tag.





Friends and family were entertained all night long with a photo booth by The Groove, balloon artist and face tattoo artist by Creative Entertainment, and fun mascots – Minnie Mouse, Mickey Mouse, Goofy and Donald Duck. Minnie Mouse came dressed all in pink :)


The grand finale was a tiered cake by Grove Pastry Shop decorated with ruffles and a Minnie Mouse silhouette matching the one that was used on the invitation.


Congratulations to the little princess on her first birthday, it was a privilege to be part of Penny’s celebration!

Thanks to David Manning Photographers for the beautiful pictures :)


What I liked about… Keiko and Mark’s Wedding

19 Nov


DIY weddings are becoming more and more popular and I love the creativity of every couple when they incorporate elements that tell about their story and personality.

Keiko and Mark are a perfect example of a wedding celebration that tells about the love of two wonderful people thanks to personal details. Who said that simple and organic can’t be fun?!?





Sweet Ribbon Events made all the flowers and provided the specialty linens.



Mark created this unique escort cards display (“It was quite an interesting project,” he said) and I printed all the escort cards with the same pattern from their wedding invitation (a delicate green fern).




Centerpieces were arranged with personal belongings from Keiko and Mark: favorite books, potted plants that they bought at a local garden store, and framed portraits from their trips together. I printed the table numbers with the same fern pattern of their invitation and escort cards.


Sweet Ribbon decorated the sweetheart table with blossoms in Keiko’s favorite colors over a delicate lace overlay.


Villa Capri catered the reception with an authentic Italian menu. Appetizers included tray-passed hors d’oeuvres and a delicious display of assorted cheese, artisan breads, and fruit.


Rentals were provided by Raphael’s Party Rentals and they also installed fun string lights for the party to go on until late in the night. There were a lot of dancers among the guests!



Keiko fell in love with Cupcakes Squared because of the unusual square shape and the couple decided to have a cupcake cake and a variety of cupcakes to satisfy every taste – gluten-free included!


Favors were another DIY project: Keiko and Mark purchased little jars and filled them with nuts and candy. They personalized each one with different labels for a pop of color.


It was a privilege being part of Keiko and Mark’s wedding, congratulations to the couple!

Thanks to Inner Song for the fantastic pictures!


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