Archive for December, 2006

A confession for the holidays…

Wednesday, December 27th, 2006

Regarding Christmas/Holiday cards. I had the best of intentions. I really did. I actually went so far as to design them – they turned out really cute.

However, they didn’t exactly get printed or sent out. Again, best of intentions but time is a finite thing – you only get so much. Darn it.

So, to all I wish you a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy New Year, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, Boxing Day, Winter Solstice, Festivus or what ever name you give your celebration.

As always, I wish you untold peace, immense joy, true love and perfect health in 2007.

Something to hope for in 2007

Wednesday, December 20th, 2006

Every time I think I’m in a good place, I soon find myself in an even better one.

An old friend of mine that I have known since grade school contacted me about helping her with a project. We got to chatting over email and just catching up and she said that.

I hope that for everyone in 2007 – that when you think it can’t get better, it does.

The Knot has spoken!

Monday, December 18th, 2006 has released the top wedding trends for 2007 – here are my favorites:

Brides have a major crush on orange this year. From creamy peaches and mod citrus hues to deep tangerines and burnt siennas, this bold color is being paired with a range of colors to achieve a variety of moods. For a modern, retro appeal, it’s being teamed with chocolate browns, lime greens, and sky blues. For a preppier feel, it’s being tied with blushing pinks, lemony yellows, and sage greens. And, for a romantic aura, it’s being paired with deep jewel tones-red, aubergine, and gold. What better way to take your tangerine palette up a notch? With a great pattern. Think starbursts, swirls, and playful polka dots on everything from the invite to the bridesmaid dresses, wedding cake, and cocktail napkins.

I had two weddings in 2006 that had a good shot of orange in their color schemes (Sheila & John and Jennifer & Craig), proving once again how fabulous and way ahead of their time my brides are!

The Cocktail Hour
The cocktail hour has become one of the night’s major events — and couples are skipping the not-seeing-each-other tradition to take pictures pre ceremony so they can be there to enjoy it. Design and foodwise, they’re taking this pre-reception party to extremes: awe-inspiring flowers (towering cylinder vases filled with orchids submerged in water); special entertainment (jazz bands, steel drum players, and mariachi bands); and an insane spread of munchies, from full-on raw bars to live sushi chefs and crepe stations.

I LOVE the cocktail hour – it sets the tone for the evening, transitions people from the business of the day (i.e. the ceremony) into the party (i.e. the reception). I like to see couples treating it like a part of the party and understanding their guests would like to see them there as well. Now the etiquette mavens might hate this but I would rather see couples skip the receiving line and just make a point to hit the cocktail hour. It is so much more personal than a handshake, kiss on the cheek and NEXT! Couples can actually greet their guests in a much more relaxed setting.

The Dessert Buffet
The wedding cake is a given. But the new guest at the dessert table is a massive dessert buffet-traditionally known as the Viennese table. Guests are surprised by tables filled with delectable goodies rolling out onto the dance floor or taking up a whole reception room on their own. Popular items are chocolate buffet stations featuring all types of cocoa creations-mousses, truffles, chocolate fondue, and pot du chocolate; cheesecake sampling stations with all flavors from Key lime to snickerdoodle. And candy buffets overflowing with sweet surprises from gourmet pretzels to sweet and sour jelly beans.

Cookie tables have been a staple of wedding receptions for quite a while in my markets of Columbus and Cleveland. Quite a few of my weddings have had them and of course anytime there is chocolate, sugar and yummy baked goods – the guests love it!

Exotic Honeymoons
While Hawaii and the Caribbean remain on the honeymoon hot list, this year it’s all about adventure trips to the Seven Wonders of the World. Couples are seizing the opportunity to see the most exotic famous locales from the Taj Mahal to the Great Wall of China and the Great Pyramids of Giza in Egypt. And more and more couples are looking for destinations that offer plenty of adventure: rafting in the Grand Canyon, hiking in Machu Picchu, and getting up close with nature on African safaris.

I am partial to this trend because Randy and I went to Scotland for our honeymoon – neither of us are beach people (I am too pale and R isn’t a big swimmer) so we picked someplace with no beaches at all! It was an incredible trip and we are thinking about going to Ireland for our 5 year anniversary this summer!

You can see more trends and cool things for 2007 in their full press release: The Knot Unveils Weddings Trends for 2007.

Simple Seating

Thursday, December 14th, 2006

Okay, this is cool!

Free for events up to 50 people and super reasonable for anything over that – you can also track your guest list, track their meal selections, plan the seating chart all online. AND you can share it with your parents, the in laws – whomever you want to see it because each seating plan is assigned a web address you can give out.

I totally see myself using this for weddings in the near future!

Living on the edge (of the brownie)

Wednesday, December 13th, 2006

I have been known to eat around the brownie pan to make sure I get the brownies with the crispy, yummy edges on them! Of course, this only works for so long because there is always a center – until now:

The Baker’s Edge brownie pan gives you all edges – every piece is an edge! Hmmm…perhaps Santa will read this and know how much I want one of these and put one under the tree.

Visions of brownie edges dancing in my head.

New Gallery on EDEP!

Wednesday, December 6th, 2006

Jennifer and Craig by Angela Anderson Photography

Such a great couple! Even though the weather didn’t cooperate with us (take a look at the 19th picture in the gallery – the one of the table in the library of the house – if you look out the window you can actually see the rain!), the wedding was gorgeous and went off beautifully! Jennifer and Craig’s gorgeous Save The Date card was actually featured in the winter edition of In Style Weddings – I will post scans soon.

A few bonus pictures of Jennifer and Craig that aren’t in the gallery: She didn’t want anything too “bridal portrait-y” but being in Kentucky and since she was from Tennessee, she kind of had no choice. So she made Craig have a groom’s portrait of sorts. These are just a few in a great series of them making faces, I just love these – this should give you some idea of why I loved this couple so much:

New Contact Info for EDEP

Tuesday, December 5th, 2006

We have a new phone number and mailing address in Columbus – the old 859 area code number won’t work anymore because Sprint doesn’t have a forwarding service. (snarfle)


Mailing Address:
PO Box 1173
Worthington, OH 43085-1173

Halfway to #75

Monday, December 4th, 2006

75. Be quoted in at least 2 magazine or newspaper articles

1 down, 1 to go.

The January/February 2007 issue of Bridal Guide Magazine features an article called “20 Wedding Secrets.” 2 of those secrets are from yours truly! From the article:

15. Orchestrate.
Seven to 10 days before the wedding, call your vendors to confirm details. Give everyone a timeline of the day. The biggest mistake is leaving any of this to chance, warns Emilie Duncan , a professional wedding consultant in Columbus, Ohio.

17. Take a Break.
“If things get too tough, give yourself some time out,” says Duncan. “Walk away for a day, a week or even just go out with your groom-to-be for an evening. Trust me, your wedding planning will be there when you go back to it, and your relationship will be better off in the long run if you take care not to overload yourself or him.”

I am very happy to have been included in the article – so one quote down, one to go!