Oct 27, 2008

Ethnic Inspired Wedding Dresses

Therez Fleetwood started designing bridal patterns in 1996 to reflect a more diverse collection of exotic ethnic inspired wedding dresses and headpieces using beads, embroidery, feathers, cowrie shells and lace. All of these stunning headpieces can be ordered separately, and made to order according to the bride’s specifications. Also up for negotiation are the color, fabric, and trims that compliment each custom made African style wedding dress.

Chiffon veil with satin trim and cowrie shell embellishments.

Silk shantung fitted cap with ‘V’ shaped front. Cowrie shell adornments
and detachable tulle veil. 3" height. Fully lined.

100% silk shantung hat. Embellished with cowrie shells, feather and decorative pin.

Oct 11, 2008

Groom’s Cake Ideas

Groom's cake ideas - all of these have a colorful baseball or football theme. The ones that require specialty cake pans are the football, baseball hat and helmet. The Yankees and Texas Ranger groom's cakes prove you can still make the magic happen with ordinary round shaped cake pans. Traditional groom's cakes were made with dark chocolate and covered with chocolate covered strawberries. All of these except for the first is made with fondant icing - smooth and silky - with professional looking results. Whip up a batch of homemade buttercream icing (Wilton's recipe is the best I've ever tasted), buy yourself some disposable cake decorating bags and star shaped metal tips, and you can design a sports themed groom's cake similar to the chocolate Yankees cake shown below.

Redskins groom's cake
Texas Rangers groom's cake

Buffalo Bills groom's cake

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Oct 7, 2008

Wedding Cupcake Cakes

Wedding cupcake cakes - so sweet, so simple, so appealing to both young and young at heart. Depending on whether you buy or bake them yourself, it might be the best money saving wedding idea of all time. Here is why it makes good sense to choose cupcakes over traditional wedding cakes:
  • Pay about three dollars per cupcake compared to $5 to $15 for traditional wedding cake.
  • Save on cake cutting fees charged by caterers and banquet facilities.
  • Less cleanup for casual or outdoor weddings.
  • Make them weeks in advance and put them in the freezer in air tight containers.
  • Pick them up at your local bakery and save on delivery and set up fees.
  • Find inexpensive cupcake liners at almost any grocery store.
  • Cupcake towers are attractive and easy to decorate.
  • Guests that want to take their dessert home will find it easy and convenient.
  • Save leftovers, put them in your freezer, and use them for other special occasions.

red and white wedding cupcakes
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Oct 3, 2008

Maggie Sottero Wedding Gowns

What do all these classic Maggie Sottero wedding gowns have in common?  Lovely, delicate and comfortable cap sleeves.  To be honest, very few of us have perfectly toned upper arms.  In a perfect world we would.  Until that time I say - welcome back sexy little sleeves!  The first of my three favorites is a fairytale chic organza ballgown (shown below in ivory) but also available in white.  It has a shimmering Swarovski crystal bodice, accented with an illusion bateau neckline and finished with signature corset back closure.

A soft tulle overlay shimmers over this delicate lace sheath creating an ethereal aesthetic, while a Swarovski crystal embellishment sparkles at the waistline. A deep V-neckline edged in lace and feminine cap sleeves adds sophistication and glamour to this beautifully draped gown.

This stretch satin fit and flare skirt has a comfortable yet romantic lure with a stretched net illusion neckline and embellished lace cap sleeves, complete with a zipper and crystal button closure.
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