upside down wedding cake

Upside Down Wedding Cake

upside down wedding cakeUpside down wedding cake? Yes, please!

After a whirlwind romance, Bing Bang cutie Kaley Cuoco married her tennis player boyfriend in a super glam, ultra whimsical wedding in LA.  And while the over the top wedding flowers, ritzy venue and celeb guest list are all in line with your typical tinsel town nuptuals, the fete had some seriously cool details like a bubble gum pink custom Vera Wang dress. And for the costume change later on in the night, this super cool bride didn’t go with a safe white either- she switched into a fit and flare red mini dress to dance the night away with her new hubby.  But the one detail that has everyone buzzing, is the upside down wedding cake the couple blew everyone away with, including the wedding industry veterans who must admit that it just might be the coolest cake in history.

upside down wedding cakeSo here’s what we know about the wedding and how the cake plays a perfect part in the entire event. The New Year’s Eve celebration had a “fire and ice” theme with fire being represented with ultra warm hued lighting and ice of course, being major bling.  The six tiered cake, created by Kimberly Bailey of LA- based The Butter End, was suspended from a huge crystal chandelier and adorned with matching crystals to carry through the them right down to the smaller tier. The entire thing was engineered with sandbags of matching weight and involved several trips to home depot to secure it just right so that the couple could literally dance under the “cake hanging from a chandelier” all night. Pretty cool.

And the guests even got a little show when the couple went to do the traditional cake cutting. And sure enough they cut right into it and it stayed perfectly affixed! The photos are really something to behold with a huge chunk missing after they tasted the cherry almond and vanilla almond buttercream confection.

While we hope to see more over the top cakes like Cuoco’s these bad boys don’t come cheap! The Butter End created a seven foot tall cake for Mariska Hargitay and a stunning 1,000 custom sugar flower creation for Chelsea Clinton’s wedding ringing in at around $11,000! So maybe this trend isn’t for the budget savvy bride but we can’t wait to see what those resourceful DIY brides have to say about this one! One thing is for sure, it’s not for the faint of heart!

Isle Media

Isle Media

This past weekend we did an event at Heritage Prairie Farms in Elburn. Sometimes you work with a wedding vendor who is head and shoulders above the rest. Isle Media is one of those vendors and their work is displayed in the video below. Enjoy!

Liz and Skyler Same-Day-Edit (Chicago, Illinois) from Isle Media on Vimeo.

Wedding of the Week: Coral Virginia Wedding

While browsing through one of our favorite blogs by the gals over at Southern weddings,, it became abundantly clear that not only is this next wedding more than worthy of a spot on our blog, but that events like this- so full of detail, Southern style and glorious paper ( wait until you see the paper!) are pretty rare.  We love the Southern charm that SW Mag brings us on a daily basis, but something about this wedding transcended your typical Southern Wedding and it chalk full of details and swoon-worthy elements that are perfect for so many different occasions. Let’s take you through a few of our favorites…


The over the top simplicity: This may sound like an oxymoron, but this Charlottesville gem’s choices of clean, fresh white florals accented with coral (the color of the day!) to the sleek vanilla palette of bridesmaids dresses just screamed elegant and purposefully simple.  Just the right amount of color is used throughout the entire event that keeping with a neutral palette is just about the chicest idea we can think of. The simple white wedding cake is adorned with a surprising petal detail and the insanely gorgeous head table is all clean lines and white flowers with just a pop of hot pink coral.  The entire look is the perfect balance of style and restraint. And to top it all off, the couple used a modern lampshade overhead for just the right amount of contemporary lighting.  It’s this type of attention to detail that is so thought out yet so subtle, that makes your guests feel so comfortable while knowing they are part of something so very special.


Pops of whimsy: Lampshades and color pops aside, the couple opted for little “stations” along the way. A fun sign “Just Dance” adorned to a basket of “dancing flip flops” in shades of pink and white and little stationery cards with cute quotes throughout the reception kept the occasion light and fun. And can we just take a moment to drool over the paper? The stunning paper accents were courtesy of the uber talented Charlottesville native Erika Jack, and they were everywhere! We especially love the Mister and Mrs. signs for the back of the bride and groom’s chairs and the one of a kind menu cards hand stamped with a wax emblem.  Almost everywhere you turn, there is another beautiful use of paper- from marriage advice jars to the elegant wedding programs and table names, it’s worth a peak at every last detail!


The tent: The Sperry tent (yes, that is the proper name, so don’t forget it when asking for your own!) is quintessential when it comes to have a wedding that screams “American Classic.” The fresh white flags on top are also about as cute as can be and with optional open sides, is perfect for various types of weather. And well the photo of the entire scene at night just about speaks for itself.


Photographer: Jen Fariello

Wedding of the Week: Snippet and Ink

There is a must see wedding on one of our favorite blogs,  Snippet and Ink, this week. You can find it under Nadine & Joe: Rustic FallWedding in the Berkshires. Everything about this event screams homespun, yet it remains utterly elegant and chalk full of festive and personal details.

The bride and groom said they were inspired by dinners they had growing up. With long, bountiful tables of family and friends, and of course amazing food. They called on Fire Roasted Catering to bring that homey feel to life while also taking the culinary element up a notch. With  a menu featuring salt rubber cod, roasted beef, and fire roasted pig with apple chutney, the bar was set and guests felt free to roam and eat and also take a seat at the gorgeous long tables. Piles of fresh corn and perfectly fragrant meats were on display as almost décor, which went perfectly with the rustic, yet refined scenery.

We absolutely love when couples mix high and low or rustic and elegant for their big day. The rustic element allows you to set a welcome and relaxed tone for guests, while also making things extra special for the occasion. These two were no exception. The tables were lined with crips white linens, burlap, and local flowers and finished with classic birchwood chiavari chairs. The look is timeless and the perfect choice for an Autumn affair.

Along with florals, the scene was enhanced by seasonal fruits and nuts wrapped in burlap, menus and invites tied in twine and baker’s string, and a sweet old-fashioned candy bar.  Simplicity truly proved to be the way to go with this wedding and we could just feel the love through the stunning and very candid pictures.

So if you are considering a homespun wedding, with an outdoor or even rustic feel, this wedding is too charming for words.

Sarah Culver Photography

Montefiori Event Center w/ Becky Brown Photography

Kate DiNardo & Greg Buikema
July 9th, 2011
Montefiori Events
Music By Design
Becky Brown Photography

Please enjoy their day in the midwest captured by the photo journalistic style of Becky Brown. Most images are on the beautiful grounds at Montefiori Events.






































































































































Featured Wedding – Jarvis/Markwell

Below are some inspiring wedding photos from the Jarvis/Markwell wedding reception.
All photos were taken by Z Photography in Chicago.

































































































































Featured Weddings: Jaye-Fernandez

Cara Jaye
& Fernando Fernandez

October 10, 2009

The Arboretum Club in Buffalo Grove, IL

First Dance Song:  Stay With You by John Legend

DJ: Music By Design

Photos: Schademann Studios

Honeymoon:  Holland America Cruise

Q:  Going into the wedding planning process, what was your biggest concern?

A:  Figuring out where to get all of the services. My cousin recommended The Knot.  I really like the way you could search for vendors and utilize the message board.

Q: How was The Knot’s message board useful?

A: I would post questions and check back and have at least 3 or 4 answers. I was having a difficult time finding invitations at a reasonable price, so I posted a question and within hours I had a suggestion for Invitation Consultants. They were great!

Q:  When planning your reception, what do you feel was a good use of your money?

A:  I think the best use of our money was the photographer and the DJ. Everyone got enjoyment out of both of them the most.

Q: If you had it to do all over again, is there anything you would change?

A: The flowers were the only thing that I would change. Even though we did not spend a lot of money on flowers, I felt it had the least amount of impact on our day.

Q: What was it that attracted you to Music By Design?

A:  The emphasis on no cheese. I hate weddings that feel like a kid’s party.  I had been saying that all along and when we went to MBD, it was exactly what we were looking for.

Q:  In terms of the reception, what did you like about Music By Design?

A:  We had the opportunity to make the evening really personalized. I really like how much input we got to have. It felt like us and I am really grateful.

Q: What was your favorite part of the reception?

A: We had a lot of people on the dance floor all night, but we had a big group in from New York so when we played Frank Sinatra’s New York, New York it got everyone on the dance floor!

Q: Where did you go on your honeymoon?

A: We went on a one week Caribbean cruise with Holland America Cruise line.  We were looking for a good deal so that we could splurge on things we really wanted to do.  I have always wanted to go horseback riding on the beach.  It turned out to be my favorite part of the honeymoon!

Q: Looking back, what advice would you give to engaged couples?

A: Have fun, chill out and enjoy the day.  By the time my wedding day came, I didn’t care about any little detail.  Everything was perfect.

Please enjoy the following pics from Schademann Studios