Making a House a Home

Through a Sweet Treat, Our Guests Will Meet May 26, 2011

Filed under: Wedding Insanity!!! — gregandlisa @ 10:29 PM

One of the most fun parts of our wedding for me is the CAKE!!!! A consistent theme for Greg and I is to do things a little differently than other weddings – more original and creative than eccentric – and the cake is a major example of this! At a bridal event back in January, I met a baker who had a variety of cakes on display different from the others at the event. She created miniature cakes that will now be the centerpieces at each of our tables! Each cake feeds 8-10 people, will be a classic design with simple beading, and will be a different flavor. So instead of being seated at a numbered table, guests will be placed at tables by cake flavor, for example, the coconut table or the red velvet table. We plan on playing up this theme by asking our guests to join in by having one person from each table cut the cake while we cut ours. Also, since our families and friends won’t know each other that well, we’re going to encourage them to mingle and try the different flavors of cake. This concept has evolved over the past few months, so we’ll see if I continue to update this! Here is a photo of the cake (except they won’t be in red and I doubt I’ll put a flower on top):

An added bonus is that even though the cakes are small, each one can be two different flavors with a filling! Here are some ideas I have for cake flavors – feel free to tell me your thoughts on these or any other combinations you can think of!

  • creme-de-menthe and chocolate swirl with fudge filling
  • chocolate and vanilla cake with a strawberry filling
  • German chocolate cake with the German chocolate coconut filling
  • white cake with chocolate filling
  • yellow cake with lemon filling
  • lemon cake with raspberry filling
  • lemon poppyseed with lemon filling
  • carrot cake with cream cheese filling
  • pistachio cake with cream cheese filling
  • raspberry cake with chocolate filling
  • red velvet cake with cream cheese filling
  • lemon poppyseed with raspberry filling
  • chocolate cake with cherry filling
  • chocolate cake with peanut butter filling
  • strawberry and white cake with chocolate filling
  • lemon and coconut cake with blueberry filling
  • chocolate cake with marshmallow creme filling
  • orange and white cake with cream cheese filling

Well, that’s all I can think of off the top of my head 🙂 Some other cake flavors on the list from the that I would want to incorporate somehow include:

  • amaretto
  • banana
  • blackberry
  • black walnut
  • bubble gum (kid’s table maybe?)
  • butterscotch
  • butter-rum
  • cherry
  • chocolate cherry
  • chocolate mint
  • confetti
  • cotton candy (again, potential for kids – we’re not having many though!)
  • grape
  • marble
  • maple pecan
  • maple
  • pina colada
  • pralines n cream
  • root beer

I don’t have a list of filling flavors, but she says that almost any flavor is possible! So, for my creative friends out there, please share your awesome ideas!


One of Those Times When the Destination IS More Important Than the Journey May 25, 2011

Filed under: Wedding Insanity!!! — gregandlisa @ 5:06 PM

My first time wedding dress shopping was awful. I was with my mother and future mother-in-law (which was not the awful part!) at a chain bridal store that will remain nameless, and even though I had an appointment, walk-ins took over and it took a long time for me to be able to try on any dresses (which also wasn’t the worst part). When I finally tried on dresses, they were all very short (I’m 5’11”, so it’s to be expected) but it made it hard to imagine what the dress would really look like. None of them were very flattering and I felt huge in all of them (I’m a size 12, so just a little above average, I like to think). They were not willing to compromise or alter any dresses either – which is an issue when strapless is NOT what you are interested in right now. So, needless to say, I left in a pretty bad mood.

Things got better though! Greg and I went dress shopping together (gasp!) and it was amazing! We took a chance and just walked in, and we were lucky enough for someone to be available who was nice and patient – it was just like “Say Yes to the Dress”! I found my dream dress – flattering, form-fitting, satin, just the right amount of “crystal” embellishments…*sigh*. The price however, was not within my reach (*tear*)! Below is the first dress I felt like a bride in 🙂

The original "dream dress"

The original "dream dress"

So, the dress search continued….to Wisconsin! Where I found a ton of dresses that I love for a lot cheaper than the big ole city of St. Louis 🙂 On a Monday night, my mom and I went to this adorable boutique that offered to stay open late just for us – it was amazing to have the entire shop to ourselves! My mom tried on a bunch of dresses, I tried on a bunch of dresses…it was magical! Three (very different!) dresses were the favorites of the evening:

This lace one was nothing like I imagined, but it looked amazing on me! The ribbon was a white color though, and I liked that a lot better than the colored ribbon.

The next one was everything that I thought I wanted:

And this last one I tried on just to have fun, because it was so different from anything else I had tried. It was so glamorous! I didn’t want to take it off!

None of them, however, made me feel like that first dress though (*sigh*), so I left empty-handed to continue shopping the next day with my aunt and godmother, my cousin and matron of honor, and my mom. This was another great experience, and they allowed us to take over the shop for more than 3 hours! I found about 5 dresses that were top contenders, and when I tried them on a second time was able to narrow it down to two – one had the V-neck with straps that I wanted, and the other had the satin with the fit-and-flare style that I loved. What was a girl to do?!

Thankfully, the owner overhead me, and suggested checking with the designer about creating a custom neckline on the satin fit-and-flare dress! I anxiously awaited news and on the third day was told that it was completely doable!!! I went in and tried on the dress again and put money down to have it ordered!!! Below is the front and back of the original dress. My color choice was creme, between ivory and gold 🙂

Imagine a V-neck and V-back with approximately 1-inch straps 🙂

So, the path to finding a dress was a roller coaster, but every dress helped to shape what I wanted and what I didn’t – and I didn’t settle for something that was just ok – once I knew what I wanted, I wasn’t going to stop until I got it, and now that I found it, I couldn’t be happier! I can’t wait to see it in four months!