{Fabulous Friday}

Friday is here!... YAY! I'm already planning the fresh inspiration, the sophisticated ideas, the bridal fashion, the real weddings and the engagement sessions for next week. Here is a little something of the massive amount of gorgeousness you will find next week here in Belle.
And to send you to your weekend with a smile on your face, what about a roundup of this week?

Have a Fabulous Weekend! 

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All-White Wedding Decor

While visiting Grace Gardens the other day, I witnessed a little argument between a bride and her mom about the wedding colors. While mom insisted in having all the decor in white, the bride wanted to add purple to crate a contrasting color palette. Everyoney that knows me will tell you that I’m a huge fan of contrast and I LOVE purple. But, I couldn’t pick the bride’s side that day. There is just something really magical about an all-white color palette and these photos prove that in the most delicious way.
Even a white ceremony/aisle decor looks amazing.

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{Engagement Session} : Brooke + Travis by Dawson Taylor Studios

I knew the pecan tree farms around the Mesilla area where a beautiful location for e-sessions or wedding shoots, but this engagement shoot by Dawson Taylor Studios takes pecan tree backdrops to a whole new level. And quite frankly, I couldn’t expect anything less from the Dawson Taylor Studios team. They always do a great job not only shooting beautiful images, but also styling them to perfection. I’m just loving all the props, specially the pink parasol! And when you add to this equation totally adorable cowboy boots, well let’s just say I am in my blogging happy place. Approachable, light-hearted yet totally beautiful, this engagement session has it all.


Sweet Sensations ~ Newnan, GA

It's hard not to instantly fall in love with Sharon Alexander, owner and cake designer of Newnan, Georgia based bake shoppe Sweet Sensations. We certainly did after meeting the adorable cake guru! Her bubbly personality and passion for cake design is infectious and with a background that includes training with some of the top pastry chefs in the world she has become one of the most sought after cake designers in the South. Her work has been featured on Completely Unveiled as well as in the pages of Weddings Unveiled. Read on to learn more about the lovely lady behind Sweet Sensations and don't miss the Sweet Sensations promo video below shot by Anna and Spencer Photography.

Sweet Sensations is based in Newnan, GA. To contact Sweet Sensations, visit their website or call 770.252.9117.

Weddings Unveiled: Tell us a little bit about Sweet Sensations.

Sharon Alexander: Sweet Sensations is a boutique bake shoppe specializing in custom designed cakes. We love the art of the cake.

WU: How did you become a cake designer? When and how did you begin Sweet Sensations?

SA: By default...was trying to learn more techniques for decorating cookies. There weren't any cookie classes, so I took the cake classes. Started in CA, then continued in GA. Had planned to open a cookie shoppe here...

The name and idea actually started in CA for a cookie shoppe I'd planned to open when I moved to GA. Early on I had the great luck to start taking classes with Nicholas Lodge and he was my inspiration for cakes.

WU: Tell us about how you work with engaged couples, whether as a team or individually.

SA: The entire process involves are whole team, but I'm the one who meets with the couples. One meeting is all that is needed for a tasting/design consultation. They're given "homework" to bring so I can get a sense of their style and the reception. The cake needs to be cohesive with the wedding and venue.

WU: Describe your style when it comes to cake design?

SA: Clean, relevant.

WU: What inspires you?

SA: Fabric, fashion, decor...

WU: How do you keep your ideas fresh?

SA: We stay on top of the trends. By custom designing each cake we're pulling from the bride's gown, the invitation, the decor...that keeps it relevant...now.

WU: What makes Sweet Sensations different from other bakeries?

SA: Every cake we create is a custom design made for that particular event.

WU: What would be your dream wedding cake to design?

SA: No particular design...just a couple who completely trust us when we see their vision with a hefty budget in a fabulous venue.

WU: Tell us three things you can't live without.

SA: Sunshine, milk & Twitter! ;p (follow Sharon on Twitter at @SweetSensations)

WU: What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?

SA: You can't run the business from behind the baker's bench/decorator's table.

WU: What is the best advice you can give to an engaged couple?

SA: Always go with your gut...that is God knocking on your head!

Image Credits:
(1) Andrea Taylor Studio. (2) Graceology Photography. (3) Project Duo Photography. (5) Andrea Taylor Studio. (8) Nadine Brett Photography. (12) Project Duo Photography. All other images provided by Sweet Sensations.

Sweet Sensations Promo from Anna and Spencer on Vimeo.



 I have some great vintage-style treats for you today, all available on Etsy.  Above:  A sheath of 4 ply crepe with the added lace overlay gives a real 1930's vintage feel. Lightweight and drapey, the crinkled surface of this particular crepe has an incredible swathe and drape effect making it a natural for the bias cut evening gown look. Added to the sides and back are silk organza godets that give off a modified mermaid silhouette.  From Amy-Jo Tatum Bride
 A la 1920s romantic French inspired bridal cap with lace and a sweeping veil.  Available via special order through Twigs and Honey.

 Silk dupion and tea-dyed silk gauze strapless gown. Has a fully boned inside corset lined in silk habotai. The petticoat is a separate crinoline lined in silk with a back insert of Chantilly lace. The gown can be worn with the front sash draped around the neckline or as a tie down the front. The gown can be ordered in dupion, satin or taffeta. Available through Amy-Jo Tatum Bride
 Lampshade hat made of Beige/Cream taffeta w/ burnout prints all over the brim, adorned with a Cream curly rose and Silk leafs.  Available through Arturo Rios
 The Cream Puff!  Made from cream natural ostrich fringe that has been carefully arranged in a perfect puff with a small ostrich tip. Available through Batcakes Couture 

Just Married Signs

Visiting one of my favorite blogs, Think Runway, I found these adorable images of different types of "Just Married" signs and I couldn't resist sharing them with you. Lovely. Don't you think?
Images via Think Runway

Breath-taking Bridal Accessories by Karen Wolf

I fall in love with weddings every single day. Wonderful dresses, adorable details, charming couples… I’m totally smitten with all things beautiful and today is no exception. Prepare to get lost in some breath-taking images from the collections of Israeli accessory goddess Karen Wolf. She’s the creator of some of the most GORGEOUS designs I’ve ever laid eyes on. Delicate, unique and all around elegant, her fascinators and jewelry are not only completely gorgeous, but totally sophisticated, flawless pieces with just the right amount of drama.

Real Wedding ~ Gabi and Capers

Gabi and Caper's backyard Atlanta wedding was sent to us by Erin Ashford Photography. Designed in a palette of slate, white and shades of yellow ranging from pale buttercup to deep mustard, the inspired palette was perfect for the couple's Fall nuptials. Gabi and Caper's wedding was filled to the brim with handcrafted details created by the bride who is also owner of event planning and design company helloHITCHED. From an old typewriter to mason jars and hanging paper garland Gabi created a unique wedding design mixing Southern touches with vintage elements, including the bridesmaids' fabulous vintage frocks from Stefan's Vintage Clothing. Under an open-air tent trimmed with garden lights, long banquet tables were draped in light gray linens and antique lace overlays paired with striking mandarin yellow chiavari chairs for the outdoor reception. The talented Amy Osaba created a gorgeous display of blooms set in a variety of vintage vessels to decorate each tables center, while individual kraft paper wrapped baguettes sat at each place setting adorned with a vibrant yellow place card. Don't miss a single reception detail, including the couple's two tier yellow confection and incredible pig shaped groom's cake from Highland Bakery. Enjoy!

Erin Ashford Photography. Planning and Design: helloHITCHED. Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas. Paper Goods: helloHITCHED. Gown: Lazaro from Bridals by Lori. Bridesmaid Dresses: vintage from Stefan's Vintage Clothing. Headpieces: helloHITCHED. Floral Design: Amy Osaba. Decor: helloHITCHED. Caterer: Avalon Catering. Music: Kingsized. Cake: Highland Bakery. Favors: helloHITCHED.


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