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Be Inspired…

Written by Nicole Mitsakis

Our team at Gracious Events loves sharing information with our followers and clients.  Our goal is to inspire and maybe show you something that you may not have thought was your style or taste.  If you follow us on Facebook then you know we share weekly inspiration for wedding cakes, color palettes and wedding dress designers.  As we head into summer what better way to celebrate than with some wedding inspiration that is perfect for this summer season.

 

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Untraditional, but Brilliant!

Written by Nicole Mitsakis

 

As planners we get a lot of questions from our clients…one of the biggest one is “do I have to?” and the answer is no, you do not have to do anything you don’t want.  Clearly, you want your guests to be comfortable, but if we’re speaking of “traditional” customs when it comes to weddings then you are good.  Remember, it is “YOUR DAY” not your mothers, fathers, cousins, sisters, aunt…this list can go on forever.  It seems when it comes to weddings and children EVERYONE has an opinion or advice.  My mother always told me when someone gives you advice that you did not ask for simply smile and say “that is a good idea, I will think about it” then do what YOU feel is best.  So today’s blog is to inspire those couples that were thinking of incorporating untraditional ideas, but was afraid they shouldn’t.  I found some downright brilliant inspiration that is honestly, pretty creative, elegant and above all fun!

 

Photo Credit: Justin Pocta Photography

Photo Credit: Justin Pocta Photography

 

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Image found on FlutterbyePrints

 

Photo Credit: Jake and Necia Photography

Photo Credit: Jake and Necia Photography

 

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Photo via ElloThere

 

Photo Credit: Kaysha Weiner

Photo Credit: Kaysha Weiner

 

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Photo via Lovethispic.com

 

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Photo via Pinterest

 

Photo Credit: Tasha Seccombe Photography

Photo Credit: Tasha Seccombe Photography

 

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GEM’S Favorite Wedding Trends 2016

Written by Nicole Mitsakis

Come January, of any given new year, you’ll find countless websites listing the “top trends” for weddings.  This year is no different, except I’ve decided to pick our top 5 favorite from the hundreds that are out there.  If you are in this business long enough you start to realize what’s “old” is “new” and what’s really old is “rustic vintage”.  You name any trend and I promise you it will come back around, it’ll be different and most likely modernized, but rest assured what “goes around, comes around”. That being said, let’s hope for all those involved in the wedding industry that NOTHING from the 80’s comes back,  except of course if its your classic 80’s “one hit wonders” that you want your DJ to play.  Listed below are our chosen 5 with some beautiful inspiration to help get you started.

1.) Canine Companions: I’m not going to lie this is my favorite by far…YES, I am a major dog person, our event manger Tania, is also one and Jen, well she doesn’t live with any four legged friends, but welcomes them with open arms.

Photo by Tana Photography

Photo by Tana Photography

Photo by Maddie Peschong

Photo by Maddie Peschong

Photo by Leah Haydock Photography

Photo by Leah Haydock Photography

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Photo by Hailey Tash Photography

2.) Wedding Dress Separates:  I have to say I was pleasantly surprised while researching for inspiration.  I was afraid the options would be limited, but there are some very classy and elegant options.

Photo by Shane Shepherd

Photo by Shane Shepherd

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Photo via Pinterest

Photo by Erich Mcvey

Photo by Erich Mcvey

3.) Loose Organic Bouquets:  It is refreshing to no longer see a tight ball of flowers and I really do love the look of this style of bouquet and hope it sticks around for a while.

Photo by Darling Photography

Photo by Darling Photography

Photo by Darling Photography

Photo by Darling Photography

4.)  Seating Options:  Along with anything from the 80’s,  I need to add the standard round table and ballroom metal rimmed chairs to the list of things that “should not ” come back around.  Most brides are now bringing in their own style of seating. They are using farm tables or square tables which gives your room a whole new look and feel.  There are all types of chairs, cushions and coverings to choose from.

Photo by Caitlin Maloney Photograpy

Photo by Caitlin Maloney Photograpy

Photo by Robert Castagna Photography

Photo by Robert Castagna Photography

Photo by Robert Castagna Photography

Photo by Robert Castagna Photography

5.) Donut Bars: Last but certainly not least…gone are the mini-cupcakes and cup cake towers, in are the donut bars or displays.  I think this is one item that really deserves coming back into the limelight.  I love a glazed donut and really thought there wasn’t anything better until we happen to attend a KNOT event last spring where we stumbled on Black Bird Donuts in Boston. I never knew a donut that was made of lemon and lavender could taste sooooo incredible!  Our team LOVED their donuts so much, I wrote a BLOG about them.

Photo by Christinakarst Photography

Photo by Christinakarst Photography

Photo by Shannon Elizabeth Photography

Photo by Shannon Elizabeth Photography

Photo by Christinakarst Photography

Photo by Christinakarst Photography

 

 

 

GEM’s Fall Tablescape Design

Peterson Party Center is like a playground for Event Planners, and our GEM team has spent many hours there looking at linens, tables, chairs, silverware, glassware and place settings.  Each month they ask vendors to come in and design a table for their showroom.  Gracious Events was thrilled to be asked to do the October table and had an amazing time designing our elegant fall tablescape.  Our color palette was a rich burnt orange, graphite and Tiffany blue.  Most tables have a centerpiece of florals but we decided a cake designed by Jenny’s Wedding Cakes would be more “out of the box”, after all, you normally do not see a cake as a centerpiece! But here at Gracious Events we like to be different.  Our custom signage was hand embellished with glitter to give it a little extra sparkle and coordinated flawlessly with our overall table design. Huge thank you to John Caplice for photographing our amazing table!

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For the love of cake

Written by Nicole Mitsakis

Since 2012 Gracious Events Management has been creating inspiration that focussed on fabulous cakes with our weekly {CAKE CRUSH} Facebook post, after all who doesn’t LOVE cake!  We wanted to share some of our favorites which was a challenge as we have so many that we love.  For all the ones that we were not able to spotlight check out our “Cake Crush” PINTEREST board.  If you want to see the cakes we are pinning, go to our Wedding Cake Pinterest Board, we promise you will not be disappointed.  Are you a cake designer or do you know someone that is?  Let us know, we LOVE sharing just submit your cake via email to our Creative Director at nicole@graciousevents.com.

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{VENDOR SPOTLIGHT} Blackbird Doughnuts

Written by Nicole Mitsakis

The older I get the more I realize that “everything” comes back around!  It’s been a while since doughnuts have been the topic of conversation but this past Wednesday night our team attended the Knot’s Event celebrating everything NEW at 90FS.  We found ourselves at the table of Blackbird Doughnuts checking out their incredible display.  It has been YEARS since I have had a doughnut but after a taste of their Lavender one I was hooked and knew right then and there I would be blogging about them. Ironically, we had a meeting in Boston the next day and you would not believe who was across the street…YES you guessed it, Blackbird Doughnut’s store front!  We completed our meeting and headed (ran in heels) across the street to further explore their doughnuts and wanted to share it with all our readers because “Who doesn’t LOVE a doughnut”?

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Blackbird Doughnuts is located in the South End of Boston and is the only artisan doughnut shop in Boston. Everything is baked onsite, and if you stop in you can actually see the bakers at work.  Their menu is seasonal and inspired by local ingredients.  They are happy to work with you if you want a custom flavor for your event or choose from their impressive list, some of their favorite flavors are:

Salted Toffee ~ Blackberry Lavender ~ Cinnamon Sugar ~ Vanilla Glaze ~ Lemon Honey Pistachio
Pomegranate Dark Chocolate ~ French Roast ~ Lemon Coconut ~ Chocolate Ganache ~ Raspberry Dark Chocolate
Birthday Cake ~ Mint Dark Chocolate ~ S’mores ~ Peanut Butter Chocolate

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All photos courtesy of Blackbird’s website and facebook page.

“How to make your wedding cake an art piece using sugar flowers”

Now and again, we cross paths with some outstanding vendors that we just want to tell the world about because they are just that fantastic in so many ways.  So, we decided to offer a “Guest Blog” spot on our site to those rare GEMs we come across.  This week’s blog features the ever so lovely and talented Jennifer Williams, owner of Jenny’s Cakes.

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The properties of sugar are amazing, especially when incorporated into a design for a wedding cake.  Gum paste, also called sugar dough, is a material used to make fine and delicate forms out of sugar.  This is one of our specialties and it can really make a wedding cake go from just a cake to a piece of art.  My favorite way to use gum paste is to make flowers out of it.  I started to learn this when a bride could not get her beloved peonies for her wedding so we made them for her cake instead. This provided a personal and sentimental element to her wedding while making her cake a real stand out of the day.

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Sugar flowers are very time consuming to make, and every sugar artist has their own style.  I like mine to look life like and flowing, almost so they look like they are moving.  Each petal is rolled out with a tiny rolling pin, formed, and dried before putting the next petal on.  I take a lot of inspiration from artists who paint flowers as well as actual flowers.  After the flower is finished and dried it can be dusted with a colored dust, painted, or touched up with gold or silver.

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Because of the labor involved sugar flowers can be quite expensive but they don’t have to. You can also get a lot of impact out of one large flower used as a focal point at a modest price.  Although technically edible, you would probably not want to eat these flowers because they dry quite hard. You can however save them and use them on an anniversary cake in the future, or preserve them in a dry place for several years.  I made a cake for a florist who was a groom and he made a topiary out of it and enclosed it in glass, which he now uses for décor in his home.

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Your wedding planner can help steer you in the best direction when choosing a cake designer, since they are in tune with your style and design details.  The cake designer can work with you both and take it from there and come up with some very unique ways to use sugar flowers to make your cake a work of art.

All photos courtesy of Jenny Cakes and Nikki Cole Photography. 

 


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