Friday, July 25, 2014

Handpicked Bridal Event 2014 a Success!

Caitlin here: Handpicked 2014 turned out to be a fantastic evening with our fabulous friends and vendors in the wedding and event industry.

We couldn't have asked for a better day at our outdoor venue, The Stone Cottage at Hines Hill. Amanda Cursaro, founder of Baci Designer, pulled the event together with her usual flaire and panache!

There was wonderful gourmet food from Totally Cooked Catering (my wedding caterer!), gorgeous cakes & desserts by Bittersweet's (making my wedding cake!), fresh funnel cakes and french toast ice cream by Sweetie Fry, and a donut bar by Peace, Love and Little Donuts. Music and DJ service was provided by Something New Entertainment.

The decor was provided by China Cupboard, Borrow Rentals, Sitting Pretty Linens, and our Baci Team. The gorgeous floral arrangements by Blush Custom Weddings accented the stationery of Baci Designer (making the invitations for my wedding naturally!), and the stylings of Oak & Honey Events and Pretty Little Miss Events.

Inside the stone cottage you could peruse stunning brooch bouquets by Susie Kay's, wedding gowns by Something White Bridal Boutique, handmade Spanish lace veils by The Mantilla Company, and the photobooth by Good Vibrations. The Wandering Wardrobe's handy truck was parked right outside and the crew of Rad Cinematography kept everyone entertained in the barn.

Maggie of MKleinman Artistry (who is doing my wedding makeup!) gave makeup lessons while Lauren Gabrielle Photography, Studio Elle Photography and Tiffany Luc Photography provided some great photos of the day.

For a complete list of vendors and their info, click here. For a video

For photos of the event, check out the photographer's blogs:

A few from Lauren Gabrielle Photography:

A few from Studio Elle Photography:

and a few from Tiffany Luc Photography:

You can also check out all the photo booth fun by Good Vibrations (the DJ for my wedding!) here:

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Totally Cooked Opens a Great New Lunch Place: the Lunch Dock

Totally Cooked is one of our favorite caterers and, in fact, will be catering Catilin's wedding reception this fall at Brookside Farm.

We've recommended their catering business in a previous post. Sampling their scrumptious food at many a bridal show, Caitlin and I can attest to the quality and deliciousness of their cuisine.

We are happy to tell you that they've just opened a new lunch place May 5th, the Totally Cooked Lunch Dock, at 975 E. Tallmadge Avenue in Akron. It's located in the former GrayBar building on E. Tallmadge and just down the road from where Ninni's Bakery used to be. They're open for lunch service from 11 am - 1:30 pm Monday through Friday. Check out these mini rootbeer floats, perfect for a summer day!

Utilizing an industrial decor, you can stop in or swing by to pick up anything from their delicious pasta salad to roast beef sandwiches on pretzel buns. Planning a varied menu with daily specials, you'll find something mouth-watering every day of the week. Click here for their specials calendar.

Check out the new Lunch Dock digs:

You can find Totally Cooked and Lunch Dock on Facebook as well. If you're in the area, stop by and check it out!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Wrap-Up of Something White's 3rd Annual Boutique Bridal Bazaar

The Two Hearts Team has been insanely busy with work, the holidays, planning Caitlin's wedding in September and bridal shows!

As part of the Baci Designer team, Caitlin has been busy helping Amanda set up and work the booths at two recent bridal shows that highlight all the unique and artisan event vendors in Northeast Ohio.

Today we'll give you a recap of Something White's 3rd Annual Boutique Bridal Bazaar, a sold-out event (despite the frigid temps) at the Tudor Arms Hotel.

Let's just say first off, that if you're a fan of old world architecture, the Tudor Arms Hotel right by University Circle is a great place for a wedding and reception. Built in 1933 in the Gothic Revival style, it started as the swanky, exclusive Cleveland Club. After the depression it became a noted entertainment venue featuring jazz musicians. A stint as  a graduate student dormitory followed by a long period of neglect, the hotel has recently been refurbished and is now a perfect venue for weddings and events.

Hosted by Something White - A Bridal Boutique, here are a sampling of just some of the 80+ vendors that attended the show. We'll be writing more about some of our favorites in future posts. All photos below by Andrew Smith Photography.

Vendors in the Tudor Ballroom...

A display by The Urban Orchid in the Crystal Ballroom...

Baci Designer's booth at the show...

Fears' Confectioners had the most DEVINE caramels, brownies & die for!

The hot chocolate bar in the Crystal Ballroom with furniture & accessories by Borrow Vintage + Eclectic Rentals

Miranda's Vintage Bridal & Accessories has those gorgeous touches you need for your bridal look. Caitlin got her beautiful retro bridal headpiece from her.

Yummy appetizers and sandwiches from Totally Cooked Catering. They will be doing the catering for Caitlin's wedding & we can attest that their food is simply delicious! 

And a lovely table setting by Borrow Vintage + Eclectic Rentals with the floral by Molly Taylor Designs... 

More to come on the fabulous vendors of the very successful 3rd Annual Boutique Bridal Bazaar!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Sunflowers and Sunshine!

This winter has been downright depressing. Not only for those of us in Northeast Ohio but for pretty much everyone in the U.S. Just a little bit of sunshine would be nice! But it seems we still have a ways to go. So, in place of the real thing, I thought I would write a post about a summery wedding style :)

Enjoy the prettiness of this sunflower wedding inspiration board! I hope it brightness to these gloomy winter days :) 



Sunday, January 19, 2014

"Baby, It's Cold Outside."

It was a cold day in Northeast Ohio, but there was no denying the warmth and love that was felt at my future sister-in-law's baby shower :) I was honored to be able to host this event for my new family, so I wanted to make it extra special. I decided on a "Baby, It's Cold Outside" theme to bring a little light to the gloomy weather we've been having lately.I spent a lot of time making some personalized touches but it was well worth it in the end. I really hope she enjoyed it as much as I did!

In an attempt to play off of the winter season, I decided on snowflakes and pine cones as my main focal point, using white, brown, and soft pink (since she's having a girl) as the color scheme. Also, in an effort to save money on floral, I went with babies breath centerpieces. Simple and affordable!

P.S.- One thing I would advise when using pink table cloths is to make sure they still appear pink when you unfold them. The ones I purchased looked light pink in the package, but when unfolded, were very translucent and almost appeared white :(

I wanted to have a little fun with the cute fireplace in the party room as well. I spent a night cutting out paper snowflakes which I attached to twine and hung along the mantle. I really like how it turned out!

The gift table displayed some of my favorite projects including the frosted window and finger print tree! I bought the window for five dollars at an antique shop and was able to spruce it up but still keep some of the beautiful distressed qualities.

The finger print tree was my alternative to a guest book. Because let's face it, how often are you going to sit down and open it. This way, all of the people who came can show their presence on a cute piece of art that can be displayed :)

Of course there was plenty of delicious food and desserts!

It wouldn't be a winter shower without a hot chocolate bar!!! Complete with whipped cream, marshmallows, chocolate chips and crushed peppermint! I certainly enjoyed warming up with a hot cup of cocoa :)

Each guest had a personalized mug for their hot drinks which also doubled as favors. I found the adorable scarf name tag idea on Pinterest!                 

A huge thanks to my family and best friend for their help with this fun and loving day! It was a big success!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

A Salute to Our Soldiers Contest

Are you a member of the U.S. Armed forces, or are engaged to someone who is? Then this is a great opportunity for you and your love! We know that it can be hard to plan a wedding when you're a military couple. Time and money is of the essence and life can be pretty unpredictable.
Vermont Weddings wants our military couples to know that they're thinking of them by giving away a beautiful, mountain top wedding to a deserving couple! They have worked in collaboration with The Barn at Boyden Farms, The Essex Resort and Spa, and other Vermont Businesses to provide an amazing event for the amazing price of FREE!!!
To enter this contest, simply visit Vermont Weddings website and tell them your story. Thank you Vermont Wedding for supporting our troops and their loved ones by hosting such a fantastic giveaway!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Bachelorette Photo Shoot!

Looking for a new and fun way to celebrate with your maids?! Why not have a bachelorette photo shoot?! There are so many awesome styles and themes to play with while capturing the love between you and your girls. I am so in love with this idea!

(Photo by Max Wagner)

Stage a fun and over the top party to shoot before the actual bachelorette party. Make it cute and flirty with lots of props and throw in some candids! 

(Photos by Jamie Y Photography)

Have a photographer come along to the beginning of your actual bachelorette party! Us girls can appreciate the fun in getting ready to go out with your friends. Capture those moments as you laugh together and help each other pick out the hottest outfits for the night :)

(Photos by The Why We Love

This is probably my favorite idea. Have a girly slumber party shoot with pillow fights, boas, junk food, and cocktails! Let loose with your faorite people and gain some great memories out of it. What a great way to remember the amazing times you had with the people who were there even before you met the man of your dreams <3