Sunday, December 14, 2014

2015 Boutique Bridal Bazaar

Hey everyone! The 2015 Boutique Bridal Bazaar is coming up on January 11th! This year, the event will be held at The Silver Grille at the Higbee Building in Cleveland. If you or someone you know is getting married soon, this is the place to meet your future vendors. The list of vendors includes some of our favorites including Baci Designer, Borrow Vintage & Eclectic Rentals, Oak & Honey Events, MKleinman Artistry, Something New Entertainment and many more!

You can buy presale tickets for $15 HERE or at the door (cash only) for $20. This isn't your typical bridal show, so make sure you get your tickets and come say hi to me and the other lovely ladies of the Baci team!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Piggery at Anna Dean Farm: A Unique & Historic Wedding Venue in Akron

Check out this ultra-unique wedding and event venue!! This historic building is one of the last of what was once the O.C. Barber Mansion and Anna Dean Farm near Akron, Ohio.

World famous industrialist and founder of Barberton, Ohio, O.C. Barber constructed the mansion and Anna Dean Farm buildings in the early 1900's. The mansion was demolished in 1965, but 8 of the 35 original Anna Dean Farm buildings still remain, including The Piggery, the last major barn completed on the farm. The building is listed in the National Register and proceeds from the special event rental go toward restoring this century old slice of local history.

Isn't this such a gorgeous venue & setting? And you can get married on the grounds as well!

Robert and Courtney Cannon of Cannon Candids Photography photographed the very first wedding held there this fall. Check out these great photos, lovely wedding setting, and one-of-a-kind venue and put it on your list of possibilities.

The space is unique but, with creative planning, can hold up to 230 people.

For more photos from this wedding, visit Cannon Candids Photography. For more info on renting The Piggery at Anna Dean Farm, contact Rental Coordinator Epiphany Pietzcker at The Piggery. You can also find this venue on Facebook.

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!