Thursday, August 19, 2010

Sweet Options...

One of the latest trends is the increasingly popular candy buffet. We see many candy buffets throughout the season and each one is unique! The options are plentiful and... sweet!

When considering a candy buffet buy enough candy!! It is suggested that candy buffets work best when they are planned through the eye and not the numbers. It is also suggested to choose 5 to 10 types of candy that you want to display and purchase 15-20 pounds of each of those candies. This may seem like an over abundance of candy, but a large table overflowing with candy has a presence at your wedding and does not look like something you threw together at the last minute.

Some are very color coordinated, while others are very taste oriented (sweet vs. sour vs. chocolate, etc.). For example if you are having a beach theme wedding, you can serve candies from the boardwalk: saltwater taffy, caramel apples, fudge, peanut brittle. We love to see the creativity that is achieved when our brides & grooms incorporate this sweet addition!

Candy Sites

Once you've decided on what types of candy you want... you need to decide how to display it. Interesting containers will change your candy buffet from ordinary to extraordinary. Use containers in different shapes and different heights. Clear containers are the best to show off your candy displays. Also use containers that are wide enough for a candy scoop to fit inside.


Lastly, you need to think about how your guests will take the candy away from the buffet. Some couples have suggested using small cellophane bags, or classic white bags, or even take out containers matching the color theme of the wedding. Whatever type of container you use, make it fun and perhaps personalize it!

Scoops & Containers

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Butterfly details....

Mr. & Mrs. Andrea & Brett Gavin had a butterfly theme for their big day and butterflies were incorporated into all the details!

To enhance the colors and finer points of their wedding day, the Monte Verde Inn brought in some specially ordered beautiful Platinum Lamour overlays.  The complete set-up and the bride's vision was executed elegantly by the Monte Verde Staff. Although the Monte Verde Inn did not design the centerpieces for this wedding, the newlyweds seemed pleased with the look that was achieved by their florist.

Each table setting was adorned with one of two different favors for guests to take home. One was a cute butterfly cookie cutter and the other was a Sweet Pea tree seed! Both endearing and special to the bride and groom!

The ceremony site was adorned with colorful flowers lining the aisle.  The arch was decorated with beautiful flowers and an elegant white fabric! Some strategically placed white and purple butterflies tied the overall look all together!

The Monte Verde Inn provided the larger arrangements for Andrea & Brett's big day, which also included some cute little butterflies!

So with their theme in nearly every detail, they incorporated a "butterfly release" of approximately 6 dozen Monarch butterflies. It turned out amazing! The butterflies were transported to the Inn by family and the Monte Verde Inn coordinated the release to happen at a designated time.

Andrea & Brett had requested the butterflies be released during their introduction into their reception, so as they stopped amidst their bridal party each member opened a cute little box releasing 8-9 Monarch butterflies. As you can see it truly was everything the couple had hoped for! All of their guests seemed very surprised and pleased as well!

The newlyweds worked with Kelly Dalisa not only with the coordination of their wedding, but also the design of the cake that incorporated all the colors and butterfly details they desired.

They even had a set of very exquisite Swarovski crystal butterflies as their cake topper!

- Congratulations to Mr. & Mrs. Andrea & Brett Gavin! Thank you for sharing your amazing day with us; we wish you the very best in your new future as husband and wife!!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Congratulations to Mr. & Mrs. Suzanne & Dustin Romero!

The bride and groom hired O'Shays Flowers and Antiques, Auburn, CA to do their arch and isle decor as well as the bouquets, corsages, boutonnieres ,etc. Their floral decor included a beautiful array of bright and pale pink Roses, lovely Hydrangeas and decorative greenery!

Some beautiful larger arrangements (as shown above) and centerpiece floral decor (shown below) were created by the Monte Verde Inn and matched perfectly to the floral decor done by O'Shays.

To designate each table the newlyweds provided the cutest table numbers that were very garden inspired! When it came to table linens they requested a beautiful cream pintuck overlay which was a great touch to the decor and floral arrangements set at each table. The Monte Verde Inn was more then happy to facilitate their linen needs.

Tucked into each napkin was a cream colored card with the bride & grooms name and wedding date printed on them. Each card was adorned with a bright pink ribbon and a seed packet of Sweet Pea for each guest to take home.

Suzanne & Dustin had some really cute ideas for their wedding, including their escort cards which hung from little branches. It was a very creative & whimsical way for guests to find their assigned seats.

When it came to the newlyweds cake, they had a pretty good idea of what they wanted. They provided an image of the cake they liked with hopes that Kelly (Monte Verde Inn) could make it the perfect finishing touch for their wedding... she did and it was! 

When it came to music, the bride and groom hired SJ's Disc Jockey and his amazing PhotoBash Booth! Joe rocked the celebration from guest arrival to heartfelt hugs of congratulatory good-byes!

~ We would like to thank Mr. & Mrs. Suzanne & Dustin Romero for sharing their perfect day with us and for being so memorable!