Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Monday, October 5, 2009
As you probably know, Ritz Carlton Worldwide employs hundreds of pastry chefs, most of them fantastic cake makers themselves, so for them to hire an outside company to create the cakes for their photo shoot is a ginormous honor and we were really excited to have been chosen!
These pics were taken in our shop but once the magazine comes out we will post better shots!
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
You can see the video and read about it here.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
(This entry is from my weekly blog over at http://www.WeddingAces.com)
By now you’ve probably had more advice on wedding planning from friends and family than you can stand… and to make it worse it seems everybody has differing opinions. Fortunately there is one exception that your friends and family probably agree on 100% … “Fondant is disgusting”. From many accounts it would seem that fondant is responsible for global warming, the country’s economic issues, and the deaths of countless baby seals. However, fondant is also responsible for creating some of the most beautiful and intricate wedding cakes. So what do you do?
Well, I’m here to tell you. . . . .It is absolutely not true.
Yes, I am actually saying fondant can taste good. I know, you’re thinking “if fondant is so good, why does everybody hate it”? It is actually the fault of a single brand of fondant that truly does taste horrible and as an added bonus, it leaves you with an aftertaste that will linger well into your honeymoon.Unfortunately this brand of fondant is available nationwide at places like craft stores, Wal-Mart, etc. and it is actually intended for beginning cake decorators to practice with. And, because it is so readily available, it has become the most widely used fondant amongst cake decorators in this country.
There are some truly delicious homemade and commercially available brands of fondant out there (A good fondant tastes almost exactly like a marshmallow), so if you love a design that will look better in fondant (and most do), don’t be afraid to taste test your baker’s fondant so you can decide for yourself. Also, most bakeries put a healthy layer of buttercream frosting under the fondant giving you all of the flavors you want and that super smooth fondant look.
Saturday, February 28, 2009
Monday, February 2, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
As a reader of this blog, there's a pretty good chance that you are getting married in the near future, and if you are... I have an event for you! It's called Brides Give Back and it is being planned by our friends over at The Wedding Hub.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
The Castle at Ashley Manor
The Boojum Tree Hidden Gardens
And don't forget the food:
Heidi's Events and Catering
You will see hundreds of companies during your visit to the show (it's overwhelming, I know) and when you get home, many of them will start to blend together in your head... so how do you choose? I will offer a few pieces of advice:
1. Check reviews on everyone at WeddingWire.com. Companies that have been in their respective business for a while will usually have reviews from past brides. Review sites can be an excellent resource! Be aware, these types of sites can be manipulated, so look for reviews from brides that have reviewed a number of other vendors as well as the vendor you are looking at. If a vendor has a handful of reviews that were all posted within a couple of days of each other and their brides haven't reviewed any other vendors... be wary.
2. If the company is a caterer or a cake company, also visit Maricopa County Food Establishments site and type in their name. If they are legal and licensed, they will appear and you can find out a little bit about them. If they don't appear, be careful. It is illegal in this state to operate a foodservice business out of an unlicensed kitchen and each company requires their own permit. Due to liability issues, some reception sites will turn away a delivery of a cake or catering food delivered by a company that has no permit. That could be really bad news on your wedding day.
3. If you already have a vendor or 2 selected that you feel really comfortable with, ask them. You can ask about companies they would recommend or ask about specific companies that you saw at the show. The AZ wedding vendor community knows each other pretty well and people that are really good at what they do tend to work with others that are good at what they do.
4. You've heard this before, but I will say it again. You're probably a nice person (I said probably) so if a vendor that you don't particulary care for hands you a brochure, you probably aren't going to set it ablaze and toss it back in their face while chanting "burn baby burn".
In all likelihood you will politely put it into the big plastic bag you have been carrying all day... along with the brochures of the vendors you loved! This is what helps cause "vendor confusion", so I suggest you do something different to the brochure of the vendors that you really liked. Fold a corner, mark on it with a pen, leave a lipstick mark on it, whatever will help signify to you "these guys rock".
The Phoenix Metro area is blessed with some of the most amazing wedding vendors in the country, all here to help make your day perfect, and the Bridal Fashion Debut puts a lot of them in the same place at the same time so while you want to take advantage of it... don't stress if you can't talk to everyone (trust me... you can't).
For more tips on getting the most out of the bridal show click here
Have fun and happy planning!