Let’s Eat Cake!

Let’s Eat Cake

Wedding cakes can certainly range in size, from a small cake that feeds ten people, to a very large cake that will feed hundreds, all depending on the wedding. Modern pastry chefs and cake designers use various ingredients and tools to create a cake that will reflect the personalities of the couple. Marzipan, fondant, gum paste, butter cream  and chocolate are among some of the more popular ingredients used. Along with ranging in size and components, cakes range in price. Cakes are usually priced on a per-person, or per-slice, basis.  Prices usually range from a few dollars to a few hundred dollars per-person or slice, depending on the Pastry Chef hired to make the cake. Wedding cakes and cake decorating in general have become a certain pop culture symbol in western society; many TV shows like Cake Boss or Amazing Wedding Cakes have become very common and are trending in today’s popular culture.
The contemporary wedding cake has grown out of many traditions. One of the first traditions began in Ancient Rome where bread was broken over the bride’s head to bring good fortune to the couple. In Medieval England cakes were stacked as high as possible for the bride and groom to kiss over, if they successfully kissed over the stack they were guaranteed a prosperous life together. From this the Croquembouche was created. The myth behind this cake tells that a Pastry chef, visiting Medieval England, witnessed their tradition of piling sweet rolls between the bride and groom which they would attempt to kiss over without knocking them all down. The pastry chef then went back to France and piled sweet rolls up into a tower to make the first Croquembouche. The modern croquembouche is still very popular in France however it is common to place the croquembouche tower on a bed of cake and make it one of the top tiers of the wedding cake. This traditional French wedding cake is built from Profiteroles and given a halo of spun sugar.  Traditionally the bride would place a ring inside the couple’s portion of the cake to symbolize the acceptance of the proposal.
During the mid-17th century to the beginning of the 19th century, the “bride’s pie” was served at most weddings. Guests were expected to have a piece out of politeness; it was considered very rude and bad luck not to eat the bride’s pie. One of the traditions of bride’s pie was to place a glass ring in the middle of the dessert and the maiden who found it would be the next to marry, similar to the modern tradition of catching the Flower bouquet. Bride’s pie eventually developed into the bride’s cake. At this point the dessert was no longer in the form of a pie and was sweeter than its predecessor.  The bride cake was traditionally a plum or fruit cake, the myth that eating the pie would bring good luck was still common but the glass ring slowly died out and the catching of the flower bouquet took that meaning.
The action of throwing the bouquet has its roots in the Ancient Greek myth of the Apple of Discord. Fruit cakes were a sign of fertility and prosperity which helped them gain popularity because all married men wanted to have plenty of children. The bride’s cake eventually transformed into the modern wedding cake that we know today.  In the 17th century, two cakes were made, one for the bride and one for the groom. The groom’s cake eventually died out and the bride’s cake turned into the main cake for the event. When the two cakes were served together, the groom’s cake was typically the darker colored, rich fruit cake and generally much smaller than the bride’s cake. The bride’s cake was usually a simple pound cake with white icing because white was a sign of virginity and purity. In the early 19th century, when the bride’s cakes were becoming more popular, sugar was coincidentally becoming easier to obtain. The more refined and whiter sugars were still very expensive therefore only the wealthy families could afford to have a very pure white frosting; this showed the wealth and the social status of the family. When Queen Victoria used white icing on her cake it gained a new title, royal icing.  You just have to wonder where these traditions came from. Do you know what inspired the traditional staples of Weddings today?

Vendor Feature: Danielle Beyer of Beyer Beauty

Our Managing Partner, Carol Nagy, recently sat down to interview one of our very favorite vendors: Makeup Artist, Danielle Beyer. Danielle has worked on several events with Land and Sea Event Planning and her work is exceptional. Check out her story below to see how Danielle got started and what makes her a top vendor in her field.

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Danielle’s Story

Danielle Beyer, a freelance makeup artist and expert in custom-blended cosmetics, is the owner of  Beyer Beauty. Prior to starting her business, Danielle worked in the retail arena with a focus on personal shopping and bridal consulting. She has participated in the March on Madison Bridal Event, NYC and has attended the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC, where she has continued her education in Color Analysis, Trend Forecasting and Image Consulting.

Danielle has developed her own beauty and consulting business, Beyer Beauty. She has partnered with the internationally-known cosmetic line, Motives by Loren Ridinger. This cosmetic line is suitable for every age, every skin color and every skin condition. Danielle’s business provides advanced beauty application for all occasions, skincare recommendations, wellness solutions, tips and training. Danielle’s attention to detail, friendly disposition, and passion for making other feel beautiful is what makes her the premier makeup artist for any occasion.

L&S: Danielle, we absolutely love your work. In fact, we wish to thank you so much for making us beautiful for our recent headshots. So when did your interest in cosmetics begin?

DB: Growing up I never really wore a lot of makeup, however, I was always fascinated with color and taking really good care of my skin. My interest in starting a business with cosmetics and skincare began in 1998 and  I started to develop my own business in 2000.

L&S: Where do you get your inspiration from?

DB: The people whom I work with inspire me the most–my clients. When you can look at someone’s face, see beauty in it, and help them accentuate their best features — that’s inspiring! I also look to fashion for inspiration in creating certain makeup looks.

L&S: Wow! That’s how we feel about our clients…we want their events to be the best! That’s what inspires us as well. So in your eyes….is all makeup created equal?

DB: No. Looking past the price tag or cute packaging it comes in…if it’s of poor quality it will “sit” on your skin, almost like a mask. That’s why I often hear from many women that they don’t like the way makeup feels on their skin. If it is the right quality, you won’t feel it. It won’t sit on your skin like an extra layer. Also, the colors stay true to the color it looks like in the packaging and won’t fade on your skin.

L&S: That makes a lot of sense. How important is “photo-friendly” makeup? What doe that mean for pictures?

DB: When I think of photo-friendly makeup, I think of high-quality makeup and how it is applied to the skin. This will be the contributing factor to having your makeup last all day and night. It’s important to start with the right foundation as your base and build from there. This is essential, especially when being photographed. You want your makeup to accentuate your skin and make you look luminous. With the right combination of makeup, you will glow but not “shine”; this is photo-friendly at its best.

L&S: What tips would you give someone if they want to modify their look for a more glam finish?

DB: Try picking a feature you would like to stand out. Smokey eyes or a bold lip. Defined cheekbones with a dusting of bronzer or lush lashes by adding some false lashes. Have fun and experiment. The most important thing, though, is being comfortable in your own skin.

L&S: What types of services do you provide makeup for?

DB: Anything from weddings, special events, and photo shoot to fundraisers, fashion shows, and salon days of beauty. I also provide custom consultations for clients for their beauty, skincare and health supplementation needs. I help them find their perfect color palette and create custom formulas for foundation and minerals to exactly match their skin.

L&S: What are the 5 things most people may not know about you?

DB:

1. I’m a vegetarian but you may occasionally find me eating a meatball or hotdog.

2. I’ve always wanted to work at SeaWorld.

3. When I was five I wanted to be an actress/singer/dance/fashion designer; never wanted to be just one thing.

4. I fell off a banana boat in the Caribbean and broke my rib (I seem to have an affliction for “falling”).

5. My most favorite place on earth is the beach.

L&S: Any other tips or advice?

DB: Take good care of your skin. Your skin and health will shine through, no matter  how much makeup you have on. Be true to yourself, never settle, find what makes you happy and run with it:)

Contact Information:

Danielle Beyer

Beyer Beauty

http://www.BeyerBeauty.com

Tel: 732.259.7580

VM: 800-211-1202, ext. 1072

 

Wedding Planning Tip: Decide what you MUST HAVE…then go get it!

Every bride knows what’s most important to them for their wedding day. It could be the perfect dress, or the perfect centerpiece, or maybe they’ve always dreamed of getting married on the beach or with NYC as the perfect backdrop.

If you’re on a budget for your wedding, there are ways to get what’s most important to you. The first step is to make a two lists. The first list is your “must have” list….the second list is your “wish list”. If you’re a fashionista, start shopping for your dress early and decide on a dress that will make you feel nothing less than a supermodel. You may not be able to afford that Vera Wang gown, but you can certainly find something pretty darn close in style and fit. You’d be very surprised at the really lovely array of gowns available for a fraction of the cost. The most important thing here is to realize that on this day, your wedding day, you want to look and feel the best ever…so you need to put the work in to realize this dream. The way you feel in your dress, hair and makeup, will exude through every picture you take.

If you’re into clean lines and modern decor, you can certainly save some decent bucks on your centerpieces. Once you’ve decided on your venue, think about the architecture and decor of the room in its raw state. What can you add to the tables to compliment the room, yet still keep your minimalistic sense of style?Perhaps candles should be the focal point on your tables, especially if the dinner is being served at sunset or later. You can still add some flowers to the table if you wish, it just doesn’t need to be over the top, if that’s not your style. Maybe clusters of candles and low flowers on the table will achieve the look you want. For a vintage wedding, simple florals in mason jars or tea/coffee cans are very economical.

Most couples want to give their guests a wonderful gift, but they don’t want to spend a ton on wedding favors. The cutest favors tie in with your theme or wedding colors. You can be most economical when your favors are also used as escort cards. Killing two birds with one stone will definitely cut down on your expenses.

Have you found the perfect venue, but it’s out of your budget? Speak to the salesperson at the venue and ask about “value dates” or off-season pricing? Most venues offer a discounted rate if you marry outside of prime wedding season. If you’re okay with a Friday night wedding, that might get you a discount as well. Some folks might balk at a February or March wedding, thinking yikes — it’s not warm out, but if your venue is an indoor venue and you won’t planning on utilizing the outside, that won’t really matter, when you think about it. It’s the inside of the venue that you’re attracted to and the room is what’s most important. That room won’t change whether it’s Winter, Spring, Summer, or Fall. For those 5-6 hours that you’re there, you and your guests won’t give a hoot about what’s going on outside — and you’ll have your dream venue without breaking the bank.

Your rehearsal dinner doesn’t have to compete with your wedding reception. No need for stuffy, formal restaurants and cuisine. More and more engaged couples are hosting the rehearsal dinner at their parents’ home or a friend’s home that can accommodate the group. This is my favorite type of rehearsal dinner because it’s a chance for your closest family and the bridal party to get together the night before the wedding in a relaxed atmosphere. Set the table beautifully, but simply. Serve easy comfort food.Go light on the alcohol consumption and end the night early enough so that everyone (especially the bride and groom) can be well rested for the next day’s main event.

I truly believe that every bride can have a wedding day that is beautiful and filled with gorgeous elements. It’s all in how you plan. We know this because…that’s what we do!

Happy Planning!

Do you have your OWN Wedding Planner?

We are proud to present our first guest blogger – Founder and owner of Sage and Time Designs, M. Shannon Hernandez. Shannon discusses her own perspective of hiring a wedding planner. 

Two years ago, I was married on a cruise ship, departing from Tampa Bay, Florida.  My husband and I desired a destination wedding for many reasons.  First, our friends and family were scattered all over the United States, and having them travel to New York City was going to be very expensive when lodging and flights were taken into consideration.  Second, we wanted a destination wedding somewhere warm, as we were getting married on February 14th, and that is typically a snowy, brutal season in NYC!  Finally, we both wanted to spend quality time with the people we loved so much (We were at sea for 7 days.) and not feel rushed during the typical 3 or 4 hour reception.

One of the most appealing aspects of a destination wedding for me was knowing that I would have the assistance of a wedding planner on the cruise ship!  It was exciting and relaxing to know that all the details would be handled for me, from miles away, right down until the time of the reception.  While I love to plan projects from start to finish, I was looking forward to the luxury of having someone else take care of all the details for our wedding.

We arrived in Tampa Bay two days early and our guests began trickling into the hotel we had reserved.  There was so much excitement in the air, and I remember squealing with delight when each new guest knocked on our door to let us know of their safe arrival.  The first night we all went out on the town, had a few drinks, and danced to Cuban music, just enjoying the company of each other.  The next day, in the afternoon, my mother and I went to a salon to get our nails done, and enjoy some mother-daughter time.  As the final layer of polish was being applied to my toes, the cell phone rang.  It was the ship’s wedding planner, and everything was about to change.

I was informed that the ship was stuck at sea and that its return to port would be delayed by at least 5 hours.  We were to be married the next day at 1PM, but the time had now tentatively been moved to 7 PM.  She informed me that she would be in contact when and if anything changed.  At first, I must be honest–I was not upset.  I was a little shocked, but not upset.  However, as I relayed the information to my mom, a couple of things “hit” me:

1.  Several of our guests (one being the best man!!) had flights that were leaving at 6 PM the next day, as they had to get back home to other obligations.

2.  Hotel checkout was strictly enforced and was at 11 AM the following morning.  What was everyone going to do with 8 hours of wait time?

As the day went on, the ship’s wedding planner did continue to call and update with information.  I expressed my concern to her that our best man was going to have to miss the reception, to which she responded that there was nothing that could be done.  She was not responsible for the ship’s delay.  I also asked her if she had any advice as far as what to do with 40 people who were needing somewhere to go for an additional 6 hours of wait time.  She didn’t have a suggestion for that either.

In the end, the hotel was more than generous and extended check out until 2 PM.  At that point, we all gathered in the lobby, guests dressed in their wedding attire, and played cards and enjoyed each other’s company.  I cried when 5 guests, including our best man, got into a taxi headed to the airport at 2 PM.  The tickets could not be changed, and the ship was not willing to work with us on rebooking the flights or any other sort of compensation.  (My husband and I spent 3 hours on the phone the previous day trying to find a solution.)

We made it to the port, and it was a beautiful day.  The ship allowed up to 3 weddings on the boat, and the wedding planner was running around like crazy because she was responsible for ALL 3 weddings that were going to happen at 7 PM that evening, all in different locations on the huge ship!  She greeted me (This was the first time we had met.), tried to console me when I became upset about the 5 people that had headed to the airport, then rushed off to the next bridal party.

We boarded the boat at 5:30 PM and were given two rooms–the men in one, the ladies in the other, to get dressed.  The tuxedos were in my room, by mistake, so my maid of honor traveled the corridors of the ship looking for the men’s room so they could get dressed.  One shoe had not been packed into the tuxedo rental, and no one had caught the mistake.  Little did I know at the time (thank goodness), that the men were in their rooms going through luggage trying to find a pair of shoes that would work as a substitute.

Thinking we had 1.5 hours until our wedding, the ladies were taking our time.  My sister had gone to get me a plate of food, because I was starving, when all of a sudden, the wedding planner knocked on my cabin door and said, “The captain has informed us he needs to set sail, the wedding will now be at 6 PM.  You have 15 minutes.”  I was FLOORED.  My makeup wasn’t done, I was hot and sweaty from sitting in the Tampa heat waiting to board the ship, and I needed a few minutes to decompress in the air conditioner and grab a bite to eat.  I sponged off quickly, put the food aside, and shoved myself into the dress, trying to apply makeup with shaky hands.  At 5:55 PM, the wedding planner came back to the room and said, “I told the captain 6 PM was not feasible for any of the brides, and your wedding time will now be 6:30 PM.”  I remember looking her in the face and saying, “Please do not come back to this room until 6:25 PM to get me and walk me to the location”, and I politely shut the door.

In the end, our wedding was beautiful.  Yes, we were rushed and frazzled and had to adapt to changing plans that we could not control.  And yes some of our friends had to fly home early. And the chain of events leading up to the wedding has certainly left us with many unique memories we can now laugh about.  Despite all of these mishaps, we had a wonderful time sailing the seas for 7 days with our closest friends and family.

Why did all these things happen?  I had a wedding planner right?  Well, not exactly,  The cruise ship had a wedding planner.  I learned a big lesson this day in the world of wedding and event planning:  If you want a calm and stress free event, it is best to hire your OWN wedding planner, because the wedding planner at the venue doesn’t have your best interests, concerns, or needs in mind.  If only I had known this before…

M. Shannon Hernandez, owner and designer of Sage & Time Designs, is a stationery designer in Brooklyn, New York.  She works closely with clients and event planners across the United States to design handcrafted and custom stationery for their personal and social lives.  All products are handcrafted and designed specifically for each client, ensuring truly unique and customized products which help set the tone for the important events in our lives.  You can learn more about Shannon on the Sage & Time Designs blog, on Facebook at Sage & Time Designs, and Twitter @SageTimeDesigns.

Go GREEN for your Wedding!

Green is a lovely color for weddings this season. Lighten up a dark venue using these colors!

Source: hitched.co.uk via Andrea on Pinterest


Today we are dreaming of…..Dessert Bars!

Today is Tuesday – and we are immersed in thoughts of Sweets!

This is because we’re working on a dessert bar for this weekend’s Surprise 40th Birthday Bash! Instead of having a Candy Buffet, we’ve decided to do a Dessert Bar, rich with not only candy, but a wealth of other treats too. We will have a cake/cupcake display and use this as the centerpiece for the table. Then we will add the candy, cookies, moonpies and other wonderful treats!  Whenever you’re building your dessert bar, remember that it’s important to add decorative accents to your table like a table runner, candles, flowers….anything that will enhance the theme. Stay tuned for our blog post next week as we’ll be sure to share the pics of this weekend’s creation! Below..we’re gathering inspiration from some great ideas we found online for dessert bars!

Beach-themed dessert buffet!


Source: marryyoume.com via Bree on Pinterest

S’mores, graham crackers, chocolate…yumm!!

Yellow, Black and White buffet – very pretty color combination!

Are you working on a dessert bar or candy buffet for your wedding or event? Have you done any in the past? Tell us your theme and colors  – share your vision with us! We’d love to hear from you!

Happy International Womens’ Day!!!

Wow! We are excited about today being International Womens Day! I’ve always celebrated being a woman on a daily basis. There are just so many cool things about being a woman, one of them being that we are multi-faceted creatures.

That being said, we’d like to pay tribute to some amazing women in our favorite arena: The Wedding Industry. Here are some phenomenal ladies that found their passion and ran with it! They inspire us each day and make us work harder to improve in our business and in our overall lives! Today we salute each of you!!!

Stacie Ivers Francombe – Founder, Inspire Smart Success – Stacie’s smart tips and advice provided daily on her facebook page (www.facebook.com/inspiresmartsuccess) is a true must-read for me every day. I’ve learned so much from the dialogue and blog excerpts that Stacie provides every day. As a planner, it’s so helpful to interact with an industry leader like Stacie, and I’m so glad she’s provided this awesome platform where our colleagues can ask questions, help each other and gain valuable information to drive our business forward. “Stacie is committed to changing how the wedding industry learns and networks, both one-on-one through her mentoring program, as a group with fun, educational seminars and networking events, and individually, providing wedding industry professionals with a magazine they can learn from at their leisure. Stacie loves nothing more than being able to use her talents and knowledge to help the wedding industry grow and thrive and to see wedding vendors find success through using smart business practices.” Check out Stacie’s INSPIRING brand at: http://www.inspiresmartsuccess.com

Diann ValentineWedding and Event Designer, Interior Designer, Author of Weddings Valentine Style, and WeTV Wedding Expert – Diann has been in the business for some time and has always stayed ahead of the designing curve.  When you visit Diann’s website, you’ll see that her events are all over-the-top designs that are never repeated. When you visit Diann’s website, you’ll see that her events are all over-the-top designs that are never repeated. This lady has an uncanny flair for the extravagant and it shows in her weddings and events. Her drive is clearly unparalleled as we can see with her list of credits ranging from Interior Designer to TV personality. We applaud Diann on her outstanding achievements and we can’t wait to see what mountain she’ll be climbing next! Check out Diann’s DESIGNING brand at http://www.diannvalentine.com

Stacey WelchOwner, LiVay Sweet Shop – Stacey is a very dear friend and highly respected colleague in the event industry. Stacey has an extensive background including the beauty industry, stationary industry, and most recently, the baked goods industry. One step into LiVay Sweet Shop and you are entered into a world of delectable sweets. Her repertoire of yummy treats includes chocolates, cake pops, wedding cakes, cupcake towers, and much more…..but don’t forget to stop in for a quick bite of ice cream, which is available daily! LiVay Sweet Shop is THE place to visit for your edible wedding favors. Stacey’s packaging is impeccable and custom designed for any wedding or event. This busy mom of two takes great pride and care with every item she bakes for her clients. Check out Stacey’s DELICIOUS brand at http://www.livaysweetshop.com