Whew its been a while since I’ve written a post! My husband and I are currently moving to a little farm about 5 min from our current location and we couldn’t be more excited! But with moving comes a ton of stress! We’re finally starting to settle down in our little cottage and really enjoying the beautiful countryside of New Jersey (yes believe it or not there is country life in New Jersey).
Today, I wanted to share with you an inspiration board I put together of a few inspiring photographs and some typography elements I am using for an upcoming Save the Date Booklet I am working on! Angela and Eric are having a rustic wedding in the woods in Pennsylvania and are using my favorite color combination of purple and green. As I was browsing Pinterest for inspiration, I found a TON of rustic wedding goodies from photography to the flowers. I am having so much fun with this wedding theme and I can’t wait to see the outcome! Stay tuned for the final product!
1. Steve Koo Photography 2. Honey Heart Photography 3. Kim Ross Floral Design 4. Stems 5. Thao Vu Photography
Its been a while since I’ve posted on my blog so I decided to do something fun and give something away for free!! Some of you are aware of my hand stitched art on paper that has become a hobby of mine. Well If your not, you should check out my Etsy Shop where I have a few hand stitched greeting cards for sale. They are time consuming to produce so my inventory is kinda low at the moment. Recently this past May I attended The National Stationery Show and handed out my business cards which showed off my stitching capabilities. I have to say I got a lot of really positive reactions from other stationers who encouraged me to produce and promote my artwork. With that in mind, I’m starting here!! Two lucky winners will receive a 5×7 matted frame with a hand stitched colorful heart. How do you win? Simple. Just follow these steps:
1. “Like” Adori Designs on Facebook
2. Comment on facebook which is your favorite
3. Share it.
Winner will be announced at the end of June.
Hope all of you mom’s had a great Mothers Day! This year was the first year I couldn’t celebrate with my mom because my parents recently moved to Florida so I was a little bummed out. However, my mother-in-law is only 5 min away which gave me the perfect excuse to bake this delicious cake! Thanks to the million cake pins on Pinterest, I got inspired to whip up this fabulous dessert simply by using box cake and my home made icing recipe which I am going to share with you. Actually, I can’t take the credit for the icing recipe. It was given to me by a friend which was passed down from an ex sister-in-law. But I’ve been using it for a long time now and it rocks. The cake was wonderful, but I must warn you it does take a little bit of time. I suggest doing it two days in advance so you can spend a little extra time on the decorating.
Buttercream Icing Recipe:
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 Tablespoons water
1 cup vegetable shortening
2 sticks of unsalted butter at room temperature
2 Tablespoons of meringue powder (Michale’s craft store sells this in their baking section)
1 bag (or 8 cups) of confectioners sugar
pinch of salt (no more than 1/8 teaspoon)
2 ounces of bittersweet chocolate
1 teaspoon strawberry extract
Red or pink food coloring
Cream together butter and shortening
Add vanilla extract and water
Gradually add confectioners sugar, meringue power, and salt to the butter mixture. You may have to add a bit more water to get it to a spreadable consistency. Beat until well blended.
Separate icing into 3 bowls
Melt 2 ounces of bittersweet chocolate and add it to one of the bowls of icing
Add 1 teaspoon of strawberry extract and 2 drops of food coloring to the other bowl of icing
Now I made my boxed cake the night before to save some time. You can use any brand of box cake you want. Just make sure you get a box of WHITE, chocolate, and vanilla cake mix. In my opinion, the best box cake mix is Shop Rite brand believe it or not. You’re going to want to crumb your cake first before you start decorating. Use a small amount of icing in between your layers and spread a thin layer around your entire cake. Don’t use all of your icing because you’re going to need a lot of it for the outside of the cake. Once you are done crumbing, stick it in the freezer for an hour. After an hour, take out your cake and start decorating!! This icing technique is called petaling and although looks complicated, it is so ridiculously easy. You can view the tutorial by visiting My Cake School.
Today I’m talking wedding palettes. I never really gave much thought about the color Navy but lately, I’ve been seeing it everywhere! A simple navy dress could stop you dead in your tracks when its paired with a “pop” of color in either a shoe, a piece of jewelry, a hair accessory, or scarf. So with that in mind, Navy can be the perfect color for a wedding! Especially because it has the ability to be paired with any color of the rainbow!! So move over light blue, Navy is the new “something blue”. Check out these fabulous navy color combination fit for any wedding!
Design & Coordination – Rachel Ochoa, In The Now Weddings + Events Photography – Mathieu Photography
Real Weddings by The Knot / Orange Bouquet (left): Ariston Floral / Orange Bouquets (right): Stadium Flowers
Photography: Sweet Monday Photography / Cake: Pink Peach Cake
Table Setting: Lime Green Photography / Tie: Amanda Pair Photography / Green and Navy Clutch
Skirt / Photography: Maggie Harkov / Floral Design and Styling: Blossom and Branch
Photography: Z MEDIA / Ring Pillow: Y & E Bridal
Photography: Nancy Gould / Invitation: Adori Designs / Cake: The Sugar Sweet
My bride Cassandra came across my very own save the dates and instantly feel in love with the color combination and style. Cassandra is getting married at the Mint Museum Uptown in Charlotte North Carolina and really wanted to have a modern feel to her invites but with a hint of traditional. I encounter couples with two separate styles quite often and although it can be challenging, the outcome can be quite stunning. Cassandra also wanted to play a little bit off her fiance’s last name “Rose” and wanted to incorporate a rose motif in her suite. We ended up accenting her purple envelopes with custom designed envelope liners that coordinated with her overall design. I always recommend envelope accents. Its that little extra surprise when your guests open up your invitation. Congratulations to the future Mr. & Mrs. Rose!