Friday, June 29, 2012

Succulent Bouquet

How gorgeous is this bouquet?! Succulents in bouquets has been a big trend lately, and for a good reason, it's romantic and fresh!

This bouquet is great for many reasons, it's not a big ball of flowers, so it's unique in its form. But you can plant the succulents after the wedding, and keep them forever!

And you can't go wrong with an added peacock feather in the mix!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Baseball Strawberries

These would be awesometastic at a tailgate party or a rehearsal dinner if you or your honey were into sports, played sports or were a lover of all things baseball.

I think these would be fun for a DIY sports themed birthday party, perfect for summer! Yum!

What do you think?


Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Wedding Flip Flops

Crank up the tunes and throw on your dancing shoes! No party should be held back by a pair of painful heels, but hey that's just our opinion.

One of our clients provided adorable bags for her guests to put their heels into, and we had a shoe check (instead of a coat check), and everyone put on a pair of flops and danced the night away.


Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Mini Caprese Bites


These mini caprese bites are perfect summer finger foods and look awesometastic on any party platter! We're pretty sure we could eat a whole plate of these in a couple minutes, okay seconds.

Are you up for mini food, or do you think it's a fad?

Monday, June 25, 2012

Mismatched Bridesmaids Dresses

There's something really unique about not having a completely uniform bridesmaid party.
The girls' personalities can shine through and they can wear a dress they'll feel confident in too, all while keeping the bride in the spotlight of course!


What do you think, same dresses, unique dresses?

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Real Weddings: Stephanie and Nick

Stephanie and Nick are simply classic and fun, and gorgeous. They got married in St. Augustine, strolled downtown the historic roads and alleys.

A gorgous day, with gorgous details and incredible memories!Dive into the depths of darkness in an elevator

Wedding Planners: MasterPiece Weddings
Venue: Casa Monica
Photographer: Footstone Photography
Linen and Floral Design: PRI Productions
DJ: Gnys Entertainment
Ceremony Music: String Group
Cake: Defores

Monday, June 18, 2012

Dinner Party

It is no secret that I love food, I love to bake and I love to eat. I love simple, and delicious food. But really, who does.

I can't lie though, I do occasionally enjoy some fru-fur french food.

I digress.

My dear friend Inge and I have been trying for almost a year to get our families together for dinner. And a few weeks ago, we finally did. Except I messed up the dates and it wound up being 8 of us, and Gabriel had a snotty nose. So he stayed home. But really, it was amazing!

The dinner the friends it was just perfect. So perfect, I had to tell you about it.

It all started with these cup cakes, they simply delightful cupcakes. I wanted to make something that looked fabulous but tasted even better, so, I got out my Martha Stewart Baking Handbook. Found a recipe using strawberries, since they are so in season right now. And immediately got to baking. Although they were a bit more labor intensive than I thought, the frosting was Orgasmical! Seriously... (I'll post the recipe at the bottom for ya'll, just incase you want it).

Again, I am digressing.

Dinner Party.

Okay, so Inge had a dinner party, she was making the main dish, and the other two couples made side dishes and I did baked the Orgasmic Cupcakes as a bonus.

There were no rules, just knew that Inge was making a Beef Tenderloin. One of the many things I love about her is that she is very conscience of what she eats and what she feeds her family. Organic, Grass Fed, Not Processed, all fresh, things you should eat that are better for your body.

The eight of us got to talking about Organic Foods, and how a can of bread crumbs has 61 ingredients.... most of which have more than 20 letters. Really... it's Bread.Crumbs. Bread????

Soooooooooooo, making a longer story longer, Teresa, one of the guests at dinner has a blog, My Food Plans, she shares her views on food, recipes, fun stories about great places to eat, and did I mention recipes! I've been pouring over her blog and her recipes all day, cannot wait to get started making her French Lentil recipe!

Did I mention Inge's Tiramisu? Hooooolllllyyyyy Yummmm!

Dinner Party......

Moral of the Story: Don't stress about making a dish for a dinner party, it doesn't have to be fancy to be delicious. Everything everyone made was incredible, the food and company were a perfect blend.

Simple Food, Made Simply, Made Local, Made Delicious.

Cupcake Recipe: (per Martha Steward Baking Handbook)


  • 3 cups cake flour, (not self-rising)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup milk
  • 8 large egg whites
  • Strawberry Meringue Buttercream
  • 24 small fresh strawberries, washed (hulls intact), for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two standard 12-cup muffin pans with paper liners; set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and 2 cups sugar until light and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes, scraping down sides of the bowl as needed. Beat in vanilla. With mixer on low speed, add flour mixture in three parts, alternating with the milk and beginning and ending with the flour; beat until just combined. Transfer mixture to a large bowl; set aside.
  4. In the clean bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat egg whites on low speed until foamy. With mixer running, gradually add remaining 1/4 cup sugar; beat on high speed until stiff, glossy peaks form, about 4 minutes. Do not overbeat. Gently fold 1/3 of the egg-white mixture into the butter-flour mixture until combined. Gently fold in remaining egg-white mixture.
  5. Divide batter evenly among the muffin cups, filling each with a heaping 1/4 cup batter. Bake, rotating pans halfway through, until the cupcakes are golden brown and a cake tester inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes. Transfer pans to a wire rack. Invert cupcakes onto rack; then reinvert and let cool completely, top sides up. Frost cupcakes with strawberry meringue buttercream, swirling to cover. Cupcakes may be stored in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to three days. Garnish with strawberries just before serving

Friday, June 15, 2012

Awesometastic Details and Giveaway: Food Accessories

It's difficult enough to make a menu, but then trying to add in details to food gets tricky. Katie had personalized paper straws and cupcake flags made to make all the food stand out and it looked amazing!

Did you have personal details like these? Enter our giveaway by submitting pics to Melissa {at} awesometasticblog{dot}com.

All of the giveaway rules can be found here.

All photography by Verve Studio and Cupcakes by Share your Cupcakes

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Awesometastic Details and Giveaway: Flags

We're still doing our awesometastic details giveaway, so get those pictures in to Melissa {at} awesometasticblog{dot}com!

Here's a DIY detail from Katie's wedding that we thought was adorable! She made flags to wave after the ceremony and at her and her hubby's reception introduction instead of typical rice or bubbles, too cute!

Verve Studio

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Awesometastic Details and Giveaway: Bouquet

This may look like any pretty pink bouquet, but if you look close you can see some lace wrapped around the stems. Katie used lace from her mother's wedding gown as a cherished personal detail she could carry down the aisle, how awesometastic is that?!

If you had beautiful details like this at your wedding send us your pictures! We're giving away something sparkly for the best ideas! Look here for the rules, and submit pics to Melissa {at} awesometasticblog{dot}com.

Verve Studio

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Awesometastic Details and Giveaway: Cake Toppers

In case you didn't see the post yesterday, we're doing an awesometastic giveaway to readers who send in their  pictures featuring unique wedding details! We're taking submissions all month, and trust us you'll want to win!

These cake toppers are another detail Katie had at her wedding that we couldn't get enough of, they were the toppers on her parent's wedding cake!

All photography by Verve Studio

Go check out the rules for the giveaway and send your pics to Melissa {at} awesometasticblog{dot}com.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Awesometastic Details and Giveaway: Shoes

Details, details, details, they're the little touches that make the wedding completely unique to the couple.

If you had awesometastic details at your wedding send us your pictures!

Because 1) We would love to see them (we really enjoy daydreaming over pretty wedding pictures) and 2) we're having a giveaway of something sparkly and shiny for our readers with the most awesometastic wedding details! Trust me you will want it, you will love it, and you will regret not sending in your favorite details once the prize is announced.

Katie had gorgeous personal details at her wedding, instead of changing dresses this girl changed shoes SEVEN times! Here's just a few pics of her shoes, all in amazing vibrant colors of course.

All photography by Verve Studio

1.) Enter away, you can enter as many pictures as you want. You must have permission to use the image (either by the photograper or the owner of the image)
2.) Brides and wedding pros can both enter for the giveaway.
3.) We always accept details, but this giveaway ends June 30, so get those pictures in!
4.) We love our international readers, but we can only send our giveaway in the U.S. 
5.) Send pictures to Melissa {at} awesometasticblog{dot}com. 

Friday, June 8, 2012

Spiral Wedding Seating

Wedding Wire

Not a bad seat in the house. How gorgeous is this spiral seating for a wedding. It's like seating your guests in the round, but rounder?

You could use seating in a spiral for a wedding, to make an aisle longer too. We kinda think this is awesometasical!

Do you love, hate?

Do you think it'll be a trendy thing and then jump the shark off a pier and never be seen again, like that GI Joe doll you lost in the ocean when you were little, and still wonder where it went?

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Multi-colored Bridesmaid Shoes


We've talked about white bridesmaids dresses before, and regardless of how you feel about them, this combination is just fantastic, all of the bright pops of colors with the heels and the way the brides' bouquet ties it all together is just plain awesometastic!

We love this... what do you think?

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Welcome Bags: Guestination Weddings

These welcome bags are great for anyone having a guestination wedding!

Since your family and friends have to come to you for the wedding, show off your city with items unique to where you live along with some of your own favorite things!

A wedding welcome bag doesn't have to be a gift bag with a bottle of water and a bag of M&M's make it something your guests will remember, with Jack Daniels, Coca-Cola and your favorite candy bar.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Potato Chip Cupcakes

Holy. Moly. Aside from the crazy drool-worthiness of all chocolate, potato chips and salted carmel sauce one of the best parts of this cupcake is the name: Highway to Heaven. Seems pretty accurate!



Yes? No?

Salty Sweet! Yes, please!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Garden Party

This garden party is full of rustic charm! I love the idea of using the drawers for wine holders and all the rich and vibrant colors.

Nothing frooffy, just perfect for the hot summer and cold glass of champagne.


Friday, June 1, 2012

Celebrity Weddings: Personalized Candles

For a quirky wedding favor, celebrities John Stamos & Rebecca Romijn had 70's style air fresheners with their printed picture and the words “Our love will last forever” placed on each of their guest’s cars.

This is a great budget savvy bride idea, but if you want something that’s a little less quirky and a little more classic, try a personalized candle. 


These are only $2.95 for a set of 30, talk about an awesometastic bargain!

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