Wedding Cakes With Martha Stewart


I love this beauteous cake from Fall 07 MS Weddings, designed by Wendy Kromer...and did you know that if you go to Wendy's site, you can order a Cake Kit, replete with the sweet decorations to make your cake as pretty as a picture...So, now you can find a local baker who is willing to create an organic wedding cake for your special day. Some local bakers I came across: Edith Meyer Wedding Cakes in Santa Cruz,  Michele Coulon Dessertier in La Jolla, California, Hippie Chick Bakery in New Hampshire.

This post is a part of a series entitled Eco Chic Weddings//Revisited which expands upon different wedding planning ideas within each chapter of my book, Eco Chic Weddings (Publisher: Hatherleigh Press//Random House, 2007).


wedding planning poetry: daily poetics

For my wedding, each guest recieved a poem. I've always loved poetry;  Emily Dickinson, Wallace Stevens  and Tennyson are my favorites. When I happened upon the site, Daily Poetics, of course I had to share it with you...and don't forget the poetry, we need it...


From: "Ephemera" on Daily Poetics.

a poem from my wedding follows for your reading pleasure...

Marriage Morning, Alfred Lord Tennyson

Light, so low upon earth,
  You send a flash to the sun.
Here is the golden close of love,
  All my wooing is done.
Oh, the woods and the meadows,
  Woods where we hid from the wet,
Stiles where we stay'd to be kind,
  Meadows in which we met!

Light, so low in the vale
You flash and lighten afar,
For this is the golden morning of love,
  And you are his morning star.
Flash, I am coming, I come,
  By meadow and stile and wood,
Oh, lighten into my eyes and heart,
  Into my heart and my blood!

Heart, are you great enough
  For a love that never tires?
O' heart, are you great enough for love?
  I have heard of thorns and briers,
Over the meadow and stiles,
  Over the world to the end of it
Flash for a million miles.

Marie-Gael + Michael: The Wedding Registry

Plan Your Wedding. Design Your Life.



As we learned yesterday, when it came to their wedding registry, Marie-Gael and Michael used the same simple, stylish theme they applied to the wedding itself. Happy with furnishing their home using beloved family pieces and other cherished items, the pair registered for a honeymoon instead, using the free service the HoneyFund. For a couple with a non-materialistic bent, this is a wonderful alternative to the typical wedding registry. As Marie-Gael says,"It's amazingly freeing to let go of 'things' & focus on the more important aspects of life." 

**If you too are fond of using gently worn, well-loved items for your home, be sure to check out my new book Eco Chic Home for more than 60 different re-design projects to help you spruce up virtually any item in a fast, simple, fun way. Available on my Etsy Shop, and in all major bookstore.

Here are a few great resources to give you some inspiration for your own gently-worn home hand-me-downs.

ELLE DECOR: Of course this is top of the line when it comes to home style, but you can get ideas that can be translated into your own place. 

Home Portfolio: A sleek online resource for every item you could possibly think of for the home--knobs, grills, kitchen cupboards, you name it. It is an excellent place to get sound advice and practical solutions.

Furniture Restoration: To refinish or not? If you have old furniture on your hands, you know exactly what I'm talking about. This site is a little rough around the edges (pun not intended) but it has a wealth of information if refinishing old furniture or (gasp) painting.

The Wedding Salon Event: Wedding Dresses, Invitations, Venues, and More Great Wedding Ideas

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Enter to win free tickets to this Monday's Wedding Salon event here in New York City at The Roosevelt Hotel, one of the grandest hotels in the city. Event is from 4pm to 9pm and will features stationers, stylists, wedding dress designers, bridesmaid dresses and more to help you get a jump on your wedding planning.

Plus, I'll be there. If you leave a comment now you could win free tickets PLUS a free 1/2 hour wedding consultation with me. I only have 5 more tickets to give away, so get going!


*The Roosevelt Hotel's Grand Ballroom was designed "with romance in mind, from its high ceilings, to its tall graceful windows, balconies, and boxes." Original Tiffany chandeliers are still hanging in the ballroom today. The striking mural by Arthur Crisp adds a fairytale feel with a colorful rendition of the Cinderella story.

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*The Roosevelt was one of the glamorous New York City venues frequented by Little Edie Bouvier Beale back in the day.

More about the Roosevelt Hotel:

One of the oldest Hotels in New York City, The Roosevelt is known as "The Grand Dame" of Madison Avenue. I like it for weddings because it's so close to Grand Central Station, which means your wedding guests can arrive by train, walk a few short steps to your party, and depart the same way--no cars, no traffic, no parking, no carbon emissions, and no tipsy drivers. Sounds perfect. And plus, The Roosevelt just opened Mad46, a cool rooftop lounge perfect for an indoor/outdoor wedding.

For more information about easy wedding planning at The Roosevelt Hotel, contact:

Ferinoosh Khosravi, Senior Manager, Catering

Plus check out:

10 Secrets to a Fun Wedding Reception

Cool Vintage Veil Alternatives

Decorating with Tear Sheets

Take Back Your Wedding



 Reality check. A lot of people in the wedding biz (for the most part) still don't get it. The messages are the same--here's this beautiful image/ idea/ product/ venue/ whatever...that you can't afford. That was created by the stylist on the shoot that took place in the forest in the state that you don't live in. But isn't it pretty? Not helpful if you've got a budget and a time-line to plan your wedding and get on with your life. This is just one of the ways the wedding planning process becomes your own personal torture chamber. I am convinced that there are about two brides out there who are "totally crazy about all things wedding and have been dreaming about this moment since they were a little girl." Maybe more than two, but the majority of women and men getting married are more interested in getting on with their lives, moving their stuff, combining households, maybe changing names, and whatever else is on the list. Seriously, this is the market. But yet--these are the people who feel the most left out of the process. So if anyone out there is listening, hello! I'm still here. And I still want to help. Even though I am not, have never been, probably never will be totally crazy about weddings. I just think you can have a beautiful wedding, life, and world--all at the same time. Consider this your one stop shop for all things good with style. More exiting changes on the way so get set, get ready, let's go!


Photo Source: Bonzie, purveyor of bespoke wedding gowns. I suggest you check her out.

CB Vintage: Wedding Cake Toppers, Milk Glass Vases, and More

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Classic Bride has recently launched a new web site. CB Vintage is a wedding and event resource with a well-edited selection of vintage items, including the cake topper above. I appreciate the focused approach to the product offerings because it shows she really knows a good thing when she sees it. Makes it so much easier for the harried bride or the busy wedding planner to find exactly what they're looking for.

hiring a wedding planner

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Maybe you're like me--never thought about the wedding day until you had an engagement ring on your finger. For me that was no big deal. I was an event pro, so I already knew how to make it happen. But for you, chances are this is your first wedding planning experience. The average wedding is hovering around $23,000, and most wedding planners charge about 3 to 5 per cent of the total budget. So you'll pay about $2,000, at a minimum. If you think this is an added expense you don't need, hiring a good wedding planner can actually save you money. Seriously. 

Here's how:

Venue: Wed pros have the inside scoop on the best places, times, dates, and what it will cost you. They can narrow in on a place much faster than you could on your own, and they can help you get the best price.

Budget: They can help you create a realistic budget, and make the right decisions so you can stay within your budget, and still get exactly what you want.Go here to read some really good ways to keep you costs down.)

Are you a wedding planner? Say hi! I'll post your link.

(Links to local wedding planners will be updated daily for the rest of the week.)

Wedding/Event Planners 

Courtney Kern (NYC)

Emily Humphries (Nashville, TN)

Amy Thomas (Nashville and Middle Tennessee)

Jules Schmidt (Cincinatti,OH)

Sarah Pease (NYC)

Elissa Keno (Raleigh, NC)

Saundra Hadley (Indiana,Kentucky,and more)

inspired wedding palette:

I love It's so inspiring and a really great resource for creating your wedding palette. And with the right colour combinations, you can get a big impact while reducing the amount of things you add to your wedding decor (flowers, table cloths, etc.) If you chose a vibrant combination, you could even just use swathes of fabric--which then can be saved and reused...


destination weddings: superfantastico recycled invitations + ebay retro gifts

You can have a "destination" wedding without leaving town--just incorporate some fun and quirky travel themes into your wedding planning. But if you are leaving on a jet plane for your destination fiesta, think about reducing your impact in other ways--carbon offset programs, recycled invitations, online rsvps....and bon voyage!


resources:  (or  make your own version to add a little travel decor) (recycled invitations)--Love this site! (retro  travel bag) (organic peanuts)