Category Archives: Vendor Love

Features and chats with some of our favorite wedding vendors. No sponsored posts here – just pure love.

Vendor Love

Cake Opera Co.

December 21, 2010

This is quite possibly the best thing since the invention of cake. I first spotted this Canadian company way back in January when their Pomegranate cake was featured on one of Style Me Pretty’s Inspiration to Reality posts and I was recently reminded of their fabulousness when I saw this little write-up on one of my favorite blogs.

The work of Cake Opera Co. is simply stunning and I just love how unabashedly over-the-top they are (a giant feathered bird atop a wedding cake? Why the heck not!). Along with their extremely artistic cakes and perfect little confections, they’re now also creating Operettas – their version of the dessert table. Love it!

They’ve also just announced these lovely gift-wrapped treats!…

These decadent sweets are conceptualized and created by artist Alexandria Pellegrino and pastry chef Jessica Smith who seem just as fabulous as their confections…

If you haven’t seen it already, you should definitely check out their website. Yum.

– gia

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All images © Cake Opera Co.

Vendor Love

Nest Pretty Things

July 19, 2010

vintage handmade jewelry

Let’s start the week off with a little vendor love, shall we?

Although this little shop has been around for a while now, I’ve only recently discovered Nest Pretty Things and I’m so glad I did! I’m completely smitten by the vintage-inspired lovelies created by Tamar, a former Creative Director and Stylist who now devotes her time to jewelry design. I love that her pieces have a vintage feel but still manage to look fresh and modern. Her colorful flower necklaces (above) would be perfect accessories for bridesmaids, don’t you think?

handmade necklaces and rings

…and these headbands would be absolutely darling on a bride:

vintage wedding tiara

I wanted to learn a little more about Tamar and her pretty things so we recently had a little chat:

Q: What made you decide to switch careers from Stylist/Creative Director to jewelry designer?
A: 5 years ago we moved to Vermont looking to leave the big city life behind us and change gears, both my husband and I really needed a  change and we both loved the idea of living in a small New England town, being close to nature, gardening and growing our own veggies, and enjoying a much quieter life. Vermont is such a special place, we’ve been loving it! Once we got here I knew I needed to start my own business, I started doing interior decorating but the market was too small and I ended up crafting while waiting around for clients… slowly I got into it more and more, using my long career as a Creative Director and Photo Stylist to enhance my business.

Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Feminine, colorful, eclectic, romantic – it’s hard to say. I think I have  a few styles going on that I fuse together. Having 3 boys, I crave for everything girly….

Q: What inspires you most?
A: Textiles (especially vintage and ethnic), art, interiors, movies, nature, and I love flowers… every week during the summer I make giant bouquets of flowers from my garden and they can inspire a whole collection.

Q: Do you ever create custom pieces?
A: I have a few customers that love my work and have great taste, if they want to make some changes to a piece and I like the idea I am happy to oblige, but I need to love it.

handmade vintage-inspired jewelry

Thanks Tamar for creating such pretty things!

Be sure to check out her shop to score a few goodies of your own. Tamar also has a great blog where she  hosts exclusive discounts and giveaways, shares her latest inspirations and chats about life in general… be sure to check it out!

Photo Credits:
All images © Nest Pretty Things

Vendor Love

Necklace Giveaway Winner!!

May 11, 2010

Congrats Jennifer! You’ll definitely make a great impression with this stunning necklace. I will contact you for your mailing address so I can send this little beauty to you this week!

Thanks to everyone who entered – Krissy and I really enjoyed reading all of your creative comments! If you would like a Designs by Krissy necklace of your own, be sure to visit Krissy’s website or give her a call at 724.263.8677.

By the way, there’s no way we could have picked a winner ourselves so the winning comment was chosen via

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Giveaway Reminder!

May 10, 2010

UPDATE: A winner has been chosen and the contest is now closed. Thanks to everyone who entered!!

custom necklace giveaway

Don’t forget to leave a comment here for your chance to win this beautiful custom-designed from Designs by Krissy! The winner will be announced tomorrow morning so be sure to enter by midnight tonight!