1 Jan

Hello, 2014! We hope you all spent last night ringing in the new year safely and with lots of sparkle. Maybe some engagements happened too? If so, congratulations! Yesterday was a day for reflection, today is all about looking forward (and healing from last night). We wanted to pop in for a quick sec today to thank you for being so amazing and allowing us to share your weddings, parties, and all kinds of pretty inspiration with you. We’ve seen our blog evolve each year, and every year we swear things can’t get prettier than the last, but they do. Just take a sneak peek at what’s coming up. Fun, right?

100 Layer Cake sneak peek into 2014

1. A fabulous 30th birthday party hosted by some very talented Seattle wedding vendors
2. Roaring 20′s themed 25th birthday party
3. Sharing some mens fashions trends by D’Arcy Benincosa Photography
4. Stone and gem wedding inspiration by Anne Brookshire Photography
5. Creative and colorful wedding by Pow Wow Events
6. LA meets Paris themed engagement shoot by Carissa Woo Photography
7. Rustic, modern wedding ideas by Harvesting Love Events
8. Giveaway with Sugar Paper + J.Crew
9. Modern hair bridal hair tutorial by Heather Chapman

We’ve got SO many exciting things planned for the new year, just you wait! As you spend the day vegging out, take a look back at all of our favorite wedding dresses, bouquets, cakes, decor installations and paper goods from 2013!

Lots of love,

Jillian, Amanda, Kristina, and the 100 Layer Cake team!

 
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31 Dec

Southern California new years eve wedding | Photo by Studio Castillero | Read more  - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=66126

Future New Year’s Eve brides, our last wedding of 2013, photographed by the talented Studio Castillero, has all the makings of a NYE worthy party: gold sequin dresses, a shiny piñata chandelier, and sparklers. On top of that, the florals, event design, and paper goods totally hit the mark. But that’s all thanks to Sarah, who’s also the owner of L & S Design Co. She loves everything about the festive holiday. From the glitzy party atmosphere, to the idea of all the people she loves dancing until midnight together. We really wanted people to have a great time at our wedding and what is more fun than an amazing NYE party?. She said. Sarah, we couldn’t agree more!

Southern California new years eve wedding | Photo by Studio Castillero | Read more  - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=66126

Southern California new years eve wedding | Photo by Studio Castillero | Read more  - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=66126

Southern California new years eve wedding | Photo by Studio Castillero | Read more  - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=66126

Southern California new years eve wedding | Photo by Studio Castillero | Read more  - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=66126

Southern California new years eve wedding | Photo by Studio Castillero | Read more  - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=66126

Southern California new years eve wedding | Photo by Studio Castillero | Read more  - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=66126

Southern California new years eve wedding | Photo by Studio Castillero | Read more  - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=66126

Southern California new years eve wedding | Photo by Studio Castillero | Read more  - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=66126

 Southern California new years eve wedding | Photo by Studio Castillero | Read more  - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=66126

Southern California new years eve wedding | Photo by Studio Castillero | Read more  - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=66126

Southern California new years eve wedding | Photo by Studio Castillero | Read more  - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=66126

Southern California new years eve wedding | Photo by Studio Castillero | Read more  - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=66126

Southern California new years eve wedding | Photo by Studio Castillero | Read more  - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=66126

As a floral designer I make bridal bouquets for our brides every weekend. I picked out huge white Peonies, Anemones because of their black center, black Scabiosa, Silver Brunia, and Vibernum berry. I made my bouquet right before our rehearsal dinner. I cried the whole time! It was really emotional for me to make. The finished product was very me, not too tight or structured with a few wild pieces here and there.

Southern California new years eve wedding | Photo by Studio Castillero | Read more  - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=66126

Southern California new years eve wedding | Photo by Studio Castillero | Read more  - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=66126

Southern California new years eve wedding | Photo by Studio Castillero | Read more  - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=66126

Southern California new years eve wedding | Photo by Studio Castillero | Read more  - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=66126

Great tip: We loved the idea that not only was this night our wedding celebration, but it was also all of our guests’ NYE. We wanted them to have just as much fun as we did, so we tailored a lot of the wedding to that idea. We rented a ton of lounge furniture to frame the dance floor and special dynamic lighting to change throughout the night. Our food was set up all around the room at stations. We wanted our guests to explore and find all of the tapas that we had chosen. To me there’s something great about wandering and mingling rather than sitting next to the same people for two hours. 

Southern California new years eve wedding | Photo by Studio Castillero | Read more  - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=66126

Southern California new years eve wedding | Photo by Studio Castillero | Read more  - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=66126

Southern California new years eve wedding | Photo by Studio Castillero | Read more  - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=66126

Who wouldn’t love to dance the night away under this piñata chandelier?

Southern California new years eve wedding | Photo by Studio Castillero | Read more  - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=66126

Southern California new years eve wedding | Photo by Studio Castillero | Read more  - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=66126

Southern California new years eve wedding | Photo by Studio Castillero | Read more  - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=66126

Southern California new years eve wedding | Photo by Studio Castillero | Read more  - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=66126

Southern California new years eve wedding | Photo by Studio Castillero | Read more  - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=66126

Southern California new years eve wedding | Photo by Studio Castillero | Read more  - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=66126

Southern California new years eve wedding | Photo by Studio Castillero | Read more  - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=66126

Sarah’s been around brides and weddings plenty, so her advice is really spot on:

The best advice I can give to brides is to be true to yourself! Think of the special attributes that you and your mate have and go from there. Don’t ever let people persuade you away from your vision. You’ll end up regretting that you didn’t do what was in your heart. If you don’t feel like having a cake or doing a first dance, don’t! Make your wedding unique, your guests will love seeing something new and different! Don’t feel the need to work out like a crazy person to reach that magical number on the scale! I started to work out more to get healthier but, when I didn’t get to my ideal weight I didn’t stress out about it. I thought about the fact that if I lost a ton of weight for my wedding and then gained it back when I went back to normal life, my wedding pictures would just make me feel bad about myself. Who needs that! You want your pictures to be a great memory of the best day of your life, not a reminder that you were once thinner.

Last but not least… ALWAYS hire a coordinator! You don’t want your aunt Sally to have to run up to the DJ to remind him that you have a special song to dance to or your mom to have to remember your day of schedule to keep you on time for your pictures. Leave these details to a professional. I absolutely don’t know what I would do without my coordinator Megan! She was such an important part of our wedding day and I know that everything worked out as beautifully as it did because of her.

Congratulations Sarah + Pat! Everyone else, have a fabulous night, and we’ll see you in 2014!

Photography: Studio Castillero / Flowers: L & S Design Co. / Videographer: Jay Conner / Ceremony & Reception Venue: Moniker Warehouse / Event Coordinator, Designer, Invitation Design: L&S Design Co. / Hair: Jessica Peterson / Makeup: Makeup by Mary / Cake: Bride’s Aunt / Catering: Alchemy / Rentals: Concepts Event Design / Wedding dress: Maggie Sottero from Bridal and Veil / Wedding shoes: Vince Camuto / Groom’s Suit: Express Men’s / Shoes: Frye / Bridesmaid & flower girl dresses: Nordstrom

 
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31 Dec

Gold glitz New Years Party inspiration | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=65987

Cakies, the last day of good ol’ 2013 is finally here and there’s only one way to end it: with a heck of a lot of gold! The ladies of A Savvy Event took their love of gold to the max when they decided to carry us into the new year with their ultimate New Year’s Eve glitzy gold fete. And they’re not just partial to any one shade of gold, they love every single shade of gold, which you’ll see momentarily. So if you’re hosting a NYE bash tonight and need some last minute party inspiration, here you go! Alls we got to say is confetti, confetti, confetti… and champagne.

Gold glitz New Years Party inspiration | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=65987

These push-pop confetti poppers from Thimble Press are so perfect for NYE or any party, really.

Gold glitz New Years Party inspiration | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=65987

Gold glitz New Years Party inspiration | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=65987

Gold glitz New Years Party inspiration | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=65987

Gold glitz New Years Party inspiration | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=65987

Gold glitz New Years Party inspiration | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=65987

Gold glitz New Years Party inspiration | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=65987

Gold glitz New Years Party inspiration | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=65987

Gold glitz New Years Party inspiration | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=65987

Gold glitz New Years Party inspiration | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=65987

Gold glitz New Years Party inspiration | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=65987

Gold glitz New Years Party inspiration | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=65987

Gold glitz New Years Party inspiration | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=65987

Gold glitz New Years Party inspiration | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=65987

Gold glitz New Years Party inspiration | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=65987

Gold glitz New Years Party inspiration | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=65987

Gold glitz New Years Party inspiration | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=65987

Gold glitz New Years Party inspiration | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=65987

Gold glitz New Years Party inspiration | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=65987

Gold glitz New Years Party inspiration | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=65987

Gold glitz New Years Party inspiration | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=65987

Gold glitz New Years Party inspiration | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=65987

A photo booth is kind of a must at any NYE celebration. You can run to a store to pick up some last minute photo props or just whip some up yourself. The shape of the top hat & bow tie are basic enough to replicate, and we all know the moustache prop is always a hit, this time just make them with glitter paper!

Make sure to pop into the gallery for even more NYE party inspiration. There are some really cute ideas in there!

Gold glitz New Years Party inspiration | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=65987

We can’t believe this is it for 2013. We hope you’ve all got fun plans to ring in the new year safely with friends and family!

New Years Eve Styled Shoot {All That Glitters is Gold} A Savvy Event // Buena Vista Winery, Sonoma, CA from Wendi Koble//Swoon Films on Vimeo.

Designer + Planner: Kelly McLeskey-Dolata, A Savvy Event / Venue: Buena Vista Winery / Photographer: Scott Clark Photography / Floral Design: Nancy Liu Chin / Linens: LaTavola Linens / Rentals: Wine Country Party & Events & Hartmann Studios / Desserts: Honeycomb Events / Video: Swoon Films / Poppers: Thimblepress / Stationery: Forever Heyday / Tulle Skirts: Space 46 / Tabletop Decor: West Elm and Z Gallerie / Lettering: Greenvine Lettering / Table Top Décor: Save on Crafts

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