29 Dec

New Years bridal shower inspiration | Photo by Megan Robinson  | Leslie Dawn Events | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84017

With all the exciting holiday engagements to celebrate each year, this shoot will for sure be one to bookmark. And can you imagine a more chic party than a New Years bridal shower? Leslie Dawn Events was spot-on with this concept: I wanted to combine the elegance and glamour associated with a New Years Eve party with the fun and girly flair that comes to mind with a bridal shower. Best combo ever?

Thanks to Megan Robinson for the photos!

New Years bridal shower inspiration | Photo by Megan Robinson  | Leslie Dawn Events | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84017

New Years bridal shower inspiration | Photo by Megan Robinson  | Leslie Dawn Events | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84017

New Years bridal shower inspiration | Photo by Megan Robinson  | Leslie Dawn Events | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84017

New Years bridal shower inspiration | Photo by Megan Robinson  | Leslie Dawn Events | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84017

New Years bridal shower inspiration | Photo by Megan Robinson  | Leslie Dawn Events | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84017

Leslie says, I brought in classic black and gold with white clean lines. I then incorporated pops of pink and mauve to add a pop of color. Fun favors and details were added to add an extra touch of sparkle to the day.

New Years bridal shower inspiration | Photo by Megan Robinson  | Leslie Dawn Events | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84017

New Years bridal shower inspiration | Photo by Megan Robinson  | Leslie Dawn Events | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84017

New Years bridal shower inspiration | Photo by Megan Robinson  | Leslie Dawn Events | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84017

New Years bridal shower inspiration | Photo by Megan Robinson  | Leslie Dawn Events | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84017

New Years bridal shower inspiration | Photo by Megan Robinson  | Leslie Dawn Events | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84017

Aren’t those balloons such a fabulous idea?

New Years bridal shower inspiration | Photo by Megan Robinson  | Leslie Dawn Events | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84017

New Years bridal shower inspiration | Photo by Megan Robinson  | Leslie Dawn Events | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84017

New Years bridal shower inspiration | Photo by Megan Robinson  | Leslie Dawn Events | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84017

New Years bridal shower inspiration | Photo by Megan Robinson  | Leslie Dawn Events | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84017

New Years bridal shower inspiration | Photo by Megan Robinson  | Leslie Dawn Events | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84017

The quintessential NYE color palette we’re oh so crazy about… With the aforementioned pink too, of course.

New Years bridal shower inspiration | Photo by Megan Robinson  | Leslie Dawn Events | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84017

New Years bridal shower inspiration | Photo by Megan Robinson  | Leslie Dawn Events | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84017

New Years bridal shower inspiration | Photo by Megan Robinson  | Leslie Dawn Events | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84017

New Years bridal shower inspiration | Photo by Megan Robinson  | Leslie Dawn Events | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84017

New Years bridal shower inspiration | Photo by Megan Robinson  | Leslie Dawn Events | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84017

New Years bridal shower inspiration | Photo by Megan Robinson  | Leslie Dawn Events | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84017

New Years bridal shower inspiration | Photo by Megan Robinson  | Leslie Dawn Events | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84017

Leslie paired macaroons from Seine Macarons + Rue De Lis Desserts for this delectable spread. Yum.

New Years bridal shower inspiration | Photo by Megan Robinson  | Leslie Dawn Events | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84017

New Years bridal shower inspiration | Photo by Megan Robinson  | Leslie Dawn Events | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84017

New Years bridal shower inspiration | Photo by Megan Robinson  | Leslie Dawn Events | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84017

New Years bridal shower inspiration | Photo by Megan Robinson  | Leslie Dawn Events | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84017

New Years bridal shower inspiration | Photo by Megan Robinson  | Leslie Dawn Events | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84017

So much to celebrate!

Thanks to  Megan Robinson + everyone below for sharing this shoot with us today!

Photographer: Megan Robinson / Location: Castle Park / Event Coordinator: Leslie Dawn Events / Flowers: Amber Reverie / Hair: Miss Jane Emily / Makeup: Makeup by Brynn Thomas / Invitations: Peter Loves Jane / Desserts: Rue De Lis Desserts / Macarons: Seine Macarons / Mocktails: Kristin Andrus / Rentals: Diamond Rental  / Apparel: Shabby Apple / Hairpieces: Danani Handmade / Models/Bloggers: Margot, Jackie, Courtney, Lizzy, & Karla

 
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24 Dec

100 Layer Cake gift wrap shoot | Photo by Jen of Fondly Forever

Happy holidays, cakies! It’s hard to believe another beautiful year has passed here on 100 Layer Cake! We had so many things to celebrate in 2014. For starters, we turned FIVE! Can you believe it? (Naturally we celebrated with a colorful portrait sesh.) Then, we were honored to have dresses and shoes named after us. As you can imagine, that was huge for us.

Such an exciting start to the year meant we were super busy here at the 100lc HQ, so when spring rolled around, we were ready for travel! Jillian jetted off to Jamaica + Amanda adventured in Tulum, Mexico. Who could forget those white sandy beaches?

Fast forward to fall, when we posted a ton of gorgeous autumn weddings and got to be involved in a really special fall dinner party for FEED Projects, which raised more than 1,000 meals for children + families in need. It was amazing to hear that the FEED Suppers collectively blew their goal of 1,000,000 meals out of the water this year!

This year has been incredible. We kicked off the season with our annual gift wrap party and now we’re off to enjoy the holiday! We’ll be back next week with the 100 Layer Cake Best Of and more New Years inspiration.

Wishing you a safe + happy holiday! xo

Photo: Fondly Forever Photography

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23 Dec

Charles Dickens themed Christmas wedding inspiration | Photo by Gideon Photo | Design and planning When Pigs Fly Events | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83655

Such a striking beauty, right? It only gets better from here. Jimmy from Gideon Photography had an idea for a Charles Dickens themed shoot and of course When Pigs Fly Events immediately jumped on board. We mean, imagine the possibilities! They rounded up a great team of local vendors + made some new creative friends on Etsy (check out their shops in the credits below!) in order to create the magical, moody holiday vignette you’re lookin’ at right now…

Charles Dickens themed Christmas wedding inspiration | Photo by Gideon Photo | Design and planning When Pigs Fly Events | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83655

Charles Dickens themed Christmas wedding inspiration | Photo by Gideon Photo | Design and planning When Pigs Fly Events | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83655

Charles Dickens themed Christmas wedding inspiration | Photo by Gideon Photo | Design and planning When Pigs Fly Events | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83655

Their goal for the shoot was to follow the theme of A Christmas Carol, through the eyes of its creator, Dickens. Such a cool concept for a holiday wedding scene!

Charles Dickens themed Christmas wedding inspiration | Photo by Gideon Photo | Design and planning When Pigs Fly Events | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83655

Charles Dickens themed Christmas wedding inspiration | Photo by Gideon Photo | Design and planning When Pigs Fly Events | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83655

Charles Dickens themed Christmas wedding inspiration | Photo by Gideon Photo | Design and planning When Pigs Fly Events | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83655

Charles Dickens themed Christmas wedding inspiration | Photo by Gideon Photo | Design and planning When Pigs Fly Events | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83655

Charles Dickens themed Christmas wedding inspiration | Photo by Gideon Photo | Design and planning When Pigs Fly Events | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83655

Charles Dickens themed Christmas wedding inspiration | Photo by Gideon Photo | Design and planning When Pigs Fly Events | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83655

Charles Dickens themed Christmas wedding inspiration | Photo by Gideon Photo | Design and planning When Pigs Fly Events | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83655

Courtney of When Pigs Fly Events says, We wanted to create a modern take on Victorian life while highlighting the famous writer and his story. We added historically relevant touches in our shoot. The punch is called the ‘Smoking Bishop’ and was the drink of choice of Dickens. During Victorian times, the Christmas tree was often adorned with fruit. Instead of presents, people often left fruits and nuts (and in our case a tray of coal for Scrooge). We dried fruit slices and draped them on the tree. The Christmas card featured in the stationary is actually a rendition of the first Christmas card created in 1843 (the year Dickens released ‘A Christmas Carol’).

The team followed food blogger Tori Avey’s Smoking Bishop drink recipe, doesn’t it look amazing?

Charles Dickens themed Christmas wedding inspiration | Photo by Gideon Photo | Design and planning When Pigs Fly Events | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83655

Charles Dickens themed Christmas wedding inspiration | Photo by Gideon Photo | Design and planning When Pigs Fly Events | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83655

Charles Dickens themed Christmas wedding inspiration | Photo by Gideon Photo | Design and planning When Pigs Fly Events | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83655

Charles Dickens themed Christmas wedding inspiration | Photo by Gideon Photo | Design and planning When Pigs Fly Events | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83655

Charles Dickens themed Christmas wedding inspiration | Photo by Gideon Photo | Design and planning When Pigs Fly Events | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83655

Charles Dickens themed Christmas wedding inspiration | Photo by Gideon Photo | Design and planning When Pigs Fly Events | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83655

Charles Dickens themed Christmas wedding inspiration | Photo by Gideon Photo | Design and planning When Pigs Fly Events | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83655

Charles Dickens themed Christmas wedding inspiration | Photo by Gideon Photo | Design and planning When Pigs Fly Events | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83655

Charles Dickens themed Christmas wedding inspiration | Photo by Gideon Photo | Design and planning When Pigs Fly Events | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83655

Charles Dickens themed Christmas wedding inspiration | Photo by Gideon Photo | Design and planning When Pigs Fly Events | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83655

Charles Dickens themed Christmas wedding inspiration | Photo by Gideon Photo | Design and planning When Pigs Fly Events | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83655

Charles Dickens themed Christmas wedding inspiration | Photo by Gideon Photo | Design and planning When Pigs Fly Events | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83655

Charles Dickens themed Christmas wedding inspiration | Photo by Gideon Photo | Design and planning When Pigs Fly Events | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83655

Charles Dickens themed Christmas wedding inspiration | Photo by Gideon Photo | Design and planning When Pigs Fly Events | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83655

Charles Dickens themed Christmas wedding inspiration | Photo by Gideon Photo | Design and planning When Pigs Fly Events | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83655

Charles Dickens themed Christmas wedding inspiration | Photo by Gideon Photo | Design and planning When Pigs Fly Events | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83655

Charles Dickens themed Christmas wedding inspiration | Photo by Gideon Photo | Design and planning When Pigs Fly Events | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83655

Betty’s Pie Whole ended up being the perfect fit for this tablescape.

Charles Dickens themed Christmas wedding inspiration | Photo by Gideon Photo | Design and planning When Pigs Fly Events | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83655

Charles Dickens themed Christmas wedding inspiration | Photo by Gideon Photo | Design and planning When Pigs Fly Events | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83655

Charles Dickens themed Christmas wedding inspiration | Photo by Gideon Photo | Design and planning When Pigs Fly Events | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83655

Charles Dickens themed Christmas wedding inspiration | Photo by Gideon Photo | Design and planning When Pigs Fly Events | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83655

Charles Dickens themed Christmas wedding inspiration | Photo by Gideon Photo | Design and planning When Pigs Fly Events | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83655

So. Many. Details. You gotta see them all in the gallery below…

Charles Dickens themed Christmas wedding inspiration | Photo by Gideon Photo | Design and planning When Pigs Fly Events | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83655

Thanks to everyone below for all the inspo!

Photographer: Gideon Photo / Venue: Olivenhain Town Hall / Design & Planning: When Pigs Fly Events / Florals: Native Poppy / Hair: Elizabeth Woodward / Makeup: Dew Me Beauty / Calligraphy: Amberelle Lisak / Holiday Cards: Zazzle & Paper Source / Pies: Betty’s Pie Whole / Pudding Cakes: Whole Foods / Smoking Bishop Cocktail: Tori Avey / Furniture Rentals: Rhapsody Rentals & Urban Barn / Linens: Party Mosaic / Sequin Hangers: Oh Deer Creative / Acorn Message: The Party Posse / Pie Topper: By Madeline Trait / Vintage White Dress: The Way We Wore / Black & Emerald Dress: Rent the Runway / Pocket Watch: Art Inspired Gifts / Models: Amberelle, Kelly, & Andrew

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23 Dec

Black green and gold holiday wedding ideas | Photo by Brookelyn Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83613

Kate of H&H Weddings is always looking to dispel stereotypes and create beautiful things in her work. She dreamed up these holiday wedding ideas out of a vision for an art deco style editorial featuring a dapper group of women enjoying a NYE happy hour. Along with Color Pop Events, she rounded up six gorgeous models + 20 vendors to show off a range of clothing styles and holiday décor to influence literally anyone looking for a little holiday inspo for their event!

Thanks to the talented Brookelyn Photography of The Wedding Artists Collective for the images below…

Black green and gold holiday wedding ideas | Photo by Brookelyn Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83613

Black green and gold holiday wedding ideas | Photo by Brookelyn Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83613

With a palette of gold, emerald green, and black guiding us, we really couldn’t go wrong! We stuck with some traditional art deco elements such as the design on the cake and infusion of gold everywhere, and the bar cart, but we wanted this to feel modern too. The florals were much lusher than typical art deco décor and the graphic glassware made things current.

Black green and gold holiday wedding ideas | Photo by Brookelyn Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83613

Black green and gold holiday wedding ideas | Photo by Brookelyn Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83613

Black green and gold holiday wedding ideas | Photo by Brookelyn Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83613

Black green and gold holiday wedding ideas | Photo by Brookelyn Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83613

Showing a variety of attire was a huge focus for this shoot. They opted for this amaze silk &FORLOVE jumpsuit, a glittery emerald cocktail dress, and several takes on classic suiting in order to offer a little something for everyone.

Black green and gold holiday wedding ideas | Photo by Brookelyn Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83613

Black green and gold holiday wedding ideas | Photo by Brookelyn Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83613

Black green and gold holiday wedding ideas | Photo by Brookelyn Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83613

Aww.

Black green and gold holiday wedding ideas | Photo by Brookelyn Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83613

Black green and gold holiday wedding ideas | Photo by Brookelyn Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83613

Black green and gold holiday wedding ideas | Photo by Brookelyn Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83613

Black green and gold holiday wedding ideas | Photo by Brookelyn Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83613

Black green and gold holiday wedding ideas | Photo by Brookelyn Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83613

Black green and gold holiday wedding ideas | Photo by Brookelyn Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83613

Black green and gold holiday wedding ideas | Photo by Brookelyn Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83613

Black green and gold holiday wedding ideas | Photo by Brookelyn Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83613

Dapper indeed!

Black green and gold holiday wedding ideas | Photo by Brookelyn Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83613

Black green and gold holiday wedding ideas | Photo by Brookelyn Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83613

Black green and gold holiday wedding ideas | Photo by Brookelyn Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83613

Black green and gold holiday wedding ideas | Photo by Brookelyn Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83613

Black green and gold holiday wedding ideas | Photo by Brookelyn Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83613

Black green and gold holiday wedding ideas | Photo by Brookelyn Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83613

Black green and gold holiday wedding ideas | Photo by Brookelyn Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83613

A collection of custom macarons from Swallow My Words to mimic the incredible art deco designs.

Black green and gold holiday wedding ideas | Photo by Brookelyn Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83613

Black green and gold holiday wedding ideas | Photo by Brookelyn Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83613

A film from NST Pictures

Final words from Kate: Looking at the finished product, my favorite thing about this shoot is that you could use it for wedding inspiration or living room décor. It is so versatile and inclusive!

Agreed! Kudos to everyone below for wowing us today!

Photographer: Brookelyn Photography of The Wedding Artists Collective / Videographer: NST Pictures / Venue: 501 Union / Design, Concept, Styling, & Coordination: H&H Weddings & Color Pop Events / Florals: Juli Vaughn Designs / Hair: Styles On B / Makeup: Nicole Sievers / Paper: Sincerely Jackie / Cake: Sugar Flower Cake Shop / Macarons: Swallow My Words / Cocktails: Purslane Catering / Bubbly: Bon Affair / Rentals: Octavia & Brown / Feather Backdrop & Custom French Bulldog Illustration: Gina Paola Design / Attire: Saint Harridan, &FORLOVE, J. Crew / Headpieces: Hushed Commotion / Jewelry: Gunner & Lux, Greenwich Jewelers / Dog Bowtie: Silly Buddy / Models: Heather, Laura, Yaz, Tia, Lauren, & Leah

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22 Dec

Red white and gold Christmas wedding | Photo by Ann-Kathrin Koch  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83487

Not gonna lie, we have a soft spot for couples who tie the knot during Christmas. Why not make a magical season even more joyful, right? Chris + Bec decided to simply because they looove Christmas. They embraced that theme throughout, starting with their lovely UK venue, the Goodwood House, a historic building set on a 12,000 acre estate that includes catering, accommodations, and lots of room to customize. To top it all off, the bride could not be more stunning in holiday red + winter white!

Thanks to Ann-Kathrin Koch for sending these photos our way!

Red white and gold Christmas wedding | Photo by Ann-Kathrin Koch  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83487

Red white and gold Christmas wedding | Photo by Ann-Kathrin Koch  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83487

Red white and gold Christmas wedding | Photo by Ann-Kathrin Koch  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83487

Red white and gold Christmas wedding | Photo by Ann-Kathrin Koch  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83487

Chris says, From our wedding the most important thing we wanted to do was bring our two families and friends together and give them happy memories which they would hold together forever… Both Bec and I have always loved Christmas and the happiness that time of year can bring so we could not think of a better time of year to have our wedding.

Red white and gold Christmas wedding | Photo by Ann-Kathrin Koch  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83487

Red white and gold Christmas wedding | Photo by Ann-Kathrin Koch  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83487

Red white and gold Christmas wedding | Photo by Ann-Kathrin Koch  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83487

Red white and gold Christmas wedding | Photo by Ann-Kathrin Koch  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83487

Red white and gold Christmas wedding | Photo by Ann-Kathrin Koch  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83487

Red white and gold Christmas wedding | Photo by Ann-Kathrin Koch  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83487

What a beautiful Christmas bride!

Red white and gold Christmas wedding | Photo by Ann-Kathrin Koch  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83487

Red white and gold Christmas wedding | Photo by Ann-Kathrin Koch  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83487

Red white and gold Christmas wedding | Photo by Ann-Kathrin Koch  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83487

Red white and gold Christmas wedding | Photo by Ann-Kathrin Koch  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83487

Red white and gold Christmas wedding | Photo by Ann-Kathrin Koch  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83487

Red white and gold Christmas wedding | Photo by Ann-Kathrin Koch  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83487

Red white and gold Christmas wedding | Photo by Ann-Kathrin Koch  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83487

Red white and gold Christmas wedding | Photo by Ann-Kathrin Koch  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83487

There are many, many wedding venues we could chose from but I would be amazed if they could match the attention to detail that Goodwood gave us, they made us feel both comfortable and relaxed on the day and in the lead up to the day. We picked Goodwood House because it holds some very happy memories so this was not just any old venue, it was a beautiful venue which had meaning to us. This day would have never of ran so smoothly without the help of the Goodwood events team (Gemma Partridge Brown) and each and every one of the suppliers.

Red white and gold Christmas wedding | Photo by Ann-Kathrin Koch  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83487

Red white and gold Christmas wedding | Photo by Ann-Kathrin Koch  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83487

Red white and gold Christmas wedding | Photo by Ann-Kathrin Koch  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83487

Red white and gold Christmas wedding | Photo by Ann-Kathrin Koch  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83487

Red white and gold Christmas wedding | Photo by Ann-Kathrin Koch  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83487

Red white and gold Christmas wedding | Photo by Ann-Kathrin Koch  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83487

A Christmas theme meant room to get creative with lighting and décor, so they went all out with candles, gold décor, and red florals by Spriggs Petworth.

Red white and gold Christmas wedding | Photo by Ann-Kathrin Koch  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83487

Red white and gold Christmas wedding | Photo by Ann-Kathrin Koch  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83487

Red white and gold Christmas wedding | Photo by Ann-Kathrin Koch  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83487

Red white and gold Christmas wedding | Photo by Ann-Kathrin Koch  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83487

Red white and gold Christmas wedding | Photo by Ann-Kathrin Koch  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83487

Red white and gold Christmas wedding | Photo by Ann-Kathrin Koch  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83487

B + C found photog Ann-Kathrin on a wedding blog and felt comfortable with her from their first Skype meeting on. She knew just what memories to capture with little guidance from them, and they’re thrilled to have all those photos for years to come!

We definitely see what they mean. Congrats Bec and Chris!

Photographer: Ann-Kathrin Koch / Venue & Catering: Goodwood House / Event Planner & Styling: Gemma Partridge Brown of Goodwood House / Florist: Spriggs Petworth / Stationery: Emily and Jo Stationery / Cake: Jess Hill Cakes / Signature Drinks: Mulled Wine / Car Restoration: Terry Bryant & Keith Miles / Bride’s Dress: Sassi Holford from The Dress in Teddington/ Shoes: Manolo Blahnik / Jewelry: Katie Rowland / Groom’s Suit, Shirt, & Tie: Ben Sherman / Shoes: Russell and Bromley / Bridesmaid Dresses: Ghost / Groomsmen: Marks and Spencer Suits

 
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22 Dec

Holiday cinnamon stars cookie recipe | Photo by Mariel Hannah Photography | Styling Minted Design | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83802

Everyone has their holiday traditions. It’s so fun to find new ones to fold into your own events. These recipes that Lotta of MINT DESIGN shared are perfect to celebrate the season with, we think. She teamed up with Mariel Hannah Photography to share her family’s German tradition of baking + sipping: In a traditional German home, the holidays revolve much around baking, drinking and entertaining. All of my relatives live in Germany and Sweden making it hard to see them during the holidays. So during Christmas time, we pretend we are in Germany by busting out the baking supplies, gathering the vino and spices, and we bake the night away!

Holiday cinnamon stars cookie recipe | Photo by Mariel Hannah Photography | Styling Minted Design | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83802

Holiday cinnamon stars cookie recipe | Photo by Mariel Hannah Photography | Styling Minted Design | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83802

The German Cinnamon Stars are yummiest dunked into something hot such as mulled wine. Lotta says that many Scandinavian and German speaking countries make mulled wine every night during December. Mm!

Holiday cinnamon stars cookie recipe | Photo by Mariel Hannah Photography | Styling Minted Design | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83802

Holiday cinnamon stars cookie recipe | Photo by Mariel Hannah Photography | Styling Minted Design | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83802

Holiday cinnamon stars cookie recipe | Photo by Mariel Hannah Photography | Styling Minted Design | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83802

As promised, the recipes…

Holiday cinnamon stars cookie recipe | Photo by Mariel Hannah Photography | Styling Minted Design | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83802

German Zimtsterne (Cinnamon Stars)

Ingredients:

• 1 1/2 cups (about 8 ounces) hazelnuts or blanched almonds, finely ground
• 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• 3/4 teaspoon grated lemon zest
• 1/4 cup egg whites (about 2 large)
• Pinch of salt
• 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
• About 1/2 cup additional confectioners’ sugar for rolling

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Instructions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil.

2. Combine the nuts, cinnamon, and zest. Beat the egg whites on low speed until foamy, about 30 seconds. Add the salt, increase the speed to medium-high, and beat until soft peaks form, 1 to 2 minutes. Gradually add the confectioners’ sugar and beat until stiff and glossy, 5 to 8 minutes. Reserve one-third of the meringue (about 1/3 cup) and fold the nut mixture into the remaining meringue.

3. Place a large piece of waxed paper on a flat surface and sprinkle with additional confectioners’ sugar. Place the nut mixture on the sugar, lightly sprinkle with more confectioners’ sugar, top with a second piece of waxed paper, and roll out 1/4 inch thick. Remove the top piece of waxed paper. Using a cookie cutter dipped in water, cut into 2-inch star shapes or use a sharp knife to cut into diamonds. Reroll and cut any scraps. Place on the prepared baking sheet.

4. Bake until set, 10 to 12 minutes. Spread the reserved meringue over the top of the cookies and bake until the tops are lightly colored, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a rack and let cool. Zimtsterne taste best if allowed to stand for 24 hours. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 weeks.

Holiday mulled wine recipe | Photo by Mariel Hannah Photography | Styling Minted Design | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83802

Holiday mulled wine recipe | Photo by Mariel Hannah Photography | Styling Minted Design | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83802

Holiday mulled wine recipe | Photo by Mariel Hannah Photography | Styling Minted Design | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83802

And now the wine…

Holiday mulled wine recipe | Photo by Mariel Hannah Photography | Styling Minted Design | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83802

Glühwein (Mulled Wine) 

Ingredients/Supplies:

• 2 medium lemons
• 2 medium oranges
• 10 whole cloves
• 5 cardamom pods
• 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
• 1 1/4 cups water
• 2 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks
• 2 (750-milliliter) bottles dry red wine, such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Beaujolais Nouveau
• 1/2 cup brandy
• Cheesecloth
• Butcher’s twine

Holiday mulled wine recipe | Photo by Mariel Hannah Photography | Styling Minted Design | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83802

Holiday mulled wine recipe | Photo by Mariel Hannah Photography | Styling Minted Design | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=83802

Instructions:

1. Using a vegetable peeler, remove the zest from the lemons and oranges in wide strips, avoiding the white pith; place the zest in a large saucepan. Juice the lemons and oranges and add the juice to the pan.

2. Place the cloves and cardamom in a small piece of cheesecloth, tie it tightly with butcher’s twine, and add the bundle to the saucepan.

3. Add the sugar, water, and cinnamon sticks, place the pan over high heat, and bring to a simmer, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Reduce the heat to low and continue to simmer, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is reduced by about one-third, about 20 minutes.

4. Add the red wine and brandy, stir to combine, and bring just to a simmer (don’t let it boil). Remove from the heat and remove and discard the spice bundle before serving.

Thanks to Lotta for sharing these delicious holiday treats with us! Cheers!

Photographer: Mariel Hannah Photography / Creative Direction & Styling: MINT DESIGN / Paper Products: Matinae Design Studio

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