Create A Bright and Beautiful Summer Wedding

Summer weddings are magical with the glorious sunshine and beautiful weather. Incorporating touches of color with flowers and fruit adds even more vibrancy to your wedding! We put together an inspiration board to help give you some new ideas on how to add some more flare to your special day. It’s filled with some of our favorite bouquets, decorations, cakes and more for this summer season. We love the look of starting off with neutral base colors and then adding a splash of bright color on top to create a beautiful contrast. By having neutral colors in addition to the bright ones, the pieces aren’t too distracting and come together to make the perfect summer wedding!  

Trending Now: Groom Cakes

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IMAGE SOURCE: @PAULRETHERFORD
 

Most of the time, the bride tends to have the heavier hand in the wedding planning process. This can often times leave the groom without a say or his taste really showing through. That's why we love the trend of having a groom cake at your wedding! A groom cake is a smaller cake you serve along side your traditional wedding cake that is designed by the groom himself. This cake can reflect his style or personality in a theme of his choosing! Looking for inspiration for your groom cake? Check out some of our favorites below.

Thanksgiving Wedding Inspiration Board

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Combining the festivities? Thanksgiving and your wedding are both times to gather with those you love, so we see the appeal! For your special day, stick with warm, earthy tones. Think burnt oranges, warm yellow, deep red, and maybe even some dark forest green for a pop. Stick with the holiday favorites, or Thanksgiving-inspired food for your main meal! As Thanksgiving is a time to be with family, consider serving your meal just like that -- family style at one big table where everyone can interact. For dessert, try something nontraditional and enjoy a delicious pie bar! You can have a variety of flavors for your guests to choose from, or even opt for a whole bunch on personal sized pies. Whatever you choose, we hope you have a wonderful, special day surrounded by those who mean most to you!

Winter Gathering

When creating this Winter Gathering concept, Parsimony Inspired's vision was to embrace the color palette of winter but balance the look with soft feminine accents. We created a design with hues of creams, greys and greens, a palette that we softened with flowing fabrics, gold accents and mixed textures.

Tucked in the mountains of the Berkshires, Bloom Meadows was the perfect backdrop for this romantic winter shoot. A space with beautiful lines, natural elements and neutral colors, our designs felt rooted in the space and allowed our soft color palette to pop against the beautiful white walls. We loved the venue's design so much we had our invitation designer Kim Small of With Wild and Grace draw the venue and add it to the elegant invitation suite's design. One of our favorite ways to add a custom detail. 

Our bride was styled in a stunning chiffon A-line Lilian West gown. The illusion V-neck and the detail of the lace appliqués also brought a feminine touch to the bridal look, while the long sleeves and chapel length train were the perfect look for a winter wedding. The hair style framed our bride's face with greenery touches while soft makeup with a smokey eye gave a bit of drama to the final look. To add a little sparkle to our bride's style, she wore a stunning engagement ring and wedding band set designed by Megan Thorne and stunning hand crafted moonstone earrings designed by Pamela Froman.

When it came to working with floral designer Stacey Radcliffe of The Tangled Grapevine, we knew that we wanted the flowers to be filled with different types of greenery, our favorite trend for 2017. We incorporated greenery in every aspect of the design from the aerial floral installation above our reception table to greenery in our bride's hair. Stacey created a lush presentation bouquet filled with white Anemone, silver Brunia, white Lisianthus, peach Spray Roses, white Tulips, seeded Eucalyptus, Ruscus, Asparagus Fern and Gooseneck Loosestrifes.

From the serene Berkshire winter setting, the soft and romantic invitation suite with it's perfect vellum wax seal to the amazing marbled cakedesigned by the talented Pete of Pete's Sweets, we balanced winter's neutral palette and elements of nature with soft fabrics, feminine touches and meaningful details that would make you want to spend a winter's eve snuggled up with the one you love.

Photography: Brooke Ellen Photography & Alison Marie Photography | Planning & Design: Parsimony Inspired | Flowers: The Tangled Grapevine | Invitations & Stationery: With Wild and Grace | Cake: Pete’s Sweets | Dress: Lillian West from In White | Makeup: KiSSandMaKeUp | Jewellery: Don Muller Gallery | Videography: Embark Films | Venue: Bloom Meadows

Winter Wedding Inspiration Board

Photo Credit:  Darren Roberts  

Photo Credit: Darren Roberts 

Baby it's cold outside! As the last leaves fall here in New England, Fall fades away and Winter is right around the corner. 

If you close your eyes and think of snow capped mountains when you think about your wedding day, than nothing is more romantic than a winter wedding.  Your surroundings covered in a blanket of snow, snuggling up by a fire and kissing under the mistletoe!

Whether you're planning a holiday-themed event filled with spruce pine, hot chocolate and wool wraps, or a winter wonderland gathering with frost covered details and sparkles, this season is bountiful with inspiration.

Get in the mood with our top picks for winter inspiration including colors, dresses, flowers and other fun winter ideas. 

 


How to Choose a Wedding Cake with Peter Gray

So many decisions need to be made while planning your wedding but few of those decisions are as fun and delicious as choosing the cake for your big day! A meeting that requires you to eat cake and frosting? Yes, please! Before you start running to your local baker, we wanted to take some time to talk all things cake, design and planning with Peter Gray of Pete's Sweets


PI: Pete! Thank you so much for sitting down with us today! We have been privileged to see you create in-person and you are truly confectionery genius! Where do you get your inspiration?

PGWhat we feel makes weddings special are the little details that tie back to the couple, so adding things like hidden interests (like superheros, sports teams, or hobbies) onto the back of the cake. This is a great way to add a personal touch without having to make a special groom's cake. As far as other items of inspiration, here at Pete's Sweets we draw inspiration from every detail of your wedding from lace on wedding dresses to custom scroll-work on invitations. It is wise to bring as many inspiration photos to help your bakery get a real feel for what you are looking for. While you know your wedding very well the bakery can only play off what they are given.  

PI: A common frustration that we hear from our audience is that they fall in love with an inspiration cake but when they finally sit down with their baker they realize that it doesn't fit their budget. Do you have any tips or suggestions on how to stay on budget but still capture the style they want?

PGNothing is more frustrating than falling in love with a cake and being crushed when it is priced out. Now being a wedding cake bakery, we have had our fair share of having to break the bad news to customers, however we suggest that you try to keep an open mind and not get hung up on super fine details or one particular cake (exactly as it is in the photo). Sometimes simply changing a few elements like reducing the amount of rolled fondant icing, sugar flowers, and edible ribbons can slash cake prices by the hundreds. Sometimes offering to provide items like fresh flowers, burlap or satin ribbons, or cake toppers can drastically reduce the cake's overall cost. 

PI: What are your favorite cake trends from 2016? Any predictions for what might trend in 2017?

PGPete's Sweets favorite in 2016 was textured cakes, 2/3 of our wedding cakes were some sort of texture (anything from a pedal texture to a drag texture). We loved the rustic yet elegant look that it achieved {and without any added costs}. As far as foreseeing trends for 2017, we have been getting a lot of interest in "Drip Cakes", meaning a ganache or caramel sauce being dripped over the edges. Another 2017 prediction is "Metallic," meaning gold, silver, or rose gold accents like toppers or ornate cake stands are on the upraise. And lastly, we have been getting a lot of requests for "Dessert Tables," meaning small cutting cakes, cupcakes, cookies, pastries, and candies are on 2017 brides mind to replace the classic wedding cake.

 

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About Peter 

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Peter Gray is a graduate of New England Culinary Institute, he went on TLC's Next Great Baker (hosted by Buddy Valastro AKA: The Cake Boss) where he competed against 12 other incredible bakers. After being on the show he was offered an opportunity of a lifetime to open Pete's Sweets in East Longmeadow, where we have grown time and time again. We have a full time staff that bakes all the classic home-style treats you remember from your childhood. We now host classes and birthday parties so we can pass along the art of baking.