Wednesday, June 23, 2010

~Vintage, Peony Inspired Wedding~ Sneak Peek!!

sweetest thing has been paid the greatest compliment in being asked to join the Style Me Pretty Family.  We are both thrilled and honored to have the opportunity to showcase our talents with a leader in the design world.  The Victorian Tea Party photo shoot we just completed, and are so very excited about, is for Style Me Pretty, therefore, we can't show you a lot, but here is a little sneak peek!!

First let us say what an amazing experience it is to see your vision become a reality!  One of Amber's August brides, the beautiful Lily Lloyd, modeled a gold Lazaro gown and couture hair pieces made by Blush Couture, and carried a sweetest thing bouquet of peonies, white hydrangea, David Austin Roses, and fiddleheads to add just a touch of whimsy.  The table-scape started with a black and white toille linen, which we accented with vintage plates and tea cups, lavender water goblets, silver wine goblets, and white linen napkins tied with a fiddlehead.  A tall centerpiece using all of our inspiring flowers were complemented by vintage cut glass bowls with floating wild roses and vintage medicine bottles with lavender and fiddleheads.  Our lounge area was authentically accented by a vintage victorian chair and end table, as well as a vintage wooden chaise with a toille pillow.  The tea sandwiches and petite fours were displayed on a table covered in a pink satin underlay and eyelet lace overlay alongside a beautiful vintage milk bottle full of wildflowers and hydrangeas.  The "Tea Station" was a white satin underlay with a white lace overlay, which highlighted a second tall centerpiece that matched the dining table piece.  Vintage tea cups, saucers, and silver spoons graced the table.  Keep your eyes peeled, I will let you know when we go on Style Me Pretty!!

Photo credit to Anne Schmidt Photography.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Tea Party Inspired Photo Shoot

As we look to add to our company, we are ramping up our efforts in showcasing our design and floral concepts. 

While sitting outside her house in early June, Amber’s attention was captured by the amazing peonies, and she was reminded of the floral inspirations of a Victorian tea party. She imagined those very peonies, along with Garden roses and Hydrangea, fiddleheads and wild roses and knew we had a floral palette.  Next up were the linens, and she decided to use toile and lace to play up the Victorian feel.  Then came the floral vessels; we wanted to add a vintage flair with cut crystal compote bowls and vases along with an array of miniature bottles.  We also searched for a variety of vintage plates and, of course, tea cups, and pictured using them to create unique and beautifully mismatched place settings. 

Finally, we invited one of our beautiful brides to model our bouquets, along with a custom made birdcage headpiece from Blush Couture Accents by Gina.  Keep your eyes peeled for the reality of our inspirations, photographed by the amazing Anne Schmidt!
As a sneak peek, here is the inspiration board we used to create our tea party.


Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The New Aspects of our company....

.....Though our new logo is still in the early stages, this is a preview of our new brand, and all that it will encompass.

sweetest thing
weddings:floral design:events

Weddings~ Amber will continue to provide her design expertise to perspective brides, with sweetest thing's team of assistants helping every step of the way.  Worry not; this aspect of sweetest thing will not change!

We are expanding our company to include events other than weddings.  On the agenda already this season is a Bat Mitzvah, a theater Gala, a Bridal Shower, and a High Tea.  Our goal is to continue to create events that are unique to each client, taking into account their style, story and vision.

Floral Design~ Over the past five years I have been offering floral design to clients, and owing to the outstanding feedback I've received, not to mention the pleasure I find in creating bouquets and other arrangements, I have decided that this aspect of my business deserves more attention.  Kathryn will be partnering with me in this endeavor.

You can look forward to seeing the complete planning process unfold in our studio, to include ever-changing table-scapes of linens, flowers, and table settings.  We will continue to work with our clients closely, create a vision, and make it a "sweet" reality.  We look forward to taking complete event design to the next level.

Here is some of our work from the past five years......
photo credit~ Audra Photography 

photo credit~ Christy Murray 

photo credit~ Anne Schmidt 

The "We".....

 Kathryn  has been working with me for the last two years.  She is a mother of two beautiful girls, Paige and Gwyneth, a wife to her husband Shawn, and preschool teacher. She is also an honor student in her pursuit of her bachelor's degree in elementary education.  Her background is in theatre and she has a great eye for design and the production of events.  Her intuitive nature helps  as she assists me in all my major events.  She is proving herself as an up and coming designer in her own right.  As I have looked at the future of my company and the opening of the studio I knew that I could not do this alone anymore.  Therefore, I am honored to say that Kathryn is a partner of the sweetest thing studio team.  She will still assist me in planning and design.  However, she will take a leading role in the newer aspects of our company.  She will manage our studio three days a week, work with clients, keep our events in order, as well as blogging.  I am honored to have such a hard working, inspired, friend working with me so closely.  Kathryn has taken to this industry with grace and ease and will continue to make this company the sweetest thing.

Photo credit by Anne Schmidt

Please stay tune to hear what the newer aspects of our company will be.....

Monday, June 14, 2010

A Great New Adventure...... first two announcements....

Five years of Sweetest Thing Weddings!

When I started this company five years ago I was 26 years old, the mother of two beautiful girls, and the proud owner of my first home.   In the seemingly short time it's taken me to add two handsome sons to my family and move into my second home, I have been amazed by how fast my business has grown.  I have had the honor of planning weddings all over my beautiful home state of Maine; from Kennebunkport to Rangely , and Stockton Springs to Northeast Harbor.  I have also had the pleasure of helping brides and grooms from all over the country;  from Guatemala to Montreal, California to New York, and Texas to Wisconsin. I have seen so many amazing couples celebrate their love and commitment. Witnessed thousands of "sweet" moments, and seen bride's and groom's visions come true. 

As I take a look forward to the next five years, I know I need to take my company and brand to the next level.  I will be blogging about this series of changes, which includes rebranding my logo.  I have been working with Emilie Ink and her fabulous designer, Christina.  As Christina and I worked on my new logo I became more and more aware that my company name does not fit ALL that I do.  Over the past few years I have been asked to design and plan events other than weddings.  I work for company's events, as well as bat/bar mitzvahs, and galas.   Therefore, I am changing my business to Sweetest Thing, instead of  Sweetest Thing weddings.  I feel this name better suits my company as a whole.   I look forward to showing off the new logo soon.  We are in the final exciting!

The next exciting news is that over these past five years I have out grown my home office.  We are so excited to say we're moving to a studio in historic downtown Bangor.  We are thrilled with the space and all we plan to do with it.  We look forward to sharing the whole experience with you all.  We will post all the details as we move in, set up, and make it "sweet".   

Here are some memories of the past 5 years...

above photo credit ~Bill Getty  

Photo credit for above photos~ Audra Photography 

Above Photos~ Christy Murray 

Above photos credits~ Michelle Turner 

Photo credit~ Mark McCall 

Above photo credit~ Ferdinand T. Siagian 

Above photo credit~ MTurner Photography

Above Photo By~ Samantha Warren Weddings 

Above photo credit~ Stacey Kane 

Stay Tuned to find out who "WE" are..........