Irish car bomb cupcakes? I think so!!!

Hello and Happy Friday!!!

Long time no read, right?  Yup.  I have been slacking.  Maybe slacking isn’t the right word.

The thing is…I promised to post this blog back at the beginning of February.  And yes, that is almost two months ago.  Where has the time gone?!?!?!  You see, things have been super busy in the Uptown Designs studio, which is awesome for me!  Unfortunately busy in the studio = taking a bit of an unintentional hiatus on the blog front.

I have had the pleasure of meeting with some pretty phenomenal couples and design some really amazing stationery for weddings coming up this year (I CAN’T wait to share some of these with you in the coming months!!!!!)

I’m thinking this post may have been worth the wait, but I’ll let you all be the judge of that.

At the end of January, I was working the Wedding Ring booth (www.theweddingring.ca) at the Royal Wedding Show in Guelph and was lucky enough to have a booth directly behind Kelly Prince, Owner of Candy Coated (www.candycoated.ca).

Why do I say lucky?  Well….Kelly gave us a few little samples of her cupcakes as a treat – one of those flavours was an Irish Car Bomb treat.  Holy Moly was that tasty!!!!!!  😉  Plus she is one of the sweetest people that I think I’ve met!

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She had macaroons, cakes, cupcakes, cake pops….

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Yes, those are lips and mustaches, which I think would be awesome favours at a wedding!!!!

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And a bouquet made out of cupcakes.  Pretty amazing!

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I LOVED this cake!  Green, ombre.  Gorgeous!

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You can check out her website here – > http://www.candycoated.com as she does so much more than what I have posted today.

I personally want to try out the Corona Lime cupcakes!!!!!!

All in all, Kelly is fabulous and if you’re looking for sweets for any event, you should definitely check out her website and facebook page!

Have a fabulous day!!

xo Danika

Fairy tales, graffiti and glittery gold….

Good Morning!!!!

Well, if you’re in my area maybe not a great morning.  The weather is not so nice, but I’m loving the fact that it’s a Snow Day today!  YAY!

You may be wondering what those things have in common. Well, not much at all actually.

If you’re in the area, you’ve most likely heard of The Creative Bride. A few months ago she asked if I would put together some invitations for a few booths she was decorating for local bridal shows.

There were a few different themes for a few amazing venues plus her seriously awesome and extremely original booth!

Check out some of the photos below!

The cream pocketfold and gold was one of my favourite designs and was put together for the Walper in Kitchener, Ontario.  It just had such a romantic feel.  The envelopes had sparkly liners in them with a subtle gold pattern of vintage flowers (LOVE LINERS!).

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This was an Enchanted Forest theme for the Black Forest Inn

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This graffiti theme was SO much fun and a little more challenging.  🙂  It isn’t often that I have a bride ask for graffiti themed stationery – well let’s say never!  Haha!  The place cards and table names were designed to look like a brick wall with paint splatters and graffiti writing on them.  The invitation, RSVP, and envelope wrap were designed to be a little more modern (note the heart on the envelope wrap with a tattoo vibe).

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Have a fabulous day and check out the amazing venues, decor/planner, photographer, and of course little old me (stationery) at the links below!

Most importantly….have a fabulous day!!!!!!

xo Danika

Stationery – Uptown Designs

Decor/Planning – The Creative Bride

Photography – One 2 One Photography

Gold Theme – Walper Hotel

Enchanted Forest Theme – The Black Forest Inn

Confetti at your wedding?

Image Source : Polka Dot Bride

If you haven’t noticed by now, I LOVE photography…

I am constantly impressed with the shots photographers are able to captured.

Image Source : Snippet & Ink

This one below is one of my favourites!

This couple looks like they are having the time of their lives!!!!!!

Image Source : Snippet & Ink

Yes, I know…super short post today.

I do hope you enjoyed the photos though!

Have a great Thursday!

xo Danika

Vintage love

Happy Friday!

It’s getting a little bit cooler out and a LOT closer to Christmas.  I am no where close to finished my shopping, and December 1st is tomorrow!  Seriously though, I love this time of year.  🙂  Christmas music, baking (more than I would like to admit!  haha!).  My three year old is so crazy excited, he can barely control himself.

With all of that, I thought I would take a step back (or ahead) in time and talk about a sweet summer wedding.  More specifically…a vintage inspired summer wedding.

Do you love vintage inspired weddings?

I for one am totally in LOVE with them. To me, the colours have such a romantic feel and when I came across this wedding, I felt like I wanted to get married all over again!

Everything about the wedding in these pictures screams love to me.

I can’t quite decide which is my favourite detail…I love the table numbers….

The dresses are soft and perfectly co-ordinated with the decor of the wedding.

The centrepieces are to die for…

I kind of think the seating chart is my favourite little detail though…..

Have a fabulous Friday!!

xo Danika

What’s your wedding style?

A friend of mine recently shared this photo with me.

Gorgeous, isn’t it?  An intimate garden wedding….ahhhhhh…I think this is perfection.  Romantic, intimate, casual.

Image Source: Holly Mathis Interiors

Have you though about how you would like your guests to describe your wedding?

That’s a loaded question, isn’t it?

If you’re getting married, I’m guessing you’ve probably spent hours scouring the internet trying to find a style that fits your personality.  I know I did when I was getting married.

Once you figure out your wedding style, then comes the real work.  Usually the dress, venue, photographers, and invitations are on your mind first, right?  (If you’d like some recommendations, check out our website at http://www.uptowndesigns.ca for our trusted list of vendors!)

When you start thinking about your invitations , you should try to figure out what you want your invitation to convey to your guests.  From the invitation, they should get an idea of what style of wedding you are having, which will help them decide what they should wear!

The invitation below was designed for an intimate wedding that was being held at an Italian restaurant.

This was designed for a couple having an intimate wedding at an Italian restaurant.

This invitation would also work for a wedding in a barn like this one ->

Image Source Glitterandgoldblog.com

Kind of perfect, wouldn’t you say?
I thought so too!  🙂

Make sure your wedding style is yours though!  Your wedding day is probably going to be one of the most important AND memorable days of your life.  Make it you….
Have a fabulous Saturday!

xo Danika

Cupcakes and roses…a perfectly delectable combination!

I keep thinking today should be Friday.  This week just seems to be dragging on and on and on….maybe it has something to do with the fact that my head is so stuffy I feel like I’m living in a daze.  Haha!

The weather has gotten quite a bit cooler this week and sweater weather is definitely on it’s way!  (I kinda love sweater weather because that means it’s SOUP weather – I LOVE soup!)

My husband on the other hand love anything with sugar, which brings me to the whole theme of this particular post.

CUPCAKES.

Actually…it’s more like cupcakes + flowers = the most delectable centre pieces I have ever come across.

How gorgeous is this mantle?  I know – no cupcakes, but those are on the tables.  There’s no use wasting yummy goodness on a mantle, right?!

Image Source : Glamour and Grace
Photograph taken by : Melissa Moss Photography

I came across this wedding while reading Glamour and Grace’s blog. If you haven’t checked it out yet, you probably should! Anyway…..after glimpsing this picture, I knew I had to see more. As if this little cake (or in this case cupcake) topper of a bride and groom on a bicycle isn’t cute enough, wait until you see the way this bride incorporated dessert and flowers into her centrepieces!

Image Source: Glamour and Grace
Photographs taken by Marissa Moss Photography

Just like most of us, this particular bride was trying to stick to her budget, which isn’t always easy when you’re planning a wedding!

She stuck to her guns and got seriously creative.  She found a way to incorporate her desserts and flowers into her centrepieces.  She enlisted the help of her friends to scour the state for Opulent Treasures cupcake stands and with the help of her florist and baker, they came up with these scrumptious centrepieces.

Image Source: Glamour and Grace
Photographs taken by Marissa Moss Photography

I hope I haven’t made you too hungry this morning…

Have a fabulous day!

xo Danika

Chopped Challenge for the bride and groom……

Yes, you heard correctly!  Chopped challenge.  If you watch the food Network, then you’ll know what I’m talking about.

This post isn’t really about going on a tv show before your big day though…it’s about a slightly different idea for your guest book.

I know I’ve written about guest books before and I am ALWAYS looking for new ideas for this particular wedding tradition.  The days of the good old guest book are on their way out (hopefully!).  No offense to anyone who is going that route, but I know myself, that book would be covered in dust never to be opened again.

Enough about me….this is my new favourite guest book idea!

Image Source : Life in the Greenhouse

You may have seen this idea before…you may have seen these at a bridal shower or read about a “Date night jar” on someone’s blog.  Either way, it’s a pretty fun way for your guests to leave some cool ideas for your coming year(s) together.

The idea is pretty simple.  Red popsicle sticks for a potentially expensive date (think weekend away at a winery, bed and breakfast, dinner at your favourite restaurant) I’m sure you get the idea.  Pink popsicle sticks would be for a date night out that is a little less costly (dinner and a movie, night at the drive in, mini-putt).  The third popsicle option would be for a stay at home date that may require a little planning – this is where the chopped challenge fits in, you could also do popcorn and a Sons of Anarchy marathon (at least that’s what it would be in my house), pizza and board games, etc.

Such a fun idea and if you’re already married with children like I am, this is a pretty great idea to keep the date nights happening!!!

Have a fabulous Thursday!!
xo Danika

 

Wildflowers and burlap

Well, I’m back from vacation, back to the grind…and to start the week I am SUPER excited about sharing my friend Jackie’s wedding invitations with you!

I was thrilled when Jackie asked me to design her wedding stationery earlier on this year.  Honestly though, I was a little nervous as well because I just wanted to make sure she was happy!

Jackie was having an intimate lakeside wedding in Ontario and wanted her wedding stationery to match her vision with wildflowers and the colour of burlap incorporated into the design so here is what we came up with:

Jackie wanted to put together something special for her guests as favours and came with with the idea of a family recipe.  I designed the cards to match her stationery, which she attached to a little burlap sack with some ribbon and they turned out so adorable.

Jackie is a local florist (http://www.flowerstudiodesigns.ca/) so I knew her bouquets and arrangement would reflect her personality perfectly.

The brides bouquet……..

Jackie’s photographer is the extremely talented Angela Smith of Angela Smith photography and you can see her full post on Jackie’s wedding here.  (Ange was my wedding photographer as well!)

Thank you again Jackie for letting me play such a small part in your day!  I wish you and Craig the best!!!!!!!

xo Danika

Destination Outer Banks, North Carolina

Happy Monday!!!

By the time you read this, I should be on the beach soaking up the rays with my bestie watching my husband boogie board in his own style and my 3 year old son run screaming from the waves.

Some of you may know that I spent quite a few years living in Virginia Beach, Virginia. You may also know that my favourite vacation spot is in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. If you aren’t familiar with this little piece of heaven, it is a long string of islands that runs from the southern tip of Virginia all along the coast of North Carolina. Oh – and if you’ve read any Nicholas Sparks novels, then you’ve surely read about one of these places!

I love beach weddings. I love the more relaxed and romantic atmosphere, the sea breeze, the sound of the ocean waves crashing on the shore. It’s heaven to me. Plus, I’m happiest when I’m barefoot with my feet in the sand. 🙂

I L.O.V.E. this place setting. Casual but classy, beachy colours with the pink bouquets. I think my favourite is the plates on this table and I’d kind of like to find some for myself…..

This amazing wedding shot was taken less than a mile south from where we are. Same beach, same view. Can you say gorgeous?!?!?!?

Isn’t this couple cute???

So far this trip we’ve seen dolphins, pelicans, ghost crabs and jellyfish. Now, we’re just waiting for the sea turtles to emerge from their next. Now THAT would make this trip more memorable than it already is!!!

Have a fabulous Monday!!!!!

xo Danika

Pretty Pink peonies

The sun is shining today and it looks beautiful out.  Keep in mind that I said ‘looks’…too bad it’s about -18C right now with the wind chill, but at least the sun is out!!!

The weather has been just kind of blah recently.  There is no other way to describe it.  Snow, rain, ice, wind, repeat.  That’s kind of what winter has been like here in Southwestern Ontario this year…in one word = bipolar.  I’m longing for hot summer days, a warm breeze, the smell of flowers and days at the beach.  One can day dream, right?

Well, I certainly have been dreaming…and searching blogs for some perfect summer wedding  ideas and this one is at the top of my list.

If you’ve read my blog before, you probably already know that peonies are one of my favourite flowers.  These sweet smelling blooms emulate femininity and romance and this entire shoot is inspired by these little beauties.

This gorgeous dessert table certainly embodies the flower it was designed to represent.  The entire table looks soft and inviting…just like the blooms.

“Juli of One Sweet Girl dreamed up this concept and worked with Virginia of The Bouquets of Ascha Jolie and Steve of Steve Koukoulas Photography to create a pink peony wonderland.” From the Polka Dot Bride

All photos are from The Polka Dot Bride Blog – Click here to view the entire shoot and read all about the designer’s inspiration!

Have a fabulous day!

xo Danika

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