easter + cupcakes…

i hope you’re all having a wonderful easter weekend so far! i wanted to share these adorable cupcakes i did for a friend’s family easter dinner tomorrow… i was excited to hear that she’ll be placing each cupcake in it’s own glass dome. how cute is that?! {vanilla cake, pastel vanilla buttercream icing & hershey’s candy coated chocolate eggs on top.}

& i can’t help but be so thankful for what this holiday is really about. believe me, i’m a huge fan of bunnies, easter egg hunts & spring everything but as i sit here i’m reminded of what Jesus did for us on the cross. it changed everything. his death gave us life. we are no longer the same. tomorrow we celebrate the resurrection… because HE indeed is RISEN. happy easter!


chanel cake…

i remembered this cake as i was reading about the original Chanel boutique in Paris at 31 Rue Cambon… purchased by Coco herself in 1910, it’s always remained the flagship location and Karl Lagerfeld still works in the atelier on the 3rd floor. i’ve also heard the rooftop garden supposely has the best view of the whole city. hoping to visit while we’re in Paris!

our pastors daughter Cassidy wanted a vintage Chanel themed birthday party a while back… and for 9 that’s fancy! she dreamed up and even sketched out her vision for the cake… hot pink, with black and silver. filled up with lemon curd and vanilla buttercream it was iconic just like the brand. the girls dressed up, pampered each other and celebrated like princesses… oh so Coco.


elephant baby shower cake…

my sweet friend sarah is having a baby ANY day now… {she and her husband are our chiropractors, and they’re amazing. check out their website here.} everyone’s on pins and needles because the gender of the baby is still a surprise! gil and i are guessing girl, but i think everyone else is guessing boy… can’t wait to find out.

i got to be a part of her super fun and chic’ baby shower this past weekend, as well as design the cake… it’s a favorite of mine already. the gender neutral colors were perfect and it’s brightness shined just like sarah’s glowing smile! and who doesn’t love elephants! it was perfect and such a fun celebration.

love you sarah! can’t wait to meet your sweet babe.


our wedding…

today is gil and i’s first anniversary… i’m nothing but speechless when i think of how blessed we are and what we’ve both been rescued out of… i thought the best way to celebrate would be a wedding post of our special day in charleston… i must say, it was nothing short of amazing… literally, the. best. day. ever. thanks AGAIN to everyone who made themselves a part of it by helping and celebrating with us! be curious… enjoy & happy labor day weekend!

guests loved the photobooth! they had their pictures taken upon arrival in front of my great-grandmothers quilt...

wedding cake covered in rose petals...

my cherished keys {usually on my neck} and an antique brooch gifted from a best friend donned my bouquet...

invitaions...

maps of charleston and a list of our favorite places for guests spending labor day weekend in the low country...

rings & izze...

gil's grandmother learned to type on this very royal... guests had fun figuring out how to type us messages...

the whole family...

handmade candy poppers filled with charleston salt water taffy...

table tops...

my parents...

one room was filled with tea party hor dourves... tiny sandwhiches, soups and such...

the view of the ashley river at sunset...

cocktail tables...

the other room was filled with tea party desserts... cupcakes, my mom's coconut macaroons, and more cream puffs than you could count.

my dad and i danced to "my girl" by the temptations...

gil wrote and sang me a beautiful song... love him!

gil, i couldn’t have asked for a better first year… it’s honestly been the best year of my life. they say the first year is the hardest, but i don’t believe it for a second. here’s to the next one hundred and thirty nine we have left. xoxo

venue: our sweet friends scott & kim’s gorgeous ashley river front house.

rentals: snyder event rentals.

catering: hamby catering. {a charleton fave, and famous for their low-country fabulousness}

flowers: horst wholesale flowers

photography: crystal genes photography. photobooth: hannah blackburn

bride’s dress: alfred sung via poffie girls. re-designed by: j. majors bridal. shoes: calvin klein. jewelry: nicole miller. veil: hand-made by bride.

grooms’ suiting: theory via saks fifth avenue. tie: nordstrom. shoes: nordstrom. cufflinks: etsy.

rings: diamonds direct & tiffany & company.

all paper: {invites, maps, & candy poppers} designed & printed by bride… all paper via paper-source.

cake: baked and designed by bride.



peacock feather inspired cupcakes…

my long time friend amanda {her wedding on the blog soon} wanted to celebrate her sister-in-laws engagement party with cupcakes! {red velvet & almond: the two most popular flavors the last few months…} she was throwing a peacock feather-esque themed party… there were going to be feathers galore, and sheer royal blue fabric tied around each chair. {i can’t wait to see her photos!} after trying to think of a way to tie in all the fun colors on the cupcakes {without really putting feathers on them} i thought that swirling all the colors together would be really neat. each cupcake turns out a little different with adds to the excitement when you’re choosing one to eat! i donned the top of each one with edible pearls, gold dragaees, and LOTS of edible glitter.

i think they turned out super saucy and festive! do you like?! be curious…


a sunflower cake to celebrate 50…

a super sweet dad {jeff} and daughter {salem} dreamed up this cake for mom’s 50th birthday… it was really cute to see them planning a surprise party behind her back and us discussing the cake via email and facebook when she wasn’t around. miss salem had the cake all figured out… i love a girl who knows what she wants! inspired by olivia’s graduation cake, she asked for white icing, black grosgrain ribbon and a giant fresh sunflower. sophisticated, classic and a punch of something over the top. what better way to celebrate 50?!


i think it turned out just lovely. what do you think? be curious and happy sunday! hg


birthday candles…

my sweet friend donna needed a cake for her dad & brother’s birthday celebration this weekend… i thought these fun candles would be perfect. lucky me, they loved it!!


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