Cake is Always a Good Idea

Let's talk cake. Who doesn't love a good yummy cake? And an adorably designed cake table complete with custom accessories and details that fit the whole vision for the big day is just the icing on top of the cake. I love all things custom and unique and think that the cake and/or dessert table is the perfect place to get creative for your wedding day. As long as it tastes good too of course... 

Before the accessories though, here's a sneak peek of one of our most recent shoots with a cake from The Topiary. I am obsessssssssed with this Southwestern style cake she created for us complete with a funky pattern and fringe. She wasn't sure when I told her I wanted something that would be on top of a terracotta pot but I got to say, I love how it turned out!!! More from this shoot (complete with an alpaca) will be up on the blog soon! 

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I think having custom cake or unique cake cutters plus customized napkins and funky cake stands can make all the difference when it comes to designing and decorating a cake and/or dessert table! With so many options online you can find some that really fit the decor and style of the wedding. Whether you want a style that is very classic and traditional or modern and edgy or vintage and girly, there's something to fit all styles. For my big day we opted for a pair of modern black cake cutters and I had them monogrammed with our # "Mason Matrimony." Here's some of my favorite finds online including mine in the top left corner. And our cake and dessert table will be filled with unique quirky stands and plates from wooden cacti to macrame hanging bowls... give me all the weirdness.

What cutters would you pick for your big day??

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My top 4 tips for cake/dessert for your wedding day...

1. Order what you love. It is your day after all so I say eat all of your favorite things. If that means a dessert bar filled with gummy sharks, Reese's peanut butter cups, churros, donuts and key lime pie then so be it. The prep for the wedding is over and so is the diet, so splurge on baby. 

2. Sheet cakes are your friend if you are on a budget but still want an awesome cake. The sheet cakes typically are less per slice than the decorated cake and these are cut in the back by your caterer. So you can still have that amazingly decorated cake without breaking the bank. 

3. Think outside the cake box. You do not have to have a traditional white wedding cake. Get creative and think of your cake as an extension of the rest of the wedding design/style. 

4. Fresh flowers are the easiest way to decorate and create a beautiful cake!! The more flowers the better but that's just if you ask me. 

Thanks for reading and on that note, let's eat cake. xoxoxoxoxox, n

[Photo Credits] Cake by The Topiary, photography by Bud Johnson Photography // Black Geometric Cutters, Vintage Rose Cake Cutters via The Knot Shop // Wood Cake Cutters via Windrush Online // DIY Metallic Geometric Cake Plate via Birds Party // Customized Napkins via For Your Party // Mint Green Cake Stand via Minted // Together Plates via Modcloth // Vintage Cake Cutters via Chairish

ORGANIC GARDEN WEDDING

Y'all! Pinch me! We are up on Wedding Chicks today!!! The inspiration behind this shoot with Danielle George Photography at Ships of the Sea came from us wanting to do something very organic and romantic. Inspired by the beauty of the gardens at the museum, lush blooms, soft colors and just all things romantic. Plus I knew we had to do something hanging for a centerpiece since Ships of the Sea has those awesome rafters under their outdoor pavilion. Playing off the organic vibe we found some copper colanders at World Market and thought they would be so fun to use for a unique centerpiece. And before I forgot... be sure to scroll to the bottom to see all the amazing vendors who help us bring this shoot to life! 

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When planning the details for this shoot we wanted to incorporate all of the things that Ivory & Beau has to offer to clients... because we aren't just your normal bridal boutique or just a wedding planner. We offer so much more. Ivory & Beau has two main components that we handle... 

BRIDAL SHOP

We sell wedding dresses, bridesmaids dresses and bridal accessories. The dress we chose for our faux bride to rock for this shoot is a Blush by Hayley Paige gown that has a beautiful lacy floral pattern. Swoonworthy... am I right? For the bridesmaid style we chose one of our newest Hayley Paige Occasions bridesmaid styles. I love the subtle sparkle of this style and the dusty rose is such a pretty shade of blush.

WEDDINGS & EVENT DESIGN STUDIO

The other main portion of our business is weddings. We offer Wedding Day Management & Design packages and Full Service Planning & Design packages. When hiring us to be your planner you are not only hiring a planner or coordinator but an event designer, a floral designer and a calligrapher. With both of our packages we help design every little detail of your wedding day from the aisle markers to the invitations to the bar menus to the centerpieces.

For this shoot we incorporated all of the things that Ivory & Beau has to offer couples getting married in Savannah or in surrounding areas. McKenzie created bout tags with her gold metallic calligraphy and I have to say I love that she snuck in my fiance's name (Alex) and her baby's name (Jude). 

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Lush blooms, organic greenery, a lil texture - the perfect recipe for beautiful florals. 

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For all you Southerners, I don't think it gets any better than a Whiskey & Bourbon bar, am I right?!

Rentals from both Southern Belle Events, Ultra Pom and Event Works helped us design and style the shoot.

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To go along with the organic vibe of the shoot we enlisted farm-to-table caterer, Cha Bella who whipped up some tasty, beautiful and very organic style appetizers. We love working with clients on the perfect menu to fit the vibe, style and taste for their wedding. And since we are in Savannah, we wanted to incorporate some favors from local company, Savannah Bee Company.

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Wouldn't be Ivory & Beau without a hidden dinosaur somewhere... I can't even tell you how many times we get asked, "why the dinosaurs?" I wish there was some crazy creative exciting story that involved a real life dinosaur but unfortunately that's not the case. The truth is when we first opened I brought in a few gold dinosaurs from home and placed them around the shop for some decorations. Lo and behold we shortly became known as the shop with the dinosaurs and they began multiplying, literally. Our amazing clients would gift us with dinosaur gifts and it just kind of stuck. Sometimes things happen and it doesn't have to make sense, it just is.

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Vanilla & the Bean made a beautiful cake for the shoot and a cream poof tower, which is literally making my mouth water just looking at it. Selena, the baker behind the name, is not only the sweetest but she is crazy talented. I love her cake design and the taste is mouth-watering. I love the soft lace pattern on the cake that she did for this shoot. 

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Speaking of dinosaurs.... meet T. Rex, my springer spaniel puppy, who is probably the closest thing to a real life dinosaur. He loves eating leather flip-flops, paper, sweaty clothes and wood furniture. He can either be found digging holes to China, running circles around us playing keep-away or cuddling. He is a terror, but he is also an angel. When I say he sleeps on my stomach I am not stretching the truth. He literally sleeps on my stomach every night. He loves belly rubs, back rubs and ear rubs and he loves attention. When they say Springer Spaniels are a companion breed they are not lying. He is my lil boo and I love him so much. And look at how pretty he looks with his greenery leash!?!?

People have asked me recently if we plan to bring T. Rex to our wedding this December... Now if only he wasn't such a little terror. He loves people and gets way too excited around other humans and well there's also that whole eating-the-garlands problem... So my answer for now is... we'll see and if he does make an appearance it will likely be a very short appearance just for a few quick pictures because he is a wild animal. Totally our fault for not training him better... my cousin and her husband train dogs for a living and they are definitely ashamed I'm sure but I mean, c'mon look at that cute lil face...!!! 

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For the ceremony design we used one of our new arches that was made by my fiance, Alex. Dating/engaged/marrying soon an engineer is definitely one of the perks when being a floral designer. Any crazy idea I come up with and have not a clue how to make I can ask him to help me out and he always does like this asymmetrical arch he helped us make. And if you ask me... the more wild the better. 

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Did I mention that I love big bouquets? And you can be sure my bridal bouquet for my wedding this December will be larger than this one... 

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These cuties? We did their wedding flowers last year and Amy bought her dress from our shop during a sample sale. And they're ridiculously adorable. Am I right!?!? You can see their wedding here featured on A Lowcountry Wedding photographed by Mackensey Alexander!

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Amy has the most incredible hair and I must say I am obsessed with this sultry look by Hustle & Blow... with that dreamy braid intertwined throughout messy curls. Love this look on Amy.

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Okay and now my favorite picture from the shoot.... and I have to say it was super fun getting to "sprinkle lightly" flowers all over Amy while I Thee Film captured it on video... 

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Oh and how adorable is our bridesmaid rocking this dusty rose style by Hayley Paige Occasions!? This style is one of my favorites from the new styles because I love the little overlay crop top and the subtle silver sparkle. Plus the dusty rose color is softer and warmer than some of the lighter blushes.

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Laughter & girl time is my favorite, what about you? And how stinking cute are these shots!? I really do think there is nothing prettier you can wear than a smile. Oh and can we talk about Amy's perfect glow? Yup, that is thanks to the amazing Body Bronzing by Becca

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You might initially think Ships of the Sea, outdoor venue, perfect for spring. But I have to say... the gardens were amazing in December. I love the colors of the leaves in the garden area and how amazing the pictures captured by Danielle George turned out. Gorgeous. So while you may be enticed to have your wedding during springtime peak wedding season, I say consider December. A little chilly in the evening but this day was truly beautiful and then you don't have to worry about getting sweaty while getting down on the dance floor.

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And just because, I'll end this blog post with our trademark. To see more from this shoot be sure to head over to Wedding Chicks! To inquire about our bridal dresses, wedding planning services, calligraphy, floral design, bridesmaids dresses or more click below! We can't wait to hear from you!! 

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[Vendor Credits] Photography: Danielle George // Planning, Floral & Dresses: Ivory & Beau // Venue: Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum // Food: Cha Bella // Cake: Vanilla & the Bean // Hair & Makeup: Hustle & Blow Dry Bar // Spray Tan: Body Bronzing by Becca // Tableware Rentals: Ultra Pom // Furniture Rentals: Southern Belle Events // Other Rentals: Event Works // Calligraphy: McKenzie Does Calligraphy // Wedding Dress: Blush by Hayley Paige available at Ivory & Beau // Bridesmaid Style: Hayley Paige Occasions available at Ivory & Beau // Videography: I Thee Film

Invitation Inspiration: Designing the Perfect Cohesive Suite!

One of our favorite parts of working with our wedding planning clients? Helping them to create a wonderfully cohesive wedding design from start to finish. We’re not just talkin’ florals and decor, either, y’all! 

Your invitation is the first chance your guests will have to get an understanding of your dream wedding ~aesthetic.~ Why shouldn’t you coordinate your invitation suite with your ideal look? If you’re looking for some inspiration, we’ve got a special treat JUST for you. We’ve put together three different wedding mood boards that might just suit your fancy, featuring customizable invitations, I&B dresses, and design inspiration from REAL I&B weddings! 

Boho Bliss

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Bohemian Inspired Invitation Design

We’re going back to our boho babe roots with this mood board. This Ornate Watercolor Frame invitation by Minted feels almost tribal-- sure to picture perfectly against any persian rug for that Insta-worthy snap! The ornate design made us think of the Sasha gown by Made with Love almost instantly. Big plus? This boho-chic gown can be customized to include long sleeves. Major win!

The Sasha dress would pair perfectly with a tropical macrame arch like the one we made for I&B Couple Adrienne & James. A local venue we recommend for this wonderful watercolor wedding? The Wyld! We’re all about some marshside matrimony, y’all.

{Vendor Credits} Gown: Sasha by Made with Love @ Ivory & Beau // Tropical Macrame Arch photographed by Mackensey Alexander, floral design by Ivory & Beau // Ornate Watercolor Invitation by Minted // Maria Opal & Moonstone Earrings by Amy O. Bridal // Blue Block Heels available at Target

Fun Floral Fantasies

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Floral Inspired Invitation Design

We’re all about fulfilling your floral fantasies, so why not take it to the next level with the Technicolor Flora invitation suite? This fun-loving wedding is well suited to the colorful Denver gown by Blush by Hayley Paige-- which will totally be available at our National Bridal Event Sale. Score! Take this blushing beauty to the next level with fan earrings and suede heels for a multi-textured look that’s sure to wow the crowd.

Don’t be afraid to be bold with a picturesque blue and blush bouquet. If we had to pick the perfect Savannah venue for this wedding, we’d choose Soho South Cafe without a doubt. Add in some vintage furniture from Savannah Vintage Rentals and a delicious dessert by Nothing Bundt Cakes (like this one from I&B Couple Andrea & Mike’s wedding!) and you’ve got us-- and your guests-- hooked on the look!

{Vendor Credits} Denver Gown by Hayley Paige @ Ivory & Beau (available as part of our National Bridal Sale event!) // Bundt Cake from Nothing Bundt Cakes, photographed by Evergold Photography // Technicolor Flora Invitation by Minted // Lamai Tassel Fan Earrings by Natalie B. Jewelry // Ella Pumps by Maxx Moda 

Endless Elegance

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Classic Invitation Design for the Classy Couple

Timeless, classic, sophisticated… are these the words you would use to describe your wedding? If so, you might fancy the very-fancy Field wedding invitation from Minted. We’ve paired this elegant suite of paper goods with the fabulous (and size inclusive!) Jacqueline gown by Rebecca Schoneveld. We love the idea of bringing the bling with these flashy pumps and pearl drop earrings.

We’d love to see you twirling around Garibaldi’s or the Mansion on Forsyth with these florals from I&B, made for I&B Couple Michelle & Scott. Keep things classy with a glittering gold table setting like this one from I&B Couple Kimberly & Luke’s wedding-- peep those blooms in the back! Oh, yeah, and who can forget their swoon-worthy arch from Savannah Vintage Rentals? It’s our design dream!

{Vendor Credits} Gown: Jacqueline Dress by Rebecca Schoneveld @ Ivory & Beau (available as part of our National Bridal Sale event!) // Bouquet for Michelle & Scott by Ivory & Beau, photographed by Apt. B Photography // Table Setting for Kimberly & Luke photographed by Apt. B Photography // Vintage Arch Rental provided by Savannah Vintage Rentals, florals by Ivory & Beau, photographed by Apt. B Photography // Pearl Drop Earrings by Crystal Jewells // Jewel Ankle Strap Lace High Heel Sandal by Dune London