Martha, Martha, Martha…How I I love thee?

I am pretty sure at one point or another you or someone you know has been inspired by Martha Stewart, right?  At times my friends have deemed me a “mini-martha”  LOL!  Again, is it my towering 5’2″ stature?  Nope, I think it is because they have known me a very long time and know that my creative wheels NEVER shut down…EVER!!  I wanted to share some pics from a while back.  This may be the time when my craziness for parties started… we’re talking 2003!  Yikes, how things have changed.   Now, you can’t laugh…but these are pictures from my wedding and even then I had my hand in every detail of planning a par’te!

My hubby & I decided to get married in Sedona, AZ since that is where we got engaged.  If you have ever been to Sedona you know that it is absolutely breathtaking.  We wanted an outdoor wedding and decided that we wanted the decor to be minimal to not distract from the amazing surroundings.  The location?  L’Auberge de Sedona, a perfect creekside ceremony and reception spot.  Ok, as for the details…I looked to party & entertaining guru Martha Stewart to help me along.  I scoured the pages of Martha Stewart Weddings in search of inspiration for the big day.  My colors were…pink, pink, hmmm…a little pink….oh and a touch of pink!  I also had a little smidgen of sorbet colors too…orange and lime as accents in my flowers.  I wanted simple, garden, with a touch of casual elegance.    Here are the pics…

This was the inspiration for our wedding cake….except I didn’t want fondant.  Our LOVE for cheesecake translated into our wedding cake so we had it iced with whipped topping to not take away from the rich deliciousness.  I also wanted swiss dots added to the design.

{inspiration photo via Martha Stewart Weddings}

This is the original magazine clipping I had given to the pastry chef along with another picture of the cake table complete with a DIY custom monogrammed table runner by yours truly…I had the cake placed on a square ceramic cakestand that I embellished with pink ribbon.

Our invitations were kept simple…the table menus were a little DIY project I took on to let guests know what was for din-din.

The surroundings were so incredible that we kept flowers and table decor simple…we used potted mini roses adorned with decorative butterfly garden sticks and chic crystal votive candle lamps that guests could take home with them.

Although my bridesmaids were less than thrilled about the attire…I absolutely loved them.  The dresses were  an a-line style with an empire waist sash in a pink shantung silk from Aria Dress {dress style #160 in Pink Ice…it is still available!}  Instead of having the “pink ladies” carry bouquets {no one ever knows quite how to hold them} I had them carry kissing balls, sort of like a floral wristlet!!

I know what you are thinking…what about the favors?  Oh those??  Yeah…they melted…oh crap…so no pics ):  but I can at least walk you thru what I did…I took one of my all-time favorite candies – Fannie May Peppermint Ice…yes it is PINK!  Put the candy into flat glassine bags, wrapped them with grosgrain ribbon and sealed them with custom wedding labels from myownlabels.com.  Voila!  The perfect edible favor…too bad most of them were mush from the hot Arizona sun…oh well, they were still cute!

Oh and who can forget the product to a successful wedding…the happy couple…awe!

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