Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Ashley’s Bride Guide would like to congratulate our friends Jason and Lorie, owners of Crumb de la Crumb who won "Best of Show" at the Taste of Bellevue!! Competing against 20 local restaurants, their cafe and bakery were presented with the top prize after voters sampled their delicious food and desserts.
Crumb de la Crumb offers delicious desserts, including beautiful wedding cakes, and all can be made gluten free or vegan. Here's a peak at some of their recent work.
Along with desserts, Lorie and Jason offer scrumptious salads, homemade soups and hot and cold sandwiches at The Cottage Café, their adorable cafe conveniently housed in the same location as their bakery.
If you've ever eaten any of their food or desserts, you know that winning Best in Show at the Taste of Bellevue is no surprise for this team, known for inventive food and flavor combinations.
If you haven't, be sure to visit them at 160 Belle Forest Circle to try out their delectable offerings and discover why they were voted best!!
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Ribbons of Chocolate has added a grilled cheese bar and other fun dishes to their wedding catering options.
The grilled cheese bar can include pepper jack, blue cheese or just about any type of cheese. You can spice up the grilled cheese by adding meats like chicken, pepperoni, and bacon or veggies including spinach or asparagus. The options are endless.
In addition to the grilled cheese bar, Ribbons of Chocolate has other, fun wedding dishes like meatloaf sliders, chili bowls and spinach cups. All of these were on display at the Perfect Wedding Guide bridal show.
Contact Pam of Ribbons of Chocolate at (615) 449-4368 to learn more about their catering options for Nashville weddings.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Netra is a dedicated follower of AshleysBrideGuide.com. She called me in search of a must-have linen that she'd seen online. We chatted about the linen and her wedding. We talked for over an hour. She told me that she'd seen a piano cake designed by The Cupcake Collection, that I featured months ago, and knew they were the ones to create a surprise treat for her groom. She seemed more excited about her groom's cake than her own bridal cake!
The groom's cupcake tower:
During wedding planning, Netra's then fiance, Mark, was laid back and allowed her to take the lead when it came to making wedding decisions. He supported her and her preferences. But, it was important to Netra that Mark knew he mattered and that their wedding day was not just about her. She wanted a groom's cake that spoke to one of his loves, Kappa Alpha Psi.
She met with Mignon and Netta, at The Cupcake Collection, and explained her vision. She gave them free reign and The Cupcake Collection took it from there.
The theme: Kappa Alpha Psi
The concept: A cupcake tower versus a groom's cake. The tower would offer a variety of cake flavors for guests and different elements of the theme.
The flavors: Red Velvet, Strawberry, Strawberry Cheesecake, Sweet Potato, Wedding Cake
The look: 175 cupcakes on a custom stand; red cupcake liners provided by the bride; edible fraternity shields, candy canes and diamonds - all created by the baker; paperweight letters
The result: Mark was not only surprised, but he LOVED his cupcake tower. Some of his fraternity brothers were a bit jealous, but, Netra got the wow that she sought for Mark. It was his favorite part of the wedding.
The bridal cake:
The groom's cupcake tower was certainly meant to be the focal point; she wanted her groom to be the star. But, she also didn't want a boring cake. She wanted something small, but stunning enough to wow. She described her style and cake vision to the designers at The Cupcake Collection and they created an initial sketch. It wasn't her. It was grand and over the top, which they thought she'd like based on their conversation. It would certainly turn heads, but Netra didn't like it.
The Cupcake Collection asked Netra to relinquish control and trust them to do what they knew best, design cakes that their clients love. Once Netra did, The Cupcake Collection went back to the drawing board. Instead of depending solely on her descriptions, they went to her Pinterest boards where they saw her style visually: elegant, sophisticated, modern with jewel-toned, beading and chevron as design elements. They combined her words, her pins and her personality to sketch a cake that Netra loved!
The theme: Sophisticated Elegance
The concept: A memorable, custom cake stand that combined the bride's favorite elements along with a cake tier
The flavor: Wedding Cake
The result: Netra loved her wedding cake! The stand has become very popular with other Nashville brides at bridal shows.
Netra's wedding was photographed by Roland's Photography.
Monday, October 14, 2013
Lauren and Chris were married at Tennessee's Front Porch Farms last October. Their black and ivory wedding started at 4 p.m. and was attended by 120 guests.
For their reception, the couple was certain that they wanted Southern, comfort food so they turned to Celeste of Mrs. J Baking and Catering, who specializes in just that. According to Celeste, "they knew exactly what they wanted: reception food that their family and friends would enjoy."
Celeste delivered on their request by creating a buffet full of Southern goodness that consisted of the following:
Marinated and grilled chicken breasts
Pork BBQ with three sauces
Twice baked potato casserole
Macaroni and cheese
Chunky baked beans
Sweetened and unsweetened iced tea and water
While the couple's favorite item on the menu was the macaroni and cheese, Celeste's favorite part was working with the couple, who she described as a joy. Celeste also noted, "you could tell they were crazy about each other."
Venue | Front Porch Farms
Catering | Mrs. J Baking and Catering
Photography | Ace Photography
Don't forget: For the month of October, Mrs J.'s Baking and Catering is giving 2014 brides $250 off their catering. You must book by October 31 and mention ABG (Ashley's Bride Guide).
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Yes. You've seen the photos of gorgeous weddings at Houston Station. But what you may not know is that 90 percent of Houston Station couples use the Blending Room to extend their reception. Which made me wonder...how many couples actually choose Houston Station for the Blending Room? Inquiring minds want to know!
The Blending Room is definitely a great complement to a Houston Station wedding. As a lounge across from the main reception area, the Blending Room is cozy, eclectic and houses Noteable Blends, a mobile coffee bar. Both the lounge and the coffee are the domain of Scott Davis, a coffee aficionado who is as passionate about great music as he is about creating a great coffee experience.
With this being Music City, there is a clear attraction to a post-wedding reception lounge that allows the couple to host an after party. Plus the aroma of gourmet coffee, blended in-house is equally appealing.
Top left photo by Ace Photography; top right photo by Jonathon Campbell Photography; bottom photos by Noteable Blends
The Blending Room: a Multi-Purpose Lounge with a Musical Stage!
Scott tells me that The Blending Room has a "live, active stage" with musical instruments. If you or your fiance are musicians, you can request to have the music stage set up after your wedding and invite friends and family on stage to get in on the action.
The space can be transformed into many configurations to allow its use for various events. Some ideas include a rehearsal dinner, groom's room, cocktail party or even for a parent wind-down area once the party really gets going in the main section of the venue!
As you can see from the photos I've included below, the space is cozy and full of personality. We even hosted a workshop here and the room went from being set-up in church style (yes - they have real pews) to reception style for our bride class. You can use the props and tables available at the venue or you can have the seating cleared and rentals brought in. Almost any type of seating arrangement will work in this versatile area, from cocktail tables to long, square tables.
Above and below: Various jam sessions in a number of room configurations.
Photography: Amy Nicole Photography
Noteable Blends, a Coffee Experience You Can Take Anywhere
From presentation to coffee favors, Noteable Blends has you covered. This mobile coffee bar, located in Houston Station's Blending Room is a gem for coffee lovers! Noteable Blends can be added to your reception, whether it's hosted at Houston Station or not. If you have a Houston Station wedding, you can opt to serve gourmet coffee to your guests. If not, you can work with Noteable Blends to set up a coffee bar at your venue. The options are truly limitless.
If you're a coffee lover, Scott can create custom blends for the coffee featured at your reception or for you to give to your guests as favors. Noteable Blends can also create a coffee experience for your bridal shower, crafting a signature blend for your maids based on their personality and taste preferences. This truly is a one of a kind gift!
Noteable Blends is a mobile coffee unit serving custom blends.
Noteable Blends creates custom blends for couples that can be served at the wedding and guests can take home a bag, doubling as your favor.
Photography: left and right by Jenny Lindsey Photography
This gorgeous couch that sits in Noteable Blends is a wonderful prop for photos! (Photo: Amber Beckham Photography)
Except where noted, photos courtesy of Houston Station / Noteable Blends