Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Looking Back

It's New Year's Eve, and I just had so much fun looking back at all my blog posts from the past year. Wow! A new website, a Knot magazine feature, 2 precious little grandsons, an exciting engagement- and lots of wonderful weddings to remember. What a fantastic year- better than I could have ever dreamed! Just for fun I'm going to post some of my favorite images from this year's happenings & weddings. Thanks so much staff and clients for a great year.

First, our feature in The Knot. Thanks KMPhotographyweddings for submitting this wedding to the magazine.

So much fun working with these happy bright colors. This is one of Rene's fun cakes.

Just had to add a couple pictures of my sweet babies. Hudson and Kole.

Winter Wedding Ideas

Erika, like one of our family....we love her....she's Jessie's maid of honor. She'll soon be a lawyer!
My favorite wedding image of the year!!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Winter Wedding #2

Transforming Shady Maple Banquet room into a winter wonderland was no small task with less than 1 hr. to get the job done. With a wonderful crew on hand, the job was done in the short amount of time we had. Using beautiful platinum/silver linens from Special Occasions, White Birch branches in tall vases, lots of 'crushed ice' with LED lights, snowflakes and crystal garland- the head bridal table looked icy and elegant.

Crushed ice in the vases and votives. Silver bead table numbers hang from the vases with sparkly snowflakes. Favors were clear rock candy swizzle sticks that looked just like ice crystals.
Bride and Groom's chairs.

Snowflakes attached to the gift card box..................

Snowflakes added to the wedding cake, surrounded by glass bead garland, and tinsel -filled cake stands complete the icy theme.
The flower girl dropped snowflakes rather than petals from her basket as she walked down the aisle.
Thanks to Amy, Lindsay, Jessie, Joyce and Moa for a wonderful job well done! Especially for Christmas week! And Congratulations to Katie and Jeremy.
Winter Wedding #3 is January 24 at Casa di Fiori.
Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas

All of us at ATB wish everyone a wonderful Christmas and the happiest, healthiest, and most prosperous New Year.

Thank you to all of our past clients for allowing us to be a part of your most important day. We are truly grateful to you for the confidence you have placed in us, and for the wonderful relationships and friendships we've developed.

Huge holiday hugs to all of our colleagues in this business- for your friendships, encouragements and referrals. It's so awesome to be working with so many great professionals with the hightest standards of intergrity and professionalism.

I hope you find much happiness in all the wonderful big and little things that Christmas means.
Best and warmest thoughts to all.
Merry Christmas!
~Kelly and Staff of ATB

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Engagement Photo

Thanks to the wonderful Kris McElligott for capturing the feelings of love and happiness of Jessie and Doug. The camera in her hands creates such amazing images. We just love every one of them.

Kris is already committed on their wedding day but was so sweet to do the engagement session for them. Can't thank her enough for such great pictures. Visit her website at:

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Winter Wedding #1

This is the Winter Wedding season for us, and we begin with Amy and Matt's wedding which was held at Santee Chapel. The reception was at the Eden Resort's Grand Ballroom. Amy's bouquet was wrapped with her Grandfather's necktie. Such a sweet way to remember a loved one. The tie matched the Swartwalder Mini Callas perfectly. The bridesmaids wore a platinum colored dress and carried spheres of burgundy Mini-Carnations and white Hypericum, studded with crystal accents-(we forgot to take a picture of them!). I love adding fluffy white feathers to winter bouquets. It looks like a warm furry muff.

Toss Bouquet made with white Lisianthus and white Hypericum.

Some centerpieces were a standard Calla Lily in a pilsner vase with crushed ice and a submersible light down inside and surrounded by blue, silver and white Christmas balls. Snowflakes hung from the vases. The table number cards stood in beautiful snowflake stands.

The other centerpieces were glass balls inside of sphere -shaped bowls with Hydrangea, Spider Mums and frosty-pearl berries. I'm not a big fan of mirrors, but this is when a mirror is really worth using!
Another winter wedding to do this week before Christmas.....then a little break.
Try to slow down a little bit to savor this wonderful time of the year. (Yep, I need to take my own advice!) Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-laaaa!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Color It Yellow and Add Something Sentimental

It seems the new popular upcoming wedding color is 'yellow' including my own daughter's. A combination of yellow, pale orange, peach, light green and coral is what we will use for Jessie's color palette. That's all I'm telling. You'll have to wait till after June 13 to see everything else..... The above picture was shot by The Weibners,
and sent to me by the bride. Aren't they the prettiest pale yellow dresses? We used soft orange and cream roses for the bridesmaids.
The bride was given a tiny photo frame charm with a picture of their late mother to attach to her bouquet.

This bride added a pair of earrings and a necklace from the Groom's late grandmother's jewely collection.

This week I have a grandfather's necktie to wrap around the bride's bouquet stems. It doesn't match the color scheme but she doesn't care one bit, she wants to take a part of her grandfather down the aisle with her. I'll post that picture next week.

This Bride's bouquet has her childhood rosary attached.
One Bride's Grandmother cut her own wedding dress apart and made Wedding- Day hankies for each one of her grandaughters to add to their bouquets. She even added the lace and buttons.
So many thoughtful ways to bring some sentimental elements into your wedding.
Though the Christmas holidays approach, we are still in the wedding season. We have several 'winter' weddings ahead. Elements of snow and ice and fun!! We love winter weddings! Having a winter wedding next year? Check the Dec. Jan. Feb. posts for lots of 'cool' inspiration.