Posted by adamlesagephoto on 22nd June 2010

A Personality Filled Wedding

Angie and Nick are adorable. I’m not sure there’s any better word to describe them. Totally in love and totally adorable. They’re both graphic designers from Wisconsin who met in an art class at UW-Stout and then moved to Minneapolis together after graduation.

They came back to Wisconsin for the wedding and got married at the Paine Center on the perfect summer day, warm but not unbearable. Angie had an awesome birdcage in her hair and looked gorgeous, and Nick held his own in his tux. I think being graphic designers makes them stylish by default – check out his socks and her shoes!  They weren’t afraid to go outside of the box and make their wedding truly them and the result was beautiful.

For dinner at the Hilton they did something unique, serving food from their heritages.  I heard so many guests commenting on what a neat idea they thought that was.  They also had cupcakes of different flavors along with a small cake that they cut. I love the cupcake idea, individual desserts in lots of different flavors.

Time is always limited at the Paine, so after dinner we snuck outside for a few more images. We got to add variety that way and get some images as the sun was setting – super romantic!  The more time photographers have at a wedding, the more images they can produce and the better they get.

The dancing at this wedding was particularly entertaining – their DJ grabbed the mic for a few songs and wowed the crowd, and one of their young guests was quite the impressive dancer!

Posted by sweetmelissa on 17th June 2010

Invitation Inspiration

When designing your ideal wedding cake, we take inspiration from many different areas to help tie your cake into your overall theme.  Does your gown or your groomsmen’s vests have a special design?  Are you using special colors in your bridesmaid dresses or flowers?

For this silver and blue wedding, inspiration came from the invitations during the consultation with The Tasteful Cake.

We borrowed the colors from the invitation, pool blue and black, and used them for the double ribbon on the cake.  We then incorporated the branch design, reaching upward from the bottom and stretching down from the top of the cake, just as the invitation does.   The cake was stacked and finished at the reception location.

The branches were first piped out in buttercream, for a more textured effect, and then painted with silver luster.  The cake was displayed on a table draped with black satin, framed by silver-sprayed branches hung with engagement session portraits from Erin Jean Photography, backed by blue to continue the theme.

Let the professionals from Inspired I Do help you find your inspiration and incorporate it into your design.  Share your wedding ideas with us today!

(blog photos from The Tasteful Cake)

Posted by sashandbow on 15th June 2010

How to transform a banquet hall.

There are so many things you can do to a banquet hall to make it unique.  When your guests walk in and their first impression is, wow, then you know you have done it.

At Sash & Bow we work with you to help you achieve this.  Here are some pics from some of our favorite blogs to achieve this.


- Come up with a theme that describes you (so when people walk in they say, that is so “katie”, etc.).

- Work with a planner, consultations are usually free, see what ideas they have and how it can fit into your budget.

- Work with a professional florist to ensure your vision.  Many will work hand in hand with your planner to ensure the right vision is carried out in every aspect of your day.

- Find a linen that goes with your theme – your best best is to work with a planner as they know the banquet facility’s decor and what will look good in that space.

- See if any lighting is needed.

 - Paper Lanterns, Chandeliers, Fabric Draping, Uplighting/Color Washing, Custom Gobos, or even small lights in your centerpieces.

- Personalize your napkins, placecards, menus and favors.

- Don’t forget the head table, cake table, placecard table or gift table.  These are the eye candy in the room.  Spend thought on these and get away from the table skirting!

- Bring in rental furniture or chairs – this make a huge impact and guests will remember how different it was!

Remember that any small touches you can do will be worth it and anything large that you do, people will notice.