Summer Love: keeping guest cool when the weather is hot

Happy summer everyone! We hope you are as excited for this season as we are here at Ooh La Love. Summer weather allows you to enjoy your events outdoors but it can also get very warm and uncomfortable. We’ve come up with some yummy ways to keep your guest cool at your summer events.

Edible Flower Popsicle’s are perfect touch to your summer Bridal or Baby Shower. They are girly, dainty and beautiful!

We love the idea of a Champagne Ice Cream Cart during cocktail hour at a Summer Wedding! Or how about offering guests spiked popsicles at the bar? Check out the recipe for Mojito Popsicles here.

Love Dainty

Happy Holidays Everyone! I hope Santa brought you everything you wished for, and that you are ready for a great new year! We love finding new shops on Etsy, and today I want to share an adorable jewelry line with you called Dainty. I personally have two necklaces from Dainty and wear them all the time. Brooke is the owner and designer (and a great friend!), and describes her line as “timeless pieces handmade with love and sweetness”. We love it! If you are looking for a gift for a bride to be, bridesmaid, or any stylish woman in your life Dainty is perfect! Here are a just a few of the adorable pieces, and to see more check out the Dainty Etsy page here.

Ooh La Love Office Re-Vamp

So lately I have been seeing gold and black color stories everywhere. From tablescapes to winter wardrobes, it feels like all I see is gold, and I love it! I know I’m a bit late to the party on this one, but all this gold has inspired me to re-work our Ooh La Love home office.  Here are a few must-haves for our work space re-vamp that won’t break the bank, and with the Holiday’s fast approaching I’m hoping Santa sees this post!

Puppy Party!

Yesterday was Baxter’s 1st birthday, so naturally I had to throw him a party to celebrate. I am not ashamed to admit that this is not the first party he has had, and it certainly won’t be the last. Earlier this year he graduated from obedience school with his cousin Dunkin so my sister and I threw them a graduation party, and it was so fun to plan. Some of my favorite details from these parties have included birthday/graduation hats, a treat bar, cake pops decorated with candy dog paws and bones and a yummy dog cake for Baxter’s guests. Check out the adorable puppy pictures, and I also included the dog safe recipe for the cake his grandma makes him. Enjoy and Happy Birthday Baxter!

PEANUT BUTTER CARROT CAKE

Cake Ingredients

  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup cooking oil
  • 1teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1cup of shredded carrot
  • 1 cup of whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda

Icing Ingredients

  • 8oz cream cheese
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp plain yogurt
  • 3 tbsp flour

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°
  • Mix wet ingredients
  • Mix in carrots
  • Sift dry ingredients into wet ingredient mixture
  • Pour into prepared 8″ round pan
  • Place in oven and bake for 40 minutes
  • Mix Frosting ingredients together
  • Remove cake from oven and allow to cool before frosting

Floral Wedding Ideas

We have a guest blogger today! One of our recent brides, Lauren, has created this “how-to” do flowers tutorial for your wedding! Follow the links below the pictures to discover more ideas.

Lets talk about flowers! Flowers are gorgeous and they can make a room, a venue, or your work desk complete. There are so many different shades, textures and detail in each one. When it comes to weddings, brides are always thinking of cute new ways to style and design the natural and beautiful thing to complete their vision. Did I mention how amazing they smell?

Here are a few fun ways to incorporate flowers on your big day:

  1. Add a delicate and simple flower crown to your veil.
  2. Belt your bridal party with flowers to bring texture and natural beauty to their attire.
  3. Will you be walking down the isle in sand? This is a cute addition to a beach wedding where the sand is soft, the view is gorgeous and the company is ready to celebrate.
  4. Here is a fun and amazing prop that can be used for your photo sesh in between the ceremony & reception.
  5. And if you are anything like me, adding initials to your big day is a total must. Maybe have a monogram above your sweetheart table? Or spell out the word SWEET or XOXO at your dessert bar? Having these letters filled with gorgeous flowers instantly adds to your big day.
  6. And who wouldn’t want to escape in an adorable convertible with floral garland on the back? This makes a cute way to say “Au Revoir” to your guest and an amazing shot taken by the photographer.

Engaged {Lauren + Justin}

A few months back I coordinated one of Jesenia’s best friend’s wedding. Since Jes was a bridesmaid, she had to practice some major self control by giving up the clipboard and enjoying herself as a guest, and for those of you who know her well this was a challenge to say the least. Well this weekend the roles are reversed, and I could not be more excited! I get to see one of my best friends walk down the isle, and I know she is in amazing hands with my partner in crime coordinating her big day.

For the last 14 years I have watched Lauren grow into the beautiful, confident and successful person she is today, and seeing her relationship with Justin grow has been such a joy. There is no doubt that Lauren and Justin are perfect for each other – and as Lauren said when they met “It was a match made in gluten free heaven.” At Ooh La Love we feel so blessed to be a part of your big day, and wish you two a lifetime of happiness! Now let’s party!

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Engaged {Cecily + Josh}

become Husband + Wife. Both Caroline and I have had the privilege of getting to know Cecily the past few years and she is such a beautiful person inside and out. It’s been so much fun planning with her and we look forward to sending her down that aisle to marry the love of her life.

Ooh La Love asked our Bride, Cecily:

How did you two meet?
We’re high school sweethearts. I was a sophomore and he was a senior when we started dating. When I was a freshman he shared a drama class with one of my best friends and she heard him talking to his friend about some girl he saw in the quad that he liked and was describing what I was wearing that day. My bff interrupted their convo and told them who I was. We met that week, talked off and on and then he left to go to another school. After about a year i decided to call him and see how he was doing and from there its history

Tell us about your proposal?
We share the same birthday month…. February. And with that along with Valentines Day, we always try to do one big thing versus three separate events, date nights, etc. So last year we decided to go to NY for a week to celebrate all three occasions. Second day into our trip we choose to go spend the afternoon in Central Park. He kept mentioning this specific part of the park that he wanted to see because it was apparently a famous hangout area for Notorious BIG and other rappers back in the day. I know very little of hip hop history so I believed it. Of course it turned out to be a lie. We were walking down The Mall and it was there that he stopped me and proposed with a photographer hiding nearby taking photos of us the entire time. He’s not the type to plan ahead so this was so romantic and pleasing to me…. Especially since he thought of getting a photographer so that our family back home could share in or happiness by seeing the photos.

What are you most looking forward to at your wedding?
Saying “I do”. And then dancing the night away.

Where are you going on your honeymoon?
Moorea and Bora Bora. And we’re sooo looking forward to doing nothing but laying on the beach and getting tanned while enjoying tropical drinks.

DIY Wedding at Smog Shoppe {Daisha & Brett}

If you have ever been to Smog Shoppe you know it is an unique venue just waiting for party – and Daisha and Brett did not disappoint. These two are such a fun couple! Daisha had so many DIY projects that made their wedding very personal, and I had so much fun being a part of their big day. Enjoy the pictures and congratulations again Mr. and Mrs. Anderson!

Paper Flowers

I have to admit I am having a moment with over sized paper flowers right now, and by a moment I mean a serious obsession. Giant flowers are the perfect whimsicle backdrop for a ceremony space, dessert table or photo booth. The possibilities are endless! I love the look of an all white statement wall featuring flowers with different shapes and sizes, and with a simple uplight you can really bring the drama.