Inspiration: Croquembouche

I love a good donut.  Not all donuts, mind you.  Chocolate glazed and a few others, from a donut shop, not from a grocery store.  I try not to let myself have them too often, but while indulging in one this morning, I got to thinking about what a fun addition they would make to a dessert table!  Large and intricate wedding cakes can be insanely expensive, and the left overs go to waste.  Why not instead present your guests with the option of several types of donuts, or even better, the ever chic and tasty CROQUEMBOUCHE!

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The croquembouche is the traditional French wedding cake and is made of stacked creme puffs (or donut holes if that’s your fancy).  The magic that holds it all together?  Caramel.  YUM.  They can be topped off with chocolate, powdered sugar, or ideally with spun sugar, which cascades down and around it for a delicate, almost ethereal look.  I am always mesmerized by French chefs on television spinning sugar and draping it over the top of these towering beauties.

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You can add flowers (real or edible), ribbon, frosting, almost anything to match your color scheme.  When it comes time to “cut the cake”, the bride and groom can simply pull out a piece to feed each other…easy!

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I dream of a croquembouche made of puff pastries from Pacific Puffs in San Francisco.  Seriously, they are TOO good.  And, YES, they do weddings!

Think you can’t doll up a donut?  The truly inspired team over at Oh Happy Day (one of my daily must-reads) put together a “Fancy Donut Party”, and show exactly how to best showcase the sweet treat on your dessert table.  Click over to their blog to see how easy it is!

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Considering a late night snack for your guests who stay to dance the night away?  Donuts and coffee are a perfect pick me up for the drive home!  Bonus:  You don’t need to supply an additional set of dessert dishes!  Isn’t finger food the best?!

Thanks for reading and bon appetit!     photo (5)

***Ciao Cheri***

J. Crew Summer Sale

You may have heard that J. Crew is having their summer sale, but did you know that it applies to their wedding fashion as well? I was pleasantly surprised when I was able to apply the promo code “SUMMER” to one of my favorite bridal gowns, and even after tax, it was still under $500! You can outfit yourself, your lovely ladies, and your flower girls for a fraction of the cost! Wedding miracles do exist! But hurry, the sale ends tomorrow.

*This is not a sponsored post, I just love a good sale!

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Sneak Peak…

Here is a sneak peak of the image that inspired tomorrow’s post.

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The annual harvest party that I attend in Vancouver, WA!  The amazing women that plant and harvest all of the delicious and organic fruits, vegetables, flowers, and honey on their property also throw a party at the end of every summer for their family and friends to share in the bounty.  I just booked my flight to this year’s party, and it made me start imagining how a few little tweaks would turn this little farm into my dream engagement party venue.  Come back tomorrow and see the Pinterest board I’ve put together, as well as more photos of the stunning backdrop of one of my favorite events of the year!

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That’s right, they have their own lavender fields, and a rustic old train track in the background.  It’s just begging for engagement photos to be taken here, don’t you think?

Don’t forget to come back for tomorrow’s Pinterest Board inspired by this beautiful farm!

Thanks for reading!

***Ciao Cheri***

Love is Like Linen…

As the weather warms, I already find myself opting for the lightest weight clothing in my closet.  I love the casual elegance of a nice pair of linen trousers, and adore the way the fabric looks in table settings and around the house.  Linen has been a staple in homes around the world throughout history.  For such a traditional fabric, you seem to see it used mostly in “boho-chic” clothing styles these days, but I’ve set out to find more classic looks in the bridal world.  It baffles me that there aren’t more styles out there for brides.  It could be due to the fear of the fabric wrinkling, but there are so many weaves available now that eliminate that issue.  ***Click on the images below to shop the looks.***

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This is one of my absolute favorite wedding gowns.  The bride found the antique french linen and took it to Sarah Treble to create her dream dress. A custom, timeless silhouette in an antique, cool, breathable fabric?  That’s a bridal grand slam.

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The gown on the left is contemporary, has a bit of shimmer and shine in the beaded top, and has straps and a full skirt which make it easy and comfortable to wear.

The stunning little white dress on the right, with its intricate linen lace and beautiful stitching, would be perfect option for your reception, rehearsal dinner or bridal shower.

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This simple linen dress would be darling for a backyard, beach or brunch reception, complemented by a beautiful linen sash tied into a sweet bow.

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For the lovely ladies standing by your side on the big day, opt for linen dresses to keep them cool and unrestricted, so they can run around handling those last minute details and show off their famous moves on the dance floor.

You can also find gifts for your wedding party or a gift for the bride in this durable fabric, monogrammed for a personal touch.

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Shakespeare once wrote “Love is like linen; often changed, the sweeter.”  While I don’t quite agree with the later sentiment, I do believe that linen is a lot like love…it is beautiful, comes in lots of different forms, and gets even more comfortable with time.

Thanks for reading!

***Ciao Cheri***

Welcome!

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Hello loves!

Welcome to Five Sisters Bridal!  Stay tuned this week as we get this new blog up and rolling.  We will be discussing gorgeous bridal trends we can’t get enough of,  great resources and events for brides in the planning process (or those soon to be engaged), as well as covering industry events that we attend- all to bring you the best of what’s new and timeless in the bridal world!

We are gearing up to attend Unveiled: Bridal Style Revealed in San Francisco tomorrow.  We can’t wait to meet exciting new vendors, get inspired by beautiful decor and table settings, and of course, to view Vera Wang’s Spring 2014 Bridal collection.  Sipping champagne and eating cake won’t be too bad either (wink, wink).  We will be live tweeting the whole thing!

Be sure to follow us on twitter to see what’s inspiring us and visit back here for your daily dose of gorgeous.

***CIAO CHERI***