Featured Vendor: Intricate Icings

When is the last time that you went to a wedding and gasped because the cake was gorgeous? If you have experienced this, you might have been looking at a cake from Intricate Icings. Located in Eerie, Colorado, Intricate Icings does not just produce cakes, they make works of art. This week, we are proud to highlight the bakery’s owner, Rachael, and find out just how she manages to put the wow factor back into baking.

Rachael has always had a knack for baking. But, like so many of us, she was pulled away from her passion to pursue a Intricate Icings aspen-bark June Cochranmore “mainstream” profession:

I graduated from college with a degree in physical therapy and knew instantly that I wouldn’t last long in the field. I took a few Wilton Cake Decorating classes at a local hobby store in my spare time to fill the creative void my day job left and I was hooked.

In 2006, she decided to open her own store with only thirteen weddings on the books. They say that word of mouth is the best advertisement, and Rachael’s cakes clearly spoke for themselves, because it was not long before she had a full-fledged business.

Much goes into her creations, starting with the first step of a consultation with the couple. Rachael sits down with the bride and groom-to-be to get a better understanding of what their expectations are. She asks couples to bring several forms of inspiration with them, such as Pinterest board pictures, pieces of fabric from the centerpieces, bridesmaids gowns, wedding dress, etc. so that she can best understand how the wedding is going to feel.

Rachael encourages couples to be unique when they come to their consultation. She is truly passionate about the  creative process in designing and implementing techniques to make the perfect design. She insists that:

 I want our clients to say “That’s our cake!” not “Oh, there’s our cake, but 40 other couples had that cake too”. I like to see what other cakes our clients like, but I do not want to duplicate the artistry.

She believes that the wedding cake should speak to the overall style of the event and incorporate truly special elements about the couple.

The entire process for creating a cake from start to finish can take on average 25-30 hours. There is so much more that goes into the cakes than just baking and frosting. Timing depends on how large or elaborate the design is, but all cakes are made from scratch. They are assembled and iced on day 2 leading up to the wedding, decorated on day 3, and then finishing touches are added at the site of the wedding on the final day.

Rachael is also a phenomenal consultant in terms of trends. Recently, she has noticed that couples are moving away from having multiple cakes and coming back to the tradition of having one large cake. She sees a lot of vintage themes with texture, ruffles, and giant flowers. But, rest assured, whatever your wedding cake desires might be, Rachael will make your dreams come true.

 

 

Appreciating your Maid of Honor

Being asked to participate in a wedding can either be a delightful or daunting task, particularly for the Maid of Honor (MOH). Her duties are lengthy, expensive, and usually exhausting.

She is the bride’s right-hand-woman and with her coveted position often comes Bridezilla-dom. Her responsibilities can put her emotions to the test, leaving her relieved instead of enthused when the wedding day finally comes. To avoid making your MOH feel like your pre-marital maid, follow these simple steps to leave her feeling cherished, not deflated.MOH

1. To start things off, host a luncheon where you Maid of Honor can have some bonding time with the other bridesmaids. She will be spending a lot of time with these other women, from planning events to spending time together on the big day, the bride can make her MOH’s job much easier by simply breaking the ice.

2. Provide her some direction. Sure, your MOH knows you better than most, but that doesn’t mean she wants to make each and every decision for you. If you have an idea for the theme of your bridal shower, let her know. She will appreciate the input and feel more fulfilled in planning something she knows beyond any reasonable doubt that you will love.

3. Be flexible. Constantly take into consideration the amount of pressure your MOH is under. If she has to change the location of the bachelorette party or trim the budget for the bridal shower, the best thing you can do for her is to be open to change. When you have a MOH, you are giving her the right to make decisions; that means you (gasp!) give up the rights to make every decision yourself. Let her do her job and fulfill her duties! You entrusted her with these responsibilities for a reason, now sit back and let her contribute.

4. Say “Thank you”. This sounds like a given, but it is pretty easy to get wrapped up in the chaos and overlook the importance of these two simple words. Your MOH is making a lot of sacrifices for you with the ultimate goal of making you happy. Telling her, “thank you for planning this bachelorette party, it’s going to be a blast” or “thank you for coming dress shopping with me today. I know you had a lot going on and it meant a lot that you were here” will make her day by just acknowledging that she is appreciated.

 

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Local Photographer: Studio JK

Studio JK boasts “personality, professionalism, and passion” on their website. When we sat down with them at their gorgeous studio in the up and coming district of River North in downtown Denver, it was obvious that they could not have picked three better words to describe them.

When you walk into Studio JK, there is an overwhelming sense of personality and professionalism. The eclectic light fixtures and open layout make clients feel comfortable and confident. Joe and Joyce are a husband-wife team who have 15 years of experience in the industry between them. Their work has been featured in The Knot Colorado, Shutterbug, Professional Photographer, Destination I Do, and more.

Joe and Joyce should add one more “p” to their synopsis: personable. The pair truly operate their studio with the client in mind. There is a room that is set aside just for consultations and previews. After the weddings they shoot, instead of sending a disc with the photographs taken, Joe and Joyce have a large television where they sit with clients and go through each picture. This type of display allows for the couple to see their photos on a large scale, making the process of picking which ones to print much easier.

Another way that Joe and Joyce set themselves apart is by offering a coffee table style book that chronicles the wedding. The pages of the book are thick and made from quality materials, making for a timeless memento that could be passed down for generations. Studio JK’s work is so well-respected, that some couples have opted to fly the photographers to shoot their destination weddings in locations such as Santorini and Turkey.

Joe and Joyce’s photography is colorful, structured, and strikingly beautiful. They are able to capture not just the images from a wedding, but the emotion behind it. Couples who are seeking a personalized experience and pictures to be treasured for generations, will be satisfied in choosing Studio JK.

 

Local Photographer: Sara Hasstedt

Sara Hasstedt’s most valuable tool is not her camera – it is her vibrant personality. She has truly honed in on the innate femininity that weddings embody. On her website she notes, “I believe love should be like a sparkling moscato. Bubbly, playful and sweet”; one of many personal perspectives she shares. With a voice like Sara’s, we decided to let her speak for herself in this week’s local photographer highlight.

 

Sara11. Your website is very vocal about your passion for femininity. How can grooms relate to your style?

I’m glad to know that it is obvious that brides are my focus! I have found that, if I connect really well with my bride, I will inevitably connect really well with her groom as well. It puts a groom at ease in front of the camera to see the woman he loves living up to her full potential of personality and beauty, which she is able to do when she feels confident and relaxed in front of my camera.

 

2. What draws you to photography?

I have a need to find beauty and create beauty and am beyond thankful that I’ve found a career that not only is my full-source of income, but feeds my soul at the same time. I have always been an artist in some form or another since I was small. I have been a writer, painter, dancer, singer, actress, and photographer. I love each avenue of the arts but photography feels the most “me”. However, I can still be found singing in the occasional karaoke contest on margarita night and having solo dance parties while shopping at Banana Republic and Anthro.

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3. You take engagement pictures as well. Do you have any advice for couples preparing for their engagement sessions? (attire, makeup, poses, etc.)

-Attire: I prefer when couples focus on having one really great outfit rather than several different options. It allows us more time to focus on the connection between the couple rather than being concerned with outfit changes. If a bride has an opportunity to hire a stylist to help choose the outfit, this is a mega bonus as stylists can be so helpful when finding flattering outfits and ones that pair well together in a photograph. For grooms, I always suggest nice slacks or a nice pair of jeans with leather shoes, a slim-fit button down shirt, a casual dinner jacket and a tie or bow-tie is optional.

-Makeup: Hire a professional! It is a great time to do your wedding day makeup mock-up and test it out on camera! Eyelash extensions look amazing on camera and I am a huge sucker for a bold pink/red lip as it photographs beautifully on film.

-Poses: Focus on just relaxing and being affectionate in front of the camera-the photographer will figure out the flattering angles and make changes and give direction as necessary.

-And last but not least, a modest glass of champagne beforehand never hurts anyone.

Sara Hasstedt: Photographer

4. What is the biggest challenge you face as a wedding photographer?

The weather! Weddings (obviously) can’t be rescheduled due to weather like portrait sessions can be. I truly believe that after doing several seasons of weddings here in CO, I can photograph weddings anywhere because we have some of the most unpredictable weather, even in the summertime. Not only do afternoon rainstorms regularly roll in during the summer months in the mountains, but our fall was filled with flash floods and we have to navigate tornado threats in the spring. As a photographer, this means I have to be able to think quickly on my feet and be flexible with my plans depending on what the weather may be doing. I know how to work with all different types of lighting situations and on a wedding day I always have a Plan B and a Plan C running through the back of my mind in case my Plan A is diverted because of weather or other factors. Sara Hasstedt: Photographer

Local Photographer: Cara Leonard

The purpose of this blog is to help make the overwhelming stresses of wedding planning more manageable. There are many decisions that need to be made between the time you get engaged and the minute you walk down the aisle. However, there are few choices that will be as lasting and meaningful as which photographer you hire.

Choosing a photographer is a personal experience that requires a couple to do lots of homework. To make the process easier, FPW sat down with a handful of our favorite photographers. Over the next few weeks, we will be highlighting four local studios that offer the professionalism and creative vision to make your memories last a lifetime.

 

Cara Leonard

 Cara Leonard is not just a photographer, she is an artist. Like any true artist, she aims for quality in her work at any cost. Her emphasis on film photography as opposed to digital is just one way that Ms. Leonard goes the extra mile for her clients.

The concept of digital v. film photography is not a familiar one to most couples. But,Cara helps us understand why the option for film is so important. She remembers how,

 I started to rebrand myself some time ago and in doing some research, I was really taken by a number of photographer’s work. I would look at website after website trying to really pinpoint what it was about this art that excited me. It turned out that every photo I was drawn to was film.

Film photography allows the picture to have more depth than digital. The colors are often more accurate and according to Cara, the result “looks like a painting”. Whereas digital images run the risk of spots being blown out and information can get lost.

Using film is not the only way that Cara sets herself apart with her work. She discusses how she looks at photography as a form of journalism by saying, “I feel that I create art, and that art is two-fold. It is first a beautiful piece that you would proudly display to please the eye. And second, it tells a story about a snapshot in time to please emotion.” This interesting stance speaks again to Cara’s tendency toward depth in her work.

Another benefit of Cara Leonard Photography is that she is not always a one-woman show. Two cameras are better than one and Cara has recently started working with Kirsten Webster, of Kirsten Webster Photography, to shoot weddings. Kirsten and Cara help push each other to new levels of inspiration. As Cara puts it, “I am motivated by other people’s work and Kirsten is a talented photographer who I connect with on so many levels”.

Cara loves shooting mountain weddings. She draws on the natural serenity of the landscape to create a unique and truly beautiful portfolio of the weddings she shoots. Couples who are looking for a photographer with extensive knowledge of the industry and a creative eye will be content in choosing Cara Leonard Photography.

 

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Frosted Pink Weddings has a new Associate Wedding Coordinator!

In March 2014 we hired Anne Sutherland, our new associate wedding coordinator for our Colorado studio!  Anne lives here in the valley and we are so thankful to have her on our team.  Get ready, this tenacious, passionate east coast girl is ready to dive in to the wedding world!  Her love and passion for this industry is so apparent, it’s contagious!

We are so fortunate to have her and I’d like to invite you to welcome her to our team.  We hope that you will have the opportunity to meet her in the upcoming year!  Feel free to reach out to her and say hello  - anne@frostedpinkweddings.com

About Anne:

Anne received a degree in hospitality management from Lincoln College back in New England.  Coming from Greenwich, CT, her town was known for lavish parties and events.  Little did she know that her schooling and her place of where she grew up would be just the beginning of her soon to be future career.
At a young age, Anne had the opportunity to work a 300 person wedding & plan a run a sweet 16 party.  She was in charge of scouting venues, entertainment and many other vendors.   During that process, her passion for weddings and events really came to fruition and she knew moving forward that being apart of a premier wedding planning team was where she really wanted to focus her attention for her future.
In 2014, Anne came on board with Frosted Pink Weddings as our Associate Wedding Coordinator. She was ready to work with a company that appreciated the passion and love that she has for planning weddings.
In Anne’s words: “Not many people land there dream job, but when you are able to create what a bride has envisioned and make that vision come true, I can actually say I have.”
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