Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Wedding Wednesdays: Eat Cake

Cakes, cupcakes, or a variety of desserts it's up to you. Living in the mountains I want to bring the natural elements inside. We're looking at various ways we can display our cake and other treats. The idea of using rounds as a cake stand adds a nice rustic chic element. Plus it's super easy to DIY - no need to break the bank. Here are a few cake/dessert display stands you might find on my "Wedding Style" board over at Pinterest.




Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Wedding Wednesdays: Centerpiece Inspiration

Centerpieces can pull a room and theme together. They can be DIY'd or store bought, made of flowers, fabrics, candles, or a combination. I've always said simple is best, but get creative with your centerpieces; they can be completely tailored to your wedding theme, color, or style, and pinterest is a great place to look and catalog ideas + inspiration!






Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Wedding Wednesdays: Engagement Party

Back in September Nick and I made a quick trip to San Diego to Celebrate our engagement and well brake in the new backyard.  Although my mom had just broke her foot it didn’t slow her down. There was a Rasta Taco - taco cart  making  chicken and carnitas street tacos, a margarita machine and even sangria. Plus friends and family. Thanks Mom and everyone who helped us celebrate.

Tiara and Nick Ready for another drink.

Marcus making some drinks at the outdoor kitchen.

Emily, Tiara, & Lindy
Brooklyn enjoying the tacos and lily waiting for her to drop something.

And then there were shots... Nick hid at this point.
Engagement Party Tips:

Who should host your engagement party?
Traditionally, the parents of the bride host, but today there aren't hard and fast rules. The bride and groom can host it themselves, or a friend or other family member can undertake the hosting duties.

What kind of event should it be?
This depends on your budget and personal style. It can be a formal affair with printed invitations and reply cards, a casual backyard barbecue, or anything in between. A cocktail party with hors d'oeuvres is always a safe bet.

Who should be invited to your engagement party?
You'll definitely want to invite your two families so they can get to know one another. It's bad etiquette to invite anyone other than those who will definitely be invited to the wedding, so it's probably best to limit the guest list to those very close to you. Typically, guests who would have to travel are not invited, as you will already be asking them to travel for the wedding. (The exception to this rule would be the parents of the bride or groom).

When should you hold your engagement party?
For those with especially long engagements, engagement parties are held one to three months after the engagement, and/or about a year before the wedding. For others it can be held any time more than six months before the wedding.

Should you expect gifts and register for them?
You shouldn't expect gifts as etiquette does not dictate that guests should bring them. But the announcement of an engagement inevitably gets some guests thinking about gifts, and this is a time that they might start asking your family where you are registered. Some of your guests will bring a present to the party. Therefore it's a good idea to have registered for a few things before sending the invitations. However, as not everyone will bring something, don't make the gifts a central part of the party. Put them aside, and open them after the guests have left. Don't forget to send thank you notes!

For other wedding and engagement FAQ's has you covered.

Happy Planning!



Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Wedding Wednesdays - Our Venue

This year is going to be crazy... crazy busy planning a wedding. So here we go the first installment of Wedding Wednesday’s leading up to our big date, August 19, 2012. Follow along as I plan out the fun festivities, DYI projects and everything in-between.

The deposit is down and the date is set. Drum roll please.... We're getting married at


Where did you get married or are you currently busy planning a wedding? Would love to hear from you.
 Until next week….
XO Tiara

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Weekend Warriors

Where did summer go? It's been a blast, but fall is officially here. We had some serious weekend warriors over the last few months.

My brother took advantage of his 3 month stay in SF making it up to Tahoe a few times this summer. Although, we did put him to work on the house one weekend we still had fun riding bikes, hiking and just showing him around.

Marcus, Roxy and I @ Echo Lakes
It only took Trixie a year and a half to make it back to Tahoe, but I'm sure we'll see her this winter. I do owe her a trip to Seattle... While in town we cruised around on bikes, hiked and hit up the Celebrity Golf Tournament. She even let me drag her to Ikea! That's a friend

Trixie & I @Edgewood Tahoe # CelebGolf
And of course it wouldn't be summer if my dad didn't make a few trips to Tahoe to help out on the house.(More posts about that later)
Marcus, Nick & Dad working
All in all it was a good summer. I did finally try paddleboarding for the first time and loved it.

Until next summer....

If winter is anything like last year a trip to mex will be needed come March.