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Hello Fall Foods

brown butter spice cake

Fall is one of the only seasons that enjoys an undeniable connection to a particular set of foods.  In fact, it might be the only… unless we count certain holidays on their own, in which case winter might also stake a little claim.

When the air gets crisp and cold I immediately begin to crave pumpkin, apple, and all things spiced… and long to ring in the new season with some of the best goodies around.

These are just a few that I’ve been dying to make…

pumpkin spice donuts and two minute carrot cakenutty hazelnut and almond pear crumble with elderflower creampear/cinnamon frangipagne tartlets and pumpkin pie bars

1 // Brown Butter Spice Cake

2 // Pumpkin Spice Donuts with Cinnamon Butter Glaze

3 // Two Minute Carrot Cake à La Mode

4 // Nutty Hazelnut and Almond Pear Crumble with Elderflower Cream

5 // Pear and Cinnamon Frangipagne Tartlets

6 // Pumpkin Pie Bars

A Little Inspiration: Autumn

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Okay, call me cliché but I really do love the fall.  It’s sweater season (in theory… in reality it’s been 80 all week, but go with me here) the apples are at their best, the leaves are turning and the holidays are about to begin.

Fall is a time for savoring rich flavors, rich experiences, and gorgeous rich colors like the ones above.

Currently Obsessing Over: Autumn

fall to docozy fall

Otherwise known as the best season ever.  What’s on your list for fall?

Photo: via Pinterest

{Real Weddings} Steve & Lindsey’s Pinwheel Party

Steve and Lindsey were married at the edge of White Rock Lake in Dallas, at one of the coolest venues I’ve seen in a while, The Filter Building.  They had a small ceremony, surrounded by their dearest of friends and family, and used pinwheels as their inspiration!  The result is crazy fun and colorful, with a little industrial edge.  Just my kind of party.

Photographer: RAE Portraits / Reception Venue: The Filter Building

{Real Weddings} Jeff & Leah’s Ontario Occasion

Jeff & Leah were living in Australia during their engagement and pulled off planning this simple and gorgeous affair from afar.  From those gorgeous flowers to the perogies (lovingly handmade by Leah’s grandma!) that served as a midnight snack… every detail was just perfect.

Photographer: Sandra Regier / Caterer: Gusto Catering Company / Event Designer: Julia Weddings / Floral Designer: Les Fleurs Floral Boutique / Reception Venue: Victoria Park Pavilion / Veils and Headpieces: Taylors Bridals / Bakery: The Cake Box

{Real Weddings} Taylar & Neal’s BC Bash

Taylar and Neal were married on a sunny November day in Langley, BC, in an intimate affair at Murrayville Hall.  The wedding was filled with handmade touches, including paper flowers the bride made from old sheet music, and the bride and groom chose to take a lot of their shots at the gorgeous and so perfectly vintage Princess & The Pea Bed and Breakfast.

Photographer: Danielle Dobson Photo / Reception Venue: Murrayville Hall / Accommodation: Princess & The Pea Bed and Breakfast

{Real Weddings} Katie & Brett’s Handmade Celebration

I love this bride and groom’s description of their wedding even more than I love each and every handmade detail.  Their words and wedding are the perfect representation of everything I’ve been feeling lately.  I’m so happy they sent this my way!

We wanted our wedding to feel like home. A place for our guests to kick off their shoes and celebrate the love we have for each other. Everything was hand made, home baked, and even borrowed from our families homes. Every single part of our wedding was a generous gift of time, skill and love from all of our favorite people. What we wanted most from our day was to have a great time with each other. To dance, eat, and drink with the people we love most. And to leave hand in hand. We did just that. It was a great way to kick off a life time of fun with our best friend. We hope you enjoy the photos from the Big Day as much as we do.

Photographer: Faithfully Focused Photography / Floral Designer: Details of the Day / Dress Store: J. Crew, Anthropologie / Other: Urban Outfitters / Shoes: Vans Shoes / Tuxedo and Mens Attire: The Tie Bar

{Real Weddings} Brittany & Casey’s Movie Theater Merriment

Brittany and Casey’s beautiful wedding is full of personal details and meaningful DIY touches. The bride even took the time to fold a thousand paper cranes for their ceremony backdrop (seriously, this girl is amazing).

Read on for all the lovely details from the bride herself…

We love seeing great movies together and loved the idea of getting married in a movie theater. It had a great feel with the art work and it was located in the Heights, where we first moved in together. We tried to play off the movie theme with the decorations and made this into a total DIY wedding! I bought and made my own flower jars for the tables. I made my bridal bouquet when I had found I couldn’t get the peonies I had ordered in time.

On etsy people sell bouquets made out of antique brooches. I decided to make one by going to forever 21 and buying bracelets and taking them apart, rings, pins,etc. I also found a cute fingerprint guestbooks on etsy. With the movie theme, I decided to go with the Up (movie) house with the fingers being the balloons. I bought a frame at Michael’s and I drew the house myself on paper with fine tip markers and got finger paint and picture holder stands from Michael’s.

The biggest project? I folded a thousand paper cranes for our ceremony backdrop. I had heard of the idea before and absolutely fell in love with it. I bought a huge stack of 12″ by 12″ paper from Michael’s and cut each page into four 6″ by 6″ squares and folded each into a crane, and then strung them together using beads, fishing string and a needle… It took several months! My awesome friends hung them on the alter before the wedding. The art inside this place was incredible and was a total compliment to our theme and creative personalities.

Thanks for sharing, Brittany!

Photographer: Mustard Seed Photography / Hair Stylist: Visible Changes / Caterer: Coode Co. BBQ / Floral Designer: Fannin Flowers / Invitation Designer: Wedding Paper Divas / Dress Designer: Mori Lee / Cake Designer: Who Made the Cake / Shoes: Kenneth Cole / Transportation: Monarch Limousines / Jewelry: Tiffany & Co., Mikimoto / Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Al’s Formal Wear / Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal / Veils and headpieces: Nordstroms / Event Venue: Heights Theatre Venue & Art Gallery

{Real Weddings} Chuck & Ginger’s Sweet Southern Charm

This one is really special.  I’m not sure if it’s the rustic DIY detail, the impossibly perfect, sweet Tennessee venue… or just that horse (I love that horse).  This one takes my breath away.

I had to reach out to the bride to hear more…

How did you choose your venue… did it have any special significance?
We didn’t want the typical wedding venue.  We wanted something unique and country.  My husband was from the north so we wanted to show his friends and family a southern good time when they came down, so we wanted the theme to be country chic. We finally found a venue that fit that theme.

What other special details did you incorporate into your day?
We made the last minute decision to walk down the aisle in cowboy boots which was a nice special detail I don’t regret.  My matron of honor wrote us a poem of our love story that we had displayed at our wedding.

What was your favorite part of the day?
I think my favorite part of the day was taking pictures with Chuck… spending a couple of hours before the wedding just goofing off and being ourselves really calmed our nerves down for the actual ceremony.

Any advice for other brides?
Get a good photographer. The day goes by so fast and all you’ll have left is the pictures so spend the extra research time and money in getting a good photographer

I couldn’t agree more! Thank you so much, Ginger, for taking the time to answer my questions, and to your fabulous photographer for sharing these shots.

Photographer: Matt Phoenix Photography / Reception Venue and Ceremony Location: Front Porch Farms

Mandy & Dominic’s Miami Engagements

I have to admit, I have a huge soft spot for engagement shots.  There’s just nothing better than a couple in love and in their element… no fancy dress, no tux, just two people in love.  It makes me melt every time.  Sometimes even more (dare I say) than the wedding shots themselves.

From the photographer

When we asked Mandy and Dominic how they met, the two of them looked at each other and giggled. Apparently Dominic had a plan from the beginning to win Mandy’s heart, but Mandy only saw him as a friend. After a while of Dominic taking Mandy to dinner and a movie as a friend and as he described it, “slowly working his way into her heart”, Mandy said she realized she was head over heels in love with him. Since then they’ve been inseparable and are currently planning their November 2012 wedding at the Ron W. Shane Center in Miami Beach. Mandy and Dominic wanted their engagement session to reflect their laid-back personalities and pay homage to their backgrounds. They chose the beautiful backdrop of the Deering Estate at Cutler in the heart of Miami. Photographing Mandy and Dominic was like following the couple on a romantic date, complete with champagne and a blanket to watch the ocean on. To represent their hometowns, each of them brought their favorite beer to toast with. Dominic chose Red Stripe to represent his family’s Jamaican heritage and Mandy chose Oberon beer to represent her home state of Michigan. We’re looking forward to their wedding day in November!

Photographer: Rubber Boots Photography / Event Venue: Deering Estate