Finally, after 50+ years...

Barbie and Ken have finally tied the knot. They've broken up, they've gotten back together, and now they're Mr. and Mrs. Want proof? Just look and see...

photos source.

Photographer Beatrice de Guigne was lucky enough to shoot the classic couple's wedding. You can see more of it and read the details on her blog. She also shot some boudoir sessions with the lovely bride.

Haha, awesome, right? Actually, I was definitely more in the cool rather than crazy camp before I saw her more "artistic" boudoir shoot. Either way, they're some great photos that must have been a ton of work to pull off. What do you think of Barbie and Ken's wedding?


Engagement Shoot WIN!

Oh. my. If you read weddingbee, you've probably already seen this e-shoot (heck, it's probably all over the internet already), but I could not help but share.

Looks like a pretty typical cute vintage picnic engagement shoot with an adorable couple and a great photographer, right? Wait, what's that creeping in the background?

See the whole series of shots here.

images via weddingjojo and Mrs. D'orsay.

A couple that can kill a Zombie together and still look that cute is sure to have a long, happy, and awesome-filled marriage. I love it.


Monday eye candy.

Sarah Shreves posted sneak photos from Regina and Bryan's wedding. Remember their dreamy engagement shoot? It sure looks like the wedding didn't disappoint.


I just love how the bride, groom, and photographer all came from my tiny class in high school. Man, my class had some beauty and talent, don't you think?

Happy Monday to you all! I'm working on a major life revitalization - eating better, working out more, crafting, and overall a more effective use of my time. Convenient that I'm soo close to finishing my Buffy binge.

edit: do the photos look insanely huge to you? I re-size them, but for some reason they still show up full size for the first few hours on my blog. ???


I'ma bake you a cake.

Ever since an educational event with Bliss Events at Sweet Cheeks Baking Co., I've wanted desperately to try my hand at baking a cake from scratch. I even went as far as inventing party ideas just so I could bake a cake for it. Turns out, I didn't need to invent a party - my side job was celebrating their one year anniversary since opening last June with a potluck!

Banana cake with peanut butter and nutella filling - It's not the prettiest thing I've ever seen, but it was fun - and delicious! The cake recipe is from here. I don't necessarily recommend the book because it was written in Britain and the recipes require fancy (read: more expensive and harder to find in America) ingredients like self-rising flour and caster sugar, but the cover is super cute and the cake was delicious. I made this peanut butter filling for one layer and used Nutella for the second layer of filling. (You might have noticed baking chocolate in the original ingredients photo - I was going to make my own chocolate filling but got lazy. Nutella is delicious, anyway.) Then I made a buttercream frosting, but I don't remember where I got that recipe. Um, as you can see from the photos, buttercream melts in the sun. But, I didn't care - it was tasty.

My only major cake baking advice that you may not already know is this:
1) Bake the cake (and the fillings and icing if you like) a day early and stick em' (unassembled) in the fridge. Assemble after it's all cooled and settled.
2) pipe your outside icing around the edges of the layers - it keeps the filling from seeping out. (As you can see in a photo above.)

After days of kitchen fun, I headed out to the beach (thank goodness I got someone else to drive me so I could carry the cake - I'm a crazy person for baking a three-layer cake, putting it on an antique stand, and expecting to be able to drive myself across town with it.) After we all got our fill of the deliciousness, I promptly won a sandcastle contest (and re-used the cake's decor!) Hooray for crazy adventures.

all photos personal photos.


Lovely Lake Tahoe.

I got to spend the weekend here.

and now I'm spending some quality time with my old college roommates and the newest addition - Leslie's beautiful baby girl.