Monday, May 30, 2016

Cake Tasting!


So I recently made another trip to Santa Monica/Los Angeles to do the last bits of wedding planning that required me to actually be there, one of which was ... Cake Tasting! The Casa del Mar offers 5 different places to get your wedding cake from, which is included in your wedding package: Vanilla Bake Shop, Sweet Lady Jane Bakery, Butterend Cakery, Fantasy Frostings, and Bottega Louie. We managed to hit 4 of the 5 shops and skipped Bottega Louie. 


The counter and cakes at Vanilla Bake Shop, Santa Monica

Our cake flavor samples to try



Flavor wise each shop had different flavors they were strongest at baking. When it boiled down to picking our favorite flavors, we picked different flavors at each shop. At Vanilla Bake Shop I think we picked their Coconut and Carrot Cake, but at Sweet Lady Jane we picked their Red Velvet and Princess Cake (their red velvet was my favorite of all the flavors we tasted!). I was also surprised to see Red Velvet at only two of the shops, I guess it must be a trend of the past now! Design wise the shops were pretty happy for you to guide them, which to me is perfect. 

Can't wait to reveal the final cake and design!



The outside of Sweet Lady Jane (we actually sat next to one of the owners at our tasting here!)

Some of the cakes at Sweet Lady Jane... so delicious!


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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

The Casa Del Mar Wedding Venue

Yay! We finally chose our wedding venue- and let me tell you- it was NOT an easy task. However, I do think I have picked the very best one. The decision was so difficult for me because we were stuck between two very unique venues, The Casa Del Mar and The Vibiana. I was determined to make my decision without having to hop a flight to LA, but flying out was the best decision I ever made. 

I had been leaning toward The Vibiana because of the grandeur. Anyone who has seen the venue in photos must admit the grand entrance definitely packs a punch, but upon going to the actual venue I was a little disappointed. The location was less than stellar and definitely had an impact on the site. The room itself lacked a bit of an it factor for me, I'm not entirely sure what it was. I'm sure many people find the age of the building to be part of its charm, but for me I think paired with the brown, it was a bit blah. It could in part be due to the fact that the windows were all shut for my visit. The second and I think biggest downside to The Vibiana would be their recently made over bridal suite, which is a hideous hue of dark teal- NOT how I envisioned getting ready for the big day. I could see myself having trippy Alice in Wonderland themed panic attacks induced by the room color- it really is THAT bad. 



Anyways, enough about the negatives, let's get to the positives of the CDM. Going straight to a meeting after getting off of the worst flight of your life, (thank you British Airways) is never an easy task, but pulling up to the outside of the hotel we were instantly greeted by several people ready to assist and put you at ease. The inside foyer of the CDM is dramatic and does not show up on google image search as much as it should. The inside exudes understated elegance and I instantly understand the meaning of California Chic. There is a luxurious bar and romantic draped booths, not to mention the room itself (see photos). I mean ... damn. There is a bridal suite and groom's room right next to the ballroom and they are both lovely and elegant, with mini sitting rooms. Gorgeous. 

There are honestly too many pros to list in a blog post, staff (Liz is amazing), service, extras, etc) So if you are having the same dillemmas or are doubting the CDM as a wedding venue, I urge you to go check it out, because I went in there doubtful and totally changed my opinion... which is rare for me!


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