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Katie's Cupcakes comes to life

Sometimes just eating a cupcake isn’t enough. Sometimes you want the experience to continue. That’s the impulse that Katie and Neal Swanson are catering to with their new cute series of children’s books about the nighttime antics of the cupcakes in their Fairhaven, WA shop, Katie's Cupcakes. “Kids in the shop really liked the cupcakes in our logo,” said Neal. So the Swansons decided to bring those cupcakes to life. In “Katie’s Cupcakes" and "Papa Loses His Magic," watch the couple's bakery transform into the village of Katie’s Cupcakes with characters such as Papa Peanut Butter, Nutty Nana, Veronica Vanilla, and Linda Lemon. Read along …
Sometimes just eating a cupcake isn’t enough. Sometimes you want the experience to continue. That’s the impulse that Katie and Neal Swanson are catering to with their new cute series of children’s books about the nighttime antics of the cupcakes in their Fairhaven, WA shop, Katie's Cupcakes.

“Kids in the shop really liked the cupcakes in our logo,” said Neal. So the Swansons decided to bring those cupcakes to life.
In “Katie’s Cupcakes" and "Papa Loses His Magic," watch the couple's bakery transform into the village of Katie’s Cupcakes with characters such as Papa Peanut Butter, Nutty Nana, Veronica Vanilla, and Linda Lemon. Read along while the cupcakes come to life each night and avoid the meanest cupcake of them all, Frostella, and her helpers Day Old and Stumpy, in their attempts to spoil all the fun.

“The storyline of the books is similar to 80s cartoons,” said Neal, “The bad cupcake and her bad helpers are always trying to get the good ones.” He has a fondness for the baddie though, as Frostella is his favorite character. 

Just like cupcakes, everyone has a favorite, so the couple has also created a line of T-shirts featuring the characters from the books, so lucky customers can sport their favorite .
The books are available for purchase at Katie’s Cupcakes, Village Books, Amazon, and bringcutenessback.com

While the Swansons are exploring new opportunities, the cupcake business is still going strong. Katie’s Cupcakes is available for weddings, but during summer months they’re often doing two to five weddings per weekend, so the sooner you book, the better!

Katie's Cupcakes is located at 1005 Harris Avenue, Bellingham (Fairhaven), and is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m.– 5 p.m. or until sold out.

If you want more information on how to get delicious cupcakes from Katie's for your wedding, see their listing here.
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Board of the Week: Planning Pins

We're all about planning here at Pacific Coast Weddings, so how could we not love Wedding Crowd's Planning Pins board? Find checklists, theme ideas, tips, and more!  For more wedding planning resources, see our many helpful worksheets! 
We're all about planning here at Pacific Coast Weddings, so how could we not love Wedding Crowd's Planning Pins board? Find checklists, theme ideas, tips, and more! 

For more wedding planning resources, see our many helpful worksheets
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Feeling pink

Car photo by Melisa Draper Photography, others by Joe & Patience.  There's something about the weather this week that's been making us dream of this lovely, summery pink.  Photos by Stephanie Stremler Photography.  This color was huge in weddings last year, but something makes us think it will be making a comeback in 2013. It's got a light, vintage feel, and the vintage trend doesn't seem to be going anywhere soon. What do you think? Is pink here to stay?
Car photo by Melisa Draper Photography, others by Joe & Patience
There's something about the weather this week that's been making us dream of this lovely, summery pink. 
This color was huge in weddings last year, but something makes us think it will be making a comeback in 2013. It's got a light, vintage feel, and the vintage trend doesn't seem to be going anywhere soon. What do you think? Is pink here to stay?
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Board of the Week: Photo ideas!

You know that your wedding photographer is going to get beautiful photographs of you and your loved ones on your wedding day, but it can be helpful to go in with a few ideas for photographs you'd like to try.  That's where boards like One Events Management's Photo Ideas! come in. It's chock-full of 'must get' wedding shots. Make your own board and show it to your photographer! To find more unique wedding photographs, head over to our Photography board. We've got inspiration galore, as well as beautiful photos from some of the best local photographers.
You know that your wedding photographer is going to get beautiful photographs of you and your loved ones on your wedding day, but it can be helpful to go in with a few ideas for photographs you'd like to try. 

That's where boards like One Events Management's Photo Ideas! come in. It's chock-full of 'must get' wedding shots. Make your own board and show it to your photographer!

To find more unique wedding photographs, head over to our Photography board. We've got inspiration galore, as well as beautiful photos from some of the best local photographers.
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Board of the Week: Men's Wedding

You don't want your man to look like just any other groom - you want him to look like himself.  For some great ideas on how to let your future husband's personality shine through his wardrobe on your wedding day, check out Jayne Sacco's mens wedding Pinterest board. It's full of colorful accessories and vintage England-inspired looks.  Our The Men in Our Lives! board also has some pretty fantastic inspiration, if we do say so ourselves. Don't forget to get the man in your life involved in his wardrobe decisions - let him see these boards. It's easy to get wrapped up in making sure everything matches, or that his looks fits what you'd imagined, but on this special …
You don't want your man to look like just any other groom - you want him to look like himself. 

For some great ideas on how to let your future husband's personality shine through his wardrobe on your wedding day, check out Jayne Sacco's mens wedding Pinterest board. It's full of colorful accessories and vintage England-inspired looks. 
 
Our The Men in Our Lives! board also has some pretty fantastic inspiration, if we do say so ourselves.

Don't forget to get the man in your life involved in his wardrobe decisions - let him see these boards. It's easy to get wrapped up in making sure everything matches, or that his looks fits what you'd imagined, but on this special day what's most important is that he's comfortable and fe like himself.
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Board of the Week: Wedding Colors I Love

The Perfect Palette is a great resource for finding color schemes, and their Pinterest account is full of great ideas, but our favorite is {Wedding Colors I Love}. It's a great variety of palettes and images, and they just may give you more inspiration than color alone!  We want to hear what you think of wedding colors! Tell us in the comments below what combinations you love, and what you hate.
The Perfect Palette is a great resource for finding color schemes, and their Pinterest account is full of great ideas, but our favorite is {Wedding Colors I Love}. It's a great variety of palettes and images, and they just may give you more inspiration than color alone! 

We want to hear what you think of wedding colors! Tell us in the comments below what combinations you love, and what you hate.
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Traditions: Something blue

Photo by Joe & Patience We've come to the end of our first Pacific Coast Weddings blog series on incorporating wedding tradition into your modern wedding. And what better way to finish than with with an aspect of the "Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue," tradition that can be so much fun: Something Blue. According to tradition, the act of wearing something blue on your wedding day represents purity, love, and fidelity. Finding something blue might be the easiest of all of the items so because there are so many options, but that's what makes it so exciting! You can do anything you want! Here are some of our favorites: Shoes: Buy some fabulous …
We've come to the end of our first Pacific Coast Weddings blog series on incorporating wedding tradition into your modern wedding. And what better way to finish than with with an aspect of the "Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue," tradition that can be so much fun:

Something Blue.

According to tradition, the act of wearing something blue on your wedding day represents purity, love, and fidelity. Finding something blue might be the easiest of all of the items so because there are so many options, but that's what makes it so exciting! You can do anything you want! Here are some of our favorites:
  • Shoes: Buy some fabulous blue shoes. That splash of color can really liven up your attire. If that's not your style, just write something sweet in blue ink on the bottom. It's a discrete way to embrace the tradition.
  • Sew it: Embroider the date of your wedding inside your wedding dress in blue thread or sew a piece of one of your dad's old blue shirts into the lining above your heart.
  • Lingerie: this one will be your little secret!
  • Jewelry: a pair of beautiful sapphire or turquoise earrings, a statement necklace, or even your ring can be a "something blue" that you can keep forever.
  • Bouquet: A blue flower or two in your bouquet or a blue wrap for the stems of your flowers are both easy and lovely.
Photos, clockwise from l., Anda Photography, Nordstrom, Art Pinney Photography
Have fun with it! Check out our Pinterest page for more creative ways to incorporate blue into your wedding day!
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Traditions: Something borrowed

"Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue." Welcome to our series on making this ever-popular tradition work for your modern wedding. We've covered something old and something new. Today's post: Something Borrowed Photos, clockwise from top left, by Art Pinney Photography, Joe and Patience and Geri DeZarn Photography. Something borrowed symbolizes borrowed happiness, so many brides choose to borrow something from a happily married couple, though it is also a wonderful way to honor a family member or best friend. Here are a few items that we think would be great to borrow: Jewelry - a family heirloom or something special from a friend A vintage …
"Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue." Welcome to our series on making this ever-popular tradition work for your modern wedding. We've covered something old and something new. Today's post:

Something Borrowed
Something borrowed symbolizes borrowed happiness, so many brides choose to borrow something from a happily married couple, though it is also a wonderful way to honor a family member or best friend. Here are a few items that we think would be great to borrow:

  • Jewelry - a family heirloom or something special from a friend
  • A vintage coat or gloves
  • A bridal veil or headpiece
  • A man's handkerchief or cufflinks
  • A silver knife to cut the wedding cake
  • China or vases for centerpieces
  • A reading used at someone special's wedding
  • A loved one's favorite song for your first dance

Borrow a statement necklace or your mother's veil! Photo by Josh Durias Photography.
To give this tradition the most meaning possible, when you ask someone to borrow an item, tell them why you want something of theirs – if you admire their marriage or you want part of them close to you on your special day, make sure they know it. Be sure to write them a thank you note and return their item to them promptly. You're not going to be thinking about this on your wedding day, so assign a bridesmaid or friend to make sure it gets back to its owner.
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DIY: Yarn-wrapped wine bottles

We love Do-It-Yourself projects.  They are a cheap and easy way to dress up your wedding day with just a little bit of elbow grease. One of the trends we love right now is dressing up old bottles and jars with rope or ribbon, and we decided to give it a go ourselves. We took some old wine bottles from sleek to shabby chic with just a little yarn. Go ahead, try it. You'll fall in love! DIY: Yarn-wrapped bottles, a how-to guide It's simple. Grab an empty, clean wine bottle, a paintbrush, a jar of Mod Podge and your favorite color of yarn. Keep a pair of scissors on hand, you'll need them at the end. Spread a little Mod Podge around the mouth of the bottle to help the …
We love Do-It-Yourself projects. 

They are a cheap and easy way to dress up your wedding day with just a little bit of elbow grease. One of the trends we love right now is dressing up old bottles and jars with rope or ribbon, and we decided to give it a go ourselves. We took some old wine bottles from sleek to shabby chic with just a little yarn.

Go ahead, try it. You'll fall in love!

DIY: Yarn-wrapped bottles, a how-to guide

It's simple. Grab an empty, clean wine bottle, a paintbrush, a jar of Mod Podge and your favorite color of yarn. Keep a pair of scissors on hand, you'll need them at the end.
Spread a little Mod Podge around the mouth of the bottle to help the yarn stick.
Begin wrapping the yarn around the bottle in concentric circles. Make sure you leave a tail to wrap around, it helps keep the yarn tight when you're first starting.
It takes a little while, around 20 minutes per bottle, so if you're doing a lot grab a couple of friends, a glass of wine and put on some good music.
Wrap, wrap, wrap away.
When you get to the curve in the bottle, you'll want to add a little more Mod Podge. It gets a little tricky there without it and if you pull too tight, your yarn will bunch (and it's really hard to smooth it back out!).
Halfway there!
It helps to use your most focused face. That yarn's a tricky bugger!
About half an inch from the bottom, add some more glue to start securing the final strands.
Wrap as close to the bottom as you like (we did up to a 1/4"), and then make your cut!
Add a few flowers, and you have a beautiful wrapped vase that has a lovely organic look!
We loved this project! Feel free to try it a different way - wrap mason jars with rope or twine for a nautical or rustic look, use braided ribbon, or experiment with colored stripes. Make it your own - the possibilities are endless!

Not into DIY projects? Need other supplies? Not sure where to start? Check out our event consultants & rentals!
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Photo to Get: A Pre-Ceremony Moment

There's nothing sweeter than the moment a groom sees his wife-to-be on their wedding day. It's even better if it happens pre-ceremony when the couple can sneak away and share that special moment by themselves. Talk to your photographer and ask them for a "first look" photo like the one below. They can help you tweak your wedding day timeline to make room for an enchanting encounter. We promise you won't regret it! Photo by Courtney Bowlden Photography
There's nothing sweeter than the moment a groom sees his wife-to-be on their wedding day. It's even better if it happens pre-ceremony when the couple can sneak away and share that special moment by themselves.

Talk to your photographer and ask them for a "first look" photo like the one below. They can help you tweak your wedding day timeline to make room for an enchanting encounter. We promise you won't regret it!
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Traditions: Something old

"Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue."  This well-known phrase is part of an age-old tradition meant to bring luck to the bride in her marriage. According to The Knot, "something old represents continuity; something new offers optimism for the future; something borrowed symbolizes borrowed happiness; something blue stands for purity, love, and fidelity."  We love the sweetness and simplicity of this tradition, and we want to share some of our favorite ideas with you. Something Old It's easy to incorporate tradition into your wedding day, even if you're having a chic, modern wedding. Just think about the details like your …
"Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue." 

This well-known phrase is part of an age-old tradition meant to bring luck to the bride in her marriage. According to The Knot, "something old represents continuity; something new offers optimism for the future; something borrowed symbolizes borrowed happiness; something blue stands for purity, love, and fidelity." 

We love the sweetness and simplicity of this tradition, and we want to share some of our favorite ideas with you.


Something Old

It's easy to incorporate tradition into your wedding day, even if you're having a chic, modern wedding. Just think about the details like your grandmother's pearls, a bit of lace from your mother's gown, heirloom earrings, an antique ring … the options are endless! Here's one way that you can truly make that "something old" your very own:

A piece of vintage lace is an ideal item for your "something old." It's beautiful, delicate and easy to come by - stop in at your local antique dealer and you're bound to find a piece you like. It's also extremely versatile. You can sew it into the lining of your dress, ask your florist to incorporate it into your bouquet and turn it into a headpiece (above - fantastic tutorial at heartbeatsphotoblog.com) or a pair of earrings (cutoutandkeep.net).
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