Janderyn Makris, owner of Earth and Sugar, Boynton Beach, Florida
Profession: Confectionary Designer, Earth and Sugar
What she is obsessed with: Edible confetti! I know it sounds so weird, but a simple cake covered in the right amount of confetti can add such glamour. I obsess about gold almost every day, I just want to paint with it on my cakes, use glitters on my edible details and find it in lovely cutlery. I may never get tired of implementing this versatile color into my designs.
What is so 2012: That is such a hard question, I want to say cupcakes but that would be going against my pastry ethics. I really think that damask was used so much in the last year or so that it’s time for a change. I love modern tribal and geometric shapes and colors, they are making their way into paperie, and I am excited!
What’s the next big thing: This is the year of emerald green and gold, but a trend I am starting to see come through more is the use of lace. Lace is absolutely beautiful and there is a sense of old world that ties into it. I have incorporated it into a few of my designs, and although it is time consuming the final product is worth the labor.
What should brides and grooms already know before contacting you (i.e. their guest count, venue, theme, etc.): It’s so hard for me to tell brides what they have to be decided on by the time they come to see me, my experience has been that they see so many ideas and pin so many pictures that it creates a mishmash of their vision. It is very helpful when they know their colors, an estimated number of guests and of course budget (if there is one). The reason budget is probably the most important is because what you envision may not be what you can afford, and we try and tailor their ideas to also fit what they want to spend on confections.
What is your specialty: We really focus on creating unique yet organic designs that don’t have too much of everything on it. I believe in having a bit of restraint when it comes to design as something simple and clean can become an elegant conversation piece. We take pride in the use of our local and organic ingredients which bring a wonderful flavor and texture to all of our cakes and confections.
Photos by PS Photography
Serverware from Amazing Grace Vintage Rentals
With Passover and Easter just a few weeks away, we thought it was the perfect time to review how food and wine should complement each other. This chart from winefolly.com will be a time saver when planning your next fabulous gathering. From vegetables to cheeses and deserts, use this as a cheat sheet to plan wine selections around your menu. Or if you are an oenophile like us, plan your menu around the wine!
Whether you’re having an intimate get together in the garden or a rehearsal dinner for 100, knowing which wines please certain palates is key to a successful party. Don’t be afraid to mix and match wines to add a unique, vineyard tasting element. Happy planning (and sipping)!
Chart courtesy of Wine Folly
If you envision your celebration as romantic and modern, take a look at this It! Inspiration and bring on the preppy. Navy exudes elegance and contrasts with the femininity of the pink hues. Let navy be the anchor of your color palette and play with different pink shades (think rose, magenta, and even coral). To bring these elements into the menu, a dessert bar is perfect to have little pink and blue candies spread across a white linen table. Almost every flower has a pink variation and right now we love dahlias, hydrangeas and sweet peas. So put on your pink dancing shoes and dance away into the cool navy sky!
navy bridesmaid dress via Pinterest; Invitations via Just Add Ginger; candy bar via HWTM; basket of programs via The Perfect Palette; bridal party via Platinum Touch Events; cake via The Knot; table display via Calligraphy by Jennifer; groomsmen via Sheffield School;
This It! Inspiration is all about big city elegance. Black and White City Lights plays off the classic tones of black and grey, with a touch of moss green to bring out central park’s lush gardens. Surround yourself with the sights of the skyline, by setting your ceremony outside across the bay. Can you say, “Kodak moment?!” Take your guests up, up, and away to a rooftop reception, complete with black and white balloons to keep spirits high, and blackboard table décor to portray your favorite city café. Tre chic! Your cake and invitations will trace the skyline, to tie the whole theme together. Cheers, to a New York state of mind!
Cake from Pinterest; bride & groom balloons from Style Me Pretty; rooftop reception from My Wedding; chalk place-mats from Wedspiration; skyline wedding from Pretty Little Weddings; skyline invites from Style Me Pretty; groomsmen photo from Brides Magazine.
The countdown is on! Time is ticking! And we know you’re anxiously watching the clock as the day grows near. But don’t sweat; the It! girls created this one just in the nick-of-time. Love is everlasting, and this timeless inspiration board is sure to keep your guests buzzing for eternity. Start with a wedding day timeline for all your guests to follow along. Next, incorporate clocks into your photos and décor. Take a walk down memory lane with a runner full of photos from once upon a time. You’ll arrive at the best moment in your life; at the altar, next to your one and only. At the reception, have your guests help create history, as you fill a time capsule with notes of love, laughter, and wishes of happily ever after.
Clock wall from Green Wedding Shoes; bride holding clock via Dujour Magazine; wedding timeline via Pinterest; clock dress via Posh Girl Vintage; clock chair from Whimsy Decor; bride and groom via Hot Pink Bride; table setting via Home is Where the Boat Is; clock cookies from Pottery Barn Kids; timeline runner via Pinterest.
Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue! Holly Golightly would be proud of this Tiffany Blue inspiration. And we are just crazy about it too, darling! From your invites to your shoes, you’ll be singing the sweet hues of blues (not to be confused with the mean reds). Drive up to your venue in an aqua vintage car, as your guests anxiously wait for your arrival. (With a guaranteed grin on your face, there will be no question about how divinely and utterly happy you two are). As attendees find their seats, have them slip cards into a giant Tiffany box tower and fill out a “My Advice for the Bride & Groom” keepsake for your wedding scrapbook. Your linens will be dressed with the cool colors of the sky, to give your table a fresh and, oh, so fabulous finish. Everyone will nibble on mini-cakes shaped like little boxes of jewelry joy. One thing to always remember, “The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.” – Audrey Hepburn.
Ring from Tiffany & Co.; bride and bridesmaids photo from Pinterest; “My Advice for the Bride & Groom” available on BHLDN.com; shoes via Elisabeth Anne Designs; mini cakes from Pinterest; aqua vintage car from Ruffled; bride & groom photo from Heart Love Weddings; ruffle cake from Style Me Pretty; table setting from Pinterest; dress invitation available on InvitationBox.com; tiffany box tower from Project Wedding.
If your idea of paradise is a quaint cabin in the woods, grab a flannel blanket and cozy up to this It! Inspiration. There’s no need to head to the mountains to feel like you’re in the Great Outdoors. To accomplish this look, bring the outdoors in through woodsy centerpieces of cherry blossom, dogwood or curly willow. Dangle hanging votives to mimic starlight, and add rustic accents like bark and birch-covered fixtures. Spent shotgun shells spice up escort cards, and there are so many adorable things you can do with re-purposed tree trunks – think cake stands, centerpieces and photo backdrops. After dinner, curl up with your groom and guests around a warm campfire. An interactive s’mores station will offer everyone a sweet treat upon departure!
Country table by The Sweetest Occasion; Escort cards via Pinterest; Engagement photo from Wedding Gawker; Cake stand from Melissa Baum; Campfire by We Heart It; Bow and arrow bride from Melissa Baum; Barn via Pinterest; Bouquet from Style Me Pretty; Cupcakes and Décor via Melissa Baum.
Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but wine is like family! Florida has more than 30 vineyards and wineries, so pop the cork and party with the nectar of grapes. From deep burgundies to white varietals, wine is the ultimate element that brings people together. If you and your partner are wine connoisseurs, a fun tasting station with a variety of local vinos will offer local flavor. Corks offer endless opportunities to carry on your theme, from escort card and place card holders to kissing balls and table numbers. Wine crates and barrels will have your guests channeling Wine Country when set with burlap and lace details. A natural beauty palette and California cool tousseled hairstyle will complete the aesthetic.
Barrel Centerpiece via Ruffled; Table setting from Style Me Pretty; Escort cards via Style Me Pretty; Cork pom pom from Everyday to Runway; Burlap table runner via Pinterest; Altar from Style Me Pretty; Table setting via Pinterest; Barrel tables from My Sweet and Saucy; Dress and hair via Once Wed; Table setting by 100 Layer Cake.
It! Girls LOVE lace. It’s such a feminine element and can be incorporated in everything from the gown and table linens to stationery and accessories. Burlap is often seen as more rustic than elegant, but when you pair them together, magic happens! For an outside ceremony, adorn chairs with pretty lace bows and make adorable burlap banners for the wedding party photos. Voila: rustic chic!
Table setting by Elizabeth Anne Designs; Kate Middleton dress from Alexander McQueen; Lace envelope via Pinterest; Lace cake topper by Etsy; Burlap banner via Style Me Pretty; Dessert table from Jenny Cookies; Lace bow via Kiddo’s Photos; Flatware roll-ups from Pinterest.
Float away on the memories of a windy childhood afternoon with a playful kite theme. An organic palette of sky blues swirled with sunset reds, oranges and pinks is perfect for sparkly signature cocktails and up-in-the-air table settings. Get creative with blue petals: think hydrangeas, tinted orchids and even blue-hued roses for centerpieces and bouquets. Strands of bistro lights all around will illuminate your very special starry night.
Table setting from Style Me Pretty; Sprinkle martinis via Tumblr; Banner via About; Water bottles by Green Wedding Planner; Invitation via Etsy; Dessert bar from Pinterest; Table setting by Newlywed Diaries; Cookies via Flickr; Cookies by Tracey Lau; Party favors from Green Wedding Planner.