Monday, January 16, 2012


DIY BRILLANCE! It happens all too often to brides.... you try something on, whether it be a gown, jewelry or shoes, that fall way outside of your budget. You fall in love and have the painstaking task of forgetting that it ever happened just to find out that you never truly forget about it. Instead you settle for something you like within your budget, while wishing you could just run to the store and buy the item that stole your heart. Well this happened to one of our newest stationery clients, Elizabeth. She came into our Studio on Saturday for a consultation and told me about the journey of her shoes and I was so impressed I wanted to share with all of our fans and clients. I bring you today, her affair with a fabulous pair of Louboutin shoes, her will not to cave and pay the price but rather make herself a pair of shoes that not only look fabulous but saved her from taking a huge chunk of change out of their wedding budget.

If you are a bride that has taken on an unique DIY project to make sure you had an element of your wedding that you were dying to have (big or small), please email us at We would love to feature you as well. Serious patience, creativity & talent must be recognized by others ♥

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Planning a Wedding, within the Wedding Industry - Part 2

Let there be cake!!

Hi everyone! I hope ya'll are having a great week so far! I wanted to talk about a business I highly recommend. It's Tasteful Elegance located in Easley, SC. They do deliver. My sister got married a few years ago and we went to one of the Wedding Festivals at the Hyatt Place. We were both looking forward to trying out wedding cakes. There were a lot of bakery venues there and out of all of them one stood out. We walked up to Tasteful Elegance booth and was greeted with a smile by Cheryl. She owns and operates this yummy place. She gave us a sample of her famous white chocolate cake and we each took a bite and we didn't even have to speak, we looked at each other and knew this was the cake for my sister. No questions asked! It was literally melt in your mouth good! My sister later made an appointment with Cheryl and was very pleased with her. At my sister's wedding, people complimented on her cake on not only how beautiful it was but how tasty it was! My sister had a lot of cake left over from her wedding and people found out and asked her if she could spare a few slices. No joke lol!
After getting engaged I knew who I wanted to do my cake. I immediately made an appointment with Cheryl at her studio. We came on a rainy day and Cheryl opened up her studio to us and immediately offered us warm drinks. Joey ( my stud muffin fiance) and I and sat down and looked at pictures and magazines to get ideas. Honestly, we had no idea what type or style of a cake we wanted. We came in there with a clean slate. We told Cheryl how we didn't have an idea for a cake but the only thing we did know that we wanted was something different and creative. Surprisingly, Joey was working with Cheryl on different sketches and we found one that we really liked. Joey designed the cake with Cheryl all by himself! I was so pleased because the cake was everything we were looking for! Cheryl let us try several samples of cakes as well as fillings and frosting. They were all so good. Her cakes are so smooth and fresh. We of course went with white chocolate and buttercream frosting. We also ordered a groomsman cake for Joey. Joey is a big sports fan and I thought I would steer clear from that because I figured he would of expected something like that. Joey goes to starbucks at least once a day. Yes, I said at least once a day and not once a week. They all know him by name. So I decided on a starbucks inspired cake!
Cheryl is not only a good and creative baker but she's also very kind. She's very personable which to me is very important. Just to give you an example, I went to the Wedding Festivals with my future mother in law and went up to her booth and she recognized me. When it comes to a venue you want to make sure that they not only have good service but also have a care of what you want. She does cakes and cookies for all occasions!

So the yummy cake award goes to Cheryl with Tasteful Elegance! Below are some pics of her work. Please note that these pictures don't do justice of what they look like in person!
Hope to see you next week!!


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

"Planning a Wedding within the Wedding Industry" begins...

One of our own employees is in the process of planning her wedding and we wanted to give her the chance to document her journey and hopefully help some of you along the way with all that she experiences and learns. At the beginning of every week will be her own written post about whatever she wants to share. We hope you enjoy and follow along on her journey with her and take something from each post. We encourage you to comment and share any of your stories or questions as well!

Planning a Wedding, within the Wedding Industry - Part 1 by Lorianne L.


Hi all, or shall I say ya'll lol. This is my ver
y first blog ever!! I am a bride to be and I hope that my blog will give you some helpful tips as well as some ideas and inspirations for your big day!! A little about me, I'm 26 and I will be getting married September 2012. I got engaged this past December and I've been really on the ball with my wedding planning even though we kind of had a long engagement. I don't consider myself a traditional bride, I like different things and bright colors! I guess you will be following me on my wedding planning journey. I'm half Chinese and half Korean and my stud muffin of a fiance' is Italian and Irish. Can you imagine what our kids will look like?? We live in upstate South Carolina and I hope my experience of this whole wedding planning will help you as well as anyone that lives in the area!!

I've been really curious with airbrush makeup lately. My main concern is if it really works. For me, my skin is a combination of dry and oily. For my wedding day I know I will be pretty emotional so I really want something that lasts! I've heard that airbrush makeup can last up to 24 hours!! A little bit about airbrush makeup for those that don't know-

• There are 3 different types-Water based (Matte finish, usually doesn't require any powdering). Silicone based (Gives a light dewy finish, very youthful glow). Alcohol based (light finish, stronger, can be used for special effects and tattoo coverups).
• All airbrushing is hypoallergenic an
d the best part is that it's the most sanitary way to put on makeup if you think about it.
• This is non-transferable, sweat, smudge and tear proof. It's also good for your skin because it actually sits on top of your skin and it does not penetrate to the pores.

Now, let's get to the good part to see if it really works! I looked up different makeup/hair artists in the area and found a few. I looked up each of their information and asked around about them. I found one that I kept eyeing on. I asked several girls and she got all good reviews. Her name is Katie Cotton. Her company is called Cotton Rogue. She also travels. Me and my sister met her on Sunday and she was very friendly and perky. She wanted to make sure that I was comfortable with my appearance and didn't want to
be looking of the ordinary. She also has good prices-$120 (hair and makeup). For all other bridal parties-$85. She told me about the different types of airbrushing, I went with alcohol based because I really wanted it to be durable and it seems like the majority of the brides get it done. When she was airbrushing me, it felt so light that it almost tickled. It literally took about 1 minute for her to do the whole base of my face. She covered up all of my blemishes and my oily/dry skin was gone. Just a fair warning, there is a light smell to the alcohol based but it didn't bother me one bit. Those that have sensitive noses might be bothered, but just note that it only takes a few seconds. After she did my airbrushing, I looked in the mirror and I was super shocked. I loved the way my skin looked! My skin looked soft and smooth. I was very impressed.
When I got home I changed shirts. We've all gone through with changing clothes and getting makeup on it, very annoying. When I changed shirts, no makeup smeared on my shirt!! I got my fingers and wiped it across my cheek, nothing! I got pictures to prove it! I even faked cried, and nothing!

So if you want something durable, then I would really go with airbrushed makeup. It's worth it. You don't want to have your makeup smear or mess up on your big day. Katie will give you a consul
tation and you can talk about your likes and dislikes with hair and makeup. To me she's the most reasonably priced. Plus she's been doing makeup for over 12 years!

When I was in high school I would always get my makeup done at local department stores for "free" (it's free but they usually expect you to buy something which I did). And I was never impressed. They either never listened or they never made you look they way you wanted to. Notice the picture of me in high school with one of my best friends who is also a bridesmaids. Look at all that makeup! We laugh at this photo. My blue eyeshadow is ridiculous!!

So for me, airbrush makeup is a definite yes!! If you are on a budget and don't want to spend the extra money on getting it done by a professional you can do what I did, I asked my sister to pay for it for my birthday and she did! I hope this helps! Every week I will be posting a different topic!


Wednesday, April 27, 2011


If you missed all of our posts on our facebook page lately that we've done in sheer excitement, FTMB is relocating from NJ to SC on SATURDAY! We are very excited but as you can imagine extremely busy between working and preparing for the move. We will be "closed" until next week. Some orders are being wrapped up and then others will resume at our new lo...cation. A production email went out to all May clients this morning, please keep your eyes opened for that (check spam/bulk folders as well just in case). Orders can still be placed on our website, that is not effected at all. Just know that if you fill out any contact forms or send any emails, you may encounter a delayed response but we will get back to you as soon as we possibly can. We'll see everyone next week, at our NEW STUDIO!

Monday, February 28, 2011

April A. - Custom Card Box Set

FINALLY! We've been dying to do a bright green & black damask custom wedding card box and April made that happen. She loved one of the boxes she saw in our gallery (same layout up but in purple) and she added on a coordinating advice box for a matching set. It's going to go perfectly with all the decor pictures she sent in to us for inspiration. Thank you April and best wishes, we hope your wedding card box and advice box is enjoyed by all your guests :)

Monday, January 31, 2011


We launched yesterday but our official launch is today. We are soooooooooo excited, it's been a project in the works for months and finally the time has come for our new look. Brand new website, new products and full shopping e-commerce website. CHECK IT OUT!!!

Thursday, December 30, 2010


Ok so...we have a new item for the new year that we were going to wait to release but we were way too excited. Introducing our Signature Gallery Canvas! We are going to be doing a lot of new stuff in 2011 on Canvas and this is the first! We'd love your feedback. To order, contact us at


Don't forget, you have until 12/31 @ 11:59pm to place your card box order on our website before new prices for 2011 take effect. All orders placed and paid will receive 2010 pricing and lock in their spot in the production schedule.

First come, first serve. Availability will change without notice as the spots fill up.

Not sure how you want it to look or even what your colors may be? NO PROBLEM! Just place the order, fill out the required fields, make payment and then email us more details as you decide on them.

If you have any questions, please let us know otherwise order now to purchase your card box at the cheaper price.

**Accepting order for events taking place on February 4, 2011 and beyond.**

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