BloomFavorites: Cakes

Perhaps I am still a little bitter about the disaster that was my wedding cake. It turned up 3 hours late and looked nothing like my husband and I had asked for. Sure, it tasted great and guests were none the wiser, but it was so ugly! Now that its part of my job to peruse the wedding sites and look at wedding pictures, I have found that I am drawn to a certain type of cake.

These beautifully simple cakes really tickle my cake fancy. How about you?
Aren't they beautiful?

All images from StyleMePretty.com


BloomFavorites: Guest Details

I love all these personal touches that help to welcome and thank wedding guests for attending.


Bloom Favorites: Printed Details

Its been a while since I posted a Bloom Favorites post, and I have to admit that I just havent been keeping up with all the blogs that I used to read. I suppose that the excuse of LIFE probably is just that, an excuse, but I am working on it. I hope to start keeping up better with trends and all the beautiful events that people are sharing around the world.

With that, I also had a realization. I realized that not only am I not a talented or inspired writer, and I admit that, but when I read a blog I look more at the pictures than anything. So, Bloom Favorites will be turning a corner, and will be presented with a new approach. Hopefully more often and I hope to simply say few words and show lots of images. After all, that is what this blog is for. To share images of beautiful things and to inspire others to create more beautiful things to share.

Here is Roundup No.1 (Thanks to StyleMePretty.com for the beautiful weddings and the amazing build a board tool!)


Baby Boy Announcement

 Travis and Zaneta gave me the honor when I was just starting this business of creating their wedding invitations. I was honored again when they asked me to create these adorable baby announcements for their new little boy. Using inspiration from the couple and working with them on the design, we arrived at these simple but sweet blue and green announcements.

What a beautiful little boy, congrats to you T&Z!

Austin Baby Announcement

You all may remember the Austin themed baby shower invitations and thank you's for this couple. They gave me the opportunity to create a baby announcement for them using the same Austin skyline design. This double sided card features an adorable family photo taken by Brooke from BrookeWestPhotography, and on the other side a cute newborn photo and stats of the new arrival.

What a beautiful little family! Congrats to you.


Pink and Green Dinos

My daughter was very definitive in her decision to have a dinosaur party for her third birthday. It was really fun to try and create a feminine dinosaur party.

We added in some pink with several shades of green to add the feminine touch. I am really happy with the end product. We used the dinosaur throughout, including a banner with my daughters name.

Peace, Love and baby Joy

For our personal holiday card this year I wanted to incorporate a photo. We used this card not just as a holiday greeting but also an announcement of our news that we are expecting this coming July (now late June). I created the chalkboard prop and a friend of ours took the family photo for us. The challenge was trying to make it a complete piece without feeling that the chalkboard image and the graphic piece were too separate.

I am really happy with the end product and we are really excited about our upcoming arrival.

I also created matching Thank You notes for all the holiday gifts we received.

reindeer sleigh

 This holiday season, I had a request for something cute and different from my Mother-in-law. Other than that there was no direction. Sometimes not being given direction can be inspirational. I think this inspiration turned out pretty cute if I do say so myself.

Digital illustration using wacom tablet in photoshop and illustrator.


WeddingInviteLove Fall Lookbook

Bloom is honored to be a part of the WeddingInviteLove Lookbook. Its humbling to be among such amazing vendors from around the country. Thank you to Tracy at WeddingInviteLove for all her hard work on the website and bringing us all together in such a great forum.

Check it out!


Austin Themed Baby Shower

One of my favorite people is having a baby this December, and two of our mutual friends and I put together the cutest Austin themed shower. When you think of Austin, lots of things come to mind. Music, Trailer Food, Bats, Cowboys and a little texas country.

For the decor we used wildflowers in milk glass and ball jars, paper bats on the wall and chalkboard signage. We called our food table "Rex's Trailer Park Eatery" after the guest of honor's dog Rex, and used kraft paper boats to serve the food. 


For our activity, rather than shower games, we incorporated the guest of honor's love of crafting and had each guest create a book page for a hand bound book. The book was titled "Love notes for Megan & Nugget," (Nugget is the name of the baby until he/she arrives) and each guest wrote a special message to slide in their pocket-page.

We also had all guests vote on the gender of the baby.

I created the artwork for the invitations when commissioned by the Guest of Honor's Mother-in-Law to create Thank You notes for all of her showers. Knowing that the nursery was going to use the Dwell Skyline Bedding and using Oranges and Blues, I created a skyline of Austin in the same style, complete with airstream trailer and South Congress Bridge. We duplicated the artwork for the invitation and used combination of modern and vintage fonts to bring it all together. 

Each invitation was mailed in a teal A7 envelope, and the thank you notes were paired with simple white A6 envelopes.

Thank you to Brooke West Photography for the shower photos.