Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Joia's Wedding

This past weekend, my best friend from college Joia married the love of her life, Travis. :) I was so honored to be one of her bridesmaids and even more honored to bake all of the cupcakes for their special day!! I wanted to share my photo diary of the weekend, starting with my baking of the cupcakes and ending with the fun reception. I hope you enjoy them!

On Thursday night, I started to bake. The amazing staff at Neighborhood's Cafe on my street let me use their kitchen to bake in, which was unbelievably generous. Instead of baking 120 cupcakes in 6 batches with my stand mixer in my apartment, I was able to use their industrial equipment and make them all in one batch which saved me so much time and energy! I cannot thank them enough!!! Please please visit them to eat their delicious crepes and drink their fabulous coffee and teas...tell them Amy sent you!





Then it was off to western MA where I made all of the raspberry buttercream and frosted the cupcakes in the kitchen at Mount Holyoke College where the wedding would be held.

Next was the rehearsal dinner which was hosted by some of Joia and Travis' friends. They set up an amazing table in their backyard with beautiful flowers, twinkle lights and hanging lanterns. It was rustic and whimsical and fit the theme of their wedding perfectly.


Then came Saturday...the big day! It was so fun to get dressed up in my bridesmaid dress and do my hair and makeup. The ceremony was short and sweet {I cried the entire time...} and the wedding went so smoothly with absolutely perfect weather. We had a blast at the reception and Joia looked stunning. 
my bridesmaid essentials

Joia having her hair and makeup done

the first dance

so beautiful...and I helped pick out her headband!



I ended up wearing my hair down since it wasn't too windy.

The cupcakes came out great and I got lots of compliments on them. I would say my first time baking for a wedding was a total success!!!



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  1. That is so nice you had access to a big kitchen! They turned out great! And your hair looks gorgeous!

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    1. i know, it was so generous of them! thank you - i did my hair myself so that makes me so happy!

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  2. well done girl! those cupcakes look delish.

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  3. Wonderful job Amy! These photos were so beautiful I caught myself tearing up! So nice of Neighborhood's Cafe to let you use their facilities! I will definitely pop in to buy something next time I am near xo

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    1. thanks georgina :) i know, they are amazing people - you must try their crepes when you're in the hood!

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  4. Beautiful! Those cupcakes look so yummy! If you have any left over, you know where to send 'em ;)

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    1. luckily for me there were no leftovers which always makes me happy!!

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  5. Gorgeous!!!

    That is so exciting you got to bake the cupcakes! They look beautiful and delicious!

    <3becky
    www.loosefromthezoo.com

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    1. thanks becky! i appreciate it and i am really proud of myself!

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  6. Wow! I'm super impressed with your frosting skills!! Your cupcakes are beautiful and look delicious. What a fun day and it looks like it was a beautiful wedding!

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    1. thanks leslie! it was a beautiful wedding - they are so in love :)

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  7. Wish you lived in eastern PA! Great job!

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  8. You looked so beautiful! I can't believe the cafe was so generous and let you use their kitchen, that is amazing. And the cupcakes came out so perfectly, I'm sure your friend was so grateful! Looks like an amazing wedding! :)

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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    1. thank you yi-chia! they were definitely very grateful :)

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  9. Wow your cupcakes look great and how generous of that café what a wonderful weekend you had the wedding looked beautiful.

    Ali of

    Dressing Ken

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  10. Awesome! Not only did you look stunning but it looks like your cupcakes were delicious - what an accomplishment to have made all of those! I love the headband you picked for the bride as well :) xx

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  11. yum your cupcakes look delicious amy!!! and your friend is gorgeous at her wedding

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    1. thank you meg! she really did look beautiful :)

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  12. Hey dear! the cupcakes look so nice and delicious! Well done! I love the hair of the bride :)

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    1. thank you! yes, she had her hair professionally done and it did look great. :)

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  13. I LOVE this picture. I miss you and your cupcakes!!

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  14. You and the cupcakes looked beautiful! Congratulations on baking for your first wedding! So happy to hear that everything turned out as great as it did:) Future weddings should be a piece of cake (pun intended) as long as you're not standing up in them:P

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    1. thank you megan :) i'm so glad it all worked out too! and now i definitely have the confidence to bake for future weddings and not be at all anxious!

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  15. I love Neighborhoods! They are one of our partners for socii app and they have great freebies! check it out!

    xox

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    1. i don't know that app so i'll have to check it out!

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  16. Awesome job on the cupcakes! They look so tasty AND pretty. And you made a gorgeous bridesmaid, of course! Also, I love the bride's dress. It's so simple and classy, and it looks so pretty on her!

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    1. thank you so much! the dress was perfect for her, i agree.

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  17. You are a master baker miss! Your dress is so pretty, too! Glad to hear you had such an amazing time :)

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  18. The cupcakes look so amazing!! That mixer is kind of terrifying but awesome that they let you use it! And I love your hair down - it's so pretty and the green dress looks great on you!

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    1. it was the biggest mixer i have ever seen, but really easy to use! thanks for the compliment :)

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  19. I enjoyed all these photos so much!! The cupcakes look great!

    http://everythingsalwayssunny.com
    Kristin
    xx

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  20. you must be the coolest girl -- or at least the very best BFF :) the cupcakes make me smile, and joia is very lucky to have you as a friend:)

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  21. I LOVED watching your instagrams pop up over the weekend, and still get not get over how impressed I am that you made all those! And how fun that you got to use two professional kitchens! She looks stunning, and your bridesmaid dresses are SO pretty. Also obsessed with your hair, couldn't help but notice that :-P

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    1. thanks emily! i really appreciate it :) she did look beautiful and our dressers were great!

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