We ♥ ♥ ♥ Pomona Chocolates!

We recently had the pleasure of sampling some of the gorgeous artisanal confections created by Pomona Chocolates, and all we can say is WOW!  We noshed our way through the Chai Tea Buddha, Salted Caramel Truffle, Mojito Bon Bon {shown below}, Limoncello Truffle, Hand Painted Heart {shown below filled with spicy chocolate sweetness}, and Lemon Rosemary Caramel {our favorite - swoon!} to name a few.  Each bite was truly something to savor!  The care that's put into the creation of these chocolates is so very evident and the flavors that explode when they hit your tongue are well worth the trip to City Bake Shop in Sandusky.  {If you would rather they come to you, all you need to do is call 419-366-4295 or email Julie@pomonachocolates.com to place your order.}  

A small box of 4 is the perfect wedding favor for your guests!  They are boxed beautifully, very similarly to the box of 6 shown here.  

We're going to be recommending Pomona to all of our girls looking for some chocolate deliciousness for their guests!  So wonderful that the colors and flavors of many of the chocolates change with the seasons - we feel quite inspired by the change of seasons and appreciate a flavor palette that reflects the beauty of what's happening at the moment.  Isn't that where the best inspiration comes from?  We think so.  

Thank you Wendy Kromer of Wendy Kromer Confections & City Bake Shop for turning us on to this delightful find!  Visit Pomona Chocolates online here to discover all they have to offer - we promise you'll be as over the moon as we are with what you find!


Shi Shi Couple, Amanda & Chris, to Appear on WE tv's Amazing Wedding Cakes!

Check out this trailer for WE tv's new season of Amazing Wedding Cakes!  Shi Shi couple Amanda & Chris and their Italy engagement cake are the first couple shown in the video.  So excited to see the episode air on WE tv Sunday, 3/27 at 9 PM EST.  Big big thanks to White Flower Cake Shop for this amazing opportunity!

And visit Amazing Wedding Cakes and WE tv online for exclusive videos and show information.


Sarah & Brian's Winter Wonderland Wedding

When we first met Sarah & Brian we knew that it was not only important that their wedding day be a celebration of their love, but also a celebration of their coming together as a family. Brian's young son Joshua was to serve as a groomsman, and both Sarah & Brian wanted to be sure that family would be at the heart of the sentiment for their 12/10/10 wedding. The day was also full of sweet surprises from the bride and groom to each other like Brian's gift of a bagpiper to end the ceremony for Sarah, and Brian's special cassata cake, along with beautiful cufflinks from Sarah to both Brian and Josh. It was a very special moment when father and son opened their gifts from Sarah together.

Also very important to Sarah was an icy, glittery, wintery feel. We decided very quickly on a palette of white and silver with pops of blue and lots of candlelight. After seeing several venues, The Ballroom at Park Lane was the one that really stood out to both Sarah & Brian. Marigold Catering is the exclusive caterer at Park Lane, so we knew the food would be nothing short of amazing! With both sides of the family sharing some Italian heritage, another must have item was a massive dessert buffet. We decided on an all white display and were thrilled with what Bridget from Flour Girl created!

We had a cast of amazing vendors (of course!) at work on Sarah & Brian's experience essentials including Paper Trails for stationery, Fresh Tendrils for floral, and Z Media for the gorgeous photos you see here. Sarah & Brian also opted to have a photobooth from Shutterbooth onsite with TONS of super fun props for the guests. We had a blast while planning the wedding, and on the beautiful day that was December 10, 2010. Here's a note we received from Sarah:

"Dear Gina,

Brian and I are finally getting settled into "real life" post-wedding. We often can't believe how fast our engagement went and that it's all over. :( We had a great time planning the wedding with you and an even better time enjoying it on our big day!

Thank you for helping to plan such an amazing and beautiful day for us. Our family and friends are still talking about it, many claiming it was "the best wedding they've ever been to!"

The final day far exceeded our expectations - and looking back - it was a very easy process for us. You helped us to meet our overall goal in hiring a planner; plan an amazing wedding in less than six months all while working crazy jobs and caring for Joshua! :) The process was virtually stress free and at many times throughout the process I was so glad you were there to work out the details or resolve a potential issue. This allowed Brian & I to enjoy our engagement.

Lastly, a big thanks for your amazing vendor recommendations. We were not interested (nor did we have time) to interview multiple vendors. It was so helpful to be able to fully trust your preferred vendor recommendations and everything from the photographer to the cake was absolutely amazing!

We wish you much continued success & happiness!!


Sarah & Brian"

Enjoy these photos from Z Media and keep an eye on our Anthology at www.shi-shievents.com for more photos from Sarah & Brian's big day!

How can you get an experience like Sarah & Brian's? Here's the rundown on our experience essentials partners:

Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Ballroom at Park Lane
Cake and Desserts: Flour Girl
Photography: Z Media
Floral Decor: Fresh Tendrils
Rentals: Event Source
Stationery: Paper Trails
Event Lighting: Shi Shi Events
Photobooth: Shutterbooth