Friday, December 19, 2008


For anyone on Facebook, who isn't on Facebook? We have a fan page. Be sure to search for Bella Fiori and click on "Be a fan" to join. A few brides from last year have joined and posted photos from their weddings - which I think is awesome!

We'd love it if you joined us!

Favorite Websites :: BizBash

My friend Kaye, of Epicurean Catering, loves the website BizBash. Quite often she'll send me links if she finds a great flower article. BizBash follows the event market in the big cities - New York, LA, Chicago and Miami. It's a fun resource for anyone into event planning. I find it really interesting how each market has such different styles.

Check it out at:

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Vendor Profile :: Peggy Porschen

I'm on a cake trip this week... Did I write in my London blogs about meeting Peggy Porschen? Even if I did, I still feel like she deserves a blog entry of her own. Peggy Porschen is one the top/hottest wedding cake designers in London. I had the pleasure of meeting Peggy and visiting her adorable boutique bakery. How did I meet Peggy? Luckily for me she is the sister-in-law of my friend Emma. After we visited her bakery we all went out to dinner and had a good time talking about weddings.
You can check out her awesome website here: Peggy Porschen

Monday, December 15, 2008

Flower Inspiration :: Wedding Cakes

On this amazingly, freezing cold day I decided I see no reason to hurry outside. Instead, wouldn't it be much better to sit in my cozy home office and post pictures of wedding cakes?!


Here is a cake that I did back in my San Francisco days, when I had my original company: Alicia Chestine Designs. This cake was inspired by a Martha Stewart design for a Chinese wedding. It's four tiers high and each tier was decorated with dahlias of various sizes and textures - all with red, orange and yellow. To this day it remains one of my favorite cakes.

This cake is from a wedding that took place on top of Keystone mountain. There are more photos of it on our website under the weddings page. The cake is 4 tiers tall and lightly decorated with green cymbidium orchids and purple dendrobrium orchids.

Here's a cake designed by Kakes by Kelley; it's 4 tiers and square. We decorated it with three tones of red roses and surrounded the base with red rose petals.

This cake was created by the Ritz Carlton Denver. Three square tiers with flowers flush between the tiers. The flowers included freesia, spray roses and vendela roses.

This was a cake that we did for one of our employee's sister. Michelle decorated it with clusters of roses, gerbers, freesia and touches of greenery. The wedding took place in the cabin at Hudson Gardens.

This was a cake delicately decorated with pink cymbidium orchids on the top tier and pink petals scattered around the base. This wedding was at Arrowhead Golf Course.

This cake is at Green Gables Country Club and designed by Elegant Bakery. We did a black magic red rose cluster on top and red petals around the base.

Looks like the next four cakes are all from weddings designed by Classic Creations. What I really like about weddings with Julie is how different and distinct each wedding is, as you can see in these cakes.

Here we have a cake where Sarah wired and taped all the flowers to create an amazing floral topper.

This is a up-close photo of peonies and cymbidium orchids on the top tier.

Here's a cake we recently did at Lakewood Country Club. Intricate Icings was the cake baker. We thought she did an amazing job with this 4 tier cake, she also placed all the flowers.

This is Michelle's cake from her wedding in November '06, which took place at the Greenbriar in Boulder. Shamane's Bake Shop created this cake, not only was it beautiful it tasted great, too.

This is another Classic Creation wedding - what I love is how Julie placed the cake on an elevated piece of glass and all the petals were placed under the glass.

Gateaux created this cake, we lined the tiers with blue and green hydrangea for an April wedding.

Isn't this a cute fall cake? I love the circus roses.

This cake is from a wedding that Sapphire Celebrations designed at The Pines of Genesee. I like how Angie placed the "I DO" in front of the cake.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Favorite Websites :: The Bridal Collection

I came across a new blog I thought many brides would be interested in, it's by The Bridal Collection in Denver. I'm sure many of you have heard of this dress shop as they are a wonderful boutique. I became familiar with it when out dress shopping with my BFF. Needless to say, she selected her wedding dress from The Bridal Collection.

Here's a link to their blog, it's full of all kinds of ideas for weddings:
The Bridal Collection

My personal favorite part of the blog are all the inspiration boards they post!


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