Rosie’s Cakes

My grandmother, Rose, is a domestic goddess of mythic proportion in my mind.  She could do everything.  She made dresses for my mother that I am still able to wear.  She hosted dinners for over 50 people on a weekly basis. Everything she created in the kitchen was extraordinary and the best I’ve eaten  – even just spaghetti with meatballs (which was really the only thing I ate as a kid, earning me the nickname “the spaghetti wrangler”).  She hosted pea parties where only dishes with peas were served (and it wasn’t gross!).  She left her Christmas tree up all year long.  She could knit an afghan, read a book and watch “Days of Our Lives” all at the same time. She had a built-in brick oven in her kitchen.  She used to buy me gold lamé bathing suits and took me to the diner with her friends.  Maybe it was her special Grandma touch, but she could do no wrong.

She also used to make the most remarkable wedding cakes.  I was sorting through some old photographs with my mother this weekend and we found these pictures of cakes she made in the late 60′s to the early 80′s.  The images aren’t in the greatest condition, but you’ll get the picture.  These are the wedding cakes of yore – you’ll be hard pressed to find a baker who still makes them like this (except for maybe in the Bronx?) and, although, it’s not necessarily an aesthetic that’s stood the test of time – you can certainly appreciate the artistry that goes into them.  They have electric fountains and angels and sugar roses for crying out loud!  I don’t know who they belonged to.  I wish I did.  Even though they were promptly eaten on someone’s wedding day, I am happy that I can share them with you here.

My Parents & Their Wedding Cake…

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Lexi and Dan Weatherwood Wedding

I’m pretty sure Montana is the most beautiful place we’ve done a wedding yet.  It’s so refreshing to be out of the city and into big sky country.  I even saw an eagle as we got off the plane.

We loved working on Lexi and Dan’s wedding.  The invites were my favorite suite to letterpress so far.  And all the styling came out so well – mostly because the backdrop of Weatherwood in Columbia Falls was so charming.  I’ve honestly never been anywhere like it.  They have a whole basement of props just for events! Here are some images posted on Weddingchicks.com this month too! All images by Shannon Holman Photography.

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Lexi and Dan’s Paper

We’re working on a wedding for a couple getting married in Montana in a few months.  I’m so excited about how the save the dates and invites turned out.  It’s been my favorite paper project because of the simplicity.  Also, being able to play out the Wild West bit hasn’t hurt either. OOH, and lots of lace and wildflowers and bluegrass and cowboy boots too!

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Kari and Dan Holman Ranch Wedding

We did some styling and paper work for a couple o’ kids in Carmel Valley, CA this month.  The pictures are beautiful and the couple looks so at ease with each other.  They have a shared love of Steinbeck (hence the location) and we did a stich-bound book invitation for them complete with library card RSVP’s and a card catalog for the escort cards.  There were bookmarks as place cards and even table numbers made of old book pages.  It wasn’t easy to complete with a newborn but I REALLY like these two and am happy with the way they turned out.

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Alissa and Tom Tuscany Wedding

Hi Folks,

I just got some images from San Diego’s AMAZING Jill Thomas of the Tuscany Wedding.  How gorgeous is this couple! And the images! It was such a special day and we’re so excited to have been a part of this celebration. I am so glad to see all our work came out so well.  The paper details, the origami cranes, the flowers, the food, the design…it all went off flawlessly thanks very much to Casa Cornacchi!

Crested Invites

These just went out and I’m so excited to share them…we’ve been working hard The Italian Job (ok fine, I just started calling it that) and all the details are coming together so nicely!  We created a family crest for Alissa and Tom that includes their initials, their dog, Lupa, some cypress trees, the Brooklyn Bridge and their Boerum Hill brownstone.  We used their colors, royal purple, red and curry, which will be sure to pop against the Tuscan  scenery.  One month and counting! Can’t wait to share the final details as we get closer!

Happy Anniversary, Mr. Vanderberg.

I’ve been thinking about the details of our wedding lately and thought I would share.  We got married at The Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington, CT.  It was such a beautiful day for us and everything came together perfectly.  There were so many homespun details that my Mom, Aunt, cousin Monica and I put together.  It was the inspiration for starting Rose & Virginia! Here are some pictures taken by Jane Shauck of Iris Photography.

Also, you can see a few more shots of the day on Brooklyn Bride!

Invitations by Blue Ribbon Letterpress

Programs by Blue Ribbon Letterpress

Cake made by my Aunt Rosanne Tancredi

Runners made my Mom and Aunt

Table Frames made by my Dad

My husband painted a special image for each table.

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Thank you and Goodnight!