Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Gorgeous Bracelet

I was browsing some of my favorite wedding sites today and I found this listing for MEG Jewelry on The Patricia Bracelet is stunning. Where do I start! The way the light catches this is stunning. The Champagne ribbon tie is timeless and sophisticated. It is available with other ribbon colors. Wouldn't it be sharp with a Robbin's egg blue ribbon. That could be your something blue!

Wedding Professionals request

I am looking to partner up with other wedding professionals to provide my brides with a preferred professionals list. I do already have a few of the slots filled but I'm always open to suggestions. If you are in the Chicagoland area please respond to this post or email me and we can find out if a partnership would work us both.


Sunday, October 25, 2009

One Year Anniversary

Our one year anniversary just passed and we did the standard, out for dinner sort of thing. It was really nice. We have been together for 9 years total so to tell you the truth I really didn't want a big dramatic production of a day. I can understand if you do, but I think life gets so busy, it was nice for us just to have a quiet evening together. Once we got home we opened the fantastic bottle of wine we got on our honeymoon (yes it traveled home with us in our suitcase) and sliced up the cake from our wedding. (to my surprise the cake was still really good. I thought for sure it would have freezer burn)

I guess I didn't expect to feel the giddy pleasure of reminiscing about our wedding day, which was a nice and unexpected feeling. We talked about how I woke up so early because I couldn't sleep and I sent him a text at like 6:oo AM. He of course had no trouble sleeping at all. And it just went on like that all day for us with little bits that we would remember together. You put so much time and effort into one day. It should be something that you remember forever.

The other thing we did once we got home, which also was initiated by my husband, was a reflection on our relationship. We asked ourselves the questions of where we are, what do we need to work on, what did we want to do in the beginning that maybe we have forgotten about. Truthfully, I was shocked that this was his idea, but i guess if there are things that maybe need to be addressed in a relationship now is the time to speak up and he benefits from it. All in all it was a really great conversation that got us talking about all kinds of things that we don't because life gets so busy from day to day.

The last thing we did was read the special messages we received at our receptions. We decided to do an alternative guest book. Since we were married in the fall, i found a beautiful ceramic pumpkin cookie jar and asked my guest to write us a message that we would read each year at our anniversary date.

I want to know what you have done to make your anniversaries special. What traditions do you have?

Tuesday, October 20, 2009


We offer programs to coordinate with the overall feeling and theme of your wedding. We specialize in bringing your vision across multiple media in your wedding. That means your initiations, programs, place cards, favors and just about anything printable will all have the same overall theme and feeling.

This particular program was printed on shimmery pearl cover stock and paper. The bow was a copper metallic. Copper played a very big part in this wedding an is used in all of print and not print elements of the wedding. It also has a printed graphic on the front that was also used on the invitations. The graphic on the invitations were hand embossed and finished with copper crystals.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Cutting the Cake

Cutting the cake is small but meaningful detail for the evening, it makes for really sweet picture opportunities, but when is the right time to do it? Now, tradition says that it should be done at the end of the reception. Then the cake is packaged up and sent home with guests as a favor. Old superstitions suggests that if single women sleep with the the cake under their pillow, their own wedding will soon follow. Boy am I glad things have changed over years! That was a new one to me when i looked it up. However I can't tell you the last wedding I have been too where they actually cut it at the end of the night. It's kind of a waste. You (the bride) have hopefully been enjoying her night and dancing and mingling with guests are now tired and not likely to be as fresh faced as you were in the beginning of the reception. Not to mention many of the guest have gone home.

We think the perfect time to cut the cake is right after introductions. Your wedding party gets introduced and then when you and your husband are introduced, you walk straight to the cake and have your moment. All eyes are still on the two of you, everyone is clapping and congratulating you. Nobody is distracted with dinner, and you have your perfect photo moment. Not to mention, I had a friend who decided to to this towards the end of the dinner service and there were actually service carts and dirty dishes in the pictures. Nothing better then metal trays and plates in your wedding photos, right. What do you think?

Monday, October 12, 2009

About Me

Sugar and Spice Ink is my creative company. I have been making things all my life. When I was little I would find inspiration in just about anything. If it glittered it was golden. Today, the smell of ink , feel of beautiful paper, paint and just about anything you can create with inspire me.

I help Brides like create the wedding that reflects who they are. This done by carefully coordinating all the pieces of your wedding to fit together . I also offer Al a Carte services too. If you only need invitations, but not anything else, I'd love to help. If you are a "Do-It-Yourself" bride, I know I can help you too. When I was getting married, I wanted to do everything myself to save cost. I only wish that I had someone to ask questions when they popped up. I am here to offer my services to you. If you have questions please ask. I know we can tailor a plan that fits your needs.

We also offer a huge array of custom products that are for every day use like birthdays and anniversaries or for just  about any reason there is to celebrate!

A side from a lifetime of artistic experimentation, I attended 3 years at the Illinois Institute of art for Graphic Design. I later transferred to finish my BFA at the University of Illinois.

If you see anything on this site that might be right for you, you can email me for more info. Please pardon my dust while I'm designing my website!