His and Hers Sweets: Beer Lovers

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We first met Angela of Goldenrod Pastries last year when she hired us to design and plan her wedding. (Check out her wedding photos here and here!) From our first meeting (when she gifted us with her blueberry cream cookies), we were hooked on her mad pastry skills. We started having Angela-withdrawal after we completed her wedding last February, so Lindsay and I decided to start the His and Hers Sweets blog series, so we can share Angela’s talent with all of our readers. Angela is our go-to for out of the box wedding pastries, and my husband knows that all birthday cakes must be ordered through Angela (hint! hint! my birthday is next week).

Each month Angela will create two desserts based on a pre-determined theme. One pastry will be more masculine (in texture, shape, ingredients, etc) and one will be more feminine to show how different pastries pair together.

Photography by Jenny Rawson

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About the Pastries:

When we started talking about this shoot, my first thoughts went to Oktoberfest and the flavors around the fall harvest. I wanted to put beer in everything, but it just didn’t seem right. If you’re already drinking beer, do you need to eat it, too? I went to some of my greatest memories in Belgium, with one of my best friends. We drank beer and ate sweets on a really brisk night. We had paper cones filled oliebollen, covered in mountains of powdered sugar, from a street fair. I added lemon zest and Nebraska City apples to these free-form doughnuts to lighten them a little. The speculoos were inspired by a bakery in Bruges – with deep flavors of cardamom, black pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg. So amazing. To take them beyond the traditional version, I made them into little sandwiches with salted caramel buttercream, some dark Belgian chocolate, and roasted pistachios. Sitting down with a big glass of my favorite Belgian beer and these sweets would be an autumn dream come true for me.

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About the Styling:

We love styling dessert displays for our clients’ weddings, so we’ve amassed a large collection of different food presentation items over the years. Our beer-themed pastry shoot allowed us to incorporate materials you’d see in your favorite pub such as dark natural wood and slate. I pictured our beer lovers enjoying a picnic with their favorite microbrew, so we made colorful paper cones for the oliebollen to fit perfectly into a four-pack beer carrier.

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Drooling yet!?! We’ll be sharing more delicious pairings next month!

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featured on 100 Layer Cake

When Tracy from Rhylan Lang Bridal introduced me to Dori by Hayley Paige, I knew we needed to design a styled shoot around this whimsical gown. I started designing the shoot by pairing a soft lavender, inspired by Dori’s voluminous skirt, with a deep indigo color. This fresh palette along with Dori’s unexpected crop top design, lead us to our mermaid-inspired shoot.

I gathered an amazing group of vendors to help bring this shoot to life with food/drink, stationery, ceremony design, draping, table design, lighting, and pastry all inspired by our theme. This shoot was original featured in the Omaha Wedding Essentials Magazine (page 65) and was also featured on 100 Layer Cake. Be sure to look at the full gallery of inspiration!

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JF+M created this amazing video from the shoot.

Mermaid Styled Shoot from JF+M on Vimeo.

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featured on Snippet & Ink

We hit it off right away with Angela and Russell. Their shared love of great food and pastry was the center of their ceremony and reception. The post-ceremony gelato, local artisan cheese display during cocktail hour, and bountiful family-style meal were some of the highlights from their celebration.

Check out more details of their big day on Snippet & Ink. Thank you Mullers and Karen Obrist for the fantastic photos!

Small Note: Angela owns Goldenrod Pastries. We’ve utilized her exceptional talent at many of our events and weddings, and we’ll be showcasing her work in an upcoming blog series – so stay tuned!

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Join our Team: Intern Search!

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Wedding season is in full swing, and our team could use an extra set of hands. We’re excited to announce that we’re searching for one amazing intern! Interested? Read on!

Requirements:

  • proficiency in Photoshop
  • availability on two afternoons a week to work in our office and on Saturdays for event production
  • exceptional organizational skills
  • attention to detail
  • high level of creativity

Duties Include:

  • office organization and decor/supplies management
  • design project resourcing
  • crafting, crafting, crafting!
  • shipping assistance
  • basic errand running
  • day-of wedding production assistance

How To Apply:

Send an email to employment@lovestrucksocialevents.com with the following:
  • Your Resume
  • A link to anything you think represents you and your work (examples include: personal blog, online portfolio, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, or even photos of the last creative project you worked on)
  • In ~400 words, please tell us why you want to work for our team, why you’re interested in event design and the wedding planning business, and what special skills you can add to our team/environment.

Application Deadline: We will be accepting applications until Friday, June 13. Please include Lovestru.ck Summer Intern in the subject line of your email.

Note: We’re looking for someone who will go above and beyond, so get creative with the application process and catch our attention!

Photo by our friends, The Mullers

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