Today we are excited to share with you a recent interview on stationery and invitation trends for 2011 we did with West Belmont Place for their Bits of Bliss blog. West Belmont Place is part of the National Conference Center out in Leesburg, Virginia and offers a range of venues and settings for weddings. They have especially great options for accommodating large groups and are located in the beautiful rolling countryside of Loudoun County. Thanks so much for the fun opportunity to chat, Sarah! You can find our interview here.
Yesterday we drew the lucky winner of our first ever giveaway, and we'd like to congratulate our winner, Tracy Leaman of Events to a T! Thanks to everyone who entered, as well as to our generous friends at Skylar Hill Confections who made the contest possible. Check out their tasty treats here and have a great weekend!
When we were first introduced to Skylar Hill Confections by our friends at Betsey in Middleburg, it was love at first sight! Delicate works of edible art, these tuile cookies are as tasty as they are beautiful. We love the endless array of colors and patterns, and think they make perfect wedding favors - especially since they can be customized to match any color palette and they do double duty by enhancing the reception decor. I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with the owner of Skylar Hill Confections, Wendy Pepper, to discuss her experience as a finalist on Project Runway, her career transition to master cookie chef, and her inspirations. Check out what she had to say below, and then enter our drawing for a chance to win your own box of cookie goodness by liking the Skylar Hill page on Facebook and posting a comment noting that you are entering the LilyPad Weddings drawing. One lucky winner will be selected on April 28th. You can also get a taste of these masterpieces by stopping by Market Salamander in Middleburg this Saturday, April 16th, from 12 - 2 pm. Oh, and one piece of advice, do not leave your box unattended as a certain family member or friend might just decide to finish them all while you are out running an errand (you know who you are)!
Before you became a master cookie chef, you were a finalist on Season 1 of Project Runway! What was your favorite challenge and why?
Winning the Banana Republic dress competition really gave me a boost of confidence. Up until then I hadn't found my stride and I needed that vote of confidence to propel me through the tough weeks ahead. AND I absolutely LOVED the dress I designed!
What aspect of the contestant experience did you find most surprising?
I was amazed at the stamina reserves I found I had when the stakes got very high towards the end. I was in the company of some very talented people and even though they obviously drove me crazy at times (the camera caught that for all to see!), I was still flattered to be in the running by the end.
How/why did you decide to start Skylar Hill Confections?
I love to explore the role of color in our daily lives and I love to bake - Voila! - Skylar Hill Confections is my own personal culinary sculpture garden I can invite all my friends to share with me any time.
From where do you draw your inspirations for your flavors?
I tried to think of all the moods I get into when I'm craving a little delicacy throughout the day and at different times of the year. For now, I'm getting a lot of "assorted citrus" orders because the colors and the tastes are so evocative of the arrival of spring. Towards the fall I will expect more interest in the liquors.
What inspires your color palette and different decorative styles?
I love vibrant color - in my fashion design and on my dessert plate! The motifs I use in the production of my tuiles stem from my long interest in graphic design influences from china patterns to tapestry design.
What is the best part of being an artisan tuile chef?
Everyone loves cookies - therefore everyone loves me now!
The toughest part?
Mid-Atlantic humidity + meringue cookie recipe = accelerated hair loss!
What is your favorite flavor?
Key Lime alone, or with anything. It's tart and fresh and green is my favorite color.
Describe your ideal wedding.
My ideal wedding consists of happy people gathered together to celebrate the joy and wonder of true love. 2 People to 1000, the sentiments are the key and it has been my honor to participate both as a dress designer and now chef in helping to express the unique style and spirit of the bride and groom.
Is there anything else you would like our readers to know?
We are proud to offer sugar-free and gluten-free versions of our cookies.
All photos courtesy of Skylar Hill Confections
Thanks, Wendy! Don't forget to enter our drawing for a chance to win your own box of cookie goodness by liking the Skylar Hill page on Facebook and posting a comment noting that you are entering the LilyPad Weddings drawing. One lucky winner will be selected on April 28th.
This Saturday, we had our first wedding in charming Alexandria, Virginia. Kari and Derek were married at Aldersgate Methodist Church with a super modern and elegant reception to follow at Hotel Monaco (love those Kimpton hotels!). Kari and Derek chose our Round Rock as the inspiration for their invitation suite and day-of wedding stationery, and we carried elements of the design throughout their invitations, programs, table numbers, menu cards, and seating chart. We customized the colors to reflect their color palette of red and grey, and designed a new monogram. Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Sorensen! We loved working with you!
Photo Credit: Michelle Lindsay Photography
Yesterday's sunny weather and warm temps gave us our first brief taste of spring, and today we make that feeling last just a bit longer with the breath of fresh air that is Michelle Lindsay Photography. Here at LilyPad, we have been huge fans of Michelle's artistic and editorial style for a long time, so you can imagine our delight when we decided to give our website a facelift with some new images and Michelle was available for the project. We were thrilled the results and couldn't wait to share some of our favorite photos with you! Michelle's work has been featured in Washingtonian Bride & Groom, The Knot, Brides Washington DC, and Get Married, as well as on one of our favorite local wedding blogs, United with Love. She was also recently selected by the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) as one of the top 10 up and coming studios in the U.S!
Her fresh, modern, and vibrant photos speak for themselves, and on top of that, she is one of the most humble and laid-back people we've met.
Thank you, Michelle!
Be sure to check out our Invitation Gallery for more fresh air and a dose of design inspiration.