$10 DESK MAKEOVER

Wedding dessert table inspiration featuring pinks, yellows, and oranges

Woohoo! A pretty little DIY is about to grace your screen. Here’s the story:

My parents purchased this desk second-hand for my older brother during college. Since then I’ve used it a time or two, and last spring I once again dragged it out of their garage for use in our home office. I knew immediately I wanted to paint it. Looking back, I don’t think it was the green color I hated so much as the contrasting drawers. Regardless, after seeing this photo I was hooked on the idea of a salmon pink desk. When Dave was out of town last weekend, I finally got around to tackling this project. My pink is more of a bright coral than the original subdued salmon I fell for. I wanted to leave the top natural, and, worried there wouldn’t be enough contrast, I opted to brighten it up a bit. Since I already had paint brushes, sand paper and primer on hand, I completed this project for under $10. The two drawer pulls and two sample size paint containers came in at $9.86.

So here she is, my lovely coral desk. It’s probably irrational how much joy she brings me.

coral pink desk and vintage office space

Have you been up to any fun DIY projects lately?

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DIY SPRING 2014

Spring 2014 issue of DIY magazine

Yay! It’s so fun to see your work finally go to print! Today Leslie is hard at work over in her home studio prepping for a photo shoot later this week. And today I want to show you just what she’s been up to this past year. In case you haven’t heard, Leslie is the talented gal behind all of our delicious baked goods. Wedding cake? Dessert bar? Cute labels and bags to go along? Yep, Leslie is the gal the for you! Leslie is also our in-house wedding planner and designer, but besides planning your wedding or next special event, Leslie designs and produces stories for Do It Yourself magazine. Below is the current issue of DIY where Leslie shows how to re-imagine spaces using trusted and true color-wheel principles.

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That tiny tropical succulent you see was a gift from my cousin when he came to visit this weekend. He (the succulent, not my cousin) is proudly residing on the corner of my desk :) I’ve found I just feel better and generally happier when I have darling plants or pretty flowers around. You should give it a try.

Until next time,

Mariah

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Valentine’s Cake Giveaway

Strawberry layered cake on white pedestal cake stand.

We always love to make tasty treats for our friends and families for Valentine’s Day. It’s just one way we can show all those people we love and appreciate them, even if it is a holiday. This year we want to include you guys! We’ve been honored to get to know so many awesome couples and their wonderful families. Here’s a chance for you guys to experience some of our family tradition.

To celebrate a fun week of love and giving, we’re having a cake giveaway!

To enter:
1. “Like” The Wedding Format Facebook page.
2. Leave us a comment on our post letting us know what cake flavor you would choose!
One winner will receive a splendid 8″ cake made by Leslie. A winner will be chosen Monday, February 17th at 10AM CST.
Unfortunately, we can’t ship cakes. Local Des Moines, Iowa delivery available otherwise we can arrange a Des Moines pickup. Some date restrictions apply.
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Tiffany & Bobby Super 8 Wedding Film – Earlham, Iowa

Bobby and Tiffany had such a fun and personal wedding day. They got married at Tiffany’s childhood home in Earlham, Iowa. Their friends and family spent the days leading up to the wedding preparing the property and setting up for this lovely event. The weather was perfect, the dessert was delicious, and the drinks were a-plenty. Leslie acted as both maid-of-honor and Tiffany’s wedding planner leading up to the date. Below are some behind-the-scenes photos of what those gals dreamed up: lots of vintage china, homemade applesauce, antlers, and bicycle wheels (Bobby is a pedicab driver!).

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Artichoke floral arrangement with antlers on table
Large wedding cake buffet filled with cakes and vintage cake platters
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Three hipster-looking guys sitting on Edwardian couch beneath a lighted tree at night
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Distance shot of tent wedding at night in Iowa countryside

Also, the string lights, cake stands, vintage silverware and china are available for rent!

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Tiffany’s Bridal Brunch – Adel, Iowa

Leslie put together a french inspired bridal brunch for the lovely Tiffany. The menu was incredible: mesclun salad, yogurt parfaits with granola, fresh fruit skewers, breakfast meats, quiche, beignets, and Leslie’s famous crepe cake. Beverages included cold brew iced coffee, tea, and mimosas. All of the food was fresh and homemade, prepared by Leslie or the brides mum — just how we like it :)

Floral arrangement with orange garden roses pink peonies and blush roses
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tablescape with lush flowers, air plant, vintage chine and silverware
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yummy crepe cake on vintage clear glass cake stand
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fresh beignets under large glass cake dome
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Most everything you see here is available for rent! If you see any décor, cake stands, mason jars, or vintage china you’d like to use for your own upcoming event or if you’d like help planning and preparing a personalized shower or wedding, get in touch. We can’t wait to hear from you!

Mariah

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Robyn & Darrell Wedding Video – Iowa Outdoor Wedding

We enjoyed this beautiful outdoor wedding and visiting the Cedar River. We loved it so much, we actually went back about a week later to do more exploring ourselves. Robyn and Darrell were of course a blast to work with — we think all of our couples are :) The backyard wedding was so nice and intimate; we thought it was a great way to make this celebration really personal.

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Spring Wedding Inspiration – Planning, Design & Rentals

We had a fun photo shoot this spring to showcase some of Leslie’s many skills and a few of our rentals. We met before sunrise to begin set up to catch that beautiful morning light. The dew made my canvas shoes sloshy and my feet cold. I remember being quite excited when the warm sun finally came out. Below are a few of those photos.

Vintage cake stand sitting under table at sunrise
Wedding designer, Leslie Poyzer, carrying cake stands at sunrise photo shoot
An array of vintage cake stands on table at sunrise
Close up of cherry blossoms before full bloom
Wedding designer, Leslie Poyzer, adjusting bouquet of handmade paper flowers
Ruched paper garlands behind wedding dessert table
Wedding designer and baker, Leslie Poyzer, finishing dessert table
Wedding dessert table inspiration featuring pinks, yellows, and oranges
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Bridal table set in blooming spring arboretum
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Close up of Mr. and Mrs. paper award ribbons on back of couple's chairs
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Table setting of vintage rose china and handmade paper charger
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Bridal table set with vintage dinnerware
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If there is anything you see that you would love for your next event, get in touch! We would be happy to custom create decor and help bring your own vision to life. By the way, Leslie’s desserts don’t just look pretty, they are delicious. She’s happy to make your wedding and shower cakes or create an entire dessert table like you see here!

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