Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Cupcake Class

This was our very first 'open to the public" cupcake class! We all had an absolute blast decorating our little cakes with masses of buttercream and itty bitty fondant details. The specialty flavors featured in the class were also featured at our Father's Day Cupcake Day Sale, which was held at "The Sugar Suite" the Saturday before Fathers Day! These ladies were loving the endless creative and innovative possibilities in decorating their own Father's Day treats! So innovative in fact, that Katie (our youngest decorator of the evening) even added a teeny tiny pair of reading glasses to the pocket of her tie cupcake! It was such a treat for me to get to "play" and just enjoy decorating cupcakes all night. The middle picture on the bottom row features all three of our cupcake gals showcasing their favorite decorated treat!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Style Me Pretty!

Today is a big day for us.... it is the day we announce to all of our readers, clients, and facebook fans that we are now part of Style Me Pretty's Little Black Book of Vendors! Just being asked to be part of such a prestigious wedding website is like winning a huge award (that's how we feel anyway)!

As I had mentioned in the previous post, I attended Engage!11 this year, which is a wonderful event for those of us who are in the wedding industry where we get to network, learn, and be a part of something way bigger than any of us individually. While at the conference, I attended Abby Larson's (Founder of Style Me Pretty) media panel. After being exposed to this blog on a more intimate level, I decided to make one of The Sugar Suite's written 5 year goals to be a featured vendor on this stunning website for brides. No more than 10 days after returning from Engage!11 did we receive a delightful phone call being asked to be part of Style Me Pretty's network! Of course we accepted the invitation, and now couldn't be happier about our posh spot as a trusted vendor and we proudly display our new badge of honor!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Engage!11 The Grand Del Mar

Once or twice a year I have the privilege of attending the Engage! Luxury Wedding Business Summits. This May it was hosted at The Grand Del Mar in Sand Diego. The summit is organized by the wedding industry marketing consultants at Engaging Concept, who are somehow miraculously making each event even better and grander than the last. Here are a couple of photos from the conference....

David Beahm giving us a peak into his Zen wisdom and creativity!

The "so-gorgeous-it-looks-like-a-photo-shoot" welcome party, complete with a unique Sand Diego musical group that played the "earth harp" with Sylvia Weinstock.
The General Session - (aka The Main Event) hosted speakers like Carley Roney, Mindy Weiss, Monique L'huillier, Todd Fiscus, Marcy Blum, Cindy Novotny and the brilliant Rebecca Grinnals and Kathryn Arce of Engaging Concepts (picture below)
This photo is from a lunch hosted by the cake diva (and the person who made my wedding cake!) Sylvia Weinstock. This tent was like nothing I've ever seen with embroidered trim detail, stunning chandeliers, and ghost chairs (swoon)! ... just further demonstrating the level of talent at the conference.
Photos 1-7 by the ultra talented:Jessica Claire

The stunning Diann Valentine, celebrity event planner to stars like Toni Braxton and Shawn Stockman, is indescribable! If I could mix the word "swagger" and "grace", that would be HER word!

This photo was of the Gala put together by the FABULOUS Mindy Weiss, THE celebrity event planner of LA (who is the planners for my favorite celebrity: Jessica Simpson! .... the first and the second wedding, that's how good she is!). Attending one of her parties is like attending the Oscars, unforgettable and totally glamorous!
photos 8 & 9 by the SUPER Mel & Co. !!

More to come on all the ways the conference inspired our business. Too much gratitude and love to fit in one blog post!

Father's Day Cupcake Day at The Sugar Suite! Saturday, June 18th

Out first Cupcake Day sold out.... and now we are at it again for Father's Day! Come by our shop in Maitland on Saturday June 18th from 10:00AM - 2:00PM.

We will have four flavors available for sale:
Guinness - Guinness buttercream with a chocolate cupcake
Shock Top - Shock Top (beer) buttercream and orange cake
Maple-Bacon - maple buttercream and candied bacon on a vanilla-buttermilk cupcake
Key Lime Pie - key lime buttercream with graham cracker crumbles with vanilla cake
in our fun "Dad" decor!

The cupcakes are $3.00 Each and can be purchased individually. For orders of 12 or more, please order in advance.
The cupcakes will be on a first come first serve basis so plese RSVP if you would like ensure you get your favorites!
To RSVP or to place an advance order email hello@thesugarsuite.com

**If you are a confirmed bride of The Sugar Suite and didn't receive our email regarding this tasting, please email Jennyfer at jennyfer@thesugarsuite.com **
Father's Day Cupcake Class June 16th
For the first time ever, We are offerering a decorating class!
Thursday June 16th we will learn how to decorate these Father's Day Cupcakes. The Class is from 6:00PM - 8:00PM at our shop in Maitland. The cost of the class is $50.00 and includes 6 cupcakes. Space is limited, so reserve your space asap by emailing Jennyfer@thesugarsuite.com!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

The Summer of Faux

As a designer, I sometimes wonder if I'm crazy.
I see royal icing detail in the wallpaper at the Delano, I see sugar brooches in the clearance section of Anthropologie, I see a wedding cake on the cover of the Vogue in my friend's guest bathroom. (clearly, I'm inspired everywhere!)

In the words of Marcy Blum, Eventiste and New York Wedding Planner to the stars: "I am always on a treasure hunt" and whether it be obsession or talent (the combination of which I like to call passion)... I too am always on a hunt for new ideas and ways to express those ideas in sugar.

The Summer of Faux is about taking all of our inspiration, these styrafoam (or "faux") cakes, some sugar and a lot passion to show everyone what we see, and hopefully inspire .

Stay tunned for the full stories, images and faux cakes, its going to be one inspired summer!