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Feeling the love from Carats & Cake!

Check out the feature of Elizabeth & Bennie's lovely Wisconsin wedding...


With the rolling hills highlighted from the afternoon sun, the wedding of Elizabeth and Bennie was elegant and majestic. The special day began at the bride's home church where the sounds of violins could be heard down Main Street playing Pachelbel's lovely, 'Canon in D.' After the exchange of rings and vows, the celebration began at the bride's family home in the breathtaking country-side of southwestern Wisconsin. With a big white tent, a color palette of champagne and blush pink, and collected silver pieces, the wedding was an enchanting affair. And after a sumptuous wedding feast and toasts filled with love and good wishes, the bride's six siblings pulled off a surprise rendition of the classic, "Bennie and the Jets," tailoring the lyrics to fit the bride and groom.  Memories to last a lifetime...

A little sweet talk...

All my love,


Sources: Macaron Tower, Rustic Dessert Table, White Desserts, Pink Cupcakes, Simply Decadent Classic Desserts, Assorted Cupcakes

America's Favorite Pastime...


Happy 4th of July everyone!

All my love,

God Bless America!


All my love,


Take a Bow


All my love,


Sources: Ranunculus Bouquet Wedding Cake Hair Bow Ribbon Wrapped Bouquet Gown Ivory Shoes Big Bow Bouquet Pink Bow Shoes


Happy Memorial Day!

World's Best Dad Turns 60!


All my love,


"Dulcis amor patriae (Sweet is the love of one's country)"

Sources: Picture 1, Picture 2, Picture 3

A Royal Anniversary...


Yes...we're still drooling over the fairytale wedding...


Our favorite part? The balcony scene as William and Kate exchanged not one, but two kisses. Could they be any cuter?


All my love,


What a Wonderful World...



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Must-Have Midnight Snacks




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Mint To Be...

...and the 2013 color trend for weddings is (drumroll)....MINT!


One of the hottest wedding trends this year is also our favorite color. Coincidence? We think not :-). We love this soft and refreshing color for the spring and summer wedding seasons but we also think it looks lovely for winter weddings. It's one of those colors that carries a touch of elegance with it and we are truly fans. Will you be following the trend by using the color mint in your wedding?


Check out our favorite 'mint'-spiration. We know you will fall in love... 

All my love,


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All our love,


Fearless Photographers Award

Happy Monday!

Hope everyone in the Midwest is braving this bitter cold weather...brrrrr! 
Just wanted to gush over wedding photographer Susan Stripling's amazing work that recently won a Fearless Award.
Susan: "What being Fearless means to me is always continuing to create new work, always try ing to see every wedding with a fresh eye, and treating every client like they're the only client I've ever had or will ever have."



‎2012 Top 10 Fearless Photographers: SUSAN STRIPLING (New York, NY)




2012 in Review...

Hope everyone's New Year is off to a GREAT start! We could not be more excited for what's in store for 2013. To celebrate, we're sharing with you our favorites from 2012. We hope you'll love what we picked!


All my love,




Cheers to 2013!



We wish you a Merry Christmas!



Gracefield's Holiday Wish List 2012: Day 24


All my love,



Source: White Christmas DVD

Gracefield's Holiday Wish List 2012: Day 23

All my love,


Source: Spa Robe

Gracefield's Holiday Wish List 2012: Day 22



All my love,


Gracefield's Holiday Wish List 2012: Day 21

All my love,


Source: Carousel Bangle Watch

Gracefield's Holiday Wish List 2012: Day 20

All my love,


Source: Riding Boots

Gracefield's Holiday Wish List 2012: Day 19

All my love,


Source: Christmas CD

Gracefield's Holiday Wish List 2012: Day 18

All my love,


Source: Faux Sheepskin Throw

Gracefield's Holiday Wish List 2012: Day 17


All my love,


Source: Leab Tote Bag

Gracefield's Holiday Wish List 2012: Day 16

All my love,



Source: 2013 Desk Calendar

Gracefield's Holiday Wish List 2012: Day 15


All my love,


Source: Mint Green Wellies

Gracefield's Holiday Wish List 2012: Day 14


All my love,


Source: Reed Diffuser


Gracefield's Holiday Wish List 2012: Day 13

All my love,

Gracefield's Holiday Wish List 2012: Day 12

All my love,


Source: Clairsonic Mia 2

Gracefield's Holiday Wish List 2012: Day 11


All my love,

Source: Peppermint Bark

Gracefield's Holiday Wish List 2012: Day 10

All my love,


Source: Dior Lipstick

Tis the make some sweet treats!

The holiday season is officially in full-swing at my house today! Due to the 12+ inches of snow we received last night, it's been a day full of shoveling, football and baking! (Okay, so we did make an emergency run to the coffee shop...but a beautiful winter day wouldn't be complete without a hot vanilla latte, right?). And what goes better with coffee than some homemade fudge? Try'd be crazy not to.


Grandma Jane passed away this fall and we miss her terribly. But her smile, love of life and generous spirit will live on here on earth – in all of us who were touched by her life of sacrifice and service and love.


And her chocolate fudge? Yes. Dozens upon dozens of batches will be happily made every year at Christmas time...and we will remember Grandma Jane in every overly-calorie-filled bite!



All my love,



Gracefield's Holiday Wish List 2012: Day 9

All my love,


***Don't know a good photographer in your area? Friends, family, and colleagues are your best go-to source for referrals. Be sure to do your research - a little extra effort will make a big difference!

Gracefield's Holiday Wish List 2012: Day 8



All my love,



Source: Keurig Brewing System

Gracefield's Holiday Wish List 2012: Day 7

All my love,


Source: Kate Spade Champagne Saucers

Gracefield's Holiday Wish List 2012: Day 6

All my love,



Source: Michael Kors Mittens

Gracefield's Holiday Wish List 2012: Day 5


All my love,


Source: J.Crew Duffle Coat

Gracefield's Holiday Wish List 2012: Day 4


All my love,



Source: Magazine Subscriptions

Gracefield's Holiday Wish List 2012: Day 3

All my love,


Source: KitchenAid Mixer

Gracefield's Holiday Wish List 2012: Day 2

All my love,


Source: Apple iPad Mini

Gracefield's Holiday Wish List 2012

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Source: Lancôme Perfume


Happy Halloween Everyone!

No tricks - it's all treats today! Enjoy our favorite LBDs and have a Happy & Safe Halloween!


All my love,





Think Pink!


      In honor of October being National Breast Cancer Awareness month, we thought a pink inspirational  board was in order for today! Check out some of our favorite pinks below - we just love the pops of bright pink among pale pinks!




All my love,



Top Ten Essentials: What every successful planner needs this fall






1. Daily Planner

   This is quite possibly the most essential wedding planning item (oh who am I kidding - one of the most essential LIFE items!). Appointments, dates, parties and planning sessions could not be kept track of without it! Unless you're one of those magical people that can keep track of your life by simply using your head - I would love to meet you...and maybe we could ride unicorns and eat double chocolate fudge cake to look like Heidi Klum. But, if you're more like me, make sure you have one of these with you at all times!


2. Tote Bag

   I simply adore totes - having room for all of your wedding things in a single bag is nice when you're heading off to meetings with vendors or a planning session with the family. Because so many aspects of a wedding work together, you often need to know something about the cake in order to get all the details for the flowers worked get the picture.


3. iPhone

   Camera, address book, email, GPS, calendar, and phone- all in one! The new and improved iPhone 5 is coming out later this month - woot woot!


4. Fall 2012 makeup trend: Red lipstick.


5. Blazer

    Plaid with wooden buttons and suede elbow patches? Yes, please.


6. Riding Boots

    We are just loving the equestrian look this past year. A definite must for your closet.


7. Coffee

    It's the best time of year for your morning pick-me-up - those amazing fall flavors of chai and pumpkin spice are back in town! Or you can stick with the classic-never-let-you-down Skinny Vanilla Latte...but a little...


8. You've Got Mail

    Meg Ryan + Tom Hanks. What could be cuter? Definitely a fall favorite - everytime I watch it I vow to dress better and cut my hair short.


9. Martha Stewart Weddings Magazines

    Because Martha is where it's at.


10. A Personal Trainer

     There's nothing like a good workout session to boost your mood and keep you healthy and focused! It also helps if your trainer is super adorable like mine :-).


Wedding Trend: Bridal Gowns with Gorgeous Backs

What is it about a simple, demure wedding gown with a beautifully detailed and designed back that just makes you swoon? Once again, this season's gowns are 360 degrees of gorgeous-ness that will wow your guests whether you're walking up or down the aisle. 


Check out some of our favorites beauties below!


Happy Planning Everyone!


All my love,





Ruffles, Ruffles, Ruffles!

Ruffles, ruffles, everywhere. Ruffles, ruffles, in my hair...


Soft and utterly romantic - it's like wearing Reddi-Wip - and what normal human being does not love that light, fluffy, basically calorie-less, melts-in-your-mouth goodness? It's fun, it's feminine, and it's George Washington approved! 



Pink Cake - Martha Stewart

White Duvet - Urban Outfitters

Pillow - Target

White Gown - Jim Hjelm

Umbrella - Target

Shoes - Badgley Mischka


Gracefield Events has finally joined the blogging scene!


     After a beautiful walk around Lake Harriett tonight, I am sitting at the local Dunn Bro's Coffee Shop sipping my delicious vanilla latte, reflecting on our busy summer of wedding planning. From designing invitations to selecting ceremony music to creating a nifty contraption to keep those stubborn table numbers standing straight amidst a windy but perfectly perfect wedding day in sure has been a wonderful beginning for Gracefield. Now as summer is suddenly ending and the school supplies have filled every last shelf at Target, our thoughts are drifting to pumpkin spice mochas, crunchy leaves underfoot, cashmere sweaters and knitted scarves, apple picking, snuggling next to warm fires, reading a good book you just got from the library (yes, I said library - did you know it's free?), and let's not forget the best In an effort to keep the blog's focus on the wedding industry and design I decided it would be best to refrain from offering my team of choice (the Green Bay Packers, of course) and instead leave you with some fall wedding inspiration! Let me know what you think by emailing me at


All my love,




Fall 2012 Inspiration...







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