Pink & Gold Wedding

It’s Thursday, so why not make it a Throwback Thursday? A months ago, literally a week before Hurricane Sandy, I packed buckets and buckets of wedding items into a van and drove up {with my two boys} to New York City to style my cousin’s wedding. Remember my behind the scenes post? It was such an amazing experience and I’m so excited to share the beautiful images with you all.

I teamed up with my cousin Reema {the groom’s sister} and the beautiful & creative Bride-to-be Neveen. I just have to say, we make a wonderful team. Neveen wanted her wedding to be soft, romantic & filled with pink & gold accents. She found the perfect location for a dream wedding. This venue was right on the Hudson River and overlooked NYC.

My cousin Reema is an incredible baker and took on creating the cupcakes {pumpkin & french vanilla}, chocolate covered oreos, wedding cake, cookie favors and french macarons! Not to mention, waking up to help style the wedding.

Not only did I have a chance to create all the paperie items but I got to play florist! Didn’t the Bride’s bouquet turn out amazing!? I hope you enjoy the pictures. It was such an amazing & sweet wedding.

Vendor Credits:

Wedding Styling, Floral Design & Paperie Design: Dina Hafez – Deliciously Darling || Photographer: Cat Dunbar Photography || Cupcakes, Wedding Cake Cookies, Oreos, Macarons, Wedding Cake & Wedding Styling: Reema Hafez || Fondant topper on macarons: Lynlee’s Petite Cakes ||  Washi Tape, Glassine Bags & Pink Treat bags: Waiting on Martha || Pink Cake Stand & Cupcake Tower: The TomKat Studio Shop || Floral Broach: {Styled} by Tori Spelling || Venue: Waterfront Restaurant ||

“All You Need is Love” Engagement Party Inspiration

A few months ago, I got a call from Occasions Magazine requesting a Valentine’s day themed shoot. My first in print full feature! I jumped, squealed and did a little dance. Brainstorming ideas, I decided to go with an Engagement party on Valentine’s Day. What better way to capture love?!  The shoot included tablescape, dessert table {sharing those pics very soon}, a Champagne bar, photo booth, candy favor table & a Love notes for the Bride table.  Here’s my inspiration for the shoot:

“All you need is Love” – Famous words, a beautiful song, and cherished motto. I wanted to put together a engagement party that would capture love. With shades of pink, gold and silver with vintage & glam touches that came together so beautifully.

I’ve been dying to share this with you all. It’s been months and months and I’m so excited to finally share it! This shoot wouldn’t have turned out so beautifully without the help of Mandy Rye from Waiting on Martha. Not only does she have amazing taste and helped with the venue, the serving pieces and set up but she was one of my models. Big huge thank you to my sweet friend Lauren from Lauren Nicole Studios. She is such a talented photographer and I just adore working with her.

Vendor Credits:
Event Planning, Decor, Event & Dessert Styling: Deliciously Darling ||  Photography: Lauren Nicole Studios || Venue: JCT Kitchen & Bar  || Florals & Balloons: Flowers by Holland || Linens, photo booth backdrop and custom mirror decal: I do Linens || Invitations & Paperie: Natalie Chang ||  Rosanna cake stands, votive holders, bracelets, macaron trinket boxes: Waiting on Martha  || Milk Glass Cake stands, paper straws, favor bags, gumballs, favor jars: The TomKat Studio Shop || Custom Lollipops: Vintage Confections || Glitter Spoons: The Flair Exchange ||Models: Mandy Rye & Star Bradley

Behind-the-Scenes {Out-of-Town Wedding}

A few weeks ago, I had the chance to design & style my cousin’s wedding in New Jersey. I’ve been torn as to post this or not because of the devastation from Hurricane Sandy. The wedding was actually the weekend before the Hurricane. So I share these Behind the Scenes pics with a bit of a heavy heart. If you haven’t already donated, please do at Red Cross.

Now that I’ve said my peace, here are a few little pictures of the prep that went into this Pink & Gold wedding. Glittering letters, creating bunting, decorating chocolate favors, seating cards, spray painting gold jars, menu design, fondant flower making and chair signage is just a little bit of went on behind the scenes.

All the above and a little more got backed up into nice little bins, along with spray paint, glue, washi tape and all the other little things that you need to pull together an out-of-town wedding.  I packed up my boys & mother and began the long drive from Atlanta to New Jersey! It was actually a very pretty drive and we were lucky to get there {and back} safe and sound!

The most interesting part of the trip was putting the kiddos to bed and doing wedding prep with my cousin Reema. She has two girls and I have two boys. All four kids were asleep in the hotel room as I worked {quietly} on flowers {centerpiece arrangements, the bouquet, & little mini bouquets} and Reema worked {quietly} on bagging & washi-taping the cookie favors. Yes, I totally stored the flowers in the bath tub!

At the very end of the post are a few sneak peeks at the actual Wedding. To see more Behind-the-scenes pictures follow me on Instagram @ddarlingevents. Stay tuned for the official pictures from Cat Dunbar Photography in this week’s post. 🙂

xoxo ~ Dina