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127 Mill St. SE
Hartville, Ohio 44632

directly behind Hartville Chocolate Factory


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The Wedding March: 30 Minute Tissue Paper Pom Poms

Pretty, inexpensive, easy, and quick.
This is my kind of craft project!

30 minute tissue paper pom pom tutorial

Tissue Paper + String = $3-4 per pom pom
If you are making several you can decrease your costs by buying larger packs of tissue paper.

Here’s what you’ll need:

10 sheets of tissue paper
2-3 feet of string (depending on how long you’d like your pom pom to hang)

Start by straightening 10 sheets of tissue paper on a flat surface. The sheets I used are 26×20 inch rectangles and made a pom pom with a 13 inch diameter. I was a little concerned before I started about not having square pieces, but they turned out round!
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Fold your stack accordion style.  I used a 1.5″ fold.

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Tie your paper together using string, thread, wire, thin ribbon..whatever you have handy.  I cut an arms length of nylon thread and tied it so I had a long tail remaining to hang from.  If you need a longer or shorter length you can always cut it or add a longer piece of string.

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Cut the ends.  My scissors wouldn’t go through the whole stack so I cut them a fold at a time.

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Gently begin separating the sheets. Start on the top edge and loosen all the way around the arc then towards the center.
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Repeat with 5 sheets on each side, then flip over to complete the other half of the circle.
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Hang and admire!
We’re adding ours to the “Coming Soon” window display at the new Best Bib and Tucker!
30 minute tissue paper pom poms tutorial collage

For more wedding ideas, tutorials, and local wedding spots read our entire Wedding March series.


Local Business Spotlight on BabyCakes Bake Shoppe

Today’s Wedding March Local Business interview is with Natasha Gotto from BabyCakes Bake Shoppe in Hartville, Ohio.

If you are like us and seek out small shops and restaurants you’ll love discovering BabyCakes. What started as a small cupcake shoppe has grown to include donuts, cookies, cakes, pastries and more! And oh my do they make amazing cupcakes.


Tell us a bit about what BabyCakes has available for brides.
At BabyCakes, we have 2 pastry chefs who create all of our gourmet cupcakes.  We have almost 100 flavor combinations and have custom made different flavors by request for wedding receptions (for ex: for a groom who didn’t love cake, but liked tiramisu, we made and still offer a tiramisu cupcake that he loved). We can match bridal colors and we offer rentals for our cupcake towers, as well as a beautiful silver cake stand.

We also can create wedding/shower cakes, brownies, cut-out cookies, individual cupcake centerpieces, cake pops and cake truffles for favors or dessert tables.  Anything we make can be customized.

babycakes pink ombre tiered cake

Oh and Ah over the pink ombre cake

Do you offer tastings?
We offer a complimentary tasting of up to 6 cupcakes when a customer books their event with us.
Note from Megan: If anyone needs assistance with their tasting I’m happy to come along and lend a hand!

How far in advance should a bride make a reservation?
To book a large event, we ask for a non-refundable $50.00 deposit that goes towards their final invoice.  We have weddings booked right now through October 2013, so we recommend 6-9 months to “save” the date, if possible.  But, we do have openings this summer still for last minute people.  🙂
BabyCakes Hartville Ohio qourmet wedding cupcakes

Is the price of a cupcake similar to a wedding cake?
For wedding desserts on a budget, cupcakes are a great option because when purchased by the dozen, they are only $1.67 each for an individual dessert for each guest.  A tiered wedding cake starts at $2.75 per serving and goes up with the level of difficulty and options (for fillings, fondant and decorations).

BabyCakes cupcake collage

Which to choose? Black Forrest, White Christmas, Chocolate, Peanut Butter Bombshell, Bella Tiramisu, and Raspberry Sweetie

Do you have any other tips for our brides-to be?
We normally recommend that our brides choose up to 5 flavor combinations and guests then can enjoy choosing one of their favorites.  Some of our top sellers are our:

  • Peanut Butter Bombshell– Chocolate cake filled with peanut butter mousse and peanut butter frosting with a Reese Peanut Butter Cup garnish
  • Coconut Snowball– Vanilla cake filled with coconut cream and vanilla buttercream coated in flaky coconut
  • SeaSalt Caramel- Chocolate cake filled with dulce de leche and chocolate buttercream with a caramel drizzle and crunchy seasalt.

Many of our brides rent the cupcake tower for their cupcakes and we make a 6″ cutting cake for the top.  That way they can do the traditional cake cutting photos.

BabyCake Hartville Ohio wedding cupcakes
How can customers reach you?
BabyCakes Bake Shoppe
1138 W. Maple St. Hartville, Ohio

Anyone else thinking “I need a cupcake”? Check out the daily menu on the BabyCakes Facebook page.

For more local wedding ideas, DIY tutorials, and shabby chic ideas read our entire Wedding March series!


New Wedding Items in our Top Drawer Finds Etsy Shop

We’ve added lots of pretty wedding items to our shop this month! Check them out here: Top Drawer Finds

We’re happy to arrange for local pick up at the new shop!  Use the code LOCALPICKUP at checkout to remove shipping costs.

mismatched china wedding centerpiece a
mismatched china wedding shabby chic centerpiece
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Mr and Mrs flashcards b
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two blue suitcases
I do flashcards b

For more wedding tips, tutorials, and local venues read our entire Wedding March series.


Using Vintage Suitcases in your Wedding

Vintage luggage is perfect for a wedding.  It’s the start of a new adventure! Plus they are oh so pretty.

We usually have a case or two available in our Top Drawer Finds Etsy shop and you can always count on Faded Velvet in Hartville, Ohio to have some cuties to choose from.

5 ways to use vintage luggage
1. Cake Stand
No words necessary, this is just stunning!

2. Card Collection
Card banners will be available in the wedding section of our Handmade Market, opening this Spring!
shabby chic card banner3. Signs

This case has been painted on one side with chalkboard paint. Erase and use it for home decor after the big day!

4. Bridal Shower Buffet Table
Tissue Paper Pom Pom tutorial coming later this week!

5. Seating Chart
Just add wire and clothespins! We are planning on trying something similar for our earring display at the new shop.  Tutorial coming soon.

For more DIY wedding ideas read our entire Wedding March series.


Local Business Spotlight on Captured By Kelly Photography

Today’s Wedding March Local Business Spotlight is on Captured by Kelly Photography.

Barb and I met Kelly a few years ago through the shop. Hers is one of my favorite Facebook pages to stalk. I absolutely adore her style!
Captured by Kelly Wedding Photography 66I mean really, how sweet is this!?

For our Wedding March series I asked her to share more about herself and give our brides some tips on selecting a photographer.

Tell us a little more about yourself.
I am a wedding and lifestyle photographer in the Northeast Ohio area.  I love telling stories with my camera lens.   I love Starbucks, vintage furniture and spontaneous games of freeze tag.  I love people.  I’d love to meet with you!

How would you describe your style?
My style is casual, artistic and modern and my goal at your wedding is to capture every moment of your day, especially the emotions and the moments that are not posed and staged by me.  I do my best to embrace your vision and make it my own.

What advice do you have for a couple trying to select a photographer?

  • Have a very strong idea of what you want before you even contact a photographer.  Are you looking for someone who will stand back and take a photojournalistic approach or do you prefer more formal and traditional posing?
  • Check out their portfolio.  Do you like what you see? A photography degree means nothing if you don’t like what they produce.
  • When you meet with the photographer make sure you can connect with them.  That connection can mean the difference between average and amazing photographs.
  • If a photographer’s price seems too high, don’t count them out immediately.  Many photographers are willing to work within a couple’s budget and customize packages. Your wedding photography will be passed down to future generations and last far longer than your cake, flowers and centerpieces.  Don’t go cheap in this area!

How can we contact you?
The best way to contact me is to email me at kelly@capturedbykelly.com.  You can also find more info at www.capturedbykelly.com

Here’s a peek at some of Kelly’s work!

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For local wedding ideas, tutorials, and more read our entire Wedding March series!


5 Ways to use Vintage Books at your Wedding

Oh books, how I love thee!  Here are 5 pretty ways to mix some of these beauties into your wedding celebration.

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1) Decor: Vintage books can be found in many colors!  We love mixing and matching or using shades of a single color.

2) A Photo Prop: Taking a photo to include with your thank you cards is a great idea.

3) Dreamy centerpieces:

4) Ring Bearer:

5) Book Page Bouquets:  My mind just races thinking about which books I would choose, favorite passages and moments… Plus it becomes a keepsake!

For more Vintage, Local, and DIY wedding tips check out our Wedding March Series


The Wedding March: Local Business Spotlight on GentleBrook Centre

If you are looking for a reception location in Lake Township be sure to check out the new event center at GentleBrook.  They have transformed part of the former Hartville Hardware building into a open space for parties, wedding receptions, and other events.

We think it’s the perfect setting for a bride looking for a modern and sophisticated style event.

A few helpful tips:

  • Unlike most event centers, you are able to bring in your own caterer.
  • Holds 250 guests comfortably.
  • Can accommodate both ceremony and reception.

For more information contact
Meg Laubacher at 330-877-7700

Barb and I will be attending a Lake Chamber Business After Hours here on April, 4th from 5-7pm. If you’d like to join us for a tour and refreshments send us an email.

A couple pics from their Grand Opening last winter.

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For more local wedding spots and DIY tips and tutorials visit The Wedding March: Round Two


Grapefruit Crinkle Cookies

Barb and I are eating cookies for breakfast.  Hard not to do with these delicious treats in the house!

grapefruit crinkle cookie sandwiches

While browsing Pinterest a couple months ago I came across a recipe for Lemon Crinkle Cookies at Lauren’s Latest.  So yummy!

The second time I made them I tried grapefruit instead of lemon, made them mini sized, and sandwiched some grapefruit icing between two cookies.  Wowsers!

We keep these cookies in a plastic container in the refrigerator because they are AMAZING chilled. They would be perfect for your next bridal or baby shower or as an Easter treat!

Grapefruit Crinkle Cookies
Yield: 2 dozen regular sized, 4 dozen minis or 2 dozen sandwiches

  • 1/2 C butter
  • 1 C granulated sugar
  • 1/2 t vanilla
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 t grapefruit zest
  • 1 T grapefruit juice
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1/4 t baking powder
  • 1/8 t baking soda
  • 1 1/2 C flour
  • 1/2 C powdered sugar



Let butter soften on counter or be impatient like me and stick it in the microwave for 10 seconds. Cream butter and sugar together using your mixer. Add vanilla, egg, zest, and juice.IMG_0001

Stir in (by hand) salt, baking powder, baking soda, and flour until just barely combined.
Start with 1/4 C of powdered sugar in a pie plate (you may need up to 1/2 cup).  I like using a pie plate because it contains the powdered sugar better than a regular plate.  More kid and Megan friendly!IMG_0004Roll dough into balls (half dollar sized for regular cookies, quarter sized for minis) then roll in powdered sugar. IMG_0007Bake at 350° on greased cookie sheets for 9-11 minutes for regular sized cookies, 6-8 for the minis. Let cool on tray for 3 minutes then move to wire rack.grapefruit crinkle cookies

Grapefruit Icing

Combine 2 tablespoons of butter with 1/2 C powdered sugar, 1 1/2 T grapefruit juice, and 1/2 t grapefruit zest. I added a drop of red food coloring for the pretty pink. Do not ice until cookies are completely cool, or else you will have slip sliding cookies on your hands 🙂IMG_0011

For more of this month’s wedding ideas check out The Wedding March Round 2


The Wedding March: Local Spotlight on Drobny Studio

At last month’s Canton Woman’s Club dinner, I was sharing our Wedding March series with a group of local bloggers and Allie from Couponing in Birdland mentioned her family has a photography studio. Thanks for the recommendation! (And if you are a Giant Eagle shopper her site is a must visit!)

We love shopping local and a wedding is a great opportunity to support small businesses. Today’s Local Business Spotlight is on Drobny Studio, located in Akron, Ohio.

BBT Tips Wedding March Local Business Spotlight on Drobny Studio

John and Nancy offer all of our brides-to-be some great advice on how to select a wedding photographer

  • Search for someone you are comfortable with. You will spend a whole day with them.
  • Be sure they have several samples to look at. That means they didn’t start yesterday.
  • Look for a style that you are attracted to. Too much journalism means less posed photos. Time and again the posed photos on the altar are what people want. It should be a blend of posed and journalistic photos.
  • Quality albums are a priority. Don’t settle for less!
  • Finally the last consideration should be budget. I realize sometimes you can’t spend thousands and thousands on photography. When your big day is over, what do you have left? I know this is an old cliche’, but it’s true.

Here’s a peek at some of their work:


Drobny Studio have been photographing the area’s finest events for over 50 years. We are classic wedding photographers with enough edge to be fun. Creativity, style and value are a part of every Drobny Studio wedding.

Drobny Studio

We always invite you to visit our Studio
to discuss your wedding in greater detail.
95 Hanna Parkway, Suite E
Akron, Ohio, 44319

Follow along all month long: The Wedding March Round 2


7 Wedding Ideas for Vintage Brooches and Earrings

I don’t know if the sparkle catches my eye but whenever I’m at a thrift shop, antique store, or estate sale I’m always drawn to the jewelry.  I love the whimsy of vintage costume jewelry and it always has me thinking of how to incorporate it into my craft projects.

For this month’s Wedding March we searched the web for fun ways to use costume jewelry at a wedding!

vintage brooches wedding decor

1. Shoe Clips

shoe clips

2. On your sash

3. On a garter
Just not on the toss garter. We don’t want to put an eye out!

4. A Jewelry Bouquet
These are just stunning!  I think a crafty girl could make her own.

5. On Place Cards
We found a really simple tutorial!

6. Upcycled Bracelets
We are loving these bracelets from Bel Monili!

7. Centerpieces
Add a little sparkle to your centerpieces

Please follow the Pinterest links to pin from their original sources!

Follow along all month:
The Wedding March: Round Two

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