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Snow Later This Week

Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Beautiful out there today. The latest forecast shows a better chance for snow starting Thursday. Pali trail is now open all day long. We are squeaking in a few more trails including East Gully near Lenawee Parks. I had a great morning skiing several runs off Lenawee Mountain, Black Mountain, and Pallavicini Lifts. Very nice surfaces. The best, of course, was The Spine with smooth, wind packed layer on the upper half.

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summer, can you hear me?

White ~ White Couture Trunk Show

Don't miss the White Couture trunk show at White Boutique February 7th-13th. The trunk show features gowns designed exclusively for White Couture, White Exclusives and YoYo. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit the White website or call 843.471.2975.

White Boutique White Couture Trunk Show
February 7th-13th, 2012
259 Seven Farms Dr.
Daniel Island, SC 29492

White ~ Rosa Clara Trunk Show

Monday, January 30, 2012
White near Charleston, SC is having a Rosa Clara Fall 2012 Collection Trunk Show at their beautiful boutique on Daniel Island from February 2nd - February 5th. Don't miss the opportunity to see this exquisite collection!! For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit the White website or call 843.471.2975.

Rosa Clara Trunk Show
February 2nd-5th, 2012
259 Seven Farms Drive
Daniel Island, SC 29492

Metallic Wedding Cakes by SweetThings ByFi

Sunday, January 29, 2012
We are delighted to welcome SweetThings ByFi to our blog to talk to us about the latest 2012 metallic wedding cake trends. 
Just like Wedding Trends, wedding cake designs are constantly changing.
Designs are heavily influenced by the fashion catwalk, wedding blogs and wedding magazines. Throughout 2011 there were many high profiled weddings, including the Royal weddings in the UK and Monaco, Supermodel Kate Moss, Pop singer Lily Allen and let’s not forget Chelsea Clinton’s wedding in the US. As a result, this has seen an increase in ornate piping and sugar flowers being incorporated into cake designs.
For many brides, 2012 is marking the end of the vintage trend and the beginning of glamorous decor with jewels and sparkles being incorporated into the cake designs, this is resulting in the rise of the ‘Couture’ style wedding cake.

This style of cake makes a strong statement by incorporating accents of the bride’s wedding dress, headpiece or jewellery. Our friends in the US have taken this one step further by introducing metallic wedding cakes which is taking the wedding world by storm for 2012.

We are seeing the use of shimmering tones of silver and gold’s combined with warm pastel or vibrant jewel colours.

When working with Reviva weddings, Laura and I often spend countless hours discussing the wedding designs we are working on together, and both of us are hugely excited about this trend and cannot wait for this to take off here in Spain!

Of course, it is imperative to ensure that your wedding cake design flows with the style or theme of your wedding not just the current wedding trends. For example, if you are getting married here in Spain and want a Spanish themed wedding, then perhaps you feel that a sparkling jewelled cake would not be suitable for your wedding. Thats ok! Your wedding day is one of the most special days of your life, so it is vital that your cake design is perfect for your personal taste! Try decorative lacework and textured ruffles with accents of Spanish warm colours or flowers, what is important is that your wedding cake designer designs a cake that is classic and timeless for you.

At Sweet Things, our fashion concious brides are becoming more involved in the design process to create their perfect wedding day, this is resulting in some amazing wedding cake designs which we cannot wait to create!
But for now, here are some of our favourite metallic wedding cakes!
Design Sources from Pinterest and Martha Stewart

Lynx Lane

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Another expansion to Ace's Wild Adventure. Scattered around the lower mountain we have prepared three new adventure trails in the woods. Not only are they fun for kids (and maybe some adults), they have nature based interpretive signs at the entrances. I hope all you kids out there (young and old) get a chance to spin through these fun spots. Look at our trail map to figure out just where these trails are.

Taking Shape

She is really starting to come around. Each day is a little bit better.

Great Winter Day

Just a great winter ski and ride day. The sun was out from open to close. It was breezy, but just enough to start filling in the sweet spots. I think people were extremely happy to be skiing The Spine, Main Street, and The Face. Two especially good skis today, Upper West Alley and a wind buffed West Wall.

More and More Pali Trail

Friday, January 27, 2012
As expected, today's was fantastic. Snow, Pali, clouds, sunshine, good wind, you name it, we had it. Saturday and Sunday will be sunny and gorgeous. Pali trail will open about noon this weekend. Don't be late.

Houndstooth Design

You know how great it is when you find something cool, unique and amazing? We felt that way when we discovered Josh Hoffman's brilliant chalkboard horses and his company Houndstooth Design and Mercantile.

As a kid, Josh always loved horses, but the closest he ever came to owning one was a Breyer unicorn from the JCPenny catalog. “I remember staring at the page for hours deciding which one I should choose,” he says. A few years later, his brother broke its horn off. "I still remember that first horse," Josh says. "Santa brought more horses that year and I was hooked. I've been collecting ever since!"

Fast forward 20 years and Josh bought a horse online that arrived terribly scratched. He sanded it down to the natural plastic, primed it and at a friend’s suggestion, covered it with chalkboard paint. At first he thought it was a strange idea, but it turned out pretty cool - it was a unique, sculptural piece of art that was both useful and functional.

Josh had heard of Etsy and thought it would be the perfect place to sell his horses. He bought a few more "bodies" and finished them with chalkboard paint. In April of 2010, he set up shop on Etsy under the name Houndstooth Design and Mercantile ( Why Houndstooth? "I love the look of the fabric," says Josh. "It was either that or something with herringbone. I have two great danes (the closest I will ever get to real horses), so houndstooth was my choice.

Josh's horses have been featured in the pages of Weddings Unveiled, among other publications and have been mailed all over the globe, to countries like Australia, Greece, the United Kingdom, Chile, Japan and Canada to name a few. We love to see them used in place settings, as table numbers, as place markers or in event decor. They also make great cake toppers! "I have my own collection of chalkboard horses started (20 strong)," says Josh. "I can't wait to see what the future holds for me, Houndstooth Design and my horses.

We've included images of some of our favorite horses from Houndstooth below, including a unicorn identical to Josh's first one. Be sure to check out the Houndstooth Design and Mercantile Etsy shop to find your favorite. In addition, Weddings Unveiled readers will receive a special discount of 15% off their entire purchase through February 14th, 2102!! Just enter the code WEDDINGS15 at checkout.

Eyes in Magazine, feature

Thanks for the feature, Eyes in Magazine!

A Fat 6"

Boy, does the snow look good this morning. Lots of it. A very fat 6". Who knows how deep it will be on the leeward slopes? The clouds are breaking away and the sky is starting to light up. Vintage Colorado today. And you will get Pali in the afternoon.

Pali Trail Opened Today

Thursday, January 26, 2012
Pali Main Street, The Spine, Pali Face, David's Run, and The 2nd Alley were open for directed skiing from 1:30 - 3:00 today. The same terrain will be open at approximately the same time tomorrow Friday. With a forecast of 4-8" for tonight and tomorrow, the timing of today's opening was ideal. The snow "you guys" compacted is ideally prepped for some freshies tomorrow.

It is always a pleasure for me to ski my favorite run on the planet, The Spine. Remember, these are still early season conditions and the entire Pali zone is Extreme Terrain for experts only. Today I saw a lot "ski everyday", local, expert, A-Basin skiers making nice controlled turns at a reasonable speed. That me feel good. This is not the time of year or the kind of conditions to be maching down Pali Face. Take your time out there and enjoy yourself.

Special kudos to Jamie Ober and the Ski Patrol for pulling off this opening. They have had a very intense week getting the terrain ready. Be sure and thank these guys and give them a pat on the back.

Mother of the Bride Dresses

Wednesday, January 25, 2012
elegant- Adrianna Papell Beaded Illusion Gown
summer affair- Donna Karen
black tie- Antonio Berardi
whimsical evening- Adrianna Papell
dainty- Donna Karen
fashionista- Stella McCartney
afternoon affair- Vionnet
sophisticated- Lanvin

Brooklyn Arts Center Wedding Show This Weekend!

The Brooklyn Arts Center Winter Wedding Show is this Sunday, January 29th, 2012, from 1-4pm at The Brooklyn Arts Center at St. Andrews in historic downtown Wilmington, NC. The first 75 brides to purchase a ticket will receive a swag bag filled with local goodies and all attendees will have the chance to win fantastic giveaways! Don't miss this opportunity to connect with some of the region's top wedding professionals! Sip lovely refreshments from the BAC cash bar, taste fabulous food, hear live music and find all the latest wedding fashions, trends and styles presented as actual weddings throughout the spectacular venue.

To purchase a ticket, please visit the Brooklyn Arts Center Winter Wedding Show's website.

Brooklyn Arts Center Winter Wedding Show
January 29th, 2012
516 North 4th Street
Wilmington, NC

More Skiing

Tuesday, January 24, 2012
It has been a very busy week for the avalanche crew. We have added skiing in Falcon and Dragon. The cat crew continues to buff out the Lenawee Parks zone and other nooks and crannies. There have been some limited openings in the Standard / 13 Cornices area.

I know the million dollar question is "When is Pali opening?" Of course my answer is that sort of waffling, "I'm not sure, but soon" b.s. that drives my wife crazy. Well, maybe I know a little more than that. There is still signifcant avalanche work to do. Pallavicini is a major avalanche path and opening it takes weeks of extensive work by the patrollers. Over the next few days, you will be hearing lots of very loud bangs coming from that area. We have a long list of procedures for explosives, ski cuts, ski packing, ski testing, snowpits and more. The good news is that we are getting close. Sometime in the next few days, we will likely open it for an hour or two one afternoon. A little bit of ski pressure packs the snow down. After the packed snow sits overnight it gets firmer. The next day we will open it for another hour or two and pack it some more. We will continue with this limited type of pressure and access until we think she is ready to be open all day. This way we build a good and durable pack out there. The snow is fragile. Opening it at 8:30 one day and skiing it into the ground is very short sighted. Our goal is to get it open soon and have it be good all season.

I know you want it. I know you want it now. It's coming. Give us a few more days.

Indian Wedding Inspirations in Marbella

As Indian Weddings take Marbella by storm, we thought we would share some of the inspirations we are creating for our weddings. 

The explosion of colours used for Indian weddings are glorious and here we have created a more cohesive look to our weddings by keeping to a heady mix of beautiful colours.

Ivory, gold and red are a hugely popular colour combination, mix this in with a fushsia and yellow and a dash of purple creates a vibrant combination.

We have kept one of our designs to just using a peacock colour theme of purples, turquoises, aquas and golds but throwing in a touch of orange for the reception tables.

There are so many glorious details from floral elephants, embellished gold confetti cones, lots of lots of bling, particuarly this year with the latest rage for metallic wedding cakes and we love the idea of using slightly different textures and fabrics to bring different elements into creating our Indian wedding styles.

A fuchsia, red and yellow Indian Wedding Inspiration

An explosion of Colours

A Peacock Inspiration

Muted Golds, Ivories and Red
Images have been sourced from Karen Wise and Maharani Weddings

We hope you enjoy our inspirations as we publish them and to keep up to date with us, as we move into 2012, join our Facebook page

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Montezuma Bowl Update

Monday, January 23, 2012
Many of you have asked questions about Motnezuma Bowl. We have not yet picked an opening date for the bowl. These past storms have been favorable back there. The snow farming at the Summit the last week was outstanding. The cat drivers, using our winch cat, have used that captured snow to establish the entrances to Larkspur and Columbine. They are heading back there again tonight and will continute to pack their way down the bowl. The ski patrollers were covering some ground back there this morning. So we have a ways to go, but have made some great progress. I am anxious to get that bowl open. Let's hope the next couple of storms are working in our favor there. I'll keep you updated.