There are so many things to love about this job, but when notable Monterey pastry chefs from Parker-Lusseau Pastries bring you an assortment of cakes and pastries to taste in the middle of a day-long meeting…well, let’s just say they never get such treatment at my husband’s workplace!
Sure, Parker-Lusseau also delivered a delicious lunch. As I made my way through my curried tuna with freshly-baked wholegrain bread, I was already convinced this company knew their stuff. And then came dessert.
We knew it’d be nothing short of silly if we came to Monterey and didn’t order cakes from a place that makes wedding pastries as gorgeous as, well, Exhibit A:
To properly sample the wares of this Certified By The Guide wedding vendor, we’d each prepared for this day by ordering a mini-tart or piece of cake to taste in advance, and when they arrived we laid them all out on a plate so we could pass them around.
As we looked at the plate of decadence, we all muttered versions of the same tired ladylike line: “How will we finish this? It’s just so much!” I’m both proud and slightly ashamed to say that a few minutes later the plate was almost clean.
Could you blame us? Look at this menu: Chocolate mousse and raspberries with pistachio cake, double lemon tart, tiramisu, chocolate mousse combined with creme brulee and flourless chocolate cake (yup, that’s one cake!)...
Several hours later, after our initial sugar high had subsided, we dipped into a box of rich Parker-Lusseau truffles. You know, just because.
This wasn’t a day to count calories. It was a day to count our blessings: We’d found a company that not only knows their way around cakes and tarts, they also deliver them to your doorstep.
A while back, my mom gave me her diamond engagement ring. She said she wanted me to have it now so that I could enjoy it sooner than later. I was very touched, of course, but given that it was several sizes too large for any of my fingers there was no way I could wear it. So…it sat around in a box for over a year. Clearly I wasn’t enjoying it as my mother had intended, and I’m sure she was quietly wondering if her gift would ever see the light of day again.
Since I’m not really a ring person, I decided to turn my heirloom into a pendant and I knew just where I wanted to have it done: the Christensen Heller Gallery in Oakland. I love going into their store on College Avenue, because it’s cozy and intimate, their display cases are filled with lots of distinctive jewelry, and their staff is incredibly easy to work with.
When I sat down with gemologist Baird Heffron, I asked him to design something simple, elegant and not too pricey. He not only satisfied me on all counts, he and Jan Christensen Heller, the owner, were able to use some of the settings from the original ring, which made my pendant even more affordable. Angela Prieto stepped in to help me select a chain, and Baird even did an appraisal of the completed necklace. What more could a woman ask for?
Whether you come to the Christensen Heller Gallery to snap up a pair of earrings you saw in the window or to order a custom-designed piece, these very talented professionals will take care of you. They’re knowledgeable, patient, and will make your whole experience a pleasure.
Your wedding day is a perfect excuse to breathe new life in your family’s heirloom jewels. For inspiration to help you turn your “something old” into “something new,” check out their gallery.
When it comes to choosing dresses for your bridesmaids, one size definitely doesn’t fit all. Not only that, but not all styles are going to be universally approved. What to do? Vera Wang has a few suggestions… Read on!
Answer: It is customary for the bridal party to take the cue from the bride when it comes to wedding fashion. However, most brides these days are sensitive to the range of tastes, sizes, shapes and incomes of her attendants.
If you are finding it challenging to find a singular bridesmaid dress that suits your entire bridal party, then consider creating a common thread: Pick the color and let each attendant select a style in that color that most flatters her shape. You can also let each bridesmaid choose her own dress and create conformity through accessories, hairdo and make-up. That said, different bridesmaid dresses respect individuality but can also be distracting.
You are the bride, and while you should be as accommodating as possible to your bridal party, they should ultimately respect your overall vision for your wedding day including your choice of a bridesmaid dress.
—Excerpted with permission from Vera Wang’s RSVP Club newsletter. Want to read more of Vera Wang’s newletters? Click here to subscribe.