Sunday, February 28, 2010

The Obligatory Olympics Post



We're all big fans of the Olympics and this year has been excellent! Of course we'll all be gathered around the tv to watch Team USA take on Canada this afternoon. The USA as "Heavy Underdogs"?????? Ack............... regardless we're thinking red, white and blue, top shelf all the way!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Great Quote for the Day:

"The bitterness of poor quality remains long after low pricing is forgotten."

-Grace Ormond

Quality has always been of great concern and importance in the wedding world, perhaps more so today when budget restraints meet the desire for the best available options. We always remind our brides (and ALL brides) that when corners are cut, quality generally suffers and that individual pays the ultimate price in dissatisfaction (or worse). When it comes to choosing wedding vendors we suggest that you start with an excellent wedding planner. She can maximize your budget keeping quality in mind in addition to the other fantastic things that she can do for you. Because a planner knows vendors, every effort can go towards putting together a team that results in a quality event in a price point that is live-able and even smile-able!

Price should not be the only factor when deciding how to allocate your wedding dollars---- or anything else for that matter! We do hear all the time from brides who choose vendors based on budget and low price and end up with disappointment and often far worse.

Our BBP family of brides and grooms are always quality! We're so fortunate to have the best clients in the world, we will never tire of saying that truth!

Seek quality with deliberate intention!

Monday, February 22, 2010

The Color of Winter

The color of winter? Why GRAY of course! Dull, drab, nasty gray. While the rest of the country has seemingly gotten more in the way of snow, or cold, or just plain winter-- we have been slammed with the gray and grim.

Good thing that we have such great clients to brighten things up, like the wonderful Shaun and Jennifer in the photo above. We've said it before and we'll say it again, our clients are such blessings and we can't be happier about them. Actually in a unanimous vote we think that Jennifer and Shaun shouldn't get married this spring as we'll all be so sad without them in the "current" file!!

Our very own Shauniffer------ nothing at all gray about that!!!

I hope you caught the Wedding Show on Martha Stewart last week, it was truly exceptional! From kitchy pipe cleaner rings to great table settings, fashions and more--- lots of beautiful ideas to be found. The wedding fashions were great---- traditional and yet very fresh! Did you happen to see the groom in the pink jacket?

Whether you are planning your wedding, growing your family or hoping to marry someday, we all send wishes for a BRIGHT and blessed Monday!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Happy Fat Tuesday: Malasada Day!!!!

Mardi----- Tuesday of course. How goes yours????? And this particular Tuesday is Fat Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday, hence Mardi Gras. The big party happened last Saturday in St. Louis and it was my job to be the designated "dropper offer". Meaning heck no I'm not going to go hang out with those crazy people................. but I'll drop you off as close as we can get! Every year the floats line up outside the Studio, loads of fun to watch, and it never ceases to amaze me at the number of beer, booze, jello shots and even syringe loaded shooters make their way through the Square at an hour early enough to make the biggest partier blush. (Or color slightly!) I think there are still some local hangovers happening!

Today on Fat Tuesday are you loading up for Lent? Even in those individuals without lenten traditions, some sort of Fat Tuesday thinking ensues. One of my favorites is the annual Hawaiian Fat Tuesday tradition held on Oahu, when the famous Leonard's Malasadas prepares for a gazillion people to fight for parking on that little lot in order to score some of those incredibly sweet and sugary pastries. I miss Leonard's! And today (yes TODAY) is the annual, eagerly anticipated MALASADA DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

In case you've a mind to whip up a batch of heaven, from the Punahou Carnival in Hawaii comes a great recipe that I've used quite a few times when locked on the mainland means you just have to have a malasada!


1 package yeast (1 T)
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 cup warm water

6 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup melted butter or margarine
1 cup water
1 cup evaporated milk
6 eggs

1 quart vegetable oil (to cook)
extra sugar

Dissolve yeast, sugar and water and set aside. Beat eggs. Measure flour into mixing bowl and add salt. Make a well in the flour, pour yeast mixture, eggs and other ingredients. Beat in circular motion until the dough is soft. Cover, let raise until double. Turn dough over but do not punch down. Cover and let raise again. Heat oil to 375 degrees and drop dough by teaspoon full into oil and cook until brown. Shake in brown bag with sugar. Best when hot.

Note: If the malasadas have a tendency to come out with the center still doughy, turn the heat down on the oil which will allow them to cook longer. ***My note, the malasadas don't have that doughnut "hole"......... so a longer cook time is almost always necessary, especially if you make them too big in the first place! ****Double note: I like to mix sugar and cinnamon to shake some of mine.

I will tell you straight up, this (or any) malasada recipe is just not as good as having one from Leonards! NOT! I think it is something about eating one hot as you leave the store, graced by gentle tradewinds and blue skies, warm and sunny, add sugar and you've got something!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Julie & Drew for Drizzle

Another addition to the wedding family here at Bobbi Brinkman Photography---- and what a wonderful addition it is!!!!

Julie and Drew
are getting married 'on the Illinois side'-------- which when you live in a town like St. Louis is just an expansion of the Metro. We've seen Julie around a fair bit, she hangs out with some of our favorite past brides who know that we'll take excellent care of the almost marrieds.

We're looking forward to the Big Day, it's going to be a LOT of fun!

Welcome Julie and Drew, it's an honor and a privilege to photograph your wedding and preserve your memories with "Images from the Heart..."

We're in between rounds of snow by the sound of it. With more snow coming this weekend and a back that is still more out than in (ack) I think it is time to give consideration to the munchies one eats when it is snowing and you wouldn't go out in it unless the house was on fire and even then it's not a sure bet. :)

One of those must have items is the Chocolate Drizzle from Target. Sweet, crunchy, chocolatey, and a little bit spicy---- HEAVEN. Because it is made from cereal products that is a grain which is of course really good for you and your entire health profile! I say buy two or three bags because one is never enough and you just might find that other people discover this deliciousness and there is a run at Target leaving you unable to find more when you really REALLY need it. We can't have that. I bet Julie and Drew love the Drizzle too!

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

White Stuff

Here at BBP we are constantly surrounded by white stuff:
  • wedding dresses
  • tuxedo shirts
  • tulle veils
  • etc.
But today we are surrounded by white stuff of another order. SNOW! It's a dirty word to me, way too much sand in my shoes to find winter at all amusing, lovely, or even peaceful. 5 inches of snow fell outside the studio doors today, bring on the shovel! With the bitter cold temperatures, the snow may well hang out to wear out it's welcome (which was none too warm in the first place!!!!)

Trying to shift gears, how about some other white things we love????? Thinking of a warm and lovely destination (DisneyWorld) we show a couple of 'magical' gowns by Kirstie Kelly for the Disney Fairy Tale Weddings.

Interesting bodice treatment------

Simple and clean---

A little different twist---

I think the shot above just LOOKS Disney, doesn't it????

I'm a sucker for lacy jackets----- very Grace Kelly don't you think???

All I can say to the above is................ wow!

Thursday, February 04, 2010

More Family! Welcome Megan & Charles!!

We're so happy to be able to welcome another couple to the wedding family at Bobbi Brinkman Photography! Megan and Charles, come on down!

Megan is the sister of one of our grooms, the fabulous Matt of Andi and Matt fame! Now Megan tells me that she is the BEST family member---- and we have no reason not to believe her. As Andi and Matt are now expecting their first sweet baby perhaps they are otherwise occupied and will not argue the point?

Regardless, we're really pleased to have Megan and Charles as part of the family! As always, it is an honor and a privilege to have the opportunity to capture their wedding with "Images from the Heart..."

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Hearty Welcome to Amina & Phillip!

We just couldn't be happier to welcome Amina and Phillip to the wedding family at Bobbi Brinkman Photography! All of us here are just delighted! When Amina and Phillip came to visit with us we not only had the opportunity to meet them but Amina's lovely Mom and gracious Grandmother--- a sweeter family you couldn't ask for!

The warmest of BBP Welcomes to you all, of course we're looking forward to your very special Big Day!

Monday, February 01, 2010

Lovely Cakes--- from Martha Stewart

It must be the beginnings of the February doldrums because my mind is thinking CAKE! Not just any cake of course but wedding cake. Lovely, luscious, sweet and wonderful, loaded with frosting and tinted a pretty color. Yum!

I thought I'd share a few of my favorite cakes from Martha Stewart (thanks Martha!)----

A Charlotte of a cake------- I can imagine a tiramisu-ey cake maybe with the ladyfingers around the edge?

LOVE this clean and geometric cake, elegantly monogrammed and presented so simply. I bet it tastes as good as it looks!

A croquembouche wedding cake! How fabulous is this!!!!! On top of what is undoubtedly a yummy cake layer comes a fabulous presentation of sugary delicious croquembouche(s)! I have no idea in the world how you would SERVE such a magnificent frippery of cake but it would be fabulous!

Enough said!