Friday, February 26, 2010

Hot Pink Cake Stand...A Taste of the Exotic Just Down the Street

Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.

- Albert Schweitzer

If ever there was a quote to live by, this would be it and local business owner Jody Carmichael is following Mr. Schweitzer’s words to a “T”. Newly opened in January, Hot P
ink Cake Stand is a labor of love for Jody and a rather brightly colored one at that. Draped in hot pink, black and white, the brick walled bakery sits comfortably in Wilmington NC’s historic downtown district on Front Street. Sweet smells cover the waterfront as Jody and her team bake from scratch each morning. The enticing aromas encourage visitors and locals to sample the shop’s fare. It was my pleasure to spend a few minutes with Jody (in between baking cupcakes and mixing chocolate frosting) to find out what this new hot spot is all about and of course, to inquire about the major usage of hot pink.

“Hot pink is my thing, “Jody explains, “not pink pink, HOT pink. After a while people began to notice and started showering me with hot pink gifts. So, I knew hot pink would be a major factor in the name of the shop. Also, I did not want to be locked into making just one type of item-I enjoy baking in all its forms. We do not just do cakes or just bagels; you can put any baked good on a cake stand so…Hot Pink Cake Stand was born!”

With local photographer Keith Ketchum ( in tow, I was treated to a shop filled with fresh tulips, exposed duct work and the trademark of downtown Wilmington: exposed brick walls. Shelves filled with goods from local businesses such as the Old Wilmington Tea Co and Carolina Coffee create a comfortable feel and a chalkboard out front displays the daily flavor letting you know that good things are happening inside.

“I like to push the envelope when it comes to flavors; I am not much on limiting requests,” the owner adds, “ is not really my place to say we cannot do that!”

The shop exudes all the charm of a NYC bakery without all the fuss and it a welcome addition to the already bustling Front Street area. Although you can still acquire traditional flavors such as lemon, chocolate, vanilla and carrot, this is a bakery that is willing to go the distance for brides. No buttercream swags here; however, you will find impeccably sculpted fondant decorations and an owner that literally adores what she does. “In three years if I am having as much fun as I am right now, then I will consider this a huge s

Hot Pink Cake stand is located at 114 N Front St. Wilmington, NC. The shop is open Monday through Saturday from 7-6 and is available for private parties as well. Brides can give Jody a call at 910-343-HPCS (4727) to set up a consult and perhaps enjoy cake pop while discussing their cake options. Be sure to ask about their unique flavors such as Tiramisu, mango, passion fruit, and rosewater pistachio. In addition to their repertoire of flavors, HPCS feature gluten free and vegan choices as well.

Article by: Brittany Koontz, Owner of Orchid Island Events and Wedding Design in Wilmington, NC (

Photos courtesy of: Keith Ketchum Photography (

Monday, February 15, 2010

Ziabird "I Said Yes" Bridal Event

Come out to Lumina Station this Saturday from 12-5 for Ziabird's Bridal Event featuring Elizabeth Zink jewelry and Joanne Miranda hair accessories and veils!

aMuse Haute Hats Show

Attend the aMuse Haute Hats Show Saturday, March 6 at Cafe Phoenix in downtown Wilmington! Just in time to find the perfect hat for the Azalea Garden Party, Kentucky Derby and Easter!

Vintage Vixens - A Day of Dress Up for You, Something Special for Him.

Stacy Borelli, Owner and Photographer of Swank Photo Studio went out on a limb last year when she was asked by one of her brides to do some 'sexy' pictures for her fiance. What happened during that session has forever transformed and shaped her new love for photography, her own brand and line of stylish boudoir photography; Vintage Vixens - A Day of Dress Up for You. Something Special for Him. 
With the overtly talented Margo of Belloviso on staff for the sessions, the two pair to bring their clients a one of a kind experience. "It truly is a day of pampering for the girls. They come have some wine and girlie chat, all the while getting their hair and makeup done, we play dress up and take fun & playful pictures. There's not one client that hasn't come to me with an undertone of latent anxiety that hasn't left saying, Wow!, that was fun!".
The end result speaks for itself. "The greatest reward in all of this is seeing the women being transformed and I'm not talking about transformation of looks although the makeover is an essential part of what we do. I'm talking about inner transformation. The glam makeovers get our clients to step out of their everyday look and become high fashion glamorous. This instills the inner confidence. By the time they get in front of the camera, they're putty.".  Throw in the gentle direction from Stacy, and the end is pictures her clients are proud of. The boys are pretty happy too!

All of the sessions include your hair & makeup, several looks and outfit changes, as well as a honeybook. And while the sessions are an investment, are you not worth it?  Millions of millions of dollars are spent on our looks, spa treatments, and medical treatments every year. Why aren't we documenting ourselves in the prime of our lives?!
To book your session or private party (perfect for bachelorettes), please contact Stacy/Swank Photo Studio - 919-602-1050 or

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Spring 2010 Issue!

Congratulations to Lisa Brown with Bella Rose Photography for making our Spring 2010 Cover!!

Included in this issue:

-DIY Wedding Hair
-Creating a workout plan with Kettlebells
-Our gorgeous photo shoots in Raleigh, Wilmington, Charlotte and Asheville
-6 Real Weddings
-Travel to Destination Weddings
-Decorating 101--Creating an idea book
-New tips, trends, and ideas for your wedding!  

We can't wait for the E-Zine, continue checking for the Spring E-zine!

Monday, February 1, 2010

The Not Wedding- Atlanta

The NotWedding is a unique bridal event in which a handful of the city’s most talented vendors come together to stage a one-of-a-kind wedding. Complete with an unforgettable ceremony, an over the top first dance, a cake cutting, and reception, The NotWedding has become a killer alternative to a bridal show that promotes an atmosphere that inspires brides towards creative options rather than cookie-cutter weddings. Scheduled for Sunday, February 28, 2010 at the Foundry at Puritan Mill.