Thursday, December 31, 2009

The Clock is Ticking!!!!!!

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The clock is ticking!!! Have a safe & wonderful New Year's Eve!!!


Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Elan Artists... Some of my favorite bands performing live on the same night

Photo Above: Bon Musique

What: NYC Dance Band Showcase
When: Thursday January 7th 2010 7:30PM Sharp
Smash Studios - Midtown

Personalized Music / No Cheese Factor
Affordable Rates

Smash Studios
Studio Suite 1
307 West 36th Street, 18th Floor
Between 8th and 9th Avenues
New York, NY 10018

888.800.3526 or
Admission Gratis - RSVP Requested
Prompt Start 7:30pm
(day of contact cell 646.753.2616)

Featured Bands:
Eric Nicolas & One Love
East Village Exchange
Bon Musique

Preview groups at

Hear your areas top dance bands perform live. Each band performs a cross section of music from classics to contemporary. Hip, sophisticated, and affordable. Our bands personalize each performance and have zero cheese factor. Meet band leaders and musicians directly and get a feeling for style, personality and quality.
Email us to check band availability for your date. RSVP is requested.

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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Tuesdays are for Mood Boards.....

Ms. True and I have realized that we have been a bit lackadaisical in creating and posting our Mood Boards. So therefore, I am naming Tuesdays as "Mood Board" Day!!
You might have noticed that some people call them inspiration boards, but back when I was designing childrenswear, we named them mood boards. This is because it is simply setting the mood and tone of the event through the use of color. By seeing how the colors work together, clients are able to visualize as well as evoke a feeling for their big day. Much later, we design "detail boards" which offers a more comprehensive look into the event .
So, when I saw this amazing vintage scarf on Etsy, I was immediately inspired. It has a very classic palette of grey, silver, blue, ink and cream. Reminiscent of Spring and Winter skies, it is a palatte that is applicable to both seasons. Therefore, I created two boards for two separate events, a New Year's Celebration and an Early Spring/Summer Tented Fete. The lace and silver can be used for either season, it's really about the use and the mixing of different textures. Chiffon and silks for Spring, Satin and for beaded fabrics for Winter. The flowers can also be interchanged and I absolutely love the dancers movements in the scarf which are mimicked by the white parrot tulips.

A Late Spring/Early Summer Tented Fete
Silver shell image, Lace & Sandals: Sandra Lane, Trophy vase: Canadian Living, Vintage Wedding Suit, Etsy
Northern Crown Plate: Anthropologie, Sperry Star Tent, Parrot Tulips, Flickr
Christian Siriano Dress, Vintage Degas Silk Scarf: Etsy, Tulip Mugs: Etsy,
Trophy Centerpiece: Better Homes & Gardens, Shoes: Sandra Lane, Doily & Lace Runner: Good Housekeeping

A New Year's Wedding Celebration
Lace & Silver Shoes: Sandra Lane, Chandeliers: Skona Hem, Ballet Shoes:Weheartit.
Mask:Weheartit, Vintage Degas Silk Scarf: Etsy, Star tights: Weheartit, Blue balloons: Imgfave.
Tulip votive: Anthropologie, Temperley Wedding Gown, Winter Place Setting: Thomas Dhellemmes, Christian Siriano Dress
Blue Eyes: Weheartit, Sky Map Dessert Plate:Anthropologie, New Year's Hats: Flickr.
Sky:, Heart:Flickr, Tights: Weheartit.

Boards designed and created by Chocolate Creative Design.


Monday, December 28, 2009

Monday Typefaces...Hmmmm Pretzels....

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Pretzel alphabet found via Flickr.

Every child's (or adult) right of passage...a soft pretzel from NYC!
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Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!!

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Merry Christmas from all of us at True & Wesson!!!


Thursday, December 24, 2009

Champagne Bubbles, Sugar Plums and Seven Swans a Swimming....The End!

The sun is setting, casting brilliant shades of purple, pink and turquoise which illuminate the happy couple. The rhinestones in her dress dance in the light and allow it to come alive...

Everyone grabs a candle..

and makes wishes on the full moon for the new couple!!

As the candles blow out, a wish has been made and remnants of the celebration are left over on a little one's nose...

The moon rises over the barn..

A perfect end to a perfect day!

Our wish at True & Wesson is for everyone to have peace, love and a creative spirit for 2010!

Stay tuned in 2010 for some great posts featuring all the wonderful players from this magical shoot!!

Many thanks to the following for their kindness, support and creative spirit!!
All my Love-Lucinda, Chocolate Creative Design

Photography: Anna Sawin, Anna Sawin Photography

Flowers: Yumiko Fletcher, Hana Floral Design

Hair & Makeup: Jennie Fresa & Lindsay Milan, Jennie Fresa Beauty Library

Clothing/Styling: Women- Tove Vigen, Tova’s Vintage

Film/Video: Mike Cyr. Buzz Media Company

Rentals: Rental Unlimited (three silk linens, napkins and tinted glassware)

Models: Nicole Frechette, Crista Taylor, Tove Vigen, Chelsea Tyler, Steve DePino,

Jayson Drobiak, Gabriella Taylor, Henry Sawin and Sophie Heublein

A very special thanks to Sarah True of True Event for feeding the troops and putting her sparkle into the finishing touches on the set.

Venue: Island Farm on Elihu Island


A Christmas Eve Proposal...

Twas the Night Before Christmas...

It is a tradition in husband's family that every year before going to the Christmas vigil service on Christmas Eve his father would read the Night Before Christmas and then we would all head together to church. So it was extra special to me that this was part of the proposal when husband asked me to marry him 6 years ago.

The ring strategically placed in the back of the Night Before Christmas pop up book by Robert Sabuda, popped up as the star on the tree with a little note written inside "will you marry me?"

Since receiving this special book, and proposal I have become a huge fan of Robert Sabuda's pop up books. They are absolutely gorgeous, every pop up illustration more intricate than the next. He is a true artist!

We have his entire Christmas Collection of books that decorate our mantle at the holidays.

Holiday Wine Picks... Christmas Reds and Whites

Merry Christmas!

I thought I would talk about wine today since Friday would be too late to talk about my Christmas wine picks.
So here they are.
Wishing Everyone a happy and safe holiday!

Christmas Wine Picks
1. Chamard Vineyard 2007, Rose, $14.99

2. Atticus John, 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, $27.99

3. Domain Du Tariquet, 2008, Sauvignon, $9.99

4. Barco Viejo, 2008, Chardonnay, $6.99 (Faith Middleton's new rave)

5. Domaine Paul Blanck, Alsace, 2007, Riesling, $16.99

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Champagne Bubbles, Sugar Plums and Seven Swans a Swimming....Twister!!!

The kids have found Twister and beg the group to join in!

Right foot red, Left foot green...

Don't drop that cocktail..

The groom is determined to beat his brother!

Right hand red, left foot blue...

The proud winner!!!


Champagne Bubbles, Sugar Plums and Seven Swans a Swimming....Fireside...

After a short walk, the group heads inside to grab a cocktail and warm up by the fire.

Cocktails are flowing..

Another cupcake has been found!!

The vintage phonograph plays a bit of jazz, a little Lester Lanin and a smidgen of Harry Belafonte...

Warming up by the fire and sharing some family stories...

Vintage Phonograph-Tove Vigen, Tova's Vintage


TRUE & WESSON Philosophy #48


Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Champagne Bubbles, Sugar Plums and Seven Swans a Swimming....Steve DePino...

I have learned that a photographer never travels far from their camera. On the day of The Island Farm Winter Wedding Shoot, for Steve DePino, photographer or dare I say was of no exception. Steve, who is known by all in the Connecticut Wedding Photographers Industry, quickly moved in and out between takes to capture the day. It was pure magic and Abby Larson of Style Me Pretty thought so to, as today,they did a beautiful post on their Little Black Book Blog recognizing his fabulous array of work. A man of many talents, Steve is expanding his business to focus on Editorial and Fashion. With images like this...who's to stop him??
Check out Steve's own blog as well as the amazing post on Style me Pretty's Little Black Book Blog.