Monday, November 15, 2010

Biba and Zola


When Vivan and Marcelo (Biba and Zola) asked me to do the sweets and decorations for their wedding, I was first crack at a wedding celebration. But when they told me the date of the event, I had to hesitate. I was in the first months of my pregnancy with a scheduled due date of November 26th. The wedding was to be on the 13th.

I took a deep breath and said, "I'd love to do it!" But then I told them about my pregnancy and due date and let them decide. "Let's do it," they concurred. Crazy. All of us, I know.

Luckily I had the foresight to ask my ever talented and always helpful Mother-in-Law, Vera, to be my partner in the endeavor. And throughout the months of my pregnancy, the concept for the wedding took fold as my belly grew.

As we neared the due date and wedding date, my obstetrician warned that early contractions were causing my uterus to thin out and that it was unlikely that I would make it until after the 13th. I kept quiet and kept working....keeping Vera posted and praying for Baby Boy to hold out until the fourteenth.

On the morning of the 5th of November, I started to feel "crampy." I kept cutting tulle quietly. But at 5:00 pm, I knew that these were more than routine Braxton-Hicks contractions. And off to the hospital I went for ten hours of labor and the birth of our son.

Last week was probably one of the most joyous and difficult weeks of my life. I stepped out of the maternity ward and into the kitchen. Working all day engorged and exhausted and breastfeeding my hungry little angel baby (thank goodness for that) all night.

This wedding would not have come to fruition without the help and understanding of so many. But I cannot go without naming a few....My mother and Doc burping baby and stuffing favor bags. My husband for giving Georgia the extra undivided attention and the 4 am diaper changes. Carol (the amazing wedding coordinator) driving back to my home with my mother to bring Sebastian to the buffet for me to breastfeed during set-up. Georgia...your big sister patience. Sebastian...the stories you will hear about your first week of life! And my mother-in-law...well the biggest thanks goes to her. Vera...Thank you! Obrigada! I don't know how to express my gratitude for all you do.

And, of course, Biba and Zola...the most appreciative, laid-back, kind couple one could ever wish to plan a wedding for...I wish you all the happiness in the world on your journey together...xo

Biba e Zola Wedding
Buffet: Manioca

Decorations: Colors: shades of rose, cream, white and pale green, 10 Giant Balls using 5,000 hand glued coffee filters, 45 Floral balls of Carnations, Babies Breath, Roses, Petunias, Queen Anne's Lace...(Maristella Flores), Simple floral arrangements in bottles of all shapes and sizes, ribbon streamed hall with French tulle, ceramic candles, linen pillows....

Sweets: Almond and apricot wedding cake with almond flavored fondant, brownies, coconut, chocolate, and raspberry macarons, cake balls, mini chocolate cupcakes with buttercream frosting, lemon, passion fruit, dark chocolate, marzipan, and lemon truffles, pistachio and almond truffle balls, mini strawberry pies, vanilla cupcakes with fondant flowers over almond buttercream, dark chocolate hearts, brigadeiros, beijinhos and cookies, cookies, cookies...

Favors: Homemade granola in sewn glasine bags, mauve kraft bags with custom cookies and flower and heart seal

Thank you again...everyone. xo!


  1. hi tammy, I was "madrinha" at this wedding and it was stunning... the sweets, decoration, everything was perfect. the balls made of coffee filters were amazing...

  2. I still can't believe you pulled ALL THAT off with a newborn baby! Great job amiga :)

  3. thank you so much! muita obrigada! so kind!
    beijos para todas!

  4. Hi Tammy!
    My husband and i had the great honor to film Biba and Zola's wedding. Everything was gorgeous: the decor, flowers and candles so beautifuly arranged, the sweets, the goodies... At the same time everything seemed to really show their personalities, taste and history as a couple. I've been a silent reader and an admiror of your blog, but this time i felt i should to leave a comment.:)
    Congratulations on your work and beautiful family (can't believe you did everything just one week ater giving birth!),

  5. thank you miyuki!
    that is so kind of you....i would love to see the video!

  6. Tammy, here it is:

  7. Linda festa!! Adorei conhecer seu trabalho, principalmente os biscoitos com os nomes dos noivos!!