About Us

We’re young and still in love after 7+ years. We love to cook, drink and laugh.
We’re each others best thing.

About Pretty Tasty Things:
Hi there! My name is Isabel. Welcome to my blog, Pretty Tasty Things. I’m a 20-something newlywed married to Jared, handsome guy in the photos. I’m a graphic designer by trade and a cook at heart. Anyone that knows me knows I’m obsessed with all things cooking, designing and entertaining. So, this is where Pretty Tasty Things comes in. My blog is a place where food meets creativity and entertainment.

I share with you handpicked recipes that I have tried and absolutely loved from some of my favorite chefs, cookbooks and cooking shows. These recipes are meant to be enjoyed among a room full of friends and family or a table set for only two.

I’m someone that loves to cook for others and have realized that you don’t have to be professional to know what’s tasty. Along the way, I’ll share with you my some of my own dishes inspired by my travels, simple tips for the kitchen; and cookware and accessories must haves. On top of that, I’ve also got some easy do-it-yourself handmade details for entertaining that makes the space much more personalized and inviting. Thank you for visiting Pretty Tasty Things!

About Jared:
An avid eater and soccer player, Jared is Isabel’s number one fan. While Isabel’s hands are tied up in stirring and chopping, Jared is there helping photograph. Yes, not only does he love to eat, but he is behind the scenes taking photos and supporting his wife every step of the process.

About our wedding:
Jared and I were married on Saturday, September 25, 2010 in Richmond, Virginia. It was a day we meticulously planned for over a year and a half. After it was all set and done, we absolutely loved our wedding. It was truly exactly how we wanted it to be. The photo below is the perfect illustration of our wedding day. The soft colors, the punch of yellow and the lightness was reflective of our most memorable day. Here’s a glimpse of all the details that went into our wedding. I hope this brings you some inspiration for your private event, whether it’s an intimate dinner party or a gathering of friends.

Our save-the-date was designed and printed by myself, on my home printer. It was a postcard with our favorite image from our e-session with Jodi Miller Photography. The save-the-date became the basis for the design of the wedding invitation booklet on the right.

We continued the theme of the yellow balloon during the day of the wedding. It was tied to the front of the Virginia Center of Architecture to welcome guests. The yellow balloon was purchased at Party City online and inflated at the store. The “C” stood for Canfield. It was purchased at Marshalls and painted a soft yellow. The bridesmaids dresses were B2 from Jasmine Bridal. They were floor-length poly chiffon in buttercup. As a bridesmaids gift, I gave my ladies the beautiful chunky necklace from JCrew.

When you walk into the Virginia Center of Architecture, our guest book was situated right in the foyer. As soon as guests walked in, they would stamp the guestbook with their fingerprint and sign it. I saw this trend in a lot of blogs and I loved it. I had a good friend of mine draw the birch tree, so we got the friend discount. I bought a wooden frame from Michaels. Right now, it’s hanging in our bedroom.

Look how beautiful these letterpresses are. Luckily, I found these at Governor’s antique shop in Mechanicsville, Virginia. It only took me three trips to rummage through bins full of vintage letterpresses. I think I bought them all. They were a great find. They had a duo purpose at the wedding, I used them as name cards and as a take-home favor. Luckily, I also found numbers and used them for all the tables. I painted the craved out number a soft yellow to stand out. It was certainly something I hadn’t seen before and being a graphic designer, I loved everything about it.

For our wedding cake, we decided to feed our guests cupcakes from Frostings. Let me tell you how it was the best decision we’ve ever made. We rented the 7-tier stand from them and added cake pedestals on both sides. I purchased birch name card holders through Etsy and designed descriptions of each flavor of cupcake. It was certainly a hit and we’re still frequent customers of their cupcakes!

I think this is a must at every wedding. Before I could even grab a pair for myself, they were all gone! The ladies loved having flip flops available for them to use during the reception especially when dancing was had all night long. I purchased about 30 pairs at Old Navy, you can find a good deal right after the summer months.

Our florals, from bouquets to table decor, were beautifully designed by Janie Medley Floral Design. A hidden gem in Richmond, she can make anything look beautiful. I don’t know how she does it! I only requested one particular flower, the English Garden rose, and she went with it. She added more varieties of flowers such as Dahlias and Dusty Miller in all the arrangements. End result, a masterpiece. Janie is also the face behind the fabulous wedding blog, The Bride’s Cafe.

On each place setting, I made menu cards. All my cardstock was purchased from Paper-Source. I designed the card using InDesign and printed them on my home printer. For the muslin bag, I purchased about 100 bags through Celestial Gifts. I used my Gocco Machine purchased through Ebay to screenprint my design. The gocco machine is a Japanese based product so it’s a little expensive to get supplies, but it’s a great little product for the crafty individual.

We labeled everything from the beverages to the bug spray for guests. We painted our menu board with chalkboard paint. The menu board was just two wooden boards my mother-in-law had in the garage. We nailed them together and bam! A menu board was born. The wooden signs for the non-alcoholic beverages were purchased at Michaels. I stained them and painted them again with the chalkboard paint. The bug spray labels were just printed on a soft cream cardstock and I designed each sign using the fabulous font, Burgues Script.

Thanks to our most talented vendors, our wedding was featured in The Bride’s Cafe, Style Me Pretty’s Facebook Page, The Pretty Blog, Richmond Times-Dispatch and Weddings Unveiled!

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More to come…

Wedding photography courtesy of Jodi Miller Photography

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