Friday, February 25, 2011

The new Wedding Suite in Nordstrom

Please join award winning cake decorator
for the Grand Opening of

The Wedding Suite

Thursday, March 3, 2011
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Topanga Plaza, California

If you’re a bride-to-be, your wedding day will be one of your most joyous days—and the time you spend shopping for it should reflect the happy occasion to come. That’s why we want to make shopping for you and the whole wedding party an experience you’ll remember almost as much as your big day. We’ve introduced you to our Wedding Stylists, and now we’re excited to announce the impending opening of our first Wedding Suites.

Fully appointed with gowns, bridesmaid dresses, comfy seating for the whole party, extra-large fitting rooms and so much more, our Wedding Suites are the perfect place to sit down with our stylists and make the day of your dreams a reality. more

Marylin & Lori Vreeke of Pastries By Vreeke enjoying the evening chatting with brides and other wedding vendors.

Pastries By Vreeke, located in Westlake Village, California created this display cake especially for the Nordstrom Wedding Suite event.

 Every ten minutes or so, the two sets of models would switch, enabling the brides to see so many pretty dresses!

So many different styles to choose from. They all look so pretty, especially when the models are beautiful!

Even the mother of the brides had fun trying on dresses from the huge selection.

Jo & Tony owners of Maravilla Gardens in Camarillo, California
 enjoying all the desserts supplied by Command Performance Caterina.

Tobey Dodge, wedding planner extraordinaire discussing The Wedding Suite with one of the Nordstrom staff.

So many pretty wedding dresses at Nordstom to theme my wedding cakes after

Brides can never get enough Bling!

Refreshment galore supplied by Command Performance Catering
The new Wedding Suite in Nordstrom is amazing.  The staff is wonderful, very knowledgeable and makes the wedding dress fitting very enjoyable.  Not only do they offer attire for the entire bridal party and guests, they also offer facials, manicures, and a list of vendors.

The most amazing thing about the Wedding Suite in Nordstrom is the prices of the dresses.  The highest prices we found for wedding gowns were barely $1,000. 

I'm going back with a family friend for a fitting.  She found the most beautiful dress when she was there.  Can't wait to see the show!

Many thanks to Command Performance Catering for the wonderful evening of desserts!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Ventura County Wedding Locations

Ventura County is home to some of the most beautiful and unique wedding venues. There are multiple Country Clubs, Hotels, Historic Homes, Garden Sites, Vineyards, Beach weddings, Restaurants, ocean piers, Zoo weddings park sites to name a few.  Really the choice is endless.

Pastries By Vreeke delivers to many wonderful wedding sites in the Ventura County.

Spanish Hills Wedding Cake

County Club Weddings in Ventura County
Sherwood Country Club, Thousand Oaks,
Spanish Hills Country Club, Camarillo
Moorpark Country Club, Moorpark
Saticoy Country Club, Somis
Sterling Hills, Camarillo
Los Posas Country Club, Camarillo
North Ranch County Club, Westlake

Sherwood Country Club Wedding Cake

Westlake Village Inn Wedding Cake

Hotel wedding sites in Ventura County
Hyatt Westlake, Westlake
Westlake Village Inn, Westlake
Mandalay Beach Resort, Oxnard
Four Seasons, Agoura

McCormick Home Ranch Wedding Cake

Historic Homes wedding sites in Ventura County
Camarillo Ranch Home, Camarillo
McCormick Home Ranch, Camarillo
Hummingbird Nest, Simi Valley

Golf Course wedding sites in Ventura County
Sterling Hills, Camarillo
Los Robles Greens Country Club, Thousand Oaks,
Wood Ranch Golf Club, Simi Valley

Vineyard wedding sites in Ventura County
Bella Victorian Vineyards, Camarillo

Bella Victorian Wedding Cake

Garden wedding sites in Ventura County
Hartley Botanica, Somis
Maravilla Gardens, Camarillo
Rancho de las Palmas, Moorpark,
Walnut Grove, Moorpark,

Hartley Botanica Wedding Cake

Other wonderful wedding sites in Ventura County
Calamigos Ranch, Malibu
Regan Library, Simi Valley
Scarlett Belle River Boat, Oxnard
Santa Barbara Zoological Gardens

Calamigos Ranch Wedding Cake

 Tips when visiting wedding sites in Ventura County:
(courtesy of Here Comes the Guide)
•If you really love the site, ask the venue representative to put together a proposal with all the pricing and policies—including the tax and service charge—so you have an idea of the basic cost.

•Bring a camera with you to every location you visit, and organize the photos by location name when you get home. After seeing a series of places, it’s easy to confuse them. Having a photographic record will help you remember what was special about each site.

•Pay attention to venue as a whole: Check out everything, including the restrooms, the foyer, the dressing rooms, the outdoor lighting and even the kitchen. You want to be sure your vision can be realized at this location. If possible, make arrangements with the site representative to visit the venue when it’s set up for a wedding.

•GET EVERYTHING IN WRITING. Your date is not officially reserved until you sign a contract and, in many cases, give a deposit—even if a site contact says you don’t need to worry about it. Once you’ve found THE PLACE, make sure you ask what is required to get your booking locked in and then follow through on satisfying those requirements. And don’t assume that just because the site coordinator said you can have 4 votive candles per table, you’ll get them. Before you sign a contract, read the fine print and make sure it includes everything you and the site contact agreed on. As new things are added or changed in your contract, have the updated version printed out and signed by you and the site representative. Also, document all your conversations in emails and keep your correspondence. more

Check out Google Maps for Ventura County Wedding Venues

Wednesday, February 9, 2011


Some of the Hot Southern California wedding colors for the 2011 Wedding Season encompass all the warm colors.  We are seeing a lot of brides picking warm browns, oranges, gray tones and earth tones

Pastries By Vreeke, located in Westlake Village, California creates extraordinary wedding cakes which incorporate the pallet of your wedding and reception.

For more info on Wedding Cakes in Southern California, give Pastries By Vreeke a call at
(805) 523-CAKE

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

New York In January! Cold Cold Cold

Took a trip to New York city to create a special birthday cake for a special birthday girl!


 Happy Birthday to Colette Peters of
Colette's Cakes!

 Colette's Birthday cake was created by her assistant Jen, her intern Laila and me Lori Vreeke of Pastries By Vreeke.  Colette's cake was themed after the work of artist Hundertwasser.

Leila and Jen painting away on the birthday cake

Colette's Cakes 681 Washington Blvd. New York, New York

One of many treasures to be found at Colette's Cakes.
This is a mosaic wall Colette made on a wall separating the entry from the kitchen.

It was very cold and snowy in Manhattan, but that didn't stop me from window shopping while visiting the city.  Jen and I had a fun time trying to catch snow flakes on our tongues and going out for Matzo Ball Soup.