Welcome to Bellwether Thoughts, a blog by Janice Carnevale, owner of Bellwether Events. Janice uses this space to convey her random likes and loves to the tens of people who may be reading. This is not a wedding blog. This is a blog that will allow you to get to know the woman behind the weddings.

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Friday, May 27, 2011

I love: Word Bubbles

The ceiling of the American Visionary Arts Museum lends itself to decorative ceiling installations. Nikia and Andre didn't want to do something that had been done before (although generally I contend that there are no new ideas, at all). I came up with the idea of word bubbles featuring fun quotes from the movie. We hung 6 over the guest tables and 2 over the sweetheart table. And I made them all by hand. I hope you enjoy them!

Photos by the wonderful A Britton Photography

Thursday, May 26, 2011

I love: A guestbook contract

I was inspired by the wall-sized contract that Willy Wonka has the children sign when they enter the factory. Luckily Nikia and Andre were into my "guest book contract" idea too. It was designed and printed by the wonderful Two Brunettes.

The text reads:
Little surprises around every corner, but nothing dangerous, don't be alarmed! Standard formal contract, you wouldn’t begrudge us a bit of protection, a smidge? Whereas the management cannot be help responsible for any happy accidents, joyous incidents, loss of inhibition, or frowns or scowls and whereas for damage caused by hugs, kisses, handshakes, head pats, back rubs or affection of any sort, kind or condition, consequently the undersigned take responsibility to smile, laugh, high five, fist bump, sing, dance, eat, drink and thoroughly enjoy themselves at the wedding of Nikia and Andre.

Photos by the super-talented A Britton Photography

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

I love: Half of a Wedding Cake

You may remember in Willy Wonka's office, towards the end of the movie, everything in it is cut in half.

When we told Sweet Bakery (located in Baltimore, Maryland) that we wanted half of a wedding cake, with the insides exposed, I think they initially thought we were cuckoo-bananas. But they came around very quickly and were as excited about the concept as we were. The rock candy was a later addition to the design, and I think it turned out perfectly. Don't miss the mossy bunny that I picked up in the AVAM gift shop.

Photos from A Britton Photography

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Tuesday Shoesday: Red Hot!

I confess. I don't know who makes the shoes. Valentino maybe? I know, I am a terrible Tuesday Shoesday blogger. But aren't they hot?! And they look awesome with the bridemaids' red parrot tulip bouquet.

Photos from A Britton Photography

For more Tuesday Shoesday goodness, head over to Landlocked Bride, Life in the Superburbs, Simply and Forever, Meant to be Sent, Swatchbook Weddings, Jan Schill, The Demoiselle, Postcards and Pretties, A Realistic Wedding, and Magnolia Rouge.

Or search #tuesdayshoesday on Twitter!

Monday, May 23, 2011

I love: Willy Wonka Wedding invitations

I was so thrilled when Nikia and Andre decided to hire Two Brunettes to design their Willy Wonka wedding invitations. She embraced the concept and all our quirky requests without batting an eye.

And I cannot thank Michele H. Fritz from Meant To Be Calligraphy for doing up the envelopes for us!

Photos from A Britton PhotographyLink

Sunday, May 22, 2011

I love: my paper chandelier

I made this for a recent wedding at the American Visionary Arts Museum in Baltimore. It hung over the candy buffet at my "Willy Wonka" inspired wedding. I am totally in love with it. I am holding onto it, even though it got smushed quite a bit on the car ride home. It just makes me happy.

In fact, so many handmade things from that wedding made me happy, I am going to blog a few of them.

Thank you to A Britton Photography for the loverly photo!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Obsessed: Pinterest

I am completely obsessed with Pinterest. People (who are not on it already) ask me what it is and the best I can describe it is a website with a tool that will allow you to take any image on the internet (or your hard drive I think) and attach it to an online inspiration board. You can have as many pins as you want, and as many boards as you want. You can also follow people you know to see what they are pinning. And you can choose to see what everyone on Pinterest worldwide is pinning. I love it. I could really spend all day on it. Check out my Pinterest. The website is still in beta, so if you want an invitation to join, let me know and I will send one right over.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Melanie Blodgett is my FAVE

I have discovered a blogger who I now have a huge girl crush on. So much so that I read her blog back 3 years the first night that I discovered it. You are My Fave should be immediately added to your RSS feed or Google reader or Bookmarks or whatever you you use. You can also follow her on Twitter.

Melanie Blodgett you are my FAVE!