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Weekly Wrap-Up

Weekly Wrap Ups

Hello again Friday; we sure have missed you! For those of you who haven’t yet had the opportunity to enter our Velvet Raptor album giveaway, be sure to do so now! We’d like to send you off into another gorgeous weekend with some appreciation for some of our Canadian Blue Label photographers:

awesome Calgary wedding photographer

awesome Vancouver wedding photographer

awesome Toronto wedding photographer

Check out this adorable vintage winter wedding on Julie’s blog! You might recognize the second image from this wedding feature of a few months ago shot by Jamie. And this gorgeous wedding by Sandy Tam is full of pretty from start to finish.

Our DIY Wedding Favor Contest has, at last, come to an end. Thank you so much to all of those who submitted their wonderful talents; we sincerely wish we could have featured every single project. We invited a new panel of judges this year to vote on their favorite project based on the following criteria: creativity, budget, originality and level of difficulty. Some of the judges are Amy Atlas Events, Sweets Indeed and Pizzazzerie. We will announce the winners next week.

In case you missed any, here’s a complete list of wedding favor ideas:

Chocolate Hazelnut Spread
Eco-Friendly Favors
Wall Garden Favors
Mexican Jar Wedding Favors
Vintage Book Frames
Donut Holes in Doily Cones
Caramel Pop Corn
Mini Piñata Favors
Wooden Coasters
Individual S’more Favors
Coffee Bag Favors
Sparkling Pomegranate Drinks
Farmer’s Market Tote Bags
Herb Tin Can Favors
Vanilla Extract Favors
Strike-Anywhere Match Jars
Wedding CD Covers
Birdhouse and Cookie Favors

Which ones are your favorites? Let us know and help the judges decide!

And finally, if you’re not up for DIY, here are some Blue Label vendors with fabulous favor ideas:
Magnet Street Weddings
Robin’s Spoon Fudge Chocolate Sauce
The Caramel Jar
WeddingFavors.org

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DIY Chocolate Hazelnut Spread

DIY Projects

We may have saved the tastiest project for last! Without a doubt, the most challenging aspect of this DIY wedding favor will be keeping yourself from licking spoonfuls straight out of the bowl. Just think about it: what doesn’t taste better with Nutella? And better yet, without hydrogenated oils? We’re sure your guests will feel the same way, and we can’t imagine a more scrumptious parting gift!

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Ingredients:
1/2 cup whole almonds, raw
1 1/3 cup hazelnuts, raw
1 3/4 cup milk
7/8 cup powdered milk
3 tablespoons mild-flavored honey
pinch of salt
6 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate chips
5 ounces milk chocolates chips

The original recipe was created by David Lebovitz and found via A Wooden Nest. The Chocolate-Hazelnut Paste will keep in the refrigerator for up to one week. However, we used fat free milk and fat free powdered milk, and the recipe turned out just as delish. The original recipe mentions it lasts a week. Our experiment was still good for two weeks, and chances are, you will eat it all before you know it.

Preparation:
1. Spread the nuts on a baking sheet, keeping the almond separate, and toast the nuts at 350ºF, stirring a few times, for 10 to 15 minutes, until the hazelnuts are browned.

2. While they are roasting, warm the whole milk and powdered milk in a small saucepan with the honey and salt just until it starts to boil. Remove from heat.

3. In a clean, dry bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water, or in a microwave oven, melt the chocolates together until smooth.

4. Once the nuts are well-toasted, remove them from oven and use a spatula to place the warm hazelnuts in a clean tea towel, then fold them inside the towel and rub them vigorously to remove any loose skins. We didn’t worry too much about removing the skins completely. At the end, it won’t make any difference.

vintage diy nutella wedding favors

vintage diy nutella wedding favors

vintage diy nutella wedding favors

5. In a food processor, grind the hazelnuts and almonds until they’re as fine as possible. You may not be able to get them completely smooth, depending on your food processor. After 5 minutes in the food processor you will notice the creamy consistency – that’s what you want.

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6. Using a double boiler, melt chocolate chips. Add milk mixture and chocolate with the nut paste. Mix well. Pour your warm Nutella in a Ziploc bag, seal and cut a small piece of one corner. Slowly squeeze onto your containers so it doesn’t spill on edges of the jars. This will help you speed up filling your containers faster than using a funnel) and it’s a lot less messy… This recipe makes 4 wedding favors using 8 ounce jars, and do I even need to say how much your guests will love you for these? Serve with fresh bread or crackers, and a mini milk bottle.

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Vintage English Wedding

Vintage Weddings

Sometimes we just can’t resist a perfect portrait shoot. Ben and Patricia, nicknamed “The Dish” for her killer looks, had Jodie Chapman photograph them after their ceremony at Archbishop’s Palace in Kent. The couple lucked into some of the most beautiful natural lighting we’ve ever seen, resulting in some seriously heartfelt images of two people madly in love.

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