Cold and Sweet Editorial Shoot, with F. Guise Photography

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I'm incredibly excited to share this shoot with you today.  It was a cold day in January when we were in our mudruckers and hauling items out into the snow and then covering our tracks with rakes and shovels.  A beautiful dusting of snow had hit Central Illinois and my dear Felicia Geise and I had wanted to do an outdoor shoot at her parents home with a cool and soft winter theme.  Inspired by Pantone's color of the year, Ultraviolet and combining it with some cool and refreshing winter hues - I love how this shoot came together.   Anemones, sweet peas and the lisianthus were all specially sourced just for their day in the cold. The barely-there purple hues in the bouquet are just the sweetest.   

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The soft touch of lace and those barley pink roses take the cake along with the anemones. 

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Isn't that floral hoop just the most adorable ? The astilbe poking up on the left side as an asymmetrical touch is my signature look.  I love everything to be balanced and cohesive, but everything asymmetrical just makes me all giddy.  I feel like this whole scene just feels like winter - and trust me shooting that day felt like winter.  Big hugs to Amanda my second in command for helping out on this as well as Licia's sister Cecelia for helping out and holding our bouquet for us.  You guys are simply the best.  

xoxo, Cass

DESIGN & PLANNING, CASSANDRA DATTOLI | PHOTOGRAPHY, F. GUISE PHOTOGRAPHY | CAKES, SPECIALTY CAKES | FLORALS, CASSANDRA DATTOLI | STATIONARY, THE PAPER BOUTIQUE

Happy Holidays 2017

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It's the Holidays. This year is different around here. Our exchange student is home with his family and after a full and whirlwind Fall Wedding Season - I'm more exhausted than usual.  Reflecting back over the past year and all the amazing couples I worked with this year has me completely in awe and ever so grateful for a business that lights up my heart and for couples that I still adore. I can't wait to share what we've been cooking up over here.  The news I'm sure we'll be breaking in late to early February. I'm so glad you're all here and following along - if you need a loving place to enjoy a warm dinner and have lots of laughs this Christmas; you are invited to our Family Christmas in Decatur. There is always too much lamb, turkey and my brothers famous Ham that will surely have you bent over because it is THAT good. Over here at CD we'll be closed until January 15, at which point we'll be accepting new bookings for 2018 & 2019 shortly after and then showcasing at the January 28th Bridal Expo. Happiest Christmas to you all.

Much love to you all, C

Florals by Cassandra  | Photo taken by my dear friend Aimee Novy Photography.

Hello Friends! {Sweeping a little dust off the space}

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Guys - I feel like every time I come over to this little white space - I need to dust it off a bit. I so easily lose track of time and let too much time pass between posts. As an aside my friend & brand designer Becky, over at Salty Anchor Design and I have been behind the scenes pouring so much heart & soul into a little goodness to brighten up and refresh this little space of mine. I have been working like crazy behind the scenes to breathe new life into this space, including the entire website and this small but mighty brand I've built. I'm beginning to be recognized around my area by my branding and Instagram (so weird!) and strangers know me by my blog. It's just so very different and after it happened the first couple times I became a hermit. Afraid to post & let people see my life for what it really is. I'm so transparent over here on the blog; chatting about my life and business and all the struggles openly and honestly. Taking some time away from social media always allows me to rethink and evaluate goals and things in life that are truly important.  After taking some time away and time off - especially after having our exchange student - I really just needed some time.  

I have so much goodness to share with you all for this upcoming Fall Wedding Season. Lots of shoots planned and goodies tucked in.  We plan on launching the new face of Cassandra Dattoli in February and I can't wait for you to see.  Along with the new face and brand refresh I'll be adding floral services as a stand alone service and opening up my workshop and studio to educating new and upcoming wedding planners and florists and selling arrangements via a new shop.  Here's to us big dreamers; may we never stop dreaming and working for the things that light up our life. 

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xo xo - C