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LOVE these Cupcakes … April 30, 2009

How fabulous would these PB & J CUPCAKES be for your casual rehersal dinner – bridal shower – gift for the kiddies – any excuse really? … thanks to Chandelier Events and StaceyCakes …. see their blog posts below….











 Listen up, sweettooths! My dear friend Stacey Shapiro of Brooklyn’s StaceyCakes has introduced me to the best treat since Tiramisu…the PB&J cupcake!

That’s right: this Park Slope-mama-meets-gourmet took this classic 1940’s lunch staple into what she dubs a “perfectly delicious new “old school” experience.” Vanilla cake is injected with real grape jelly topped with creamy peanut butter vanilla frosting–and she’s even sharing her StaceyCakes recipe with mini-Martha’s like you…


StaceyCakes Peanut Butter & Jelly Cupcakes

12 of your favorite vanilla cupcakes

peanut butter- 1/2 cup (or more depending on how peanut buttery you like it)

butter-1 stick unsalted, soft

vanilla-1 tsp.

confectioners sugar- 2 1/2 cups

light cream -1/4 cup

your favorite grape jelly (or any other flavor you prefer)- 1/2 cup or so–enough to fill a dozen cupcakes

Place butter & peanut butter in a mixing bowl, add 1 1/2 cups sugar, then light cream and then the vanilla. Mix on medium until smooth & creamy. Gradually add remaining sugar and if needed a touch more light cream. Then add more peanut butter to taste if you like.

Put grape jelly in a pastry bag with injecting tip and inject grape jelly into middle of cupcakes (this was the fun part!). Then frost cupcakes with peanut butter frosting then eat & enjoy (this was the most fun part!).

 … thanks for sharing StaceyCakes

if any of you are brave enough to bake these oh so sweet cupcakes, please let us know how they turn out {and we don’t mind to be your taste testers 🙂 } … enjoy …



Share Your Advice … April 29, 2009

When you were a bride-to-be, wouldn’t it have been amazing to have a veteran bride to turn to for advice? Well, that’s exactly what we’re planning for the Fall edition of Kentucky Bride Magazine. We invite you to share your thoughts to the questions below in order to help our readers make informed decisions about their special day. Those responses that run in the magazine will receive a $50.00 gift certificate to it’s so pretty! – use your gift for birthday party favors, shower favors or any special occasion. The deadline to submit responses via e-mail is Monday, May 4th.  Please also attach your favorite wedding photo or a recent headshot.

Just simply answer these questions in an e-mail submitted to me, personally, at jacki@jackiallen.com with Bride’s Advice as the subject line … have fun …

1. What did you worry about the most in terms of your wedding that ended up not being that relevant on your big day?

2. What is the one thing you wish you had done for your wedding that you didn’t?

3. What was your favorite wedding day experience?

4. How did Jacki Allen’s Kentucky Bride Magazine help in planning your wedding?

5. What is the best piece of advice you can give to a bride-to-be?

Thank you so much for sharing!

The new issue of Kentucky Bride Magazine will be available July 12th at the Kentucky Bride Bridal Show, then online and newsstands throughout Kentucky.

kindly …



Your Engagement/Wedding Photo in Kentucky Bride Magazine

CONGRATULATIONS on your recent wedding or engagement! You must be so excited!! If you are like most brides, you can’t wait to place an announcement to tell everyone you are now  MRS. or a Soon-to-be MRS.!!  How would you like your announcement to appear in a bridal magazine that covers the entire state of Kentucky?  Jacki Allen’s Kentucky Bride Magazine is now offering special spotlight areas where you can show off your dream wedding, or tell us just how your fiance’ proposed.  This is SO MUCH better than the newspaper.

If you are interested in receiving more information on how to spotlight your engagement or wedding in the next issue of Jacki Allen’s Kentucky Bride Magazine, simply send us an email to ashley@jackiallen.com and put Spotlight Wedding/Engagement in the subject line.  You will be sent an Engagement/Wedding Spotlight form that will tell you exactly what you will be receiving when you announce your engagement or wedding in Kentucky’s leading bridal magazine!

Reply today! The deadline to reserve your space in Kentucky Bride Magazine is Monday, May 4th! We can’t wait to hear from you!

Dates to Remember:

Space Reservation:   Monday, May 4th

Photo Submission:  Friday, May 15th

Magazine Release:  Sunday, July 12th at the Kentucky Bride Bridal Show

showcase your love …



Off to the Races … April 24, 2009

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Jacki and I are OFF TO THE RACES …

We want to soak in the sunshine – chit chat with some old friends – watch the gorgeous thoroughbreds race to the finish line – and just enjoy one of the fabulous traditions of Kentucky … Keeneland!






photo courtesy of keeneland.com




Lovely Words from a Blushing Bride April 23, 2009

Jacki and I were so humbled and honored to have received this fabulous love letter from our blushing bride from this past Saturday!  We wanted to share with you, as sometimes only BRIDES can put it best as to how much a wedding planner can help them.

enjoy …


Hi Jacki!


All I can say is wow.  The whole weekend was so unbelievably perfect.  It exceeded not only my expectations but anything I could have dreamed of.  Everything was amazing – the food, flowers, trees, lighting (J), music, service, the cake, Marcus and Ana, I just can’t thank you enough.  I know I’m forgetting things to thank you for.  The pictures on the table leading into the tent, the name cards, the programs, the itineraries and gift bags and everything!  All of your staff are amazing.  Jaime of course and Erika being the ones I dealt with the most.  I know you know how amazing Jaime is but wanted to say it anyway!  She is always happy, supportive, has everything under control, has great ideas and instills a sense that everything will be ok no matter what happens.  Erika was also fantastic – she took care of the girls and the guys the day of like an expert.  She ran and got my sister-in-law and niece food, if anyone had a question she answered it and if she didn’t know the answer she immediately found the answer.  She was always there when we needed her and also completely unobtrusive during emotional moments.  I can’t go on enough about either of them. 

When I started the wedding planning process, I originally thought I could have planned it on my own if I was in Lexington rather than in Bermuda.  There is absolutely no way the weekend would have been anything close to what it was without your help, regardless of where I was living at the time of the planning!  The horse farm tours and Woodford tour and lunch could not have been more perfect and everything the day of the wedding went so smoothly I don’t think I ever got nervous about anything.  The next morning’s brunch and Keeneland also went off without a hitch, even given the horrible weather! (We got so lucky with the weather on Friday and Saturday!)  

Jacki I could write this thank you for hours but for now I’ll stop here.  I’m sure I’ll write you again to thank you again!!!  Tom and I both are still on such a high.  Thank you so much for making our weekend more than I could have dreamed of.

All the best, Susan”

{wiping tears}  THIS is why we plan weddings … to fulfill our Bride’s dreams and exceed their expectations.

here’s a teaser picture of this fabulous wedding …





 … how lovely!









love celebrated ….



Free Photo Shoot {two hours}… April 21, 2009

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Jacki and I love to help out charities whenever possible … {ones dearest to our heart are Melanoma and Hospice} …

So, when another wedding professional supports their charity, we like to share ….

Please visit Ian Lozada Photography’s blog to hear about Anna’s House and get all the details on how you can get a FREE two hour photo shoot ….

celebrate your love …



Stationary and Such … April 20, 2009

WOW!!!  What a fabulous weekend!  Jacki and I had our first wedding of the season, and it couldn’t have been a better start …. Congrats Susan and Tom!

If you don’t already know, we are ALL about the details.  We love to bring the feel of a wedding together through small touches here and there.  One of those being the stationary – for everything to coordinate.  Susan had found her lovely invitation online and we coordinated all the other stationary pieces {welcome bag tags, weekend itinerary, programs, escort cards, menu cards} … with design, font, colors, etc all matching and completing her look throughout the wonderful wedding weekend!

please enjoy the photos to see Susan’s stationary ….





even if we are not your fabulous wedding planners, we would still be honored to bring all your stationary needs together…



celebrate your love …