Weddings and Gingerbread in Asbury Park, NJ

by | Dec 22, 2018 | Personal & Lifestyle

The wedding world can be one that is whimsical and very magical. Some of that magic starts with the very people who you work with and you are lucky enough to know in life.

One of those people for me is Leah from Color Pop Events. We met at a wedding showcase in the early years of both of our careers. As luck would have it, we both started in law firms and both left to start our own wedding planning companies. Isn’t that crazy? Total serendipity that we met that day.

Throughout the years, Leah has been a voice of reason, inspiration and just an all around kick-ass friend. She has such a unique style, that her entire brand is known for her bright and bold color palettes. It’s so much fun! (She recently designed a Lisa Frank holiday party that is to die for! You must check it out.) We may not see each other as much as we like, but when we do, it’s always so nice. So, when she invited me to a gingerbread making class in Asbury Park, NJ last week, I dropped everything and made it work!

Leah gathered a few of her favorites to join her at Sweet Dani B‘s in Asbury Park, NJ. The sweetest cookie kitchen, cafe and creative workspace is owned and run by the sweetest of them all, Dani Fiori. A Martha Stewart food stylist who has a goal in life to simply make cookies as a way to spread love, opened her doors to a handful of wedding creatives that were eager to get messy, sticky and just be kids for a few hours. Dani makes things that are “too pretty to eat, but too delicious not to,” and I can absolutely attest to that.

Dani set us up with these beautifully made gingerbread houses made from scratch by her in-house gingerbread expert Diana. Not only did the entire shop smell like heaven, it tasted like it too! We were able to munch on the chopped off ends of the gingerbread houses while we decorated. It was to delicate and crunchy, but so full of taste. It was the best gingerbread I’ve ever had!

Once we were set, we were able to decorate our little houses with beautiful royal icing made by Dani herself, along with gum drops, marshmallows, graham crackers and tons of different candy that would make anyone have an awesome sugar rush.

It was so great to see everyone, chat a bit and just be in a creative space where you didn’t have to worry about a thing. If you never went to a gingerbread making class, I highly recommend it. It’s complete relaxation!

I hope you like the photos below of our little gathering. It was simply wonderful and awesome to be a part of during this holiday season.

I feel very lucky to have wonderful professionals in my life that I can call friends. It’s really not about the competition of anyone’s business, but supporting each other in the hopes that we help each other and succeed together.

That being said, let there be gingerbread and icing for every one! 🙂



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Diane Kolanović-Šolaja Creative Director & Owner
Diane Kolanović-Šolaja, Creative Director and Owner of Dee Kay Events, is an award-winning wedding planner, author, and speaker. Equipped with a dynamic blend of experience in corporate law and technology, a gut feeling with a 90-day plan, and an undying passion for uniting people in celebration, she transformed her vision to help people into a leading tri-state wedding planning service. Diane's approach is deeply personal, blending meticulous planning with a flair for design and a commitment to cherished memories, creating over a decade-long legacy of crafting luxurious, unforgettable weddings. Diane's journey demonstrates her unwavering dedication to celebrating love across the Jersey Shore and beyond, making every marrier's dream day a splendid reality.

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