Alchemy Gibberish

Weddings, Alchemy Gibberish, Anne Barge, Shawne Jacobs

Always in Fashion

January 20, 2016

In the spirit of sharing — see Dennis Dean’s family recipe here — we continue our knowledge quest with Shawne Jacobs, President and Owner of Anne Barge Join us as we delve into her world, from the latest trends to her perfect date night…

But first, a bit of background… Armed with a fashion education and a passion for eveningwear, Shawne joined the renowned bridal company in 2002. Wearing two gorgeous dresses at her own wedding, Shawne and her husband recently took over Anne Barge maintaining a close working friendship with Anne Barge herself.



Both of Shawne’s Beautiful Wedding Gowns


Alchemy Event Studio: What are your top three bridal tips?

Shawne Jacobs: Don’t be afraid to add some color — you don’t have to keep it traditional with white or ivory. Try adding blush, greys, or blues. Find a style and cut that flatters your body type and make sure it’s timeless. You don’t want something too trendy and “Ready to Wear!” Twenty to thirty years from now, you want to still love your dress and not ask yourself, “What was I thinking?”

AES: Who is your dream bride?

SJ: I love a bride that has an opinion and speaks up. It is hard to guide someone in the right direction when you don’t know how you can help them. My ideal bride to dress would be Taylor Swift. She is refined, elegant, and classic, yet she still remains modern. She isn’t afraid to take risks and defines the Anne Barge bride.

AES: What is your favorite accessory for a bride?

SJ: There is something magical about putting on a veil for the first time. Even something so simple can make a bride’s face light up and make it feel real.

AES: What is a new trend that Anne Barge is buying into?

SJ: Removable overskirts. We are seeing more and more of those on the red carpet, and that translates well into bridal gowns. For example, Sophia Vergara wore an overskirt on her wedding day. I think we’ll also see an abundance of better necklines. The bridal industry is moving away from making JUST strapless dresses.

AES: What is a trend you would recommend a woman stay away from?

SJ: Lingerie inspired wedding gowns. A dress can still be sexy, yet refined and not look like lingerie.

AES: What is the most popular gown you ever designed and what made it such a great seller?

SJ: The LF161, which is also known as “The Pocket Dress.” It was a part of the Spring 2008 Bridal Collection. It had architectural pin tucks in silk taffeta that worked for many venues, and it looked really great on brides from size 0 to size 22.

"The Pocket Dress"

“The Pocket Dress”

AES: So now, some questions about you. What is your idea of a perfect date night?

SJ: My husband and I book a room at the St. Regis for a “Staycation”. We try a new restaurant in town, go to see a movie, and sleep in the next morning. We try to do it about 3 times a year.

AES: What are three things you never leave home without?

SJ: My Erin Condren Calendar, my phone, and baby wipes!


Erin Condren Calendar

Alchemy Gibberish, New Employee, Healthfest 2016

Happy New Year!!

January 12, 2016

2016… What will it bring for Alchemy Event Studio? Well, who really knows but here are our thoughts on year two of the little event engine that could.

We welcome our first employee, sweet Alchemist Olivia Yocum, to the office. With her big smile and engaging personality we’re all very pleased! War Damn Eagle!


We are already hard at work creating “pretty” with some wonderful brides and we’re soooooo happily partnering with amazing and talented coordinators like Helene Popowski, Louise Hanlon and Ashley Baber in 2016.

We are all going to lose a lot of unwanted fat and inches and look a lot like we did four or five years ago. Guaranteed. Healthfest 2016 has already begun and we are sure we already look longer and leaner!

We are not going to drink bad wine in the new year. Ever.

2016 will be a year of better time management – 74 events was a lot for us!

We are going to read more and watch a little less Bravo TV…just a little less…

2016 will be another year of smiling, laughing, and quality beach time. Kate is very pale.

Did I already say we are going to be fit and healthy? We’re also going to have lustrous hair.

Cheers to all of the above and to your 2016 becoming exactly what you want it to be!

Alchemy Gibberish, Dennis Dean Catering, Holiday Recipe

All in the Family

December 22, 2015

Are you looking for some last minute party ideas?  Well, we all know Dennis Dean has impeccable taste (at least our great clients and events tell us so!), but his attention to detail might be traced to his grandmother, Carola Ubbsen.


Her handwritten recipe for the perfect holiday treat has been preserved and now Dennis is sharing it as a special gift to us.


Schaun Meringue Torte

9” x 13” Pan, Baking Time: Slow, 275Oven

8 egg whites (Large)
-Let eggs stand at room temperature for an hour or so whites will stiffen up better.
¼ tsp. salt
¾ tsp. cream of tartar
2 ½ cups of granulated sugar
1 Tbls. Vinegar

  • Beat egg whites and salt until foamy.
  • Add cream of tartar & beat until whites hold stiff peaks.
  • Add sugar slowly, in small amounts.
  • Add vinegar slowly.
  • Spray 9” x 13” pan with Pam Spary, or grease with shortening of your choice.
  • Line bottom with part of meringue, use back of large spoon to work some up sides to make a lining.
  • Bake in slow oven until delicately brown, about 1½ hours.
  • Turn off the oven and let the it dry out in the oven for about  1½ hours, door closed.
  • Cool and fill with your favorite fruit and top with cool whip.

Happiest of Happy Holidays to you and Happy Cooking!


Alchemy Gibberish


November 29, 2015

Well, another Thanksgiving has come and gone. The day was full of food and wine and some more wine and then some more food and soon we both began to reflect on what we have to be thankful for in this our very first year of business.


Photo Courtesy of Simply Sarah Photography  from an amazing Thanksgiving event with Dennis Dean Catering

We are thankful for our new client-friends who value the hard work and sarcasm stew we serve up every single day with love. Many of you dish it out like pros yourselves, so congratulations on that…

We are thankful for ‘The Driveway’ and the free labor and laughs it provides every day.

We are thankful for our wonderful vendors who gave us amazing advice and kind treatment and have continually treated us like we have been the biggest game in town even when we were the tiniest.

We are thankful for wine. Kate likes white but I’m solidly red…not politically but oenophile-wise…

We are thankful for brides who make us laugh and get us all exasperated and then make us laugh again and then make us weepy when we see them walk down the aisle and we see how happy they are. Seeing that joy is always a gift to us!

We are thankful to our dogs who love us more than our husbands probably.

Last but not least, we are thankful for each other. Doing this all alone wouldn’t be half as much fun.


Alchemy Gibberish

Six (Maybe Seven) Months Down….

August 15, 2015

What were the highpoints and what event gossip and valuable knowledge can we impart after these first six months? Hmmmm….

Honesty works and is always appreciated. Hand passed hors d’oeuvres taste very good when practically inhaled back in a kitchen tent. Never forget work lights. Never underestimate the value of zip ties. Welcome baskets are fun to put together and can be sooooo much more creative than you may think. Knowing how to put down all the seats in your car is a true skill. Some of the best event planners in town are the best lunch companions (you know who you are!).


Photo Courtesy of Robin Nathan Photography is a bunch of yahoos and I think us ladies at Alchemy Event Studio are better weather prognosticators than those folks with Double Triple Doppler Stormtracker 12000. Phrases like, “let me work on that,” are always better received than a simple “no”. What feels like a wonderful breeze on your skin may in fact be a vicious wind that blows your menu cards hither and yon. Gorgeous flowers make it all perfect. And being able to laugh with our team of vendors and friends and genuinely enjoying it all – even the hard parts – makes it all worth while…