Sarah and Gillis

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

 The Nichols, The Nouveau RomanticsThe Simplifiers and a magnificent Austin mansion were all the elements required to bring Sarah and Gillis' spectacular celebration to life. The event combined romantic elements of the belle époque with a "cabinet of curiosities" that was perfect for two scientists in love, and made for a wedding not soon to be forgotten!

The bride wore a slim lace sheath from J.Crew and a simple pair of embroidered white pumps. Drop earrings set off her low chignon, and at the end of the evening, Sarah pulled on a classic gray coat with a fur collar. Her bridesmaids wore black vintage dresses and carried smaller versions of Sarah's moody wine bouquet by The Nouveau Romantics. Gillis' groomsmen went for black tie, while the groom stood out in a rich green bowtie.

After a simple ceremony in Chateau Bellevue's courtyard, the newlyweds and their guests enjoyed cocktails and mariachi music by local favorites Mariachi Jalisco. Then they headed to the dining room, transformed by The Nouveau Romantics with bell jars, scientific specimens, textural floral arrangements, candles and scarab wax seals, a nod to the luxe letterpress invitations, also created by The Nouveau Romantics. Despite the fact that the pair never made it to their dance lessons, their first dance, to Django Reinhardt's "I'm Confessin' (That I Love You)" went perfectly. After a slice (or two) of the collection of understated cakes from Whole Foods, the couple ended the evening with a song written by the groom's uncle for the occasion–definitely one of my favorite details from this unique celebration! 

Tell me, what's your favorite image from this amazing Austin wedding?

Images by The Nichols


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Something about these embroidered floral pumps reminds me of 50's brides–dainty, demure and terribly charming. Tell me, what's your favorite style decade?


Monday, October 20, 2014

How I wish that I could say this weekend was completely different from the last. That I hung out in my pjs, curled up with John to watch an episode of West Wing in the late afternoon, leisurely shopped the farmer's market and made progress on my favorite projects. Instead, I was running our office move, overseeing teams with TVs and office chairs, numbered labels and more orange crates than I care to count. But today, we have a fresh start in a new space, and even though I am dying to take a nap under my desk, the sense of accomplishment isn't so bad. 

Tell me, what were you up to this weekend? Attending a gorgeous fall wedding, perhaps, watching a movie with your best girlfriends or sipping mulled cider?

Image by Mandy Busby, bouquet by Cloth of Gold, styling by Ginny Au.

Yellow Jacket

Friday, October 17, 2014

Named for the wasps that plague agave farms and tequila distilleries, this stiff drink packs a punch–one that's not altogether unwelcome by Friday afternoon.

Yellow Jacket

2 oz reposado tequila
1/2 oz St Germain elderflower liqueur
1/2 oz Yellow Chartreuse
1 dash Regan's Orange Bitters

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice; shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds. Strain into a chilled coupe glass, and garnish with a lemon peel.

Notes: Our house tequila is Corralejo's Reposado, and it would be an excellent addition to this cocktail, though the originators of this recipe call for Partida. The sweet qualities of the St Germain and yellow Chartreuse are balanced by the tequila's kick, but you could also try mezcal as the base spirit in this sipper. Cheers!

Image via Epicuryan.

La Grande Jatte

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Lesley and Brian

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Lesley and Brian both grew up in Virginia, and two years after first meeting, they were set up at a UVA-Virginia Tech game that could hardly be called romantic. Two years later, the pair was finally dating and though it had taken them a long time together, they both knew in no time at all that they were meant to be. When Brian proposed, they quickly agreed that their celebration should highlight the best of their home state; luckily, Richmond-based planning and design co. Fête Studio was ready to help the happy couple host a spectacular celebration, starting with Ginny Rogan's elegant calligraphy on Smock Paper save the dates and invitations.

On her wedding day, Lesley donned an embroidered lace Lela Rose gown finished with a white satin sash. Embellished ballet flats, classic pearl studs and an elegant veil completed her timeless bridal look. Her maids wore French blue dresses with charmingly messy strands of ivory and coral beads, and their bouquets, featuring white hydrangeas and roses, coral ranunculus and tulips, and sprays of seeded eucalyptus, matched the bride's larger posy from The Green Flamingo. Brian and his groomsmen went for navy blazers and light colored chinos; Vineyard Vines ties upped the preppy quotient and added a charming pop of color.  

Lesley and Brian were married at St. Benedict Catholic Church in a traditional ceremony. After their first kiss as husband and wife, the newlyweds headed to The Jefferson Hotel, a Richmond institution, for a fabulous reception in their ballroom. Event planner and designer Fête Studio filled the sumptuous space with preppy details; navy place cards with classic white calligraphy were tucked into shotgun shells, and bits of navy and white striped ribbon festooned menu cards. After dinner, there was dancing to the music of Horizon Band, and even a slice of the couple's three-tiered wedding cake. The newlyweds made their exit in a classic navy and wood paneled Jeep Wagoneer (one of my favorite vintage rides), the last lovely scenes captured by Adam Barnes Fine Art Photography that evening.

Tell me, what's your favorite detail or photography from this classic celebration? I'm enamored with all the fall portraits in the bride's parents' yard!

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