Jacquelyn and Bryan

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Who says you need a year to plan the perfect celebration? Jacquelyn and Bryan hosted an intimate winter wedding after a short five month engagement, and I think we can all agree the results were as beautiful as their courtship at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts.

Jacquelyn wore a tea-length Carolina Herrera gown and a simple tulle veil, and carried a wintry white bouquet. Pearl drop earrings and a double-strand bracelet were classic additions to her chic bridal look, and as snow began falling, Jacquelyn stayed warm beneath a bejeweled cardigan and chubby fur coat. Her bridesmaids wore simple black dresses with piles of pearls and cozy black coats, while Bryan wore a classic black Ralph Lauren suit and tie.

The pair exchanged vows before family members at a friend's Newbury Street art gallery. After the intimate ceremony, the couple met the rest of their guests at Bistro Du Midi, one of their favorite Boston restaurants, for a fabulous French meal and plenty of glasses of Champagne. The newlyweds shared a slice of cake from Flour Bakery before heading off into the snowy night, hand in hand, to start their life together as husband and wife.

I'm certain that Jacquelyn and Bryan revisit their gorgeous winter wedding and the beautiful images by Alison Conklin Photography often–after all, wouldn't you? I'd love to know–what's your favorite detail from this Boston fête?


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Something about wedding planning has inspired a new-found affection for demure sparkle, and I think these beauties are absolutely lovely!

Roses and Ranunculus

Monday, January 26, 2015

If I'm being totally honest, I can only enjoy having the house to myself for a day or two before I start to really miss John–and more than a week into his trip to Texas, you could say I'm having withdrawals! But missing my guy didn't keep me from enjoying a wonderfully productive weekend, and even a great big dose of fun. 

It's been busy at work lately, so I treated myself to a little Friday afternoon shopping, and left Jeremy's with my wedding shoes! I've been stalking a particular pair of slides, and after learning there were pristine pairs at the discount shop, I scooped them up. Still buzzing from my purchase, I dashed over to Masala for a little chicken tikka masala, then came home to spend a quiet evening with the Gilmore Girls–and a phone date with my sweetheart.

After late nights this week, I allowed myself a great indulgence and didn't set a Saturday morning alarm. I was still in line at my favorite grocery store before 9, collecting breakfast provisions and stocking the fridge for the week. After some roasted fingerlings and a poached egg over avocado toast, I took my tea into the living room to hammer away at my to do list–bridal, blogging and otherwise! After a bit of ballet, I had a long chat with John before a rather spartan supper–leftover naan and hummus with a glass of rosé. Then I climbed into bed Sabrina, an Audrey Hepburn classic that John's never been able to watch all the way through.

Alarm-less again on Sunday morning, I started my day with breakfast tacos: scrambled eggs, spicy roasted sweet potatoes, guacamole and even a bit of my favorite salsa. With plans for the evening, I wanted to get my workout in first thing, so Mary Helen Bowers and I sweated it out and I felt terribly productive. Then I got down to the business of learning some new music, chatted with John and dashed out for goodies to bring to Sunday Supper with two of my dearest girlfriends. We made homemade butternut squash ravioli, cooked up a steak and some Brussels sprouts, and shared a bottle of pinot before digging into macarons and Gewurztraminer brandy–a truly divine way to end the weekend!

Tell me, what were you up to this weekend? Preparing for a big winter storm, perhaps, or dreaming of a beachy getaway? 

Image by Roey Yohai Photography, wintry bouquet by HMR Designs.

Great Gatsby

Friday, January 23, 2015

Easy and bright, this vodka cocktail is perfect for weekend brunches and features one of my favorite boozy ingredients–Lillet Blanc. As lovely in cocktails as it is chilled or poured over frozen peach slices, it rounds and softens this Greyhound-inspired cocktail for an altogether charming weekend!

Great Gatsby 

1 oz vodka
1 oz Lillet Blanc
2 1/2 oz freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
cranberries for garnish

Half-fill a mixing glass with ice; add vodka, Lillet and grapefruit juice and stir until chilled. Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass and garnish with a few cranberries.

Notes: I don't normally chose vodka cocktails, but this simple sipper that highlights winter citrus has changed my opinion of the spirit for the better. 

Tell me, do you have a favorite (or least favorite) spirit? Is there is liquor you'd like to get to know better?

Image by Emma Jane Kepley.


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Jen and Andy

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

A snowy elopement at a Colorado hot springs, beautifully captured by Benj Haisch

A Crimson Kiss – Timeless Events and Classic Cocktails by Ana Degenaar : Blogger