Friday, April 18, 2014

Corpse Reviver No. 2

This breakfast cocktail was, as Harry Craddock wrote in The Savoy Cocktail Book, “to be taken before 11 am, or whenever steam and energy are needed.” But be ware, dear readers–“Four of these taken in swift succession will quickly unrevive the corpse again.”

Corpse Reviver No. 2

3/4 oz gin
3/4 oz Cointreau
3/4 oz Lillet
3/4 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
dash of Absinthe

Drop a dash of Absinthe into a cocktail glass; swirl to coat the glass, and pour out excess. Combine gin, Cointeau, Lillet and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker with ice; shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with a citrus peel.

Notes: A love of "breakfast cocktails" might indicate that you're in the presence of a serious drunk, but I prefer to think of this gin drink as graduating to the next level of refined day drinking. A delicate spirit like St. George's Botanivore or Plymouth gin will perform best in this cocktail, but there's no need to buy an expensive bottle of Cointreau if you have another orange liqueur on hand. If you don't have Lillet though, run out and get yourself some–a glass with a few frozen peach slices is one of my favorite summer cocktails, and it's absolutely essential for this libation. Cheers!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Golden Oak

This week I'm reading the latest Martha Stewart Weddings, enjoying the sunny weather (and fabulous charcuterie) in San Francisco and loving these links–what are you up to this week?

I don't often feature engagement shoots, but this one by Jana Williams Photography is spectacular!

This Virginia country club fête captured by Sarah Der Photography from Grey Likes Weddings is elegant, understated and pretty darn perfect.

Mr Porter's Style and Matrimony issue of their expertly curated Journal is a fabulous resource for the handsome Mr in your life.

This wine country wedding photographed by Larissa Cleveland and featured on Green Weddings Shoes is simply stunning–and so sweet, too!

This classic Southern celebration by Kim Box Photography via The Birmingham Bride will have you dusting off your julep cups and donning your best wide-brimmed hat.

Stationery suite designed by The Nouveau Romantics, printed by Norman's Printery.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Heather and Franklin


Heather and Franklin's families had known each other for years, but it wasn't until college that the pair started dating–and they've been inseparable every since. When Franklin proposed, there was no doubt that their hometown was the perfect place for the couple to the knot, and Castle Hill Cider was the ideal location for their rustic, Art Deco-inspired garden party. Glamorous invitations from Landis Stationery set the tone for the celebration, and their event planner, Dickie Morris of Just a Little Ditty crafted a fête more romantic than their wildest dreams.

Heather wore an ethereal lace and tulle Vera Wang gown and white Christian Louboutin peep toes; delicate white flowers tucked into her low chignon set off her tulle and Russian netting veil and suited the wedding's garden party theme perfectly. Nine bridesmaids wore blush gowns from J.Crew and carried pastel bouquets from Beehive Events, while Franklin and his groomsmen looked handsome in classic black tie.

Despite a rain delay, the couple was able to exchange their weddings vows beneath an oak tree in a tearful ceremony that swelled with music by the Philip Clark String Quartet. Fresh oysters and classic Southern treats by A Pimento Catering were served during the cocktail hour on the lawn of the Cidery, while event designer Dickie worked with Stonegate Event Rentals and Beehive Events to create a romantic dining room in the barn. Gold geometric table linens hand-stamped by bridesmaid and textile designer Caroline Z. Hurley were a chic compliment to the delicate floral arrangements from Beehive Events and the ornate candelabras and chandeliers that lit the rustic space, and tables named for the couple's favorite TV shows were a sweet nod to their Hollywood careers. After dinner and dancing with the Acme Swing Mfg. Company Band and DJ Greg Tutwiler, the newlyweds cut into a ruffled four-tier confection before saying goodnight to their guests amid a shower of sparklers. 

Luckily for Heather, Franklin and all of us, Morgan Trinker was capturing each beautiful moment so we can relive the loveliness of their day for many years to come. Tell me, what's your favorite image from this romantic spring fête?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Pom Pom

I may not be able to walk in a pair of 6" stilettos, but at least I can admire them from afar!

Monday, April 14, 2014


Guys, this was such a wonderful weekend. I flew out to the East Coast early Friday morning to celebrate with my Mama (and sat next to a woman who'd only just discovered the inconvenience of air travel); she picked me up in Boston and we headed straight to a cousin's for supper, birthday cake and plenty of family. I truly adore them (I'm not even sure how many second and third cousins I have, but they're all wonderful), and it's always such a treat when we all get together. After a slice of mocha cake from Pastiche and lots of goodbyes, we headed back to Rhode Island, where I got to check out my mom's new house (and crash on her couch).

The next morning after breakfast, we took a long walk along the marsh and the Atlantic. One of my best high school pals met us, and she and I headed into downtown Providence where I'd gotten a chic room at the Dean Hotel. We put our bags down and we're heading out to stroll around the city when I saw another dear high school friend having a coffee in the lobby! We ended up spending the whole afternoon together, chatting, walking through darling Providence neighborhoods and having Campari and sodas on her porch. After thanking her for the incredible hospitality and the wonderful day, we headed back downtown for a glass of red wine and some frites–my favorite kind of supper. We stayed up until all hours chatting and catching up, which is endlessly better in person and the sort of thing you could only do with your dearest friends.

We slept in on Sunday morning (I never quite got on East Coast time...) and grabbed some breakfast at a little bistro down the street. After eggs Benedict, we met up with my mom and strolled through the RISD Museum. There was a great exhibit on graphic design and another on the photographs of Andy Warhol, and we headed back to the hotel with just enough time to get dressed for dinner. My mom knew we had something planned, but she was so happy to see family and friends from all over come together to celebrate. We had Cook & Brown all to ourselves, which when you have a big family is a very good thing, and we ate, sipped and chatted all night long. My mama and I headed back to the hotel where she fell sound asleep almost immediately, and I got a chance to reflect on an amazing weekend full of friends, family, food and celebrating.

Tell me, what were you up to this weekend? Enjoying the first signs of spring, checking out a new museum or chatting over a glass of wine?

Friday, April 11, 2014

No Regrets

"My only regret is that I didn't drink more Champagne."
John Maynard Keynes

Image by Ashley Ludaescher.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Mama Knows Best

In honor of my own mama's milestone birthday today, I'm sharing this darling photo of a City Hall bride who wore an updated version of her mother's gown. Hilary Heard Gurley, senior manager of public relations for Bulgari married the author George Gurley at the Brooklyn Municipal Building in New York wearing a cap-sleeve A-line midi tailored by Noe Rodriguez, Bulgari earrings, bow-topped Manolo Blahnik shoes, Badgley Mischka clutch, and a pretty Renny & Reed bouquet.

Happy birthday, Mama!


Today I'm celebrating the birthdays of two of the people dearest to me, getting excited about a little East Coast adventure and loving these links–tell me, what are you up to today?

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Jayme and Slater

California born and bred, this New York City-based couple wanted to tie the knot in the Golden State. San Francisco's elegant Flood Mansion proved to be the perfect location for Jayme and Slater's classic, contemporary celebration, and with the help of Elise Paisnel at Dream a Little Dream Events, they threw a fête not likely to be forgotten. The Village Invites created a modern monogram for the pair and a timeless calligraphed invitation spread the word about their wedding to family and friends.

After trying on a dizzying number of dresses, Jayme chose a stunning Carolina Herrera gown she first spotted in Town & Country. The bride paired diamond and pearl drop earrings, an understated hydrangea, ranunculus and garden rose bouquet by Haute Blossoms and a pair of white Badgley Mischka peep toes with her breathtaking white, taupe and pale blue frock. Slater cut a handsome figure in a bespoke tuxedo from District Homme, while the couple's bridal party looked lovely in gauzy, blush-colored gowns from Jenny Yoo and classic black tie. 

The pair and their bridal party dressed at the Mark Hopkins Hotel, and met for a first look and portraits in San Francisco's spectacular Nob Hill neighborhood. After exchanging their vows on the steps of the historic home, the newlyweds and their guests enjoyed cocktails and cornhole in the Cortile. Meanwhile, the Grand Hall was transformed into an elegant dining room complete with white linens, gold Chiavari chairs and modern floral arrangements from Haute Blossoms. LRE Catering served a sumptuous supper before the couple's high-energy cover band got everyone on the dance floor. A slice of cake by Abby's Bake Sale, a few glasses of Champagne and one pair of ripped tuxedo pants later, and the new Mr and Mrs were certain of one thing–they'd had exactly the sort of joyful celebration they'd hoped for. 

Luckily, the talented Josh Gruetzmacher was on hand to capture every moment, so Jayme and Slater can always relive that beautiful night. Tell me, do you have a favorite image from this wonderful wedding? I'll confess–I had the most impossible time narrowing the shots for this post down because I thought all the photos were so spectacular!