Thursday, September 18, 2014

Good Sir


This week I'm loving moody fall shades, cocktails with girlfriends and lots of incredibly lovely support during wedding planning. I've found the whole experience quite challenging, despite my best attempts to be "cool" (that's probably what's throwing me off...), and those of you who have listened, consoled and conspired have helped me more than you know. Now for some loveliness! 


This garden wedding is impossibly pretty.

This fête is a fall classic–I can't wait for cider and cashmere!

This winter celebration is terribly chic.

I am head over heels for this romantic fall wedding.

PS–Oscar de la Renta gowns for every celebration.


Image by Meg Smith, stationery suite by Mr. Boddington's Studio.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Emily and Marco



 







 

 






 

 

 

 


 






 















This Big Apple-based couple met in college, and their friendship turned to romance before graduation. After five years of dating and a trip to the South of France where the pair got engaged, Emily and Marco turned their attention to a black tie celebration on the 28-acre public garden at Bronx's Wave Hill. With the help of Ang Weddings and Events and Jillian Mitchell Photography, Marco tackled the logistics, while Emily focused on the event's visual aspects–starting with a hand-drawn invitation letterpressed on thick ecru paper by Katie Fischer Design with calligraphy by Paperfinger.

Emily chose a romantic ballet-length Dior skirt in an abstract rose print and an ivory J. Mendel shell for her wedding day. Metallic rose gold Dior pumps, a long strand of pearls and a loose, handtied bouquet of roses, dahlias, chocolate cosmos, astrantia, passion vines, and hydrangeas by Saipua completed her re-imagined retro look. Marco took advantage of the fabulous occasion to wear a white Ralph Lauren Purple Label dinner jacket, inspired by Emily's favorite film, Casablanca

Two years after the proposal, Marco's sister officiated a nondenominational ceremony in front of the pergola on Wave Hill's lush lawn. The couple exchanged self-penned vows, and after saying "I do", a five-piece jazz band, The New Orleans Swamp Donkeys, lead Emily, Marco and their 140 guests in a second-line parade to the historic Wave Hill House for dinner and dancing. Elegant white tapers flanked garden-inspired arrangements of dinner plate dahlias, roses and chocolate cosmos by Saipua, and tree branches brought the lush gardens inside. After dinner of foie gras, lamb and swordfish catered by Great Performances, the band played "April in Paris" and the newlyweds took their first twirl on the dance floor as husband and wife. Coffee and biscotti prepared the revelers for a Manhattan after party that stretched until 5am, and as Emily and Marco fell into bed the next morning, they must have known this celebration was one for the record books.


Tell me, what's your favorite detail or image captured by Jillian Mitchell Photography
I can't get over the looks of pure joy on the newlywed's faces!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Glitter and Be Gay


There's nothing quite like a glittering pair of pumps to make you want to kick up your heels!


Monday, September 15, 2014

Hand-Tied


John was on a red-eye to Buffalo Thursday (does it seem to anyone else like he's been traveling a whole lot lately?) and AJ, one half of our usual Friday night date, was singing on Friday evening, so his best girl Laura and I decided to take advantage of our free night with cocktails and girl talk. After  spiced tequila confections at Coqueta, we strolled through Jackson Square to Bask for a pitcher of sangria and tapas. I headed home that evening feeling so grateful for girlfriends and my fluffy white bed.

We've been making a habit recently of setting an alarm on weekends; it's not the most decadent way to start a Saturday, but you can't get much more productive! After a breakfast of avocado toast topped with a poached egg and roasted fingerlings, I took my cup of tea into the living room for a morning of to-do lists, emails, blogging and even a bit of wedding planning–after picking my dress last weekend, we're working on our florist and the invitations! After some housekeeping, I sat down at my desk for an afternoon with my books, highlighters and notes to get cracking on writing–and didn't leave my laptop until John called to tell me he took first and second place at the arrangement competition in Buffalo late that evening! I hadn't realized it had gotten to late, so I whipped up a simple risotto and enjoyed a glass of rosé before heading to bed.

I woke up early again on Sunday and after some breakfast tacos, got straight to work. It goes without saying that long hours at one's computer doesn't exactly make for scintillating reading material, so let's skip to the later afternoon, when I caught up with one of my besties on the East Coast, worked up a sweat (vital after so many hours of sitting...) and then dashed off to the airport to grab my guy! I even tucked two of his favorite fall beers into my bag to go with our Indian food feast–you didn't really think I could go a whole weekend without chicken tikka and aloo naan, did you? After a late supper, we headed home, thrilled to finally be reunited and wishing there was one more day in every weekend.


Tell me, what were you up to this weekend? Dreaming of fall flavors, indulging in a new pair of riding boots, or planning an autumn adventure, perhaps?
 

Image by Clayton Austin, bouquet by Without Wax, Katy.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Varsity Cocktail


John and I spent some time last Saturday drinking this long cocktail and deciding on the perfect name; a bit tart and wonderfully refreshing, it would be ideal for sipping in the stands at homecoming.


Varsity Cocktail 

2 oz gin
3/4 oz freshly squeezed lemon
3/4 oz orange curaçao
1/4 oz simple syrup
barspoon of crème de violette
soda water

Combine gin, lemon, orange liqueur, syrup and crème de violette in a shaker with ice; shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds. Double strain into a Collins filled with ice, then top with soda.

Notes: Rothman & Winter makes an excellent crème de violette, and since it's the only one I've ever drunk, it's the only brand I can recommend with certainty. We paired the floral ingredient with a classic London dry gin with plenty of juniper, and those of you who enjoy gin will absolutely adore it–cheers!


Image by Brea McDonald.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Anderson


This week I'm loving modern typefaces, croissants for breakfast and gazing goofily at photos of me in my wedding dress–yes, it's mine, all mine! So now that I've gushed a little, tell me what you're loving this weekend!







Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Alix and Andrew

































After meeting on a Teach for America assignment in Kansas City, it was clear Alix and Andrew were meant for each other. To celebrate their wedding, the couple planned a late-summer weekend fête at Lied Lodge in Nebraska with space enough for all their guests.

Alix wore a silk taffeta gown with a structural pleated crumbcatcher and romantic crystal beaded belt. Pearl-covered d'Orsay slides by Something Bleu, a pair of crystal drops from Kate Spade and a simple veil completed her look, and she carried a simple white bouquet of freesias, tulips, hydrangeas and camellias by Burton Tyrrell Flowers. Her maids looked smart in steely gray silk taffeta dresses from J.Crew, while Andrew accessorized his navy JoS A Bank suit with a white shirt, navy polka dot tie, navy-edged pocket square and brown shoes all from J.Crew.

After a traditional ceremony and their first kiss as husband and wife, Alix, Andrew and their guests headed back to farm for an intimate reception. The bride and her mother crafted each detail, from custom cornhole boards and floral arrangements to the homemade jam favors, with their friends and family in mind. Burlap runners were stamped with table numbers, a large white tent provided shade from the warm afternoon sun and after dinner, there was dancing beneath bistro lights hung in the barn. A slice of the Lincoln Cake Lady's confections couldn't begin to match the sweetness of this couple's celebration.


Each gorgeous moment was captured by Megan Pomeroy and first featured on Snippet & Ink; tell me, do you have a favorite detail or photo from this classic celebration?

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