Abigail & Pete

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

When Abigail and Pete decided to marry, they invited 20 of their nearest and dearest to join them in Nova Scotia–a new little corner of the Earth they'd never explored. With Shobac as their striking backdrop and simplicity always in mind, these two and designer/creative director/stylist A Happy Smith planned a wedding that's served as a major source of inspiration for me in the last few months.

Abigail wore a lace Dolce & Gabbana shift and nude Dior pumps. Crystal fan earrings and a fingertip tulle veil, along with a lush, colorful bouquet of peonies, roses, seeded eucalyptus and stock by florist Chelsea Lee, completed her modern bridal look. Pete chose a classic black J.Crew suit, accessorized with a diamond point bow tie and an elegant white rose boutonniere. 

After exchanging their vows on the grounds of Shobac, Abigail and Pete joined their guests in the property's restored 19th century barn for an intimate reception. And at the end of the evening, fireworks lit up the night sky as sparklers crackled.

This celebration was brilliantly, beautifully captured by Micheal Beaulieu, who was kind enough to share these images with me. Tell me, do you have a favorite image or detail from this fantastic fête? It's hard to ignore the loveliness of those landscape shots, but I'm partial to the classic black & white portraits.


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The most artful shoe shot I've ever seen.

Image by Josh Elliot.


Monday, March 2, 2015

With John still in DFW this weekend, this girl was left to her own devices, and I filled the weekend with my very favorite things–lists, books, errands and all things wedding!

I headed home a little later than usual on Friday night and found myself ordering up my Friday night Indian food fix on the train! It had been a pretty grueling week, so I felt particularly grateful for delivery, pajamas and the bottle of rosé I had stored in the fridge. I spent the evening checking out all things pretty before dozing off during a screening of Sabrina.

I was up early the next morning and dashed off to my favorite grocery store while that morning's bread delivery was still steaming. After picking up the essentials–avocados, tea, strawberries–I headed back to home to whip up a simple, satisfying breakfast of avocado toast topped with a poached egg and roasted Russian Bananas. Then I settled in with my laptop to catch up on Downton Abbey and check to do's off my list in our sunny living room. I took a break that afternoon to stroll down to Trouble for the spiciest chai, a piece of aloo naan, and a big breath of fresh air before settling back into a flow of invitation addressing and playlist editing. I made a simple penne all'arribbiata for supper, then curled up with a book for the rest of the evening–all the while resisting the temptation to watch House of Cards without John!

I stuck to basics on Sunday morning and made my usual breakfast, then pulled an armchair into the sunniest spot in the living room to read. I have a stack of books with my name on them, and the quiet Sunday was perfect for diving in. I also got a chance to catch up with one of my best girlfriends and my mom, and work up a sweat with Mary Helen Bowers. John and I had one of those revelatory conversations about the future, and I meditated on our discussion while cooking a Spanish tortilla. It's best a little cool, so I let the flavors mingle while I read, then poured myself a glass of wine to watch Downton Abbey's season finale. 

Tell me, what were you up to this weekend? Binge watching House of Cards, perhaps, checking things off your to do list like me, or maybe or planning a big summer vacation? I want to hear all about it!

Image by Jac And Heath Photography, gown by Reem Acra, bouquet by Petal & Pod.

Gin Blossom

Friday, February 27, 2015

A modern take on the classic martini, this gin cocktail is like the first spring blooms. They fill your home with light, warmth and the promise of lovely days to come. 

Gin Blossom

1 1/2 oz dry gin
1 1/2 oz Martini Bianco
3/4 oz apricot liqueur
2 dashes orange bitters
orange peel

Combine gin, Martini Bianco, apricot eau de vie and orange bitters to a mixing glass. Add ice and stir to chill. Pour cocktail into coupe glass and garnish with an orange peel.

Notes, one technical, one practical:

 If you don't store your coupe glasses in the freezer, you can quickly chill your glasses by dropping a few ice cubes into the glass along with some cold water.

This cocktail reminded me of one particularly memorable night we dashed all over San Francisco looking for apricot brandy. We finally procured a questionable looking bottle of the stuff and John mixed it into a Pendennis Club, but we were very quickly on to drinking other things. We still have that terrible bottle of apricot brandy on our liquor shelf as a reminder to always be prepared–and buy the good stuff–Orchard Apricot is my recommendation. Cheers!

Image by Daniel Krieger.


Thursday, February 26, 2015

This week I'm loving afternoons spent addressing envelopes and my quickly shrinking wedding to-do list, the big changes we've got on the horizon (can't wait to share more!), and the incredible inspiration the wedding world put together this week. Seriously good stuff. 

Tell me, what are you loving this week?

Genevieve & Matt

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

When this stylish pair decided to tie the knot in their adopted hometown, London, their celebration was nothing less than chic. Inspired by Jay Gatsby's elegant soirees, Genevieve and Matt hosted a black tie ball I think I'll always adore.

They chose the centrally-located In & Out Club for their wedding; the historic club could host the ceremony, dinner and dancing all under one lovely roof. To enhance the beauty of the space and highlight architectural details, florist Moyses Stevens created grand arrangements of early spring blooms, while low clusters of purple tulips dominated the formal dining room.

The bride wore a draped silk chiffon gown by David Fielden with rosettes at the neck, the waist and down the back. Blush Dior pumps and a structured white blazer from The Kooples were perfect counterpoints to the romantic gown and Genevieve's 60's-inspired updo, finished with a delicate birdcage veil. The bride carried a bouquet of petal pink peonies and roses by florist Moyses Stevens, while her bridesmaids wore swinging, beaded dresses with a decidedly Gatsby feel and carried ivory rose posies. Matt's striking white rose boutonniere set him apart in a sea of classic black tie.

Genevieve and Matt exchanged vows before their guests, seated in a semi-circle, in the King Harald V Room. After the short ceremony, sparkling wine and Pimms cups were served as guests congratulated the newlyweds. After dinner, there was dancing to Benoit & His Orchestra, a 1920's French jazz band and slice of almond and lemon cake with marzipan from Katerina Janakova at Villandry. As the clock struck midnight, guests departed in classic black taxis, but the bride, groom and a few of their closest friends dashed over to the Green Room at the Gore Hotel for a nighcap. 

Surely the lovely photographs by David Jenkins make it easy for Genevieve and Matt to remember their beautiful wedding day fondly. Tell me, what's your favorite detail or image from this London fête?

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