As I have said many, many times on this blog, I am a sucker for Asian culture. With that established, I just want to give you something to consider for your reception decor. Enter: ikebana.
Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arranging that uses minimalism and irregularity to create truly unique arrangements. Unlike traditional flower arrangements where the actual bloom is the star of the show, ikebana highlights the beauty of the other parts, namely the stems and leaves, focusing on line, shape and form rather than size and color. This could be a great alternative for modern, minimalist brides, or even brides with severe allergies as flowers are used very sparingly.
How awesome is this?! For more examples of ikebana, click the photo.
Apparently, I haven’t posted in a bit. Truth be told, a fantastic internship opportunity has come my way and, chances are, my new postings will be infrequent at best. But, not to worry. I won’t be jumping ship any time soon :-)
In the meantime, take a look at this Anthropologie-inspired wedding on Green Wedding Shoes. Aside from the fact that Anthropologie is one of my absolute favorite stores, I’m so glad that this wedding captures simplicity, intimacy and craftiness at its best.
What's not to love? Click here to see the full wedding.
In keeping with my love for seasonal catering-and my recent 21st birthday!-here’s a list of several cocktails that would fit perfectly with a holiday season wedding taken from Chow.com.
Enjoy and happy weekend!
Fox and Hounds
Spiced Cranberry Sangría
Hazy Days of Winter
In years’ past, bouquets that were made of anything but authentic blooms were considered tacky and tasteless. But, with a bit of innovation and creativity, paper bouquets have become a welcome sight at weddings. In fact, paper details of all sorts, such as napkin rings and hanging poms, are showing up at receptions with styles ranging from homespun to whimsical elegance. This economical option is best suited for the more crafty among us (or at least those of us with crafty friends) who want to make the seeming ordinary material of tissue paper and turn it into something spectacular.
The following photos and projects are taken from MarthaStewartWeddings.com:
Hanging Dahlia Poms
Crepe Paper Lily
Paper Pew Wreath
Ah vodka. Without it, the world of martinis and cosmopolitans would cease to exist. However, this Russian favorite is also the basis of the following cocktails, any of which will be a great option for a signature cocktail.
The Cape Codder
The Española Sour
The Moscow Mule
The Cosmo Rickey
All recipes and photos taken from Chow.com
I’m very impressed with Nonpareil’s latest issue. Issue 4 is devoted to wedding decor and fashion inspired by the big (and small) screen. Whether you’re looking to throw a Mad Men-inspired affair, have a face fit for Breakfast at Tiffany’s or bring Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland to life, this issue has something for you.
Click here to read the latest issue.
This tropical spirit is known for being a sugary base to refreshing drinks such as mojitos, daiquiris, and piña colada. While all of these are more than welcome at a wedding reception (especially one with a tropical theme), here are a few more rum-based cocktails that should be taken into serious consideration for a more sophisticated affair.
The Night Marcher
The Cradle of Life
The Nui Nui
The Sparkling Rum Runner
The Planter's Punch
Tequila is the quintessential Mexican spirit used in drinks that are meant for those who want a South-of-the-Border flair added to their celebrations. The following cocktails deliver just that. Serve these up at a summer wedding and your guests will ride off into the sunset with a smile on their faces.
The Añejo Manhattan
The Santa Maria
The Zapatos Nuevos
The Tierra Mojada
All photos and recipes taken from Chow.com