Photo: St. Germain
OK, this one goes out to our esteemed publisher Radhika Day, who just happens to be a major St. Germain fan—and with good reason. The classic French elderflower liqueur, made from gently macerating hand-picked blossoms that bloom briefly each spring, is ineffably subtle and delicious. Trying to describe it, according to the famous French artisanal liqueur-maker, is like “asking a hummingbird to describe the flavor of its favorite nectar.” Which we would never do. We’ll simply say that St. Germain is more or less the flavor of romance—which makes it perfect for wedding-day cocktails.
Our favorite is La Rosette, a simple combination of 4 parts Brut Rosé Champagne to ¼ part St. Germain, served in a chilled flute and garnished with a pansy, rose petal or delicate orchid. Parfait! Non?
For more delicious and incredibly pretty St. Germain wedding cocktails, sip—er, click—here!
We’re engaged in a major love affair with watercolor at the moment. The dreamy, soft-edged, ombré effect of this art form (think Paul Cezanne’s landscapes, Paul Klee’s abstracts, Georgia O’Keeffe’s magnificent flowers) is just so perfect for spring and summer weddings, we can’t get enough. Look for it in custom save the dates and wedding invitations, billowy chiffon destination-wedding dresses, table linens and plates—even shoes! And don’t forget to talk to your florist about creating a WOW watercolor effect with flowers like parrot tulips, peonies and hydrangeas. Lovely stuff!
Credits (Photos top to bottom, left to right): Ever After Papery, Anthropologie, Ovadia & Sons, Delia’s, ALDO, Printerette Press, Becky Hill Photography, Jen Aitchison
Outdoor weddings have so much going for them: natural light, open space, gorgeous views, a clean slate for decorating… Need we go on? Of course, this being Houston, outdoor weddings also have a few additional challenges, the biggest of which is the potential for weather—as in really bad weather. But with careful planning and a few key wedding essentials, an al fresco Houston wedding is not just possible, it can be pretty darn close to perfect. Don’t plan your outdoor celebration without first perusing our must-have wedding essentials, from Prestigious Event Rentals’ weather-resistant tents and rentals, to Jacqueline Chapelle’s truly unique designer canopies to pretty-and-practical twirlers from the wonderful Pamela’s Parasols. We also love SoleMates, whose heel protectors and be-prepared kit are the perfect pairing for the outdoor Houston bride (and her grateful ’maids). Throw in a few Thermacell lanterns—which give off a golden glow, and get rid of pesky mosquitoes—and you’ll be able to face the elements fearlessly!
Credits (Photos from Top to Bottom): Sole Mates, Prestigious Event Rentals via Scott Kelly, Pamela’s Parasols, Thermacell, Jacqueline Chapelle’s French Tents & Decor via Julie Wilhite Photography
Houston is a food- and wine-lovers’ paradise. Its fertile surrounding lands are also home to more than a few beautiful wineries—Messina Hof is one of our faves—where a wine-loving couple may wish to wed. If you’re planning to get hitched at a local vineyard, or to feature good wine, big time, at your wedding, make it personal with custom wine labels from the wonderful Nancy Nikko (whose also does lovely custom canning labels, bookplates and oodles more, btw). While wine stopper options abound, our current favorites are erasable ceramic Placetile’s, which do double duty as place cards and favors—and Daisy Mae Designs’ awesome “map” stoppers, which you can customize with a snippet of Texas territory. And for sheer prettiness, we absolutely adore flower-accent wine-cork place-card holders from Karas Vineyard Wedding, featured here in beloved Tiffany blue, but available in just about any color you can imagine. Check out these, and a couple more wine-theme cuties, below.
Photos (clockwise, left to right): Nancy Nikko Design, Casiani via Amazon, Daisy Mae Designs, Home Wet Bar, Nancy Nikko Design, Nancy Nikko Design, Placetile, Nancy Nikko Design, Karas Vineyard Wedding, Placetile