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24 Gifts for the Foodies on Your List
  • Dec. 1    Foodie Gift #1:

A book- Let’s Bring Back-The Cocktail Edition AND a bottle of Bittermens Boston Bittahs. I listened to an interview with the author, Lesley Blume, and knew I had to have it! COCTAILS ARE NOW THE RAGE and these refreshed oldies will wow you. A must have along with  a bottle of Bittermens Bitters, a small batch producer in Brooklyn, NY. Superior products! If you don’t quite grasp the purpose of bitters…. Good Bitters are to cocktails what Good Salt is to food!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbL-LDDgFPg

  • Dec 2nd    Foodie Gift #2:

Joseph Joseph products! Need a gift for a young couple or a spaced starved kitchen or for someone who loves clever design! Cool cutting boards like the Rinse and Chop, futuristic tools like the Fold Flat Grater and cool new TriScale Folding Digital Scale for weighing ingredients……really, really snazzy stuff! http://www.josephjoseph.com/

Joseph Joseph | Stylish Kitchen and Cookware Accessories, Utensils and Gadgets
  • Dec 3rd     Foodie Gift #3:
 A beautiful Granite Mortar and Pestle from Chefs Catalog! Anyone who cooks or bakes has at one time or another wanted a mortar and pestle. Used for crushing spices, herbs, pesto, guacamole, nuts, dried chili peppers, salsa and even gazpacho! It is a heavy, quality piece that will sit pridefully in plain sight on any kitchen’s counter. Buy it…they will love you.
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Natural Granite Mortar and Pestle Set
  • Day 4th     Foodie Gift #4:
Award winning Old Sin Dry Cider from Slyboro Cider House at Hicks Orchard. Slyboro makes fine hard ciders from assorted apples on their over one hundred year old orchard located in Granville, NY. This is a delight to pair with food at dinner or serve at parties. A pure treat for the palette and…..fits in a stocking!  Ships to your door.
Slyboro Cider House – Hicks Orchard
  • Dec 5th     Foodie Gift #5:
Vintage issues of the prized Chocolatier Magazine! An outstanding magazine no longer in print but still available. Each issue is a treasure of ideas and recipes from the pros. Perfect for that baker on your list! http://backissues.com/titles/Chocolatier-Magazine
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  • Dec 6th     Foodie Gift #6

Mapleland Farms Pure Maple Syrup! Located in the hamlet of Salem, NY on the VT border, Terry and David Campbell have been making premium Maple Syrup from the maple trees surrounding their family farm since 1972. Maple Syrup is coveted around the world for its uniqueness.  A wonderful gift for your foodie!

Maple Syrup, Maple Candy, Maple Cream, and Maple Peanut Brittle from Mapleland Farms in Salem, NY
  • Dec 7th     Foodie Gift #7

Bamix Immersion Blender! The power house of all hand held blenders, a must for every kitchen. There is no list of foods/recipes/tasks long enough that this piece of extraordinary equipment can’t tackle.

  • Dec 8th     Foodie Gift#8

Askinosie Chocolate! Fill a Chocoholic’s stocking with rich, fare trade, origin chocolate knowing each bar is made from beans delivered from a specific farm then roasted, ground and mixed at Askinosie. This company not only creates real chocolate not mass produced confection but also makes certian  the  farming communities benefit from their hard work.

Chocolate Bars | Askinosie Chocolate Bars
  • Dec 9th     Foodie Gift #9
Dean’s Beans Coffee! 100% Organic & Fair Trade, this coffee is sensational! Making relationships with each farmer on one side then offering exceptional service and coffee on the other. They are actively aware of their commitment to Real Fair Trade. You can create a customized blend and label for the Foodie on your holiday list!
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  • Dec 10th     Foodie Gift #10
 Charles H Baldwin & Sons Extracts! Located in W Stockbridge, MA, this family company is over 100 yrs old! Exceptional quality, apothecary bottle styling and a nice selection….an assortment will be an excellent gift for the baker on your list.  Vanilla is the most popular but I am a huge fan of the peppermint and anise!

Charles H. Baldwin & Sons Price List
  • Dec 11th     Foodie Gift #11

Fagor Duo Pressure Cooker! Fast, easy and healthy cooking…cooks with busy lives can still create amazing dishes but in a fraction of the time. This quality, stainless steel pressure cooker comes in several sizes and is super easy to use. Pressure cooking is coming back in a big way and Fagor is the perfect gift.

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  • Dec 12th     Foodie Gift #12

Oxo Spatulas & Turners! A cook’s dream is to decide which spatula in their arsenal will work best at the moment! Every kind and style of well designed spatula from Oxo has a purpose. Buy several and tie a big bow around them!

OXO – Tools you hold on to – Spatulas & Turners
Spatulas & Turners
  • Dec 13th     Foodie Gift #13
Sea Salt Blends from Coastal Goods! Famed cookbook author, Sarah Leah Chase, has created flavor profiles of salts and peppers based on her extensive gastronomic travels. Sarah brings a world of intense flavors to the kitchen of the chef on your Holiday List!
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  • Dec 14th     Foodie Gift #14
Seasoned 12″ Lodge Cast Iron Skillet! There is no kitchen that should be without one! I use mine so often it rarely gets put away, instead resting on my stove top waiting for its next food venture. Lodge has been making quality cast iron products for over one hundred years! http://www.lodgemfg.com/seasoned-cast-iron/skillets-and-covers/skillet-L10SK3
12-inch Skillet
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Everyone from Martha Stewart to Campfire Cook Johnny Nix considers Lodge Foundry Seasoned Cast Iron Skillets essential cooking tools.
  • Dec 15th     Foodie Gift #15

Puckers Gourmet Pickles!  Pickle Lover on your list? Handcrafted & hand packed in rural Washington County, NY, these pickles are amazing! Give one of each Half Sour Garlic, Dilly Sweet, Super Garlic Sour & Habanero Fire Sour.

Pickled Delectables! – Puckers Gourmet
  • Dec 16th     Foodie Gift #16
Foodie Fight or Wine Wars Trivia Games for Serious Foodies by Joyce Lock! These games are very fun and allow you to strut your culinary prowess. These games are intelligent and cover a wide span of culinary and/or wine topics. Rave reviews everywhere and I will add mine… Great game!

  • Dec 17th     Foodie Gift #17
Vermont Salumi! This season ignore the usual mass produced sausage baskets and give the gift of craftsmanship. Making unbelievably delicious, fine Salumi, founder Peter Colman, combined his years of apprenticeships in his native Italy with Vermont’s agricultural landscape to create “The cure for the common meat”. Pasture raised, hormone and antibiotic free the sausages are produced in small batches. Choices are the Daily Grind, the Roma, the Benito and lastly, Great Expectations which is the classic pub style English banger.


Unique Place Cards

Place cards and escort tables are one of the last design elements that you find yourself stressing over in the weeks leading up to the wedding. I happen to love designing this detail, and I am strong believer that it is intricate in the overall look of the wedding day. I always encourage my brides to veer away from the traditional tented place cards carefully laid out on an escort table. Remember to take all of the elements into account (venue…is it rustic or formal?, flowers…are they wildflower bouquets or classic white peonies and garden roses?, theme…finger licking BBQ or elegant wine pairing menu?). I could go on and on, but you get the general idea.

For a rustic barn wedding, I love the idea of taking an old door or fence, adding bouquets of wild flowers in the openings, and attaching basic price tags with guests names and table numbers on pieces of yarn. Another great idea for an outdoor wedding is to string yarn between two low lying trees, and tie taupe linen tags with different color ribbons to create a fun eclectic look. For a hot summer wedding, I often encourage my brides to have a signature cocktail station set up to greet guests. Have the cocktails served in mason jars or old milk bottles, and have each guests’ name and table number tied around the neck of the jar or bottle. You can also have a table set up with mini potted herbs, and double up your favor and place cards. Have a stick in the herb pot with a name flag attached.

More fun ideas would be to have vintage suitcases filled with baby’s breath, or some other kind of inexpensive filler, and have tented place cards placed on top of the flowers. For a fall wedding, have apples stamped with your initials and attach leaf shaped place cards to the stem of each apple. My final fun idea of the day, and one of my favorites, is to have a table lined with antique keys. Have a chalk board on the table with a “key to my heart” quote written on it. Attach a simple place card to each key, and you have a unique concept that your guests are sure not to forget.

As always, I leave you with some of my favorite images. Enjoy!

Happy Planning!

- Sarah


“When the apple is ripe, it will fall”

I recently had the immense pleasure of biting into Chef Heidi’s freshly baked apple crisp, and as expected, I was blown away by the perfect balance of tart to sweet, the buttery crusty crumbly top, and the soft apples that seemed to just melt in my mouth. I have not been able to think of any other dessert since then….hence my blog entry today. It is quite fitting, seeing as I am working on some of our fall weddings.

Apples can be used creatively in so many ways, both in the design of your menu, and the design of your decor. If you are going to use apples in some way, I say go all the way! Base your cocktail hour, guest favors, cake design, and centerpieces on this wonderful fruit that just happen to be in their prime come September and October.

Start out with your table scape, and incorporate apples in your floral centerpieces. Keep in subtle. The bright green or red from the apple will add a pop of color. Set up your place cards on your escort table, and have each guests name and table number tied to an apple with a piece of twine. Rather than your typical “Mr” and Mrs” chair sashes, have a string of apples hang at the back of yours and your grooms chairs with “Mr” and “Mrs” etched into the apples.

For dessert, rather than having a cake, think about a freshly baked pie, cobbler and crisp station. Nothing quite beats the comfort of a freshly baked apple pie on a cool fall night. I absolutely adore the idea of having a tiered mini pie display. Make sure to label each pie, and have a selection available for your guests. Pair any of these with ice cream or whipped cream, and you are sure to have a happy group. For a midnight snack, bring out a fresh apple cider station and have hollowed out apples serve as the glasses. Pair the cider with donuts, or even a candy apple bar. Candied apples can also make a great guest favor. Wrap each one in cellophane, and have them displayed on stacks of hay for your guests to take as they leave.

I could go on and on about my love for apples. They simply are the perfect fruit, and I encourage all your fall brides out there to think about them creatively as your work on the design of your big day.

Happy Planning!

- Sarah 


Color inspiration of the day- Eggplant and Sage

While summertime is on everyone’s mind these days, wedding planners are always thinking a few months ahead. Fall weddings are splashed all over my inspiration wall, and I am falling more and more in love with my bride’s color palettes. One that I especially can’t get enough of happens to be inspired by two of my favorite ingredients- eggplant and sage. There is just something about this deep purple and grayish green that scream fall. It is the perfect combination of rustic chic- a raging trend these days which in my opinion, isn’t going away any time soon.

Floral arrangements that incorporate fresh ingredients such as sage, rosemary, and even artichokes work very well in fall arrangements. Combine these with huge bunches of lavender, purple hydrangea or even the more formal eggplant calla lily, and you will have centerpieces or bouquets that are certain to impress. Keep bridesmaids bouquets simple, and have the lavender loosely tied with burlap. For your centerpieces, think of using multiple arrangements in varying heights to create some depth. I especially love using silver pieces such as cream and sugar tublr, teapots, and mint julep cups as vases.

If you like lavender, find ways to use it throughout the evening. One of my favorite signature cocktails happens to be my Lemon Lavender Fizz. Garnish this with a fresh sprig of lavender and a fresh mint leaf, and you will have a beautiful cocktail to greet your guests with. The recipe is quite simple:

2 oz. gin
1 1/2 oz. lavender simple syrup*
¾ oz. lemon juice
Dash of club soda
Garnish withlavender sprig and mint leaf

* Lavender Simple Syrup:

1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup water
1 ½ tbsp dried lavender buds
Heat sugar and water in a small saucepan with lavender until sugar is dissolved. Bring to a boil, then set to the side to cool. Strain out the lavender and refrigerate. Yields one cup.

For guest favors, place a handmade lavender drawer sachet at each of your guests seats. Another fun idea is to give out lavender infused macaroons. Mix these up with some green macaroons, and you will have a lovely little package of goodies for your guests.

Here is a selection of the photos that are on my inspiration board this week. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

Happy Planning!

- Sarah

 


Rustic Chic

One thing I love about barn weddings is that they are often a blank slate in which a couple can really show off their personalities. They also tend to lend themselves to a rustic chic feel, which many of you may know is all the rage right now. Barn weddings have gone far passed the trend phase, and are now a staple venue for weddings, rehearsal dinners, Sunday brunches, showers, etc. I adore barn weddings because they allow me to be as inventive and creative as my bride and groom will allow. Whether the style is rustic/chic, or modern/vintage (often referred to as modage), my barn weddings always end up being a true expression of the couple. From a planner’s perspective, it doesn’t get much better than that!

One thing I always recommend to my barn brides, is to base their color palette on the natural colors that surround the venue. Take a look at the gardens and ask what will be in bloom on your day. Try to include these colors in your palette, and go from there. The first fabric that comes to my mind when thinking of barn weddings is burlap. Use this as a starting off point. Burlap runners, string being used to showcase family photos with clothes pins, burlap boxes filled with fresh strawberries for guest favors…whatever it may be. Another element I love to include is tree trunk slabs. These make a great base for centerpieces, dessert displays, cake stands, or even chargers. Barrels of wheat make for a beautiful and inexpensive display. They can add a nice element of height to dessert tables, guest book tables, or even as planters that line the sides of barn doors.

Another fabulous idea is to greet your guests with a lemonade stand. On a hot summers day, nothing beats a cold glass of lemonade before diving into cocktail hour. Rather than your traditional escort cards, lay out horse shoes with your guests name and table number tied to it with a piece of raffia. You can also display your escort cards with clothes pins that are hung on a piece of twine. If you are getting married in the fall, make sure to have a hot apple cider station for your guests towards the end of the night. Nothing screams fall quite as much as a mug of hot apple cider. If you are getting married in the summer, think of using strawberries as a starting off point for food choices. Rather than a traditional tiered wedding cake, have a display of tiered strawberry shortcakes in different sizes.

For guest favors, think of giving away something edible that is locally sourced, or better yet, from the farm itself. Display an array of potted herb plants in a wheel barrow, and have your guests take one as they leave. If you are getting married during prime strawberry season, have boxes of fresh strawberries labelled and ready to go for you guests. Homemade jams or mini pies are also a great guest favor for barn weddings. Remember to work with what is in season, and keep it as personal as you can.

I leave you with some pictures from my inspiration boards!

Happy Planning!

- Sarah


Color inspiration of the day- Burnt Orange and Turquoise

Those who know me know that my favorite color is turquoise. I am a Pisces who is happiest near the ocean, my birthstone is aquamarine, and my grandmother’s (and guardian angel) color of choice was always turquoise. There is just something about the color that screams serenity. Pair this with my second favorite color, burnt orange, and I have a match made in heaven! The combination of these colors just makes me happy, and it is not commonly used as a wedding color palette (which in my opinion is a very good thing…make your wedding as unique and fun as you!).

The key to this color palette is to not over do it…use bits of the colors here and there and always balance them with some neutral tones such as champagne, burlap and white. Introduce the color palette to your guests by welcoming them with an orange and champagne cocktail station. Display the champagne on a table featuring a pale turquoise overlay and topped with a burlap runner. Complete the station with flower arrangements filled with orange garden roses, orange berries, rosemary sprigs, and cascading ivy. Have your bridesmaids in neutral champagne cocktail dresses, and ask them to wear chunky turquoise jewelry of their choice. Instead of a flower boutonniere for the grooms men, have your bridesmaids assist you in making button boutonnieres made of burlap, orange berries, and fabric covered buttons featuring the color palette. That little pop of color against their blazer will make a huge impact. For your something blue,  find the cutest and brightest turquoise heels that will peek out from under your gown every once and a while throughout the night. Have your groom wear turquoise socks so you can take advantage of those adorable sock and shoe photo ops that are oh so popular these days.

For your table setting, remember to keep it simple. Top your neutral linens with burlap runners and burnt orange flower arrangements. Make some fun napkin rings similar to your boutonnieres to hold your  napkins. Scatter turquoise votive holders and bottles throughout the flower arrangements to give the table that additional pop of color. The warm glow of the candle against the turquoise glass will create a beautiful orange affect that will light up the table. Fill your turquoise bottles with sand and place taper candles in the bottle opening. It is always important to have a nice balance of high and low elements on your table setting.

Finally, treat your guests to one of Chef Heidi’s to-die-for custom designed cakes. Keep it clean and simple with a pale turquoise fondant icing, and top it with one giant orange flower. And finally, don’t forget to send your guests home with a memorable favor. I would recommend getting your friends together and making batches of homemade marmalade and apricot jam. Package the jam in individual jars, and tie with a turquoise striped ribbon. Complete the favor with a burlap colored “thank you” tag.

Just remember…the possibilities are endless!

Happy Planning!

- Sarah 


Food inspiration of the month- Corn on the Cob

Nothing screams summer to me quite as much as a freshly picked ear of corn, cooked and smothered in butter. Grill it, boil it, bake it….I just don’t care. It is a little piece of heaven. Most people think of corn on the cob as casual BBQ food, however, I am asking all of you summer brides and grooms out there to open your minds to this delicious food and see the possibilities.

Let me start off by saying that if you are having an outdoor or barn wedding this summer in our region, having some fresh local corn on the cob on your menu is a MUST. It quite simply completes any outdoor summer meal, and definitely lends itself to the rustic elegant feel that goes along with barn weddings. However, if you are throwing a more formal event, please do not shy away from incorporating corn on the cob into your menu. Instead of being served family style or presented on platters on a buffet, have it be your vegetable side for your main course. Your guests won’t mind using their fingers when it comes to sweet corn on the cob….trust me! You can also tie it all together, and use corn during your cocktail hour, dessert, as guest favors, or even as a color inspiration. Here are some of my favorite ideas…

Featuring a Sweet Corn Cocktail (YUM!) during your cocktail hour is a great way to start off the night. My favorite recipe is as follows:

  • 1/4 cup fresh corn kernels (muttled until kernels are mashed and a milky liquid forms)
  • 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice (add the following ingredients and shake with ice)
  • 1/2 ounce demerara syrup
  • 1 1/2 ounce dark rum
  • 3-4 drops bitters
  • Ice (make sure to strain before pouring into glass. Garnish with skewered corn kernels)

You can also incorporate the look of corn on the cob in a cupcake display. Using white and yellow candies, surprise your guests with a cupcake display they will never forget!

If you are hosting a casual outdoor wedding, pack a “take away” snack for your guests as a favor. Fill some cute boxes with sandwiches, corn on the cob, and a mason jar filled with rice or pasta salad.

My last idea of the idea of the day (although I could go on for days), is to add some floral inspiration to your corn themed menu. Sunflowers!! They capture the deep vibrant yellow of corn, and also happen to scream summer better than most flowers out there. They are perfect for a barn wedding setting, and can also be incorporated beautifully into formal bouquets and centerpieces. As always, I leave you with some photos to inspire you!

Happy Planning!

- Sarah

 


Garden Party

Are you stumped on choosing a color palette for your wedding? With the plenitude of fantastic wedding blogs out there, it is hard to narrow down your favorite combination of colors and style. For some, their vision is crystal clear from the moment he places the engagement ring on their finger. For others, it may take months of flipping threw magazines and scrolling through pages of Style Me Pretty or Green Wedding Shoes before settling on a palette and style that represents them best. If you are the latter, no need to fret….my advice to you is don’t choose! Pick out linens, flowers, bridesmaid dresses, vintage bird baskets, vases and flower pots in a rainbow of colors. Who cares if there is no color palette? If you incorporate colors and elements that represent you and make you happy, it will all tie together in the end. Trust me! If you need a theme as a starting point, think shabby chic backyard garden party, and don’t get too caught up in the details.

A garden party themed wedding tends to lend itself to an early afternoon celebration…think of “tea time”, which in Britain is typically 3pm. Mixed and matched tea cups and saucers, tiered platters of scones and finger sandwiches in the center of every table, featured cocktails of Kir Royale and Mimosas, playful platters of macaroons in every color of the rainbow, and a sweet table filled to the brim with Chef Heidi’s Petit Fours. Dig into your mother’s, aunt’s, or grandmother’s china cabinet, and find an assortment of china, linens and tea pots. Perhaps there is a great grandmother’s punch bowl you would like to have on the bar? Use these special pieces as a starting point, and together with your vendors you will create something beautiful.

Centerpieces and bouquets are always a great way to tie in the rainbow of colors you have chosen for your invitations, programs, escort cards and tablescapes. A bouquet of freshly picked wild flowers tied with burlap is always gorgeous. If you plan accordingly, and are having the reception at a private residence, plant your flowers for your bouquet the year before. Instead of rose petals or candles lining the aisles, fill old wine barrels with your favorite flowers. Have your bridesmaid in different color dresses, and have them carry small delicate bouquets of greenery. For your centerpieces, fill wood planters with an assortment of flowers. Another fun idea for your centerpieces is to have a cluster of  glass bottles with single buds mixed with tea pots filled with flowers. Hang your escort cards using clothes pins on rope that is hung between two trees. And to keep with the homemade and classic feel of the afternoon, send your guests home with jars of homemade jam with a personalized recipe card attached.

Enjoy these fun and airy photos on this beautiful spring like day!

“Earth Laughs in Flower”- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Happy Planning!

 Sarah 


Food inspiration of the month- CITRUS!

While the lemonade sipping warm days of summer are still ages away, I am buried under a pile of summer wedding plans. Nothing thrills me more than working with summer brides whose color palettes are fresh and fun! Citrus colors and flavors seem to be at the forefront of my brides minds, and I couldn’t be happier. Nothing screams summer more to me than vases filled with bright yellow lemons, or candied citrus rind in a champagne martini, or fuchsia bridesmaid dresses paired with lime green bouquets. Bring on the summer!

There are many ways to bring a citrus element into your summer wedding. When thinking of your wedding cake, think of a lemon cream layered angel food cake topped with citrus flavored butter cream icing.   If strawberry shortcake was your dessert of choice as a kid (which it just happened to be for me), have a four tiered strawberry shortcake decorated with lime wedges in between the tiers.  What little kid hasn’t dreamed of that? Remember, let your inner child shine and incorporate childhood memories into your wedding plans. It will be that much more special for you and your guests.

As for your cocktail hour, come up with a fabulous signature drink that brings in all those summery citrus flavors. One of my favorite cocktails is my Clementine Vodka Splash. Combine 2 ounces of citrus flavored vodka with 1 ounce of tripe sec. Shake with ice and pour into a chilled sugar rimmed martini glass. Garnish with 2 slices of candied clementine on a skewer. It is heavenly!

Another refreshing element to bring into your meal is an Intermezzo Course between the appetizer and the main meal. Nothing cleanses the palette more than Chef Heidi’s Lemon Riesling Sorbet. Simply delicious!

My last fun idea for the day is to send your guests home with a homemade package of candied citrus wedges packaged in a small burlap box and tied with lime green ribbon. The possibilities are endless! If you are one of those brides whose color palette is inspired by those summery citrus colors, look to some of these photos for inspiration!

Happy Planning!

Sarah


Thinking outside the rainbow

I will be the first one to admit that I am a fan of the classics. Feed me steak frites any night of the week, followed by vanilla cake topped off with vanilla buttercream icing. My cocktail of choice is always a glass of Cabernet (very original), and nothing makes me happier than a bouquet of white roses. So, for all you classic brides out there…don’t try to be something you are not! Be classic in every sense of the word. If you are true to yourself, the result is always beautiful.

Throughout my career, my classic side has managed to mesh quite well with my other side…the side that I would call my eclectic or funky side. When you are a wedding planner, you need to find numerous sources of inspiration. In order to find these sources and use them succesfully, you need to find out what inspires you. I would give the same advice to all of my brides. Dig deep…dig REALLY deep and find what excites you. Only then will you start to see magical things happen during your planning process. Nothing excites me more than a carefully thought out color palette. If you are trying to make your wedding stand out from the crowd, think COLOR! And this is where you brides, even the classic brides, need to think “outside the rainbow”.

The sky is the limit with color palettes, and today I am going to share with you two of my favorite unconventional color palettes. The first is lavender and red. This combination went down in my book as a favorite color palette after working with a couple who were trying to tie in the bride’s Chinese heritage with her favorite color, lavender. We managed to bring red and lavender together in a way that was so beautiful. Red sashes with homemade silk flowers were tied around bridesmaides lavender chiffon dresses, bouquets of purple hydrangea, red roses, lavender spray roses, and fresia were the center of attention at every table, personalized chocolate bar wedding favors were wrapped in lavender paper and tied with red string, and red velvet mini cupcakes were the stand out display at the sweet table.

My second favoirte unconventional color palette is turquoise and fuschia. Most commonly thought of as a beach wedding palette, this beautiful combination is certainly not limited to the beach. One of my favorite weddings that I worked on that incorporated this color palette was a June backyard wedding. Banners of fuschia flags hung over the bar and sweet table spelling out “how sweet it is”, pitchers of sangria were surrounded by turquoise stained glass tumblers, a beautiful white wedding cake was filled with fresh rasberries and cream and decorated ever so elegantly with turquoise fondant, and fuschia parasols doubled up as sun shades and wedding favors.

As always, I will leave you with some photos from my inspiration boards. Enjoy!

Happy Planning!

Sarah

 

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