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Fall Inspired Signature Cocktails PDF Print
Tuesday, 07 October 2014 11:51
What better way to add a hint of personality into your wedding than with your very own signature cocktail? Alcoholic or not, signature drinks can work to transform any cocktail hour or reception into a unique and personal event that guests are sure to remember. 


The first thing to do when deciding on a signature cocktail is to settle on the flavours, mixes or liquors you and your groom like best. If you enjoy sweet, fruity flavours opt for a lighter cocktail; if stronger, more robust flavours are your thing, try a simple mixed drink that will let the individual flavours you pick really stand out. Not loving your groom's drink of choice? Many couples choose to offer two signature drinks: one based on the bride's drink of choice, and one on the groom's!


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           Apple Pie Sangria: The Crumby Cupcake | Pumpkin-Spiced Margarita: Kitchen Treaty | Apple Bourbon Bellini: Food Fanatic | Vanilla Vodka Chai Tea: My Life as Mrs.


Now that the fall season is upon us, why not dazzle guests with a delicious fall-inspired cocktail like apple pie sangria or a pumpkin-spiced margarita? Use your cocktail to reflect you and your personal style or theme: an apple bourbon Bellini is a super elegant choice, while vanilla vodka chai tea is a more rustic option.


Whatever you decide, make sure your cocktail represents the most important part of your wedding: you!


Get inspired by these delicious fall cocktail options:


Apple Pie Sangria:


·         2 bottles white wine (for a sweeter sangria, use a Riesling or moscato. For something less sweet and more dry, try a pino grigio or sauvignon blanc.)

·         5 cups fresh apple cider

·         2 cups club soda

·         1 cup caramel vodka

·         4 honey crisp or pink lady apples, chopped

·          3 pears (any type), chopped

·         2 cinnamon sticks



Simply add all of the ingredients (minus the cinnamon sticks) and stir. Refrigerate for at least an hour. Add cinnamon sticks approximately half an hour before serving. Enjoy!

Recipe courtesy of The Cookie Rookie 



Pumpkin-Spiced Margarita


-      1 oz. fresh lime juice
-      1 oz. fresh lemon juice
-      2 oz. of tequila
-      1 tablespoon of 100% pumpkin puree
-      1 splash Cointreau (or triple sec)
-      1 splash water
-      1 handful of ice cubes
-      A pinch of cinnamon



Combine ingredients (except the water) into a martini shaker and shake. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and add the splash of water. Looking to really wow guests? Garnish with an orange twist or rim the cocktail glass with cinnamon!

Recipe courtesy of The Skinny Confidential



Apple Bourbon Bellini


·         3 apples, cored + cut into wedges

·         1-2 tbsp. water

·         1 tsp. granulated sugar

·         1 tsp. lemon juice

·         6 oz. apple bourbon

·         1 bottle Prosecco



Blend apples, water, sugar and lemon juice until smooth and transfer into a small bowl. Place a heaping spoonful of puree into the bottom of each champagne flute.  Add 1 oz. of apple bourbon per glass and top with the prosecco. Drink up!

Recipe courtesy of Food Fanatic



Vanilla Vodka Chai Tea


·         6 oz. strong chai tea (try 1 tea bag for 6 oz. water)

·         2 oz. vanilla vodka

·         ¾ oz. amaretto liqueur

·         ½ oz. simple sugar (2 parts sugar, 1 part water – dissolve sugar into boiling water and stir constantly)

·         ½ oz. half n’ half



Bring 2 cups of water to a boil and steep 4 bags of tea for 2-3 minutes. Refrigerate.  Once tea is cold, combine all ingredients into cocktail shaker and shake (the half n’ half will froth up upon shaking). Strain over ice and sere with a cinnamon stick.

Recipe courtesy of My Life as a Mrs



Remember to get creative when serving your cocktail of choice. Garnish your drinks with seasonal items like cinnamon sticks or sprigs of thyme and decorate your tablescape and cocktail hour with flowers, mason jars and pretty straws!


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                                                            Fall Cocktail: Ruffled Blog | Cocktail Station: The Sweetest Occasion | Crate Shelves: Dogwood Events


Christina Colavecchia


DIY Succulent Favours PDF Print
Friday, 03 October 2014 12:29

Wedding favours are a great way to say "thank you" to guests and to show your appreciation for their attendance on your big day. That being said, the best favours are ones that perform a double duty: not only should guests be excited to take them home, but your favours can also act as a fantastic way to decorate your tables and illustrate your theme! These succulent favours are a great and simple way to elevate your table settings and show guests you care. 


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What you'll need:

* 1 small succulent 

* 1 decorative votive holder

* twine or hemp ribbon

* chalk board paper cut into a flag shape

* chalk

* 1 wood skewer or toothpick 

* scissors

* glue

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Start by taking the succulent out of the original pot and placing it in your decorative votive holder. Next, tie some twine around the top of the votive holder and trim the excess. Handwrite a cute phrase onto the chalk board paper with your chalk - this will give your favour a personal touch!

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Measure and cut your skewer so it fits into your votive holder and is not too long. Next, glue your chalk paper to the stick so it looks like a flag.


The finished product is a stunning favour that will be sure to wow your guests! Work your favours into your tablescape to create a stunning, rustic table setting that is both unique and personal.

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Are you planning to create a DIY favour for your wedding?



Christina Colavecchia

Wedding Colour Inspiration: Pale Orange PDF Print
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 11:56

Happy October! Inspired by the fall season and autumn foliage, this month’s wedding colour is pale orange. This dazzling hue can be worked seamlessly into any wedding theme and looks stunning when paired with other fall-inspired colours.


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              Bouquet: Style Me Pretty | Cake: Burnett's Boards | Groom: Wedding Wire | Lanterns: La Maginifique Blog | Centrepiece: Inspired By This | Monogram:

Bridesmaid Dress: ASOS Marketplace | Table Number: A Handcrafted Wedding



Use these tips to incorporate pale orange into your wedding:

1.   Bridal Bouquet: Create a fall-inspired bouquet by pairing pale orange flowers with buds in hues of yellow, red and dusty green.

2.   Wedding Cake: Wow guests with a stunning pale orange ombre cake decorated with gorgeous seasonal flowers. The look is whimsical yet elegant and will be sure to add a punch of colour to your big day.  

3.  Groom’s Attire: Sure, all eyes will be on you, the bride, but why not let your groom stand out too! A bold pale orange tie and pocket square looks stunning against a muted grey suit and rustic boutonniere.

4.  Lanterns: Add a pop of colour to your reception space by incorporating lanterns in different shades of pale orange. While the lanterns themselves are relatively inexpensive, the look is one of classic elegance.

5.  Centrepiece: Create simple, yet stunning, rustic centerpieces by combining a vintage mason jar with elegant pale orange flowers. Keep the rest of the tablescape simple so the colour really pops!

6.  Monogram: Make your wedding day truly unique by incorporating a stunning pale orange monogram like our Monogram 29 in Flame.

7.  Bridesmaid Dress: Channel the fall season with this gorgeous pale orange bridesmaid dress. A simple hairstyle and strappy sandals will ensure the dress (and your maid!) truly stand out. 

8.  Table Number: Nothing says fall like a pumpkin! Opt for pumpkins that are lighter and more pale in colour to ensure your table looks elegant rather than kitschy. 


Will you incorporate pale orange into your big day?



Christina Colavecchia

DIY Cake Balls PDF Print
Tuesday, 16 September 2014 00:00


Continuing with the theme of DIY-ing everything possible, I'd like to share a really simple recipe that is easy to throw together but takes a bit of time to artfully assemble. Cake pops and cake balls have been a popular confection in the last while & aren't just a perfect bite-sized treat but also keep quite well! I've baked these for the past few showers and parties that I've gone to & they've been a huge hit because of their adorable ornate beauty and yummy, moist texture. Here's how to put a batch together:




What you'll need:
- A pack of cake mix (plus eggs, milk and oil, as per directions)
- a tub of "matching" frosting
- a few handfuls of coloured molding chips



First bake a pack of cake mix in any flavour you choose! These are basically foolproof and come in a great variety of flavours like chocolate, vanilla, lemon, cherry chip etc. If you want to go fruity you can grab a white cake pack and combine a pack of jello powder in for colour and flavour! After baking according to the box instructions, let the cakes cool and then break them up and crumble them with a mixer!




Then grab your matching frosting and stir in about half a tub per box of cake mix. Blend together with your mixer and you'll have a bit of a doughy cake mixture.




Grab small spoonfuls (about bite-sized amounts) of your cake mix and form round balls. One batch has made about 70 to 85 balls for me in the past. Take this stack & refrigerate for a couple of hours so that they're ready for dipping.




Take a handful of molding chips and put them into a bowl. You can microwave them for about 20 seconds at a time, taking them out and stirring to make sure the heat is evenly distributed. Once you have the chocolate melted, just dip your cake balls into it. Use a fork to lift it up & drip off the excess and then place them onto some wax paper to set. I don't have any photos of that process because it was very messy, and once you get into the flow of it... you forget to take pictures ;)

The chocolate should set at room temperature in about 30 seconds and then you can melt some chips in a ziploc bag and cut off a corner to pipe on simple designs. The easiest designs are just to drizzle them but I went into more details with dotting and swirls :)




The chocolate exterior cracks open into a rich cake-y filling for a super-indulgent treat! Cake balls can be great at a dessert bar or if you decide to stick lollipop sticks in to make cake pops, they can be wrapped up & given out as favours! Will you try out this recipe for your own wedding parties? Or maybe just as an impressive treat at your next potluck?

xo Sylvia

All photos by Sylvia and Samantha

DIY Shoe Clips PDF Print
Tuesday, 16 September 2014 00:00


Shoes. My obsession. My collection is big, diverse and getting difficult to store. I've thought about getting a new pair for my wedding day... but what if I already own a perfect pump that I can just spice up? There are a multitude of problems with getting new shoes for your wedding: comfort, style to match your wedding party & then thinking about the fact that you may never ever wear those shoes again!


Solution: shoe clips. They were huge in the 80's and 90's and are a bit harder to find these days but are a super easy DIY. By going with this simple accessory, you can easily just clip on some extra bling to your shoes & then take it off so you can wear them for other ocassions after. This can really solve the problem of finding all of your bridesmaids matching shoes-- just suggest a colour or colour palette for them to choose from so they can pick up shoes that are just right for them. Then gift them with some DIY matching shoe clips for the big day!


Photo above right from Style Me Pretty


The possibilities are endless for style. You can use ribbons to make matching bows, use fake flowers, craft flowers, feathers or brooches. I combined flowers and brooches to make the ones in this post! You can even get creative with where to pin them. The classic spot is atop your toes, but clips also look great at the back of your ankles or on the sides of the shoes.


What you'll need:

- Your own choice of decor (I used a pair of large earrings and some silk hydrangeas)
- Blank shoe clips (the best place to buy these is on ebay; you can get a dozen for a few dollars!)
- Goop craft glue
- Scissors and pliers if needed

Prepare your materials. If you used brooches or earrings, use some pliers to snip off the hardware on the back so you have a flat charm to work with! Snip your flowers or petals off too!


Simply glue all of your decor onto your blank shoe clip! It's that easy! Just let the glue set overnight & you're ready to go! Clip them on your plain pumps and that's it :)


Now these shoes are ready for a glamourous banquet hall wedding! ...but I can still take off the clips & throw these pumps on with my skinny jeans too!

xo Sylvia

All photos by Sylvia and Samantha unless otherwise indicated.


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