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Briland Buck Moscow Mule Signature drink
Apr 13 2016

Signature Drink Ideas with Moscow Mule Twist

We are always looking for amazing concepts to share with our clients as options for their wedding signature drink.  We have done quite a few Peach Mules (a must when you’re doing weddings in Georgia!), but these new twists on the classic from some of Miami’s hottest restaurants have got us intrigued!

Wynwood Mule

Wynwood mule signature drink

The hipster version of the Moscow Mule – named after one of Miami’s trendiest neighborhoods, the smoky Wynwood Mule come on draft and is served in a customized tin cup featuring the restaurant’s entryway mural.  Try the original at KYU

  • Ketel One

  • Roasted Pineapple

  • Lime & ginger beer

 

Dragonfruit Mule

Moscow Mule Twist Dragonfruit signature drink

Stephen Starr’s The Continental features global cuisine and fabulous tiki-inspired cocktails. The Dragonfruit Mule’s bright fuchsia color works beautifully in the mid-century modern setting. Try the original at The Continental Miami.

  • Reyka

  • Dragonfruit purée

  • Fresh lime

  • Fever Tree ginger beer

Mekhong Mule

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A Thai-twist on a classic drink. Check out NaiYaRa’s one-of-a-kind Asian variation.  Try the original at NaiYaRa

  • ½ oz lime juice

  • ¾ oz lemongrass ginger syrup

  • 1 ½ oz Absolut Elyx

Build ingredients over crushed ice in a copper mug;  Topped off with sparkling sake.

Nazca Mule

Nazca Mule Moscow signature drink idea

A Peruvian twist on the mule crafted by skilled mixologist Joel Mesa. Try the original at Pisco y Nazca.

  • Pisco Cuatro Gallos

  • Free-Tree Ginger Beer

  • Fresh Lime Juice

Moscow Mule

Bulla Gastrobar’s mule is a fresh version on a classic. Try the original at Bulla Gastrobar.

  • Smirnoff vodka

  • Fever tree ginger beer

  • Fresh lime

  • Cardamom

  • Curant infused syrup

 

Briland Buck

Briland Buck Moscow Mule Signature drink

Into rum and over vodka? Or simply looking for a twist on a regular Moscow Mule? Opt for Rum Ambassador Isaac Grillo’s “Briland Buck” with an Asian twist at Repour or AFROHEAD Rum.

  • 1 oz Yuzu

  • 1 1/2 oz AFROHEAD Briland 07

  • 2 oz Fever Tree ginger beer

Instructions: Build all ingredients over crushed ice in a copper mug; garnish with a lemongrass straw.

Mexican Mule

Spanish Mule Moscow Mule signature drink ideas

Experience the Moscow Mule with an authentic taste of Mexico from Rocco’s Tacos.

  • Tito’s Handmade Vodka

  • Gosling’s Ginger Beer

  • Freshly-squeezed lime juice

 

Rhubarb Mule

Rhubarb Mule Moscow Mule Signature Drink Ideas

Komodo’s hand-crafted cocktail takes the Moscow Mule to the next level with its distinct flavor.

  • 50 Bleu Vodka

  • Lime

  • Rhubarb purée

  • Simple syrup

  • Fever Tree ginger beer

Lychee Mule
Lychee Mule Moscow Mule Signature Drink Ideas Vodka

Combine these ingredients for a unique Asian twist on the traditional Moscow Mule from Sushi Garage.

  • Tito’s Handmade Vodka

  • Lychee purée

  • Lime juice

  • SOHO lychee liqueur

  • Ginger beer

 

Canada’s Maple Mule

Canada's Maple Mule Moscow Signature Drink Idea Whiskey

  • 1 ½ part Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey

  • .5 part lime juice

  • .5 part maple syrup

  • Ginger beer (to top)

Method: Add all ingredients to a mixing glass and shake. Top with ginger beer.

Which is your favorite?  Tell us in the comments below!

accommodating guests with special needs
Apr 12 2016

Accommodating Your Guests with Special Needs

With all the details you have to worry about for your wedding day, one thing can go overlooked:  your guests and their needs.  Even thought it is your day, it is also a joint celebration.  You want to make sure that everyone you have invited can celebrate with you safely and comfortably.

Physical Needs

Guests who have issues with walking need to be taken into consideration for transport and seating.  This is especially true for grandparents, who may have trouble navigating outdoor weddings with difficult terrain (e.g., parks, beaches, etc.). For the reason, some grandparents elect to be seated at the start of the ceremony, avoiding inclusion in the processional. For those grandparents who do wish to walk down the aisle, allow them to stand at the rear of the seating so their walk is not too strenuous or difficult.

Guests who need the assistance of walkers or wheelchairs need extra space accommodations with seating. This is crucial to know before the day get started, as when your guests arrive reconfiguring the layout may not be an option. Preferred seating areas with adequate space and prime views can be created during setup.
For the reception, these guests should be seated close to areas where they  will need access (exits, restrooms, etc.) as well as a sight line to  key events (dining, cake cutting, dancing, etc.) Avoid putting guests with limited mobility near high traffic/loud areas (bars, DJ, etc.).  This will be important in figuring out your seating plan.

 

Dietary Needs

Another biggie! As someone who has recently had to drastically change their diet, knowing what I could eat at a wedding is a big deal.  Most guests with food allergies and dietary needs know what they can and cannot eat, however, it is still vital to relay anyone with food related needs to your caterer. This will give them the opportunity change the way they prepare or serve/display food. Having plenty of alternatives will ensure your guests with dietary needs aren’t forced to eat a plate full of one item.

You may also want to consider having a smaller dessert for those guests who cannot eat gluten. With wedding cake being the pièce de résistance at weddings, it’s a shame to have any guest miss out on a sweet ending.

 

Outdoor Weddings

If you are having an outdoor wedding in Spring, Summer or early Fall, be sure to communicate this to your guests via your wedding website or an enclosure in your invitation suite.  As someone who oversees countless outdoor weddings, I cannot tell you how utterly miserable some guests are when they come ill-prepared to fight pollen or bugs at an outdoor wedding.  Those with seasonal allergies or have worse than normal reactions/attractions to bugs, often find their remedies too late.  Bug spray (Off Wipes and No Natz are the best we’ve seen) will help greatly, citronella candles don’t put off enough of a guard, so look for sticks and tiki torches if possible.

 

Nursing Moms and Kids with Special Needs

One thing brides think of when they visit venues are to inquire about changing rooms. These rooms may also be a great place for a nursing mom to privately feed her baby without sitting uncomfortably in a restroom.    Weddings with their flashing lights, loud music and crowds can be overwhelming to those with autism.  This quiet area may also be a  great respite for children on the Autism spectrum to decompress.

 

Some of these considerations can have a great impact on your wedding as well as your guests’ ability to enjoy it.  Contemplating them before you select a venue or menu can be easier than trying to find quick fixes on the day of the wedding.

 

Photo :: Peacock Photo & Video

sexy wedding dress gown galia lava
Apr 12 2016

Fashion Monday: Galia Lahav

For every little girl, there is a different vision for her wedding day.  It typically starts with a princess-like ball gown and tiara.  But every little girl eventually grows up.  Sometimes, her fairytale wedding vision stays the same.  But when it doesn’t, there’s Galia Lahav.

 

Galia Lahav creates some of the most beautiful, yet sexy wedding gowns.  It’s not for the demure or faint of heart.  If you are fashion forward and looking for a conversation starter, keep reading. What I love is the designs takes us fluidly through time periods and locations. Each collection tells a story, allowing each dress in its respective collection to play a starring role.

 

The Ivory Tower collection is reminiscent of the medieval, fairy tale concept of royalty.  But these are not your Disney princess’ dresses.  On the contrary– these gowns look like something the ultra svelte villainess would don before she laid waste to a kingdom.

Fashion Wedding Gown Dress Designer Modern

 

The Les Reves Bohemians collection continues the fairy tale vision, trading the sleek lines for more relaxed designs with flowing fabrics. The few straight silhouette gowns are structured down to the last bead, with inspiration from Greek column dresses and sheaths.

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The Jazz Age collection might be a personal favorite.  Loving everything from this era, it is wonderful to see a collection of gowns that are indicative of the glamour and richness of the Great Gatsby time period.  I also love the detail and silhouettes on the gowns– Old Hollywood calling!

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The La Dolce Vita collection might be one of the most beautiful of all. Transporting us to the gorgeous Amalfi Coast, these Italian inspired gowns bring romance and sleek allure of European fashion.  The lace and layered textures bring out amazing designs and expressions.

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In love yet? Of course you are.  Be sure to allow the other collections, Empress, St. Tropez Cruise, Sizzling 1920s and Lourdes to make an introduction.

Forsyth Park Fountain Wedding Savannah Georgia
Sep 10 2015

Savannah Wedding at Forsyth Park

We had the privilege of working on Meron and Ramondo’s wedding in Savannah at the iconic Forsyth Park fountain.  This stunning couple had such a beautiful day, filled with memories, family and friends.  The wedding reception was complemented by Ethiopian ethnic traditions, in honor of Meron’s heritage.

Meron chose a beautiful palette of white, blush and gold that was beautiful against the backdrop of her ceremony and reception.  Marçia of Marçia’s Workshop was able to capture some endearing images from both the Christian wedding and Ethiopian Ceremony the day after.

Savannah wedding coordination

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Forsyth Park Wedding in Savannah Georgia

Forsyth Park Fountain Wedding Savannah Georgia

Forsyth Park Fountain Wedding Savannah Georgia

Savannah Wedding Coordination Package

American Legion Wedding in Savannah

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Wedding Coordinator: Cocktails & Details®
Photographer: Marçia’s Workshop
Ceremony Venue: Forsyth Park // Savannah, GA
Reception Venue: American Legion
Florals: Kato Florals
Caterer: Savannah Event Catering
Wedding Cake: Rum Runners Bakery
Rentals
: Amazing Event Rentals
Lighting:  All About You DJs
DJ: DJ Skypager

43 Layers Custom DIY Creations
Sep 09 2015

We Likey: Custom Wedding Decor with 43 Layers:

 43Layers, is a platform for on-demand DIY event decorations and accessories. Brides, planners, designers and creative professionals use us to make custom decor and accessories without having to spend a fortune or countless hours on crafting/DIY. Still not getting it?
Put it like this–  they are like if Etsy and Minted had a lovechild, and that lovechild also happened to be a child prodigy, trained since birth to make the most custom, personal and amazing products on the planet.
Awesome, right?  Take a look at just some of the things that are possible with 43Layers.
personalized custom laser cut escort cards

Escort Cards

 

personalized custom laser cut table numbers

Table Numbers

personalized laser cut cake topper

Cake Topper

personalized custom cuff links

Cufflinks

Personalized Custom selfie realistic cake topper

Selfie Cake Topper

 

You’re only limited by your imagination with 43Layers. Simply submit your design idea and collaborate with designers to make your idea come to life. You’ll receive a digital preview of your custom event accessory, which you can tweak until it’s perfect. When it is, in a few days you’ll hold your final product in your hands.

pinterest for weddings
Sep 08 2015

How Pinterest Will Ruin Your Wedding

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Despite the title, I really love Pinterest. Perhaps that was a bit drastic.

Like most users, I’m addicted to Pinterest.  It’s like Target– I go in for one thing, come out 40 minutes later with a bunch of stuff I didn’t know I wanted.

Pinterest is great for inspiration.  It can show you things you didn’t know was possible or take your vision further than you’ve ever thought.  That’s great.  That’s also a problem.  I can’t tell you how many times brides send us their Pinterest boards or pins for their wedding want “exactly this” , having their heart set on beautiful bouquets, stylized tables and elaborate seating.  Visually, Pinterest is a dream.

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When the quotes come in, it’s a loud wake up call. Pinterest doesn’t tell you:

  • If the flowers in your pins are in season
  • How much the flowers in your pins cost
  • How much the rentals in your pins cost
  • The full scope of the venue

Classy wedding setting

These are some pretty important factors to consider.  In addition to the list above, many photos on Pinterest are styled shoots.  It’s far easier to produce such grandeur on a smaller scale than for 100+ guests. I’m not saying that Pinterest is the devil, don’t get me wrong. It’s a great source of inspiration, not replication.

Here is how to use Pinterest to your advantage–

  • Search efficiently – First, start with a search of your wedding venue to see what has been done there and what works.   Next, search for inspiration ideas with the flowers that are in season. Picking flowers that are in season will help you keep your costs down, as well as your hopes aligned with your inspiration. Don’t know what flowers to pick for your wedding? Get our wedding flowers in season download.   See what you like and don’t like.
  • Reality Check – Make sure the linens, tables and that you’ve found during your search will work in your venue.  For example, if your venue comes with round tables, but your centerpieces that you love are on wood farm tables, the translation will not be the same.
  • Request Quotes – Request quotes from florists and rental companies with the inspiration and ideas you’ve gathered so far. Be sure to include the florals that you found to be in season, as well as your rental needs (chargers, chairs, linens, etc.).  Most importantly, include your budget.  If you’re not sure how much to budget, check out our How Much Do Weddings Cost post.

 

Sep 07 2015

Fashion Monday: Wildfox Kiss the Bride

Every bride loves to wear those special items that designate her as “The Bride” or “Mrs”. Whether it is for your bachelorette party, bridal shower, rehearsal dinner or getting ready, Wildfox has come up with some fashionable options for you!

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Wildfox has something for your honeymoon, bridesmaids and even a little treat for yourself!

luxury wedding dress elegant isabelle armstrong
Aug 10 2015

Fashion Monday: Isabelle Armstrong

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Combining both classy and sexy, Isabelle Armstrong creates the perfect bridal gown that flatters every bride-to-be. Classically elegant and naturally beauty, Isabelle Armstrong kept timeless design in mind while using beautifully draped silks, hand beaded fabrics, delicate laces and textured fabrics this season. Isabelle Armstrong’s famed design team created dresses to go with the hottest trends of the season including feathers, florals, illusion sleeves, short frocks, and 3D effects.
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These dramatic gowns are stunning show stoppers are the perfect way to make an impact with your dress in your wedding photos. If you’re not familiar with the luxury gown that Isabelle Armstrong, check out some of her beautiful wedding dress designs.

This collection is inspired by the uncompromising magnificence of a diamond.  At its core, a diamond is strong, brilliant and extraordinary.   The Spring 2016 Isabelle Armstrong Bridal Collection, complete with geometric embroidery and soft, romantic fabrics and laces, captures the essence of a diamond’s multi-faceted beauty.  Each gown is hand crafted, complex and yet simply elegant.  This collection is our interpretation of one of nature’s outstanding creations, a testament we believe exemplifies our continued efforts to design pieces evoking Splendor, Passion and Grace. See the entire collection.

 

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tequila cocktail signature drink recipes
Aug 07 2015

Our Top 7 Tequila Ideas for Your Signature Drink

tequila cocktail signature drink recipes

Frequent travel to Mexico has made us tequila lovers.  Well, some of us anyway. But there’s a story behind that and we promise to tell it to you some snowy night in front of  the fire.

A lot of our couples are afraid to incorporate tequila into their signature bar because of its distinct taste (or college memories), but we promise– these recipes will make a believer and lover out of the most discriminating tastes. Understanding that there are people that fall on both sides of the spectrum– those that love the taste of tequila and those… well, not so much, will help you find a happy medium between the two.

 

Dirty Work

dirty work tequila cocktail signature drink ideas
Dirty Work comes to us via one of our favorite mixologists in the game, Russell Davis.  Yes, that Russell Davis.  It’s a complex cocktail with a lot of layers and body– which is great for the connoisseur.  It includes Reposado Tequila, Lime, Pineapple Gomme syrup (fancy simple syrup), Cardamom tincture, and champagne. This mix is perfect for those warm summer weddings.

 

Salpicon de Mango (Mango Splash)

mango splash signature drink tequila
1.5 oz Patrón Citrónge Mango Liqueur (brand new from Patrón and it is loooovveely)
1 oz Patrón Silver Tequila
3/4 oz Lime Juice (or the juice of a medium-sized lime)
3/4 oz Simple Syrup
3/4 oz Orange Juice
Long Splash Chilled Club Soda\

Just looking at the ingredients has your mouth watering, amirite??? This beauty was created by the genius that is Esteban Ordonez and is pretty simple to achieve. Fill a large rocks glass or double old fashioned glass with ice. Combine all ingredients over the ice, adding the club soda in the end gently. Stir to mix all ingredients and garnish with a lime wheel and mint sprig if desired. Again, perfect for those summer weddings– especially with those featuring seafood. Ceviche, anyone?

 

Carpe Dia

tequila signature drink ideas

Milagro Añejo  2 parts
Lime Juice 1 Part
Blackberry Syrup 0.75 Part
Sage Leaf 1 EA
Hibiscus Tea 1 Part
Ginger Beer 1 part
Garnish: Blackberries & Sage
Glass: Punch bowl

What’s great about this drink is that it can be made in batches, which makes for quick service at your bar. Since it is also pretty to look at, it will be quite the conversation piece. Build all ingredients except ginger beer in a punch bowl over a block of ice. Top with ginger beer right before stirring interminately.

 

Lil Mizz Sunshine

Lil-Mizz

6 oz Roca Patrón Reposado
2 oz Patrón Citrónge Mango
3 oz Orange/Chamomile Tea-Infused Sweet Vermouth (recipe below)
3 oz Lime Juice
10 White Sugar Cubes
6 oz Club Soda

Muddle sugar cubes with lime juice, Stir all ingredients (except for club soda) with ice. Strain over 1 large block of ice. Add club soda, and garnish with orange wheels and edible flowers.

 

Orange Chamomile infused sweet vermouth:

-5 tsp Orange Chamomile Tea Leaves
-750ml Dolin Sweet Vermouth

Infuse tea in vermouth for 2 hours. After 2 hours, strain out tea and refrigerate.

 

My bar crush, Rosie Ruiz of Cole’s in LA, really put her foot in this drink, as we say. It’s light, feminine and bubbly.  It’s also definitely one of those drinks that will take a bit of pre-event execution, so give yourself time, but it’s worth it.  Lil Mizz Sunshine would be happily at home at a bridal shower, bachelorette party or cocktail hour.

 

Lavender Paloma

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2 parts Milagro Silver
1 part Fresh grapefruit juice
.5 part Lavendar & Vanilla simple syrup
.5 part Fresh lime juice
3 parts Dry Lavender soda

Garnish: grapfruit peel & lavender & kosher salt

Put all ingredients in a tall glass and top with Lavender soda. **Or infuse lavender into the syrup and top with soda water for a delicious, full bodied cocktail.

This where Milagro shows up and shows off– the slow roasted,  100% blue agave tequila really adds to the flavors of this cocktail.  I know most wouldn’t consider tequila to be a “relaxed” spirit, however this cocktail blend is soft and ethereal. Paloma is perfect for those whose conceptions about tequila you would like to change.

 

Blonde Juan

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1.5 parts Milagro Silver
.75 parts White Peach Syrup
.75 parts Fresh Lemon Juice
2 parts Blonde Beer
1 Lemon Wheel

Combine tequila, peach syrup and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker and add ice. Shake and strain over fresh ice in a tall Collins glass. Top with a Blonde Ale. Garnish with a lemon wheel. I love this because this is a wonderful blend of a little Georgia for you wedding with the white peach syrup.

 

Cool as a Cucumber Margarita

cool-cucumber-margarita

2 parts Milagro Silver
1 part Fresh Lime Juice
3 Cucumber Slices
1 Lime wheel
1 Cucumber Stick

Garnish: course ground sea salt and black peppercorn mix

 

Combine all ingredients in a blender without ice. Blend and pour over fresh ice into a rocks glass prepared with a half salted rim. Garnish with a cucumber spear and lime wheel (optional).

 

Which of these are your favorites? Do you have a favorite tequila based drink?  Let us know in the comments!