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Signature Drink Ideas with Avion Tequila

Are you the lover of a tequila and want to incorporate it into your wedding’s menu?  You will absolutely love Avion Tequila.  It is smooth and is well complemented by other mixers to create the finest signature drink for your cocktail hour.  With Cinco de Mayo coming up, it is a great opportunity to give these a test run!
The After Party


  • 1 cup Avión Silver
  • 1 bottle sparkling wine
  • 2 cups lemon lime soda
  • 1 orange
  • 2 limes
  • 1 pear cut into small pieces
  • ½ cup raspberries


Squeeze juice from half an orange and half a lime into the pitcher. Add ice to pitcher and Avión. Gently pour in sparkling wine and soda (so as not to diffuse all the bubbles). Stir gently and top with pear and raspberries. Serve in wine glasses.


Here Comes the Bride


  • 2 Sweet Strawberries
  • ¾ oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1 oz. Agave Nectar
  • 2 oz. Tequila Avión
  • 2 oz. Dry Champagne



Muddle strawberries in a shaker; add the remaining ingredients (except Champagne) in the shaker. Shake vigorously and then finely strain into a Champagne flute or coupe. Float 2 oz. dry Champagne on top and garnish with strawberry slice.


Something Blue




Build all ingredients (except Champagne) in a shaker. Shake vigorously and then finely strain into a Champagne flute or coupe. Float 2 oz. dry Champagne on top and garnish with cherry and mint.


I Dare You: Couples Boudoir

I am SO in love with this couple’s boudoir shoot– it has me sold on them!  I love boudoir shoots for women, too, because they give a sense of pride, acceptance and empowerment and make wonderful gifts to your hubby to be. However, the concept of the couple’s boudoir shoot is an awesome way to celebrate a couple’s intimate love for each other. These are shot by Acres of Hope Photography and are absolutely swoon worthy, like the only thing missing is a Calvin Klein logo.




To see more from this steamy shoot, view the post on The Knotty Bride that features more of Acres of Hope‘s gorgeous photography.

Say “I Do” to the Perfect Nail Color

nail color ideas for wedding bride


One of the best things that our brides love to do before their wedding is to get together with their girlfriends for some pampering times of manicures and pedicures.  Borrowed and Blue is the new 2011 Collection from essie, introducing four beautiful shaders:  Borrowed and Blue, Made to Honor, Better Together and First Dance.  The colors are undeniably chic, with a modern twist for those who want to complement the sparkle of their ring!  What makes it even better– the colors are chip resistant color, which will have you looking fabulous from your rehearsal dinner well into your honeymoon.

essie cosmetics is a 3 free company. Their products do not contain formaldehyde, DBP or Toulene.  These colors are available in salons worldwide now!

purple cocktail for signature drink wedding
Mar 30 2011

Signature Drinks for Your Wedding by Color: Purple

We’re back once again with delicious signature cocktails for your wedding, this time for those who are in need of purple cocktails!  For other colors such as green and red, check out our other blog posts!


purple signature drink cocktail for wedding

The Purple Matthew

2 oz. Absolut Kurant
1 oz. blueberry syrup
Soda water

Stir the vodka and blueberry syrup with ice. Strain into a long drink glass filled with ice cubes and top up with soda water.

(From Destination Wedding Magazine)

reserve de mure cocktail signature drink



Reserve de Mure


1 oz. Appleton Estate Reserve Rum1 Muddled Fresh Blackberry
0.5 oz. Pom Wonderful Pomegranate Juice
1 oz. Massanez Cream De Mure
1 oz. Whipped Fresh Cream
Cinnamon Grated on Top
Garnish: 3 Blackberries and Cinnamon Dust

Muddle the blackberry; add all ingredients except the heavy cream; shake and strain into wine glass top with fresh whipped heavy cream; garnish and dust with cinnamon.

(From Girly Drinks)

purple rain cocktail signature drink for weddings

Purple Rain

1 part Vodka
1 part Blue Curacao
2 parts Grenadine
2 parts Pineapple Juice
dash of Lime Juice


1 part Vodka
1 part Blue Curacao
1 part Cranberry juice


Mix ingredients together with ice, add to a Collins glass.


Raspberry Margarita

2 oz Sauza® Hornitos Reposado tequila
2 oz sweet and sour mix
2 oz Chambord® raspberry liqueur
1 oz Rose’s® lime juice
1 oz cranberry juice

Mix in a shaker with ice, strain and add to martini glass.


Now that you’ve got your favorite purple cocktail, be sure to show it off at your bar with this personalized signature cocktail signalso available in a rustic design or vintage chalkboard.

Wine Bottle Guest Book for Your Wedding Idea

wine bottle guestbook for wedding idea


I am so excited to see this in action at our wedding this weekend!  Our bride wanted something fun, different but completely useful and functional as their wedding guestbook. We toyed around with some great concepts and ideas, and I really love the one she settled upon:  Wine Bottle Guestbook!

Your wine bottles are displayed upon a table where your guests can sign a bottle of their choice.  Your wine is then stored in your new home, to be opened on your 1st, 5th, 10th, 20th wedding anniversaries!  I love this uber sweet concept and hope that it picks up more for other weddings.

You can select your choice of wines (be sure to pick ones that are sure to cure and improve over the years) and purchase your labels and sign on Etsy!

Bridal Beauty: Sensai

sensai cellular performance hydrachange tinted gel cream

Houston: we have zero problems.


For the past week, I’ve been on a new regimen from Sensai, which is sure to get you HD camera ready for your wedding day!  I received samples of the SENSAI Hydrachange TInted Gel Cream ($78) which is DIVINE.  I have always been a fan of tinted moisturizers for their lightweight, dewy finish that they produce.  This is especially perfect for destination weddings in our area (especially St. Simons Island and Jekyll Island), where there is a tremendous amount of humidity.  It balances the skin’s natural hydration levels and color without streaking, melting or crumbling while providing the coverage you need.  I had been working on my complexion for a while and had a few breakouts, but I think this is perfect for clear complexions or those with minor imperfections that can be camoflauged with light applications of concealer.  I have yellow undertones, so the Almond shade was absolutely perfect when it blended in.  It will be available in April 2011, so that is right around the corner.


sensai-lifting-radiance-3d-maskFor an extra pamper treatment or a gift for your bridesmaids, try the SENSAI Lifting Radiance 3D Mask ($165). I’ve been to many spas and enjoyed many treatments.  I could not believe I was in my own house when I spread this luxurious mask across my face.  First, it was heavenly scented and drenched in emollients.  For 20 minutes I was transported and forgot that I was in my bedroom with the fabutots playing at my feet.  When my time was up, my face was soft, supple and glowing.  I’m a definite fan.  I thought that the mask would tear and would be really fragile since it is fairly thin and soaked in the moisturizers.  However, it was surprisingly tear resistant and strong!


The guys aren’t left out either;   to get your groom ready for the wedding day or even as a

hommage preshave oil groom groomsmen gift for wedding

gift during the honeymoon:  select the Hommage Pre-Shave Oil ($60) for a nick-free, perfectly smooth shave which is made from a patented formula blend of rare white truffle extract.  A new innovation are the Styptic Match Books ($50)– a touch of the match tip will immediately stop any shaving mishaps, especially if he didn’t use the Pre-Shave Oil.



We Likey: Makers Mark (Signature Drink Inside!)

peach bourbon smash cocktail

:: The Peach Bourbon Smash ::


We’re all for a good cocktail, especially a nice Southern cocktail for a signature drink!

We received a beautiful bottle of Makers Mark to sample, and WOW!  Makers Mark is a Kentucky bourbon with a soft, smooth flavor—what is so special about Makers is that the flavor stems from the root of winter wheat in the mash as opposed to rye.


You would expect bourbon to be hard; but this smooth, full bodied and very flavorful.  I love the bottle, which looks like melted wax own the sides; I almost was sad to break the seal.  FYI, Makers Mark has a wonderful rich history of being a family owned distillery and that unique wax seal is created by hand.  Each bottle is hand dipped!

Known as “the” bourbon for young sophisticates, it’s good clean, and in my opinion, very good mixed in a cocktail.  I enjoyed it in a whiskey sour and also loved it in this great Southern Cocktail:

Bourbon Peach Smash

  • Muddle 2 pieces of fresh Georgia peach, 2 lemon pieces, and 2 to 3 mint leaves in 1 ounce of simple
  • syrup in the bottom of a mixing glass
  • Add 2 ounces of Maker’s Mark Bourbon and shake
  • Strain into an old-fashioned glass filled with crushed ice
  • Garnish with a mint sprig


If you ever get a chance to try it, you will definitely like it– even if you aren’t a boubom


We Likey: Preston Bailey’s Color Palette Picker

It’s no secret that we are completely in love with color and the Wizard of Aahhs himself, Preston Bailey has a new feature on his website with creating delicious palettes and inspiring ideas for your wedding. Simply pick a color and then you can pick elements of your events such as number of guests, its location, the light source and the event’s tone.

You then add your choice of a “Preston Bailey” touch and the tool generates a color palette as well as information about it.

Very cool and an uber amounts of fun. Go play! Tell us your favorite palettes!

Cookie Couture for Your Dessert Bar Station

If you are looking to glam up your dessert bar station at your wedding reception, definitely look into these beautiful couture cookies from Cookie Couture as a welcome addition.

They include melt-in-your mouth butter cookies that are hand made and free of additives and artificial flavors. Sumptuous fillings include: Nutella, Guava, and Dulce de Leche (I die!) What’s even better, Ten percent of every sale is added to a fund which contributes to different charities.

For weddings and parties, your cookie can be customized and can be shipped any where in the USA.

Sophisticated Swimwear for the Honeymoon


Just when you thought all the fashion insanity would end with your wedding, you may find yourself (pleasantly) surprised that you will still pull off your glamorous style during your honeymoon.  You’ll take a ton of pictures, so why not look fabulous in each one?


If you and your honey are retreating to sandy beaches,  you will love these delicious swimwear selections from Aquarella, Crystal Jin, & Teeny B. Delicate.


bridal swimsuits for honeymoon


These ultra feminine and elegant designs are beautiful and make you look and feel it, too!  Check out more designs (from the Curve Expo):

Pushing the envelope with regards to the merging of high fashion and swim,CRYSTAL JIN designer swimwear brand has created a collection, which celebrates the high style and fashion forwardness that are symbolic of NYC.  CRYSTAL JIN’s trademark modern elegant aesthetic is ever present while the collection maintains it’s signature minimalist edge.

CRYSTAL JIN is set to reveal the 2011 Collection!

Styles in the 2011 collection transition seamlessly from lounging at the most exclusive beaches around the world to partying the night away at the trendiest clubs.  Crystal Jin has prepared a perfect selection of casual-glam, jet-set dressing re-interpreted as swimwear.  The 2011 collection consists of more than a dozen silhouettes including triangles, U-rings, bandeaus and halter tops paired with figure enhancing bottoms as well as an extended collection of monokinis and one-pieces.  The offering is finished off with ultra lux-cover ups and understated yet eye catching embellishments and details.


Book an appointment with Crystal Jin

Aquarella Swimwear is a Costa Rican based couture
company that develops high end fashion swimsuit for
today’s women.