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A Signature Wedding Cocktail Recipe and a Grey and Yellow Handmade Wedding Inspiration Board

One of the hot trends for weddings is to serve your guests signature wedding drinks. These could be your favorites as a couple, drinks that match your wedding theme and/or colors {like the inspiration board below}, or even drinks each of you like {offered as his and hers}. Today I have a lemon yellow cocktail recipe to share with you along with the perfectly coordinated wedding inspiration board featuring all handmade items.

Courvoisier Sidecar

2 parts Courvoisier® VSOP cognac
1/2 part lemon juice

1/5 part sugar syrup
1/2 orange liqueur

Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake hard for a short time.
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Handmade Wedding Shopping Resources:
grey vintage inspired dress by Fleet Collection | love birds wedding cake topper by A Sweet Reverie | yellow and silver grey beaded necklace by Kim Smith Jewelry Designs | grey and yellow brooch bouquet by Sol Bijou | grey and yellow flower scrolls wedding invitation by Creative by Me Invites | yellow leaf garland by Penny Line | flower girl dress from Juju's Tutus, photo by Diana Elizabeth Photography | personalized Cosmetic Bag by Sandra Smith Handmade | yellow heart fabric bunting by Atomic Ant Design
soft grey vintage inspired dress | perfect for bridesmaids | from Fleet Collection on etsy | as seen on

soft grey vintage inspired dress | perfect for bridesmaids | from Fleet Collection on etsy | as seen on

grey and yellow love birds wedding cake topper | from Sweet Reverie on etsy | as seen on

grey and yellow love birds wedding cake topper | from Sweet Reverie on etsy | as seen on

An Intimate Rustic Barn Wedding at Home In Utah from Pepper Nix Photography
Today's real wedding of Jen and Paul is definitely going down as one of my favorites. Along with the amazing photos from Pepper Nix Photography, this blue and yellow wedding was intimate with under 100 guests and took place at home. The bride's parents home actually, among 160 acres of aspen trees in Utah. The couple married in an Aspen Grove and the reception was held at their neighbor's "barn". Everything was either made or designed by the bride and her mother.

Jen and Paul opted for a first look and here's what the bride wrote: "We did do a first look. Mostly, we were influenced by the timing of the ceremony. Given the time of year, we wanted to have the ceremony during the warmest and least windy part of the day on the ranch which was 4 PM. This did not give us much time to do pictures prior to the reception dinner at 6 PM and we wanted to reserve the time we did have for family photos and make sure that our time together for photos was not rushed. I love having a picture of the way he looked when he saw me in my dress for the 1st time. I have never felt more beautiful."

Wildflowers were used at Jen and Paul's wedding to fit the setting. Aspen logs were carved out and used as planters to fill with an assortment of colorful flowers and shepherds hooks were used to hold flowers that lined the aisle. The tables at the reception were an assortment of wooden ranch tables of different shapes and sizes with burlap runners and vintage bottles of wildflowers scattered about. Table numbers were made of moss and my favorite part was the napkins that were cornflower blue bandanans. The wedding cake was a round, 2 tier cake with white frosting and cornflower blue aspen leaves. The flavor? Lemon poppyseed.

Here's the Wedding Menu for Jen and Paul


wild mushroom crostini with roasted asparagus and trio of swiss cheeses
smoked salmon flatbread
scallop wanton
BBQ beef brisket on twice baked potato skins w/ vinaigrette
grilled chicken sate with peanut dipping sauce
Rosemary & Garlic Rubbed Wolf Creek Ranch Elk Tenderloin on Grilled Baguette
Caramelized Shallot & Zinfandel Reduction Sauce
Wolf Creek Ranch Elk Sausage Phyllo Cups with Apple Pear Chutney & Brandy Cream

Reception Menu: buffet style

classic caesar salad with garlic croutons
organic mixed green salad with raspberry vinaigrette, feta cheese and tasted almonds

Southwest spiced, grilled Black Angus rib eye steak with avocado and totato salsa
Herb and Asiago crusted fresh Alaskan Halibut with roasted pepper vinaigrette

sweet potato chips
grilled asparagus

Wedding Vendors:
photographer: Pepper Nix Photography
hair stylist: Ooh La La Studio
caterer: Done To Your Taste Catering
reception venue: Wolf Creek Ranch
dress designer: Wtoo
floral designer: Silver Cricket Floral Atelier
bridal shoes: Nina
bridesmaid dresses: Bill Levkoff {silk chiffon cornflower blue}
cake designer: Carrie's Cakes
wedding planner: Mom and bride {day of coordinator was Eileen from Done to Your Taste Catering and Events}
Top 6 Pins of the Week for 8-23-13 + Share Your Engagement or Wedding Announcement Online

Before I share with you some of the hottest {most popular} pins of the past couple weeks, I have something that my brides might like to partake in. has launched and it's the place where newly engaged and married couples can announce their weddings and engagements. Here's how they describe their site: "

"The service is free and there are no hidden fees, upgrade gimmicks, or installations required, simply a straight-forward publishing site. The site takes the information from an online form filled out by a couple and uses proprietary software and professional human editors to create a classic, formal-style announcement. The result is an elegantly crafted and modern announcement that can be easily shared with the couples’ friends, relatives and colleagues. Bill Bulkeley, who worked as a Wall Street Journal reporter for many years, created to give couples a free, easy-to-use alternative to newspaper announcements."
What's Hot in Weddings for August 23, 2013 : the color yellow . . . brooch bouquets . . . pearl detailing on cake . . . stunning necklines and backs of wedding dresses
And, now for what's been hot on my pinterest boards . . . looks like there's been lots of yellow and some AMAZING cakes, bouquets and wedding dress details. Don't you just love the back of the Anna Campbell Gossamer gown? And, the beaded neckline on the wedding gown means no necklace is needed. What about that 4-tier pillow cushion cake? BEYOND STUNNING!!! The yellow and green brooch bouquet is perfect for fall. Planning a rustic wedding? The 3-tier white and yellow wedding cake is a great choice. And, lastly, the yellow and white wedding cake with huge sugar flower is just lovely.
A Peach and Yellow Southern Wedding in Tennessee with a Garden Ceremony

I am so in LOVE with today's Real Wedding feature from Anna Bella Charles {fine art photography}. Not only is the bride's dress absolutely stunning, but the soft color palette of peach and yellow is gorgeous. Just perfect for a summer wedding in Tennessee. I'm loving the location of their garden ceremony and wait until you see the flowers - they're perfection. As is their calligraphed wedding invitation and wedding fans for the guests.

You can see even more gorgeous photos in the gallery below:
 {simply click on each image to see it larger} 

Wedding Vendors:
Venue: Heartwood Hall
Florist: Deedra Stone Bergeron
Videographer: Stuart Atkins
Cake: Julie Joffre
Hair: Tarabella Aversa
Makeup: Kendrick and Juve salon
Ceremony music: Jordan Stephens and Joshua Threlkeld
Band: Carolina Story
Soloist: Kree woods
Invitations: Rachel  Fisher Calligraphy
Fan design: Leah Perry (Handmade designs)
Programs: RSVP Stationers


When Life Hands You Lemons... plan a lemon yellow inspired wedding

Well, since yesterday and today have turned out to be different than I originally planned on - I decided it was time for a lemon yellow inspired wedding inspiration board. I ended up having one dr appt turn into another resulting in me being gone for 3+ hrs yesterday. Luckily a blood clot was ruled out, but I still can't seem to manage the swelling in my left foot that hubby at times refers to it as "elephant foot". Lovely, right? Well, today I have an unplanned appt at the ob to see if anything can be done. One of the many joys of pregnancy in the later months I guess. So, as a result of this, I decided to do some searching and put together this lemon yellow wedding board for you with a touch of hot pink. But, now, I'm really craving a tall glass of lemonade :)

Image Credits and Shopping Resources:
lemon yellow sash with rhinestones from sunny april, lemon yellow favor boxes from wedding ambiance, lemon verbena heart soap from casa campbell soaps, tablesetting from glamour, lemon lined vase from party box design, yellow and hot pink clutch from cory renee, lemon pudding from too stinkin' cute