I've been so busy this past year with the floral design side of my business, and my new blogging job with Paper Muse Press that I've put off sharing lots of the work I've been doing. Hard to believe it's been a year already working with the wonderful folks at Paper Muse Press, it's flown by so quickly. I thought I'd make a point of sharing some of my favorite posts here on Handmaker of Things. I love cocktails, mixing up traditional ingredients, but adding a little splash of something here and there to spice things up. Here's a few recipes I created for Paper Muse Press.
Nothing says cheers to the New Year like champagne, but this isn't your typical glass of bubbly. I've been having a love affair with ginger in cocktails the last few years and discovered Morris Kitchen's Ginger Simple Syrup back in the fall of 2012. I thought adding a splash, plus some cranberry would make a delightful way to ring in 2013. Find the Cranberry Ginger Champagne Cocktail recipe here.
White Sangria is definitely a party favorite of mine, because it's so easy to make in a larger batch. Like it's darker counterpart, traditional sangria, it incorporates fruit and wine. However for this recipe you use peaches, nectarines, and plums, and white wine of course. Find the Peach and Nectarine White Sangria recipe here.
Warmer weather is just around the corner, and what's more refreshing than sipping a cold cocktail on the porch on a hot summer day? I created a flavored vodka and lemonade bar, with fresh fruit garnish. Add a bit of mint for some extra refreshment, and ta-dah, the perfect summer cocktail! Find the Lemonade and Vodka bar recipe here.
Sarah and Drew's wedding was one we almost didn't get to be a part of. Due to their work schedules the date got moved around a few times, and fortunately they chose July, a month that's not crazy popular for weddings. I'm so thrilled that they did, because it was such a fun event to be a part of and I wouldn't have wanted to miss out. Bright beautiful blues, corals, and oranges with just a touch of green and peach were the main colors of the day. The flowers that came in for their event couldn't have been more perfect, a lovely eclectic mix of colors and textures. We also got to use our ever popular grey and white linens. I'll take a good chevron any day of the week. I also created custom bowties for Sarah's ring bearers, and floral crowns for her beautiful flower girls. Their reception was at River Market Event Place, and the photos are courtesy of the ever talented Morgan of Cornerstone Photography.
Thanks you so much to Sarah and Drew for letting us be part of your day, we loved working with you guys!
xo ~ Em
Photos by Cornerstone Photography and emmy-ray
Bouquets were a colroful mix of blue hydrangea and delphinium, orange dahlias, daisy fever few, thistle, coral spray roses, and one of my very favorite flowers of the year, free spirit roses.
Textural, colorful boutonniers with coral spray roses, blue delphinium, thistle, and green hypericum.
The floral crowns were made up of orange dahlias, coral spray roses, blue delphinium, and just a bit of green hypericum berry.
It was crazy hot, so the bridesmaids and Sarah kept their bouquets in the mason jars we use for delivery so they wouldn't wilt during the outdoor ceremony. A quirky and fun touch to their event!
At River Market Event Place they have magnet strips in the wood wall, perfec for creating fun installations. We created magnetic flowers, and hung bud vases all along the wall for a unique focal point behind the head table.
I'd just like to start by saying Hilary and Andre are brave. Why you may ask? Well, here in the midwest the summers are HOT, and this past summer was extra warm. When Hilary told me they were planning to get married in July, my first thought was, you're crazy girl. However despite the heat their day turned out beautiful. I can honestly say that their color combination was totally unique, unlike any wedding trend we've worked with many times before. Bold plum, hot orange, soft peach, and touches of lime green, with tiny hints of yellow. Bold colors, which as you know are our favorite! We got to work at one of our very favorite KC venues, Californos, and our flowers were captured beautifully by Carter Photography. Thanks for choosing us Hilary and Andre, we loved being part of your day!
xo ~ Emily
All photos by Carter Photography and emmy-ray.
Both the bridal and bridesmaids bouquets contained burgundy dahlias, white hydrangea, orange ranunculus, fever few, purple and peach stock, and beautiful bright green cymbidium orchids. To make her bouquet extra special Hilary also had large purple throated cymbidiums, so gorgeous! A collar of seeded eucalyptus added texture and interest to each bouquet.
The boutonnieres were made up of orange ranunculus, plum mums, yellow fever few, and a bit of seeded eucalyptus. Each was wrapped in beautiful raw silk ribbon from Midori.