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10 SIGNATURE PERSONALITY COCKTAILS

{VIA WEDDINGS ILLUSTRATED}
By Kerry Shorr

From flowers to favors, your wedding is stamped with unique and personal touches—be sure to show the same care when creating your celebratory sip. What could be more clever than a cocktail that perfectly pegs both of your personalities?

Here, we linked 10 couple “types” with the cocktail recipes from some of Florida’s top wedding venues.

Pick one then personalize it with a whimsical nickname, add a garnish that matches your color palette or swap out the liquor for one you both like better. Bottoms up!

 

THE GREEN THUMBS

Capa GinTonic

Capa GinTonic

Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World® Resort

Michael Chiarello’s La Coqueta restaurant team helped to craft this colorful gin-and-tonic cooler for Capa, Four Seasons Orlando’s rooftop steakhouse. Instead of marigolds, use florals from your bridal bouquet and, voila, ready to serve!

Ingredients:

2 ounces Caorunn gin

200-milliliter bottle of tonic

Garnish:
red apple slice
Key lime wedge
raspberry
fennel frond
3 juniper berries

3 microflower marigolds

Ice sphere

Directions: Put one ice sphere (or 3-4 ice cubes) into a rocks glass or a stemless red wine glass. Add gin and tonic. Using tweezers, add garnishes. Grab marigolds by the pistol and rest them in the gin like a lily pad.


THE ROMANTICS

Rose-Colored Glasses

Photo: Libby Vision

Rose-Colored Glasses

The CooperPGA Commons in Palm Beach Gardens

Mixologist David Bouchard kept the cocktail’s mainstay ingredients—vodka, lime juice and simple syrup—and added a little je ne sais quoi: Aperol, an Italian aperitif famed for its orangy hue and bitter bite.

Ingredients:

1-1/2 ounces Reyka vodka

1/2 ounce Aperol

1/2 ounce fresh lime juice

1/2 ounce simple syrup

lime wedge

Directions: Build in a mixing tin and fill with ice. Shake vigorously for 5 to 10 seconds. Double strain into a lowball glass over one large ice cube. Garnish with a fresh lime wedge.


THE SMOOTH MOVERS

Gentleman

Photo: Gyorgy Papp

Gentleman’s Manhattan

50 Ocean, Delray Beach

50 Ocean’s beverage manager, Millie Wilkinson, crafted this cocktail to engage non-whiskey drinkers. We think it should come with a warning: Don’t even think you’re going to drink just one of these little nippers.

Ingredients:

1-3/4 ounces Gentleman Jack whiskey

1/4 ounce clove-infused maple syrup

3 ounces white cranberry juice

squeeze of lemon

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a shaker. Shake well over ice. Strain and serve up in a martini glass. Garnish with 3 black cherries.


THE WORLD TRAVELERS

Twilight Romance

Twilight Romance

DUSK at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples

An exotic apertif for a cultured palate, this bubbly libation adds an Asian twist to the classic French 75—gin, lemon, sugar and Champagne. No passports required.
Ingredients:

1 ounce Tanqueray Export Strength

1 barspoon Yuzu

1 barspoon grapefruit zest infused sugar

1 sugar cube, soaked in Campari

Champagne (your favorite)

Directions: Stir sugar with Yuzu and gin in bottom of shaker. Shake with ice. Fine strain into a flute over a white sugar cube soaked in Campari. Top with a splash of Champagne.


THE MODELS

Watermelon Martini

Watermelon Martini 

Buccan, Palm Beach

This drink is simply too pretty to sip!. Add a tinsel swizzle stick to keep it well-stirred. Perfect, now let’s pour another.

Ingredients:

1-1/2 ounces vodka (your favorite)

1/2 ounce simple syrup

1/2 ounce lime juice

8 cubes fresh watermelon (approx.full pint glass of fresh watermelon)

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass. Add ice and shake. Strain into a cocktail glass. As a garnish, add one cube of watermelon to rim.

THE LATIN LOVERS

Miami Mojito

Miami Mojito

The Biltmore Hotel, Coral Gables

Not surprising that Miami’s sexiest sip is also one of The Biltmore’s top tipples, favored by honeymooning couples and uber-amorous marrieds-to-be. Caliente!

Ingredients:

2 ounces light rum (your favorite)

2 teaspoons sugar

club soda

6-8 mint leaves

1 lime, halved

mint sprig for garnish

Directions: Place mint leaves and one lime wedge into a sturdy glass. Use a muddler to crush the mint and lime to release the mint oils and lime juice. Add 2 more lime wedges and the sugar, and muddle again to release the lime juice. Do not strain the mixture. Fill the glass almost to the top with ice. Pour the rum over the ice, and fill the glass with carbonated water. Stir, taste and add more sugar if desired. Garnish with the remaining lime wedge.


THE SWEETHEARTS

Instant Love

Instant Love

Marco Island Marriott, Golf Resort & Spa

How fun are fortune cookies? One of yours read:”Don’t wait until the end to enjoy your dessert now.” You finally understand what that means.

Ingredients:
35 milliliters Grey Goose vodka
10 milliliters Johnnie Walker Gold Label whiskey
12-1/2 milliliters Godiva chocolate liqueur
1/2 teaspoon honey
dash of orange bitters
honeycomb
Directions: Stir all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Strain into a frozen martini glass. Garnish with honeycomb and orange twist.


THE HAPPY-GO-LUCKYS

Sizzle Fizz

Sizzle Fizz

Loews Don CeSar Hotel, St. Pete Beach

A universally festive concoction, sangria can be easily updated with a few modifications. Traditionally made with chunks of apple and citrus, Don CeSar’s version stocks up on raspberries and pomegranate liqueur. Prosecco gives it its fizzy finish.

Ingredients:

3 ounces Lolo Albariño white wine

1 ounce PAMA pomegranate liqueur

4 raspberries; save 1 for garnish

3 sage leaves save 1 for garnish

1/2 ounce agave syrup

1 ounce Prosecco

Ice

Directions: Muddle berries with sage and agave. Add ice, wine and pomegranate liquer. Strain over ice and top off with Prosecco. Skewer a raspberry and sage leaf for garnish.


THE HISTORY BUFFS

Railcar #91

Photo: Lila Photo

Railcar #91

HMF at The Breakers, Palm Beach

Not sure what “HMF” stands for or that it’s a popular watering hole for celebrities, presidents and tycoon types? Don’t worry. The Prohibition-style cocktail was named after one of Henry Morrison Flagler’s (“HMF”) favorite modes of transportation. See? Your stock is already improving.

Ingredients:

1-1/2 ounces Courvoisier VSOP

1/2 ounce Cointreau

1-1/2 ounces fresh lemon juice

1/2 ounce local palmetto honey

orange foam*

Directions: Shake and strain all ingredients into a raw sugar-rimmed martini glass. Top with orange foam*.

*Orange foam: Bring a quart of fresh orange juice and 3/4 cup of granulated sugar to a boil for 10 minutes. While that mixture is boiling, take three gelatin sheets and soak in cold water until they are pliable. Then add to orange juice and boil for an additional 10 minutes. Let cool overnight. When ready to use, pour mixture into a whipped cream canister and secure the cap and charge with two cartridges (items available at gourmet kitchen stores). Shake canister upside down for 30 seconds and dispense on top of the cocktail.


THE OENOPHILES

La Tache

Baleen at LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort, Naples

Prefer a goblet of wine to a boozy beverage? Head west to Baleen, where LaPlaya’s award-winning resto has a dizzying collection of more than 1,100 bottles, including some very rare vintages. We recommend splurging on something special, like a 2009 Domaine de la Romanee-Conti “La Tâche”(pictured above). Don’t fuss over the $2,800 price tag, it’s your wedding day!

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We give thanks today and every day for our amazing clients (turned friends), our tight niche group of vendor friends, the fabulous venues we get the honor of transforming into a couple’s dream place, and each and every person that stops by our blog, instagram, or facebook page to give us a ‘like’, a comment, a view.  We appreciate you always, but most of all today.  Thanksgiving 2014.

With Love and Full Tummies, Teresa + Ashley

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I am sure if you are on social media or are in the bridal world “know”, you have seen the eruption of mixed (mostly positive) reviews on the wedding of Solange Knowles.  Well, her trend of incorporating a cape into bridal fashion is one of the few up and coming trends for 2015 brides.  Usually trends come and go, ebb and flow, but for 2015, I feel these fabulous few will stand strong:

  1. The Wedding Cape:  Of course Solange seemed to “start” the trend, but prior to Solange, the bridal runways were rocking with the wedding cape.  These capes come in a variety of lengths and textures like ethereal sheer silk, detailed lace or embellished, and even a strong felt-wool or matching wedding dress material.  This fashion forward inspiration is trending all over and creating quite a buzz for 2015 brides.  Want to make a bold fashion statement?  Not the traditional bride?  Wanting to step it up a notch?  Don a cape!  Vogue, watch out! (photo inspiration below via Pinterest)
  2. Pastels:  With a pastel blue making a small comeback, the pretty pastels are having their moment for Spring 2015.  Whether pink or blush, pale blue, or mint, even the lightest shade of lavender–if it’s your thing, try it!  Don’t be afraid.. it could work and end up as your final selection.  The only question I hear from my brides is, “What do the bridesmaids wear then?”  The maids can do a slate grey or a fashionable ivory or white in a similar or contrasting material and style– think outside the box, always!
  3. Tulle skirts:  With a few celebrities donning these lovely bubbly pieces for their own weddings, we have seen this trend grow immensely.  They are fun, flirty, and playful and every bride wants to be one of the three, right?  If you don’t have the guts to go full-fledged tulle skirt (in white, ivory or blush) then you can always see if you dress designer has the optional tulle skirt add on to the dress as a two-piece wedding gown.  You get two dresses in one–fancy for ceremony, relaxed and simple for reception.  Voila!  Carrie Bradshaw at her finest– be sure you have a wedding planner here, though–you may need restroom assistance!
  4. Collars:  High collar wedding gowns are also another bold move for 2015.  Sleek, modern, and stunning.  Check out some photos below for inspiration.
  5. Sexy backs:  Whether sheer, embellished, lace, or fully bare, the back is BACK.  2015 wedding gowns are open and begging for “back” attention.  If you are into beautiful photos and have a glorious, in shape back– this may be the trend for you!
  6. Roaring 20’s and 30’s:  Gatsby is STILL in– whether you like to believe so or not.  Wanting something simplistic, and form fitting with a cap sleeve?  This is for you.  Do you love the look of beading, silk, and lace goodness?  The roaring 20’s gowns being created for 2015 are all the rave.  See some photos below for inspiration.

As 2014 is coming to a close, we are waving goodbye to off the shoulder necklines, naked lace, and crop top gowns and welcome in capes, jackets, tulle, collars, and backs!  Need assistance with what is the most flattering for your shape?  Email us– we are sure to be of assistance 🙂

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Ahhh, the first look!  Is it a do or a don’t?  Well, there is no right or wrong when it comes to a first look. First of all, what is a first look?  A first look is that moment approximately 1-3 hours prior to the wedding ceremony where your photographer (along with your wedding planner) create a staged area where the bride and groom see each other for the first time before they walk down the aisle.  It can be done where the bride walks up to the groom, or the groom walks up to the bride and taps their shoulder, or gives them a hug from behind, etc.  Once the significant other turns around, the photos you get are pure happiness, shock and excitement.

We personally like a first look for that moment prior to the wedding craziness, where it is just you and your bride/groom to be relaxing and soaking up 15-20 minutes of  “alone time” before the bridal party or family photos begin.  Keeping to the question at hand, is it a do or a don’t?  Well, if you want to keep it traditional, and see each other at the altar/chuppah/mandap etc, then do not do a first look.  If you are crunched for time, want to calm your nerves,  want to attend your cocktail hour and mingle, or just get photos out of the way earlier in the day, then the first look is most definitely for you.  Most photographers we have worked with always prefer a first look so that the rest of the wedding photos are not on a time limit.  The photos you get from a first look are so superb–that is why the trend has taken off and is still going strong today.

So, here is a quick pro/con list for you, so that you can weigh your options and see if a first look is good for you!

Pros:

  • It can calm any nerves you or your groom may be having prior to the ceremony (think, nervous butterfly tummies–no amount of ginger ale or soda crackers can calm it)
  • It can save you time for photos, allowing you to enjoy your cocktail hour with your guests
  • It can save you time for just bride/groom photos without the bridal party and family (which can be done right after the first look or directly after the ceremony)
  • It gives you that special moment in time captured by your amazing photographer where time stands still–a priceless private session where emotions can run free and nobody is judging

 

Cons: 

  • You would need to start your day earlier to be able to move the timeline up and fit in all photos of bride/groom, bridal party and family (that means makeup/hair, getting up earlier, etc) and possibly booking the limo for a longer period of time
  • The moment can feel staged rather than spontaneous
  • The ceremony “first look” can feel anticlimactic, especially if your groom is not emotional (and all those years of being a little girl and your vision walking down the aisle can be crushed if he doesn’t give the emotion or look you were expecting in front of all your guests)
  • If the weather is hot, you worry about sweating and makeup running (some first looks are also done indoors if it is raining or profusely hot!)

We will leave you with some “after” first looks of some of our clients.  They are so, so beautiful, we just had to share!

{Photo credits from top to bottom:  Melanie Gabrielle Photography, Munoz Photography, Maggie Stolzberg Photography, and David Sutta Photography}

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