View All Weddings in The Mid-Atlantic
Love Drunk Valentine’s Day Inspiration

This inspiration proves that behind every great party is a delicious cocktail and this one has the Cardamom Rose as the leading lady. With a nod to Alice in Wonderland – think painted roses + drink me tags from Laura Hooper Calligraphy,  and a beautifully styled bar cart, Strawberry Banke Events craftedone very cute “Love Drunk” Valentine’s party. See even more photographed by Krista A. Jones right here!

From Laura of Strawberry Banke EventsFor this Valentine’s-inspired shoot, we wanted to bring out the playful, “love drunk” nature of Valentine’s Day by using a whimsical, recognizable theme to freshen up the typical Valentine’s Day decor. We chose to pull Valentine’s references from the timeless story of Alice in Wonderland (i.e. Queen of Hearts, painting the roses red, etc), and incorporate them into a modern, everyday bar cart vignette. Aiming to modernize a very romantic-heavy holiday with quirky little “Alice” touches, we executed the shoot in a black, white and fuschia color scheme, accented with bright pops of gold.

Simple, tightly packed roses (as well as some painted red!) are in keeping with both the book theme and the Valentine’s holiday without seeming overly cliche, while tiny apothecary bottles are grouped as bud vases reminiscent of Alice’s whimsical “size-altering” potions. Small gold stacked tea cups are a chic, contemporary nod to the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. The Cardamon Rose signature cocktail is another play on the rose-marked holiday, with a fresher, unique flavor combination. For a less complicated Valentine’s cocktail, we substituted pretty, blush-toned sparkling Rose (for typical champagne), garnished with a simple rose petal for a special touch.

Cardamom Rose Cocktailrecipe from Apothecary courtesy of Design Sponge
prep time
cook time
total time
Serves 0Ingredients
  • 1.5 oz of Hendrick’s gin
  • .75 oz of Rose syrup (homemade or store bought)
  • .25 oz of Fresh lemon juice
  • .75 oz of Fresh ruby red grapefruit juice
  • 2 dashes of Peychauds bitters
  • 1 Cardamom Pod
  1. Lightly muddle one cardamom pod at the bottom of shaker.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and ice. Shake for 20 second, then strain over fresh ice to remove the cardamom pod.
  3. Add a splash of seltzer water.
  4. Garnish with rose petals or fresh lemon wedge.

Photographer: Krista A. Jones | Calligraphy: Laura Hooper Calligraphy | Barcart: Society Social | Boutique Gift Boxes: Haven Court | Cocktail Napkins: Kate Spade | Design + Styling: Laura Boyd + Meg Hale Of Strawberry Banke Events | Glassware : Anthropologie | Macarons: Sweet Hearts Patisserie | Restaurant: Blackwall Hitch | Vintage Furniture: XOXO Vintage REntals

These Vendors are members of our Little Black Book.
For membership information, click here

You'll love these vendors in Maryland

Flawless Events
View Portfolio
Federal City Caterers
View Portfolio
The Pleasure of Your Company
View Portfolio
Tymia Yvette Makeup Artistry
View Portfolio
mlc designs . invitation desig...
View Portfolio
Jewel Hair Design
View Portfolio
Roses + Rings Event at Mervis Diamond Importers

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, so the timing couldn’t be better for the Mervis Diamond Importers Roses and Rings Event from February 7-8, 2015. Not only will there be a large selection of designer rings to try on + experiment with different looks, but there’s discounts and special pricing as well! Something sparkly is calling my name…

Be sure to make some time to check out the Mervis Diamond Importers Roses and Rings Event — your fingers will thank you! Happy shopping, lovelies! xo



Traditional Maryland Wedding at Green Spring Valley Hunt Club

In every sense of the word, this wedding is beautiful. But it’s also heartfelt and as thoughtful as they come (I personally adore the fact they had handwritten notes for each guest). And I suppose it shouldn’t be a surprise, because the beautiful Bride behind it all just so happens to be part of the talented team at Elizabeth Bailey Weddings, so it goes without saying that this gallery from Renee Michele Photography and the sweet description from the Groom below shouldn’t be missed.


From The Groom…You are way more involved in areas that I never thought you would ever want to be involved in,” said my now-bride Lee, early on in our planning process. It is something that I still think back and laugh about, because Lee is a Wedding Planner by day, night and weekend, and I can honestly say that getting married to someone who does this for a living is nothing like Mr. McConaughey makes it seem… It is even better. It was amazing to be able to watch the woman I love in her element – digging into all the nuances of our wedding.

Lee is always telling me about her weddings and breaking down the intricacies and idiosyncrasies of her couples and the planning for their big day, but it never hits close to home, and thus was not as easy to relate to or get excited about.

I can now certainly relate to the meticulousness that it takes to do this professionally. I gained SO MUCH respect for her by watching (and sometimes doing – even when she didn’t expect it) she and her boss, Beth from Elizabeth Bailey Weddings, comb through every detail of our wedding.

I had strong feelings on a few things and to her credit – she weathered my diva-like outbursts on these matters:
1. Food
2. Alcohol
3. Dancing / Band
4. Accents of Pink in the Bridal Party

Aside from that, Lee and Beth were a two-woman show from a planning perspective, and with the help of an all-star vendor team highlighted by Victoria Clausen (floral), Renee Michele Photography and an insanely talented band – Free Spirit – they nailed the wedding.

Everything from the ridiculously gorgeous flower arrangements to the steel-drum band at Cocktail Hour to the massive outdoor tent made for an unforgettable evening. To this day, every guest that we run into STILL tells us it was the most beautiful wedding they have ever attended. That was all Lee, Beth and our vendor team – more people than I can even name.

Built on a vision for “ten personal touches” – Lee and team made for a personal and intimate experience for all. I’d have to say my personal favorite were the handwritten notes she had us write for each guest that attended – sitting neatly on their plates when they sat down.

From inception to fruition, Lee was quarterbacking the team and putting her stamp on the entire experience. It was inspiring to see her in her element, doing what she loves all the while continuing to plan every other clients’ wedding. She never missed a beat.

The night ended with almost every one of our guests dancing up a storm inside while lighting up the Photo Booth and leaving one lasting memory after another, but the true prize for me was saying I do to an amazingly talented woman, and one that is sure to keep creating magical experiences for every bride she touches from then on.

But in a small way I feel a little bit bad for the rest, because nothing will ever touch the wedding she planned for us and the experience she created for our guests.

Planning a wedding can certainly feel like a dumpster is coming at you while your shoe is stuck in the sewer drain, but with Lee – my Wedding Planner Bride at the helm – I had someone to tackle me out of the way before it hit me.

Now do yourself a favor and go hire Elizabeth Bailey Weddings… tell them Colin sent you.

Photography: Renee Michele Photography | Wedding Planner: Elizabeth Bailey Weddings | Floral Design: Victoria Clausen Florals | Wedding Dress: Francesca | Cake: Gateau Monique | Invitations: The Pleasure Of Your Company | Ceremony Venue: The Church Of The Redeemer | Reception Venue: Green Spring Valley Hunt Club | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Garnish Boutique (LulaKate) | Draping: Fabrications | Farm Tables: Vintage Affairs | Furniture: AFR | Linens: Table Toppers | Paper (day Of Designs): MLC Designs | Rentals: Party Rental Ltd | Tent: Loane Brothers

These Vendors are members of our Little Black Book.
For membership information, click here