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Refreshing Raspberry-Mint Signature Cocktail

This holiday weekend holds some of my favorite summertime traditions… fireworks, sparklers, s’mores, warm summer nights, laughs with family and friends and of course, kicking it all off with a fabulous cocktail. For those of you saying your I Do’s this weekend (or if you’re planning a Fourth of July fete for next year!), this colorful sip adorned with striped red straws will have you toasting in style. A huge thanks to Strawberry Milk Events for providing the recipe and KT Merry for her festive capture!

Refreshing Raspberry-Mint Signature Cocktail
prep time
2 Minute/s
cook time
total time
2 Minute/s
Serves 1Ingredients
  • 1 Part Absolut Citron (about an ounce and a half)
  • Lemon-Lime Soda
  • 6 whole Raspberries
  • 4 whole mint leaves
  • 1 lime wedge (don’t leave it out; it makes a surprisingly big difference)
  1. Muddle 4 raspberries and 3 mint leaves in a highball glass.
  2. Fill with ice cubes. Add Absolut Citron.
  3. Fill with lemon-lime soda. Stir.
  4. Garnish with lime, a pretty mint leaf (which you saved the best for last) and the leftover raspberries!

Photography: KT Merry Photography | Designer: Strawberry Milk Events | Catering: Movable Feast Catering | Groom’s Attire: Louis Purple

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A restored schoolhouse in Newberg, Oregon served as the inspiration for this shoot styled by J29 Events and photographed by Gabriela Ines, and we’re completely obsessed. You’ll find romance and drama in the vibrant colors of crimson and cobalt (getting us in the right mood for our weekend festivities!), blooms from Ponderosa and Thyme, and a to-die-for canopy of peacock feathers! There’s much more to see in the full gallery right here!


From Gabriela Ines PhotographyThe inspiration for this shoot came from the venue itself. The Old Schoolhouse is a gorgeous and unique new venue in the Portland, OR area. I was inspired by its dramatic and enchanting look and wanted to style a shoot that showcased the venue’s original features. Nicole from J29 events ran with the idea of jewel tones and created a beautiful scene that included a tablescape full of color and lush foliage from Ponderosa and Thyme. The dramatic and elegant look of this shoot highlighted the authenticity of this repurposed Oregon venue.

Photography: Gabriela Ines Photography | Event Design: J29 Events | Floral Design: Ponderosa and Thyme | Wedding Dress: The White Dress | Cake: Sugar Cubed Cake Creations | Calligraphy & Invitations: Palomino | Hair And Make-Up: Portland Make-Up And Hair | Location: The Old Schoolhouse | Rentals: Common Wealth

5 Unique Place Card Ideas

What’s the easiest way to make your wedding stand out? Bypass the traditional folded place cards for something a little more creative to bring your personality to the table! Get inspired by these five unique spins on place cards in the slideshow below.

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#BridalBeautyBreakdown: Gorgeous & Glowing

If I were getting married, this is exactly how I would want my makeup to look. In fact, this is how I want my makeup to look everyday: glowy, goddess-like and gorgeous. Thankfully Sarah Brock, the talent behind this beautiful look, is sharing her tips and tricks to recreate it and the products you’ll need. Beauty school is officially in session, and ladies, I’m taking copious notes.



Before you start applying your makeup, it’s essential that you apply the correct skincare products. After cleansing on the morning of your wedding, apply a light moisturizer all over your face. It’s important to select a product which isn’t too greasy because it will make your foundation slide off your skin. Opt for moisturizers like Elizabeth Arden’s Skin Balancing Lotion SPF 15 and apply all over the face, avoiding the eye area. Follow up with a small amount of eye cream or serum (the Erno Laszlo Antioxidant Complex for Eyes is beautiful) and complete your skincare regime by patting the Crème de la Mer Lip Balm on your lips.


After your finish the skincare routine, you need to apply a primer. Not only will this keep your makeup looking perfect all day, it will also help fill in any open pores and fine lines or wrinkles. Opt for a light formula and apply a thin layer all over your face and lips. The Clarins Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base is excellent—it makes your skin look even more perfect before you apply your foundation.


Choosing the correct foundation and concealer is the key to a beautiful makeup look—make sure it’s the right shade by checking the color of your foundation and concealer in daylight and artificial light. Apply your foundation in a thin, even layer (you can always apply more if needed) and then blend, blend, blend! Apply the product with a brush starting in the centre of the face and blending outwards, and then finish the blending with your fingers. Then, you can apply a concealer on any areas that need a little more help (think dark under eye shadows and any blemishes). 


A small amount of highlighter on the cheekbones (blended well with fingers) looks stunning. But be sure to choose a highlighter with a just a hint of shimmer, not sparkle as this will bounce off flash photography and look too obvious in photographs. The Armani Fluid Sheer Highlighter gives such a sophisticated finish to the skin.


Setting  your foundation and concealer is crucial, but it’s also important to not apply too much powder, as this can make skin look dry and cakey. Instead, apply a light layer of powder all over your face (and don’t forget your eyelids—this will help stop your eyeshadow from creasing) and if you have a shiny t-zone, apply a little more down the center of your face. The bareMinerals bareSkin Perfecting Veil is so fine, it sets makeup without looking dry. Don’t forget to take your powder compact with you to remove any shine for your photos throughout the day.


A pop of color on the apple of the cheeks look gorgeous on any bride! Use a soft pretty pink or peach on the cheeks. Apply to the apple of your cheeks and blend upwards and outwards towards the hairline.


Whatever your eye makeup look, be sure to apply a brow color—it really does frame the eyes and looks gorgeous in photos. Try the Benefit Brow Zings, which suits all brow colors and is easy to use with its step-by-step guide.


Apply a light wash of color from lash line to brow, and then add a slightly darker tone in the contour and on the outer corner of the eye for definition. Be sure to blend your eyeshadows well to avoid any harsh lines and to keep the look soft and romantic. Choose an eyeshadow palette with complimenting shades. Bobbi Brown make gorgeous eyeshadow palettes and the textures are soft and long lasting. After applying eyeshadow, use a fine, black gel eyeliner to the lashline and after curling the lashes, apply black mascara to the top and bottom lashline. Waterproof mascara is a must—in case of any wedding day tears! 


To keep color on your lips all day, it’s essential to layer your products. Always apply lip liner over the whole lip area, then apply three layers of lipstick (blotting with a tissue in-between), and then apply a small amount of gloss over the top, using your finger. Moisturizing lip products are a must to avoid lips looking dry throughout the day. 

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Makeup Tips: Sarah Brock | Photography: Anushé Low


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