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Elegant Al Fresco Brunch + Rosemary Lemonade Sparkler
June 3, 2014
I feel like I'm going to sound like a broken record soon but I am so excited for al fresco meals that I simply can't help it. Living in Canada, the window for eating outdoors is shortlived and you'd better believe I plan on taking every opportune moment to dine under the sun. My new inspiration: JEM Events' post-wedding, elegant brunch. Captured by Ribbon & Bluebirds, there's so much to love, and it's all right here.
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From Ribbons & Bluebirds... Celebrating with your closest friends and family the day after your wedding lets you immediately relive some of the best moments of your wedding day. This simple, fresh post-wedding brunch thrown right at home allows you to host your loved ones in a beautiful but relaxed environment.

We were inspired by the renewal and vibrancy of a Virginia spring for our relaxed, outdoor table. The warm and welcoming smell of rosemary, Virginia ham, artisanal cheeses, and freshly baked cheddar sage drop biscuits entices guests to sit down and stay a while. Boxwood greenery atop mercury glass candle pillars were dotted with freesia and ranunculus for a simple yet stunning centerpiece. The laurel wreath monogram on the invitation reminds us of the long tradition of Virginia Thoroughbreds and has us dreaming of the Winner’s Circle.

We also featured a sweet rosemary lemonade champagne cocktail to toast to the new couple. Apart from being delicious and fragrant, rosemary is an especially appropriate accent for our celebration because of its symbolism for love and fidelity.

To help with using this inspiration at home, we've provided the following recipe for the lemonade sparkler!
Rosemary Lemonade Sparkler
Prep Time
5 Minutes
Cook Time
30 Minutes
Total Time
35 Minutes
1 cup water 4 sprigs fresh rosemary
FOR THE COCKTAIL 2 ounces rosemary simple syrup
Juice of 2 fresh lemons Dry champagne or prosecco
Sprig of rosemary, to garnish
In a saucepan, combine the sugar, water, and rosemary. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally to dissolve the sugar. Boil for one minute, then remove from the heat.
Allow to infuse for half hour, then strain into a jar, removing the rosemary. Cool completely, then chill before using
Divide the the rosemary syrup and lemon juice between 2 champagne flutes. Stir. Fill the rest of the way with champagne and garnish with a fresh sprig of rosemary.