20 Delicious Drinkable Wedding Favors

Posted by Caitlin on Nov 13, 2014

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Photos (from left to right): Kelly Williams, Photographer and Anna Delores Photography

TGIT — Thank goodness it’s Thursday, almost Friday! In case you needed a little pick-me-up after a hard week at work by day (and home by night) planning that hoppily-ever-after wedding, check out our Favors Editor’s favorite drinkable favors, from beer and wine to soda and tea, to serve. Cheers!

Natural Eco-Friendly Summer Winery Wedding in New York

Posted by Caitlin on Mar 14, 2014

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Danielle and Rich were married at Brooklyn Winery in Brooklyn, N.Y. on August 18. “I had gone to Brooklyn Winery with a girlfriend one day, and they were hosting a wedding and thought, ‘Wow, what a different and interesting venue,'” Danielle said. “After we became engaged, we went to check it out more, and the place felt like it took our personalities and created an event space with it! The materials they use, their approach with food and wine, the decor — everything felt so natural to us!” Danielle walked down the aisle wearing a sweetheart lace wedding gown with an illusion neckline to a string trio playing an unchained melody, while Rich stood waiting patiently wearing a classic black tuxedo and gray tie. Fun fact: They were married by the bride’s sister! “I definitely didn’t think I would cry but just the feeling of so much love and support with our closest family and friends being there made me melt,” she said. Above, hung cafe lights and garland, and below on banquet tables, was vintage china and sprigs of rosemary at each place setting. “We chose to have a dessert bar featuring our favorite Brooklyn vendors,” Danielle said. “We picked mini doughnuts from Dough based in Clinton Hill and insanely delicious pies from Butter & Scotch. We served them out with kraft take out boxes stamped with our initials and wedding date.” Their first dance? Chris Cornell’s cover song to Led Zeppelin’s “Thank You.”

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Photography: Kelly Williams, Photographer | Venue: Brooklyn Winery | Dress Designer: Theia Couture from Lovely Bride | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Hair and Makeup Artist: Jackie Schneider Beauty | Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss | Floral Designer: Miss Fancy Plants | Officiant: Lauren Compitello | Ceremony Musicians: Central Park Strings | DJ: Scratch Weddings | Doughnuts: Dough | Pies: Butter & Scotch | Invitations: Minted | Favors: Grady’s Cold Brew 

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Aldrin and Mike were married at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers in New York City on February 16. “When we first arrived to the Lighthouse, it was exactly a year prior to our wedding day,” Aldrin said. “The sun filled the gorgeous venue, and the views of the Hudson were absolutely breathtaking. Mike and I had to book it!” The ceremony was officiated by the couple’s good friend, who also is a stand-up comedian. “Our guests kept complementing us on how different and personal it was,” he said. “We all laughed and cried — it was perfect.” They also placed three bottles of wine into a wooden box to open on their first, fifth, and tenth anniversaries to symbolize their unity. The reception started with their first dance to Beyonce’s “Love on Top.” “It was a great transition to what became a huge dance party,” Aldrin said. Tables were decorated with green hydrangea and pink orchid centerpieces, along with an navy blue embossed menu card at each setting. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Take a 15-minute breather in the middle of your reception  — together and alone — to soak in the day,” he said.

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Photography: Kelly Williams, Photographer | Venue: The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers | Event Coordinator: Jeffrey Stillwell | Groom’s Attire: Enzo Custom Clothiers | Jewelry: Firenze Jewelers | Hair Stylist: Yelena Ryadchikova of Dramatics NYC | Officiant: Reid Kirchhoff | Ceremony Musician: Aramis String Quartet | Invitations: Yuen Advertising & Design | Floral Designer: Superior Florist | Caterer and Cake: Abigail Kirsch | DJ: Scratch Weddings

The Aurora Borealis phenomenon experienced in early September, 2013 in far northeast Alberta, Canada. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to capture the Northern Lights, the couple above, both physicians, were crossing western Canada on their second honeymoon. They both agreed, "This is the most romantic spot ever!"

 

When I penned the penultimate destination wedding reviews for WeddingWire, Chateau Lake Louise: Is There Any Other Place in the World to Be Married? I realized, like a bride-to-be on the eve of her engagement, I was more than smitten, I was head-over-heels in love with the Canadian Rockies. What to do? Return!

So, my 2013 autumn sojourn? Back to the Canadian Rockies to the ultimate mountain wedding destination.

My spirits are soaring. The perfect reasons to travel: wilderness photos and bespoke wedding planning.

Three resorts and a wedding

The Ultimate Canadian Wedding Resorts?
Fairmont’s Hotel & Resorts:
Jasper Park Lodge
Chateau Lake Louise
Baniff Springs
Today’s couples want a wedding destination with a twist.
Why not have your wedding and honeymoon span three world-class mountain resorts? All three Fairmont Canadian resorts are world-class, surrounded by stunning mountain ranges and peaks. Whether an outdoor sports enthusiast, or you prefer to just dine, dance and spa, the myriad of  amenities and facilities available for both your wedding and honeymoon is incredible.
Three resorts! The possibilities? Endless. Think of a wedding at Jasper Park Lodge– the retreat for decades of celebrities, high tech moguls, sports stars and America’s leading families such as the Rockerfellers, Kennedys as well as the must-see stop for Queen Elizabeth II and her family.
All three resorts are located in Alberta, Canada within a half-days days drive of one anothe along the most beautiful drives in the world, the Baniff-Jasper Highway?
The Ultimate 3 Wedding Resorts in the Canadian Rockies is a three part series, coming to WeddingWire shortly.

The Aurora Borealis

Can there be another out of this world Canadian destination for newlyweds? Yes,the Aurora Boeralis.

This is a once-in-a lifetime-dream, to experience and photograph the illusive Aurora Borealis. It is also known as the Northern Lights.

I traveled to far northeast Albert, Canada, six weeks ago, to spend a long weekend with six other enthusiasts from Brazil, Australia and America. With two Aurora Borealis professionals– one a Ph.D and the other a top notch photographer– at our service, we scanned what is know as “one of the darkest places on earth” to best see the the magnificent Canadian skies lit with constellations, the Milky Way and the Aurora Borealis.

We had three nights of lights, a very rare occurrence even on the 59th parallel. Light shows in every hue, on every horizon.

A young, married couple, both physicians from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil exclaimed to me, the last night at 2:30 am,”This is the most romantic place ever!”

Today’s couple want a honeymoon with a twist! Plan your wedding ceremony nearby and set off on an adventure: the Aurora Borealis!

Next stop: Jasper Park Lodge