As the days get shorter and the nights get chillier, we’re setting the mood with this week’s Signature Cocktail — the Winter Old Fashioned. Choose your favorite spirit and add a dash of orange bitters to make a drink that is both warming and refreshing! Thanks to Paula LeDuc Fine Catering and Josh Gruetzmacher for this classic treat!

 

Winter Old Fashioned

Ingredients

Glass – old fashioned
2 oz aged spirit (your choice of whiskey, rum, or apple brandy)
.5 oz. maple syrup
1 dash orange bitters
2 dashes spiced bitters
Garnish, orange peel and amarena cherry

Directions
Stir with ice, Strain into a rocks glass over cubed ice or 1 large 2×2 cube. Garnish with orange peel and amarena cherry.

 

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There is something about a winery wedding that never gets old; this especially holds true for Kunde Family Winery. The huge oak trees, sprawling vineyards as far as the eye can see, and some pretty amazing stone ruins—it’s easy to fall in love with this location. Kate and Josh knew from the moment they visited there was no other place they wanted to celebrate their wedding. Christina McNeill photographed this gorgeous wedding filled with so much love and joy!

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“Don’t underestimate the time it takes to plan all the pieces that go into a wedding. Ask for help—whether from family, friends or a wedding planner. As we were planning long distance, finding a planner was the best decision we made.”

 

 

What was the best advice you received as a bride? Deep breaths.

What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding? You will be surrounded by a huge group of people who love you unconditionally and want to you succeed—no matter what goes right or wrong on this day, they will be supportive and excited to share the moment with you. So don’t sweat the small stuff. Let it go the day of the wedding and just have fun!

 

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Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about? Our moms created fabulous gift bags for guests, including various local items such as dried lavender, California poppy seeds, lotion and chocolate.

 

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The Ceremony

“We went on a whirlwind Northern California trip checking out various wedding locations about a year prior to our anticipated wedding date. During a wine and cheese hour at a hotel, we were chatting with the host about our plans and she was shocked we weren’t looking at Kunde. On a whim, we scheduled a last minute appointment after a second look at a place down the road—and were immediately sold. From the moment we walked into the tasting room to the drive up through the vineyards to the wedding site we were smiling ear to ear and knew this was it. Kunde was everything we imagined and more, and certainly delivered on that first impression.”

 

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Your ceremony in three words.  Non-traditional, comfortable, DIY

How did you go about planning your ceremony?  We researched various templates and traditions then adapted to make them our own.

 

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Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony? I appeared out of the vineyard, escorted by all 3 of my parents. We also liked the Jewish tradition of the groom walking down the aisle by his parents and used that for Josh and his parents.


What was your ceremony music? Processional: “Glasgow Love Theme” (from Love Actually), played by our family friend guitarist Bryce Wilson / Recessional: “You are the best thing” by Ray LaMontagne

 

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Did you include any traditions in your ceremony? We adapted a Mexican wedding tradition involving a long lasso or rosary placed in an infinity symbol around the couple as an expression of their commitment and everlasting partnership. As we were somewhat lacking for cowboys and Catholics at our gathering, we chose to substitute a large, 6 foot lei instead as a representation of the special place that the island of Maui holds for us as my father lives there. We had my parents drape the lei over Josh and vice versa, welcoming us into the family.

 

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Who was your officiant and how did you choose him/her? A close family friend of Josh. We essentially wanted someone who could draw upon their own marriage experiences to share valuable advice and wisdom as we entered this new phase.


What were your ceremony readings?
Velveteen Rabbit and a Personal blessing from my mother.

 

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What were your vows like? We wrote our own, adapted from and inspired by a variety of sources.

What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony? Our Vows.

 

 

“We snuck away for photos in the ruins and the vineyards at the end of dinner—a difficult decision at first as we were hesitant to miss a big piece of the reception—but ended up producing some of our best photos. Most people had no idea we were missing for 30 minutes anyways!”

 

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Katie carried a colorful bouquet filled with Icelandic poppies with pops of citrus .

 

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The Reception

“The focus was truly the event, the people and the setting. We had been to a number of weddings that felt very personal and as though guests were able to connect with the bride and groom—which we hoped to recreate. Most of all, we wanted to create a fun, comfortable and memorable event to share with our closest friends and family.

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Please tell us about any other special details or moments from your reception. Josh was part of an acappella group in college, many of whom were in attendance, and sang Van Morrison’s “Crazy Love” during the cocktail hour as a gift to us.

 

 

How would you describe your reception? Elegant, comfortable, per one friend “fancy/farm.” Low stress given our incredible wedding planner support!

 

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What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? Certainly Kunde as a venue was quite inspiring. Given the beautiful surroundings, we didn’t feel pressured to dress the space up or the need to cover any eyesores.

 

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Did you have a signature cocktail? As liquor is not permitted at Kunde, we served rose champagne with raspberries as people migrated from the ceremony space into cocktail hour—definitely a success!

 

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Why did you choose this location for your reception? We intentionally decided to use separate parts of the Boot Hill venue for the ceremony, cocktail hour and dinner, which flowed well into one another but still allowed each part of the night to feel unique.

 

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What was your favorite moment or part of the reception? We were fortunate to have an incredible sunset over the vineyards just before dancing began, which created a special, intimate moment for us and the guests before the party kicked off.

 

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What type of cake or dessert did you serve? Cupcakes! With a small cake for us to cut.

 

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What was your first dance song? Father/daughter or mother/son dance?
Louis Armstrong, “What a wonderful world” / Sam Cooke, “Nothing can change this love”

 

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Menu: As guest arrived: lavender lemonade / chilled cucumber water // Cocktail hour: ahi tartare in crispy cones / grilled rosemary flatbread with dried tomatoes / scallop ceviche / rosemary skewered lamb noisettes / Bermuda Triangle goat cheese & almond crisps / mahogany lacquered duck on sweet potato pancakes // Dinner: salad of baby organic greens / parmesan bread sticks and rustic Italian breads / seared Pacific salmon with basil beurre blanc sauce / Swiss chard, asiago and ricotta ravioli / baby arugula, asparagus and parmesan // After dinner treats: Elaine Bell Catering French roast coffee / mini cheese burgers / mini chocolate milk shakes

 

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If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently?
We wish we’d had a bit more time to visit with each table during dinner.

 

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Photography:  Christina McNeill / Venue: Kunde Family Winery in Glen Ellen, California / Event Planning & Design:  Alicia K Designs / Floral Design: Amanda Vidmar of Alicia K Designs / Dress: Amy Kuschel / Shoes: Kate Spade / Jewelry: Anthropologie, Etsy / Suit: Hugo Boss / Tie: Tie Bar / Shirt: Thomas Pink / Shoes: Allen Edmonds / Stationery: Postable / Hair, Makeup: Sherrie Long / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals / Reception Music: DJ Seven / Catering: Elaine Bell / Cake, Dessert: Sift

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Bride, Lauren, is from New York and grew up vacationing in Bluffton, South Carolina, so it makes sense that today’s wedding is the perfect mix of sophisticated city and sweet Southern charm. From the Lowcountry venue to the lush flowers (how incredible is that bouquet?!), Lauren and Colin’s wedding is a stunner from top to bottom.

Photography by Virgil Bunao.

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Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  For my something old, I wanted to incorporate something of my grandmother’s, since she couldn’t be at the wedding. She is known for her love of jewelry, so I affixed one of her diamond brooches to my bouquet. My something borrowed was my Matron of Honor’s hair clip that she wore to her wedding.

 

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Why did you choose this location for your ceremony?  My family has been vacationing in the Hilton Head/Bluffton area as long as I can remember and I have always loved the ambience of the Lowcountry, and it feels like a second home to me. Even though I am from New York, I’ve always loved the South—my hairdresser joked that based on the amount of volume and hairspray I kept asking for, that I am a really a Southerner at heart.

 

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The Ceremony

Berkeley Hall has become a special place for Colin and me as we’ve spent time there together—I love tennis and he loves to golf. We got married overlooking the 18th hole of the golf course—I joke that it’s how I got him to show up for the ceremony.”

 

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Your ceremony in three words.  Personalized, sophisticated, floral.

How did you go about planning your ceremony?  We met Reverend Joe for coffee at a cute little coffee shop in Savannah about a year before our wedding. We told him about how we met and our vision for the ceremony. He helped us create a ceremony that was perfectly tailored to us.

 

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What was your ceremony music?  We kept the ceremony music fairly traditional choosing “Canon in D” for the processional, but we spiced it up with the music before and after the ceremony. The recessional music was “Today Was a Fairytale” by Taylor Swift and exit music was “Wake Me Up” by Avicii, which we loved because it is unexpected and beautifully played on the violin and cello.

 

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Who officiated your ceremony?  Reverend Joe was recommended by Amanda Spencer, our wedding planner. He had been a Catholic priest, but he fell in love and got married. We loved that he could incorporate both a religious and secular aspect to the ceremony.

What were your ceremony readings?  Colin’s two sisters read excerpts from The Alchemist.

 

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What were your vows like?  We wrote our own vows. We wanted them to be reflective of the our relationship and the qualities of love and commitment that are most important to us.

Did you include any traditions in your ceremony?  Not necessarily a tradition, but we asked Reverend Joe to read notes we had written to our respective future in-laws, thanking them for raising the amazing person we were about to marry.

 

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  I loved the moment I had with my father before we walked onto the aisle together. So much anticipation, excitement and love. I also loved the moment when Colin and I were announced, I could barely contain my excitement and did everything I could to stop myself from skipping down the aisle.

 

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What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Hire a wedding planner! I love planning and details and I was very involved, but it was so nice to have someone else to get advice from, run ideas by and to make sure that everything went smoothly.

 

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What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  I wanted it to be tasteful, elegant, but most of all, fun! The first vendor I chose was our band because I knew it would set the tone for a crazy, sweaty dance party.

 

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The Reception 

“A friend of mine who had just gotten married told us not to leave each others’ sides all night. It’s so easy to get separated and to have completely separate memories of the night. We were with each other all night and our memories of our wedding reception include one another and the great time we had together.”

 

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How would you describe your reception?  Elegant, chic and fun!

 

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Please tell us about any other special details or moments from your reception.  We surprised guests with a Gullah choir singing lively tunes during the cocktail hour. It was completely unexpected for our largely New York-based crowd.

Did you have a signature cocktail?  The specialty cocktails were named after our hometowns. Mine was the Cold Spring Harbor iced tea—I grew up on Long Island in a town called Cold Spring Harbor. Colin’s was the Okoboji Breeze as he grew up in Okoboji, Iowa.

 

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Menu: Cocktail hour: passed hors d’oeuvres of shrimp and grits / tuna tartar tacos / fried chicken in waffle cones / watermelon and feta with fresh mint // 1811 Salad: mixed baby greens tossed with vanilla vinaigrette topped with grilled pear, sun-dried cherries, candied pecans, gorgonzola cheese, miniature grape tomatoes and a toasted herb crostini // Choice of Entrée: miso marinated Chilean sea bass with lemon caper butter sauce / roasted red potatoes / sautéed seasonal vegetables / grilled filet mignon with rosemary demi-glaze / roasted red potatoes /broiled stuffed tomato / twin quinoa stuffed peppers with eggplant, onions and topped with feta cheese and sun-dried tomato-basil sauce

 

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What type of cake or dessert did you serve?  A 5-tier Amaretto cake with buttercream icing. We also served small Southern-inspired bite size desserts: mini pecan pies, s’mores bites, and lemon cheesecake bites.

What was your first dance song? Father/daughter or mother/son dance?

First Dance: “Can’t Take My Eyes off of You” by Frankie Valli
Father/daughter: “My Little Girl” by Tim McGraw
Mother/son: “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong

I took 20 dance lessons (10 with my dad and 10 with Colin) prior to doing our dances and we (mostly I) had such a great time with them. We were able to have some fun while showing off our new dance moves!

 

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What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  Right before we did our sparkler exit, Colin and I took a moment to stand outside together and take everything in.

 

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Photography: Virgil Bunao / Venue, Catering:  Belfair Plantation in Bluffton, South Carolina / Event Planning & Design: Spencer Special Events / Floral Design: A Floral Affair / Dress: Oscar de la Renta / Veil: Custom designed by bride via Wedding Salon of Manhasset / Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale / Groom’s Attire: Ralph Lauren / Stationery: Studio R Design / Hair, Makeup: Christine Stephens, Karisma Salon / Cake: Minette Rushing Custom Cakes / Ceremony musician: Alyssa’s Trio / Cocktail Hour Musician: Voices of El Shaddai / Band: Big Blast and the Party Masters via East Coast Entertainment / Videography: Cinema Couture

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Lovely pumpkin lanterns.

So…. I’m a genius and was organizing my “Sweets” board on Pinterest, and in the process deleted the whole board! If you were following me there or if you want to follow my new dessert boards (for goodies like these pumpkin maple cream puffscheck them out here.

Fascinating photos of early 20th-century immigrants coming through Ellis Island.

Mermaid glitter.

Who was Louise the Unfortunate?

How much is $100 worth in each state?

Whimsical line drawings turned into sculptures.

How America became addicted to air conditioning.

Worried about bacon? Maybe don’t be.

Cute little Halloween gingerbread men.

Hard cider pumpkin float.

Halloween themed wedding. 

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