First Look Friday: Ronnie + Jennifer by Michelle Kim Photography

Happy Friday! This is why we love the First Look Photo. This groom’s face describes how we feel about today being FRIDAY. But more importantly, we’re soooo in love with how much happiness is shown between these two…you just know they cannot wait to marry each other.

First Look Photo by Michelle Kim Photography Thank you SO much to Michelle Kim Photography for capturing this special moment between Ronnie + Jennifer! Michelle Kim also beautifully photographed our 2013 Off The Beaten Path couple + Bridechilla™, McKenzie and Tim. See them here… and HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!

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Bridechilla™ Tip #54

Tip #54 – How to be a BRIDECHILLA™ by Off The Beaten Path Weddings – Start thinking about YOUR bouquet recipe and get inspired with some of our personal floral designs!

Personal Florals by Off The Beaten Path WeddingsLast week we introduced some really chill cocktails, and before that we were helping you choose that perfect craft beer to serve at your wedding, and the previous week we were talking about including rosemary in your tablescape… SOOOO I guess you can say we are getting excited for the upcoming season and want to help prepare our readers.

Personal Florals by Off The Beaten Path Weddings So this week, we are at it again! In the spirit of SPRING, we can’t help but talk blooms. Yes, those pretty little things popping out of the ground lately. We’re loving all the colors growing around us and want to share some with you!

Personal Florals by Off The Beaten Path WeddingsReady to be inspired? Straight from some real Off The Beaten Path Weddings, here are some of our bouquets from the 2013 season… Save your favorites so you can have your floral designer see what you want!

Personal Florals by Off The Beaten Path WeddingsOr stick with us until the end and see how you can DIY your own Bridal Bouquet… it just might be easier than you think.

Personal Florals by Off The Beaten Path WeddingsIs your favorite bloom something as simple as a coral Tulip? Simplicity is elegance, if you ask us. Take your favorite flower to use strictly  in your bouquet… use what inspires you! Fall in love with simplicity…

Personal Florals by Off The Beaten Path WeddingsRemember choosing a bouquet ingredients and colors for your bridesmaids includes using florals that will go with the overall look. That means contrasting the colors in their bouquets with the color of their bridesmaid dresses… make those florals POP!

Personal Florals by Off The Beaten Path WeddingsOr go softer with a classic white bouquet if you’re doing a neutral color palette. You can’t go wrong with this these soft tones…

Personal Florals by Off The Beaten Path WeddingsThe choice is yours! Colorful bouquet or classic white bouquet? Choose your bloom.Personal Florals by Off The Beaten Path WeddingsAnd now for the DIY Bridechilla™… this is for you! It’s time to put those hands to work and create your own wedding bouquet (or simply something pretty to have around the house). Below you will find a bouquet recipe you just might love as much as us!

Bouquet recipe!Recipe for the PERFECT SPRING BOUQUET:
You’ll need…

  • Astilbes
  • Ferns
  • Seeded eucalyptus
  • Succulents
  • Garden roses

This vintage peach bouquet is soft, perfect for spring, and also has a statement succulent that has us absolutely in love with it.

Personal Florals by Off The Beaten Path Weddings

Hopefully this floral inspiration has gotten the ideas in your head BLOOMING!

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Photo Credits: onelove photography, LILI DURKIN PHOTOGRAPHY, Michelle Kim Photography, Matt Edge Photography, ISA PHOTOGRAPHY // RECIPE BY J.F. FLORAL COUTURE

First Look Friday: Matt + Allison by Michelle Kim Photography

First-look photos are FULL of heart-warming emotion, and really touch those of us who can’t resist that very instant the couple sees each other.  So why not end the week on something sweet? Last Friday, we kicked off our new column, First Look Friday. So every week, it will be our pleasure to share a first-look to start your weekend off with… enjoy!

Matt + Allison by Michelle Kim Photography FIRST LOOKNow this groom has to be in our top 5 best groom photos – isn’t his expression AMAZING? Now this guy is ready to say “I do” (or shout it!). This is the kind of love we LIVE for here at Bridechilla™. Thank you SO much to Michelle Kim Photography for capturing this special moment between Matt + Allison! Michelle Kim also beautifully photographed our 2013 Off The Beaten Path couple + Bridechilla™, McKenzie and Tim. See their here… and HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!

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Bridechilla™ Throwback Thursday with Sasha Kino

Happy “Throwback Thursday” chill readers! Our BRIDECHILLA™ Laura and her [now] husband Scott were one of our 2012 Off The Beaten Path couples.. today we are reminiscing with this beautiful video of their wedding day by Sasha Kino. Their chill day was a prime example of the Off The Beaten Path Weddings team creating their signature look of elegance inspired by nature. With white hydrangea in vintage boxes, earth-to-table touches, and a craft beer chosen by the couple, this day was an Off The Beaten Path Weddings beauty from start to end.

Laura + Scott | Private Healdsburg Estate Wedding from Sasha Kino on Vimeo.

And not only does Sasha create beautiful videos, he also has wonderful skills in capturing the day.

Laura and ScottMore of Laura and Scott’s Off The Beaten Path Wedding here.. and be sure to check back tomorrow for our next First Look Friday!

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Bridechilla™ Tip #53

Tip #53 – How to be a BRIDECHILLA™ by Off The Beaten Path Weddings – Get inspired with these earth-to-table cocktails, and bookmark this cocktail recipe for tonight!

LibationsLast week we introduced some really awesome ways to bring rosemary to your next tablescape. If you haven’t seen the post yet, check it out here and be ready for another way to pair nature’s elements with what’s going on your table tonight. Straight from some real Off The Beaten Path Weddings, here are some of our most favorite craft cocktails.

Guests love the welcome cocktail! The perfect reason to have a welcome cocktail for your guests arriving to your wedding… keep note, summer Bridechilla’s!

SpikedSpiked or not spiked?

1799151_10152278339178482_2090184914_oKeep an eye on those lovely little details! We’ve got plenty to go around 🙂

DetailsEmbellish your next cocktail with what ever inspires you!

Cocktails for all! Whether it is adding a small flower, mint, sprigs of lavender or rosemary with your recipe, making an earth-to-table cocktail is easier than you think… you just need the right inspiration.

CHEERSTo make a single serving of BLACKBERRY MINT LEMONADE:

Ingredients

  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 18 mint leaves, torn
  • 2 cups frozen/fresh blackberries
  • ice
  • 3 mint sprigs
  • 4 cups natural store-bought lemonade
  • mint sprigs
Instructions
  1. Bring the water and sugar to boil in a small pot. Stir the water/sugar mixture until the sugar is dissolved then turn off the heat. Add the torn mint leave and give the pot a stir. Allow the simple syrup to cool.
  2. Add the blackberries to a blender. Place a strainer over the mouth of the blender and pour the mint simple syrup into the container. Discard the mint leaves. Blend the simple syrup and the blackberries on low speed for just a few seconds at a time, just enough to break the berries apart but not enough to puree them.
  3. Fill a juice pitcher halfway with ice and add the mint sprigs. Pour the lemonade and the blackberry mixture over the ice. Stir the blackberry mint lemonade and add more ice if necessary before serving.
  4. If not, serve, enjoy, and SAVOR THE EXPERIENCE!

Refresh yourself

CHEERS!

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Photo Credits: onelove photography, Michelle Kim Photography, Matt Edge Photography // RECIPE BY SAVORYSWEETLIFE.COM

First Look Friday: Katie + Ilan by onelove photography

Why not end the week on something sweet? We’re excited to announce the start of a new series, First Look Friday. Just like many of our readers, we definitely have a soft spot for those first look photos and can’t help but love seeing them. So every week, it will be our pleasure to share a first-look to start your weekend off with.

FIRST LOOK FRIDAY

To start the series off, here is one of our 2013 Bridechilla’s Katie and husband Ilan – isn’t the look on his face so endearing? Thanks for capturing this special moment, onelove photography!

Katie and Ilan

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Bridechilla™ Tip #52

Serve craft beer at your wedding!

Tip #52 – How to be a BRIDECHILLA™ by Off The Beaten Path Weddings – Try something more chill and serve a selection of craft beer at your wedding!

Sasha PhotographyChampagne is a great way to celebrate, sure, but let’s talk about something more savory to toast to the newlyweds with: CRAFT BEER. If you’ve been pondering the idea of serving craft beer at your reception, you might as well give up the fight now because below you will find 5 strong reasons to have it:

  1. More options! And no, we definitely aren’t talking about Bud, Miller, or Coors. We’re talking CRAFT BEER. There are almost 1,600 craft breweries in the U.S. brewing beers with their own unique ingredients in their own unique way. This is why craft beer is different. Don’t settle for the same beer found at your local Circle K, go to your LOCAL Craft Brewery and do a tasting! Your guests will thank you later for showing them the goodness that is Pale Ale, Lager, or something stronger. Remember, you have tons of choices!
  2. Brewed with perfection. Craft beer has been described as, “10 minutes of pleasure, pure happiness in a glass, authentic, archetypical, an intellectual beverage that is to be savored not swilled and much, much more. It is enjoyed for everyday celebrations and is viewed by many as one of the special things in life that makes the day taste and feel a little better.” by CraftBeer.com and we couldn’t of said it better! Serve your guests a highly respected beverage by beer enthusiasts all over the world.
  3. Hello, fewer calories. Need we say more? You probably worked out for MONTHS to have that perfect bridal bod, why ruin it with a beverage packed with empty, flavorless caloriest? Have something that you can *savour* the entire night!
  4. Less expensive! If you serve your guests “beer-water” A.K.A. the other beer (let’s not do any name calling), they will most likely consume more of it to catch a little buzz. So you will have to supply more. Here’s our question: Why serve guests multiple, flavorless beers when they can savor a couple IPA’s and catch the same buzz and enjoy something with better quality?
  5. Life is short, drink better beer.  ‘Nuff said.

There you have it. Five awesome reasons you can blame for the best wedding planning decision you’ve made yet. So you’re planning to serve craft beer, but what should you serve? You should keep in mind that although craft beers are made with a complexity of amazing ingredients and treasured by millions all over the world, including Off The Beaten Path Weddings Chief Inspiration Officer, Mary Ellen Murphy – not everyone has tried the versatile beverage that is craft beer so you want to be careful about choosing ones that are too strong.

Serve craft beer at your wedding! Another tip – be sure to visit the local breweries in your area to find the right selection. And again, please keep your guests in mind! You will have the serious beer drinkers, the uninitiated beer-water drinkers (whose lives are about to be changed forever), and the people that are in between. A good selection of craft beer at your reception would include a Pale Ale and Lager for your guests new to craft beer, and then a few other special selections for the more passionate craft beer fanatics.

Serve craft beer at your wedding! Also another thing to keep in mind when choosing your craft beer – the food. You definitely want to pair your craft beer with your chosen entree so be thinking of how the flavors will flirt with each other.

Serve craft beer at your wedding! In conclusion, craft beer is something that is treasured by many and should be enjoyed in moderation, shared, and revered. As you can probably tell, we’re big craft beer fans here at Off The Beaten Path Weddings  + Bridechilla™, so of course we’re going to be a little bossy when trying to help you do it right. But now it’s your turn! Tell us your favorite craft beers, what selection will you be serving at YOUR wedding?

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Enjoy responsibly!

Photos by: Kat Braman, and sasha photography (second from top) Planner/Designer: Desiree Dawn Events, Stationery: Make Merry!, Floral: Julia Rohde Designs, Bridal Gown: Bacio Bacio Bridal, Beer: Due South Brewing Co. via Grey Likes Weddings

Bridechilla™ Tip #51

Tip #51 – How to be a BRIDECHILLA™ by Off The Beaten Path Weddings – Use touches of rosemary for your earth-to-table look.

Off The Beaten Path Weddings is known for being able to combine elegance and nature all on one table scape. We love bringing nature in to our event design process, but only just enough to embellish the already beautiful location of the event. The key is to use just enough, so that the event has a balance of sophisticated decor and organic touches. One of our favorite elements to use is rosemary. And why is that? It works in SO many different ways; and it is so delicate, simple, and plus – it smells amazing! See for yourself below and prepare to be inspired.

2013 Bridechilla Julia and husband Tom had a little touch of rosemary slipped in with their menus.  (Event Design by Off The Beaten Path Weddings, photo by onelove photography)

2013 Bridechilla™ Julia and husband Tom had a little touch of rosemary slipped in with their menus. (Event Design by Off The Beaten Path Weddings, photo by onelove photography)

Ways to use rosemary in your wedding decor:

Rosemary PlacecardsDID YOU KNOW:  During the middle ages, all elegant weddings utilized the herb rosemary, which is the symbol of remembrance and fidelity. Sprigs were dipped in gold, tied with a ribbon and given to the wedding guests.

Use rosemary to play up your placecards. Simple and easy to DIY! (photo via OnceWed)All you need to do is type out names, print on cardstock, punch a hole, and stick a little rosemary in… or even tie it with a strand of twine… so easy and it looks beautiful!

This wedding was a stunner! The couple gave each guest baguettes as favors to take home. And to embellish those delicious favors? Rosemary.  (via SMP, Planning Soiree by Simone Lennon, Photo by Delbarr Moradi Photography)

This wedding was a stunner! The couple gave each guest baguettes as favors to take home. And to embellish those delicious favors? Rosemary.
(via SMP, Planning Soiree by Simone Lennon, Photo by Delbarr Moradi Photography)

Rosemary infused olive oil with escort cards... LOVE. Thanks for creating this, Live View Studios, and thanks for sharing this, Wedding Chicks!

Rosemary infused olive oil with escort cards… LOVE. Thanks for creating this, Live View Studios, and thanks for sharing this, Wedding Chicks!

Are you looking for an informal, yet stunningly beautiful escort card and favor idea for your big day? This rosemary infused olive oil is the perfect solution for adding a stunning (and tasty) wine country touch for your guests to enjoy.

cranberry and rosemary cake

The perfect winter cake! Embellished with rosemary AND cranberries… and a little frosting never hurt anyone 🙂 (via thenaturalweddingcompany.co)

Don’t these two cakes just capture what a natural wedding is? Something as simple as sprigs of rosemary can make something look so lovely and cheerful.

rosemary wreathed cake

We love this rosemary wreathed cake, it’s even topped with more of elements of nature. What’s not to love? (via thenaturalweddingcompany.co)

If anything, a cake topped, wreathed, or surrounded by rosemary would be the perfect way to add just enough natural elements to your outdoor wedding. The best part about being set between earth and sky is all the beautiful and simple things to be found right where you stand. Now, go put this inspiration to work!

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