I love the juxtaposition of organic elements with a very urban venue in these wedding invitations from designer Christa Alexandra. Created for a wedding at The Brooklyn Winery, the design was inspired by the reclaimed wood walls and decor of the wedding venue. The wedding invitation suite features an organic color palette of soft green, taupe, and brown. Beautiful!
From Christa: I designed and printed this letterpress invitation suite for Kaitlin and Taylor’s wedding at The Brooklyn Winery. Kaitlin was inspired by an organic palette of leaf green, taupe, and brown. The venue, self described as an “urban winery,” boasts a warm ambiance, reclaimed wood walls and locally sourced decor.
We created a sophisticated invitation with an informal feel using pretty typography and pops of green. Staying away from the traditional vineyard vines, we chose to use leaves and thin branches to incorporate some natural elements into the stationery. The entire suite was lovingly hand-printed on my 1918 Chandler & Price letterpress.
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Photo Credits: Christa Alexandra
Fall is right around the corner. Right? It still feels like summer in DC, even though we’re nearly halfway through September. But when it does eventually arrive, fall in DC is usually gorgeous: clear and crisp and bright. So my plan is to start shifting away from summer cocktails and start talking about fall cocktails, a bit crisper and darker than what you’d find in the summer. I find that beer is a great ingredient for these sorts of transitional cocktails: heavier, richer, but still effervescent. So this week we’re playing around with some fun lambic beer for our season opener, the Stone Wall. – Andrew
Illustration by Shauna Lynn for Oh So Beautiful Paper
The Stone Wall
1 1/2 oz Bourbon
1 oz Apple Cider
6 oz Peach or Raspberry Lambic Beer
3 Dashes Aromatic Bitters
Combine the bourbon, cider, and bitters in an ice-filled highball glass. Top with the beer and give the glass a gentle stir. Enjoy!
Lambic beer is part of a special family of beers – wild beers, mostly brewed in Belgium but a few over here in the States. Most beers today are fermented using strains of cultivated brewers yeast, but for many centuries before the discovery of yeast beers were fermented by wild bacteria and yeasts. Lambics are still made this way, exposing the raw ingredients of beer to the open air and letting wild strains work their magic. The result is a sharply tart and dry brew, so most lambics are flavored or fermented with fruits to sweeten and balance the sourness. (They’re not stocked in every liquor store, but ask around and check for big pint-sized bottles on back shelves. They’re worth a try.)
So the Stone Wall – a play on the very classic and perfect-for-fall Stone Fence – combines sweet, oaky bourbon and sweet, mellow apple cider with a lip-smacking, sweet-tart blast of fizzy lambic. The lambic’s summer fruit notes help add sweetness, balance, and a sense seasons changing. Plus, it’s still tall and cold and carbonated enough to feel refreshing if the weather’s still as muggy as ours. You know, versatile.
Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper
Happy Friday everyone! We’re looking forward to a low-key celebration of Sophie’s 2nd birthday this weekend. We decided not to do a party this year, since little brother or sister could arrive at any moment (which makes party planning a bit difficult!) – and even though Sophie is still pretty clueless when it comes to the concept of a birthday party, we plan to do something small at home. There will definitely be cake involved! But in the meantime…
Rainbow cake // Photo by Nicole Hill Gerulat for One Charming Party via Bump Smitten
…a few links for your weekend!
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Check back soon for this week’s cocktail! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and I’ll see you back here next week! xoxo
My sweet girl turns two tomorrow. Two! A legit little kid on the verge of becoming a big sister (even if she doesn’t quite realize it yet). We could never have imagined how much joy and laughter she would bring to our lives – or how my heart feels like it could burst with love for her. Happy birthday Sophie!
p.s. Sophie turns one
All photos by me via Instagram
Jenny Prinn abstract painting via Serena & Lily / Moglea greeting card