Margaret + Glenn’s Mountain-Inspired Wedding Invitations

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you had a restful and relaxing weekend! DC is super hot and muggy in the summer, and these days I find myself craving the crisp (and humidity-free) air of the mountains. And since I’m stuck in DC for the time being, I thought I’d start the week with two beautiful nature-inspired wedding invitations! First up, some beautiful illustrated mountain-inspired wedding invitations from Brynne at Harken Press!

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From Brynne: Margaret and Glenn will be married 11,500 feet above sea level, high up in the mountains of Keystone, Colorado. Their outdoor summer wedding is a nature lover’s dream. The venue is truly rustic and romantic, surrounded by mountain views and open sky. Guests have to hop on a chair lift to reach the lodge ceremony site.

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Since both the bride and groom are originally from Louisiana and most of the wedding guests will be traveling from the South, I used illustrations to help capture the picturesque surroundings and the mood of their unique wedding weekend.

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Thanks Brynne!

Design: Harken Press

Printing: StationeryHQ

Check out the Designer Rolodex for more tal­ented wed­ding invi­ta­tion design­ers and the real invi­ta­tions gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: Harken Press

Friday Happy Hour: Moonshine (aka Unaged Whiskey Cocktail)

A couple of weeks ago, we received a question from reader Jane B.: There’s been an flooding of moonshine on the market these days and I’m wondering what kind of cocktail can you make with moonshine? Any ideas would be welcomed.

I love this question! Because there are two ways of answering it: the really easy, short way, where I get right to the point and talk about a fun cocktail. And the much longer way, where I get to talk about all sorts of interesting things, like barrel aging and Prohibition and chemistry and history and stock car racing. So get set. – Andrew

Unaged White Whiskey Cocktail Recipe OSBP 13 Friday Happy Hour: Moonshine (aka Unaged Whiskey Cocktail)

Ok. To get right to the point for everyone who’s just interested in our recipes and Nole’s beautiful photos: if you see moonshine for sale in a store, you’re seeing a marketing gimmick. Some folks are trying to pass of regular unaged whiskey as moonshine. It’s not moonshine. It’s unaged whiskey. Moonshine is, more or less, privately distilled illegal spirits. It might be distilled from corn or sugar or wood pulp. It might be 80 proof or it might be 180 proof. It might be mostly ethanol, which you can drink, or it might be full of methanol, which could blind you. You might be able to buy it, in an actual mason jar of course, if you know a guy who knows a guy whose cousin knows a guy who makes moonshine. You can’t buy it in a store. But unaged whiskey marketed as moonshine is trendy. It’s forbidden. It’s Americana. It’s cool.

And that’s ok. There are some great unaged whiskeys for sale today. And unaged whiskey, also called white whiskey or white dog whiskey, can stand on its own as a spirit, though a very different beast from an aged bourbon or rye whiskey. Unaged whiskeys carry lots of raw flavors, like sweet corn and fruity notes, the sort of flavors you might expect form a silver Tequila, without the agave’s sour finish. I love the way white whiskey pairs with apertif wines, so here’s my contribution:

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Unaged White Whiskey Cocktail Recipe Card Nicole Miazgowicz OSBP Friday Happy Hour: Moonshine (aka Unaged Whiskey Cocktail)

Illustration by Nicole Miazgowicsz for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Ghost in the Graveyard

2 oz Unaged Corn Whiskey
3/4 oz Dry Vermouth
1/2 oz Dry Curacao
1/4 oz Maraschino Liqueur
2 Dashes Orange Bitters

Combine the whiskey, vermouth, curacao, and liqueur with ice and stir well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and top with the bitters. Garnish with a lemon twist and enjoy.

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Didn’t I say this was the short version? Yeah. The Ghost in the Graveyard will look like a Martini but taste completely different: sweet and fruity from the corn, with its rougher edges mellowed by the vermouth, and finishing with the citrusy and nutty notes of the liqueurs and a bit of the whiskey’s alcoholic heat. Served ice cold, it’s  actually quite apt for summer, both refreshing and full of sweet summer corn notes. It’s deeply satisfying and one of the recipes I’m prouder of.

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Like an unaged silver or blanco Tequila, a white whiskey is full of alcohol heat and sharp, rough edges – so try pairing two ounces of white whiskey with an ounce of triple sec and 3/4 ounce lime juice to make something like a whiskey Margarita. White whiskey also pairs really well with apple cider and with ginger beer. It’s versatile, but don’t think of it like a rich, oaky bourbon or a deep, spicy rye.

Want to know more about white whiskey and the history of moonshine? Keep reading!

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Happy Weekend + Reader Survey!

Happy Friday everyone! Before we all go running off for the weekend, would you mind filling out a quick reader survey? It has been more than a year since the last one – and we’ve added a lot of new content to Oh So Beautiful Paper since then! I’d love your feedback as I prepare to make more changes to Oh So Beautiful Paper in the coming year (and hopefully make it better than ever!) You can find the short survey right here. But in the meantime…

 Emily McDowell Failure Print Happy Weekend + Reader Survey!

One of my favorite prints from Emily McDowell – and available in a brand new color way!

…a few links for your weekend!

This week on Oh So Beautiful Paper:

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

Sophie Style: Toddler Bedding

We’re getting ready to make some big changes to the nursery: preparation both for a shared nursery after baby no. 2 arrives in September and for Sophie to move to a toddler bed! Sophie isn’t quite ready just yet, but we’re pretty sure she’ll be there in a couple of months so I’ve been keeping an eye on cute toddler bedding in anticipation. Today I thought I’d round up a few of my favorite finds!

OSBP Toddler Bedding Round Up Sophie Style: Toddler Bedding

1. Bonjour! pillow by Erin Jang for Land of Nod (absolutely loving this new capsule collection!); 2. Auggie Pretty with Pink Collection bedding; 3. Farmer’s Market Bedding by Erin Jang for Land of Nod; 4. Colette Bream toddler bedding; 5. + 6. Sundae Best duvet cover and ice cream pillow by Oh Joy for Land of Nod; 7. Ferm Living neon raindrop pillow; 8. Land of Nod Surprise Party Bedding; 9. Dwell Studio galaxy pillow; 10. Ko-ko-ko shop knit cloud pillow

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Calligraphy Inspiration: Written Word Calligraphy + Design

I am delighted to be introducing you wonderful OSBP readers to the work of a truly lovely lady! Karla Lim is the hand behind the beautiful work of Written Word Calligraphy + Design. Based in Vancouver, Canada, Written Word offers custom calligraphy and illustration for events, invitations, logos, you name it! Karla — who is currently away enjoying being a newlywed herself! — is as delightful as her work. Take a look and see for yourself! – Julie

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Playful and dynamic, Karla’s calligraphy dances right off the paper. Her ink selections are spot on as they highlight the sweeps and curls of each line. Simply stunning!

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It almost feels as if Karla’s writing transforms into water or air and floats around the paper; it’s just one of the many reasons why I adore modern wedding calligraphy styles.

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To see more of Karla’s work, head over to her website to check out her beautiful portfolio. Also be sure to follow her on Instagram for more behind the scene peeks at new projects.

Photo Credits: 1 – This Love of Yours Photography; 2-7 Karla Lim