I LOVE YOU TO THE MOON AND BACK

September 25, 2014

“I love you to the moon and back.”

One sentence that describes this couple perfectly. Ali and Alex were so fun to work with while planning their special day, or should I say Eastern Shore Wedding Weekend. St. Michaels just happens to be their home away from home and a place they knew they wanted to say ‘I Do.” We were so excited to plan out each and every intimate detail, from the rehearsal dinner to the welcome party, the Saturday St. Michaels scavenger hunt, wedding, after party and brunch. Needless to say it was a full weekend with so much love and celebration for these two.

We are excited to give you a look into their special celebration; you can’t help but smile seeing the love they have for each other!  Congratulations Ali and Alex!

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Venue: Kirkland Manor

Decor and Florals: Amaryllis

Catering: Linwoods

Photography: Amy Raab

Videography: Blue Sky Films

Tent: Eastern Shore Tents

Entertainment: Pop Culture Strings

Entertainment: Sound Connection

Hair and Makeup: Abigail de Casanova

VENDOR SPOTLIGHT: LAURA ASHBROOK PHOTOGRAPHY

September 23, 2014

Now that you have had a chance to see some of Laura’s work via our Behind the Scenes of EVOKE post, we wanted to introduce you to her and allow all of you the chance to get to know Laura better. As the owner and lead photographer of Laura Ashbrook Photography, Laura has an incredible talent we want to share with you!

Grab a cup of coffee, sit down with us and get to know more about Laura:

1. When did you realize your talent and love for photography?

I signed up to be the year book photographer in high school, simply to get out of class. I had no idea I would really start to enjoy the entire experience.

2. How would you best describe your style?

I’m constantly refining/reinventing my style. Some stylistic components will always remain consistent, but recently I’ve been incorporating more elements of glamour and high fashion.

3. What do you look for in a potential client?

Couples with whom mutual trust is easily established and who value a storytelling approach to photography.

4. What is one thing you wish you could tell each couple as they select their wedding photographer?

3 P’s of Photography (Strive for a balance of all three)

1) Product: You absolutely love the finished products…storybook album, canvases, slideshow to music, etc.
2) Personality: You are excited about the personality that will be behind the lens all day
3) Price: If photography is a priority to you, you may find yourself investing more of the budget towards your photographer that the average bride and groom

5. What if I am nervous about being photographed?

I am not necessarily comfortable being in front of the camera myself, so I am always sure to give lots of directions during portrait sessions. As a photographer, we definitely have a lot of control on how we capture our subjects and each moment throughout the day. For example; simply by the lens selection or direction of light, we have the ability to make an individual look 15 pounds lighter or 15 pounds heavier. I take on the challenge to of capturing that “sparkle” in everyone and work to make each client feel at ease in front of my lens.

6. What do you love most about what you do?

I love working with people. I am amazed that our brides and grooms invite us into some of the most precious moments of their lives, with their closest friends and family. Each couple, family, and day is a new adventure and a new story to tell!

To see Laura’s work head on over to her website!

THIRSTY THURSDAY WITH A FALL TWIST

September 18, 2014

The air is becoming crisp and we are getting into the thick of event season. Take a load off and get inspired by some of these Fall inspired cocktails.. and maybe try a few!

Autumn Cocktail

Maple Spice

2 oz. spiced rum 1/2 oz. maple syrup 1/2 a lime, squeezed 4 oz. apple cider a sprinkle of ground cinnamon a cinnamon stick, to garnish Ice A lime wedge Turbinado sugar

Run the lime wedge around the rim of a highball glass, then dip the glass in the turbinado sugar. In a cocktail shaker, add ice and mix together all remaining ingredients. Shake until combined. Pour into cocktail glass, add cinnamon stick and enjoy!

Autumn Cocktails

Apple Ginger and Cranberry Vodka

2 cups apple juice 2 cups cranberry juice 100 ml vodka 2 cups ginger ale Ice, to serve

Place the apple juice, cranberry juice and vodka in a blender and whizz until pale pink and frothy. Pour into a large serving jug, add the ginger ale and a good handful of ice. Serve immediately.

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Bourbon and Honey Sage

Honey Sage Infused Simple Syrup:

1 cup water 1/2 cup honey 10 fresh sage leaves

Cocktail:

1 1/2 to 2 ounces Kentucky bourbon honey and sage infused simple syrup 1 orange peel 1 sprig fresh sage

In a pot over high heat, bring water, honey, and sage to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 2 minutes. Turn off heat and allow the mixture to cool completely. Remove sage. Once the syrup has cooled, fill a lowball glass with ice. Pour bourbon over ice and fill the glass with the simple syrup. Squeeze the orange peel over the bourbon to release the oils and place the peel in the glass. Stir and garnish with sage.

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