September 8, 2010

Wedding Blessings...February...Romance and The Blushing Bride!

Your Inspiration.....The blush of your cheeks...

All things romantic in thought....

February birthstone is the Amethyst which symbolizes wisdom, money and is also said to attract positive energy.

February flower of the Violet Primrose symbolizes modesty, faithfulness, virtue and young love.

My absolute favorite flower is the peony. Yes, February brings us Valentines Day...the day to honor our one true love. Normally the color of red comes to mind, however, there is no more romantic color to me than a soft shade of pink....blush to be exact. Pairing romance with the beautiful and lovely scent of flowers will be our inspiration for our chosen blush roses, pink peonies, lilacs, sweet peas, tulips, ranunculas and a dusting of allium.

What venue could be possibly more romantic than a Tuscan Villa Winery? Evoke the Italian hillside with gorgeous gold, deep mauve, and blush  linens accented with gilded chargers and gold-flecked glassware. For the centerpieces, consider potted topiaries or mixing flowers in glass pots which sparkle in the candlelight glow. Hang vintage lanterns with slow-burning candles from the cellar's exposed ceiling beams. Large wrought-iron hurricane stands accented with a single blush hydrangea stand in various places throughout the room to create that Tuscan, romantic feel. This dinner seating uses a deep mauve accent pillow with matching linens for a bolder, more masculine feel paired with the decor of the winery.

When it comes to a seated meal, a wine-pairing feast is a must for a vineyard wedding. Your caterer can help you select the best wines to complement each course.Nothing goes better with wine than cheese. Ask your caterer to set up a station with big blocks of different kinds of cheese. Don't forget signage to explain where each cheese is produced.

Your wedding cake of blush accented with soft shades of mocha...

Your signature cocktail...The Blushing Bride!

As an alternative to plain Champagne, try this cocktail for rehearsal-dinner toasts. To make a Blushing Bride, pour 2 ounces of chilled passion-fruit nectar into a glass; gently pour in 3 ounces of cold Champagne, then 1/2 teaspoon grenadine. Do not shake or stir. The three will commingle as prettily as a flush spreading on the cheek of a shy bride-to-be.

Thank guests with sterling silver wine stoppers.

Attach personalized thank-you tags to bottles of fresh olive oil.
Offer mini bottles of wine from the vineyard's stock.

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