Lowndes Grove Staircase

In the heart of Charleston, South Carolina, surrounded by 14 acres of beautiful oak groves and river views is the enchanting Lowndes Grove Plantation. This beautiful venue offers a magical one-of-a-kind setting within its Lowcountry lawn. Although the outside of Lowndes Grove is magical, we are swooning over the spiral staircase inside the historic plantation’s main house. This venue will have you and your guests living in a fairy tale.

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Spiced Pear Bourbon Cocktail

Nothing beats cocktail hour, but oftentimes fruity cocktails are pushed away, while some only drink them. This spiced pear bourbon cocktail may be the solution to a picky drinking crowd. Combining this subtle sweet pear flavor with the spice and kick of ginger and bourbon in one delicious cocktail is appealing to many drinkers. Cheers!


Makes one cocktail

Ingredients:
1 1/2 ounces bourbon
1 1/2 ounces pear purée (recipe below)
1/4 ounce ginger liqueur
1/4 ounce agave nectar
1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon allspice dram
Soda water to taste
2–3 dashes Hella Bitters Aromatic Bitters (from the Craft Your Own Bitters Kit)
Freshly cut thyme or sage sprigs for garnish

Directions:
In a mixing tin or cocktail shaker, add the bourbon, pear purée, ginger liqueur, agave nectar, lemon juice, and allspice dram.

Fill with ice, shake well, and strain into a cocktail glass, filled with fresh ice.

Add soda to taste, and give two to three shakes of Hella Bitters Aromatic Bitters.

Gently smack the fresh herbs to release their aromatics, and place them in the finished cocktail.

For the pear purée:
Peel, core, and coarsely chop three pears. Purée the chopped pears and two ounces of lemon juice in a blender until smooth. Strain and press the pear mixture through a fine-mesh strainer or chinois, discarding the remaining solids. This mixture yields enough to make four to five cocktails.

Lulu and Roo “Modern Palm Springs” Wedding Invitation

This week, we are swooning over this invitation design and gorgeous handwritten calligraphy by Lulu and Roo. The natural greens and soft pink, modern Palm Springs–inspired design throughout certainly brings together elegance and charm in a with-it way. Nothing beats detail down to the stamp.


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Picture-Perfect Backdrop

A photo backdrop is a beautiful addition for a creative couple to create memories on their big day. We are loving this light panel look combed with gorgeous greenery with pops of red accent flowers. By adding a picture-perfect backdrop, the photographs from your wedding will have an added charm unique to your special day.

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Floral Ice Cubes

The key to a Pinterest-perfect bridal shower is in the details. An ice bucket to keep champagne and other beverages chilled is a detail that can be overlooked and easlily lack style. We are loving this effortless element that can take your bridal shower to the next level. All you need is an ice tray and some spray roses, and you'll be impressing guests. A little Mumm Napa rosé won't hurt either. 

Guest Post: Aerialist Press Invitation Wording Guide

Happy engagement! Alexandra from Aerialist Press & Foiled Invitations here. A big thank you to the Little White Book team for having us guest post today! 

If you’re in the early stages of your wedding planning and even as you dive in a little further, ordering your wedding stationery will be one of your big to-dos. While selecting the perfect color pairing and a design that is a flawless prelude to your celebration are some of the most exciting parts of planning (especially for a paper lover!), understanding all the etiquette rules for wording your invitation likely isn’t as thrilling. 

That’s where we come in! We are happy to take the stress out of this part of the planning process. If you’re like most couples, you’ll find yourself asking the usual questions regarding proper etiquette and wording verbiage. We’ve heard them all. To help you know just what to include, we’ve created a fun, pretty-to-look-at guide and infographic that outline all the key elements of an invitation.

Answering all your questions down to what the different attire options really mean, registry sharing, and whether that extra reception card is needed, we like to think of it as a quick cheat sheet for invitation wording. Our favorite pro tips and tricks are also included, offering details of post office handling and how to gracefully get your beautifully composed invitation safely into the hands of your guests.

Looking for more? We also created a comprehensive list of 21 wording examples for every celebration style you can think of. You can visit the full post up on the Aerialist Press blog.

Happy planning! 

Sweet, Sweet Florals

We've got a sweet tooth, and this floral wedding cake is making us swoon! The handcrafted buttercream blooms are absolutely perfect and reminiscent of the rest of the florals in this gorgeous Savanah Elopement shoot. Delicate, elegant, and understated, this cake is seriously stunning. 

Red Moon Over Manhattan Signature Cocktail

This time of year, we're always on the hunt for a cocktail to get cozy with, and this one from Sugar & Charm is a perfect twist on a true classic. This recipe mixes a little red wine into a classic Manhattan topped with some gourmet cherries. We dig it. 

 

Red Moon Over Manhattan Cocktail Recipe

2 ounces red wine

1/2 ounce bourbon

1/2 ounce simple syrup

1 large round ice sphere

3 gourmet maraschino cherries

Directions

Shake all of the ingredients together with ice for 20 seconds. Rub orange peel around the rim of the glass. Add in the ice sphere, and strain the cocktail over the ice. Scoop one cherry to place inside the drink, and add two more on a twig or cocktail stirrer to garnish the glass. Enjoy this new classic!