Grapefruit Cocktail Recipe with Herbal Boutonnieres


Herbal Grapefruit Cocktail

Serves 4

1 750-ml bottle of Champagne, chilled
2 Ruby Red pink grapefruits
herbal simple syrup (recipe follows)

Cut grapefruits in half and squeeze juice, reserve to side. In each glass pour ¼ cup grapefruit juice, 2 tablespoons simple syrup and top off with champagne.

Herbal Simple Syrup
½ cup sugar
½ cup water
2 fresh rosemary sprigs
3 fresh thyme sprigs

In a small saucepan, combine the sugar and water and bring to a boil over high heat. Stir with a wooden spoon until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat, add the herbs and let stand for 1 hour. Pour the syrup through a mesh sieve into a jar. Let cool, cover and refrigerate until ready to use.


Herb Bouquet Tutorial
Small bits of herbs


1. Pick one long rosemary sprig and pluck the leaves on the bottom half.

2. Compare the sprig length with the desired glassware to make sure the sprig top sits slightly above the glass rim. Trim the sprig if necessary.

3. Use the rosemary sprig as the backing and build your way up with more herbs in different texture and color.

4. Hold the neck of your herb bundle and use thin twine to tie everything together – voila!

Photography: Bryce Covey | Recipe and Food Styling: The Jewels of New York | Assistant Stylist: Bespoke Only

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07.19.13 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured

Flowerwild Workshop

I couldn’t resist sharing some images from Flowerwild’s last workshop. If you are a creative interested in learning more about flowers and design, you should check out her site for more information. A little more from Kate about the workshop..

We met in the desert. 16 attendees from all over the globe with a common love. Flowers. It’s quite special to be amongst other people with your same set of passions, problems, and loves! 2 days of discussions and floral design topped off by an amazing shoot with Jose Villa. He photographed all the student works with many props provided by Jeni Maus from Found.

Within the framework of these various talents it was easy to create the images you see here. I was just wowed by all the talent we had in one room…people from all walks of life, with varying levels of skill, and different visions and approaches to the materials. I’ve been doing these for 4 years now and have to say this was the most rewarding season yet. My favorite things about the workshops are watching people grow their skills and form friendships that will last a long time…independent of me and Flowerwild. These attendees left as comrades and artists. It was wonderful. I am already plotting and planning and looking forward to the next ones.

We have 2 new workshops on the calendar for 2013.

Ojai October 1st and 2nd
Palm Springs November 12th and 13th

Please visit the Flowerwild Workshop site for more info or email Kate directly to reserve your space.

Photography by Jose Villa | Creative Direction and Styling: Kate Holt | Hair and Makeup: Mar Romero of Team Hair and Makeup | Props and Prop Styling: Jeni Maus of Found Vintage Rentals | Gowns:  b. Hughes Bridal | Venue: The Ace Hotel

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07.18.13 / Featured, Wedding Ideas Blog

Win 20 Yards of Habotai Ribbon from Froufrou Chic


What happens when you have a wedding in rural France and your ribbon order has not arrived?? Ginny Au found herself in such a state, and turned to her step-mother and artist Heather Cowie for help. Heather has been dyeing silk since the late 80’s, using it either as background to her mixed media artwork or other creations. Ginny took pieces of Heather’s dyed and torn silks and stripped them into ribbons. Together they further dyed linens and muslin for the wedding design… Froufrou Chic Ribbon was born.

With Ginny in the States heading up the marketing, styling and order production, Heather is based in Europe, dyeing and fraying at their summer home in Dordogne, France.

Heather says “I normally mix colors by intuition, so it has been a challenge to create colors in repeatable proportions with predictable outcome. Each batch of our ribbon is a little varied, but we love the touch of the hand in the hand-made.”

Together they have developed a luxury range of hand-made silk ribbons to purchase on their online store or custom order from their 32 color guide.

Ginny and Heather are graciously giving away 20 yards of silk ribbon in any color from their color guide to one lucky Once Wed reader! The winner will be announced July 23rd.


Bottom photo: Rylee Hitchner Photography

07.16.13 / Featured, News Blog

Elegant Outdoor Tuscany Wedding

Londoners, Lesley & Tim chose Tuscany as the place they would celebrate marriage with their closest friends & family.  The couple chose Villa Di Masseto, just minutes from Florence, as the wedding week venue for its gardens, orchard, and gorgeous view. With the natural surroundings so amazing, Lesley & the couple’s stylist, Ginny Au, aimed for simple, beautiful design that let the setting speak for itself. The flowers were picked up from the Florence market the morning of and combined with olive branches from the orchard on the property. For dinner decor, they chose a garland of olive branches down the center of one long table, watercolor place cards, and hand dyed ribbon from Ginny’s new ribbon line, Froufrou Chic, to wrap around the linen napkins(check back tomorrow for a ribbon giveaway from Froufrou Chic).

The ceremony took place overlooking the beautiful valley & dinner in the romantic olive orchard. Guests were welcomed to the ceremony with ice cream cones, Lesley walked down the aisle to Tim’s sister playing the violin, friends dipped their toes in the pool during cocktail hour, and Tim surprised his bride with a stunning tux by the end of the day before dancing the night away! It was the most wonderful week in Italy!

Photographer: Rylee Hitchner | Planner & Designer: Ginny Au | Location: Villa Di Masseto, Tuscany, Italy | Bridal dress: Jenny Packham | Brides shoes: M&S | Brides crown: Polly Edwards | Brides jewelry: earrings: Oliver Bonas; engagement ring: my mother’s; | Wedding Ring: Anthony Gray | Tables & Chairs Rentals: Preludio noleggi | Groomsmen Suit and Tux: Cad & The Dandy | Paper & Calligraphy: Sarah Robins Powell | Ribbon: Froufrou Chic

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07.15.13 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog