Floral Meringue Sandwiches with Lemon Curd Filling


I love the idea of giving away a sweet treat to guests as they leave a wedding, so I recently asked The Jewels of New York to come up with 4 dessert wedding favor ideas to share with Once Wed readers. Today we’re sharing the first recipe in the dessert series, Floral Meringue Sandwiches with Lemon Curd Filling. These delicate beauties are almost too pretty to eat, right?


Floral Meringue Sandwiches with Lemon Curd Filling Ingredients

Makes about 2 dozen sandwiches

8 large egg whites

2 cups sugar

3 tablespoons meringue powder

orange blossom extract, rose extract, peppermint extract

orange, pink and green food coloring

1 11-ounce jar prepared lemon curd (Wilkin & Sons brand preferred)


Preheat oven to 175 degrees. In a heatproof mixing bowl, combine egg whites, sugar, and meringue powder. Set over simmering water and whisk until sugar dissolves, about 2  minutes.

Pour contents into an electric mixing bowl. Use whisk attachment on medium speed, then high and beat until stiff, glossy peaks form, about 10 minutes. Divide meringue into 3 separate bowls. Add 3-4 drops of orange blossom, rose, and peppermint extract to each bowl. Then mix in food coloring to tint meringue and match to each flavor.

Transfer each mixture to a pastry bag with a large round tip. On parchment paper draw a template with 1 ½” round circles with 2 inches spacing in between. Flip over to use as a guide and spray lightly with nonstick spray. Pipe each circle with meringue forming small round discs. Bake each sheet for 1 hour or until dried through. Let cool completely and store in airtight containers.

To form each sandwich, spread ½ a teaspoon of lemon curd onto bottoms and finish with a meringue on top.

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

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07.02.13 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured

Invitations for less from Ann’s Bridal Bargains


Are you on a tight budget for your wedding? Are you afraid that finding budget friendly invitations may mean that your selection will be limited? Well, we have found the perfect place for you to find the beautiful discounted invitations you’ve been looking for! Our sponsor Ann’s Bridal Bargains is a one-stop shop for discounted save the dates, invitations,  stationery, and accessories for your ceremony and reception.

Ann’s Bridal Bargains has a great selection of invitations for you to choose from that will fit within your tight budget. And Ann’s makes it easy for you to find perfect save the dates and wedding invitations by helping you search by color, price, and theme. Purchase your invitations in a complete suite to make planning even easier! You can also search their expansive selection of ceremony programs, menu cards, and place cards to create a cohesive look for your wedding day.

Ann’s makes planning your wedding simple by also providing you with a massive selection of customizable accessories for your ceremony and reception. After you order your custom invitations, pick up some monogrammed wedding napkins, balloons, or even personalized mason jar mugs! Ann’s Bridal Bargains is proud to make shopping for wedding accessories easy and affordable for you.

No more searching craft stores and wedding shops to pull together all of your wedding accessories! Find it all with one visit to Ann’s Bridal Bargain. So do yourself a favor, and drop into Ann’s Bridal Bargains to look through their huge selection of custom invitations and wedding accessories!

07.02.13 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Hand Tied Garden Bouquet Tutorial

There’s something about flowers straight out of the garden that adds such a loose and natural element to bouquets.  When possible, I try to pull a few local elements as they always lend a softer feel to an arrangement.  In this tutorial, you’ll see how we take some blooms ordered from a wholesaler -namely, coral charm peonies (at their peak in May and June), bupleurum, and a few peach hypericum berries- and pair them with local blooms and greenery for a garden-swept, natural bouquet.

To achieve this look on your own, you can take even your most basic grocery store flowers (I look for peonies, stock, lisianthus, or spray roses) and pair them with clippings from nearby.  Spring and summer are some of the most beautiful months for seasonal flowers, no matter where you’re located.  Raid your backyard, the backyards of your friends, and watch for pretty things growing wild on the roadside (I always recommend keeping a pair of flower clippers and a bucket in your car for wildflower finds).  Flower gathering is always more fun with a companion, and for me, my little daughter, Florence, always wants to come along.

For the bouquet in this tutorial, I won’t lie, I paid my mother’s amazing South Carolina garden a visit.  She grows the most gorgeous peachy-blush amaryllis, which completely make this bouquet!  It’s such a treasure hunt foraging for local product as you never know what you’ll find.  On the day of this shoot, we found climbing roses, magenta peonies, dianthus, guara, mint and queen anne’s lace (which is a great one to look for on the side of the road by the way!)

Now steps to put together your hand-tied garden bouquet:

1) Once you’ve done all your flower picking, prepare each stem by taking off all of the leaves, buds, and foliage that is below the top 5-6 inches and lay all of your stems out on a picnic blanket or on your kitchen table.  If you skip this step, you’ll find that the leaves, etc. that are too low will only get in the way.

2) I recommend first starting with a few stems of greenery so you’ll have something in your hand to weave in between your flowers.  When creating a hand-tied bouquet, try to criss-cross your stems in at an angle.  This holds the bouquet together and keeps the blooms from being too close together at the end.

3) Next, add your biggest, showiest blooms (like amaryllis & peonies).  I generally like my garden bouquets to have a definite front (logically the side that is facing me when I hold out the bouquet in my hand) and I make sure to place my prettiest blossoms where they will be most noticed.

4) Then, add in your flowers that are more of the supporting roles (like queen anne’s lace, hypericum berries, gaura, and dianthus).  This gives some depth and textural interest to your garden bouquet.

5) Finally, frame your bouquet with some loose, draping greenery (like jasmine vine, ferns, or really any other type of foliage you can find around your yard…don’t worry if you don’t know what it’s called!)

6) Wrap with floral tape and finish with some pretty ribbon!

By the way, if you want to try your hand at growing some specific flower clippings, check with your local garden center for the recommendations for your area, but my favorites are amaryllis, foxglove, snapdragons, peonies (oh how I wish these guys would get huge down south, but it is too darn hot!), lavender, queen anne’s lace, jasmine, and hydrangeas.

Photography: Jordan Thompson of Landon Jacob / Flowers/model: Sarah Swinson Shell of Fern Studio | Styling: Jessica Parks Rourke of Parkside Wedding Studio


06.28.13 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Old World Villa Wedding Ideas

There is something magically romantic about Villa Woodbine in Coconut Grove and our goal was to create a styled shoot that felt perfectly at ease with its Old World charm.  Our inspiration came from the Mediterranean Renaissance architecture of the Villa, with its Spanish arches, open air courtyard and colorful Havana tile.  We chose a color palette of soft yellows, peach, gold and terra cotta, punctuated with fresh herbs and citrus to play off of the earthy colors and rustic elegance of the location.

The foundation of our tablescape was a reclaimed barn wood table, which we dressed with lush florals in gilded terra cotta vessels, vintage brass candlesticks, amber glassware and delicate china.  A custom menu, hand lettered by Maybelle Imasa on golden paper, matched the letterpress invitation from Bella Figura that also featured her calligraphy.  A gorgeous Lazaro dress with ivory ruffles mimicked the courtyard archways and looked gorgeous in the soft afternoon light.

All of the pieces meshed seamlessly and the result was a classically elegant look that echoes the timeless appeal of the venue.

Design and Styling: Sugar(ed) Event Design and Planning | Photography: Ozzy Garcia | Floral Design: Julia Rohde | Cake: Gigi Mama Cakes | Vintage Rentals: Unearthed Vintage | Chairs, Plates, Glassware, Linens: Panache | Wedding Gown and Accessories: Chic Parisien, Lazaro Gown | Hair and Makeup: Makeup by Marz | Venue: Villa Woodbine | Custom Calligraphy: Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls | Invitation Set: Bella Figura

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06.26.13 / Featured, Real Weddings, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog