Summer Recap

Pains me to admit, but summer is drawing to an end and as homage to all things beautiful this summer I put together this collection of summer beauties.Some of this we we can still enjoy thru early fall but I am very fond of a recap …espeically when it means beautiful photographs. Here goes:  Gelato on a hot day, cafe au lait dahlias at a wedding ( we have more time with those) , blueberries and summer tarts, violas from the green market in cocktails, tomato with zucchini past and basil,  sunflowers and viburnum ( more of that to enjoy thru fall) , straw hats ( she’s about the cutest thing ever) , bunches of Fresh herbs from the market, white zinnia, garden time, growing strawberries, aperol spritzers ( seem better in the summer), lush green gardens, warm bike rides, buddlea and butterflies, big bunches of basil, eggplant steaks from Stone Barn garden, tall delphinium arrangements, Charles James at the Met, massive orange dahlias at home, nasturtium in salads, Flash mob picnics in the park …diner en blanc…cheers to a great, safe Labor Day weekend. 

 

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Summer Entertaining the Lighter Side

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The last summer entertaining entry was working off the fashion influence of black and white stripes, this one is much more laid back. Your food can be much of your decor.

Above and below is a recipe I saw from Food 52 from Martha Stewart, one pan easy peasy and colorful. I reduced my pasta and added zucchini out of my spiralizer. It its pretty amazing when you can get a lot of this from your garden if you are lucky enough to have one

Recipe Here: One Pan Pasta 

I have the paderno spirilizer available at Williams – Sonoma

I have a colorful platter with something for everyone options. I prefer romaine lettuce ends as my ” chips” over chips but some still want those cheese straws or chips!  I added spinach to my humus because more green is always better and topped it with an organic extra virgin olive oil and sprinkled some cumin on top.

Drinks frozen organic edible flowers which add color to your g & t or use Aperol or Campari for added color. For me Campari is bitter but I still like it with Cointreau, fresh squeezed orange juice and flowers of course.

Down the center of the table use pots of thick herbs wrapped in burlap , potted in terra-cotta , tin or wood, use them in your next meal or plant them later.

For linens with a meal from the garden I love a raw simple linen like the ones below from Charvet Editions I saw at John Derian ..one of my happy places.. or if on a wood table fun summer stripe napkins  from Les Toiles du Soleil ( new location in the Hamptons!)

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photos by Dorothy Pfeiffer and Brand websites

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A ( Mostly ) Very Green Summer Day

Starting out with my green juice, photo provided by Organic Avenue, than onto Kykuit for a high light tour, because I of course, wanted mostly to see the gardens. I didn’t want to leave but just live in the gardens, they are some of the most beautiful this country has to  offer and just walking thru  the gardens feels incredibly fulfilling. The tour of the gardens did end so we stayed as close as possible by heading to  Blue Hill at Stone Barn for another  incredible meal. They wonderfully accommodated my vegetarian leanings with a great eggplant steak.

A perfect summer day.

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Photos from Organic Avenue and Me ( Dorothy Pfeiffer)

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Summer Colors

While the fashion world turns to fall I am just not ready for it!  We are only 1 month into the 3 month long season, so I am fully enjoying summer colors in all their glory. Of course for me that is mostly in the form of flora.

Below:  Dahlias ,  Aperol Spritz cocktail at Montmartre, heirloom tomatoes from Union Square Market, salad with edible flowers from Union Square, bike ride along the Hudson on a perfect day, blue polish I wouldn’t wear any other season with Farrow and Ball color card, ageratum from the River Garden @ Union Square, and Greenhooks Gin and T with fresh Viola in my Garden . Summer on!

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Impromptu Summer Party – Black and white stripes

While we just got done with a weekend of parties here in the US we always want more. Summer is so often about last-minute get togethers ….which often turn out to be the most fun. Here are a couple of ideas to put together and have a smart look, easily done with a visit to a local nursery for centerpieces. While not detailed to death to stress you out these boards are meant to make it easy to put together with a few calls.

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Black and white stripe cloth, black charges, black and white polka dot napkins with shock of pink geranium for the table . The near rusty-brown hurricane base puts together one of my all time favorite color combos, black white and browns.

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Black table cloth with black and white striped napkin, Bellini modern chair, black bubble glass hurricane and a gorgeous mix of ferns for lots of texture * a  lovely note to your guests that both compliments and suggests!

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Black and white toile tablecloth, black and white ticking stripe for napkin and IN BLOOM NOW  a series of lavender plants and black glass candles for tabletop.

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Health, Wellness and … Flowers?

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As some of you who know me already know, I have been working hard the last year and half on health. A former assistant sent me a movie to watch, Fat Sick and Nearly Dead , since I had a similar condition to Joe Cross in the film. Well, I started juicing and thinking more about  plant-based diet and then along comes potential client Ana Zaharia, a holistic nutritionist looking for a florist for her wedding. Once I saw her website and what she did we became each others clients. Ana’s recipes were so delicious and easy, with the  juicing I started from watching the movie and Ana’s recipes and guidance, supporting what I learned in the film, I soon started feeling so much better. As Ana’s wedding rolled around I felt  very inspired and excited  to incorporate what she taught me into the decor. With greens being the most important part of my new regime I had that thought to make flowers out of some of the gorgeous heirloom lettuces floating around the green market and insert them into her centerpieces. I may very well have been more excited about the idea then she . Well they were a hit, so when I was asked to do flowers for a luncheon for Kathy Freston for her book on vegan lifestyle a form of this  design seemed perfect and met with rave reviews. So you never know where inspiration is coming from!

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And Ana and Chris are living happily ever after!

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A whole lot of pretty to start the weekend with

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Clockwise: Blue Nigella with Boissier mint box, Jo Malone orange blossom candle with tuberose, Laduree macron box with lysianthus, preppy wedding cocktail piece of blueberry and yellow peony in stripped ribbon wrapped vase, Japanese lysianthus with lady’s mantle and hyacinth, flowers on tamale at Pure Food and wine, Lady Chapel at Manhattanville College, Foxglove , black and white toile.

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Timing Your Wedding Photos – Before or After the Ceremony?

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With Sundays being lazy day…unless you are decorating a wedding I had a thought with a goal of 2 posts per week why not repost some of the wedding experts contributions from last year’s wedding planning series, starting with Danny Weiss our most popular of all of guest bloggers!
Enjoy

Originally posted on Cornucopia of Beautiful Things Blog:

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Danny Weiss of Danny Weiss Photo is todays guest blogger with tips on timing when to take wedding photos – his thoughts and why

I pulled this quote from Danny’s site I just loved, it’s what you want your photographer to see and capture.

“When I shoot weddings, that alarm goes off all day long. There are 1,000 of these moments – some funny, some joyous some sexy..

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Without a doubt, time is your most precious commodity on a wedding day. When you have oodles of it, amazing things can happen, photographically speaking. When you hear the dreaded, “We are behind schedule,” Brides, Grooms, MOB’s—everyone involved—goes into super stress mode. So what’s the secret to cruising through bride and groom portraits, family pictures and bridal party pictures with ease? Communication.

Many months before your wedding day, have a conversation with your photographer. (This should happen before you talk to…

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Now you have the Venue …make it your own for one night

 

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So you have your venue….and you realize not all items you  pinned or pined for are appropriate in the venue . You have started your first edit taking away things not right for your venue,  but there are still so many things you do love and still too many to make sense in one space. You want to make the night your own, put your stamp on the evening  as a couple. So sit back close you eyes and picture your self  in your wedding gown/tuxedo, walk into the room and what do you see. Now go back to your boards, your ideas and take those things that don’t fit into your mind’s eye out. Take what is left to your florist/event designer/ planner.  Now see how they want to edit, how they will make that evening come alive. Share something about yourself with them so they can be inspired by you. Many realities will naturally help be edit like the season, budget, availability of goods, etc . Than take a piece of you and make it original .

The next few posts will show clients who  added parts of their lives to really make it their own. Nancy and Libby,  while American spent many years in  Shanghai and Hong Kong . They married in the US , picked a great venue for a summer wedding on the water at The Lighthouse. They used bright orchids that reflected the season and brought in an Asian influence, Chinese symbol for double happiness on menu cards and napkins made by a fav seamstress in Shanghai ( maybe it was Hong Kong not positive) .  So this wedding really reflected who Nancy and  Libby are as a couple and the life they live together.

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Venue The Lighthouse

Caterer Abigail Kirsch 

Event Planning Rena Hecht/Red Letter Events

Flowers Cornucopia Flowers

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SPRIIIIIINNNGGGGGG!!!!!!!!

Will take a moment out of wedding planning to celebrate spring and all that comes with it!

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It doesn’t feel completely like spring just yet but the light has changed and as of 12:57 this afternoon we switched over from winter to spring . I’m fantasicing already! Walks in BBG, NYBG, Central Park, Madison Square Park, Battery Park, Central Park Conservancy Garden, The High line and all the green markets and all those cherry blossom festivals ahead. The moments standing near lilac with the sun on your face, the breeze and taking in that fragrance wanting the moment to last forever. 

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