Our job is typically busy looking a year into the future, so it’s so much fun for us when a last minute project falls onto our plate and keeps us on our toes! We were so excited to be called by the amazing FlyteVu team to help out with design for a last minute yoga sweat session at the top of FGL House during CMA Fest! It was such a great process with a lot of hands on deck to make the morning memorable. I think the many attendees were excited about the outcome of the event and the local artists they got to meet!
The second I met sweet, adorable Megan, I knew we would be instant friends! This girl radiates love and enthusiasm, I just couldn’t wait to meet her fiancé, Tommy, and hear more about their love story.
They chose the beautiful Historic Franklin to share their vows. The quaint church ceremony followed by a fabulous, high energy reception at The McConnell House, was the perfect recipe to start off their marriage. And even the little bit of rain during their first look was bound to bring good luck to these two, because the day couldn’t have been any more perfect! Oh, and did I mention that Jeni’s Ice Cream Truck was there?! We’ll just say it was a delish 🙂
Ceremony Venue: St. Paul’s Presbyterian
Reception Venue: The McConnell House
Wedding Coordinator: Christina Logan Design
Photographer: Leslie & Dusty Photography
Flowers: Lauren Marie Atkinson Designs
Cake: Whole Foods
Ice Cream: Jeni’s Ice Cream
Can you believe it’s already July? No matter where you are at, summer sun is shining and temperatures are going up! At CLD, we are cooling off with some of these awesome, refreshing drinks that feature in-season ingredients (with a non-alcoholic sipper for Christina, of course!).
Indulge and enjoy the heat!
Who doesn’t love fresh summer berries? And if you are going to drink wine in the heat, a great rose is the perfect pairing. After a few weeks in the Hamptons, these two ingredients came up all the time, so let’s marry the two! This drink was also inspired by the Mason Shaker’s “The Frenchie”
– A handful of your favorite berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries)
– A wedge of lemon
– 5 mint leaves
– A glass (5 ounces) of light rose wine)
Toss all ingredients in a shaker and muddle well. Add ice, shake and strain into your favorite wine glass. Top with extra berries and mint leaves.
Fresh Strawberry Lemonade
– 1 cup fresh lemon juice
– One cup simple syrup (infuse with mint or vanilla bean for extra yumminess!)
– 2 cups water
– 2 cups sparkling water or soda
– One pint strawberries, sliced
Add lemon juice, simple syrup, water and half of the strawberries to a pitcher and refrigerate for at least 2 hours to let strawberries infuse. When ready to serve, strain out the infused berries, add soda and fresh strawberry slices and serve.
– 4 slices of cucumber
– 1/2 ounce lime juice
– A few mint leaves
– 2 ounces of vodka
Muddle cucumber, mint, lime juice and vodka in a shaker. Top with ice and watermelon juice and shake. Serve over ice and add sparkling water.
Enjoy those hot summer temps and these luscious drinks responsibly 🙂
We can’t lie–even though we have offices in Nashville and Los Angeles, we here at CLD are beach girls at heart. Lucky for us, we frequently get to work near one of the most nostalgic, historic, and beautiful beaches in the world: the 27 scenic miles of Malibu.
But we also can’t lie about the fact that with those 27 miles comes a wide variety of options and choices when it comes to getting married. There are historical inns, hotels, private estates, oceanside restaurants, and quite a few beautiful chapels, just to give you an idea. So why not check out one venue that brings so many of those options right to you?
Meet Malibu West Beach Club.
Situated at the northern end of Zuma Beach, MWBC was made for beautiful weddings. Ceremonies take place on the patio looking straight into glorious waves and perfect sunsets, without your guests having to tackle the sand. The adjoining ballroom feels like the classic hotel ballroom, with ample space for nearly 200 guests, but without the feel of actually being in a hotel!
Under events manager Jacqui Spiros, Malibu West has made a few awesome upgrades in the last year. The bathrooms have undergone a complete remodel, along with new kitchen updates. The kitchen allows caterers to prepare onsite, and there is also an enormous bridal suite for your bridal party to relax and primp in perfect lighting.
But the best changes have occurred in the reception area. The room features new rustic hardwood floors (no need to bring in a dance floor!), and the elimination of a few walls for even more space and light to shine through. Unlike hotel ballrooms, which typically have a set décor theme, this blank canvas allows any wedding color scheme to work perfectly or can transform for the more eclectic tastes (we have seen a goth-themed wedding pulled off here to perfection!).
But it gets better. Malibu West is also unique in that you are allowed to bring in your own caterer and you own alcohol (all subject to licensing and insurance, of course!). So after maybe saving some cash by hitting up Costco or BevMo for libations, you can splurge in other areas from fancier food, extra flowers or whatever your heart desires!
Historic location? Check. Privacy? Check. Fine dining? Check. Ability to be transformed to the most unique of tastes? Check! Malibu West just might have it all…
Stay tuned in the next few weeks for even more photos from a recent CLD wedding hosted at Malibu West!!
Everyone likes to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day a little differently (if they celebrate it at all!). We’ve seen all out revelry and bar-hopping, big Irish family potlucks, downing that glass of Guinness, or just simply adding that hint of green to an outfit to avoid getting pinched.
At CLD, we like to keep things on the classy side, so here are two fun St. Patrick’s inspired indulgences to get the evening of the 17th started:
So this is not 100% Irish, but it features and celebrates the best of everything: Whiskey from Ireland, Scotch from Scotland, and Pimm’s from England. Combined with some lime juice, agave and shaken vigorously, this cocktail is surprisingly smooth… but it could still easily leave you with the “Irish Flu” in the morning You have been warned!
1.5 oz Irish Whiskey
0.5 oz Single Malt Scotch
0.5 oz Pimm’s Liqueur
0.75 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
1 oz agave syrup
Orange peel for garnish
Chill a martini glass or coupe in the freezer. Add all liquid ingredients to a shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously, for at least 15 seconds. Pour into chilled glass and garnish with twisted orange peel.
Banana Kicker Milkshake
Think milkshakes are just for kids? Of course not! Especially when whiskey is in the mix!
2.5 oz Irish Whiskey
1 oz milk
2 big scoops vanilla ice cream
1 banana (chopped and frozen if possible)
Green food coloring (totally optionally, but makes it festive!)
Add all liquid ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth, but still thick. Enjoy!
We hope all of our readers have a fun (and safe!) St. Patrick’s Day wherever, and however, you like to celebrate!
Weddings may be CLD’s forte, but even we love to mix it up with other events. Case in point: Super Bowl Sunday is just around the corner and CLD is definitely celebrating!
Hopefully your invites have already been sent, but we have a few great ideas if you are in need of last-minute inspiration. Football parties are traditionally on the more casual side, but that doesn’t mean that the food cannot be delicious! One way to satisfy a wide variety of tastes (and food allergies or diet preferences)? A small buffet that allows your guests to customize their treats.
A taco bar is easy to assemble: have a few large bowls of sautéed veggies with spices and different meats, then put out the assorted condiments alongside. Be sure to have the basics, like sour cream, a few salsas, some chunky guacamole, lime wedges, cilantro and black beans. Have both corn and flour tortilla taco shells for everyone to enjoy.
Another cool option? Pizza bar. To save time, order in a few large plain pies and ask them to be cooked slightly underdone and pre-sliced. Have out small bowls of a wide variety of toppings. Feel free to go beyond basic pepperoni and veggies, and maybe try prosciutto, pear wedges, gorgonzola crumbles or sundried tomatoes. Guests can assemble their own slices and you can finish them off in your oven for about 2-4 minutes at 400 degrees.
Finally, no CLD event would be complete without some original cocktails! We do not have any team allegiances here (as the Titans nor the Eagles made it this year), so we’ve come up with tasty treats for both teams.
1 oz Pendleton Whisky
1 oz Fireball Cinnamon Whisky
0.5 oz lemon juice
1 oz soda water
Garnish with lemon wedges!
Seattle Not-So-Skinny Vanilla Latte
3 oz cold coffee
1 oz half and half
1.5 oz Kahula or coffee liqueur
0.5 oz Vanilla vodka
These can be assembled ahead of time in individual mason jars and stored in the fridge. When guests arrive, put the jars out in a basket next to an ice bucket. Everyone can throw a few ice cubes into their drink of choice, then shake away and enjoy!
No matter which team wins, CLD hopes all of our readers have a fabulous and safe Super Bowl Sunday!
Holiday season is in full swing! Today we have 2 fantastic recipes to get you in the mood for the holidays and are perfect for your own parties as they are easy to make in bulk!
Combine all ingredients into your favorite pitcher and chill for 1-2 hours. Serve in small glasses, garnished with a small sprig of rosemary.
Makes 4, 1.5 ounce shooters
3 oz peppermint schnapps
3 oz Godiva white chocolate liqueur
Combine two liqueurs into a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously, then divide between 4 shot glasses. Garnish with peppermint sticks.
Enjoy these holiday treats at your next fiesta or fun dinner at home. Please enjoy responsibly and have fun at all of your holiday events!
Doesn’t that sentiment make you swoon a little? I mean, besides my parents, who else do we know like that? Okay, well now that I think about it, my in-laws, 2 good friends from high school and an old co-worker … but it has to be rare, right??
Well I can certainly say, what Jessica & Sam have, is rare. I just look at their eyes light up when they see one another and make each other laugh and tease the other person like they’re still in algebra 2 trig bored out of their minds. Their families are truly engrained in one another and became one 10 years ago. They battled long distance in college, each had time to be with out the other, and found that they are just better together.
I have never laughed so much when planning a wedding and must continue to keep tabs on these two. Thanks for letting me be part of your big day!