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Strawberry Rosé Sangria

At the beginning of July I had the pleasure of throwing my best friend (and fellow employee) an engagement party for her and her fiancé. More about that event in a later post, I promise. One of the drinks I served was quite a hit and it seemed perfect to share with you for when you need something to sip on during these hot summer days.

JS Weddings and Events, a Grand Rapids Wedding Planner and Floral Designer. A refreshing drink for those warm summer days. Strawberry Rose Sangria.

Strawberry Rosé Sangria

Ingredients:
1 (750 ml) bottle rosé wine
1 cup strawberry vodka
1 ½ cups citrus soda (I really like Fresca)
1 cup pink grapefruit juice
10 fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced

Instructions:
1. In a large pitcher, combine wine, vodka, juice, and half of the strawberries.
2. Refrigerate for an hour (can be refrigerated for up to 6).
3. Just before serving, add the soda, the rest of strawberries, and stir gently.
4. Serve over ice with strawberry garnish.

Yields: 1 Gallon

For a printable PDF, click here

JS Weddings and Events, a Grand Rapids Wedding Planner and Floral Designer. A refreshing drink for those warm summer days. Strawberry Rose Sangria.

Amy and Logan

August 24, 2016

There’s something about vaulted cathedral ceilings and romantic city ballrooms. From a Cathedral’s tolling bells high in their towers, to the resounding pipe organs echoing through the sanctuary, to a ballroom’s grand marble staircase, to the ornate panels and moldings with magnificent columns… I was made for these kind of architectural details.

It’s not every day that a friend hires you to help plan her wedding and design her flowers, but when Amy asked me for my help, I as beyond honored and immediately on board! I feel like I have been friends with Amy for decades, but in truth, we’ve only been friends for a little over 6 years. She’s just one of those people that is full of warmth, kindness, and nonstop laughter and makes you feel welcomed the moment you meet her.

For those of you that don’t know this, Amy is an incredibly talented graphic designer. She works for a small firm in Chicago but she also does freelance work. She has impeccable style and taste, so you can imagine my excitement to see what she would design for her invitations and paper goods.

With in a chic and modern color palette, and lush and romantic blooms, and details only a designer would plan, you have a gorgeous downtown Grand Rapids city wedding.

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CeremonyVenue | Cathedral of St. Andrew
Reception Venue | City Flats Ballroom
Design, Planning & Coordination | JS Weddings & Events
Photographer | Jamie Geysbeek
Floral Designer | JS Weddings & Events
Hair + Makeup | Parlour at City Flats
DJ | Jon Vredenburg
Transportation | GR Trolley Co
Paper Goods | AEO Design
Bakery | The Cakabakery

Spring Has Sprung

Spring is here and I could not be more ready for it. Winter in Michigan is always tough for me: the wedding season is over and I seem to wilt without the sunshine. Thankfully, this year I got go on a few international sunny holidays and I had a January wedding to keep me focused on a task. That being said, I am so glad that spring has arrived. I’ve been spending more time outside, soaking in the sunshine, and getting my hands dirty. This will be the second year that I will be transforming more of the garden into a cutting garden, and I’m eager to start digging. Since the last frost has not yet come and gone, it means I can really only clean up the beds and cut back old growth. But guys, the time is coming and I can not wait to show you what is in the works over here! Until then, here is what’s popping up so far!

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Sneak Peek: Sarah + Matt

Snowy winter skies and the city of Holland made for a wonderful backdrop for Sarah and Matt’s winter wedding.

I can’t wait to share all the details and more of The MittenTog’s photos!

Mike and Jenny

September 17, 2016

Mike and Jenny are probably the kindest and warmest couple I’ve ever met. Seriously. From the moment I sat down with Jenny and her sister to talk about the wedding, I knew Jenny was going to be an absolute delight to work with.

Jenny has an effortlessly relaxed demeanor, so it made perfect sense that her wedding consisted of a gorgeous, neutral color palette and beautiful, natural elements. And the only place to have such a wedding, the Downtown Market in Grand Rapids. From the mini topiary escort cards to the hand placed succulents at every guest’s place setting, each design element was curated to represent Jenny and Mike’s style and personality.

The couple was married in the airy greenhouse under the dreamy chuppah they built, with hundreds of fairy lights twinkling high above while the dusky autumn sun set. With an amazing hora dance and a Matron on Honor speach that filled every eye with tears, this day was filled with so many sweet memories.

Jenny and Mike, thank you for welcoming me into your life and family with open arms and for allowing my team and I to be part of your beautiful wedding! We wish you so much happiness and all our love to you as you start this wonderful new life together!

Mazel Tov!

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Ceremony + Reception Venue | The Downtown Market
Design, Planning & Coordination | JS Weddings & Events
Photographer | Alyssa + Drew
Hair + Makeup | The Parlour at City Flats
Chuppah | Made by the Bride
Ceremony Quartet | Brioso String Quartet
Officiant | Rabbi Michael Schadick
Floral Designer (personal flowers, centerpieces) | Ludema’s
Floral Designer (all other flowers) | JS Weddings & Events
DJ | Dream Productions
Catering | Martha’s Catering
Bar Service | The Downtown Market
Popcorn | Dorothy and Tony’s Gourmet Popcorn
Bakery | Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
Rentals | Baker Rentals
Macarons | Le Bon Macaron