Monday, June 27, 2011

Take Me Down The Aisle

Walking down the aisle is your shining moment, walking to your groom with all friends and family watching. Make it a moment to remember with fun and interesting aisle decorations. Add flowers, lanterns, petals, trees, or anything that fits you theme. Make your aisle beautiful with fun details that you want to photographed with while walking down as a bride and walking away as a wife. You can make your ceremony space as beautiful as your reception space with a few special touches.

Pictures From:
Elizabeth Anne Designs
Martha Stewart
Polka Dot Bride
Urban Bride
Wish Special Events
Pink Frosting

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Sneak Peek :: Kristina Dorough Photography

Here is a sneak peek at some of the great photos I took of Stephanie and Leigh for Kristina Dorough Photography at a park in Northern Virginia. Website is coming soon, hopefully, and more pictures too. My photography business will work with both social engagement and wedding photography, as well as commercial photography. I look forward to being able to capture all the precious and wonderful moments in couples and families lives. To get pricing and more information please email

{ some picture quality does not translate over to blog }

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Micky + Keith :: Real Wedding

On a peaceful, sightly rainy day in May, Micky and Keith tied the knot in front of a beautiful rock waterfall at 2491 Restaurant. The day started a little crazy, but everything came together and the ceremony and reception were perfect. Leis were combined into the ceremony and both Micky and Keith gave there parents leis to celebrate Micky's Hawaiian heritage. Micky made some amazing flower cones filled with fresh rose petals for guests to throw as the bride and groom walked down the aisle as husband and wife for the first time. The cocktail hour was moved inside due to the rain and combined with the reception, yet guests still enjoyed hors d'oeuvres and drinks into the night. Instead of a traditional cake, cupcakes were on a tiered display with a bride and groom cake topper. The day was amazing and beautiful despite the rain. Congratulations to Micky and Keith! 

Venue:  2941 Restaurant (
Photographer: Photo Bisou (
Cupcakes: For All Cupcakes (
All paper products (menus, signs, programs, invitations, photo cards, flower cones): DIY by the bride

Testimonial From the Bride:
"We planned a small scale wedding at a high-end restaurant in Falls Church, VA called 2941.  With all of our DIY elements, we knew we would need help setting up on the day.  Kristina was such a delight to work with, very professional, and well organized as our wedding "day of coordinator".  From the minute we first met with her, Kristina was helpful in the months leading up to our wedding and I was very confident that she understood my "vision" for the day.  She had done her own research of our venue so that she would be comfortable with the layout and know the flow for our event.  Despite a few weather glitches, Kristina coordinated with the venue staff and set up every detail for our ceremony outside on the terrace.  She also managed all our ceremony music using iTunes on our laptop.  Furthermore, Kristina helped set up our centerpieces and cupcakes for the reception and transitioned elements from the ceremony outside to the reception space inside.  Overall, Kristina's wedding day services are a great value for the price and matched perfectly with our intimate modern wedding.  We would recommend Kristina to anyone who needs wedding day or other private events services."

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Winter in July (well June) :: Rustic + Cranberries

Although it is only June, we are already starting to plan parties and weddings for the winter season. I absolutly love the use of cranberries! A lot of these items are DIY and you can make as a centerpiece at home or at your wedding or event. What a great way to decorate your office for the holiday season then with some fresh cranberries and some birch? Here is a taste of some of the great winter inspiration coming your way as summer winds down... Enjoy!

{ I don't know where the pics are from since it was made at work. Credit due to anyone who took this great photos }

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Rustic Blue + Yellow :: Oxen Hill Manor

On a beautiful Sunday afternoon, I had the pleasure to be at a wedding at Oxen Hill Manor in Oxen Hill, MD. Their color scheme was light blue and yellow, which worked perfectly with the house. They used lots of flowers and candles to keep a comforting aura throughout the entire house. There were many great flowers and great lighting throughout the house. Here are some of the great pictures from the wedding. Enjoy! { All Pictures Taken By Kristina Dorough Photography }

Design by: My Simple Details

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Manspired Drinks

Some men may think that women are the ones that make all the decisions, but there is at least one area the man can make an important decision... the BAR. Here are some great man-inspired drinks that will make for an amazing groom or male cocktail at the bar.  These are  a mix of some hard liquor and beer drinks, so grab a glass and make a manspired drink {women you can enjoy these too}.


Juice of ¼ Lemon
1 oz. Triple Sec (Curacao, Grand Marnier or Cointreau are also acceptable)
1 oz. Brandy or Cognac

How to make it: Stir with ice and strain into a cocktail glass


2 oz. Blended Whisky
2 dashes Bitters
1 tsp. Sugar
Splash of Soda
1 strip Orange Peel
1 strip Lemon Peel

How to make it: Muddle the sugar and bitters together in an old-fashioned cocktail glass. Add some ice, soda, and whisky. Stir and garnish with the orange and lemon peels

A Hole In One

1 1/2 oz Johnnie Walker Red Label
1 tbsp honey
3 oz unsweetened tea
1 lemon wedge

How to prepare it: Add the Johnnie Walker Red Label, honey and unsweetened tea in a glass; stir it and serve over ice. Garnish the drink with a lemon wedge

Black Velvet

3/4 pint Guinness
1/4 pint champagne

How to prepare it: Pour Guinness in a tall glass and top it off with champagne

Black and Tan

1/2 pint Smithwick's Ale
1/2 pint Guinness Draught

How to prepare it: Add the Smithwick's Ale to a pint glass, and then add the Guinness by pouring it over the back of a spoon

Manhattan (Dry version)

¾ oz. Dry Vermouth
1½ oz. Blended Whisky

How to make it: Stir with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Serve with an olive


1 lime
2 ounces of cachaça
sugar to taste
ice cubes

Wash the lime and roll it on the board to loosen the juices. Cut the lime into pieces and place them in a glass. Sprinkle with the sugar and crush the pieces (pulp side up) with a pestle. (We have a long, wooden one from Brazil, made specifically for this purpose.) Just enough to release the juice, otherwise it'll get bitter. Add the cachaça and stir to mix. Add the ice and stir again

Recipes and Photos from:
Ask Men
The Bar