Ahhh, what a week! Bridal Market arrived NYC and it had been non-stop lace, tulle, silk and of course lots of bling!! Editors worldwide, have been traveling around NY reviewing the new bridal collections of all your favorites and believe me…traveling all over the city with moments to spare between each show takes a lot out of you. Unlike Fashion Week, each designer picks their location so you could be up town for 11:00am and then race to the village (some 40+ blocks away) for a show at noon, only to head back to midtown for the show at 1:00pm.
But, just as hard as we work (and believe me this is work), we also celebrate each other, the designers and toast another successful season.
Grace Ormonde hosted a party at The Plaza, to celebrate her new book “being in love never goes out of style” and yes, we celebrated in grand style. Towering floral arrangements, fresh hand-rolled sushi, a create your own Indian food station, a bevy of designer celebrities, industry professionals and white-gloved service was a wonderful way to begin bridal market. It was truly an affair to remember.
Martha Stewart Weddings held a party in their chic offices complete with candy bar, manicure station and some of the cutest mini bites and cocktails I’ve ever seen. It was festive and so nice to see designers so relaxed and mingling with everyone.
To cap it off, The Knot celebrated at the Grand New York City Library on 42nd Street. With the feel of Monte Carlo, and 50-foot floor to ceiling floral bride (created by none other than Preston Bailey based on the collection by Monique Lhuillier) at the entrance that was breathtaking. The design was so chic and I loved the areas on the stairs and alcoves where you could rest and have comfy chats with friends, new and old.
Because I want you to celebrate this “Wine Wednesday” in true bridal market style, these are two wedding cocktails featured at the Knot Party by ‘St-Germain’. This French liqueur made from handpicked elderflower blossoms is lovely and refreshing, I’m sure they will be a hit at your wedding.
The St-Germain Cocktail
2 PARTS Brut Champagne or Dry Sparkling Wine
1 ½ PARTS St-Germain
2 PARTS Sparkling Water or Club Soda
METHOD:Fill a tall Collins glass with ice. Add Champagne first, then St-Germain, then Club Soda. Stir completely.* Garnish with a lemon twist, making sure to squeeze essential oils into the glass.
St-Germain and Champagne
½ PART St-Germain
TOP WITH Brut Champagne, Dry Sparkling Wine or Brut Rosé
METHOD:Pour ingredients into a chilled fluted glass and stir lightly. Float half a strawberry as a garnish. Drink a toast to the elegance of simplicity and the divinity of les fraises fraîches.
VARIATION:Experiment with other garnishes. A lemon twist, or raspberries perhaps. Just don’t tell the strawberries – you know how jealous they can get..