Wednesday, November 10, 2010

{blog around the world} elegant decay #7

i cannot stress enough how much i adore my blogging community and today’s post just proves it. i want to introduce you to the first {blog around the world} feature organized by my friends aleah + nick over at {valley & co.}. they put together this elegant decay shoot and decided to have each one of us showcase it and take you on a scavenger hunt throughout some amazing blogs for inspiration, tips and much more.  here is what aleah + nick had to say about the shoot:

we're  aleah + nick valley of Valley & Co. and we're so excited to partner with some of our most favorite blogosphere friends for this blog around the world: elegant decay post! today you're invited to a worldwide scavenger hunt on these awesome blogs where you'll find snippets of our elegant decay photo shoot, designed to show off the after effects of a celebration: fun! we all spend so long putting together amazing designs and table scapes for our couples, and this shows off the end result {and the most important element}: enjoyment. we hope you enjoy this - thank you to all of our friends for participating and be sure to visit these other fabulous blogs for more photos, ideas, tips, and fun!

design + styling and joy cards: aleah + nick valley of valley & co.
photography: jeremy leffel:
floral design: anne bradfield of floressence:
crystal and marble decorative candle accents: vintage pieces from nick's mom
venue, dessert, and drinks: palace ballroom by tom douglas:
linens: choice linens:
chairs, silverware, and china: aa party rentals: 

{my inspiration}
at my dinner parties no table is complete without a refreshing pitcher of sangria. my father is famous for his, but unfortunately he doesn't like to share the recipe with anyone. after many years of my sister and i secretly observing from a distance we think that we figured it out. 
 to serve this delicious wine punch i suggest a terra cotta pitcher.  i can't explain it but it just taste better or maybe its because practically every portuguese family owns one or ten, a wooden spoon and some gorgeous glassware.

glasses {ikea} wooden spoon {crate & barrel} pitcher {crate & barrel}

{sangria portuguesa}
 1 bottle of red wine
2 cups of orange juice
1 cup of lemon lime soda
2 shots of peach schnapps
3 shot of brandy
1 shot of triple sec
1 shot of port wine
2 tablespoons of sugar
1 apple, cubed
1 orange, cubed
2 cups of ice

In a large pitcher, add all the ingredients and stir. 
enjoy and don’t forget to make refills.

{p.s} don't tell my dad.

continue the hunt with...
Bubble Rock  @stephbubble Magnolia Rouge  @rubyandwillow  Cap Classique  @capclassique
 Brancoprata @brancoprata  The Demoiselle @The_Demoiselle  Engaged + Inspired @EngagedInspired
 Postcards and Pretties  @postcrdsprettie  Paper Garland @papergarland  Sparkle and Hay  @sparkleandhay 
 Superburbs @superburbs  Every Last Detail  @ELD_Lauren 
Brenda's Wedding Blog @weddingsites
 Niche White @NicheWhite  Simply and Forever KatieSaeger  Bride Goggles @BrideGoggles
 Landlocked Bride @LandlockedBride  Forget Me Knot Weddings  @forgetmeknotwed

 Fabulously Wed  @fabulouslywed  The Bride Suite @thebridesuite 
 Enchanted Dreams Wedding & Affairs @NaomiVGoodman  Marry You Me  @MarryYouMe
 Luna and Chloe Weddings @lunaandchloe  La Petite Coquin @lapetitecoquin
 Glamour and Grace Weddings @GlamandGraceWed

you can also find us on twitter under the #ElegantDecay hash-tag


  1. Thank you so much for including the sangria recipe. I have been looking for a good sangria for quite a while now, so I will definitely have to give this a try. Some extra little "love" that no other recipe has had. Your secret is safe with me!

  2. Chris, this is awesome! Thank you so much for sharing this! Your dad's secret is safe with us :) We'll be making this for the holidays! A + N

  3. Fabulous idea.... now we know where to come for a party!!! Guess what will be on all our tables these holidays!

  4. Oooh Sangria is just to die for. I gotta try that recipe. Chris at 3:45 pm you are going to see how great minds think alike. Love it! xo

  5. Love your take on this!!! How fun

  6. Big fan of Sangria. And your recipe sounds just delicious! Going to have to try it some time! Fabulous job, Chris!

  7. Love your inspiration on this fun post!! Xo-megs

  8. No way would it look so elegant if everyone had a bit of that delish sangria!!
    Awesome post. Love it -which isn't anything new about your blog!! Super !

  9. Yum! I can't wait to try that Sangria! This post is fantastic - can't wait for more.

  10. I love how you added your inspiration!! I love that sangria pitcher! I love Sangria and am always on the hunt for a great recipe! Thanks Dad!

  11. Such a gorgeous shot, and I can't wait to try your Papa's sangria recipe-sounds delicious!

  12. Oh those flowers! And I'm dying to make this sangria recipe - how sweet of you to include it!

  13. Wonderful so happy for you!! Lovely thoughts and images!Mmmm Sangria...

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  14. Oh Chris, this is just fabulous - Sangria is a quick way to my heart :)

  15. Great inspiration Chris! Go Sangria! "Blog around the world" is a very funny idea. Congrats! Hugs, Marianna:*

  16. love sangria and this post! thanks for the extra goodie :)


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