March 31st, 2010 | Posted in engagement, portrait
Wow, I had a great afternoon in Austin having fun and laughing a lot with Heather and Rob. We started their engagement session at the site of their first date, the fabulous Blue Star Cafeteria. A huge thank you to Nathan and everyone at Blue Star for being so accommodating. We ended the day perched high above Austin at Mt. Bonnell with a stunning sunset.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t give a shout-out to Heather’s wedding planner, Cortney Zieky of BZ Events for always being on top of the details! Brides, if you don’t have a wedding planner, please stop what you’re doing and hire an experienced planner NOW. You won’t regret it and your other vendors will love you for it!
Heather and Rob, I can’t wait for your November wedding!
I love this shot, probably my favorite. I just love the pink wall at the Blue Star, yayness!
I love it when couples can have fun and be themselves.
Sunset brings such pretty colored light.
Ok, let me explain. Rob is a huge Star Wars fan and he brought along a fun prop as a bit of a joke, but since I’m a total Sci-Fi geek I loved it. I think Heather’s expression explains her feelings, but she was a great sport!
March 17th, 2010 | Posted in weddings
As promised today we’re sharing some of the details from Katrice and Michael’s wedding. It was a pleasure to work with these great San Antonio vendors!
Venue: The Club at Sonterra, San Antonio
Florist: Floral Elegance
Cake: Cakes and More by Cynthia
Invitation & Stationery Design: Arispe Creative
Kim and Bobby Arispe at Arispe Creative did a wonderful job with the invitation concept & design. Thanks to Bobby for the photo.
March 5th, 2010 | Posted in fun food friday
With Girl Scout cookies being sold at the entrance to every grocery store I thought it would be fun to share with you my all-time-favorite cookie — a butter cookie called Sables. The recipe comes from Baking From My Home To Yours by Dorie Greenspan. This book is chocked full of classic, easy to make homestyle baked goods like grandma used to make. I think it’s a staple that everyone should have in their cookbook collection.
These cookies remind me of those danish butter cookies you used to get in the tin at Christmas but 20 times better. I originally made a lemon version but I think the plain butter are the best.
2 sticks of Unsalted Butter at room temp. (I use European style butter for a richer flavor)
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup sifted powdered sugar
1/2 tsp fine sea salt
2 large egg yolks, room temp.
2 cups all-purpose flour
coarse decorating sugar
Using a stand mixer beat the butter until smooth and creamy. Add the sugars and salt and beat for around a minute. On low speed add the egg yolks and beat until it is combined.
Turn off the mixer add flour and cover mixer with dishtowel to prevent the flower from covering the counter. Pulse the mixer 5 or 6 times. Remove the towel and turn the mixer on low for 30 seconds or so until the dough looks moist and without flour on the surface.
Turn the dough out on the counter and divide it into two balls. Shape both balls into logs about 9″ long. Cover in plastic wrap and put in the fridge. Refrigerate overnight. They can be kept in the fridge for three days or in the freezer for up to 2 months.
When ready to bake heat the over to 350. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Take out a log of dough. Whisk an egg yolk and paint the yolk on all sides of the dough. Coat all sides of the dough with the decorating sugar. Slice the dough 1/3 to 1/2 inch thick. Put them on the baking sheet about an inch apart and bake for about 17-20 minutes. You want the cookies slightly brown on the bottom and golden brown around the bottom edges. Let them cool on the sheet for a couple minutes then transfer to a cooling rack.
These cookies will be a big hit. I have certain friends who will remain nameless that request these cookies be at our every meeting.
One of my favorite things about these cookies is that they are slice and bake and I can keep them in the freezer for any occassion.
March 3rd, 2010 | Posted in uncategorized
The fabulous Sasha Souza was recently in Texas promoting her gorgeous new book, Magnificent Weddings by Design and an inspiring new organization, Wish Upon a Wedding.
Wish Upon A Wedding was founded in San Francisco, CA, in January of 2010, by a group of wedding and business entrepreneurs and is America’s FIRST nonprofit wedding wish granting organization, producing weddings and civil union ceremonies at destinations across the United States for individuals facing terminal illness, regardless of sexual orientation. The organization is rapidly expanding with new chapters coming online quickly. For the many ways you can help please visit their website.
We also had a little fun with Sasha in San Antonio.
Jennifer Ramirez-Jasiczek, Sasha Souza, Yours Truly (and the lovely Wendi Poole behind the camera)