Feb
03

Man, that Punxsutawney Phil does not mess around! When he says 6 more weeks of winter, he means it. Since we are all snowed in today I thought it would be a great chance to reflect on some of our favorite snowy wedding photos and even find some icy inspiration. So while you are bundled up in your snuggy by the fire sit back and enjoy. The sidewalk shoveling can wait a day!

 

Be sure to try some of our "I'm stuck in the house and going crazy recipes" at the end of this blog. They are sure to brighten your spirit!

Here is a quick shot from the cocktail deck this morning... Sorry squirrels, time to bunker down!

 

 

Special thanks to Elegant Images for all of our snow wedding photos below. 

 

 

Winter Inspiration boards provided by the Wedding Wire Blog

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tatiana's- HOT TODDY!


INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 oz brandy, whiskey or rum
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1/4 lemon
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 tea bag

Preparation:

  1. Coat the bottom of a mug or an Irish coffee glass with honey.
  2. Add the liquor and the juice of the lemon quarter.
  3. On the side, heat water in a tea kettle and add the tea bag to make hot tea.
  4. Pour the steaming tea into the glass and stir.

Shannon's Shamrock'in Stew


INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 to 2 pounds beef top round steak, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 pound carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen peas
  • DUMPLINGS:
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley, optional


DIRECTIONS:

  • In a large bowl, combine flour, salt if desired and pepper; set aside 2 tablespoons. Add meat to bowl and toss to coat.
  • In a Dutch oven or large soup kettle, over medium heat, cook the meat in oil until no longer pink; drain. Stir in tomato sauce, water and reserved flour mixture. Add onion, marjoram and bay leaf; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
  • Add carrots; cover and simmer for 45 minutes. Stir in peas. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes for until the vegetables are tender. Remove bay leaf.
  • For dumplings, in a large combine flour and baking powder. Stir in milk, egg, oil and parsley if desired. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto simmering stew. Cover and cook for 12-14 minutes or until done. Do not lift the cover. Serve immediately. Yield: 8 servings.

Leona's Lemon Icebox Cookies (ok, they are really Martha Stewarts)


INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, (spooned and leveled)
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar, for rolling

DIRECTIONS: 

  1. In a food processor, pulse flour, confectioners' sugar, salt, and lemon zest until combined. Add butter and process until sandy. Add egg yolks and lemon juice; pulse until dough comes together. Divide dough in half and form each into a 1 1/2-inch-wide log. Wrap in plastic and freeze until firm, about 2 hours (or up to 1 month).
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, with racks in upper and lower thirds. Spread granulated sugar on a piece of parchment; roll logs over sugar to coat. Slice logs into 1/4-inch-thick slices and arrange, 1 inch apart, on two parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake until cookies are golden brown around edges, about 15 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through. Transfer cookies to wire racks to cool.



 

Jan
09
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No one said it better than Howard Weinstein in the Movie-Father of the Bride, "It's a good thing snow is white, it works." We could not agree more! We just love it when the estate is covered in a fresh blanket of snow. It is even better when you have an adventurous couple like Julie and Jared who wanted to get out there and have fun with it.

Julie and Jared were a great couple to get to work with through out the planning process. Actually it was Mom Peggy who worked tirelessly as their own personal "Franc" to make sure that everything was just like they envisioned it.

Many clients often ask us if we host weddings year round? The simple and obvious answer after looking at these photos is yes! Just because the typical wedding takes place May thru October, don't get locked into the idea that you have to do the same. Having a wedding during our Off-Season is a great way to save on the budget and separate your event from the rest!

Special thanks to Kammi and Ross Bothwell with Elegant Images for all of the amazing photos.



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Lionscrest Manor Recommended Vendors from this event

Caterer- Greens Point Catering, Longmont CO
Cake- Colorado Rose Cake Co, Berthoud CO
Chocolate Fountain- Sweet Temptations, Loveland CO
Coffee Vendor- Espresso Affair Denver, CO
Photography- Elegant Images & Photographs, Firestone, CO
Florist- Flowers Elite, Firestone CO
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Apr
01
Who said winter has to be cold! Thanks to Susan and Elliott's Spicy Red Winter wedding love can melt snow in February.

With a 4 pm indoor ceremony Susan and Elliott were joined by 80 guests for an intimate winter wedding celebration. With touches of Ivory and Cherry Red the wedding took on a classic look with a hot twist set against the palette of fresh snow outside.

Susan's Cherry Red heels were the perfect statement and finishing touch to her bridal attire.

While the guests enjoyed to cocktail hour inside the couple ventured outside for some amazing photos as husband and wife. Once again the Elegant Images photography team of Kammi and Ross Bothwell struck gold with this adorable couple.



Wedding Menu from Greens Point Catering

Appetizers

Warm Eggplant and Fire Roasted Vegetable Dip
Served with grilled breads

Butternut Squash Tart
Parmigiano, winter truffle, local honey

Buffet

Artisan Breads

Caesar Salad
Parmigiano, croutons and Caesar dressing

Oven Roasted Turkey Breast
Served with both Cranberry Jalapeno Relish and House made Tasso with
Creole mustard

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Roasted Seasonal Vegetable Medley




The couple made sure to include all of their guests in this special day by greeting them table by table after the meal and then rolling into dancing with music from Pure Sounds Productions. At the end of the night the couple was sent on their way by family and friends out in our fountain courtyard. Their choice of song for the send off, "All You Need is Love". I think that Susan and Elliott's song choice is fitting, in the end, after the dress has been bought, the invitations ordered, the menu planned and cake cut it all comes down to love. Love is what you take with you and hopefully what your family and friends carry forward as a memory from your special day.


Congratulations to Susan and Elliott! May love be your guide in your life journey together.

Lionscrest Manor Recommended Vendors from this event

Decor- Reale Decorating

Caterer- Greens Point Catering

Cake- Colorado Rose Cake Co

DJ- Pure Sounds Productions

Photography- Elegant Images

Liquor- Party Liquor

Florist- Boulder Blooms

Apr
27

Elegant Stemboat Snow

With a nasty spring snow storm on March 26th that dropped around 15 inches we definitely had our work cut out for us with Deandra and Brian's Wedding on the 27th. The good news is that as I am a member of the Alderman clan we were able to shift their rehearsal to Brian's parents shop and then practice again on the 27th at LCM before the wedding guests arrived.

There was a ton of snow on the grounds but the roads were cleared by our awesome road crew and ready to go that day with no delays. So even though we still had to go inside for the ceremony I think you can see that the photos turned out great (thanks to Ross with Elegant Images & Photographs).

I have known Brian for 10 years now and I can honestly say, I havenever seen him so completely in love. He was so happy as he stood infront of Deandra during the ceremony that I could actually see hissmile wrap around to the back of his head!

Elegant Pronouncment

Now that I have thoroughly embarrassed my brother-in-law I better move on to the rest of the event. The food was amazing and the Greens Point Catering staff handled the transition from indoor ceremony to reception flawlessly as usual. Booth 66 photo booth was there as well and provided everyone, young and old with lots of laughs. For decor Deandra chose chocolate brown linens with our gold vine overlays. This elegant look was topped off by flowers from Kathy with Flowers Elite in ivory roses and sunset orange calla lilies. These colors off-set by the snow created a beautiful romantic winter dream.

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Deandra and Brian's special day reminded me of childhood when you come in from snow sledding to a nice cup of warm hot chocolate and board games with the family around the fire. Maybe that is the ultimate complement for any event is when it leaves you with a feeling of warmth, love and nostalgia.

Lionscrest Manor Recommended Vendors from this event


Officiant- Happy Feet Wedding (Pastor Manon Weber), Loveland, CO
Caterer- Greens Point Catering, Longmont, CO
Cake- Colorado Rose Cake Co, Berthoud, CO
DJ- Pure Sounds Productions, Loveland, CO
Photo Booth- Booth 66, Loveland, CO
Photography- Elegant Images & Photographs, Firestone, CO
Florist- Flowers Elite, Firestone, CO