DIY: Italian Aperol Spritz

"While spending some time in Italy a couple of weeks ago, a friend of mine, American wedding accessory stylist and designer Jessica Gallo mentioned something she noticed over the past year she has lived in Northern Italy---a fun drink all the Italians sip before meals. That drink is The Aperol Spritz. It's fun, summery, and completely refreshing. The perfect drink to sip on before your meal arrives and an absolutely wonderful signature cocktail for a Summer wedding! We were set on bringing this tradition back home to American weddings and events." -Danielle Nichol Photography

Here is the recipe:
  • 1 1/2 ounces Aperol
  • 3 ounces sparkling wine, chilled
  • Sparkling mineral water or club soda, chilled
  • 1 orange slice or twist
Photography by Danielle Nichol

Elegant Pink Wedding

"Tasha and Juan were married at the beautiful Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Garden. An unnaturally cold spring meant that a lot of the flowers weren't blooming yet, but here and there pops of color would jump out at you, and the grounds were immaculate. Hotel Julien completely outdid themselves for the reception, and because the groom has a love for 80s music, they hired a Chicago-based 80s band called Weird Science for the second half of their reception! There was also a candy bar at the reception, complete with toothbrushes (the bride is a dentist!) and the quote: "Love is kind, love is sweet, take a treat, but brush your teeth!" During the toasts, the bride's father got up to play a song for his daughter on the keyboard and brought everyone in the room to tears. And for the first dance, the bride and groom spent a few months rehearsing a salsa dance to wow the crowd!" -Rachel Ruffer Photography

Vendors: Photographer: Rachel Ruffer Photography | Ceremony venue: Dubuque Arboretum |  Reception venue: Hotel Julien Dubuque | Wedding Dress Designer:  Allure and Maggie Sottero | Dress Store: Manchester Brides and Weddings | Bridesmaids Dresses: Zazous Bridal Boutique | Florist: Konrady Florist | Hair Stylist: Angela Averkamp, Contempo Salon and Spa | Cake: Nikki Copes | 80s Band: Weird Science 

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