DIY :: Skinny Margaritas

In honor of Cinco de Mayo we checked in with our cocktail specialist, My Diary of Us , to provide us with one of her favorite Mexican treats - the skinny margarita! Bottoms up, friends!

All you need are fresh limes, your favorite tequila, and a natural sweetener like Agave and you are set for relaxation and summertime dreaming!

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 Cup of Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1 Oz. of Silver Tequila
  • 1 Tbsp. of Agave Nectar
  • Salt (optional)

*You can add a little water here too if you like your margarita less tangy or strong!

Directions:

  • Add all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake until chilled and well combined.
  • Rub a lime wedge around the rim of your glass and then turn upside down onto a plate with kosher salt and coat the rim of the glass with salt.
  • Fill your glass with ice, and pour margarita mixture over top.  Garnish with lime slices.
  • Serve immediately.

Real Puerto Rico Honeymoon Session by Bethany & Dan Photography

Lisa Ann and Jordan decided on a tropical destination wedding in Puerto Rico and took advantage of the scenery the day after their wedding for an underwater honeymoon session with their photographers, Bethany and Dan. From the bride, Lisa Ann about her destination wedding:

"We loved the sense of adventure that our destination wedding lent to the entire experience.  We chose a destination we had never visited before, in part because we wanted our wedding to be just as much of a "new adventure" for us as our marriage would be."

Lisa Ann and Jordan decided on a non-resort wedding in Puerto Rico and recommends this option to other destination wedding couples willing to be more hands-on in the planning process in order to be married in a remote location. The couple plans to cruise the Caribbean this Fall and includes Turkey and Thailand on the top of their travel wish list!

Photography: Bethany and Dan Photography

DIY :: Pineapple Sorbet Wine Cooler

Happy Thirsty Thursday! Nothing will get you in the mood for the weekend like this Pineapple Sorbet Wine Cooler brought to you by My Diary of Us! Because let's face it, if you can't be in tropical paradise right now you might as well have a sip of something that makes you feel like you are! One of these on the back patio in the sunshine will definitely transport you to a vacation state of mind!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Bottle Chilled Crisp White Wine (Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc)
  • 3 Cup of Pineapple (Frozen or fresh that you freeze the day before)
  • 3 Tbsp. of Honey
  • 3/4 Cup of Light Coconut Milk

Directions:

  • In a food processor or a high powered blender combine your frozen pineapple, honey, and coconut milk and process on high until the mixture is creamy and smooth.  At this point you can eat the sorbet immediately, but for the cocktail you will want to freeze it for at least 4 hours in advance.
  • Scoop out 1-2 scoops of the pineapple sorbet into a glass and pour white wine over top.
  • Serve immediately.

Hop over to My Diary of Us for more cocktail inspirations for your Thirsty Thursday!

Puglia, Italy Inspiration Shoot by Les Amis Photo

It's the weekend! Let's celebrate with this stunning photo shoot by Les Amis Photo sent over to us from Puglia, Italy! Read below for more details and vendors who created this gorgeous shoot.

This shoot designed by Marriage and Glamour and Les Amis Photo is inspiration for an Italian destination wedding. The team chose Puglia in Southern Italy as the backdrop because of it's romanticism complete with small stone houses that can be transformed into charming venues for an intimate destination wedding . For materials the focus was natural, handmade and eco-frieindly including pure linen and ropes for textiles. Natural local-made paper donning olive wreaths was used for place cards, menus, and invitations showcasing the plant that is considered the banner of Puglia.  As small favors, a crusty bread typical of Puglia was placed at each table setting. The bread was served in small bags with the following proverb: "Bread and tomato produce healthy blood and warmth." Along with ancient pottery and silver cutlery on the tables, centerpieces were made with simple whites and greens mixed with herbs of the Mediterranean region including rosemary, olive, chamomile, succulents. The dessert table was prepared with a plum cake flavored with lemon, cheese cake with lavender and finally many small biscuits and sweets with almond paste typical of Puglia. The bride and groom were styled to fit the romantic and vintage setting.

Photography: Les Amis Photo

Design: Marriage & Glamour

Hair & Makeup: Barbara Laneve

Floral Design: Michele Zaurino For L'Olmocolmo

Cake Design: Giusy Verni

Stationery: Shhh My Darling

Dress Design: Alessia Baldi

Locally Made :: Cocó Beach Wear

Looking for a custom bikini while vacationing or honeymooning in Costa Rica? Look no further! Cocó Beach Wear bikinis are made locally and are the perfect combination of surfer functional and fashionably fit. One look at their Instagram feed will have you dreaming of life on the beach, as they showcase their new designs as well as their tropical travels.

All photos courtesy of Cocó Beach Wear. Hop over to their Instagram feed (@cocobeachwear) for bikini inspiration for your next Costa Rican vacation!