Today we’re throwing it back to a style shoot we did four years ago. It was an election year, and the upcoming Presidential election was all over the media, so I was inspired to see how a wedding could have a political twist. After a few phone calls, I put together an amazing team to make it happen. From the “rustic Americana” wedding invitations to All-American mini pies in mason jars, we think the details of this event have the potential to sway the vote of any party enthusiast at heart!
Our beautiful bride looks stunning…
Doesn’t a Bi-Partisan Sparkler sound like the perfect signature cocktail for this soiree?
Mason jar pies by Simply Decadent are SO perfect. Adorable (and delicious)!
“Let’s get this party started!” napkins make a great touch – plus, guests can choose a side – which makes a great conversation starter.
Look at that handsome, patriotic groom…
Spirit Ranch is magical in the evenings… don’t you love this setting for a wedding?
As part of “A Campaign for Happiness” – guests are asked to leave advice for the new Mr. & Mrs. in the “ballot box”
Using this card with advice for each “side” as the couple serves a “lifelong term” together in wedded bliss…
Escort cards with tiny campaign buttons make a fun display AND takeaway for the guests to wear as they storm the dance floor…
LOVE the wording on this invitation. Love.
Striking red peep toe pumps? Yes, please!
Before the happy couple speeds away, a quick photo op. And a limo decked out – dignitary style.
Special thanks go out to the following for their tremendous help with making this style shoot come to life:
Spirit Ranch : Linda McMillan Photography : Simply Decadent Bakery : Puttin’ on the Ritz : First Class Tuxedo : Bella’s Bridal : Devault Floral : Gourmet Pantry : Emily Adams on Fire : Limousines of Lubbock : Haute Hair by Cristina : Host and Toast
If you want to see more, we were lucky enough to have the details of this style shoot featured here on Pizzazzerie.com
For our Aloha Team Dinner, I decided to keep the prep easy for BBQ Pulled Pork tacos by using a slow cooker, and this recipe turned out to be a keeper!
Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork
- 1 (3-4 lb.) boneless Boston butt pork roast
- 1 jar Kelle B Santa Fe Apple BBQ Sauce (we also sell this at Barque)
- 6 cloves of garlic, peeled and minced
- 1 white onion, coursely chopped
- 1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
- 2 bell peppers, seeded and chopped into 1/2 inch slices
- 1 32 oz. container of low sodium chicken broth
- 2-3 cups of water
- chili powder
- salt and pepper
Remove the netting from the pork roast and generously rub it down with chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper on all sides. Place it in the slow cooker and add chopped onion, jalapeno, bell peppers and garlic.
Pour BBQ sauce over the top, add chicken broth and water (enough to barely cover the top of the pork).
Cook on the high temperature setting for 2 hours, then reduce to low for 4-5 hours. If you’re not able to change the temperature, just cook it on low for 8-9 hours.
Warning: This pork will make your house smell AMAZING! 🙂
Once you’re ready to serve, remove the meat from the slow cooker and place it on a cutting board. Cut away the obvious fat, and shred the meat. If you want even more flavorful meat, retrieve some of the veggies from the pot, chop them up and add mix them into the meat before serving.
This pork is great for tacos, sandwiches, burritos… it’s very versatile. And for how easy it is, that’s a beautiful thing.
Summer’s over and our lockers are ready for School to start!
After our Aloha Team Dinner, I hated for all of the decorations to go to waste, so we gave our lockers one last summer wardrobe change. We know it won’t last long, but we’ll savor Summer as long as we can! And we just can’t get enough of these pretty painted pineapples…