26 May

Summer cocktail inspiration | Photo by Marie Buck |  Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73317

We know we’ve still got like 24 days left until it’s “official” (yeah, yeah, yeah…), but to us Memorial Day has always marked the start of summer. So to celebrate this three-day weekend and kick off the sunny season, we thought we’d share a summery cocktail-focused shoot from Marie Buck Photography, GATHER Events, and mixologists extraordinaire, The Whaling Club. Prepare yourself for nautical accents and a cocktail menu full of fresh ingredients like blood oranges, blackberries, pineapple, and mint. Bottoms up, everyone!

Summer cocktail inspiration | Photo by Marie Buck |  Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73317

Will you get a load of those Moon Canyon florals? They just scream summer!

Summer cocktail inspiration | Photo by Marie Buck |  Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73317

Summer cocktail inspiration | Photo by Marie Buck |  Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73317

Summer cocktail inspiration | Photo by Marie Buck |  Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73317

Dan from The Whaling Club says, The “Sinker” highlights one of my personal favorite combinations, Scotch and pineapple, while the “Bowline” uses Jamaican rum to add a subtle hint of The Islands to your classic rye Old Fashioned. Of course no whiskey bar would be complete without a sampling of America’s greatest offering, bourbon. Drink it neat or on a single hand-cut rock.

Summer cocktail inspiration | Photo by Marie Buck |  Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73317

Summer cocktail inspiration | Photo by Marie Buck |  Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73317

Summer cocktail inspiration | Photo by Marie Buck |  Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73317

Summer cocktail inspiration | Photo by Marie Buck |  Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73317

Summer cocktail inspiration | Photo by Marie Buck |  Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73317

Summer cocktail inspiration | Photo by Marie Buck |  Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73317

Summer cocktail inspiration | Photo by Marie Buck |  Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73317

Summer cocktail inspiration | Photo by Marie Buck |  Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73317

Summer cocktail inspiration | Photo by Marie Buck |  Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73317

Summer cocktail inspiration | Photo by Marie Buck |  Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73317

Summer cocktail inspiration | Photo by Marie Buck |  Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73317

Summer cocktail inspiration | Photo by Marie Buck |  Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73317

Summer cocktail inspiration | Photo by Marie Buck |  Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73317

Summer cocktail inspiration | Photo by Marie Buck |  Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73317

Summer cocktail inspiration | Photo by Marie Buck |  Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73317

Summer cocktail inspiration | Photo by Marie Buck |  Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73317

Summer cocktail inspiration | Photo by Marie Buck |  Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73317

Summer cocktail inspiration | Photo by Marie Buck |  Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73317

Summer cocktail inspiration | Photo by Marie Buck |  Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73317

Happy Memorial Day, you guys!

Photographer: Marie Buck Photography / Design & Styling: GATHER Events / Floral Design: Moon Canyon / Paper Goods: Lupa & Pepi / Rentals: Archive Rentals / Cocktails: The Whaling Club

 
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23 May

Joshua Tree engagement session | Photo by Wai Reyes Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73272

Prepare yourself for one rad engagement shoot, cakies. Photog Wai Reyes followed these two lovebirds out to Joshua Tree, to a quaint little cabin rental in the middle of the desert. They danced around with DIY dream catchers, nestled together inside a makeshift teepee, and posed against the weathered paint on the porch. After the shoot, Vanessa and David played cards in the middle of the cabin living room while listening to Johnny Cash and the wind blowing outside. Dreamy indeed.

Joshua Tree engagement session | Photo by Wai Reyes Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73272

Joshua Tree engagement session | Photo by Wai Reyes Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73272

Joshua Tree engagement session | Photo by Wai Reyes Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73272

Vanessa says, We are very much into adventuring the outdoors, and Joshua Tree holds a special place in our hearts. We love the beautiful rock formations and the openness of the desert. We stayed in this old cabin where our neighbors were roadrunners and jackrabbits. 

Joshua Tree engagement session | Photo by Wai Reyes Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73272

Joshua Tree engagement session | Photo by Wai Reyes Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73272

Joshua Tree engagement session | Photo by Wai Reyes Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73272

Joshua Tree engagement session | Photo by Wai Reyes Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73272

Joshua Tree engagement session | Photo by Wai Reyes Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73272

Joshua Tree engagement session | Photo by Wai Reyes Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73272

Joshua Tree engagement session | Photo by Wai Reyes Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73272

Joshua Tree engagement session | Photo by Wai Reyes Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73272

Joshua Tree engagement session | Photo by Wai Reyes Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73272Joshua Tree engagement session | Photo by Wai Reyes Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73272

Joshua Tree engagement session | Photo by Wai Reyes Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73272

Joshua Tree engagement session | Photo by Wai Reyes Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73272

We styled the shoot ourselves, and made the dream catchers using old crochet pieces and hula hoops. My fiancé put together the makeshift teepee with wood from home depot, rope, and vintage lace tablecloths.

Joshua Tree engagement session | Photo by Wai Reyes Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73272

Joshua Tree engagement session | Photo by Wai Reyes Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73272

Joshua Tree engagement session | Photo by Wai Reyes Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73272

Their love story: We have been longtime friends since high school (over 10 years). He was the best man and I was the maid of honor in our best friends’ wedding back in January 2010. We ended up realizing we should be more than friends during the span of the wedding planning process. Then, at the wedding, he caught the garter and I caught the bouquet. We have been dating since then and to this day still have those mementos.

Photographer: Wai Reyes / Romper: Love, Fire / Dresses: Free People & Anthropologie

 
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23 May

Jamaica Roundhill Hotel and Villas | Photo by Scott Clark | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73205

So, what did you all think of Goldeneye? Pretty spectacular, right? Just when Jillian thought things couldn’t get any better, she visited the posh resort of Roundhill Hotel & Villas near Montego Bay. She wined and dined amongst royalty. Not really, but the resort was the retreat for many rich and glamorous 1950s personalities such as Jackie and JFK. If only the walls could talk! Do tell, Jillian…

Jamaica Roundhill Hotel and Villas | Photo by Scott Clark | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73205

Roundhill couldn’t have been more different than Goldeneye. From the moment you entered the property you felt like you entered a very exclusive country club for only the most distinguished guest. I stood a little straighter, walked with a little more elegance, and felt the air of the 1950s glamor all around. Don’t get me wrong, it was still very relaxing, and the warmth of the staff and ocean breeze made you feel right at home. And the views…ahhh!!! I could stare out into the ocean all day long.

Jamaica Roundhill Hotel and Villas | Photo by Scott Clark | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73205

Jamaica Roundhill Hotel and Villas | Photo by Scott Clark | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73205

Jamaica Roundhill Hotel and Villas | Photo by Scott Clark | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73205

Our room had the perfect picturesque views. Every evening we would get ready for dinner, pour a rum cocktail, and enjoy the sunset. How sophisticated of us, ha! It really doesn’t get any better than that, right?

Jamaica Roundhill Hotel and Villas | Photo by Scott Clark | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73205

Jamaica Roundhill Hotel and Villas | Photo by Scott Clark | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73205

My Jamaica style hat / cover up / swim suit / shoes

Jamaica Roundhill Hotel and Villas | Photo by Scott Clark | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73205

Jamaica Roundhill Hotel and Villas | Photo by Scott Clark | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73205

Jamaica Roundhill Hotel and Villas | Photo by Scott Clark | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73205

Jamaica Roundhill Hotel and Villas | Photo by Scott Clark | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73205

Jamaica Roundhill Hotel and Villas | Photo by Scott Clark | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73205

Jamaica Roundhill Hotel and Villas | Photo by Scott Clark | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73205

What’s a vacay if you don’t drink your cocktail out of a coconut?

Jamaica Roundhill Hotel and Villas | Photo by Scott Clark | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73205

The grounds at Roundhill are so vast with villas tucked throughout the property. Actually, Ralph Lauren has a villa, and has designed many rooms and villas. You can clearly see how his style fits in seamlessly with the resort. While we couldn’t tour his property (darn!), we visited this stunning villa, and fell in love with its effortless sophistication. I was drawn to all the local artwork that gave you a sense of its plantation roots.

Jamaica Roundhill Hotel and Villas | Photo by Scott Clark | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73205

Jamaica Roundhill Hotel and Villas | Photo by Scott Clark | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73205

Jamaica Roundhill Hotel and Villas | Photo by Scott Clark | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73205

Jamaica Roundhill Hotel and Villas | Photo by Scott Clark | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73205

Jamaica Roundhill Hotel and Villas | Photo by Scott Clark | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73205

Jamaica Roundhill Hotel and Villas | Photo by Scott Clark | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73205

Jamaica Roundhill Hotel and Villas | Photo by Scott Clark | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73205

Jamaica Roundhill Hotel and Villas | Photo by Scott Clark | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73205

My Jamaican style … shorts / top / shoes

Jamaica Roundhill Hotel and Villas | Photo by Scott Clark | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73205

Jamaica Roundhill Hotel and Villas | Photo by Scott Clark | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73205

Jamaica Roundhill Hotel and Villas | Photo by Scott Clark | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73205

Jamaica Roundhill Hotel and Villas | Photo by Scott Clark | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73205

Jamaica Roundhill Hotel and Villas | Photo by Scott Clark | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73205

Jamaica Roundhill Hotel and Villas | Photo by Scott Clark | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73205

Saying goodbye to Jamaica was not easy. Ending a perfect vacation never is really, but we left feeling so much gratitude for this beautiful country, and all the friendly faces we met along the way. Goldeneye had the perfect mix of elevated rustic charm, while Roundhill perfectly mixed effortless beachside glamour. Both would make amazing honeymoon or wedding destinations. And, if you travel with the Just Married Pass, you’ll get all those special perks that will allow you to travel with ease.

Thanks to both properties for opening your hearts and doors to us. We hope to see you again soon!

xo, Jillian

Photography: Scott Clark Photo / Venue: Roundhill Hotel & Villa / Travel accommodations: Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel 

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