Imbibe in style with these snazzy signature cocktail & mocktail recipes

We featured Brant and Erik's super romantic, candlelit love story a couple of weeks back and it bowled us over with it's fabulousness. But absolutely not to be missed were their inspired signature cocktails and mocktails. I had to find out what was in these clearly delicious libations and was thrilled when I was able to snag the recipes for them, all created by the mixologist artists at Maine-based The Bar Association.

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How we're making peace with our no bells and whistles wedding in the WIC pressure cooker

Planning a budget-friendly, streamlined wedding that doesn't feature all the "bells and whistles" of traditional weddings is not without its judgments and that's where my recent stress has been coming in. Wedding planning forums can make you question if your wedding is going to be remembered as the "worst wedding ever," your ideas suck, and it's all going to be tacky, especially if you are cutting some corners, budget-wise. Here's how we're handling the pressure.

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Open thread: Is it disrespectful to sneak alcohol into a dry wedding?

"Recently I went to a cousin's wedding. She used to party but has recently stopped drinking, and her wedding was dry — punch and water were the only beverages served. I respect her decision to throw the reception she wanted, however, my brother and I wanted to drink something with a little burn. Is it terrible to leave a wedding in a park, go to the liquor store nearby, and sneak back in with our well-hidden brown bag?"