Mini Lavender Cream Tarts | Memorial Day Red, White, & Blue Patriotic RecipeMemorial Day Weekend is here! What a better way to commemorate those who lost their lives serving our country, than taking a day with friends and family to reflect. We come from a family full of veterans. Our fathers, grandfathers, uncles, and many more I’m sure we’re not aware of. Luckily though, many have severed time and time again, but have always returned home. We are so incredibly blessed to be able to hear their stories, most very unpleasant, but realizing they served for us. To make this country a better place for our children, and for that we say Thank You! From the very bottom of our hearts, Thank You. So today, we celebrate.

Mini Lavender Cream Tarts | Memorial Day Red, White, & Blue Patriotic Recipe

These Red, White, and Blue tarts are delicious! You should give yourself about 45 minutes for prep time and a total of 4 hours. Don’t worry, it’s not all at once! Who has 4 hours to bake? Not us! Read the directions below first, so you’re aware that you do some steps the day before, or a couple hours prior. The recipe serves 12 but I came out with 18 so you should end up with something in between!

Mini Lavender Cream Tarts | Memorial Day Red, White, & Blue Patriotic Recipe

Crust Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1/4 cup of ground cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 stick plus 2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons ice water

Filling Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh or dried lavender
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1/4 vanilla bean, seeds scraped
  • 1 to 2 cups fresh wild or regular blueberries and raspberries

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Mini Lavender Cream Tarts | Memorial Day Red, White, & Blue Patriotic Recipe

Directions:

1. Cream: Bring cream and lavender to a boil in a small saucepan. Let it cool, cover, and place it in the refrigerator for up to two days.

2. Crust: Place flour, cornmeal, sugar, and salt in a food processor and pulse. Add butter until mixture resembles crumbs. Add the egg yolk and ice water until dough comes together. Mold the dough until smooth and combined. Pat into circles, wrap in plastic, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. (We did this the day before to split up baking time.)

3. Before you start using the dough the next day, let it get to room temperature and then roll it out on a flat surface until it is a little more than 1/8″ thick. Cut out 4 inch circles, re-roll, and gather scraps. You can fit them into twelve 2 1/2″ diameter tartlet pans or use cupcake pans like we did. Make sure the sides are thicker than the bottoms. Place in the freezer for 30 minutes.

4. Preheat over to 350. Bake until golden brown for 25 minutes. Keep an eye on them so that if the centers start to puff , you can gently press them down.

5. Once the crusts are completely cool, place the lavender cream through a sieve. Mix sugar and vanilla-bean seeds until combined. Add the cream and whisk with a mixer on medium speed until soft peaks form. Divide the filling evenly and dollop into each shell.

Before serving, top with fresh blueberries and raspberries. Viola!

Mini Lavender Cream Tarts | Memorial Day Red, White, & Blue Patriotic Recipe

 

How to create your Ideal Wedding Day Timeline

The “ideal” wedding day timeline varies from couple to couple. So greatly, that we were receiving requests to cover as little as 4 hours, up to a 12+ hour wedding day. Brides who love our work, and follow our blog, normally put wedding photography high on their priority list. We take the time to educate our clients on why we won’t shoot a wedding for less than 8 hours (unless it’s a destination wedding or elopement). We need those 8 hours to genuinely tell the story of the day.

A timeline is key to relieving unwanted stress on your wedding day. After the initial meeting with our couples, we personally help them create theirs, to ensure realistically we have adequate time for each part of the day. It’s totally normal not to know how much time to set aside for details, a first look, portraits, bridal party, and family formals. This is actually a part of the planning process we LOVE to help with!

Ideal Wedding Day Timeline

If you’re sharing a First Look, (which we highly recommend), this will allow you more time with guests, more time with alone with each other, and nearly double more portraits!

This wedding day timeline example we’re providing is just our opinion and what we feel works best for us bases of a 5pm ceremony time-frame. Remember all wedding days are different and your timeline may differ due to travel times and unique situations.

1:30pm – 2:15pm Details
2:15pm – 2:45pm Bridal Prep
3:00pm First Look
3:15pm – 3:45pm Portraits
3:50pm – 4:20pm Bridal Party Portraits
4:30pm – 5:00pm Bride in Hiding
4:30pm – 4:50pm Reception Details
5:00pm – 5:30pm Ceremony
5:40pm – 6:10pm Family Portraits
6:15pm – 6:30pm Romantic Portraits
6:30pm – 6:45pm The Party Begins
9:30pm Grand Exit

When planning your timeline, if you want creative images, those require time. Here are some portraits we captured because our couples allowed us ample time to be artistic!

Ideal Wedding Day Timeline

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Ideal Wedding Day Timeline

 

 
DIY Side Bride Tutorial | Simple Wedding Day Hairstyle

You’re are going to love how incredibly easy this is! It’s casual, yet trendy. This hairstyle is much simpler than last week’s. It’s actually very similar with less steps to follow. It is a  great look when you need to be professional, yet you don’t have a lot of time on your hands. All you have to do is curl and braid. I just did an easy french braid but you could always mix it up and do a fishtail, waterfall, or twist braid. This only took about 15 minutes. In these pictures, Laura’s hair was curled with a curling iron the proper way, but if you want a curl more like last week’s hair, wrap the hair around the iron like a wand.

 

 

 

 

Have fun and be creative! I’d love to see what you guys come up with!

DIY Side Bride Tutorial | Laura Hernandez Photography

DIY Side Bride Tutorial | Laura Hernandez Photography

Have an idea for us to try? Email me at Rachel@LauraHernandezPhotography.com

Dress: Macy’s
Necklace: Forever 21