The Corpus Christian

Meet Ashley Woodson Bailey, creator of The Byrd Collective, a floral and event design studio, based in Austin, Texas. Her creations are just jaw-dropping gorgeous. When Ashley isn’t contributing to Camille Styles, Salted and Styled, collaborating with BHLDN, By George, or other creatives you can find her at home with her husband Brad, children Lane, Byrd and Woods, and their dog, George. I am thrilled to add this tasty margarita to the Cocktail of the Week lineup. Take it away, Ashley!

The Corpus Christian
(my Dad’s margarita recipe)

  • 2 ounces Herradura Silver tequila
  • 1 ounce Grand Marnier
  • 1/2 ounce key limes
  • 1/2 packet of Splenda to take a little of the tartness away

    Hand shaking is the only way for me. Mix ingredients and shake in a metal/glass bar shaker (shake 25 times until so cold you can’t hold on to the metal shaker). I like salt but it’s not mandatory. I take a lime and wipe it around the rim of a short glass (don’t like those frozen margarita stem glasses) and dip that glass into a plate of salt. Prepare that before you shake the mixture. I use ice in that glass and then strain from the shaker and your done!

    Ashley Bailey, owner and founder of The Byrd Collective, has a varied design background with a strong focus on floral and event design. Born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas, she left home for Austin to study art history and art at the University of Texas. She then moved to Houston where she worked with Sarah Bergner and Rebekah Johnson of Bergner and Johnson design. Ashley left Texas for New York City to work for David Monn, David Beahm, AAB Productions and KCD Worldwide producing incredible events. She then headed to the deep south, by way of Savannah, Georgia, to work as the director of events at SCAD. It was there, inspired by the creative energy, eccentric personalities, and gifted artists, that Ashley started creating the Byrd Collective.

    Thanks, Ashley

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  • 2 thoughts on “The Corpus Christian

    1. Mary Vance Jones

      Ashley is going to be the florist for my daughters wedding at the Argyle Club in San Antonio on October 20th! Her flower arrangements look like gorgeous impressionist paintings painted by old Masters! We are so excited to work with her.. She is so talented!!! A month ago she was in an horrible head on collision that left her with internal bleeding and a broken T 12….. I know all about a broken T 12 as I broke mine 2 months ago falling off my horse! She is a strong young lady and assures me that she and her team are going to be there for my daughter … Love her precious family in Austin along with her wonderful parents living in Corpus! So happy that she is getting her talent recognized by many….
      Kindest regards,
      Mary Vance Jones

    2. lgraham Post author

      congrats on your daughter’s wedding and for getting to have ashley be a part of it! her work is truly stunning. our hearts go out big time to ashley as she is recovering from surgery. we wish her a speedy one and are sending her lots of healing thoughts. thanks, mary!


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