~a glimpse of our tree~
The Holidays are in full swing over at our place. Our first annual Friendsgiving was a success, our tree is officially up, and now I’m in full Christmas shopping mode. Our social calendar has quite the range of Holiday parties which totally has us in the holiday spirit and I’m definitely looking forward to celebrating our first married Christmas with friends and family. Here are a few things making me happy.
~Friendsgiving appetizers: cheese plate, homemade hummus, and wine~ ~the cutest mexican worry doll~~suburban winter skies~~the start of an epic stuffing~
As the 11th marked 7 months since our wedding, I thought I’d share a little peek into our big day. Our ceremony and reception was held at The Garrison up in the Hudson River Valley. With it’s sprawling mountain views, it truly set the stage for a picturesque and naturally beautiful backdrop.As we are both lovers of nature and the outdoors, we knew almost immediately that The Garrison was the perfect venue for us. Our ceremony was held outside while the reception room was almost entirely all glass looking out onto the river and the mountains. We chose not to do a “First Look”, instead, seeing each other for the first time as I walked down the aisle. As our guests enjoyed cocktail hour, we took our first photos as husband and wife. Some of our favorites being shot in my husband’s parents vintage red car. We danced our first dance as the sun was setting in the background to Frankie Valli’s “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” performed by the super talented, “Silver Arrow Band”. The food was delicious and we loved that the venue only held one wedding at a time which made the event personal and warm. As our wedding was in April, I chose white cherry blossoms as the centerpieces. Meanwhile, the bouquets and decor were also shades of white and beige with the only “color” being the green from the leaves. My bridesmaids wore sequined rose gold dresses which were accented by the rose gold candlestick holders at each table. The boys wore slim fit, black tuxes with grossgrain details and hand-tied bowties while my dress was by Israeli designer, Berta. Our favors consisted of home jarred honey and at the end of the evening, our guests were transported via school bus back to the hotel, where we continued the celebration with cocktails in the lobby. The next morning, we all gathered for a mimosa brunch before saying our goodbyes.Overall, the simple beauty of the venue and nature was most important to me. Therefore, I didn’t detract from that and made sure that my theme was neutral, classic, and elegant. The juxtaposition of the modern yet rustic elements of the venue really drew us in and made the day feel so personal and so “us”.
Some more wedding posts here and here.
(All photos in this entry by Robert Carlo New York)
Today was my dear friend’s birthday. We’re celebrating next weekend, but I thought I’d share our yearly tradition with you all. For the past 10 years or so, a couple of my girlfriends and I celebrate each person’s birthday without missing a beat. The tradition is that whosever birthday it is, gets to pick the restaurant of their choice for a fantastic night out celebrating the birthday girl. The choice is limitless: whatever restaurant you chose. Together, the three of us have been to the best restaurants in all of New York- just us girls. I have to say, it’s been such a fun tradition and it’s something we look forward to three times a year. We also make hysterical, embarrassing, homemade birthday cards for each other; photoshopped and all. Over 10 years, I’ve accrued quite a mass of them and they are so much fun to look back on. I’d love to know- what are some of your traditions???
Back in January, the women in my life came together for my bridal shower. Although I knew it was nearing, it was everything else that made it a fun surprise. Seeing the women who are most important to me, the incredible detail my friends put into the celebration, and the fun we had was the perfect transition into my soon- to -be life as a wife. Here are a few of my favorite shots from the day.
~champagne welcome with seating assignments~ ~wine wishing well; guests wrote when we should open the bottle and who it was from~ ~the best homemade cupcakes baked by my bridesmaids~ ~more dessert- delicious greek yogurt with the works ~ ~bottled olive oil favors with rosemary and chili~~P.S. my shower took place at the lovely Kyma in Roslyn~
Hello and Happy New Year! I hope you have all had a wonderful Holiday Season. Since we returned from Italy, life became super hectic. A slew of new and exciting projects came my way and along with planning for our Big Day, things have been non stop. Am I the only one who felt as though the holidays came out of nowhere this year? I’m slightly embarrassed to admit that this was the first time since we’ve been living together that we did not put up a Christmas Tree. That’s how crazy busy it’s been. As January 1st coincidentally marked our official “100 Days till the Wedding“, I’m excited to share a little peek into our wedding planning process (in the order of events as they occurred).
Dress: Although I did not commit until after we booked, I fell in love with a dress before choosing a month or a venue. Thank goodness my dress goes with both.
Venue: We chose one of the first venues we visited. Neither of us had ever been there before and prior to our visit there, I had told a friend that I knew it was the venue we would eventually pick. I was so confident about it, I told that same friend I did not even have to visit it. I just knew.
Ceremony: Our ceremony will be held outside (weather permitting, of course) at our venue. Convenient yet nerve wracking since we will be taking our first photos together during cocktail hour. (We both agreed not to do a first look).
Band: We both wanted a band over a DJ. I left the choice completely up to my fiance’.
Photography: Choosing a photographer was an agonizing process. I looked at so many portfolios and met with a number of photographers until we finally found Robert Carlo. I can’t wait to see what he comes up with for our Big Day.
Rehearsal Dinner/Hotel: We chose a great little spot close to the hotel where we reserved room blocks for guests wishing to stay the night.
Videography: Not as tough as choosing a photographer, but nerve-wracking nonetheless.
Theme: Choosing a theme came naturally to me. I wanted to keep it simple and incorporate some personal aspects to make it special. Our venue has a neutral decor and so far, the recurring phrase has been “no color”. So, I guess that’s the theme… (with a little something, something of course).
Invitations: I worked with the amazing Angelina at Sogno di Sposa for my Save the Dates and Invitations. I personally loved the process of choosing fonts, papers, and textures and I’m absolutely in love with the end results.
Planning Meeting/Tastings: I just had the planning meeting at the venue where we went through everything from “run of show” to table linens to menu selections for the day of. Next up is the food and cake tasting.
Hair/Make-Up Trials: Hair and Make-up is a work in progress. I have a pretty good idea on the make-up I want but the hair has been a struggle! Do I wear it up? down? curly? straight? So far, there is no clear choice.
Bachelorette Party: The planning is in full swing. So far, my lovely friends have confirmed it will be on Miami Beach. Love.
In the works…shoes, jewelry, wedding bands, honeymoon location…Oh, and did I mention I will be starting a new job just 10 weeks before the wedding? Crazy.