Wedding Series Part 2: Our Wedding Day

DSC_4336As 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.DSC_3997DSC_2838As 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._MG_6537 DSC_4099 (1)DSC_4497We 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. DSC_4847_MG_7040As 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_MG_7109DSC_2914_MG_5716DSC_3649_MG_7181Our 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.-12Overall, 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”.DSC_4748

Some more wedding posts here and here.

(All photos in this entry by Robert Carlo New York)



Oats n’ Apricot Baked Apples

applesSome of my most creative dishes have emerged from the moments when I’ve seemingly had nothing in my fridge. It’s in those moments, when it’s either pouring rain and you don’t want to leave the house to go get groceries or those times when an unexpected friend pops in for a visit, that you make do with what you have at home and end up making something simple yet delicious. Today was one of those days for me. I had leftover organic apples in the fridge and I was thinking of what I could do with them. I went through my pantry and pulled out oats, dried apricots, chopped walnuts, cinnamon and brown sugar. I combined the ingredients and stuffed them into the cored apples. I put a dab of butter on top and baked them in the oven. Once they were done, I garnished the apples with a drizzle of molasses and a final sprinkle of ground cinnamon. It was the prefect way to combine the flavors of the season and it left the house smelling like the holidays.

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