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)
Some 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.
~pumpkins and gourds at a westchester farmers market~
I cannot believe it’s already the end of October. I feel like September and October literally flew by. We’ve been enjoying the outdoors as much a possible before we’re inevitably stuck indoors for the winter. The next couple of weeks are filled with what should be a pretty epic Halloween party (I’m so excited it falls on a Saturday this year), and our first Friendsgiving dinner party at home. Here are some photos from the past few weeks.
~hudson valley wine touring with friends~~cozy weekends with family in front of the fire~~rainbow colored tree (my friend and I literally stopped our car to look at this tree)~~a laid back weekday brunch with my husband at my favorite spot: Le Barricou~~homemade thyme dusted, maple glazed sweet potatoes~
P.S. Some of our previous Fall activities here, here, and here.
I finally got around to unpacking our new dinnerware. I have to admit, I’m more than a little obsessed. In lieu of fine china, I opted instead, for a more casual bone china. I went with the “Bennett” set from Crate and Barrel and I’m loving the slightly organic shape and the fine-ness of the bone china. I’ve never been the type to “save” glasses or dishes for special occasions, and we often joke how, when growing up, my mom would put crystal wine glasses in the dishwasher; So naturally, dinner will be served on these new dishes tonight. I knew I wanted white for it’s timelessness and for the ability to mix and match with other pieces such as serveware, to change it up a bit if it gets too stale. By choosing a neutral base, it’s easy to pop in a color or a pattern later on. I also love that bone china is oven safe up to about 300 degrees.
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???
I hope you are all enjoying this rainy Saturday snuggling at home with your loved ones. We’re spending the weekend over at my in-laws in suburbia. After my morning coffee and some toast I began feeling antsy and decided to whip up some good ol’ rainy day comfort food. I decided on a delicious roasted butternut squash soup. Using squash from the garden, I scooped out the seeds, halved them, and roasted them up with onion and garlic cloves. Next, once the squash was nicely roasted, I pureed the squash, onion, and garlic. Over the stove, I added in a bit of organic chicken stock to the puree, ground nutmeg, and course salt and pepper. Finally, I topped each bowl off with the seeds from the squash (which i toasted in the oven) and finely chopped shallots. I also love the idea of serving this soup at a dinner party with various toppings so guests can select their own. (Think: finely sliced roasted apple, coarsely chopped hazelnuts, creme fraiche, cilantro, pumpkin seeds etc…)
~ watching sunday’s supermoon through a telescope~
Fall is in full swing in New York and I’ve been loving the cooler weather. Lately, I’ve been enjoying the outdoors and embracing all fall time activities. I’m looking forward to a Hudson Valley wine tour with friends, hand-picking our jack-o- lantern, and the anticipation of cozy evenings by the fireplace.
~enjoying the last of the warm evenings at madison square eats~~pumking pumpkin ale with a cinnamon-sugar rim while watching horror movies over the weekend~~home-picked grapes for homemade wine~~mini rainbow while waiting for pope francis at central park~
~cocktails at terrain~
A few weeks ago, my friend and I decided to escape nyc for the weekend. We wanted a quick, hassle free getaway so we booked a last minute stay in Fairfield CT. We try to get away at least once a year together for a mini girls trip and Connecticut was the perfect escape. With its lovely beaches, great restaurants and quaint vibe, we felt like we were way farther from ny than we actually were.
Where we stayed: We love the The Inn at Fairfield Beach– a cute, simple hotel right on the water but since we decided to book so last minute, they were sold out. Instead, we stayed at another great spot, The Circle Inn which was walking distance to the beach and had a pool as well.
Where we played: We loved Terrain for a one stop shop for cool shopping followed by cocktails.
Where we ate: We love The Whelk so naturally, we paid a return visit to this local favorite.
~docked boats in fairfield~~palms near the pool~~the floor inside terrain~~flowery gardens on our walk to the beach~~colorful canoes~~boats at sunset~
I made tzatziki last night. Things will never be the same again. I was seriously thinking of ending the post at that but for those of you who want to know more, it was super light and very refreshing and the perfect compliment to anything from salmon to chicken to steak. If you are looking for a way to kick up the most basic protein or a simple spread for bread or crackers, whip up some of this dip. This Greek deliciousness did not disappoint. Aside from the mega garlic breath that ensued, I’m confident you will agree.
My recipe: 1 hothouse cucumber grated and strained, 2- 6 oz containers of Fage 0% Greek yogurt, 2 cloves of garlic finely chopped, freshly chopped dill, fresh squeezed lime juice, a dash of white wine vinegar, Himalayan pink sea salt and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. Combine all ingredients and refrigerate for 1 hour prior to serving or until firm.
~looking up: the view from an upper west side backyard~
New York has been enjoying a pretty amazing summer season overall with mild humidity and comfortably cool evenings so it’s been a nice change of pace from the sticky, humid summers we are accustomed to. We are gearing up for a big family vacation later this month and since this summer seems to be flying by, I’ve been trying to soak up the sunshine as much as possible. I hope you’ve all been enjoying the weather as well. In the mean time, here are a few things keeping me happy.
~stuffing the peppers for our wedding video viewing party a couple weeks ago~~poolside spa day aperitivo~~i’m a little late to the chia seed party but i’m loving my homemade chia puddings~~cherry tomatoes and basil from my mother-in-laws- garden~