I’m OBSESSED with quotes and sayings. Sometimes it’s difficult to put into words how you are feeling at that moment and quotes often help me to find those words. For our wedding, we had old photos scroll across TV screens and we decided to add some of our favorite love quotes to do something different. We got a lot of compliments on this idea. Below are some of the quotes that we used.
After a whirlwind couple of months, I’m beyond excited to finally have time to share more details from our April wedding.
By far one of the best decisions that we made was hiring Jackie Pfeffer, better known as JacPfef, to shoot our wedding. I love pictures and there ability to capture moments that you want to remember for a lifetime so finding the right photographer was a MUST for us. After seeing pictures from a mutual friends wedding that she shot I had no doubt that we had to hire Jac. She’s funny, charming and boy does she know how to get the perfect shots.
Check out a sneak peak of some wedding photos on her blog. We should have all of the photos by next week and I can’t wait to share with you some of my favorite pictures from our special day. I have also compiled a list that I will share of the must-have wedding photos that every bride needs. Stay tuned 🙂
I am beyond excited to share with everyone this amazing short video of our beautiful wedding on April 20, 2013! It was such a magical day filled with more love than I ever could have imagined.
First, I need to apologize for my lack of posting! As most of you know, I am getting married in 45 days, moving out of our current house by the end of March and starting construction on our new one so we are BUSY to say the least! It is an exciting but super stressful time in my life 🙂
The New Year has brought so many wonderful healthy changes to my life. I finally quit smoking cigarettes, starting working out way more and eating a very healthy diet. The results have been amazing!! Below is a picture of me in the beginning of January and one of me just a few days ago!
I am so incredibly proud of myself and all of the hardwork that it has taken to get this far! A lot of people have been asking me how I did it so I am going to do my best to start posting my workouts, meals and progress pictures! I hope that I will be able to inspire others like I have already been 🙂 All of the information that I post is from research that I have personally done. I’m not trained in exercise or nutrition.
There is NO MAGIC solution. It takes time, effort and dedication but if you put your mind to it you can do it! Below are some of the biggest changes that have helped me:
1. WORKOUT- yup, you actually have to move to lose weight. I try to go to yoga 2 days a week, run 3-4 days a week and lift light dumbbells 4 days a week.
2. Cut out as many processed foods as you can!
3. Limit red meat, increase vegetables and fruits, limit sugars, more protein and whole wheat instead of white!!
6. Track your progress
Ask away if you have any questions!!!
I am so excited that I finally bought my first pair of Jimmy Choo’s!! Normally, I would never spend several hundred dollars on a pair of shoes but I decided to splurge for the wedding. Plus, living by the Woodbury Commons does have its perks. The outlets are substantially cheaper than regular stores. I also bought a dress to wear with the shoes for my bridal shower. I’ll post a pic soon!!
For all of my fellow brides to be, this is one of the best things that I have discovered through my planning. Registering for a wedding is not easy. Well at least it was not easy for us. I think that a lot of it has to do with the fact that we already have a house and most of the things that couples typically register for. While searching the internet one day I came across one of the best websites ever, well for brides struggling with their registry. Myregistry.com is amazing and I signed up the second I came across the site. So you’re probably thinking “What’s so great?”…well a million things. First, no more choosing one or two stores to register at. This website allows you to register at just about any and every store. There is even an app so if you are on the go and see something that you want to add you can snap a picture of the barcode and add it right to your registry. You can also add cash contributions for your honeymoon, house, etc. and the money gets directly put into your bank account through Paypal. Visit the site and check it out for yourself because there are so many other amazing things that you can do with this site.
I also want to share a few tips to consider while registering.
-Add gifts in a wide range of prices and multiple gifts at each price point
-Add gift cards (Think Victoria’s Secret for honeymoon goodies?)
-See if your resort has a honeymoon registry or gift cards your guests can get you for your stay
-If you already have a lot of the things you need- start thinking duplicates and more everyday things for example- tea towels, hand towels, a doormat, candles etc.
-You can NEVER have too much on your registry but you can have too little!
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Yesterday, I finally got a chance to start blogging about our wedding and I can’t wait to share more details. Once we had the chance to pick our venue, we changed the look and feel of our wedding to go with the existing decor. We decided to go with a romantic, rustic and vintage feel. It’s definitely not what I first imagined but I am so happy with our choice.
One of the hardest things for me was to pick my wedding colors! The Knot and a million different websites give you so many options to choose from that it gets overwhelming. I usually make decisions pretty quickly but since starting wedding planning I find myself constantly questioning every decision. We finally decided on a very pale color scheme of gold, cream, champagne and blush pinks.
Above is a rough idea of what our wedding cake is going to look like! I am absolutely in love with this cake because it is so different. We chose an italian buttercream frosting with vanilla cake and mocha filling. YUM YUM YUM
We met with our florist and picked flowers that are in season and less expensive to save on costs. We are going to have a mix of Champagne and Blush roses, Peonies, Hydrangeas and Baby’s breath. We saved a lot of money by choosing flowers that are in season.
My bridesmaids are wearing the dress above in blush and champagne!! We got it at David’s Bridal and it’s from Vera Wang’s latest collection. I love every single thing about this dress including the $145 price tag.
Below are a few small things that I ordered online for the ceremony and reception. They are each customized for us.
This may be one of the cutest/ my favorite things that I have bought so far. My nephew is going to carry our ring on this and after the wedding it turns into a Christmas ornament to remember your special day. Love everything about this! I bought it from the fabulous BluePearls on Etsy. Check her out!
I am so so excited to finally share some of our wedding planning details with everyone. The last year has been crazy. We got engaged, moved to and from Minnesota, we are trying to sell our house and plan a wedding. If you’re thinking I’m crazy right now…you are right! But Richie, my fiancé, has been amazing at helping me get everything done!
Since I was a little girl, like almost every other, I dreamed of the day when I would marry the love of my life and couldn’t wait to plan. Getting engaged was fabulous and the first few months we just enjoyed every second of it and put off wedding planning. When we did start planning we realized it was not going to be easy. I have a huge family and Richie and I both have a lot of friends so I immediately knew that it was going to be a big wedding but we didn’t want to spend thousands and thousands of dollars. We did our best to keep our costs low throughout our planning so far.
So what have we done? A lot and hopefully sharing some of our experiences will help you plan your special day. First, we knew that we wanted to use a caterer that was a family friend. I had no idea it was going to be so hard to find a venue that was in our price range but could fit all of our guests. We realized that our list of 300 wasn’t going to work. We decided to hire a wedding coordinator to help us along the way. She has been so wonderful and helpful. Her name is Karin from Cinderella4aDay in Kingston, NY. She helped us a find a historic sight that was perfect for what we needed. It could only accomodate a 150 but with some extra details we could fit 200. So we booked the venue for $4,000. We chose the end of April because it saved $1500 on the place alone.
Above is a wedding that was previously held at Locust Grove also known as the Samuel B. Morse Estate in Poughkeepsie. The grounds include 200 acres right along the Hudson with beautiful gardens, an old mansion and the beautiful West Gallery pictured above. We are going to get married outside and then we will have cocktail hour on the outdoor patios followed by dinner in the West Gallery. We are adding a tent outside for dancing so we could fit 200 in the dining room instead of 150.
I always thought that I would love every second of planning but it’s so stressful and there are so many decisions to make. A few tips that I have learned so far that have helped us save a lot of money.
-Consider getting married in the off season for example, March or April or a winter wedding. I cannot tell you how many things we have saved on so far by doing this. Just about every vendor will cut you a deal on the price. Don’t be afraid to ask for a better price and look around to compare.
-Using your own caterer will save you so much money! Our’s is preparing three different packaged for us to choose from with different price points.
-Ask your florist if you can purchase your own glassware for the floral arrangements. You will pay way less and save hundreds this way! Also try to re-use your flowers. For example, we are having lanterns line the aisle with flowers and then are putting them on the cocktail hour tables. We also have a few arrangements that will be at the top of the altar and we will reuse them for the West Gallery. Try to find out what flowers are in season and which are cheaper. For example, we are using a lot of babies breath because it’s cheap but looks gorgeous when done right.
-Etsy is amazing for the small little details. I bought my ring bearer pillow, flower girl basket, bird cage etc. and I didn’t have to pay an arm and a leg. Plus, you are supporting local artists which I love. I will post pictures of these later in the week.
-Don’t think you need to spend a ton of money on your dress to look great. The first dress I tried on at a boutique, I fell in love with. It was gorgeous but had a $2600 price tag. My jaw dropped. I left feeling disappointed but a week later went to David’s Bridal to try on dresses (which I swore I would never do). I tried on a lot of dresses and fell in love with one. That is until the wonderful woman that was helping me said I had to try this dress on. It was nothing like what I wanted. I hated lace dresses, I didn’t want strapless and I wanted something very couture. I ended up getting the opposite of what I thought I wanted and I love it. It’s simple, elegant, timeless and perfect and it was only $1200!!! Plus, when you get your dress at David’s Bridal all of your bridesmaids get a deal and it’s a win win. Vera now designs dresses and bridesmaids dress for them and they are to DIE for. I chose a Vera dress for my bridesmaid that is AMAZING!
Anyways, Happy Monday! I will post later in the week with more details!
I will be the first to admit that I’m lazy when it comes to taking care of my skin, hair etc. I would much rather someone else give me a facial, massage, pedicure…but I mean who wouldn’t? With less than 5 months to our wedding I decided it might be time to start a beauty regimen. Since weddings are EXPENSIVE, even when you are trying to cut corners, I set out in my house to come up with cheap and easy home spa ideas.
First stop, bathroom to start a hot bath while I quickly made my concoctions. I decided to use my regular at home facial mask which is AMAZING and super cheap. Queene Helene mint julep mask (I also love their mud mask) it’s really cheap and you can find it at just about any grocery or drug store. I applied the mask while getting everything else ready.
Next up- DIY body scrub! This was so easy and worked better than I ever could have imagined. All you need is 1 cup of sugar and three tablespoons of Olive oil or Vitamin E. I mixed this up and set it aside.
Now the hair mask…the ingredients seem strange at first but I promise it will be worth it. I mixed a small banana, 1/2 an avocado, 1 egg and three tablespoons each of milk, honey and olive oil. I used a whisk to mix it. Make sure you get all of the clumps out so it’s easier to apply.
Next stop RELAXATION!! With my face mask already on, candles lit and music, I was all set for paradise. I got into the bath and immediately put the hair mask on. Do this in the bath because it gets pretty messy also make sure you brush your hair before you apply the mask. I twisted my hair up and put a clip on the top of my head. After I put the hair mask on I got to scrubbing! I used the body scrub from my neck down and it was perfect. Once the sugar exfoliates your skin the vitamin E or olive oil immediately rehydrates and makes your skin perfect. After relaxing in the bath for about a half hour I got out and hopped into the shower to wash off my hair and face masks. I recommend washing your hair twice and not doing this treatment if you need perfect hair the next day!!
This was the perfect little at home spa day for me. I am going to try to fit this in every other week until the wedding 🙂