Category Archives: New York

Storm King

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During our anniversary weekend upstate we visisted Storm King. It’s a 500 acre gorgeous sculpture park located in New Windsor. We saw some great things and we luckily arrived just in time for the last tram tour, which began just before it started raining and were able to see the majority of the park under dry conditions!

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Saturday

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 This Saturday New York felt like it came alive. The weather was too beautiful not to walk to the park with a cute blanket and my Kindle (currently reading The Goldfinch).

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Bensimon Sneakers

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Ralph Lauren Tote

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Stamping 1.0 Primer Workshop at Paper Source

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This was my second workshop at Paper Source (you can see the first one here) and it was another great night. Last week’s workshop was all about stamping techniques. The Paper Source workshops are great because you learn so many ways to use the products without having to buy everything up front yourself, and if you’re like me, would have no idea what you’re doing beforehand!

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<we were able to put our own creative spin on each technique>

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<the cover of our books>

Hiking in Upstate NY

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We spent Saturday hiking in Upstate NY. Obviously, we love it up there. We got engaged and had our wedding in the Hudson River Valley. My friend used to live in Tarrytown and we’ve spent many weekends apple picking and wine tasting. The Hudson River Valley is only 1-3 hours from New York City, depending on which town you’re going to and it’s the perfect weekend or day escape.

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January 2014

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<clementine season is the best!>

I was sick most of January so I’m a little relieved the month is over. I restarted my resolutions on February 1st since barely making it to work was an accomplishment for a while. I’m starting to feel like myself again and I couldn’t be happier about it.

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<The Doughnut Plant. Seriously amazing. Try the Carrot Cake, I promise! Now they have a location in Chelsea>

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<Made spiced pancakes from this book with this pan>

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<love this cozy scarf from gap, similar here>

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<walking home at night, love you nyc>

Wedding Vendors

 Two of the most important vendors while planning our wedding were the venue and the photographer…

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The Venue

We knew we wanted to have our ceremony and reception all in one place because all of our guests were from out of town. This meant our friends and family would be spending at least 6 hours wherever we chose, so the venue had to be great! Thankfully, we found The Garrison. Newly renovated with the perfect amount of elegance, rustic charm and gorgeous property for pictures we felt good about our choice. Now, having experienced our wedding, I can’t imagine another place even coming close to how wonderful everything was. From the food, to the ambience, to the staff; we couldn’t have asked for anything better. The Garrison provides event coordinators who work with during the planning process (Todd was ours, and he was beyond helpful) and they also oversee the event the day of. I knew I was in great hands and could enjoy myself. I never had a second thought about how things were going behind the scenes. The Garrison also has a spa which we used for hair and make-up, which I would definitely recommend to other brides. Included in the wedding package is a bridal suite and complimentary room for the night at The Garrison Inn, both of which were great spaces for getting ready and taking pictures.

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They have gorgeous farm tables you can use for placecards, family photos, and your guest book.

<Placecards Holders, A True Love Story Never Ends>

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That arbor!

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That view!

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The Garrison printed the menus, which was one less thing for me to  do!

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One of things I loved most was how beautfully simple the room was. The only thing we did was add center pieces to the tables, The Garrison provided the votives.

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Again, we kept the decor simple during our ceremony because everything looked great already (and our ceremony was going to be 15 minutes), which kept our floral budget down. The Mason jars then moved inside to the cocktail hour tables once the ceremony was over.

<Mason Jars>

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Cocktail Hour Room

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I was able to use some items The Garrison already had, such as the birdcage for cards,

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and the cake stand. Anything you don’t have to purchase is a huge help.

 <Cake Toppers, Cake by The Pastry Garden>

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<Shoes>

The Photographer

Quite simply, I love pictures. I love taking them, I love looking at them, I love printing them, I love making scrapbooks; I love all of those things. Finding a photographer I knew would deliver amazing wedding photos on one of the few days I wasn’t going to be taking pictures myself was really important. Enter Uplift Photography. I loved their photos (they are a husband/wife team) from the minute I saw them and they were both amazing to work with.  All of these photos were taken by Jade and Tim on our wedding day and I couldn’t be happier with the results.

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<Ring Dish, Clutch from Zara>

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<Belt>

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bride and blossom 3

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 <Bridesmaids Dresses via Nordstrom>

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It was more than I could have imagined and truly one of the best days of my life.

Our other vendors who helped make our day great:

Florist: Bride and Blossom

DJ: Jade Entertainment, DJ Joey G

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I can’t get over how fast this year has gone by, or how many things happened during it! We got engaged, attended 5 weddings and planned our own to name a few. I can’t wait to see everything that happens in 2013.

Happy New Year!

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added warmth apples becah black and green

blue ombre cake

anchor

brooklyn bridge

classic

coffee

colorblocked

cream

date

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details

fishtail

froyo

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instyle feature 1

instyle feature 2

jellybeans

lobster

long and lean

macaroon

mr and mrs

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necklace

new work outfit

no thought required

old meets new

park

passport

pink clouds

pink

preppy glam

ring 1

stars

summer suit

sunset

sweater school

white on white plus sparkle