Thursday, September 22, 2016

Welcome Fall!

Autumn is officially here and with that, fall wedding season is upon us. Mr. HVG and I were married in October seven years ago so fall weddings really have a special place in my heart. 

Fun fact: Mr. HVG and I are attending a wedding at the same venue where we got married on the same weekend we did! It will be great to go back to Harbor Links in Port Washington (Long Island) and get to enjoy the venue as a guest rather than the host. 

Another fun fact: For our wedding, we incorporated houseplants into our centerpieces and used Ikea planters to pot the plants in. The pots were $0.79 each and were very similar to these (which are still only $0.79 each, even seven years later!). I still use the small planters all over our home - from toothbrush holders in the bathroom to silverware holders during dinner parties.


(c) HVG
Ikea pots and houseplants plus a white taper candle made for a really easy and affordable centerpiece.
Guests loved taking the centerpieces home! 

My wedding took place in the pre-Pinterest age (thank goodness!) and while the centerpieces may not have been Instagram-worthy, they were easy and un-fussy. And it's great to visit the homes of family and friends who have nurtured those little houseplants to be green monsters today!

If you are lucky enough to live near an Ikea and are in need of some wedding decor inspiration, then you are in luck! Just check out this BuzzFeed post and get yourself to Ikea for affordable wedding decor. 

Happy Planning, 
Lizzie 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

An Official Officiant!

Back in June, my wonderful friends "A" & "S" were married at the beautiful Pine Manor College just outside of Boston. They had asked me to officiate the wedding several months earlier which was a happy surprise and an enormous honor. I blogged about my officiant journey here and here

After receiving my certificate from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, I got to work on preparing the wedding ceremony. I found a comprehensive version online, marked it up with my edits and revisions, and then sent it to A & S for their input. After a few rounds of editing, the ceremony script was completed. I then printed the script, formatting it to fit into this white journal. The journal was a nice touch as I didn't want to be fumbling with sheets of paper during the ceremony. 

I memorized the first portion of the ceremony (and practiced countless times in the mirror beforehand!) and then relied on the script in the journal for the remainder. The ceremony went so incredibly well. It was simple, yet personal, with a touch of formality and elegance. I did get a bit teary-eyed as A walked down the aisle...she was beautiful, beaming in fact. Plus, she's got the best apple cheeks I've ever seen. 

(c) HVG
....A donning her dancing shoes.

A and I have been friends for 30 years, after meeting in dance class at the age of three. She is my oldest friend. I have grown up with her and I will grow old with her. And there's nothing better than seeing her start a new chapter of life with S together. Many thanks to A & S for allowing me to participate in their wedding and for allowing me to document my journey here on HVG. 

(c) HVG


Here's to you, A & S! Wishing you many,
many years of love and laughter together.
May life bless you with few tears and
lots of hugs, kisses, and adventures! 

Happy Planning, 
Lizzie




Tuesday, August 16, 2016

New Barn Venues!

Hello there! Just popping in to let you know that several barn wedding venues have been added to our ever-growing list of rustic venues in New York....amazing locations such as Kirby Hill Farm in Dutchess County and Blenheim Hill Farm in Schoharie County. Check out the full list here

(c) Hudson Valley Green

Happy Planning, 
Lizzie 

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Wedding Inspiration

Hello! The weather is absolutely wonderful here in the Hudson Valley. I hope you get outside and enjoy the sun!

Just a quick post today...

While doing some shopping at my local Adams' Fairacre Farms, I spied this wedding cake. With the gorgeous detail and the natural color palette (my favorite!), I was smitten. I can imagine this cake on display on a lovely farm table draped with lace.

(c) Hudson Valley Green
(c) Hudson Valley Green

Happy Planning, 
Lizzie




Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Officially an Officiant....

In June, one of my very best, oldest, and most beautiful friends (let's call her "A") is marrying the love of her life (let's call him "S"). They are having an intimate wedding just outside of Boston and have asked me to officiate the wedding. Needless to say, I am incredibly honored to be able to participate in their wedding on such a personal level. I discussed my enthusiasm and first steps of becoming an officiant in this blog post


(c) Hudson Valley Green
Tulips at the New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY

As it turns out, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts issues One Day Solemnization Authorization Certificates. This certificate allows me to marry my dear friend and her soon-to-be husband on a specific day and location. Any changes in the wedding date or location voids the certificate. 

Obtaining the certificate is almost too easy; just complete a simple online form and submit the form and a $20 payment online...and that's it. A few days later, I received a very official certificate in the mail, complete with a gold seal (!). 

I am currently in the throes of drafting the actual wedding ceremony. I want it to be simple yet personal, beautiful, and touching. There are several amazing ceremony templates online that I plan to use, tweak, and rewrite to make it my own. And of course, I am getting input from A and S to get their blessing on it. 

As for attire, I have purchased a tasteful slate grey dress (with pockets!!!) from Weddington Way. I plan to wear a cream shawl during the ceremony and some cool feather print shoes. Finding the perfect dress was tricky - I wanted something beautiful but didn't want the dress to compete with A's dress. I wanted to feel comfortable in it since I'll have 80 people staring in my direction. And the pockets are key...not sure if I'll be able to hold back tears during the ceremony and having a place to stash some tissues is crucial! 

More to come about my journey of planning a wedding ceremony so stay tuned...

Happy Planning, 
Lizzie