Friday, May 12, 2017

Weekend Reading...

Hi there and Happy Friday! We've made it through another week! Here in the Hudson Valley, we have some very rainy weather predicted. The rain is ruining our plans to visit Stone Crop Gardens on Sunday, but we'll make have fun at home making a big breakfast for the family! 

Here are a few wedding-related links to enjoy on this rainy weekend...

Interesting article...finding love on Tinder

I love the idea of flower seed packs as favors, like these from Hudson Valley Seed Company. 

ElmRock Inn, in Stone Ridge, New York, is an amazing venue for wedding celebrations. Charming and intimate, with fabulous food and it's less than a two hour drive from mid-town Manhattan. 

Would you purchase a vintage engagement ring online? Etsy has so many beautiful options but buying fine jewelry online makes me a little queasy. Luckily, there are several Etsy shops based in the NYC area, like Pebble&Polish. Email the Etsy shop owner to inquire about an in-person viewing!

Everything about this bridal shower is beautiful and perfect...but is it too much? Does every aspect of an event, be it a bridal shower or wedding, have to be instagram-worthy? 

and to all the mothers out there, Happy Mother's Day! 
Hoping your Sunday is filled with love and laughter! 

Happy Planning, 

Photo Credit: Lizzie B., Hudson Valley Green

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Wedding Chocolates

I recently whipped up a batch of chocolates to give as handmade Easter gifts and thought that they could be great do-it-yourself favors for a wedding or bridal shower. Here's what you'll need:

  • Good quality melting chocolates, like these or these.
  • Candy decorations. I used what I had on hand, pink sanding sugars, but chopped nuts or coarse sea salt would work too. 
  • Candy molds, such as these.

1. Melt your chocolates in a double boiler (or in the microwave). Take care to not let even the tiniest water droplet make its way into your chocolate. Moisture will make your chocolate seize.

2. Prep your molds by adding the sanding sugar, nuts, sea salt, etc.

3. Once melted, pour the chocolates into the molds. Let cool in a refrigerator for an hour (or more depending on the size of the molds. For larger chocolates, let set for additional time).

4. Pop your chocolates out of the mold and into a cellophane bag or small jar. Tie with a pretty ribbon and viola!

Make these ahead of time and store in a cool, dry place (but not in the refrigerator or freezer!). 
Enjoy giving or eating! 

Happy Planning, 

Photo Credit: Lizzie B., Hudson Valley Green

Monday, April 24, 2017

Reading for the Week...

Hey there! Since it appears that I am having trouble posting my weekend blog posts on time, I've decided to switch it up this here is the post with some fun wedding links from around the web as a "reading for the week" sort of post. Enjoy!

Love this dress for a fun, non-traditional take on a wedding dress. And as a wedding dress, at a pretty good price point!

A literal wedding cheese cake. So fun but oh so delicious and different. Instead of having your caterer slice up boring cake, have them create a beautiful dessert cheese board for each table. Pair the cheeses with accoutrements like marcona almonds and fig jam...your guests will really have something to talk about after the wedding. Love this idea!

For a barn wedding less than 1.5 hours from NYC, check out Mount Gulian. Secluded location, beautiful historic site, and lots of hotels nearby. Can't beat it.

The internet is chock-full of marriage advice, much of it cliche "...don't go to bed angry!". But I do believe being on the same page about financial matters before tying the knot is one of the most important things you can do for your future marriage. If you haven't had the money talk, do it now.

And on a more serious note....

Instead of a traditional wedding favor, how about giving a donation to the International Rescue Committee? Send a girl to school for a year for $58. Or help give a mother a safe birthing experience for $24. As a mother of twin girls, these efforts resonate with me. I can't imagine what it would be like to be an expectant mother in a war-torn country or not have access to education as a child. Together, through donations, maybe we can make the world a bit brighter for these women and girls.

Happy Planning, 

Photo Credit: Lizzie B., Hudson Valley Green

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Weekend Wedding Reading...

Hi there! Happy Easter to everyone celebrating today. And if you're not celebrating Easter, I hope you enjoy the sun today. It's a warm one!

I had a great conversation with Ana and Jacquelyn of Our Bridal Story this week. Stay tuned for a blog post all about it and their tips for finding a great wedding gown.

Here are a few wedding links from around the web...enjoy! 

Looking for a salon and spa specializing in eco-friendly products? Look no further...Savor Beauty in NYC and Saugerties.

What guests hate the most about weddings. Take note!

How to know your partner is the One.

Thinking about adding this body wash to my Amazon cart! Reminds me of my best friend from college (she was the valedictorian of our graduating class!!!) who has since moved to Oregon. It would make a great bridesmaid gift for those gals who are into natural beauty and bath products.

Bambeco is a fantastic online store specializing in eco-conscious home goods. Be sure to check it out!

Happy Planning, 

Photo Credit: Lizzie B., Hudson Valley Green 

Monday, April 10, 2017

Weekend Wedding Reading

Hi! Are you loving these sunny days in the Hudson Valley? Mr. HVG and I spent the weekend kid-less and had a little stay-cation (hence the lack of a Friday post!). We spent Saturday in NYC exploring Fort Tryon Park and The Cloisters with some fabulous cousins and yesterday we got busy prepping and planting our flower and veggie gardens. So great to be able to spend time outdoors without being all bundled up. 

Here are a few wedding links to keep you going until the weekend!

In search of a unique wedding venue? How about Wave Hill in the Bronx? Pricey but beautiful.

...or how about the Queens County Farm Museum for a less expensive venue option?

A pretty vintage wedding dress for $68!


These DIY soy candles are so pretty. They would make great wedding/shower favors or as gifts for Mother's Day (on May 14th!).

Happy Planning, 

Photo Credit: Lizzie B., Hudson Valley Green...the fountain at the CIA in Hyde Park!