Thursday, December 29, 2016

Gifts from McClure Furniture Works

Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend! 2017 is right around the corner and bridal shower and wedding season will be here in a flash! 

If you are in need of a bridal shower, wedding, or a belated holiday (!!!) gift and are looking for something unique, consider supporting local furniture maker, Kirk Decker of McClure Furniture Works, located in Broome County.

I've had the pleasure of knowing Kirk for two decades and have fond memories playing with the Decker kids at their family farm. Kirk is a self-taught craftsman and over the last several years, has really honed his skills. He truly has a gift for wood working but I'll let the photos speak for themselves...

Look at that wood grain on those cheese boards...and those rolling pins! 
I know quite a few bakers who would love to display them in their kitchens. 

 These bud vases are a personal favorite of mine. 

And if you are looking for something really special to, say, put an engagement ring in and give it to the love of your life, look no further....

This wine glass caddy would make a great bridal shower or hostess gift. 


 And for the kiddos, durable hand-made toys that don't require batteries...every parent's dream. 

Kirk makes each piece himself in his workshop at the family farm. Most, if not all, pieces are created with locally sourced wood and are very reasonably priced. 

If you are interested in learning more (or having a custom item made - whether it be a jewelry box or fine furniture; if you can think it, Kirk can make it - trust me!), please visit McClure Furniture Works or call 607.242.9015 or 607.237.6484.

Happy Planning, 

p.s Kirk made a John Deere-style tractor rocking chair...just because he can.
 It's really unbelievably cool. Check it out on his facebook page! 

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Hello, Winter!

The holiday season is upon us! I hope you all are busy with holiday party plans, celebrating with family and friends, and enjoying some much deserved cocktails.

One of the many reasons I enjoy the holidays so much are the Christmas cards we receive, especially the photo cards. Seeing our friends' and family's kids (and pets!) grow up makes me smile. Because of my love of holiday cards, I thought I would share some of my favorite resources for eco-friendly stationery: 

  • Vistaprint: Vistaprint offers a wide range of both business marketing and personal products. For their stationery options, you can select "recycled matte" for the paper type for your cards or invitations. Their pricing is very competitive and their production time is incredibly quick. Be sure to search online for additional coupon codes to maximize your savings.
  • Graphic Nature, Fishkill, New York: If you are looking to support a local business and want a quality product that is completely customized, you need to check out Amy and Stephanie at Graphic Nature. You will not be disappointed! Just ask for your cards, invites, etc. to be printed on recycled paper. 
  • Paper Culture: I just recently discovered Paper Culture and I'm in love with their modern twist on wedding invitations. Plus, their environmental ethic gets a gold star. They use recycled products, purchase carbon offsets, and plant a tree with every order. Love it!
(c) HVG
Happy Planning...and Happy Holidays! 

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, 

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, 

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,