Monday, June 5, 2017

The best way to propose.... with a chocolate bar.

Contact the lovely ladies at Lagusta's Luscious Confectionary in New Paltz to place a custom order for an engagement chocolate bar or for wedding favor truffles. Environmentally friendly chocolates using lots of local ingredients. These treats are the real deal. 

For more information, visit Lagusta's Luscious online or in New Paltz/Manhattan. 

Happy Eating (and Planning), 
Photo Credit: LaGustas's Luscious

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Reading for the Week!

Hi! Hope you are enjoying the weekend. We spent this weekend exploring our area...Tilly Foster Farm in Brewster and Bowdoin Park in Wappingers. Really fun but this rain is getting a bit tiresome, no?

Some wedding reading for the week...enjoy! 

Tilly's Table is a new farm-to-table restaurant which just opened up at Tilly Foster Farm in Brewster. Can't wait to dine there soon. Not sure if the restaurant and grounds are open to private events but I'll be looking into it. More to come!

These engagement rings and wedding bands from Catbird, a Brooklyn-based jeweler, are so pretty and so unique. And they are made using ethically sourced materials and conflict-free stones. 

ThredUp, the biggest online thrift store, recently launched their online bridesmaid shop, The Mismatched 'Maid. So cool.

I just whipped up a batch of DIY aromatherapy shower tablets (think bath bombs but for showers). These would make great bridal shower easy and incredibly inexpensive to make yourself. 

Did you know you can get married at Bowdoin Park? Chapel and rustic lodge onsite, great views of the Hudson River, and close to lots of hotels. The icing on the (wedding) cake? Rental fees are $200/day for the chapel and $400 for the lodge. Can't beat it if you are thinking about a small wedding (max. 65 guests). 

Happy Planning, 

Photo Credit: Lizzie B., Hudson Valley the new Tilly's Table. 

Monday, May 29, 2017

Reading for the Week!

Hey there! Hope you are enjoying the weekend. Amidst the barbecues and beach days, let us remember the brave servicemen and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. 

Here a few wedding- and love-related links to peruse during the short week! 

Bario Neal is a Philadelphia-based jeweler specializing in environmentally friendly practices. Take your heirloom jewelry to the amazing jewelers there and have them transform it into something new. There's a showroom on Chrystie Street in Manhattan. Check out their facebook page for some of their latest work.

The average cost of a wedding, by location. 

A sweet, vintage wedding dress with a price point of $75.

This story by Delia Ephron. Full of sadness, love, and hope.

Interesting, thought-provoking piece about engagement and the judgement it elicits from others.

Happy Planning, 

Photo Credit: Lizzie B., Hudson Valley of the 9-11 Memorial at Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla, NY.

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