If you can believe it, the holiday season is in full swing! Around here, we've had wreaths on the brain. We're feeling especially inspired by these more sparse and simple designs, hung with beautiful ribbon. Yes, Please!! You can buy the one on the left here, and this fun twig one could easily be made from goodies in your own backyard...assuming you have a back yard ;) What holiday decor items are peaking your interest this year???
Let us introduce you to relaxation at its finest. Last week we were lucky enough to enjoy the luxurious amenities the Setai Spa had to offer. Serenity sets in the minute you enter the spa. Between their pleasant customer service, soothing scented candles, and their overall tranquil atmosphere; the Setai Spa sets the scene for relaxation. The spa offers a number of incredible services, but we couldn’t resist the sound of a Setai Signature Massage. It is a customized massage that stimulates the senses while rejuvenating the muscles of the body. My massage therapist helped take all of the stubborn knots out of my shoulders and found some I didn’t even know existed! After the massage we were encouraged to further unwind and use their jacuzzi, sauna, and aromatherapy steam room. And yes, we did take advantage of all three lounging areas. We left the spa feeling satisfied, rejuvenated, and at peace.
The Setai Spa has packages available for everyone! Whether it’s a bridal party, a couple’s retreat, a gift certificate for someone special, or just some well deserved “me” time; the Setai Spa is the best solution. Click here more information on the Setai Spa.
We are so thankful for our wonderful friends and family. AND! we are grateful for all our amazing clients and fellow wedding professionals who we now call our friends and family. Thank you for all your love and support and for making our jobs so fulfilling.
We hope your table is filled with loved ones today!
With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we have found a couple of great last minute DIY holiday ideas to make your home more festive for the holidays. Decorating your home for guests does not have to be stressful nor expensive. We prefer to sit back, relax, and craft. Here are a few decor options and innovative gift wrap ideas.
1. Autumn Leaf Bouquet
Take advantage of the beautiful colorful leaves falling around your neighborhood and make a gorgeous, unique centerpiece out of them. This DIY is easy and can make a stand out piece this Thanksgiving. We might even spray paint the twigs gold!
What you'll need: colorful maples leaves, short twigs, scissors, and floral tape.
Learn how to make these flowers yourself here
2. Mercury Glass Jars
Mercury glass creates a vintage, romantic looking decoration that can light up any space. The tarnished silver (or gold) look can be used on any glass surface: jar, vase, votive, etc.
What you'll need: glass jar, silver spray paint, water, vinegar, and a rag
Learn how to make these jars here
3. Innovative Gift Wrap
Brown craft paper creates an artisanal backdrop allowing any decoration paired with it to stand out. You can customize your gifts with a black and white picture of each of your loved ones or attach a beautiful photo or postcard. We also love the idea of taking some twigs, acorns, leaves, feathers, etc and spray painting them gold and attaching them with a strand of twine. Better yet we would even combine the two gift wrap ideas!
What you'll need: Brown craft paper, twine, gold spray paint, photos, twigs and leaves
Happy Holidays and enjoy your crafting!
I don't know about you all, but we're always trying to improve our photography and photo editing skills. Not only do we simply love photography, but between our website, blog and social media sites it's a very important aspect of our business. That said, we are so excited to announce that our dear friend, and ridiculously talented photographer, Jessie Webster of Sweet Thing Blog and Kimberly Genevieve have just launched Snap Class!
Snap Class! is a photography workshop (actually two separate workshops), one for beginners or anyone who wants to learn basics on how to improve your photos, for your blog or Instagram. Major secrets will be revealed. The second one is aimed at advanced level photographers who want to break into the industry, but need the proper tools to do so. We will be covering advanced post-processing techniques, how to find your unique style and talk about all things business related.
If you're a west coaster, or an east coaster dreaming of a warm weather escape this winter (it's freezing today!!), check out their website to learn more about the CA workshops and to sign up! Hurry, hurry, hurry! Seats are filling up fast!
We'll see you at Snap Class! NYC
Can you believe we're less than a week away from Thanksgiving! Since none of our families live in New York, we often spend Thanksgiving with friends- and while we always bring a dish (or two!) to add to the table, it's nice to bring your host or hostess a little something extra to thank them for cleaning their house and rounding up all the extra chairs. Here are a few fun gifts that we've been loving...
Altar Herbal Martini Mix
We're loving these new earthy concoctions from altar. This one's called Bliss and it's full of floral and tea notes, like chamomile, rose petals, and elderflower. Other flavors in the collection include Chi, Restore, Chill, and Aphrodisiac. Just mix these babies with your favorite booze or Champagne, and you've got a beautiful cocktail with minimal effort.
Note Cards From Mr. Boddington's
These colorful cards are always great to have on hand. We love working with this New York based company whenever we get the chance, because their designs are so detailed and unique.
Crystal Votive Candle Holder
This is the splurge gift for sure, but we couldn't resist. These votives are perfect to stand alone, so don't worry about buying a set. When the party is over these crystals will turn your hostess' bedside table into a beautiful oasis. Love!!
Florals are one of the most important aspects of wedding décor. They bring tables to life, accessorize the bridal party, and brighten the entire room. But with so many flowers to choose from, it can be difficult to select which ones make the final cut. Deciding on which flowers will be in the arrangements is not just an aesthetic preference; one must also consider which flowers are in season, where they are available, color, and price.
There are just too many beautiful flowers to name them all, so this week we are highlighting just a few of our favorite flowers that can be used during the fall season.
Season: Summer-early Fall
Colors: white, red, orange, yellow, pink, variation of purple hues
Dahlias can grow to be the size of dinner plates, and the bigger the dahlia, the better! Their delicate and wildflower look make this one of our absolute favorites!
Colors: white, pink, magenta, purple, burgundy
The striking blue-violet or black center of the anemone makes this flower unforgettable. It is most famously seen in white, but is just as beautiful in its other colors as well.
Colors: white, orange, apricot, orange, variation of pink hues
The soft, sweet curves of this flower and various colors make it easy to match with almost all floral arrangements.
Queen Anne’s Lace
Season: Spring-early Fall
Colors: white, green
Even though this one stem carries many smaller blossoms, the details and overall size makes this flower look noticeable against the crowd.
Season: late Summer-late Fall
Colors: red, pink, purple, white
Asters are daisy-like perennials with starry-shaped flower heads. They can bring delightful color to any bouquet or arrangement when many other summer blooms may be fading.
Season: late Spring-early Fall
Colors: varying shades of blue, red, pink, white, cream, purple, magenta, peach and burgundy. white, pink, yellow, blue and purple
These delicate flowers look beautiful in a loose romantic bouquet. They can easily stand alone or be coupled with other florals.
Limonium (Sea Lavender/Statice)
Colors: lavender, purple
This flower creates a perfect background for your main flowers. It complements the bigger flowers in the arrangement, allowing them to “pop” against its never-ending backdrop.
Colors: hues of purple, blue and white
Scabiosas are some of our favorite flowers for sure! Given their unique shape and texture, they almost resemble paper flowers. They really are an amazing textural addition to any bouquet or arrangement.
Colors: green, brown
These incredibly interesting pods grow along side the scabiosa blooms above and are sometimes referred to as paper moons, or star-flower pincushions. They look gorgeous in bouquets and always add an organic feel to an arrangement, bouquet or boutonniere.
Check back in January for our winter floral guide!
As someone who's family experienced the devastation of Katrina and who's community experienced the wrath of Sandy my heart aches for the people of the Philippines.
We've been looking at scenes of misery all week - an incomprehensible visual onslaught, but as we reach a week since the storm hit aid is starting to pour in from all over the world. While the world is responding it's important that we, as individuals, do as well. There are many ways to get involved, but one of the most effective is simply donating to the Red Cross.
We encourage you to make a donation today, if you haven't already, and to continue to give over the coming months.
Our hearts go out to everyone in the Philippines...
The lovely Juliet from Poppies and Posies, tipped us off to this brilliant New Zealand designer, Juliette Hogan, and we've been swooning ever since! Her bridesmaid dresses might be our favorites- ever!! Can you tell we're excited!! ;) But seriously, good bridesmaid dresses can be hard to find. Although these guys are on the pricey end, we think they accomplish the holy grail of BM dresses...you actually would wear these dresses again! Happily.
Today's moodboard comes to you from our new and lovely intern, Gabriela Ardaki. You'll be getting to know her more over the coming months so stay tuned.
Occasionally we take a break from the wedding world to plan other fun and exciting events - holiday parties, baby showers, fundraisers, etc. This summer one of our fave non-wedding events was a super fun surprise birthday party at a private loft in TriBeCa. Even though we only had two weeks to plan the party (ah!) the a-team we put together did a stellar job and Sarabeth and her friends had a blast!