Monthly Archives: April 2012

With springtime everywhere you turn, it’s a perfect day to share Erin and Dave’s classic garden wedding with you! Photos by the always wonderful Cappy Hotchkiss.

Every wedding should have a “Say Anything” moment, don’t you think?!

Guests went home with homemade bottles of vanilla extract – yum!

Some details from the bride and groom!

Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We wanted something close enough to the city to be convenient for everyone, but far enough to feel special and not “everyday.” We liked the backyard wedding idea, but when we started thinking about all the catering costs and hassle, Round Hill was the perfect solution. They had beautiful gardens for the ceremony, a lovely old mansion with character for the reception, a professional and warm staff that took care of everything. We fell in love with the place and would do it all over again there in a heartbeat.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  Blogs! And our love for each other of course. And blogs!

Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  Doing the all-in-one catering/venue really helped us out. A friend of a friend DJed (and was great). We got a lot of things from Etsy and generally didn’t “add on” lots of things. But we got everything we really cared about (a great photographer, venue, flowers, and all the guests we wanted).

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  The entire ceremony was so much more touching than I could have anticipated. I knew it would be special with our two best friends serving as officiants, but there were birds and crickets, and the weather and the wind, and all the guests singing “59th Street Bridge,” and Dave’s vows and… it was all just really perfect and amazing. Then we had a great time dancing and dancing and dancing…

Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  We sort of took the “we’ll keep the tradition unless we don’t like it and then we’ll change it” approach. So my dad walked me down the aisle, but he didn’t give me away. That kind of thing. Everyone says this, but we wanted our wedding to be a celebration of love, not just our love, but the idea of love, all the love our guests have for us and each other. I guess that’s traditional, we embraced that.

What advice do you have for other brides?  Enjoy the process. It is only one day, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be a truly magical, unforgettable, wonderful day.



Photography: Cappy Hotchkiss / Venue: Round Hill in Hudson Valley, New York / Invitations: Medley Invitation Designs / Bride’s dress: Liancarlo / Bridesmaid dresses: J.Crew / Groom’s suit: My.Suit / Flowers: Stem / Catering: FEAST Caterers / Cake: The Pastry Garden / Music: Dan Sterling DJ Entertainment, 917-763-7536

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I know you love all things preppy just as much as do, which is why I knew you would love today’s sunrise engagement shoot from photographer Erich McVey. Taken on a freezing cold morning at the beach, they sure turned out wonderfully…

Don’t you love these?! Kristin and Michael have known each other since they were children, but as Kristin says, “Our friendship kind of took a different turn during the summer of 2010 – something just started to click. We began hanging out with the same people, spent lots of time serving at our church together, and even separately started finding excuses to be around each other. We tried to ignore it and explain it away, but it soon became apparent that there was something there. We started dating in April 2011 and took the fast track to marriage – fell in love and got engaged in November, and are now anxiously awaiting our May wedding! It’s been the best adventure, and we’ve been blessed and surprised from the beginning.”


A big thank you to Erich McVey for sharing these photos with us – Erich’s work is gorgeous, and I just can’t wait until the next time we get feature his work!

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Who says weddings get to have all the fun?! Jen Huang, one of my very favorite photographers, kindly shared this fun dinner with me, and I knew you would love all the special touches. From the talented ladies at Poppies & Posies: “We have officially started a tradition! As a group of New York City based wedding professionals we love having a chance to collaborate whenever possible and our annual industry dinner party held at The Foundry is a wonderful excuse to do just that. Our goal was to have fun and throw the kind of soiree that we would want to attend.”

As guests arrived they were welcomed with a signature cocktail, ‘The Bombay Drop,” served in glass bottles with metal straws, along with Michael Stuart’s featured hors d’oeuvres served on pink salt slabs.

Michael Stuart’s nine course “Ode to Salt” tasting menu was perfectly prepared and served by waiters wearing linen striped aprons. Course after course was placed in front of us, each accompanied by a tiny vessel of salt in shades of pink, white, or black. (See the full menu below.)

The ladies at Poppies & Posies kindly wrote up some details about the delightful dinner party:

We were inspired by the region of Provence – both the unfussy approach we associate with a traditional Provençal kitchenscape, as well as the emphasis placed on the quality and choice of ingredients. Our aim was to keep things fresh and simple. We sourced a vintage, grain sack table runner to drape the long dinner table and the most beautiful blooms of the season (local spirea, hellebores, garden roses, parrot tulips, and sweet pea) were arranged in delicate compositions and placed on handmade, wooden pedestals. Deep burgundy clematis vine peppered the arrangements and added just the slightest pop of color to an otherwise delicate palette. We we’re so excited when we came across a collection of vintage oil lamps to use on the table for candlelight. Simple, clean, and elegant: they we’re the perfect finishing touch to our cozy dinner table.


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Venue: The Foundry / Photography: Jen Huang Photography / Stationery, calligraphy: Paperfinger Calligraphy / Flowers, design: Poppies & Posies / Catering: Michael Stuart NY / Dessert: Shellco NYC Bakery / Music: Les Loups / Videography: Hello Super 8

“An Ode to Salt” Tasting Menu

Cabin Cove Oyster + Mandarin Cucumber Mignonette
Shinkai Deep Sea Salt

Wild Patagonian Red Shrimp Taco + Mango Salsa, Avocado
Kilauea Onyx Sea Salt

Maine Sea Scallop Ceviche + Lime, Red Onion, Jalapeño Curl
Bolivian Rose, Andes Mountain Salt

Blanched Spring Peas + Saffron Crème Fraîche
Cypress Hardwood Salt

Watermelon & Buratta + Mache, Cracked Pepper
Halen Môn Sea Salt

Smashed Fingerling Potato + Velvet Piopini Mushroom, Fried Quail Egg
Truffle Salt

Seared Duck Breast + Duck Fat Potatoes
Prussian Blue Sea Salt

Braised Pork Belly + White Bean Ragout, Fried Brussels Sprout
Maine Cherrywood Smoked Sea Salt

Flatiron Steak + Peppercorn Bordelaise, Fried Buttermilk Onion
The Meadows Pinot Noir Salt

Blood Orange Panna Cotta + Blood Orange Reduction
Taha’a Vanilla Salt

Roasted Nectarines + Sweet Mascarpone
Salish Alder Smoked Sea Salt

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