Monthly Archives: November 2012

I hope everyone had a delicious Thanksgiving! Here’s another feast for you: Nadine and Joe’s wedding celebration. (By the way, isn’t Nadine’s hair pin beautiful? It belonged to her grandmother.)

Nadine’s best friend officiated the ceremony.

I asked Nadine what inspired them in their planning. She says, “The owners of Rock Hall led us to Fire Roasted Catering, a company committed to seasonal and local food, all cooked over an open fire! Joe owns two restaurants and I’m enthusiastic about food in general, so we were super-excited that a company like Fire Roasted Catering even existed. And when we started talking about a pig roast…everything else started to fall into place.”


Nadine describes the rustic centerpieces: “On the day of the wedding, Corrie from Petal Design Studio tied everything together in the most amazing way. She really understood our vision: centerpieces with jewel tone flowers, fruit and herbs. The nuts and nut crackers on the tables. Wine in buckets. Everything was beautiful and approachable, exactly what we wanted.”

Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  When Joe and I started planning our wedding, we wanted a celebration that reminded us of the dinners we had growing up – outdoors, long tables, close family and friends, delicious food, lots of wine and laughter. The Rock Hall Inn was the perfect setting. It was a place that Joe and I had visited about three years earlier during a weekend trip and we fell in love with the area. We were also able to host both of our immediate families at Rock Hall, so it became a mini-vacation for all of us.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  Favorite things about our wedding day – our nieces walking down the aisle, our nephew’s speech and toast, my best friend who officiated the wedding, the smell of firewood that will forever remind me of that wedding morning, and Carvel Cake.

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  This goes for wedding planning, but I also think for life in general. From my dear friend Danielle: Stop and enjoy the little things, the small moments. A wedding is a pretty big event in one’s life, with lots of anticipation and expectations from everyone involved, all leading up to one day. Throughout the process there were all of these really wonderful small moments that I’ll remember so much more than all of the hoopla.

What advice do you have for other brides?  Listen to your own voice. Weddings come with a lot of well-intentioned opinions, and while they most certainly are helpful, I believe that you’ll be most happy when you follow your own heart. So wear the dress you want to wear, have the kind of ceremony that is important and meaningful to you, uphold those traditions or don’t.

Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  Prioritize what is most important to you and dedicate more money in those areas. Also, prepare for the unexpected costs, especially if you’re planning yourself and negotiating with vendors. Getting up to speed with the way “weddings work” was definitely a learning curve for us.


See the full gallery here.

Photographer: Sarah Culver / Venue: Rock Hall in Colebrook, Connecticut / Bride’s Dress: Nomia from Stone Fox Bride / Hair Stylist: Jon Fitje / Makeup: Claire Coleman / Bride’s Shoes: Sigerson Morrison / Earrings: Doyle & Doyle / Groom’s Suit: My.Suit / Flower Girl Dresses: Nordstrom / Invitations: Jen Simpson Design / Floral, Event Design: Petal Design Studio / Farm Tables and Rentals: New England Country Rentals / Tent: Tents Unlimited / DJ: Dennis Borowsky / Caterer: Fire Roasted Catering
  • Rustic Fall Wedding in the Berkshires

    26 November 2012
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    Does anyone else think Thanksgiving just popped up out of nowhere this year? Does it make me sound old when I say things like that? Anyway, tomorrow we’re celebrating the holiday at my Aunt Dawnie’s house – she hosts the yummiest Thanksgiving dinner (even that one year when the entire table flipped over…), and it’s always so nice to see my extended family in one place. How are you spending the day tomorrow? Any fun traditions?

    Cousin Reginald catches the Thanksgiving turkey.

    The New York Times’ Thanksgiving-erator.

    I love French everything, but this spoof is pretty funny.

    Mindy Kaling on friendship.

    Mmmm…. pie crust cookies.

    What are you thankful for?


    Have a Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! See you next week!

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    I have a link round-up coming up before heading out for the Thanksgiving holiday, but first, a beautiful wedding full of rustic elegance…

    I love this special detail from Kendall: “My nine beautiful flower girls brought me small bouquets that when put together created my bouquet. Each had a special message wrapped around it too – so cute.”

    Says Kendall, “The wedding ceremony was magical. It was so personal and heartfelt. We made it our own and I adored every minute of it.”

    Centerpieces included rustic details like a moss runner, and elegant elements like candles and white roses.

    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We fell in love going up to the mountains of Highlands so there was no hesitation when we got engaged. We both knew that is where it would be.

    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  I am an interior designer so I wanted my home style to come across in the wedding which is a warm understated elegance with lots of natural touches. The color palette was neutral, earth colors, only green and white flowers, birch trees and tons of candles – just like my home designs. The idea was to be different, creative and most importantly to reflect me and Patrick.

    What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  By far my favorite moment of the day was right after Patrick and I walked down the isle hand and hand as a married couple. We didn’t really know where to go, so we just stood in the living room and watched the gospel group lead the wedding party down the aisle. Next thing I knew, Patrick and I were surrounded by our family and friends all packed in the living room while the gospel group belted out “Oh Happy Day.” We danced and sang and we never wanted them to stop! I get goose bumps just thinking about it.

    Were there any surprises in the day?  If I had my way there would have been seven “bridesmen” in the wedding also. Instead, we created a very special reading for them to help with. In the middle of the ceremony these dear friends stood up one by one reciting lines from Corinthians 13, which was a surprise to all the guests. At the end of the reading, they finished by each saying a line of what love means to them – that part was a complete surprise for us.

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  I guess the best advice a received was let people help. I am the type to do it all myself but once I was able to tell people how they could help, everything seemed to be a little easier. People love to help! I also made sure to not get worked up about things going wrong. Nobody really notices what goes wrong, so no it’s use worrying about it.


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    Photographer: VUE Photography / Videographer: Inkspot Crow Films / Venue: private home in Highlands, North Carolina / Event Planner: I Do Events in Atlanta / Bride’s Custom Dress: Suzanne Perron in New Orleans / Groom’s White Dinner Jacket: Ralph Lauren / Tuxedo Pants: Dolce Gabbana / Stationery: Tupelo Honey Design / Floral Design: Urban Earth Studios in New Orleans / Rentals: Tents Unlimited in Atlanta / Ceremony Music: Joyful Noise Gospel Group from New Orleans / Reception Music: Jessie’s Girls / Catering: Sun in My Belly from Atlanta
  • Elegant Rustic Wedding in North Carolina

    21 November 2012
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    Thanksgiving week seemed like the perfect chance to highlight one of the most important – yet oft-overlooked – elements of any wedding or party: the food! Earlier this year, the talented team at RoomForty (“a restaurant without walls” as they call themselves) served up a ten-course tasting experience for some of LA’s wedding industry, to prove that there’s no reason wedding food has to be mediocre…

    I just love how dramatic this “tray” is – as Steve Fortunato at RoomForty explained to me, serving an incredible meal isn’t just about preparing delicious food, but also about creating a memorable experience. What could be more important for your wedding?

    Guests went home with the fixin’s for a “Salad for Two.”


    Big thanks to Steve Fortunato and photographer Ryan Garvin for sharing this yummy event with us – learn more about this “Edible Audit” over on the RoomForty blog. Also, you can view the entire menu right here.


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    Photographer: Ryan Garvin / Event Planner: Sterling Engagements / Floral Designer: Shawna Yamamoto / Music: Roger Espinoza / Venue: Vibiana in Los Angeles / Invitations: Prim & Pixie / Linens: Designer Specialty Linens / Stylist: Lindsay Stetson
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