It’s impossible for me to talk about Ever After Honeymoons without talking about my own experience with owner, Katie Frederick. We “met” through Twitter, and when I found out that Katie could help Ryan and I plan our honeymoon, and that it wouldn’t cost us anything extra, I couldn’t sign up fast enough.

(Pics from Katie’s recent trip to the Dominican Republic)

Ryan and I knew we wanted to go somewhere warm and beachy, which left us with only about a gazillion places to consider. And that’s where Ever After Honeymoons came in.

After answering some questions about things like our interests, budget and travel dates, Katie came up with several amazing custom options for us in Mexico, the Maldives, Hawaii and the Caribbean. She answered our questions about the different places, and when we narrowed it down to where we wanted to go, she gave us more hotel options to choose from. And then she booked everything for us!

(Here’s Katie on a trip to Mykonos, Greece.)

If you want someone with plenty of travel experience to help you plan a custom honeymoon trip and to save you tons of time, then I can’t say enough good things about Ever After Honeymoons. And if you’re a little unsure about it, just remember – Katie can get rates for her clients that are either the same or lower than on other websites, so you don’t pay anything extra for her services. If the planning experience was this easy and fun, then I really can’t wait for the trip (and I promise I’ll tell you all about it!).

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By the time you guys are reading this I’ll be out of town without internet access, but I wanted to get a Halloween weekend post ready ahead of time for you! Any fun plans this weekend? Trick-or-treating?

Competitive piggy bank.

Gorgeous glittery pumpkins.


A spaceship junkyard and a rainbow forest.

Eyelash jewelry? via seesaw

Snowflake font for your holiday greetings.

Love this glam dress!

Alternative engagement rings (any of them look familiar?).

A little bird told me…

Everyone have a Happy Halloween!

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I just love The Olema Inn, where Adrea and Dave were married. And of course, the couple loves it too. Says the bride:

First of all I love the drive out to Olema. Either way you go (up Highway 1 or Sir Francis Drake Boulevard) it is a beautiful drive. Dave and I had stayed at The Olema Inn before, and we had always loved the historic building with the naturally lit dinning room. When we got engaged we went out to the inn for lunch and decided right then that we would get married there. We didn’t even look anywhere else! The inn only has 6 rooms upstairs, so we had our immediate family stay with us.

We got married in the garden in the back – there are these beautiful brambly fruit trees in the garden that were full of apples and figs on our August wedding day.

From the groom: My favorite part of the wedding was first spying Adrea in her dress as she walked down the aisle. As per tradition I never saw or heard what the dress was like before that moment, and I actually said out loud, “Oh my god, she is so beautiful.”

Photography: Alison Bank from First Comes Love Photography

Venue and catering: The Olema Inn in Olema, California

Bride’s dress: Lazaro

Groom’s suit: Dries van Noten

Flowers: Mill Valley Flowers

Congratulations Adrea and Dave! And thank you to Alison Bank for sharing these photos with us.

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Though I haven’t had the pleasure of visiting yet, Blue Hill at Stone Barns seems like one of the most special places for a wedding (or a meal for that matter). Janney and Benjamin picked it for their wedding “because of the lovely pastoral setting, delicious food, and proximity to New York City. Also, we both value sustainably raised, locally-sourced food and wanted our special day to reflect this.” Here, some of Karen Hill‘s beautiful pics from the day.

The couple’s Cairn Terrier featured prominently on the invitations by Sesame Letterpress (he also had a role in the ceremony!).

Janney and Ben took some photos in the fields of Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, a non-profit farm and education center at Stone Barns.

Nests and eggs under glass cloches fit the rustic setting perfectly.

Blue Hill at Stone Barns sources all of its ingredients from its surrounding fields and pastures, and from other local farms. Says Janney, “I should mention that we were thrilled with the wine pairings – each wine complemented its dish perfectly.” (See the full menu, plus wine pairings, at the bottom of the post.)

Janney’s advice to other brides: Just relax and have fun! On the day of, don’t sweat the details – at this point, you’ve probably done all the micro-managing that you can do. Also, hire the best professionals you can afford – they will take care of things for you!

Photography: Karen Hill

Venue and catering (see full menu below): Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, New York

Bride’s dress / shoes: Monique Lhuillier / Manolo Blahnik

Bridesmaid dresses: Badgley Mischka

Groom’s suit: Ermenegildo Zegna

Flowers: Sandra Clothier

Stationery: Sesame Letterpress

Congratulations Janney and Benjamin, and thank you to Karen Hill for sending over these lovely photos.

Passed Hors d’Oeuvres

Greenhouse Salad Tarts
Polenta with Spicy Vegetables
Fiddlehead Fern Tarts
Glazed Stone Barns Chicken Skewers
Bass Tartare with Caviar


Black Currant Cosmopolitan passed during cocktail hour

Asparagus Salad
almonds and greenhouse greens
TeAwa Sauvignon Blanc, Hawks Bay, New Zealand 2007

Maine Lobster
green garden gazpacho, cucumber salad
Pascal Pauget Macon ‘Terroir de Tournus’ Burgundy, France 2007

This Morning’s Farm Egg
local mushroom and asparagus
Cristom Pinot Noir ‘Mt. Jefferson Cuvée’ Willamette Valley, Oregon 2007

Berkshire Pig
stew of mokum carrots
Rocche Dei Manzoni ‘Bricco Manzoni’ Piedmont, Italy 1996

Wedding Cake
c/o Baked

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