New York City late-20-something trying to figure it all out -sustaining a life in the concrete jungle and juggling a career with co-habitation and more. Obsessed with all things weddings, as long as they remain stylish. From running around the city in countless LBDs, to eventually getting to my own pouffy white dress and beyond, there's inspiration and great finds everywhere!
There are tons of different ways to decorate your space depending on what type of beach setting your in, as well as what you spark to. Here are a few examples of how different styles within the beach theme come to life - from coral to neutrals & shells to tall dried beach vegetation.
No matter what direction you decide to go in, make a decision and stick with it to ensure consistency - and most importantly, don’t overdo it - the focus is still on the environment around you.
Receptions are the most effort, but also the most fun to design when you’re working with a beach theme. To start, you’ve got to get your guests to their respective tables - the great news is there are a lot of unique ways to do just that.
While beach details usually show up most frequently in a reception, since it’s all about bringing the beach experience to the table, that doesn’t mean you should forget about infusing it into accents throughout your day.
For you, consider swapping flowers out for a creative and fun shell bouquet. And of course, don’t forget your nautical inspired footwear!
We are so close to the long weekend, I can almost taste it! To honor the last days of summer, I wanted to do one more very summer-focused day of posts - so today, take your mind to the ocean and imagine all of the fun elements of a nautical/beach-themed affair!
With a nautical/beach-themed wedding, the surroundings are usually quite breathtaking, so it’s all about small details that complement your surroundings. To start, make sure you infuse your invitations with a bit of that whimsy - think shells, sand, surf, and cool colors. Or, consider the sea creature route to bring a bit of playfulness into the piece.
I know we all lament the end of summer, but the good news is that we get to capitalize on all of the amazing end of summer sales, which usually feature items that last through the fall and into the spring. Here are a few favorites from scouring today that are great steals to grab before the sun sets on this season.
It’s that time again - happy hump day! Today’s cake is a jaw-dropper - the detail work is outstanding! The dripping lilacs and vines ooze down the layers of the cake, making it feel so organic and perfect for an outdoor affair. Major kudos to the designer for pulling this off - it is executed flawlessly!
How is it already feeling like the end of summer?! I can’t believe how quickly this season flew by, so let’s spend the last two weeks in style. Let’s eat outside, enjoy every bite of the delectably sweet fruit of the season, both before and after a good meal, never skip out on a cool, sweet dessert and dance under the stars. Let’s savor every minute of it, before it’s gone.
This past weekend was another fun activity - Benj surprised me with a trip to the country for a day - bye bye NYC, hello Hudson Valley! He booked us on a horseback ride, since he knows how much I miss riding.
We started the day with homemade breakfast pizza (whole wheat dough, olive oil, sauce on his, mozzarella, goat cheese, tomato & eggs over easy) - yum! - before hitting the road to our undisclosed location. We went further and further north until finally we saw the sign for My Saddle Brook Farm. Pulling up the long, winding dirt path, we saw the last group of riders heading back to the barn, and I got immediately excited - it has been way too long since I’ve been on a horse!
I got to ride Sage, a Clydesdale mix, who had a mind of her own. All she wanted to do was run - unfortunately for her, we were with some beginners so we didn’t much beyond a brisk walk. Ben’s horse, Rifle, was quite the character himself - moments after Ben got on, he decided he wanted to go back into the stables! Not a ton to report beyond that, just a leisurely ride that reinvigorated my love for being on a horse.
So, coming out of this birthday, I have a resolution - I will take some this fall and get out of this city for some lessons to literally get back on the horse with riding (PS if anyone in the NYC area wants to join me, let me know)!
Yes, I’m still riding the birthday wave (for those of you who don’t do the whole birthday month thing, you should try it - it’s worth spreading out the fun)! Looking back on the past two weekends, it’s been nothing but fun.
First, we had a great party with 20 of some of our closest friends. The theme? Lemon Yellow & Raspberry Red - perfect for a summer gathering. Everything from the food to the decor to the beverage incorporated those refreshing elements - here’s a quick guide to “get the look”:
No party is complete without a signature drink - we chose the John Daley - sweet tea vodka + lemonade + freshly cut lemons. Don’t forget the stripey straws - they make any drink that much more festive!
Finally, I topped the room off with flowers in the party’s signature colors, and even added some lemons into the vase for good measure. Needless to say, it was a sweet success!
Finally, let’s talk lobster! A treat for many, but a way of life in New England, so no celebration would be complete without it. Plus, they give your table quite the pop of color - just don’t forget the bibs for a memorable, mess-free feast!