November, 2011

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No bride should have to choose between bold and sweet on her wedding day--have the best of both worlds with a beautifully contrasting palette of russet and blush. The soft femininity of pale pink flatters every skin tone, and lots of texture on gowns and accessories give the classic shade a sense of fun. For dramatic style your bridesmaids will love, columns of saturated color make sure the whole wedding party stand out of the crowd; and rich, rusty tones add needed depth to decorations.

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Any couple hoping for a storybook oasis on their wedding day need look no further than the Monhonk Mountain House in the Hudson Valley, a sprawling Victorian castle set in the heart of a 2,220-acre nature preserve.  This beautiful venue offers paradise in all seasons, boasting lakeside vistas for a gorgeous indoor ceremony as well as award-winning Victorian gardens that sprout springtime delights.  Offering several wedding package options (and lots of help with planning!), the Monhonk can fit all matrimonial needs, from lavish affairs to more modest occasions.  Looking to mak

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It was during a vacation in Maine with Gavin’s family in 2009 that Gavin asked Shelly to be his wife. One morning, while the two were out for a run together, Gavin pointed out a spot where he used to catch crabs during low tide. Gavin walked a little distance away, shouting back to Shelly that he had caught one. “I raced over to where he was and asked him where it was—I didn't see anything. He paused and said, ‘It's right...it's right...there’,” says Shelly. She leaned in for a closer look just as Gavin revealed the ring that had been concealed in his hand.

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Make your cake stand out with a few vintage-inspired decorations against a clean, chic, white fondant backdrop. Using found or homemade rosettes or bows can be a great way to subtly incorporate your color palette into your cake. Or get even more creative by using delicate lace, or crocheted doilies for a soft, feminine touch, or fun doorknobs and monogrammed napkins for a more retro feel.

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When it came to a theme for their wedding, Samira and Brian knew just what they wanted.

"We really wanted a combination of elements. It had to be by the sea, jazzy and colorful with a relaxed vibe, and include the charms of early Americana," said the bride and groom.

From there, they set their eyes on Congress Hall in Cape May, New Jersey and let the venue set the tone for the rest of the way. From vintage Cape May postcards to the overall vintage vibe, the day took on "an almost Gatsby feel," said Samira, "but with our stamp on it."

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Happy Monday, New York brides!

Did the Thanksgiving holiday leave you craving spicy & sweet seasonal goodies? You're in luck - the good folks at New York state's own Emmy's Organics are currently offering up yummy chai spice macaroons that are not only organic, but gluten free! These delightful snacks are perfect for wedding favors, holiday gifts, or a treat just for you after a long winter's day of holiday shopping or wedding planning!

Be sure to check out Emmy's other offerings - including granola, chocolate sauce & more flavors of scrumptious macaroons!

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Happy Friday! Hopefully, you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

We're in a citrus moond, post-Thanksgiving - we're giving away some delicious Lavender Lemonade marmelade from the Cape Cod Lavender Farm and a scrumptious bar of Bergamot Grapefruit Shea Butter Soap from Vermont's own Mountain Country Soap! Channel the freshness of the marmelade for whipping up yummy leftover concotions (it goes great with cranberry flavors, and is perfect for artisan breads) and keep the feeling going as you wash up with tangy grapefruit scents!

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As you flip through the pages of your calendar and begin to plan how to start your new year off right, be sure to pencil in The Wedding Gala on January 6th! This Boston-area wedding event is sure to delight, as well as help you get a fabulous start on your wedding planning for 2012! The Wedding Gala - to be housed at the Boston Public Library - promises to bring you the best in Boston's wedding professionals, plus a fabulous bridal fashion show & amazing wedding giveaways (think $1,000 in free jewelry)!

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Every bride deserves to make an impact on her wedding day. To keep all eyes on you from head to toe, step into a glamorously distinct pair of heels to complete your bridal look. Light-catching sparklers can act as jewelry for your feet, peeking out beneath your hemline with each step you take; and brightly colored pumps add a touch of fun to an all-white ensemble. For the avant-garde bride who plans to wear a shorter gown down the aisle, architectural footwear shows off a couture sensibility. And let's not forget the groom: a funky pair of socks add personal flair to the standard tuxedo.

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Sandra and Kashie met while both medical students at New York University, bumping into each other in the hallways. While Kashie planned his study breaks accordingly, Sandra called him her "fourth-floor boyfriend." When it came to their wedding, Sandra and Kashie selected a color palette that reflected the beautiful colors of Upstate New York in the fall—warm oranges, reds, and yellows, with pops of pinks and plums.