{event recap} Brides & Bubbly

We pulled off another successful event last night — Thanks in part to a team of incredible women! The brides (and bridesmaids) of Hoboken joined us for a glass of prosecco, a cookie (or two) and to learn about the amazing local services of Luxe Face and Body and Work it Out.

Finding good and affordable bridal makeup services can be tricky — so last night’s brides were psyched to learn about Luxe’s services. We had brides signing up on the spot!

We also know you’re sometimes looking for an alternative to the boozy bachelorette bash, which is why we at Work it Out created the new Bachelorette Kit — a 90 minute class tailored to you and your girls, complete with post-class elixirs and snacks. The perfect way to kick off your festivities! We even raffled one off last night!

No event is complete without a sweet treat or something to take home — and Sweet Dani B’s couture cookies were no exception last night. Be sure to keep her mind for your favors!

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IMG_3735Many thanks again to Jahnalyn of Luxe for hosting us, to Dani for the delicious cookies and to Kelley for providing the tea! Until next time ladies!

all photos c/o Tulle Wedding Skirts

September Brides & Bubbly

photo-7Looks like we’ve made this little event of mine a monthly thing! Know not all you readers are local, but if you are, hope you’ll join me and Work It Out for our September Brides & Bubbly at Luxe Face and Body.

It will be an evening of samples, sips & sweet treats! We’ll also be raffling off the chance to host a Bachelorette Party at Work It Out — a personalized 90 minute class for you and your girls complete with healthy snacks and elixirs. If you really wanted to, you could opt for a barre class with yours truly ;)

Doors will be open from 7 – 9 pm, so stop by at any time!

{local vendor spotlight} Sweet Dani B

I know I’ve mentioned before how great it is to see the small businesses of Hoboken supporting each other — But I’ve just got to say how much I love Hoboken!

This new-to-me vendor is nothing short of sweet… I’m so happy I get to share Sweet Dani B with all of you today and spotlight her sweet couture cookies! Take a look — They’re {almost} too pretty to eat!

IMG_3353When Dani found out about our one year anniversary, she basically jumped at the chance to create this gorgeous, and oh-so-appropriate, cookie box.

IMG_3360I just about squealed when she surprised me with these. I mean how adorable are the ballerina and bride?! Not to mention, the little details – and edible glitter!

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Whether you’re wedding planning, shower planning or party planning, be sure to check out Sweet Dani B. She’ll create custom cookies as favors, desserts or wedding cake toppers! Besides the couture cookies, Dani also does custom paper goods.

Dani will be joining us at our next Brides & Bubbly — So if you’re in town, come to Luxe Face and Body next Wednesday, September 17 at 7pm for a sweet affair!

Thank you so much for the special cookies, Dani — You made my day!
all photos c/o Tulle Wedding Skirts, cookies c/o Sweet Dani B

One Year

Yesterday marked our one year anniversary — and what a year it has been! It’s funny though how time messes with your head — Sometimes it’s crazy to think how fast the past year went, and other times it feels like it’s been a lot longer than a year.

Either way, it’s all good and I’m excited to see what the next year has in store for us! Life isn’t always easy, but it’s certainly better with Paulie by my side. I couldn’t do it without him. Happy Anniversary babe! Cheers to us and to many more!

In honor of one year, I thought I’d share some favorite wedding photos that haven’t made it to the blog yet. Take a look at all our wedding photos here.

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An Easy Bridal Shower Activity

I recently shared with you this super simple bridal shower game — And today I’d like to share another easy shower activity to do with your guests. I know when planning a shower it’s nice to have these little extras to make the event just a touch more special.

IMG_3131This is a cute way to have guests give their own little bit of advice to the couple. Have each guest write her advice on a postcard, addressed to the bride & groom — Then mail one postcard a week to the couple for their first year of marriage, so each week they receive a new tip in the mail!

You can frame this little poem to leave out as instructions:

Please share your wisdom
about marriage, love and life,
the secret to being a good husband
or a thoughtful, caring wife.

We’ll send your advice
throughout their first year,
so please address
your notes to them here:

IMG_3133As an extra touch we ordered vintage postcards from different places the bride & groom had traveled to together — You can purchase some pretty awesome postcards on Zazzle, here.

So simple! It gives the bride & groom a little something to look forward to after the wedding – and it makes your guests feel included!

Hope everyone has a nice, short week and eases into what is my favorite month of the year!

all photos c/o Tulle Wedding Skirts

{real weddings} Katie & Michael

I’ve got a really pretty wedding for you today. The details are amazing — the bride has a tulle gown — and the reception just so happens to be at the same venue as my own! Hi Molly Pitcher! So without further adieu, I bring you Katie & Michael…

Huthwaite-2967What’s your love story? Or more simply, how did you two meet?
Ok, this one isn’t so simple! Michael and I have known each other since the 6th grade. I never imagined anything would ever happen between the two of us, until about 10 years later. My good friend Nicole was dating Jordan, Michael’s twin brother. Michael and Jordan went to Clemson University in South Carolina. My twin sister Erin and I went to the University of South Florida. Lots of twins going on here! Anyway, Nicole was visiting Jordan at school his senior year, so Erin and I decided to meet her there. Let’s just say there was a spark that developed between Michael and I – still nothing had happened….we did keep in touch ever since that visit. When it came around to Christmas break, we were both home and hung out everyday, that’s when we began dating. 7 ‘short’ years later he asked me to marry him, and as you can imagine, my reaction was FINALLY! Was the best decision of my life.

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Huthwaite-5184When/where was your wedding?
Our wedding was on Saturday, June 14, 2014 at the Molly Pitcher Inn in Red Bank, New Jersey. Same location as yours, I guess we have good taste!

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Huthwaite-6070What made your wedding dress you?
It was the one I pictured myself in. I hadn’t tried anything on yet and I said to my mom this is the dress I know I’m going to end up getting. This was all online, not even in the store! I loved everything about it. I called Wedding Atelier about 2 weeks before I went in to see if they had the dress there, they did. I go in with my mom and sister to find out the dress had been swept from the floor and returned to the designer the weekend before I was there. It was an older Alvina Valenta style, they had to make room for newer seasons. I tried a bunch of different dresses on and none of them were wowing me. The store ordered the dress I had my eye since the day I got engaged, it took about 2 weeks to come in. I went back, tried it on and fell in love. I just knew it was the perfect dress for me!

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Huthwaite-6077I love your color palette. Tell me a little about your wedding style.
Thanks. I wanted a very classic wedding, nothing too fancy or over the top. My vision was all white – with pops of gold and mint. All my favorite colors! It turned out exactly how I envisioned it :)

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Huthwaite-7653What’s one piece of advice you would share with other brides?
Really take a moment to take everything in. The amount of preparation and work that goes into planning your wedding is crazy. When your day finally arrives – it seems like it all happens in a flash. You want to remember every detail of your wedding and have fun at the same time. I would relive my wedding every weekend if I could!

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Huthwaite-6037Congrats Katie & Michael! Thanks for sharing! ps. Link to their wedding video in the vendors below – It’s adorable!

Photographer: Louise Conover; Videographer: Your Cinematic Wedding StudioDress: Alvina Valenta from Wedding AtelierBridesmaid’s dresses: Diane Von Furstenberg - Zarita Dress; Shoes: Kate SpadeHair: The Anchor Salon in ShrewsburyVenue: Molly Pitcher InnFlowers: Eileen Larkin EventsBand: Ariel Music & EventsTuxedos: Tuxedo Park 

Mood Board Monday

Happy Monday dear readers — Hope everyone has a good week as we look forward to the last holiday weekend of the summer and dive into September next week (umm woah!). Before we get to the actual weddings (it’s been all showers and bachelorettes for me this summer), I’ve got a mood board full of summery yellow details from my (almost) sissy’s shower.

We threw her a champagne brunch complete with mimosas and an omelette man. Mason jars tied with burlap ribbon and raffia (made by my sister) were filled with sunflowers on every table. Each guest received a wooden spoon with the inscription “The Perfect Recipe” — a nod to the bride’s love for cooking, as well as homemade lemon bars.

It was a perfect summer afternoon… And now I’m ready for the fall weddings to begin!

all photos c/o Tulle Wedding Skirts

{event recap} Brides & Bubbly

Last night’s Brides & Bubbly was another big success! I love bringing together local small businesses and meeting new brides in the throws of wedding planning — Those were the highlights for me!

The evening started with a rockin’ yoga class in the Treehouse — Followed by post-practice mini facials with Rodan + Fields two-step process. While sipping bubbly and raspberry white iced tea from Do You Tea, guests browsed our shopping room and chatted with Elana from Super Color Fashionistic about styling tips for everything from your rehearsal dinner to wedding guest attire!

We also introduced the WiO Bachelorette Kit — The perfect way to kick off any girl’s weekend!!

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IMG_3344Thank you to everyone who came out last night! Special thanks to Lauren, Elana, Kelley, Noël & Lisa! Already looking forward to our next event!

all photos c/o Tulle Wedding Skirts

Brides, Bubbly – Breathe & Browse!

brides-bubbly-rodan-fieldsWho’s ready for Brides & Bubbly #3?! As the summer winds down, it’s getting awfully close to what has become one of the most popular month’s to get married… September. So what better time for another fun event!

I hope you’ll join me tomorrow at Work it Out’s Treehouse for a yoga class (only a few spots left!), mini facials by Rodan + Fields and bridal styling tips from Super Color Fashionistic.

Yoga starts at 7pm. Bubbly at 8pm. See you there!

 

An Easy Bridal Shower Game

Shower games can be tricky. Should we do a game? How many? Is this too cheesy? Is it too embarrassing? Sound familiar? Well I’m here to help a sister out. With the help of my best girlfriends, I’ve come up with the perfect bridal shower game for any bride! Keep reading for the {oh so simple} rules and pretty print-out you can use {compliments of my girl, Faye}.

The game is easy. It’s called 20 Questions (or 25, or 28). I’ve given you 28 to work with. Get the groom the answer all the questions before the shower. Ask the bride one question at a time. If the bride and groom’s answers match, YAY! everyone claps. And if they don’t, make her pop a piece of gum, an M&M or mini marshmallow in her mouth (whatever you think your bride will prefer). What makes this funny is she’s got to keep all the candy in her mouth until the end of game.

See?! So simple. What’s great is that all your guests will learn a little more about the couple — And hey, the couple may even learn a thing or two about each other!
Bridal Shower QuizHave a great weekend my loves! I’ll be rounding out my triple crown of bridal showers tomorrow — This time for my almost sissie!

image c/o Tulle Wedding Skirts