{real weddings} Callie & Tim

I’ve been so lucky to meet so many beautiful couples through this blog. While we all love seeing pretty photos of all the wedding details, I hope you take the time to read the interviews with these brides. I absolutely love the heart & soul my brides put into their answers — To me, it really brings the wedding to life.

Today’s wedding is no exception — Although it was difficult to narrow down the photos to include, so many little details, a gorgeous couple and what looks like one killer dance party! I hope you enjoy Callie & Tim’s wedding shot by the talented Lauren Fair!

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ExasMosback030What’s your love story?
We met at my first job out of college at MediaEdge — a digital ad agency in Manhattan. Initially, I thought he was weird because at the office picnic he asked to sit next to me but then didn’t say a word to me at all. Then we sat across from each other at the office and after chatting more, found out we had a lot in common. One office event led to another until he found the nerve to ask me out on a date. We went to some corny Mexican place (called Cancun) in midtown Manhattan and the rest is history. Almost 8 years later, we got married. I can’t believe how far we’ve come and how much we grew up in those years, but it was all worth the wait.

ExasMosback183CallieTim1-11When/where was your wedding?
Friday, July 18, 2014 in the North Fork region of Long Island — The ceremony was held at the Greek Orthodox Church in Greenport and the reception was held at Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead.

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My dress was Jim Hjelm, and I’ve always loved his dresses.  I found the dress to be elegant and classic, yet sexy and romantic all at once and that’s what I wanted to be for the day.  I think what really made the dress me were my accessories.  My jewelry was an eclectic mix of vintage and modern, delicate and chunky. I wore a bracelet that was made out of several pieces of jewelry from my Yiayia, my Aunt, and my Great Aunt.  I also wore my Grandmother’s sapphire ring and another bracelet from my “Big” Yiayia (Great Grandmother).  Having them there with me in that way meant a lot to me. 

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ExasMosback796I love all the little details of your wedding! Tell me about one detail that really spoke to you as a couple.
Ha! I think I never want to decoupage or cut or paste anything for a very long time! A lot of it was DIY. We actually made each terrarium center piece together. Tim and I bought all of the plants, dirt, vases, and figures for each terrarium and then hauled it all out to Long Island where we were staying for the week in a house. We collected rocks and shells and drift wood from the local beaches and put them all together on the deck of our rental house (while having a few drinks). We had a lot of fun with the scenes in each vase. Tim and I had a bit of a sense of humor with them and we had Batman fighting crab claws, nudist bathers about to be attacked by dinosaurs, etc. We got a real kick out of putting them together and deciding which table would get certain scenes based on who was sitting there. I also really loved our C & T marquee lights. They really personalized our space and it was a great focal point for the night.

I highly recommend for any bride if they can swing it to take off the week before the wedding to get everything together and organized. Doing this meant that I wasn’t completely frantic at the end of the week. I really enjoyed that time with Tim and our friends and family that came out early to celebrate with us and help us get stuff together.

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ExasMosback1137What was your vision of your wedding day? Did you hire a wedding planner?
I’m not sure I had a vision per se, but I knew I wanted it to be fun. I didn’t want it to feel stuffy at all…I was going for fun, fresh, whimsical, laid back, and romantic. Our event space was managed by their event coordinator, Molly, who was awesome. Our caterer (John from Catering By…A Small Affair) was the day of event manager, who was also absolutely amazing. I also have a friend (Megan Good of Sparkle Motion Decor) who is starting a wedding decor business (she did all of our day of set up and tissue paper tassels, drink stirrers, flowers, Geronimo balloons, table settings, seating display, gift display and dessert display) that helped me out. She helped bring my vision together amazingly. It turned out beautifully.

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CallieTim1-19Lastly – you didn’t ask me this question BUT, I just wanted to give some useful wedding day advice. Something (or many things) very well may go wrong on your wedding day with so many different people coming in to do a lot of different jobs. My advice is…
1. Double confirm ALL of your vendors with day, date and time of arrival.
2. You can’t control what may or may not happen on your wedding day, but you can control your reactions. Remember what the day is really about and after that it will be no sweat. You only get this one day so make sure you choose to be happy no matter what happens.

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And since I’m obsessed with all of their wedding photos, here’s the link to the whole gallery.

Photographer: Lauren Fair Photography; Venue: Martha Clara Vineyards; Bridal Gown: Jim Hjelm; Caterer: Catering by…”A Small Affair”; Event Decor: Sparkle Motion Decor

Wedding Sneak Peek!

Hello loyal readers! Apologies for the radio silence around here — But now that my travels have quieted down, I promise I have some pretty great Real Weddings features in store for you. Stay tuned!

But first, here’s a sneak peek from my brother’s wedding on Saturday — Can’t wait for all of Kina’s fabulous photos! Congrats to the newlyweds!

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{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