Throwback Thursday: Fancy Friday @ Vineyard 29

The below post started with a simple image I found on Pinterest last Spring and couldn’t wait to share with you all. It just so happens that this same pin has been getting some extra love on my Pinterest this week and why shouldn’t it?! It’s barre + wine + bachelorette party all wrapped up into one! Since it’s Thursday and my girl, Brittany hosts her Throwback Thursday post series, the timing couldn’t be better to share this little post with you again. I love when the stars align. Keep reading to see where I would have had my own bachelorette party had I known about this then!

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When I saw this image on Pinterest earlier this week, I got giddy. I knew something exciting would be coming once I clicked through to Well+Good – and boy, was I right. A barre class followed by a vineyard tour in Napa Valley?! Where can I sign up? Vineyard 29 that’s where. They call their program “Pilates Essentials” – which has all the essentials for the perfect bachelorette party. The package includes a pilates or barre class, tour, spa lunch and a case of wine (more info here) – Seriously, why didn’t I know about this before my bachelorette party?!

Someone who lives closer to California than me, please go and report back. Until then, have a great weekend my loves!

image via Well+Good

Q&A with The Registry Less Traveled and a GIVEAWAY!

Yes, you read that right! Today’s post features my very, first giveaway on the blog — who doesn’t love free stuff?! But first, let me introduce you to Beth, owner of The Registry Less Traveled — the personalized gift shop, specializing in etched glassware. I was introduced to Beth through this beautiful bride — and couldn’t stop myself from interviewing her and learning more about her incredible small business. Please take a few minutes to learn why Beth opened up shop and be sure to check out her website! Don’t miss the giveaway at the end of this post for your own custom order!!LessTraveled72014-102What made you decide to open your own business? And when did you open?
I’ve always wanted to be an entrepreneur, but never new what the right business was for me. I wanted it to be something I was passionate in, but also something I could start with little risk. I received my MBA a few years ago and not long after decided to take a break from the grind of the corporate world to travel and live in Spain. I was enamored with the culture and in particular the Spanish outlook on work. When I returned I was particularly drawn to the idea of being my own boss and having the flexibility in a career to balance work and fun while doing something meaningful. I saw many of my friends be successful in at-home sales businesses, but couldn’t bear the thought of needing to depend on my close friends and family to get the business started.

It wasn’t until I was planning a bridal shower for my sister that everything clicked. I browsed her wedding gift registry looking for a gift and got lost in the midst of dish towels and blenders and was less than enthusiastic about gifting any of those [ridiculously overpriced] items to my sister. I laughed and thought, “Nothing says I love you like a dish towel, right?!” At any gift-giving event I had ever been to, it was always the custom or personalized gifts that left a lasting impression. When my brother announced his engagement, I purchased a set of personalized etched wine glasses, which ended up being their favorite gift. The concept was simple, yet elegant and I took a shot at trying to make them myself. After my first successful attempt at etching a wine glass, it was then that The Registry Less Traveled was born.LessTraveled72014-17What’s the meaning behind the name, The Registry Less Traveled?
The Registry Less Traveled is a play on words from the Robert Frost poem, The Road Not Taken.

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— 
I took the one less traveled by, 
And that has made all the difference.

I was inspired by the idea of offering registry-like gifts with an “off the registry” personal touch. When it comes to gift registries, take the one less traveled by 🙂

You make so many great gift items! What’s your favorite piece to date that you’ve made?
Thank you! I recently starting making hand painted pillows using people’s handwriting. My grandfather who is 95 years old has a note from my late grandmother. I was able to paint her handwriting onto a pillow and he has said it is a treasured keepsake and reminds him of my grandmother every day. Talk about meaningful! Each pillow I have made since has a special story to go along with it. I love being a part of that.LessTraveled72014-87One piece of advice for someone looking to open their own Etsy shop?
First, do it! Etsy is an amazing outlet to showcase and sell your handcrafted items with little risk. However, to do so, create a strong and cohesive brand so your items do not get lost in the shuffle. The marketing and packaging is often just as important as the actual items. Finally, having a strong foundation of quality customer service is what keeps people coming back. One of my professors once told me that it takes 12 positive experiences to make up for one unresolved negative experience. In a feedback-driven environment like Etsy, this is so important to remember. With that said, you can’t please everyone and mistakes do happen, but use those opportunities to delight the customer. It goes a long way.

What’s your drink of choice?
A nice, cold Blue Moon with an orange slice!registrylesstraveledBeth caught wind that I love champagne and designed these custom champagne flutes for me – So cute! Want your own custom glassware?!

GIVEAWAY TIME! To enter, please visit The Registry Less Traveled — and leave a comment below with your favorite item from her shop! Winner will receive their own personalized item — a custom order up to $30! Winner will be chosen on Monday at random. Good luck!!

{event recap} Brides & Bubbly: BYOB Bridal Bootcamp

Another Brides & Bubbly in the books! Last June, I hosted my first Brides & Bubbly event with Work it Out — and here we are, one year later, still going strong! Last night, we teamed up with popular Hoboken faces — Hoboken Girl, EVJ Wedding Co., & The Bloginista — for a BYOB {Bring Your Own Beau} Bridal Bootcamp. These brave couples came out in the rain for a one-of-a-kind killer bootcamp class, led by Vanessa, that had them doing wheelbarrows & piggy-back rides and chanting “sweating for the wedding!” It was an intense workout, but they all had smiles on their faces — and the encouragement between the couples was just so cute to watch! Post-class, everyone enjoyed a much-deserved drink and went home with an awesome swag bag and raffle prizes!

Once again, I couldn’t have done it without my team at Work it Out and the fabulous local vendors who donated their services including: Hudson Cakery, Sweet Dani B, Yummie by Heather Thomson, The Salon by Soon Dar Secrets & EVJ Wedding Co.

To all our guests, thank you for coming — and congrats on your upcoming weddings! Enjoy the photos!
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IMG_5326all photos c/o Tulle Wedding Skirts, Inc.

Throwback Thursday: Bridal Bootcamp with My Own Balance

I’m linking up with my blogger bud and fellow University Dancer from my college days, Brittany of My Own Balance, for her Throwback Thursday series. Every Thursday she features an old post worthy of posting again for new readers or those who may have missed a great, timely post. And the timing of today’s post couldn’t be better! I’m re-posting Brittany’s guest post of her tips for getting in shape for your wedding from last summer and teasing my next Brides & Bubbly event — BYOB {Bring Your Own Beau} Bridal Bootcamp, which is next Tuesday, June 2! Be sure to click here for all the event details and leave a comment below if you’re interested in attending next week!
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I think you’ve all caught on that fitness is a big part of my life, so I’m pretty pumped to share this guest post with you! Keep reading for Brittany’s Bridal Bootcamp from My Own Balance — and her tips for getting in shape for your wedding!
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Hi all! I’m so excited to be here guest posting today! I met Caitlin back when we were in college and in the same dance company. I can’t believe how long ago that was now! It seems like yesterday!

Dancing evolved naturally for me into a passion for fitness. It is part of my lifestyle and I love blogging about my adventures in fitness and healthy living at MyOwnBalance.com. As a fitness blogger, one of the biggest questions I get asked is how do I get in shape for my wedding? We all want to look great on our big day, so I’ve put together a few tips on how to look your very best when you say “I do.”

1) Make a schedule. The number one rule of bridal bootcamp is schedule it in! With everything that is going on in your life right now it will be easy to brush off your workouts, especially if you have to think too hard about what to do. Schedule in your workouts every week and stick with them.

2) Try some new classes or a trainer. One of the quickest ways to get in shape is to confuse your muscles by trying something new. Pick an activity that is challenging and will push you to your limits. HIIT and tabata training are both extremely effective forms of interval training that are focused on pushing to your max efforts and with short recovery periods. Barre classes work your muscles until fatigue, while working with a trainer ensures someone will push you pass your limits. It doesn’t really matter what you do as long as it is challenging for you.

3) Squeeze in some double sessions. Sweating twice a day is a great way to kick your metabolism into gear and really see results.  A word of caution, don’t schedule a super intense workout both in the morning and in the evening. Instead try doing a yoga sequence when you wake up and then go to a spin class after work.  Or try Zumba in the morning and then 10 to 20 minutes of strength in the evening. Be sure to incorporate rest days and don’t repeat double sessions every single day.

4) Strength train. There is a common misconception that cardio is the best form of exercise for women and the more cardio you do the more weight you will lose. In fact, your muscles continue to burn fat much longer after a strength session than a cardio session. This means that the best way to lose weight and look toned is to add in some strength sessions to your routine. I recommend targeting arms, shoulders, back, abs, legs and seat, which will ensure you look great in your dress and on your honeymoon. Lifting heavy weights will not bulk you up but if you prefer lighter weights, try a barre class, which relies on low weights, high reps and working muscles to fatigue.

5) Purchase some DVDs.  Between work, wedding planning and trying to maintain some semblance of a normal life it can be so easy for workouts to hit the back burner.  Invest in a few good DVD options so you have something on hand and ready to go when you are at home.  Even 15 minutes is better than nothing!  A few of my favorites are TurboFireJillian Michael’s Body RevolutionPhysique 57 and Zumba.  There are a ton of great options out there so just read a few reviews to find the right one for you!

6) Rest. This is the most important tip!  Without rest your body can’t recover and the change you want to see won’t happen. All your hard work will pay off once you’ve allowed your body to rest and recover.

Remember, your diet will play a huge part in your results.  You can’t expect to look great eating cheeseburgers everyday.  There is no need to crash diet though!  Make sure you are eating balanced meals containing whole grains, lean protein, low-fat dairy and tons of fruits and vegetables.  Counting calories may also be effective for you, just make sure you are getting the right amount!  If you are too crazed with wedding planning to even think about cooking nutritious meals, try a meal delivery service.  I used Diet-to-Go for my wedding and found that it worked great.  Another option is to use a meal prep service like Blue Apron, Plated or Hello Fresh, which provides you with fresh ingredients that you cook up to create a healthy meal.

Commitment, hard work and keeping your eyes on the prize will help you look your very best on your wedding day! Be confident with your body and your results and know that your spouse-to-be is going to love the way you look no matter what!

Thanks for the awesome tips, Brittany! For more fitness fun, be sure to check out Brittany’s blog, My Own Balance.

{local vendors} Fox Events and Design

Here I go again making new friends with amazing women around town who also happen to be wedding vendors… Never ceases to amaze me how much talent and passion there is out there! Which brings me to introduce you to Britney, owner and visionary, behind Fox Events and Design. Read on for more about her event planning business and photos from a recent bridal shower she did in NYC!

From Britney…When I started my career I was producing events such as Sundance, the Super Bowl and Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. I eventually decided to leave sunny California behind because I fell in love with a New York City boy and moved on to the city that never sleeps. After designing my own wedding off the beaten path in Costa Rica, I knew my passion for design and producing events was now going to be focused on weddings and helping other brides have a truly incredible big day. With that said Fox Events and Design was born and it has been an exciting, passionate journey of mine ever since!

I love everything about the planning process, from the initial meet and greet with my bride/groom/clients, to finding a destination for a wedding or location for an event. I have established a trusted book of amazingly talented vendors and artists who I work really well with and always deliver.

Being able to help my clients vision come to life is a pretty amazing feeling and something I am so thankful to be able to continue to see and hopefully feel for a very long time!

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Location:  Riverpark in The Cube 
Cake:  Hudson Cakery 
Balloons:  Party City
Stationery:  Juniper Street 
Flowers and Event Planning:  Fox Events and Design

Wedding in Wine Country

I got to spend the past weekend in beautiful Sonoma County, California celebrating our dear friends, Allison and Matt, as they tied the knot. It was such a breath of fresh air to spend a few days outside, biking, sipping wine and soaking in some much-needed sunshine. But all that aside, I was so honored to be a part of this couple’s special day — and witness the most touching ceremony I have ever attended. With hand-written vows and a performance of Ryan Adams’ “When The Stars Go Blue” by the bride’s cousin, there wasn’t a dry eye amongst the guests.

I wanted to share some of my own photos of the wedding, so as not to keep you waiting…with the hopes that I can get my hands on the professional ones soon!

IMG_4775{The happy couple wine tasting at Kunde Family Winery before the big day}

IMG_4797{All the ladies with the bride at the Welcome Dinner}IMG_4800{And all the gents with the groom}

Matt and Allison Rehearsal{The best rehearsal exit I’ve ever witnessed}

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IMG_4882{First dance}

Matt and Allison Wedding{An intimate newlywed moment in the vineyard at Paradise Ridge}

Congrats Allison & Matt! I’m so happy for you two — and so grateful to have been there to celebrate with you. Cheers to a happy and healthy marriage!

all photos c/o Tulle Wedding Skirts, Inc.

{real parties} Kerry’s Bachelorette Featured on The Bach

It’s always fun to take a trip down memory lane…especially when it involves warm weather, the beach and an awesome time spent with people you love! So it was no exception to relive Kerry’s bachelorette party from last summer on Shelter Island.

I’m thrilled to share with you this “Real Bachelorette” feature on the ultimate bachelorette party-planning site, The Bach! They captured our weekend getaway perfectly — mapping out every step of our trip. Be sure to check out the full feature here.

IMG_2771{Enjoying some afternoon cocktails at the über-trendy Sunset Beach}

The Bach really is a genius idea. It’s a one-stop-bachelorette-planning-shop for all you bridesmaids out there asking yourselves where to even begin to plan a bachelorette party. Pick your city. Browse venues, restaurants and activities. Create your itinerary. Email your guests. Such a simple idea – and such a great site! Be sure to check it out when planning your next bachelorette bash!The Bach Postcard

Top photo c/o Tulle Wedding Skirts, Inc.

{event recap} Brides & Bubbly Bachelorette

A little snow didn’t stop our team of brides who came out for our first-ever Brides & Bubbly Bachelorette this past Sunday, March 1! The second the brides (and their friends) all arrived the studio was filled with girl-talk of whose wedding was where and gazing at each other’s rings. The buzz was electric and you could tell these ladies were ready for a good time!IMG_4572To make it feel even more like a bachelorette, I had everyone take a button indicating their role for the afternoon — maid of honor, bridesmaid, mother of the bride, etc. — and put our lucky “bride” in a veil and sash. Thank you Sandra for being a team player! Taylor then led the ladies in a killer Blended CandyBarre class — with the best playlist I’ve heard in a long time! It was compiled with each guest’s favorite tune — which made them all smile when they heard their song come on.IMG_4574

IMG_4552After class it was back to the chit-chat, this time with a well-earned glass of bubbly in hand. We wrapped up the afternoon with selfies at our photo booth station, raffle prizes and delicious coconut-avocado grasshopper bars (Don’t let the name fool you!). Then just like that it was back into the snow — Everyone leaving with a goodie bag filled with treats from local vendors, including EVJ Wedding Co. & Do You Tea.IMG_1348photo 1-3Thank you to everyone who attended and helped make this event a huge success! If you’re interested in hosting your own bachelorette party at Work it Out, shoot me an email.

All photos c/o Tulle Wedding Skirts, Inc. Sequin tablecloth by SparklePony. Iced tea provided by Do You Tea?

The Brides & Bubbly Bachelorette Party

WiO_Bachelorette_INSTA_v2_r0Brides & Bubbly is back! And it’s going to be better than ever! Get engaged over the holidays? Sissie asked you to be her maid of honor? Need to plan your BFF’s bachelorette bash? Well then this event is for you!

Join me this Sunday, March 1 at Work it Out River from 2 – 4 pm for our first-ever Brides & Bubbly Bachelorette Party! My girl, Taylor, and I will be working everyone out in a Blended CandyBarre class (that’s 25 minutes of spin, 25 minutes of barre) for a total body workout. After class, you’ll receive the complete WiO Bachelorette experience with our ‘happy hour’ of bubbly, socializing, networking and raffle prizes.

Tickets are still available, but space is limited. It’s $35 for one or $65 for two (you + a bridesmaid). You can purchase right here (under Burns) — or shoot me an email.1280464_10151834692882590_659683264_nSo who’s ready to get a little sweaty, channel their inner-ballerina and get in shape for that wedding dress with me?!

photo of me at our after-party. after dancing all night, it was time to sit down (and strike a Swan Lake pose).

{event recap} The Hudson Wedding Social

photo-5Well, The Haiku Guys summed up Work it Out’s Bachelorette Parties pretty perfectly. Don’t you think?!

It’s safe to say we had a blast on Sunday — and that the event was a success! The ladies behind The Hudson Wedding Social were fabulous (thank you Jenn, thank you Trish) — I’m so happy we could be a part of it!IMG_4519

Work it Out’s table was full of info on our ‘I Do’ Kits and Bachelorette Party offerings. And we couldn’t help ourselves by passing out a little bubbly to showcase our Brides & Bubbly events! Speaking of which, local ladies, mark your calendars for our next event on Sunday, March 1 — Our first Brides & Bubbly Bachelorette Party! You’ll be treated just like you would if it were your own bachelorette party — full class, post-class ‘happy hour’ of healthy treats and some of our own special surprises! Email me if you’re interested.IMG_4524One of our own WiO Brides, Kaitlyn, stopped by — That’s us above — Love the support of our loyal clients! Besides meeting tons of new brides, it was so nice to spend the afternoon meeting new vendors and catching up with old friends. Niki of Up & Out, Susan of the Sweetin Sisters, Michelle of Michelle Elise Hair and Makeup Artistry, Nicole of The Arrangement, Dana of EVJ Wedding Co., Jenn of Hudson Cakery and Trish of Karma Flowers — Brides, you need to check all of these ladies out!

There was lots of great stuff happening in the room on Sunday — The vibe was intimate and perfect. Not to mention, the venue, Battello was unreal. I’m making a date night happen there very soon. Many thanks again to our hosts for letting us be a part of such a great event — Can’t wait for the next one!

all photos c/o Tulle Wedding Skirts