Real Brooklyn wedding: Bailey + James


Seriously guys, I don’t think I could love this wedding any more than I already do!  Its minimal, sophisticated, and has pops of my favorite color green all mixed in to the perfect Brooklyn venue!

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From the bride:

From the beginning, we knew we wanted to celebrate with our families and closest friends in an intimate, laid-back environment. We were lucky to have friends and family members volunteer to help us with various aspects of the wedding–my sister Molly designed the save the dates and invitations, and my friend Ryan did the flowers and performed the ceremony–so it felt very much like a group effort between us and our favorite people. We tried to keep things simple, opting for minimal decorations (except for the gorgeous flowers!) and a short ceremony that captured and demonstrated our love for each other, and instead focused on throwing a great party for our friends. We were honored that so many friends and family members traveled from far and wide to be there, and we felt like we owed them a great time! We worked with Purslane, our caterers, to develop a menu of flavors that we loved and that we knew would be appreciated by our guests, and we gave our DJ a list of our favorite bands and told him to go wild. Both went above and beyond, as did our other vendors, and the night was perfect. It was important to us not to get swept up in wedding madness and lose sight of the reason for the day, and I think, with our small, simple wedding, the focus remained on the love that we have for each other and for our friends and families.


Venue: Sky Gallery​
Rings: Catbird
Dress: Watters (found at Lovely Bride)
Groom Attire: Billy Reid
Catering: Purslane Catering
Floral: Ryan Chassee
Cake: Milk Bar
Shoes: Casadei
Hair/ Make-up: Daiana Vargas at Aveda West Broadway

[images from Red Anchor Photo]

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New beginnings and a little break


I didn’t really talk about it here too much, but if you remember a few months ago I told you guys I was pregnant, and last Tuesday, my little buddy William arrived in perfect health, just in time for Thanksgiving!  Giving birth is probably the hardest thing I’ve ever done (and I’m sure parenthood will continue to be the toughest after that!) but I’m so happy he’s here and just love staring into his adorable little face and watch him take in the world.

Since its the holidays and we slow down here a bit anyway, posting will be lighter than usual until I can get my bearings back..hopefully by the new year.  Don’t worry, there will still be new posts, but we’ll be adding in some past favorites as well.  I’ve got some holiday gift guides started as well that will be posting over on Brooklyn Living shortly, so be sure to check those out too!

Thanks guys!

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Celebrating the holidays with Ecco Domani

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Can you believe the holidays are almost around the corner?  I definitely can’t, but it reminds me that it’s a great time to start thinking about getting some girlfriends together to celebrate! I worked with Ecco Domani wines to come up with some entertaining ideas to share with you guys for the holidays, and immediately thought of a girlfriend gift exchange chock full of bright colors, yummy bites, and some delicious wines.  The ideas here would also would work exceptionally well if you’ve got your wedding towards the end of the year and want to celebrate with your bridesmaids.  The more the merrier right?

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A great place to start is with your menu.  Depending on how many people you’re planning on having over, you’ll want to keep it easy so you can enjoy yourself as well, so meats and cheeses are a perfect way to go.  Have a variety of different kinds (if you’re blanking on specific kinds to go with, your cheese monger can help with recommendations) and even it out with some meats like salamis and prosciutto’s, fruits, olives and some breads and crackers.  A variety of color will help keep it looking festive!  I also love making little crostini’s since they’re super easy to make, and are always a crowd pleaser.  The one here is simply some goat cheese, fresh figs and a drizzle of honey on sliced baguette.


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Once you’ve got your menu set, you’ll want to think about drinks.  Ecco Domani has a great collection consisting of a Pinot Grigio, Merlot and Prosecco…something for everyone!  At a price point that won’t blow your budget, their wines pair with practically anything you could serve, and their website is great source of ideas for creating wine cocktails if you want to dress them up, like the sangria we created with their Merlot.  I also love the simplicity of adding pomegranate seeds to their Prosecco to add a festive pop.

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For decor, I’m a big fan of bright,  bold color, so the all– white tree we used really helped the ornaments pop.  You could honestly do any color, but we stuck with a palette of greens, reds and pinks to stay consistent, and then worked that into the present wrapping as well.  It’s modern and fresh, and definitely not boring!  Makes a great backdrop for photos as well!  As an added bonus, I asked my friend Minhee from Paper+Cup Design to design some downloadable gift tags for your own present wrapping, so feel free to download and use at will!

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So there you have it!  An easy, modern, and DEFINITELY doable day with the girls celebrating the holidays and friendship over some yummy wine and nibbles.  Check out our Pinterest board throughout the month for even more entertaining ideas, and be sure to enjoy responsibly!

[images by Brklyn View Photography]

[Content for 21+. This post was sponsored by Ecco Domani. Thanks for supporting our advertisers!]

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