More Up-do's...

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Cocktail Hour Apps...

~Corn chowder and corn fritter in a sake cup
~Diver scallop and black-summer-truffle ceviche

~Mini Maine-lobster roll with handmade brioche
~Parmesan basket with soft goat cheese
~Petit rosemary Dijon lamb chop
~Spicy Thai beef tartare with cilantro and lime
{via NY Mag}

NY Mag Top 20 Reception Ideas...

1. Avoid playing boring piano music during the cocktail hour.

2. Supplement the often-ignored wedding cake with passed desserts.

3. Transport your guests in style.

4. Even if you don’t normally, think like a foodie for one night.

5. Rent a photo booth.

6. Get creative with your tabletop décor—if not to flaunt originality, then to be a little more eco-friendly.

7. Serve quirky late-night snacks as guests exit your reception.

8. Plan a good coat-check strategy to avoid long queues blocking the entrance and dampening first impressions.

9. Take a design risk and seat your guests at a few really long tables.

10. Make your guests the center of attention.

11. Get married at an unusual location.

12. If you’re giving favors, select gifts that won’t be immediately discarded.

13. Make boozing an elegant activity.

14. Showcase what you’re passionate about as part of the entertainment.

15. Get your favorite takeout place to cater your wedding.

16. If you can afford extravagances, do something that will elicit an emotional response.

17. Display seating assignments in a unique way.

18. Take your cue from Truman Capote and host a themed reception.

19. Make a cool video of the party.

20. Plan for after-hours action.

{via NY Mag}

Coren Moore...

Bridal gowns, bridemaids dresses and more...Coren Moore Open-Hour and Sample Sale! Weekly Open-Hour (every Wednesday from 12:00 - 1:30pm), where you are able to stop into Coren Moore's New York showroom without an appointment to view our line, pick up swatches, and chat with their sales team.


Strapless Faves...

Top: Anne Barge Bottom: both Badgley Mischka {images via Brides.com}

Tie One On...

I love Alexander Olch ties for the groomsmen.

Candy Bar...

Who doesn't love the idea of a decadent candy and dessert bar! You can give guests a bag to take sweets for the road too. {images via Amy Atlas, Paper Aeroplane and John Rozier photography}

Country Charm...

For the countryside wedding in Autumn, these two pairs are perfect. Top: Romantic ruffled vintage-looking silk organza dress by Madina Vadache Couture with a modern groom. in a Wool suit by Façonnable. Bottom: On the bride, a beautiful embroidered silk-organza dress by Reva Mivasagar with a cashmere sweater by White + Warren and thr groom in a wool-blend blazer, corduroy pants, and suede boots by Salvatore Ferragamo. Cotton shirt, by Paul Smith, silk tie by Thomas Pink and cashmere scarf by Portolano. {images via Brides.com}


Sarah Magid Cakes...

Brooklyn based organic cake baker Sarah Magid creates beautiful sweets for your wedding. She even has a new book! {via Grey Likes Weddings}

Seasonal Menu Ideas...

Lynn from Satsuma Press came up with a few devine menu ideas for every season.

radishes with fleur de sel and sweet cream butter
little gem lettuce with tarragon-buttermilk dressing

english pea soup with parmesan tuille
fava bean ravioli with brown butter
braised fennel and baby artichokes

roasted asparagus and walla-walla onions

spit-roasted lamb with spring herbs
meyer lemon curd crepessalted caramel ice cream

crostini with truffled white shell beans
heirloom tomatoes with buffalo mozzarella, basil and extra virgin olive oil

raddichio salad with parmesan crouton and green olives
grilled shrimp with meyer lemons and rosemary

calamari with calabrian chili, capers and parsley
wood oven cornish game hens with bread salad
roasted yellow beets with feta and mint

pan-fried squash blossoms with fromage blancharicots verts with tarragon
nectarine tarts

buttermilk ice cream



cream of celery root soup

local fall greens with candied bacon and hazelnuts
chestnut pappardelle with brown butter and sage

porchetta with fennel and rosemary

chanterelle and chevre galettes
local wildflower honey ice cream

heirloom apple tarte-tatin

olive oil cake

fried marcona almonds

radicchio and persimmon salad with brown butter vinaigrette

truffled cream of cauliflower soup
wine braised short ribs with grilled porcini

soft polenta with mascarpone

roasted brussell sprouts
chocolate pots de crème

buckwheat butter cookies

vanilla bean ice cream

Vintage Lemon & Lace...

Creative couple Pernel & Aaron had a vintage inspired wedding. I just adore the table themes and colors! Each of the scalloped paper table names was titled after something yellow and were placed among the centerpieces. Sunny Day, Buttercup, Happy Face, Lemondrop and Buttercream. Each plate was also placed with a lemon and tied with ribbon and a tag that read, "Pucker up". They gathered vintage elements of Hobnail milk glass and Jadite for the tables to bring the mint color. {via Amorology}

Peachy Bouquets...

I love the pastel peachiness of these bouquets. {via Amorology}

Capturing the Moment...

Feautred in this past winters Elegant Bride magazine, newlyweds Bo & Sheridan had a picture perfect wedding, with a beautiful film to capture their story that they can look back on and treasure forever. When you watch the video, keep a box of tissues close by! {via the Brides Cafe} Videographers Elysium Productions


I found these small votives on Jamali Garden, they have great items for wedding decor!

Rehearsal Dinner Dress...

If you are having a more formal summer rehearsal dinner - or your just a guest at your friend's wedding, this J. Crew dress is beautiful!

Walking Down the Aisle...

Walking down the aisle by floating candles on a bed of pastel rose petals...why not? {via Jeune Maria}

Loose Updo...

I love the slightly tossled look, with long pieces of wavy strands in the front. It's a more relaxed updo for the wedding day. {via Jeune Marie}


EE Cummings...

If you've seen the film In Her Shoes, you probably remember the beautiful poem read at the end in the wedding scene. I Carry Your Heart in My Heart, by EE Cummings is one of my favorites. I think the ceremony is such a special time to pause and reflect and I have loved attending weddings where non-traditional vows or readings are more personal and reflect the couples personality.

Midnight Snack...

I love the post dance party late night gourmet grub food idea that has become a popular trend! Mini burgers and fries are the perfect snack. {via Style Me Pretty}


Parisian Wedding...

Veranda had the most beautiful album of a wedding held at the Chatêau de Breteuil in the countryside near Paris. Inspired by an 18th century pastoral festival, the fête champêtre, this wedding was planned by the bride herself, Kelly d' Halluin, a New York interior designer.


Monogram Ring...

My mother had a gold ring a long time ago, with her initials and I think it would be a cute gift from the groom to new wifey that carries the last name. {via J.Crew}

Romantic Table...

For Ellen aand Portia's wedding, guests were seated at one long feasting table, so Mark Held of Mark's Garden in LA, packed wooden boxes with amnesia roses, Café au Lait dahlias, pink Antik roses, lavender and faded grey hydrangea, and lavender Astrantia to create a romantic setting. {via InStyle Weddings}

Ceci New York...

Lisa Hoffman, founder of Ceci is highly respected in the wedding industry. She creates the most elaborate invitations, menus, wedding logos, programs and everything that captures you for your day.


A Hint of Yellow...

I love the simplicty of white with the yellow flowers for spring! {via Sukrachand Wedding Photography}


Wistful Wedding Dress...

Phillip Lim dress at La Garconne.

Cheese Please...

Having a cheese table is a great idea for the reception cocktail hour. {via Martha Stewart Weddings, Summer Picnic Wedding)


Michelle Williams sideswept hair is a sweet and romantic style for a bride.

Charm Necklace...

I love this charm necklace for bridal party gifts, from Janna Conner. $96

Rustic Table...

{via In Style Weddings}