rustic luxe.

Is it just me or do you find yourself falling more and more in love with the entire season once September approaches? The boots, the leaves, the apple and pumpkin picking, the seasonal decor and specialty foods – I LOVE it all! Being that I was a September bride, I was shocked that I went more for the rustic look and not so pumpkin-ish (which is one of my absolute faves.) Just recently, while browsing on Pinterest I came across some images that join together the rustic freshness and luxe elegance look to a fall-inspired wedding. Take a peek and don’t forget to follow our Pinterest page for more fall pin-spiration – why knot?!

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feature friday: stella & dot by allison nelson.

Happy FRIDAY September lovers! Today, the spotlight is on a local business that specializes in custom, engravable keepsake jewelery. Read on to find out more – why knot?!

Company Name- Stella & Dot by Allison Nelson
Website –


Instagram – @mrsalnelson

Contact #/Email- 914-523-4167,


Business Description- Engravables collection is the perfect gift for every bridesmaid, flower girl, mother of the bride/groom and the bride herself! There are so many ways to tell your story!

Wedding Services Offered- Jewelry and gifts

Short & Sweet Advice for the Brides- Don’t regret anything or focus on anything that may happen that day that was unplanned. You’ll regret more than anything that you dwelled on something negative on the most special day of your life!


A big thanks to Allison Nelson  for sharing her vendor information with us.

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LDWeekend weddings.

Labor Day Weekend is right around the corner! Can you believe that the summer has flown by as quickly as it has? As a note for all ‘three-day-weekend’ wedding brides, try to consider these helpful hints to get the most out of your offsite, extended wedding weekend planning – why knot?!

a9d9161d3c769b003f7a940d1fb35499EXTENDED STAY PUH-LEASE! Book a venue that offers accommodations for your guests that are interested in making it a true getaway for that particular weekend.

TO-DO LIST: For those guests who are staying, offer a mini itinerary for them to join in on all festivities offered leading up to and following the wedding day.

WELCOME ‘HOME’ – The small gesture of leaving something in the room to welcome your guests is a nice way to welcome them to their home away from home for the weekend!

MAPPING THE AREA: Some guests may want to explore the area on their own. Provide them with a map guide from you and your MR. to make their navigating a wee bit easier!

BUY LOCAL – This may be the first time your guests are visiting this particular area. If so, be sure to find out about local treats or attractions to tie into the wedding weekend.

SEALED WITH A KISS – Depending on how far away you choose to host your event, provide your guests with a postage paid postcard they can send back home as a keepsake from your celebration!

No matter which holiday weekend or location you may choose, keep in mind the tips above and make the most of your big day before and even after!

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1st birthday shoot: lynda renee photography.

A few weeks back, our spotlight was on Lynda Renee Photography during a feature friday post. More recently, I had the pleasure of working with Lynda on Alessia’s first birthday shoot (yes, I cannot believe my little girl is going to be ONE!) Read on to find out more about my experience working with Lynda – why knot?!

Ever since Alessia came into the world, she had her fair share of smiles with me and my husband. If you know anything about the two of us, we are far from serious! It was so ironic that when we were out and about Alessia would have the most serious face on all times – looking, observing, watching, admiring everyone and every thing. So when my sister decided to gift a first birthday shoot for Alessia I joked around saying why bother – she probably won’t even smile! Who knew that those pictures would be the best ones?!

So at an early 10 months, Lynda photographed little miss serious and I can’t rave enough about the outcome! Lynda added mock set-ups to our apartment and set the stage for Alessia to be the center-of-attention. Lynda’s talent, along with her way of communicating with babies, helped make this shoot even better. I will say, my husband and I danced around like fools, singing and playing and trying to squeeeeeze out a smile or two. I can’t imagine loving the pics anymore than I do!

Lynda made us all feel very comfortable and I couldn’t believe how fast the time went by. She also sent me a preview that night and I was in awe with how gorgeous (and grown up) our little love was! Lynda is very professional, efficient and enjoyable to work with. Here’s a peek at some of my personal favorites from the photo shoot. I look forward to working with her again! Thanks, Lynda!


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the right questions to ask.

Check out today’s guest blog post by Something Blue Events on the perfect questions to include when venue shopping!


When planning your wedding at a Catering Hall, their list of inclusions often seems all-inclusive, but you’ll want to be sure that what they’re providing is in line with what you need for your specific event.

As wedding and event planners, we visit new venues all the time, and ask dozens of questions about their capabilities, requirements, guidelines, offerings, and general approach toward events.

If you’re planning your event on your own, you probably already have an idea of the questions you will be asking (how much everything costs, whether you can have your ceremony onsite, how many guests can fit) but here is a quick list of top questions to ask, that you may not have thought of, to make sure you have all the information you need to plan your event:

-        Maximum Seated Capacity – It’s important to ask this question, but you’ll also need to ask “what is the maximum seated capacity, when a dance floor is set up?” Sometimes, caterers give you a number, but because you didn’t know to ask about the dance floor, your expectations of capacity might be different from theirs. Make sure you ask both questions.

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feature: canvas champ.

Why wait til Friday for our latest feature? Today, the spotlight is on Canvas Champ a discounted canvas resource for all of your photo-needs. I received a canvas print from Canvas Champ of a SUPER sweet picture of Miss Alessia.  The turnaround time for the printing was great (just a few days before it shipped) and it arrived in perfect condition and thoroughly wrapped. When I opened it, I was very impressed by the quality and how the canvas print wraps around the edges making it perfect for hanging!


The canvas is clear and vibrant. It is a great addition to Alessia’s nursery. As you can see, just before hanging it in her room, she had her eyes set on her beautiful self! Our silly little girl!


Thanks again Canvas Champ!

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double dose of a giveaway.

As your summer is off to a hot and sticky start – we’ve got a double dose of a giveaway from our friends at and The Flip Flop Bitch which is sure to cool off two summer woes.

Aching tootsies which have been shoved in the highest of heels + beach book boredom are two problems SOLVED with this joint giveaway! Click the link to find out how you can be in it to win it – why knot?! CLICK HERE TO ENTER!



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home is where…the fiance is? {dear bridal diary}

Guest blogger and bride-to-be, Daniela, is at it again – can you relate to her bridal diary of ‘making the move?’ Read on to see how her transition went!

I’m a homebody. Always have been. I didn’t dorm when I went to college, I didn’t move out on my own to “find myself” when I started working, I’ve lived at my parents’ home for these 28 years (minus my 2 study abroads, but I’ll get to that). I could never understand the need/want to leave the nest at a young age and be away from family. Why would I voluntarily give up home cooked meals every night, Nonna’s pastina when I was sick or had surgery, and movie nights by the fire place in the winter with my parents? My parents’ house was my sanctuary, the place where I felt the most comfortable and safe, my favorite place in the world, as it should be.

I knew I’d have to move out of my parents’ home when I got married, but I didn’t think I’d meet my soon-to-be husband completely out of the blue at 26 years old and that time would go so fast- none of it was in my plan! I was convinced I’d be at least 30 before settling down with someone because there were/are so many thing I want to do in life (including going abroad again), but apparently fate had other plans for me.
And so began the process of packing up pieces of my life and putting them into boxes. I’ve done it twice before – in 2006, when I moved to Italy for 4 months in undergrad, and in 2010, when I moved to Paris for 2 years to get my Masters. I can’t tell you the tears that were shed, especially when I left for Italy since it was my first time ever leaving my home. I felt guilty for leaving my family, like I was being a bad daughter for leaving the country for extended periods of time. What if something happened while I was gone? What if they needed me? Would they be lonely? Would they lose sleep worrying about me?
The same internal conflict arose when I was getting ready to move in with my fiance recently, except this move would be permanent. Studying abroad is temporary, you go home after x amount of time, and that helped me get through each experience. Little did I know the torment I’d put myself through when the time came to create my own home. It was always so exciting to think about when you were young; you dreamt about what your future home would look and feel like, but dreaming and doing are two completely different things with totally different thoughts/feelings/emotions.
I’ve spoken to married friends and family about it and they all went through the same thing. The first night they cried themselves to sleep (as did I) and they’d go back home to visit often, but it took about a good year to really go through the mourning process. Don’t get me wrong, I love living with my fiance and picking out paint colors and furniture and having my own space that I can do anything with. But am I sad that I won’t wake up to my mom setting up breakfast on the patio outside on Saturdays in the summer? Sure. But it doesn’t mean those days have to end, they will just be limited. Do I miss my parents and worry about them, and visa versa? Yes, but I see them at least once a week and we speak every day. I know that my parents’ home will always be open to me and my home is always open to them.
At 28 years old, I’m entering into a different chapter in my life – one has ended and another is starting, and it really does feel that way. I feel like I’ve stepped into a “new life”, for lack of a better expression. I literally feel like I left a certain life and lifestyle behind, one that I can never really go back to (I don’t think my fiance would appreciate my packing a luggage and leaving for Italy on a whim), and that’s okay. It’s been important for me to take some time and mourn my single life so that I don’t carry anything into my married life. It’s been a process, but I’m finally looking forward all of these positive changes and I know the future will be great.


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