SUPER excited to have our latest guest blogger on board! Meet Heather – native New Yorker whose first love is traveling the globe. Her wit, fashion sense and dedication to bridesmaid duties make it very clear why she is the bride’s best friend…
While I can’t provide the typical bride point-of-view, being on this journey alongside my bride has given me an insight into the world of bridal planning. Hot on the heels of my latest travel adventure, I have returned to reality with a mailbox overflowing with wedding invitations.
My first wedding, a July destination in sunny Puerto Rico is a white only party. Parallel to the idea exhibited in Solange Knowles wedding, I am required to wear white…. my motivation for a major slim down in the next couple months. Though the dress must be white, the accessory policy is quiet liberal, which means that I can play up my personality through shoes, bags and jewels!
Always eager to prepare early my first goal is to slim down and though I love my carbs… I have instituted a no bread policy or more accurately a limited white flour policy, because lets face it… Who can completely cut out bread? However, as an eternal sweet eater, recipes like Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding keep me from stuffing my face.
I have my heart set on a Halston Heritage number and there is a snug one sitting within a garment bag in my closet. As part of the bridal party, it is necessary to participate in a shopping excursion with my bride-to-be but the dress was so beautiful and came with a generous return policy, so I couldn’t help sitting with it for a couple of weeks. For those brides who are not opting for a white only wedding, the dress is also a perfect for a bridal shower or bachelorette party because it is universally flattering while being impeccably stylish!
In additional to the dress, a girl is never complete without the proper accessories. For jewelry I turned to Nina Shoes, a go-to brand for bridal and evening footwear. While they are known for their shoes, they have a wonderful bridal and jewelry selection. This season the Swarovski infused celestial collection is perfect, with its star studded sparkled pieces.
Though the wedding is a few months away, it is an obligation of any bridesmaids (and a best friend) to help out when needed. My bride, a non-demanding corporate professional has excellent taste. Currently, we are on the hunt for sky-high heels to pair perfectly with her beautiful gown. My suggestion is for some bold, colorful heels to complement her style and the beautiful location. Before we hit the department stores and boutiques, we are option for a trip to the Gilt Warehouse Sale to see if we are lucky enough to find some designer duds at bargain prices.
As for now, my friend’s destination wedding is a work in progress, with all the details to be determined. Our search for affordability without sacrificing style is keeping my free time occupied.
P.S. – Stay tuned for all the deets of my adventures at the Gilt Sale and dress shopping!
Bold, Vintage, Comfort : 2015 Let Interior Design inspire Wedding Decor
As we all come down off our chocolaty sugar highs from Valentine’s Day and the realities of just saying “YES!” start to sink in…let’s try to get a grip and slow the whirlwind. Deep breaths. Stare at your ring. More deep breaths. There you go!
Now what? Now begins a time in your life that will be exhilarating and stressful. There will be a lot of ups and downs. Maybe there will be some tears, but tons of smiles and accomplishments are on their way! Where to begin?
The overriding trend in events and wedding planning over the last 8-10 years is “personalization” – making your wedding day fully reflect you as a couple! As on shows like X-Factor and American Idol, the phrase “Make it your own” gets thrown around like a dodge ball. But, that is just so vague. So mysterious. So monumentally not helpful. In fact, many of our couples come to us overwhelmed at the unlimited possibilities and lack of an idea of where to start!
Whether we are planning a wedding al fresco, or our client has booked a stunning ballroom for their reception (hey, some do both!), the creation of “space and experience” begins. One place we like to look for inspiration when designing a wedding day is toward the trends in Interior Design. As Edina Monsoon from Absolutely Fabulous so wisely tells us, “What you can tell about a person, you can see on their coffee table!”
Trends in Interior Design are typically longer lasting than trends in fashion, as interior design decisions are usually quite a significant investment. It is much easier to buy a new dress, than change the sofa in your living room! Amiright?
In 2015 we are seeing design choices being made that speak to comfort, peace, and an “escape”. We’re also seeing attention on bold trim and accents (lots of stripes out there) and vintage, antique, and weathered pieces (real or faux). Let’s take a visual journey translating these interior design trends into a stunning celebration..
Trend #1 Comfort and Ease. The plush, overstuffed sofa and sectional are coming back in a big way this year. A focus on the home as a place to recharge the smartphone, the mind, and the soul has gained popularity in recent years.
So how does that translate to your wedding? For us, it is all about the fabric choice, flowers, and styling.
To bring that sense of comfort and ease to your wedding day, pick a dress with flowing fabrics (chiffon or silk) and you will begin to set that mood the very moment your guests see you. Hair should be easy, flowing. The formal lacquered up-do is going the way of the dodo bird: Let your hair down!
Strapless A-Line chiffon gown by DressDress2015.
Gorgeous boho-chic column gown by Rose & Ruby.
For the Gentlemen, let’s soften the look with rounded edges, simple lines, and go with a gray suit. Check out this heather gray wool suit by Allure Men by Jean Yves. Notice the rounded detail in the lapel. So sharp (pun intended). These small details make a big impact.
For floral treatments on your wedding day, the “floral garland” is making a statement this year. It absolutely adds a level of subtle, quiet beauty to any space. It is a rebellion against the traditional centerpiece table treatment. Of course the lush look can be used in the traditional sense, creating clouds of flowers above your tables.
Garland centerpiece photo by www.vickigraftonphotography.com
Floral wall garland from www.hellomay.com.au
Staircase floral photo by www.rebeccalindon.com
Tall centerpiece photo by www.weddings.torywilliams.com
Trend #2 Bold Trim & Accents:
In the home, painting your window frames a dark color and using big oversized stripes is gaining traction for 2015. As Details magazine explains, “a woman wearing eyeliner and mascara knows this fact: when you draw a dark line around something, you pay attention to it.”
Striped wall dining photo by Bludoor Studios.
Ombre stairs from www.welke.nl
To bring this to your wedding day, go for colorful wedding party attire, or bold linens. Contrast patterns with one bold tone in your flowers to keep things interesting, but not busy. To be totally on-trend for 2015, Marsala is a very romantic choice for a signature color. This deep red tone can be paired with soft pinks and greens in the spring and summer. For the Fall, complement the deep-red with patterned feathers in browns and tans for real drama!
Trend #3 Vintage & Weathered
This aesthetic has been around for a long time. There is however a surge in its popularity and application in the home. In a time when technology advances so quickly, we are starting to appreciate and long for pieces that have survived history. There are countless ways to bring this feel to any event.
Bring this idea into your wedding with mercury glass vases and candle holders. Shop vintage and junk shops for unique one-of-a-kind pieces. Old doors and window frames with a whitewash or crackle finish can be repurposed to create structure and architecture for an outdoor or tented ceremony.
Every interpretation will be different. What is it that you find comfort in? What is bold to you? However you end up answering those questions is what will help you live up to the “make it your own” mantra.
Now look at that ring, again. Breathe.
John & Nicole
Happy CHILLLLLLLLLY Friday! Let’s face it – we’ve all overindulged even just a bit these past few months with the holiday season. Now that the 2015 is upon us, and New Year Resolutions are in full effect, check out today’s feature on local business, Westchester Mixed Martial Arts and Fitness – why knot?!
*Information as submitted by WMMA&F:
Company Name- Westchester Mixed Martial Arts and Fitness
Contact #/Email- 914-244-8888 (Business Number) / firstname.lastname@example.org
Westchester MMA Fit is a one of a kind Martial Arts and Fitness center. We offer classes for children ages 3 and up. We also have the most fitness classes offered by any school of our kind in the area. We have Cardio Kickboxing, Koga, Cross Camp, and Fitness Impact Training classes in addition to our regular MMA and Jiu-Jitsu classes that are a cardio workout in themselves as well. We are a community school. Everyone here is supportive of each other and we support the community through events and classes to improve lives.
Wedding Services Offered-
Our services aren’t specifically designed for weddings, but our fitness classes are offered everyday and at plenty of convenient times to make sure everyone can improve at their pace and on their schedule. We revolutionize bodies, creating fit, tone, happy, and healthy clients. Many of our clients come to us trying to look their best on their big day, and I don’t think a single one of them has ever been disappointed by the results.
Other Services Offered-
We also offer Massage packages, Personal Training, Kids Classes, Kids Birthdays, and more!
Short & Sweet Advice for the Brides-
Come let us help you look your best in your dress! And it’s never too soon to start reaching your goals.
Location: 333N Bedford Rd, Mount Kisco, NY, 10549
[In the same complex at Grand Prix NY]
A big thanks to Westchester Mixed Martial Arts and Fitness for sharing their vendor information with us. Stay tuned for a FIT-giveaway you won’t want to miss. (hint: it’ll make next Monday morning a lot better!) Be sure you are following us on all of our social media accounts to enter!
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*Tis the season! Check out this triple-dose of ‘real weddings’ brought to you by our guest bloggers & local wedding planners, Something Blue Events! Wishing you ALL a happy holiday and new year full of love, laughter and happily ever after – why knot?!*
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The 2014 Wedding Season was an exciting time for us! We worked with a wonderful contrast of people, ideas and concepts that provided us with unique opportunities as well as challenges to navigate. We want to highlight some of those challenges to help spark a thought about your wedding. Part of planning and designing a wedding includes identifying and overcoming challenges, working with what you have (or don’t have), and accommodating a wide range of people and their needs, which can be interesting and tricky at times.
Here are just a few of our 2014 events which had unique and interesting challenges, which we overcame to create beautiful, fun experiences for our clients.
Valerie and James – A sunset wedding on the NYC Harbor
Louis Valentino Park is hidden behind old abandoned warehouses on the NYC Harbor with stunning views of the Statue of Liberty and the setting summer sun! This fabulous site presented two challenges to planning a perfect ceremony.
- Steady breeze off the harbor
- Bright glare from the sun
To take advantage of this natural breeze, we created a flowing shabby-chic backdrop by sourcing vintage-feel fabrics in champagne, ivory, coral, and glittery gold to tie the bridesmaids’ dresses to the shimmering harbor during sunset. We turned the fabric into strips, which danced in the harbor breeze during the ceremony, creating a sense of romance and calm. To work WITH the sunlight, we decided to rotate the orientation of the entire site so the sun was behind the guests. Doing this we eliminated the glare from the guests view, and bathed the entire ceremony in the best light for outdoor photos.
Annie and Chris – An evening Gala for a very fun couple in a Pre-War building just beyond the bustling and boisterous Times Square!
The loft boasts original wide-plank floors, built-in book shelves, enormous skylights, grand windows, and private access to the roof which sits just below the Empire State Building. Everything in the loft is painted white, which creates a blank space to do anything you want! The couple wanted to have a big dance-all-night party that was not the typical seated formal affair. Wanting to include everyone they loved, the layout of the loft and the couple’s wishes required some creative thinking!
- Wide age-range of the guests
- One big room to meet many needs
The bride and groom were caught between what they wanted and what the realities of combining family and friends into one party means. The couple’s wish to have a cocktails and dance party meant they did not want a sit-down assigned seating event. They wanted everyone dancing all night!
We created four areas within the one space that would cater to all needs.
For the traditional wedding experience, we set dining tables near the buffet for the “VIP” guests. The bar and dance floor were assembled at the opposite end of the space to keep the party going all night. The space between the tables and dance floor was set with cocktail tables for those who wanted to dance the night away, and preferred to eat dinner at a cocktail table between their favorite songs!
Courtney and Tim – An autumn wedding on the family farm
The bride decided from the very beginning she did not want the traditional flower centerpieces, and did not want to assign seating. The couple wanted to create a relaxing fun family time on the groom’s family farm.
- No flowers
- No assigned seating
- Last minute surprise for the bride from her sister
Since this wedding was to take place on a farm in the fall, we decided to go with wheat and organic English and French lavender (technically an herb!) for the rustic hand-tied bouquets, boutonnieres, and centerpieces. Working in some farm-grown gourds and pumpkins with burlap accents and pops of orange and yellow against a base of blues, a truly romantic scene was set.
Allowing your guests to choose their own seats can be a thoughtful gesture, but once the first few groups sit with their “besties”, you’ll inevitably have one or two empty seats between those groups and the last few people to walk in (who will also want to sit together) wont have any seats to do so. To solve this problem, we suggest setting extra tables with at least 15% more seats than rsvp’d guests (ie: you expect 100 guests, provide seating for at least 115).
Lastly, two days before the wedding, the bride’s sister asked us to work an 11 minute photo montage into the reception. After dozens of phone calls and emails, we secured a projector and screen rental, reworked the layout of the reception, and updated the timeline for the DJ and the caterer. Timing is everything!
We believe your wedding day should be one of the happiest, most perfect days of your lives together. At SB Events, that belief is at the core of what we do, and we work tirelessly to overcome every challenge, clear every roadblock, free up every snag, and smooth every potential crease that may arise leading up to or during your big day, to keep it as perfect as possible. Even when your event is expertly planned and designed, someone must be assigned the job of “coordinator” to handle the inevitable issues that will arise on the day of your wedding. This includes handling any seating issues, vendor management questions, timing implementation, and of course, those last minute surprises that your bridal party may want to provide for you.
We’re here to handle it all, and love every minute of our jobs! As you’re planning your event, don’t forget the crucial step of selecting a coordinator who you can trust to handle any challenge that’s thrown their way. At SB Events, it’s what we do, and we love doing it!
XO & Happy Planning!
John & Nicole
I did it! I survived my first SLT class at SLT Rye Brook! Now you may remember a previous post about this fab fitness studio that is catching on to all local residents since making it’s debut in the Rye Ridge Shopping Center.
A friend of mine swears by SLT which made me even more pumped to try out a class that she was taking. I was even more excited since I had been wanting to try out a class with instructor Marisa after hearing so much hype about how great she is! Want to know my thoughts? Here is the good and the ‘sore’ of it!
First off, I LOVE the layout of the studio. With a fitness class like SLT, which focuses on strengthening, lengthening and toning, it is awesome that the setting is meant for a small group. You each get your own ‘megaformer’ – pilates type workout machine. Marisa quickly showed me how to use the machine (which is actually not nearly as hard as it looks by the way.) She was also really good about helping me change the spring system based on the moves she was calling out. The megaformer takes a little getting used to but in a good way. I liked having the ability to work off my own machine and eventually could notice even just at the end of one session, how I became more familiar and comfortable using it.
It was 50 minutes of an intense, full-body workout that was as challenging as you wanted to make it. Marisa often referred her more advanced SLT-ers to amp up their workout by changing up their form or switching up their moves in a more challenging way. She was equally as helpful to new students and would come over and correct my form when necessary (and yes, I needed it!.)
The only thing that made Marisa’s instructing even better was the music! Loud, fast, beats coupled with her amazing motivating voice and encouraging words definitely helped keep me focused and pushing myself. She made everyone feel comfortable in her class and made waking up on a Saturday morning and spending it at SLT worth my while.
I will say this – I began feeling sore the following day but the day after that was even more. It was a good sore – and all over body sore and one that makes you realize how many muscles you actually did work out in such a short time period. Where else can you do that? Most times people want a quick fix and fast results. Walking on a treadmill for hours upon hours never made me feel the way I did after my first SLT class. It was challenging, fun, motivating and most of all – QUICK! The time flew by so fast! Looking forward to my next class. Thank you SLT Rye Brook and Marisa!
If you haven’t already – definitely check in to taking a class. Tell them Mrs. Why Knot sent you! Check back soon for a surprise collaboration from Mrs. Why Knot + SLT Rye Brook – why knot?!
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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?!
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?!Read More»
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?!Read More»
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.Read More»
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!
Be sure to check out Canvas Champ and try creating canvases from your own favorite prints – why knot?!
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