A Thanksgiving Wedding

Posted by on Nov 25, 2009 in Blog | 3 Comments

It’s so nice to see the city start to get into the excitement of the Holiday season as we all scatter and gather in whatever place means family to us!  Mayra is off on the West Coast with her near and dear ones, while I’ll be heading down to southern New Jersey to Grandma’s house before gathering with some friends to trim my tree (SOOOO excited!!!).

The whole process of getting ready for the holiday got me thinking so much about weddings.  Despite the amount of work and preparation and yes, even expense, to put together a wonderful holiday gathering, they are always worth while as it’s one of the few times of year that we are really able to sit down with our families and catch up, share an experience and enjoy one another.  And while it can be stressful- working on a deadline, or sometimes a budget- it’s very rare that when the guests have all arrived, and the music is playing, that we are thinking “my goodness the Turkey was DRY” or ” I wish that I would have splurged on MORE desserts”.  More often, we are taking what’s before us and living in the moment…. at least in the best cases.

I think it’s a good thing to remember, especially when wedding planning gets revved up again post-holiday, that your wedding day can be the Greatest Thanksgiving of All Time… only it can happen in April or July or September or whenever.  Imagine if  and your soon-to be husband could host  all your favorite friends and family all under one roof to share some food, and laughs and music and fun?  And you didn’t even have to do all the cooking.  Well, that’s exactly what happens on your wedding day!  Would it be less stressful with less DIY projects? Maybe.  Do you want each place setting to look “just so”? Of Course you do!  You are a bride after-all.  But when the going gets tough, try not to get stressed and lose site of the bigger picture.  The fabulous thing about your wedding is that it’s like a warm and fuzzy holiday all of your own creation!

So, enough with the sappy talk. Here is some lovely eye candy from Amy Atlas, photographed by Allan Zepeda for Mel Barlow Photography. More pics can be found on Amy’s blog.

This is my last post for the week… At least until I announce the winners of the Name Change certificate contest (still taking comments!) Happy Thanksgiving!fulltable

Amy Atlas Inspirations

Posted by on Nov 17, 2009 in Decor & Details | 2 Comments

I love when I get new photos of Amy Atlas’ fabulous dessert displays. They always inspire me!  I loved her Pink and Yellow Diamond Dessert table- especially because of it’s bold and daring color scheme. I liked it so much it even motivated me to do a quicky inspiration board!  Here’s Amy’s fabulous holiday table, more pics of which can be seen on her wonderful blog.


And here are some of the images I pulled out of the Always a Bridesmaid wedding magazine archives.  Since I can only give credit where I can remember or read the text, here goes my best shot!  The Cake is from Lovin’ Sullivan Cakes, the first table is a Preston Bailey that was done for Modern Bride. And the final bouquet was by Matthew David for an ancient copy of InStyle Weddings… but that would still be quite the statement today.


Easy being Green

Posted by on Aug 12, 2009 in Decor & Details | No Comments

Amy Atlas sent over pictures of a gorgeous summer table that she created in Hamptons recently that were photographed by Dawn Giarizzo. More pictures are available on Amy’s blog!


The table inspired me to post about Green being one of my favorite colors for summer events…. When I think spring, I think the colors of the little blooming flowers, but summer brings to mind idling under a big green tree keeping cool from the hot summer sun.  That sentence made me laugh out loud.  I’ve been reading too much Twilight.  It can be a great accent color- here we used it to decorate the aisle for a wedding we planned last year for Raquel and Josh. (Photo by Mel Barlow)


For Serah and Min’s wedding earlier this summer, leafy greens were used to bring pops of green against a chocolate brown backdrop! The effect was outstandingly cool and refreshing.Photo by Robert Wagner.


Finally, why not let your green get a little preppy.  This loft wedding that we planned a couple of summers ago was inspired by the couple’s apartment and the hot August heat! We set off the green with a bit of Navy.(photos by Cappy Hotchkiss)


Sweet Spot

Posted by on May 20, 2009 in Decor & Details | 4 Comments

I’m in a great mood this morning and thought I’d post some pictures of pretty, sweet things.  I’d mentioned in my post last week about how the baker at  Bridgewaters does some of the most gorgeous cakes.  I pulled these pics off of the NY Mag website.

3742If you are REALLY, REALLY into pretty, sweet things,(are there people out there who ARE against pretty, sweet things?)  you will love these pics from Amy Atlas Events.  Amy is a dessert table artist.


And, if you are like me, and enjoy petite sweets, you’ll love our neighbor to the south, Tribeca Treats.  They have the cutest little chocolates and cookies and cupcakes.