My Failed Pinterest Party

I am a Pinterest-party-planning wannabe.

No one in my family is born in the summer.  Until my second daughter, Sabine, came along!  Her birthday is the one chance I have all year of throwing a lovely garden party.  And lucky for me, she is a happy collaborator when it comes to planning something particularly girlie and sweet.  This year, Sabine and I trolled Pinterest looking for fun party ideas.  Mermaids?  Strawberry shortcake?  Blueberry shortcake?  Eventually, she settled upon a fairy theme.  Very appropriate, don’t you think, for a 5th birthday party?

HHP FairyParty_0028And Pinterest is a treasure trove of fairy party ideas!  Unfortunately, many of them didn’t work for us in real life.  Our fairy dust came out black instead of pink.  I needed a net to ward bugs off the snack table.  And our toadstool cupcakes, while wildly delicious, needed some explanation.Untitled-2-3Untitled-1 But, in the end, I think we put together a beautiful party… on Pinterest.  And in real life, we had a great time with friends who cared more about celebrating with us than about how red our icing turned out.  All the big sisters did a beautiful job with the face painting.  The boys made a super-fun train track.  And Sabine and I spent wonderful hours licking that icing bowl together as we prepared for the big day!HHP FairyParty_0017 HHP FairyParty_0014HHP FairyParty_0025 HHP FairyParty_0031 HHP FairyParty_0030b HHP FairyParty_0021If you’re like me, you might want to call my party-planning-, party-designing- savvy friends at Hudson Valley Ceremonies, Cinderella4ADay, Floral Fantasies by Sara and A Night in Bloom, for whom I have *even more* renewed respect!

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Sara and David {Anniversary Session in Mt. Kisco}

Good things come to those who wait.  In this case, we waited about three years to do a True Romance shoot with Sara and David.  (A True Romance shoot is often right after the wedding, where the couple gets all dressed up again for more portraits in their wedding finery.  Also called, a Trash the Dress shoot.)  But Sara’s dress was this amazing creation, handmade by her talented mama.  So we thought about using a different dress.  But eventually, the shoot started to coincide with their tenth (dating) anniversary, and an anniversary shoot it was.  And it was soooo good!

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-Hillary

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Lisa & Tom {Wedding at Owl’s Hoot Barn}

HHP LisaTom_0692psbWhat do you get when you mix the Hudson Valley’s newest barn wedding venue and a couple with a flair for modernist-vintage styling (plus, a crew of guests who know how to party)?  Quite possibly, a perfect day. HHP LisaTom R1-10AHHP hair and shoes HHP LisaTom R1-12AHHP LisaTom_1909HHP Lisa and Tom before ceremony HHP LisaTom R1-29AHHP ceremony from behindHHP ceremony candle lighting and smile HHP LisaTom_0297 HHP LisaTom_0370HHP ceremony rings and kissHHP LisaTom R2-02HHP flowers and transport HHP LisaTom_0661 HHP LisaTom_0664HHP invite and favors HHP LisaTom_0881HHP formals HHP LisaTom_1003HHP tables and settings HHP LisaTom_0635HHP food truck HHP LisaTom_0768-3 HHP barn portraitsHHP LisaTom_1524HHP food and cakeHHP lens flare portraitsCeremony Venue: St. Mary’s Church

Party Venue/Coordinator: Kerri Corrgian for Owl’s Hoot Barn

Caterer: Brandon Snooks @ Wandering Dago

DJ/Band: Michael Wilcox for JTD Productions

Florist: Erin @ the Rosery

Dresses: Bride – Enzoani; Bridesmaids – Alfred Sung

Suits: The Black Tux

Hair/Makeup: Makeup by Jenny

Videographer: Matt Kelsey for MK Super 8

Photography: Guess who?  Second shooter: Kathryn Lucia

P.S.  See more photos from Lisa and Tom’s wedding on Facebook and at their web galleries!

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Sara and Adrienne’s Double Family Session in Brooklyn

HHP FrohlichFamilies_0474Two of my favorite wedding couples have since doubled their sweet families.  (Which is a silly pun, I know, because the two brides are twin sisters.  Forgive me!)  First, Adrienne and Dave were married in Stone Ridge (pre-blog) in 2009.  And then I got to photograph Sara and Peter’s wedding in DUMBO (first wedding on the blog!) in 2010.  We met back in Brooklyn last weekend, and I got to meet all these adorable little people they have since made.

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Untitled-3I love how you can always find your own little private corner of NYC for a shoot, and mix it up with some local color, too.

-Hillary

P.S. for all you nursing mamas out there: Don’t miss Adrienne’s gorgeous, handmade bags.  As you can see from the last photo, you will never be embarrassed to lug your breastpump around again!

 

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Lovely Little Things

We have made the jump (hee hee) to custom drives for delivering final wedding images.  With a key chain and our pretty little logo on each side, aren’t they cute?

HHP FlashDrives_0005sAnd once you get ‘em open, they’re so easy to use!

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See the USB plug hiding?

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Ta da!

Ta da!

We can’t wait for our first recipients, Erin and Dan, to get their hands on it and view all their gorgeous wedding photos.

Thanks so, so much to Ashley for inspiring us to make the switch!

-Hillary

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Colette & Dave {Wedding at The Emerson Resort}

HHP ColetteDaveW_0522Even the drizzly weather was inspired by Colette and Dave‘s sunny, calm dispositions, and decided to try its hand at being as beautiful.

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Venue/Caterer:  The Catamount Restaurant at The Emerson Resort & Spa

DJ/Band: Lou Paris, A Perfect Blend Entertainment

Florist: Julie Hirsh at The Flower Nest

Cupcakes: Bride’s Cousin, Kristen Caprotti

Table Number Centerpieces: Bride’s Brother, Jesse Caprotti

Dresses: Bride’s: Wtoo from Something Bleu Bridal; Bridesmaids’: JCrew

Suits: The Men’s Wearhouse

Rings: Zimmer Brothers

Hair: Beautiful Images

Photographer:  Guess who?  Second shooter: Brandon Sawhill-Aja

See more photos from Colette & Dave’s wedding on their web galleries and on Facebook!

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Getting Pinned

Ok, I’ll admit it.  I did stay up til all hours several times, obsessing over my new Pinterest boards.  So I can say with all confidence that I fully Get It now!

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I’m going to keep packing them full of cute wedding ideas for Hudson Valley venues (and more coming!), travel inspiration, party musings, things I love to covet, and posing visions, so go ahead and follow me now.

Screen Shot 2014-06-06 at 3.03.29 PMAnd now you can easily pin any photo you like on my website, so go ahead and make my day!

-Hillary

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