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?
And 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. 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! If 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!
Two 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.
I 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.
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!
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?
And once you get ‘em open, they’re so easy to use!
See the USB plug hiding?
Twist to open
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!
Even the drizzly weather was inspired by Colette and Dave‘s sunny, calm dispositions, and decided to try its hand at being as beautiful.
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!
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!
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.
And now you can easily pin any photo you like on my website, so go ahead and make my day!