Upstate NY Barn Wedding

When Sarah and Wade contacted me about having their wedding in Upstate NY at Sarahs family barn, I was beyond excited. Starting from scratch for a wedding can be daunting but making each detail fit the bride and groom is so rewarding.

We worked together for just over a year, the details all came together and the end results was amazing.

The day started at Sarahs parents place, right next to the barn. Special Occasion Hair Design did an amazing job making each of the woman look fabulous. The dogs even joined in on the fun.

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That dress though.

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Sarah and Wade’s first look was so adorable it almost hurts. Their love for each other is infectious!

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Photo Credit: Michael Fisher Photography
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The flower girls during the ceremony almost stole the show, but Sarah and her dad and then of course the Sarah and Wade really made the whole ceremony so special.

Photo Credit: Michael Fisher Photography
Photo Credit: Michael Fisher Photography
Photo Credit: Michael Fisher Photography

The barn set up was gorgeous. A grand entrance, with family style seating within and a dance floor with a covered tent just outside the barn. Perfect place for a party!

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Sarah’s dad actually made the escort card holders.

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Every details was thought out, even keeping the kids occupied with these adorable kids activity packs.

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Amazing desserts provided by Scratch Bakeshop

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A beautiful sunset, and lots of dancing made the day complete.

 

Photo Credit: Michael Fisher Photography
Photo Credit: Michael Fisher Photography
Photo Credit: Michael Fisher Photography
Photo Credit: Michael Fisher Photography

Photo Credit: Michael Fisher Photography
Photo Credit: Michael Fisher Photography

 

Photo Credit: Michael Fisher Photography

Thanks Sarah and Wade for letting us be a part of your wedding day!!!

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Rochester NY Wedding – Eileen and Nate

I know Eileen because her big sister is my best friend. So I can honestly say I got to see this engagement from the start to the finish as I was at her sisters house the night Eileen got engaged to Nate and was able to see the ring on the first day they were engaged.

Eileen and Nate are probably one of the most relaxed couples I have ever had the pleasure to work with. They honestly just wanted to have a big party, and them getting married was a great excuse and wow what a party it was.

The timeline for this wedding was so relaxed! We started the day with the girls getting ready and Eileen’s parents house.

 

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We moved on to Plantation Party House for a gorgeous ceremony. It was blazing hot as we thought it would be so we had adorable fans for programs.

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How much these two love each other and have such a unique relationship is so apparent and amazing to witness.

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Of course there was the party afterward, in which no one was sitting and everyone was dancing. Seriously how fun are these guys!

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That little guy in the corner I even got to drive around for the 30 minutes to put him to sleep so his mama (my best friend) could keep dancing. Your welcome Erin 🙂 Thank you thank you Eileen and Nate for allowing me to be a part of your day. I had a blast!

All above photo’s courtesy of Ryan Ballinger Photography. You rock!

Rochester NY Wedding: Westminster Chapel and Hall 

Let’s just start off with I love my job. Seriously there is nothing more satisfying than working with a couple for a year+, getting to be a part of their day, and have it go well. It is a trifecta that I will never get sick of.

We had a jammed packed day. My schedule at points was planned in 5 minutes increments, but at the end of the day it went off on time! (One person party over here).

Thank you thank you Shana and Max for letting me be a party of your special day!!!

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I found this old sewing chest and repurposed it to a cute card box.
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When Shana asked me to plan her wedding, this is the first project I did. So happy that I could be a part of it!
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Shana was an Irish dancer when she was younger, and her dad surprised her with an Irish dancing performance, she even joined in. Check it out she is dancing in those heels!
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Another of my projects, the gold cake table.

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Rochester New York Event – Hot Summer Nights Fashion Show 

When I moved back to New York, one of the first things I did was look for something to do. I was under the false impression that I would be bored compared to living in DC. This of course could not be farther from the truth, Rochester almost has too much to do, to the point where I feel like I miss put on things if I take a weekend off.

Anyhow, naturally when I found out that Rochester has its own fashion week I bought tickets to three of the shows. Each of the shows were amazing, distinctive and each could have stood on its own. The people that were involved were all from Rochester and the show is to benefit The Center For Youth. I knew that I wanted to be part of such an amazing event.

So fast forward to now, Fashion Week is slated for October 13th to the 18th, and I can NOT wait to be a part of the action. So mark your calendars people it is going to be awesome. More on that later…

This event was our summer kick off, I was involved in the social media coordination. Follow Fashion Week of Rochester on Facebook, @rochesterfasionweek on Instagram and @ROC_fashionweek on Twitter to be up to date on all the behind the scenes action, models, fashion, stylists, boutiques and fashion designers.

Midtown Athletic Club was nice enough to be our hosts, and the weather could not have been better for a pool side party! The event featured Emmy Award winning stylist David Zyla the author of “How to Win at Shopping”  as a guest speaker. I of course was live tweeting, facebooking and instagraming the entire time (it was exhausting… jk jk jk). I finished off the last designer/boutique with 4% battery left, obviously need to get one of those mobile battery chargers.

Can’t wait for the next event, and don’t forget to follow us, I will make it worth your while!

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Fashion Week of Rochester 2015, runway show at Midtown Athletic Club, Rochester, NY. The event featured clothing for men and women, and a book signing by Emmy Award winning stylist David Zyla, author of “How to Win at Shopping.”  Photo by Brandon Vick Photography LLC, http://www.brandonvickphotography.com/
Fashion Week of Rochester 2015, runway show at Midtown Athletic Club, Rochester, NY. The event featured clothing for men and women, and a book signing by Emmy Award winning stylist David Zyla, author of “How to Win at Shopping.” Photo by Brandon Vick Photography LLC, http://www.brandonvickphotography.com/
Fashion Week of Rochester 2015, runway show at Midtown Athletic Club, Rochester, NY. The event featured clothing for men and women, and a book signing by Emmy Award winning stylist David Zyla, author of “How to Win at Shopping.”  Photo by Brandon Vick Photography LLC, http://www.brandonvickphotography.com/
Fashion Week of Rochester 2015, runway show at Midtown Athletic Club, Rochester, NY. The event featured clothing for men and women, and a book signing by Emmy Award winning stylist David Zyla, author of “How to Win at Shopping.” Photo by Brandon Vick Photography LLC, http://www.brandonvickphotography.com/

Punta Cana Wedding – Trash the Dress Session

When the you are in Punta Cana and the brides asks you where and what to do for her trash the dress, the ocean is the obvious answer, and when your friends are there as well, of course they should join. Of course we had to add on some another trash session, in the pool, because it was there and we were having fun.

Nothing like a good frolic in the water.

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You know just throwing left over rose petals (they are real so we are not polluting the world FYI).

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The best shots (IMO) came after the beach, right into the pool. The faces could never be replicated even if we tried.

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And last but not least because we needed to get our money worth, there was champagne, because we had some left over.

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Rochester NY Birthday Party – Movie Themed 

About a month and a half ago I started to try to plan my oldest daughters (BG3) seventh birthday party. I don’t know what goes on in everyone else’s house hold but my kids start planning their birthday parties 364 days out, and it changes 364 times. So I never know what to expect when I ask them what they want.

She wanted a movie themed birthday party. I was like… AMAZING… we can do it AT the movie theatre.

NOPE…

BG3- “But Mom if we do it at the movie theatre I can’t have an ice cream sundae bar! You can just set up a movie theatre in the basement and Grandma can make a movie theatre themed cake”

Well she just had it all figured out for me.

It was actually pretty awesome to design a party for one of my girls that didn’t have any pink in it. What was even more awesome was that it was Oscar night the day after the party, so all the decorations in Target were Oscar/Movie themed. So I took some of those, added a few more things, repurposed a few and voila, movie themed birthday party.

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Oh and how cute are the marquee letters, Michaels for the win.
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As you can see we had a plethora of pillows and blankets for the kids to watch the movie (Despicable Me 2). Once the craziness of the food, cake and presents was over I was able to sit back and just listen to them laugh hysterically at the movie. A pretty great #mommoment.

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My mother in law was able to pull off an amazing cake, all the kids were so excited that there was pop corn on the cake. One actually complained when his piece didn’t have any on it (we were scraping it off because we figured they wouldn’t want it).
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Also for dessert we had the infamous ice cream sundae bar.
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Each of the kids was able to take home a box of candy from the “Concession Stand” a pop corn container (thanks to the $1 section at Target) and a “Hollywood Walk of Fame” handprint.

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When the party is over, all the kids have gone home and your oldest daughter thanks you for such a “really awesome party Mom”, there is nothing greater.


Boston MA Event – Signature Drinks at #partyattheharrisco

My sister-in-law and brother have a pretty amazing gig going on in Boston. They take pictures and video of some of the most gorgeous people and they love their job. They decided to do a brand launch for The Harris Company their newly combined company. The party went off without a hitch. Food was delicious and the signature drinks were on point.

So on to the signature drinks.

I wanted two choices, because two is always better than one. Plus since this was in November, they also needed to be fall drinks, rich colors and flavors. Makayla and David like gin and tonic, so I wanted to do a play on that. We named them “The Selfie” and “The Mugshot”, aren’t we clever….

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Cinnamon is a great flavor especially for the fall, and prosecco is just more delicious than tonic. After a cursory google search I found this Cinnamon and Pear Fizz . The simple syrup and pear puree were made the night before, leaving the cinnamon stick in but removing the rosemary, to give the simple syrup that much more cinnamon flavor. That way the next day the everything just needed to be combined, quick and easy.

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Next was a whiskey drink. Nothing says warm and cozy like whiskey. Also I love ginger, and apparently so does everyone else because Moscow Mules are so popular right now. I did a slightly modified version of a “Horses Neck”.

1.5 oz Jameson
2 shakes of bitters
Top with ginger beer and a twist of lemon

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Cheers!