Marching into wedding season

Hey loves!

Business is in FULL swing this week which is exciting. Love being busy and love stationery and all my fabulous customers! I should mention that I am sending out November subscriptions this week and can squeeze in a few more if you want to grab some sweet holiday cards for November.

Also, please do spread the word to anyone and everyone about the Shop! As a small business owner, I’m learning the art of PR and marketing and totally appreciate word-of-mouth referrals.  Many thanks to my many ambassadors already pushing paper goods for me!

So some big news.  Last week was a wee bit stressful.  AP and I headed up to the Hudson Valley to meet with our caterer and decided to swing by the hotels we booked.  They were all pretty terrible (like really terrible), and everything else up there was booked during our wedding weekend, so we had to start from scratch.  New venue, new date. Crazy, right? Kinda.

We are now getting married in Saratoga Springs, NY (where I went to college!) in a historic casino in the middle of town this March. We are actually out-of-our-minds excited about the venue and have so much more ease of mind logistically. Phew. I mean, we’re pushing up the date by a few months but engaged and married all while 30? Into it.

Here are some photos of the venue:

Ballroom

Parlor

Original bar – very Saratoga racing/gambling hay day.  We are calling it “prohibition-chic”


I’ve been doing a lot of research on March blooms and what’s available and beautiful.  So, I always pictured spring or summer flowers and dreaded the thought of a winter wedding.  And alas, there will surely be snow on the ground for ours. At first slightly disheartened but then I started researching flowers and got REALLY excited about some options I never fully considered before. So here are my favorites for March and what I’m brewing on currently:

Forsythia

Forsythia via Martha

Gladiolus – an inexpensive flower.  I happen to love them and think they can look tres chic!

Blossoming Cherry Branches

 

White cherry blossoms via Artfool

Pink cherry blossoms via Erich Egwer

 

Weeds (not really – but technically….)

Queen Anne’s, Baby’s Breath, and daisies via Martha

via A Rockridge Life

Spring Bulbs

Hyacinth, Tulips and Carnations via Martha

Peachy Parrot Tulips in milk glass – hello, gorgeous!

 

Ranunculus

At it’s peak – ranunculus via Martha

White Lilacs

Lilac Bouquet via Once Wed

Simple lilac arrangement in mint julep cup via Oh So Beautiful Paper

Lily of the Valley and Sweet Peas – so pretty together


via Splendid Stems

via Saipua


Lots of decisions to make……..

 

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Saratoga on my mind

Hey Everyone!

Sorry for the posting drought – AP and I returned from our third weekend in a row of being away and I am like beyond exhausted… in such a good way.

This past weekend we were at my sister Kelsey’s college graduation from Skidmore in Saratoga Springs and had an amazingly fun time. Saratoga has such a lovely back-in-time look and feel, with vintage spa city appeal mixed with a casual and laid back outdoorsy vibe.  Tons of yummy eateries, places to grab a drink (things get warmed up around midnight), catch some jazzy tunes, and lots of gorgeous scenery. Below are some highlights and some of my instagram photos from the trip!

On Friday night, we grabbed a yummy meal with my family at The Beekman Street Bistro. The college grad and the littlest sis posing for the iPhone at Beekman below:

After filling ourselves with rabbit, quail, and raviolis, we retired to our Victorian accommodations at the out-of-this-world, Adelphi Hotel. They are only open during the warmer months, but this place is a MUST for anyone looking to take a trip to Spa City.

They are KNOWN for their delicious desserts which they serve on their back patio in the evenings, as well as very similar versions at their breakfast each morning (like pumpkin bread with a cream cheese swirl). Ummm… and gorgeous silver and china (you know I can’t resist).

On Saturday, we headed to SPAC to watch my sister cross the stage and accept her diploma! So proud, the weather was gorgeous, and we got some killer family photos! We then headed to Kelsey’s house for a BBQ with her roommates, friends and their families by way of Putnam Market for a quick but totally worthwhile sandwich.  I guess we didn’t get the memo that BBQ = lots of food?!  The BBQ was divine, ticks plentiful, Keystone flowing, and I got a tutorial on how to use my iPhone as a panflute.

We retired back to the Adelphi to enjoy some cocktails in the Adirondack chairs under the twinkly lights on their patio.

Somehow I was able to convince my mom and AP to head down to Caroline Street around midnight for the full college experience. We got doughboys at Esperanto’s… twice, had drinks and listened to jazz at 9 Maple, ventured to DA’s for a Bud Light (Guinness for Candy) and elbow rubbing with the new grads, and topped things off with a tour through an always-crammed Gaffney’s – finally heading home around 2AM totally giddy and exhausted and full of cream cheesy/doughy goodness.

The next morning we popped out of bed, met up with Alicia and Ryan at Congress Park (where I almost jumped ship to help a group of locals identify street trees……..I don’t know what to say), grabbed yet another sandwich from Putnam, bid my family and the Adelphi a sad farewell, and headed south on 87 all the way home to New York City.

And now we are exhausted and wishing we had an entire week up in the “Capital Region” to hike around the Adirondacks, sit by a quiet lake, have bagels and coffee from Uncommon Grounds, take a closer look at the racetrack, partake in some BBQ at PJ’s, Italian subs from Roma’s, chocolate chip pancakes at Country Corner or Beverly’s…… the list goes on.

Congrats to my older little sis (that’s what I’ve always referred to as since she’s so wise). You are making the world a better place everyday by being in it and being you. So happy to celebrate such a special weekend with you, our family, and all your friends in this very special place. Xoxo