Honeymooning in Antigua!

Our honeymoon is finally booked and we couldn’t be more excited! After a long debate and lots of research on where to go (St Lucia, Barbados, Anguilla and Hawaii were the other contenders) we decided on the beautiful island of Antigua in the Caribbean! Antigua is considered to be out of the hurricane belt and is known to have idyllic weather all year round. Since we are going in September, smack in the middle of hurricane season, this was huge for us.

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Our second biggest priority was all-inclusive and good ones are hard to come by! HELLO SANDALS :) We wanted a place where we didn’t have to take out our wallets all day and spend nearly $15 on every drink and $75 on lunch, and $250 on dinner. Sandals Antigua is known for its amazing food with 11 restaurants on the resort. I’m planning on eating breakfast with a glass of champs every morning totally guilt free ;)

antigua1Of course another major honeymoon priority is relaxation. We wanted a resort that was for adults only, catering to honeymooners like ourselves. Not a spring break Cancun atmosphere (we’ve been there done that). We are looking forward to 8 days of wedded bliss just enjoying the sun and each others company and DOING NOTHING. But when we actually do feel like doing something the itinerary is paddle boarding, snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing trip for Steve, and couples massages. As a little surprise I am planning on upgrading our flights to first class :)

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September 1st cant come soon enough!!!

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Wedding updates!

Happy Monday! We sent our Save the Dates out a week or 2 ago and I thought I would share the final product. I love the way they turned out! I used Wedding Paper Divas and highly recommend the site for not only save the dates, but thank you’s, shower invites, engagement party invites, etc. It was totally affordable and easy. They have so many gorgeous options to choose from it was so hard to pick. Here were some of the front runners:

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And the one I chose! I thought the picture worked well with the elegant black and white design. This was my favorite picture from our engagement shoot :) I like that’s its a more subtle picture of us and not so “in your face”.

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We also met with our florist, Ava Flora this weekend for our initial concept meeting! The owner Lori has a charming studio on Main Street in Cold Spring Harbor. I loved the fact that she is a boutique operation and not just a flower factory where everything looks the same. She incorporates so many unique elements and really makes the experience personal. Here is a picture of all the candles and mercury glass votives we were playing around with! I cant wait to meet with her again and finalize all the décor!

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Thanks for stopping by!

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Our Engagement Party

Our engagement party was a huge success this past Saturday! We had such a great time celebrating with all the special people in our lives. We opted to go the casual route…since the wedding is only 6 months away (AHHH) We had a cocktail party at Lily Flannigan’s pub and it was absolutely perfect. My sister helped me decorate and added so many personal little touches!

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Steve and I with our cake!

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This table displayed some of our engagement photos, a big wine bottle for everyone to sign and how perfect is this banner from ETSY!

enagagement party6Gift table! My sister made the sign with the date we first started dating (2005! How is that even possible?!) the date we were engaged and the date of our wedding. One of my best friends Darlene made me such a cute basket with different date night cards for every month until we get married. Steve’s cousins made us a super cute wine themed basket with custom glasses, bottle stoppers and a gift card to our favorite restaurant. One of my bridesmaids, Jessie, got us these gorgeous Tiffany champagne flutes :)

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enagagement party3 A view of the room! We had custom pink cocktail napkins with T <3 S on them and big engagement rings on every table.

enagagement party8Me and my beautiful bridesmaids- Love them! Just missing my cousin Bianca who is in school in Tampa.

enagagement party2Me with all my college girlies! So lucky to have a group of girls like them in my life!

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I stressed a lot about what I would wear to the party. I originally thought a white or cream dress was the way to go, but I couldn’t find ANYTHING. Then I thought I wanted sleeves. Also it’s February and freezing so white only looks good in my opinion with a tan. Then I didn’t want to wear black, or too bright of a color and just nothing was working! Totally last minute I threw on this Ann Taylor Loft dress and gave up. Its pretty, classy and not totally black so I thought it worked well enough. I am planning on ordering my shower and rehearsal dinner dresses NOW so I don’t have to stress last minute again!

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Random Friday thoughts

Happy Friday!

Our Engagement party is this weekend!!!!! YAY we are so excited to celebrate with our closest friends and family! Here is a sneak peek of what will be on our tables… can’t wait to share pictures next week.

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Have you tried turmeric powder?  I’ve been sprinkling this on everything- eggs, chicken, pasta, salads, you name it. It has some amazing health benefits. It is also available in a pill form, but I figured I would give the spice a try for now! This spice is a natural liver de toxifier, anti-inflammatory, helps with depression and is great for your skin. Sounds like a miracle spice to me and it tastes great! I bought mine at Sherry’s Market in Babylon.

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I also purchased Revlon BB cream yesterday at Target and I am loving it. I had been using Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer which I love, but the shade is just too dark for me now (I’m officially deathly pale UGH). This one was so much cheaper and works pretty much just as well! Don’t you love a good drug store deal?

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I’ll be back on Monday with a recap!!

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Wedding photo inspiration

I am definitely a girl with a vision when it comes to my wedding day! I think photography is one of the most important aspects of your big day. It’s crucial to know what photography style you like. We recently booked our photog, EXO photography and are super excited about it. They are so nice and their wedding videos are amazing! I wanted to put together some inspiration ideas for them and thought I’d share here as well. I really envision my pictures to be soft, romantic, classic and elegant, with a little vintage flair. Nothing too stiff or staged or thought out. Since our ceremony is at a church and reception is on a golf course,  I am looking forward to so many different backdrops for pictures- we might even sneak off to the beach in between to get some shots there as well :) Here are some of my “must have” photos via Pinterest.

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Fashion Week

This post is a little late, but I still wanted to share :)  I had the exciting honor to attend Mercedes Benz Fashion Week here in NYC! I have always dreamed of attending and can’t believe I actually got the chance to go :) I was invited through my job to attend the Carmen Marc Valvo show (we design and market his swimwear line) and it was absolutely stunning. He makes the most amazing evening gowns. I even had a few celeb sightings- Kate Couric and Vanessa Williams! Now I can’t wait for September fashion week to see the Spring/Summer collections!

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Then I headed over to the Michael Kors offices to check out their post runway editor preview! The Fall collection was absolutely amazing! Lots of neutrals and greys with subtle accents of sparkle. I loved the oversized chunky sweaters and luxe fur paired with more refined dressy pieces. It was definitely a mix of big city and west coast ease which is right up my alley! I would have loved to attend the show, but just being able to see the clothing in person was a cool experience and such a fun perk of my job! I felt like I was in the middle of all the fashion week hype and excitement!

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Holiday Hop- Valentines Day gift guide for her <3

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These are my adorable picks for Valentines Day gifts for her! You know how excited I get over the color pink! ;)

Monogram ring dish - perfect for the newly- engaged gal! I just ordered one myself :)

Kate Spade heart necklace- how cute is this?!

J Crew pink bracelet- great pop of color with any outfit

Nars lipstick in “catfight”- the perfect sheer pinkish red!

J Crew red dress – beautiful & classic dress for a Vday date or even a wedding

J Crew pink pumps- NEED these! A little out of my price range, but these babies would look amazing with an all back outfit.

C Wonder initial box- fun and a super cute jewelry box

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Dana, Tara and I love the holidays. We thought it would be fun to have a link up a couple of weeks before each holiday to share tips and tricks for the best holiday crafts, outfits and meals. It will be a great way for us bloggers to share our ideas and be exposed to more blogs. I hope you will join us!

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