Planning the Big Day: “The Venue”

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Planning the Big Day: Choosing a Venue Ok, I’m a WEE bit of a planner ;) so I must say I had an idea of where I wanted to get married before I even had the ring. They tell you that you can’t really start too much until you have that date booked so I figured I should get on it asap. I pictured a bright and beautiful venue with gardens, water and a lot of light. I wanted ducks, an outdoor … { read more }

Lemon Love: Top 5 Luscious Lemon Desserts

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Lemon Love: 5 Luscious Lemon Desserts What's not to love about fresh lemon desserts?! It's bitterly cold across the country this winter so I'm dreaming of ocean water, palm trees, and fresh citrus! Good thing lemons are available year long so you can lighten up the New Year with these luscious lemon desserts! Serve a lemon dessert as a favor at your next brunch or dinner party! Simply wrap … { read more }

Planning the Big Day: “The Proposal”

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"The Proposal" Crista here! AHHHHH HOLY COW I’M ENGAGED!!!!!! Ok, just had to get that out of my system. Done. I promise. Like most women (and if you say ‘not me’ we know you’re fibbing!) I had been waiting with baited breath to hear the magic words, “Will you marry me?” It’s a huge moment in a gal’s life and we all look forward to it, wondering when it will happen…what will he say….how will he … { read more }

Guilt-Free Holiday Drink Recipes

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Crystal Light shared these low calorie holiday drink recipes with me, and they are oh so good! I love the stuff day in and day out but you can add a few simple twists for a delightfully delicious holiday drink (without all the calories). What's your favorite Crystal Light flavor? Set up a "make your own cocktail bar" with a few different flavors of Crystal Light and a variety of liquors and … { read more }

Elegant Connecticut Wedding

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Elegant Connecticut Wedding Thanks to photographer Justin Marantz for this submission to us via Two Bright Lights. Katie Saeger, a writer for our site, told me about this gorgeous wedding and we "ooh'd and aah'd" quite a bit over the lavish details! This autumn wedding provided us tons of luxurious inspiration for not only weddings but dinner parties, cocktail gatherings, and all sorts of … { read more }

Christmas Morning Breakfast with Willow House

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We recently hosted a fun giveaway of Willow House products and had the pleasure of styling a shoot with their holiday line. Thanks to Martha Hjorth for letting me style away with the gorgeous Willow House items. Huge thanks to Kristen Steele Photography for the amazing photos! Christmas morning is a magical time during the holiday season. The children are eager to open presents and sweet … { read more }

Holiday Round Up

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Christmas Dessert Recipes + Heritage Tree

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Looking for the winner of the Ultimate Hostess Gift - Naomi Gray jewelry? Head over here to find out! Joyful Dessert Party & Heritage Tree Family Heritage Tree A Christmas tree should smile with the spirit of love.  This Christmas tree smiles with family memories.  Each year add a picture for each of your children and grandchildren in a little picture frame.  In early years, … { read more }

Top 8 DIY Wedding Crafts

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Top 8 DIY Wedding Crafts The fabulous Martha Stewart crafters design dozens of templates and wedding crafts for the DIY bride. We'll admit we're pretty smitten with everything her team designs. We've pulled our TOP 8 DIY Wedding Crafts to share with you! From escort cards to menu templates, these ideas will help keep costs down without sacrificing style! 1 Table Numbers An easy to … { read more }

Top 5: Winter Wedding Centerpieces

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There is just something about a Winter wedding that lends itself to everything crisp and whimsical. From the cool temperatures to the potential for a dusting of snow on the ground, I get so excited thinking of how much fun you can have implementing the winter theme on your big day-especially when it comes to your centerpieces. I'll start with the idea of using ornaments; placed simply in … { read more }