Wedding Planning Fun

Today I went dress shopping with Mary and Carla. When I came out of the changing room in the first dress their eyes welled up so of course I started crying too 🙂

This time we went to The White Dress by the Shore in Clinton, CT. They started the appt. off right by offering us mimosas as we waited 🙂 Since there was a Priscilla of Boston Trunk show going on I tried on only their dresses. I’m not quite sure if that’s standard practice when there is a trunk show going on but I didn’t question it as I didn’t see any other dresses that I fell in love with. Still it was a bit disappointing to not be offered the opportunity to look around. I’ve been to four gown stores now and everyone seems to do it a bit differently – it’s been interesting to see what the different styles/levels of service are.

One thing I will say about all these dresses is that they feel so much lighter than some other dresses I’ve tried on (due to the quality of the fabric I think). They are still heavier than your normal dress but you don’t feel like a little kid in a snowsuit that can’t move 🙂

So here is what I tried on (no peeking Jeff!)

This dress is made of linen which I loved – very unique and very lightweight. You can’t really tell from this picture but the shape isn’t quite what I’m looking for. My limited fashion vocabulary is failing me but basically the flare comes from mid-thigh instead of hip (A-line) so it wasn’t as flattering on me as some others. I love the model in this photo – she definitely looks thrilled to be walking down the aisle 🙂

This was very pretty but seemed a bit heavy on the lace for the bodice especially since my veil is full lace. It was also more structured (i.e. heavier) than the others.

Another unusual one – eyelet, but not quite what I’m looking for.

This gown was beautiful and actually is very similar to the gown my friend Jen wore for her wedding in July BUT I still think that strapless dresses look a bit strange on me.

The front runner from the day but I still didn’t get the feeling that it was “the one.” This photo doesn’t do it justice – it has a stunning small lace train and is just very lightweight. The sample was a bit small so I could barely breathe 🙂 but the dress itself was just beautiful. They said they’d be able to put small straps on it but it still isn’t quite right…..I think I’d be in better shape if I could figure out why!

We had lunch at a small cafe across the street and helped Mary figure out just what she has to do before her wedding on October 13th. Then we spent the rest of the afternoon eating ice cream (so we could consolidate our lists!), shopping at Michaels (ribbon for programs, mason jars for decorations, paper for signs and tags, glue dots, welcome bags, stamps for tags), Jo-Anne’s (fabric for apple butter jars, more ribbon (for apple butter jars and table name signs), containers for programs and petal toss, and signs to direct people to the ceremony), Walmart, and Bed, Bath, and Beyond.

Mary and Justin’s wedding is going to be STUNNING – so many beautiful details that I can’t wait to share with all of you. Their colors are brown and blue and they have spent countless hours making sure that every details is just so. They have come up with some really unique ways to bring in details personal to them – West Virginia for Mary and Photography for Justin. I can’t wait!!

It’s the end of the day and we are a bit giddy 🙂

I haven’t laughed that hard for awhile – you ladies (and Justin!) are THE BEST


CT Pug Love #2

Justin and Mary put together this fun video for their presentation at Partner Con in L.A.

Yes I am the one in the pink wig 🙂


A Visit with Natalie

This little lady is only six weeks old but is so strong, alert, and expressive.

Mom is smitten!

Unfortunately Natalie had had a rough time sleeping the night before so we took a lot of breaks for snuggling and feeding.

Mom really wanted a picture of Natatalie’s feet.

Ok Mom, enough of this photography stuff – time for a feeding!

It was great to meet you!

Fall Weekend!

Since I assisted on a wedding yesterday Jeff and I headed up to the lake on Thursday afternoon to spend some time together. The leaves are just barely barely starting to turn and even though it is still quite warm fall is in the air.

The way I know fall is really here is that Apple Cider is available at the grocery stores. We also stopped by an orchard on the way up to buy some crisp fall apples. Last fall I tried a Barefoot Contessa recipe for Butternut Squash Apple Cider soup and it was delicious – I can’t wait to make it again.

My favorite times of year are when the seasons are changing – there is so much anticipation for the next one and I’m always ready to make the transition. Even though warm weather and long days are nice there is a place for being curled up on the couch on crisp fall evenings sipping apple cider and watching movies 🙂

On Friday we took a walk through the woods with Strider and his friend Luke

This ones for you, Carolyn!! Luke is a phenomenal leaper and loves fetching sticks. I think Strider needs to take a lesson – he is a bit lazier in his leaping 🙂

Fall at the lake!

Still warm enough to swim (not really but Jeff’s brave!)

I want to come in but am too wussy to jump off the dock 🙂

Instead I will ponder what the fall and winter will bring for us…..

Jeff snapped this of me and my “firstborn” 🙂 🙂

The good thing about having a dog to wake you up early in the morning – you get to be witness to stunning quiet moments like this.

I’m off to Groton this afternoon to hang out with my cousins Will and Sarah, their poochies Grit and Cole, and do some organizing for their new home. I can’t wait! Poor Jeff caught my cold so will be cozied up on the couch while we’re gone.

An Easy Side Dish

Had a lovely day at the lake yesterday and now I’m home for a few minutes before heading off to assist Richard Esposito on a wedding. Will post some photos tomorrow or the next day.

Enjoy this beautiful weather!

Another one from this week….

Asparagus with Lemon & Goat Cheese (Cooking Light)

1 lb. large asparagus spears, ends chopped off
1 1/2 c. cherry tomatoes, halved
2 T. finely chopped fresh chives
2 T. fresh lemon juice
2 t. EVOO
1/2 t. pepper
1/2 t. dijon mustard
1/4 t. sugar
1/4 t. salt
1/2 c. (2 oz.) goat cheese

Steam asparagus and cut in half so they are about 1 inch long.

Combine asparagus and tomatoes in a bowl.

Combine chives and next 6 ingredients, stirring with a whisk. Drizzle over the asparagus mixture, tossing gently to coat*. Top with goat cheese.

*We put two bowls together and not so gently shook everything (including the goat cheese) so it really got distributed.

You really can’t go wrong with goat cheese 🙂