Month: January 2015

Friday Faves

We love perusing the blogosphere for new content, and when Blizzard Juno hit the Northeast we had a little extra time on our hands to browse for Friday Faves. From a romantic dinner setting for two to everything you’ll need for Superbowl Sunday, take a look at some of our favorite posts from this week. A Romantic Rustic Dinner For Two Sweetheart Events teamed up for a shoot with The Apartment Photography among others for this inspirational, romantic, and rustic shoot that we can’t get enough of. See more on Green Wedding Shoes. How To Host The Perfect Feast “The people surrounding the dining table are just as important as the fresh produce and foliage adorning it.” Ashley of Gather & Feast dishes on her entertaining tips in a feature on Camille Styles. One recipe you won’t want to miss is her Pumpkin Salad with Pomegranate and Cumin Yogurt, pictured above. A Touch Of Nature Decorate with cactus! They’re perfect for winter because they’ll last longer than your typical flower but still bring a touch of nature into your home. This way, you can get a …

Beginner’s Guide To: Casual Dinnerware

One of the most common categories you’ll see on just about every wedding registry is dinnerware. Although a basic necessity, choosing what type of dinnerware and how many settings to register for can be overwhelming. Let’s break down this everyday must-have with today’s Beginner’s Guide. What is it? You know the basic answer to this question – it’s the plates and cups you use to eat your meals. But do you know exactly what items comprise a set? An everyday dinnerware set consists of 4-5 pieces, including a dinner plate, salad plate, soup bowl, and cup/saucer or mug. Another characteristic of casual dinnerware is that the design is versatile enough to use everyday. How many should I register for? The general rule of thumb is to have 8-12 settings worth of casual dinnerware to allow for a group of guests (as well as the occasional broken plate or glass). Remember, 8-12 settings means 32-72 pieces. So when you see a 16-piece set, you’ll need to register for 2-3 sets. If you’re starting from scratch, we recommend registering for …

How to Share Your Registry with Your Guests

One question we get all the time from newly engaged couples is how to share your registry with your friends and family in a tasteful way. You want to make sure it’s easily accessible to your guests without being too pushy, and most of all, you want your guests to feel comfortable and excited to celebrate this big moment. Option 1: On Your Wedding Website The most common way couples share their registries with their guests is by including a link on their wedding website. We definitely recommend this so that all of your wedding information is one place. However, we also suggest using one of the options below to complement your wedding website. Option 2: With Your Invitation A more recent trend is including information about your registry within your actual invitation. Since there are usually multiple cards in the envelope (for directions, RSVP, etc.), it feels natural to include information about your registry as well. Guests are looking for it, and that’s an easy place for them to see it! Option 3: With Your Save-the-Date If putting your registry information in your invitation feels too forward for …

Warm Up with This Tuscan Tomato White Bean Soup

There’s nothing like a steaming hot bowl of delicious soup to make you smile on a cold winter day. Why not use all those new kitchen appliances and cookware you registered for and whip up a batch of your own to last you through the week? We’re swooning over this mouth-watering Tuscan Tomato White Bean Soup recipe from Vitamix. Just grab your Professional Series 500 Blender and take 25 minutes to create this perfect winter dish using the instructions below. Ingredients 3 Tablespoons (45 ml) extra virgin olive oil 1 large onion, peeled, chopped 5 garlic cloves, peeled, roasted Salt, to taste 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) tomato paste 2 pounds (908 g) Roma tomatoes, quartered 2 (15 ounce) (425 g) cans white beans, drained, rinsed 4 cups (960 ml) vegetable broth or chicken broth 1 cup (240 ml) water 1 sprig rosemary plus 1 teaspoon chopped leaves ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes 4 cups cubed ciabatta bread, about 4 ounces (114 g) 2 ounces (55 g) shredded mozzarella cheese Directions Heat 1 tablespoon of the …

Inspiring Interiors: The Dining Room

As self-proclaimed foodies, we believe the dining room is the most important part of your home (next to the kitchen, of course), so picking out a table, choosing the right chairs, and adding that perfect rug to tie it all together are very important. With so many ways to style the dining room, from rustic wooden tables to sleek touches of gold, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite looks to give you some much-needed inspiration. Clean & Neutral Go simple with natural tufted chairs, a sleek wooden table, and tons of white flowers. The neutral palette is really versatile, great for changing up your tabletop for different occasions. Modern & Bold You can still keep your dining room relatively neutral with bold, modern pieces like these exaggerated wooden chairs and metal taxidermy. The combination is effortless. Inspired by Scandinavian Style We’re always a fan of Scandinavian style, especially this simple combination of light wood and modern white chairs. The faded palette and modern silhouettes are staples of Scandinavian design. Mix & Match We love the idea of mixing and matching …

This Romantic #ZolaCouple Has Some Honeymoon Tips for You

We loved getting to know California #ZolaCouple Amy & Hannah. Their love for each other is seriously contagious and is even evident in a two minute interview. Find out how the couple met, read their heart-warming engagement story, and get some useful tips for your registry and honeymoon. Plus, see what they registered for here. How did you meet? Hannah lived in my best friend’s building, and my best friend thought we (Hannah and I) were a perfect match. So, she figured out who she was, and then as chance would have it we met at a bar. How did you get engaged? Hannah told me she had some fancy happy hour happening after work, and she asked that I come and get dressed up. She then sent me a video at 5pm with pictures of us and directions to get in the uber she ordered and said that I would see her soon. I arrived in the uber at the palace of fine arts (in SF), and Hannah was waiting for me under the main …

Friday Faves

We’ve scoured the wedding, home decor, and DIY scene to find some inspiring content to start your weekend off right. From a mouth-watering ramen recipe to a jaw-dropping wedding backdrop, there’s no shortage of stunning posts in today’s roundup of Friday Faves. Victoria’s Secret Bridal Apparently Victoria’s Secret has come out with their own bridal line. Get the lowdown (and check out more photos) on Once Wed. DIY Tiny Travel Album in a Box We love this adorable tiny travel album in a box, perfect as wedding favors or to document your honeymoon. Find out how to make your own on Camille Styles.   Big Sur Backdrop This insanely beautiful backdrop creates the perfect romantic and whimsical vibe for this Big Sur wedding. See more photos from the wedding over on 100 Layer Cake. Homemade Ramen Warm up with some delicious homemade ramen, using this recipe from I am a food blog.   A Mid-Century Modern Wedding The perfect way to tie in a mid-century modern feel at your wedding is with your table decor. …