NEW YORK | Hudson Hil’s in Cold Spring

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Back when our bridal website was a regularly-updated entity, my friend and co-founder, Jen, and I used to have weekly business meetings to discuss blog and magazine content, our goals for the future, and who would be doing what within the following week. ¬†Cold Spring is sort of a halfway point between us, which worked out very well considering that little city, just 45 minutes north of Manhattan, is FULL of delicious food. ¬†There are also sweet little antique shops, and a cool general store, and today we passed by what can only be described as an apothecary, which probably had us way more excited than it should have (essential oils! ¬†jars of herbs! ¬†delicious smells!), but if you were looking at a pie chart of my Cold Spring experiences, you would see a teeny-tiny Yolandah Foster birthday cake serving size of cute shops (RHOBH, anyone?), and the rest would just be places to stuff your face. ¬†Incidentally, this made it the perfect meeting place for Jen and I, because like myself, Jen also appreciates a good face stuffing. ¬†It’s one of the many reasons we get along so well ;)

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One of our favorite restaurants, Hudson Hil’s, is about halfway down Main Street in an effortlessly quaint storefront. ¬†This has become my very favorite brunch spot in the Hudson Valley, and I don’t say that lightly. ¬†What Poppy’s is to burgers, Hudson Hil’s is to brunch. ¬†I have ordered a variety of dishes from their menu over the years and I have never once been disappointed… Read More ¬Ľ

August 1, 2014 - 8:55 am

Jen - Love Hudson Hil’s (and Cold Spring!) and love yooooou! And ditto on the whole motivated/inspired/refreshed sentiment. It’s always nice to empty your brain at someone who gets it!

5 Ways to Cut Your Wedding Guest List

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I’d say the most challenging thing about wedding planning is deciding on the guest list. ¬†Those of you who have been through the process: would you agree? ¬†Until we actually sat down and started writing it out, I never realized how many people we would want to invite to our wedding. ¬†Not that I want a huge wedding – quite the contrary, in fact – ¬†the more intimate, the better, in my opinion. ¬†But when you actually take the time to imagine the faces you’ll see celebrating with you as you look around on your wedding day, there are some you just can’t imagine leaving out. ¬†In my case, that number is pretty large.

I’ve been reading articles and asking others how they decided who to invite (and who not to) and I’ve found some enlightenment throughout the heaps of impractical advice out there. ¬†For those who elopements or destination weddings aren’t an option for, or for people like me who don’t want to gamble their share of a guest list away over a game of beer pong (I’m not very good at beer pong)(more importantly: seriously?), here are the most practical tips I found for trimming your wedding guest list… Read More ¬Ľ

(p)inspiration [No. 9]

A few of my favorite pins as of late, sparing you the excess of all things wedding. ¬†All of these induce a sense of calm, which seems like an appropriate theme during this quiet week at my Dad’s cabin. ¬†Here’s to maintaining that calm between this week’s work events! ¬†These pins and more on my pinterest.

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July 29, 2014 - 4:28 pm

Jen - Ahhh, love these. These colors are definitely my zen place.

the CARIBBEAN | A Dominican Republic [Work]cation

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Last month, I shot a destination wedding in Punta Cana. ¬†Yes, my job IS awesome. ¬†I spent two days working and two days trying to relax and recover from the most random foot injury (two injuries in one summer? ¬†I must be getting old). ¬†I got to spend some time during the trip catching up with old friends from college, which was so lovely, but I spent most of my time by myself. ¬†I tried to disconnect a little, clear my head, and spend my time in paradise relaxing. ¬†I had a really hard time with the whole clearing my head part, so when I wasn’t soaking up the sun… Read More ¬Ľ