Wedding Wednesday: Engagement Photos

A few weeks ago, I did a few Instagram polls to determine what kind of content you’d like to see hit the pages of the blog. Wedding content was amongst the highest voted topics so I thought I’d jump aboard the #WeddingWednesday trend and share a few images we really love from our recent engagement session.

Let me first of all say, our photographer, Jason Crocker, is one of the most talented photographers I’ve had the pleasure of working with. Besides being just overall really freaking cool, he is so talented and instantly put us at ease. We wanted our photos to really capture our life out here on the East Coast, so we opted to have some taken at our favorite beach spot in Greenwich then travel into Manhattan for some city shots. It just felt like us, since we spend so much time in both places.

To be honest, I was nervous about engagement photos. Dave & I both wanted the photos to feel organic, like “us”and sometimes they end up a little rigid, or posed. Jason instantly relieved our fears within all of 5 minutes of shooting. Every “pose” he had us do felt so natural and as we traveled into the city, Dave & I just kind of did our own thing while Jason caught us in our natural habit… while of course making sure we had optimal lighting πŸ™‚Β 

One of these will soon be sent out as our save the dates!!

I’m excited to share details here & there of our wedding planning process. Let me know if you have any tips!

I hope you all have a lovely Thanksgiving holiday & if you’re traveling like we are, safe travels!

Cheers

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Asking my Bridesmaids with Greetabl

Today I want to share with you one of my favorite ways to make a gesture. Overall, I think kind, small gestures in our society are sadly overlooked. Remember the excitement of racing home to see if you got any snail mail? There’s a certain delight that comes with receiving a small gift right to your door. Opening the package. Knowing it was sent with love. It’s the experience & the thought more so than an expensive gift.

For a long time, I would peruse the card aisle looking for the perfect card to send to a friend who needed a word of encouragement after a bad breakup or just a “Hi. I miss you, thanks for being my BFF” card. Well, I’ve found something even better. Greetabl.


When I was thinking of ways to ask my bridesmaids to be a part of our wedding party, I couldn’t land on an idea that would stick especially because my girls are placed all around the country. Painted macaroons? What if they end up smooshed? Personalized bottles of champagne? What if it arrives broken?

I worked with Greetabl to create personalized packages for each of my bridesmaids. With Greetabl, you can combine a personalized card, photos AND a small gift! They alleviated all my fears of gifts arriving crushed or crumbled. It’s so easy!

  1. Choose your favorite background & add photos.
  2. Choose your small gift & add message.
  3. Enter mailing address & ship to make your BFF’s day!

The gift choices are awesome and range from a cozy pair of socks or a small candle to Sugarfina sweets and necklaces. Gifts perfect for any occasion. When you choose your favorite background, you have the opportunity to add photos that rip apart from the package that your recipient can save!

When you sign up with Greetabl, you collect points and can even become a Greetabl Insider, which is $29 per year but gets you FREE SHIPPING! If you’re planning to send even just a few of these out, this is an incredible deal!

I will absolutely be sending these as thank yous, housewarmings & beyond.

Cheers

 

 

 

*Special thanks to Greetabl for partnering on this post!

 

Three Thrills by Thursday

While I absolutely adore traveling & celebrating so many awesome occasions with friends, not traveling this week has been pretty amazing. Now that my 2017 wedding season is over, I’ve been locking down some fun details for our own wedding! Instead of posting on #WeddingWednesday, I thought today’s post would be a little more wedding-centric.one.

While this is a little overdue & was mentioned last week. I found my wedding gown! While I had planned to shop in NYC, I scheduled an initial run while I was home in Cleveland & Brides By The Falls knocked it out of the park. While I won’t be sharing too many details on the blog until the big day, I’ll just say, it’s not at all what I expected but everything I ever wanted.

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I found this article about the Evolution of the Wedding Gown from Instyle. Turns out wedding gowns haven’t always been white!

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I’ve been doing a lot of reading about bridal traditions. While many aspects of our wedding will be traditional, we want to make sure every aspect feels very personal to Dave & I, for example, writing our own ceremony. This article about cultural traditions around the world is super interesting and makes me glad I’m not getting married in Jamaica!

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tomorrow, I’ll be sharing how I asked my bridesmaids to be a part of our wedding party! you don’t want to miss it!

Cheers

Chicago Bachelorette

Last weekend was one of my very best friend’s bachelorette in Chicago. Planning a bachelorette in Chicago is similar to planning a bachelorette in NYC, there are SO many good places to go with such little time. Here are a few places we popped into this past weekend…

Friday

We stayed right on Michigan Ave so we popped into Eataly for a quick lunch & did a little shopping. We of course could visit Chicago without getting the bride some deep dish at Giordano’s before heading over to Second City to start off the night with a few laughs. I highly recommend almost any show at Second City, they have trained some of the most highly regarded comics. Later that night, we sang our hearts out at Howl at the Moon and shimmied down to Three Dots & A Dash to end the night.

Saturday

Kicked off the morning at Summer House which is a bright instagrammable little spot with incredible brunch. After, we took a nice walk to the beach & caught some sun on what may have been the most perfect beach day. Since we knew we’d have a late dinner, we grabbed some small bites at Pierrot Gourmet and sips at 3 Arts Cafe (inside Restoration Hardware) before heading to Polish & Pour for manis & prosecco! We played some hilarious games as we got ready for dinner at Girl & The Goat– which was absolutely delicious. The escargot ravioli was my favorite. Perhaps the highlight of the entire weekend was dancing the night away at Celeste’s Disco.

Sunday

After groggily waking up just hours after we had fallen into bed, we walked down to Beatrix for some nourishment. Everything from the lemon pancakes to the chilaquiles are delicious and sure to kick any hangover.

So hard to squeeze in all my Chicago favs in one weekend, I’m looking forward to another trip this fall!

Cheers,

Three Thrills by Thursday

Happy Thursday! For those of you who may have stumbled upon this post, hi! Most Thursdays I like the share the highlights of my week- three for alliteration’s sake. Think of it as your parent’s asking the highlight of your day at the dinner table. Feel free to comment with your week’s highlights!

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Wedding planning! We have officially set a date & booked a venue which means the real fun can begin! We couldn’t be happier to be getting married in our home state & favorite city, Cleveland, in September 2018!

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Did you watch the eclipse this week? I watched from work where we could see it… but didn’t see too much of a change. Here are some awesome shots people captured during in totality zones.

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// shoes //

fall foot fashion. I know we’re not even into September yet but every fall I always end up splurging on vests, new jeans, cozy sweaters etc and always forget about my feet. I love these mules for a great transition shoe into autumn & they’re available in a myriad of colors for every wardrobe.

Cheers!

Major Life Updates

June was quite a month for me.

I celebrated my twenty- eighth birthday just a day after my last post with a fun night out starting at one of my favorite restaurants in NYC, When We Were Young. The food, cocktails & company couldn’t be topped. Their signature drink, the While We Were Young, is as beautiful as it delicious.

I wore my favorite summer romper from Express.

A few days after my birthday, I started a new job that allows me to pursue my passions inside & outside the office. That being said, I’m happy to have some time back to keep content flowing across the pages of Bliss & Bellinis. Leaving my old job wasn’t the easiest. I enjoyed my clients, my boss & the people I worked with but job-wise, sometimes you have to look beyond the here & now and set yourself up to work in a space that you’re truly passionate about.

A few weeks after that, Dave & I headed home to Cleveland to celebrate my birthday with my best friends & family. Unbeknownst to me, Dave had bigger plans. While in Cleveland, Dave proposed at my very favorite place in the world and coincidentally where we had our first date, The Cleveland Museum of Art.

After a big glass of champagne, we went to meet up with my parents to celebrate. To my surprise, Dave, and our families, had arranged a surprise engagement party at my parent’s home with our closest friends and family… which all kicked off with what else but a bellini toast. I’m not afraid to admit it but I think my summer peaked early this year. Needless to say, I’m 100% OK with it.

In my downtime, I’ve been trying to spend as much time as I can at the club or on a sailboat, which was a perfect way to welcome the summer solstice.

As well as gallivanting around the city a little bit, too. Smorgasburg is one of my favorite activities. Recently, I FINALLY got to try the infamous Ramen Burger— which totally lived up to it’s reputation. Delicious.Β 

Trying to soak in as much East Coast sun as I can but I have a lot of upcoming travel to look forward to. On a totally unrelated note, is everyone gearing up for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale? I am counting down the days!

Cheers!