The rest of the 4th four day weekend

We didn’t do much, but it was perfect… We’re still catching up on life from traveling non-stop and moving into a new place. Here are snapshots from the weekend.

Beach Day! (ps: worst beach ever)

Beach Day! (ps: worst beach ever)

No weekend is complete without Fro-Yo

No weekend is complete without Fro-Yo

I usually fall asleep during movies...Unless Channing Tatum is in it.

I usually fall asleep during movies…Unless Channing Tatum is in it.

Trader Joe's run. Sucker for those marshmallows!

Trader Joe’s run. Sucker for those marshmallows!

Adding flowers to our back porch

Adding flowers to our back porch

90 degree runs call for a wearing of the fanny pack

90 degree runs call for a wearing of the fanny pack

Summer salads <3

Summer salads ❤

The Track.

The Track.

More Bike Rides. Tip: Do not wear flip flops while riding a bike. You might scrape all of your toes against concrete while riding 25 mph down a hill. Ouch.

More Bike Rides. Tip: Do not wear flip flops while riding a bike. You might scrape all of your toes against concrete while riding 25 mph down a hill. Ouch.

Chicken & Waffles

Chicken & Waffles

Feta, Goat Cheese, Artichokes, Asparagus & Pancetta PIZZA. Drooling.

Feta, Goat Cheese, Artichokes, Asparagus & Pancetta PIZZA. Drooling.

Golf Range

Golf Range

3 Day Weekend Stuff

This is how I started my Memorial Day. With over 20 test tubes of blood taken and 11 holes in my elbows, wrists and hand. Not cool.

This is how I started my Memorial Day Weekend. With over 20 test tubes of blood taken and 11 holes in my elbows, wrists and hand. Not cool. (NOT pregnant 🙂 – already had 3 people ask, whoops.)

Double Date night with the in-laws. Yes, it was FREEZING on Saturday.

Double Date night with the in-laws. Yes, it was FREEZING on Saturday.

Park Ave.

Park Ave.

Standard Weekend Breakfast - Whole Wheat Pancakes with Peanut Flour Sauce & Thawed Frozen Blueberries (200 calories total !!)

Standard Weekend Breakfast – Whole Wheat Pancakes with Peanut Flour Sauce & Thawed Frozen Blueberries (200 calories total !!)

Organizing closet

Organizing closet

and shoes

and shoes

Finally headed back to church (we've been gone every weekend!)

Finally headed back to church (we’ve been gone every weekend!)

Date Night in NYC - Vegan Restaurant

Date Night in NYC – Vegan Restaurant

Awoke to a Memorial Day Parade outside of our apartment

Awoke to a Memorial Day Parade outside of our apartment

Spirit Colors

Spirit Colors

Peonies from our garden

Peonies from our garden

Afternoon runs

Afternoon runs

and bike rides

and bike rides

#nycskyline

#nycskyline

Trying to eat healthy on a holiday weekend

Trying to eat healthy on a holiday weekend

How was your long weekend?

Easter Recap

The Holiday season is officially over (and wedding season is starting!) and I’m kinda excited about it… No more being tempted by candy in fun shapes, eating huge meals til I feel like I’m going to pop or making the usual Monday statement “That’s it — I’m doing a sugar detox!”

Our Easter this year was fairly low-key. We invited the in-laws over for Church and Lunch/Dinner and just hung out on the couch watching basketball and chatting.

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Adam and I put out a few decorations… You know, whatever leftover items I could find at Target!

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Easter basket from my mom!

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That Hershey’s chocolate candle smells AMAZING.

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Appetizers were salami, irish cheddar cheese and Skinny Crab & Artichoke Dip (We used real crab meat, jarlsberg cheese and added Old Bay).

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Adam was such a big help in preparing the food – He knows what he’s doing in the kitchen! We made a roast in the crock pot with onions and carrots, mashed potatoes and fresh rolls for dinner. Adams mom brought a spring salad that had roasted pine nuts, spinach, feta cheese and grapes with a raspberry vinaigrette. It was delicious!

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Adams parents ended up having to leave before dessert but it doesn’t mean we did’t enjoy what we had planned.

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Angel Food Cake, Fresh Whipped Cream with Blueberries and Strawberries. Would it surprise you if you knew we ate the entire angel food cake between the two of us? Didn’t think so.

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I also made some sugar cookies with jellybeans that we never ended up touching due to our Food Coma. Adam’s work scores again!

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Perfect little Easter Sunday!

How was your day?

Wedding Recap: Details

Ahhh, just when you thought the wedding posts were over! This will be the last actual wedding post and I have a Honeymoon post planned for Thursday.

As a detail oriented person, I really appreciate small details at weddings and yes, I notice them. I know most people wouldn’t notice that we served pink and grey (our colors) m&m’s with our ice cream sundaes, but things like that were important to me (and drove Adam crazy.)

This post is all about the details… Get ready for a lot of pictures!

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I ordered our invitations from a seller on Etsy. Etsy was no joke my best friend throughout wedding planning. Yes, I’m a crafty person but I honestly didn’t have time to get too crafty! I loved these so much and got message after message on how much everyone else loved these too.

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I had a vision of lace and hearts for my place card and my aunt really helped that come to my life. She was such a big help and is so amazingly talented. I hope she starts her own Etsy shop soon!

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Our guest book was another Etsy find. I found this shop that actually hand painted the tree (instead of screen printing) and fell in love. We had it mounted on foam and matted to help with sturdiness throughout the night.

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My friend Ali had a large birdcage at her wedding for her cards that I thought was beautiful so I asked if I could borrow it. She told me to keep it so I changed the look!  My cousin spray painted it grey and I placed the lace and flower inside, wrapped the crystals on the outside and made a ribbon sign for the front of the cage.

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I rented the pink tool box and night stand from Rusty Love Vintage Rentals (very affordable!) and my aunt made the adorable Happily Ever After starts here sign. I wanted something to hold the programs and my vision came out perfectly.

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I wanted paper bag programs but I could not for the life of me figure out how to design them on a computer myself. I ended up ordering them off this shop on Etsy (shocker) last minute and she did an amazing job! She even stuffed them with grey, pink and white pom poms because I didn’t want birdseed. You can kind of see the pom poms being thrown here.

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 (one of my favorite pictures from the wedding)

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I also rented the dresser as part of the “alter”. Our florist provided the pergola and chandelier that I also added on last minute. It’s kinda like my brain didn’t work until 2 weeks before the wedding.

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My veil was custom-made from the lace on my dress. I absolutely loved this statement piece and wish it wouldn’t have been so windy so I could’ve worn it longer.

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My ring bearers held 2 custom pieces as well. I made the bottom piece (which did NOT turn out how I expected, but still worked) and bought the top one from this shop on Etsy. Side note: How cute are they??

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Something else I ordered last-minute were the menu cards. I wanted ones that wrapped around napkins and begged this company to make them for me ASAP. You can also see the lace linens I rented on the table.

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Table numbers were mirrors I found at the dollar store (woohoo!) and my Aunt drew on them with paint pens. Thank goodness for someone with good hand writing.

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We chose to have flip-flops at our wedding for guests to feel comfortable while dancing. My friend helped me make the tags for them so guests didn’t have to rummage through and find their size.

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We had pictures of us as children on the bathroom doors. Me for Women and Adam for men…obviously.

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I purchased the Cake topper on Etsy (I think?? but can’t find the link) and it was made of swarovski crystals. The candles you see around the cake I handmade with pearls and votives I bought at Michaels.

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On the bar we had a few signs with our signature drink… This baby is potent.

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My favorite detail was the heart I had stitched in to the bottom of my dress. It was made from one of my Uncle Chuck’s dress shirts who passed away in 2008.

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Which leads me to our donation, in memory of my Uncle Chuck. ❤

I have a few more details but can’t seem to find the pictures… If I come across them I will do a continued post.

PS: My vision came together with the help of this little lady. I hired her 5 days before my wedding and SHE ROCKED!

Questions: What was your favorite detail of your wedding?

 

 

 

 

Wedding Recap: The Reception

After our pictures it was time for the fun to begin!

I had Adam pick the song for our bridal parties entrance and his choice was Europe – The Final Destination.

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Adam and I chose to be introduced for the first time as Mr. & Mrs. Adam Kartzman to Calvin Harris – Feel so Close.

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Honestly I felt that this part was SO awkward! We picked a clubbish kind of song so I wasn’t sure if we were supposed to fist pump or what? Ha, looking at this picture reminds me how weird we felt with all eyes on us.

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Our first dance song was Making the Movies Jealous. I asked the DJ to invite others on the dance floor after a minute of us dancing because we really didn’t all eyes on us. I know, weird when it’s our wedding!

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Next came the Horah… Adam had no desire to do this but it was important to his parents so he went along with it.

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Then the scary part..

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Adam’s friends were a little rough trying to throw him out of the chair… Luckily I had family members!

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The DJ asked everyone to grab their place card and head to their respective table.

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We had 19 tables with 10-12 people at each and a separate head table for the two of us.

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While everyone else was  being served their salads we were served dinner so we would be able to eat. We chose Filet & Crab Cake with mashed potatoes, asparagus and a corn relish to serve to everyone so there were no confusions.

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My Father in Law kicked off the speeches for the night! His speech was filled with memories and well wishes for a lifetime of happiness.

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My Maid of Honor shared memories full of laughter and a few tears.

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Adams best man shared plenty of laughs and a few embarrassing moments as well – He had to get him back from his wedding last May!

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We finished up with a blessing from my mom which was very sweet and sentimental.

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Cheers!

After Adam and I made our rounds of thanking people for coming it was time to hit the dance floor.

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Our DJ was AMAZING and I couldn’t recommend him enough. He kept everyone on the dance floor from age 3-90 all night long.

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He also added uplighting to our room in a light pink color. We had about 18 lights around the room to give it a warm feeling.

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Halfway through the reception we had our cake cutting.

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I am giving Adam the “Don’t you dare smear cake on my face” look.


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Whew. Mission completed.

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We also had a grooms cake for Adam but served it the night before at the Rehearsal Dinner.

I changed right after the photographer and videographer left (video on Thursday!) to a BCBG dress I found at Saks a couple of months prior.

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I also removed my shoes because my feet were KILLING me. Classy, I know.

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The night ended around midnight and I can honestly say this was the best night of my life. It’s hard to explain how perfect everything was in a couple of blog posts but I hope you enjoyed me sharing our memories with you. I feel blessed to be married to such an amazing man and I can’t wait to celebrate our love for each other year after year.

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All Wedding Posts will be here for future reference.

DJ – DJ Kopec

All pictures taken by MB Photography

Cake and Grooms Cake – Creative View Confections