Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!

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Those yummy Oreo truffles were a smashing success!

Follow this simple recipe on Kraft’s website. I decorated the tops of mine with white chocolate.

Here are the almond biscotti.

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My sis (right) – the MOH.

Our Aunt and Grandmother sit on our mantle…with us always.

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And later this morning I’m off this handsome guy’s house!

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Merry Christmas everyone!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

It's Dessert Day

Today I'll be making Almond Biscotti and Oreo Truffles! Monday night I went to a bridesmaid's Holiday party and one of her friends made the most amazing Oreo Truffles...so good that I have to make them myself to share with family and friends on Christmas.

Photos to come!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Snow!

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LOTS of it! Dan’s car is pretty much covered…as of 8:30 this morning (Coventry, RI). The Sunday paper is down under that snow somewhere!

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The view from inside the garage!

Happy sledding!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

We’re going on a cruise!

This May, Dan and I, along with his family, will be heading to the Western Caribbean via Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas, sailing out of Port Canaveral!!

The ship is HUGE (but not as big as their brand new Oasis); seen here at Port Canaveral:

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In 2008, we went on the Liberty of the Seas out of Bayonne, N.J. to the Eastern Caribbean. For those that get seasick, I don’t recommend that route. I spent the first two days and the last two days, pretty nauseated. The Atlantic, where it parallels the Eastern seaboard of the U.S., was pretty rough (at least to a first-time cruiser) and I feel like it totally wasted 4 days out of the 9 that I was on the ship.

I’m beyond excited to be flying to Orlando, setting sail out of Port Canaveral, and visiting 3 new Islands I’ve never been to with my fiance! Ever since my flight to Germany in ‘07, I think I’ve overcome the fear of flying. I’m obsessed with all-things aircraft…I love to sit at the airport (Green & Logan) and watch the planes take off and land. I am also a huge fan of NASA, space and astronomy, hence my enthusiasm over getting to go to Port Canaveral!

We’ll be going to Labadee where there is an AMAZING zipline. Here was our view from the top waiting to go down in 2008!!

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View of the ship from the top of the zipline: (Hispaniola on the background)

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We’ll also be going to Ochos Rios, Grand Cayman and Cozumel. This countdown to the cruise will definitely keep my mind off the fact that there are still just under 18 months to go until the wedding. In thinking about it, I don’t think we’d be ready planning-wise to have a wedding this May. So, I’m happy I still have 18 months to plan all finer details!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Turquoise it is!

The main color of our wedding – Turquoise – has been picked by Pantone to be the 2010 Color of the Year!

Read more about Pantone’s choice >>

This color has always made me think of a tropical paradise, where we’ll be spending our honeymoon! And as Pantone states, “In many cultures, Turquoise is believed to be a protective talisman, a color of deep compassion and healing, and a color of faith and truth, inspired by water and sky.” What better color to choose for a wedding “theme” than a color that symbolizes faith and truth?

The colors that I’ve chosen to compliment Turquoise – tangerine, peach, and a shade of yellow - are going to make for a cheerful, vibrant and uplifting feeling on our special day!

So I ask my readers – what do you feelings and thoughts are provoked when you look at Turquoise? Is this a color that you would like to have around your home? Would you use it sparingly as an accent (a lamp, throw pillow or vase), or as a major element (wall color or painting)?

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

A few pictures from the Bridal Show!

The Crowne’s Bridal Show was great – many vendors, nice atmosphere and I got to show my sister and sister-in-law where our reception will take place! So exciting!

This photo is from Golden Gate Studios’ table. This picture doesn’t do this centerpiece justice. It was a jaw-dropping display and I just LOVE the different-sized candle holders around it. This height centerpiece would be absolutely perfect for some tables in the grand ballroom since the ceilings are very high. I wouldn’t use peacock feathers or pink flowers (even though they are gorgeous) but they look stunning here!

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Here is one of their lush (and heavy!) bouquets they had on display. I just so happened to be wearing lime green and, well, it matched perfectly!!

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I’ve made an appointment to meet with Jay from Golden Gate to discuss options and to get a quote. We are trying to keep the floral costs very low. It helps that the flower I really want a lot of is a tulip – definitely in season in May.

I didn’t win anything at the show – no biggie!! I did get a $3 coupon for the big show coming up at the RI Convention Center. Can’t wait for that one!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Exactly 18 months to go & Bridal Show today!

Can you believe it? Eighteen months, to the day, I will marry the love of my life, my best friend, Dan.

































Today I'll be going to the 9th Annual Spectacular Bridal Event (what a long name!) @ The Crowne Plaza which is where we'll be having our reception! So ironic :-) My sister Jess (my MOH) and my sister-in-law Nicole will be coming with me. A few of my other bridesmaids may be meeting up with us later. I'm excited to see the fashion shows and will be looking to meet potential vendors for transportation, tuxes, and maybe flowers. Maybe I'll win something!

Updates to come!

http://www.spectacularbridalevent.com/

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Pumpkin Pie

It’s beginning to look a lot like Thanksgiving! Last week I made a pumpkin pie! Probably my favorite dessert for the holidays (though, cherry cheesecake is a close second). I used a can of Libby’s Pumpkin and followed the simple recipe on the can. I thought the recipe called for a bit too much clove, but my Dad loved it so I guess that means it was good!

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Ingredients

Directions

MIX sugar, cinnamon, salt, ginger and cloves in small bowl. Beat eggs in large bowl. Stir in pumpkin and sugar-spice mixture. Gradually stir in evaporated milk.

POUR
into pie shell.

BAKE
in preheated 425° F oven for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350° F; bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack for 2 hours. Serve immediately or refrigerate. Top with whipped cream before serving.

Videographer: CHECK!

We’re excited to announce that we’ve booked our videographer David Bettencourt! After interviewing 4 videographers, we knew David was the one. We loved his sense of humor – felt like we were chatting with a friend the whole time! He teaches Film at three local colleges, he graduated from our Alma Mater (URI) and really knows the art of cinematography. I am in love with one of his highlight reels “Erica & Daryl”…it was shot with the Canon 5D Mark II…I think the scenes in this reel coupled with the chosen song make it an amazing, classic, timeless highlight, something this couple will look at for YEARS to come. We want the emotion of our day captured in a cinematic, unobtrusive way and we know David will truly deliver.

Another interesting tidbit: David was the Director/Producer for “You Must Be This Tall”: The Story of Rocky Point Park which spent seven weeks at the Showcase Cinema in Warwick, Rhode Island. (COOL!) Rocky Point holds a special place in our hearts, having grown up in Rhode Island. Both our families used to take us here in the summer…I miss those days!

We look forward to seeing more of David’s incredible work and are counting down the days until he films our special day!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Calling all Turquoise Lovers

Maybe some of you have seen this site…maybe some of you have not: Everything Turquoise.

It really is EVERYTHING Turquoise…and teal, and aqua, and many shades of blue. From household decor to satin peep toe pumps…this site highlights retail items, gives a brief description of each, and links to the retailer for you to make a purchase! Shopping by color made simple!

Here are just a few of my favorite items recently posted:

Pepita Aqua Table Lamp

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Fiesta 5-piece Dinnerware Set

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18-inch Blue Embroidered Splash Pillow569019284_BfmT7-L

And if you’re not a lover of Blue, check out Decor By Color!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

My First Inspiration Board!

This is likely the first of many for our late May 2011 wedding.

With my background in art and graphic design, this was a breeze!

Click on the picture to view full size.

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

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It’s Time to Party!

Well, almost.

Monday night, Dan and I went to meet with Victor Rodrigues of Party Time Pro DJs. For 2 hours, the 3 of us chatted about our reception, his style, home renovating! and cool “techie” things. He remixed “I Got A Feeling” by the Black Eyed Peas on the spot to give us a taste of what it’d be like to have us enter the ballroom to that song! (Not that' we’re going to because it’s 18 months away [ugh] and a new song could come out).

He’s energetic, fun, detail-oriented, knowledgeable and so on point. We got in the car, Dan looked at me and said “Cancel all of your other appointments, he’s the one”. We were so pumped that night about who we’d just met. Victor is most definitely going to bring his A game to our reception. So many other brides and brides-to-be have also recommended Victor. We know that our friends and family are going to show up ready to party the night away to all kinds of music…including Bob Seger (Sara, get your Dad ready).

Again, this whole wedding planning thing has opened up so many doors! I sincerely want to thank everyone we’ve booked thus far – you’re all truly wonderful and talented individuals!

Next task: Booking our videographer :) Stay tuned – this is going to be a tough one!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Save the Date!

9th Annual Spectacular Bridal Event

Sunday, November 29, 2009
Crowne Plaza, Warwick
10 am – 4:30 pm

Check it out! http://www.spectacularbridalevent.com/

Friday, October 16, 2009

The Single-Bloom Bouquet

I love the simplicity of a bouquet that contains only one flower. Though I am not tied to tulips just yet, I envision I’ll be carrying either golden yellow, peach, or orange tulips. My girls will carry off white to complement my dress and my Maid of Honor will carry off white mixed with whatever color I end up carrying. I would consider carrying another flower, but I just love the simplicity of the tulip itself – clean lines, simple shape, and when packed together, they form an abundant bunch.

Here are some photos I’ve found so far:

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No roses…just love these colors together.

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Well I’ll be! Lemons + tulips!
(Image courtesy Vintage Design Company)

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Monday, October 12, 2009

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Let me know about it!

Email me - DansBride52911@gmail.com

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Only Heinz Will Suffice

Another food post. To those that know me well, this won't be a bit surprising. I wanted to showcase the magnet that my fiance's cousin Sara got me, pictured here on the "Marketing Fridge" here at the office! She knows how much I love ketchup...and not just any ketchup..it has to be Heinz...on fries and other potato varieties, scrambled eggs, toast (when had with eggs), beef stew, fish n chips...I'm sure I'm missing some items. So, if there is a need for ketchup at the wedding, I hope the Crowne will provide Heinz ;-)

Monday, October 5, 2009

Kreative Blogger Awards + 7 Things You May Not Know About Me

Jennie, thanks for this award!! Jennie's blog is quite amazing, always filled with new content. I hope to be the organized, detail-oriented bride-to-be she was!











Here are the rules:
1 - Thank the person who nominated you for this award
.
2 - Copy the logo and place it on your blog.
3 - Link to the person who nominated you for this award.

4 - Name 7 things about yourself that people may not know.
5 - Nominate 7 Kreativ Bloggers.
6 - Post links to the 7 blogs you nominate.
7 - Leave a comment on each of the blogs letti
ng them know they've been nominated.

Seven Things You May Not Know About Me

1 - I played competitive soccer from age 10-18. Soccer was, is, and forever will be, my favorite sport to both play and watch. An assistant coach used to call me "The Boot". I sinc
erely miss being a Lady Cougar for North Providence High School. I also yearn for the days when I played with the Smithfield Girls' Travel Team! We used to travel throughout the state of RI to play, and frequented the RI Seaside Classic and the Holliston Memorial Day Tournaments.












2 - I am 24 years old and wearing braces in hopes to have nicer teeth someday! Yes, in time for the day of our wedding :-)










3 - I love cats, especially kittens (who doesn't?), and currently have a female tuxedo cat. Her name is Lia, and my sister and I got her in June 2008. Tuxedo cats are, by far, my favorite type of cat. Here she is as a baby!













4 - I spent 4 weeks living and researching in Darmstadt, Germany for the National Science Foundation.









5 - My Italian ancestors hail from Cassino and Frosinone, Italy.









6 - I drink 3-4 liters of water per day thanks to my SIGG bottle!












7 - I'm an artist and my favorite thing to study and paint is the sun, sky, and clouds. I love the interaction between light and clouds especially at sunrise and sunset. Ask Dan - it was just last night that I was driving us to the store and I will take my eyes off the road just to gawk at the amazing color of the clouds. Last night's sunset was spectacular. This shot was taken at sunrise a few weeks ago in Westerly over Misquamicut Beach.















The 7 bloggers I nominate for the Kreativ Blogger Award are:

Jennie

Tracy

Vikki

Shabby Blogs - Not a specific person, but LOTS of eye candy

Annie

Superdave - Finally, a GROOM that blogs!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Some of my favorite dresses

So with 602 days left before the big day, I certainly have a lot of time on my hands to plan. I've been dress "browsing" twice so far, tried on about 20 dresses between both trips, and definitely know what style dress is for me. However, I have not yet found "the one", nor have I saved up enough to make the purchase. That will come in time, for sure :-)

Sottero & Midgley and Maggie Sottero are, by far, my favorite designers. Their dresses are both gorgeous and within my budget so it's really a win/win.

I definitely am searching for: assymetry, rouching, some bling (Overly embellished things are not for me, hence why my solitaire is just my style), light ivory or diamond white because I am fair skinned, strapless, sweetheart neckline, satin or silk, long train...

Here are some of my favs that all happen to be the style that fits my body the best:
I absolutely love Fiorella by Maggie (last photo here) and it has just enough bling on the strap, but really unsure about one strap.



Thursday, October 1, 2009

Congrats Nicole & Rick!!!

My college roommate, who happens to be one of my bridesmaids, got engaged last night!!!! They are planning an October 2010 wedding and I'm so excited to see their details unfold right along with ours!!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Lemon Love



















Any fans of lemon out there? Lemon is most definitely my favorite flavor...Lemon chicken, chicken piccatta, lemon drops, lemon juice on broccoli...used to eat lemons whole when I was a kid. I've recently become addicted to Sanpellegrino's Limonata (their Oranciata is awesome too). When I was in Germany I drank a lot of Schweppes Bitter Lemon (can't seem to find it here).







What I like most about Limonata is it's simple list of ingredients: Water, Lemon Juice, Sugar, Carbonation. No high fructose corn syrup found in this baby!

Their color schemes are very appropriate, too :-)

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Colors, Confusion & New Blog Design

So, almost 7 months into the planning process it's happened: I'm confused about my color palette. See "It's Official" for my initial decision. Sounded so sure, didn't I? After going dress shopping the other day and seeing some bridesmaid dresses, I feel like I should pick ONE blue, and the blue I'm leaning towards is aqua. I don't know what's shifted my mind, but it seems to make sense...late spring into summer, having an aqua + orange + yellow + white palette makes sense. More on this later tonight.

I'm also in the process of re-vamping the graphics for this blog. Thinking of incorporating some type of pattern into the wedding and want to feature it here. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

New Cake Inspiration!

Came across this gorgeous, modern, colorful cake on Celebrate Cakes website. And the scroll work may have just inspired a pattern I want to incorporate into the theme. Just thought I'd share ;-)








Friday, August 28, 2009

Videographer and DJ search (sort of) continues

Since we splurged on photography, which most brides should do if they're going to splurge anywhere, we must now save on the DJ and videography.

The DJ absolutely has to keep the night moving smoothly but we don't want one that makes a spectacle out of his/her self. After some research, I think a solid, experienced DJ should cost between $800-$1,000 for 5.5 hours. The other point to consider is the sound system they use. Since we'll be in the Crowne's biggest space, with sky-high ceilings, we need a system that is going to project the sound well.

Videography is usually the last thing couples tack on to their weddings. But, Dan and I set it as a "must-have" on our list. However, we don't want to spend a fortune. Having used Final Cut Pro as an art student, I can do most of what I've been seeing on videographers' websites. So, I'm really unwilling to drop $2500 on a video with cheesy edits. This is a tough one.

The search continues. Recommendations are welcomed!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Don't Sweat the Small Stuff

It's been a week since my Aunty Gina passed away.. My Aunt, who just turned 40 on 8/11, was diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma in August 2008. It was a roller coaster, in and out of the hospital...good news, bad news, good news, bad news, and then, 3 weeks ago, it took a turn for the worst, but we never thought it was going to be the end... Our hearts: broken.

Aunty was the best Aunt any niece or nephew could ask for. Her laugh was contagious, her smile always beamed. She loved the beach, the sun, the moon, the stars and sunflowers. She loved to make pizza, and always made a good one. My sister and I definitely take after her love of kitties.

Dan and I were coming home from a mini-vacation we took to celebrate our 3 year anniversary. Tuesday, August 4th, my sister told me the doctors said there wasn't anything further they could do. Dan and I went to be by her side, brought her a chocolate shake (another of her favorites) and sat by her for a couple of hours. I never thought that would be the last time we'd have a real conversation. She asked us about wedding stuff and we always said she just had to get better, and walk again, so she could dance the night away in 2 years. She LOVED dancing. Day after day her condition worsened until Friday 8/14 when her breathing started to become labored...we all rushed to be by her side and we watched her last breath... One of the worst days of my life.

The relief in all of this is that she is resting now, eternally, and is at complete peace, reunited with my grandparents and many other relatives that went before she did.

This experience is one that puts life into perspective.

Appreciate every day you are given - each one is a gift. Don't take your loved ones for granted. When you say "I love you", say it like you mean it! Make use of your time, and do the things you love that bring joy and satisfaction to you. Most importantly, don't sweat the small stuff.

I fully intend on honoring my Aunt at our wedding. It breaks my heart that she won't be there physically. I can rest assured, though, that she's watching over us...Rest in Peace, Bean.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Photographer: Booked!

This morning we signed with Jennifer Leatherwood. What an amazing feeling!!!! Our search started in March, pretty soon after we got engaged - we don't waste time ;-)

Jennifer was the first photographer I found, and I fell in love with her work immediately. Her work with children and babies is equally breathtaking! As an artist myself, I truly appreciate her work and I'm captivated by her compositions, her use of color, saturation and texture...3 elements I love to incorporate in my own work. She's so much fun to be around and we can't wait to have our engagement session!

It was really hard to have to choose a photographer after having met with so many amazing people and personalities...Jenny from Zenobia, Melissa Robotti, Rupert Whiteley (and little Lydia!!) and Kristen Conte to name a few. In the end, our best fit was Jennifer. We've made many new contacts along the way that I hope to stay in touch with - so much talent in the RI Photog seen! See my list of blogs to the right for proof :-)

Sunday, July 19, 2009

It's Official

I've decided on colors! After chatting with cousin Sara (1/7 of the bridal party), it hit me - Why do I have to choose between aqua/teal/turquoise when it looks amazing, and Caribbean-like, with cobalt/royal blue??

Well, I don't! I jumped on Adobe Kuler, designed my palette, and voila! (Blog graphics to be updated!)