Chad and I are busy people. He’s got work and school, and I’ve got work and the blog, so its hard for us to find time to do fun things together, let alone coming UP with fun things to do. We tend to fall back on the old standbys….usual restaurants, movies, etc, and it can get old fast….so I was really excited to try a service called How About We. Its a membership service where they come up with great dates that are already priced for 2, and it lets you try things you may never have thought of. We did the I Melt With You, a fondue date at Heidi, which is a tiny Swiss restaurant in a really artsy alleyway behind the old CBGB’s. You’d really never know it was there if you haven’t walked by before, so it felt like a hidden secret. We indulged on a bottle of wine, charcuterie & a delicious cheese fondue for 2. It was so refreshing to not have to make any decisions, and we could just enjoy each others company.
How About We’s reservations assistants made all the plans, I just selected which date we wanted to do, sent over a couple of dates & times that would work for us, and they did the rest. There are so many dates to choose from, like pottery classes, wine tastings, yoga, or even gourmet picnics in the park. They’re all at member-only discounts, and with your membership, you’ll get a free date each month and unlimited rewards from their partners (2 for 1 movie tickets anyone??). If you’re planning a special date for a birthday or anniversary, they’ll even help craft something especially for you, just tell them what the occasion is and set a budget!
If you’re not a member yet, definitely give it a try and get a $50 promo to put towards your first date! Its so great for newlyweds, or even new parents who just need to get out of the house. I know we’ll definitely be using them again!
[images by Vané Broussard for Brooklyn Bride]
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Ever since Postable launched, they’ve been making gathering the addresses of your friends and family so much easier! Now they’re tackling the headache of thank you cards for any occasion! Because if you think about it, there are plenty of occasions surrounding a wedding that need thank yous….engagement parties, bridal showers, and bachelorette parties, just to name a few. The team at Postable have worked with some great stationery designers, like Rifle Paper Co. or Old Tomfoolery, to come up with designs that will suit any taste. You simply pick a card, type out your thank you using a selection of realistic handwriting or stylized fonts, then Postable takes care of the printing, addressing and mailing. The paper quality is great, and it couldn’t be easier to get it all done…now if only this were around when I was getting married!
[images from Postable]
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If you guys know me well (and after 6 years of blogging, I hope you do!), then you know I love the untraditional when it comes to weddings. I love working in items that have nothing to do with weddings into decor, or finding dresses off the rack rather than getting the usual wedding dress. The more modern, the better…which is why I’m beyond excited to be partnering with Barneys New York to show off what they’ve got for weddings!
I dont know if I ever told you this, but 3 months after Chad and I started dating, we were shopping around Barneys and literally found the engagement ring I knew I had to have. It was a stunner from Malcolm Betts, hammered platinum with a vintage diamond, yet perfect for my modern tendencies (similar to this one). I’d never seen anything like it at the time, and its still one of my favorite designs ever. We never even looked anywhere else because there was no need to! Then when it came time to pick out our wedding bands, we checked out a couple of places, but eventually headed back to Barneys, and again, found the perfect ring, this time from Linda Lee Johnson. While the rings were from 2 different designers, they went together amazingly well, and we got it on the spot.
It’s knowing that I can find modern dresses, shoes, accessories, even registry gifts, that keeps me coming back to Barneys for inspiration, and the best part is, since they’re not traditionally “wedding”, they’re totally useable beyond the big day. We’re talking gorgeous pieces from brands like Lanvin, Manolo Blahnik, and Zac Posen, just to name a few. This is the créme de la créme of fashion-forward design, for all you brides who know your stuff.
Of course I had a lot of fun in the process putting together a Pinterest board inspired by what I think is a perfectly Brooklyn/New York modern wedding, featuring chic dresses, sleek hairstyles, and everything else you’ll need to pull it together. You can check it out here.
This post was sponsored by Barneys New York, but all opinions are my own
The beginning of the year is generally when people get engaged, with New Year’s and Valentine’s Day a mere few weeks apart, so now’s a great time to start looking at photographers! If you haven’t already started, Rebecca Belle Photography is a great option! Located in Montclair NJ, she shoots all over the tri-state area, but is also available for destination weddings. Initially trained in film, she now shoots both film and digital, which in my opinion, is the best of both worlds, and has a real knack for capturing the little details. All this for a very reasonable wedding package price that INCLUDES an engagement shoot!
In the spirit of all things LOVE, Rebecca is giving away a free engagement shoot this month, so if you want a chance to win, head over to her blog to enter….the winner will be picked on February 8!
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E. Leigh Photography is the husband and wife team of Erin & Mat. Having worked in fashion and photojournalism, they have a distinctly modern take on photography which make them the perfect photographers for your wedding! If you’ve ever checked out their site, you can tell just by the look of it that they’re all about fun and keeping things stress free for you, because really, weddings dont have to be any more stressful than they already are, right? They split their time between NYC and Seattle, but are happy to travel anywhere to capture your big day….go ahead and check them out!
[images from E. Leigh Photography]
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