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We were featured on Wedding Wire!

We were featured on Wedding Wire!



I'm honored that our wedding was featured on Wedding Wire!

I used the site religiously when I was looking for vendors. The reviews were very important to us and influenced many of our decisions during the entire process. They also helped us narrow things down when our to-do list seemed overwhelming.

Have any of my reviews been useful to you in your wedding planning?


Wedding Vendors

Rehearsal Dinner 

Bachelorette Party 

Bridal Shower

Don't forget to review your vendors once you're married so you can inspire others with your choices and experiences.

Check out our Wedding Wire feature here.

Please share this with any friends you have who are planning their own Farm-to-Table Wedding, or who just like pretty things!



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Marriage is hard, how do you stay together when life is trying to pull you apart?

Marriage is hard, how do you stay together when life is trying to pull you apart?



Relationships are....Hard. Marriage, not a walk in the park. This coming from me, who is married to what my friends describe as "a saint," so I have it easy in comparison to others I'm sure. Over this past year as newlyweds we have gone through some major life shifts and are both feeling drained and maxed out. Buying our house has caused more stress, bills, and responsibility, and less sleep and time together than ever before.

It comes as no surprise that our communication is not always where it should be. We still have a lot to learn about each other even after years of being together. We are learning about how we work through big decisions, times of uncertainty, and maximum pressure situations. It seems like lately, during the small periods of time we have together, all we talk about it what needs to be done, what bills need to be paid, and how tired we are. On top of all of that, our down time together is almost non-existent. I posted a picture recently on my instagram of our relaxing Sunday morning together; our first in seven full weeks.

So during these periods of change and transformation in our life, how do we stay together, stay happy, and come out even stronger on the other side? Here are some things I've learned that have helped us continue to find ourselves and our love for one another during all the crazy.

Talk about the big stuff when you are not already fighting about the little stuff.

  • This past weekend, we were having a good day, we had family friends over and Przemek was feeling pretty good about showing them our new home. When they left, I brought up a topic we have been talking about on and off, but I've never really felt like he understood where I was coming from and we just kept talking in circles about it.  I knew it was risky, he was in a good mood, I didn't want to ruin that; but I was also hoping that talking to him when he was in a happy, relaxed state of mind might help him to absorb what I was saying better and come up with some actions steps to support me. We wound up fighting about it to be honest. I went upstairs to do yoga and cool off my temper and he went in our den. I came down freshly showered about an hour later and he had a plan. He had crunched numbers, told me I had his support 100%, no pressure, and that we were a team. He HEARD ME. He offered me unconditional support, love and acceptance, and it reminded me that's the reason we choose marriage, to have that person above all else who will be on your team, at your side. It's hard to remember when life gets crazy, but it's in these moments when you know you made the right decision.

Have sex. ("Can't you just write be intimate?"-Przemek "No, it's my blog, I'm writing sex."-Me)

  • Physical intimacy is important in any relationship. In marriage, it can sometimes be the glue that helps you stick when things aren't working. I'm not advocating using sex as a deflection method, I'm advocating connection. Plus, you release endorphins and serotonin, feel good hormones, during sex that helps to decrease the stress you may be feeling from your busy life. Oxytocin is also released during orgasm and interestingly enough is responsible for creating trust, helping form attachments, and fidelity making us more monogamous creatures. It's even sometimes called the cuddle hormone, so ladies, if you want more cuddle time, you need more sexy time. Sex also increases blood flow to the  brain causing new brain cell growth and helping to protect against the decline of brain cells which lead to diseases like dementia later in life. I don't know about you but it relaxes me, and makes it much easier to sleep when normally my list of a million things to do is keeping me awake. And I for one like knowing that the two of us have this special connection, we don't share with anyone else, it bonds us.

Go on dates. 

  • Even when our weeks are crazy, we try to meet up outside of the house at some point. Or have a night where we drink wine, eat popcorn and watch a movie at home. These times recharge us, remind us we can also have fun together and gives us space to actively work on the relationship. During our dates, no phone, computer or kindle (me since I read all the time) allowed. I pushed for this when I was feeing like I was last on the list. My husband works full time plus some, we commute over 20 hours a week, he is in school and we just bought an old house that needs a lot of maintenance. Even when we are at home together we are often doing our own things simultaneously. But, we are in this together. I can support him in his crazy life, he can support me in mine, so long as we continue to also look at our relationship as deserving of time, energy and work.
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Make each other laugh as often as possible, if not daily.

  • The other day Przemek did something that grossed me out so I wanted to get him back. I started chasing him around the house and we just kept running in circles from room to room. At one point I changed directions and he didn't realize and when he saw me, the look on his face, surprise, confusion, fear, awe, all mixed into one was so funny I had to stop running to laugh. I laughed so hard I was bent over with tears streaming down my face. He started laughing too and before long we were both belly laughing and had forgotten we were supposed to be play fighting. It was fun. Like little kid fun. And it was a great reminder of why I love this other person, he brings out the lighter side in me. His crazy meets my crazy and clicks.

Be generous with one another.

  • Go out of your way for your person as often as possible. My husband sleeps even less than I do so that he can get up before me and make me a cappuccino, a hot water bottle, and pack me breakfast to go. He does all of this before he wakes me at 6am. He knows I'm not a morning person and he tries to make my life easier by doing this for me. He does this because he loves me. He loves taking care of me and spoiling me. And I love being taken care of. I love being spoiled. I'm demanding and he delivers. Here's the trick, it's not one sided. I would do anything for my man and he knows it. I try to do something to make him laugh or smile, make him feel wanted and loved just like he does for me, everyday. It's not fun or easy for him to get up that early, but he does it. That's marriage, you put in a lot of work, you go out of your way, but the pay off, it's totally worth it if you are with someone who gives as much as they get. And the kicker, I actually want to go out of my way for him. I'm totally fine with it, he deserves it and I think it's once you feel that way that you know you are with the right person.

For my husband and I, it's been a whirlwind first year of marriage but we have been together almost 8 years so we know we have something worth fighting for no matter what. We know we have a strong enough foundation to work through anything. We are so lucky, blessed really to have that.

As I continue to learn, I'll share with you little tips along the way, hoping something sticks, something inspires you to open your heart just a little bit more. You are both deserving of love.

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Honeymoon In Tulum, my Recs!

Honeymoon In Tulum, my Recs!


honeymoon picsThis winter in Upstate New York is kicking my butt and has me dreaming of beautiful beaches, sunny days and my golden bronzed tan. Oh my tan, so pale right now... I digress.

As cabin fever firmly sets in, it seems like the perfect time to share about our honeymoon and get you inspired to plan your own trip, you deserve it! We went to Tulum  last June, choosing it for its beauty, short flight, and affordability and had such a great time!

I read all kinds of blog posts and travel reviews of Tulum before going and spoke to quite a few friends who had traveled there so I compiled a list of restaurant recommendations and places to visit. To be honest, we barely did anything but eat and lay on the beach, though we did make it to the Ruins one day, and they are a must see.

Here are my reviews for the awesome places we visited while on our two week vacation.

The Hotel: Jashita Hotel

hotel picsMy husband and I just stayed at Jashita Hotel for 9 nights for our honeymoon and loved it. We had a deluxe oceanfront room, room 22 and we walked right out onto the beach and water.

Breakfast was amazing, my husband would go back just for the food, and the staff was so nice! The atmosphere is so relaxing, we enjoyed the water activities, swimming, kayaking, and stand up paddle boarding.

We liked the restaurant and also loved walking to Chamico's a little known place on the other end of the beach that made the best ceviche ever! We spent many an afternoon drinking frozen margaritas and munching on guacamole there after a nice kayak ride.

We definitely want to go back and enjoyed everyone we met while there. I don't remember the last time I slept so well, the beds were so comfortable! If you are thinking of going here for your honeymoon, I recommend it because of it's privacy and atmosphere.

Room Tip: We loved the oceanfront room and have heard amazing things about the honeymoon suites! The oceanfront room was more affordable and just as special so keep that in mind!

Where to Eat:

IMG_5881Our favorite restaurant? Los Aguachiles, this little gem was inexpensive, the staff were super warm and accommodating and the vibe was perfect for us. Get the figurines (pictured above) if you like ceviche! The Guacamole was the best we had during our whole trip and we loved all the dipping sauces!

hartwood 3hartwoodIMG_5997Every blogger and travel site I read recommended Hartwood Restaurant and after eating there I know why. The food was simply excellent and the atmosphere awesome. People start lining up outside of the open air restaurant before it even opens for a chance to enjoy this excellent spot. Hartwood is the type of place you would expect in Tulum, zero carbon foot print, local food, friendly people, right across the street from the beach.

Oscar & Lalo was another recommendation from friends. While I thought it was beautiful and the food authentic, it wasn't my favorite of the places we tried.

Sahara Cafe was the restaurant at our hotel. I loved breakfast, liked lunch, and enjoyed dinner; but it was more Italian than Mexican food for dinner and I wanted the real thing! The staff was very nice, they all remember your name and made wonderful recommendations on where to go for drinks, dancing and exploring, plus you couldn't beat the convenience of simply walking across the sand for a nice night out.

What to explore:

IMG_6087The Tulum Ruins are located right on a cliff looking out to the ocean. They were breathtaking and I was in awe of the type of structures ancient civilizations were able to create. King Iguanas were everywhere and seemed to take over and make this ancient city their own.

tulum pics 2Walk around in Tulum on the beach. We strolled all over, took pictures, had drinks on the beach, watched World Cup Soccer and didn't adhere to any schedule, just what we needed after the wedding craziness.

coqui coquiCoqui Coqui is a beautiful perfumery right on the beach. Many of the posts I read spoke highly of it and I enjoyed visiting but didn't feel the need to purchase anything personally.


IMG_5943Gitano was my favorite drink spot. We ate here as well and it was delicious but I could have just gone for drinks to be in the beautiful open air bar environment. Their decor was something else, and it made me wish I could turn my backyard into such an oasis.

If You Love Yoga:

IMG_6312Check out Amansala Eco-Chic Resport and Spa, for yoga classes, awesome food, and tree houses!

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Valentine’s Day Love Ideas That Will Last You All Year Long

Valentine’s Day Love Ideas That Will Last You All Year Long


ShannonPrzemek59I love LOVE as you have probably noticed if you've read any of my bridal blog posts. I love all kinds of love, friendship, familial, romantic, between Dog and owner, you get the drift.

Many people I know don't like the concept of Valentine's day since there are so many expectations and it's not an authentic way to show someone you care. I honestly don't have any problem with a day devoted to love, to me it's like your birthday being a day about you, or your anniversary a day about the two of you, or Thanksgiving a day to give thanks. I never knock an excuse to celebrate and express the way you feel.

So if Valentine's day is a day devoted to expressing love, can you do that whether you're single or in a relationship? Yes, absolutely. Pick someone you care about and do something to show them that you love them. Write them a hand written note telling them how wonderful they are, invite them to the zoo if they love animals, plan a girls night in with wine and animated movies, anything really.

If you are in a relationship and resent the commercialism of this day make it about committing to showing love everyday in one small way so that your partner knows how loved and cherished they are year round. My husband makes me a cappuccino and breakfast every morning. Do you know how much I love that? He knows I don't "do" mornings well so he gets up extra early and does this to make my life a little easier and my day a little brighter. Something as small as taking out the trash can be pretty damn romantic if it's coming from a place of loving someone enough that you are choosing to do something to make them happy and take off some of their burden. Kind of makes shoveling the snow or cleaning the toilet sexy doesn't it? It's all about intention and perception.

And those of us on the receiving end? Let's show our gratitude. Sure it's easy to gush about the grand jesters, but I'd personally rather have a man who always remembers my favorite things when he goes food shopping and is sure my jacket is zipped all the way up so that I don't catch cold than receive a piece of jewelry and flowers once a year.

What can you do on Valentine's day that will make someone you care about smile? What can you do year round to show someone you care? Focus on the LOVE and you can't go wrong.


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