Monthly Archives: August 2010

Real Weddings | Los Cabos, Mexico

Spring had sprung and love was in the air. The recycled, coffee-saturated, phone-ringing office air. No, this isn’t another story of a scandalous workplace romance. This is the story of a girl, Kate, who thought the young man who worked in the office was cute… for her little sister. Alex worked in Rose’s sister’s office and after getting to know him, Kate realized that Alex and Rose had a lot in common. Kate arranged for the three of them (how romantic) to have dinner in Harvard Square. After several months of friendship, Rose attended Alex’s college graduation in May of 2000, after which they said our goodbyes. Alex was moving back to Connecticut for the summer and then to New York City in September to conquer the world. Rose, on the other hand, was about to embark on her senior year of high school in New Hampshire. Romance shmomance. It would never work. They kept in touch over summer and in August, Alex invited Rose to visit and see his band play. Romance shmomance, yeah right! Undeniable sparks flew, and as they say, the rest is history. After a year together, Rose moved to New York for college… and Alex.

Alex proposed on their seventh dating anniversary. They spent the better part of the past year traveling and enjoying their engagement before finally settling into “negotiation talks” about this wedding also known as the case of Boston Bride v. NYC Groom. The two settled out of court and decided to get married in neutral territory — Mexico!

We love the tropical Los Cabos details of this wedding and the dresses, chuppah, and flowers. Planning a destination wedding doesn’t mean having to forgo Jewish traditions either! Rose and Alex were still about to have the Jewish wedding of their dreams while on vacation with their favorite family members and friends!

Mazel tov, Rose and Alex!

Venue – One & Only Palmilla
Photographer – Leigh Miller Leigh splits her time between CA and KS but is available for travel worldwide!
Coordinator – Amy Abbott – Fiestas Los Cabos
Invitations – AB Paperie
Florist – Elena Damy
Event Design – Oxten
Wedding Gown – Kleinfelds
Jewelry – Suzy B
Wedding Website – MyWedding.com

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  • Dana says:

    love this beautiful wedding. just sent to a friend for inspiration! p.s. am dying over that dress. wow!

  • Jessica says:

    Where was that hanky made??? I love it!

  • Erica says:

    What an amazing wedding!

  • leigh miller says:

    thank you wedding yentas!!!

  • naOMi ruth says:

    oh wow this article really took me back!

    what an amazing wedding. flawless, honestly. and what a testament that everyone who put this together–music, invitations, photographer–is in their family of friends. an island fairy tale. so happy for Alex and Rose all over again. CONGRATS!

It’s in the bag

If you are planning a destination wedding, we always think it’s a good idea to give your guests a little something for the shlepping. Yes, we know it’s a vacation for them, too, but showing your appreciation for celebrating with you near to their hearts and far from their homes is a nice and classy thing to do. Travel bags or gift baskets can also be a great way to set the mood of your wedding, show off your personalities, and allow your peeps to get to know you even better.

You may like the idea of Welcome Bags, but maybe you’re not sure what to put inside. We’re here to give you some ideas of items to include for your travelers.

    Down to Business:

  • A note welcoming your guests
  • The schedule of wedding events and their addresses
  • Map detailing the important locations

    Fun Location Specific Amenities:

  • Sunscreen for beach or tropical weddings or seasons
  • Glove warmers or hot cocoa packets for winter wonderland weekends
  • Something unique from the locale: a mini bottle of wine from Napa Valley or a I HEART NY t-shirt from… well, New York.

    Party Pals:

  • Disposable camera
  • Bottles of water
  • Ibuprofen packets
  • Band aids

    For the Munchies:

  • Candy: if you two are known for your chocolate obsession, fill ‘er up! If everyone jokes about your love for sour gummies, toss ‘em in! There are really cute novelty candy items that look great in these bags, too.
  • Mints or gum
  • Crackers
  • Dried fruit
  • Nuts
  • Cookies

    For the Ultimate Tourist:

  • Map of the city (these are free if you’re a AAA member!)
  • A local newspaper
  • List of tourist attractions nearby like museums, theaters, bike rentals, or tour groups
  • List of important information like closest hospital, taxi company phone numbers, bus or metro stops, babysitter services, places of worship, or post office

A lot of the local information can be obtained from the hotel’s front desk or concierge, so you don’t really have to do that much work. They provide lists with relevant local information for their guests regularly, so asking them for these points will be a cinch.

The list of munchies we’ve included is a very basic and general list. We actually love the idea of including local food that makes the location famous. If you’re in Atlanta, give your guests some beautiful fresh peaches from a farmer’s market. A wedding in Memphis definitely requires you to include famous BBQ sauce in the Welcome Bag. If your guests are traveling to Mexico, why not salsa? Hawaii, macadamia nuts! Paris, croissants! We could go on and on and on… but this is making us hungry.

So what should your gift bags look like? It’s up to you! If you have a monogram or wedding logo designed, use it! Create stickers and attach them to bags or include the monogram or logo on all the paper items. Also, this is where you can incorporate the style of your wedding. The gift bag on the left hints that the wedding is going to be modern with a whimsical and feminine twist. The gift bag on the right tells us that the wedding is a more formal affair with traditional elements. Both are beautiful and their guests will be thrilled!

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If putting together your own Welcome Bags sounds about as fun as breaking the Yom Kippur fast with a chili pepper smoothie on an empty stomach, that’s okay! We don’t judge! Fortunately for you, Kate Parker Weddings can make gift bags for you and your guests! These custom baskets can be shipped to your wedding weekend location so you have to do less shlepping! Sounds like a dream, right? It’s real and we love it!

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Traveling for weddings is never simple, but it doesn’t have to be a nightmare. Have fun with this step of the planning and relax! Your guests are going to love traveling to be at your wedding because you are a special couple and you’re celebrating a wonderful milestone.

You’ve got this one! It’s in the bag!

Friday Favorites | Bubbe’s Brisket

It’s Friday, so today we are sharing a favorite recipe: brisket!!

We’re not going to pretend that we are all-knowing when it comes to cooking. In fact, our favorite tool in the kitchen is the take-out menu. However, when we do want to dabble in the kitchen and use anything other than a microwave, we can find easy recipes on cooking websites. But what if you want entertainment and a good recipe? That’s where “Bubbe” comes in from our new favorite online series, “Feed Me Bubbe.”

This bubbe is adorable and her grandson is her sidekick in the kitchen which is totally cute. We’re plotzing over how special that is! Not only does Bubbe show off recipes, she answers questions to emails and introduces the Yiddish word of the day. Perfect.

So, learn a thing or two from our new favorite cooking show!

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  • Rudy says:

    I love Brisket. Will totally try this recipe.

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Real Weddings | Kansas City, MO

BREAKING NEWS! Laine and Adam are married! The two television news anchors created a wedding day that showcased their love and devotion to each other, accented with hues of purples and blues. Not even a little rain could sprinkle frowns on their faces. Brides and grooms: Learn from this. If the possibility of rain becomes a reality on your wedding day, don’t despair. Realize that there are so many cute photo options because umbrellas make awesome props! We love the photos of Laine cuddled up with Adam beneath a wind-blown umbrella.

Laine presented Adam with a super cool groom’s cake! The cake features the couple skiing pine tree-topped slopes and even decked out with ski lift gondolas! The tradition of a groom’s cake has its roots from the American South. It’s considered to be a gift from the bride to the groom and usually pays tribute to one of his interests or hobbies. Groom’s cakes are fun — and delicious — ways to celebrate the bride’s new husband! Laine did a great job with Adam’s.

Reporting live from TheWeddingYentas.com, mazel tov, Laine and Adam!

Venue – Club 1000
Photographer – Solar Photographers
Videographer – Kairos Moment Wedding Film
Event Designer – Soiree Event Design
Florist – Bella Design Studio
Ceremony Entertainment – Guitar Elegance
Reception Entertainment – Saucy Jack
Bakery – Caren’s Cakes

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  • Anne says:

    what a great groom’s cake. love the simple yet pretty kettubah.

Trophy Wife

Don’t let your maid of honor commit grand theft bouquet.

Chances are, you’ll need your hands free during your wedding ceremony, what with all the circling and drinking and kissing. There’s a lot to accomplish under that chuppah and you’ve got to chop-chop; there are hors d’œuvres and an open bar that your guests are ready to inhale and there’s no time to juggle a bouquet and all the wedding ceremony props. Your maid of honor is there to support you when you need a touch-up on the lips, an assistant on the toilet, or a smile when you’re stressed. She’s also there to do the fluffety-fluff of your dress under the chuppah and hold your bouquet while you’re taking care of ceremony business. And a good maid of honor, whether it’s your best friend, sister, or faaaaabulous ex-boyfriend will also give your bouquet back!

In all the excitement of the glass and the kiss, don’t forget to take your bouquet and march down the aisle with your new husband. Your bouquet is your trophy that indicates wedding victory! It screams “just married!” (high decibel squeals and all) and makes for some fantastic photos. You paid a lot of money for that bundle of beautiful blooms and once the reception starts, you won’t be holding on to it much. So as you take your first steps as a Mrs., carry your bouquet with you and smile: you’re married!

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  • Debbie says:

    Great reminder. It’s so easy to forget to take the bouquet back so it’s important for the MOH to remember to hand it back to the bride as they’re leaving the chuppah post ceremony. Don’t want to look empty handed (other than a husband). As you pointed out, lots of $$ so want to make sure the bouquet is in the money shot.