Paper Tip - Take Your Engagement Photos Early!

While iPhone photos have come a long way, to celebrate your engagement you'll definitely want a talented professional on hand. Someone who can capture you and your beloved in flattering light, just-right angles and in that special-to-the-two-of-you milieu. And once you have those gorgeous engagement photos, what better way to highlight your love than by creating a Save the Date featuring your newly-minted status as Engaged Couple?

Keep in mind that Save the Dates are usually sent out 6-8 months prior to the wedding. Factor in a few weeks so that we can create that just-perfect design and you get the ideagetting those engagement photos shot should be a priority, not an afterthought!

Case in pointKatie and Greg were so on top of it, getting their photos right out the gate, with one of our favorite photographers, Chaz Cruz. I'm sure seeing themselves looking so chic on the streets of New York is keeping them pumped for their upcoming wedding! Head on over to Chaz's site to how they're commemorating the days leading up to Mr. and Mrs. status!

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A Guide to the West Village, Part 4

Last week I began a series on the West Village, exploring some of my favorite shops and eaters in the area. I feel so blessed to live in such a vibrant neighborhood and I'm constantly stumbling upon new gems that just have to be shared.

Like this place. The Meadow specializes in artisanal salts, chocolates, and bitters, and I'm always amazed at the breadth of product this shop curates within these three categories. Add to that their beautifully arranged flowers (which are sold by the bloom, so you can make your own unique bouquet!) and the whole place just bursts with rich smells and tastes. 

The Meadow in the West Village, wall of salts and flowers
Flowers in The Meadow, West Village boutique
Flowers in The Meadow, West Village boutique
Flowers at The Meadow, West Village boutique
Flowers in The Meadow, West Village boutique
Flowers at The Meadow, West Village boutique
Flowers in The Meadow, West Village boutique
I was fascinated with these beautiful Himalayan salt blocks, which you can put on your stove and use for cooking, infusing your food with a delicate saltiness!

I was fascinated with these beautiful Himalayan salt blocks, which you can put on your stove and use for cooking, infusing your food with a delicate saltiness!

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The Meadow has a full wall of salts from all over the world, all of which can be sampled before purchasing.

They have a fine collection of bitters as well–I was so tempted to buy based on the packaging alone!

They have a fine collection of bitters as well–I was so tempted to buy based on the packaging alone!

The shop girls are also some of the friendliest around and very knowledgeable, which keeps me coming back again and again.

It's been so fun sharing some of my favorite places in the West Village. There are so many more amazing shops and restaurants so I hope you'll take a chance sometime to just get lost among the winding streets. 

On tree-lined West Village street

I'll do my best to keep you updated as well, here on the blog! 

Thanks again to my wonderful friend CJ, who accompanied me on this journey and made me feel so comfortable being photographed... the first time since my wedding