I spent two delightful weeks in Tuscany in August. August is usually a good time to sneak away from New York and spending it in Italy could not have been better. For the first week I was with family at a villa in Val d'Orcia and for the second week with friends at a villa on the outskirts of San Gimignano. Filled with delicious food (I can happily eat pasta every day for 2 weeks) and excellent company, I only wish it could have been longer. The light in Tuscany is so incredible. Must be a photographer's dream to shoot a wedding there. I will be back very soon Toscana. Very soon.
It is our 4th wedding anniversary today. I have a big wedding this weekend, so my husband agreed to shift our celebration to next week. Being big fans of Michael White, we are off to Ai Fiori, one of his restaurants we have yet to try. The traditional gift for the 4th anniversary is fruit or flowers. I made my husband the biggest fruit salad our refrigerator could physically hold. It might take us a week to eat it. He was much more creative and gave me a floral scarf and some beautiful flowers. Happy anniversary to my love.
Photography by the incredible Susan Stripling at Wave Hill, who gave us priceless memories of that day. As a side note, 4 years on, and I still adore the gown I chose by the brilliant Angel Sanchez. I did wonder how long I would love it given that it was a different one shoulder gown with bold floral appliqués. Still love it!
I did a fun interview with cosmopolitan magazine last year about working weird hours as a wedding planner, which was published in their September 2013 issue. They also interviewed a chef, reporter, ER nurse and broadway performer. My method of recovering from a big wedding day is drinking huge quantities of water. I never drink enough water on a wedding day. Yoga is a huge part of my life as well. My favourite studio in the city being Yogamaya in Chelsea. When I can't get to a studio class, there is always Yogaglo, which can be done any time of day. Perfect for me!
Spring is definitely here! About time too. There was no better place to enjoy it over the weekend than at Wave Hill, overlooking the Hudson River. No work for me on this trip up to Wave Hill. It was a delight just enjoying the gardens and letting my daughter roll around on the grass in one my favourite places. The buds peeking out a harbinger of the beauty to come.
Photography by Ang Weddings and Events
I had a delicious dinner with my family last week to celebrate the Chinese New Year. We had whole steamed fish with ginger and scallions, simple steamed chicken, pork and water chestnut balls, chinese mushrooms with sea cucumber, and garlic fried snow pea shoots (probably my favourite vegetable). All home cooked by my generous in laws. It was a great excuse to eat way too much. Tuan nian fan is when family gathers on new year's eve to celebrate everything the new year will bring. This year being the year of the horse.
Photo via Paintings Chinese
The start of year for me always involves a lot calls and meeting with newly engaged couples, ready to get started on planning their weddings. There is lots of excitement in the air as ideas start sprouting for their wedding celebrations. It feels so great when you click right off the bat and you know that planning their wedding will be such a fun experience. I am very grateful for the wonderful people who choose to hire us for their special day. I say it a lot, but it will always be an honour to be part of someone's celebration as important as this. I am having a ball right now working with some awesome new 2014 and 2015 clients on booking their venues.
Congratulations to all the newly engaged couples out there! I hope you find the perfect planner for your wedding. At the very least, please hire a month of planner if you're not going with full planning. You will have so much more fun and peace of mind leading up to and on your wedding day. Be in the moment with all your loved ones, and leave planners like me to sweat the little things.