Over the past year (since their engagement), we have devoted many posts to Lauren’s Sister-in-Law Darci and her fiancee Glen including Darci’s bridal shower and bachelorette party, their rehearsal dinner, and even a special guest blog post. Through what you have seen on our blog and what you obviously know about weddings, it has been a year full of planning, exciting events, and for this couple … fashion (as Darci is our resident fashionista). The invitations were sent, each vendor and a venue was chosen, and Lauren was right beside Darci throughout the entire process to help assist in any way she could. The only thing left to do was to walk down the aisle and say “I do”. After all of the hype leading up to this post, we are so excited to finally share the details from Darci and Glen’s City Chic wedding and bring this series to a close.

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Darci and Glen toured many venues, but knew the minute they saw Sherwood Country Club that it was the perfect place for their wedding. The old brick buildings are so East Coast (where Glen is from) and the high end, posh feeling of a country club really suits this couple.

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Along with the venue, the invitation and save the date really helped set the tone for this event. The save the date magnets included different photos from the couple’s engagement session, and the black and white wedding invitation is classic and captures the overall look they were going for.

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This ceremony space really doesn’t need much dressing up between the gorgeous, white architecture and the view. However, Belle of a Ball Designs took it to the next level with these amazing floral arrangements sitting in piles upon piles of rose petals and the hanging decor inside of the chuppah.

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In addition, Darci’s bouquet was also gorgeous … almost as glamorous as her Prada heels.

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This couple looks stunning as they get their traditional first look. Who’s surprised with this duo? They are always so fashion forward.

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Before the ceremony, they had the opportunity to take some photos together along with their bridal party and family.

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The girls recreated their “girl band” pose from the bachelorette weekend …

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… and the guys were just posing (oh so serious!).

Each bridesmaid’s Diane Von Furstenberg dress (from Bloomingdale’s of course) was paired with black heels of their choice. The guys were fitted for traditional tuxes from The Black Tux with suspenders for fun.

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Darci’s mom Robyn put together these programs for the ceremony complete with rows of rhinestones for a little extra bling.

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The ceremony began and the crowd gasped as the Bride and Groom were escorted down the aisle by their equally well-dressed parents.

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Each guest was kept entertained with lots of heart warming and funny moments.

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Glen took breaking the glass very seriously as you can tell …

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… and they rode off to spend some much needed time together as husband and wife before returning to their friends and family.

As you can see, Darci and Glen are truly a classy couple. They are notorious for being the best dressed at everything they attend and high standards were set for this special occasion. Everything turned out perfect, and you could tell by the smiles on their faces that they enjoyed every bit of this day to the fullest … but we don’t want to spoil any surprises. There’s more to come from this City Chic series on Wednesday.

 

All photographs taken by Rob Greer Photography.

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Last Friday, we had our monthly meeting for our new Cookbook Club. Each month, one of the girls hosts a dinner party in their home and the rest of us bring one recipe from the pre-selected cookbook or cooking magazine of their choice. Over the past two months, each hostess has also taken the opportunity to write about their cookbook selecting process, what they did to prepare for their guests, or whatever else was on their mind. This month, Lauren offered to host Cookbook Club and selected one of her favorite cooking magazines as the starting point for this whole event. So without further ado … we introduce our very own Lauren!

 

Written by: Lauren

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Ever since the start of this club, I have been so excited to get the opportunity to host. I love getting the chance to host a good dinner party and knowing that each of the girls would be bringing a dish to share takes some of the pressure off. When I thought about what cooking publication I would pick, I knew I wanted to go with Bon Appetit. I have been getting their magazine for some time now and have always been a bit intimidated by the recipes. I decided that now is the best time to put that fear to rest, and I am so glad I did.

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When the September issue came out, I knew I wanted to keep the overall look for the dinner party consistent with the magazine cover. It was just so edgy and colorful, I knew it would make for a fun inspiration. I decided to go with dark purple tablecloths (which I already had) with all white dishes and glassware. Mixing in gold chalkboard frames, antique glass candle holders, and bright florals kept things formal and fun at the same time.

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Since each of the girls had told me ahead of time what they were planning to make, I thought it would be fun to create food tags out of the gold framed chalkboards I had on hand. I also used the same tags to show each girl to their seat.

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As I was already intimidated by the complex recipes found inside this magazine, I decided why not go completely out of my comfort zone and make something I wouldn’t normally make. I decided on the Marinated Tofu with Peanuts and Charred Bean Sprouts and was surprised at how simple it ended up being.

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While we were shopping for all of the necessary ingredients, Tami and I decided to take on one last recipe together. No dinner party is complete without dessert and the Rice Pudding with Fresh Pears and Honey sounded relatively easy without too many ingredients.

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The other dishes the girls made were delicious as well. I would highly recommend getting this magazine and trying them out yourself.  If you want to recreate our menu from the night, it included:

 

Crab Toasts with Spicy Yogurt, pg 85

Zucchini Patties, pg 106

Tuna Melt, pg 24

Marinated Tofu with Peanuts and Charred Bean Sprouts, pg 74

Rice Pudding with Fresh Pears and Honey, pg 70

 

We are already looking forward to next month’s meeting which will be hosted by our friend Mary. We will be creating dishes from the October issue of Food Network Magazine, and this month have made it even easier for you and your crew. Don’t get up! Just click on this link and you can purchase the magazine right from home! Also, as this is intended as an interactive post, we would love to hear from you. Have you tried any of the recipes from the September issue of Bon Appetit? What did you make and what did you think? If you haven’t, you are in luck as September is not quite over yet … Gather your friends and get cooking!

 

 

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Tonight is Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year), a time for reflection and a fresh new start. In preparation of this holiday, Lauren had a major realization. She loves to decorate for the season and put out flowers and other decorative items that represent the upcoming holidays. However, she tends to keep these decorations based in the same three areas of her home; her dining area, coffee table, and fireplace hearth.

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In keeping with the symbols of this particular holiday, Lauren created this dining table centerpiece out of beautiful Fall florals in a mason jar and a ripe pomegranate.

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Three years ago, when Scott and Lauren said “I do”, they displayed this glass etched peacock tray in their ceremony space as a holder for special ritual items. It has since become a staple in their home decor (although has recently been moved off of the coffee table due to their 15 month old daughter’s desire to pull it down) and has seen many seasons come and go through its styling. This Rosh Hashanah, Lauren spruced up her tray with lots of candlelight, a few of of her favorite magazines, and the most beautiful pomegranates we have ever seen.

As we said, this is not the first time this tray has been an integral part of Lauren’s home decor. It has even shown up in many photos throughout the last few years that we have been writing our beloved blog. This New Year, we would love to highlight some of our favorite ways this tray has been styled in the past in order to give handy tips to those of you wishing to spruce up your own decorative trays in the upcoming seasons.

Fall

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In each of these photos, the books or magazines were selected for their Fall coloring. Adding in specialty candles and a few pumpkins can really set the tone, and a golden skull or some burlap fabric makes your decor unique.

Winter

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Festive potpourri is spread throughout these holiday trays while tons of antique glass candle holders can light up your home. An over-sized bow and a few red details will add to the holiday cheer.

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A birthday bar tray changes things up drastically and gives this space a different use.

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A few Conversation Hearts or red roses can really make your tray Valentine’s ready.

Spring

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Fresh Spring blooms dress this tray up nicely and give it some color.

Summer

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You can never go wrong with an all white color scheme in Summer, and these daisies sure do the trick.

As we head into the holiday season, keep these tips in mind for your own decor. Dress up a tray in your home to fit the time of year and bring some cheer. This Rosh Hashanah, we are reminded of our many blessings and how grateful we are to have supportive family and friends. Among many other things, we are truly grateful for our readers. You keep us writing and wanting to create every day. We wish you all a sweet New Year.

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In our previous editions of Wrap With Scraps, we have talked about how we reuse materials from past projects to enhance the look of wrapped gifts and homemade cards. The many scraps we have lying around come in handy when it comes to making cards and tags for various occasions especially when we are in a pinch for time. Lately, we have had lots of reasons to celebrate and have been bringing bottles of wine pretty  much everywhere we go (ok that’s not exactly true but we have had many opportunities to give out bottles of wine to our friends and family for their special occasions). Each time we gift someone in this way, we like to enhance the look of the bottle with homemade tags to personalize it. So without further ado … here are some examples of how we have reused scraps to create homemade tags for each bottle of wine without spending a cent on any new materials:
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Tami had this chalkboard painted bottle of wine leftover from her holiday decor that we gifted to our brother and his girlfriend when they moved into their new place. A red, white, and blue tag with sparkle and stars was added as it was a Fourth of July celebration in addition to a housewarming party.
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A 30th birthday is cause for celebration! This adorable tag was made by Lauren to match the bottle she gave as a gift in attending her friend’s 30th birthday party.
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The same gold polka dotted paper was used on this tag for an engagement party Lauren attended. The bottle of wine was purchased because it already happened to have one of the names of this special couple on the bottle, but Lauren couldn’t leave the other half of the pair out. She added sticker letters to the bottle herself to make sure both names were represented.
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 A big bow changes the whole look of this bottle of wine … from regular use to gift! We felt the leopard print was unexpected and reminded us of this special birthday girl. A matching tag was made as well and incorporated a bit of sparkle and a lot of gold details.
Next time you find yourself attending an engagement, birthday, or housewarming party, and want to make a tag to accompany a really nice bottle of wine, don’t go running off to the craft store to replenish your supply. Remember these tips: Keep scraps handy (you never know when they will be useful), special ribbon and bows really do make a statement, and personalizing the bottle itself is not only creative it can make for a great keepsake. With these tips in mind, your gifts are sure to be remembered for more than just what’s inside.
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It’s Friday! Time for one of our favorite things … food! About a year ago, a new restaurant opened up the street from where Lauren lives. We love to support local businesses, and even better when they are just a short walk away. Since its grand opening, we have added Cafe Brentwood to our frequently visited list and of course have found menu items that we gravitate towards. Perhaps our favorite option (although everything we have tried we have liked) is their chicken burger salad. It is the perfect combination of comfort and healthy and is pleasantly filling while oh so tasty!

This week, we decided to create our own version of this delicious dinner. Let’s be honest, it would have been super easy to just walk up the street and order this meal right off Cafe Brentwood’s menu, but we just happened to have the right ingredients to try it ourselves. Plus, if we failed miserably, we had a back up plan … right? Here are the steps we took:

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1. We chopped up fresh romaine into nice bite size pieces. We find that buying lettuce this way leads to much more crisp salads than the packaged stuff.

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2. Next, we used a grill pan to cook already prepared turkey burger patties seasoned with garlic salt.

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3. We added chopped tomatoes, artichoke hearts, and avocado to our salad.

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4. Once each salad was topped with its burger, we added a splash of lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Mmm mmm good!

We hope you have enjoyed this edition of our weekly Food Fridays post. Sharing these recipes helps us to be innovative in creating our own recipes, and more likely borrowing them from others who know best. Do you have a favorite recipe to share? We would love to hear from you. Leave a comment below.

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