Monday, June 20, 2016

MacKenzie-Childs & Timeless Taste

I absolutely love MacKenzie-Childs: it's really no secret. Anyone who knows me, knows that it's hands down one of my favorite household indulgences! I love the tasteful flair that it can add to a room; be it the kitchen, dining room, bathroom and beyond.

What I love even more about their pieces? They're so versatile!

They make the perfect gift - be it for a birthday or a wedding shower! They're classic pieces that can be handed down.. a true heirloom. And, they're all locally painted in the Finger Lakes - in our very own Aurora, New York (if you've never been to this charming and quaint town, you really must venture out that way). 

One of the ways you can use their pieces, is on your wedding day. That's right; I'm not joking! You can use them to make your candy buffet/Viennese hour that much more fun, with various types of platters, cake stands, and cookie jars. The best part? You can take them home after, to enjoy for years to come! It's this sort of decorative functionality that makes them even better - I love building memories with various pieces over the years. I think we all have a memory or two of Thanksgiving turkey being served on a family platter!

The annual MacKenzie-Childs barn sale is coming up... which means that I have some shopping to do! It also means that you might also have some shopping to do! ;) If you've ever wanted a piece (or few.. or five) of your own, this is the perfect time to get your hands on one. Though not everything in the catalogs or online is available, the staples certainly are! 

If you're interested, here's a link with all the information for this year's festivities:

Look through my widget below to see some of the great pieces that you can give to yourself, or someone special, that can be used for a wedding, shower, or everyday use!

What about you? What are your favorite pieces by MacKenzie-Childs? I'd love to hear!

Sunday, June 5, 2016

#WhistleWhileYouWedSeries: Sarah & Josh

On this edition of the #WhistleWhileYouWed series, we're featuring another wedding from last summer, that of Mr. & Mrs. Stoetzel!

Sarah and Josh are such a cute couple: you can tell that they're so in love with one another, and I think you'll all agree when you see some of their photos! The bride and groom chose to have both their ceremony, and their reception, at the absolutely gorgeous Genesee Grande Hotel in downtown Syracuse. For anyone that is considering this venue for their ceremony, reception, or both, it is definitely an excellent option - and with plenty of rooms for guests to stay in, too!

Sarah chose to utilize her bridemaids' bouquets as a centerpiece for some of her tables, and this is always such a great way to keep your beautiful bouquets on display! It also helps keep them in better condition throughout the night, too, by placing them in julep cups; this way, they don't have one "flat" or "smashed" side by the night's end!

Making the choice to do your ceremony and reception, all at the same venue, can be really beneficial if you have a significant amount of out-of-town guests - especially if they're not from the area that you're getting married in. This way, they don't have the stress of having to navigate not only to one venue, but two! Though not all venues offer this option (especially with larger-scale weddings), it is definitely becoming more and more popular amongst brides today.

The bride's beautiful bouquet; can you see her special charm in it?!

As you can see, an aisle runner & treatment were still possible for Sarah!

What a great looking couple!

Such a sweet shot, the bride's hair is sleek and sophisticated, isn't it?!

The dapper wedding party, with lovely blue bouquets that "pop"!

Congratulations again, Sarah & Josh!