Weddings

Our {Surprise!} Wedding Story

July 13, 2015

Surprise Lake Sunapee, NH Wedding

Today is our second anniversary. Two years!! Part of me feels like we got married yesterday, and part of me feels like it’s been much longer–but in a good way. So much has happened!

I started this blog after we got married and haven’t shared much about our wedding, so I thought today would be a great day to share some details with you guys!

Surprise Lake Sunapee, NH Wedding

Surprise Lake Sunapee, NH Wedding

Two years ago, Dan and I threw a surprise wedding on Lake Sunapee in Sunapee, New Hampshire. We both love Lake Sunapee so much and actually lived on the lake for a year after college, so it was the perfect place for us to get married. We rented an amazing lake house near the base of Mount Sunapee with an awesome dock and back lawn to host a small gathering with family and a couple of close friends.

Surprise Lake Sunapee, NH Wedding

To pull off the surprise, Dan and I disguised the event as a BBQ engagement party. We told guests to dress casually and bring their swimming suits.

Our siblings were in on the secret and helped so much with planning and making sure everything went smoothly, but our parents thought they were at our lake-side engagement party. Right before the ceremony, we invited them and our siblings to the top floor of the house to let them in on the secret…

Surprise Lake Sunapee, NH Wedding

Surprise Lake Sunapee, NH Wedding

This photo cracks me up! Dan’s parents, Deb and John, were so surprised!

Surprise Lake Sunapee, NH Wedding

Surprise Lake Sunapee, NH Wedding

My dad telling me he “knew something was up the whole time.” Haha!

Surprise Lake Sunapee, NH Wedding

After the mini reveal, Meg, Dan’s sister, officiated a short and sweet ceremony in front of our loved ones. With Lake Sunapee in the background, it was exactly what we wanted.

Surprise Lake Sunapee, NH Wedding

Surprise Lake Sunapee, NH Wedding

Surprise Lake Sunapee, NH Wedding

After the ceremony, we grilled lunch, swam, and enjoyed hanging out by the lake.

Surprise Lake Sunapee, NH Wedding

Surprise Lake Sunapee, NH Wedding

Surprise Lake Sunapee, NH Wedding

Surprise Lake Sunapee, NH Wedding
Surprise Lake Sunapee, NH Wedding

Surprise Lake Sunapee, NH Wedding

Meg and our brother-in-law, Pat, surprised us with this incredible cake and cupcake pyramid from Eat Cake in Newburyport, MA. So good!

Surprise Lake Sunapee, NH Wedding

Surprise Lake Sunapee, NH Wedding

Surprise Lake Sunapee, NH Wedding

My mom makes the prettiest bouquets, and I knew I wanted her to make my wedding bouquet. But, under the circumstances, that was a challenge. A week before the wedding, I asked her to make a few bouquets that could sit on the tables during the party. That way, I thought, I could use one of her bouquets without telling her she was making my wedding bouquet. It worked out perfectly!

Surprise Lake Sunapee, NH Wedding

This amazing succulent wreath was made by Kristin and delivered by boat the morning of our wedding.

Surprise Lake Sunapee, NH Wedding

Our guests loved the “photo booth.” I bought a Fujifilm Instax Mini 25 and lots of film and set up the photo booth in the corner of the porch.

Surprise Lake Sunapee, NH Wedding

It was such a perfect day!

 

(Our wonderful photos are by Meg Hamilton.)

A DIY Vermont Wedding

June 22, 2015

DIY Vermont Wedding | City and Us blog

DIY Vermont Wedding | City and Us blog

Hi friends! I’m back from a four-day weekend in Vermont. It was a treat to escape the city for a few days and relax with friends and family. Vermont is so gorgeous in the spring and summer, and it feels incredibly fresh and calm coming from NYC.

We were in Vermont for a wedding; on Saturday, two of our close friends were married in Woodstock, Vermont. I’d highly recommend visiting Woodstock if you’re ever in Vermont. It’s a quintessential Vermont town with a mom-and-pop-shop-lined Main Street and a covered bridge right in town!

I took a bunch of photos over the long weekend. I’m still sorting through all of them, but here are a few from my iPhone, if you’d like to see…

DIY Vermont Wedding | City and Us blog

DIY Vermont Wedding | City and Us blog

DIY Vermont Wedding | City and Us blog

The wedding was a “true DIY wedding” as the bride said. And Dan, my Mom, and I helped with a few fun wedding projects. My Mom made the bride’s and bridesmaid’s bouquets, and I assisted her–we had so much fun! How beautiful are they?!

DIY Vermont Wedding | City and Us blog

I painted wedding signs, and Dan mounted and installed them.

DIY Vermont Wedding | City and Us blog

Dan’s Aunt Karen made her famous carrot cake, and my Mom and I decorated it with flowers leftover from the bouquets.

DIY Vermont Wedding | City and Us blog

The ceremony location included benches that were handmade by a close friend who also officiated the wedding!

DIY Vermont Wedding | City and Us blog

Cocktail hour was hosted on this huge back porch, and lawn games were set up in the back yard.

Kelley & Dan | City and Us blog

Third wedding of 2015 in the books!

 

PS. More DIY wedding flowers!

Tiny Wedding Flower Arrangements

September 18, 2014

Tiny Wedding Flower Arrangements. Photo via Kelley // TheCityandUs.com

For years, Dan’s father, John, has collected glass bottles from construction sites and abandoned homes and barns.  There must be over 500 bottles in his collection and it keeps growing. For the most part, the collection lives in John’s basement, steadily growing. But whenever there is a family gathering–be it a wedding, dinner party, reunion, etc–the bottles are used as simple, beautiful decor. Sometimes they’re filled with flowers and other times they’re displayed alone or used to make the center piece at the dinning table.

Tiny Wedding Flower Arrangements. Photo via Kelley // TheCityandUs.com

Tiny Wedding Flower Arrangements. Photo via Kelley // TheCityandUs.com

Tiny Wedding Flower Arrangements. Photo via Kelley // TheCityandUs.com

Last weekend, Molly (John’s niece/Dan’s cousin) and Alex borrowed several of John’s glass bottles to make tiny flower arrangements to display on tables at their wedding reception. The day before the wedding, the mother of the bride, bridesmaids, and a few other women close to Molly got together and created the tiny arrangements to be used the next day. It was such a sweet thing to do together and the arrangement turned out beautifully. The flowers were grown by Molly’s mom and good friend and included an assortment of small green, pink, yellow and white blooms.

Tiny Wedding Flower Arrangements. Photo via Kelley // TheCityandUs.com

After I finished helping with the arrangements, I couldn’t resist snapping a few photos. They were just too beautiful! I love this idea of growing and arranging your own wedding flowers. Not only is it kind on your budget, it’s also sustainable and a great way to include family and friends in your celebration.

What do you think? Did you DIY your wedding flowers? Or are you planning to?

And, CONGRATULATIONS again, Molly & Alex! xoxo

 

Las Vegas Elopement

September 15, 2014

First kiss

Pat and Meg described their Las Vegas elopement as “spontaneous, badass, and exceptional.” And I love their advice for anyone considering eloping (or getting married, for that matter): “Wait until you’ve had some quality life experiences and know yourself and what you are looking for in a partner.” Here, Meg shares some details from their exciting trip to The Little White Chapel in Las Vegas!

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Napa Valley Elopement

September 11, 2014

Whitney & Toru. Napa Valley. Aug 2012

A couple weeks ago, my sister, Whitney, and her husband, Toru, celebrated their second wedding anniversary. Two years ago, they eloped to Napa Valley and had a dreamy ceremony on a balcony overlooking breathtaking wine vineyards. To celebrate with them, Whitney and Toru invited their siblings and sibling’s significant others along for the celebration. It was such a fun, whirlwind trip and one of the most romantic places! I’d love to share some pictures and details of their exciting elopement and a bit of advice from Whitney for couples considering eloping (hint: she’d do it all over again!)…
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Wedding Signage

August 27, 2014

d+k_weddingsignage1

Did you make any custom pieces for your wedding celebration? Or are you planning to? DIY weddings have been very popular for a few years now, and I think it’s such a great way to invest in your special day. While Dan and I had a very non-traditional wedding with low-key decor, I spent some time doing a few popular diy projects to add a personal touch to our day, and I loved the entire creative process! Wedding signage is particularly popular, for good reason–they’re so cute! Here’s a look at one of the signs I made for our wedding.

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These burlap signs are very easy to make and can be used in several different ways. In addition to this d/k one, I also made one for the bar table that simply said “bar.” I refer to Dan and I as “d + k” often on Instagram, Twitter, and in texts, so, I wanted to make a sign that captured that idea. Instead of using a plus character, I opted for a heart, which I thought was fitting for a wedding day. I found this particular burlap at Joann Fabrics (on sale…surprisingly, burlap can be a bit expensive). It’s a little hard to tell in these photographs, but the burlap has a gold thread sown into it. That little bit of gold sparkle was perfect because I incorporated some other gold objects into the decor (some I spray painted gold and some were items that I was given or already had).

I’d love to know, did you make a sign for your wedding? How about another diy project? I’d love to check out your craftiness! Leave a link in the comment section linking back to your diy project, if you’d like : )

Hope you’re having a great week.

Happy Anniversary, Whitney & Toru!

August 21, 2014

Whit & Toru

Happy anniversary to my beautiful sister Whitney and her husband Toru! I love this picture of the two of them. It was taken the night before they got married in Napa Valley two years ago, and I just love how you can tell how happy and relaxed they were! I can’t believe it’s been two years…time is a weird thing! Whit and Toru just returned from a week long trip to San Diego where they met their new (and first!) nephew, enjoyed views from the top of the Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial, watched stunning California sunsets, and saw hundreds of seals sunning at La Jolla Cove and celebrated two years of marriage together!

Love you both to the moon and back! xo

9 Unique Wedding Gifts for a Bride

August 5, 2014

This past weekend, our friends Kristen and Spencer got married in New Hampshire. Their intimate ceremony took place along the Connecticut River, and the setting and decor were so beautiful. It was a treat to escape hot New York City for a couple of days and to catch up with friends we hadn’t seen in years.

Kristen and Spencer’s wedding was the first for us this season. Usually by this point in the summer, we’d have already been to a few weddings with three or four more scheduled for late summer and fall. I think we’re coming to the end of that age range when you have weddings every weekend of the summer; we’ve easily been to over 25 weddings in the past four years! (Crazy!)

Since I keep my eyes and ears open for unique wedding gift ideas, I thought I’d share a few ideas for brides, specifically.

Here are 9 ideas for unique wedding gifts for a bride:

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