Archives for the Month of January, 2010

om nom nom nom

It’s comforting to know no matter what act of god, unforeseen catastrophe, or fatal mishap that may occur on our wedding day, dessert is covered.  Between the caterer’s options, our favorite banana bread cupcakes from Billy’s, and s’mores at the bonfire we are en route to an epic spread.

On top of it all, we just went to Baked in Red Hook for a cake tasting.  They gave us 9 cupcakes corresponding to the various cakes in their repertoire:  Green Tea Almond, Red Velvet, Malted Milk Ball, Peanut Butter Chocolate, and so forth.  However, the clear winner was the Sweet & Salty cake. Behold:


Dark chocolate cake infused with a salty caramel, caramel chocolate ganache and topped with fleur de sel. (

The designer and consultant we worked with were great.  I would totally recommend the $25 tasting to another couple, or anyone who wanted to get their diabetes on.   I only hope we’ll have an excuse to head all the way back out to Red Hook again before the wedding.  Does anyone need to hit up IKEA?

Ring it On

Over the last few weeks, Amanda and I have started to check out wedding bands.  There’s a lot of great stuff out there, but I’ve become attached to a hammered gold ring from Versani, a jewelry store in Soho that holds a special significance for us.  The very first piece of jewelry I bought Amanda came from Versani, and they designed the star cut-out ring I wear everyday–a gift from my bride to be.


Isn’t it awesome?  It’s like something a caveman made for a prehistoric wedding to his cavelady.  Kidding aside, the hammered texture reminds me of something organic, natural, and time-tested — ideal for a wedding band.  I’m a fan.

We still have plenty of time and a lot of other rings to try on between now and the big day, but I have a feeling that this is the one.

Status Update

Wedding planning is overwhelming to say the least.  There is SO much to do and SO much to decide.  But I think Luke and I are in good shape and we’re having a great time doing it, at least I know I am. I love this stuff! 

With just under 8 months till the big day, I thought I’d share where we are at through a little “booked” “not booked” round-up.


  • Venue
  • Accommodations
  • Photographer
  • DJ
  • Florist

Not Booked

  • CATERER!! (this one is really needs to get done)
  • Cake
  • Rentals
  • Videographer (meeting one tonight)
  • Invitations/Save the Dates/Menus/Programs…ETC
  • Decor
  • Officiant (it’s not enough to want to get married, you have to find someone to do it)
  • Wedding rings
  • Attire (Me, Luke, Wedding Party)
  • Hair/Makeup
  • Transportation
  • Day of Coordinator


Am I forgetting anything?

Alphabet Sparklers

I found this website that sells “ground” alphabet sparklers!  I’m assuming ground sparkler means that you stick them into the ground instead of holding them, right?  I think they will make a great addition to the bonfire atmosphere.  The wedding-esque word possibilities are endless. They also have hearts and stars!


Best Man – Doug McCormick, Jr.

Doug McCormick, Jr.

Name: Doug McCormick, Jr.
DOB: 30 July 1981
Hometown: Westport, CT
College: The Juilliard School of Music, Voice Major
Manhattan School of Mus–nevermind
Profession: Web Analytics Software Trainer
Spirit Animal:
Welsh Corgi
Website: (volume up)

I’m proud to have my older brother Doug as one of my best men.  Growing up we were only a grade apart, so we’ve always been close.  However, it wasn’t until sharing a studio apartment after graduation that we got really close.  Actually it was me, Dougie, Marisa, and the bride-to-be in the small Upper West Side apartment. The arrangement lasted nine months before Amanda and I fled to Brooklyn.

It’s not that I miss our special time together, but in spite of all the fighting, privacy issues, and conflicting sleep schedules, I look back back on it fondly.  This one night, Amanda and I woke up to Dougie standing ON the foot of our bed, rifling through our closet to find a cable for his MiniDisc player.  MiniDisc!! If you haven’t heard of MiniDisc, that’s because they stopped making them in 1997.  Why would he need it at 3am??! Ahh, but I digress…

At the end of it all, the four of us are closer for the shared experinece — and I wouldn’t give that back for all the so-called “personal space” in the world.  Thanks for being my Best man, you always were and always will be.

I think my true feelings would be better expressed through a Chariots of Fire Photo Montage.  Enjoy!

“He ain’t heavy; He’s my brother.”

Exciting News!

A Lovely little bridal shop has invited me to blog about my search for the perfect wedding dress and anything bridal-fashion related along the way.header1

Lovely is a wonderful new bridal boutique opening soon in the West Village. The shop will debut some amazing independent designers and bring gorgeous (yet affordable) dresses to hip and discerning New York brides. I just love the concept!  It’s a long story about how I got involved, but I’m very excited to be one of the voices of Lovely.

I’d love to spread the word about Lovely so please tell your friends, link to the blog, and if anyone is looking for a wedding dress, definitely let them know!  They’ll thank you later.


(Out of tradition, superstition, or whatever it is, Luke has promised not to peek at my wedding dress posts on Lovely.  Hopefully no secrets will be revealed before the big day…)

Cold January, Hot Chili.

We love food.  But I’ll admit that most of the time our love for food manifests into eating out or ordering in.  NYC provides endless food options that we rarely take the time to cook for ourselves.  However, when we do, it’s great. It’s a wonderful feeling to eat a meal you made yourself and even better to do it with the one you love.

Last night Luke and I made an amazing chili. It started from a recipe online and then we added our own improvised touches. It turned out so well and amazingly delicious that I decided to share our special recipe!


  • 1 lb ground chuck
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 can cherry tomatoes
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 1 can tomato juice
  • 1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can borlotti beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can sweet corn, drained and rinsed
  • 1 large chopped onion
  • 1 chopped green bell pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (from a can) chopped


  1. Place ground chuck and turkey in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium-high heat until evenly brown. Drain, and crumble.
  2. In a large pot combine the beef and turkey, cherry tomatoes, tomato sauce, kidney beans, bortolli beans, corn, onions, bell pepper, chipotle peppers, cayenne pepper, sugar, oregano, ground black pepper, salt, cumin and chili powder.  Then add tomato juice till the chili is at the consistency you desire (note that some liquid will evaporate).  Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Simmer for 1 1/2 hours.

When its ready, serve in your favorite bowl and top with sour cream and cheddar cheese (if you want).  Eat with a spoon or scoop it up with some blue corn chips like we did!

This recipe makes a lot of chili so be prepared to freeze it, share it, or eat it every night.

Maids of Honor – Vanessa & Marissa

To be honest, for a long time I didn’t think I was going to have any wedding party whatsoever.  But the more I thought about it I just knew I needed to have Vanessa and Marissa apart of this really exciting adventure.

From NV Demarest to Skidmore College these two have been apart of many of the big moments in my life and I’m so lucky and grateful that they are going to be in the wedding.  They mean the world to me and I love them with all my heart.  Words are failing me now to try and explain how important these two people are to me…maybe I’ll find them by the wedding(speech!).  So for now, I’ll let pictures do the talking.

2002 (Vanessa, Amanda, Marissa)




lovely packaging


I love thoughtful and pretty packaging.  These chocolate bars from Mast Brothers Chocolate would fit in perfectly at our wedding but unfortunately at $9.20 each, they are a bit much.  

Wow, that paper really is stunning.  Inspiration alert.

(via design is mine)


I would say the big thing that sealed the deal for us about Shadow Lawn was the end of the night bonfire they offer.  It’s going to be amazing to wind down from all the excitement of the night with our loved ones, sitting around a fire.  I have lots of neat ideas for this part of the evening that I’ll definitely share soon!

And if you play the guitar feel free to bring it!  We can have a sing-a-long!!  km13