Marvelous Monday

by forloveofcarrots on October 20, 2014

We had a great weekend away but if I am being honest I am feeling a little blah today. Tired and a little blah about all the unhealthy food and gluten I seemed to eat this weekend. So let’s start this day on a positive note!

Marvelous is: a fun wedding at a cool venue. My cousin got married on Friday night at a place called Artisan Works in Rochester NY. The place had artwork outside and in, apparently it was all for sale. We had a fun time checking out all the unqiue artwork and joking about what we would want to bring home. I almost had to come home with a giant tree with an avatar looking creature on it and some alien living inside, thanks to my clumsiness and almost knocking it over. Thankfully I saved it, otherwise I just didn’t know where I would put it!

me and mom

me and jeff


Marvelous is: all the family time. It was nice to get to spend time with my dads side of the family. We saw them at our wedding but it seemed like a blur so it was good to catch up with everyone.

Marvelous is: chai tea lattes with soy milk from Starbucks. I tried one for the first time yesterday and must say I am a huge fan. I even got Jeff on board with it. We both agreed it tasted like holidays in a cup.
Chai Tea Latte

Marvelous is: aerolette, I had registered for this and got it a couple of weeks ago. I am obsessed. Typically I am a black coffee drinker but occasionally I like to add almond milk and occasionally I like my milk frothy! If you like cappuccinos and lattes because of the frothy milk you should definitely get one of these. I am not thinking I will be able to make my own chai tea lattes with almond milk :)

How was your weekend?

Have you tried a chai tea latte?

Do you have any weddings this year?


Rehearsal Day and Dinner at Nora Cupcake

by forloveofcarrots on October 15, 2014

I thought today might be a good day to start recaping our whole wedding experience. Our wedding “week” if you will started mid week when family members slowly started to trickle in from out of town. My parents housed most of the early guests and did a great job of entertaining all of us and feeding us well!

Saturday August 30th was rehearsal day! I woke up, went to bar method and got a blow out because of certain hair issues I was having I thought it was necessary to get a blow out.

Because people were getting married that evening at our venue we had to have our rehearsal around lunch time.
We rehearsed outside because we planned (key word planned) on getting married outside in the rose garden.

rehearsal 1

After the rehearsal we planned for everyone to go to Arrigoni Winery in Portland, CT for some snacks, wine and relaxation.

me and allison

me and jeff

We hung out there for a couple of hours chatting, taking pictures and drinking wine. After that we headed out to the hotel for everyone to freshen up and then head to Nora Cupcake Co. for our rehearsal dinner.

nora cupcake

They have a really cool room that you can rent out for events and bring in your own food and alcohol. Jeff’s mom and dad did a great job giving it a personal touch.



We brought in food from Illiano’s in Middletown, CT. They did a great job of catering to my gluten free needs and made some great pasta dishes and a delicious salad.

After eating dinner Jeff and I gave our gift to our parents and I gave mine to my bridesmaids. Jeff had given his gifts already. For the dad’s we got them matching ties to wear to the wedding. For the mom’s I had bracelets made by Aquinnah Jewelry (she made my wedding earrings).

You already know what I got the bridesmaids. I also bought Cait and my friend Ashley a small gift for doing readings at the wedding. I found their bracelets on Etsy.

For dessert we obviously got Nora’s cupcakes! We chose 3 cupcakes and a gluten free one :)


Chocolate oreo

Apple Bourbon
apple bourbon

GF champagne cake

All of which were delicious and we can’t thank Nora enough for letting us have our rehearsal dinner here. The whole evening was a blast and super relaxed just the way we wanted it to be.

After dessert we all hung out for a while before heading back to the hotel and calling it a night.





All of my bridesmaids stayed with me. I didn’t do too much sleeping that night and woke up fairly early Sunday morning anxious to get the day going!

Which cupcake would you want the most?

Did you go to any wineries this summer?


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