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Building a Wedding Website with Squarespace

June 23, 2016
HANNAH SHELBY: Building a Wedding Website With Squarespace

When we began thinking about building a wedding website, we knew we wanted something that would give us the flexibility to build a site that was extremely comprehensive, and not only provided details for the wedding weekend, but also helped our guests plan their travels to Tulum. Squarespace provided the perfect amount of ease and flexibility, allowing us to create an image heavy site with all the page layouts and tools we were looking for. Additionally, one of our favorite features of building a wedding website with Squarespace was the ability to use a fully custom web domain.

Once we purchased our web domain, we began browsing through available themes on Squarespace. We knew we wanted something that could showcase the beauty of the location with lots of big pictures, and also something with clean and minimal font, lots of white space, etc. We landed on Forte, and truly love how each and every page turned out. Below are the pages we included on our site.

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The Forte theme showcases a full screen slider for all your sub pages, which allowed for our guests to immediately visualize the beautiful location they were about to travel to!  Continue Reading…

TRAVEL & LEISURE

Insta Snapshot: Memorial Day Weekend in Michigan

June 1, 2016
Memorial Day Weekend at Black Star Farms

How was your Memorial Day? We spent the long weekend in Michigan again this year, which has now become an annual tradition since our first trip back in 2014. Our go-to spot is up in Northern Michigan, in and around Glen Arbor and Traverse City. We like to stay right outside of Glen Arbor in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore at D.H. Day campground. The beautiful lakeshore and sand dunes are right at your footsteps, as well as kayaking, biking, and our favorite, the Leelanau Peninsula—full of amazing wineries. On top of all that, the culinary rich town of Traverse City is only a 30 min. drive away.

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One of our favorite wineries we stop at every year is Blackstar Farms. They produce the absolute best Pinot Noir, and after your first tasting, if you keep the glasses and bring them back, the tastings become complimentary. Plus, they have horses, which for me is irresistible. Some other wineries we visited this year were Chateau Fontaine, Bluestone Vineyards, L. Mawby, big LITTLE, and M22. We love bringing home bottles from every place we visit. Each time we open a bottle and enjoy the delicious local wine, it brings back all the memories from each trip.

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The lakeshore at Sleeping Bear is absolutely breathtaking. The water is crystal clear and the sand is bright white. The colors are almost reminiscent of Tulum, only the water this time of year is ice cold and of course there are no palm trees in sight.

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Plus, the beach is lined with gorgeous rocks, which are perfect for skipping.

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Downtown Traverse City is full of really great shops and restaurants. This year we enjoyed some delicious french fare at Amical, including the Morel Gratin above. Morels are in season around this time, so we always try to find some way to eat them while we are in the area.

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On our drive back to the city, we stopped in New Buffalo to meet up with some friends. Our friend Marc grilled a delicious dinner and afterwards we all headed down to the beach to enjoy the sunset. It was the perfect end to a perfect weekend.

Have you ever been to Northern Michigan? Do you have any Memorial Day traditions?

TRAVEL & LEISURE

Hotel Lust: Destination BCN

May 24, 2016
HANNAH SHELBY: DESTINATION BCN

Calling all design lovers! If you’ve ever dreamed of a delightful summer holiday filled with beaches, museums, and all the tapas you can eat, look no further than DestinationBCN. This Catalonian company offers fourteen stylish apartments, all centrally located in historic buildings in the heart of one of the world’s most vibrant cities—Barcelona.

The apartments, each given and unique and catchy name, are decorated with a range of natural elements in neutral tones, creating warm and inviting spaces. I imagine waking up each morning, sun pouring in, to enjoy a cafe and listen to the sounds of the neighborhood around me—pure magic!

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Apartment Marimon

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LOVE & RELATIONSHIPS

Wedding Portraitbooth!

May 13, 2016
HANNAH SHELBY: Wedding Photo Booth

Our amazing wedding photographers, Sean and Aaron, also run an equally amazing company called The Portraitbooth Co. Here is the inspiration for the idea according to Sean:

“Portrait photographer Annie Leibovitz used to tour with the Rolling Stones, and in a constant attempt to capture them at their best, she realized that they would go on stage, give it everything they had, and come off stage sweating, full of adrenaline, and never looking better. So she set up a back drop and some lights, and would take photos of them just as they got off stage. This is what I want for your wedding. So we set up a large gray backdrop and one light right next to the dancefloor. Weddings are a big deal to everyone involved, even the guests, and this allows me to get photos of all of them, looking their best, full of life and energy. Whether it’s one person or 25, it can accommodate most groups, and still make everyone look amazing.”

I mean, WOW. Kind of gives you goosebumps, right!? This turned out to be one of my favorite ideas for our wedding reception and made our wedding in Tulum even more fun than we already knew it would be. When I look at these and see everyone having a blast, it brings back the best memories of the most crazy and fun day ever! They truly are timeless. Thank you Sean and Aaron!

For more information and to book The Portraitbooth Co. for your wedding, click here.
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TRAVEL & LEISURE

The St. Barts Beach House You’ve Been Dreaming About

May 10, 2016
HANNAH SHELBY: Villa Palmier

Hold your breathe, because this house in St. Barts is what vacations dreams are made of. Villa Palmier is a two bedroom, two bathroom villa located in the neighborhood of Anse Des Cayes. American owners Kate and Matt, who fell in love with St. Barts after their first trip to the island, took their passion for the ocean and french culture and created their dream beach home, “We believe in a curated home, where every part of the house has a story, a purpose and aesthetic appeal. We are passionate about timeless, simple, elegant design, and spaces that cultivate a sense of well being. At Villa Palmier, time slows down, sea breezes flow continuously though the house, and you’ll find it hard to leave your perch from the pool deck, looking out on the sea.”

Sleeping up to four people, the villa features indoor-outdoor living, a large pool, a private outdoor shower with hot & cold water, beautiful ocean views, ipe decks and the sound of the waves from every room. It has been decorated in a modern organic style with a neutral color pallet to invoke a sense of serenity. Personal touches and attention to detail are found throughout the house with the softest linens, beautiful art, and found objects. The spacious open air kitchen is perfect for cooking fresh fish from the local fish market. The house is conveniently located in the neighborhood of Anse Des Cayes, less than a 5 minute drive to Gustavia, St Jean, and Flamands.

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LOVE & RELATIONSHIPS, TRAVEL & LEISURE

Snapshots from Tulum: Wedding Addition

May 1, 2016
HANNAH SHELBY: Snapshots from Tulum Wedding Addition

Things were quiet hectic the last several months as I was completely immersed in planning a wedding! On April 16th, Joe and I made things official in one of our favorite places on earth: Tulum, Mexico.

We decided for our big day, we wanted to celebrate with a small gathering of our closest family and friends and found the perfect venue: a private property right in the heart of Tulum beach. The wedding was wonderful and magical and everything we hoped for. The days leading up to the wedding were so busy, I barely had my camera out, but below are a few snippets from the week after the wedding we spent lounging and relaxing after a crazy, busy weekend.

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A couple of photos from our pre-wedding shoot at Coqui Coqui. We can’t wait to see the rest! Continue Reading…

LIFE

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

April 28, 2016
jane berkin and kids

How do you thank the woman who has been there for you, through thick and thin, through good days and bad, from the very beginning? It’s a grandiose task, friends. And frankly, no gift will ever come close to doing her justice. But there is no sense in not trying. Below are a few ideas to help show the #1 lady in your life just how much she means to you.

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TRAVEL & LEISURE

Hotel Lust: San Giorgio Mykonos

April 2, 2016
HANNAH SHELBY: Hotel Lust San Giorgio Mykonos

Do you have any big travel plans this year? With our wedding coming up in only a few short days, we’re narrowing down our honeymoon destinations and Greece is very high on the list. In particular, we’re eyeing this gem on the island of Mykonos, Hotel San Giorgio.HANNAH SHELBY: Hotel Lust San Giorgio Mykonos HANNAH SHELBY: Hotel Lust San Giorgio Mykonos

Part of the Design Hotels group, the decor is absolutely dreamy: white-washed walls, muted colors, and hand-crafted furnishings create a relaxing, bohemian sanctuary. Continue Reading…

TRAVEL & LEISURE

California Dreamin’

October 1, 2015
HANNAH SHELBY: California Dreamin'

Some highlights from our recent trip to California.

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We began our trip in wine country at a private rental home 3000ft. up in the Vaca Mountains. The property is known as  “Girl on the Hill” and is owned by the sweetest couple, Dan and Denise, who grow grapes and lavender on the property which they use to make both their own small batch wines and lots of wonderful lavender products. We spent an entire day lounging around the property, laying out buy the pool, exploring the grounds, and even hitting a few golf balls at the putting green. Then we ended the evening by grilling a big feast and drinking local wines while star gazing. It was pure heaven.

Before we left, Denise and Dan gave us a tour of their home, also on the property, which they have made out of shipping containers. We all sat around chatting and drinking Girl On the Hill wine (which is spectacular) and it was so refreshing to learn their story and really get to know such an inspiring couple who have done something really unique with their land. If you find yourself planning a trip to Napa/Sonoma, I would highly recommend staying at Girl on the Hill.

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How spectacular are these views!

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LOVE & RELATIONSHIPS

4th of July Surprise

July 14, 2015
HANNAH SHELBY: 4th of July Surprise

The 4th of July is always one of the most fun holidays of the year, but this year it was one of the best weekends of my life.

For the last 3 years, we’ve spent the holiday weekend at Joe’s family lake house. This year we decided to do the same, only to my surprise, we made the trip in that pretty little white number below! After a relaxing Friday, Saturday the 4th was no different: the day was spent sunbathing on the dock with ice cold drinks and good music, followed by an afternoon grilling a proper Independence Day feast. Together with family and friends, we finished our last bites and headed back down to the dock for fireworks. The sun was just beginning to set, and to kick things off, we all agreed sparklers were the best way to get things started. Each of us had one in hand, jumping and dancing around the dock. And then, to my complete surprise, I looked over to see Joe down on one knee with what he referred to as “a special sparkler just for you” :) After some tears, lots of pictures, and one very important YES!, we celebrated with Champagne and of course fireworks. It was the perfect weekend and one I’ll never forget. But best of all, I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life adventuring through it all with my best friend.

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