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  • October28th

    If you live in the Saratoga Springs region, come visit us on Sunday at the “Only the Best” bridal show at The National Museum of Dance. We’ll be there talking to brides and grooms about wedding planning, the magazine, and how to be featured in our bridal announcements section. Have a burning question about the magazine or need an insider perspective on the local wedding industry? Come chat us up! This is our second consecutive year attending this event, and we’re very excited for another opportunity to meet with brides face-to-face. If you’re in the area, come say hi — we love making new friends!

    When: 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014
    Where: The National Museum of Dance
    Cost of Admission: Free!

    National Museum of Dance | Adirondack Weddings Magazine

    As always, feel free to check out our events page on an ongoing basis to view any upcoming shows we plan to attend, and for links to past bridal show coverage.

    Hope to see you there!

  • October28th

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  • September11th

    The sudden dip in temperatures here in the Adirondacks leaves little doubt that the official start of fall is just days away. Luckily, that means it’s time for changing leaves, warm sweaters, and perhaps best of all, apple-based treats!

    5 great apple recipes from Adirondack Weddings Magazine

    We celebrated National Apple Month on the blog last year and have gathered the recipes here in one place for your culinary convenience. Try our Apple Cider Signature Cocktail, Apple Cider Doughnuts, Homemade Apple Crisp, Adirondack Apple Cake, and Homemade Apple Jelly!

    Did you test out any of these recipes last year? We’d love to hear about it! Leave us a note in the comments below.

  • July30th

    Showering a bride and groom with a symbolic item is a practice with roots that go back thousands of years. In ancient Rome, wedding guests threw wheat in celebration of newlywed couples, which symbolized fertility. It also acted as a sort of bouquet-toss; little girls in attendance gathered up the grains for good luck in finding their own happy marriages. Many cultures have adopted a similar tradition, often substituting rice.

    An Exit to Remember | Adirondack Weddings Magazine

    Would you like to be showered with something festive at your wedding? Feel free to do as the Romans did and use wheat, especially if you don’t care to roll the dice with the Roman fertility gods. Bubbles are another go-to favorite, but there are many other fun options you might consider when choosing a makeshift confetti. These suggestions not only add a creative twist to your ceremony exit, they also set the scene for some beautiful pictures!

    Lavender. Is there anything more refreshing than the smell of fresh flowers in spring? Already an ideal confetti shape and size, lavender is perfect for tossing and creates a fragrant shower of purple rain. Plus, with an all-natural confetti like this, there’s no need to sweep up after! Nature will take care of it.

    Rainbow sprinkles. Though you may lose a portion of the supply to your sweet-toothed guests, candy sprinkles (or “jimmies,” as some people call them) will create a festive, colorful storm of sweetness. Skip these on a very hot day, however, because there’s a chance they could melt just enough to bleed color onto the bride’s wedding dress.

    Helicopter leaves. We all remember playing with them as kids – those strange little propellers that spiral down from budding maples in the spring. Imagine leaving your ceremony under a shower of them, spinning delicately all around you. They could even be painted according to your chosen color palette, or covered in fine metallic glitter for extra effect.

    Ideas for an Exit to Remember | Adirondack Weddings Magazine

    Glitter. This is perhaps the ultimate show-stopper. Have your guests blow glitter, found in any craft store, from their hands as you exit the venue, creating a sparkling blizzard. You could choose all silver for a enchanting, snow-like effect, or give out several colors to create a fun look that will get everyone in the mood for a great reception!

    Fall leaves. What better way to celebrate the rich colors of fall at your wedding than to use fall leaves in your exit toss? Perfect for Adirondack weddings, this gorgeous confetti is also completely free! You could get your flower girls and ring-bearer involved by having them collect the leaves. Tell them to be sure to only pick the dry, top layer so that a damp leaf won’t end up staining your fabulous dress!

    Sparklers. Okay, so you don’t want to throw these, but they’ll look stunning as your guests hold and wave them when you exit, like your own mini fireworks show. For safety, you may want to have a barrier or defined path that your guests can stay clear of; we wouldn’t want wedding attire set ablaze!

    Ideas for an Exit to Remember | Sparklers | Adirondack Weddings Magazine

    The exit toss is a special moment for newlyweds and guests alike. It’s a time when the the seriousness of the ceremony gives way to a joyful celebration of the future. It’s the moment when loved ones save words and simply cheer. Make that moment even more special with a meaningful confetti. If wheat brings fertility, you can decide for yourself what lavender and glitter bring – inner calm and great dance moves? Whatever your taste, make yours an exit to remember.

    — Story by Elizabeth R. Davidson

    {Editor’s note: The top photograph, a stunning shot from Kristin and Adam Parker’s wedding on Chapel Island on Saranac Lake, was featured in our debut issue!}

  • July16th

    There’s something magical about an outdoor wedding in the summertime – vivid green grass, trees thick with leaves, and flowers blooming everywhere in sight. Warm weather in the Adirondacks signals a time of beginnings, of starting over; like a wedding itself, it’s the start of something new and exciting. Ceremonies held in the great outdoors are rife with scenic possibilities, but since the date must be set and planned so far in advance, it’s impossible to know whether the weather will cooperate. Instead of stressing about things out of your control, stay calm by focusing your energy on a few simple preparations. Embracing the rain can make for a unique and memorable wedding – and the chance for some gorgeous photos!

    How to Have a Rainy Day Wedding | Adirondack Weddings Magazine

    Taking cover. Umbrellas can add a beautiful touch to a wedding party. You might try a set in a variety of shades from your color palette to create an ombre effect, or perhaps a simple, clear style that creates dew-dropped halos around your bridesmaids and groomsmen. Want something with more impact? You could choose the gorgeous pink umbrellas pictured below, or a similar design in purple. Do you and your betrothed love Van Gogh? You could pick an umbrella inspired by “Irises” or “Starry Night.” Depending on your choice, the effect can be whimsical, classically chic, or a little of both.

    Booting up. If rain falls on the big day, your delicate designer heels probably won’t stand a chance. Why not set them aside and slip on some Wellington boots? With a matching set for the bridal party, whether in solids or bright prints, the end result is adorable, fun, and has a sense of humor. It says you laughed in the face of rain and made it work – with style.

    Making up. Almost nothing is worse for makeup than a rainy day, but a little preparation can steer you clear of any mid-ceremony mascara streaks. Obviously, you’ll want to have waterproof mascara and waterproof eyeliner, but you might also want to try using a lid primer to secure eye shadow and/or a powder foundation for a little extra staying power. On a drizzly day, modern make-up innovations are a girl’s best friend.

    How to Have a Rainy Day Wedding | Adirondack Weddings Magazine

    How to Have a Rainy Day Wedding | Adirondack Weddings<br />

    Getting the perfect shots. If you’re planning an outdoor wedding, check in with your photographer ahead of time about the possibility of showers. Planning beforehand will alleviate some of the stress when you see a dreary forecast a few days before the ceremony. The possibility of adverse weather is all the more reason to hire a seasoned pro, not count on your brother’s friend’s cousin who once took a photography class in junior college. If your photographer is experienced with rain and otherwise well-prepared for a stormy shoot, you’ll be rewarded with some truly gorgeous photos. With droplets catching the light and falling on cheeks, the photos are sure to be magical.

    Taking no chances. Outdoor reception? Unless you have an indoor contingency venue, you’re definitely going to need to rent a tent! Luckily, wedding tents are elegant and you can decorate the space to your heart’s content, adding draping ceiling liners, flowers, and glowing strings of lights. You can’t be too careful, however, so to be safe, consider purchasing wedding insurance. While a tent can protect your guests from heavy rain, in the event of a storm or hurricane or other disaster, postponing the wedding might be the safest route. After all, the safety of you and your guests must always come first! True love will certainly hold out a little longer.

    Letting go. The most important asset for a rainy wedding is a good attitude. Like marriage, weddings involve surprises, adjustment, and compromise. Precipitation on your wedding day doesn’t have to be a tragedy, especially when you’re forearmed with a plan. After all, a chance of rain also brings the chance to implement your problem-solving skills. What if it snows in May, or if hail reigns down in October? That’s not so bad — actually, it sounds like an event your guests will never forget!

    — Story by Elizabeth R. Davidson

    {Editor’s note: Want more rainy day wedding tips? The topic of wedding day weather is so important that we published a story called “Rain or Shine” in our debut issue, still available for purchase right here on the website!}

  • July8th

    For many Adirondack brides, preserving the wedding dress is a given. But have you considered preserving your wedding flowers, too? Because you can do it yourself at home, it’s far less costly than preserving your gown, and instead of sitting in the back of your closet, this pretty memento will liven up your home with memories of your big day.

    How to dry your wedding flowers | Adirondack Weddings Magazine

    Preserving flowers by drying them is one of the simplest and most elegant craft ideas. You might choose to dry not only your bridal bouquet, but also the flowers from your reception centerpieces. Once the flowers have dried, hang them upside down on a wall or arrange them in a vase where they can be admired every day. There are many different techniques for preserving flowers, but we like this one for its simplicity.

    How to dry your wedding flowers | Adirondack Weddings Magazine

    You will need:
    - Thin twine
    - A tack
    - Hairspray or an aerosol flower sealer

    Step one. Place the flowers in water as soon as possible after use on your big day. If you’re not going to be carrying your bouquet around after saying, “I do,” choose someone trustworthy ahead of time who can put them somewhere safe.
    Step two. As soon as possible, remove the flowers from the water and gently dry the stems with a clean towel. Adjust any flowers or ribbons that may have come undone.
    Step three. Wrap the twine around the flowers where they’re already tied with the ribbon or lace, and leave a long piece free (about 6”). Turn the end of the long piece of twine into a small hook.
    Step four. With a nail or a tack, hang the flowers upside down (against a wall or from the ceiling if you don’t want one side to flatten while drying). Only hang them in a well-ventilated, dry area with no direct sunlight.
    Step five. Leave until they are completely dry. Be patient; this can take up to four weeks, depending on the flowers!
    Step six. Generously spray the entire bouquet with hairspray or aerosol flower sealer.

    How to dry your wedding flowers | Adirondack Weddings Magazine

    Once your flowers have dried, let the decorating begin! Hang them on the wall next to your framed wedding photograph or use a vase from your reception to create a new centerpiece for your dining room table. Drying and displaying your flowers allows them to be like your love – everlasting!

    — Story by Felicia Bonanno

    Editor’s note: Have you used your wedding flowers to decorate your love nest? Let us know! We are planning a story on this very topic for an upcoming issue of the print magazine. We’d love to feature your story!

  • July2nd

    Independence Day is here, meaning it’s time to enjoy delicious foods and partake in festivities that celebrate freedom. For brides and grooms-to-be looking for a healthy snack appropriate for these hot midsummer days, we’ve created a colorful parfait made of Greek yogurt, Chia seeds, and assorted berries.

    Greek yogurt parfait with chia seeds and berries

    Greek yogurt parfait with chia seeds and berries

    Chia seeds are an easy and healthy addition to many plates. They’re a good source of omega-3 acids, antioxidants, fibre, calcium, and protein.

    Greek yogurt parfait with chia seeds and berries

    •   2 cups of Greek yogurt (We chose to use vanilla flavored.)
    •   1/8 cup of Chia seeds
    •   2/3 cup of light cream
    •   A couple dashes of cinnamon

    1)  Mix the Greek yogurt with the Chia seeds, light cream, and cinnamon.
    2)  Place the bowl in the fridge to keep the yogurt cool and to let the Chia seeds soak up the moisture from the yogurt and the cream.
    3)  After 20-30 minutes, take the yogurt and layer it into a dish with blueberries and strawberries for a festive appeal and yummy combination.

    Greek yogurt parfait with Chia seeds and berries

    Greek yogurt parfait with Chia seeds and berries

    Crazy about the 4th of July and delicious color-themed treats? Make sure to also check out our homemade recipes for a layered Stars & Stripes Cocktail and Cream Cheese and Cinnamon Pound Cake. Here’s to a safe and happy holiday weekend!

    Story, recipe, and photos by Kat Pastula

  • June11th

    Every bride deserves to walk down the aisle with confidence, and confidence begins with having healthy skin. The months prior to your wedding is the perfect time to indulge yourself with a spa facial. But to achieve or maintain glowing skin at home, look no further than your kitchen! Honey isn’t just a great wedding favor; it also smooths your skin. For a gentle face scrub, combine with other simple ingredients you probably already have on hand — milk, oatmeal, and olive oil.

    DIY oatmeal honey face scrub

    Each of these ingredients have special benefits that will leave your skin feeling smooth and rejuvenated.

    Using milk as a skin care product can be traced back to hieroglyphic writing. It’s believed Cleopatra used milk regularly as a part of her skincare routine, and with all of the benefits, it’s easy to see why: milk shrinks pores, prevents premature aging, removes stains, and soothes irritations.

    Oatmeal is made up of polysaccharides, carbohydrates composed of blended sugar molecules. When added to liquid, polysaccharides form a gel, so when it’s applied to your skin, it moisturizes, softens, and nourishes it, giving it a longer-lasting protection. The flakes also help exfoliate your skin, removing the dead skin cells and leaving it smoother.

    Olive Oil
    Using organic or extra virgin olive oil will allow your skin to stay hydrated. Olive oil contains the right acids and polyphenols that help trap water in your skin and keep it moisturized.

    Because honey is a natural antibacterial, a simple application can keep your skin bacteria-free. Honey will also moisturize and soften your skin.

    DIY oatmeal honey face scrub | Adirondack Weddings Magazine

    Without having any of these ingredients on hand, the scrub will cost a maximum of $10-15, depending on the brands you prefer. Because the recipe calls for only a teaspoon or two for each ingredient, you will have more than enough ingredients for multiple scrubs.

    • 1 tsp whole milk
    • 1 tsp honey
    • 1 tsp organic or extra virgin olive oil
    • 2 tsp oatmeal

    1. Gently wash your face with warm water before you begin.
    2. In a bowl, add 1 teaspoon of milk, 1 teaspoon of honey, and 1 teaspoon of olive oil.
    3. Add 2 teaspoons of oatmeal to the mixture. Tip: Blend oatmeal in a blender to get smaller pieces, which work better as a scrub.
    4. Let the mixture sit for about 5 minutes, or until the oatmeal flakes are soft.
    5. Gently rub in circular motions all over your face.
    6. Massage the paste over your face for about 1-2 minutes.
    7. With warm water, gently wash off the paste.
    8. Rinse again with cold water to leave your face feeling smooth and refreshed.

    With a preparation time of less than five minutes, keeping your skin radiant and smooth is a snap. You can even make it a party by inviting your bridesmaids over for some girl talk and beauty bonding. Here’s to health, relaxation, and gorgeous wedding day skin!

    Story by Heidi LaPoint

  • June4th

    As the last bit of chill leaves the air and the first buds of Adirondack wildflowers emerge from the no-longer-frozen ground, we at Adirondack Weddings can’t help but think of all the romantic possibilities warmer weather holds. Fresh green leaves are brightening the landscape and the scent of lilacs are filling the air with sweet, intoxicating aromas … early summer just might be the perfect time to get outside with your beloved. Why not make the most of nature by enjoying it with a picnic? (We happen to believe yummy food makes everything better!) To prepare for your day outdoors, here are 5 tips for creating a perfect romantic picnic.

    ADK spring and summer date ideas | Adirondack Weddings Magazine

    1. Location. The Adirondacks offer some of the most peaceful landscapes in the world. Whether you prefer the High Peaks or the hundreds of lakes and ponds to be found around their bases, a picnic in the Adirondack Park region is sure to create a lasting memory to share. From the highest altitudes of the ‘Dacks to the serene shores of Lake Champlain, there are more than enough incredible open-to-the-public locations for your romantic picnic. Pointe Au Roche State Park, Plattsburgh City Beach, and Mount Poke-O-Moonshine in Chestertown are good places to start!

    2. Food. Of course, the main ingredient to any picnic is lots of delicious food! You can go classic with sandwiches and potato salad, but for a truly romantic day, why not spice up the old with some new? Gazpacho, a chilled Spanish soup, is a perfect refreshment for a sunny day, especially served with fresh bread and a selection of cheeses. Or get creative with different variations on pasta salad – sesame noodle, pesto with caramelized onions, or seafood and herbs. If you decide to go the classic route, feel free to add some tweaks, like a pinch of curry powder in your egg/potato salad, or a dollop of hot-pepper cranberry jelly on your turkey club sandwiches. It doesn’t take much to turn a commonplace dish into a gourmet experience. And don’t forget dessert! You can’t go wrong with chocolate chip cookies (an easily-portable classic) or these delicious cream puffs featured on the blog.

    ADK Picnic | Adirondack Weddings Magazine

    3. Drink. Almost as important as your picnic foods are your drinks. A bottle of chilled white wine is perfect for a romantic rendezvous in the sun and pairs perfectly with cheese, fruit, and fresh bread. If wine isn’t your thing, bring a thermos of your favorite cocktail. Mojitos make refreshing warm-weather drinks, and mimosas are a sweet addition to any brunch (indoors or out!). But if you’d rather skip the alcohol and enjoy the scenery without the buzz, try making a delicious fruit-infused water by packing a pitcher of water with chunks of your favorite fruits. Store overnight, then scoop out most of the fruit (leave a few pieces for presentation), pack your chilled creation in a thermos, and enjoy!

    4. Play. A date in the sun is a perfect excuse to get playful, and maybe even a little competitive! Play catch while you talk and enjoy the scenery, have a sprint race up a nearby hill, or even make up your own game. Either way, make it fun, be playful, and make each other laugh! And remember: everyone’s a winner when rewards are given in kisses!

    5. Relax. While it’s fun to play around with your sweetie, the best part of your picnic should be the time you spend doing nothing besides enjoying each other. Lie your head on your beloved’s chest and just breathe in the nature around you. Hold hands and take a stroll through the trees and backtrails. Give a piggy-back ride. Share a kiss in the shade of a tree. Forget about the stresses of everyday life and just enjoy each other.

    Winter has been cooping us inside for too long, and now is the perfect time to start taking advantage of the beautiful change of season happening around us. Enjoy the warmth and renewal of the sun as your gorgeous views and delicious meal help melt the realities of the world away – even for just a little while.

    — Story by Elizabeth R. Davidson

  • May29th

    Heidi LaPoint, a native North Country girl—and Adirondack Weddings’ first ever intern!—recently visited family in mid-Texas and was struck by the similarities between the two seemingly different regions. The Adirondacks represent one of America’s farthest points north, and the state of Texas is one of America’s farthest point south, yet common ground can be found in the rolling hills, the thriving farms, and a love of rustic, nature-inspired wedding details.

    Much like the Adirondacks, “Hill Country,” the prominent hills of Central Texas, is known for its rich history, hospitality, plentiful outdoor activities, and beautiful rustic weddings. Consisting of a whopping 25 counties that stretch from Austin to San Antonio, you might in fact say Hill Country is to Texas what the Adirondack Park is to New York State—a lush, green region that draws millions of tourists from all over the world.

    Texas Hill Country | Adirondack Weddings Magazine

    Creatures & Culture. One of the best parts of both regions is the plentiful wildlife and farm animals that can be found within. Whether it’s an Adirondack moose or a Texas longhorn, there’s always a fascinating creature to look at in either locale. Camping, hunting, fishing, and other outdoor adventures are a way of life, and keep both tourists and year-round residents busy. The wineries in both areas are a popular choice for visitors, along with wilderness trails, nature centers, theaters, amusement parks, and museums.

    “Small Town” Hospitality. Tourists in both regions often praise the friendly atmosphere. Tim McGraw couldn’t have said it better in his hit, “Southern Voice”: “It’s, ‘Hi ya’ll, did ya eat? Well, come on in. I’m sure glad to know ya.’” That describes Hill Country hospitality in a nutshell, but the same warmth can be found in towns throughout the Adirondacks. In fact, when country singer Justin Moore performed at the Clinton County Fair in Plattsburgh in 2010, he told the audience how nice it was to find what’s thought of as “southern hospitality” alive and well up here in the North.

    Significant History. Both Hill Country and the Adirondack region were home to serious battles that helped shape our country forever. The Battle of the Alamo, which took place in present day San Antonio, was an important fight in the formation of modern America. In the 1820s, “El Alamo” was a fort controlled by Mexicans who had claimed their freedom from Spain. During this time, Texas-bound migration by Americans was becoming more popular. The Texan newcomers felt threatened by the Mexicans, so in 1835, 200 Texans seized the fort and gained control of The Alamo. Among these volunteers was famous frontiersman Davy Crockett.

    Naturally, losing the fort didn’t sit well with the Mexicans. On February 23, 1836, more than a thousand Mexican troops marched to the Alamo site in hopes to take back what was originally theirs. This thirteen-day battle was a major part of the Texas Revolution. Outnumbered and unprepared, the Texans bravely attempted to fight off the Mexican troops for as long as they could, under the impression that help was on the way. Help never did come, though, leaving no chance of survival for the Texans. Although they lost this specific battle, they earned a victory on April 26, 1836, at San Jacinto—near present day Houston—where 800 men defeated the Mexicans while yelling “Remember the Alamo!” Here, they captured General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, who agreed to end the war.

    The Battle of the Alamo is reminiscent of The Battle of Valcour Island, which took place in 1776 on the Adirondack Coast of Lake Champlain. The story of this battle is featured in Volume 3 of Adirondack Weddings and was the site of our featured bridal shoot. Both battles were lost by a small, scrappy group of Americans who later found victory against stronger opposing forces.

    The Alamo attracts more than 2.5 million visitors a year and is only minutes away from the San Antonio River Walk, pictured below. Valcour Island, which is accessible by kayak, canoe, or boat, has also hosted millions of visitors over the years.

    River Walk near The Alamo | Texas Hill Country | Adirondack Weddings Magazine

    Rustic Weddings! Couples don’t have to be history buffs to appreciate the beauty of these battle sites, and many opt to get married in venues overlooking the Alamo, or on the shores of Lake Champlain. The beautiful backdrops even draw celebrity weddings; country music superstars Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton tied the knot in Hill Country in May 2011, while many stars of the silver screen eloped to the Adirondacks during the Gilded Age.

    Not surprisingly, rustic chic weddings are common in both Hill Country and the Adirondacks. Cowboy boots have made their transition from traditional barn attire to glamorous wedding kicks in recent years. This trend may seem like an obvious one in Texas, where wearing cowboy boots and two-stepping to country music in local saloons is the norm. After all, Hill Country is home to a town called Bandera, the cowboy capital of the world. However, we have seen this trend occur more over the past couple years in the Adirondacks, and it has opened the door for brides adapting other southern symbols in their weddings, like mason jars, hay bales, tractors, old trucks, cowboy hats, and of course, horses. Likewise, the South has borrowed some of the Adirondacks’ time-honored wedding details, such as wood slab plate charges, birch bark cakes, pack baskets, and pine cones. Other common country chic details in today’s weddings include milk jars, barrels, and wooden crates.

    Cowboy Boots | Adirondack Weddings Magazine
    Cowboy Boots | As Seen in Volume 1 of Adirondack Weddings Magazine

    By combining and sharing wedding traditions, brides and grooms from the North to the South are creating gorgeous, nature-inspired celebrations like never before. Though we may be at opposite points of America, at heart, it seems we are not that different after all.

    —Story and photos by Heidi LaPoint