Monthly Archives: April 2011

What Marriage Means to Me

In a week where I’ve read the words fairytale wedding and princess more times than I can possibly count I started thinking about what being married really means. The other night I was dishing leftovers into a tupperware while my husband watched a basketball game and as I glanced over and noticed his eyelids were closed with the remote firmly in hand I

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Happy Birthday Ella!

Today is Ella Fitzgerald’s birthday and I think she deserves a shout-out.  Maybe a scat-out?  Anyway, Ella was amazing and her voice is out-of-this-world gorgeous.  Her vast collection of songs and albums speaks for itself, but you only have to listen to Ella’s voice to feel her power.  You’ll find Ella Fitzgerald on i-Tunes here and you

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Earth Day, Easter, Passover, Birthday

First, it’s Earth Day so do something!  Pick up a piece of trash you might otherwise ignore, skip the plastic water bottles for a week and ditch the paper coffee cup for a reusable travel mug.  Practice a random act of gardening.  Do anything.  Just be earthy.  On a holiday note…it’s Passover and Easter and my birthday this

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Purple and White Spring Wedding in Vermont

When spring weddings begin in Vermont I tend to see purple and white flower color combos.  On this April day it was cool and windy with a threat of rain, but for an indoor wedding at The Old Lantern the weather was no problem. The bride loves lilacs and I was happily surprised to see that my supplier could get

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No Apologies

Today’s post is short and sweet for engaged couples out there.   You do not have to apologize for being “new” to wedding planning.  You are supposed to be “new at this”–it’s a wedding, not a test of your party-planning skills.  So, no apologies needed.  Your vendors should understand that you’re new at this! I love what this couple came up with

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Purple Hydrangea

Clients sometimes ask me which flowers are the most expensive and in truth the price of many flowers will vary depending on the time of year.  It’s not as simple as “local flowers are less expensive” and there are certain unique or exotic flowers (like orchids and callas) that many people don’t mind paying a

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How to be a good wedding guest

It’s been said that florists make the worst wedding guests, but I think there is a rising trend in rude wedding guests.  From arriving late to the ceremony to talking & texting through the vows to stocking up on asprin courtesy of the amenity basket in the ladies’ room; I think wedding guests could use a few reminders when it comes

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Maple Sugar On Snow at Butternut Mountain Farm

So this post is going to start out with a confession:  I’ve lived in Vermont for almost 15 years and just attended my very first Sugar On Snow event.  OK, I’ve admitted it.  I feel better now. My husband, David, works for Butternut Mountain Farm–The Vermont Maple Sugar Company, and we attended the company’s Maple Sugar on Snow

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Alison’s Favorite Things: Bequet Caramel

Sweet Clover Market in Essex, VT is the source for my new addiction and hence today’s favorite thing.  Bequet Gourmet Caramel is oh-so-good.  Sweet Clover has a nice display on the counter filled with these babies and I simply cannot resist once I reach the register.  It is hands down the best caramel I’ve ever tasted.  They are soft, sweet and soul

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Springtime Weddings in Vermont

Spring means melting snow, followed by some freshly fallen snow, the maple syrup is a-flowing and a-boiling, and ultimately, it is mud season in Vermont.  As our friends and neighbors tap their trees and welcome their newborn lambs, the sunsets suddenly seem more beautiful and the Vermont wedding season begins! Springtime in Vermont offers couples crisp days and wet feet in April followed by flowering trees and magnificent

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