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Friday, February 24, 2012

Friday Find: 1950's Tightrope Wedding

Today's Friday find features a throwback to the 1950's. But not just any wedding, this one takes place on a tightrope!!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Friday Find: Bride "Shoops" for her Groom

I've been a bad blogger all around. I have no time to read them, and no time to update mine! But I still find great wedding things during the week! I give this bride major props for doing this. She's funny, charismatic, and confident...and I never would have been able to do this as successfully as her.

This week was wedding madness with Valentine's Day, so be sure to check out all our wedding finds over at StoryMix Media's Blog. This may or may not include a wedding between two penguins, a weird zombie wedding, and a bungee cord ceremony!

Stay tuned next week for the unveiling (HOPEFULLY) of my new blog, "My Everyday Harmony"!

Friday, February 10, 2012

NY Giants Superbowl Proposal

Congratulations to the NY Giants on their big superbowl win on Sunday! Giants team member Tim Jones decided to really celebrate and proposed to his girlfriend right on the field after their win! Talk about a rush of emotions!

Happy pre-Valentine's Day weekend!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Storymix Media

I met a lot of great people planning my wedding, two of which were Mike and Ariane from Storymix Media. I was so excited when Mike reached out to me last year to use their service for our wedding, and even more excited when I was sent the teaser video for our wedding:
Since my wedding, WeddingMix by Storymix Media has grown tremendously and they have even launched an Iphone app that can be downloaded and used by your own wedding guests! It's the modern day version of putting disposable cameras on each table - except now you get actual live video from your guests' perspective. Here's how it works:

For the past month, I have been helping StoryMix Media with their social media networking on facebook, twitter (@Storymix), pinterest, and their WeddingMix Blog. Each week we feature two real wedding videos, Tuesday Tutorials on how to get the best video of your wedding, and feature our favorite wedding articles from the "interwebs" on Fridays. Be sure to check it out often, there is some really great stuff happening over at WeddingMix! Click here to check out their blog.

And if I may so brag for a second, they have even used me on their homepage!
I will continue to be reaching out to brides who may be interested in using WeddingMix for their own wedding. I love following all you brides as you count down to the big day! If you know anyone getting married this year, or if YOU are getting married this year and have any questions about using Weddingmix for YOUR wedding, please don't hesitate to ask me anything about their service!

info@lauraandchristopher.com

Friday, February 3, 2012

Friday Find: Marryoke Wedding Video

Happy Superbowl weekend! I am husbandless for the next 4 days while Chris is in Indianapolis for the Superbowl. Not to be all "waahh we're attached at the hip" but it is strange to me to be by myself and have nothing but myself (and Zoey) to think about for 4 straight days. It's kind of liberating, but I still miss him very much and anxiously await his return on Monday night. Zoey is enjoying taking up half the bed though:
Yes, that is a "Transformers" pillow - my mom made it for chris
On to the Friday Find and sadly, it's not Superbowl related.  Have you heard the latest wedding craze of Marryoke? (pronounced like Karaoke)

Wikipedia describes it as:
Marryoke is the documentation and performance of a song which is traditionally produced at a wedding by a wedding videographer.
There is even a whole company dedicated to making JUST marryokes at marryokes.com!
Check out this sample (Kerry: It's to your favorite song!! teeheee!):


I've seen videos like this before, but I didn't realize that they had become such a craze and I also didn't realize they were called "marryokes" (though that's pretty clever and I'm mad at myself for not coming up with that!)

Would you consider doing a "Marryoke" video for your wedding? What are your thoughts on these videos?

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Pasta Making Class with the Hubby!

Can you believe it's February already?!

You may remember that Chris and I took a pasta making class in Florence on our Honeymoon. It was a very personalized and private class, and it was a great experience. For some reason - I really couldn't remember how we made the pastas and when I tried to do it at home, and failed miserably. I have the pasta maker attachments for my kitchenaid stand mixer, and it was all very different from how we did it in Italy.

So, I signed us up for another pasta class at Sur La Table in Manhasset, NY, but this class also included 3 different sauces and 3 different types of pasta. We attended the class on Saturday and this place was so adorable! I had a very fun afternoon with the Hubs! When we arrived, we were each given an apron, a towel, and a clipboard with an information packet and our recipes for the day.
Individual work stations for each person were set up on two islands in the center of the room
Thanks Instagram!
All we did was create a well and add two eggs to this flour and salt mixture - super easy!
After we made our pasta dough balls, the dough needed to rest for awhile so we got to work on our sauces for the day! First, we made a Tuscan Sausage and Caramelized Onion Ragu (which ended up being my personal favorite). This sauce was so thick and flavorful!
While the Ragu cooked, we also made a Sun-Dried Tomato, Rosemary and Pancetta Cream Sauce. This was much easier and quicker to make, perfect for a quick weeknight meal!
We also made Walnut-Sage Pesto Sauce - but it didn't even compare to both our mom's Basil pesto recipes. I feel that pesto is best made with Basil, not parsley and sage, so this was just ok.
As these sauces cooked a little more, we got to work on actually creating the pasta. We were able to use the Kitchenaid pasta maker attachments or a hand crank that was on the tables. I used a hand crank maker when we were in Italy and since I have the KitchenAid attachments, I really wanted to get practice on using that, so I'd know what to do at home.
Chris rolling out our pasta dough
It takes two:
Using the cutter attachment:
Putting the pasta onto the sheets before boiling it:
Once everything was done, we all quickly dove in to eat our meals and I obviously was way too enthralled with my plate to take pictures of the finished products. Just know that everything came out really delicious! I liked the Ragu, then the Cream Sauce, and then the Pesto and I can't wait to try all of these things at home on my own!

I also LOVED this place - though the classes are a little pricey, I think they are totally worth it for a once in a while treat to do with anyone: moms, friends, sisters, husbands, etc. Sur La Table has locations across the country, so they might be near you, too! I can say, that I will definitely be coming back here for more classes - but it's now time for me to venture out of the "pastas" and try some new things! Spanish tapas anyone?!
Did you ever take a cooking class with your boyfriend/fiancé/hubby, or just in general?
 
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