Entries Tagged as 'Celebrations'

CHEESE PLATES!

Posted on: Thursday, November 12, 2015

Andi Eric Cheese Plates
let me just put this out there: I LOVE CHEESE. i could have cheese plates for dinner every single night. i love putting together perfect cheese plates – a variety of cheeses, nuts, dried or fresh fruit, olives, spreads and of course, bread and crackers.

when we were planning our SF wedding reception, we wanted it to feel very us and we decided rather than cater something, we would make epic cheese plates. here’s what we served!

cheese: we had six different types of cheeses, hard and soft, creamy and nutty.
olives
nuts: walnuts, almonds and {my favorite} marcona almonds with rosemary
fresh and dried fruit: fresh raspberries, dried apricots, figs and cranberries
a variety of meats
spreads: fig jam, honey, pumpkin jam, hummus
carbs: two types of bread, two types of crackers, pita chips

we used a variety of cheese plates and small dishes and arranged a giant table of cheese plate magic, topped with pretty greenery around the different plates. the best part about making cheese plates is that ANYTHING GOES! literally, there’s no wrong way to make a cheese plate – simply choose items you like and arrange them together. major yum!

more cheese plate inspiration HERE & HERE & HERE.

stay tuned for photos from our celebration soon! // photos by the super talented tory putnam.

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wedding photos: sneak peek!

Posted on: Tuesday, September 15, 2015

hi friends! sooooo…. i’m married! eeeek!

we had such a special time last saturday at our wedding and reception celebration! friends drove and flew in from all over – SF, LA, Seattle, Vancouver, Denver, El Paso TX, Boston, NYC, Washington DC and several parts of Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania. it was so special to be surrounded by so many people who love us and have invested in our lives. the day felt truly magical and exactly what we wanted: authentic. today, i’m super excited to share a super short sneak peek at our wedding photos! the photos feel very us – and very reflective of our wedding day.

all photos from the talented JR Magat || follow him on facebook and instagram. i’ll be sharing more photos soon, as well as details about our vendors, venues and more! click on photos below to enlarge.

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also, i promise i will post more things NON-WEDDING in the future! but for right now, the wedding has been pretty life-consuming, so that’s what i’ve been sharing. thanks for sticking around with me through this big life transition!

my san francisco bridal shower!

Posted on: Thursday, August 27, 2015

Andi Bridal Shower

i have the best friends ever. a few weeks ago, they threw me a super fun, beautiful bridal shower at one of my favorite places in the city, ampersand. ampersand is an adorable flower shop in the mission {which you’ve likely seen me post pics of, like here & here…}. the shower was perfectly timed because all three of my sisters were in town visiting! it was seriously one of the most fun and special nights ever, having all of these people together celebrating.

ampersand is such a beautiful space that decorations aren’t necessary, but the girls ordered these gold YAY balloons to make the space even more festive. even the small details were special: the playlist was spot on, courtney had custom straws printed with crowns on them {!!}, my mom made her famous addictive Chex Mix that was served at the party {along with flatbreads, cheese plates and other small bites} and the girls ordered me my own flower crown to wear – my fave! and of course, lots and lots and lots of champagne. thankfully, my super talented photog friend tory captured the entire party and sent me all of these pics!

i feel so incredibly fortunate to have such amazing, supportive, lets-celebrate-anything-and-everything type of friends to plan and host the party. i also loved being surrounded by special ladies from all different parts and stages of my life – my sisters and cousin, college friends, work friends, roommates – it was truly magical. huge thank you to ali, aimee, courtney and rob for spoiling & celebrating me! xo

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all photos via tory putnam // p.s. here’s the post from my bridal shower hosted by my mom and sisters in ohio!

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3 Lessons I’ve Learned While Wedding Planning

Posted on: Monday, August 10, 2015

Lessons Learned While Wedding Planning

Nope, this post is not about how to have the most epic, organized Excel doc of guest lists or how to make amazing place settings. Instead, it’s about a few lessons I’ve learned – about myself and about marriage – while planning a wedding. The lessons are an a-ha moment, an I-should-have-learned-this-earlier-but-didn’t moment and most certainly “you-definitely-won’t-read-this-in-a-wedding-magazine” type of advice {or at least I haven’t read it in one yet!}. Keep in mind, these three life lessons aren’t just for those who are engaged. These are lessons that relate to our larger life experience outside of getting married, but for some reason or another, they really hit me during the wedding planning process. Hopefully they are a small reminder to you, no matter where you’re at in life!

ONE You are more than your body. Body image – major ugh, right?! Some people view the wedding as a countdown to get the #BESTBODYEVER and tone up, slim down or whatever to look absolutely flawless. And of course, I want to look good on our big day too! As someone who has felt insecure with my body for way too long, it’s been incredibly freeing to take a step back and remember I am more than my body. My worth doesn’t come from the size of my hips or how toned my arms are or whether or not I have a six pack {in case you were wondering, I definitely don’t}. My body is beautiful the way it is and should be celebrated and appreciated, not scrutinized and shamed. Of course, it’s important to feed, nourish and challenge your body, which can happen leading up to a wedding or absolutely any other time in life. Working out is something I do to feel better physically, emotionally and mentally. BUT! I’ve been reminded to accept and love my imperfectly perfect body the way it is. I refuse to spend the last few weeks before the wedding feeling less-than-good-enough and living out of a “I must go to the gym to look perfect!!!” mindset.

TWO Stop comparing. It’s easy to get stuck in the comparison trap in everyday life – looking at other people’s perfect jobs or perfect living rooms or perfect travels. Wedding planning can be an incredibly slippery slope in terms of comparison. I love apps like Pinterest and Instagram, but it’s so easy to take those beautifully curated images as reality all of the time. Everything looks so perfect and if you’re not careful, you can view images you see online or in magazines and make that your standard of success, perfection and happiness. Even going to other people’s weddings {I’ve been to five this year so far!} can be an easy opportunity to compare someone else’s big day to the one we’re planning. I’ve learned, slowly and not-so-gracefully, that it’s important to make your own decisions and be happy and content with those decisions. Comparing with other people’s weddings or images from magazines or social media is not only a waste of time, but it also takes away your joy, leaving you unfulfilled and upset.

THREE Remembering what really matters. In the case of wedding planning, it’s so easy to get caught up in this one very special day and get stressed, overwhelmed or worked up about how every single thing will go every single second of the day. What’s been so important for me to tell myself over and over and over is that it’s NOT ABOUT THAT DAY. It’s not about the stunning dress or napkin colors or playlists or food choices or having fun or coordinating tuxedos. While those things are lovely {okay, seriously – napkin colors?!?! That is one wedding decision that is just annoying.}, they aren’t what getting married is about.  It’s about a promise, commitment and the future. The wedding is a fancy, fun and beautiful way to celebrate that. When I feel caught up in the details, I try to take a step back and remember what we want our wedding to be – two words we chose to define our wedding vibe right after we were engaged – authentic and joyful.  That feeling that people have – and that WE have day-of the wedding –  is infinitely more important than color schemes and flower bouquets.

{photo via cindy loughridge}

xo

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