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Pickin a baker June 15, 2009

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We made another trip to Harrisburg this weekend.  Very productive – we picked a baker, met with two florists, and Scoot got a bath.

Our wedding cake will be made by the Dingeldein Bakery.  One taste was all it took to seal the deal.



Dingeldein's muffins

Guess which one I liked …

Sip and Scan June 7, 2009

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Well the day has finally come…Leigh and I made it to the rite of passage that is registering.  We attended Macy’s “Sip and Scan” last week- their event nite held for newly engaged couples to being their registry.  Cocktails, apps, and a hand held scanner- what more can you ask for?! …All that pointing and shooting was exhilarating! 🙂


I found my dress! June 7, 2009

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My mom came up over the weekend and she, Julie, and I power-wedding-dress-shopped our way through NYC…We did the whole spectrum from Kleinfeld’s to small, local bridal boutiques.  I’m pretty sure we saw 2 months worth of dresses within 24 hours.  It was so much fun…and exhausting…but mostly fun!  And what everyone seems to say held true for me- You just somehow know when you’ve found the perfect dress for you.  I ended up finding it at The Designer Loft- a boutique-y, funky bridal shop just 1 block away from my work.  I can’t wait for my first fitting…just to try it on again!

me & julie/ /Des. Loft

Our reception! June 1, 2009

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Drumroll  please!  After lots of soul searching we’ve decided to have our reception at the Milestone Inn!  In the end, it really had everything we were looking for- Loads of character and historical charm, beautiful outside grounds, and amazing water views.  Not to mention the owner’s and staff’s attention to every single detail.  It’s perfect- I’m so excited!

milestone reception

And then there were three… May 30, 2009

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So after all that searching, we’ve thought long and hard and managed to narrow our reception choice down to a top 3:

1)      The Peter Allen House (Dauphin)

There’s a lot to love about this venue.  The home was built in the early 1700’s (the oldest home in Dauphin County) and very charming.  The interior is eclectic- traditional furnishings mixed nicely with Asian artifacts- somehow they make it work- and very well!  However, I’m sure Leigh and I agree that the biggest selling point of the Peter Allen House is the grounds.  Several landscaped acres to stroll thru with a mountain range backdrop, gazebo cocktail area, and a pond.  Oh- and they even turned what used to be the pig stables into a luxury “honeymoon cottage” in the back of the property- so cute!

 peter allen 1

peter allen 2

2)      The Milestone Inn (Harrisburg)

Wow.  So much to say about this place.  The Inn is stunning- An early 20th century Tudor mansion that has been resorted remarkably.  The main floor is made up of several small, adjoining rooms- each one more exciting than the last…But the library (complete with pool table) has to be the coolest.  The 4 sleeping quarters are also unbelievable-one of the nicest “B&B’s” I have ever seen.  And don’t even get me started about the 3rd floor bridal party dressing area (yes-the entire floor!)- amazing!  The outside grounds provide sweeping views of the Susquehanna River and a perfect setting for a tented reception.

 milestone 1

milestone 2

3)      The Foundry (Long Island City, Queens)

This is not your mother’s wedding venue.  But it is oh-so-Queens and we love it because of that!  Situated directly across the water from Manhattan, this loft is built in the middle of an otherwise desolate industrial park.  Just when you think your directions have to be incorrect, you find the entrance and walk inside.  And that’s when it hits you-this place is faboosh!  An old metal foundry, the building has been restored to an open floor plan event space, but has managed to keep many of its original, interesting elements.  The original brick archways line both sides of the space.  The chimneys have been gutted and turned into stairwells with skylights.  The old melting areas are now raw bar space.  Other selling points- A catwalk mezzanine lines the 2nd floor area and the floor to ceiling windows in the back open up to a very private, cobblestone courtyard.  

the foundry 1

the foundry 2

*Honorable mentions to the Conewago Inn for it’s beautifully landscaped grounds and amazing river views.  And to the Chase Court for it’s overall whimsy and lovely secret gardens…

Our reception shopping… May 30, 2009

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A listing of the ceremony/reception sites we’ve looked at over the past several months… 


The Peter Allen House (Dauphin)

Lauxmont Farms (Wrightsville)

The Milestone Inn (Harrisburg)

Cameron Estates (Mt. Joy)

Conewago Manor Inn (Elizabethtown)

Riverdale Manor (Lancaster)


The Desmond Tutu Center (Manhattan)

Studio 450(Manhattan)

The Foundry(Long Island City, Queens)


Museum of Industry (Federal Hill)

American Visionary Art Museum (Federal Hill)

Chase Court (Mt. Vernon)

The Search Begins January 4, 2009

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Well…Leigh and I have sure been busy over the past several months.  Ever since we got engaged in December (!), we’ve been searching high and low for the perfect place to hold our wedding.  When we started out, neither of us really had any idea what we wanted from a ceremony or reception site.  Should it be in New York or Pennsylvania?  At a  hotel?  Botanical Gardens?  Historical site? 

The more we looked, the longer our list of *must haves* seemed to grow.  But the more we looked the easier it got to either put a place at the top of our “favorites” list, or cross it off completely.  What we realized in the end- no matter where we have it we NEED outside space to relax, chill out, and roam, and we need a place with CHARACTER. 

Finally after five months of searching, I think we’ve started to finally narrow it down…Hopefully we can make our final decision soon!