Ultimate Herb Holiday DIY

Rosemary. It smells, looks and tastes fabulous! Plus, it has wonderful health benefits such as rejuvenating hair and skin, it acts as a mild diuretic and reduces headaches. Sounds like the perfect herb to help us through the hustle and bustle of the holidays. It is literally the ultimate herb in this DIY project.

We all have holiday parties sneaking up on us and it is always challenging to come up with a quick and unique gift. Our go-to gift is typically a bottle of wine which we usually end up drinking (how thoughtful, we know). Whether you’re attending a holiday gathering, need a gift for the in-laws, planning a winter wedding, attending a baby shower and/or possibly all of the above (yikes) – we are here to help.

The best part of this DIY is you can take what you need from it. Everything goes together, but is equally as wonderful by itself. If you are a winter bride and love the rosemary sea salt favors then you can stop there. If you are headed over to grandma’s for the holidays then you could make her the rosemary sea salt, the rosemary infused olive oil and print out the rosemary bread recipe. Now, if you are an over-achiever, and really trying to impress those in-laws, you could make the sea salt, olive oil and bread! Just be prepared for non stop praise and start thinking about what you will bring next year to top this one. Click on the links below and you will be on your way to the ULTIMATE HERB HOLIDAY DIY!

1) Rosemary Sea Salt

2) Rosemary Infused Olive Oil

3) Rosemary Crockpot Bread with Rosemary Infused Olive Oil & Sea Salt

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HERE ARE SOME TAGS TO PRINT! Happy DIY’ing!

Photography: E&H Creates & Glass Bottle Etching: The Burnt Shop

5 Tips – Writing Your Own Wedding Ceremony

TIP 1. SEARCH ONLINE FOR INSPIRATION & GATHER MATERIALS: Read a variety of wedding ceremonies and see what catches your eye! Pinterest is a great place to start and you can create a custom (and even private) ceremony board.

TIP 2. PRINT OUT EVERYTHING YOU SAVED: Spend a morning with your partner and sift through all of the inspiration gathered. Take messy notes, change words, highlight and talk about the parts you each love. This may seem overwhelming and slightly chaotic, but trust the process and have fun with it.

TIP 3. LENGTH & TONE: Now that you both have reviewed your ceremony inspiration – what type of material are you and your partner drawn to? Long winded paragraphs? Witty jargon or romantic language? Make sure to talk about the ideal length and tone of your ceremony.15282094_10103475952689799_731204248_n

TIP 4. PICK A READING: After deciding the length and tone of your ceremony this is the perfect time to pick a reading. Not sure what to pick? Choose a quote or a poem that embodies your relationship or ask a close family member to choose a few options.

TIP 5. ORGANIZE, OUTLINE, & WRITE: Now you are ready to organize, outline and write! Do not be scared – you are ready! Feel free to be creative with the progression of your ceremony, but here is a general outline: Introduction, Personal Introduction, Foundation of Marriage, Reading, Vows, Hand Blessing, Exchange of Rings, Closing Words/The Kiss and Announcement. Happy writing! XO

New England Fall Wedding Inspiration Board

We are currently in the process of fine tuning our BESWOON inspiration boards! We have a ton of fun selecting colors, textures and images to express a particular vision. While searching the internet for the perfect pictures, we could not help but notice all of the amazing fall wedding inspiration. Therefore, we put together a New England Fall Inspiration Board. We hope you love it as much as we do.

When planning a wedding, or any event, it can seem overwhelming to figure out a theme. We suggest starting small. Find colors and textures that appeal to you. Pin them to a specific board on Pinterest. Then, using the name of each color as a key word, such as “copper” or “coffee” search Pinterest and other platforms for additional inspiration. For example, “copper wedding inspiration.” Again, pin any images that jump out at you. Next, in order to pull everything together, you can create an inspiration board. There are many simple and free picture collage apps available which can be used to create inspiration boards. Photoshop and InDesign are also great options. For those who need a little extra help, check out Etsy for creative businesses who will put one together for you. If you are working with a wedding planner, throwing a party with a few people or just trying to explain your vision to your fiance then we highly suggest an inspiration board. Happy planning!

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FALL for our Favorite Venues

You are about to FALL IN LOVE with these wedding venues. New England is a beautiful place all year round, but something magical happens here in the fall and we think as the autumn leaves turn their brilliant hue, it is the perfect time for two hearts to join and say, “I DO!” Grab your pumpkin spice coffee, throw on your favorite hoodie and FALL for some of our favorite New England venues.

 

Thompson’s Apple Orchard – New Gloucester, Maine

This charming orchard has been a family business for over 100 years. The orchard has a sizable gazebo available for weddings and endless property filled with picturesque opportunities around every corner.

Photo by Brea McDonald Photography

Photo by Brea McDonald Photography

 

1812 Barn – Bristol, Maine
This restored 18th century Midcoast barn has architectural charm with every luxury of the 21st century. The landscaping around the barn is impeccable, equipped with a pond, and to top it all off they offer a bridal suite.
Photo from 1812 Barn Wesbite

Photo from 1812 Barn Website

 

Coolidge Family Farm – New Gloucester, Maine
This venue is described as “…a perfect combination of rustic elegance” and we cannot agree more!  This lovely venue even comes with farmhouse tables and a vintage mix of chairs.
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Photo from Coolidge Family Farm Website

 

The Red Barn Farm – China, Maine
This inviting venue is brand new to central Maine and located on a quiet dead end road with ample parking. Although not quite taking reservations yet, this is definitely a venue to keep your eyes on.
 Photo by Lost in Reverie Photography

Photo by Lost in Reverie Photography

 

Monadnock Berries Farm – Troy, NH
This quaint berry farm is an affordable and laid back venue with breathtaking views. This venue is describes as a, “farm that tends to enchant people and live in their hearts.”
Photo by This Good Life Photography

Photo by This Good Life Photography

 

Castle in the Clouds – Moultonborough,  NH
This gorgeous estate has exposed stone, lush pastures and breathtaking views of lake Winnipesaukee. This venue is known for dreamy weddings in the sky.
Photo by Castle Preservation Society

Photo by Castle Preservation Society

 

Flag Hill Distillery & Winery – Lee, NH
As if getting married surrounded by a beautiful vineyard is not enough, this venue offers day of coordination and personal gourmet menus.
Photo by Casey Durgin Photography

Photo by Casey Durgin Photography