View More: http://fotoimpressions.pass.us/ruth-zach-2016Ruth and Zach met at a popular urban art festival (Park Avenue Festival) in Rochester, New York. Neither of them expected to be in New York at the time but somehow they ended up at the same booth looking at Japanese bonsai trees. After growing up in Texas and completing medical school in Dallas, Zach now works as a resident physician specializing in radiology. Ruth is an Army veteran of the Afghanistan War and works in public relations for the Veterans Health Administration. Each of them was impressed with the others’ resume and the immediate attraction between the two. After dating two years, Zach surprised Ruth with a ring on Algonquin peak in the Adirondack mountains at 5114 feet above sea level. Needless to say, Ruth was too exhausted to say no!

With the help of their good friend and wedding planner, Austyn Simmons, they were able to craft the celebration of their dreams on a warm summer day in July. Ruth and Zach held their ceremony and reception at Del Monte Lodge, a boutique hotel situated on the Erie Canal in the charming suburb of Pittsford, Rochester.

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The cermomy was an intimate gathering, as the couple married in front of 60 of their closest friends and family. A string quartet played elegant classical music during the ceremony and during cocktail hour. Guests were able to take a walk along the historic Erie Canal and enjoy its tranquility throughout the evening. Due to Ruth’s love of all things pink, the couple blended shades of bubblegum pink and bright fuchsia into their décor that made the event sweet and cheerful. The reception kicked off with a three-course meal served with wine and a champagne toast. Western and Chinese cultural elements were added throughout the celebration which created the perfect touch to their perfect day.

Photography: Fotoimpressions Wedding Photography / Location: Del Monte Lodge / Event planning: Austyn Simmons of Del Monte / Rings: James Allen / Bridal gown: Bridal Belle / Hair: Jaclyn Martello Metro Salon / Makeup: The Spa at the Del Monte / Menswear: Calvin Klein / Flowers: Flower Barn / Music: Genesee String Quartet / DJ and lighting: Sound Express Entertainment Group / Cake: Gourmet Goodies 

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Photography & Styling: Julia Rabkin / Location: La Esposita Bonita Estate/ Gowns: Wins Design, Scarlet Bridal, & Something Blue by Leeandi’s / Hair Pieces & Bouquets: Every Girl A Goddess / Hair: Ronnie Noir / Make up: Nicole L. Parmiter / Nails: Maryrose Costello-­‐Bentley / Table Settings & Furniture: All Seasons Rental / Dessert Table: B Sweet Designs / Floral Arrangements: Flourish / Assistants: Merik Goma & Caryn Barber / Models: Cody Holl and, Maddie Viza, Emily Trust, Kristen Mehalek, Jennifer Moffe, Sarah Jean Hance, Pablo Drm

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We were instantly attracted to Julia Rabkin’s inspired wedding shoot for it’s over-the-top styling and drama with a hint of fun! This shoot is sort of every girls’ fairy tale of what her wedding will be like someday! We love the youthful approach and oversized accessories paired with the elegant and classy tea-party feeling table setting! Some of our favorite members were showcased so naturally, we have to call them out! The rentals and dessert table by All Season Rentals and B Sweet Designs work so well together, and the floral arrangements from Flourish are the perfect accompaniment! We can’t forget about some of the gorgeous dresses from Something Blue by LeeAndi’s! We can’t wait to see what you all think!

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“If it could only be like this always – always summer…the fruit always ripe and Aloysius in a good temper…”  – Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited

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August may be waning, but this weekend’s cocktail recipe encourages you to ‘muddle’ your way through what remains of the bounty of summer’s harvest. With the abundance of fresh fruits and herbs available at the grocery, farm stand or even your own urban garden, there’s no better time to add this indispensable tool to your home bar and try your hand at a classic cocktail process, muddling.

A muddler is an essential for many of our favorite cocktails including Mojitos, Old-Fashioneds, Cobblers and Smashes.  Look for a natural wooden muddler with no paint or stains that could gradually leach into drinks, and do not choose a muddler with ‘teeth’, since you want to muddle, not tear fruit and herbs into flotsam. Muddling gently combines flavors and releases herb and citrus oils.  Proper technique is as important as the proper tool; press down with the muddler and give about a half turn each time – herbs take just 2 to 4 turns while fruits can take 6 to 8 turns.

These Days is a seasonal twist on the classic Old-Fashioned, celebrating the freshness of summer peaches and combining them with the sweet yet savory flavor of basil. At The Mansion we walk a few steps to our urban garden to pick sun-warmed fresh sprigs of basil for this cocktail.  The dry, easy-sipping profile of Old Overholt Rye proves that brown spirits can easily be summertime spirits, and when combined with citrus-infused Aperol, muddled fruit & fizzy club soda, These Days becomes a swan-song-cocktail for these final, fleeting days of summer.

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Ingredients:

2 oz. Old Overholt Rye
½ oz. Aperol Aperitif
2 1-inch slices lime
2 1-inch slices fresh peach
2 fresh basil leaves
Club soda
Fresh basil sprig garnish

  • Pour a splash of club soda into old-fashioned glass
  • Add lime slices and muddle
  • Add peach slices & basil leaves and muddle
  • Add ice to top of glass
  • Add Rye & Aperol
  • Fill to the top with remaining club soda
  • Garnish with fresh basil sprig

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Located in downtown Buffalo, The Mansion on Delaware Avenue is a AAA Four Diamond Award-winning historic boutique luxury hotel that combines Second Empire architecture with modern elegance and comforts. Stay for the night, or host your special event with the style and high-class services that MoDA offers! Follow them on social media to stay up-to-date with various special events where you yourself can try out the delicious, hand crafted cocktails or sample their world-renown wine list!
The Mansion on Delaware Avenue – 414 Delaware Avenue,
Buffalo, NY 14202 – 716.886.3300

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Bustles are a necessary aspect of your wedding day look. Some brides don’t care one way or another, but a bustle can be another element of the design of your wedding dress! The tailors are usually the ones to help determine which bustle is best for your dress, but don’t be afraid to ask them to get creative with it! Here are some of our favorite bustle ideas!

Over Bustle / Ballroom Bustle / American Bustle
This style of bustle is created by a single, or series of “pick-up’s” along the train of the dress that are attached to points along the lower back of the dress. This works well for dresses that are flared, a-line, or have full, long trains in a mermaid style dress.

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Under Bustle / Victorian Bustle / French Bustle
Dresses that have very full skirts, with lots of fabric or detail along the hemline do really well with an under bustle variation. You can create a uniformed hem line all around the dress with this style bustle, so the train almost disappears, or you can create a unique look with various tiers. This look is executed by a series of loops and ties that coordinate underneath the dress on the lining layer. Here’s a tip – ask your tailor to color code the points so your ‘maids don’t mess it up 😉

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Creative Bustles
Sometimes the design of a wedding dress calls for a more unique bustle. Some asymmetrical dresses may look better with the fabric pulled to the side, or maybe there are layers and layers to your dress, or maybe the shape of the train is more rounded than long. There are many different reasons, but the outcome can be pretty spectacular!

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It’s a fact – things are much cuter when they’re little. OK, so it might not be a proven fact, but I bet you agree! Puppies, baby clothes, cars, houses, champagne bottles… right?! We’ve been noticing this (self-proclaimed) “tiny-movement” spreading all across the wedding industry and hitting catering the hardest. Hors d’ouerves are typically bite-sized due to their purpose, but we’re seeing almost everything from snacks to main courses and all the way through to desserts shrinking! All of our local venues and caterers are hip to the freshest ideas, so here are some of our favorite examples of big dishes gone small for weddings!


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These mini taco’s served in lime wedges from the Foundry Suites are just too perfect!

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Um… chicken and waffles with bacon?! BITE SIZED?! Yes please, Fat Bob’s Catering!

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Don’t forget about little beverages too! Have you ever seen anything cuter than these cider filled mini apples?!
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The above three are from the talented Private Knives Catering: perfectly portioned mini sliders, fun little cotton candy sticks, and bite-sized donuts paired with coffee and customized stirrer sticks! Talk about memorable munchies!!


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Another take on a shrimp dish from The Inn On The Lake, mini shrimp shooters on ice!

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The cutest serving of pancakes you’ve ever seen. Thank you, Feast Catering of Westfield.
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