“Confessions Of A Future Bride” | Post 11

On to the next bridesmaids…

This week is an introduction to another bridesmaid… My cousin, my BFF growing up, my built in playmate.. Amy.


Amy and I grew up together {We are just three months apart}… We were a foursome growing up… Me and my brother- David and Amy and her brother- Paul. We were always together and always finding some way to get into trouble. We spent hours upon hours in Amy and Paul’s basement playing hide and go seek in the dark, laser-tag, and any other games we made up along the way. Any game we played, it was always us girls against the boys. With the boys being four years older than us, of course it was never a fair fight… But I think Amy would agree with me that the boys helped us to be the strong, athletic, tom-boys that we turned in to during our early tween years.



Amy and I had sleep over after sleep over… Sometimes going on for weeks on end over the summers. When we played house, I was the mom. When we played school, I was the teacher. I was always the bossy one, always the take charge one… But let someone else try to boss Amy around or be mean to Amy, and they would have to deal with me :)


Now, Amy and I work together. That means that we get to see each other EVERY DAY! We get to drink our morning coffee together and have our lunch together. We are a pair, a tag team… You don’t see one without the other. And after seeing each other for eight hours a day, we still chose to spend time together outside of work.


Amy, you were my first best friend… More like a sister than a cousin. We have been there for each other through thick and thin. You were there when Art and I got engaged and I can’t wait for you to stand beside me when I get married. Love you more than you can imagine!


~The Future Mrs. Bongiorno

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“Confessions of a Future Bride” | Post 10

Hello Peeps! Happy Wednesday and Happy Veterans Days!

It’s time for another #weddingwednesdays post from our Rachel. If your new to this mini series I will try to catch you up on what’s been going on. Rachel, my assistant/second shooter, recently got engaged and being photographers, thought it would be cool document her whole wedding planning process. Not only to keep these memories but to maybe help out one of our readers who may be a future bride as well as get suggestions from you guys. This is week 10 of our posts and we just want to say THANKS for following along.

Here are the past posts that you’ve missed if you are just starting to follow:

  1. Post 1 ~ We got a glimpse of how Rachel and her fiancé, Arthur met! It’s an adorable story including some very young pictures of them.
  2. Post 2 ~ We got to hear the story of how Arthur proposed in Bermuda! Check out that post to see her ring! It’s beautiful!
  3. Post 3 ~ Rachel said YES TO THE DRESS!! Check it out to see her experience at David’s Bridal!
  4. Post 4 | Post 5 | Post 6 | are her weeks in search for the perfect venue! And in Post 7 you get to hear the place that she chose!!!
  5. Post 8 ~ We are back at Davids Bridal picking out the Bridesmaids Dresses as well as seeing who she chose to stand up there with her on the big day!!
  6. Post 9 ~ She introduces her girls beginning with her Maid-of-Honor & Big Sis, Karen!

Today we go on to the next bridesmaids!

“This week is dedicated to another bridesmaid, my little, baby sister, Rebekah, also known as Becky, Little Nerd, Ellen…


Becky is the youngest of the siblings. She had to grow up with two older sisters and one older brother.. Of course that means she had to put up with much more torturing than one person should ever have to :) We {And when I say we, I mean mostly my two older siblings of course :)  } taught Becky so many things she should not have known as a child.. Mostly rap lyrics.. Any time someone said “Stop!” Becky would of course say “Shut em down, open up shop.” Too funny!!


I still can’t wrap my head around the fact that Becky is now an adult and not a little girl.. For many, many years, we would insist that Becky was still six years old. Just as I had shared a bedroom with Karen, I also at one point shared a room with Becky.. And that is how I still picture her, as a little girl, a my-size Barbie for me growing up. 


I still to this day remember how excited I was when my mom told me she was pregnant {My mom says I asked for proof that she was actually pregnant. I don’t remember that.. but I wouldn’t put it past six year old me}. I hoped and wished that it was a girl so that I could share a room with her {My brother also hoped and wished it was a girl so he wouldn’t have to be the one to share his bedroom}, and there isn’t one second that I could imagine my life without my little, baby sister.


Becky, even though I may have bossed you around a bit {And possibly still do at times :)  }, I hope you know that I couldn’t possibly love you more than I do…”


~The Future Mrs. Bongiorno

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“Confessions Of A Future Bride” | Post 9

Happy Hump Day!!! Time of another #weddingwednesdays post! You are going to love these next few posts as we get to know more about Rachel’s bridal party.

My Maid of Honor
“The next few weeks will be dedicated to my girls.. I will do a little introduction to each of my bridesmaids who I am so honored to have in my bridal party :)
First up, my Maid of Honor and big sister, Karen. How could I chose anyone but her.. 


Karen is the best big sister I could ever ask for. We shared a room for a good chunk of my life.. From the time I was eleven, Karen and I shared bedroom {And for a short time, shared a bed lol. We chose to.. Haha and wanted to share one for much longer.. We wanted to get a king bed to share instead of both having twin beds.. Mom wouldn’t let us though.. Thanks a lot Mom.. :)  } 


Goodness we had so much fun sharing a room.. Booby trapping it, just in case a burglar came in to get us haha. Karen sleeping with a knife under her pillow.. Until Mom found out and made her put it back in the kitchen :) Watching Cops and Crocodile Hunter all hours of the night..


Karen is always the one at any family party with the most inappropriate jokes {there are plenty of inappropriate jokes going around, but Karen has to take it to the next level :)  } Karen is always there to bring a party to the next level.


When the time came that Arthur finally proposed, I knew I had to have my big sister Karen standing right by my side.
Karen, I can’t imagine my life without you as my sister {And my wedding without you as my Maid of Honor} .. And how damn boring it would be :) 
Karen, I love you so, so much!”


~The Future Mrs. Bongiorno

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“Confessions Of A Future Bride” | Post 8

“I guess before we talk about the bridesmaid dresses you’ll need to know my colors… As I’m sure you have gathered, I had been planning my wedding long before I was engaged :) I had always planned on having grey and yellow.. Pinterest it.. It looks really nice :) But my colors slowly changed to navy and yellow {with some grey}.. Pinterest it.. it looks even better than grey and yellow :)
I had always wanted long, flowing.. flowable {really weird word, but I guess flow-y isn’t a word?? :) } grey dresses. I then changed to navy dresses instead of grey, but still long and flowing. As I was checking the David’s Bridal website, I saw that the dress I had always imagined wasn’t quite as I imagined it.. Plus I noticed that long dresses are a bit on the expensive side.


Once we arrived at our appointment at David’s Bridal, I threw my girls for a loop and told them that I wasn’t opposed to the idea of them each wearing different dresses {A few jaws hit the floor :)  } I just wanted long and navy. 
My visit at David’s Bridal for my dress was fantastic.. The store was pretty empty and we were attended to as one would expect. I was not as happy with the visit for the bridesmaid dresses.. I had scheduled an appointment and communicated that I have six bridesmaids. When we arrived, we were given four dressing rooms.. That was aggravating.. But never the less, my girls found there own dresses, individual to them. All long, all navy, some chiffon, some lace and some lace and chiffon. I love them all and can’t wait to see them all in navy.. They look a little crazy in all of the different sample colors :)


Check back next week for an introduction to my bridesmaids!”
~The Future Mrs. Bongiorno

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“Confessions Of A Future Bride” | Post 7

Hello Peeps!!

{If this is your first time reading this series, here is brief synopsis of what’s been going on. My assistant Rachel recently got engaged and I thought it would be great to document every moment of her wedding planning process. We are in the business of weddings and I thought it would be great to lend a helping to hand to other future brides as well as Rachel getting suggestions from you! This is week 7 of her posts so I recommend reading her past posts to catch up!}

Thanks for following these past few posts about venues.

Now for the moment of truth!! Where will Rachel have her wedding at???

We have checked out three venues and are pretty pressed on time.. We need to book a venue ASAP!…. A little secret.… I had an ace up my sleeve the entire time :) Erica and I work with this awesome venue pretty often.… So I took Arthur to check out Lippincott Manor.

Lippincott Manor

I love the open feel of Lippincott Manor. The ceremony is held outdoors under a big willow tree and has fields on all sides. The reception is held in a tent that is open on almost all sides to show the beautiful surroundings. The grounds of Lippincott Manor are perfect for photos {Which of course is a big concern of mine :) } The owners, Tricia and Marty, take a lot of pride in their work. Tricia works with the brides and the other vendors to create your dream table settings {I have yet to see a table setting that I did not love} Marty works super hard on up keeping the grounds and adding to the landscaping with flowers scattered around. The Wallkill River can be seen in the distance as well. AND!! The sun sets over the fields to offer phenomenal sunset photos!
Lippincott Manor offers some awesome add ons to their weddings as well. The two that I love the most are the options for the bonfire and the sky lanterns! 
Another plus about Lippincott Manor, they offer an all inclusive package with sensational vendors {Photographers- Including EricaLee Photography!!, DJs, & Florists}. This helps to make the process of wedding planning a bit easier when everything is all in one place for you :)
So, Arthur and I went home to discuss after checking out the venue. I remember Art commenting on how different Lippincott Manor was than any of the other venues we had checked out. The venue gives a relaxed feel while still looking elegant. I think what really sold Art was the bonfire…. Since he doesn’t ask for much, I think he can get the bonfire he is requesting :)
YAY! We have picked our venue and set our date!!! How exciting!!! After nine years of dating…. NINE YEARS!!! I will finally become Mrs. Bongiorno! Now that a date is set it feels real :)
~The Future Mrs. Bongiorno

Come back next week to see our experience going shopping for the bridesmaids dresses!

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“Confessions of a Future Bride” | Post 6

Venue #3

Let’s recap… Art and I have liked both of the venues we had visited so far, they were each different in their own ways. There were things we enjoyed about each and also things we weren’t so fond of {Well maybe there were just things I wasn’t too fond of.. Arthur is so easy going about everything}.
So on to venue number three! Erica helped me to find this one; I had never heard of it.. Arrow Park Lake & Lodge in Monroe New York. Honestly, just from pulling up the driveway I could tell this one was more expensive then the past two :) The driveway is lined with tall trees on both sides all the way down the long path… Absolutely beautiful. The ceremony space is outside in a gorgeous garden area. The cocktail hour is held in the mansion on site. The reception {depending on size} can be held in the mansion or the pavilion; both look phenomenal. 
Did I mention the views?! Oh My Goodness…. So, so, so pretty. Large windows in the cocktail hour show out to the river below the mansion. Love.

Arrow Park

The mansion also has twelve rooms that can be rented out by the night or the weekend. The rooms are updated and decorated elegantly. 
However, there were two things I did not like.. One- The walk from the mansion to the pavilion was longer than I think most guests would like to walk {Maybe this was just because we looked at it in the rain :)  } Two- The price, of course :) Just a bit out of my price range.
Maybe if I win the lotto before June…. 
I promise I will not keep this venue thing going forever :)… Check back next week to see where we choose!!
~The Future Mrs. Bongiorno

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“Confessions Of A Future Bride” | Post 5

Venue #2

We pretty much went back to back checking out venues.. I knew I wanted to get married in June, so that didn’t leave much time to choose a location and set the date!
Venue number two was The Fountains at Wallkill Golf Club. Arthur and I had actually been here about six or seven years ago for a dinner.. Turns out it is currently under a different management then it was back then anyway. The man.. whoops.. I cannot remember his name for the life of me.. was super friendly and very accommodating. He spoke very highly of the food offered and went a bit into his extensive background in the area. We were offered to tab the bar and if the amount was lower than the cost of the open bar, that tab amount could be paid.

The Fountains

The cocktail hour area was nice. The hall was very nice. There were large windows on opposite sides of the room. There was a nice big dance floor. The onsite ceremony area was beautiful. The patio where the ceremony is held over looks the golf course. The ceremony chairs were white folding chairs which looked great.
For the tidbits I did not like so much.. 
The only bar was located in the cocktail hour area, so the guests would have to leave the reception area to get a drink.. However, the bar was not far from the room by any means and there are waiters/waitress who walk around the reception as well.
Also, the chair covers in the reception are black.. I know this is being super picky but when everything in the room is white for a wedding, I just hate that the chair covers are black.
After seeing just two venues, we couldn’t stop there. Check back next week for venue number three!
~The Future Mrs. Bongiorno

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“Confessions of a Future Bride” | Post 4

I want to thank you all so much for following this series. It’s been a blast thus far.

In these next few #weddingwednesdays post, Rachel will be talking about the venues that she visited and ultimately let you in on the venue that she chose!!! She’ll be adding her likes and dislikes for other future brides that are in the wedding planning process with her. Every bride has a theme that they go with for their wedding day. You may actually like and want to go visit one of the venues that she has visited!! So lets take a look at her first appointment.

Post Four – The Venue #1
Okay, so I finally have my ring..
Then I chose my dress..
The next step was to set a date! I did know that I wanted to get married in June… So I needed a venue.. Of course the lovely Erica sent me a million and a half venues to check out. I had a few in mind, but we will start with the first venue.
I first checked out Novellas in New Paltz. I had never heard of this one but it looked super pretty in the photos.


Arthur was the best fiancé in the world with the planning! He is super busy with all of his sports that he plays, but when I asked him if he would mind if I went to check out a few without him, he said that he wanted to go along :) {Love him}
So we went to check out Novellas one day after work. It was very pretty and also affordable. I loved the bar area and the hall; very pretty chandeliers and mirrors and such. It wasn’t out of date in the slightest which I sometimes feel that halls are. It didn’t have the Venetian feel to it that I am not a fan of. It had a very pretty outside area that could be used during cocktail hour. 
A new hotel is being built right next door which will be awesome… I love the idea of being able get ready at the hotel, walk next door for the wedding and back to the hotel for the night. The negative is that the hotel was set to be open in May and that was just a little to close to June for me… I did not want a construction zone viewable from my wedding.
One negative on the venue is the the cocktail hour area seemed very small to me. The outdoor area could be used for cocktail hour, weather permitting, but it was just a very tight area.
Next week… Venue Number Two…
~The Future Mrs. Bongiorno

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“Confessions of a Future Bride” | Post 3

Happy Wednesday!!! You know what that means…time for another look into a future bride’s wedding planning process. Have you been following along?!

Fall in love.Check.

Get Engaged.Check.

What’s next? If you guessed “dress shopping,” then you are right!

Say Yes to the Dress.Check.

Buying THE DRESS is probably one of the most exciting moments of the whole wedding planning process. Don’t you agree? It’s the one thing that I think every girl wants to experience with her close friends and family. Who wouldn’t want to try on big dresses and get ‘oooohhhed’ and ‘ahhhhhed’ at? I was so excited when Rachel called me to tell me that she scheduled an appointment at Davids Bridal.


I had a whirlwind couple of weeks after the proposal…. Upon getting back into town, I knew the first thing I wanted to tackle was “the” dress. 
Of course like all girls I had always dreamt of the dress… If you check out my Pinterest board, you’ll see the many pins over the years. So here’s what I knew I wanted: something form fitting, something lace, possibly an open back, a birdcage veil. And that is exactly what I went into David’s Bridal saying.
[I chose David’s Bridal for two reasons… The first being I feel like you can go into David’s Bridal with a lower budget and be able to get something much nicer than you would be able to with the same amount of money at a smaller boutique. The second is a little far fetched, but I was recently in a friend’s wedding who used a small boutique and we had major issues with our bridesmaid dresses {She had none with her bridal gown, thank goodness!}. I just really wasn’t willing to take that chance after the last experience :)  ]
Ok so back to my appointment at David’s Bridal. I was accompanied by my bridesmaids, my mom and my grandma..so that was a total of eight women, plus myself. Lots of different opinions there! 
My attendant at David’s Bridal was amazing! I honestly didn’t give her much to go on and even those things weren’t set in stone, so I kind of left her up to her own devices…But let me tell you, she hit the nail on the head from the very first dress {this one ended up being the runner up!}.



The Infamous “Runner Up”

I ended up trying on probably about ten dresses… And I fell in love with two :) I tried the two of them on back to back about three times.





I ended up with a dress that I absolutely love {As I was writing this I had to go back and look at the pictures of it!}. I said “Yes to the Dress!” I rang the little bell that David’s Bridal has you ring :) I stuck to some of my must haves, but not to all.. You’ll have to wait until the wedding to see it!
~ The Future Mrs. Bongiorno

We want to know what your must haves are for your wedding dress? Did you want lace like Rachel or more of a ball gown? Where did you buy yours at? Did anybody go to Kleinfelds in NYC?!!!! Tell us below or on our Facebook page. I’m sure other future brides can use suggestions!!!

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