Sunday, April 24, 2011

less than two weeks away!

Hi Everyone,

We are so excited that we are less than two weeks away from our May 7th wedding! We just wanted to post some answers to questions we have been getting and to say that if you do have any specific questions that we do not answer in this post, please e-mail us at!

1. Attire
For the soiree on May 6th, attire can be casual. Whatever you feel comfortable in! For the wedding on May 7th, the attire can be a bit more on the formal casual side. In other words, while suits or dresses are not required, we wouldn't recommend jeans. When it comes to shoes, we suggest overnight guests bring some rainboots or shoes for the wedding that will be okay on grass. Even though the reception will be under a tent, you will be walking on a lot of grass!

2. May 6th Soiree Timing/Food
Many of you are driving in on May 6th, so we want to mention that there will not only be appetizers at the soiree, but there will also be two buffet style dinner entrees available to you. The party will be concluding around 10 PM.

3. Transportation
We will have a 20 person bus picking up guests at The Cornwall Inn at 2 PM on May 7th and it will be leaving Angevine Farm at the conclusion of the wedding reception at 9:30 PM returning to the inn. If you prefer to drive yourself, there will be parking on the farm.

4. May 8th Celebration
We are also coordinating a little Mother's Day breakfast celebration for May 8th, the day most of us will be leaving Connecticut, so that we can share in the love of our moms as well as say goodbye to everyone after the wonderful wedding weekend has come to an end. Details of this get together will be provided to you in your welcome bags when you check into your rooms.

We simply cannot wait to see all of you! Please let us know if you have any questions about anything at all!

Melissa + Dave

Saturday, April 23, 2011


For the visitors on Dave + Melissa's wedding website, welcome! On the blog page here, Dave and I write everything and anything about wedding planning and life in general.

In the tabs at the top of the website, you will find all of the wedding details that you might be looking for:

Dave + Melissa's Photo Gallery
Meet Our Animals
The Wedding Schedule
Travel + Lodging
Things to do in Connecticut
How We Met

We cannot express enough how special it is going to be for us to have you all be a part of our wedding day. We have been planning, collecting antiques, having fun, and eagerly anticipating May 7th, not only because we are getting married, but also because we get to have our closest family members and friends with us for a weekend of celebration.

Friday, February 18, 2011

engagement portraits by josh snyder

Last week, Dave and I flew out to Arizona to hang out with my Aunt Francie, Uncle Chris, and Cousin Garrett. The trip was beyond words, getting to see Francie + Chris' 43 acres of beautiful land and the incredible cabin that they had built upon it and getting see Garrett present us with a fire light show. Many a photograph and video are to come. A couple of photos you can see on my photography blog.

Fully in love with Arizona sunshine and landscapes, Dave and I lucked out with having our wedding photographer out there as well. Yes, we are flying him in from AZ, and we can't wait to have him be a part of our big day. During the trip, we had our engagement portrait session with Josh Snyder (our photographer) and here are a few of the photographs from the session:

And check out the hilarious video out on my aunt and uncle's property (hope you can handle it!)

Stay tuned for our photographs and more video from Arizona!

DIY envelope liner

Now that our save the dates have all been received, I feel like it is okay to post photos taken a while ago of them. While we loved our save the dates, we were ever so proud of the envelope liner that we made ourselves.

It was super easy -- we just bought 2 different kinds of scrapbook paper that we liked, made a traceable piece on cardstock (making the liner about 1 inch smaller than the envelope so that it just scoops right inside) and used the tracing pattern to cut all of the scrapbook paper. Then we just glued. And we had such fun doing it! Dave and I are all about the little projects.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Myrtle Beach

First summer in Myrtle Beach '10. Here's a small preview of photos post editing

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Abstract Annex Activity

Before launching into more relevant posts and photographs I wanted to share a few images that I took while melissa and I were hanging out in our work station.

They may seem random, although these were created using a small lens taken out of a vintage 16mm film projector we picked up at a garage sale while visiting montauk as a location for our wedding.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

burlap and tea cups, oh my!

With the approaching holiday season mixed with work mixed with our part-time self-employment to boot, it is certainly challenging to still fit in wedding thoughts and to-do lists, but we most certainly manage to do it. Approaching 5 months away (holy cow!), we are truly trying to make planning + research make its way to finalized + set. Save the Dates will be arriving in your mailboxes soon, and a nice big block of rooms is being worked on for The Litchfield Inn, only 10 or so miles from the wedding location.

Unable to help myself from constantly thinking of the pretty + girly elements of planning our wedding, I just want to share my new-found love for everything burlap and some old photos that Dave and I took at an antique store that was filled with treasures.

Photograph From Ruffled
First, the burlap. We have put a lot of effort into thinking up how to dress the dining tables, and I recently saw an image I liked and realized that it was burlap that I was falling for. For more delectable burlap photos, check out this post on Ruffled: Burlap + Vintage Tablescapes

Beyond Burlap, we see picnic from a vintage viewpoint. Old rusty bikes, rustic baskets, (burlap), you get the picture. And I know for myself, that I see tea cups. I can't quite explain it, but perhaps what is truly fueling my drive to have entirely antique/unique tea cups and mugs set out for everyone with dessert is because I just never did have a genuine tea party with anyone when I was a child! I always played tea party with dolls, but I think I secretly wanted one with real live human beings. Also, I think I was in a play once where tea was at the core of the drama, and I remember really enjoying feeling a part of a Victorian era, even if was only for a Girl Scouts theatrical production.

So, in comes tea cups. I want so many of them that I think it will make your head spin. What will we do with them after we use them for our wedding, you may ask? Well, I guess the only answer to that is year-long tea parties. You are all invited, of course.

Some other fun ideas we have had are for the gifts for all of our wonderful guests, but I don't want to give too much away about where our ideas have lead us. I will say this: I have bought some lovely picnic ribbon, and I am not afraid to use it. Our antique shopping inspiration for gifts:

Ah, so that is all for today. Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

More Blue!

:) Great photo of the infinity pool in the last post sweetie. Yes, a mixed drink would be great with a view. In the interim, maybe a bit of this to quench our hopes of anticipating

Fiji... one day!

A few weeks ago I picked up a "one hundred places to see before you kick the bucket" magazine. Like the images Melissa posted, and the ones featured in the magazine, options seem endless. We really can't go wrong wherever we are, although sharing unique experience(s) in the unbelievable world we live in would be icing on the cake. Can you imagine a cluster of islands looking like this!?

"Nintendo, Wii had a problem!"

Last night we attempted to sync the Nintendo Wii to connect with WiFi. Many benefits come with having the Wii cruising on the internet, one of which includes NetFlix streaming straight through the television. After many error codes, it seems to be working as Melissa is unwinding in front of the tv right now.

These are our Wii characters Missy and Dilly. When there's downtime (and there's not too much) this is one of the ways we fill it...

Notice the blue water in the background!

In addendum to Melissa's entry: Apparently sweetie missed the fact that there is no way way I am serving her booze in the infinity pool.

Clearly I am serving a mean spin on our game of ping pong with blue water in the background. Hopefully this will suffice in the meantime! That and the Champagne bottle she seemed to have missed next to the pillar. :)

Challenges to ping pong are welcome.

Fiji image courtesy

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

dreaming of sandy beaches + blue lagoons

I am in disbelief of how much Dave and I have accomplished in recent weeks (wedding and non-wedding related). In terms of wedding, we have:

1. ordered our beautiful save the dates - coming soon to a mailbox near you.
2. met with a caterer that we are excited to potentially work with.
3. met with a furniture rental company that has super pretty linens + will meet with us again in December to re-configure everything that we are getting.
4. finalized our hotel arrangements for the wedding weekend + started a list of hotels for you all to consider (check it:
5. researched bands
6. researched honeymoon spots
7. set an appointment with the owner of the farm + the woman who will be marrying us, Kathy, to go over our vows and use of the location.
8. sent off a design to a rug-maker for our ultra unique + quirky rug aisle for me to walk down.

In terms of non-wedding things that we have been up to, somehow finding the time amidst it all, is that we both photographed a wedding this past weekend, which was the first time Dave shot with me, and it was an absolute blast! We have both been working full-time, watching tons of episodes of "The Wire" (best show ever), coming up with new business ventures, taking care of our cat and dog, and trying to find time to relax!!

It is easy to imagine that on this Fall day, filled with so much on my mind, so much keeping busy and simply keeping up with it all, I cannot stop dreaming of the lagoons that hopefully await us come post-wedding weeks. Dream with me here. Our top-dog place of interest, that may have to wait until "one day, one day" is Fiji.


Next on our list is an India + Maldives trip. This one would really be cool, because we have both always wanted to travel to India and Maldives seems absolutely incredible.


And of course there are closer to home beeeeeeautiful options, my personal favorite so far of St. Lucia and Dave's pick of Tobago. I am a sucker for greenery near blue open waters, and Dave is a sucker for palm trees. I think we will win no matter where we head to.



 I have also always wanted to be in an infinity pool. It is a serious dream of mine that I cannot wait to have realized. This could be me (with Dave fixing the drinks in our villa):

Alas, much more planning to go before we take that wonderful honeymoon trip, and honestly, I would be satisfied going an hour away to get some chili dogs for a honeymoon, as long as I have Dave by my side!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

bridesmaid deluxe

This is my best friend Angelica outside of the Dilmaghani Rug Showroom. Dave and I both find this picture too funny. LOVE IT.

Friday, October 1, 2010

dance floors + rental delights

Dave and I have quite the adventure coming our way tomorrow: we are going to visit a Party Rental company in Connecticut, to take a look at all of their chairs, tables, cool cloths, and dance floors etc. Not to mention Kathy of our Angevine Farm is allowing us to stop by to see her son's set-up! That is right, her son is getting married on the farm tomorrow, and we have been invited to take a look. Could this be more precious of an experience? We think not.

After Angevine (pronounced An-jih-Vine), we are off to Queens NY, where we will be meeting with a sweet + French invitation designer by the name of Claude. We might even attempt to pull off a meeting with a caterer somewhere in there, but there is never enough time, and we need to make sure to have fun with it all!

I leave you now with a very simple question. Which dance floor set up would you like your feet to boogie on? Black and white checkers, or something simple like white with black border? Or do you not mind either way - and would party on a grass rug for all you care? With an attempt to make this interactive, feel free to comment on the blog, or let me know outside of C+R.


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

cam + rug blog evolution!

Keep checking the camera + the rug site for updates/information about our Warren, CT wedding. Save the Dates and invitations will be coming soon, but for all of the information, you're in the right place!

Be sure to check out our newly posted "How We Met" Section, with more updates to come!

I love you Dave, and I love you all.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

dreaming of...

peonies, peppermints, and marrying my sweetheart.

you know how sometimes you are at work, and you have the brightest of ideas?

well, i just thought: how lovely would it be to have peppermint incorporated in our cake somehow? I love peppermint, but more than anything i love the way it looks. The lovely red and white swirls...

and peonies are just plain pretty. i think i will definitely like to include them in our wedding.

and while trying to find a good peppermint photo, i found this: (looks like my grandparents' crazy dog "Tux" - made me laugh).

Saturday, September 18, 2010

angevine farm

Like the new camera and the rug layout? We do. The new banner and the lovely photograph where it came from (shown below) is courtesy of Dennis Dilmaghani, father of Dave. I must admit that I am guilty of editing his wonderful picture into one colored with how I kind of picture our wedding day. Antique, serene, simple, and sweet. No matter how one edits or doesn't edit the picture of that view, however, it is always going to look beautiful. The patch of land shown in the picture is most likely where our ceremony will be. Hope you enjoy picturing it as much as I do.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

pretty dresses + pretty love

It is official - we have settled on a date.


It is very exciting, and every little detail to get started, is falling into the right place!

After having found the dress of my dreams with my best friend and bridesmaid, Angelica, I decided to go back a second time with my wonderful future mother-in-law to make sure I wasn't crazy. Turns out I am not crazy. She loves the dress too, even with it just being a design + not the dress made to fit my body. Now, being as unique and special as it is, it has to be made by the dear Kelima K. First fitting is January, and then I am on my way to wearing a beautiful gown on my walk down the aisle towards a beautiful man.

(Best part of the dress = it reminds me of the film that my mom had me watching all of the time when I was a kid called "Somewhere in Time". I looked up costumes from the movie, and realized the image below was an actual scene that the dress specifically conjured up for me. Sleeves aren't as long though!)

Next on the agenda is to send out our save the dates. Since our wedding is going to be a picnic/farm/intimate affair, we are hoping to create an invitation set that speaks to the more casual and fun-loving theme. The inspiration below.

In other planning news, we are also looking at photographers, with our heart set on Jagger Photography, as well as hotel bookings, catering, and music. So many darn things to think about! But we can promise that there will be lots of fun to be had! Can't wait....

Have any ideas? Send them our way!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Wedding Goodies

We had an awesome weekend.

A few ideas.... Thinking about Checkered place mats:

Melissa found this pretty lace

Which apparently also smelled "D'lish" **

Look at that smile!

Sweet pouches to go with the placemats. Need to find them online though, these were too many different sizes.

** Bad joke about a new food network show: We may be on TV on August 18th, we'll be 'Noy'd if we don't get on.... Nasty food for nothing. Food network, 24 hour restaurant battle in Brooklyn. Kings County although the food was fit for one of these little buggards.

On the way out of CT we stopped at another produce farm with a small storefront for water. This one above tried following us in!

So it's Monday, sure am looking back at the weekend, but very much looking forward to every one coming up.