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There are events that occur in life that cause you to freeze, stop in your tracks and take a mental image of everything around you. Major life events, sometimes they're tragic, sometimes they're magic. 

One year ago today, I was sitting at my desk, probably editing a blog post when my friend, Brittny, text me. Same-sex marriage was legalized across the U.S. 

I was overjoyed and overwhelmed by emotion. It was perfect. It was Pride in NYC where I live and the energy was palpable in the streets. We made it happen, we did this. We fought and we won.

On this day, I just wanted to wish you all a happy anniversary of love winning. To commemorate, we're taking a stroll down memory lane. Let's revisit a few of our favorites! 

xo,

Kate (your EIC here at H&H Weddings)

Images from Top to Bottom, Left to Right:

Sam & Ashley by We Laugh We Love

Gina & Kathryn by Lilian Haidar

Amber & Sydney by Lin & Jirsa

Drew & Luke By Alyissa & Michael Photography

Chad & Matt By Chloe Jackman Photography

Alex & Kaydee By Erin Hoyt Photography

Jocelyn & Caroline By Rad + In Love

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Belle Fleur

Individual portions:

1.5 oz Vodka

.5 oz Pear Brandy

.5 oz Lemon Juice

.5 oz simple syrup

.25 oz Green Chartreuse

.5 oz Prosecco

Combine ingredients, except for the Prosecco, in a shaker, add ice and shake well to chill. Strain into a punch cup/coup glass. Top w/ Prosecco.

For batching the punch:

Combine the peels of 6 lemons with 12 oz white sugar. Muddle well and let macerate for 1 hour. After an hour, remove the peels and add:

24 oz Vodka

8 oz Pear Brandy

4 oz Green Chartreuse

Whisk together well. Add 12 oz cold tap water, then add large ice cubes and stir well to chill. Add Prosecco to taste. The punch will start strong and slowly dilute as it sits. Slice lemon wheels and add to the bowl. Ladle into individual cups of your liking. Yields: 12-16 portions.

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A Thought For Thursday
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"The minute I heard my first love story,

I started looking for you, not knowing

how blind that was.

Lovers don't finally meet somewhere.

They're in each other all along."

-Rumi

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etiquette / q & a Jun 22 2016

Q

I'm curious about how the bridal shower situation will work with me and my fiancé. Having two showers seems greedy and gratuitous.

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Firstly, I would like to make this about wedding showers, not just bridal showers. Grooms deserve showers as well, full of silly games, booze, and gifts.  

I think there are two ways that this situation can be approached. You and your wife-to-be probably have many friends in common, but probably also have friends (from work or elsewhere) that are significantly closer to one of you than the other. Many couples experience multiple showers. Your work friends likely won’t be invited to the shower that your mom and aunt throw you, so make use of the separation in your lives!  

It could seem greedy to have two showers, so have one big one with all of your family and closest friends. Ask your wedding party to include your lady’s family and close friends as well. It’ll make for a great soiree and it’ll be a good way for everyone to mingle before the wedding day.  

In this situation, I would presume there would be a few smaller showers with people who either aren’t in the wedding or are not as close to your core group. These smaller showers can be kept separate from those for your fiancée.  

If you are not interested in sharing the spotlight, then don’t! Especially if this is your first marriage, you have every right to be the center of attention. There will be people that will get an invite to both parties, but make it clear that they are not expected to double gift, just participate fully in all (drinking) games!  

This is a joyous time in your lives, one which you’ll both remember for years to come, so make it special!

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