Festive 4th of July Jersey Shore Bachelorette Celebration • Jennifer Larsen Photography

Festive 4th of July Jersey Shore Bachelorette Celebration • Jennifer Larsen Photography

Despite it's reputation from a famous MTV show, the Jersey shore is one of our state's finest treasures. From historic landmarks to good ol' fashioned fun, the Shore is full of everything we adore about summer, and this bachelorette celebration is exactly how we want the shore memorialized. Jennifer Larsen and Stephanie Williamsen dreamed up a sweet and patriotic 4th of July shoot in Lavallette, and we're already pining for some beach time. Proof that your bachelorette celebration doesn't need to be elaborate, this session is sweet-summertime, perfection. 

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It's a Giveaway! • Red Oak Weddings is ONE!

It's a Giveaway! • Red Oak Weddings is ONE!

Last week, we celebrated the one year anniversary of our very first blog post. One year of real weddings, styled shoots, engagements, anniversaries, advice, inspiration and more pretty pictures than we can count. Today is about you, friends. Thank you for coming here every day, for trusting us to share the best-of-the-best with you, to suggest wedding vendors, color palettes and creative ideas for your wedding day. Thank you for helping us support the local businesses of the tri-state area. We're beyond thankful for YOU!

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The Ultimate Father's Day Gift Guide • Local Makers + Small Business Owners

 

Somehow June has completely surprised us, which means Father's Day is just around the corner! We're big cheerleaders of local businesses, and believe that the #shopsmall movement is more than a hashtag. Shopping small means investing in your community, in hard-working families, and in making a difference. We're so proud to introduce you to six local businesses today, from New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, with some of the perfect gifts for Dad. From beer bags to beard kits, and cocktails to coffee, we've chosen the best-of-the-best! 

New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania wedding vendors, resources and inspiration for the modern couple | Father's Day Gift Guide

1 | THISTLE FINCH DISTILLERY

At Thistle Finch, we invite you to experience a hidden world where nostalgia and libations rule. Only a short walk away from the heart of downtown Lancaster, our tasting room provides a rustic yet elegant destination away from the distractions of modern life. Step back in time with a classic rye whiskey cocktail, indulge in one of our other specialty cocktails crafted from a unique range of housemade infusions, or enjoy free samples of our distinctive, small batch spirits. There are many ways to experience Thistle Finch—whether you are looking to learn about the history and process of distilling, searching for a new spot to go out with friends, or you just want to relax with a drink and some quiet conversation—we’ve got what you’re looking for.


2 | PASSENGER COFFEE

We've found that coffee and relationships have a lot in common. Both take time to foster. Both take a lot of care and attention to the details. Both reveal the joys of discovery, learning, and sharing. We love the way coffee brings people together and we feel completely honored to have a small part in that. Passenger was born out of these simple pleasures, uniting our talents and skills into one passionate pursuit in the city we love.


3 | PARRIS CHIC BOUTIQUE

Our products go deeper than pretty things to decorate your home with. This line of home & wedding décor is meant to speak truth and help you celebrate and cherish the love in your life. The relationships in our lives prove to be most important again and again and that alone is a reason to celebrate.

All Parris Chic Boutique items are handmade from start to finish here at our shop in Allentown, New Jersey. We have tested each and every item to deliver you the highest quality products on the market. Most of our products are made of a cotton based fabric, which pairs beautifully with any décor.  


4 | FOXFIRE MOUNTAIN HOUSE

Bohemian and relaxed, Foxfire is like your globe-trotting uncle’s country estate. A place where modern travelers can lounge by the stone fireplace on sheepskin rugs or on vintage velvet and leather sofas. It’s about conversation, community, and the right ambience to create perfect moments.

Whether it’s the collections of butterflies and antlers, old silver, or the Moroccan tiles, there’s a simple sophistication throughout. The 100-year-old inn has 11 guest rooms, each with white linen bedding on sunbleached wood beds crafted by a local carpenter to ensure a good night’s sleep. In the morning, guests help themselves to a bountiful breakfast laid out on the concrete bar — hot coffee/tea, house-made granola, yogurt, fruit and juice, fresh-from-the-oven banana bread or apple cake, hot dishes, soft buttery cheeses, smoked fish, and meats with a Nordic country influence.

Located in the Catskill mountains, Foxfire Mountain House is nestled on ten private acres with a pond and lily pool, bonfire pits, and a rustic outdoor pavilion for nights under the stars. Travel the byways and check out local shops and restaurants, or stay swaddled in the hammock for hours on end. It’s a place to call your own, however long you stay. You’re welcome here, always.


5 | HUDSON MADE NEW YORK

I Founded Hudson Made with the visions of reinvigorating the marketplace with unique items, supporting regional and sustainable production, making safe and high quality goods, and telling each product's individual story.

In the effort to support local economies, we aim to source as many of our products and ingredients as possible from within 200 miles of the Hudson Valley area, which we call home. At our farm in the pristine Catskill Mountains, we organically grow the botanicals used in our oil infusions, creating jobs and inspiring creativity. How much closer can one come to the product's source than to grow and nurture some of the base ingredients?

Ultimately, our philosophy is a proposition, not one of revolution, but one of return. A return to a time when craftsmanship and quality were valued above over-consumption and standardization. We offer one-of-a-kind products that enhance your life, perform well and that last. 

And we also strive to forge close relationships with our partners, who help to guarantee the highest level of authenticity and ingenuity. I can’t wait to share with you all of the new products we have in store...

Bill Hovard - Founder 


6 | NATHAN MILLER CHOCOLATES

We believe good food, made well by a passionate chef is a special experience.

Nathan set out to make that special experience in simply purchasing a bar of chocolate, with a little something to wow all tastes.  We started out with a couple bars + a few pastry chef partners but knew we couldn't stop there. Nathan's passion + creativity has flourished into a line of 15 chocolate bars, couverture for select pastry chefs, + hot cocoa mixes for some of the best coffeehouses around. 

Nathan miller chocolate is your place to get creative + savor american small batch chocolate.

Local Events • Modern Calligraphy with Parris Chic Boutique

 

Calligraphy has to be my most favorite art form. It's both classic and modern, and can elevate anything from a wedding invitation to a gift tag in a blink of an eye. Alyssa from Parris Chic Boutique gives you behind the scenes access to her talent and skill in her Modern Calligraphy Workshops in her southern New Jersey studio. A seat in Alyssa's class is high on my wish list, and with Mother's Day and wedding season just around the corner, maybe you know a special someone who would love this as a gift, too! 


From Alyssa: My beginners calligraphy class will walk you through all the basic steps and techniques to get you writing with a calligraphy pen like a pro. These classes are full of relaxation and fun in the comfiest of settings with the most elegant décor. It’s a day you’ll surely want to be a part of! You will walk away with all the tools you need to practice your skill and finally get those pretty hand written letters out! 

Included Supplies:
Calligraphy Pen • Nibs • Pencils • Paper • Clipboards • Handmade Instruction Booklet • And more!

Beautiful photos above by Love & Light Photographs

 

Meet-the-Maker • Parris Chic Boutique

 

We're so excited to introduce you to one of Red Oak's Preferred Vendors, Alyssa Theil of Parris Chic Boutique! With a shop full of beautiful home and wedding decor, she runs a flourishing business in Allentown, New Jersey. Alyssa's signature lettering and eye for design has made her shop a go-to gift destination. You might just find yourself making a very long wish list after reading this post... don't say we didn't warn you!


For the modern couple planning their wedding in NY, NJ + PA. Real weddings, engagements, inspiration + more! | Photo by Love & Light Photographs

TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOU! I started Parris Chic Boutique on a whim back in 2012 right after marrying the man of my dreams and moving into our first little apartment together. It was here that I fell in love with any and every type of handmade décor. After much encouragement from my hubby, I decided to open a shop and pursue what quickly became a dream of creating what we know today as PCB.

Fast forward almost three years later and together we’ve watched this hobby turn into a blessing of a business. We are now a husband and wife duo with a faithful team of loving employees who simply can’t wait to create for our customers!

For the modern couple planning their wedding in NY, NJ + PA. Real weddings, engagements, inspiration + more! | Photo by Love & Light Photographs

WHAT DOES PARRIS CHIC BOUTIQUE OFFER? Founded in 2012, Parris Chic Boutique is our take on beautiful, meaningful handmade home and wedding décor. Pretty throw pillows, classic neutrals, and all things calligraphy are our specialties. Here at PCB we strive to celebrate love daily and our hope is that with our products you too can do just that.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF WORKING WITH COUPLES? We aren’t necessarily limited to couples, but my most favorite part of working with customers is personalizing a keepsake just for them that I know they are going to cherish for a life time. It’s always a little extra special to purchase or receive a gift that was designed and made just for the recipient. With our new brick + mortar shop I get to watch our customers faces light up when they realize we can make something just for them on the spot and they can walk away with a 100% custom gift to celebrate the love in their lives.

For the modern couple planning their wedding in NY, NJ + PA. Real weddings, engagements, inspiration + more! | Photo by Love & Light Photographs

WHAT MAKES YOUR BUSINESS UNIQUE? Our products go deeper than pretty things to decorate your home with. This line of home & wedding décor is meant to speak truth and help you celebrate and cherish the love in your life. The relationships in our lives prove to be most important again and again and that alone is a reason to celebrate.

ONE PIECE OF ADVICE FOR COUPLES: Don’t forget to celebrate your loved one for absolutely no reason at all. Take them on surprise dates, rent their favorite movie, buy them a pillow, or just camp out in the living room and spend some quality time together Netflix binging. I think it can be hard to get caught up in the everyday business of life, but it’s so important to constantly take a step back and celebrate the people who matter most to you.

For the modern couple planning their wedding in NY, NJ + PA. Real weddings, engagements, inspiration + more! | Photo by Love & Light Photographs

CHILDHOOD CAREER ASPIRATION? Oh goodness, I had some crazy ones! When I was really young I wanted to be a “cash register girl” because obviously pushing all those buttons just seemed like too much fun. I also went through a phase where I wanted to be a carnival ride operator which is just hilarious. But as a kid all I saw was free rides and free cotton candy! Growing older, I wasn’t too sure what I wanted to do. This business certainly came about at just the right time. I was a year out of high school and knew I wanted to dabble in the art world and focus on something creative, but struggled with the idea of what that looked like in reality. Soon enough a blessing of a business stood in front of me where I could be creative every single day, in my own way, and at my own pace. Even though I had no idea what my ideal job looked like at the time, Parris Chic Boutique really is my dream come true!

COFFEE OR TEA? Coffee!

HIDDEN TALENT? One of my favorite past times that most people don’t know about is creating on a wheel and making things out of clay. I was a big ceramics nerd in high school. I would spend hours after school, during lunch, and all my free periods in the ceramics room. And to this day it’s still something that brings me a lot of rest and joy.

For the modern couple planning their wedding in NY, NJ + PA. Real weddings, engagements, inspiration + more! | Photo by Love & Light Photographs
For the modern couple planning their wedding in NY, NJ + PA. Real weddings, engagements, inspiration + more! | Photo by Love & Light Photographs
Vendors: Photography | Love & Light Photographs
 

Launch Day • Welcome to Red Oak Weddings!

 

Today's the day! Red Oak Weddings is officially live, and we couldn't be more thrilled! But before we dive into everything that lays ahead for this brand-new business, we should probably tell you how we came to be.

I'm Jillian, editor + founder of this new space. I'm also the owner of Bella Carta Boutique, a stationery studio right here in northern New Jersey. As a small business owner, I struggled to find a way to connect with local couples. There were so many opportunities to advertise on a national level, but I really wanted to work with couples from the tri-state area. Surely a site had to exist that focused on local weddings... a site that had the look and feel of the big blogs I read every day, but was focused solely on local weddings and vendors. Turns out there were a few, but none felt like the right place for me. I craved an online space that focused on well-designed, authentic and creative weddings. A blog that was as beautiful as the weddings it showcased. A space I was proud to advertise on. When I couldn't find what I wanted, I had this crazy idea to start my own. Here we are, six months later, and I'm ready to share this space with all of you. 

Red Oak Weddings is a wedding and lifestyle blog devoted to assisting and inspiring couples planning their wedding in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. We're looking to redefine the typical wedding, raise the bar on creativity and become the destination for brides and grooms planning their wedding in the tri-state area.

Red Oak Weddings will serve authentic, purposeful businesses who want to attract a specific bridal client. Namely, couples who place a high value on design, working closely with local vendors, and creating a one-of-a-kind wedding. Our community will be a place for like-minded creatives to collaborate, inspire, and connect with local couples planning their wedding.

We're so happy you're here! Take a look around, follow along on social media, and be sure to check back every day this week for lots of pretty. 

Vendors: Photographers: Cinnamon Wolfe Photography and Laura Lee Photography  | Floral Designs: KP Designs | Venue, Styling + Props: Parris Chic Boutique | Branding + Site Design: Meg Summerfield