Our New York Wedding


August 18, 2017 marked the start to a new beginning as newlyweds when I married my best friend after eight years of adventure, travel, and memories together. It was an incredible feeling to be in the presence of our closest friends and family and to see everything come together. After so many experiences together over the years we are thrilled to begin a new life together, happily married. 

It's hard to believe we are already celebrating our first anniversary and this month also marked moving into year 7 of NYC living! 

We were married at the Bourne Mansion on Long Island, New York. This venue was love at first sight for us and even the name was a perfect fit for our countless Bourne movie traditions. We knew this old fashioned mansion on the water was the perfect place for our nuptials and we looked forward to making it a weekend of everyone being together. Since we rehearsed on a Thursday with a Friday evening wedding we had all weekend to keep the celebrations going at the beach. 

We both wanted our day to feel like an elegant and classic soirée (insert #siskarsoirée) with both traditional and antique style. Kevin loved the idea of our guests feeling like they were invited into an old home for an evening of dancing and never ending food. He has this strange obsession with gold and royalty (I guess living in London will do that to you)  This naturally had to be an accent throughout the details. We also used a lot of mercury glass and mixed in some silver throughout too. 

My favorite piece of decor was the customized monogram a close friend designed and surprised us with, along with our invitations. We used it throughout for a personal touch and now have it forever.  For color schemes I wanted to keep it fresh and feminine with ivory, champagne, and blushes throughout.  Greenery like silver dollar eucalyptus softened and added a great detail of contrast. 

 There were so many different rooms that came together with fresh florals, gold terrariums, and frames with LOTS of candle light for a romantic glow. Candle light to warm the space into evening was really important to bring a comfortable feel. I’ll be sharing those details in a separate post if interested. Everything truly came out so stunning and exceeded our expectations! My friend Sara, Beck and Forth Co. worked with me to help style the event with our vision and every room was just breathtaking!

 We had spent months picking out each detail to decorate the venue and had the closest and most talented friends customize and personalize many of our details for the day to make it feel extra special. I can't thank them enough for their support throughout where I knew I could trust their aesthetic.

On the day of our wedding the morning rain had cleared just in time for our outdoor ceremony with the bay in the distance.  Despite some fierce wind and humidity we were so happy to have it come together just in time for our first look and outdoor ceremony. 

The staff at Bourne Mansion was just beyond! From keeping all of the planning very organized since day one from the  back and forth emails, trips out to the venue for meetings, and day of changes they remained flexible with an eye on every detail. It truly felt like a production or something with how efficient everyone was!   I couldn't recommend the venue enough. The food was unbelievable and my word was there so much food! From the cocktail hour to dinner and dessert we had a lot of options.

Our maître d, Steve and my bridal attendant, Feggy were a blessing and made us feel so special every minute! I can't thank their team enough. They have some amazing reviews on The Knot and anyone looking to plan a Long Island wedding should check them out. Miriam is phenomenal in her planning and supportive advice for all brides in the early stages. 

To say planning a wedding wasn't stressful and frustrating at times would be an understatement, but I can truthfully admit that witnessing so many people from over the years come together to celebrate love is a humbling experience that we will forever remember and talk about for years to come. We loved how every part of our day went, even though it felt like it was over in the blink of an eye! We were happy to have celebrated throughout the whole weekend, concluding our festivities at the beach the following day. And my advice is to just to not sweat the small stuff, really! Everything is all how you approach it, enjoy the planning and don't go overboard. 

All photography of our wedding day was captured by the talented and passionate photographer, Whitney Nichols. Her and her husband's partnership in their work is a true act of love and it was so endearing to work with them. We were in love with our engagement photos from their trip to Central Park and couldn't wait for them to capture our special day. All photos in this post is her talented work.

Our wedding videographer, Kristen Kiraly was another talent whose ability to story tell through her cinematography shows how passionate she is about her work. I even learned she was married at the same venue, so of course her eye for detail that day was impeccable. I can't recommend her enough so sweet and her video quality is ah- mazing! You can see our video here

After our wedding we honeymooned in Bali for some ultimate relaxation.  More to come in a travel post, It was an unforgettable experience with amazing culture and  food ! Kevin and me always talk about it and can't wait to go back even though it was the longest flight of my life! 

I hope you've made it this far through one of my longest posts yet, but hey better late than never to share some of the special day ! I'd love to hear your comments at the end of this post. I've linked all of my vendors & details below after the photos. 

My cousin /MOH designed both pairs of my wedding shoes. I love them!

My cousin /MOH designed both pairs of my wedding shoes. I love them!


This was one of my favorite parts of the reception was tossing my bouquet off the balcony. My cousin who was my maid of honor caught it! And yes, she is now happily married!


Dancing with my nana and papa, I just love them!


We loved our vanilla with raspberry and vanilla mousse wedding cake. And of course tons of Italian cookies ! We worked with Rolling Pin Bakery, so yummy!


Special surprise of the evening when my childhood friend and bridesmaid sang to us with the band!


First dance with my dad!


Wedding Day Details:

Bridal Gown: Martina Liana 

Shoes: Custom Made, Sam Edelman 

Rings: Barbara Oliver Jewelry 

Earrings: Nadri

Tuxedos: Mens Warehouse

Hair & Makeup: House of Makeup

Venue: Bourne Mansion 

Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff

Photographer: Whitney Nichols

Videographer: Kristen Kirlay 

Florist: In Full Bloom

Cake: Rolling Pin Bakery

Styling: Beck and Forth Co. 


Spring Florals in Central Park

Spring is finally in full bloom over here in NYC and I couldn’t be more excited! It seems like forever since my last blog post, but I’ve been busy over here with an art show I’m preparing for my students and I had the lovely surprise of my family visiting for my 30th Birthday recently. (Sigh)  For the longest time it felt like we’d never see spring, so when I was finally able to put away all sweaters for good.  I couldn’t wait to transition to spring and summer months!

Living on the UES makes Central Park so accessible and I try to take full advantage of it’s beauty.  There’s always something going on whether it’s a concert, summer movie night,  or Shakespeare in the Park I love being able to explore all of it’s different spots. The conservatory gardens make for a great spot for strolling and gorgeous photos!  There’s also a few favorite cafes and restaurants along the way there I’ll be sharing this season that are perfect for taking a break from the park for a quick bite or cool down drink with friends. Although my favorite is just having a picnic setup and now there’s ways to make a reservation for one to be setup for you upon arrival! No fuss or bringing anything with you. 

Now with all of the spring blooms it’s also a crazy allergy season right now ! All of the trees were in full bloom the first warm weekend of the season and the park was unbelievably packed so I can’t wait until the school year ends so I can take advantage of it during the weekdays. 

I snagged this cold shoulder top on sale recently and hadn’t paired red and pink together in a while, which is a new combo I’ve been into. This top has the perfect ruffle that falls on the chest and sleeve and could be paired with black pants for an office look with a blazer or even with shorts for something more casual. I try to keep versatility in mind when styling different pieces together.  

What are your favorite places to adventure to in the spring ? I’d love to hear about them! 




TOP: Bardot Also comes in the most flirty dress style  / Denim: Paige / Wedges: (Old) Similar style and here/ Blazer: Loving this style and this cute option/ Sunglasses: BP and a splurge version /  Fold over Clutch: BP/ Bracelets: Styled Collection and Kate Spade


Pom Pom Flats

One of my favorite brand shoes are on major sale right now and I just couldn’t resist the Pom Pom on top!  (cue the eye roll from my husband ) I always love shoes with a little something extra and these are a perfect neutral to slip on at work or during a commute. I was surprised how much I’ve worn them but I don’t have any grey flats  and these are so so comfy. I always go for Sam Edelman brand because they’ve gotten so much better with a comfy support insole lately and always fit true to size and wear well for my size. 

The grey are sold out but there’s still two other colors in stock with most sizes on the website. I’m tempted to snag the mauve ones while they’re reduced this much !  I have some sweaters they’d go with. 

$37 can’t be beat and if you refer a friend you get an extra 10 % off right now. They fit true to size and I have narrow foot so there’s no sagging on the sides.  I know this Pom Pom fad will go out as soon as Easter bunny hoppity hops in this spring but for now , this grey is perfect! I’ve actually paired them with white denim which I LOVE and an oversized pastel tunic sweater.