An Unplugged Wedding

What is an Unplugged Wedding? It's where you (the bride) ask your guests to not use any electronic device (smartphone, camera, etc) during the ceremony.

While planning the wedding of your dreams, having an unplugged wedding might be a bright idea. Especially, since almost everyone that you know loves social media, I mean who doesn't?! Considering the idea doesn't make you sound prejudice or have unfounded hatred towards Facebook. It's only convincing your guests to have respect for you and your significant other on your wedding day! Besides, we don't want to see iPhone in the gorgeous wedding pictures, now do we?
Your ceremony is the most intimate part of your wedding. Its the glue that holds the whole day together. This is where you and your significant other are becoming one. Sooooooo, technical devices need to be silenced and to be put away during this time. Your guests need to have their full attention on the stars of the show. A super easy way to get your point across for devices to be put away, is by adding a sweet and simple line in the invitation. This shows each of your guests this is something you expect and wish for them to respect! Then on the day of the wedding, if you have programs, just simply add a reminder. If you don't have programs, just let the officiant announce the expectation you have from your guests.
The reception is the time where you celebrate and have fun! Transitioning from ceremony to reception can be super easy. There are creative ways for your etiquette request to smoothly shift gears and for your guests to still have their technical devises out!
Here are some examples:
1. Create a Sign that your guest will see entering the reception area. Many many cute ideas could be found on Pinterest.
2. Place a note on the tables! You could say something along the lines like, Thank you for being present for the this special time in our lives! Please feel free now to bring out your technical devices and continue celebrating with us by taking pictures and using the hash tag, #oliviaandchriswedding.
3. Let the DJ/Musician announce the request! Sometimes, people just aren't visual learners :)
Either you are for an unplugged wedding or not, this is all your decision. Your wedding day is all about you, just really consider all the details (with the wedding and with guests) that come along with it.

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Food Corner: Holiday Treats

Halloween is over, which means the Holidays are right around the corner! Here are a few simple recipes that we thing will help put you in a festive mood! 

1. Mini Brie and Apple Quiches

  Ingredients - 
     30 mini phyllo shells
     1/2 medium apple, peeled and finely diced
     5 large eggs
     1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
     1/4 teaspoon salt
     1 pinch freshly ground pepper
     1 pinch ground nutmeg
     1/2 of small wheel of Brie, cut into 30 squares
  Directions - 

     1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
     2. Arrange phyllo shells on a large parchment-lined baking sheet. Divide apple among the shells.
     3. Whisk eggs, mustard, salt, pepper, and nutmeg in a large measuring cup. Pour the egg mixture
         over the apple (do not overfill the shells). Place a Brie square in each shell.
     4. Bake until the egg is set, the Brie is melted, and the phyllo is starting to brown around the edges,
         about 15 minutes. Let cool slightly before serving.

2. Jumbo Pumpkin Pecan Muffins

  Ingredients - 
     2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
     1/2 cup sugar
     1/4 cup packed brown sugar
     2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
     1 teaspoon baking powder
     1 teaspoon baking soda
     1/2 teaspoon salt
     2 eggs
     1 cup canned pumpkin
     1/2 cup buttermilk
     1/4 cup canola oil
     1 teaspoon vanilla extract
     1/2 cup chopped pecans
     1/3 cup packed brown sugar
     1/3 cup finely chopped pecans
     1/4 cup all-purpose flour
     1/4 cold butter, cubed
  Directions - 
     1. In a large bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. In another bowl, combine the eggs, pumpkin,
         buttermilk, oil and vanilla. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in pecans. Fill six 
         greased or paper-lined jumbo muffin cups three-fourths full.
     2. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, pecans and flour; cut in butter until crumbly. Sprinkle
         over batter.
     3. Bake at 375° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool
         for 5 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack. 

3. Cranberry Walnut Biscotti

  Ingredients - 
     2 cups all-purpose flour
     3/4 cup sugar
     1 teaspoon baking powder
     1/8 teaspoon salt
     3 eggs
     1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
     1 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
     1 cup dried cranberries, chopped
     1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
     1 teaspoon shortening 
  Directions - 
     1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. In a
         small bowl, whisk eggs and vanilla; add to dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in walnuts
         and cranberries (dough will be sticky).
     2. Divide dough in half. On a greased baking sheet, with lightly floured hands, shape each half into 
         a 10x2-1/2-in. rectangle. Bake 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
     3. Carefully remove to wire racks; cool 10 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board; cut diagonally with 
         a serrated knife into 1-in. slices. Place cut side down on un-greased baking sheets. Bake 8-10 
         minutes on each side or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
     4. In a microwave, melt chocolate chips and shortening; stir until smooth. Drizzle over biscotti. Let 
         stand until set. Store in an airtight container. 

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