Dinners made easy with Blue Apron

Blue Apron

Since we all know how busy the weeks can get, I’m excited to share one of our new favorite dinner helpers, Blue Apron. Whether you are busy planning your wedding, you’re newlyweds looking to try new recipes, or perhaps running your own business and no time to get to the grocery store, there are so many reasons why I’ve fallen in love with Blue Apron. What is Blue Apron? Blue Apron lets you learn to make new recipes and cuisines so you can get out of your dinner rut of making the same old dishes or relying on take out. Blue Apron does all the work for you and delivers all the farm-fresh ingredients you need, right to your doorstep, in exactly the right proportions. No trips to the grocery store, no waste from unused ingredients and my favorite – no time spent trying to figure out what you are going to make for dinner! I really loved that I got to create new chef-designed recipes at home (things I wouldn’t have tried to cook on my own!) with their meals.

Blue Apron recipes are delivered in a refrigerated box so ingredients will stay fresh even if you’re not at home when your package arrives. They offer two types of plans – the 2-person plan and the family plan. Jason and I tested the 2-Person Plan. The 2-Person plan (the price for this plan is $9.99 per person per meal and shipping is free) sets you up with one delivery a week, each with three inventive meals for two. You fill out a short questionnaire on their site and you will be sent a curated menu of three recipes based on your dietary preferences. For our week, we tried the following: Pork Dan Dan Noodles, Pan-Roasted Chicken and Fresh Cavatelli Pasta. The Family Plan is perfect for feeding a family of four. With this plan you can opt to receive one or two deliveries per week, each delivery consisting of two meals to be served family-style. The price for this plan is $8.74 per person per meal.

Blue Apron ingredients

Cooking the meals were fun! Each meal took about 40 minutes to make and I’m happy to share that we had success with each meal! I loved that all the measurements were already taken care of, I just had to do the chopping and then cooking. :) All the ingredients are fresh and sourced from quality local suppliers and artisans. My favorite meal was the Pork Dan Dan Noodles! Something I would never have made on my own but both Jason and I loved – and how pretty are those watermelon radishes on top?! A new fave (and pretty!) veggie we discovered. :)

Blue Apron

Blue Apron also offers a large selection of recipes and is always adding new dishes to their menu every week. I’ve already been eyeing a few other Blue Apron Recipes including their Chicken Mole, Spiced Chickpea Burgers and the Miso Yuzu-Glazed Cod. Blue Apron is available nationwide, shipping to over 80% of the country and there’s no commitment – you can skip or cancel the service at any time!

Special offer for GWS readers!
The first 100 GWS readers to sign up with Blue Apron will get two free meals on their first Blue Apron order!

Blue Apron

Be sure to follow Blue Apron on Instagram to see what they are cooking each week and share your meals with them using the hashtag #blueapron. Happy cooking!!

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Palm Springs Sparrows Lodge Wedding: Carly + Josh

Palm Springs wedding

Palm Springs never fails to impress with its wide variety of event spaces + overall amazing vibe. Not surprisingly, we were super excited when Mark Brooke Photography sent over this fun, stylish wedding for us to check out, held at one of Palm Spring’s newest venues – Sparrows Lodge!

Carly was a total hands-on bride, who DIYd all the pretty elements you’re about to see and custom-made herself THE raddest bridal jewelry, which we’re stoked to say is available for customization + purchase from brides-to-be + bridesmaids everywhere! Pop by her site to learn even more! Carly teamed up with Artisan Event Floral Decor to execute her vision + and worked hard to add her artistic flare into every aspect of the wedding. All her time + energy really paid off! Her + Josh’s wedding just couldn’t have been better!

Postcard invitation

Palm Springs wedding

Carly + Josh both grew up spending summers at overnight camp, and one thing that was important to them was incorporating this common theme, which connected them immediately. They chose Sparrows Lodge because it felt like a glamorous overnight camp. The kind of serene and outdoors environment that sets everyone at ease and would make guests want to get to know each other. Since they couldn’t choose between having a barn location or a shindig at a fancy hotel, they were thrilled when this one place met all of their needs.

floral robe bridesmaids

ring bearer and flower girl

whimsical desert bouquet

We’re majorly digging Carly’s wedding day look! Between her Fallon Dress from Free People, to her Mantra Triangle Necklace (her own design), it was a perfect fit for the PS setting!

Carly tells us, This necklace can be custom hand-stamped! It’s often chosen by brides as bridesmaid gifts. I considered having it say “Mrs. Dodes” but went with “Free Spirit” instead. Get one for yourself or for your ‘maids here!

modern triangle necklace

whimsical desert bouquet

gold body tats

Palm Springs wedding

desert boutonniere

Palm Springs wedding

Sparrows looks like such a cool spot, right?!

Palm Springs wedding

Palm Springs wedding

gold body tats

braided dress

Palm Springs wedding

Palm Springs wedding

Palm Springs wedding

Processional: Marry Me – Train

Recessional: Signed, Sealed, Delivered – Stevie Wonder

First Dance: I Choose You – Sara Bareilles

Palm Springs wedding

Palm Springs wedding

brown bridesmaid dresses

desert tablescape reception

For the reception, Carly designed many of the elements, like the hand-stamped palm tree napkins + the kraft name cards, and sourced the vases, pillow shams, mason jars + turkish table runner! She worked closely with each vendor to specifically incorporate her own design ideas to make the day the ultimate reflection of her style sense. Since Josh could care less about the little details or color palette, he happily let his bride take the design reigns! :)

gold lanterns

copper vases

desert sweetheart table

fiesta table runner

desert tablescape reception

Aztec pillows

Palm Springs wedding

See more of C + J’s sweet day in the film below by VIER Photo and Video:

Set aside a budget for therapy! Without sugar coating it, this was one of the more stressful things either of us have done, but that made it one of the most amazing. We were so proud of how everything turned out, and from the moment we got on the plane to leave for California, we had a blast! It was a total team effort, and we both were responsible for many aspects of the planning - when it turned out as perfect as we could have ever imagined, we were very proud of our ability to work together, and felt even more validated in our love for one another. So just remember in the heat of the moment - you will shed the stress the minute you begin celebrating, and will only remember the beautiful moments you share.

photography: Mark Brooke Photography // venue: Sparrows Lodge Palm Springs, California // event design, planning + florals: Artisan Event Floral Decor // diy designer + custom handmade jewelry: CarlyMarly Designs // dress: Free People, Fallon Dress // hair + makeup: Nathan & Ibett (did the moms and grandmoms, mostly) Salon119 // catering: Catering by Westwood // shoes: Enzo Angiolini & Glint // groom suit: SAKS Fifth Avenue // cinematography: VIER Photo and Video // make-shift photo booth: A joint effort from two guests who are photographers: Marks Studios (Carly’s parents) and Cliques Photobooth // paper goods: Anticipate Invitations by Michael Musser, hand-assembled by bride and groom with finishing details like twine and feather // calligraphy: MintTeaCalligraphy // dinner: SOHO TACO TRUCK // cake jars: Over the Rainbow Cupcakes // rentals: Classic Rentals for the rose gold flatware, wine glasses, fruitwood chairs & heaters // music: Scott Warren with custom song: “Made for Me”

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The Love & Splendor Workshop- Part 2

fresh apple bar

If you caught Part 1, our first feature on the Love & Splendor workshop, you’re ready to check out Part 2, Angel’s farewell dinner, which is brimming with steal-worthy details for incorporating into your wedding or event! Or if you’re a new wedding creative, trying to break into the industry, we hope this two-part feature gives you lots of insight into what goes into a wedding workshop and all the benefits to be had from attending one :)

Angel’s workshop, photographed by Ryan Ray, shared invaluable styling + design insight with her attendees. Angel tells us, As a grand finale to my first Love & Splendor workshop, I invited guests and some of our speakers and collaborators to join me for dinner at a secret location.  I didn’t reveal the dinner location until the night of the event itself, and provided direct transportation for my attendees to keep the excitement high.  With the help of The Venue Report, I landed on The Washbow as the perfect backdrop for this celebration.  This modern gem in Culver City has a sprawling indoor space that is an ideal blank canvas for any event.  For my more intimate event, however, we kept the festivities outside in their beautiful urban garden.  There is a striking metal “pergola” that exists on-site at the Washbow that was perfect for hanging charming bistro lights, along with foliage draped chandeliers from JL Designs.  It set the tone for the romantic autumn feel I was hoping for, inspired by a magnificent mountain lodge.

vintage lounge

red candles

red floral centerpiece

vintage lounge

I embraced a jewel-toned palette of mostly oxblood, burgundy and crimson, with texture everywhere, from wooden tables and chairs, to fabrics like wool, tweed and velvet, to sprawling fall foliage used alongside the most sumptuous blooms of the season.  Once again, Carissa from JL Designs made the perfect collaborator as she brought my visions to life.  I especially loved her use of dramatic amaryllis and whole pomegranates in her design.

fresh apple bar

fresh apple bar

fresh apple bar

fresh apple bar

red tablescape

Casa de Perrin’s tabletop wares stole the show in a variety of textures: walnut florentine chargers as a base, white collection china, gold flatware and a mix of red and cut crystal goblets for an extra pop on the tables.  The look was unabashedly luxurious while still feeling accessible.  The table had a warmth to it.  I set each seat with a wooden box filled with curated treasures like a travel candle and beautiful matches, my homemade gluten free granola, handmade Malvi marshmallows and Solstice Canyon almond butter.  It was a final opportunity to spoil these precious new friends.

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hanging greenery chandeliers

red tablescape

woven chargers

hanging greenery chandeliers

red florals

love and splendor workshop

Heirloom LA blew us all away with a phenomenal family style meal featuring all the best the season had to offer: a red grapefruit salad with speckled lettuces, fresh figs and sunflower seeds; grilled coho salmon and crispy pork belly served alongside roasted root vegetables and a warm sunchoke salad. It was easily one of the most wonderful meals I’ve had, thanks to Chef Matthew Poley and his incredible team. I loved looking up and down the table, watching new friends share and indulge in this meal together. It was magical. Desserts were provided by Sweet and Saucy Shop + Sweet Lucie’s (my favorite ice cream, hands down), and guests mingled and hopped into the fun Flipbooth until we had to say farewell.

cocktail apps

coupe drinks

This workshop looks like it was not only so beneficial, but SO much fun! We can’t thank Angel of Love & Splendor enough for giving us this peek into what attendees who are considering a workshop can expect – and for inviting Jen to speak to the attendees also! And, of course, those who aren’t attending a workshop in the future, but are looking for a dose of design inspiration instead, it delivered BIG time!

Hoping to attend the next L&S workshop? You’re in luck because Angel has just finalized the dates for her 2nd workshop, September 14th-17th in San Luis Obispo! For more details about attending or working with Angel for your wedding or event, stop by her website today!

photography: Ryan Ray // venue: The Washbow Culver City, California // event planning, design + styling: Love & Splendor // catering: Heirloom LA // florals: JL Designs // furniture rentals: Found Vintage Rentals // tabletop rentals: Casa de Perrin // linens: La Tavola Fine Linen // lighting: A Rental Connection // ice cream cakes: Sweet and Saucy Shop x Sweet Lucie’s collaboration // ice cream: Sweet Lucie’s // photobooth: Flipbooth LA // hair + makeup: 10.11 Makeup // calligraphy: Anne Robin (placecards and menus) and Miss Multee (signage) // venue scouting: The Venue Report

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryFound Vintage Rentals, Casa de Perrin, Sweet and Saucy Shop, Heirloom LA, and JL Designs are all Featured Vendors in the GWS Vendor Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Guide.

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