Cheers to 12 Years


Holy cow. Sometimes you get so busy that the days blur together and you blow right past your 12 year dating anniversary without acknowledging it! Back then we never would have missed this day, but with the craziness of work, two kids, a new anniversary, etc. we honestly both forgot! (It was on Tuesday, btw, so we are 3 days late) LOL! Though we both have been mindful to spend some extra time together this week for whatever reason. Maybe it was our subconscious coming through!

Looking back at this photo (which wasn’t even quite 12 years ago, but I didn’t have FB back then haha), we were just kids! He was a recent graduate from college and I was still in school when we met. We didn’t really know what we wanted in life and we were trying to figure ourselves out. However, we did know that whenever we were together we had a great time and that we could talk about anything. Even if it kept us up all night.

I will be forever grateful that he decided to move to New York with me and we started our own journey together discovering our joint love for culture, food, art, and big city energy. He has always been incredibly supportive with anything I have ever been passionate about, even if it’s something he could care less about. Not many husbands would be incredibly enthusiastic to take photos for their wife’s “fashion blog,” but he still does it to this day.

We both love to travel, and he is the perfect vacation partner because we always want to do the same things. We call it our “vacation magic.”

We have had our ups and downs throughout the past 12 years, and it hasn’t always been easy, but we have grown so much both individually and as a couple. We know that together we can get through anything, and he has given me two of the most precious boys I could ever imagine. Watching him with our boys just melts my heart, and they are so lucky to have such an incredible father.

Cheers to the past 12 years Zack Notes and to continuing to love and grow with each other as the years go on. ❤ ❤ ❤



Mutual Weirdness


Celebrating 3 years of mutual weirdness marital bliss today.  Tomorrow will also equal 9.5 years together.

To my partner in crime:

Thanks for shaking my hand awkwardly at that frat party.  Thanks for accepting my terrible Nextel phone clip.  Thanks for the letters from Nevada.  Thanks for listening and taking me to The Melting Pot for our first date.  Thanks for awkwardly introducing me as your girlfriend to someone before we had had “the talk.”  Thanks for being persistent.  Thanks for understanding me and my quirks.  Thanks for forgiving me after we fight.  Thanks for supporting me in chasing my dreams.  Thanks for moving to New York with me.  Thanks for building a life with me.  Thanks for sharing a tiny apartment without killing me for 4.5 years.  Thanks for being the best travel partner.  Thanks for complementing me in a way that opposites attract.  Thanks for laughing at my terrible jokes.  Thanks for taking my photos for this blog, even though we get strange looks on the streets and sometimes it’s uncomfortable.  Thanks for listening to me.  Thanks for taking long walks.  Thanks for being open minded.  Thanks for working hard for us.  Thanks for being honest and trustworthy.  Thanks for being an amazing father.

I love you to the moon and back, and I cannot wait to see what the following years of mutual weirdness will bring.



P.S. Here is a little blast from the past.

Boston Love


I finally found some time to go through the tons of photos I took at Jamie and Kaitlyn’s wedding in Boston.  For those that don’t remember, their wedding took place on the same day as the manhunt for the Boston Marathon bomber.  It was an extremely crazy day, and I am proud of the bride and groom for taking everything in stride.  Their original ceremony location was supposed to be held at a church that was in a lockdown area, so they had to move it at the last minute to the same location at the reception.  I think they did a phenomenal job with the transformation, and this couple proved that the show must go on and love prevails!

Tons of love, patriotism, and Boston pride were shown at this wedding from start to finish.  The groom and his men dressed in Naval attire, the sword arch ceremony, the altered speeches, and the irish jig and Bostonian song lyrics gave this wedding a special touch.  It was so nice to see their family and friends rally around the bride and groom on their special day, and also rally around their city in light of such crazy times.  I’m sure you can see the love here in the photos below.  Enjoy!



Brotherly love





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Me and the hubby (with the little one doing a good job of hiding)








What a fun night!

Stay tuned for more photos from our Boston trip to come.

This past weekend we went to Maryland for the 1st Annual John Petrovick Memorial 5K in Baltimore.  You may remember I ran for John and raised over $5,000 for the Johns Hopkins Departments of Neurology and Neurosurgery back in October.   Well, yesterday marked the 1 year anniversary of his passing, and some good friends of mine put on this special event to honor his memory and inspire others.  John was a truly inspirational person, and I am so happy this event went off without a hitch.  It was a gorgeous, sunny day, and about 250 runners and walkers participated.  This was definitely the best possible way we could have spent the day.  “Inside all of us is HOPE.”  Miss you, John.

Hope you all are having a great start to your week!



Friday Funny: Klepper and Grey

My husband recently introduced me to the Tumblr page of comedic duo, Klepper and Grey, and I could not stop laughing.  These two sketch comedians have performed at UCB (Upright Citizens Brigade) a reputable comedy club in New York City, and their videos are littered on YouTube.  I am drawn to them mostly for their “Engaged” series and their skits about what it’s like to live in the Big Apple.  While watching, you can really relate to the topics they cover.  I have gone through the wedding planning process, and the tiniest details can seem so major at the time.  It’s great to look back and laugh at how silly some conversations were during the preparation.  This comedic pair performs simple skits, but they really evoke the humor in every day life tasks, especially of a New York City couple.

The trials and tribulations of living in a small apartment…

The things we discuss while wedding planning…

Because you have to dress up to go just about anywhere in this town…

When your neighbors are way cooler than you’ll ever be…

Hope you got a laugh out of these.  If you want to see more from Jordan Klepper and Laura Grey, check out their Tumblr page.  You won’t be disappointed!

Happy Friday everyone!



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#56 Get Married

May 14, 2011

I’m sure many little girls imagine what it will be like to grow up and get married.  They dream of who their husbands will be, what their wedding will be like, who will be there.  Some have planned out everything about their wedding day—where it will be, what their dress will look like, their colors, bouquets, food, etc.  Some picture the man of their dreams—tall, dark, and handsome, or the blonde laid back surfer type.  Most little girls have thought about it at one point or another growing up.  Of course, this notion also crossed my mind.  However, I was not one of those little girls who knew exactly what I wanted when it came to getting married and finding a husband.

I had boyfriends growing up, broke some hearts, got my heart broken, had a little college fun, and then right when I was sick of it all—the drama, the heartache, the games—is when I met Zack.  Of course, it happened right when I WASN’T looking for a relationship.  I had gotten burned pretty badly and just wanted to have lighthearted fun, but something kept drawing me back to the short, Jewish, ex-Beta fraternity, working man that he was.  Maybe it was his persistence in hanging out with me.  Maybe it was his hilarious letters that he wrote me while he was away on business trips to Nevada, but I just could not get him out of my mind.  We ended up dating for 2 1/2 years before deciding to move from Maryland to the Big Apple in New York City together.  Basically, we were going to make it or break it in the big city.  I am happy to say that 3 years after moving in together we were just as smitten with each other, if not more so.  


He popped the question with my sister, her boyfriend, and my cousin in town in front of a restaurant of gawkers.  I was completely and utterly shocked, because I was getting ready to sing “Happy Birthday” to my cousin, Marisa, when the waiter plopped a shiny ring on the table and Zack was on one knee!  I could barely speak; I just kept looking to my sister for confirmation that this was actually happening.  Of course, I said yes, called every single one of my family members and friends, and continued celebrating all night NY style.

When first beginning to plan our wedding, I had NO idea where to begin.  There are a million things to do!  We ended up choosing to do our ceremony at the University of Maryland Chapel since we both went there, and it was a special place for us.  It was also a non-denominational chapel that allowed you to bring any religious ceremonies in, which was perfect for our Catholic-Jewish hybrid ceremony.  After searching high and low for reception venues, we ended up choosing the Greenbelt Marriott for their exquisite ballroom and outdoor cocktail hour patio.  We settled on classic black and white, modern yet vintage theme with bright pops of color from pink and orange flowers.  I designed the cake myself inspired by a combination of many photos online, doused myself in bridal magazines for the latest trends, and splurged on one of most unique wedding dresses I had ever seen from Cymbeline.


All the details and stress of planning aside, I could not wait to walk down that aisle and marry the love of my life and my best friend for the past 6 years.  We are so lucky to have a very large family and many friends that were there to celebrate our special day.  Not only did they throw us an awesome Hawaiian luau engagement party, my bridesmaids also threw an amazing bridal shower, and kick-ass bachelorette weekend in Wrightsville Beach, NC.  Zack’s equivalent was a near-death white water rafting experience in West Virginia, which only solidified their friendships when they pulled through to safety.


Our wedding day on May 14, 2011 was more than I could have imagined.  I was fairly calm for most of the day and excited rather than nervous.  The weather forecast didn’t look good, but the rain held off at just the perfect times for photos and cocktail hour.  The ceremony was beautiful, and our reception was truly rockin’!  The room looked stunning, it was an ultimate dance party, and my dad and I pulled off a Father-Daughter dance that could go down in history.  I am so lucky to have so many family and friends, and such a wonderful husband who cares so much about me.  I am truly blessed!

I am very much looking forward to spending many more years with Zack exploring the world, loving life, and creating a wonderful family together!


The photos below were taken by Joe Brier of The Happy Couple Photography in Northern Virginia, and we are thankful he was there to document our special day 🙂

***Blog update: Our wedding videography was done by Stephen Gradin of Dockside Video Productions, and the highlights can be seen here.  Enjoy!