14 8 / 2014

August's Featured Couple- Monica & Colleen from Wedit on Vimeo.

August’s Featured Couple is Colleen & Monica. We hope you love watching their beautiful Indian inspired wedding!

The Brides: Colleen Ryan & Monica Elise Davis

How We Met: This story varies based on which one us you ask :) We went to law school together and we studied for the California bar exam together (not very romantic) and became closer friends. Fast forward several months, and we realized that we had something special and that we were really more than friends.

Our Engagement Story: We went for a hike in Calistoga and stopped on a rock overlooking Napa Valley to eat the sandwiches we packed. At the end of lunch, Colleen pulled out a ring with a big goofy smile and proposed. Monica then pulled out a ring for Colleen. Apparently, we both thought it was the right day to get engaged!

Our Wedding Day: Our wedding day was magical - the weather was perfect and it felt like we were surrounded by so much love from our friends and family. It was only a handful of weeks before our wedding day that it became legally possible for us to get married in California. It felt that much more special.

Why we picked Wedit: At first we weren’t going to do any videos but Wedit was at a great price point and gave us the ability to capture the important moments and some of the more casual moments.

Thank you Monica & Colleen for sharing your story. We wish you nothing but happiness!

24 7 / 2014

Every other week, we will be introducing you to one of our amazing team members. 

This week, meet Kristen, an editing intern here at Wedit.

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Hometown: Livonia, MI

Favorite food: Pickles!

If I could meet one person (dead or alive), it would be: Diana Manfredi A.K.A Spaghetto

Favorite quote: “Silent people have the loudest minds.”

I spend most of my free time doing this: Shopping or filming/creating

The biggest item on my bucket list is: To go to the Burning Man Festival

Hidden talent: I can pogo stick 1183 times consecutively

If I could have any superpower, it would be: Freezing time

17 7 / 2014

Every other week, we will be introducing you to one of our amazing team members. 

This week, meet Sally, an intern here at Wedit. 

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Hometown: Troy, MI

Favorite food: Cheesy bread

If I could meet one person (dead or alive), it would be: Daniel Tosh

Favorite quote: “Write things worth reading or do things worth writing” -Benjamin Franklin

I spend most of my free time doing this: Watching Netflix and taking Buzzfeed quizzes

The biggest item on my bucket list is: Publish a book

Hidden talent: I’m a spelling bee champion

If I could have any superpower, it would be: The ability to morph into any animal

In case you missed reading about our other team members…
Click here to read about Sarah.
Click here to read about Justin.
Click here to read about Alex.

15 7 / 2014

Summertime is an awesome time of year here in Michigan and BBQs, bonfires, and camping are a few of my favorite things about it. Bonfires are always a ton of fun. There’s nothing I love more than sitting around a bonfire with good friends, drinking cold beer, and making s’mores. Today I am going to share an awesome recipe for s’mores with a little something extra. 

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Bourbon-Bacon S’mores

9 x 13 inch pan

3 ½ envelopes unflavored gelatin

½ cup cold bourbon

½ cup cold water

2 cups granulated sugar

½ cup light corn syrup

¼ teaspoon salt

2 large egg whites

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

½ pound of bacon

8 oz. of 60% or 70 % dark cocoa

1 cup of graham crackers (whole or crumbled)

First, cook the bacon until it’s crispy. Set aside to cool on paper towel (this will soak up any grease).

Coat the inside of the pan with Pam. Next, throw in powdered sugar and make sure the inside of the pan is covered and set aside. In the bowl of your electric mixer (a whisk attachment is best), pour ½ cup cold water and 3 ½ packs of gelatin. Gently mix with a spoon once, then let sit while you make the sugar mixture.  In a medium pot combine sugar, bourbon, syrup and salt. Heat over low heat and whisk until sugar is dissolved, this will be about 3-5 minutes. Turn heat up to medium and let sugar come to a boil. It will bubble up so stay close so it does not overflow. Let it boil for 8-12 minutes, until it reaches 240 degrees F.  Be sure to use a candy thermometer, and it will appear a light brown in color.

Once the sugar mixture has reached temperature, gently pour over the gelatin with the mixer on low speed.  As soon as the sugar is added turn the mixer on high and beat for 6-8 mins.  It will grow and be sticky and fluffy.  About half way through, in a separate mixing bowl, using a hand mixer, add the egg whites and beat until a stiff peak forms.  Once the egg whites have formed stiff peaks add, along with the vanilla, to the sugar/gelatin mixture and beat until just combined.  Now, grab your 9 x 13 pan and pour half of the marshmallow mixture in.  Next take your bacon (you can crumble it up or leave as strips) and set on top.  Once you have enough bacon on top, pour the remaining half of marshmallow on top. You will not be able to get the entire batch in the pan, but just try to get as much as you can.  Next take a spatula, spray with Pam, and smooth out the mixture.  Dust the top with powdered sugar and set aside to firm up for 6 hours. 

Once firm, flip the pan on a cutting board and allow the marshmallow to fall out.  Cut in any size and shape you want.  Simple squares always work best. Now it’s time to melt your chocolate. Microwave for 30 seconds, stir, then go no more than 10 secs at a time until just melted. Once your chocolate is melted, let cool. Take your graham crackers, and you can either use them whole or crumble them up. You can then take your marshmallow squares and coat or dip them in the chocolate, and then coat in graham cracker or place between two crackers.  The choice is yours.  

Hopefully, you will enjoy these as much as I did, and with any luck, it will bring a little bit more summer into your life!  Cheers!

- Justin

08 7 / 2014

Now that I’ve bought my house, it’s time to start decorating! A very good friend of mine introduced me to garage saling last summer and convinced me to buy this rod iron patio set. While I had all the intentions to refinish it, it’s been sitting in my garage collecting dust for the last year. I pulled it out of my garage this weekend to finally do something with it. This is what I had to work with. 

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I threw away the cushions, they were not the right size, were worn out, and very dirty. Then I sanded and washed the couch to prepare it for paint.

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Then it was time to make the jump from boring white to bright yellow!

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I had my very talented mom make me new cushions out of candy apple green and white striped outdoor fabric. 

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 I’m SO happy with how this project turned out! I can’t to move in and get it set up in my new backyard.

Xoxo,

Sarah

03 7 / 2014

July's Featured Couple- Claire & Justin from Wedit on Vimeo.

Claire & Justin are our Featured Couple of July.

Their wedding looked like a total blast, enjoy watching! 

Justin and Claire met through mutual friends one night while going out. Claire’s feet were killing her and Justin, seeing a damsel in distress, offered her a piggy back ride…and the rest…is history.

We chose Wedit for our wedding because we wanted to experience our wedding in the eyes of our guests and see what they saw- felt what they felt…being able to see our big day from their vantage point was an unbelievable and incredible experience.

Thank you both for allowing us to share your video. 

26 6 / 2014

Every other week, we will be introducing you to one of our amazing team members. 

This week, meet Alex, the project lead here at Wedit. 

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Hometown: Indian Mills, NJ

Favorite food: Sushi

If I could meet one person (dead or alive), it would be: My family in Holland

Favorite quote: “Stars can’t shine without darkness.”

I spend most of my free time doing this: Riding my horses

The biggest item on my bucket list is: Visit all of the Caribbean Islands

Hidden talent: I can Irish Step Dance

If I could have any superpower, it would be: The ability to speak any language

In case you missed reading about our other team members…
Click here to read about Sarah.

Click here to read about Justin.

17 6 / 2014

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For those of you who don’t know me, I have a strong passion for movies. There is just something magical about it that can’t be explained. I also enjoy the art of pastries.  Today I wanted to give you a great movie night idea.

Even a Netflix date night can be taken up to the next level just by adding something like food to the mix. Below you will find the recipe for chocolate covered strawberries, a quick and easy snack treat that will take your movie night to the next level. 

You will need: 

1 lb. Fresh Strawberries

8 oz. 70% Dark Chocolate Chips or Baking (you can use Semi-Sweet if you prefer)

4 oz. White Baking Chocolate (optional)

Directions:

First, wash and dry your strawberries. Next, melt your chocolate by placing it in a microwave safe bowl and microwave it for 30 seconds then remove and stir with a spatula. Repeat this step for 10 second intervals until chocolate is melted. Do the same thing for the white chocolate (if you are using it). You can also use a double boiler to melt your chocolate.

Now it’s time to dip! Be sure to have a baking tray lined with parchment paper, as you will need somewhere to set the strawberries once you dip.

Dip your strawberries covering about 75% of them from the bottom and let the excess chocolate drip off before setting them to the side to cool. Once you have finished covering the strawberries you can add the white chocolate to them or any other topping of your choice (sprinkles, graham crackers, or sugar crystals). Store strawberries in the fridge if you aren’t serving them immediately.

Now it’s time to choose a movie. Below you will see my suggestions for any kind of movie night you might be having.

The Emperor’s New Groove (85% Rotten Tomatoes)

This is one of my favorite Disney flicks. It has heart, laughs, and is full of the fun Disney is known for. Kronk, the villain’s sidekick, makes this movie memorable and adds tons of laughter. Whether you’re looking for something for the family to enjoy, or just want something animated, then this movie has got you covered.  

The Giant Mechanical Man (71% Rotten Tomatoes)

Jenna Fischer plays a woman down on her luck and out of work, who meets and eventually falls in love with a street performer played by Chris Messina. This is a great movie that shows love can happen anywhere. If you are in the mood for a love story, this will certainly warm your heart. 

Skyfall (92% Rotten Tomatoes)

With MI-6 under attack, its up to James Bond to track down and destroy the threat, no matter the costs. With Javier Bardem giving us a very sinister villain, you’ll be on the edge of your seat the entire film. There are no shortages of action and suspense.  

Stayed tuned as I will be writing more about the movies we fall in love with and the treats that your taste buds will thank you for.

 

Enjoy!

 

- Justin 

12 6 / 2014

This series will be following the roller coaster ride that has been buying my first house and then turning it into a home.

The first step in deciding to purchase a house is deciding where it is that you want to live. There are quite a few factors to take into consideration such as the following.

  • Children- Do you have kids or are you planning on having them in the near future?
  • What type of home do you want? House, Condo, Apartment?
  • How far are you willing to commute?
  • Do you want a place that is walkable or are you okay with driving everywhere?
  • Do you want a lot of land or a small lot?
  • How many square feet do you want?

This is my first house so one of the most important factors to me was resale value. I wanted something that I could have as an investment and sell when I’m ready to do so. This means that I wanted a popular area with a good school district.

Once I decided on an area, I started listing out my needs and my wants.

My list of deal breakers was relatively short. My house had to have at least a 1 car garage, basement, at least one bathtub, and an area outside that either had a deck or somewhere to put one. Some of the things I wanted were a finished basement, 2 car garage, bungalow style, open floor plan, more than 1 bathroom, a deck off of the dining room.

After 13 offers and walking through over 100 houses, I finally found a house that met all of my necessary criteria as well as most of the checks on my list of wants.

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I will soon be closing on my very first house and will begin the never-ending list of projects I have planned. Stay tuned for updates and projects on this new adventure of mine!

Xoxo,

Sarah

10 6 / 2014

Every other week, we will be introducing you to one of our amazing team members. 

This week, meet Justin, the video editor here at Wedit.

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Hometown: Westland, MI

Favorite food: Crab cakes with a side of bacon

If I could meet one person (dead or alive), it would be: Theodore Roosevelt

Favorite quote: "A day without laughter is a day wasted." -Charlie Chaplin

I spend most of my free time doing this: Anything hockey related

The biggest item on my bucket list is: Kiss a girl underneath the Eiffel Tower

Hidden talent: Skilled pastry chef

If I could have any superpower, it would be: Health regeneration like Wolverine

In case you missed reading about our other team members…
Click here to read about Sarah