Exhilarating Announcement!

I am thrilled and honored to announce that Weddings With Insight by Jackie Murphy has won The Knot Best of Weddings 2013 Award! When I got the phone call from The Knot about it yesterday, I was shocked, surprised, and … Continue reading

Ugly Christmas Sweaters and Karaoke!

This past weekend, I threw an ugly Christmas sweater/3oth birthday party for my cute, nerdy husband! He only knew that I was planning something and knew which people he’d invited… A couple of hours beforehand, I told him what the … Continue reading

Acts of Kindness- a Message Inspired by Sandy Hook Elementary Students

As a third grade teacher, the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy shakes and saddens me.   I look around at these innocent little faces and think, “How could someone do this?” My heart goes out to the friends and families of the children … Continue reading


 When I was engaged, I did not want to go on a crash diet, starve myself, or make working out my second job. Frankly, I just didn’t want to be miserable or work that hard.

Instead, I just wanted to eat healthier and be more toned.

During the year I was engaged, I gained some nice definition in my arms, and when my sister Leslie saw me in workout clothes in the summer, she said, “Oh my gosh! You have a four-pack!!” (Now, it may not have been a six-pack, but I was going to take whatever I could get;) Can women even have six-packs??

Through healthy eating and working out two to three times a week regularly, I managed to become more toned and ended up losing about 6 or 7 pounds too!

So as to use my time effectively, and in order to multi-task and cook healthier meals, I mainly…

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Now that we’ve heard “Wives’ Words, Part I” and “Wives’ Words, Part II,” it seems only fair that we hear the guys’ perspective. Okay, okay, so maybe I was not able to interview Brad Pitt to get his perspective quite yet, but I asked Linda’s husband Albert, Emily’s husband Dan, and Nancy’s husband Sean for their insights about marriage and weddings!

1.) What has married life been like for you so far?

Albert:Low expectation levels make for a high satisfaction rate: so I am very satisfied. Just kidding on the having low expectations part. But it’s an odd question. Not sure how to answer it. I don’t know how I’d live without my wife. We joke around and say “she completes me.” But it’s really only half a joke.  BTW, she never says “I complete her.”

Dan:This sounds cold, but when you’re closing in on a quarter-century with one person, it’s a little like a mortgage. …

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I have many wise friends and have gathered invaluable insight from them over the years. Featured below are responses and wedding advice from some of my friends who have begun their journey of marriage… I hope that some of these insights speak to you as they have me!

Just for fun, I have split these “Wives’ Words” into two parts: Part I features advice from friends who are closer to the beginning of their marriages and Part II of this posting will include advice from friends of mine who have been married for a slightly longer time:)

1.) For how long have you been married and what has married life been like for you so far?

 Jaclyn: My husband and I were married in August, 2010 so it’s been just over a year and a half. Honestly, I don’t think that   married life has been all that drastically different for us because we lived together prior…

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Weddings With Insight by Jackie Murphy has teamed up with Shannon Pollard from Setting Up House, a talented Etsy vendor, to bring you this fun contest!

Shannon is giving away an adorable and elegant flowergirl basket and ringbearer pillow to one lucky winner in 2013!

Contest Dates: Today until December 31, 2012 at midnight

Winner Announcement: January 5, 2013
How it Works: 

“Like” Setting Up House’s Facebook page for one contest entry.

“Like” Weddings With Insight by Jackie Murphy’s Facebook page for one contest entry.

Contestants get an extra entry for every three “Likes” for either of Setting Up House or Weddings With Insight’s Facebook posts.

One winner will be drawn at random from all of these entries after December 31, 2012 and will be announced on January 5, 2013!

Good luck!

“Like” away!!

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Figs, Pecans, and Cheese Toasts

It’s only 3pm and the day is over, literally! Not sure about where you live, but here in Boston it gets dark by 4:30pm. The days are cut short by 4 hrs as opposed to summer. This makes it harder to shoot food posts b/c of the lack of lighting. Not to mention, not all days are bright and cheery like summer AND I can only shoot when I am free from Ms. Zoey. 

This morning I did a ‘quick’ run to the market to get food for our little holiday dinner party this weekend. It wasn’t so quick as it turns out to be a 2 hr. ordeal. Don’t ask me how or how much I spent. None of which really came out as planned. Well, I actually didn’t have a budget but somehow it always come out A LOT more than anticipated. 

No, I don’t enjoy grocery shopping…

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Ahhh! I’m Engaged and am Planning my Wedding! Where do I start?!

Feeling completely overwhelmed and lost as to where to begin? Well first of all, congratulations on your engagement! This is an exciting time:) Feeling overwhelmed is completely normal; there are so many components to planning a wedding! As a wedding coordinator, … Continue reading