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    Wednesday
    Nov262014

    Real Wedding Wednesday ~ Happy Anniversary to Me!

    So... I decided to take the week off, brideys. I wasn't going to, but I desperately need a break... A break from wedding planning, event planning and work in general (BB too). I kinda need to check out and focus on my family. After all, it is Thanksgiving, right? And I am thankful to be in Chicago with the fam about to eat yummy food and drink yummy booze.

    Although, as you can tell by the pic, it is also my 10 year wedding anniversary. Yup! Ten years ago today, my hus and I sneaked to Las Vegas and eloped. Holy SHIT! It's been ten years!! We've come a long way from the dude I met in the bar to the dude who I consider the love of my life. Right? Whoa... Cheesy, but true!

    Well, bridey, if you miss me, feel free to browse the archives, FaceBook me, follow my tweets from Chicago or check out my pins... Because those are addictions I must feed, whether I check out or not.

    Happy Thanksgiving!!

    XO,

    BB

    Image via Happy Anniversary Quotes

    Friday
    Nov212014

    Fantasy Friday ~ A 1920s, Speakeasy Themed Anything But Average Wedding

    If Kacie and Shaun look familiar to you, it's for good reason. Perhaps you have visited them at the bar where they tend, but most likely it's because I posted their Engagement Shoot on Bitchless Bride. Ringing any bells, bridey? Remember, Kacie had Shaun at knife point! Seriously! But, the blade was not resting across his neck, it grazing the top of his head. Talk about trust! Holy shit! But, when I asked Kacie if Shaun lets her shave his head, it turns out that her prefers to do it himself... out of fear! 

    Anyway, I am absolutely psyched to show you this speakeasy themed, Halloween day wedding, bridey! I LOVE LOVE LOVE that Kacie and Shaun incorporated their love for booze (they are both bartenders) into their wedding, going back to the orgin of their profession with a 1920s speakeasy-themed wedding. Their guests wore FABULOUS vintage costumes, enjoyed the speciality cocktails (created by the B+G of course!) and smoked some serious cigars. Hell yeah!!! 

    Tee hee... Vintage nudie magazine! How fucking awesome is that??!!What a fantastic shot...Kacie, your dress!!!! OMG! Stunning.Besties.

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    Wednesday
    Nov192014

    Real Wedding Wednesday ~ An Easy Going, Martial Arts Lovin', Real Southern Wedding

    That's a hot pic. Seriously, I feel like I haven't seen very many wedding albums where I walk away saying, "that photograph is sexy." But, this one? Hot damn. Erika and Tim are HOT! Right? So, your homework assignment, bridey? Take a moment on your wedding day (ovbi with your hus), and take a few sexy photographs. Get excited! Okay... Moving past the sexy pics. I totally love this wedding. Not only are Erika and Tim hot and awesome, but it was super important to them that their wedding incorporated who they were as a couple and individually. You see, Erika could kick all of our asses because she has a black belt in Tae Know Do, and Tim is also a martial arts enthusiast. Just wait until you see the groom's cake!

    They really wanted their wedding to be laid back and simple. Erika said that, "I just want everyone to come and have a good time and be comfortable." and based on the photographs, I'd say that they succeeded. Living in Georgia, they wanted a venue that truly captured the south. Not that anybody would accuse them of being country by nature, but because several of their guests traveled from abroad to be there, they wanted them to experience a real southern wedding.

    I don't know this for sure, but I am guessing that these pics are in memory of a family members who have passed... A lovely way to remember without getting too sad.What a lovely first look!Great photograph! I LOVE the bridesmaids dresses!I love everything about this ceremony... It's rustically fabulous.The cuteness factor is almost too much.

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    Tuesday
    Nov182014

    The Truth Hurts Tuesday ~ Five Habits of a Successful Bride

    If you do a little browsing, bridey, you'll find that there is a ton of advice out there on pretty much anything you can plug into Google, Pinterest... you name it. Hell, yesterday I poached two perfect eggs in the microwave (in 75 seconds) because I searched "eggs" while procrastinating on Pinterest! And you know what? My eggs? Fucking awesome! Perfectly poached and delicious! But, when I searched "habits of successful brides" via Google? Nada. Zilch. Zero. Now, obviously I found a TON of articles on brides, weddings, bridesmaids, wedding shows, etc., but nothing that really satisfied my itch. So, what's a girl to do? Write it herself! I mean... I am a professional after all! So, bridey, based on my experience as a planner and recalling several of my "got their shit together brides", here's what I came up with... Ready?

    Five Habits of a Successful Bride:

    1. Become a time management guru. Start outlining "due by" dates. Set yourself up for success. Bridey, I hate to say this, but the second that rock landed on your finger, you became the proud owner of another full time job. And when you start a new job, it's important to begin with a bang! Right? So, take it on like one... Get organized and prove your worth! To yourself!!! Get your shit together, and the rest will fall into place!

    2. Set a realistic budget. Seriously, you wouldn't buy a car or a house that you couldn't afford (because the banks wouldn't let you!), and this shouldn't be any different, bridey. Except this time, there isn't a bank standing in the way of your dream, squashing your credit score and preventing you from moving forward. Right? So proceed with caution. How much do you have to spend on your wedding? What's most important to you? Decor? Flowers? Food? Booze? Figure this piece out first and then work backwards. If food is super important to you, then set a lower budget for flowers and decor. Is music important to you? Then allocate a fair amount to the band/DJ. If you are on a tight budget, then I'm sorry to say, but you can't have it all, so plan accordingly.

    3. Get in touch with your internal noise canceller. Remember, while weddings are a happy time in your life, all of the skeletons and bullshit that you thought was behind you, have a tendancy to rear it's ugly head. Honestly, you need to filter that shit, bridey. Filter out the noise. Filter out the negativity. And if necessary, talk to a therapist. Because, based on my experience, family dynamics are probably the biggest stressor for my clients. And you know what's crazy?

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    Friday
    Nov142014

    Fantasy Friday ~ Just a "Typical" Story of Girl Meets Boy Doing Good Work in Ecuador

    I was completely drawn to this gorgeous wedding because as cheesy as it sounds, I can feel the love and happiness emanating through the screen. From Emily's cool pink wedding dress to the mismatched, mint bridesmaid dresses, and a amazing floral crown, this wedding is totally princess meets hippie with an insanely awesome sense of humor. Considering that Christian and Emily met at a pseudo bullfight in Ecquador (Christian was looking after the animals and Emily was a volunteer), it's safe to say that they bonded over their mutual love for animals. I mean, c'mon... One of their dogs was the ring bearer!! Right?? Did I mention that she is wearing a tutu, rockin' bright red painted nails, and the rings were safely attached to her collar? STFU!

    I will let Emily take it from here... But, bridey... Please pay close attention to Emily's advice to future brides. All I'm gonna say is that I've been preaching it all along! 

    How did you meet?: I met Christian while working in Ecuador for the non-profit Manna Project International. The day we met we were both volunteering with the Red Cross at a pseudo-bullfight. Christian was serving as the medical head that day and I was just another confused gringa volunteer. Our first "date" was on my 24th birthday when he accompanied a group of crazy gringos on a party bus around Quito.(Surprisingly, he stuck around after this belligerent event and that's when I knew he was a keeper. And the rest, as they say, is history...)

    The theme of llamas throughout the day represents his home country of Ecuador (and her family), and the llamas they have rescued (and care for) over the years.

    A MAZ ING pic! Amazing!!! 

    I can't... It's too good. It's too cute... 

    A little or a lot about your proposal...: Christian proposed on the top of a mountain in Vilcabamba, Ecuador. Surrounded by beautiful countryside and gasping for air (the hike was no easy feat), he asked me to marry him :)

    What was your absolute "must have"?: A floral crown - my parents were total hippies so I'm a flower-child at heart. (Holy shit. Emily! Your crown is stunning!)

    Any advice for other Brides?: If you can afford it, hire a wedding planner! Planning a wedding is a huge undertaking and you don't want to get bogged down with the prep and not be able to enjoy the months leading up to it. I started from 'zero' while wedding planning, knowing absolutely nothing about the process, so I feel I could have saved a lot of time working with someone who was knowledgeable in the field. (Ahem... Even if you hire somebody to help you manage the day, it will be a tremendous relief!)

    Also, let Pinterest become your best friend - it is a great resource to discover what you like/what you don't like and what vision you have for your wedding. It's your day, make it reflect you as a couple!

    What made you choose your ceremony and reception venues?: For a while now I had imagined my wedding at my childhood home. It's out in the country - beautiful scenery and llamas, what more could you ask for?! The reception was a unique situation because we actually won a radio auction! We got the venue, dinner, bar, and basic decor for like a 50% discount, AMAZING! (Um, HOLY SHIT!! That's fantastic!!)

    Enter the ring bearer... That adorable dog in a tutu, is carrying the wedding rings on her collar!What was the most memorable moment from your wedding?: The ceremony in general, especially our vows. We did them in Spanish but had them printed in English for our guests to follow along. Our officiant was bilingual, which was really special as well.

    What was your biggest challenge to overcome while planning?: Time management - I would become really focused on such a silly, minute detail and forget about the big picture. (Yet, another reason why hiring a wedding planner is helpful!) 

    Did you use any blogs for inspiration? If so, which one/s?: Green Wedding Shoes was my absolute favorite! All the weddings were unique and special in their own way. (One of BB's faves too!!)

    OMG! Love this idea!!! This girl loves reese's too!

    Notice the dress change?! GORGE!

    Thank you for sharing with BB (and letting all future brides learn from you!!).

    Industry Peeps:

    Photographer: Oldani Photography
    Veils & Headpieces: BHLDN
    Photo Booth Equipment: Big Smile Photo Booth
    Bakery: McArthur's Bakery
    Tuxedo & Mens Attire: Men's Wearhouse
    DJ: Now That's a DJ
    Specialty Foods: Red Sprinkles Cookies
    Bridesmaid Dresses: Shop Ruche
    Invitation Designer: SplashofSilver
    Floral Designer: Walter Knoll Florist
    Caterer: Windows Off Washington