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    Wednesday
    Jul232014

    Real Wedding Wednesday ~ A Mid Summer Night Dream in a Secret Garden

    Here we go again... My obsession with the amazing photographer, Hilary Cam,continues. This wedding is so spectacular! Dare I say the words, swoon-worthy? Sorry, but it is! And although swooning really isn't my thing, this wedding is just fucking brilliant! I mean... Laura and Dylan created a day so fabulous and so intimate, that when you see the photographs and read a bit about all that went into making this day so lovely, you're probably going to drool... Drawing inspiration from a Midsummer Night’s Dream, their reception was quite heavenly and super romantic. They definitely went with some contemporary and daring twists reflecting their creativity and individuality.

    From Hilary Cam: "Laura works as a freelance stylist and designer for The Styling Branch so we knew she had something fabulous planned for her own day. Dylan and Laura’s intimate reception was in absolute seclusion out on Scotland Island. Guests arrived by boat and climbed the sandstone stairs to a magical garden full of fairy lights. Their reception was ethereal; woodland tablescapes with moss, scattered tea lights, mason jars and flowers, with a canopy of Edison lights overhead. Their wedding was intimate, romantic and magical for all who were there."

    This photograph says it all.. Brilliant!Hilary Cam: Describe  your wedding in one sentence.
    Bride: ‘A Midsummer Nights Dream’ set within ‘The Secret Garden’

    HC: What do you do for work?
    Bride: I’m an Interior Designer / Freelance Stylist

    For some reason, this pic reminds me of Entourage...HC: How long have you been together?
    Bride: 2 years.

    HC: What was the inspiration behind your wedding theme / style? 
    Bride: I have always dreamt of having ‘a midsummer nights dream’ garden wedding. I wanted to create an intimate, romantic, magical feeling for us and for our guests. And it was EXACTLY as I had imagined it to be.

    Oh yeah! Oh yeah! (Another Entourage reference...)FUCKING AWESOME!

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    Tuesday
    Jul222014

    The Truth Hurts Tuesday ~ Getting to Know Bitchless Bride... My Life After My Wedding

    By the time you read this, I will be 37 years old. Wow... Could I be more dramatic? But, seriously, I feel like I just got married, and my trip down the aisle was ten years ago! TEN FUCKING YEARS! Oh my God! I was 27!! And maybe I'm still obsessed with weddings because I'm in "the industry", and all I do is eat, breathe and sleep it, or maybe it's because I eloped and never had a wedding to call my own, but no matter what, it still feels like my "wedding" was yesterday. The only difference? My perspective is completely different than it was ten years ago. And you know what? I lucked the fuck out.

    Why am I so lucky? Well, see the pic? That's the card my hus got for me for my birthday (along with these...). And when I met this guy, I wasn't ready at all. Like... AT ALL!! Fast forward fourteen years later (we were together four years before he proposed)... Dude is the father of my child, responsible for several (almost painful) belly laughs and putting up with my bullshit. When I really think about it, we are light years away from where we were on our wedding day. And for some reason my birthday got me thinking about how different life is now, than before even having started with a solid foundation before we said "I do."

    I'd say that the absolutely scariest part of my marriage was when my hus nearly died less than a year after we got married.

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    Friday
    Jul182014

    Fantasy Friday ~ Destination Croatia! A Stunningly Beautiful Destination Wedding...

    Seriously, why didn't any of my friends (or family) take me to Croatia for their wedding? In fact, why didn't any of my friends (or family) take me anywhere for a wedding? Well, because they aren't Kristen and James. You see, Kristen and James took fifty of their closest friends and family to join them in stunning Croatia to witness their nuptials. Not only that, but this lucky group of peeps got to go to the wedding (obviously), together with several other adventures while they were there. I mean... Hi... They went cliff jumping! OMG!! I would love to think that I could do that, but the truth is, this girl is afraid of heights! So, I would have had to sit that one out! Anyway, they swam in the ocean, did some fancy boating, ate great food and partied like rock stars at Kristen and James' wedding!

    The views alone are worth their weight... and actually look like gold! This destination wedding is filled with bright colors, warm people and endless energy!

    Simply amazing...OMG... Could I be more American? I can't help but notice how clean everything is! Well, ahem... compared to America!Amazing silhouette, but I have to admit, the cat trotting away is pretty adorable!Hell of a kiss! Bring it James!!!

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    Wednesday
    Jul162014

    Real Wedding Wednesday ~ How About Some Grand Rapids Glitter & A Tree House Wedding?

    Alicia and Curtis. Seriously, bridey, can't you tell just by looking at them that they are super fun and probably rock some stellar personalities? I can... Well, that's because I cheated. You see, I've already seen all of the photographs and therefore I know that the B+G and the bridal party stopped at Founders Brewery in-between church and photographs. And in my experience, stopping at a bar usually equates to a bit of debauchery and some FAB photos! That's how I know that Alicia and Curtis are super fun, and their wedding is clearly an extension of their personalities!

    Anyway, Alicia and Curtis’s Grand Rapids wedding started in the gorgeous Catholic Church, Saint Peter and Paul. And OMG, just wait until you see Alicia walking down the aisle with her father. It is absolutely sensational, breathtaking actually. Just taking in Alicia's lace wedding gown, her perfectly sculpted backside (true story) and the grandness of the church... Holy moly. I mean... It's truly incredible! So, to recap... Following their stunning ceremony, cocktails for all of the maids and men, photographs in the park and then up in the sky on probably the coolest mode of transportation I have seen at a wedding, they arrive at the reception at the Bissell Tree House. Yes, I wrote TREE HOUSE!!! WHHHAAAA??? Yeah! Scroll down and you will see the tree house and a venue immersed in glitter, navy and fuchsia! 

    One day (and soon) I am going to have to break down and buy myself these shoes!Amazing wedding dress and veil!!!What did I tell you? Right? STUN NING!!!!I love how the fuchsia ties in with the navy...CHEERS!!Need a closer look at those Kate Spades? Yeah, I'm definitely going to have to get me some of those!

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    Tuesday
    Jul152014

    The Truth Hurts Tuesday ~ Time to Educate Your Rude Guests, Bridey!

    I want to stand up and shout, "HELL YEAH"! I want to applaud until my hands hurt because now there is proof; now there is evidence of just how fucking rude people can be. Let me fill you in... Read this article on Distractify, but in a nutshell, a popular restaurant in NYC hired a firm to help them determine why a common complaint was slow service, or that it took too long to get seated. They had done everything in their power to increase service standards, and even though they serve approximately the same number of guests as they did ten years ago, they are receiving mediocre service scores. The culprit? The patron AND THEIR PHONE! Shockingly, there is a direct correlation to slow service, and not because of the servers or a slow kitchen, but because of the guest! People are so obsessed with their goddamn phones that it's actually creating a kink in the service industry! And now there's proof!!!

    You're probably thinking, "That's great, BB, but what does this have to do with planning my wedding?". FAB question, bridey. This affects you in the same way that it affects restaurants (probably all over the world). Huh? How?

    1. Your rehearsal dinner is at a restaurant. So, after reading the article on Distractify, I'm guessing that you are now mentally fast forwarding to your lovely prenup dinner, and praying that your guests put their phones down and leave the servers alone so that their meals are served promptly and hot. Am I right? 

    The solution? Place a tent card on each table asking that your guests take their own pictures, and let the servers serve; not to be confused with a photographer!

    2. Getting to your wedding day... How about we start with your ceremony, shall we? Part of my new(ish) MO is to walk up and down the aisle and politely (no really, I can be polite) remind your guests to turn their phones to silent or airplane mode. Listen, I certainly don't have the audacity to ask your peeps to turn their cherished phones all the way off... Because I mean, I know how uncomfortable that can be, but sadly, more so than ever, I need to remind people not to be rude! And that means silencing their phones as you exchange your vows!

    The solution? If you're providing ceremony programs, at the bottom of the page, place a friendly reminder to silence all phones. Not providing progams? Then have the officiant remind your guests to silence their phones before beginning the ceremony.

    3. You know how many times I have seen servers put down their trays (filled with delicious passed hors d'oeuvres) to take photographs of guests? Let's just say that if your cocktail hour is just that, an hour, I would say that a good 15 minutes is spent with servers, trays down, and your guest's iPhones in hand. And who do you think will complain that they "didn't even see a passed hors d'oeuvre"? Every single elderly relative (who doesn't get the whole phone thing), will ultimately blame the bride

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