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    Jan162013

    A Gloucester, Massachusetts Wedding... Beyond The Perfect Storm

    (The heart in the inside of the bride's wedding dress? Made from her father's work uniform (he passed away seven years ago). Her mom had it secretly sewn into the dress. A fantastic way to remember without getting too sad...)

    Who knew that Gloucester, Massachusetts was such a fantastic location for a wedding? I mean, probably like you, I associate Gloucester with George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg looking especially scruffy and handsome in A Perfect Storm, not a seaside wedding locale! But, when I saw these pictures, I fell in love with the rocks, the ocean and bride (and her hair of course)! 

    But... I fell even deeper in love with the bride after I read her very honest, super funny answers to BB's questionnaire. Coffee may have even made its way onto my computer screen after I read the answer to question #9. I DEFINITELY wasn't expecting what I read, and yet I totally loved and appreciated her honesty. Seriously, if the wedding industry had bloopers (that were actually funny), this would certainly make the top five!

    What I really loved? I loved how candid Betsy was with how she felt about planning her wedding. She found it extremely time consuming and stressful. Brideys, some of you won't enjoy the process, and that's okay! You can still have a lovely wedding even if you didn't like planning it! Betsy didn't, and her wedding was totally FAB! So, brideys, I hope you enjoy this whimsical seaside wedding and Betsy's candor... I know I did!

    1. Bridey, how did you meet your spouse? (The short and sweet version please.)

    Technically, we met in fifth grade. We had always bounced around the same group of friends throughout high school, and college. Then around the age of 26 we both bounced into the same group at the same time. He was oblivious, but I totally crushed on him for an entire summer before I finally made my move. What was my move you ask: Going straight up to him at a concert and telling him that we should make out. Real smooth huh?!  

    2. How long were you together before you were engaged?

    We were together almost 3 years when he popped the question. 

    3. What was the length of time between the engagement and the wedding?

    Nine months.

    4. If you had to rate your wedding planning experience on a scale of one to ten with one being shitty, and ten being awesome, how would you rate it?

    I would rate my planning process a 4. It wasn't easy and very time consuming! 

    5. What was your favorite part of the wedding planning process? Least fave?

    My favorite? I really had two... One favorite was spending time with my mom and sister. They were so supportive and kept the whole planning process light hearted and fun; I couldn't have done it with out them! The other was getting to know my husband better. I thought he loved me before, but I knew he really loved me after watching me go bridezilla on him a few times.

    My least favorite? Determining whose advice to listen to and whose to politely decline. 

    6. Did anything go wrong (that you were aware of) at your wedding? If so, we’d love to hear about. Allow us to learn from you, bridey!

    The only thing that was wrong from our standpoint was not getting the delicious hot appetizers we picked out.  Our wedding was a cocktail style reception, and we were suppose to get appetizers in the bridal suite before the reception, and all there was was veggies and cheese, and I was really hungry!!! Make sure to let the caterer know you want the good stuff where you are going to be.
     
    7. What was the biggest challenge you faced from the moment you were engaged to the day you walked down the aisle?
    The biggest challenge I faced was finding vendors. Actually, to be honest my husband did almost all of the leg work. He did most of the research, spoke with vendors, set up meetings, he was amazing. 

    (Betsy and Mark love spicy food, so they made a Hawaiian hot sauce together and used it as their place cards/favors. They named it BAM, after their monogram!)

    8. What advice do you wish you had before started planning your wedding?

    I wish people would have let me know that it would be stressful, and that everything would work out fine no matter how stressful it got. Everyone always says "I loved planning my wedding, it was amazing and so much fun". NO it's not! There are not enough brides out there who tell the truth. It is challenging, but every challenge brought us closer together and made me want to marry my husband even more!

    9. Looking back, would you have done anything differently?

    Hahaha the first thing I think of? Check the crotch of your wedding day underwear before putting them on!! I was given several pairs of cute underwear and lingerie for my bachelorette party. Well, the pair my sister bought me had the cutest ruffles, and I instantly decided those were the ones to wear on my wedding day. After getting ready and taking several pictures before the wedding, I got into the backseat of the limo with my mom. Suddenly, it felt a bit drafty under my dress. I really thought I ripped my underwear, but something told me to ask my sister if she bought me crotchless underwear. She instantly responded with, "That's gross, why would I do that?" I agreed with her, but something wasn't right. So, when we got to the wedding, I ran up to the bridal suite and sure enough, they were definitely crotchless! I felt way too dirty wearing them on my wedding day, so I changed them. 
    (Are you completely dying over this photo? Totally AMAZING!)

    10. Bridey, please provide the most valuable lesson you learned while planning your wedding.

    The most valuable lesson I learned was to be patient and appreciate everyone in your life! 

    Industry Folk (AKA Vendors):

    Make up and Hair: Margaret Bartolini-Cunningham

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    Reader Comments (2)

    I cannot get over Betsy's hair! No matter how hard I try my hair will never look like that! What a gorgeous bride! The heart sewn into the dress is a sweet way to remember without letting the loss of a loved one make you too sad on your wedding day.

    I also really like that the bridesmaids are wearing flip flops on the rocks. That was a great idea. This is such cute couple and looks like it was a fun wedding. Thanks for sharing BB!

    January 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMaggie

    "Something Blue"- heart sewn into wedding dress made from dad's work shirts.This is the best!

    January 25, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermillybridal

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