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    The Truth Hurts Tuesday ~ Why Your Wedding Budget HAS to Take Precedence Over Your Guest List

    Budget. It’s a dirty word, but somebody’s GOT to talk about it. Here’s the thing, bridey, when your guest list grows, then your budget needs to grow with it. PERIOD. THE END. Really, it’s as simple as that. Because it’s not fair for you to expect your vendors to adhere to your much smaller budget simply because you want to invite more people, and now you can’t afford the previously agreed upon menu/concept/bouquet/etc. In fact, you should be calling your vendors telling them that they have to provide MORE of whatever it is they are providing, not LESS, because your numbers have increased. 

    I’m currently working with a bride who has about zero control over her guest list. And frankly, it’s starting to really piss me off. We’ve gone round and round and round regarding her fucking guest list, and I have had it. Bridey, if you can’t afford to invite the free world, then don’t. I know what etiquette says about whom you should invite, and who you shouldn’t feel obligated to invite to your wedding, but you know what etiquette doesn’t tell you, bridey? That your budget has to take precedence over stupid etiquette. I mean sure, invite everybody you know, but I hope they like the cash bar, one passed hors d’oeuvre and vegetarian meal. Because that’s what they are going to “enjoy” that evening. Not to mention that their table will stripped of anything resembling a centerpiece and MUZAK will be the entertainment because the DJ wouldn’t drop his prices.

    Okay, perhaps I am being a bit melodramatic, but you get what I am saying, right?

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    Fantasy Friday ~ The Ice Queen

    This post is so awesomely cool that I just had to show you. There's no doubt that it would definitely be a fucked up bridal shoot, but... Who cares! It's still a SUPER, kickass shoot!! I mean, there is a beautiful dress, stunning hair and makeup and overall, these photographs are killer. And this pic? It TOTALLY reminds me of Stanley Kubrick's Clockwork Orange... Right? Kickass and creepy all at the same time! Anyway, here's what the chicks at FStop Poetry were thinking (more like channeling) when they shot this.

    FStop Poetry: I have been watching a lot of Tarantino movies lately and looking at a lot of McQueen. I appreciate men who make women look bad ass. Since we graduated Erin and I have tried to continue our personal work and still give ourselves things to try “Just for fun”. Because let’s face it, creating work is a lot of fun, and it’s easy to forget that.

    So this month we decided to just spit ball some ideas, call our friends and create something for fun, but also push ourselves to go outside of our box and try to work a little differently. Using models, a make up artist, and Sue Regis’ Glass we set out with a goal of creating a fairy tale. Sue created glass pieces specifically for our story, Andrea brought our “arwen meets black swan” character to life. And Shaun volunteered to be honest about having insecurities. Even as classically beautiful as Shaun is she still asked us “are you sure I am not too pale?Keep scrolling to see how it ends.We have both been reflecting on the importance of staying positive. Inspired by the Midwest winters, that make everything seem gray. The thought of Narnia never thawing, and the story “The Ice Queen” We created a story about a woman who becomes frozen, and no longer sees the world the same way. She looks in a mirror and see’s her own broken view of beauty all over her face. Every flaw magnified, and every disappointment held onto in frozen jars. She becomes so frozen she cannot feel the cold.Not gonna lie, I love this shot of the filthy wedding dress.The frozen jars filled with disappointment (totally channeling Tarantino here!)...Wait! What's in the box?! Fstop, what if we ended it with Shaun realizing that perfection is bullshit? And the box contains her self love and confidence?Let's get rid of the jars of disappointment, shall we? FStop: It’s really easy to focus on the “wish-I-had’s…” The wish-I-hads, can easily become your theme song, if you don’t make an effort to say, “I wonder what light, I can seek out in the world today…”Shaun, you're beautiful, and not too pale at all! 

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    Photographer: F/stop Poetry
    Hair Stylist: andrea ryl-kuchar
    Other: Regis Glass Art
    Model: Shaundria Rae Lewis


    Real Wedding Wednesday ~ A Lovely, Do it Yourself, Uniquely Country Wedding

    I love this wedding. And I think that I love it so much because I would never be able to do all of the DIY aspects captured so beautifully in this wedding. My style? Pay somebody to do it for me. Yeah, not quite DIY. More like HSEDIFY (Have Somebody Else do it For You). But, you already know that about me. Anyway, Stephanie and Tyler are not only adorable, but their taste? AWESOME! (OMG, I almost said awesome-sauce... Don't even ask!) I love that the bridesmaids dresses are all completely different and instead of fancy shoes, they are rockin' cowboy boots, and that the groomsmen are wearing multicolored bow ties and carnation boutonnieres. 

    So, bridey, if you are a DIYer, then this wedding will definitely give you some FAB ideas to incorporate into your own wedding planning. I mean, they say that imitation is the best form of flattery, so imitate away!

    Love this shot! I love those bridesmaid dresses! And the boots? FABU!!Go ahead... Pin it!Kickass bow ties! Adorable bunch of dudes too!Simple, easy, and cool (and totally functional too!).I love everything about this pic! And a little girl in cowboy boots? SO CUTE!Time to grab your notebook, brideys! Let the DIY BEGIN! Look down...

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    The Truth Hurts Tuesday ~ Retrospective Perspective

    Bridey, have you ever looked back at certain moments in your life and uttered, “OMG in retrospect, if I could go back, I’d do it all differently…” Seriously, who hasn’t, right? I mean, there are SEVERAL instances in my life which have me uttering, “Holy crap, what the fuck was I thinking?!” CRINGE! The reason I am bringing this up is because I’d hate for you to look back on your wedding and ask yourself, “How come I was such a bitch during my wedding planning?”

    The reality? How you choose to behave during your wedding planning will be part of your wedding memories. And do you really want those memories marked with such aggravation and bitchiness? Trust me, your vendors will get over it and forget about you after the wedding. But, your behavior is something that you can’t take back, and if you were a total bitch during your planning, I'd be willing to be that down the road, you’ll wish you weren’t.

    Rather than preach to you about how you’ll regret your bad behavior, blah blah blah, let’s try to figure out what has you so worked up, and what we can do about it.

    · Is it the money? I mean, let’s be honest, you’re probably spending more for one day than you will ever spend in your life. But, bridey, it’s important to separate the money from the emotion. Period. If things get messed up, sorry… WHEN things get messed up, you’ll deal with it and you’ll still get married. Your life won't be ruined, okay? So, don’t sweat the small stuff.

    · Is it your in-laws? Fiancé? Both? Well then talk about it! For God’s sake, if you don’t communicate NOW, then what does this say about your marriage; your future; the rest of your life? If this is a glimpse into your future, then obviously you are freaked out. But, bridey, if that’s the case, then you need to talk about it. And go straight to the source(s) because taking it out on everybody else is not helping, it’s hurting. Don’t pussyfoot around either. Be blunt. Be bold. Be bitchless.

    · Is it nerves? Are you worried that you don’t know how to do this? That your wedding will suck? Well, settle down. Nobody expects perfection. In fact, most of your guests don’t even want to go to your wedding. True story. So, get over it. Do yoga, exercise, take Xanax, have some wine and get down and dirty with your man. I mean, not all on the same day or time, but…

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    Fantasy Friday ~ A Fabulous, Non-Valentine's Day Post

    I despise Valentine's Day. Single or married or with some sort of sig other, I have always hated this "holiday". Seriously, it was all I could do to post a Valentine's Day shoot last year (even though I totally loved the pics), so this year I decided to stray away from all the hearts and stupid candy, and show you, brideys, something that I think is so fucking fabulous; something that will make you forget the "norm", and remember that no matter what you do, making your wedding day (and/or bridal shoot) about who you are as a couple is what counts. 

    On that note, bridey, enjoy these photographs of Morgan and Taylor as you wolf down your Russel Stover candy, and gaze at your stupid Valentine's Day flowers... And, you're welcome. You're welcome, because I know that you desperately need a break from all of the pink that's puking all over itself today. (Clearly I'm much more bitter about Valentine's Day than I thought!)

    Dying over Morgan's dress. Dying over Morgan's headpiece. And I find myself quite curious about Taylor's earings, or ears rather. Can somebody please tell me how you get your lobes that big? SERIOUSLY. I really want to know.Sexy. Fabulous. Pink Lips.Taylor, you are quite honestly, the coolest groom ever.Hey girl... Why don't you come closer?The coolness factor of these two is pretty awesome. I was never that cool, and won't be.Morgan and Taylor, thank you for helping me forget that it's Valentine's Day!

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    Photographer:  Amy Cloud Photography 
    Dress: Gateway Bridal
    Tux: Decades 
    Flowers: Soil and Stem