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    Wednesday
    Apr162014

    Real Wedding Wednesday ~ An Amazing Beachfront, Thailand Wedding

    I am absolutely astounded by these photographs. Like, astounded. Part of it is because I desperately need a vacation, and lately if I see palm trees, then I start to daydream about warm beaches, bikinis and cocktails with umbrellas, but mostly it's because this wedding is just fucking stunning. STUN NING. I mean, Gabrielle is a magnificent bride (just wait, you'll see), and Gareth is truly adorable (again, you'll see, and agree!). And you all know that I LOVE Hilary Cam, and when you take in these breathtaking photographs, it will be impossible for you not to to love Hilary too...

    Hilary Cam wrote: Gareth proposed to Gabrielle in South Africa where she grew up. Their choice of Phuket for their wedding was due to it being between South Africa and Australia, so both families could easily travel and share the day. The Jewish ceremonies scattered throughout the day were full of energy and warmth, matched by the stunning beach sunset that seemed to go on forever – something we have missed since returning to the eastern shores of Sydney.

    Seriously? SERI OUS LY? I mean, look at that crystal clear water! OMG! Damn Gabrielle. You are intoxicating.A fantastic way to remember those who aren't with us anymore...Hello handsome!Pure happiness.Apparently it was so hot and humid that Hilary's lenses began to fog! (Like you can tell! Such FAB pics!)I really, really love the bridesmaids dresses!The details in Gabrielle's wedding dress are unbelievable!I can't. I really can't. OMG.Amazing wedding... Amazing.

    Industry Peeps:

    Photographer: Hilary Cam Photography Sydney
    Venue: Katathani, Phuket Beach Resort
    Wedding Dress: Carla Zampatti
    Shoes & Clutch: Jimmy Choo
    Rings: Miller Diamonds
    Makeup: Catie Kenzie Makeup
    Groom’s Suit: Calibre

    Tuesday
    Apr152014

    The Truth Hurts Tuesday ~ Are You Waiting in Line or Enjoying the Ride? Some Perspective from a Very Perceptive Groom...

    So, Eric, a super intuitive groom, emailed me and said that he'd written a post on his blog regarding the commercialization of weddings. And after I read his post; his perspective if you will, I fell in love with his idea that we are so busy waiting in line that we forget what we are waiting for... You see, bridey, he's currently engaged and wanted to share a bit about his perspective, as a groom (which we all see to dismiss most of the the time), about what he and his future wife, Leigh, are going through as they plan their wedding. His post begins as a dude watching USA hockey team duel Russia in the Winter Olympics.... I've underlined particular sections which I feel are so incredibly insightful that I needed them to stand out. 

    Eric of The Sea Log:

    I’m preparing for an Olympics of my own. My first, and hopefully last wedding (Leigh loves that joke).

    I’m taking the big plunge into marital bliss. The world might not be watching, but the majority of my family and friends will be. So we have to make sure everything is perfect.

    A wedding is stressful. So much thought, resources, and time go into planning one day*. Just like that, it’s over and we invade the Ukraine.

    It’s troubling though. Somewhere along the line wedding planning dropped its trousers and took a big ol’ steroid shot of commercialism.

    I’ve heard that people send out Save the Dates… not for the wedding, but to tell people that a Save the Date is coming.

    Exsqueeze me?

    I bet that Suit who invented Sweetest Day is pulling these levers.

    I love my fiancé. I’m excited to marry her. I think about this quite a bit. I want it to be a great day that we remember for the rest of our lives, but I also don’t want to lose sight about what the marriage is actually about.

    I don’t want to build up one day of wedding bliss and then business as usual a month later.

    Life can feel like a busy theme park. We spend an hour in line for the coaster. Our anticipation grows as we imagine how great this 2 minute ride is going to be. Then it’s over and we get in line for the next thing.

    At days end we stood in line talking about the future for 8 hours and shouted into the wind for 10 minutes.

    I live in this theme park. Mostly in my head. The lines are really long too. Measured in years not hours and minutes.

    • Wedding day line – The girls always wear white in this line. Some strange tradition.
    • Buy a house line - No specific date on the calendar. It makes the line seems a lot longer than it is.
    • Start a family line - Currently as a single guy, this is like the line to the Haunted Catacombs. Scary anticipation greeted with screaming tears… mine not hers.
    • Save for kid’s college line - You got the point long before I ran out of analogies.

    Eventually my theme park will close. When they board me up I hope I wasn’t standing in lines my whole life. Thinking about the next ride, instead of how I can make today awesome.

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    Friday
    Apr112014

    Fantasy Friday ~ A Tea Cup Riding, Mickey Mouse Ears Wearing, Disneyland Engagement Session

    Jennifer and Daniel wanted a fun engagement shoot, and what could be more fun than Disneyland? Right??? I mean is there anywhere else on earth that could be more fun than Disneyland? Well, besides Disney World? Jennifer and Daniel started their day by walking around and enjoying the FABU rides that Disneyland has to offer. Seriously, look down. TEA CUPS! OMG! The TEA CUPS!! Can't you just feel the wind on your face? Ahhhh.... Anyway... after stopping for some mint juleps (YUM), they worked their way to California Adventure for some romantic lighting and a few less peeps.

    Brideys, if you want some cool and super memorable pics (not too mention some fun), then I highly suggest a bit of Disney for your engagement sess!

    Are you just melting right now? This one picture seriously brings me right back to childhood!

    Oh yeah... Mint juleps!!Um, where can I get me one of these? Oh wait...

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    Wednesday
    Apr092014

    Real Wedding Wednesday ~ A Spectacular Wedding Dress, A Pink Champagne Tower and Amazing Decor

    O.M.G. Courtney's wedding dress. Seriously, are you falling over because of her sensationally incredible wedding dress? I mean, hot damn. Holy shit. Just holy shit. I can't... And you know what? Courtney designed this amazing wedding dress (with a little help from Jean Ralph Thurin). Can you believe it? Wowza! And what a stunning design it is!! I love the beautiful bodice and the sea of ruffles. Courtney, I'm officially envious and I'm sure I'm not alone! Pretty sure that every bride-to-be is drooling right now...

    Anyway, I guess I should probably move on and tell you about the wedding, huh? Well, Courtney got ready at her family's home in Dowlestown, PA with her all eight of her bridesmaids (wow!). And just WAIT until you see their dresses! Just a damn fine looking bride and bridal party. Okay, clearly I can't seem to get past the attire so you know what? I'll let you get to it. Start scrolling, bridey!! This is one you don't want to miss!

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this shot! Oh! I also love the shot below! Holy orchids!!HOLY SHIT this dress!!!!! What a handsome couple...I love that she's wearing the wedding dress (that I am officially obsessed with) while getting a piggyback ride from Tim.Lighting changes EVERYTHING, bridey. The decor is beautiful, but the lighting will change how your guests feel about the decor.Lovin' the pink bubbly being poured into those fancy champagne coupes. NEVER see that anymore!Hmmmmmm.... Not so sure what's happening here, but clearly they are having fun!So sticky sweet... 

    Industry Peeps:

    Photographer: Joe Dantone Photography
    Makeup Artist: Alyne Halvajian
    Hair Stylist: Amanda Elizabeth Thys
    Floral Designer: Encore Florist
    Dress Designer: Jean-Ralph Thurin
    Dress Store: Onlineformals.com
    Makeup Artist: Sheri Kuper
    Reception Venue: The Merion

    Tuesday
    Apr082014

    The Truth Hurts Tuesday ~ How to Get Your Mom to Stop Texting on Your Wedding Day! Whaaaa? 

    Every now and then, I get an email from a distraught bride fretting over such a universal topic, that I feel like I would be missing out on an opportunity to educate all of you brideys, so today I am sharing it on Bitchless Bride. Below, you will see an email which I received from "Bridget" regarding her mother's obsession with her iPhone. Bridget is asking for some advice on how to handle her MOB's addiction with said phone, and wants to be sure that mama is present, both physically and mentally, for the big day. 

    I am getting married in about six weeks. While my mother and I don't have the perfect relationship, she has been phenomenal through the planning process. She has kept her personal opinions to herself and aimed to give my fiance and I the wedding we desire. She has been key to planning the event from 1,500 miles away.

    The problem? My mother is addicted to her iPhone. She is constantly texting, emailing, Facebooking and often during very important times. Much of this is because she runs her own business and doesn't have normal hours (I am sure you can relate), but she has yet to set boundaries. For instance, when I come home to visit, she is often on her phone during family dinner and movie night. I am afraid my wedding will be a victim of her addiction too.

    I am very worried that my mom will miss a momentous event in her and my life because she is so concerned with taking pictures she can text or post to Facebook. She has worked very hard and waited a long time (8 years of us dating) for this day and I want her to be fully present. I know I can't tell her what to do, not that would I consider that, but is there a tactful way to let her know I would like her to be engaged in the day and not so concerned with her virtual presence?

    Thanks,

    Bridget

    Dear Bridget,

    My very first thought, is that while it would be inapprorate to tell her what do to, you certainly CAN tell her how you feel. You don't have to be nasty about it, bridey, but you should definitely have a candid conversation about how you are feeling.

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