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    Tuesday
    Feb022016

    Bitchless Bride Video #2 - ***FLASHBACK*** Perspective is a Bitch!

    I thought it was time to resurrect one of my fave videos (from 2012!) in anticipation of all of the engagements which will inevitably take place as we near Valentine's Day. So, please don't hate me for speaking the truth!

    "Nobody wants to go to your wedding! We are not excited like you are."
    — Jerry Seinfeld

    Who cares about your wedding the way you do? Nobody... And you know what? Most people don't care at all... They don't even want to come. Just a little perspective...

    Friday
    Jan292016

    Fantasy Friday ~ A Totally FAB, Industrial Glam Styled Shoot

    If I were to look inward, I would definitely see a few themes coursing through my veins. One, I am totally in a Kate Spade place. My biz card holder is KS and says "let's do lunch", (they didn't have one that said, "let's do booze"), I have been rockin' some serious KS accessories, and I've been dancing around in some glittery KS shoes. And, including this fucking KICK ASS Kate Spade, industrial glam shoot, this is my second KS themed something posted in the last week... The other theme? I'm homesick for Chicago. Seriously, this month alone, I have posted three Chicago weddings. Perhaps it's because I am drawn to the beauty of the city or maybe it's coincidence, but either way... That's what's going on with me.

    Anyway, there is so much color, and texture and pure electricity captured this shoot that I really won't be able to give it justice unless I shut up and let you start scrolling. I can't even tell you my favorite aspect of these pics because every.single.photograph is sensational. I mean, bridey... Talk about inspiration! Enjoy this one because it's FABULOUS!WOW! These invitations are from Wedding Paper Divas! Love the stripes!!
    Can I get an OMFG? WOW! Oh my fucking God! The dress, the shoes, the textures! OH MY!
    I cannot get over this bouquet! So gorgeous!
    Again with the stripes! SO awesome! And, I love the cumberbund!!!
    I seriously don't know who's prettier!
    I love the rawness of the space combined with elegance of the chairs...
    STUN NING table! LOVE the gold cloth!! And the pink! And the MR. & MRS. I just love the whole thing!
    I am a stripes fanatic (you should see my closet, probably just like Kate Spade!), and the table runner is so amazing!!

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    Wednesday
    Jan272016

    Real Wedding Wednesday ~ A Classically Chicago, Beautifully Orchestrated and Simply Stunning Wedding

    Isn't that photograph incredible? I mean, it's really amazing. The venue? The Rookery Building in Chicago. According to the website, The Rookery Building is "... one of the most historically significant buildings in Chicago." "...The Rookery seamlessly combines the flair of an era gone by with state-of-the-art building systems and technology. Designated a Chicago Landmark in 1972 after being added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970, The Rookery is universally considered an architectural masterpiece." Um, I think they forgot, "An incredible venue for an elegant wedding..."

    Technically, Nicole and Michael's wedding was a destination wedding. Nicole grew up in Chicago, and the two of them made their way back to her hometown for their wedding day. Bridey, I have to say that the details encapsulated in this wedding are so polished and so refined that I cannot wait to share it with you! The dress, the gold, the venue and the cake! OH MY!!!! 

    First of all, I love the robes. Secondly, are they in the tub? LOVE IT!!
    OMG, Nicole! That dress! It's really incredible! I love the intricate detail... You look GORGE!
    Michael, that is seriously one of the cutest groomy pictures I've ever posted.
    OMG. SO phenomenal! I am completely obsessed with that wedding dress!
    Such unbelievable architecture!
    It may be good luck, but rain on your wedding day is still annoying. The ceremony was originally going to be outside near Millennium Park, but at the last minute, the call was made to have the ceremony at The Rookery. Thank goodness for plan B!
    Nicole, you are absolutely beaming! I LOVE IT!!
    There's something about pics in the street that get me all worked up.
    Badasses.
    Holy shit with this venue! Totally beauteous!
    I love all of the gold accents... So elegant.
    What the fuck? Is that Bambi?
    So beautiful.
    Thank you Nicole and Michael for sharing your truly elegant and amazingly stunning wedding with Bitchless Bride!!

    Industry Peeps:

    Photographer: Michael Novo Photography
    Event Venue: The Rookery Building

    Tuesday
    Jan262016

    The Truth Hurts Tuesday ~ Help! I'm Not Excited for My Wedding...

    My name is Bitchless Bride, and I was not excited for my wedding. Well, until I made some major adjustments to the wedding plans. Ultimately, my hus and I decided to elope, and no, that's not what I'm suggesting for you, bridey, I'm simply saying that perhaps you need to make some adjustments of your own if you're not excited for your wedding. And, sometimes those adjustments are mental, and sometimes they're actual. But, if you're not excited for your wedding, then take a step back and get to the bottom of it before you're stuck with enormous financial responsibility and subsequently, regret.

    Planning a wedding is exciting, right? RIGHT? But, it's also a ton of work... It's bascially another full time job. So, it's no wonder that some of you aren't excited. You're busting your ass with all of the details and shit still doesn't feel right. Maybe it's because there is so much fucking pressure for a wedding day to be perfect or maybe it's because you're drowning in debt, (or both) but, bridey, if you're not excited, you're not alone. Trust me, there are a considerable number of brides who are not excited for their wedding day. Why? Well, in my experience, I blame it on the three P's: Pressure, precedence and perfection.

    Pressure. It's brutal. Seriously, when an entire industy, friends and family, and even strangers tell you that your wedding day is supposed to be the best day of your entire life, that's fucking stressful. It adds oodles of pressure on you for that one day to be incomparable to all of the other days, past, present and future. I mean... How are you possibly expected to live up to such an extraordinary standard? Bridey, I know that you can see beyond that bullshit, right?

    I've been married for like a decade, and while I look back on my wedding day as one of the best days of my life, that's all it was... ONE FUCKING DAY (which was awesome). So, put it into perspective. Obviously, the birth of my kids is def at the top of the list (um... aside from the ridiculous pain, blood, sweat and tears...), but there have also been plenty of somewhat mundane days that have just been awesome simply because I spent it with my hus... See what I'm getting at? So, let yourself off the hook.

    Precedence. This is a tough one especially if you're amongst the first of your peer group to get married. Everybody is looking at you to take the lead, and maybe you don't want the conch. Maybe you just want an intimate ceremony and small reception or maybe you want a kickass party, but no matter what you want, your wedding is going to be the measuring stick against all the rest just because you're first. Which leads to more pressure. But, you know what, bridey? Who cares!??? Let it go! As long as you and your sig other are happy with your plans and your future, then fuck the rest. Let the precedence be set, conch raised high, that you care about the marriage, not just the day. PERIOD.

    Perfection. Fucking perfection. Ick. That word... I can hear one of my least favorite brides reminding me that the "centerpieces really need to 'pop', and be perfect." Perfect? REALLY? Or else what? You're not going to get married? C'mon, bridey. I agree that for the money you're dropping on flowers that they should absolutely be gorgeous, but perfect or you're going "to raise hell"? Shut the fuck up. Why don't you spend more time examining your relationship than the flowers... Nobody is perfect, and there isn't an event or wedding in the world that has been perfect. There is always some snafu (large or small), and what needs to be perfect, is your attitude about how to handle a situation when there is a hair out of place. 

    Bridey, if you're not excited for your wedding, it's completely understandable. With everything we just discussed, it's not surprising. However, if you can look inward, and let go of the three P's, then perhaps you'll realize that you're anxious about the wedding day, but ecstatic about the marriage. 

    Image via Becoming Mindy

    Friday
    Jan222016

    Fantasy Friday ~ A Kickass, Kate Spade Inspired Bridal Shower!! OMFG!!!

    Holy shit, bridey. Just wait! This is the only bridal shower I have ever posted on Bitchless Bride (aside from this styled shoot), and it's awesome! Um, it's Kate Spade inspired so OF COURSE it's going to be awesome! And, you know what? It better be awesome. Because the bride, Stacy? Well, she and her best friend own a wedding rental shop. Yeah... So, if it sucked, then it would make everybody in the hospitality industry look bad.

    Bridey, if your 'maids are going to throw you a bridal shower, then direct them to this post for inspiration! I mean, the food, the décor, and even the bridal shower BINGO are amazing! Seriously, there are so many little details to revel in encapsulated in this post, that I just had to share it with you. Enjoy!!!
    Lovin' the black balloons and the girls holding hands...
    Fucking FABULOUS favor!!! Gimmie!!
    I've mentioned how much I love a sequined cloth, and this gold cloth is totally getting me all hot and bothered! 
    Hello mimosa bar, I think I love you.
    These FAB cookies were made by the bride's soon to be sister-in-law! WOW!
    Oh! And the naked cake was made by her soon to be mother-in-law! This girl is certainly marrying into a "sweet" family. Sorry... It was there, and I took it! 
    OMG. See the tray of bacon? Mine!
    STFU. Mini pancakes with pom poms!!
    Love the shoes, and I love the Kate Spade inspired "Bridal Bingo"!
    Note the nail polish, watch and dress. Holy Kate Spade!!!
    Thank you for sharing this awesome Kate Spade inspired bridal shower with Bitchless Bride. Tons of cool ideas to replicate!!

    Industry Peeps:

    Photographer: B. Jones Photography
    Equipment Rentals: Snohomish Rental Co

    Submitted via Two Bright Lights