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    Friday
    Mar202015

    Fantasy Friday ~ A Colorful, County Fair Themed, Intimate Wedding

    This wedding is just so awesome! I mean… Joann and Dimitri had a county fair theme! WOW! It really doesn’t get much cooler than that, right? (Totally reminds me of the carnival post I did a little while ago...) Seriously, they were able to pull off a casual and intimate wedding day, all while rockin’ a FAB and exciting theme! And, I am obsessed! Bridey, there are so many titillating (that word always makes me chuckle) deets to absorb… For instance, Dimitri made the ceremony backdrop as a gift for Joann. Awww… But, can we talk about how he MADE it! And, it’s gorgeous! Look up! The backdrop coupled with the rich jewel-toned colors exploding from the photographs… I just love it!

    And would you believe that all of this took place outside of Zion National Park? Talk about location! Between Dimitri’s homemade ceremony backdrop and the stunning aesthetics of the park, I am in love! Enjoy!

    Hi. I am in love with you. Can I take you home? (Yeah, I've def said that a few times in my life.)Check out Dimitri's tie!! Confetti tie!!Can you smell them? Simply stunning.It's beautiful to see how in sync Joann and Dimitri are...Hi cutie!!Think hers are CLB too?That's FAB!! Hey daddy! Don't fuck it up!!Yup! Dimitri BUILT that! And, it's fantastic!Such whimsicle decor... LOVE IT!Time to change shoes and play!!!Such a lovely wedding!!!

    Industry Peeps:

    Photographer: Gideon Photography
    Floral Designer: Bloomers flowers & decor
    Event Venue: True North

    Wednesday
    Mar182015

    Real Wedding Wednesday ~ A Beautiful Indian Christian Blend

    Talk about a memorable wedding venue! How about getting married where the Obamas tied the knot in October of 1992? Right? Well, that's what Laura and Anuj did!! They got married at the South Shore Cultural Center in Chicago. And, I mean... Such an amazing venue! OMG! I think Lisa with Spark + Tumble Photography said it best when she said, "The gorgeous architecture and the foliage echoed the vibrance of their nuptials, which artfully intertwined traditions from each of their cultures." 

    Bridey, here is a couple who stay true to both of their traditions (Indian and Christian), and threw an amazing party! Not only is everybody is having a fantastic time (scroll down to see the amazing "action" pics!), but the clothing and decor are absolutely sensational! So, enjoy, and feel free to take a few pointers from Laura and Anuj!

    Amazing henna and a stunning sari!Love the bangles!LOVE LOVE LOVE the sherwanis the groom and his men are wearing!!Using a bicycle for the baraat? Priceless!!! (Traditionally, the groom arrives for the ceremony or the wedding venue on an elephant or a horse.)Gorge garlands for the ceremony!I can't... This pic is just too beautiful.Clearly, everybody is having a fantastic time!Time for Anuj to change his clothes too.Gotta love a shoulder kiss! OMG! I can't get enough of Laura & Anuj's wedding!!! 

    Industry Peeps:

    Photographer: Spark + Tumble Photography
    DJ: Cage and Aquarium Productions
    Reception Venue: South Shore Cultural Center

    Tuesday
    Mar172015

    The Truth Hurts Tuesday ~ Bitchless Bride's PSA #2... Be Pleasant While You Plan

    In October of 2013, I wrote a post called Bitchless Bride's PSA. It was all about how we as a society (both in "the industry" and outside of it) tend to let the assholes win. It's like, whoever makes the most noise gets the prize simply so that we can shut them up. And while, it still pisses me off that we are so quick to bend over for the dickhead who threatens the precious equilibrium, the other part of my PSA was to give more love and attention to those clients who actually deserve it. The clients who are lovely and respectful, but just need some help with the logistics or design of their wedding. So, today, I thought I would dive into who those people are, rather than focus on the assholes.

    Over the last few weeks, I have been lucky enough to have had lunch with a few fellow wedding planners, and as the conversation flowed (as it always does when you put two chatty women together), it came down to rooting for the underdog. Huh? The underdog? Yes!! The underdog, the nice bride (clearly, a bride who reads BB!). The chick who has kept the same persona since the day she hired us. The girl who sometimes starts her emails with, "I'm so sorry to be high maintenance, but...", although she is not high maintenance at all, or the one who feels badly about potentially being needy, but who isn't. Those girls!! "We" as planners, totally root for you! You are the ones we want to bend over backwards to help! You renew our love for what we do, and in a world of assholes, you have no idea how powerful your niceness is!

    I have been preaching this for years, bridey. YEARS! And, with each chatty conversation I have with my peers, it's so clear to me that I have been on to something. BE FUCKING NICE! I mean... It's something we all learned in kindergarten and seem to have forgotten as we have aged. Bridey, you will get so much more out of your wedding vendors (and people in general) if you're pleasant while you plan. And you know what? This is universal. Everybody I know feels the same fucking way. 

    Around the time I wrote Bitchless Bride's PSA, I had been re-reading a few posts from October 2012, and seriously felt sick. Because in 2012, I was absolutely writhing from the grips of a terrible client I had worked with for over 16 months. She was a fucking beast, and I should have fired her, but I was in way too deep... And, we (wedding planners), have all had one of those clients. The ones we totally bend over for, simply so that she will shut the fuck up, and go away for a bit. After the wedding, I was definitely questioning why I plan weddings for bitches who don't appreciate the hard work that goes into each event (hence why it is so important for the good ones to renew our love for our profession), and I vowed that I will never get in that deep again; that I would fire the next bitch who made me feel as though I am anything but her equal.

    Every single wedding planner I know has a story like mine, bridey. And it baffles me. Because, it's so much easier to get what you want (and even get a few things comped) simply by being pleasant while you plan... Got it?

    Image via vivanspace

    Friday
    Mar132015

    Fantasy Friday ~ Sip-Sip Hooray! A Fabulous, Glamorous, Same Sex, Styled Bridal Shower Shoot

    I fucking love this styled shoot, bridey! Like, LOVE IT! Not only is there a ton of inspiration for you to feed off of, but it just goes to show you what a group of talented wedding vendors can do when they collaborate without boundaries (the boundaries sometimes being, you, bridey). When Laura Dee of Laura Dee Photography submitted this, she said that, “The idea behind this shoot was, "If Carrie Bradshaw married Charlotte York, how would that all look?" Well, I think they nailed it! It’s super glam, super fabulous and super kickass.

    Seriously, there are so many things I love about this shoot, but if I had to name a few, I would mention that I am totally OB SESSED with the build-your-own cocktail bar! I mean, the moonshine will definitely knock you on your ass, but who cares! When you have some awesome food to go with it (just wait until you see the GORGE cakes!), what’s a ‘lil moonshine… Right? That's what I always say... Also, sequined backdrop for the photo booth definitely got my attention! This entire shoot can be easily incorporated into modernly FAB wedding or shower. So, go enjoy this one… I sure did!

    Awwww.... That's tater tot, the one eyed pug. Um, yeah... You know my obsession with cake, and these are fucking awesome!Sip-sip hooray!!!! Love this idea! Love the bright menus!This is an incredible shot. I mean... It's so fucking amazing!Everybody is having such a great time. Well, I'm guessing the moonshine had a little to do with that...So cute!Bhaaaaa.... That's hilarious!Thank you for sharing Laura!

    Industry Peeps:

    Photographer: Laura Dee Photography
    Cake Designer: A Little Imagination Cakes
    Invitation Designer: AvantGarde Design
    Dress Stores: Bliss Bridal CT & Julie Allen Bridals
    Floral Designer: Datura: a Modern Garden
    Event Planner: ESTOccasions
    Event Designer: General Eclectic Rentals
    Specialty Foods: Onyx Moonshine
    Makeup Artist: The Beauty Bar
    Jewelry: theNOTCH jewelry

    Submitted via Two Bright Lights

    Wednesday
    Mar112015

    Real Wedding Wednesday ~ A Stunning & Sexy Wedding in a Brand New Space

    I love this picture of Dominique and Jhade. It's sexy and delicious all at the same time, and it truly encapsulates who Dominique and Jhade are as a couple. Not to mention that I am absolutely in love with the pink uplighting. I feel like I constantly preach to my clients about the importance of uplighting, and as you scroll down, bridey, you'll see why. Lighting has the power to change the entire atmosphere of your wedding. It truly dictates how you're supposed to feel while enhancing the decor you have spent hours on perfecting.

    Anyway, if you ever want to test your patience and trust, then be the first to get married in a new space. That's exactly what Dominique and Jhade did. They had the very first wedding in Tre Bella's new room, Blu Cielo! And it is STUN NING! Soft and delicate with exposed brick and tremendous beauty. So, if blush and pink are your colors, bridey, then I would advise you to prepare to be inspired!

    I love the embellishments on Dominique's wedding dress!The exposed brick, the beautiful bouquet, the blue garter... Oh my!!WOW! Here's to the first wedding in Tre Bella's new room, Blu Cielo... And holy shit is it beautiful!Love how Jhade is checking Dominique out!! I really can't get over how raw and beautiful the space is...This kiss was FAB, but the they way they're looking at each other here? Fucking priceless!I love the pink uplighting!!

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