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    Wednesday
    Apr022014

    Real Wedding Wednesday ~ A Special Effects Rockin', St. Louis Cardinals' Mascot Crashing, DIY Sportin' Wedding

    Um... Would you ever guess that there is a parking lot behind Julie and Chris? No, for real. There is a parking lot behind them. I know, RIGHT? I mean, all I see is a beautiful couple with bright, fabulous flowers in the background. Don't you? How cool is that? Where are the cars? Where are the lights? Seriously, how lucky for them that they chose such a kickass, cool photog who brought smoke emitters to mask a rather less than perfect backdrop. That my friends is the work of the talented Amy Aiello. An out of the box, forward thinking photographer. Want to see more of these shots? Just wait, bridey! 

    I mean, there are so many different elements to this wedding, that as you scroll through the pics , you may very well feel as though you are seeing three different weddings showcasing the same couple. Like... really. This wedding encapsulates some seriously cool stuff. The B+G are from Chicago (so is the photog) and had a super chill, low key wedding. They didn't have a plated dinner, but instead opted for heavy passed hors d'oeuvres, some delicious cupcakes and tons of dancing... Totally my kind of wedding reception! Not only that, but decor was mostly DIY (down to the homemade jam given away as favors), and there was even a cameo appearance by the St Louis Cardinals' mascot! SHUT THE FRONT DOOR!

    So, without further ado, start scrolling, bridey!

    I am such a sucker for sunflowers. (Side note... the very first flower my hus gave me was a sunflower.)That wedding dress and the shrug! LOVE IT!The seventh grader in me wants to laugh at the sign. But, I won't. I'm a grown up!Beautiful shot.

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    Tuesday
    Apr012014

    The Truth Hurts Tuesday ~ Five Reasons You Are a Demanding Bride

    Allow me to get right to the point. Bridey, are you a demanding bride? Wait? You don't know? Okay, fair enough... I guess I can understand why you may not know if you are a demanding bride or not. I mean, how WOULD you know? Right? You've never planned a wedding before... How are you supposed to know what crosses the line into the demanding bride territory? Well, to help you girls out, I'll give you five reasons why are you a demanding bride. 

    1. You have a champagne taste on a beer budget. Look, bridey, I wrote a whole post dedicated to this topic in November of last year, but there are still so many of you out there, that I feel like I need to touch on it again. Let's take the example, shall we? If you expect champagne, sorry, DEMAND it, but can only afford beer, then either put your money where you mouth is, or shut your mouth. What do I mean? What do I MEAN? Okay, it's not fair to expect five star service at a three star venue. It's not fair for you to expect more from a vendor than you are willing to pay. PERIOD THE END. Want more? Then go read my entire post about this topic.

    2. You have this little problem. You're actually demanding. You demand a lot from those around you, and your wedding is no exception. But, you know what, bridey? There is nothing wrong with that. I would just use caution with your demands and be sure that you aren't demanding too much. Hmmmmm... The first thing that comes to mind is demanding too much from your bridesmaids. Yeah, it's a very fine line, bridey, and with all of the parties, brunches, showers and the bachelorette party, it's a lot. And if you're a demanding bitch? Nobody is going to feel like celebrating with you. So, watch your demanding ways, bridey or else you will be celebrating by yourself.

    3. You have unrealistic expectations. I know, as a wedding vendor, that you want me to respond to your email, VM, text, tweet or whatever the SECOND I receive it. And demanding that I do so by the EOD (that's "end of day" for those of you who aren't down with corporate lingo) is bullshit.

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    Friday
    Mar282014

    Fantasy Friday ~ A Game of Thrones Styled Wedding Shoot

    Brideys, this is a cool shoot. Scratch that... This a fascinating shoot. And you know what? You don't even need to be a an avid TV watcher or Game of Thrones watcher to appreciate the eye candy or gather inspiration for your wedding. There is so much to look at, and so much to see, that for the life of me I cannot stop looking at these pics! And you know what? I am fair weather Game of Thrones watcher (only because my brides and Bitchless Bride keep me so busy that there is no time!). That said, I will let the peeps with Mollie Tobias Photography take it away...

    "“I am his and he is mine, from this day until the end of my days.” ~ Talisa Stark... With Game of Thrones returning April 6th for it’s 4th Season, we used the inspiration of Robb Stark and Talisa Maegyr for this photo shoot. In the wake of the Red Wedding, we are taking a look back at our favorite couple and the rivalry between the Houses Stark and Lannister."

    Mimicking a medieval feast, we created an opulent table setting to contrast with the rustic and crumbling scenery. 
    Building a centerpiece through a grape wood branch provided an organic element and asymmetry to the table, merging the luxuriousness of Court with the rural starkness of the North Wall
    We used the Deer Head for Bartheon.
    This disparity is also echoed in the elegance of Talisa’s gold lace gown with beaded necklace and the natural elements of feathers and leather in the bouquet and boutonnière. Wrapped in a fur, she embodies being Queen of the North.

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    Wednesday
    Mar262014

    Real Wedding Wednesday ~ Can You Feel the Love Tonight?

    Nothing I could possibly say about Andi and Matt's romance could match what the bride has said herself. So, you know what? I'm not going to try. Here is the love story brought to you by the lovely bride herself.

    Take it away Andi! "I was working at the Screen Actor's Guild and my co-worker Marcus and I ditched work at noon on St. Patrick's day to hit up the bars on Fairfax in LA. Marcus lived down the street so at the end of the evening we ended up at a place called the Little Bar which was across the street from his house. (it's actually a super cute Boston themed bar) He invited his new roommate to come hang out with us and it turns out that it happened to be Matt. We immediately hit it off and started discussing our love of all things nerdy (comic con, Joss Whedon, Harry Potter, etc). We ended up going on a date and that was that.

    Over the next three years we moved from LA to NY. Matt went back to school for nursing and I ended up taking a job that moved me to Boston and then transferred me back to LA. Last October, Matt drove up to see me in Boston and we took a day trip up to Salem. I LOVE Salem. Especially during October, when the town goes bat-shit crazy for Halloween and everything is decorated. My favorite holiday movie is Hocus Pocus, and every Saturday in October, they show it outside in the Salem Common. We were walking along the water that afternoon and he just pulled me aside and asked me to marry him. I'm sure I said yes, though I don't remember much of anything other than the large ring staring at me."

    That dress is stunning! And that backdrop ain't so bad either!I feel like the groom always get neglected when it comes to getting ready shots, and frankly, I find Matt to be too adorable NOT to include him!Andi... WHOA!!!! Holy shit! You look FABU!!!Go ahead... Pin it.C'mon! I wept through these pictures. Honestly, I did!! Sniff... Sniff...

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    Tuesday
    Mar252014

    The Truth Hurts Tuesday ~ Ten Things I Hate About "I Do"

    "Oh my God, you have the coolest job! I'm sure you could write a book about all of the stuff you see!" *wink* Since all of my non-wedding industry friends always seem to think that my job is nothing but rainbows and unicorns, I thought I would share ten things I hate about "I do". And since I'm not really into sugar coating, a few of these items may hit a nerve, so brideys, I suggest you listen up and learn from this instead of being offended. Because I swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help me God. If used correctly, then what I am about to share with you can quite possibly change the entire course of your wedding, if not your life. Okay... a touch dramatic, but...

    1. Cheap brides. It's one thing if you don't have the money, and need to scale back. I totally get it!! But, cheap for the sake of being cheap is fucking annoying. I want you to remember something, bridey. You get what you pay for, and if you hire the cheapest vendor or nickel and dime the ones you hire to their breaking point, then most likely you will be disappointed with the outcome. If you're cheap with them, then odds are? They're going to be cheap with you.

    2. Two words. Dry weddings. WHAT the fuck? I have planned weddings of all different religions, backgrounds, etc., but imposing your personal tastes and/or beliefs on your guests is rude. At least have a cash bar (cringe) and make your guests pay for their booze. But, not offering it? Inconsiderate.

    3. Which leads me to my next point. Vegan weddings. REALLY? Enough! Be vegan! Be healthy! That's awesome, bridey, but pretty please with sugar on top, don't subject your guests to tofu if they aren't interested. Look, I have a lot of vegan friends, but when we're together they certainly don't impose their "stuff" onto me. So, please, bridey, don't do it at your wedding. If meat makes you ill, I totally get it. Just make it a lovely vegetarian wedding, and skip the vegan.

    4. Get a grip on your expectations. Drop the fairy tale act. You want magic? Then marry the right man. PERIOD.

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