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    Friday
    Jan152016

    Fantasy Friday ~ A Great Gatsby Inspired, Dance Your Ass Off Kind of Wedding

    Bridey, you know that saying, "Have fun, but not too much fun!"? Well, it's rare that I would use that to describe a wedding (sorry, but, the truth hurts), but, Regan and Troy's wedding? Well, I'm pretty sure the guests had a pile of fun, if not too much. Aside from the choreographed dancing, complete with costumes (Regan is a dance instructor), and the tons and tons of decorative sequins, I love that the B+G trusted their florist to take their Gatsby theme and run with it. Like, they gave him NO other details. They literally had know idea what to expect as they walked into the venue. True fucking story! WHOA!! And the florist? Well, he did not disappoint!

    Seriously, can you imagine? It was just as much of a surprise to Regan and Troy as it was to everyone else! I mean.... Applause to the B+G! Bridey, I'm certainly not saying that you shouldn't have any input, but it is absolutely imperative to trust the vendors you hire, and that is exactly what Regan and Troy did! And, OMFG, just wait until you see the décor! A MAZ ING!! Enjoy! And don't forget to soak in each and every detail of this FAB wedding!!

    This photograph makes my eyes well with tears.
    So cool... 
    Regan, you are stunning! And, I love the dark purple calla lilies!!
    There's my city again... Sweet home Chicago!
    I mean... The dresses and the sign are so FAB!!
    Oh yeah!!!!
    I have been pulled over more times that I should admit publicly, and looking at those GORGEOUS cars behind the signing book table, I feel my knees getting weak.
    Check out the stacked cigar boxes in the middle of the escort card table! OMG!

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    Wednesday
    Jan132016

    Real Wedding Wednesday ~ A Fabulous Chicago Wedding at Revolution Brewery

    The theme for this week is Chicago. Kidding! Well, sort of... As you know, bridey, I don't do themes, but this week apparently I do; inadvertently!! Granted, I love Chicago (that's where I'm from), but to post two weddings this week from Chicago is purely a happy accident! Maybe I'm homesick. I guess I'll talk to my shrink about it...

    Anyway, I do love it when a B+G decide to get married in a bar. No, I don't have a drinking problem, but celebrating your wedding outside of a ballroom is certainly a nice break from the norm. April and David's wedding day started at the Westin River North and ended at Chicago's Revolution Brewery. The intimate ceremony and reception were hosted at the brewery; a steep yet stunning contrast to the peach and ivory florals rocked by the bride and on the tables. Giant beer barrels offered spectacular décor, and tours of the brewery were just a few of the unique aspects of April and David's kickass Chicago wedding! Enjoy!

    I love every.single.thing. captured in these pics! Seriously, I may have to break down and buy those Jimmy's, I'd absolutely wear those black bridesmaids dresses, and the rock? DAMN.
    More diamonds. Stunning...
    WOW. Just WOW.
    April, you and your dad are SO cute together!! I bet you two have a lot of fun!
    Ta-da!!! The B+G shared their first look along the upper level of the beautiful riverwalk just outside of the hotel. 
    Okay... What the fuck is that? A balloon? Why is it there?
    S.E.X.Y.
    Love the passion behind this kiss.

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    Tuesday
    Jan122016

    The Truth Hurts Tuesday ~ The BEST Advice from the BEST Wedding Vendors in Boston! 

    Bridey, today's post is like hitting the jackpot of wedding planning. SERIOUSLY. If you are recently engaged or are in the midst of planning your wedding, stop what you're doing, and focus because you are about to be educated by the BEST in the wedding biz! I asked some of my absolute FAVORITE vendors in the Boston area to share the best piece of advice about planning a wedding, and these peeps? Well, they completely spilled the beans. I mean... There is so much wedding planning goodness in this post, that I could fucking chew it!!!

    I rarely say cheesy shit like this, but this is a must read!! So, are you ready to learn? Ready to say, "Thank you, Bitchless Bride!!" Good! You're welcome! 

    Wedding Planners:

    When you are newly engaged, you tend to become inundated with information overload and it can be daunting to say the least.  My advice to newly-engaged couples is to forgo the route of hiring all of your vendors until you’ve secured the right, professional, experienced wedding planner. Some couples feel it’s best to hire a “day of” coordinator and do the rest themselves, only to learn how much money could have been easily saved by avoiding costly mistakes and uneducated decisions along the way. The right planner should be your guide, your educator, your confidant, your representative along the way and you need to put your trust into this person as they do this every day and truly look out for your best interests from the start. 

    Paula Marrero ~ Marrero Events 

    My advice to new brides: Don't panic, it's all overwhelming at first but it's important to book the top 3 first-top priorities (if you're not working with a planner) are to find your venue, photographer and band--then breathe!  I also advise brides to wait to design the space until about 6 months before the wedding... You'll be able to have a couple months thinking about ideas, pinning on Pinterest , etc... I find that so many of my clients go in with one idea and once they've relaxed and see what is out there or trending in their wedding year they change their idea of what their wedding looks like--so ultimately they get what they want instead of what they thought they wanted--big difference! 

    Amy Kimball ~ Amy Kimball Events 

    Invitations:

    Invitations are the introduction of your wedding to your friends and family; they set the tone for the event. You can’t just get a quote as there are a lot of factors to consider such as quantity, quality, type of inserts, type of print, etc. There is a lot more involved then most people realize. So, plan accordingly.

    Mara Weiner ~ Allure Invitations

    Cake:

    Be your own "bride" ...don't worry about what family, in-laws, friends & co-workers want for YOUR WEDDING. Follow what YOU have wanted & dreamed about. 

    Paula Kirrane ~ Icing on the Cake

    Entertainment:

    Once your venue is booked, the next step is to lock in your entertainment. In order to get the best DJ or band out there, you have to book well in advance. Remember, first and foremost? Your guests are going to remember if they had a good  time. That’s why good entertainment is vital.

    Always ask your entertainment vendor about their other recommended services. This is how you get the best deals without making a laundry list of phone calls. They may already have what you need and could save you time and money without sacrificing quality.

    Mike Amado ~ Entertainment Specialists

    Photographers:

    Lately couples are asking me if they should do the "first look". My answer is always YES! The first reveal is always so sweet. The moment is far more emotion and allows for a more intimate/private moment with just the couple. 

    Some brides envision this grand moment when they are walking down the aisle, and the groom is sobbing… However, in reality, in a traditional formal setting with 200 people looking at you… The groom often looks like a deer in head lights. Not at all the magical moment you think it will be! So yes, do a first look! 

    Lauren Killian ~ Person + Killian Photography

    Don’t do a winter e-session! People look freezing, and are super uncomfortable. Nothing like having dirty snow and branches coming out of everyone's heads! Wait until the spring when the temperatures are higher, and the trees start to bloom. I highly suggest April-November.

    ~ Anonymous Photographer

    Cinematography:

    1. Make sure that your photographer and videographer work well as a team. Even better, choose a team where your photographer and videographer have worked together and enjoy the experience.

    2. Ask your prospective wedding film maker how they operate during the wedding day. Will they have lights on their cameras? Will they be on the dance floor circling the couple during the first dance? Will they stand behind the officiant during the ceremony - Or will they stake out spots based on experience and fade into the decor?

    3. Ask your toasters to limit toasts to under 5 minutes. 3 is even better. There’s not much they can say (that won’t be dumb or embarrassing) after a couple of minutes.

    4. Invite your guests to leave their phones and cameras in their pockets or purses. You’re paying for pros to document your wedding - don’t let the amateurs get in the way!

    5. When considering wedding cinematography, check out the sound  as well as the images of potential pros. Capturing pristine sound of your grandfather’s blessing and knowing how to integrate it with music and image, is a complex art form. Don’t settle for pretty pictures if you already have a photographer you love. When it comes to film making, sound is 60% or more.

    6. If you desperately want a top notch film maker to capture your wedding, and have a limited budget, consider one of the following:

    a. Grab pics from the HD / 24 Frames per second of the video capture and forego the photographer.

    b. Hire the film maker you want and see if you can work out a payment plan that works for you.

    c. Opt for the best film maker you can afford, ask them to produce a short highlights now, and wait until you’ve financially recovered to have them edit the feature film.

    Naomi Raiselle ~ Generations Cinemastories 

    Florist:

    The Best way to trim your budget is to trim you guest list (it literally makes every line item more affordable - period, the end)! (AMEN!!!!!!)

    If you "absolutely love and have to have peonies" - know that you absolutely MUST select a wedding date in May or early-June!

    Bring as few people to each and every appointment that you book ... the less opinions, the less stressed out you will be!

    ~ Anonymous Florist

    And there you have it... You're welcome, bridey!!! Now, all you have to do is listen to the professionals trying to help you.

    Image via The Perfect Job

    Friday
    Jan082016

    Fantasy Friday ~ A French Inspired Styled Shoot with an Adorable Dollface Persian Cat

    Are you totally DY ING over those hot pink hydrangea arrangements? The gold chargers and flatware? OMG! Right? Well, it only gets better, bridey. This styled shoot is so fabulous, it will absolutely leave you begging for more! True story. (Sounds dirty, but I swear it's not a boudoir shoot!!) However, if you're a fan of anything sparkly and basically awesome, then go pour yourself some prosecco, turn on some indie rock and indulge! Seriously, there are sequins, tutus, gold, hot pink and a fucking dollface Persian cat for Gods sake! How could you not??

    Anyway, bridey, if you are lucky enough to incorporate any of these details into your wedding, then you're my fucking hero. Especially, if you are somehow able to dress up a dollface Persian cat and have her walk down the aisle! I mean, who needs dogs when you have a cat?? 
    Yes, that dress is for a little girl, but I'd totally rock it, and own it baby!
    Sequins and stunning bouquets. What else do we need? Nothing!!
    LOVE the hand painted table and the mismatched, overstuffed chairs! The bench is a nice touch too!
    A tented, shabby chic chandelier is like the icing on the cake for me.
    Stunning.
    The escort cards were DIY garden pots with forks to hold each card... WOW!
    Yes please!!
    That's Pillsbury, and she's gorgeous!
    Cutest pic ever!! And, can we talk about that tutu? Holy shit!!!
    I'm freezing right now, but I wouldn't turn down that pink lemonade martini! Right???
    Cheers! Thank you for sharing this kickass styled shoot with Bitchless Bride!!

    Industry Peeps:

    Photographer: Andie Freeman Photography
    Event Venue: Bear Creek Manor
    Caterer: Crave Ables
    Makeup Artist: Elijana Cosmetics
    Cake Designer: Karen's Sweet Confections
    Favors & Gifts: Kate Aspen
    Dress Designers: Mac DuggalMinuet
    Event Planner & Invitation Designer: Southern Sophistication Designs
    Beauty: Tella to You

    Wednesday
    Jan062016

    Real Wedding Wednesday ~ A Button Pushing Couple & a Gorgeous, DIY, Texas Wedding

    If you know my hus and me, then you know that part of what makes us tick as a couple is that we 100% push each other's buttons. We both know exactly where to push to get a rise out of the other. And, sometimes we push in good fun, and sometimes we push because we are intentionally trying to annoy the shit out of each other. But, either way, there isn't a soul alive whose buttons I'd rather push than his. Because it works. Because, we work. And Jacqelyn and Brady? They're the same way. Total button pushers. 

    Bridey, don't ever let someone make you second guess your relationship simply because they don't get it. As long as you and your sig other get it, then fuck the rest of them. Seriously, look up. See how Brady is looking at Jacqelyn? Does anything else really matter? No. And you know what? Their wedding is super GORGE! So, enough preaching outta me... Go scroll and enjoy!
    I mean... This is too cute!
    Yeah... Jameson is always good!
    Jacqelyn... WOW! That is a sensational floral headpiece! OMFG!!!
    Get out all of your crazies now, kiddos!!
    Whoa... I thought Jacqelyn's headpiece was amazing... But, these two? So super cute!
    Brideys, this is how you want your sig other to look at you during your ceremony... As if nothing else exists; as if you two are the only ones in the world at that moment in time.
    Push my buttons is what I say! 
    Jacqelyn and her bridesmaids were down to the wire finishing the centerpieces (on the wedding day) even after working all day, and night. It was worth it, but sometimes DIY can make you cry!
    Best.Day.Ever.
    This little girl has got some serious gumption. She's definitely on a mission. And, she's beautiful!
    Thank you Jacqelyn and Brady for sharing your kickass wedding with Bitchless Bride! 

    Industry Peeps:

    Photographer: Cody Kurtz Photography
    Event Venue: The Venue at Orchard Farms