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    Wednesday
    Jun042014

    Real Wedding Wednesday ~ A Love Story that Started at Floatopia and Crossed the Ocean

    You know how they always say that you never know where you’re going to meet “the one”? Well, it’s true. For Allison and Luck, it all started at Floatopia, which I have never attended, but have heard, is pretty AWES! Anyway, instead of boozing on a raft in the ocean (which is where I would have been) Allison and Luke were building sandcastles with some kids on the beach when they met. Seriously, how cool is that? I mean, had they been boozing on a raft floating in the ocean, they might have missed out on the rest of their lives! Okay, so that’s kinda dramatic, but you see what I’m saying! Thanks to their love of building sandcastles, they found each other! Anyway, a few years later, Luke popped the question and now I am lucky enough to share their wedding with you!  

    I will let the Allison, the bride, take it from here… Enjoy all of the details, brideys! From the brideWe met at the infamous Floatopia of 2009 at UCSB. Unlike the majority of the revelers, we spent most of our day building sandcastles with some children we met on the beach. Later that night, when Luke bought me Freebirds nachos, I knew he was a keeper. 

    Fast forward a few years, and across an ocean. I had just traveled 24 hours from Cambodia to see my boyfriend in England, and all of my luggage was lost. It was cold and rainy and I was still dressed for the tropical weather I'd just left. Luke met me at the train station looking especially dapper but I figured he just wanted to look nice for me, and wished I could have done the same for him. 
    I love how Luke has his own hanger. Right? The brides always seem to rock a hanger which shows off their new last name, so I think it's pretty cool that Luke has one just for him!When he took me to his apartment (where I was going to stay until I found a place of my own), there was a handmade sign proclaiming our arrival at a riverfront cafe. When he whisked back a fancy silk curtain, there was a room full of flowers and candles. Every single surface glowed with the soft peach light reflected off the hundreds of flowers in the room. 

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    Tuesday
    Jun032014

    The Truth Hurts Tuesday ~ REALLY? A Bride Ties a Baby to her Wedding Dress?

    OMG? WHAT the fuck? I had a whole other THT prepared (which you will see next Tuesday), but after I read this story on Buzzfeed, I literally dropped everything so that I could weigh in on this ridiculousness. Bridey, in case you missed it, check out this link. Yeah, apparently, the bride wanted her one month old baby girl to be part of the wedding ceremony; to be with her as she went down the aisle, so instead of I don't know, CARRYING her, she tied the baby to the train of her wedding dress, and dragged her down the aisle. Can I get an OMG, WHAT THE FUCK?! Right???

    Look, I'm not trying to be a hater. You know that's not how I roll. In fact, I spend a ton of time writing about how to make your wedding your own, how to ignore the "noise" and the bullshit and I truly try to push you, bridey, to do what's important to the two of you on your wedding day. And, for those of you who already have children together (or from another relationship), awesome! It's a fabulous idea to include them in your wedding ceremony or even have them walk you down the aisle! But, adhering your children to your wedding dress? I'm sorry, but that's all sorts of fucked up. Not only that, but it's dangerous! Your wedding dress is long, and your shoes are high. And sometimes, shit happens and a girl can lose her balance. Yeah, that alone is not pretty, but at least you're not putting anybody else's safety at risk; certainly not a four week old baby.

    Some people are suggesting that the authorities ought to get involved, but I disagree. While I think it was an incredibly stupid idea, I don't automatically connect the dots, point my finger at the bride and deem her as an unfit parent. Perhaps the hormones got the best of her and she really believed that the baby was "covered by Christ". Or perhaps she really, really thought it was a good idea to drag her newborn behind her. Whatever the case may be, it was not a good idea; it was a terrible idea. And I don't think I am the only one who thought so...

    If you look at the pic on Buzzfeed, there is a gentleman on the edge of the aisle who clearly looks horrified... You can definitely see "what the fuck" written all over his face. So, my question (or two) is why the hell didn't anybody suggest that the bride carry the child with or instead of her bouquet? Why didn't anybody mention to the bride that the baby may get injured, or that it would be plain stupid and fucking weird to drag her down the aisle? I dunno, but having a very young child behind you (instead of in front of you or next to you) in any situation seems dangerous. But, to do it intentionally? That's fucked up.

    What do you think? Haters gonna hate? Or just a really stupid idea?

    Image via The Bridal Bar

    Friday
    May302014

    Fantasy Friday ~ Tropical Gardens, Gorgeous Beaches and Just Eight Guests

    While Michelle and Gavin didn’t quite elope, they did what I would have LOVED to do if my family situation was a bit more peaceful; they took eight guests to Port Douglas, Queensland Australia and got married. I mean… It really doesn’t get much better than that, right? Bridey, if you’re not the kind of girl that wants a big bash, then this is the way to go! Find a fabulous location, grab a few friends and family members, and get married! Oh, and get some hot red Jimmy Choo’s like Michelle did while you’re at it! (Scroll down, bridey, and you’ll be drooling like I was!! Seriously, it was all I could do not to open the post with those fucking A MAZ ING shoes!)

    Anyway… A cool ‘lil tid bit? Gavin, the groom, is wedding photographer! Although this time, he found himself on the other side of the camera, and he couldn’t quite let go of his desire to capture the moment. Apparently, he and Michelle scouted locations together and found the perfect ceremony location based on the best light. Gavin even directed a few of the location shots himself. Go see for yourself! Enjoy!
    Michelle, you are a truly beautiful bride...
    Um. Yeah. O.M.G. Holy Jimmy Choo!
    So, so, so pretty! I am in love with this wedding dress! Now, look down! Check out the back! Holy shit! Absolutely incredible!
    Perfect hair and make up, and simply stunning bling with that crazy awesome dress!
    Can't go wearing those on the beach now, can you?

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    Wednesday
    May282014

    Real Wedding Wednesday ~ What Do Steampunk, Japan and Jazz Have in Common? Julia and Ben!

    Probably the best part of my job is learning how the bride and groom met. Take Julia and Ben for instance. They are both from the US and yet they met overseas while studying Japan! I mean... How cool is that? I guess that sometimes all you have to do is travel five thousand miles away from home to meet your soul mate! Right? And since the day they met, Julia and Ben have been joint at the hip, so it was no surprise when they began planning their wedding in Julia's home town in Minnesota.

    When it came to the wedding plans, they chose Steampunk inspired elements and Victorian costumes from the Guthrie Theatre (1920’s attire to celebrate Julia's family Jazz history). Apparently, her grandfather opened the first integrated jazz club in Roseville, MN which played host to Percy Hughes and Prince Rogers (um, Prince’s Father)!! I'm sorry, but that that's like the coolest thing I have ever heard! I love how Julia and Ben were able to build everything that was important to them into one day; certainly a day they will never forget!

    I must admit, the last thing I wanted to do is post anything winter related due to the ridiculously horrid we suffered on the East coast, but this wedding was too good to pass up!!! I mean, just look at those gold Uggs!I love Julia's spunk! Her sense of humor and grace show in every picture!Gorgeous. Just fucking fantastic! Talk about bold and beautiful?!!!!Fucking top hat. LOVE IT!!!!I almost didn't want to show this you this, bridey. Because I am so sick of the snow, but it's too cute to keep it a secret!They rode to the church (and the venue) with a bus driver Ben has worked with for years at the YMCA (Ben's a youth director there).I can't... Julia, I'm no softie, but I totally teared up when I saw this pic! 

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    Tuesday
    May272014

    The Truth Hurts Tuesday ~ All I Really Need to About Wedding Planning I Learned in Kindergarten

    I've been doing some thinking and I've come to the conclusion that everything a bride needs to know about wedding planning, she learned in kindergarten. All of these points are so completely basic, yet so completely applicable to wedding planning. Seriously, before you think that I am off my damn rocker, hear me out (or read me out for that matter). I've written a TON about perspective on BB, and it's really amazing how simple it can be. Just read below and you'll see that all you really need need to know about surviving wedding planning, bridey, you learned when you were five years old.

    “These are the things I learned (in Kindergarten):

    1. Share everything. Share the wedding planning responsibilies with your fiancé. Assign him (or her) wedding planning tasks that he will enjoy, and focus on your the tasks that are most important to you.

    2. Play fair. Don't be a bitch. Don't make your bridesmaids wear ugly dresses. Don't be rude to your wedding vendors. Play fair, bridey!

    3. Don't hit people. Bridey, I certainly hope that you won't go around hitting (or punching, biting or scratching) people, but some of your friends and family may feel like they got socked in the gut when your inner 'zilla sneaks out. So, keep that bitch tucked in, and keep your hands to yourself. 

    4. Put things back where you found them. Unless you've found "the dress". Bridey, don't take a chance or second guess yourself because it was the first one you found. If it isn't "the one", then please do put it back where you found it, but please don't take a chance that it'll will get sold out from under you simply because it was the first dress you tried on.

    5. CLEAN UP YOUR OWN MESS. But first, try not to make one. But, if you do, then clean it up, bridey. Did you piss off your bestie because you were talking too much about the wedding? Then buy her a drink, and let her have the floor. Did you snap at your photographer for not emailing you back within five minutes? Then apologize and wait your turn. Trust me, your wedding planning will be that much more seamless if you clean up your own mess.

    6. Don't take things that aren't yours. Bridey, if you didn't pay for it, then you can't have it. You can't have something if it isn't yours. If you want an additional layer of wedding cake, then you're going to have to pay for it. If you want to import particular flowers for your bouquet, then you're going to have to pay for it. You can't take things that aren't yours. You can only "take" them if you buy them. See what I mean? So don't take things that aren't yours.

    7. Say you're SORRY when you HURT somebody. It's almost impossible to go through your wedding planning unscathed or without hurting somebody's feelings. The easiest way to get through it, bridey? Say you're sorry when your hurt somebody. Period. The end. 

    8. Wash your hands before you eat. Wash your hands before the food tasting. Wash your hands before the cake tasting. And make a concentrated effort to wash your hands of the bullshit. Do not allow yourself to get sucked into the webb of insanity during the wedding planning. Wash your hands of it...

    9. Flush. Get rid of it. Start fresh, bridey. Flush your system of any ill feelings. Be it about your future family in law, skeletons of the past, etc. It's best to go into wedding planning with a clean slate. So flush it.

    10. Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.

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