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Real Wedding Wednesday ~ A Mad Little Tea Party Wedding

A canary yellow and lace vintage wedding dress. OMG! Right? Absolutely stunning! I love that Danielle is wearing yellow, and I love that her fabulous yellow dress is tea length; perfect for their high tea dinner reception! Seriously, perfect! Right? So, this wedding was submitted to Bitchless Bride and described as, "...a loose Alice in Wonderland theme with a high tea dinner..." And, a truer description really is not possible. Just wait until you see all of the intricate details. OMG... Danielle and Darryl might have some of the most superb wedding favors/place "cards" I have ever seen!

Bridey, Danielle and Darryl really had the best of of everything. Aside from the beautiful outdoor ceremony, the gorgeous "high tea" dinner reception hosted at a cool ass barn, and the amazing canary yellow wedding dress, D+D are fucking funny. I love how their sense of humor seeps through the photographs, spilling all over the page. It's 100% clear they adore each other and have fun together! I mean, what more can you ask for on your wedding day and for life? Enjoy!
Danielle made her lavender bouquet (and her bridesmaids!) from flowers she got a local farm.
OB SESS ED with the dress and the shoes!
Notice how all of the 'maids are wearing something completely different?!!
Love.
Amazing shot!
Some serious personality emanating from this pic!
That's funny!
FAB décor, and totally LOVE the tea cup place cards!!
Thinking this may be a dream bridal party. I have a crush... On ALL of them!
Ha!!! No problem!
Thank you Danielle and Darryl for sharing your truly FAB wedding with Bitchless Bride! 

Industry Peeps:

Photographer: HRM Photography
Floral Designer: Steed & Co Lavender Farm
Makeup Artist: Alycat Makeup and Hair
Museum: Fanshawe Pioneer Village
Cake: Hey Cupcake!
DJ: Music Central
Caterer: Sticky Pudding

Fantasy Friday ~ An Amazing Avenger Themed, Seriously Kickass, Mostly Etsy, Indiana Wedding

I probably should have called this, "A Kickass Esty Wedding Rockin' an Avenger Theme". Aside from the cake (although some elements of the cake are via Etsy!), the venue and the photographer, I think it's safe to say that pretty much everything else was the DIY fabulousness of the bride + Etsy. I mean... WOW! If you're that kind of girl, then you are officially my superhero! Although, I totally got my hus this ('cause I'm super classy) for Valentine's Day, and it's obvi from Etsy! But, that's about as far as I go. That said, I'm wholeheartedly impressed with Erica and James' theme and creativeness! Just wait until you scroll, bridey. This wedding is really pretty amazing.

But, before you scroll, can we just talk about the bridesmaids shoes? They're wearing COMIC BOOK SHOES! Which of course the bride MADE (Hold please... Can I get a,"holy shit!"?), not too mention the fucking FAB bridal bouquet that Erica also made... OMG. Anyway... I could blab on and on (must be the booze)... So, go! Enjoy this cool, fun and exceptionally awesome wedding of Erica and James!

STFU! Love!!! Yeah... Comic book shoes!! WOW! 
Ummmmm. HOLY.FUCKING.SHIT. That's incredible!!! WOW! A bouquet made out of comic books, with a l'il glitz and glam!
OMG. You have no idea how good this looks to me right now.
That's one hell of a boutonniere! Super impressive!
Bridesmaids, bouquets and books! Oh, and Avengers necklaces that Erica gave her 'maids too! 
Can we just talk about how the groomsmen are wearing vests that are all a different color? I mean... I get it...  Colors to represent Iron Man, Hawkeye, Thor, Hulk and Captain America, but it's also quite awesome!
How cool is that?
Such a FAB idea! 
That cake! It's "superhuman". Sorry, couldn't help it! 
Greatest shot ever! Although, I woudn't want to throw that GORGE bouquet! 
Oh wait! THIS is the best shot ever!!
Thank you Erica and James for sharing your cool and awesome wedding with Bitchless Bride!!!

Industry Peeps:

Photographer: Westley Leon Studios
Venue: The Uptown Center
Cake: The Uptown Center
Fondant Cutouts: IEF Design
Flowers: The Bride!!
Bridesmaids Shoes: The Bride!!
Hair Comb: Glamorous Bijoux
Stamps on the Escort Cards: Kindred Stamps 
Flasks: Scissor Mill 
Hulk Cufflinks: Watary 
Iron Man & Capt America Cufflinks: Hot Mouse
Hawkeye Cuffflinks: Cufflink Sky

Fantasy Friday ~ An Inspirational, Sexy, Fall Styled Shoot

I'm a big fan of styled shoots. Perhaps it's because I planned weddings and did not design weddings (I mean, I had a hand in the design, but usually I left it up to the experts!) that makes me appreciate how much goes work goes into the process, but no matter what, styled shoots are a fucking awesome resource when it comes to wedding inspiration. See those Mr. & Mrs. mugs? Handmade. The lace-covered burlap runners? Handmade. The leaves on the table? Not handmade. But, they are from the trees on the location of the shoot. And the dishes, jars, and candle holders? Thrift stores. I know, right?!!

Bridey, OMG! Just wait until you see the stunning wedding dress the model is wearing. And, it's not one of those dresses that will only look good on a model. I can totally see it on women of all shapes and sizes (well, those of us who aren't afraid to show off our curves!). Anyway, if you are planning a fall of 2016 (or 2017) wedding, you're welcome. You're welcome to steal any and all inspiration! Have fun!

Um, this why I said it was a "sexy" fall styled shoot! Girl has got some GORGE legs!!OMFG... The wedding dress with it's intricate beading and chiffon train! AMAZE!! And the flowers are sensational! Holy shit!The warmth encapsulated in this photograph is intoxicating. Can't you just taste that pecan pie?! Those cinnamon dusted salted caramel and raspberry macaroons? Dessert and a hot toddy? Um, yes please!I mean... Holy shit with the dress, right? Thank you for sharing this beautifully constructed styled shoot with Bitchless Bride!!

Industry Peeps:

Photographer: Westchester Photos
Floral Designer: Bedford Village Florist
Dress Store: Elephants Trunk
Cake Designer: La Tulipe Desserts
Model: Lisa's Modeling Agency

Fantasy Friday ~ My Big, Fat, Fake & Fabulous Wedding!!

Bridey, I don't usually share submissions that are posted on several sites, but this one? It's SO fucking good that I just couldn't help myself. Because you need to see what a little imagination and talented vendors can do for your wedding. And if you see it on Bitchless Bride or some other site, then you'll be a better bride for it! Seriously, it's that good! And, I'm that awesome for not caring about exclusivity or something close to it!

Anyway, why a big, fat, fake wedding? Well, according to the fabulous Andie Freeman, "The bride and groom were actually already married and would be renewing their vows at 7pm in front of a crowd that consisted of ladies that would soon be tying their own knot." How cool is that?!! And, based on the chemistry between the B+G, it's quite clear that they aren't models.

I want both of those dresses. Seriously, it's worth renewing my own vows just so I can wear these dresses!Those bouquets are so gorgeous! Right???Hi Amanda. Holy flawless makeup!Seriously! Holy fuck with the amazing flowers!!!See what I mean? That's the real thing, bridey! These two are clearly smitten!Andie Freeman: "Travis grinned as Amanda walked down the aisle for a second time to avow her love all over again. Travis and Amanda has written their own vows. As the first kiss came, the crowd let out a roar and they danced back up the aisle."Wow. Just, wow!I love the deep purple and gold! And the hot pink? AWESOME!!

Real Wedding Wednesday ~ A Green, Australian Wedding in a Trio of Teepees!!

If this pic looks somewhat familiar, you're not hallucinating. In May 2014, I posted a kickass real wedding with fox cake toppers and fox related called, 'The Fantastic Mr. & Mrs. Fox'. That B+G (Kate and John) loved foxes, and it's also their last name. And while this bride and groom, Laura and Ryan, won't be rockin' Mr. and Mrs. Fox, they do rock among the coolest fucking weddings ever! The details are spectacular (check out the invitations below!), and the teepee? OMG! AWESOME! Who gets married in a teepee? Laura and Ryan do!

As avid outdoor people, the ceremony was held in the heart of the Aussie bush while guests were serenaded with the lovely sounds of bellbirds that chimed in as the string trio played. I mean... Can you imagine? WOW! Laura said, "It was the most magical day of celebration surrounded by all the best things – the beauty of nature, our closest family and friends, great food and music and our love for each other." It really doesn't get much better than that, right? Right! Enjoy!

So so so cute and unique!WOW! That bouquet is absolutely mesmerizing!Creepy awesome.There's a black cat in this pic. LOVE!Laura... You are breathtaking! I love your dress and the birdcage veil!I love how Hilary Cam sets the scene.Clever.Such a cutie! And, I love her dress too!Let's get out of here for a bit...

Real Wedding Wednesday ~ A "Rockin'" Rocky Mountain, DIY, Amazingly Gorgeous Wedding

Brideys, try not be jelly when I tell you how Adam proposed to Bernida... Okay? Ready? Adam proposed to Bernida after throwing her OUT OF A PLANE (Yup! You read that right!). And... It was her first time skydiving! Can you imagine?! Adam had a big 10' x 60' sign (one that would be dragged behind a plane) rolled out in the grassy landing field that said, "WILL YOU MARRY ME?". The best part? He could hear her screaming "Yes!" from about 1,500 ft in the air. Seriously, that guy puts all of our grooms to shame! Right?

Anyway, as you scroll down, you'll realize two things... One, I had a hard time editing Bernida and Adam's wedding because I loved all of the photographs so much, and two, the B+G are seriously in love. Like, mushy, romantic, and borderline I'm gonna be sick kind of love... And it's fucking great! Their mushy love for each other is apparent in pretty much every.single.photograph. Totally, how it should be, bridey!!! So, take some notes, and enjoy the eye candy!

Those pearls belonged to Bernida's grandmother. And what you can't see when you look down is that Adam has his grandfather's pocket knife in his jacket pocket. I love the sentiment. It seriously looks fake. Doesn't it? How could anything be that beautiful??Bernida and Adam got married on Crested Butte Mountain overlooking the Paradise Divide Mountain Range. Great shot!Gimme some!! Such a fun photograph!HAHA! Look at the faces on the groomsmen and bridesmaids! LOVE IT!A MAZ ING. The cake is stunning, and the shot of the cake is magnificent!!

Real Wedding Wednesday ~ A Gorgeously Awesome, Deliciously DIY, Downton Abbey Inspired, Philly Wedding

Meet Laila and Stephen, the B+G. I think you can tell by the photograph that they are super fun, laid back and are perfectly suited for each other. I mean... that's what happens when you know each other for eleven years before you start dating and ultimately get married. Right? Wow! That's some serious courting!!

But, bridey, there is so much to this wedding, that I really want to get right to it. Grace Winter, with the talented Asya Shirokova Photography, asked the bride and groom some FAB questions which are incorporated within the post. So enjoy, and get inspired!

The dress, where did it come from? My dress was purchased at David’s Bridal. Finding the dress was a bit of a process and we visited variety of types of stores – Lovely Bride boutique, second hand wedding dress store and David’s Bridal. It was important for me to understand the differences and opportunities there might be by investing time and patience in finding my dress.
Who planned the wedding? Steve and I did most of the planning, however, friends and bridal party were a huge help. We hired a day of coordinator (who is an old family friend and daughter duo) who helped think through all the last minute day of needs. This was one of the best decisions we made as they were incredibly helpful and dealt with all the last minute details of the event.

How did you meet? We met at Drexel University and were brought together by mutual friend. We would hang out often, share in the simple joys of listening to records, take road trips and even saw our City’s beloved Veterans Stadium implosion together. We were great friends, which blossomed over 11 years before we started dating.
Who did your flowers? The bridal party flowers were designed by a local florist called Falls Flowers. I became close to the owner through an old job and she was delightful in working through all the creative elements of floral design.

The tables and surrounding area flowers were all put together by my mother and her sisters from Brazil. They chose red roses for the tables as they were my grandmother, their mother, favorite flower and it was a great way to remember and symbolize her presence with us.

We had many DIY projects. Since Stevo works at a brewery, we had access to interesting resources to help customize our day. We made several signs from wood pallets (Welcome the wedding, photobooth and smoking section).
Do you have a tip for other couples that are currently planning their weddings? Realize the things that you care about and stick to your guns. Your family will have opinions in how the day will go. Pick your battles and know when to stick to stand up for things that really matter to you. They will respect you more in the end.

Get a day of coordinator! You don’t want to deal with all the minute details, get someone who will stick up for you. We hired a family friend and it was ideal in that they got the job done and had a great time with our family/friends.

Where did the cake come from? Why this cake flavor or design? What makes this cake unique? Our cake was baked by a family friend, Susan, who has a passion for baking and hopes to open her own bakery someday. She was kind enough to offer her talent to us and created a beautiful and delicious three tiered vanilla and coconut cake.

Real Wedding Wednesday ~ A Rustic, Outdoor, Dinosaur, Tattoo & Kickass Cupcake Wedding

I can't. I just fucking can't. Just look at how amazing the top of this cupcake wedding cake is! OMG! Totally makes me eat my words. Remember? I wrote a whole post about climbing down from your cupcake tree because typically, I think cupcake trees are lame... But, Chelsea and Dusty's tree? Holy shit! It's absolutely sensational!! Not to mention the photograph, captured by Mercedes Morgan of Mercedes Morgan Photography. I'm obsessed with it! 

Bridey, if you are as obsessed with the tree and the pic as I am, just wait until you see the rest of the photographs from this wedding. Chelsea and Dusty nailed it in every aspect of their wedding! Seriously, I felt like I was at the ceremony, hanging with the bridal party and dancing the night away. Maybe I even got a tattoo while I was enjoying myself!! Whaaa? Yeah, just scroll and you'll see! Enjoy!!

It really doesn't get much cuter than this!Wait a second... I think we have a cuteness toss up!!I love this pic...Rings please!!Bubbles are so much better than rice!Are you dying over the angle of this shot?I don't want to jump to conclusions, but the bride and groom both each twins... Thinking we have found their other halves...Greatest signing board ever!I love how Chelsea and Dusty embraced and took care of the kids at their wedding.Hell yeah!I CANNOT get over the pizza!!!Dusty, you're a FAB dipper.Seriously? Have you ever seen people having so much fun at a wedding?Congratulations Chelsea and Dusty! I love your wedding!!!

Industry Peeps:

Photographer: Mercedes Morgan Photography
Makeup Artist: Alison Paige Makeup
DJ: C4 DJ Productions
Bakery: Capital City Bakery
Event Venue: The Wildflower Barn

Real Wedding Wednesday ~ A Southern Wedding That Feels Like a Styled Shoot

I love this wedding. I know I say that all of the time, but Sarah and Terry's wedding is a little different because when I first saw this submission, I thought it was a styled shoot. Seriously. The details are so lovely, and amazingly, completely capture the essence of both family and design. It's really incredible. Look up. See that pic? Totally looks like it should be rockin' the pages of some fancy magazine. The roses in the bouquets are just so, and they are quite stunning. But, it's not a styled shoot, bridey, it's a real Southern wedding!

Seriously, this fall wedding will make you feel like you are standing in the middle of an autumn painting. All of the details help to create a beautiful mindset and overall feel of warmth. Not gonna lie... Sarah's dog and flower girl definitely steal the show at times, and the cuteness is almost overwhelming. I love the mason jars, wheat stalks, and gorgeous florals. Bridey, there is so much to look at in this post, so you'd better get started!

Such a beautiful gown!!Doggie!!!
Could ya' bust!? Flower girl chasing the dog!I mean, this wedding screams fall!! I LOVE the blankets, and all of the fall decor!OMG. Too cute!
Sarah, your over the shoulder gown is truly FAB! Looks amazing on you!Such a fantasic pic!The rest of the photographs are why I thought this was a styled shoot.

Real Wedding Wednesday ~ A Barefoot and Beautiful Bride, A Dog Named Lunchbox, and a Laid Back Groom

I love how chill Maggie and Matt's wedding was. Like super chill. I mean... Maggie was barefoot for most of the day!! I know, right? How awesome is that? And when she needed to slip on some shoes? She just put on her lace Toms... No biggie. LOVE IT! And Matt? The dude had on khaki pants and suspenders! Now, how FAB is that? Even their dog, Lunchbox, wore a handmade bow-tie! Not only that, but these two really made their day all about their love for each other, and the love for their family and friends.

Bridey, if you scroll down you will see all of the lovely details from Maggie and Matt's amazing wedding. They rocked organic flower arrangements, set a vintage mismatched table, drank from mason jar drinking glasses, and served Southern vegetarian food. Basically? They incorporated everything they loved into one day.... And frankly, I can't think of a better day to just that! Enjoy!

I love that the dog's name is Lunchbox!Funny story? Apparently, the guys had no idea how to tie a bow tie.Handmade, vintage inspired bridesmaids dresses found on Etsy.Awwwwwwwww.......Hip! Hip! Hooray!!See? Maggie is barefoot! LOVE IT!!

Fantasy Friday ~ A Same Sex, Winery Inspired Brunch Wedding

I could use some wine right now. Seriously, looking at all of the beautiful scenery and stunning details in this post is making me thirsty. Although, it doesn't take much to get me good and thirsty these days. You brideys are giving me a serious beating. And there's nothing like a little bit of booze (or a lot a bit) to take the edge off. But, that's not what this post is about. It's about a FAB winery inspired brunch wedding shoot with two lovely ladies celebrating their union. 

A note for the collaborators: "This Ikat inspired vineyard wedding, designed by EightTreeStreet and Mollie Tobias Photography celebrates two beautiful brides on their wedding day in an outdoors rustic wedding with interior design details and patterns. A fabulous DIY component includes easy to make sparkly favor boxes and pendant decorations for table and food, the favor boxes are excellent to use for delicious goodies for your guests. The shoot includes a gorgeous spread for an outdoor brunch, provided by The Aubergine Chef, complete with a pancake wedding cake, heart shaped bacon bites, heart shaped cinnamon rolls, and mini quiches."

So bright. So inviting...Cut the cake? Nope! Cut the PANCAKE!! I mean... I am salivating over here! And see those champagne glasses? Filled with syrup with some French toast on top!

Real Wedding Wednesday ~ Timing Really is Everything

Sarah and Griffin... I mean... it really doesn't get much cuter than this couple. Right? LQQK up (OMG... I really needed to do the thing with the QQs). I truly love everything about their story, including the timing. I hate to sound cliche, but timing really is everything. This couple had mutual friends all throughout college and didn't meet until the summer of their last year. How is that possible? But, who knows... Had they met earlier, maybe it wouldn't have happened. Maybe this wouldn't have made it to BB because it never would have been... 

A blurb from the bride: Griffin and I met the summer of our last year in college. Despite having mutual friends and being at the same events our paths didn’t cross until a night of dancing with friends in Arlington, VA, right as the summer was ending. It started out with texts and long phone calls and became weekends of visiting each other back and forth. A year later Griffin’s military career started, sending him to Fort Knox, Fort Sill, Fort Hood and Iraq while I remained in Virginia. In the winter of 2011, with Griffin home safe from deployment, we started planning our journey to Fort Hood with one last goodbye party with family and friends. It was at this party where Griffin finally surprised me by getting down on one knee in front of our closest family and friends. On April 13, 2013 we had our intimate, garden wedding at the Birkby House and are living the married life in Texas with our furry children, Raja, Dobby, and Penny.

Are you totally DY ING over her hair? Love the do and love the bling!Some serious veil love happening here...Griffin, you're totally adorbs! Looks like a fun group of guys!Lovely.Um... This is SUPER clever. Seriously, why not play "I Spy" when it really counts like at a wedding instead of a long, boring car ride? "I spy with my little eye, the groom watching the bride from a distance..." LOVE IT!A splash of color in the writing...How could you not love the pig wedding cake toppers?Can't miss this!!Oh... Look at the little love birds!!!

Industry Peeps: 

Photographer: T.Y. Photography
Caterer: Six Star Catering
Florist: herndon florist
Bakery: Sweets by E
Reception Venue: Thomas Birkby House

Real Wedding Wednesday ~ Louisiana Style... Tattoos, Creole and DIY!

Erika and Ricky... I look at them, and all I can imagine are their babies. I dunno why, but seriously that's what I see as I browse these photographs. I mean, I also see a cool-ass couple, a stunning bride, a handsome groom and a few tattoos, but damn... They will make some beautiful children. Maybe it's me. Maybe my clock is a tickin' and I have babies on the brain, but either way I love what I see. Don't you?

Here's a little bit from Erika: "I met Ricky when he walked into my house with a friend... my first thought was, "Get him out of my house, he's scary..." Haha! Now look at us. We wanted a real Louisiana style wedding complete with creole food. The plantation style venue was perfect. They provided all the food and even the cakes. The decor and flowers were all handmade by us. My favorite moment was seeing Ricky cry before I even stepped foot on the aisle. My advice to future couples is to keep the lines of communication open, stay friends and never take each other for granted and respect each other."

AMEN Erika! Sounds like you are truly a Bitchless Bride! 

These two photographs make me so happy. Both the B+G are completely relaxed, and are clearly enjoying the wedding day preparation. I just love Erika's bouquet. Lillies... I can smell them...Hey Ricky... I got a 'lil crush on you!

Seriously love how all of the dresses are a different cut. Great color too!Ta-da!

Super Stylish Sunday ~ A One of a Kind Dress for a One of a Kind Bride

Are you DY ING over this wedding dress? I know, it's absolutely amazing! Well, it wasn't bought off the rack. The bottom of the dress is a handmade tulle tutu. The top and the belt were both purchased separately. And all three pieces were put together to make this amazing one of a kind masterpiece. Right? OH MY GOD! The dress and the beautiful girl wearing the dress? Fucking priceless.

Yeah... It's pretty obvious that I have a crush on Marie. Her tats (told you I'm going through a thing right now), her energy and the purple hair are completely drawing me in! Not too mention the cool ass wedding dress! I mean... Bridey, check out all of the amazing pics in this post. Talk about creative! This dress is super innovative from a DIY standpoint, and totally stylish all at the same time.

Loving the boots.... And the blue crate? Ties the photographs together! Totally AWESOME!

She is STUNNING. Just stunning. That makeup is flawless.

For a second, I thought I was looking at a boudoir shoot. Damn sexy, right?

Real Wedding Wednesday ~ Who Wants a Ride on the Carousel?

Emily and Bobby wanted a venue that was on the water; something that was like a "blank canvas" so they could personalize it. Lighthouse Point Park was exactly what they were looking for... Totally simple, yet pretty in a beautiful park on Long Island Sound. And the best part? It had an antique carousel inside! I know, right? Did I mention that it was a working carousel? At a wedding? How fabulous is that??

Something I can totally relate to (besides loving a cool ass wedding with a carousel in the reception space)? Emily's favorite color is pink! So, there was no question as to the wedding colors. Plus, Bobby and his groomsmen were happy to rock pink ties (which they rocked quite well if I do say so...) with pink and gray argyle socks to compliment the girls’ dresses.

Something I can't relate to, but totally respect? This wedding was made particularly beautiful because of the several DIY projects. So many, that Emily's mom began referring to the wedding as “the wedding of a million pieces,” because the various supplies that went into making their day beautiful... From beads and ribbons to flip-flips and sea-shells. And while the small details were important, they really just wanted to throw one big, fantastic party! They wanted everyone to have an awesome time celebrating their marriage, and based on the pictures you are about to see? They accomplished their goal!

1. Bridey, how did you meet your spouse? (The short and sweet version please.)

Bobby & I met at college at Fairfield University. I was a freshmen and he was a senior. I went to a party at his townhouse with some of my friends, and the rest is basically history!

2. How long were you together before you were engaged?

We were together for about 4 years before getting engaged.

3. What was the length of time between the engagement and the wedding?

About 2.5 years, we were engaged in January 2010 and married in September 2012.

4. Where did your wedding take place? (venue, city and state)

The ceremony took place at the Egan Chapel of Saint Ignatius Loyola on the campus of Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT. The reception took place at The Carousel at Lighthouse Point Park, New Haven, CT.

5. If you don't mind my asking, what was your budget, and where did you choose to spend most of it?

A Completely DIY, Absolutely Incredible Bachelorette Party Style Shoot

I could not resist this one brideys. I HAD to share this with you. I mean, how could I pass up a sparkly, glittery, super hot style shoot? Right? The best part? The price! Holy shit! I am totally dying over this, and I am so excited to show it off, because it is completely obtainable!

So, enjoy the eye candy, and learn more about this incredible "party" as I ask Amy Lovlien, of True Emerald Styling and Planning, a few questions about how to achieve such a lovely outcome without being a bridey bitch!

1. This is an absolutely incredible bachelorette style shoot for a DIY bride. What was the budget?

$1,000 for food, beverage & decor.

2. How long would you say the DIY preparations took (from a normal, non-event planner perspective)?

The hardest part of this shoot was gathering everything needed. We used a TON of glitter. After you have every supply it would probably take about 15-20 hours for one person to complete everything (or two long evenings with some friends!). 

3. Where did you procure the items necessary for the shoot?

Paper Source, Anthropologie, Whole Foods

Limit of Two "Bride Freak-Outs" for This Stress-Free Bride

Happy New Year Brideys!! I'm so excited for the upcoming year! To those of you recently engaged brideys (like over the New Year and/or Christmas), CONGRATULATIONS! And to those of you more experienced brideys, enjoy this spread! But, no matter how long you've been engaged, and what stage you are in with your wedding plans, I suggest paying close attention to this wedding because I'm REALLY excited to show it off to you today. Cassandra is a fabulous example of a cool DIY bride who remained calm when things got hot. 

First of all, I love Cassandra and Josh's love story. It's really awesome when two people who've known each other for a long time finally realize that "the one" has been in front of their face the whole time! Opps! Sorry to give it away, but I'm a bit obsessed! Right? Secondly, not only is Cassandra GORGEOUS, but I cannot get over her dress... Seriously. And DAMN, this chick has some AMAZING legs! 

Finally, I have a deep respect for any bride who recognizes that wedding planning has the ability to be a bit stressful, and then limits herself to a maximum of TWO "Bride Freak-Outs". Hell yeah! She simply got it out of her system, and moved forward. TOTALLY my kind of bride! 

1. Bridey, how did you meet your spouse? (The short and sweet version please.) 

Josh and I met at our university's freshman orientation. 

2. How long were you together before you were engaged? 

We had been friends for years before we ever started dating, and once we were, the engagement came pretty quick - about 7 months. 

3. What was the length of time between the engagement and the wedding?

6 months! 

4. Where did your wedding take place? (Venue, city and state)

At the Showalter's Estate in Olympia, Washington.

5. If you had to rate your wedding planning experience on a scale of one to ten with one being shitty, and ten being awesome, how would you rate it? 

It was definitely a ten, but I had one day when I thought it was a one. (; 

6. What was your favorite part of the wedding planning process? Least fave?

I loved doing everything on my own; all of the crafts and decorations were such a great way for me to calm down and really appreciate the wedding to come. My least favorite part was two weeks before the wedding when our original venue fell through, I was a wreck and really had no idea what I was going to do but obviously everything ended up working out perfectly. (:

7. Did anything go wrong (that you were aware of) at your wedding? If so, we’d love to hear about it (and maybe even see a picture?). Allow us to learn from you, bridey!

I would definitely recommend doing pictures before the wedding! My hubby and I wanted to keep things traditional and not see each other before the aisle, which meant pictures had to be done after our "I do's", and that cut into valuable reception time. By the time we had finished taking all of our pictures, a lot of our guest had decided to leave which was kind of disappointing. But, the pictures were really important to both of us, so it was something we were okay with in the end because now we have these beautiful captured moments of us on our special day that we will love and cherish for the rest of our lives. 

(I'm DYING over this kiss!!! )

8. What was the biggest challenge you faced from the moment you were engaged to the day you walked down the aisle?

I can't help but laugh at this question now that I can look back on everything. Josh and I spent a good portion of our relationship long distance; he was in South Carolina and then Arizona while I was in Hawaii this past year. Our engagement happened while both of us were home for Christmas and the New Year, and afterwards we were both off to our opposite sides of the country. So, the biggest challenge for us was trying to plan our wedding long distance, with hopes of it being in our home state. That meant I was left trying to do most of the planning over the phone, online and with tremendous amount of help from my mom because I wasn't able to physically be in Washington to visit places or plan hands on. Luckily, I made it back to Washington about a month before the wedding, and was able to plan things out in person!

9. What advice do you wish you had before started planning your wedding?

I think the most valuable piece of advice I was given was by my mom. She reminded me everyday that this was my special day and no one else's, to plan it how I wanted it, to not get stressed out by the little things, and enjoy every moment because before I know it the day will come and go. 

10. Looking back, would you have done anything differently?

I don't think so, I'm so happy with how everything turned out. 

11. Bridey, please provide the most valuable lesson you learned while planning your wedding.

I limited myself to two "bride freak-outs", and they were both done in the comforts of my own home where no one had to deal with me but me. Being able to cry over everything at once, by myself, was better than freaking out on an innocent bystander who doesn't deserve that kind of emotion. And, it was rewarding to hear from everyone what a calm and stress-free bride I was. 

 

Industry Folk (AKA Vendors):

Venue: The Showalters Estate
Food: Smokin (Also operated by the Showalters)
Florist: DIY
DJ: iPod!!!
Hair and Makeup: DIY
Dress: ASOS