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Real Wedding Wednesday ~ Help! BB's in the Weeds!

Ever hear of the phrase I'm "in the weeds?" You know... When you're so busy that you can't see straight? Urban Dictionary describes it like this: "when someone or something, usually in the food or beverage industry, becomes overwhelmed and falls behind." Well, that's currently where I seem to be residing. In the fucking weeds. Yup! I'm busy. I'm busting my ass, and I don't have the time or energy to put together a real wedding that would be worthy of showing you, so I am choosing not to... Sooooo, come visit "Real Wedding Wednesday" on Friday.


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Real Wedding Wednesday ~ European Style!

I love this couple so much! They seem to just go together so well. The bride, Jessica, and her husband, Dima, had a Russian-Jewish wedding at La Mirage Banquets on the outskirts of Chicago; known for hosting European style weddings.

For those of you who are not well versed in a European style wedding, they are a bit different from what we usually see. How you ask? Well, bridey, there is no set dinner hour. Can you imagine? A wedding that is not totally scheduled down to the T? Allow me to explain it to you...

Well, usually upon entering the reception, guests are seated at a table which is pre-set with appetizers and salads. Once the couple is introduced, and after a few toasts, the dancing begins. After about twenty minutes or so of dancing, the guests take their seats, fill their glasses (and their plates) and listen to a few more toasts. And you know when the cake gets cut? Like midnight!!! Right? Holy SHIT! Can you believe it?!! I love it! A lot of partying and a lot of fun! Oh yeah!!! So, take it all in, brideys! Perhaps you might get inspired!

1. Bridey, how did you meet your spouse?
We were set up by his brother and a co-worker of mine.
2. How long were you together before you were engaged?
We were together for 9 months before Dima proposed.

3. What was the length of time between the engagement and the wedding?
It was 6 months before we had our religious ceremony and celebration.

4. Where did your wedding take place?
We got married at LaMirage, Rolling Meadows, IL (just outside of Chicago).
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?
Wedding planning is hectic and stressful. I would probably give it a 5, because we were pretty laid back in the planning. In the end, it is definitely worth it!

A Gloucester, Massachusetts Wedding... Beyond The Perfect Storm

(The heart in the inside of the bride's wedding dress? Made from her father's work uniform (he passed away seven years ago). Her mom had it secretly sewn into the dress. A fantastic way to remember without getting too sad...)

Who knew that Gloucester, Massachusetts was such a fantastic location for a wedding? I mean, probably like you, I associate Gloucester with George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg looking especially scruffy and handsome in A Perfect Storm, not a seaside wedding locale! But, when I saw these pictures, I fell in love with the rocks, the ocean and bride (and her hair of course)! 

But... I fell even deeper in love with the bride after I read her very honest, super funny answers to BB's questionnaire. Coffee may have even made its way onto my computer screen after I read the answer to question #9. I DEFINITELY wasn't expecting what I read, and yet I totally loved and appreciated her honesty. Seriously, if the wedding industry had bloopers (that were actually funny), this would certainly make the top five!

What I really loved? I loved how candid Betsy was with how she felt about planning her wedding. She found it extremely time consuming and stressful. Brideys, some of you won't enjoy the process, and that's okay! You can still have a lovely wedding even if you didn't like planning it! Betsy didn't, and her wedding was totally FAB! So, brideys, I hope you enjoy this whimsical seaside wedding and Betsy's candor... I know I did!

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

Technically, we met in fifth grade. We had always bounced around the same group of friends throughout high school, and college. Then around the age of 26 we both bounced into the same group at the same time. He was oblivious, but I totally crushed on him for an entire summer before I finally made my move. What was my move you ask: Going straight up to him at a concert and telling him that we should make out. Real smooth huh?!  

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