Fabulous Friday ~ The Story Behind the Invitation

I’m not gonna lie… I kinda hate getting invited places. Bridal showers, bachelorette parties and honestly, sometimes even getting invited to a wedding makes my stomach turn. It’s that just horrifying? I’m a wedding planner who prides herself on creating and executing a kickass parties, but when I’m invited to a party I don’t plan? Well, I’d rather stay home watching shit TV instead of forcing myself to get off of my ass and have a good time. I am pathetic, I know… But, here’s the thing. After much thought, I realized that it all comes down to the invitation. If the invitation sucks or is completely lackluster, then almost immediately, I am turned off. And no amount of Viagra is going to fix my problem. It’s gone. I’m utterly deflated, and what’s worse? I’m already bored.

The invitation has to be the gateway to the experience. Period. The end. Especially if we are talking about a bridal shower or the bachelorette party… Seriously, if I receive a basic invitation to a fabulous party, then how the hell am I supposed to know that it will actually be a fabulous party? I don’t,

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?