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Ruffles and sparkles, anyone?


Happy Friday, peoples!  How’s everyone doing?  Ok, that’s enough about you…

You guys.  YOU.  GUYS.  We’re essentially done with the blog redesign and it looks AMAZEBALLS.  I know, AAAAHHHHH!!!  You saw a hot bit of it in the sneak peek post from earlier today, but you better believe that’s like one half of a percent of what’s coming.  It’s so exciting.  I am feeling a mishmash of thrilled/scared/hungry/tired/flirty, but the feeling that trumps all of those is that of exhilaration!!!

I’m not sure you heard me.  The brand spanking new blog design has hit that stage.  That stage where pretty much everything seems to be in place, everyone is in agreement over color scheme, features and layout (← rough stuff), and all that’s left is the rest of the coding.  And we couldn’t be happier.  It’s that feeling you get, I’m sure, when you’ve been carrying a baby for what seems like forEVER (I haven’t been there, but I’ve heard that the last month or so is nightmarish), and finally – FINALLY – that little a-hole is ready to break free.  And s/he’s the healthiest, most gorgeous little thing, with a punim more precious than a Precious Moments figurine.

Then again, every woman thinks her baby is the cutest.  Sooooo… we’ll just wait until you see it.  Though we’re pretty confident YOU ARE GONNA LOVE.

Kidding, I realize there’s no comparison between designing a blog and carrying a child to term.  Designing a blog is so much harder. :)

There’s so much awesomeness coming your way, I feel like I don’t have enough room to put it all in this post.  But I’m trying.

Let’s start with the obvious.  Giveaways are soooo going to be a part of the upcoming launch.  Duh, I know.  You can’t have a launch without a giveaway-fest.  So don’t worry, ye shall have giveaways, and they shall be incrediballistic.  But here’s the news that’s fit to print:

You recognize those two lovely ladies above, don’t you…?  ;)  They’re the amazingly talented Vania and Christine of Simply Bloom Photography (!!!); they’ve teamed up with us to bring some EXQUISITENESS to your eyes, and we couldn’t be more touched, thrilled and in awe of the gorgeousness they’re going to bring to the brand new The Knotty Bride.  We adore special projects, and just knowing those two fantastic ladies are creating with us in mind makes me, personally, feel faint.  Also, as if that wasn’t enough, the brilliant Sofia and Andre, of Brancoprata, are working behind the scenes on something crazy special just for us, and we cannot wait for you to see it!  AAAAAND, we have a stellar new addition to The Knotty Bride team – just wait until you find out who she is and what she’s capable of – and she’s going to be bringing ridiculously creative, incredibly beautiful DIY projects to your eyes on a regular basis!!!!!  A REGULAR BASIS!!!!


But wait.  There’s more.  The only thing that could possibly be any more exciting than bringing a brand new beautiful blog to our readers, is being able to call many of the most talented, innovative vendors in the industry – I’m shivering with glee as I write this – the newest members of The Knotty Bride’s Preferred Vendor Guide.  Eek!  We’ve partnered with quite a few brilliant people, and we are over the moon about each and every one of them.  And we just know you’re going to love them just as much as we do.

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In other news, if you haven’t heard ’round these parts, Mr. Fancy Pants McGee (aka Fancy… also, F.P. McGee: nickname origins) and I are going to Maui next week, and we are so incredibly psyched about it!  We’re both really, really into our work, and find it difficult to let go of the laptop.  But we’re doing our best to go full out fancy free while we’re in paradise.

Let me tell you what’s getting me on that road to relaxation though: Guest Blogger Week!!!!  That’s right, I’ve handpicked a stellar group of ladies, all with amazing blogs of their own, who are going to be bringing you the pretty all week long while I’m away next week!  Get psyched; I’ve seen their guest posts, and you are SERIOUSLY going to want to get an eye-full of what they bring to your faces.  I guarantee it!

Back to Maui for a hot second: our flight’s tomorrow (Saturday) morning, BEYOND early, but whatevs we’ll deal.  We’ve got a stopover in LAX, so anyone want to have lunch in an airport with Knotty and Fancy?  We have 2 hours to kill, and I like BLTs.  Hint hint.  Speaking of food, THERE WON’T BE ANY on either leg of our trip, because that’s what happens when your economy is tanking, so I need some snack suggestions from you guys for the flight.  ‘Preciate it!  Ok, here we go with the Finds…

I am obsessed with the new Jenny Packham line, of which you saw a peek up top.  Thanks, Lou, for bringing it to my attention.  A few more hot picks…

The one on the right is called ‘Miley’ – remember when I featured this one ON Miley Cyrus?  I was slightly mean, but C’MON.  You’ll understand.

Gowns: Jenny Packham

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LOVE this DIY.  Make your own floral container covers!!!  Easy peasy.

via the Wedding Chicks / Cori Cook Floral Design / Flourish Studio Photography

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Adore this dress, and these images, by Max Wanger.  Gorgeous dress, gorgeous photos, gorgeousNESS.

There’s that necklace trend we discussed this week!  :)

Photography: Max Wanger

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Goodness.  How freaking cute is this red apple ring box???

Seriously, how?  HOW??!!!

Amy Moss posted it on Eat Drink Chic, but not before she gave it her magic vintage photograph touch ;)  It’s from The Cherry Blossom Girl’s wedding (via 100 Layer Cake) /

Photography by Marianne Taylor

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The gaudy girl I push down inside of me adooooores this:

Via Beyond Beyond / by Johanna Johnson

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How ’bout some bridesmaid dress inspo?  IN YER FACE:

The Rare Ruffle Hem Dress

I also adore this fun floral number for your bmaids, if you’re planning a more laid-back affair:

Livia Floral Dress

Or maybe you need a little help underneath your gown?  CHECK IT:

Made By Niki ‘Slinkies’ Shaping Mini Dress

I don’t think she needs ‘a little help’ anywhere, but that’s another matter entirely.

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Oh, hello adorableness!  Where have you been all my life?

“A tiny hat, glasses, mustache, and tie come together to make a funny little man” and they add up to equal MAXIMUM ADORABLENESS.

Crafted by Kristy Lin

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So, two things: got any favorite Finds?  Aaaaaand… are you excited for what’s coming? ;)

Ok, I’m off to Maui!  Riiiight after I finish packing and cleaning and sorting and computering and emailing.  So, not so much.  Also, I practically freebase my email, so I’ll be connected, even while we’re in Maui.  Because I’m ridiculous!!!!!  That is all (for now).

Hope you heart The Knotty Bride’s guest bloggers during Guest Blogger Week next week!  Be sure to show ‘em some love, that is, if you like love-showing.

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One more thing: since I’m going to be away for about a week, I thought it would be fun to leave you with this.  When I saw it, it kinda put a lot into perspective.

“Everything’s Amazing, and Nobody’s Happy”


He’s got such a point, right? Alright, happy weekend, my lovelies! I am so gonna miss you, for serious, but I’ll be back before you can read three of these, cover to cover, by candlelight.


P.S. – Here’s how I honestly feel right now about Maui.  The excitement is bubbling up, and I wanna just go like:

Image: Nicole Cassano

Tee hee. :)

So… what do you think?  I know, it’s a lot to take in.  You can just say “safe trip” if you’d like.  I would totes appreciate it.  ;)

xoxo!  – Alison


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  1. Jenna on October 1, 2010

    I love everything in this post! The Jenny Packham ruffled dress is so cute – what a perfect reception dress!!!!!!! NEED. And I’m so excited to see what the new blog looks like! Can’t wait, Alison! Have a great time in Maui!!!! Anything special planned while you’re there?

  2. Casey on October 1, 2010

    Love love love. I am DYING over the dresses, all of them. And that ring box is the cutest thing ever! You’ve got me super pumped for Guest Blogger Week, too. Can’t wait to see what’s in store! Have a great time on holiday with your man, you lucky duck!

  3. Naomi on October 1, 2010

    I love this post…EVERYTHING about it. I cannot wait to see your guest bloggers. I also love the word “punim”…you are a nut. Have fun on your holiday and I cannot wait to see the new site!! xoxox muwaaaah!!

  4. Lauren Elise Crafted on October 1, 2010

    Although this entire post was wicked awesome…I don’t think it could end better than with Louis C.K…perfect!

  5. Jillian, Dame Chic on October 1, 2010

    I really really like the new dresses that you’ve featured here from Jenny Packham. The draping is amazing!!!!

  6. Super Burbs on October 1, 2010

    I am totally overwhelmed with awesomeness! And have a fab time in Maui -how glamourous are you missy!?

    Have a safe trip :)

  7. Marissa on October 2, 2010

    That head ornament is magnificent! And great vid at the end – so true. Hope your seats lean back enough on your flight to Maui! ;)

  8. Kate Holland on October 2, 2010

    I simply CAN. NOT. wait to see your guest bloggers posts. I bet they’ll be freakin’ amazing!! Have an awesome time, you’re SO gonna love Maui!!!

  9. Kathryn on October 2, 2010

    OK, I’ve been reading your blog for a long time, and I never comment, but I feel compelled to say that I’m so going to miss you so much next week! Is that weird? I’m very excited for guest blogger week, but I will definitely miss your voice and ideas! Fortunately I have a lot to look forward to though, so it should hold me over. :D I hope you two have a really enjoyable and relaxing trip! Can’t wait for your return!

  10. Anonymous on October 2, 2010

    Great finds and can’t wait to see what the new blog looks like!! Guest bloggers, I’m sure won’t disappoint, they never have!

  11. lunaandchloeweddings.com on October 2, 2010

    Fabulous post!!! You are just awesome! Have an amazing holiday in Maui…so wish I was there. So much goodness…can’t wait to see your guest post, and your new look! Hugs and air kisses…miss you!


  12. Janette on October 3, 2010

    Cannot wait to see the new site! The sneak peek you showed is so lovely, I’m dying to know what else there is! And I am loving the dresses you showed in this post. ESPECIALLY that ruffled Jenny Packham short dress at the top – I need to try that on!! Thank you, great finds!

  13. Whimsical Wonderland on October 5, 2010

    Thanks so much for the link love lovely lady :-) Hope your having a FAB time away x x x


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