VENDOR LOVE™ TINY SNEAK PEEK | In a world where tushie-less pantyhose exist, integrity and a commitment to quality are paramount…

↑ More on that in a moment…

While one contest ends tonight at midnight (winner will be announced tomorrow morning!)… another one begins in two shakes.  So, go that!  But, believe it or not, there are other things on my mind today.  And I thought I’d share those things.  (SHOCKER!)

… I find it necessary, on this day out of all days, to mention how important it is to have integrity.  To be a purveyor of quality, to see that as paramount, and to take a personal oath to provide only high quality anything and everything to the people who have entrusted you with that task.  I found that necessary to mention, because it is plain to see that things are simply getting out of hand these days.  Here, → take this ← for example.

Yes.  That’s right.  That exists.  And I know what you’re thinking.

“$22 is far too expensive for just one pair of buttless pantyhose.”

No?  That’s not what you’re thinking?  Wait, no ok, I got it… here’s what you’re thinking:

“Why leave the bit of floss down the middle.  Please, why.  I mean, are these sexy pantyhose meant for sexy acts, or are these functional pantyhose, meant for work?  They seem undecided about their purpose.  One could even say they’re split down the middle, unsure of their true use.”

No?  Ok, one more:


I think I got it with that one.

Now, in a surprisingly related story, we’re launching Vendor Love™ crazy soon, as I’m sure you very well know.  And I was thinking, what fun it would be to give you guys an itty bitty sneak peek at like one half of one percent of all that talent you’re just so dang close to accessing.  Eh?  Eh?  Y’interested?  Awesome.  I figured it was the least I could do, as we continue uploading all of our wonderful vendors on the back-end.  But first, let me explain to you what the pantyhose have to do with any of this.

And no, it’s not because I just said we’re currently busy uploading things on the back-end.

It has to do with trust.  With quality.  And the importance of feeling confident that you’re hiring people who are uniquely competent, experienced, and have the talent and desire to help you achieve what should be one of the most unbelievably joyous, exciting and *perfectly you* days of your entire life.

That’s what Vendor Love™ is all about.  That, and a commitment never to sell buttless pantyhose.

… Because if you’re selling buttless pantyhose, something, somewhere went wrong in your integrity department.

Now, remember that gorgeous shot at the tippy top of this post?  Yup, that’s the work of one of our Preferred Vendors.  And now, to whet your palate even more, take a peek at a few more of our fabulous vendors, below.

P.S. – get psyched, friendlies, because there are so many more, in so many categories, it’ll blow your collective minds when the thing goes live.  And that is not hyperbole.  Your minds will collectively *blow up,* in a rainstorm of blood and brain matter.  I am speaking in literal terms.  You are going to want to invest in a helmet before the guide goes live.  Fair warning.

Ok, NOW feast:

A sampling of our beloved Vendor Love members, from top:

Anna Kim Photography, Sarah Seven, Chudleigh Wedding Photography, Paige + Blake Photography, Sealight Studios Photography, Jennifer Images (2), Gem Photo, M David Media

Here’s the fun part: one of the Preferred Vendors I’ve included today is going to award one incredibly lucky reader a MASSIVE PHOTOGRAPHY PACKAGE , worth approximately $3000!

Aaaand, a vendor not included today (c’mon, I have to keep most of the awesomeness hidden away, or else where’s the fun in it for me?  Thanks for understanding.:) will be giving away FREE E-SESSIONS to TWO LUCKY READERS!  Woohoo!

And you know, guys?  That’s not even close to all of the giveaways and contests we have coming your way.

Now, while we’re sort of on the topic, I’ve got to address this American Apparel thing.  Can someone please explain to me American Apparel’s appeal?  I can’t recall the last time a friend met me for drinks in an $85 glitter leotard.  Or in this.  Or this.  Or this.  Or in this.  Or looking like this.  Or in this.  I can get this from my Mom’s closet, for about $48 less.  Nooooooooooo.

Their clothes remind me of my awkward phase in middle school, when I was limited to Lord & Taylor’s juniors’ section (Lord & Taylor has vastly improved since my middle school years.  Vastly improved.  It was not the Lord & Taylor it is today.  It was like going to a thrift shop in a college town at the end of a blow-out sale.  It was like shopping out of a dumpster, except without the great selection.

It was like selecting how you’d like to be made fun of, in advance.)

I got jokes.  (If they’re funny, well, that’s an entirely different matter.)

By the way, It’s snowing here.  Whaaaaaaaat.  Oh right, it’s DECEMBER 6th.  I had forgotten, what with all the global warming and sunshine.  … What’s that?  It’s been chilly outside, and that should have tipped me off to the onset of the 12th and final month of the year?  He he.  You’re funny.  You obviously don’t know how I spend the majority of my waking hours.

(If you said ‘frolicking,’ you would be close, but wrong.)

(The answer is: in front of a computer screen.  But good try!)

xoxo!  – Alison

Label(s): {Real Weddings}

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  1. Jamie on December 6, 2010

    I think your afternoon post specials are my favorite. Because this is f***ing hysterical. I just laughed out loud in my cubicle in front of my coworkers.

    Watch, I just found you 2 more followers.

  2. Alicia@CharityWedding on December 6, 2010

    Um American Apparel. WTF? I love that the items are unisex and that the models look slightly unisex.

    On another note, I LOVE that snow picture. Fabulous.

  3. The Demoiselle on December 6, 2010

    re: American Apparel – my biggest beef with them (other than the pervy tone of their ads) are the jeans. You know the ones…they’re cut to fit a 12 year old girl but men buy them and they’re not skinny – they’re skintight? Just: no.

  4. Jen Lauren Grant on December 6, 2010

    You are hilarious.
    And, American Apparel is the worst. It’s the worst of all things that are terrible.

  5. You asked the same questions that I was wondering…lol…too funny.

  6. Lindsay on December 6, 2010

    Ok, I am officially entering that photography contest! I can’t wait to see which photographer it is! Even though any of them will do – they’re all so brilliant! So excited for this. And I love your site so much!

  7. Kristin@BonafideBride on December 6, 2010

    Alison, you are so witty. I love reading your posts. (You mean there’s not going to be a buttless pantyhose giveaway? Why am I even here?)

    I also commend you on Vendor Love. You truly have a trustworthy, knowledgeable, talented group going, and as someone who is oh-so-picky about who I trust my own clients to, I can say that I trust your list.

    I would lastly like to admit that although I despise American Apparel, their marketing efforts, and a billion other things about them, I truly love their Winter Leggings. Comfiest bumming around (hey, since we’re on the subject…) pants EVER.

  8. emily f. on December 6, 2010

    The giveaways sound AMAZING!!! Are we commenting here to be entered or are they coming up in another post?

  9. Alison on December 6, 2010

    Hi Emily – I’m glad you think so, and I totes agree :) But don’t you worry, the giveaways in question will be very clearly marked and you’ll know when/what to do to enter.

    Of course, I love comments – they make my heart sing – so thanks for this bonus one! ;)

    Stay tuned; I’m feeling one coming on *real soon* hint hint nudge nudge

  10. Lauren Elise on December 6, 2010

    No seriously, how AMAZING would those buttless pantyhose be as a white elephant gift/gag gift? Come on…it’d be priceless!

    And American Apparel = hipster horribleness!

  11. Anna Kim Photography on December 6, 2010

    Alison, you are doing an outstanding job with the new site. I love all the makeover & feel so honored to be a part of it. xoxo

  12. lizzie [love your way] on December 6, 2010

    what in the WORLD are those people doing with their tushy-cut-out-pantyhose?! that’s nuts! there’s no purpose!

    beautiful photos…

  13. Lena on December 6, 2010

    Oh, American Apparel. The ads are sleazy, the clothes are uninspired, and the place always seems to be crawling with unhappy hipsters. I’ll pass, thanks!

    Those photos are absolutely STUNNING, and I cannot wait to see what comes next for Knotty Bride-really, the new blog has been more delicious than I could have imagined!

  14. The Sassy Bride on December 6, 2010

    Buttless pantyhose, eh? What in the world will they come up with next! lol

  15. Aleah + Nick Valley on December 6, 2010

    We love that you mentioned integrity. This has {in nearly 8 years of business} been our #1 must when dealing with vendors. Our couples deserve the best and trust us to bring them vendors who will provide that. Hand-picking quality vendors in a sea of wedding fluff is so key! A+ N

  16. emily on December 7, 2010

    hi. you are hilarious. and i like you. nuff said.

  17. Emily F. on December 7, 2010

    Woohoo! Thanks Alison!

  18. Paul on December 7, 2010

    Pantyhose are the sexiest article of clothing a woman can wear…Period.

  19. Jennifer Images on December 7, 2010

    Love, love, love this post, and thank you for featuring us here!
    Can’t wait to see more!

  20. Maria on December 7, 2010

    L.O.V.E. photos! H.A.T.E American Apparel! You make me laugh!


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