There’s a network pilot sitting on my kitchen counter right now, unopened. It’s been there for more than a few days. Seriously, I haven’t even opened up the package. Why? Well, mainly because we gave away our DVD player in the move, so I actually *can’t* watch it (I know I could on my iMac, but pass). Anyway, the other reason is that I’m one of those people who kind of has to be… honest. And – to be honest – I believe I may have reached my last tolerant nerve when it comes to reality wedding shows. And I’m so, so, sooo scared that this pilot is going to be of that genre. So, bottom line is, I’m not looking forward to potentially having to tell the network I hate it. Dumb? Maybe. But just because I’m into honesty, doesn’t mean I get off on delivering it every time.
Anywho, in other news… some douchey 39 yr-old named Noel Biderman launched a site some time ago – sorry, I will not be uttering the name – which facilitates adultery. It already has 8.5 million members in 10 countries. He expects it to become as popular as Facebook. Sigh. Here, listen to one of the absolute gems that have come out of his dirty mouth: “I’m not inventing infidelity… I may be trying to perfect it in my own little way.” Here’s another – “monogamy is on its last legs.”
Undoubtedly, this is going to result in a lot of women AND men unnecessarily worrying a lot, checking blackberries, and generally doubting their partners. But I’m not mentioning it because I want to accelerate the unrest. No. That would be redonkulous of me. I’m mentioning it because I have a few thoughts, and general statements I feel compelled to share with you.
First: monogamy, Noel, is not “on its last legs.” Monogamy is still going strong, and it’s evidenced in the relationships I see in my friends, in my elders, and in this very blog, on the daily. Monogamy is an amazing thing that, when respected, is able to bring to those who cherish it a kind of transcendent peace you, Noel, will probably never know. Though I certainly wish for you that you will.
Omigod this car alarm is throwing off my train of thought like NO OTHER. Waiting. Waiting for it to end. Waiting. Ok it stopped.
As I was saying… monogamy is not “on its last legs;” on the contrary. People like Noel are trying to make that the case, to help his business thrive. To HELP. BUSINESS. This man is so devoid of humanity that he’s promoting infidelity on a global scale, and totally not taking one iota of blame for what he’s done. It’s cruel, it’s morally reprehensible, and it’s extremely gross.
Second: If you have heard about this site – and you probably have, since it’s been around a while – I hope you’re not letting it get at you. Because, while there are always exceptions, I think the absolute *worst thing* a person could start doing is to get suspicious and start to question things. If your partner is not showing any signs of bad behavior, it pretty much makes no sense whatsoever to let a stupid site set off otherwise unsubstantiated red flags in your head. Am I right? Trust your honey. S/he deserves trust. After all, trust is the key to a good, healthy relationship.
Well… trust, and sexy time. Obvs.
Ok, ANNNYYYYWHHOOOOO! I’m so glad I get to share with you the BEYOND gorgeous wedding of a deeply in love couple after all of THAT nonsense. :)
Today’s wedding is a total 180 when compared to yesterday’s colorrific extravaganza. And if you know me, you know I love 180s. … no, I’m just kidding, but 180s are definitely cool. :) I think you’re gonna love the below, and not just because the fabulous Sofia and André of BrancoPrata brought this baby together. YUP!
Okeley dokeley… enjoy!
Here’s the rundown from our lovely bride:
One of the first decisions to make when we decided to marry was the city where we should do the wedding. Pedro is from Viana do Castelo and I’m from Bragança, and we both have family spread all over the country … we ended up choosing Porto where we met and have chosen to live.
Then we needed to choose the venue, we wanted something that stayed within the city limits and something that conveyed to our guests some of the city history. In this sense, the choice was Real Companhia Velha, this venue in addition to having excellent conditions for holding events, brings alive the history of the city by its association with port wine.
Although we have some ideas on what kind of party we wanted to do, Brancoprata and other blogs we find thanks to them gave us lots of inspiration and wedding vendors that truly did what we had envisioned for our wedding day. Overall we wanted to organize a party where guests feel at ease.
The choices that we did were always part of a global budget for the party, we wanted to respect our budget that is why all the stationery and paper goods were done by us with some help of our family! For instance, my mother help me with all the packaging we used for favors (a jar of honey from Parque Natural de Montesinho).
We also choose great vendors that came up with what we wanted at a very good price, a good example is Pinga Amor, who did my birdcage, belt and ring pillow. One element that we thought stood out throughout the party was the wedding cake,made by sweet Francisca Neves from Cup Cake, who gave us total freedom in choosing the cake and who demonstrated great commitment to translate into the cake, the image of the Lenços dos Namorados we used as inspiration, making a unique cake and above all … very tasty!
Being such a big day, with so many emotions involved, we cannot emphasize this or that moment, only the immense joy that we felt throughout the day … Everything went by very fast, every single moment that took us months to prepare unfold one after another very quickly!! I wouldn’t change a single thing about my wedding day!
I adore this image. The red petals are heavenly atop the muted tones.
So, what do you think? What’s your color scheme? And what do you think of muted palettes? Lastly, what do you think of Noel, aka Mr. Infidelity? Let’s discuss. ;)
Happy Tuesday, friendlies…
xoxo! – Alison
Photography: BrancoPrata / Flowers and styling: BrancoPrata / Wedding Dress: Penhalta/Pronovias / Bride shoes: Haity / Birdcage, belt and ring pillow: Pinga amor / Groom’s attire: Nuno Gama / Caterer: Maria José Pinho Catering / Venue: Real Companhia Velha / Bolo dos noivos: Francisca Neves da Cupcake / Dj: Pedro Cepeda / Stationery and paper goods: Bride and her mother