You’re probably expecting me to wax concussed on the topic of last night’s Bachelorette episode. And believe me, I want nothing more than to flippantly mock the ins and outs of reality television right now, because anything’s better than thinking about the fact that Bambino is getting his balls chopped off tomorrow. But friends, I hesitate, because my biggest pet peeve, ahead of women humiliating men by forcing them to wear pink boxing uniforms, and women forcing men to whom they’re moderately attracted to fight for their honor while they talk to cameramen about how much they miss other men who are not present… even ahead of women who orchestrate televised ultimate fighting matches in a public forum between gentleman callers who are made up entirely of equal parts testosterone and competitiveness and say “I hope they don’t take it too seriously“…. yes, even ahead of that… my biggest pet peeve is when a tv network teases the teaser. And ABC teased it like a college girl at a frat party in a wet t-shirt contest with an iron-on across the back of her bikini bottom that reads “I go both ways.”
So, what does this mean? Well, other than the fact that I think next week’s episode will be my last, it has become aggressively apparent that the show is nothing if it is without Bentley. Even before I realized the “He’s in this hotel” – “SHUT. UP.” tease from the episode before last night’s would not be bearing fruit until next week, I was so cognizant of the s***iness that is this season that I advised my sweetie to fill up on ESPN for a good hour before we started the show. Because without Bentley, we get Ashley crying, Ashley missing someone who isn’t there, Ashley trying to feign interest in other bachelors but not doing a great job of it, Ashley skipping around calling things per-fact but not meaning it, mediocre-looking men at best moving around the television screen, Ashley taking the one guy to whom she claims to be super-attracted to the best spot in Thailand to take someone to whom you are not attracted – which wasn’t awkward at all – and, above all else, Ashley mentioning the name Bentley enough times to inspire the latest college drinking game. And actually, I wish I’d played the game myself, because at least I would have been too s***faced to care that I was WASTING MY ENTIRE EVENING ON WHAT TURNED OUT TO BE A NETWORK TEASING THE TEASER.
Also, Chrisharrison needs to stop being a douche about this. Although I will admit, he did try to get it through her thick skull that Bentley’s just not that into her. She seemed to completely ignore it, though. So, we’ll leave it at dot dot dot for now.
Anyway, with that behind us, I’d like to completely switch it up with two pretty killer doses of stellar today. The first is announcing the winner of our letterpress giveaway with amazeballs letterpressers [←COINED?] The Aerialist Press! HOLY CRAP I KNOW, this has been a long time coming! Don’t hate me…? :)
And the winner is…
✭ Megan! ✭
… who said, “I love love love Palmer and Baker. Our budget is super small since we’re funding this shindig ourselves, and the classic styling of both of these designs is perfectly us. I read every day, and cannot get over how cute that little pup of yours is. Thanks for sharing him with us!“
My PLESHA, Megan :) Be sure to get in touch with us in the comments or via email so we can hook you up with your winnings!
Next up, I have something important I totally want you guys to know, via the amazeballs work of stellar California photographer Candice Benjamin, who sent along all the loveliness you’re about to behold…
Ok, SO… while adorable/chic/vintage/what have you props are always absolutely great ways to amp up your engagement and/or wedding pictures, they’re not necessarily going to make or break you. Which is potentially hard to believe, given the unbelievable detailing going on these days as far as love shoots and weddings are concerned. So, while I ADORE THE F*** OUT OF DETAILS, today’s twofer is for everyone, but even moreso for those of you out there who may not be big on on little details and props. Or even for those of you who would just really like to see something different… an alternative, for tickles and giggles. And today’s back-to-back shoots are just that. They’re all about letting two things – your location and your love – do the talking.
Here’s a quick intro to Part I – I’ll call this one Jr and Diana, as a *Blonde Bombshell* – from Candice:
Diana and Jr have been together for over 4 years. They met in their hometown, then both decided to find their way to LA. They chose China Town for their session because of all the color surrounding the square. Walls of every color and red lanterns line the rooftops. Because of all the color surrounding them, Diana and Jr wore neutral colors for the first half of the session. But they still wanted to stand out from each other-so Jr wore stripes. After we all went out to eat the best Korean Pizza ever. Only in LA. ;)
Hot pink walls and red and purple doorways are superior finds for a minimalist shoot with neutral clothing like this one.
Seriously you guys, I AM SO DIGGING HOW THIS LOOKS!
↑ Of course… all you really need is love. But anyway, ME WANT MORE COLOR:
Moving on to Part 2…
Here’s the rundown from Candice on Jr. and Diana’s second shoot, which, to further assert my extreme ridiculosity, I will dub *Brunette Bob-alisciousness*:
For this shoot, Diana and Jr wanted something different. Rather than picking props, they wanted to be in a location that was “the prop”. We found a random Ghost Town in Nevada and took the drive from Southern California. Diana styled both herself and Jr, and it was refreshing to see something that really was diy.
Isn’t using your surroundings pretty amazing when your surroundings like this? Location location location.
Well, I guess you can accuse them of using props, if you’re going to be all uppity about it and call a CRASHED PLANE a prop.
… But that’s like saying they used a prop by posing atop the double yellow line on this interstate. So let’s be cool about it and call this essentially propless. ;)
… Ok FINE the antlers are definitely a prop you’re right. Let’s just go with the *you’re allowed one* rule. Great it’s settled.
Though they do win one award, and this one’s uncontested…
Diana and Jr are the fine recipients of the Well Implemented *One Fedora Per Crew* Rule…
Well played, friends. Well played.
And finally, I share with you a picture that’s especially close to my heart, in today’s installment of A Day in the Life of Bambino McPuppyPants…
Ne’er again shall his tender little ballsack rest ever so sweetly against our sofa cushions in this manner again.
My heart breaks.
P.S. – now that I’ve got my shiny new iphone, my newest obsession is Instagram. Instagram, letting people take forgiving, Barbara Waltersy photos of themselves since 2000-whenever-it-came-out.
Here’s Bambi eating a blueberry:
So, what do you guys think? We all love the look of the perfectly chosen and placed details, but would you say this is a great alternative when trying to keep things raw and minimalistic?
And do I need to stop feeling bad about BALL CHOP 2011?
xoxo! – Alison
Candice Benjamin and The Aerialist Press are members of Vendor Love, The Knotty Bride’s Preferred Vendor Guide. To view Candice Benjamin’s listing, click here. To view The Aerialist Press’ listing, click here.