BECOME A KNOTTY BLOGGISTA! | + Ice creamy wedding inspiration, & a tiny little pacifying Bachelorette recap. Also, cupcake shop fights are happening. Thanks, The Sun!

Happy late afternoon, lovers!  The bloggista announcement is a couple of paragraphs down in this post, if you wanna rush to it.

First… a mini recap of ABC’s The Bachelorette, stay with me, because I know a lot of people were upset with me for following through on a promise I made to myself not to blog about that stupid s**t anymore.  Enjoy!

You guys.  I’m still shedding preppy, emotionally-stunted, highly intellectual tears for Ames, the latest manboy safely to escape The Bachelorette’s tiny dancer.

Ames was my fave, if you didn’t know already.  I loved how he’d always offer a witty remark, mention useless trivia, and just in general not act out his true sexual preferences in life.  He was a special guy who I was sad to see go.  Still; his departure was equal parts heart-string-pulling and totally-necessary…

Ashley made the right decision; no one wants to date a man who makes you feel like you need to take up membership at a yacht club and read the Washington Post before he wakes up in the morning just so you can have a conversation.  Remember how I mentioned I dated a guy just like Ames?  The pressure to be smart all the time was suffocating.  My jokes always fell flat, and all you really have is jokes when you’re me and you’re the only non-ivy-league brain in a group of people who start nonprofit organizations for fun, and talk about things that make you extremely conscious of the fact that you weren’t listening your entire way through high school.

Final note, the blooper reel when Ashley acted as a waitress and served that old man some pizza?  Totally fell in love with her over that blooper reel.  She’s funny and charming.  WHAT?!!!

Unfortunately, this week’s show had to end with Ashley calling her sister a total bitch to her FACE, so I’ll be tuning in next week.

We’ve been heading towards this step for a while now, and hinting about it for months on end ( I know, sorry) so this morning’s a tad exciting because we officially announced the damned thing on Le Twit.  High kicks all around!  Ok, here we go: much to the delight of family and friends who miss us and want to hear our voices more often and see our faces and how they’ve changed – and, we hope, much to the delight of all of you (!!!) – we’ve decided to add some Knotty Bloggers to the mix here on TKB.  WOOO!

So, if you’d like to be considered for bloggistaship [← COINED! i think], let us know of your interest either in the comments or via our Contact page.  FYI: we’re accepting real planning brides and bloggers/writers who are just aching to write about and feature totally awesome weddings, or just have great stories and advice to share with our lovely soon-to-be-wed readers (we’re open to ideas if you have your own).  So, if you have an affectionate, playful relationship with writing, and/or just have some seriously interesting stories to share, get the eff in touch.  Also, not required, but if you have Photoshop and/or write a blog, totally let us know that, too.  Sweet, thanks.

Oh, and one last thing about this – we blog about weddings and all things related here on TKB, obvs., but you’re gonna wanna be cool with contributing to a blog whose managing editor relates stories such as:

Take last night… Honey texts me a pic of the remaining bits and bone of a gorgeous steak he was working on during a business meeting.  He gets home, I’m in the shower can’t see him or what he’s holding.  He says, “I have a present for you babe!”  Still thinking about the half-eaten hunk of steak, I yell, “ohhh, is it your bone?”  These are true stories people.

So… if you’re down with that then by all means get in touch.

Alrighty new topic here we go.

Things are heating up quite a bit this summer, to the point where people are starting fights in cupcake shops in my neighborhood.  TRUE STORY.  (Spoiler Alert: cupcake shop fights are hilarious.)  Here’s how it all started.  We were heading to the market, when I noticed a Crumbs shop across the street.  I said, “oh hey Honey, look there’s a Crumbs shop across the str-” I turned to look at him during the word “street” and I realized I was standing in a swirl of – and figuratively eating – his dust.  He was already half-way across the avenue mid-sentence-about-cupcakes.  So next thing we know, we’re in the cupcake shop and some guy who was the physical embodiment of what you would imagine your *wits-end* looking like, actually starts to pick a fight with the cupcakarista (is what I’m calling it) inside of this cupcake shop – this happy, sugary, wonderful uplifting place – and of course it was unbearably hilarious.  ‘Cause I mean what are you doing starting a fight in a cupcake shop.  It’s the happiest place on Earth.  Anyway here’s how it went down: the cupper asked the guy “how can I help you, sir?” and the guy went – and I quote – “I don’t know just tell me what you want me to do already I don’t care anymore IT’S HOT.”

LOL.  Oh, and OBVIOUSLY I said something.  You know me by now.  My exact words – because I can’t help but jump in on rare, fleeting moments of pure human hilarity – were “let’s simma downnah” a la that SNL skit (I’m totally dating myself with this reference) when they were turning the words “Simmer down” into (or from?) “Summer, Donna” … anyone remember that skit?  Anyone?  Bueller?

Anyways, clearly Summertime is INTENSE, and cupcakes are evidently not the relief we once thought them to be.  So today’s feature should serve to cool everyone’s jets a bit… at least I hope!  It cooled mine, specifically this part of it:

Ahhhhhh yes.  And here’s the write-up from Andi Mans, the woman behind this delightfulness…

This fuchsia woodsy wedding inspiration was something I got an idea to bring the feeling of camping but also keeping it feminine at the same time. Owls are so trendy these days, they seem to be everywhere and add a bit of a retro and unique flare to the “woodsy” feel. Brides who are looking to mix their love for pink but also want a rustic and vintage feel to their wedding can get that feeling of ambiance in this shoot we can offer. Cake topper found at a thrift store, Mason Jars, floral patterns and gold accents add rich texture and color to help keep the Woodsy feel with a chic and fancy flare.

Enjoy, darlings!

And now, for an enlightening, albeit brief, Day in the Life of Bambo McPup:

If you’ve ever wondered what it looks like when a frenchie poots, well, I’m, uhhhh, I’m here to bring that to you.

↑ As you can see from the squinting in left photo, and the UTTER SHOCK & AWE on the right, these are the EXACT MOMENTS OF RELEASE.

Split-second puppy flailing is responsible for the toy rearrangement, sticklers.

OK SO!  Let’s talk about anything I’ve discussed here today.  BWAAAHAHAHAAHHAAHAHH!!!!

xoxo!  – Alison

Style and Staging Design: Andi Mans Photography and Design / Photography: Andi Mans Photography and Design

Label(s): Beige/brown, Color, Knotty Bloggista Casting Call!, Mr. McPuppyPants, Pink, Purple, Yellow, {Inspiration Shoot}

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  1. Loe on July 20, 2011

    OoOOooo. Hahah! I’m planning but I feel like I wouldn’t have anything of interest to saaaay!

    Cupcake wars are hilarious and holycrapdoiloveowls (holy crap, do i love owls). Love it.

  2. Carly on July 20, 2011

    I am also planning (8/13/11- almost here!) and have done a few “guest blogs” for a friend’s blog, found here (all under the tag “Carly”:

    So yeah. I’m interested. :)

    Also, Ames. Aww buddy. Sads.

  3. Lena on July 20, 2011

    Love you forever for that recap-you said exactly what I would have while I braided your hair.

    Can you have guest bloggers who braid your hair? Could that be my offical guest blogging title, and be placed at the very tip top of my resume? “I BRAID KNOTTY ALISON’S HAIR” Then I’ll list you as a reference and never be hired again. You’d talk about Bambino and puppy toots and maaaybe send them that photo, and I’d love it and they’d call security.

    I don’t know what heat wave ya’ll keep blabbing about-it’s 60 degrees in SF. I think every should just move to the Bay (I’ll keep a close eye out at the airport and make sure any not so fun inhabitants of Manhattan, like angry cupcake man, are not permitted) and cool off. Clearly East Coast living is hurting all of you, and I just want to help.

    Now where can I get mango sorbet in a charming teacup within walking distance?

  4. Koru Kate on July 20, 2011

    Pick me, pick me! Or at least consider me as a Knotty Blogger :-) I adore weddings & I love getting a little use out of my mostly discarded journalism degree writing about them. I can write from a wedding planner & newlywed perspective or I can just write from a wedding loving perspective. Because I really, really do love weddings!

    My humble wedding blog is here:

    You can contact me here:

    P.S. Great woodsy wedding! It’s so fun when carnations can strut their ruffly stuff for a wedding.

  5. Shulie [RobbinsBrothers] on July 20, 2011

    I skipped to your fab announcement (which I am super duper excited for!) and kept reading and reading and reading….I swear, I almost forgot about the entire first section of your post.. the Bachelorette part!

    And so what if we know where ‘simmah down nah’ came from.. HI-LARIOUS. I don’t think it ‘dates’ us at all.. it just shows how freaking AWESOME we are.

    By the way, that looks like.. mango ice cream. Can I has? I lub HOO you are, Alison. Thanks for another great post!


  7. Jamie on July 20, 2011

    That wedding is a hoot! Hahah. I don’t watch the Bachelorette but I pretty much watch every other reality show out there. I also do a fair amount of writing as part of my day job. And I’m walking down the aisle on 11/26/11!
    I’d love to be considered.

  8. Angela Morgan Alpaugh on July 20, 2011

    I’m a newlywed Southern bride who married the man of my dreams last month in a Southern fairytale wedding, complete with a 9-tier wedding cake, Our honeymoon was in New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast, where my new husband was a Hurricane Katrina medical volunteer, followed by a Southern-inspired New York wedding reception for my new husband’s family and friends. This life-long Southern girl is now a brand new New Yorker. My blog “The Southern Fried Bride” is at and combines my wedding planning details with my recipes from my weekly newspaper column, from my New York kitchen.

  9. Emily A. on July 20, 2011

    simmahhhhh. dahhhhhhhnnnn. nahhhhhhh.

    i got you. :)

  10. Cocroft & Delbridge on July 20, 2011

    Gosh. I just have so many thoughts about the Bachelorette. Honestly, Ames was way to stinkin’ intelligent for Ashley who is sort of a moron…if she had actually picked him I think they would have lasted maybe six months before he pushed her out of a swiftly moving bus or something.

    I feel like she is going to pick Ben solely for his flowing weave…which is obviously how to select a husband. Duh.

    As for this shoot…love it! I am definitely coveting the little cups the sorbet is in…also I would like a spoon to consume that immediately. Thanks in advance.

    When my puppies toot they sometimes make a sound and it totally freaks them out…which causes them to run in circles for a bit until they give up on discovering the source. What can I say…I don’t own the most intelligent dogs…but they are cute so it is fine. :)

  11. Alicia @CharityWedding on July 20, 2011

    I don’t watch the Bachelorette. True story it is 2011 and my TV only functions by antenna. Therefore I get NBC (must be a conspiracy or something) and some weird channel with really old crap shows. Not old shows like Hey Dude or Full House even, old like Andy Griffith. No Thanks. ANYWAY, because of my lack of options I started watching Love in the Wild. I think your commentary would be fitting for a show so completely outrageous as that one. Please tune in next week.

  12. Megan Powers on July 20, 2011

    please, oh please. :) i do not have a blog (insert sad trombone music). but i do love to write and would be happy to audition! plus, i could share cute pet photos…although mine are two cats. so not quite the same. aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand. i loves your blog, it makes me smile. ok! thanks.

    also…i love the surprise face bambs has. so hilarious when pets make that face.

  13. Megan Powers on July 20, 2011

    I forgot! I have Photoshop and know how to use it! And my honey said he could write a sonnet for you. ;)

  14. Kristine G. on July 20, 2011

    I have a confession. I totally skipped to the announcement and bypassed all that wedding gloriousness and supposedly a story about an angry cupcake man? Ok, I gotta read that.

    Ok, OK. I have another confession. I already sent you a message via your contact page. Eeesh, am I bordering on harassment? Basically, I wanna be a bloggista! Almost as much I want this heat wave to END ALREADY. Yeah, I said *almost* as much. I think this heat is clouding my vision.

    Anywaaay, on to this cupcake man… And that ah-mazing old suitcase with burlap AND bunting AND super cute vintage jars?! Oh, I’m pinning that FO SHO.

  15. Elle on July 20, 2011

    I wish I could just give Bride advice… that would be stupendous. Of the “what to wear” or “what to do” persuasion. Anna Wintour style…

    Moving along, I would love to be in the “bloggista” pool. I like to write, I am ridiculously excited/proud of our wedding (October 31), and before I quit my awesome job to go back to school I was a creative marketing director. Translation: I have photoshop and know how to use it… I think. And although the title “student” is far less glamorous and I make -100% of my salary – I am super happy.

    engaged to be married on Halloween
    Colors: Grey, Ivory, Papaya
    Theme: Old Hollywood meets Halloween Masquerade
    Invites: Gorgeous… seriously (I didn’t have too much to do with this, so it doesn’t seem as snotty as it comes off, but seriously…)
    Dress: Reem Acra Iris (ivory)
    Venue: Mill City Museum (Minneapolis, MN – where we met and fell in love)
    Registry: Heath Ceramics (killa)
    Fiance is German… some of you may understand what this implies

    Would love to do it – will read KB either way! xo

  16. Ashley on July 21, 2011

    You are insane and I love it! You write the way I try to write. I wish I could be more like you *sigh*

    I also have an adorable puppy (she’s not a puppy anymore, she’s five, but she only weighs 8 pounds, so she’s like a puppy… also she still acts like a puppy) and I’m also planning my wedding. So, like, do you like me? Yes? No? Maybe??

    I have photoshop but I don’t know how to use photoshop but I would totally learn for you. I blog though, even without photoshop. My blog is

    I refuse to watch the Bachelorette… is that a deal breaker??? I once threw a cupcake, I have also eaten cupcakes off the ground… bonus points, methinks!

    You don’t like me :-\

  17. Ashley on July 21, 2011

    Question, though, where do you find all these weddings?? Do people submit them to you? or do you have to pick random photographers websites and post their recent weddings?? I’m amazed by the wedding blogosphere… Anyone else wonder how the gorgeousness oozes out of the Knotty Bride’s pores??

  18. Candace {} on July 21, 2011

    Hey Allison

    I’d love to contribute. You somewhat know me (or at lease you know my dance moves). I won the Gem Photography Giveaway. I’m an event planner, and you can read my blog here:

    I am very familiar with Photoshop. I’m also an Interactive Developer at an Advertising Agency (that’s my “day job”), so I know php, html, css and javascript if you’d ever need help with the technical side of your blog.

    Let me know what you think!

  19. Lizzie on July 21, 2011

    Lovely inspiration as always, Alison – hope you find the best blogista ever.

  20. ashley barnett on July 21, 2011

    Hey there!

    I would LOVE to be considered as a knotty blogger. I am a wedding photographer/in a relationship that is really starting to get to that point where the boy BETTER PROPOSE OR ELSE/obsessed with weddings/potty mouthed/doggie loving/secret fatty who loves all things sweet/bad reality tv show loving (hey I work from home!) lady who loves this blog in particular because the images are pretty and the writing sounds like it comes from my best friend sitting next to me on the sofa eating chocolate, drinking wine and talking smack on The Bachelor…or Bachelorette, depending on the season of course.

    My blog is here: and my facebook is here:

    I can work some photoshop here and there. And my puppies dutch oven themselves under the covers at night and come running out full speed to get away from it. :)


  21. Glowing Bride (Laura) on July 21, 2011

    Those flowers… I’m not a flower person but they took my breath away!

    And cupcake fights? Hilarity. I want to see a fro yo fight. That would get sticky messy lovely.

  22. Mimi Tilton on July 21, 2011

    I mostly find it funny that all of the bloggitas who mention Photoshop, also include that they indeed know how to use it.

    Why would ‘ja has it if ‘ja don’ts know how to uses it?

    I find cupcakes untrustworthy. They just sit there, in total judgement at the copious amount of back fat I carry.

    DAMNOWLS! Now, because I happen to associate random items, I am singing “Help Woodsy spread the word. Never be a dirty bird” ditty from the 70s. I wonder if I can find the photo of me and Woodsey…ah memories. Igotsum!

  23. Susan Hughes on July 21, 2011


    Bloggista? Yes Please.

    I started a blog l i t e r a l l y like three days ago, eees here:

    I’m also in the throes of launching a photography career, so Ise gots a couple Photoshop tricks up my sleeve, yaddamean?
    Here’s artsy fartsy stuff:
    Here’s my sadly neglected photography blog:
    Here’s my Etsy Shop:

    Link orgy is done. Whew. That was steamy.

    Oh, And I ALMOST got married last year, then life happened, but Mr. Mine is veerrry much back in the picture sooooo I have a hunch weddings will soon move beyond obsession/art subject to my everyday.

    All of my ish are beginnings, but I have a feeling that’s alright in the land Knottybridia

    P.S. I had this very inspiration collection by Andi Mans slated for “Mushy Monday” BEFORE seeing this post…so if you spy it on my blog sometime in the near future I swear by the rope of Bambino it’s just another case of GREAT MINDS! BOOYA!

  24. Cute palette you’ve got over here! Is that mango sorbet you’ve got there? I’d kill for a cup right now, it’s sooo hot!

  25. Katie on July 22, 2011

    Ohhh yes please! I’m a few months into planning a budget/diy/barn wedding and can’t get enough of wedding planning stuffola! I’ve got lots of fun projects and ideas that are just running around up in my head begging to come out and play and I would love to share. :)


  26. Jackie on July 22, 2011

    I ordered carnations for my wedding too! I used so I got a great price! It makes me really happy to see this blog post because it shows me that my idea to do my own wedding arrangements with carnations makes me TRENDY!

    I LOVE WEDDING STUFFOLA! Why do you think I am still madly stalking all of my favorite wedding blogs! MY husband is afraid I want to have another one next year HAHAHA!

  27. Nicole Palmeter on July 24, 2011

    I would love to be considered! plus I am in the process of starting an online magazine for Native American brides

  28. Brooke @ Bright Wishes on July 25, 2011

    I would LOVE to write for The Knotty Bride! I have Photoshop and I also have a personal blog here:

    This is a wonderful opportunity :)

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