SEASIDE GLAMOUR + I NEED HER DRESS | fuchsia + mint + white delight | Plus, The Bambeen… and I need a little advice from you guys. Also, holy crap I’ve lost my mind.

Second verse, same as the first.  I have to warn you, yet again, that today’s post got so out of hand I CAN’T EVEN TELL YOU.  I’m afraid even to read it over for spelling and punctuation.  I fear my own rampant oddness will get the best of me, like two parallel universes (universi?) colliding.  I’m scared.  Please, hold me.

Yep… happy late afternoon on Friday, friendlies.  Please, BRACE THYSELVES. 

Ok, now, just so you guys know, when Hilton Pittman submitted this wedding to me, I think my exact words were “are you s****ing me Hilton Pittman” because that’s how amazeballs this wedding is.

Here we go, first order of business: we’re going on a cruise in September (I promise you we’re not 85; we happen to be a very young 78 thank you very much) and I have no idea what to wear on my body.  I’m hoping you have suggestions, pretty please.  I’m very last minute about things like this, and, since it’s a cruise, if I don’t get my ass in gear I’ll be stuck with the clothes on my back and 24/7 access to Royal Caribbean gift shop visors, available in all colors and sizes.  The only thing I’ve gone out and purchased for the trip so far is tons of sunblock.  Last time I went on a cruise it was my senior year of college (go Heels!), and one of my friends cooked herself the first day and looked like a lobster the rest of our trip.  She truly looked like a lobster, I’m not being melodramatic or hyperbolic or another big word; she was red, it was weird, and we all felt bad for her, and also embarrassed to be nearby to her while out flirting at night.  Yeah so cruise attire suggestions?  I’ve got the sunblock so far, that’s it.  (Addendum: we’ll be in a very warm climate situation.  Thanks Katie for that heads up!)

Second order of business is for someone to tell this wedding to SHUT THE FRONT DOOR because the draft it is letting in right now is blowing me the F*** AWAY, SON.  I mean, are you SERIOUS, wedding?  How are you this magical and wondrous?  What’s that?  Planning and attention to detail?  Oh… umm-ok yeah, that sounds right.  Still, you are out of control and I would appreciate it you would let me know exactly what steps it will take to be just like you.  No no no that’s not what I meant to say.  I meant to say that nothing should be this pretty and get away with it.  So it’s a good thing that the hella amazeballs Hilton Pittman of Hilton Pittman Photography submitted these image shenanigans to The Knotty Bride, so I could teach them a proper lesson.

… In adulation.  Because holy eff.  Holy effing eff.  That ruffled clutch alone.  I’m already planning out a series of wet dreams far into the future that are going to focus around that ruffled clutch.  Ames will also be there.  I wonder which color pastel sweater he’ll be wearing around his shoulders.  I do hope it’s fuchsia, like in this wedding.  He was probably at this wedding.  But yeah, fuchsia’s a pretty color.  Me, I’ll be wearing two pastel cardigans; one mint green, my favorite color among the greens, that’s the one that will be draped around my shoulders, and then I’ll have a teal cardigan tied around my waste.  I think I’ll look nice.  I’m sure Ames will look nice.  He’ll have a lot of intelligent things to say about our attire and the ruffled clutch, I’m sure.  But I do hope he won’t have that expression he had on his face when Ashley sent him home.  That expression was *unique* in that it was reminiscent of when I’m going along doing something and then I’m completely SHOCKED.  That expression is a lot like when I’m eating something I think is monk fish but it turns out to be a warm piece of poo.  That expression is a lot like when I’m expecting to get off at 14th street Union Square but we turn into an express train ALL OF SUDDEN AND WITH NO PREVIOUS WARNING and I start to feel an internal apocalypse coming on because I’m no good with directions in my city.  That expression Ames had is a lot like when I pick up Bambino to sit on the couch with us but then he stares me right in the face and simultaneously pees on the couch cushion and accidentally gets some of it on my pinky.  Ames looked shocked when Ashley sent him home.

I hope Ames is doing alright.  I watched some Bachelor Pad the other night and he seems ok.  Which is to say he seems slightly out of his league regarding social interaction, but very much the most incredible catch there, if that makes any sense.  He’s definitely the same color as everyone else in the room now.  I’m definitely glad to see that everyone’s going to the same spray tanning facility, so that the orange effect is muted thanks to a lack of variety amongst the contestants.

I think this blog post is running away with itself.  I think I need to reel it in.  Oh and by the way, I’m really sorry to the amazingly beautiful Stephanie aka the bride of this wedding.  Does all that up there, about your clutch, weird up the clutch for you now?  I’m so sorry about that.  … It’s a really beautiful clutch ok you already get that I’m gonna stop talking about your clutch now.

If it’s any consolation, your body looks amazing in that dress of yours and it makes me feel like I need to be up in the gym, just workin’ on my fitness.

It’s images like this that make me want to do 1000 squats and lunges per day.  Not that I actually do them, or anything.  But the desire is there.

Lovers, I’m gonna quit it with the words right now, because sometimes, weddings can just speak for themselves.  And Alison kinda needs to shut it.

Here’s a brief rundown from Hilton, to whet your palate:

This wedding is the perfect mix of casual seaside vibe and glamour…a fête filled to the brim with loveliness and fabulous touches! The bride made a statement embellishing her hair with a fuschia orchid.  We love her dramatic bouquet, mermaid style dress with its perfectly feminine ruffled sash and high-heels bedecked with a row of pale petals- she looked the epitome of a modern bride!  The groom, effortlessly handsome, donned a seersucker suit and pink boutonniere.  After trading “I do’s” in a seaside pier ceremony, the bride, groom and their guests noshed on hors d’oeuvres and sipped margaritas, dancing into the evening under a tented venue strung with colorful paper lanterns.

… not a peep out of me.

yup.  that happened.  all that up there happened.  … WHAAAAAT?  I KNOW.

And now, your Friday Edition of A Day in the Life of Bambino McPuppyPants…

In this episode, Bambino finds that even those things within reach, are actually not within reach… at alllll….

… by the way, am I allowed to let him taste a lemon ice cup?  I’m no authority on puppy edibles.

Soooooooo… let’s talk.  Did you love Ames as much as I love Ames?  I think he’s brostess with the mostess.  And holy f***balls how incredibly elegant and lovely and romantic is this wedding?  Hilton Pittman blows my mind into smithereens.

Also, seriously, if you have any thoughts at all on what I should buy or bring with my on this cruise, please, pray tell.  I’m dying here.  I’m a terrible packer.  Also, happy Friday peeps!  I love your faces and wanna kiss ‘em all up all inappropriately.

xoxo!  - Alison

Photography: Hilton Pittman Photography / Resort: Westin Key West Resort & Marina / Wedding Coordinator: Julie Shreck of Simply You Weddings / Dress: Gigi’s of Mequon Flowers: Mama Flowers / Hair + Makeup: Casa Salon Officiant: Rev. Steve Torrence / Linens+ Tent + Chairs: Key West Party Rentals / Band: Courtney Henry/Irie Band / Cupcakes: Cakes by Karol

Label(s): Color, Green, Mr. McPuppyPants, Pink, White, {Real Weddings}

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  1. Candice Cossel on August 12, 2011

    Ok so as far as what to pack. Here is what I do.

    I plan on wearing a swimsuit during the day most of the time. So light coverups and mb a couple pairs of shorts and tops. And flip flops.

    For evening I go a bit more fashionable. Cute dresses (or my new jumpsuit) with heels. And at least 2 even more dressy for the formal nights :) I like going out dancing at night too so I keep that in mind :)

    Hope this helps!

  2. Katie on August 12, 2011

    Oh my goodness, her dress is awesome! I would never buy anything like it (it’s too dramatic for my taste, I’m more traditional) but boy, she has the figure and pulls it off so well! Her bouquet, stunning.

    What to pack on a cruise: Well, depending on the length, there are usually two formal nights. Old school formal nights were floor length gowns, but now you can wear a cocktail dress. I always wear one of each. But, that’s me.

    For excursions, depending again on where you are going, some people like water shoes. I think they’re ugly as sin, but they protect your feet.

    I like bringing more than one bathing suit because I hate putting on a cold, wet one if I were to go swimming in the AM, and then in the evening.

    Cash. But carry it in a safe place. We had ours in a camera case, in a zipper pocket, in my zippered purse that stayed glued to me at all times :) Or, in a bag of some sorts.

    If you do go for a swimming excursion, bring a change of clothes. Just light, airy clothes, flip flops, sandals, cotton clothes, obviously shorts, or a few sun dresses you can put over a bathing suit.

    Obviously sun screen if you’re going somewhere hot, sunglasses, sun hat. If you are going to hit the gym, clothes and shoes. I forgot my shoes when we went to the Caribbean, ugh. haha!

    Anyway, I should stop here, because I don’t know WHERE you are going, and that obviously impacts WHAT clothes you’ll bring.

    Also, for jewelry, always, always, always put it in your carryon, never checked because people have had things stolen from via checked.

  3. Janna (SparklyLove) on August 12, 2011

    I super duper love this wedding!! How adorable is the picture where he is reaching for her hand? UGH I love it! Ps. The sugar in a lemon cup is a no-no fo sho-sho, but have you tried Frosty Paws? They are puppy ice cream cups. My grocery stores has a lil freezer in the pet aisle where you can find them. Our pup goes NUTS for them! I haven’t been on a cruise since I was a sophomore in high school, so I fear I’ll be no help, but Candice’s suggestions sounded perFACT ;-)

  4. Alison on August 12, 2011

    Candice – Thanks aunt candy :) You jumped right up on that with ya bad self! I need some of your planning out and being prepared for trips abilities. Please, suhr. Please.

    Also, I think this trip is calling for at least one, possibly even two but let’s not go crazy, jumpers. And we should probably wear them on the same night. Just to really Make The Statement.

    Katie – OMGOODNESS I know what you mean; putting on cold wet bathing suits has got to rank up there with skinning knees and sharing secrets with someone who is later going to share those secrets with others back in high school. WITH YOU on that! By the way, thanksies for the comprehensive list! I heart your comments so much! I feel utterly more prepared in every way. xoxo :)

    Janna – TOTALLY per-fact, indeed. :)

  5. Mimi Tilton on August 12, 2011

    I can’t breath right now. I’m gasping in awe and yet more awe. How is that not a stylized shoot?
    BTW – try wearing what the bongo player is wearing for your cruise. Or….you could wear a ‘kini!

    Don’t forge a straw collapsable hat and shades.
    WHat am I saying, what I know about cruising is what I learned from THe Love Boat.

    Mocha LOVES Limade from Sonic – so yeah, if he likes it, Lemon ices are fine. PS I didn’t go to veterinary school…. (Go Ducks)

  6. Koru Kate on August 12, 2011

    Oh so pretty! I’m loving the bright pink orchid in her hair. STUNNING Bride!

  7. Corinne Krogh on August 12, 2011

    I have one thing for you. Go to this website, buy them, and thank me later. It’s way more important than clothes anyway.

    Btw, a little late, but thanks for the website love. I knew you’d like it for some reason too. :)

  8. Alison on August 12, 2011

    Mimi – RIGHT. ON. with the hat and shades. I totes have the perfect straw hat from Hawaii that I love dearly but got shoved in my bag at the airport never to return to it’s original, much more flattering shape on top of my head. Maybe steaming it would work? Re: the shades – I can NEVER find a great looking pair of shades for my face. I’m so picky about how shades look on me, and since I’m on the narrower side as faces go, I feel like every pair of glasses looks huuuuge on me. These are not real problems.

    Kate – Right??! That pop of flower power really kills in the photos. Doesn’t hurt that she’s such a lovely looking lady, too :)

    Corinne – lol m’lady. That’s probably an excellent alternative to $1000 drinks. Seriously considering it, just trying to get past the fact that I’m gonna feel like A Ridiculous if I’m caught. Decisions, decisions…

  9. Nora on August 12, 2011

    We just went on a cruise this spring! Loved it! Bring so much sunscreen. It disappears and it’s so hot and it costs $10 everywhere else except for home. We brought 2 bottles and ran out the 2nd day and then got sunburned the rest of the time.

    Bring lots of cute night outfits and bathing suits. I brought 4, I think. Bring good walking shoes for walking around ports. I loved cute tops with shorts and good shoes. We went to West Caribbean (Roatan, Key West, Costa Maya, and Belize City). Also don’t plan on wearing “skinny” outfits. I had so many cute tight dresses but I always ate and looked a little pudge after dessert buffets all the time… Oh well, that’s what they’re for!

  10. Nora on August 12, 2011

    Also, lots of seamless/no lines undies! I liked longer/fitted dresses so that they didn’t go flying up at night in the wind. Also bring a trendy/cute backpack/side bag for bringing cameras/wallets/crap when walking around. Oh and a big floppy hat for the beach. It looks fab in pictures!

  11. Jenn on August 12, 2011

    That wedding is awesome, but i’m stoked that she is a pixie haired bride!!! do you know how hard it is to find pics of brides that don’t have long flowing locks done up in curls and other mischigoss? I’m a pixie head and I just needed that little bit of inspiration!

  12. Jess on August 12, 2011

    Omg, that dress would only look good on that girl’s rockin’ bod. Anywho- cruises are fun. Pack some cute, light clothes, a few nice dresses, and a sh*t ton of swim wear. Have a good time!

  13. Alison on August 12, 2011

    Nora – omg, were you guys dressed entirely in sunscreen 18 hours a day? Now I’m worried we’re going to run out of sunscreen in 2 seconds and go bankrupt from sunscreen purchasing, alone. Are there no trees for shade on the boat-ok yeah now I get it.

    Also, good call on the more fitted dresses vs fly away ones. My skirts fly up on straight windless days in the city. I *cannot* count on one hand the number of people who have seen my bloomers without requesting it. Come to think of it, I cannot count on one hand the number of people who HAVE requested it eith– ok I’m gonna stop talking now.

    Jenn – The fact that you used the word mischigoss made my Friday. Thank you and goodnight.

    Jess – I would confirm that she has a rockin’ bod but I feel like I’ve already weirded her out plenty within the body of this post. Mouth zipped.

  14. Kaelyn on August 12, 2011

    FUSCHIA! I die…love love love

  15. Lauren on August 12, 2011

    This wedding is AH-MAZING!
    For the cruise I def think you need to get your hands on SNL’s Land Shark costume and run around the boat yelling “Shark Week”! For some reason I could see that ;)
    Have Fun!

  16. Kristina Juarbe on August 13, 2011

    Love Love Love the Dress!!!! And everything else about this wedding. Beautiful!

    I havent been on cruise, so ill be asking the same question when its my time. Dont forget the sandals :)

  17. Katie on August 13, 2011

    GET OUT! I love a bride that can rock a solid pixie cut yet still pull off all the class and elegance her big day should have! Everything about this wedding seems utterly spectacular from the bright fushia bridesmaid dresses to the grooms sick seersucker suit that is completely fitting of their Key West Affair!

    And yes, that RUFFLED CLUTCH is one for the books! It’s a style statement of her big day almost more than that killer orchid bouquet that will have future brides rethinking the typical roundy moundy!

  18. Brit @ Landlocked Bride on August 13, 2011

    The use of color at this wedding is awesome. That pink works perfectly!

  19. Jennifer on August 13, 2011

    Love the wedding colors and the use of flowers. Looks like they all had a blast.

  20. Lena on August 14, 2011

    The flowers, the seersucker, the short hair, the gorgeous dress-I’m in love! What effortless style-and then there’s that ruffled clutch. I’m sure the poor bride is bewildered about the clutch, but what can you do? It was a creative moment, and you were carried away by Ames-no fault of your own.

    How I needed that photo series of Bambs with lemon ice. Now I need lemon ice. Damn.

  21. Kismet on August 15, 2011

    The bride is my new hair-o! I love how she wears that hair and totally rocks it! I thought it ended there till I saw her dress. Gorgeous!

    NO sugar for Bambino- big NO NO! I think even onions and potatoes are not good for them-just saying in case he steals potatoes from the kitchen like mine does!

  22. invitation consultants on August 15, 2011

    YAY for seersucker suits!!

  23. Arleta on August 15, 2011

    Stunning pictures, great venue, love the flowers and the dress!!!

    the happy couple looks stunning:) congratulations

  24. Bride Ideas on August 15, 2011

    Goodness that bouquet is insanely pretty! We love the pink!

  25. Once Upon Your Day -- Julia on August 15, 2011

    WoW!!!! I love love love her dress!!!! and that clutch, omg! I love this wedding, the hot pink and her bouquet, gorg!

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  26. Julie Shreck on August 16, 2011

    First I love, love this site. And I love, love Hilton Pittman as well! He is always such a pleasure to work with and he makes it all look effortless. THe bride & groom gave me complete freedom in designing this event for them. It turned out amazing and the couple was just as stunning as they are in these photos. Thank you for recognizing our work. I think you are really fantastic.

  27. Stephanie V. on August 17, 2011

    I am SO in love with seersucker! I would kill for a summer wedding (we live on Long Island), but my fiance is a professional baseball player so we’re limited to November-March, so a November bride I’ll be. I look forward to reading your site every morning when I first sit at my desk at work…thank you for your REAL and fresh take on everything…I love it!

  28. Stephanie English on August 17, 2011

    Hello ladies! I’m the bride! I just wanted to extend the warmest thank you to you all for your beyond kind comments! I’m so flattered!!! (and I’m not weirded out by the clutch comments at all lol!) Thanks also to all my vendors, family, friends and hubby for making the wedding a true dream! Kisses!!

  29. Stephanie English on August 17, 2011

    Oh and I love this site!!!! I laughed my a*** off at everything I read!!

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