GIRL TALK: I Have a Secret Single Behavior. | By Knotty Bloggista Cassie, Survival Guide Bride

Hey lovers.  Happy Monday afternoon.  I hope you all had lovely/relatively enjoyable/tolerable weekends over the holiday, puppy and kitty parents included!  Anybody get married this weekend?  I brought Bambino to visit his grandma (and by association, grandpa) in the country, and I don’t know which one of them enjoyed it more:   {Continue reading…}

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My Top 5 Fave Relationship Tips, My Top 13 Last Minute Mother’s Day Gifts, and Why That TIME Magazine Attachment Parenting/Breastfeeding Cover Is Such a Drag.

Happy Saturday, folks!  This post was originally titled ‘That time I washed my hair with puppy shampoo and liked it’ but someone downstairs started practicing the theme to Star Wars on their picolo, so as you can imagine I got a little distracted by how Fifty Shades of Nerd that is and ended up meandering into other lanes of mind traffic.  At first I thought they were playing the intro to {Continue reading…}

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PINTERESTING GIVEAWAY | 3 Will Win A Free *Custom Design* Inspired & Named After You, from Appy Couple!

Oh, hey, happy late Thursday!  Just wondering… do you want to be the inspiration for a wedding app that’s literally named after you?  Not just abstractly based on your style; I’m talking NAMED. AFTER. YOU.  … you’re listening?  Cool.

Do you wanna win it by looking for pretty stuff on Pinterest (or creating an inspiration board without it, totes your call)?  I’m 99% sure you said yes.

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I’m a bit of a snob when it comes to what I put in my mouth. ~ by Jessica, Real Bride

So… food is kind of a big deal with me. I’ve been in the food biz for a little over 5 years now, doing everything from catering weddings to slinging soup at the farmer’s market. I’m a certifiable foodie and a bit of a snob when it comes to what I put in my mouth (<— no cheap shots please). It doesn’t have to be fancy, just good.

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On Happiness | Approximately 22 Ways to Help Happiness Thrive in Your Relationship.

Sometimes, and this may come as a shock if you don’t know the everyday Alison, but sometimes, I just don’t really feel all that inspired.

In fact it took me all the way until evening – 11pm, east coast time – to feel good enough about what I had written to actually have it go live on the blog.  That’s what an Inspiration Block is called, I’m now recognizing.  (And I mostly blame the jack hammering.*)

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The 3 Reasons You Love Ryan Gosling, and the Dresses You Should Wear When You Get Saved By Him.

Oh, is it Friday already?  Wow.  Ok, first things first……. shout out to my pops, whose bday is today.  Happy Birthday, Dad.  I love you like a daughter. ;)  You really are the best.

Ok, so this morning I saw something PRETTY FUTHER MUCKING INCREDIBLE.

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Create Your Own Chic Wedding App with Appy Couple + Free Code for TKB Readers!

I had waaay too much fun putting that graphic together.  Sometimes I get carried away, you know me.  But that Bambino *ecofriendlyness badge of honor* up there?  I think I may I keep that one, for the future.

So, random story — Honey and I were on the phone earlier because he needed to know my social security number so, naturally, I asked him if he was being held at gunpoint, like all responsible identity-theft-paranoid people do.  He said we should think of a *safe word* for if that ever actually happens to one of us one day.  So after a couple seconds he said, “I got it: Wiss-can-zin.”

You guys… I was totally thinking “Minnuh-soootah.”  How weird is that?!!  What are the chances!?!

Ok, so you know what’s even weirder than THAT?  Just HOW MUCH you may not realize you need this wedding app I’m featuring today.  BING BANG BOOM SEGUE SKILLZ IN EFFECT.

The app’s name is Appy Couple, and it’s pretty much the perfect name for it because no joke, a happy couple it makes of you and your future Mr. or Mrs.  I am being completely serious you guys; this app has some of the best, coolest and most useful qualities you could imagine, if you were imagining what qualities and capabilities would be the most awesome to roll into an app made for a couple currently planning and/or about to celebrate their wedding.

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THE BIRD & THE BEAR | This Is How You Rock a Field Shoot, SON. | By Feather & Twine Photography

(little intro addendum before I get into it…) it happened.  Again.  I can hardly believe it.  In just over a year of living here, we’ve now had four couples break up on the sidewalk under our window sill.  I don’t know why this is happening, but I’m going to assume it has less to do with some kind of bad luck we may be spraying onto pedestrians from our window, and more to do, possibly, with the safety our block offers people who might feel a need to go insane and run around and yell and scream and cry and collapse and run around and yell again.  We have a pretty safe block, car-wise.  But anyway, it breaks my heart when couples come to verbal fisticuffs, it really does.  But one request of the next couple who decides to have it out on our avenue… can you please NOT do it between 12 and 3am?  The yelling, you guys.  I mean.  It’s like– do you HAVE to yell at one another, and for a full two hours?  Especially when it’s this?–

“NO don’t tell me I’m a f**king child and that I should go home!!  I’ll be 18 in TWO DAYS!!!!  Don’t tell me I’m a f**king CHILD!!!!”

That quote from the girlfriend outside would be hilarious if it wasn’t so darn stupid and sad.  Also, I yell for one minute and I completely lose my voice; I don’t get how you keep going, but I do know enough to know that yelling is the last thing that’s going to help your relationship.  Sigh.  Whatever, I’m just super tired from not sleeping last night as a result.  Plus, I’m one of those people who feels other people’s energies, so I’m flatlining a little today.  It is what it is I guess.  Aright sorries, back to your regularly scheduled blogramming….

Hey guyyyyys :)  Wussup, how’s it hangin.  Having a good day?  I hope so, I truly do.

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CLAIRE PETTIBONE + PERSONAL POST | “I was a grown woman when my mom shared the scandal that my grandpa was not grandma’s first love.”

Gooo-deeevuhningah.  It’s totally nighttime right now, because these personal posts always take me forever.  Oh and we’re totally gonna get to these dresses in a second, promise.  (Maybe not a second.)  But first, this.      {Continue reading…}

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What We Are Talking About When We Talk About ‘TO DIE FOR’ DRESSES. Plus, Twitter Is Helpful for Stalking! | Backstage at Bridal Market | Photography by Isabelle Selby

I love it when someone tweets me and twitter shows me exactly where they live.  It’s really useful information to have if I’m in the mood for killing someone that day.  Thank you, technology.  (*she says with a serious face, illustrating intent*)

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I’m DIY-ing my bouquets and boutonnières… oh and also, I’M FREAKING OUT. | By Jessica, Real Bride Bloggista

Happy Friday, party peoples!  Aright, I know this is Jessica’s post, but I (Alison) just wanted to mention before she takes it away that in a little bit today, I’ll be sharing some of the bloomin’ LOVELIEST dress intensity we took away from Bridal Market (not to mention, what yours truly wore to one of the shows–thanks, Isabelle)… all coming up on the blog today… so UHHHHHH, stay tuned.  I mean, if you like pretty things that cause drooling.  If you don’t like that then definitely don’t hang around.  Aright, take it away, Jess!

Hi everybody! You’re joining me now in the middle of a break down… yeahhhhh! I’m at that point in the planning where you have most of the big details worked out and then the smoke clears and you see it…………… {Continue reading…}

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GIRL TALK: The Things They Don’t Tell You About Living Together. | By Bloggista Cassie, of Meet Mrs. B!

Friends, loved ones, enemies, lurkers, pen pals, and guy in my area whose Wi-Fi network is called ‘THAT Uncle,’ I welcome all of you here on this lovely Wednesday afternoonish/eveningish.  Please, steep thy tea, or brew thy coffee, or slap thy Nicorette patch ontoeth thy shoulder… whatever your poison, sit back, sip it/drink it/absorb it into your skin and stay a while, because we’ve got to address something today.        {Continue reading…}

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VINTAGE PEACH 2 DRESS WEDDING | Orange You in Love? (It’ll make sense.) + Bambino, obvs. By Jana Williams

Happy late in the day on Tuesday to all of you!  I can’t wait to show you this WEDDING!  But first, the usual total non sequitur.

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REAL PROPOSALS | Patrick + Kimberly | “Completely overwhelmed… All I could think to do was hug her.”

Bad news: it’s Monday morning.  Good news: I have dresses upon dresses upon dresses to share with you very soon.  Better news: I have tons of real weddings to slam into your faces, with equal haste.  Even better news: we’re bringing back Real Proposals.  And if you’re anything like me, you’re gripping your hands and smiling with glee over this, just like that lovely little bride up top…

But, perhaps the best news of all: this is how we’re kicking it off…

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VINTAGE 60′s CARNIVAL SHOOT | Plus, a trick to achieve a 1960′s bouffant look | By Ivan Apfel Photography

Happy Friday afternoon, you guys.  First off, an update!  We went to a couple more shows as part of bridal market, and it’s official: we’re closing out this bridal market with a BANG.  I can’t wait for you to see our pictures from these shows!  You’re going to vomit over how beautiful they are.  You won’t be able to keep your food down.  I’m not being hyperbolic; I literally told someone I want to come to back to try some of them on for my own wedding.  Scout’s honor.  Next week!!!!

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Succulents + Moss + Crated Herbs + Apothecary Jar Terrariums = My Wedding! Plus, a Comment on “The Conversation.” | By Jessica, Real Bride Bloggista

Jessica here!

Spring has sprung and I’ve gotten all botanicalleeeey. I just love da green stuff, foliage that is. You see…. I’m a country girl at heart. I grew up {Continue reading…}

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NEW BRIDAL COLLECTIONS | Spring 2013: Alison’s Favorite Frocks Thus Far…

(Did you know that this is Bambino’s fate – http://i.imgur.com/A9pNe.gif - if I overfeed him?  Just an fyi.  I try to keep the image close just in case the urge hits to give him one too many treats.)

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GIVEAWAY | Brides Magazine Revamp + An Exclusive First Look Inside (Hint: It’s Full of Ruffles!)

Happy Tuesday afternoon, faces!  We’ve got some goodness today, and we’re starting it off with a wee little thing called a giveaway, courtesy of our friends over at Brides Magazine.  Not to mention, a first look at one of their styling features, which you can see as of TODAY, since it’s officially available for download right now, April 17th!  The completely revamped mag hits newsstands April 24th, fyi, if you like good old fashioned hands-on reading – something I cherish in this modern world.

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“The Conversation.” | If you can’t say it *to* her face, don’t type it *about* her face. … Ryan Gosling gets it.

me again.

Now that I’ve got your lady parts tingling, I hope you’ve been having a happy Friday.  It’s late afternoon here, and this is the post I was born to write.      {Continue reading…}

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The Five-Year Engagement + $1000 Amazon.com Gift Card! | Also, what’s your engagement story?

Happy Thursday, party people.  Ok everybody, real quick: put your hands in the air if you’re engaged to be married, were engaged at one time and have since gotten married, plan on someday getting engaged, or at least know a best friend, acquaintance or frenemy who knows someone who knows the guy at the bike shop whose friend from college just proposed to his girlfriend.

K, I totally saw the vast majority of you put your hands up just now.  AWESOME!  You’re gonna like this post, I can feel it.  Oh and hopefully you like the chance to win a $1000 Amazon.com gift card, too?  YEAH?  Ok, this is going very well.

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“One of the most exciting + frustrating parts of planning was picking a photographer.” | By Jessica, Real Bride Bloggista

Hey you guys, happy Wednesday to your collective faces!  Hope you’re having a nice start to your day.  As you can see, Jessica’s back with us today, and she’s sharing a MAJOR UPDATE OF PROPORTIONS THAT ARE SIGNIFICANT.  That’s right, I already told you in the title so it’s kind of no big deal now but still I’m gonna build it up…… she chose her wedding photographer!  Her latest story is coming shortly, below.  Now, since we’re about to be on the topic, I’ll note here that I’m a big proponent of allowing yourself to blow your budget on your wedding photographer.  It’s just something I believe in; you don’t have to agree with it.  It’s how I’m approaching my own wedding this year, and I’ll probably be telling my grandkids to do it until the day I die.  (… While I force them to scroll through my wedding album and look at how young and supple their grandma used to be… thanks IN LARGE PART to the expert photographer(s) she was so lucky to have snapping her picture.  You pickin’ up what I’m puttin’ down?  FYI, I have more to say on this at the very bottom of this post.  I hope you’ll read it.)  But aside from the issue of budget busting, Jessica addresses some pretty important factors in making your decision, and she makes some very salient points regarding the search, regardless of who anyone chooses in the end.  So if you’re on the search for your own photographer right now, I really suggest you pay attention. :)

Now, as always, I have something to slip in here before we get to the main course.  Some of you may remember; I used to make it a sort of habit here on the blog to share snippets from my in-real-life conversations with Honey, because their typical oddness is outdone only by their inherent typicalness.  If that makes sense.  So {Continue reading…}

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DEAR TKB: “When an Engagement Ring Divides a Family.” | Also, is it wrong to want to use the soundtrack to Ryan Gosling’s “Drive” for bedroom wrestling… or is it oh so right?

Happy holiday-I’m-not-sure-you-celebrate!  It’s the crack of Tuesday morning as I publish this, because I wanted to be sure I blogged tonight/this morning before I completely conked out from the exhaustion of traveling over holiday weekends.  Plus, there’s this reader question I feel I need to answer LIKE RIGHT NOW, or else somebody’s world could blow up.  You’ll understand in a few.

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