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!

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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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A HUNGER GAMES WEDDING EVEN I’D HAVE… Inspiration Winner #2, Miss Janna! | Plus, Bambino’s wedding attire is coming together…

Happy late afternoon + holiday weekend, friends and foes!  Bambino must realize it’s Easter, because he’s laying eggs all over the apartment.  Bambino you STINKA.  … Oh, does that piss you off, Bambino?  Are you offended?

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SAVE-THE-DATES + WEDDING PLANNING SNAFUS… | By Jessica, Real Bride Bloggista

Happy Thursday, amazefaces!  Jessica our Real Bride Bloggista is bizzack, and with some pretty insane wedding drama going on.  In fact – Jess I’ve gotta tell them – her original title for this piece, was “Jessica’s wedding eats doo doo,” SOOOOOO you get the drift.  But her good news is, she’s sharing her totally killer save-the-dates with us today!   I’m excited for you to see them.  SO. UNIQUE.  Ok, take it away, Jess…    {Continue reading…}

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PERSONAL POST + HUNGER GAMES | You guys, I never thought I’d be as bad as *those girls*. Famous last words.

Happy Tuesday evening, you guys!  Ok I, uhh… well I need to tell you something.  Here, huddle round.

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WHIMSICAL RUSTIC WEDDING | “The more your wedding reflects you as a couple, the more meaningful it will be to the people who share it with you.” By AE Pictures Inc.

Right from the moment my Pandora station spit out Gotye and then followed it with Ingrid Michaelson’s “Sort Of,” consecutively, I knew it was going to be a good day.

And then I thought to myself, “wow, this Pandora station is positively nailing my taste in music right now!”

And then I thought to myself, “I wonder what station this is!  Lemme see…”

And that’s when I realized I’d been listening to my iTunes playlist THE. WHOLE. TIME.  *mind blown up from stupidity*

Anyways, even though that really happened, I’m still having a great afternoon/evening, and I hope you are, too.  And if you’re not, I hope this wedding I’ve got here cheers ya right up.  And if you need a little extra cheering up, Bambino’s at the end of it all to push you over that cheer edge.  DOUBLE RAINBOW OF CHEER!!  all the way.  So intense.

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AMAZEBALLS GIVEAWAY | Tessa Kim Collection

If you saw how many browser tabs I had open right now, your lung would collapse.  I have a rough estimate of 30 tabs open right now.  I’m lying, it’s 43.  OK, 58 IT’S 58 TABS, JEEZ!

You don’t even deserve this giveaway the way you just made me come clean about my tabs without even saying anything.  THE SILENCE WAS DEAFENING.

On that note…

It’s Wednesday evening which means it’s GIVEAWAY TIME!  (Well, it means that this week.)

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FINDING THE DRESS | “Engaged in December, planning a September wedding… I thought this was completely reasonable.” | By Jessica, Real Bride Bloggista

Happy Monday afternoon, my dears!  It’s good to have you back, tucked safely within my loving embrace.  …. only to be dropkicked without warning into Bloggista Jessica’s loving embrace, for today at least.  But don’t worry; she’s very loving, and being a mother already, she has actual real world experience with loving embraces.  High kick, woot!  You’re in good hands. ;)

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DEAR TKB + PUPPIES, GOSSIP ‘n’ POLE DANCING FOR SPORT | Miss M: “My maid of honor is making my engagement experience terrible.”

Bambino has a lot of ‘Rose from Titanic laying seductively in the nude while being painted by her love interest‘ moments, during the day.

So much so, that we’ve decided to give in to what is clearly an innate talent and take his career in a new direction.  I didn’t tell you guys this, but he’s been looking for work ever since I fired him as my assistant a while back, because he was spending more time acting like he was being productive when I would walk by his cubicle, than actually doing any work.  It was like, do you work for The Knotty Bride, or do you work for the people who created the Words with Friends app? because you’re on that iphone every time I look over at your desk.

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PERSONAL POST | I’ve been avoiding thinking about my wedding. Plus, my personal wedding dress inspiration file.

Happy Thursday, you guys.  This is happening, I’m blogging this.  I can’t help myself.

Very recently, I’ve been avoiding thinking about my wedding.

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New Series: READER CHALLENGES | Hunger Games + Pinterest. 10… 9… 8… 7… 6… 5… 4… 3… 2… 1 + Bambino.

Post number one for today.  Spurred on by a conversation I had yesterday.  Here we go.

The countdown from 10 to 1 that I used in the title of this post is one of like three things I know about “The Hunger Games.”  Yes, I know, I KNOW.  I feel extremely outside of what’s going on in our society right now because of that fact.  Should I read The Hunger Games, like, RIGHT AWAY?  Is it THAT good?  Because I have a tendency to start books… read them for a while… and then not finish them.  I’m still wondering what happened at the end of Catcher in the Rye that would possess so many people to go out and name their children “Holden.”  Was there a dramatic twist in an epilogue I didn’t see in which it turned out to be a good thing to be Holden Caulfield?**

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PINTEREST-ING BRIDE STORIES | Meet Jessica, a Real Bride Bloggista planning her Fall 2012 vintage wedding!

YOU GUYS.  It’s Tuesday afternoon, and today I have the profound pleasure of introducing to you a newly minted bride, who just recently joined the Bloggista Team.  Her name is Jessica.  And let it be known, that Jessica… is hidic. riluslly. amazeulous.

She is going to be joining us here on a weekly basis, bringing with her all the trials and tribulations, the decisions and the indecision… in short, her wedding planning process, start to finish.  On a scale of 1 to 10, all the numbers one through ten.  All in her very unique and brazen style.

She’s a rare breed, you guys.   When I met her in person I was fairly certain we were related to one another.  PLus, she had me laughing the whole time.  I mean, her personal reactions to her pinned images, alone:    {Continue reading…}

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