“I fancy myself an unfussy outdoorsy type (as I sit with my laptop and iphone simultaneously texting, chatting, typing).” | By Real Bride Bloggista, Jessica

Hey guys. Jessica here! It’s gettin sticky out, and when it gets to the sticky time of year my mind starts to wander. Dreaming of that summer escape that stills the body and unwinds the mind. Oh how I long for this. But I have a wedding to plan people, so there’s no time for that now. But wait… {Continue reading…}

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Do You Like the ‘Facebook’ Gown? Plus, Jessica’s Fave Mantilla Veils, Juliet Caps and Bridal Head-Gear!

Happy Monday afternoon, babyloves!  Ok, before I share Jessica’s furious search for the perfect thingie to wear on her head when she gets married, I simply HAVE to touch on the wedding of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his longtime love, the gorgeous Dr. Priscilla Chan.  They wed on May 19th in a private backyard ceremony on his estate in Palo Alto, CA – where he lives with his now wife – and the wedding day was actually a surprise to the guests, since they thought they were attending a party to celebrate Priscilla’s graduation…  {Continue reading…}

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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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