Couple Impersonates Bears During Engagement Shoot; Survives To Tell Story. | By The Bird & The Bear

Happy Thursday afternoon, yous guys.  First, I feel like it would be rude of me to just start blogging without thanking you for all the really kind words about that whole lady parts post I shared this week.  Means a lot, soo…. thanks.  Really.  You’re all officially number one on my speed dial.

Besos to your facos. B)

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PRE-BACHELOR RECAP PERSONAL POST | I needed a good cry today. This did it.

Happy late Tuesday evening, faces.  I truly believe we’ll see eye to eye on this.

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E-SESH LOVE | Randi + Dan | Classic prep in Nashville | Also: upcoming letterpress giveaway, next week’s free printable, and my best advice for stellar photos

Happy Friday, friendlies!  Ok, guess what?  I’ve got a lot to share.  Tee hee.  However, since free association rules the roost in these here parts, we’ll see just how much I end up covering.  {Continue reading…}

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REAL WEDDING | Sarah + Jason | New Hampshire Mountain Farm Wedding, Part III | Homemade pies on tree slices are my new favorite thing.

Ok, whoa.

I knew yesterday’s giveaway finalists post would get a big response, but OH MY CRAP.  We’re glad you guys are so excited, though, so go that!  Can’t wait to see who wins!

First order of business.

The boy got a haircut a couple days ago.  Attraction to his facial region is presently supercharged.  I love that about haircuts.  Also, come home early tonight, sweet thang.  wink wink nudge nudge

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PHOTOGRAPHY GIVEAWAY | Meet Our Finalists… And Vote for Our Winner!

PLEASE NOTE: Voting on this contest is now closed. Around 2700 votes were cast, and our winner was announced here. Thank you for participating!

Morning, everyone!  Happy hump day!  As promised, we’re announcing the four finalists of Vendor Love member Gem Photo’s Free Wedding Photography Giveaway, and OMGWEARESOEXCITED.  Emily Scott of Gem Photo is the most wonderful person in the world, and she’s pretty handy with a camera, too.  Also, that last part is the biggest understatement ever.  Whoever ultimately wins this giveaway is in for the wedding photography experience of their freaking LIVES.  Haha, no pressure, Em. ;)


Ok, here’s how this is going to work.  Below you’ll find all four finalists and their corresponding stories.  (If you’re a finalist, congrats and good luck!)  After you’ve scoped out the four submissions, you can go ahead and vote for your favorite up to two times per day.*  If you’re a finalist, you can vote for yourself up to two times as well, and we encourage you to enlist your family and friends to vote (up to two times per person) for you, too!  Yeah, I know, it’s awesome.  But wait, there’s more!

We just added each of our finalists’ photos to an album on our Facebook page as well.  If you vote by clicking “Like” beneath one of our finalists’ photos, this counts as another vote, so essentially a single person can vote three times for his/her favorite!  Awesomesauce.

*VOTING CLOSES next week on Thursday, January 13th, 2011 at 9AM PST.

Ok, without further adieu, the finalists!

1. FINALIST: Candace & Rich

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He makes me feel like dancing!

Rich and I started as best friends, and regardless of his numerous attempts, I never let us stray from our “just friends” relationship. Everything changed once I came back from a study abroad trip and realized I was in love too.
Throughout the past four years, Rich and I have become partners in everything from cooking, laughing, dancing, and trying new things. Rich gives me so much energy – the kind of energy that makes you want to jump to your feet and dance like a maniac. I wanted to include this animated photo because I believe it displays a large part of what has drawn Rich and I together- excitement for life and a genuine love for each other.

I look forward to calling him my husband on September 04, 2011 in Omaha, NE. We have both spent a lot of time planning our wedding to make sure our guests witness our love and share in our excitement for our future together – and you can bet they’ll be LOTS of dancing! We would love to have Emily capture those moments, so we can look back on them and feel those “powerful moments” for the rest of our lives.

2. FINALIST: Kristina & Drew

This was taken in 2008 on Halloween.  A few weeks before Halloween, my best friend and I were sitting on the porch talking about whether or not we were going to dress up this year.  I’ve always been a Halloween fanatic (my birthday is the day before), but since we were now living in Stockton I didn’t see the point of dressing up, since we had nowhere to go. I didn’t even think we would get trick-or-treaters.  We were bathing in our own self pity and discussing how maybe we were just getting too old to dress up when Drew came home.  He asked what we were talking about and seemed shocked at the idea of not dressing up.  Then he pulled out this large, pink gem and said he found it on the ground on his way to night class.  He said it was a sign from the heavens that we should be trolls  (you know those creepy little dolls that have sparkling navels).  His excitement was infectious and within minutes we were buying wigs online, cutting up old sweats, and laughing about how we would get the gems to stick to our bellybuttons.  Every time I look at this photo, it reminds me of the kind of man I am about to spend the rest of my life with.  He is an eternal optimist and, although I like to think I’m the level headed and more responsible, it is he who has taught me to slow down and enjoy the moment.  He puts up with me bitching about California’s school budget or freaking out if the DVR doesn’t record Dexter.  In the last five years of being with him, I take more chances, sing more in the shower, and still get excited when I hear his car pull up in the driveway.  And come on! What kind of man does it take to wear a bubble gum pink troll costume and walk down the street with his head held high?!  My kind of man.

3. FINALIST: Heather & Ian

Our story takes place in New York City.  Ian had me pack for a long weekend upstate at a B&B that we had been planning as a much needed getaway for a few months now.  We packed our bags and headed out for brunch and a bloody mary first.  Once Ian mentioned Bloody Marys (which is our favorite drink), I immediately searched online for a great place to grab a bloody mary (as we’re always on the search for the best) and discovered that it was first invented at the St. Regis Hotel.  I immediately suggested that we head there after brunch before catching our train (which was a GREAT idea being that that was where he planned to propose to me just a few hours later).  So…we headed with our bags to the St. Regis on Friday morning and entered the King Cole Bar as the first people in there (minus the server and bartender) and were seated at a corner table.  Following an emotional conversation between the two of us, Ian asked me the date and told me that this was a date I should remember as November 5, 2010 is the day he’s going to ask me to be his wife.  Sliding onto his knee and slipping the ring on my finger, he asked me to marry him.  Moments later, the bartender popped a bottle of champagne and Ian gave me another surprise….we weren’t going away at all…we were staying right here at the St. Regis for the weekend.  Entering our suite, the entire room was decorated with purple (my favorite color) flowers and just a few hours later, both our families came to join us for drinks in our suite (yet another surprise from Ian).  Amazing weekend…amazing man and I cannot wait for an amazing life together!!!

4. FINALIST: Sarah & Jason, submitted by Stephanie, Sarah’s best friend

Ok, so I am neither person in the photo!  My name is Stephanie, and above is Jason & Sarah!  She is my very best friend of over 6 years and I just love her to pieces.  They are set to wed on March 19, 2011.  We met our freshmen year in college at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.  Jason and Sarah have been together probably over 3-4 years.  He is a police officer in Wilmington, NC and she recently transferred from Duke University Hospital as a PICU Nurse (Pediatric Intensive Care Unit) to New Hanover Hospital in Wilmington.  He romantically proposed on Wrightsville Beach July 5, 2010, and they shortly thereafter purchased a beautiful home in Wilmington!  Since the engagement, they’ve had some scary encounters.  Jason has an 8 year old son named Skyler who recently became very sick with an unknown illness which the doctors suspected was leukemia or cancer.  It was an extremely tough and testing few weeks but fortunately, as it turns out, was just a bacterial infection in his hip which he is still being treated with antibiotics for.  With the new home, and doctor bills, the wedding budget has gotten quite tight.

They are such a wonderful couple and deserve the world and more, so I felt I would be doing them an injustice by not entering them into this contest.  By the way, they have no idea!  Neither Sarah nor Jason has been married before, and I want this wedding to be so special for them because they truly deserve it!  They give back every single day in their occupations, so I hope they encompass just what you are looking for in a fabulous, deserving couple!


Quick reminder: two votes per person per day, plus one “Like” per person of one chosen finalist’s image on The Knotty Bride’s Facebook page.  Family and friends of finalists are welcomed and encouraged to vote.  A Facebook “Like” of a finalist’s photo functions as an additional vote, beyond the two permitted here within the post comments, making it possible to vote three times per person.  High kick, woot!

Fine Print: IP addresses will be noted when tallying votes, so please, no made up email addresses and no more than two comment votes per person, per day.  Thank you! Please also note that all votes cast after 9AM PST on Thursday, January 13th, 2011 will be disqualified.

Can’t wait to see who wins!

P.S. – OMGITWASSOHARDTOCHOOSEJUST4OFYOU.  It was paaaaaiiiiinful, you guys.  We’re so incredibly sad we couldn’t choose everyone.  Please don’t hate us.  We love all of you and adored all of your entries.  Soooooo haaaaaard to chooooose.

xoxo!  – Alison & Emily

For reference, here’s the giveaway post, where this contest began.  Meeeeemmorieees…

And here’s Em’s listing, if you’re looking for an amazeballs photographer and didn’t enter this contest.  Wheeee!

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REAL WEDDING | Sarah + Jason | New Hampshire Mountain Farm Wedding, Part II | Ode to the bicycle.

First and foremost, before we get into the scrumptious wedding goodness of Part II (of this 3 part wedding!), I have something to tell you.

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REAL WEDDING | Sarah + Jason | New Hampshire Mountain Farm Wedding, Part I

OMG.  This wedding.  I can’t… I, I just… I don’t know how… I… how do I…

Today’s real outdoor wedding takes place on a farm in what is clearly one of the most romantic and naturally gorgeous settings imaginable.  The bride’s chosen color palette of creams, blushes and champagnes lend to the event’s elegant, soft and very clean look.  It’s simply sublime.  That right there was a hint, did you catch it? {Continue reading…}

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REAL WEDDING | Kami + Dan in Napa, CA | This is how you throw a vineyard wedding.

Tell me, have you ever dreamed of getting married in Napa?  Better yet, are you planning to?  Well, today’s wedding will seal the deal on that little dream-nugget you’ve got floating around in that crazy planning brain of yours.

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REAL BOUDOIR™ | Part II ~ “Miss V” In Black | I need these black netted fingerless gloves. [Plus a special for Knotty readers from the Joielala girls!]

As promised, today I get to bring the dark side of this shoot to your faces.  Star Wars of course has nothing to do with it {Continue reading…}

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REAL BOUDOIR™ | Part I ~ “Miss V” In White | Lace lingerie, vintage cameras + A SPECIAL DISCOUNT FOR KNOTTY READERS!

Ok, first things first… the big announcement cometh: Vendor Love, The Knotty Bride’s Preferred Vendor Guide,  launches {Continue reading…}

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REAL PROPOSAL | Abby + Paul | Sometimes, you just have to pick up and go…


Vendor Love™ launches this week (high kick, wooo!) and I’m thinking, what better way to start off the week than with something completely unrelated, in every possible way?  That’s right, kids, it’s Real Proposal time in the hizzy!  I’ve received a lot of requests to post another one of these tout suite, and now’s as good a time as any, am I right?  Am I?  I’m right. {Continue reading…}

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FREE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY GIVEAWAY!!! You told us how you want this contest run… and we listened!

PLEASE NOTE: This contest is now closed.

This giveaway is amazeballs.  I am freaking. out. about it, and I have a strong feeling you guys are going to love it, too.

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VENDOR LOVE COUNTDOWN + WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY GIVEAWAY! | Ladies and gentlemen, the competition is about to begin…

It’s official, everyone.  It’s happening.  Vendor Love™, The Knotty Bride’s Preferred Vendor Guide launches NEXT WEEK… and we’re having excitement induced conniptions.  And to celebrate, we’re launching our first amazeballs photography giveaway TOMORROW!

Bet you can’t wait to find out who’s behind those breathtaking images, eh?  Eh? {Continue reading…}

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VENDOR LOVE™ TINY SNEAK PEEK | In a world where tushie-less pantyhose exist, integrity and a commitment to quality are paramount…

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REAL WEDDING, INTERNATIONAL | Tânia + Ricardo’s soft, detail-rich nuptials in Santa Comba Dão, Portugal | by Brancoprata

I was thinking about speaking on the topic of E!’s Bridal Plasty today but, somehow, discussing soul crushing, emotionally vacant, body manipulation competitions is not the direction in which I want to take today’s post.  Maybe tomorrow.  Plus, I haven’t sat through the wretchedness as of yet.  It’s sitting in my DVR, waiting to torture me with its wrongness.

So, instead, I’m going to talk about something AWESOME, also known as today’s wedding. :)  Note my special titling for International Real Weddings.  Yes, there’s a heavy influence coming from HGTV’s House Hunters therein.  No shame in my game.

Now… remember this sneak peek?

Well, it came from today’s Real Wedding.  And believe you me, I’ve got a whooooole lotta love for this wedding – and not only because it’s a golden pastel wonderland of pretty pretty prettiness with jimmies on top.  Even though that would be sufficient qualification, if you know me.  Aaaaand ya do.  But yeah, reason number one why I love this wedding is {Continue reading…}

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GIVEAWAYS + VENDOR LOVE SNEAK PEEK + MORE | Thousands of dollars in prizes, and other things…

Ok, I have a lot to share with you on this, the day before Thanksgiving.  So sit down (or stay where you are, if you’re already sitting) and buckle up.  ‘Cause you’re in for a very pleasant, turbulence-free ride.  So, I guess buckles aren’t necessary.  Anywho!

I hardly know where to start, so I’m just going to go stream of consciousness with this.  … Which is kind of my daily approach, shhh don’t tell anybody…

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REAL WEDDING | Mary Elizabeth + Christopher | Chanel inspired DIY paper flower arches are my favorite kinds of arches…

When we think of mothers in law, what typically comes to mind?  Eh?  EH?  Be honest.  Ok, maybe you have a great one – if you’re one of those lucky ones, CHERISH HER.  {Continue reading…}

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THE ART OF THE WEDDING SHOE SHOT | What you need to do to capture yours perfectly.

Ladies love shoe photography.  There are no ifs, ands or buts about that.  Gotta get the shoes, on their own, on the feet, and everybody else’s shoes, and shots sitting in chairs, shots from the shins down, shots with the dress ever-so-slightly lifted up to reveal the shoe… all of it.  Because the shoe is a major part of the show these days.  And why not?  I wholeheartedly support the idea.  In fact, now’s as good a time as any to let you know that, during a fairly recent {Continue reading…}

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REAL WEDDING | Melissa + Eddie | A gorgeous, fun-filled Southern California barn wedding with absolutely NO COLOR SCHEME!

Ok, here’s how this post is going to begin: yesterday, my Dad called me up to ask me a question, for he was writing an email to a friend and he needed to know something pronto: {Continue reading…}

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SPECTACULAR WEDDING DRESSES I HEART | Short rufflies and long flowies…

More on these in a moment…

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DIY PHOTO BOOTH LOVE | Pop Your Head In and Smile! | Photography by Elizabeth Messina

When I came across this fabulous idea, I immediately knew I had to post about it.  This is so right up my alley!  And I suspect it’s right up yours, too…

Elizabeth Messina – one of my absolute favorite photographers in the entire galaxy and beyond, and who has a blog that is almost as fabulous as its maker –  posted about these babies and it made me go insane for the idea in a clinical way.

How spectacular are those!  I would die for these kinds of photos of my family and friends.  I was talking about this with some friends recently; photo booths are a surefire way to get your guests to ham it up and, as I look at these, I can’t imagine a more beautiful way to capture the action!  Forget for a moment the simple fabric backdrops we know and love; this is a fully interactive wall, complete with three key points of head insertion!  (The double-entendre right there was NOT intentional, if you’re wondering.  Is it peculiar that I don’t feel like rephrasing, though?  I just don’t have the energy to be sufficiently appropriate right now.)

The smaller frames surrounding those that are empty hold photos of the bride’s and the groom’s families.  How wonderful is that?!  The bride, whose name is Kristen, added these family photos to this incredible work of art, created by Sasha Souza.  Do you love it like I do?  Well there are a couple more examples to check out over on Kiss the Groom!

Speaking of Elizabeth Messina, here’s a look at the kind of work she churns out, time after time.  Talk about a photographer with an eye for perfection…

The above and below are from the photo booth couple’s wedding!  Love it.  I am officially obsessed with brides who wear light jackets and feathered headgear on their wedding days.  Bold and beautiful.

By the way, if you decide to check out all the yumminess over on Kiss the Groom, you may notice a gorgeous pregnant woman dressed in black lace and a fedora.  If not, here’s the link.  Look at her belly button.  I pray to all that is holy that my belly button remains THAT FLAT when I am, one day, at that stage of pregnancy.  That is the flattest, most subtle belly button pop-out I’ve EVER SEEN.

Photography: Elizabeth Messina

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E-SESSION BEAUTY ❦ kissin’ in the water ❦ Jose Villa Photography

I love Jose Villa and everything he ever does at any time with his camera.  But what makes this shoot extra special for moi is the fact that I also love rompers, 50s bathing suits AND all over wetness in my photography.  Ehhem, all over EXTERNAL wetness.  No that doesn’t make it sound any less sexual, does it.  In fact it just makes it sound MORE sexual, like, at a more sexually advanced stage.  I should probably hover, highlight and delete everything I just wrote BUT I’M NOT GON’ DO IT.

Let’s hear it for stream of consciousness, unedited blogging!  Getting otherwise verbally appropriate young women in trouble since the early 2000s.

I think I’m going to tell my Dad to stop reading this blog.

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A couple more things I love, since I’m on such a roll: her attitude and his everything.  WORK. IT.

Here’s a fun fact that may or may not totally piss you off: I *thought* this was an inspiration session, because I didn’t realize two people as hot as this could actually find one another and become a real couple.  AKA live the dream.  So, just so you know, these two are really together, in real life.  (I know, right?!!  I can’t believe it either.)

By the way, I seem to see some sort of vintage camera in every single e-session I’ve seen for the past six months.  But you know what?  I don’t hate it (yet).

Ok, STOP.  How awesome is that ROMPERRRRRR!

See the rest of this romper-tastic e-sesh on Jose’s blog.

By Jose Villa + Joy Thigpen

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