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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A SURPRISE PROPOSAL STORY | A vintage lace dress, glittery gold shoes, and one of the smartest, budget-friendly proposal ideas I’ve ever seen.

Happy Monday afternoon, friendlies!  Hey guess what?

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REAL BRIDE ISSUES | “Our proposal will be one of my biggest regrets…” Are You Happy with the Way Your Marriage Proposal Went Down? | Also, Girls Poop, Too.

↑ that’s how a *great* proposal can look.  but it’s not how today’s story went…

For those of you not keeping track, today is Monday, the official ‘first’ day of a typical American work week.  And it is currently late on Monday afternoon for me, on the east coast.  Anyway, point is, happy Monday afternoon my beloveds!

Now, I don’t know if you’ve heard, but today – MONDAY – is also “National Relaxation Day.”

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

SO!

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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REAL PROPOSAL | Brit + Brady | “The sun was setting over Keystone, and my best friend asked me to marry him while we were at the top of the Frenchman ski run.”

I’ve sort of been waiting for the right moment to share this proposal story with you… and I think I’ve found it.  I mean, what better time to share this story of love than now, given the fact that today’s couple just got married! {Continue reading…}

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REAL PROPOSAL | Rachel + Tyler | Not your typical proposal story…

Guess what, kiddos?  It’s proposal story time once again!



I know you guys have been anxious to read another story – I do read your tweets and all of your emails – so I’m thrilled to bring you this next one.  There are SOOOOOO MANY stories that’s it’s mega-hard to pick just one a week, believe me!  But today I’ve got one that’s truly darling.  You’ll see.  (;  {Continue reading…}

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WEDDING PORN + PROPOSAL STORIES = A Great Post.

↑ That shot’s pretty damn exemplary of what I have in store for you in the near future.  If you think that’s hot, just wait ’til you see what I’ve got coming… ↓

A few things on the docket today – including a couple of SERIOUSLY AWESOME ANNOUNCEMENTS – certainly not in order of importance… {Continue reading…}

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SMILEBOOTH | photo booth backdrop inspiration | Streamers, Confetti, Whatevs, Make Your Own!

Ok, I am obsessed with a lot of things.  (You’ll likely remember this thing, which has a lot in common with today’s post.)  Frankly, I don’t know how I make it through the day with so many obsessions in tow.  I see something I love (aka a new obsession), I jot it down on one of myriad post-its or leave the tab open on my browser, next to the 47 other tabs that are currently open (shh, don’t tell AppleCare about that).  So you get it.  I get obsessed with something unique/uniquely pretty/uniquely fantastical/uniquely priced for the value/etc.  And I keep it, on paper or open indefinitely in a browser tab.  And Smilebooth is no different.  In fact it hails from tab No. 4 in my Firefox browser, which means me loved it long time.  (Note: I have Firefox and Safari open concurrently, as I need access to two email accounts – you know how we do).

There are sooooo many reasons to love Smilebooth.  I love the people I met who operate it (they are radically nice, polite and all around good people); I love the concept; I love the memories created; I love the ease of use/interactiveness, etc.  See?  Lots of reasons.  Ok, great.  But there’s something I love even more than any of that, combined…

And it’s photo booth BACKDROP INSPIRATION!  Behoooold:

And what’s more?  They don’t just do the pictures and leave the backdrop entirely to you (unless that’s what you want, of course).  They can create a CUSTOM BACKDROP for your special event!  THIS IS SO RAD I AM GOING TO HAVE A HEART ATTACK, ACK, ACK, ACK, ACK, ACK.

Check it: you really can go in any direction you want with this…

FYI: I think it’s BYOC (bring your own costume)…

Here’s the skinny from the source:

We will work one on one with you to create an environment for your Smilebooth that gets your guests excited and adds that special touch to your photos. We can design the backdrop to compliment your wedding/event and carry out its overall theme. Or we can create something completely outrageous and different!

Love it.  How fun does designing a custom backdrop for your photo booth photos sound?  Because I think it sounds the funnest.  I also don’t think anyone’s questioning that.  However, you’re free to go backdropless, if you dig a clean look:

See?  It’s all about giving great face.

Actually, all you really need is a bunch of rad, free people who aren’t afraid to let loose and be a little silly on film.  Yeah, I have friends like that.  Fer. Sure.  And now I’m getting excited about the kind of Smilebooth experience I could have here.  Ok, this is a must.

{By the way, for those who are interested, you can get that blue dress above at Lulu*s (show below in white and coral).  You’re welcome.}

Anyway, as I was saying, I am deeply in love with the Smilebooth concept, and wholeheartedly recommend hiring them for your festivity, whatever it may be.  Want to check out more photos?  Take a trip on over to the raddest of blogs, run by Matt of Our Labor of Love, to check out some killer Smilebooth craziness.  Personally, I can’t get enough.  For example, check out this masterpiece I grabbed from Matt’s blog:

How freaking brilliant is all of that.  Smilebooth rules.

So, what do you think?  Do you love the idea of designing your own backdrop?  Would it be colorful or bare?  Or is this just not for you?  Chime in; I’m dying to know what you think!

xoxo!  -Alison

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