OMG, THIS GORGEOUS DIY BOHEMIAN DESERT WEDDING. | Elena + Tony | The Bird & The Bear

Honey and I ate a strawberry today that was so good, like it was so sugary and scrumptious, that we couldn’t even enjoy it for a second before jumping to conclusions about the strawberry being artificially flavored or genetically engineered to taste like that.  ”Probably added sugar to it. Bastards,” said Honey.  ”NO way is this naturally how a strawb (he calls them ‘strawbs’) would taste.”  Look at how jaded we’re getting, you guys.

I shared this anecdote with you not as a cry for help, but as a message to couples everywhere: this is how hard it’s become to genuinely impress us with a thing.

Enter, this wedding. 

Thanks to The Bird & The Bear (aka, Caryn and Bryan) {Continue reading…}

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TRENDS + REAL TALK | 5 Chic Wedding Trends In One Inspiration Shoot! PLUS: 5 Things About Me That I Like To Keep Secret. | AK Studio & Design

Today’s my b-day.  I have no idea what to say so I decided to be honest about life and just say what came to mind.  Also I got my period yesterday, which usually means things get pretty emotional pretty fast.  So this post is two parts wedding trends and inspiration, one part deep truths from inside my soul.  Enjoy..?

1. Even though I’ve heard my significant other tell me {Continue reading…}

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PORTUGAL WEDDING WITH SUCCULENTS | … so it’s awesome. Plus: The Day I Realized Everyone Has Seen Me Naked. | By Brancoprata

Honey let me know something moderately horrifying the other day.

“The most interesting thing happened on my way home from the Cleaners just now” he said, gleefully hopping into the bathroom like a child on Christmas morning.   “I could see you while you were showering.”

“See me? my naked body??”

“Well.. {Continue reading…}

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GIRL TALK: The Single Most Essential Behavior to a Lasting Relationship. Do You Do It? PLUS: A DIY Rustic Vintage Teacup Wedding by Honey Honey, & LOL News Fit to Blog.

OMFGYOUGUYSTHISWEDDING.  <== no seriously this time.

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TODAY IN ‘ZOMG’ | Romantic Gothic Wilderness Wedding Inspiration, French Bulldogs, Writer’s Block and My Boobs. | Feat. Izzy Hudgins & French Knot Studios

Happy late Friday evening.  I = back.

“NO, momma– I wanna dress like a *whore* version of Snow White”  - being uttered by children coming of age in modern-day American society during the month of October.

Think about it.  But not for too long because ew, weird.

 

So uh, those sentences above? = how my Halloween post started out originally, when it was scheduled to go up before Halloween.  Silliness and inappropriateness.  NBD, right?  And then this happened:   {Continue reading…}

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DIY BACKYARD WEDDING + Ryan Gosling Wedding Music Video????!!!!!!1111 | Plus: Bambino, & What You *Must* Do the Morning of Your Wedding…

Oh hey look it’s Monday afternoon.  yayYUH.  Who’s excited, EVERYBODY?  No? … wait, is anybody excited?  Oh c’mon you guys, Monday isn’t that bad.

… aright I’m lying right to your face.  Mondays are no Saturdays, that’s for sure.  There’s obviously no fooling you.  But hopefully things’ll get better once you’ve gotten a load of this post.  I have a very good feeling about it, actually.

Now, here’s the thing.   {Continue reading…}

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PERSONAL POST + SOFT GLAM WEDDING | “Why follow others’ rules when you can make your own.” Vanessa Joy Photography & Rob Adams Films

Happy Tuesday afternoon/evening, faces.  Here’s me sharing something way too personal with you.  Crossing my fingers it’s not totally awkward for everyone involved.

I was sitting in my doctor’s waiting room yesterday, and if it was two hours it felt like two days.  I had asked my Mom to come with me.  She was off yesterday and this was the kind of appointment you want a loved one around for.  Mainly for when you have to walk back out into the waiting room armed with some news, and the only thing that’s different about you is absolutely everything.

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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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JEWEL-TONES & RUFFLES SOUTHERN WEDDING by Simply Bloom Photography | Plus, I’ve already had a wedding planning nightmare, you guys.

Happy Wednesday evening, friends and family!

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand I’m baaaack!  From my whittle burfday vacation in the south.  And I feel like a million buc–aaahhh, well, I don’t know if I’d say *a million* bucks.  Maybe more like a thousand bucks?  A thousand bucks.  Give me the ass I had when I was 18 and maybe then we’ll talk.

BUT I DIGRESS.

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MIND BLOWING WEDDING WITH SWORDS? | Also, a Pnina Tornai I Can Get Behind! | by Jodi Miller Photography | In other news, can you tell which movie I just watched?

This wedding is off the chain.  It is fully engaged in kicking butt and taking names, and it’s making no apologies for its actions.  It is EPICNESS, brethren.  Come, join me as I flop around in its bouncy castle of unmitigated brilliance.  Mind the swords.

I’m sorry, I was reading the dictionary and the metaphor-in-ary? again today.

Ok, here, let’s play a game.  This’ll be fun.  The rules: {Continue reading…}

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DIY FRENCH RICE KRISPIE TREAT WEDDING? | In a sea of inspiration, choose the details that mean something… | by Adrienne Gunde Photography | Also, business cards are my diaphragms. Also also, I need gift ideas.

Happy Buyer’s Remorse Day!  How did your shopping go?  Did it go swimmingly?  Oh, how did mine go?  Aww, thanks for asking – here’s how it went: I stayed up ’til around 3am with Bambo sitting at my feet letting me know we should probably be heading to bed by staring at me with his “we should probably be heading to bed” face – actually here, see it for yourself:

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BUNTING ‘N’ SWAGGER DIY WEDDING + DEAR TKB: “I’m Having a DIY Wedding and I Feel Like DIY Crying…” | Plus, Bambino Part Deux: Return of the FACE.

check it out.  check out that swagger up top.  almost as much swagger as this duck has.  

not as much; almost.

FYI, I love this wedding, and I really think you’re gonna love it, too.  For starters, it’s not the typical wedding I drop onto the internet’s face.  It’s full of peacock feathers, button bouquets, lace and button boutonnieres, galoshes and just general DIY adorableness.  What I’m excited about is that the bride is pretty hilarious, and her write-up is jam-packed with important details and advice.  It is as refreshingly informative as it is amazeballsly amazeballs.

But before we get to that, I feel I should tell you something.  Now, I’m not sure if you’ve heard, but {Continue reading…}

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AMAZEBALLS DIY OUTDOOR WEDDING | Plus, Your Bachelor Pad Recap (OR, ‘How I Almost Vomited Four Times’) Also, caught with my pants down during that earthquake.

I have news.  I now know what an earthquake feels like, since, as many of you know, one just happened along what seems to be the entire eastern seaboard, including parts of Canada.  I’ve always wondered how I’d react in an earthquake situation, and I’m proud to say that I know the answer to that now.  That is where the pride ends, though.  Here’s what I did and thought as the eaaarth. mooooooved. undah-mah-feet:

What I did - remained still; looked Ames Shocked.

What I thought to myself -  {Continue reading…}

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BECOME A KNOTTY BLOGGISTA! | + Ice creamy wedding inspiration, & a tiny little pacifying Bachelorette recap. Also, cupcake shop fights are happening. Thanks, The Sun!

Happy late afternoon, lovers!  The bloggista announcement is a couple of paragraphs down in this post, if you wanna rush to it.

First… a mini recap of ABC’s The Bachelorette, stay with me, because I know a lot of people were upset with me for following through on a promise I made to myself not to blog about that stupid s**t anymore.  Enjoy!

You guys.  I’m still shedding preppy, emotionally-stunted, highly intellectual tears for Ames, the latest manboy safely to escape The Bachelorette’s tiny dancer.

Ames was my fave, if you didn’t know already.  I loved how he’d always offer a witty remark, mention useless trivia, and just in general not act out his true sexual preferences in life.  He was a special guy who I was sad to see go.  Still; his departure was equal parts heart-string-pulling and totally-necessary…

Ashley made the right decision; no one wants to date a man who makes you feel like you need to take up membership at a yacht club and read the Washington Post before he wakes up in the morning just so you can have a conversation.  Remember how I mentioned I dated a guy just like Ames?  The pressure to be smart all the time was suffocating.  My jokes always fell flat, and all you really have is jokes when you’re me and you’re the only non-ivy-league brain in a group of people who start nonprofit organizations for fun, and talk about things that make you extremely conscious of the fact that you weren’t listening your entire way through high school.

Final note, the blooper reel when Ashley acted as a waitress and served that old man some pizza?  Totally fell in love with her over that blooper reel.  She’s funny and charming.  WHAT?!!!

Unfortunately, this week’s show had to end with Ashley calling her sister a total bitch to her FACE, so I’ll be tuning in next week.

We’ve been heading towards this step for a while now, and hinting about it for months on end ( I know, sorry) so this morning’s a tad exciting because we officially announced the damned thing on Le Twit.  High kicks all around!  Ok, here we go: much to the delight of family and friends who miss us and want to hear our voices more often and see our faces and how they’ve changed – and, we hope, much to the delight of all of you (!!!) – we’ve decided to add some Knotty Bloggers to the mix here on TKB.  WOOO!

So, if you’d like to be considered for bloggistaship [← COINED! i think], let us know of your interest either in the comments or via our Contact page.  FYI: we’re accepting real planning brides and bloggers/writers who are just aching to write about and feature totally awesome weddings, or just have great stories and advice to share with our lovely soon-to-be-wed readers (we’re open to ideas if you have your own).  So, if you have an affectionate, playful relationship with writing, and/or just have some seriously interesting stories to share, get the eff in touch.  Also, not required, but if you have Photoshop and/or write a blog, totally let us know that, too.  Sweet, thanks.

Oh, and one last thing about this – we blog about weddings and all things related here on TKB, obvs., but you’re gonna wanna be cool with contributing to a blog whose managing editor relates stories such as:

Take last night… Honey texts me a pic of the remaining bits and bone of a gorgeous steak he was working on during a business meeting.  He gets home, I’m in the shower can’t see him or what he’s holding.  He says, “I have a present for you babe!”  Still thinking about the half-eaten hunk of steak, I yell, “ohhh, is it your bone?”  These are true stories people.

So… if you’re down with that then by all means get in touch.

Alrighty new topic here we go.

Things are heating up quite a bit this summer, to the point where people are starting fights in cupcake shops in my neighborhood.  TRUE STORY.  (Spoiler Alert: cupcake shop fights are hilarious.)  Here’s how it all started.  We were heading to the market, when I noticed a Crumbs shop across the street.  I said, “oh hey Honey, look there’s a Crumbs shop across the str-” I turned to look at him during the word “street” and I realized I was standing in a swirl of – and figuratively eating – his dust.  He was already half-way across the avenue mid-sentence-about-cupcakes.  So next thing we know, we’re in the cupcake shop and some guy who was the physical embodiment of what you would imagine your *wits-end* looking like, actually starts to pick a fight with the cupcakarista (is what I’m calling it) inside of this cupcake shop – this happy, sugary, wonderful uplifting place – and of course it was unbearably hilarious.  ‘Cause I mean what are you doing starting a fight in a cupcake shop.  It’s the happiest place on Earth.  Anyway here’s how it went down: the cupper asked the guy “how can I help you, sir?” and the guy went – and I quote – “I don’t know just tell me what you want me to do already I don’t care anymore IT’S HOT.”

LOL.  Oh, and OBVIOUSLY I said something.  You know me by now.  My exact words – because I can’t help but jump in on rare, fleeting moments of pure human hilarity – were “let’s simma downnah” a la that SNL skit (I’m totally dating myself with this reference) when they were turning the words “Simmer down” into (or from?) “Summer, Donna” … anyone remember that skit?  Anyone?  Bueller?

Anyways, clearly Summertime is INTENSE, and cupcakes are evidently not the relief we once thought them to be.  So today’s feature should serve to cool everyone’s jets a bit… at least I hope!  It cooled mine, specifically this part of it:

Ahhhhhh yes.  And here’s the write-up from Andi Mans, the woman behind this delightfulness…

This fuchsia woodsy wedding inspiration was something I got an idea to bring the feeling of camping but also keeping it feminine at the same time. Owls are so trendy these days, they seem to be everywhere and add a bit of a retro and unique flare to the “woodsy” feel. Brides who are looking to mix their love for pink but also want a rustic and vintage feel to their wedding can get that feeling of ambiance in this shoot we can offer. Cake topper found at a thrift store, Mason Jars, floral patterns and gold accents add rich texture and color to help keep the Woodsy feel with a chic and fancy flare.

Enjoy, darlings!

And now, for an enlightening, albeit brief, Day in the Life of Bambo McPup:

If you’ve ever wondered what it looks like when a frenchie poots, well, I’m, uhhhh, I’m here to bring that to you.

↑ As you can see from the squinting in left photo, and the UTTER SHOCK & AWE on the right, these are the EXACT MOMENTS OF RELEASE.

Split-second puppy flailing is responsible for the toy rearrangement, sticklers.

OK SO!  Let’s talk about anything I’ve discussed here today.  BWAAAHAHAHAAHHAAHAHH!!!!

xoxo!  – Alison

Style and Staging Design: Andi Mans Photography and Design / Photography: Andi Mans Photography and Design

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DIY OUTDOOR GRILLIN’ WEDDING | Only a cookie bar + chalkboards + succulents dressed as cupcakes can help me and Bambino recover from last night’s Bachelorette.

Sigh.  Happy late afternoon, lovers… {Continue reading…}

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ELEGANT CALIFORNIA WEDDING | Urban Sophistication Meets French Romance… with the rockinest shoe shot I’ve seen. + Bambino & The Bachelorette [or, WTF Ashley?]

RIGHT.  So lemme get this straight.  Notably sane Michelle Money who has suddenly developed concern for others tipped off Ashley that Bentley was a douchebag, Ashley tells Chrisharrison (don’t call him Chris, it’s not his name, Chrisharrison is his name) that someone warned her about Bentley being a douchebag (or as everyone on that show says, “being here for the wrong reasons”) and then Ashley falls for him in whatever amount is less than 0.5 seconds, and then Bentley psychopaths out and says douchey things in his interviews but treats her like so many sophomore boys treated me when I was a freshman in college {Continue reading…}

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RUSTIC DESERT WEDDING | Kari + Judson | If you want something badly enough, hold out and you just might get it.

↑ this in a second, but first…

LOL ↴ {Continue reading…}

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TOP DRESS PICKS, COLOR EDITION | Lessons from The Knotty Mommy on How to Look Pretty, Even When You’re Not *Feeling* Pretty {Help with Your Bridesmaids’ and Your Personal Style Choices}

It’s about midday here in nyc and there’s really only one thing dominating my mind on this sunny afternoon.  {Continue reading…}

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OMG. It’s happening.

We launch the new site on Monday.  Wait, I don’t know if you heard me – WE LAUNCH THE NEW SITE ON MONDAY.  And I don’t know if I’m more excited about the launch, or the fact that {Continue reading…}

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CHIC BARN WEDDING ON A BUDGET | Peter + Stephanie | Photos: Amy Kolcz

Today’s wedding comes to us from Amy Kolcz Photography, and it’s kinda like the most perfect thing ever…

First, it takes place in and around a barn.  Second, the couple made all this loveliness happen on a small budget and with a little help from their friends.  Third, it’s got these darling little touches of purple, which means my six-year-old niece who’s coming to visit today is going to FREAK. OUT.  She loves purple.  Loves it.  Purple purple purple.  That, and beautiful princesses.  Ooh, and wouldn’t you know?  This wedding’s got both{Continue reading…}

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Wedding AND Photographer Spotlight: Jose Villa Captures a Lavender Field of Dreams in Montecito + Other Lavish Lavender Wedding Ideas

Recently, I came across a breathtaking wedding out of Montecito, California, while searching out inspiration for my own.  A common scenario, yes.  But this wedding, it’s far from common.  I’d say it’s among the most dreamy, ethereal wedding events I’ve EVER had the pleasure of viewing.  But it’s no wonder, since the couple chose none other than the brilliant, and highly sought after, Jose Villa, of Jose Villa Photography.

playing in a field of lavender

The wedding of Alissa and Ryan achieved perfection in what seems to be every single way possible.  All of the photographs – which are available for viewing on Jose Villa’s site – reveal a setting that whispers of a simplicity, elegance and comfortable beauty throughout.  Below is a sampling of his work; I’ve included the images I found to be most inspiring with regard to their powerful color and fine composition.  But each and every shot taken on that day is magic, if you ask me.  Villa easily sets the standard for modern day wedding photography.

If I had to single out one setting out of the entire shoot, it would have to be the field of lavender.  It’s as though Alissa and Ryan are blissfully floating together amid soft purple waves.  These images are unbelievable, and make me want to be there with them.  I recommend seeking out a location similar to this one if you can; the shots Villa captured are priceless, complementing the rest of the suite in a divine way.

field of lavender

field of lavender

paper and centerpiece

floral | seating

field of lavender

program | setting

parisols | favors

bouquet

cake |seating

flower in hand

Aren’t those photos just darling?  So peaceful and sweet.  So intimate.  A truly special moment in time for Alissa and Ryan… one that I suspect will live on in the blogosphere for many years to come.

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Loving lavender and want to make it a part of your wedding celebration?  Below are some lovely ways to make it a part of your day…

LOVE sign in lavender field

lavender field

the bride in lavender

guests in lavender

lavender bridesmaid bouquet www.pics.gallery.weddingbee.com

www.mybouquet.ca

lavender WALL! by chelseaelizabeth.com

lavender details

custom cozies for the bridal party via waysideviolet.com

lavender wedding

lavender satchet stylisheventsblog.com

lavender place setting www.bride.ca_wedding-ideas

lavender and orchids via www.weddingobsession.com

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5-Star Photos of the Day | A Peacock Palette Will Stun Them All {Images Courtesy of Denise Bovee Photography}

Are you sitting down?

Ah-mazing.  Just amazing.  Denise Bovee, you are perfection.

Purple and Gold wedding collage - Denise Bovee Photography

Purple and Gold wedding collage 2 - Denise Bovee Photography

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