OUTDOOR WEDDING & DEAR TKB: Peonies + Ruffles + Birch + Lace = GIMME | Cassandra Eldridge Photography

I love this wedding so much that I’ve added it to my spank bank.  For when I just need to relax with some wedding with nobody around judging me.

You think it’s by accident that I’m a wedding blogger?

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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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DEAR TKB: “So, I’m a little scared of marriage right now…” + A BRIDE & HER CAKE | Kristi Wright Photography

These question and answer posts are steadily becoming my favorite types of posts.  You guys submit some really intense (AND CHALLENGING FOR ME) questions.  Crossing my fingers every time I answer one of these things, since you just really never know.    {Continue reading…}

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PERSONAL + DEAR TKB: “My first marriage was a sham… I feel guilty.” PLUS: My Issue with HGTV’s House Hunters.

This past week has been a toughie.

I could really go for some Dawson’s Creek repeats right now.  I think Katie and Suri would agree with me.  Actually- serious question: wtf is the hold up on the Dawson’s Creek repeats.  Why can I not yet realize my loftiest dream of watching back-to-back episodes of DC whilst Bambino and I inhale veggie chips on top of my covers alone in the dark?

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GIRL TALK + DEAR TKB | How Fear Keeps You From Having the Relationship You Deserve. (We Explore, How the Fantasy of ‘Real Love’ is Hurting Modern Relationships)

Sometimes, we can start to feel a little lost.

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OPEN LETTER TO WEDDING TRENDS: Kindly GTFO. | Here Are The Top 10 Best NEW Wedding Trends.

Happy Wednesday, friendlies.  We’re gonna get really honest about some trends, today.  Ya dig?  I just– I gotta keep it real… hope you guys understand.

I’ve gotten more than a few questions from brides for the Dear TKB column about whether or not they should incorporate a certain trend [insert whatever specific wedding trend referenced]… or just avoid employing any trends altogether, for fear of it becoming lame say 5 or 10 years down the road.

The questions, varied as they may be, all have a common thread ==>  My answer to them.   {Continue reading…}

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DEAR TKB: “My best friend doesn’t support my relationship with my fiancé…”

Happy Monday my dahlinks!  Dear TKB column comin’ atcha today… here we go LET’S DO THIS!!!

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DEAR TKB: Is it wrong that I want to have sex… THERE? Plus: Am I Alone in This? Another Weird Thing I Do…

Me on the subway, whenever I listen to music…

EARBUDS OUT:

Feeling fine, breathing normal.  Confident.

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My Top 5 Fave Relationship Tips, My Top 13 Last Minute Mother’s Day Gifts, and Why That TIME Magazine Attachment Parenting/Breastfeeding Cover Is Such a Drag.

Happy Saturday, folks!  This post was originally titled ‘That time I washed my hair with puppy shampoo and liked it’ but someone downstairs started practicing the theme to Star Wars on their picolo, so as you can imagine I got a little distracted by how Fifty Shades of Nerd that is and ended up meandering into other lanes of mind traffic.  At first I thought they were playing the intro to {Continue reading…}

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DEAR TKB: “I feel like my bridesmaid is trying to upstage my day… and I can’t understand why she would do this.”

Happy Tuesday afternoon, folks!  Alison here, blogging from the lovely Las Vegas at WPPI, and kind of wishing I didn’t have to go back to NY after THIS AMAZING WEATHER OUT HERE.  I mean… people LIVE like this, in nice weather most of the year?  I am officially addicted to the sunshine.

Ok, moving right along, today’s question from a reader is a doozie, not to mention, a not-so-unusual problem brides can have.  I’d love to hear your thoughts for Miss E., and if you have any advice for her!  As always, I’m just one li’l ol’ person in a sea of advice-having people, and I think Miss E will appreciate whatever you may have to say.  Alrighty, here we go…..

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DEAR TKB: “I’d like to do something different for our engagement session. Any ideas?” + The Apple Orchard E-Shoot of Melissa + Jon | By Megan Dandeles Photography

Happy Friday eeeeeevunink lovelies!  I hope you’re having a pleasant start to your weekend.  I have a one two punch for your peepers and your noodle tonizzle and I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts.  We’re going to see how tasty treats can be one of the most enjoyable ways to *propify* your shoot, but we’re also going to try to tackle a question from a reader that speaks to the difficulty and in some cases pressure that many new brides can experience when planning “that perfect engagement session.”   So if you have any ideas/suggestions for today’s reader, please do share at the end, as we’d love to hear whatcha gots to say.

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DEAR TKB: His parents are VERY wealthy 
and are expecting a grand wedding for their only child… but they want my family to foot the bill. | Also… Bambino Returns.

Hello to your faces on this formerly sunshiny (where I live) Tuesday afternoon/eveningish.  In today’s random news, my Dad sent me a picture text asking me to choose one of three puppy vests for Bambino WITH THE QUICKNESS.  So it’s official now, Bambino is going to experience winter as a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle.  If you were ever wondering if I make this stuff up…

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DEAR TKB: S.O.S.!!! | (… Turns out there are approximately a lot of ladies out there with in-law issues.)

Happy late Friday evening, friendlies… :)

I found two Tic Tacs hiding in the upper hood part of my last remaining Tic Tac dispenser a little while ago.  So, I mean I don’t wanna call it yet, but I think I might have avoided that whole Friday the 13th/bad luck thing today.  So I’m feeling good.  I’m really feeling good about that.  So what better than to give advice to someone who’s feeling pretty shi**y right now?  Eh?  Right?  I think it’s the perfect time.

But first, here’s a short bit of YouTube heaven Honey showed me that just might have made my entire life with its incredibleness.   {Continue reading…}

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HOLIDAY MODE | DEAR TKB: To get married, or not to get married? I need to know NOW (please). | Also, Bambino.

Happy Tuesday evening, darlings.  Did you get what you wanted this weekend?  I got the gift of family, friends and a Radiohead concert next March from Honey.  DREAM GIFT, and I didn’t even know I wanted it that bad.  Downside of Christmas: Honey unwittingly said “creampie” when a new-to-the-family young lady asked “ooohh, what kind of kind of dessert is this?”, pointing to the jello pudding whipped cream pie.  They both immediately looked away and down, were silent for what, three hours?  That’s what it felt like.  It was probably around 2 seconds.  They then parted ways, never to speak again.  Probably forever and ever, amen.

Good times!  GTs.

Ok SO!  Tell me what you got for Christmas if that’s what you celebrate!!!!  I love hearing this stuff, it’s weird.  I just love hearing it.

By the way I wanted to show you what Bambino’s grandparents got him for Christmas:

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DEAR TKB: “I am at my wit’s end. The situation with my parents has gotten out of control…” | REAL LIFE ISSUES

123four. five. 678nine. ten. ELEVEN. TWELVE. 

^ IT BEEN THREE DAYS.  WANT TUNE LEAVE HEAD PLEASE.  YES?  NEED ROOM IN BRAIN FOR THINK.

Aright, SO!  Happy Wednesday evening to your faces n stuff.  Listen, I will have you know that I am very, very excited for today’s question.  Of course by excited I actually mean totally emotionally distraught and angry that effing people keep effing acting this way towards their own effing children.

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DEAR TKB | “What do you do when someone you love loses control?” I was extremely hesitant to publish this post. But my hesitation just confirmed that I had to do it.

Let’s start light, on this lovely Wednesday evening.  With a fact…

Whenever Honey says “You know what’s funny?” I go “YA FACE.”  It’s a knee-jerk reaction but I think I’m gonna stop doing that.

You know why?  Because when I’m sick like right now he goes and he does this:

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LET YOUR HATERS BE YOUR MOTIVATORS | DEAR TKB: Do I… deserve a wedding? The girls on bridal message boards say I don’t… PLUS: Intimate Courthouse Wedding by Heather Brincko Photography

Happy late Tuesday, party people.

Preface: Today’s Reader Question/Real Wedding were put together strategically as per usual, but the way I’m presenting the question requires it to be in three parts, and the format is therefore a little nuanced.  Also, I think I’m using ‘nuanced’ wrong.  I’ve decided to include the reader’s follow-up response to the answer I offered her, because her response speaks to a pretty disgusting problem I’ve never touched on before.  Frankly, I haven’t even been cognizant of it.  I was WTF-ing all the way through.  Because WTF.  I mean, WHO DOES THIS.  Ok sorry you’ll see what I mean when you see her response.  K, here we go… 

Today’s question from a reader is one that really hit me hard.  Basically, {Continue reading…}

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LETTER TO RYAN GOSLING + REAL LIFE ISSUES | Do the holidays test your relationship? Plus: Pinterest Finds, and a Classic Ryan Gosling Move.

Happy day, lovers.  Seeing as it’s evening-time, I’m feeling especially excited that you’re with me.  Thanks for sticking around for this HUGE POST that I, once again, put way too much effort into.  Anyway, it’s so lovely to have you back for a new week.  Tell me, how are you?  Did you have a good weekend?  How was dinner, since it’s pretty close to bed time at the moment.  More importantly, are you gearing up for another Thanksgiving?  It’s approximately five seconds away, just so you know.  By now you probably know where you’re celebrating it… right?  So, will it be at your own home?  Your family’s home?  Your partner’s family home?  Both homes; one for dinner, then mad rush to the other for dessert?  A restaurant equidistant between your respective places of birth?  A grassy knoll measured out beforehand to be exactly half-way in distance between your family and your partner’s family, so no one gets offended?

Ok, actually, I’ve gotta get something off my chest.  Bear with me?  I have a quick message for my Bizarro World BF Ryan Gosling before we get into today’s Real Life Relationship Issue…

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REAL LIFE ISSUES | After the Wedding: “A Case of Name Change Hysteria…” by Knotty Bloggista Libby, of Follow the Wife

Hi everyone!

A big thanks to Alison for having me back. I’m so excited. In fact, I’m still reeling from the excitement of my last visit. I had no idea that so many of you would relate to my pre-wedding stomach bug and leave such sweet comments. Alison is right about you guys. You’re all rad.

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“THE FIRST FOUR WORDS DESCRIBE YOU” + REAL TALK | I have discovered the wedding trend of my ironic, hipster dreams. Also, Kim Kardashian is my hero?

Oh hello there, everyone.  Happiest of afternoons to your faces!  I hope your day is going pleasantly… is this something I can safely assume?  Do you mind if I just go ahead and assume it?  Great.  Ok, here comes me talking…

I’ve got something very serious to talk about today, and it’s about being true to myself, as well as finally putting something to rest.

But FIRST, I saw this on the Today Show this morning and wanted to share it with you.  Look at the smiley face built out of words below.  The first four words you notice are supposed to be descriptive of you and your personality.  Ok, GO:

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PERSONAL POST | If you’re my Honey, DO NOT READ | One perfect way to turn something sad into something happy, in your daily life and on your wedding day.

I don’t really know how to start off this post.  It’s about 6:45pm east coast time on Tuesday, and here I am, slightly in shock.  And it’s not for the reason you may be thinking.  It’s not because we just lost Honey’s grandma – whose funeral was, as many of you know, yesterday.  (By the way, thank you so much for your understanding in my decision to keep the blog silent yesterday.)  It’s not the fact that Grandma Henny’s death has brought to the surface how much I deeply miss my {Continue reading…}

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DRESS WINS vs DRESS FAILS + DEAR TKB: My Sister’s “Fiance” Is Pissing Me the Eff Off. | Plus, A Severe Ice Cream Styling Fail & Bambino’s Glamour Shot Is a 4 at Best.

Hello there, my pretties.  It’s a lovely Wednesday evening, a little before 8pm in nyc, and after proofing her post, mama’s pretty sure she’s gonna need to start things off with a fair warning:

This is quite likely the most insane out of hand post I might have ever written.  And I’ve written like 600 posts.  Just know that the tone was set by today’s reader question, so do blame her.  Or don’t.  Just don’t say I didn’t warn you about the weirdness that lurks beneath this preface.  Also keep in mind that I had some paranormal television channel action going on in the background, completely without knowing it.  It’s really pretty naive to think that it didn’t have an impact on the prose ahead of you.  Anyway, just, I dunno, read with caution, and your anti-anxiety pills at the ready maybe.  ENGAGE THE WEIRD IN FIVE, FOUR, THREE, silent two, silent one…   {Continue reading…}

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