Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Wedding Party Wardrobe One-Sheet

As stated previously, our wedding party will not wear matching outfits. I want EVERYONE to express their personal style on the big day. However, we would prefer that everyone coordinate on some level, so I thought of a way to give them inspiration. I'm sure things will change once we get closer to the wedding, but for now, here is an example of what their "wardrobe one-sheet" will look like.


colors: robin's egg blue, pale pink, pale blue, sea green, pale yellow, pink, off-white/parchment paper, black, gray, muted brown or a pattern or combination including a mixture of these colors. (I know thass a lotta color).

Looks a bit like:

via: modcloth

Shoe Suggestions:

Anything goes! So go BOLD.

via Zappos

Anyone else doing unmatched wedding party attire? If so, how did you get them to stick to the color guidelines?

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Bridesmaids For Hire (Whaaa??)

This is a whole new brand of "weird." I found an article that showcases some of the strangest Craigslist ads ever put up. One of which was an ad for "hiring bridesmaids." Check it out below:

Looking for Bridesmaids - w4w

Date: 2009-02-27, 8:53PM CST
So, my fiancee and I are getting married in June. He has 8 groomsmen lined up and I only have one bridesmaid. So, I need some girls who are attractive and around my age to stand up in my wedding. You can be single or taken. It doesn't just have to be hot. But, not hotter then me. Email me for more information. The wedding will be in Madison and you won't have to pay for a thing.

Don't you guys think the tradition has lost it's meaning at this point? If you get to the point where you're following tradition solely because "that's the way it's always been done," then the tradition seems absolutely meaningless. All this couple had to do was step back and say, "Let's just have one person on each side, or have no wedding party, or suck it up and have uneven sides, or ask our family to step up or have some of the groom's guys stand on the bride's side." Instead, this woman is willing to have STRANGERS stand up at her wedding. And for what? Oh, yeah, so her wedding party can look "HOT" - but of course not hotter than her...Ugh.

This is looney, right?

(image source)

Monday, September 28, 2009

BCBG Made Me a Bad, Bad Girl

I bought it. The BCBG dress. For the dance party portion of the wedding. I caved. I'm so bad. Bad, bad, bad. But it's just so perfect...and I want to be able to dance at my wedding FULL HOG. So boom! I did it. Purchased. And if I totally change my mind, I can wear it to the rehearsal dinner, or for our e-pics, or for our day after shoot, or at my one-woman performance of The Pirates of Penzance. Sky's the friggin' limit, dudes!

My Prize Has Arrived!

Remember this contest I won? Well, on Friday, I received my flower accessories from Twisted Crystals and they are TO DIE FOR! I totally cheated and wore the flower bracelet already. Hey, it was a hot night out in Koreatown with the gals, I had to!

It came in this cute little box.

And here's what was inside!

So huge thanks to the mega-talented Kacey @ Twisted Crystals. I couldn't be more excited to rock your badass flowers on my big day!

I also can't wait for the other two prizes to arrive. Excitement!

A Dress I Can Dance HARD In


I knew this would happen. I buy my wedding dress and I have worries that I won't be able to dance as hard as I want to in it because it's tight at the knees... THIS IS A MAJOR PROBLEM FOR ME, KIDS. Big. Huge. I need to dance without a care in the world at this wedding. Dancing like an all-out jackass is probably one of my favorite things to do in the world. Hell, I dance in my living room... by myself... on a Tuesday. So there's no way in hell I'm going to sacrifice dancing like there's no tomorrow for a dress... So I'm hoping that it's just me worrying for nothing.

But just in case, the point of this post is to draw your attention to the little off-white dress to your right.

Wouldn't this be the perfect dancing dress for the reception? I could more than JAM in this little number - and it's super cute and totally something I would wear (and wear again). I'm way too tempted to buy it right now... So someone needs to stop me before I start entering my credit card numbers. However, I will also be taking votes of encouragement as a means to NOT feel bad for buying a second dress :)

Oh, yeah. The dress is $288.00... Not too bad but still pricey enough to say 'no'. What do you guys think?

To help you further decide, here's a pic of the back:

Come on. Encourage me to buy it. I dare you!

Friday, September 25, 2009


I need to take a moment to breathe here because I was given some news this morning that BLEW. MY. MIND.

Remember this photography contest that was all over bridal blog land from the insanely talented Nicole Polk???

Well guess what, oh you pretty things... WE WON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Included in our prize is: an Engagement Session, a Wedding Day Shoot, and a Day After Session - valued at over $6000! I mean, my God! This is more than Mike and I could ever dream of! We can't even begin to express our gratitude towards Nicole for choosing us to receive this amazing gift.

When Nicole and I spoke on the phone, we just clicked with what each other wanted in a client and in a photographer, so I KNOW that we're going to make a great team. We truly could not be more balls excited.

She wrote the nicest blurb about us on her photography blog here. And while you're there, check out her portfolio because it is seriously the JAM. Nicole is based in Philly, PA, but has shot weddings all over. So if you're like me, and you see her photography and HAVE TO HAVE it, then don't fret! She's just a plane ride away.

I also need to give a huge thanks to Green Wedding Shoes for posting this contest on your blog. I may have never found it without you! xoxo :)

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Hipster Bride Style Guide: Centerpieces + Decor

The HBSG: Centerpieces and Decor

So you've got your dress, you've got the venue AND the accessories, now it's time to rock some serious indie-balls decor. I mean, if you're gonna get married in a bomb shelter, the least you could do is give the joint some personality. But you're a hipster, so fresh flowers and candles aren't really your bag. In fact, you're almost willing to NOT decorate the place out of protest. Luckily, the HBSG has your hook-up.

1. Chandelier Made of Shades
Eff Crystals. You roll with retro eyewear. On your face AND above your head.



2. Throw a few things together the day of.
Got a watermelon? Got some ugly fake flowers? BAM! Centerpiece magic.


Cauliflower works too!


3. I Fly Like Paper, Get High Like Planes.
You were down with M.I.A. waaaay before she hit the mainstream. Luckily, actual paper planes aren't considered "corporate"...yet.

4. Ah, irony.
It took hipsters nearly 10 years to be able to listen Britney Spears ironically. Must we wait that long for Miley Cyrus too?! NOOOOOOO!


5. Unassuming Materials
If you're a real hipster, you probably already own one of these. (I actually have no real basis for that claim).



6. LP Art
Don't even call yourself a hipster if you're wedding isn't going to showcase some vinyl (and I'm not talking about your fiance's collection of indie bowler hats).

How 'bout this for an aisle runner? (I may need to steal this idea...)


Hipster photobooth props:


Bomb-ass Guest Book



7. Make Your Guests Do the Work For You!
Set up an ART WALL and let everyone create the decor for you. Throw a bunch of markers, pens, paint brushes, etc. in a centerpiece like so:


Then create the wall by hanging up a large piece of butcher paper or a sheet. If you're not down with dancing, this could be a great alternative idea to keep your guests entertained.


8. Recycled Art Altar
You already found your wedding dress at the junkyard, why stop there?