Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

Ahh Thanksgiving - my favorite holiday of the year. The cold Ohio weather. The smell of my mom's homemade stuffing. The sound of the door bell ringing as my crazy Italian family enters the house. Nothing makes me happier. 

While this year may have been a bit of a doozy, leaving me exhausted and in need of a drink with the Ten Club (as you can see above, it involves wine), I am thankful for it all.

Because if there's one thing I've learned this year, it's that life isn't about the job you have, or where you call home, it's about the people you have in it...

Have a great Thanksgiving everybody!


Monday, November 25, 2013

American Music Awards

Happy Monday! Weren't sure if you tuned in last night, but below are my picks for the Best & Worst Dressed of the American Music Awards. 

Best Dressed: Taylor Swift. Usually I think she acts too young and dresses too old but last night she nailed it. The perfect mix of sexy and sophisticated. Way to go T-Swizzle.

Best Dressed Runner-Up: Kesha. No, that's not a typo. I didn't recognize her either. That's why she's on my best dressed list.

Worst Dressed: R. Kelly. Glad to see you out and about, but you're wearing a skirt.

Worst Dressed Runner-Up: Chili from TLC. Lord knows how many times I listened to your Crazy Sexy Cool CD on my boombox, while choreographing dances to it in my living room, but even though I love you, I cannot condone this.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

From the Groom: Sports Talk

You may not think that flowers, wedding bells, and sports go hand in hand but fellas let me tell ya, they do.

First off, it's your duty as the groom to take every major sports schedule into consideration when picking the date of your wedding. Your friends are relying on you. While your fiance may be concerned about the weather, you better be concerned that Ohio State isn't playing Michigan that day.

Otherwise your guests will all be glued to their smartphones watching the game or checking the scores, if they are even in attendance at all. Luckily for us, the Buckeyes played early so our guests were able to enjoy both the game and our celebration.

On top of that, she thought I agreed on the reception site because it was so nicely tucked into the harbor with gorgeous sunsets. But in actuality it was the closest place to our local Buckeye's Bar. 

Another thing to keep in mind is making sure you schedule time to talk about all things wedding. By planning time to talk, she thinks you enjoy talking about the wedding, but in reality we just want to be able watch our games in peace and not be interrupted during the 4th quarter.

They say communication and love is what makes a happy marriage, I disagree. It's tricking her into thinking you care and being able to watch sports in peace. 

Monday, November 18, 2013

Sareh Nouri Bridal

I had the pleasure of meeting the extraordinarily talented designer, Sareh Nouri, in New York while at Bridal Fashion Week. Not only is she a great designer, but she's an even better person. Check out the crazy way she got into the business, and find out about her even quicker rise to the top. Just wait until you see her Fall 2014 Collection - her convertible dresses are ingenious!

Enjoy a closer look at the designer behind Sareh Nouri Bridal!

If you loved these designs, you can take a look at more of the Fall 2014 collection as well others here

And to stay up to date with the latest on Sareh Nouri, show her some love on Facebook or follow her on Twitter @SarehNouri

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Beauty Products for the Big Day

Whether it's your Wedding Day or not, here are some beauty products that are some Must Have's for your bag. (And trust me, I've tried em all.)

But as for some tips, individual lashes are a must!  If they fall off, it's not as noticeable as strips. And while we always remember waterproof mascara, don't forget about waterproof eyeliner. Chanel eyeliner in Espresso is my everyday go-to. Swear by it!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Say No to Jumps

I've never preferred physical activity. Lots of my friends partake in those 5k color runs and half marathon shenanigans and my response is always the same - Why? I don't workout because I enjoy it, I do it because if I look at a cheeseburger, I gain weight. 

And when I'm sitting on my couch facebook stalking, I am inundated with people's workout posts and their six pack ab selfies. (Sidenote: I had a six pack for about a week in high school after a bout with mono, best week ever.) I always feel like commenting - "We get it, you work out. But I was productive too - polished off season one of Brothers & Sisters on Soap Net."

And to boot, all of my bridesmaids are negative two's - I'm the Khloe of the group. When I bought their dresses for the wedding I bought two size smalls and two extra extra smalls. Who knew that was even a size? But guess what I had to do? Exchange some because they were too big. Tiny bitches.

So spare yourself the misery or the possible sprained ankle (trust me, it has happened). When it comes to jumping photos - just say no. 

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Meghan & Ben : Making the Moment Photography

Meet Meg & Ben - whose wedding looks like your ultimate vintage Pinterest dream board come to life! From the beautiful backdrop, to the dress, to the DIY decor, everything was perfectly coordinated. But as we know, there's always more than meets the eye! Meg & Ben's I Guess I Do moments include a Groom's Snug Suit and a Short Circuit. Enjoy Meg's story in her own words below. 

Ben and I got engaged on Christmas in 2011, and the first few weeks of our engagement were a whirlwind. After some discussion we agreed on a small wedding party and ceremony so that we could be married on his family’s property. I learned very quickly to appreciate the friends and family who supported our vision, as there was some who certainly did not. Some unfortunate drama early on in our engagement put me out one bridesmaid, and taught me a major lesson in relationships. I had always been the one who tried to keep the peace and please the crowd and for the first time I was learning to do what made me happy, and am grateful for the experience, despite the tears that came with it… 

As a bride, you spend days, weeks, even months thinking about how you are going to look on your wedding day. You want everything to be right, the dress, the shoes, the veil... You schedule the first fitting, the second, and however many more it takes to get every detail just perfect. I mastered this part of the planning process. What I missed was giving half of that attention to the detail of my groom’s attire. 

So there we are, 2 weeks to the I Do’s and you’ll find us with our first major I Guess I Do moment. Ben’s suit had been hanging in our closet for over a month and suddenly it hit me that he has never actually tried it on. I had picked it up for him weeks ago and had (on occasion) asked him to try it on at the most inconvenient times, of course. But truthfully, I didn’t think much of it; I mean they had taken measurements, right?

I couldn’t have been more wrong… the jacket, well, it might have fit if Ben had no intention of lifting his arms the entire day, let alone moving in general. And the pants, true story, had enough room for an entire person to step in with him. Very quickly we learned the downside of a “nested” suit. 

Fast forward to 5 days to the wedding, another handful of visits to our suit retailer for additional measurements and alterations and we attempt a final fitting. Perfect, it was not, but at this point I think Ben would have been happier wearing a garbage bag. He can (almost) comfortably cross his arms and the pants stay when firmly belted. He’s beyond irritated at this point and neither of us wants to offer any more time to the matter, so the suit comes home.

If I could do it again, I would give his wedding day attire just as much attention as my own. Truthfully, no one else was aware of our suit woes, but we learned our lesson in procrastination and I encourage future brides to avoid the “nested” suit if given the option. 

I have always looked at the glass as half full, so it’s only fair that I spend a few moments talking about what went right. For a late April wedding, the weather was more than cooperative and from there everything else just fell into place. Our family and friends spent the morning setting up the reception site with all of the DIY details I had spent the last year and a half crafting. Every little detail I had envisioned fit together perfectly and resulted in the nature inspired nuptials we had both wanted. 

Our small ceremony was made up of our bridal party and family only; Ben’s uncle officiated, overlooking the pond Ben dug with his grandfather years ago, and the site provided the perfect backdrop for our intimate ceremony. From there we headed to our barn reception where our family was joined by many more friends who had yet to see us that day. We were in a state of wedded bliss from the moment we shared our “first look” and laid our eyes on the beautiful ceremony set-up. 

I had originally planned on an off-site location for wedding party photos, and 3 days before the wedding I learned that it was no longer an option. What I had thought to be devastating news resulted in the naturally simple and beautiful backdrop to our wedding photos; my specific vision had distracted me from the beauty right in front of us. 

In the hours leading up to the ceremony we had a few hiccups – including the moment when one my bridesmaids so gracefully snapped her gold “Love” bangle bracelet in half when trying to adjust it on her arm. After a valiant attempt with superglue, we admitted defeat and she wore a simple gold bangle so as not to draw attention to her naked wrist. 

Against the advice of most, I wanted my phone nearby “for emergencies” so I had one of the girls keep it in their purse. Throughout the early hours of the day I had been included in a strand of group texts so that I could give final approval to the reception set-up details. In between the ceremony and reception I decided to check my phone to check on our instagram hashtag. I was hoping to get a sneak peak of the reception as I hadn’t gotten a chance to see the final product. As our limo bus is pulling up to the barn for our grand introduction my phone buzzes with a reply to the string of texts. It read, “Who is our emergency contact for the barn? Circuit just blew.” I imagine the worst as I look towards the barn and seeing nothing but darkness on the inside. Where are the lights? I don’t see any lights. I can’t hear the band, this can’t be happening. We don’t have an emergency contact. Why don’t we have an emergency contact? 

Our photographer steps onto the bus amidst the commotion and offers to be the brave soul that scopes out the situation. The moments seem like hours as we wait for him to come back with a verdict. He calmly steps on the bus and says “We’re good, let’s go”. From that moment on the “blown circuit” is a distant memory… aside from the brief thought of “OMG, that’s my I Guess I Do Moment”. Turns out it was the circuit to the kitchen, and dinner was served a little later than expected, resulting in our bridal party crunching on cold green beans. Aside from that no one seemed to notice, and in fact, our guests raved about the food all night. 

Now, I feel like I had done a pretty good job of prepping my wedding day planner and set-up team with all the DIY details I wanted displayed at the reception. But one thing I failed to mention was the “Thank You’s” I put together and had wanted at each place setting. I was really proud of these notes as I had made them myself and they matched perfectly with our invitation suite, they even reminded our guests to visit our trail mix bar and grab goody bags for the road. But alas, no one ever saw them… 

Looking back, there’s really nothing I would change as even the moments of panic brought laughter to our day. I still cannot put into words our appreciation for our family and friends who made it all happen. I am thankful for the simple advice of friends reminding me to soak in every moment and to remember it’s not about the party, it’s about you and Ben. Truthfully, I am beyond amazed that I can still remember so many little details of the day as it sometimes seems like a dream. 

And if you loved the style of Meg's wedding, be sure to check out all of her stylist picks for Stella & Dot. Click here to see her latest trends in the accessories world!

Photography: Making the Moment  Ceremony Venue: Private Residence  Reception Venue: Muhlhauser Barn  Event Rentals: Primetime Party Rental  Florist: Two Little Buds  Cake: Groom's Grandmother  Band: The Remains  Lighting: Entertainment Unlimited LLC  Dress: Allure Bridals via Wendy's Bridal  Bridesmaid Dresses: Ann Taylor & Watters  Hair: Chelsea Feyka at Identity Salon  Makeup: Bajon Salon


Monday, November 4, 2013

Strippers - Worth It or a Waste?

Alright, lets strike up a convo about one you'll inevitably have before the wedding: Will there be Strippers? 

First off, let me start by saying I took an Un-Bride approach to the whole Bachelorette process as well. I went out with my mom, cousins, and friends to a winery in Ohio, as well as to San Diego with some girlfriends to celebrate, but there is no way in hell you would have seen me sporting a veil and tiara.

Call me a party pooper, I don't care. Parading around in a plethora of plastic covered penises just ain't my thang. If it's yours, that's fine - it just wasn't mine. 

Strippers have always been synonymous with Bachelor and Bachelorette parties. But if you've watched any reality show, you know that drinks and naked pootang before a wedding could be a recipe for disaster. 

Example - Tamra & Eddie on Real Housewives of Orange County, or Mario Lopez and Ali Landry the Doritos Girl. Apparently he allegedly cheated on her with a stripper at his Bachelor party. She found out days later and their marriage was annulled - eek AC Slater!

Either way it's a conversation that you should have before your parties, that way you're on the same page and there aren't any surprises. Kyle and I both agreed we wouldn't have strippers. A dong flapping in my face didn't sound too appealing and Kyle didn't want to be put into any compromising situations that would lead me to A.) nagging him or B.) possibly chopping his dick off.

Friends play a big role in this situation as well. Thankfully, I love Kyle's friends to death. They are great guys. Their bachelor parties always consist of golf and lots of drinking, but our dads could attend the party which says a lot. If you feel strongly about an issue, make sure it's conveyed to your friends as well.

Now if you both are cool with it - great. You are secure in your relationship and trusting, and there isn't anything wrong with that. For me it wasn't about not trusting Kyle, it was that I never have really understood the whole Bachelor/Bachelorette shindig to begin with. 

To me there's a line. I feel like these parties like getting as close to the edge as they can until the line is blurred. And sometimes the line gets crossed - and that's when you have a situation. To which I say - why draw the line at all?

So tell me what you think - Strippers: Worth It or a Waste?

Photos Courtesy: Bravo TV