I Guess I Do

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Signature Drinks

When it comes to cocktail hour, lots of venues give you the option to do a 'signature' drink at your wedding. We chose to have a Mojito Bar at ours, but beware...the drinks that taste the best are often the most deadly. Just ask my friends who were hungover until the next Tuesday...

Ahh, who cares...Drink up!

Monday, July 28, 2014


A birthday gets better when you have your best friends from college to share it with. I love these two and truly mean it. I believe you can love your husband, but can have that same type of undying love for your friends. We've seen each other through the darkest of times, and it's nice to be coming out the other end. 

You can say what you want about me, maybe you think I'm a bitch, or maybe you find my humor funny, but the one thing you can't call me is fake. If I like you, I really like you. And if I don't, I don't act like I do. But if I call you a friend (a word I use sparingly) I would cut a bitch for you, or take a bullet for you (okay, so I may hesitate at the bullet, but a large blunt object--I can safely say I wouldn't flinch).

I am thankful for the constant laughter these two bring into my life, even if we only get to do it face-to-face once a year. For us, that's all we need.

Thursday, July 24, 2014


I've never been a big fan of birthdays. As much as you'd think I like putting myself on display on here, I'm not a fan of all the attention. Maybe it can be traced back to when I failed my drivers test at sixteen (trivial), or when my Nonna's funeral was on my twenty-first (devastating). Ever since, my birthday would bring about memories of the past, memories that weren't worthy of celebrating. 

But as I've gotten older, I've realized that maybe it's not about celebrating the day you were born, but celebrating that you are lucky enough to have another year ahead. I feel fortunate enough to have another year to cram in everything I possibly can in this thing we call life. 

And cram it in I will...

Monday, July 21, 2014


I was fortunate enough not to have a Fashion Police taping this week, and was able to head back to my hometown of Sandusky, Ohio to reunite with some college friends. Our old college adviser was nice enough to treat us all to a stay at Cedar Point for the weekend. 

It's easy to lose touch as the years go by, but I've realized not to let the good ones slip away. They are worth the effort. It was great to catch up, bust each others balls, and do what we do best -- drink. 

We also caught up with family and celebrated my brother's birthday with a cookout, some cornhole, and our annual water balloon toss. 

While I am grateful for my life in LA, there are plenty of things I miss about Ohio - the smell of freshly cut grass, listening to thunderstorms, the lake, my dog George, shredded chicken sandwiches, and the people - especially the people. 

I've been to lots of places, but can still confidently say - Midwest is the Best...

Have a great week UnBrides and try to share it with some good peeps!


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Stomach Solutions

As you may have been able to tell from Monday's post, I have a very weak stomach. But in talking with all of my girlfriends, most of us do (apparently unlike blessed men like Kyle who have complete control over their digestive systems). 

Now for some advice you surely won't find anywhere else, but you need to know. Here are my tips on how to avoid shit-tastic situations on your wedding day. Now try and say that three times fast. 

It's the week of your wedding, and you've most likely been on a diet and staying away from the carbs. But the night of your rehearsal dinner is sure to bring about some baskets of bread. And anyone who did the Atkins Diet in college knows what its like to have a carb for the first time in a month--leaving you with enough gas to fuel a trip up the California coast. 

Don't spend the night before your wedding in misery. Plus, the week of the wedding is when the family starts to trickle in and things start to get stressful, so eat those feelings girl--you've worked hard up to this point so it won't make a difference. A hungry bride equals a hoodrat bride, so eat up!

Now if you said, "Raquel, take your advice and shove it," and did not listen to rule number one then you may have found yourself in predicament. After months of living on lettuce, you dove into that fettuccine face first at your rehearsal, feel like you have to shit a brick, or have a brick in your stomach you can't shit. I'm not sure which is worse.

But no matter what you do, do not take a laxative the night before your wedding. You still may be feeling those affects the next day, especially with all of those excess nerves. Trust me, a friend did, and she was making pit stops to the porcelain throne throughout pictures and up until the walk to the altar. When in doubt, just try to let nature takes its course, because any outside help may not be so helpful the next day. 

When the morning of the big day comes, our priorities lie with making sure the reception hall is set up and heading off to those hair appointments. The last things on our minds is eating. But make sure at some point, you've arranged for brunch to be dropped off. I suggest having it brought to the room you are getting ready in so you are sure to have some. We ordered Subway to the suite and everyone snacked on it throughout the day.  

Also, be sure to have dinner at your wedding, I barely did because I was a sweaty hot mess and was too busy getting my hair up and out of my face. I had about three bites of chicken, but what from everyone says, the food was amazing. I just wish I would have known that myself. In the end, my goal was to get college wasted, and on an empty stomach, indeed I did. I definitely did myself proud.

That being said, do you think I should submit this to Martha Stewart Weddings? Seems right up their alley...

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Party's Here

Whether you're hosting a low-key outdoor wedding, or hosting a party this summer, here are some of my all-time favorite must have's for your occasion. 

1. Skinny Girl: Strawberry/Lime/Coconut Vodka Drinks  2. Hanging Outdoor Lights  3. Water Balloon Toss  4. Fried Deviled Eggs (Nick's Laguna Beach are my jam)  5. Mini Fruit Pizzas  6. Parmesan Garlic Corn on the Cob

Monday, July 7, 2014

Jessica & Marshall : Ian Pascoe Photography

Meet the adorable couple Jessica & Marshall. Having known Jess in college, she was always a fashion staple - so stylish and chic! So when I saw her truly original wedding dress while Facebook stalking, I knew I had to share it with all of you! And I'm glad I did, because the journey to finding her dress is definitely a classic one you need to hear! Enjoy Jessica's story in her own words below...

I was so thrilled to be engaged and excited to get married but I was not looking forward to all of the stress of planning a wedding. According to my friends who had been married before me, the planning process could get pretty intense and I decided from day one that I wanted it to be as simple as possible. 

My fiance and I live in Florida but my entire family lives in Ohio so we planned a trip up north to nail down as many wedding details as we could fit into one weekend. Once we finalized a location and a date (my hometown and 7 months away from when we got engaged, why wait?) it was time to figure out the next most important detail, the dress. 

As someone who works in the fashion industry I knew finding the perfect dress would not be an easy task for me. I didn't know exactly what I wanted but I knew exactly what I didn't want: no satin (too shiny), no all over lace (everyone does it), no strapless (too much adjusting), you get the idea. After doing HOURS of online research, I had found a measly two dresses that I was interested in trying on. Two out of the thousands of beautiful options available! Apparently I am very picky. 

For my wedding dress selection panel I had chosen my mom, my best friend and matron of honor, and my aunt. Off we went to the first stop, imagining a beautiful bridal salon with floor to ceiling mirrors, crystal chandeliers and champagne. This was going to be great! Little did we know we were walking into our first I Guess I Do moment.

We were instantly brought down to earth as we entered our first shop. Swarming with people and packed to the brim with dresses kept in clear plastic garment bags, this was not the glamorous experience we had envisioned. To top it off we were told there was a dressing room shortage, so after changing into dresses in front of my entire group PLUS another bride and her mother, we decided this wasn’t the place for us.

Thankfully we moved on to our next appointment where we had the wonderful experience that we were hoping for, and I found THE dress, a beautiful silk georgette, tiered skirt Hayley Paige dress with floral beaded bodice. It was one of the options I had found online, so it was meant to be! 

Now on my husband’s family’s culture:

My husband Marshall’s family is from a small island in the south pacific called Kiribati. For weddings it is customary for family and friends to perform a series of song and dance to wish the happy couple good luck and welcome the new family into their culture. We did not know exactly what to expect from their performance, it could have been a total I Guess I Do moment at the reception, but it was definitely the highlight of night. My mother in law and her family and friends got together every night the week of the wedding to work on their performance for the wedding and they did not disappoint! 

Tip for a stress free wedding: Don’t sweat the small stuff! Choose which parts of your day are most important to you and focus on those, keep less important aspects as simple and stress free as possible. You want your engagement and your big day to be filled with memories of fun times and family, not of stressful tears and panic. The cake and wedding programs were not on the top of my priority list so for the cake I found a photo of a cake that I liked online and emailed it to the bakery. That was the last I thought about it and on the day of it was beautiful! I took a similar approach with the programs and they ended up being just fine.

Photographer: Ian Pascoe  Venue/Food/Cake: The Oscar Event Center  DJ: DJ Toad  Florist: Bryan's Flowers Dress: Hayley Paige via Amanda's Hyde Park Bridal (Awesome experience! Would definitely recommend) Bridesmaid Dresses: Victoria's Secret Catalog Knife Pleat Maxi (Under $150!!) 

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Fourth of July

Happy Fourth of July UnBrides! 

Mine will be spent writing on a project I hope to share with you all in the near future, but until then enjoy some bbq and light some sparklers for me!