The First Year of Marriage is NO Honeymoon!

We’ve all heard the conventional wisdom about marriages, that newlyweds embark upon a “honeymoon phase” during the very first year. When I was married, however, I think that phase lasted one or two months and then the serious challenges kicked in. This was something I was prepared for because before getting married, I talked to my married friends about their relationships. The vast majority of  them said that the first year was the most challenging....more
First year was hard for us.  Really hard. Since then there have been phases of "fantastic" and ...more

Five 2014 Wedding Trends You Can DIY

I love looking at pretty wedding things, a fact that often surprises people. You see, I didn't have a wedding. My husband and I decided to get married and 10 days later ran off to City Hall without telling anyone. Surprise! If we'd had a wedding, we would have had to DIY a lot of things. When I looked at all the pretty wedding things I always wonder whether it is possible to DIY them. Here are some of this year's trends that you can do yourself. Baby's Breath...more

Growing up

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27 Little White Dresses For Every Wedding Event

Around this time last year, I was looking for Little White Dresses (LWDs). My wedding was just around the corner, and I was looking for any opportunity to wear all white—the bridal shower, the rehearsal dinner, the reception, etc. I put together posts where I curated LWDs that could be worn for any of these events. Recently, I noticed that those posts are receiving an increase in traffic. I felt kind of bad because being a year old, the dresses in those posts are no longer available. ...more
Court Blanche  I stopped by your blog. I love it!more

I said yes to the dress!

Friday night my mom, sisters, and I set an appointment at David's Bridal to try on wedding gowns, and to look for bridesmaids dresses. I thought this would just be us trying on dresses to get an idea of what I want. Who knew that after trying on only three dresses I would have found the one I loved!...more

30 Years of Marriage, 30 Gifts of Imperfection

I feel like I fell asleep for 30 years and just woke up. How did 30 years go by so quickly? We sat and talked about options for celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary. I asked him randomly, “Now what?” He looked puzzled at my question. I said it again, “Now what?” It is a simple question, right?...more
lipstklitterati thank you for sharing. This is an amazing article and lot of couples should read ...more

Re-thinking love and romance.

When I was younger, I had romantic notions about what love was. I mean, they weren’t so much my notions as they were the notions of Nora Ephron and any movie that Julia Roberts was in (except, like, the one she was in with Nick Nolte and that other one where she dressed up like an old timey lady.) Basically, if you were holding a stereo up over your head and playing tremendous 80s love songs, or exchanging witty banter with your best guy friend who didn’t know he loved you until you took off your glasses, you were speaking my love language. ...more

Pink & Turquoise Wedding Mood Board

When I was planning my wedding last June, I would spend hours looking for pink and turquoise weddings. My favorite color is pink, and I decided to go bold with fuchsia pink and turquoise. The men wore gray suits with cobalt blue accents. It was a lovely combination and perfect for a summer wedding.  I've put together a mood board using photos from our wedding. This is for the bride who is planning her own pink and turquoise wedding. I hope this comes in handy on your search for inspiration....more

here comes the sun and the bluebird of happiness

I'm so excited! We're in Wedding mode in our family, and few things will make you as crazy busy and as crazy happy as helping two amazing people get ready to say "I do."Especially when the bride is your cousin, sister, girlfriend and sweetest cutie-patootie all rolled up into one...more

Our 2nd Wedding Anniversary

Yesterday was our second wedding anniversary! In some ways it feels like we said "I do" five minutes ago, but in other ways it feels like we've been married foreeevvvveeerrrrrrrrrr. ...more