Mrs. Sparkler, Chicago
Age and Occupation: 27, Writer
Fiance's Age and Occupation: 26, Publisher
Engagement Date: July 21, 2010
Wedding Date: September 2011
Venue: Chicago Illuminating Company
About Me: I’m a Southern lady living in the big city of Chicago. Well, lady may be a stretch, but I’m working hard to keep some Virginia charm in our sleek, urban, wedding-palooza! I’m addicted to marathons, not-so-famous bands, Chicago restaurants, and Mark Twain. I cry during SPCA commercials, and I think LOST was the best show to ever hit television. Mr. S and I met at a classy college mixer and, 7 years later, he’s still by my side. He’s the only child, laid back, free spirit... I’m the oldest of five kids, type-A, organizer. It doesn’t work on paper, but we’ve never paid attention to that stuff anyway. Somehow it works. And like they say, sometimes when you know…you just know.
You guys, do you know how many months I’ve been sitting on this post, procrastinating like a pro and not hitting “publish”? I’ve been writing it and rewriting it in my head, thinking, “Oh, maybe I’ll tell them about how I forgot to make table numbers,” or “I never told them how I freaked out, refused to wear my veil, and shoved it into my purse.” But the truth is, time is passing, life is moving forward, and I’m tired of talking about this wedding. The real, honest-to-goodness truth is that, when you’re on the other side of this fantastic event in your life, you’re probably going to be like, “Get that wedding album outta my f-ing face, let’s sit on the couch and get accidentally hammered while we watch The Biggest Loser and not think about escort cards.”
And that’s being married, my friends. That’s true love.
Married life is extremely busy.
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Mrs. Treasure, Chicago
Age and Occupation: 24, Law Student
Fiance's Age and Occupation: 28, Equity Analyst
Engagement Date: July 30, 2011
Wedding Date: September 2012
Venue: Saint James Chapel at Quigley Prep/Murphy Auditorium
About Me: I was born and raised in Indiana, but now live in sweet home Chicago. I'm a third-year law student and aspiring trial lawyer, which means Mr. T never wins an argument. Other than Mr. T, I love singing, exploring the Chicago restaurant scene, and Notre Dame football. We met in a musical (just like my parents!) and after 4 years together, we are excited to be planning our urban "destination" wedding.
Family formal posts are a little boring, so I’ll try to speed through it.
After the ceremony ended and we walked up the aisle, we immediately turned back around and headed to the altar for family photos. We had 15 minutes to get them all in, so time was of the essence.
We started out with a formal shot of the newly married bride and groom.
Then my parents joined in…
Mrs. Beanstalk, Boston/Delray Beach
Age and Occupation: 27 Retail Manager & Freelance Graphic Designer
Fiance's Age and Occupation: 30 & UI Developer
Engagement Date: July 4, 2011
Wedding Date: October 2012
Venue: Sundy House in Delray Beach, Florida
About Me: I’m a Miami girl living up in New England. I went to art school. I’m addicted to coffee (especially of the Cuban variety). I’m engaged to the most amazing guy who always knows what to say or do to make me laugh! I love to bake cupcakes and cookies. I work in the fashion industry. I have a huge sweet tooth. Green is my favorite color (but pink is a close second). I am a huge music lover and usually have a different favorite song each week. Photography is one of my true passions. I love fairy tales and pumpkins. I like all things pretty and ruffly. I love to read (oh, and I love to write). My fiancé and I are planning an October destination wedding in Delray Beach, Florida that is going to be filled with tons of DIY details and, of course, pumpkins!
The last excursion we did was a fun one. We went zip-lining! Neither of us had ever done it before, so we were both excited. The place we went to do it at was small, which was perfect for beginners like us! It was on a plantation (the Morne Cobaril Estate in Soufriere) and the the zip-line course went into the forest on the grounds.
I’m kind of scared of heights, so was a little terrifying at first, but I got the hang of it. For some reason I kept getting stuck out in the middle of the line and would then have to pull myself to the other end! Apparently I was gripping too tightly! Eventually I could make it all the way across! Our guides kept showing us all of these fancy ways to zip across. Mr. Beanstalk rather enjoyed flying in the trees with no hands. I, however, stuck with the simple two-handed method.
Mrs. Lemur, Greenville, South Carolina
Age and Occupation: 22, Graduate Student
Fiance's Age and Occupation: 22, Security Officer
Engagement Date: October 9, 2012
Wedding Date: May 2013
Venue: Pleasant Ridge Camp & Retreat Center
About Me: I may fancy myself a doctor after too many episodes of House—but in reality I'm finally almost done with my degree in business administration (less than three months left!). My fiance and I met at school in undergrad hundreds of miles away from either of our hometowns and have been happily running and hiking together ever since. We're undertaking a long distance relationship as I finish school and we plan our casual wedding for a day after graduation—needless to say, it will be the busiest and most exciting weekend of our lives so far!
From the beginning we had a pretty good idea of where we were headed for our honeymoon—but that doesn’t mean I resisted the urge to Google top honeymoon destinations and drool over the beautiful locales and perfect resorts. Our honeymoon will be more low key than any of these, but I might send a few them off to Mr. Lemur as a hint for our one-year anniversary!
Image via Romantic Getaways
Anyone else not know Curacao existed until the last season of The Bachelorette? After Jef (with one f, I never did understand that…) proposed to Emily with the darling buildings in the background, I had to add this one to the list. The fact that Jef & Emily are sadly no longer together does not ruin this beautiful island for me!
Mrs. Wallaby, Houston
Age and Occupation: 24, Environmental Engineer
Engagement Date: January 1, 2012
Wedding Date: November 2012
Venue: Oak Tree Manor
About Me: I'm a free-spirited, adventurous girl who loves anything active, reading, traveling, cooking up new dishes for my fiancé, and working on my budding garden. My fiancé is an athletic, intellectual, animal-loving guy with an obsession with basketball and who treats me with the deepest compassion and respect. We are both engineers, and we met at our workplace. Together we complement one another and make a great team, and we are excitedly counting down the days until our outdoor wedding in Houston in November. We're planning a green wedding with lots of Persian cultural touches, and I can't wait to share all of the before-and-after details of our special day
Miss Lemur recently mentioned how confusing it is to navigate the world of registries—how do you choose among 50 different toasters? If you haven’t lived on your own for long, how do you know what you’re going to need in the future? What stuff is worth it, and what isn’t? Now that I qualify as an Old Married Woman (hah! we just celebrated our three month anniversary), I thought I’d share with you our actual registry list: our favorite items, what we’ve regretted, and stuff we’ve purchased or wanted since. This is a monster of a post, so bear with me.
And please, puh-lease keep in mind: every single household is unique. My BFF is Mexican and uses her tortilla press allllll the time, but I would probably never take one of those things out of the box. We are tea drinkers, so a coffee maker didn’t make the registry cut. You get the idea.
Anyways, here’s our top eight favorite things we registered for:
Being a sugar fiend, I love to bake anything and everything. But I am only a few years out of college and haven’t invested in a whole lot of bakeware. I’ve been loving the two cookie sheets, loaf pans, oven mitts, steel cooling racks, and covered muffin pans we received as wedding gifts. These get a lot of mileage in my kitchen. It’s easy to get carried away in the baking department, though, so be wary of gadgets and specialty pans that you may never use. It’s easy to buy a new novelty-shaped cake pan down the road.
Nordic Ware Covered Aluminum Muffin Pan / Image via Williams-Sonoma
2) High-quality pots and pans
Miss Jackrabbit, Brighton, UK
Age and Occupation: 26, Office Manager
Fiance's Age and Occupation: 25, Songwriter
Engagement Date: October 5, 2012
Wedding Date: September 2013
Venue: Fabrica Gallery, Brighton
About Me: I honestly thought I'd go all Monica Geller when I started planning our wedding, but in truth, things couldn't have gone much differently. I am working my way through this venture, figuring things out as I go, and adopting a 'Que Sera, Sera,' approach to making decisions. When I'm not organising the biggest day of my life, I can usually be found drinking a glass of wine, crafting up one thing or another, or stopping my cat from head-butting me in the face.
One of the main things I want our wedding to be is interactive. I really like the look of weddings that give guests something to do or something to talk about.
This is why when searching through Pinterest for ideas on what to do for a seating plan, I was uninspired by things like this:
Image via Style Me Pretty / Photograph by Christine Farah
Mrs. Sword, Chicago
Age and Occupation: 28, Nanny/Actress
Fiance's Age and Occupation: 28, Software Engineer
Engagement Date: February 19, 2012
Wedding Date: March 2013
Venue: Embassy Suites Bloomington West in Bloomington, MN
About Me: I am a true girly-girl originally from the great state of Minnesota and my fiancé hails from the beautiful country of Scotland. We met and fell in love in our favorite city, Chicago, and are having a blast blending our cultures for "A Highland Fairy Tale" wedding! We are truly a case of opposites attract in that he’s a world traveling introvert and I’m a social butterfly who is never too far from home. We both love hanging out with family and friends, fine dining, and laughing at ourselves. He drinks a lot of beer and I talk too much. We wouldn’t have it any other way!
I realized awhile ago that I have made up a ton of new words in the past few months while blogging for Weddingbee, and I’ve decided it’s time to make a glossary so people have a chance to understand what the heck I’m talking about and so these words can continue to get used.
It all started back when I wrote about the other types of brides that exist besides Bridezillas. After that, I pretty much made up words whenever I saw the need.
(In case you feel robbed because you’ve been saying these words or phrases for years, I apologize in advance, and anyway they are new to me!)
DIY: Destroy-it-Yourself. I have joked about how I am a terrible craft-er many times here on the hive. I know DIY means Do-it-Yourself, but I like my version better. It means you take full responsibility for what happens to your project, it means it probably won’t turn out perfectly, and it’s frankly, it’s a hell of a lot more fun to say!