‘The Bachelorette’ Season 11 Episode 8 Recap: Picnics and Parting Ways

the-bachelorette-episode-8Last week on The Bachelorette, we left off with a confrontation between Shawn and Kaitlyn. But really, what else is new? Shawn is Britt, basically. This episode started off super slow — I was yawning for most of it — but the last 30 minutes were a game changer. I promise! And I am not the king of empty promises unlike someone I know (Chris “you’ve never seen anything like this before” Harrison). If your work morning is as slow as this episode was, then you’re ready to recap after the jump! (more…)

Josh and Blake’s Heartwarming Jewish Wedding at the St. Regis [VIDEO]

Between the heartfelt vows and tear-jerking toasts, Josh and Blake’s wedding at the St. Regis in New York City is not withholding on emotion. McKenzie Miller does an incredible job at capturing the essence of the day on film — just be sure to have a tissue handy.

Wedding Vendors:

Venue: The St. Regis New York
Videography: McKenzie Miller Films
Photography: Roey Yohai Photography
Floral Design: Pedestals
Cake: Momofuku
Band: JK Entertainment
Tuxedos: J.Crew and Martin Greenfield Clothiers
Linens: I Do Linens

YouTube Has the Most Perfect Video to Celebrate #MarriageEquality

Thought you were through your tears? Think again. YouTube just released their #ProudToLove video celebrating Pride month and today’s Supreme Court ruling for marriage equality by highlighting courageous individuals coming out and the path that our country has taken.

We wouldn’t be where we are today, in this moment, without these individuals. The ones who stood up for their love against an entire government, who challenged it and paved the way so that we all have the right to marry whom we love.

So yes, cheers to crying at our desks on this beautiful Friday — we have made history and it feels so damn good.

VICTORY! Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Marriage Equality

marriage-equality-supreme-courtMoments ago, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality.

Once I stop crying from happiness, I’ll post more detailed information. Congratulations to all equality supporters on this historical win!

UPDATE: Okay, now that I have my bearings about me and my body has (sort of) stopped shaking, here are the deets. In a 5-4 decision, the United States Supreme Court has ruled that same-sex couples have the right to marry in every state. This lifts bans in the states where it’s still being enforced: North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Texas, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, and Michigan.

The decision was written Justice Anthony Kennedy, and states, “No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.”

The decision comes on the anniversary of the historic LGBT rights victory in the United States vs. Windsor and Lawrence vs. Texas cases and on the eve of PRIDE weekend in many major cities.

Today history was made. Remember it. Remember where you were when you heard the news. Remember the feeling that is in the pit of your stomach right now. Remember the tears of happiness flowing down your cheek and never forget what it took to get to this moment.

Happy PRIDE everyone — we truly have something to celebrate this year.

Hillary Clinton’s Marriage Equality Video Will Tug at Your Heartstrings

hillary-clinton-marriage-equality-videoAs our country eagerly awaits the Supreme Court decision on marriage equality, Hillary Clinton‘s campaign released an emotional YouTube video that drives home exactly what a ruling for equality means for so many couples.

Against the backdrop of multiple love stories unfolding in different facets of their lives — proposals, wedding days, births of children — Clinton speaks on how far we’ve come and what it took to get to where we are today. (more…)

#WeddingWednesday: San Francisco Wedding Planner Amy Nichols Special Events

If I’ve learned anything from my wedding planning experience, it’s that it’s crucial you curate a team of vendors who understand your relationship and your vision for the day. Which is why I’m so grateful that our Love List is stocked with some seriously amazing, not to mention talented, teams and individuals. So in an attempt to allow you to get to know them a bit better, I’ve started an ongoing series for #WeddingWednesday, highlighting a different vendor each week in which they can share professional and personal tidbits about themselves. And, lucky for us, first up is Amy Nichols of Amy Nichols Special Events!

Amy and Love Inc.’s Love Story: Amy is a full service event planner based in San Francisco. I had long stalked her gorgeous work on Instagram and wedding blogs so when she emailed me about becoming a Love Lister, I was positively giddy. We quickly realized that we were both passionate about equality and later realized that we shared an affinity for certain TV shows (The Bachelorette and OITNB FTW!). Her talent for creating the most picturesque scenes for a wedding continues to blow my mind — it’s no wonder you often find her work in the likes of Style Me Pretty, Martha Stewart and BRIDES. So without further ado, let’s get to know a bit more about her, shall we?

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Lindsay and Ryan’s Nostalgic, Ravinia Park Wedding


ravinia-park-wedding-15Despite 40-degree weather and the consistent pitter-patter of raindrops, Lindsay and Ryan’s wedding photos exude warmth, happiness and delight. Rebecca Marie Photography affirms what is already obvious: the sweet and genuine nature of these two lovebirds is absolutely contagious. Between tying the knot halfway between their hometowns in Highland Park, Ill., and Lindsay getting ready in her childhood bedroom, the special day for this lovely couple was brimming with nostalgia and loving memories as they embarked on the next phase of their life together.

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