Life Happens

Life Happens: Our Venue Screwed Us Over

Wedding planning isn’t always Pinterest-perfect. There are bumps (hell, sometimes sinkholes!) along the way. And that’s okay because ultimately these obstacles bring you and your fiancé/e closer together.

Life Happens: Because wedding planning isn't always pinterest perfectWith our wedding, the horrible experience I went through turned out to be a MAJOR blessing in disguise. Our wedding was truly a perfect day. And I would have been perfectly okay with it not being perfect, but it was.

Jake and I were married on the edge of Swan Lake in Montana at his family’s cabin. It was the perfect setting for our vintage inspired, whimsical, rustic, intimate wedding. While I definitely wanted the ceremony at the cabin, I had picked out this great little spot for our reception. Because I had planned the whole thing from our home in Tennessee, I really wanted the reception to be handled by professionals- to alleviate some of the stress of planning. With my mother-in-law-to-be in tow, I toured the reception venue a YEAR ahead (how organized and prepared I was!). The owner was charming and reassuring. The venue was an elegant-yet-rustic little restaurant-slash-hotel that sat right on a harbor. The food was great! Perfect. I put down a deposit and signed a contract to reserve the venue for our reception. I felt so relieved to check that off my list! (more…)

Life Happens: Gown Shopping Nightmare

Wedding planning isn’t always Pinterest-perfect. There are bumps (hell, sometimes sinkholes!) along the way. And that’s okay because ultimately these obstacles bring you and your fiancé/e closer together.

By Amy

Life Happens: Because wedding planning isn't always pinterest perfectWhen I went shopping for my wedding dress, I was expecting it to be this magical experience where I slipped into The One, pranced out in front of my mom, two sisters and best friend, and everyone would applause between sips of Champagne as the stylists placed the perfect veil over my head to complete the look. That’s what happens on Bravo, right?

It was a nightmare. (more…)

Life Happens: I Had to Steal My Flowers

By Mary Elizabeth

Wedding planning isn’t always Pinterest-perfect. There are bumps (hell, sometimes sinkholes!) along the way. And that’s okay because ultimately these obstacles bring you and your fiancé/e closer together.

Life Happens: Because wedding planning isn't always pinterest perfectI have never been a lovey-dovey type of girl, however, like most girls I did look forward to planning my wedding the way I imagined it. I operate under an OCD, high-strung, plan-everything-perfectly mentality whenever I have a project in my sight—unfortunately, the outcome ends up being more of the Griswold-family-vacation fashion more often than not. When my engagement was nearing its end (and the big day was just within my grasp) all of the last-minute details seemed to multiply out of nowhere. Thankfully, I had an expert team of bridesmaids who helped me with all my down-to-the-wire deets. I anticipated the day before my wedding being all Champagne-infused brunches and bridal party mani/pedi heaven, but I was unaware of just how crazy the last two days would truly be. (more…)