A family friend’s STUNNING wedding cake
Confession time: I love weddings. Who doesn’t, right? No, I mean I really love weddings. There is no way to put this that won’t be at least a little humiliating, but here are the incriminating facts: I’ve been planning weddings (not just my own, mind you) since I was ten years old and I consider myself a veritable expert. I have a waist-high stack of wedding magazines at home, four design blogs bookmarked on my computer, and an image drop-box dedicated to all things bridal (a sacred and safeguarded collection of my best ideas).
I often wonder why I’m so fascinated with weddings–after all, I’m not religious, I object to traditional gender stereotypes, and I don’t plan to get married anytime soon–but here’s what I came up with. First of all, I love event planning. I like hosting parties, I planned my high school prom and Olaf’s President’s Ball, and I enjoy bringing together creative ideas with meaningful details to design a memorable event. Furthermore, I’m a romantic idealist who thinks that love should be celebrated, and what better way than with family and friends? Finally, I’ve been to my fair share of weddings and all of them have been GREAT.
My first wedding (Annie and I were the flower girls)
I hadn’t realized how many weddings I had been to until I started to count them up…family friends, cousins, neighbors, a speech coach, pals and relatives of ex-boyfriends (I cried at those too, this woman knows no shame). Most recently, this list has included a few of my own close friends. In total, I have been to thirteen weddings. Flower girl twice, bridesmaid once, and a brief stint as “official program distributer.” I’ve honed my critical evaluation skills, established standards, and cultivated my qualifications as a wedding connoisseur. So this is why weddings are bella piccoli pezzi for me, here is what I love to celebrate…
Our first high school friends to get married: Lindsey and Brent with the whole Mounds View crew at their August 2011 wedding
The walk down the aisle, the commitment, and the love. Regardless of how laid back you are, how informal the ceremony is, or how long you have known each other, I will still cry as you walk down the aisle. As a fifteen year-old bridesmaid in my cousin’s wedding, I sniveled into my bouquet in front of 200 people. This summer I watched my study abroad roommate tear up when she saw her fiancé down the aisle, and I promptly became an inconsolable mess. It was perfect and beautiful, so naturally, things got sloppy (on my end).
My roommate Anna and her dad, October 2011
And then there is the opportunity to dress up in endearing collections of matching formal wear. Thanks to a cousin’s wedding, I have a cute, candy-red cocktail dress hanging in my closet (with matching necklace, shoes, and nail polish) just waiting for a fun night out. The dress is great, but there is really no beating my (second) flower girl outfit. My mom coordinated floral headpieces, ribbon wands, ballet slippers, and handmade pink dresses with wings on the back, so Annie and I could dance down the aisle like angels. With two young flower girls, it was the perfect way to work our outfits into the overall ethereal, whimsical style of the wedding, and to complement the laid-back ceremony.
Bridesmaids (and a reader) in my cousin Valeri’s 2004 wedding
Flower girl “angels” in our family friend Heather’s wedding
Cake! So many flavors of wedding cake and buttercream frosting with fondant decorations and edible flowers. I’ve seen the occasional cheesecake or cupcake or decorated cake pop, and as long as it comes between dinner and dancing, I will definitely be all about it.
Robin and Andy’s gorgeous four-tier masterpiece
Fresh flowers. I love colorful bouquets and artistic floral arrangements, but I rarely get to enjoy them. Yet another reason weddings are the best (unless you are buying the flowers).
Bridesmaid bouquets from Taylor and Kayli’s wedding
Furthermore, weddings are like giant high school dances (hilarious and awesome) minus the awkwardness, plus better social skills, and everyone is generally better looking. Besides being an important day and a very moving ceremony, my friend Brent’s wedding this summer was a fantastic excuse to dress up and get down with all of our best friends.
The boys fighting over the garter at Brent and Lindsey’s August 2011 wedding
There are so many creative and beautiful wedding planning resources to explore (read: get completely addicted to), and they are coming in handy now that I have a number of engaged friends (read: unwitting future victims of my design-crazed schemes). One of my lovely friends just announced her engagement and said, “hey, I hear that you really like weddings. Do you have any ideas for mine?” and all that I could think was omg-you-have-just-opened-Pandora’s-box. But in a good way. Like if the box was full of cute DIY projects and personal touches and decorations and love. Anyways, here are four blogs that I’m currently obsessed with (I dare you to spend less than an hour drooling over them):
- Ruffled: DIY projects and real wedding profiles, with extra love for all things vintage
- Project Wedding Blog: real wedding profiles plus couture and boutique coverage
- Style Me Pretty: my absolute favorite (check out the local blog networks at the bottom and the “little black book blog” tab at the top…they are to die for)
- Capture Studios: a photography and videography company that makes the most beautiful videos (the video of the couple who met in Spain made me cry)
Just a few more: Juliet Marries Romeo, My Wedding Chat, 100 Layer Cake, Elizabeth Anne Designs, Glamour and Grace, Love and Lavender, Once Wed, Snippet and Ink, Green Wedding Shoes, and Grey Likes Weddings. Besides blogs, I love my subscriptions to The Knot, Martha Stuart Weddings, and Minnesota Bride magazines, and I cannot get enough of shows like Say Yes to the Dress, Four Weddings, and My Fair Wedding.
Oh yes, did I also mention that my incredibly talented friend Caroline is Editorial Intern and just had her first article published in Minnesota Bride? I am surrounded by inspiration.
No big deal, Caroline just has a staff heading and byline in here!
Simply put, I love weddings. I am beyond thrilled that I have FIVE more weddings to look forward to this upcoming year…so many bella piccoli pezzi in this charmed life of mine!