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April 14, 2017

I’ve thought about bridal parties three different ways: You should only have your closest friends and family in the bridal party – keeping it small and intimate will cut down on drama and stress. Besides, you don’t want to look back on your wedding photos and think, “I’m not even friends with that person anymore!” […]

March 31, 2017

Three years ago during a wedding reception, a drunk groomsman grabbed my butt. I don’t mean an accidental brush-by that happens on a crowded dance floor, I mean a full-on, intentional hand grab. The entire wedding day was incredibly stressful –  a constant downpour of rain that had everyone scrambling to move inside, high tensions between family […]

March 15, 2017

When I went shopping for my wedding gown seven (!!!) years ago, I told my Mom I’d be happy buying the first gown in the first store. I felt overwhelmed with the entire process, the cost, the expectations of what it should feel like when you know you’ve got the right one. Long story short, […]

March 6, 2017

It’s getting harder and harder to find a wedding with lots of little children running around. It’s a growing trend in the wedding industry to have a child-free ceremony, reception, or both. The invitations are addressed only to the parents, there’s no flower girl or ring bearer, and no sleeping toddlers slumped over a shoulder […]

February 7, 2017

Before Justin and I were married, I was barreling ahead to a career in food writing. I had a recipe column in the Frederick News Post, a food blog filled with cookbook reviews and mostly-dessert ideas, and a budding collection of cookbooks that, to this day, has gotten out of hand. Naturally, I wanted to […]