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Why Are Weddings So Damn Expensive?

The girls and I at Mandi’s Galentine’s Brunch yesterday had this exact same conversation! Given that the wedding industry is a little bit crazy (though we love it!) we started to wonder if the prices would differ if we told vendors that we were just trying to throw a gathering as opposed to a wedding. We feel like when vendors hear the word “wedding” it’s their cue to jack up the prices and we were pretty much right! We also came to another conclusion that engaged couples are more likely to be fooled because they just don’t have anything else to compare it to. Also true, according to this Vox video.

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Wedding Wednesdays “It’s a Fritz Bernaise”

Let’s talk bridesmaid dresses. As we move further and further into the 21st century and we embark in 2016 there is one major trend in bridesmaid dresses and that is, wearing all the same dress is not as popular as it used to be. Of course there are still the more traditional weddings that follow the classic matching dress route, but for our wedding I decided to go rogue.

At first, I wasn’t sure just how different I wanted my bridesmaids to be and so I took one of my bridesmaids dress shopping. I first want to say how lucky I am to have six of the most obliging besties out there willing to wear just about anything I ask of them, but I really wanted to include them in the decision making process. For months I took note of each of their preferences of colors and styles, knowing that Katie hates strapless dresses as much as I do and that Amelia would prefer not to be in a dress made completely of tulle. Knowing what makes each of my girls feel their best made the shopping day 100x easier because that was my ultimate goal. While I’m dressed up in the prettiest of white dresses, I want the women next to me glowing, comfortable, and happy as well.

I narrowed it down to two stores, mostly in order to get an idea for what various styles and fabrics would feel and look like in person. And so, Sara and I set out to Weddington Way and the Nordstrom Wedding Suite. I have to say, neither experience was particularly special or deserves any spectacular accolades, but it was helpful to see the dresses in person. Weddington Way, for those of you who aren’t engrossed in the wedding world, is an online bridesmaid shopping bonanza where they have a zillion different colors, styles, and brands of dresses. Lucky for me, they have a pop up shop in their San Francisco office meaning we were able to show up and see a lot of their dresses in person. Nordstrom was similar in that they had some of their dresses, but do not stock all of the ones they advertise online, making it somewhat of a disappointment. For example, the brand Sara and I ultimately fell in love with were Donna Morgan dresses. We happened upon her catalog sitting at Weddington Way and then again at Nordstrom and Sara had tried on one of her strapless dresses in the Chantilly color, a champagne color of sorts, but with a fancier name. We were in love with the mismatched styles of dresses in this pale pink color and that was where our vision was born.

Now I hate to be cliche, but I wanted to choose a color that complimented the outdoors and didn’t outshine it by any means. We’re getting married in Yosemite National Park for pete’s sake, we don’t need to go crazy! I was drawn to the paler colors that would blend in nicely with green sequoia giants, natural grasses, and earth tones. After a quick search Sara and I realized that the three styles of dresses we liked the most unfortunately didn’t come in all the same color and so our grand plan evolved. We settled on this sort of crazy, sort of brilliant idea that we should have mismatched colors and mismatched styles and include a gorgeous floral print that would somehow tie it all together and become a gorgeous bridesmaid set. Once again, because I have the greatest bridesmaids in the world, everyone happened to agree with our crazy idea and went all in, purchasing their dresses during perfectly timed Black Friday sales.

Choosing your bridesmaid dresses should be fun and should actively include the women wearing the dresses. As set “wedding colors” and wedding trends go in and out of style, choosing bridesmaid dresses becomes easier and easier. It becomes about what makes the ladies you care about most feel comfortable, confident, and beautiful while finding dresses that compliment your own dress and style of wedding. If your dress is of a vintage inspiration, have your bridesmaids wear dresses that tend towards a similar era instead of something modern. And I mean really, at the end of the day it’s most important that you can twirl in it, you can spread your legs apart, and that it’s a Fritz Bernaise. You really can’t do much better than that.

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Wedding Mondays

Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays for a really weird reason. I guess it’s not that surprising though, right? Wedding Mondays… Wedding Wednesdays… we’ve got a serious crush on the love stuff. We can’t help it, we’re romantics! Honestly though, Valentine’s Day came up quick this year and I’ve barely given that much thought to it (way less than last year when I planned a great date for my friend Vo and I) and we haven’t even written any posts about it. I guess to make up for it though, we’re sharing a pretty darling wedding video tonight.

Cass and Lara, who is actually a wedding photographer herself, had a beautiful Australian wedding. And this wedding video is one that you can’t miss. The details, the shots, ugh – all stunning and gorgeous. I felt like as I was watching the video, I couldn’t predict what would come next and I think that was probably the most exciting part of it. I think with how many I’ve seen, it can be easy to know when they’re going to pan to the ceremony, to the cake, to the exit, etc, but not with this one. I also loved the element of Cass and Lara taking care of each other in that they were helping each other get ready for the big day, which was so so adorable.

And as you all know… sometimes it’s just the song that can completely MAKE a wedding video.

To see the whole feature, visit Green Wedding Shoes.

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Wedding Mondays

It’s been weeks since we’ve sat down to have some quality wedding video viewing time. Honestly, I’m taking a quick break from work right now and trying to write and finish this post within 30 minutes to still make it on a Wedding Monday and trying to juggle The Bachelor at the same time. Welcome to my Monday, every. single. week. We haven’t been able to post a lot lately and with our trip to Mexico coming up, we’re going to be even MORE behind on post. At some point we’re not even going to be playing catching up – it’s just being able to keep afloat. ;)

Well, let’s get to it. I watched this video a few weeks ago and I couldn’t stop taking my eyes off of this stunning dress from Anna Campbell sold at The Dress Theory. They have a store in Seattle and one of my favorite girls bought her wedding dress from there as well. There’s no doubt in my mind that we’ll skimp on that boutique either when it’s… you know… my turn!

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To view the entire wedding feature, click to visit Green Wedding Shoes!

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Wedding Mondays

It’s been awhile since I’ve watched a wedding video that made me shed a tear, but THIS IS IT. I watched this video a few weeks ago and I remember thinking, I can’t wait to share this with Yow Yow! Every week, I kept looking at my queue wondering “is it time?” “are we ready” “can I share it yet?” but me being the OCD person that I am had to take the wedding video that was next in line.

Long Haul Films made an extraordinary wedding video for Jean and Nick. It includes all of the elements I love: exchanging of the personal vows, a tea ceremony for that cultural element that warms our hearts, and hello! did anyone notice that Jean had three dresses in this video? Jean is also the blogger behind Extra Petite. I remember last year when my co-workers were talking about her one day and I was like… Extra Petite, what’s that? And they were all… “YOU DON’T KNOW EXTRA PETITE?!” like I was crazy and because maybe don’t all bloggers know everyone in the blogger business? ;)

This week my SF BF Mandi asked me if I would help her select a wedding videographer. She helped me out by narrowing my choices because we all know this process could take forever with me. I was flattered, of course, but it’s such a tough call to make honestly. Rarely are there videos that I come across where I’m in love with everything I see. This is one of those videos so I told Mandi, can you get this team? To our disappoint, they are no longer taking wedding video inquiries… which is awful because they have a magical talent here. So then I said to Mandi, “What amount of money do we need to give them to make them do your wedding video?”

If you love the wedding video as much as Mandi and I do, then you’re going to love their future on Style Me Pretty even more. Enjoy!

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Yow Yow’s Yearly Recap

We didn’t intend to be as late on this post as we actually are, but unfortunately, we’ve just been a little bit under the weather. Also, if I’m being honest, I was actually dreading writing this post for the longest time because I knew how these stats would look and I wasn’t particularly excited about them. In 2015, these are the most dismal numbers we’ve ever seen. But instead of throwing ourselves a pity party, we’re going to share the numbers and then we’re going to move forward because I paid for another year on this domain and we’re not going to let it go to waste. I’m still really excited about Yow Yow! I went through each month in 2015 and quickly scanned through all of the posts that I wrote – some that I laughed at and some that I had forgotten I had even written this year. Writing in 2015 was hard and it’s often times difficult to juggle this and a full-time job that I really care about, but if we can do this for six years, we can do a 7th.

Stats from 2014 will be on the left and italicized while stats from 2015 will be right and bold:

1,400,602 total visits to Yow Yow! – – – – – – – – – – – 1,471,487 total visit to Yow Yow!

In just 2015 alone, we had 70,885 visits to Yow Yow!

10,113 Posts 2,878 Comments  – – – – – – – – – – – 11,003 Posts 2,989 comments (cumulative)

Top Post of 2015 – “Meet: Cathy Nguyen” 1,988 views (written back in 2009)

Top Post written in 2015 – “I Like Your Style…Kiernan Shipka” 303 views

Busiest month in terms of views – January 2014 (11,072 views)  – – – – – March 2015 (6,923 views)

Most popular day: Wednesday (probably due to Wedding Wednesdays!)

Most popular hour: 9:00 AM (5% of traffic)

Total WordPress.com followers: 1,476

Total daily subscribers: 2,027

Credits + References

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  • Sugar Brand Cosmetics

In 2015, we were reached out by a few brands and companies, but due to my work schedule and other time commitments, I was unable to fulfill certain requests and posts. We’ll try again in 2016!

Top Referring Sites in 2015 Were:

  • Facebook.com
  • Pinterest.com
  • Twitter.com
  • Quora.com
  • Bloglovin.com

Most of My Visitors Came From:

  • The United States
  • Canada
  • The United Kingdom
  • Germany
  • France
  • Australia

(same order as last year)

Other:

*In 2015, my friend Mandi got engaged and we gave her “Wedding Wednesdays” as a column to share her journey as she gets closer to walking down the aisle.

*We tied our Instagram account a little bit more closely to Yow Yow! And this was HUGE for us!

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*We had one of our photos used on Moorea Seal’s Instagram account.

*Things that we tried for the first time and wrote about: SoulCycle, Dry Bar, being a +1 at someone else’s wedding (also first holiday wedding on Halloween!), dyeing our hair, and attending our first Golden State Warriors game.

*Concerts we reviewed: Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift.

*We tried two places in LA that we had once blogged about on Yow Yow! previously: Eggslut + Milk Jar Cookies.

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*We showed love to Smilebooth and Canyon Child.

*We got in front of the camera again to do our OOTD fashion posts – the first time since 2013.

 

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Wedding Mondays

When we have 15-minute long wedding videos, it has to mean that we REALLY like them. I loved Richard and Alyssa’s wedding in Scottsdale. A good wedding video is a beautiful one. It’s a wedding video in which you see details that you think look nice and could someday see in your own wedding. A good wedding video leaves you feeling satisfied at the end – like what you just watched wasn’t a waste of time and was well worth it. A great wedding video is something else though. Sure, everything that I just described is peachy and wonderful, but in addition to falling in love with the story, you fall in love with the couple. They’re the type of people that seem so genuine and nice that you want to be friends with them. I know that’s kind of silly, but the wedding videos that are my favorites are ones in which I adore the couple in them. Richard and Alyssa were that wedding video.

To view the entire feature, visit Style Me Pretty!

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My Favorite Posts of 2015

As we were writing our top posts of 2015 the other day, I realized that a lot of them hadn’t been written by me! They were, in fact, written by Mandi and she’s so deserving to have many of those posts receive that many views this year because she had worked hard on them. In addition to that, she was honest and vulnerable and I know through speaking with her she spent a lot of time putting her thoughts together and getting second opinions from Eric and I. After writing that post though I was a little embarrassed that my own writing hadn’t been the majority, but I realized that even though many of the posts didn’t receive as much viewership, they were still very enjoyable to write and I didn’t want them to go unnoticed. So here are our top 12 posts (one for almost every month!) and the reasons why they meant something to me.

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  • Super Bowl 49 – We’re Comin’ For You – Never have I ever written a post with so much emotion! I still remember this day like it was yesterday. That Packers game was nuts and I remember being heartbroken watching the majority of that game and wanting to throw in the towel and drive all the way home to South Bay before the game was even over! It’s not bandwagoning, it’s just heartbreak and disappointment. Luckily though, we had reconvened at Mandi’s to finish it out and it was worth the wait because that’s where this photo comes in.

  • “After Us” – Watching this Wong Fu Productions video this year was super relevant to me and it was a great reminder to pick myself up again after a split. Additionally though, I became much more aware of the videos that Wong Fu put out and found myself watching video after video after video. I’ve never been the most “Asian Asian,” but I have to admit that I do find comfort in watching these videos that feature predominantly Asian characters and their life experiences similar to mine. It’s kind of an interesting way for me to identify a little bit more with my roots when it’s not my usual.
  • I’m 25. – I feel very blessed this year to have had the best birthday celebration that I’ve ever had. Thank you so much to everyone that helped ring in my 25th birthday and for making it so great. It really has been a year of fun, experiences, and lessons (some good some bad, but still worth it!)

  • Wedding Rules You Can Throw Out – Quite a few people in my life have come to me this year asking me for advice and opinions on wedding ideas and wedding planning in general. Now, I’ve never been close to marriage, but I am really flattered that people value my thoughts on this. It’s not for everyone though. There are definitely people that disagree with my views against tradition, but I felt really good about writing this post and laying it all out on the table.
  • Find Foxy Films – When my brother’s friend Phil started his own film production company and started sharing short stories, I was intrigued. These are the types of stories I LOVE sharing on Yow Yow! – so raw, real, and personal. Phil is embarking on his own battle right now with Stage 3 Nodular Hogdkin’s Lymphoma, but that isn’t standing in his way. It’s inspiring to see him continue pursuing his dreams even while he’s still receiving treatment.

  • Natalie Tran – Asians in Media Talk – This is one of the first times that I ever struggle and discuss the issues that I’ve faced with my identity and being an Asian American. This was a particularly difficult post for me to write because I like to think it’s 2015 and this stuff doesn’t have to exist, but it is real and there are times when I get uncomfortable having to answer questions about my “Asian-ness” to other people and face the prejudice from others about those that I choose to date as well. I’m very optimistic about this and how things will look in the future and I think these things just take time.

  • Wedding Mondays – It’s so hard to choose a favorite! I didn’t think that I would be able to, but honestly this one made the most sense to share. I actually knew Justin in college so watching this video made this all the more memorable for me. I’m sure that next year when my own friends get married, they will find themselves on this list too.

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  • The Best Time to Visit Seattle – We took quite a few trips this year in 2015, but we never have a bad time when we return home to Seattle. During this trip, I got to see some of my favorite people and eat all of the things that I crave when I’m in the Bay Area.
  • The Instagram Project – It sometimes seems a little crazy how much time I may spend thinking about the perfect picture to post, but Instagram is a great daily outlet when I can’t get to writing a post on Yow Yow! everyday. While it does take some added time, I’ve actually enjoyed the pictures that have come out of this project even more and am looking forward to continuing on with it into 2016.

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  • Last Weekend’s Halloween Wedding – I just noticed – today – that the title of the post said “Weeding” instead of “Wedding.” How did no one catch this?! Oy… so embarrassed. Anyways, this was the first time that I could ever go through and talk about every detail of a wedding – what I liked and disliked – cause I didn’t know the couple! We won’t have this opportunity for a long time! Also it was my first themed wedding ever – v. steam punk and it was quite the experience.

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It was so hard to narrow this post down to just 12 favorites and this took me the whole evening to go through a whole year of posts. I know I’ve written repeatedly this year that I didn’t get to write as much as I would have liked to and at the volume I’m used to like in the past, but I’m very proud of what I’ve put out. There are things that I’ve written on Yow Yow! in 2015 that I could’ve never had the experience or knowledge to write about back in 2009. I think this is the reason why I sometimes feel the need to keep pushing. There’s so much more for us to discuss on Yow Yow! and it’s important that we see it through. Thank you for reading. :)

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Wedding Mondays

I have to be honest with you all. I just found out that one of my first friends from college just got engaged (a long time coming!) anddddddd I’m a mess. I’m a mess because this friend of mine means so much to me and I’m so happy to hear that him and his girlfriend are finally typing the knot after six years together. Congratulations Eric and Alyssa! I’m going to be very excited when it’s your wedding that I’m sharing here on Yow Yow!

I’ve been trying to write this post for 13 minutes now and I keep getting so distracted by this news – but let’s just jump right into it. Ever since I moved to the Bay Area, I’m all about those San Francisco weddings. I love seeing the different locations, the SF charm that everyone talks about and the stories that the couples have to share about their wedding day and their relationship. I’m noticing this pattern that many couples meet in San Francisco (there’s hope!) but there are a lot of couples that have been long distance and then eventually move to San Francisco to start their lives there together which I think is really fascinating. Why this city? Then again, I’ve been there for the last couple of years so another part of me is thinking, well why not? It’s a great city.

Emma and Bubba seem like such a picture perfect couple together. Literally, their pictures are amazing. First off, we can’t get enough of her two tone dress. I’ve never imagined myself in anything BUT a white dress on my own wedding day, but this is starting to make me reconsider.

Also, did I forget to mention that Emma is one of my favorite bloggers that I’ve been following for years?!

To view the entire wedding feature, click to visit Green Wedding Shoes. Yeah, you don’t want to miss this.

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Yow Yow’s Top 10 Posts of 2015

So the funny part about this post is that most of these were not even written by me! They were written by Mandi! So while this just means that I probably need to put in a little bit more work into Yow Yow! (which we all know) – I also want to highlight how proud I am of Mandi. It has been so fun to share in this experience with her and give her an outlet to share her views throughout her wedding planning process. It really has been seamless. Since we’ve started doing this, I know a lot of her friends and family have told her how much they enjoy hearing about her planning when they are afar. I’m glad that Yow Yow! has been a place for everyone to come together, which reminds me that a long time ago, that was one of the reasons we made this blog.

With that, here are our top 10 posts from the year 2015:

  1. I Like Your Style…Kiernan Shipka
  2. Wedding Wednesdays – Finalizing a Venue
  3. Review: Ariana Grande’s Honeymoon Tour
  4. Wedding Wednesdays – Wedding Confidence
  5. Introducing: Mandi
  6. Wedding Wednesdays: Picking a Venue
  7. Wedding Wednesdays: Will You Be My Bridesmaid?
  8. Wedding Wednesdays: Wedding Dress Shopping
  9. Wedding Wednesdays: Hiring a Wedding Planner
  10. Wedding Wednesdays: Guest List
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Wedding Mondays

Sundays are for lovers. I haven’t been saying this for very long, but used it to promote a Wedding Mondays post not too long ago. Actually, it was something that I kept seeing on Hannah Bronfman’s Instagram as a caption she would use to describe photos of her and her fiance Brandon Fallis on Sundays. I thought it was a pretty sweet line to use because when I think about my previous relationships, Sundays were always “our days.” It’s those days where you wrap up from the weekend and get started together again. It’s those days where you have a very late brunch and then spend all afternoon working and catching up on errands. Coincidentally – relationships aside – these are also the days in which I catch up on wedding videos for the following Monday.

It’s pretty late right now, but I felt I needed to finish watching the videos from this week and I came across this one. Normally, I have a queue of wedding videos to pick from for Wedding Mondays (well, at least right now I do) but this one is going to jump the queue. Even though it may not be what I choose for myself, I love destination weddings. I get excited about seeing something that isn’t on a golf course or in a hotel. I like seeing the views that you could never get anywhere else. This is coming from a girl who hasn’t been to a destination wedding yet so I’m saying this from my experience of watching lots and lots of wedding videos. There’s no dialogue in this video, which is okay with us because it looks so perfect that it doesn’t need any. When I first started watching it, I felt like I was watching a clip from a film. It actually took my breath away a little bit. And I’m so happy that this couple chose this song by James Vincent McMorrow. I’ve never heard it in a wedding video, but it fit in so well with the couple and all of the footage. It was almost as if this wedding video was re-reminding me just how good of a song it was. It’s refreshing to hear a song that is unconventionally used for a wedding video rather than one that gets constantly recycled. Enjoy enjoy! I hope this makes your Monday. I can’t stop gushing over it.

To view this stunning Portugal wedding, click here.

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Wedding Wednesdays – Will You Be My Bridesmaid?

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I’ve always considered myself extremely lucky when it comes to friends and lady friends in particular. I have arguably the most incredible, inspiring, strong, beautiful, hilarious, and intelligent women surrounding me. Because having fifteen bridesmaids is what one might consider, excessive, I chose six of my best ladies to be my bridesmaids with the plan to continue including the other ten or so in other meaningful ways. The first and most important way to make my six bridesmaids feel special was how to “pop the question”.

I have heard horror stories from friends who have been bridesmaids in countless weddings and I have to be honest, you get a lot more negative stories than positive ones. In contemplating “the ask” I wanted to ensure my bridesmaids felt cherished, loved, and that just as I am asking them to do this favor for me, I too would do anything for them. My bridesmaids are spread out across the country from California to Washington to Oregon to Texas and Montana making it important that distance did not mean they got skimped on a personal ask. All of these considerations led me to the obvious, a bridesmaid box filled with a mixture of things that represent both the wedding weekend (Yosemite National Park, adventure, etc) and our friendship.

I chose unfinished cigar boxes so that I could paint them myself (with some help from my wonderful fiance, both emotional and technical). Painting the boxes turned out to take several days and it was not exactly the most fun task. In the end it felt good to spend so much time on something for each of the ladies who are undoubtedly going to spend much of their own time helping out on our wedding weekend, bridal shower, and bachelorette party. Next, I went on a hunt for the perfect trinkets to fill the boxes, which ended up being: Malvi Marshmallows, trail mix, bandanas, a cute Instagram print of myself with each bridesmaid, an airplane sized Fireball shot, and a Yosemite postcard with a love note written on each one. Thankfully, each of my bridesmaids accepted my proposal because let’s be real, they all knew this was coming for at least a year before I was even engaged.

In the end, I would recommend putting a little time into asking your own leading ladies (or gentlemen or both) when asking them to stand next to you on such a big day. Consider their likes, dislikes, and what would bring a smile to their face. If your bridal party happens to live near you consider asking them in person over brunch and bloody marys (because nothing is better than a good bloody)! My fiance also spent time asking each of his groomsmen in a personal way. As he is not one to talk on the phone generally, making the effort to call each of his six besties to ask them individually was a truly special gesture. This goes to show even the smallest action can make the biggest impact and that the best part about this whole thing is having your favorite people by your side.

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Wedding Mondays

The wedding we’re sharing today is very very special. Alyssa and I were classmates in high school and when I heard that she was engaged, I knew her wedding was going to be incredible, but after seeing her wedding photos featured on Ruffled, I was completely blown away by the attention to detail, the fairytale theme, and how exquisite everything looked. We aren’t sharing a wedding video today, but I did want to take some time to share some of my favorite details from her special day. One of my dearest friends was also Alyssa’s Maid of Honor and is also on her way down the aisle next year as well!

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Wedding Mondays

It is becoming harder and harder to keep up with Yow Yow! these days! I think I just need one full day a week where I can just dedicate solely to blogging. If only… right? After a long work day, coming home and spending a few more hours on Yow Yow! is proving to be difficult. It’s almost 10:00 PM right now even and I was just on my way to bed until I had a change of heart. We haven’t done a Wedding Mondays post since almost the beginning of the month and I wanted to get in at least one today if I could. This Wedding Mondays video is v. special. Not only is it a blogger that I adore and follow, but it also takes place in Washington. (whoop whoop!)

Bethany and Cory’s wedding video is beautiful from start to finish. Goodness, the dress, that headpiece, Lake Cushman. I know you all will enjoy this video as much as I did! That first look is going to make you smile. To follow Bethany on her blog, click here!

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Wedding Wednesdays – Wedding Confidence

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Weddings are entrenched in age old traditions and rituals that some of us in the modern world choose to partake in and others that we leave behind. Today we’re going to talk about some things that have been  bothering me since I got engaged over 6 months ago and that, my friends, are wedding diets and bridal expectations.

I’ve had poor body image since sixth grade. My eating disorder began gradually in seventh grade and became uncontrollable my freshmen year of college. 3 months of inpatient rehab later, hours of therapy, an unbreakable support network of the best friends a girl could ask for, and I would consider myself in recovery for the last 6 years. I’m not perfect and my past with my eating disorder does not define me, but I still find it influencing my body image and relationship with food as years go by.

The reason I bring up this issue now is that in my last post I blogged about the joys of finding the perfect wedding dress. I absolutely LOVE my dress, I cannot wait to wear it for an entire day because it is beautiful and I feel beautiful in it. But that doesn’t mean I wasn’t having an internal battle with myself and my dormant eating disorder. Wedding dresses are beautiful, but you aren’t always going to fit into the sample size dress. You are also sometimes going to get measured in front of a mirror in your bra and underwear, something I like to think of as my own personal hell. All I could think was, thank god this is happening now, when I am strong and stable in my recovery.

First thing’s first, a wedding diet is an option, NOT an obligation. Going on a wedding diet is not like hiring an officiant or getting a marriage license, it’s a choice, not a necessity and you can still tie the knot without one.

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