The Truth About Your Wedding

When you first get engaged:

When you skip out on a Wedding Planner because of the above ‘cash flow’ situation:

You’ll naturally want to try the latest trends:

And DIY projects:

Your bridesmaids will revel in your sense of style when choosing their festive dresses:

But in the end:

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November’s Wedding Dress Pick of The Month

Happy Holidays Lovebirds!!! By now you are probably overstuffed and over shopped. I can’t say that I’ve yet braved the “Black Friday” storm (although it seems to be my intention every year), I’m more of a cyber Monday kind of gal! I’ve also been enjoying the previews of what was Bridal Fashion week, via the inter webs. I found myself double clicking like a mad woman over on my Instagram,  of which I am still a novice user. One of the designers I was absolutely ga-ga over was Elie Saab! I cannot even begin to describe the overly ornate, gorgeous, fit-for-a-princess, gold inspired gowns I have feasted my eyes upon. I knew it was, without a doubt, a perfect fit for November’s Dress Pick of The Month.

The Gilded Inspiration reminds me of touring the Newport Mansions as a child and imagining what life would have been like as a socialite in the Gilded Age: debutant parties, summer homes and steel magnates. A gown fit for Rose Dewitt Bukater!

Whether it be falling leaves or falling snow, this sheer long-sleeved beauty is fit for a late fall, or winter bride. I can picture the back of this gown being fluffed by white gloves just before the bride and groom are announced into the Grand Ballroom at the start of their reception.

So now that I’ve brought you November’s Dress Pick of The Month, just under the wire, don’t forget to subscribe so you can catch December’s Dress Pick of The Month, which is sure to be a magical experience.

Did any of my Lovebirds out there follow Bridal Fashion Week, or were you even lucky enough to attend? I would love to hear about what designs & designers you are currently following on Instagram!


So I paid $9.99 for a Bridal Magazine

EEK! $9.99 is definitely not in any budget of mine, perhaps I can write it off as a business expense? Allow me back-track for a moment! A couple of days ago on Instagram (which I am still learning how to become relevant on) I saw a picture of it, in all it’s glory… “The Knot – Fall 2014” the mother load of all bridal mags, the Bridal version of the “September Issue”, it is HUGE, literally and figuratively! My lust to own this giant was immediate and my purchase was imminent, although I will admit that I had pre-buyers remorse over the price tag, but I went to my local drug-store and this beauty is now mine, all mine!



It’s gorgeous right?! I can safely say that my dollars were well spent, as this edition did not disappoint. Let me try and break it down for you as best as my non-compartmentalized bride-brain can! My first thought was to go through and, as I was reading, bookmark each item that stood out to me with Post-it flags.

The Knot - Fall Issue 2014

The Knot – Fall Issue 2014

This is only at the half-way point! So a couple of mistakes I made here:

1) I used the same color flags for everything

2) I liked everything

3) I spent multiple days pouring over it, instead of one straight session

I decided to go back and really pare down the things I wanted to talk about, and also create color coordinated flags so that I wouldn’t be jumping from page to page aimlessly while I was sharing my thoughts with all of you!

Here is what I ended up with:

The Knot – Fall Issue 2014

Much more manageable! So I ended up breaking it down into three categories: Dresses, Wedding Style and Articles/Features.



What a better way to start than dresses! If you are still looking for a dress, or, are having a hard time selecting a gown to go-along with your gorgeous figure (whatever that may be) there is a great short read,”Wedding Gown 101” on pg. 332 that very simply breaks down gowns by silhouette and briefly speaks of how they fit and what figures they compliment best. It echoes This Pin from Pinterest
There is also a “Wedding Party 101” on pg. 448 for your Groom & Groomsmen, Bridesmaids, Flower Girls, and Ring Bearers.

Colored dresses are taking off! “40+, The number of Blush Dresses spotted on the Spring 2015 Bridal Runways” pg.180. The colored dress trend is evident again in the Alfredo Angelo gown featured on pg. 99, black bodice with heavy beading embellishment, empire waisted with black band, and the bottom is all tradition with a full tulle ball gown finish.

Another big trend in gowns, is the ‘Naked Lace’ trend, referenced on pg. 102 with gown pics from designers: Rivini, Inbal Dror, Carolina Herrera, Reem Acra, and Lela Rose. I have seen  ‘Naked Lace’ gowns all over various online outlets and it can be rather sexy while still maintaining a tasteful and gorgeous look, for me however, I have been dreaming of a blush gown!

Designers that caught my eye the most were Allure Bridals as well as their line Allure Couture, pgs. 336-339. I also really loved (and until now had never recently heard of) Val Stefani, pgs. 440-441. Stefani designs has a strong point of view with heavy beading and hair pieces that echo that ‘Gatsby’ feel that I love so much! For bridesmaids, I have also found, and now love, Impression Bridesmaids, pg. 464, very chic and sexy and can almost assuredly be worn again!


Wedding Style

The Knot did not disappoint with several different perspectives on Wedding Style. We start off big with an introduction on Jes Gordon, a wedding stylist who styled the “Rock & Roll Chic” wedding which is featured on pg. 220. The colors are lush and beyond amazing with a palette of black and blue. She also adds small pops of bright green and soft pastels. I love love LOVE the blue wallpaper with black damask and blue shutters laid against the wall paper, really cool and edgy!

There is a feature on color palettes, pg. 216, “5 no-fail color combos“, they are: Black & Eggplant, Copper & Persimmon, Acid Green & Turquoise, Pistachio & Coral, and finally Lilac & Dusty Blue. There is also “Get the Island Romance Look” on pg. 270 if you are looking for some inspiration on how to pull of an all white palette in a very romantic way.

If you are loving the ever-so-now Rustic theme, there is a wedding featured on pgs. 288-292 “Refined Rustic“. I know rustic anything is big right now, especially if it includes burlap, mason jars, and barnyards, but I have to admit I am not a fan. I will say that this wedding included NONE of those things! This wedding was very tastefully done (my favorite were the table-scapes) so if you are looking for some rustic inspiration, please (i’m begging) ditch the burlap and take a cue from this lovely couple!

Finally, we have “10 Crazy different Wedding Venues” pgs. 306-312 which include, The Iolani palace in Honolulu, Hawaii (the number 8 slot), The Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (number 3, equipped with indoor carousel) and the most outrageous one, A Grand Canyon Helicopter package in Las Vegas, Nevada (number 4) where the helicopter lands the happy couple and two guests on the rim of Grand Canyon for sunset nuptials, sounds very romantic and also very scary!


If you are in the very beginning stages of planning, are a DIY bride or have not yet found a wedding planner, you will want to rip out pages 82, 84, and 86, literally. It is a “Wedding Time Line Checklist” that breaks it down for you from 12+ months out all the way to the day after your wedding, I will be keeping my post-it flags in place for that one!

Freaking out over some details or things that you hadn’t anticipated? Check out pg. 162’s “You’re not allowed to freak out if..” very handy, especially for the type A brides out there (you know who you are).

Page 184’s “10 Things Every Bride Should Have” is a great scope of both physical objects and inanimate objects to help keep things in perspective for you, bonus, it’s from the view point of designer Reem Acra. I am fond of her number 1 slot “Love all Around You”…awwwww…………

Registry time! How fun are registry’s ?! Pg. 202’s “7 Things On Everyone’s Registry” highlights just that. Number one slot goes to……drumroll…… Frying Pans?! Hmmm.. learn something new everyday! Number 7 is a coffee maker, I think that would edge out frying pans on my registry any day!

Lastly, and one of my favorites, pgs. 246-248 “The New Wedding Rules“, 1) You Don’t Have to Wear White (yay!) 9)You Don’t Have to Wear a Traditional Diamond, 10) You Don’t Have to Cover Your Tattoo (more on that from my personal view-point at a later date and time)

So there you have it Love Birds! What are your thoughts? Do you plan on picking up a copy or have you done so already?






***All opinions and views expressed are solely that of So This Is Love. So This Is Love was in no way compensated for views expressed and is in no way affiliated with “The Knot”***

My top 10 Wedding Movie Picks!

It’s Monday love birds! Did you have a chance to watch any great movies this weekend? Did you have a chance to watch any great wedding movies this weekend? By now I’m sure that it is no secret to all of you that I have an affinity for pop culture. I love it all, from fashion and celebrities to music and of course moviesSo I have decided to compile my very own list, of top 10 wedding movies:


10)  Bride Wars, 2009 Kate Hudson & Anne Hathaway

I adore both Hudson & Hathaway, so when this movie was first released in the box office, I *had* to go see it. This ‘tragedy of errors’ had me laughing out loud and really wondering what lengths some ladies might go to, in order to ensure their perfect day went off without a hitch. My take away: (if possible) do not wed on the same day as your bff!


9) 27 Dresses, 2008 Katherine Heigl, James Marsden

My particular favorite hidden fairy tale of 27 dresses is the old adage of kissing a toad to turn him into your prince charming. It was also really fun to see Katherine Heigl’s quirky character modeling 27 different dresses from pretty much any themed wedding you can imagine!


8) The Five Year Engagement, 2012 Jason Segel, Emily Blunt

Yes sometimes life can get in the way of life, if you let it! Though this is fiction it is important to make note of this story and really determine what is most important to you and your relationship. This movie was more of a comedy with a wedding at the end as a bonus. Jason Segel and Emily Blunt together made for a perfect on-screen match. If you are particularly fond of Jason Segel’s brand of comedy but some how missed this one you’ll definitely want to catch it!


7) Corpse Bride, 2005

Though this is a stop-motion animated film, words cannot express how much I love Tim Burton’s point of view so I had to include this! His cinematography is rivaled by none, in my humble opinion. Oh yeah, and Johnny Depp voiced one of the main characters, you know, if you’re into the whole Johnny Depp heart-throb thing. Though Tim Burton has a very dark point of view this movie stills come off as very whimsical . The central love story between Victor & Victoria is very sweet, unassuming and innocent. I happily forked over my dollars at the box office for this movie twice!


6) Father of the Bride, 1991 Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, Martin Short

This film has such a great perspective from the viewpoint of the ‘Father of the Bride’. It opens with Martin’s character saying “I use to think a wedding was a simple affair…….”  which really sets the tone for the whole movie!  That really made me wonder how many others planning a wedding may have echoed the same sentiment until they dirtied their hands with the not so simple complexities of wedding planning. I think my fiancee is experiencing a bit of this himself! Such a great movie though, and I will admit I only caught it two weeks ago when it aired on cable so it was interesting to see the differences from a 1991 (movie) wedding to what is on trend now.

**Disclaimer – I have never watched the original, 1950, Elizabeth Taylor version. Boo for me**


5) The Wedding Singer, 1998 Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore

Funny man extraordinaire Adam Sandler does not disappoint in this wedding central movie, set in the 1980’s. Sandler and Barrymore have a great onscreen chemistry together (see: 50 First Dates) you are bound to chuckle in this romantic comedy infused with 80’s pop culture, Flock of Seagulls hairdo and all! The lyrics “You love her, but she loves him, and he loves somebody else, you just can’t win!” set the tone for this back and forth on screen romance until Sandler & Barrymore finally come together in wedded bliss. I own a copy of this on Beta… I mean VHS! Have a mentioned I have a vast VHS collection from my former days of employe at BlockBuster Video?


4) My Big Fat Greek Wedding, 2002 Nia Vardalos, John Corbett

If you have ever felt the prying eyes of your large over bearing, yet loving, family, on your relationship, I’m sure you can relate to this film. This wedding movie is a cult classic. To me this movie makes its way around the overly loud, overly loving Portokalos family and laces in the central love story to keep you in stitches and also find yourself saying “awwwwww”, isn’t it great when a movie can do that? I can watch this movie on repeat and laugh EVERY SINGLE TIME!! Although sometimes the DVD begins to skip, so I just put a little Windex on it.


3) Steel Magnolias, 1989, Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine, Daryl Hannah, Olympia Dukakis, Julia Roberts

Break out the tissues because there will not be a dry eye in the house when you finish this movie! I can not watch this movie and NOT cry, it’s not possible! It starts big, with Julia Roberts’ very southern very pink very romantic wedding and ultimately ends with her passing (cue water works). Steel Magnolias will bring you to the brink of happiness and meld it with utter devastation. Heavy content laced with the occasional laugh and a deep overtone of togetherness and love, from all characters perspectives.


2) Cinderella, Disney, 1950

I couldn’t compile this list and skip a Disney movie! I can’t say enough wonderful things about how much I love this movie! If you haven’t visited my about section yet then you may have guessed that I plucked my business name from this film. This movie resonated with me so much as a child, it was also the first Disney movie I ever owned (on VHS in the classic clam-shell case). Every girls wants to believe they are going to find their prince and live a happily ever after.


1) Sex and the City, 2008, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Davis

Is this a ‘wedding movie’….?…….well it’s a modern day romance with a wedded ending, a stark distance from my number 2 pick. I am only mildly Sara Jessica Parker obsessed so it’s no wonder this landed at my number 1. A tale of four friends running around NYC swathed in couture while chasing love and friendship and living out their big careers. Carrie and Big go back and forth for 10 years until they arrive at a very formal, almost business agreement, to marry one another. Big of course backs out at the last minute and we are left watching Carrie and the girls live out life in the big city. In the final act Carrie opens her inbox (how much more modern can you get) to find all of the love letters that Big sent to her in vain. We close with a City Hall wedding, an impromptu diner reception, and a now very infamous pair of blue Manolo’s. To me, this is where Sex and the City ends, on a high note.


Ok lovebirds, what is your favorite wedding movie of all time?

Fairy Tale Friday

It’s Fairy Tale Friday and I cannot hold my excitement in any longer for this one lovebirds! I have been awaiting a feature on this couple, that celebrated their one month anniversary on Monday.

Custom Carolina Herrera gown embroidered from hem to hem in gold, CHECK!  Blissfully wed on the 4th of July following a lavish rehearsal dinner and pre-wedding BBQ, CHECK!

So without further adieu…..



The lush topiary’s give this wedding of 275 attendants such a warm and intimate feeling.

Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Eric Johnson!

Fairy Tale Friday

I will admit this week has two of my guilty pleasures wrapped into one! Pnina Tornai & Kim Zolciak Biermann…. Huge fan, guilty as charged! I could not think of a more perfect feature for this weeks edition of Fairy Tale Friday.

After Kim’s many trials and tribulations with “Big Papa” on Real Housewives of Atlanta she later met and subsequently married Atlanta Falcons defensive end Kroy Biermann. The couple were wed on 11/11/11 (Kim believed this number to have divine meaning) at their then home in Roswell, Georgia. The bride walked down the aisle to her groom in a pre-owned $58,000 Baracci gown, which reportedly weighed 32 pounds.

KIM ZOLCIAK Photo Credit

It’s no wonder the bride had a total of three wardrobe changes. The brides third change was into a Pnina Tornai jumpsuit.


The couples lavish day was designed by famed planner Colin Cowie. My favorite part? During the ceremony when Mr. Kroy Biermann gave rings to each of Kim’s daughters Brielle and Ariana, tears were shed by all (yes it was a bit dusty in my house that day as well).


Kim’s friend and cast-mate Kandi Burruss also preformed her ballad “Fly Above” at the couples reception, one of Kim’s favorite songs which also gave personal meaning to her Fairy Tale Day!

Opinions on a wedding day jumpsuit? I would love to hear your thoughts! Sound off in the comments below.

Fairy Tale Friday

It’s Friday love birds; but prepare yourselves ladies, this one is sure to break your heart and shatter your dreams!
Adam Levine is now a married man. Take a deep breath and I will repeat… Adam Levine is now a married man. The Maroon 5 singer wed fiance (and Victoria’s Secret ANGEL) Behati Prinsloo in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico on July 19th with actor Jonah Hill officiating the ceremony.

The couples reportedly 300 guests sat around mango trees and dined and danced the night away to performances by Stevie Nicks, Maroon 5 (including Adam), Sublime, and a song by the bride herself!

People’s Sexiest Man alive will have to recant his former statement to Jay Leno, telling him last October “Famous last words, I’ll never get married”……… Never say Never Adam!


Adam Levine & Behati Prinsloo

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