Running of the Brides Tips

I had such a fun time at Filene’s Basement Running of the Brides. It was an absolute blast. I have to give a lot of credit to all of the brides (and their entourages) that waited in line overnight in the rain. What an experience!

Tents were up for those that braved the weather overnight!

If you were unable to attend but are getting married, you *may* be in luck. Filene’s Basement might have the sale again in the late summer/early fall. If you do go to the sale, I hope that these tips help.

Tip #1: Bring a sign so that you can trade.
The dressers are in the racks in no particular order. The first girls in line grab dozens of dresses resulting in a trading process. Having a sign (and a friend with a loud voice) will help you trade.

Tip #2 – Bring snacks.
Even if you don’t camp out over night, you are going to need some snacks and water. Dress shopping is a long and emotional process. You will want to make sure that you have the energy to keep going strong.

Tip #3 – Bring a stylist.
Slim-Fast brought in celebrity stylist June Ambrose to help brides select their gowns. Since that isn’t an option, I’d bring the one person who will give you the best opinion. That person may be your Maid of Honor or Mother, but make sure that you have someone who will tell you honestly if the dress looks stunning.

I’m going to post an amazing giveaway tomorrow.


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The Proposal.

I had always wanted to visit New York City during the winter, so in September 2010 my fiancé, Kyle, booked our trip to celebrate New Years Eve in New York City. We were there from December 29-January 1st and had a booked schedule. The 29th was his birthday, so I had made previous arrangements, the 30th we had a lunch date and tickets to The Phantom of the Opera, and the 31st we obviously were going to celebrate New Years Eve. However, Kyle was very adamant about trying a coffee shop called Joe and taking a walk through Central Park (Kyle and I have traveled a lot together and parks have always been some of our favorite places), which became our Thursday morning plans. Ironically, we were dressed up to go to the theater and New York City had just received 3 feet of snow so it wasn’t as peaceful of walk as we were hoping.

He had researched a small area called Shakespeare’s Garden that he thought would be perfect, since I had made it very clear that I did not want a public engagement! I am not one to want an entire restaurant staring at me after a proposal, so a park was perfect! Once we reached the park, he started describing how wonderful our relationship was and how much I meant to him, which was a speech he had prepared but to me it is such a blur because in that moment I knew what was coming. He got down on one knee, pulled the ring out of his pocket and asked me to marry him! All I remember is staring at the ring thinking, OMG! I even had to ask him later that day if I even said yes! It was the most perfect moment!

That night we went to dinner at Aureole to celebrate, which was extremely delicious and was a perfect conclusion to our night!

Let the planning begin!

Running of the Brides

Filene’s Basement annual event, Running of the Brides, has been moved up from July to April this year. It is THIS FRIDAY, April 8th at the State Street location! Doors open at 8AM. I have written about the fun of this event in the past. The sale has some amazing gowns for a fraction of the cost.

Honey Bee Weddings will be attending the event along with Slim-Fast.

For more information, go to Filene’s Basement or You Tube.

Miranda + Rich: Part Two

In my last post, I shared Miranda and Rich getting ready and taking pictures around the city. Now it’s time for their fabulous ceremony and reception!

All photos by Jeremy Lawson Photography.

I love this picture of Rich as Miranda is walking down the aisle.

And, even better is Miranda’s expression when she’s standing next to Rich!

As a part of the ceremony, Miranda and Rich incorporated a Chinese ceremony where two wine glasses are joined by a red string. I love helping to set up these little details.

The Newberry Library’s space is just gorgeous for an intimate ceremony.

With a kiss, Rich and Miranda were husband and wife!

While Miranda changed into her dancing shoes and everyone enjoyed cocktail hour, we flipped the room from ceremony to reception!

The couple chose to have a sweetheart table during dinner. While the best man was giving a toast, Rich had no clue what surprise Miranda had in store!

It was a Chinese lion dance! The “lion” is accompanied by very loud drumming, which definitely caught the attention of everyone in the room. Before the dance I had discreetly given guests oranges and lettuce. The lion went around the room and “ate” these items.

Rich was obviously very surprised by the dancers! I was relieved that everything happened perfectly and right on time.

It was finally time for Miranda and Rich to cut their awesome cake from Luscious Layers.

Since their cake had black and white anemones on top, the couple had this adorable “cake topper” that was placed on their card box instead of on the cake.

It was time for their first dance as a married couple and then we opened up the dance floor.

And, as always, the photo booth was a huge hit with everyone!

Everyone danced the night away…

…and Miranda gave everything a big thumbs up!

Thank you Miranda and Rich for being so wonderful to work with and letting me be a part of your day!

Miranda + Rich: A Newberry Library Wedding

When Miranda and I met almost a year before her wedding, I knew that we would work well together – she was all about the fun little details of the day! Miranda even used quotes from the book The Time Traveler’s Wife in their ceremony programs because the ceremony and reception was held at The Newberry Library, where so much of the book took place.

Miranda and Rich planned such a fun wedding celebration and incorporated so much of their personalities into the details. I had such a great time working with them both!

Cake: Luscious Layers
Ceremony + Reception: The Newberry Library
Caterer: Food Evolution
DJ: Kate + Rachel from Toast & Jam
Florist: Kio Kreations
Hair: Kelly Schaul
Lion Dance: Seven Star Lion Dance Group
Makeup: Jen from Sonia Roselli
Photographer: Jeremy Lawson Photography
Photo Booth: 312 Photo Booth
Videographer: I Do Films
Trolley: Flying Lady Livery

All photos by Jeremy Lawson Photography.

I love long, fabulous lashes and Miranda totally rocked hers!

There was a little bit of a vintage feel to the wedding day, and the dress was just perfect.

Miranda even wore an awesome birdcage veil. Love this shot of her!

Brides often wonder how it works when it’s time to put the dress on. Miranda’s mom took care of kicking everyone out while Miranda slipped on the dress. Usually the photographer is invited back in when it’s time to zip up the dress.

While the girls finished getting ready, the guys hung out in the trolley and made sure Rich was ready to go.

After a morning of getting ready, it was time for Miranda to leave the hotel…

…and see Rich for their first look! This is always such an exciting moment.
Do you spy Rich’s awesome shoes?

With the first look over, it was time to load everyone onto the trolley to take pictures around the city.

Jeremy Lawson is great at catching awesome shots from unique points of view.
This is one of my favorites!

Miranda and Rich very obviously had a lot of fun throughout the day!
They enjoyed hamming it up for the camera.

Up next I’ll share Miranda and Rich’s ceremony and reception at The Newberry Library!

Drink While You Paint

Last month, my girlfriend and I went to a Bottles and Bottega class. By paying the class fee, we each received a blank canvas with paint supplies as well as four types of wine for a wine tasting. While I was in the class, I immediately thought that this could be a fantastic bachelorette party.

Stephanie, the owner, does private events all of the time. The event can be done in your home or at her fabulous new studio. Check out her events schedule to learn more.

My masterpiece in progress!