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"Not an effort to be unique, but an effort to be us"

The New York Times recently ran an article called Your Hand in Marriage, and Offbeat Bride got a nod for our DIY posts. That's cool, but what really caught my eye was this quote from a bride named Lauren Ireland:
"I felt like there's such a movement to homogeneous wedding styles with Pinterest and Etsy, which are wonderful tools but do seem to make things seem very similar," she said.
Her wedding, she added, represented "not an effort to be unique, but an effort to be us."

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If I'm not stressing, why is everyone else stressing? (And how the answer changed everything)

"Your cousin is freaking out. Can you please explain to me what you're wanting her to wear?" I sighed heavily at my aunt's text before copying and pasting pictures, and explaining, for the umpteenth time. And refrained from adding, "Not. That. Hard." as I face-planted into a pillow and muffled a scream. I don't care which shade of teal they are! If I'm not stressing, why is everyone else stressing? Their stress is stressing me out! I expressed the latter to my wedding planner and she, most beautifully and perfectly, laughed along with my sentiments before gently reminding me, "they are all here on the common goal of supporting you and your happiness." And just like that, my perspective changed.

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So many buckles: Rob's amazing red gothic fairytale groom gear

We'll hopefully be profiling the full wedding soon, but I have to stop first to give some snaps to Rob here and his impeccable gothic-tinged suit, complete with one of the most beautiful red jackets I've seen in a long time. Oh, and the buckled red vest? Amazing. The detailing, you guys… THE DETAILING. And the accessories! And his bride, Liz. Just wait…