Masked romance: a quirky masquerade-themed engagement story in the rain

I'm no Cinderella. As a child, I was one with the sword saving the prince-in-distress. But somehow I was the one, 20 years later, with a fairy godmother, the gown of my dreams, and a magical masquerade ball. Just after midnight, instead of the dream melting away, my very own button-nosed Prince Charming poured out his heart, asked for my hand, and sealed it with a kiss and a sparkling sapphire.

Eight-year-old Lydia, eat your heart out. Here's how my real life fairy tale engagement story played out…

This colorful laid-back wedding had a potluck pickle bar & a flamenco dance

Just wait until you hear how this couple crowdsourced a whole bunch of pickled goodness for their very own pickle bar at their wedding in Minnesota. We're talking green tomato, watermelon slices, asparagus, okra, beet, and burdock root pickles, among others! Come for the pickles, but STAY for the amazing flamenco dance later at the reception.

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Funny and sweet wedding getting-ready accessories to make your wedding morning a blast

Yeah, we know the getting ready part of the wedding day isn't the main event, but it's arguably one of the best parts. You're excited, you're with your besties, and you're pampering and primping. It's a good time to share a gift with the people you love and look adorable doing it. Hell, there's likely a photographer capturing it!

We've got funny tote bags, getting-ready robes, wine bottle labels, slippers, makeup bags, and even some stuff perfect for your bridesmen. Here are some kick-ass getting-ready accessories and gifts…

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A rainbow of sweet and dreamy pastel wedding dresses

We rounded up a crap-ton of adorably pastel pink dresses a while back and wanted to give some real love to the rest of the rainbow. All pastels are good pastels, amirite? We've got dusty blues, sweet seafoams, flowery lavenders, buttery yellows, and delicate floral prints. Embrace your inner '80s prom queen and rock one of these pastel wedding dresses, won't you? Poofy sleeves optional.