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.


9 painted wedding dress masterpieces you have to see to believe

I basically told the gals at RMINE that I wanted a dress that "looked like a unicorn sneezed on it." And they whipped out their paint brushes, and worked into the night, until the store smelled of fresh paint and their floors looked like a unicorn had been slaughtered on them. And they gave me this beauty!

If you're looking for more painted wedding dress inspiration or dresses you can purchase ASAP, keep scrolling…