A few weeks ago I opened and email titled Mrs. Basement SAYS, “BIG WHITE FUR WEDDING HAT.” Which, you know, is a very tempting email title… and besides, Mrs. Basement doesn’t screw around (you remember her wedding, yes?). So I opened it and found the most amazing un-wedding in the world. I almost never publish non-reader weddings, but I haven’t been able to get this one out of my head. It’s just so right. And as Desaray said, to one of the un-brides, “tell them you need to show the world pictures of that hat and explain to them how weddings are supposed to be done. seriously.”
So I’m just bringing on the inspiring, the replenishing (which I’m needing right now). I’m bringing you the kind of wedding that knocks you on your heels and makes you say, “Oh. Right. That’s what it is. I understand now.” Besides, one of the brides is wearing wellies.
The lovely Cara will be joining us as a wedding graduate soon, but after a long week, I had to sneak peak this wedding for you, because it will make you smile big-big-big.
Facts And Rambles:
1) This wedding took place blocks away from my long time home in Brooklyn, at The Farm On Adderley. I ate there the first week they opened, right around the time we saw a site specific To Kill A Mockingbird a block away. That’s when we knew our ghetto-ass neighborhood had made it. And now it hosts practical weddings. Oh, Brooklyn.
2) This video was not part of the couples plan to take over the world with their wedding. Instead they spent $100 to make a little photo corner with a frame from e-bay and some cool fabric. Then the photo corner got totally outta-control, and later they thought, “Heeeyyyyy…. this looks like a stop motion film.” So they made it one.
3) Don’t you want to be at this wedding? I do. F*ck pretty weddings, let’s bring on the fun.
4) Cara and I (and um, Alyssa) want to reassure you that this is not one more thing you have to live up to*. No, no, no. It’s just a snippet of surprising wedding magic, shared with Team Practical, since you’re part of the support that makes such magic happen. Happy Friday, kids, and kisses from Brooklyn.
What to say about Kellie's wedding? Well. Sometimes your weddings make me cry. Sometimes they make me ooohhh and ahhh. Well. Kellie and John's wedding? It made me grin. Grin and grin in a warm-in-your-tummy, my-face-hurts, why-do-I-feel-so-inexplicably-happy kind of way. When I told that to Kellie, she said, "that is exactly how I felt. I expected to cry and sob and be all blubbery, but when the day arrived, all I could do was smile and laugh. It was such a great feeling - during such an emotional event, the emotion that overtook me the most was pure happiness. Quite frankly, it kicked ass." And f*ck yes. You never know how a moment like your wedding is going to hit you until it hits you, but I love you ladies who grin down the aisle. Take it, Kellie:Continue reading Kellie & John’s Wedding Full of Grins
I'm thrilled to introduce loyal (and awesome) reader Anna with the tale of her wedding to her husband Andrew. Like so many of your stories, we could dwell on how savvy she was, and how she saved money and had a beautiful wedding - and that spirit of practical mixed with adventurous would be delight enough. But instead, I want to dwell on Anna's Wedding Graduate wisdom, because wise women sharing is the heart of what we're doing here, and Anna is both generous and wise with her knowledge. Well, that, and I'm always *thrilled* to get to share another interfaith wedding. So with that, I give you Anna:
A little about us: The context of our engagement was graduate school, so by the time the wedding rolled around, spending a lot of money seemed wasteful and outrageous. Finding employment after school made us appreciate what we had even more, so we purchased very basic necessities as we could afford them, one step at a time.
Continue reading Wedding Graduate: Anna of Fruit of A Common Tree
When Michelle's wedding landed in my inbox, there was something about it that I loved. Maybe it was the fact that she and her husband Josh got married in the church that he grew up with, or maybe it was all the grinning faces, I don't know. But what I do know is while I was putting this post together, I kept feeling warm and wonderful. This is what a wedding should be, this is a couple and a community with enormous hearts and the right priorities. Because weddings should bring us joy, even in the midst of great heartache. And this wedding is nothing but joy.Continue reading Michelle and Josh’s Day Of Community And Love