Bella Bridesmaid

Bella Bridesmaid is a great store that started in San Francisco, with a fabulous selection of modern bridesmaids dresses, including some of my faves like Simple Silhouettes, Melissa Sweet and Coren Moore. BB reader Amanda just let me know that she’s opened the franchised store in Madison, NJ…it’ll be nice to have all the great, simple modern dresses in one place, and so near by! Check it out.

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Bella Figura reader discount + 2008 collection

Bella Figura, a letterpress company up in Syracuse NY, is getting ready to release their new 2008 designs [the last image is part of the new collection], and in the process are offering Brooklyn Bride readers 10% off any order through December 31! Use the code BRKPR1 to take advantage!

Here’s some fun facts about Bella Figura that I didn’t know, but love!

They are 100% wind-powered and carbon neutral.

They donate 1% of sales to environmental causes through 1% for the Planet.

They use 100% cotton, tree free paper made from recovered fibers; this paper is made exclusively for them by a 400-year-old European paper mill.

[images from Bella Figura]

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Down the Lavender Aisle: Part 2

Here’s the second installment by guest blogger, Carl.

Will you?

“So, who asks whom?” When it comes to getting engaged, this is a common question posed to gay and lesbian couples – and one for which there isn’t one answer. When I decided I was going to propose, there was some worry in the back of my mind that I would be beaten to the punch. Personally, I think it just comes down to which partner has more self control. And that is definitely not me.

Once I figured out that I wanted to spend my life with K, I had to figure out how to ask him and what I would give him as a symbol of our engagement. While a diamond ring is a time honored and classic sign of commitment between two people, it absolutely wouldn’t work for us. I thought about buying bands and having each of us wear them on our right ring fingers and then moving them to our left at the ceremony. And I thought of simply asking him without any “props,” but I really wanted him to have something that symbolized our engagement for the rest of his life.

I thought about all this for so long that I was running out of time. And then it struck me. A watch. A good watch. One that he would wear every day. One that would last forever. One that he had been talking about getting himself for what seemed forever.

Here’s how it played out…

Last May, I planned a week-long vacation in Napa Valley under the guise of K’s birthday. He had no idea that I was planning to propose – which made it that much better. Napa has always been a special place for us. It is where we took one of our first trips together and the fact that we are both really into wine makes the location that much more blurry memorable.

Route 1 from San Francisco to Napa is a scenic, winding drive along the coast, passing through Muir Beach and Point Reyes. There’s a particular spot on the way where we love to pull over for the most incredible view and I knew that it would be the perfect place to propose. For days leading up to the trip, I was trying to figure out a way that I would be able to mention stopping there without raising K’s suspicions in advance. Fortunately, I didn’t have to think too hard.

K remembered the spot and suggested going there on our drive. When we arrived, we got out of the car and started walking to the edge to take in the view. There, I handed K a box that I had discreetly taken from the car. I told him it was a happy vacation present and to open it. He quickly did so and was so excited about the watch I don’t think he noticed how nervous I became.

I began telling him how much I loved him, how important he was in my life and that if he really wanted to know just how much I loved him to look on the back of the watch. As he turned it over, he saw that engraved on the back between our initials was “Marry me?”

To get back to my original point on who asks whom – in the end, does it really matter? Woman to woman, man to man, man to woman – when you ask someone to marry you, you are saying I want to be with you for the rest of my life. When you say yes to someone asking you to marry them, aren’t you saying the same exact thing?

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Save the dates by Thoughtful Day

On Sunday I had brunch with fellow blogger, Erica of Thoughtful Day….she’s getting married in Jamaica (how fabulous!) and we had a really great time chatting about weddings and all the “fun” stuff we brides go through. She was nice enough to bring a copy of the save the dates she designed and they were just too beautiful not to post….her color scheme is a new favorite of mine and I can’t wait to see how it turns out in the end…..

[images by Thoughtful Day]

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