Thursday, January 14, 2010

Where to find me now

Apparently this site gets an average of 134 visits a day! That's more than all of my blogs combined. I wish I still had fun and silly adventures to post on this blog, but alas, my misadventures in wedding planning have come to an end.

Right now I find myself happily married for, going on, my 2nd year. My thoughts so far on marriage can be found on this post in my regular blog Funk in Deep Freeze. But to sum it up over here, I'll pull a quote from that post...

"...Along with the repetition of 'how’s married life,' people always say 'the first year of marriage is the hardest.' But that must not always be the case! Because the thing is, nothing has really changed for us. ...the fact is Aaron and I both entered into this marriage knowing and agreeing with what each other wanted and expected from it, which has made all the difference.

"Of course year one of marriage hasn’t always been sunshine, lollipops and rainbows everyday. We’ve had rough patches and fights for no reason and fights for good reason. But those times have been few and far between. For the most part being married has brought us closer than I ever thought possible and it has actually made our lives easier!

"So, my thoughts on marriage so far… it’s pretty damn awesome."

If you're still hankering for fun wedding planning goodness, you can also find my at my new job, which I'm super proud of and lucky to have, Managing Editor of Offbeat Bride. I mostly post bride profiles and nerdy wedding content, but I also write posts like 17 wedding bouquet alternatives for fearless brides and, my personal favorite, Torture-free wedding showers.

So, yeah, hopefully this wedding planning blog has helped some of it's 134 daily visitors. Thanks for reading and being interested in all the misadventures. And be sure to check out Offbeat Bride and Funk in Deep Freeze for more Megan-related material. :)

Thursday, January 22, 2009

How We Spent Our Wedding Night...

It's no secret that Aaron and I spent our wedding night at the Best Man's condo instead of our room at the Four Seasons. It is also no secret that we both passed out on the floor of said Best Man's condo. It is also no secret that I was the first one to pass out on the floor in my wedding dress- NOT from drunkenness, but from shear exhaustion. I was just one tired bride with no energy left to drive to our hotel and go through the whole check-in process. Knowing this Aaron just changed out of his suit and laid down on the floor and fell asleep with me- nose to nose. I have a faint memory of this.

Recently Aaron's Best Man, Daren, sent me the photo he took with is cellphone of us sleeping on his floor and it's the cutest thing I've ever seen in my life...

our wedding night.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

"Something Blue" photo inspiration board

So... I think this one is now my favorite...

I have two shoe choices in this one. I'm partial to the blue chucks but then those "Sailor Jerry" leopard print shoes
are kind of awesome too!!! The birdcage veil and flower combo thing can be worn together or separately to make for some different looks. And then that bridge in the picture is in Downtown LA behind Aaron's rehearsal space. it's complete with awesome graffiti and train tracks which would make for some really cool backdrops.

Sigh, I just don't know.

And I still haven't found a photographer yet.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Classic 1950's photo shoot idea

Ok. So this is my "classic 50's style" photo shoot inspiration board. The dress is from 

The dress is from the 1950s, I found it at, but it was already sold or else I'd snatch it up. The cute girl in the veil and the black & white photo I found on Off Beat Bride. She TOTALLY inspired this idea, including the cute all white pumps. I figured Aaron and I could grab our pitbull Jackson and do some awesome shots with my grandpa's red 1957 Ford. 

The Mod wedding dress inspiration board

Okay, I'm putting inspiration boards together using the 3 dresses that I blogged about in my previous post (and maybe more dresses if I find them). I'm hoping that maybe an awesome photographer out there will see these and get inspired to do a free shoot just to have this in their portfolio! ;)   So here we go...

The dress is from Timeless Vixen and inspired this whole thing. The awesome vintage blue suede shoes from the 1950s. The birdcage veil is from Sposabella. It's kinda Jackie-O-fabulous. I just found this cool polaroid of a guy in a mod-looking suit. I think Aaron would look super sexy in that outfit. And now you're asking yourself, what the heck is with that Volkswagon!? Well, my grandparents have one exactly like that and in that color. I'm thinking that it would be super cool to take pictures with. Am I right?

What do you guys think of this board?

Friday, December 19, 2008

it's official!

it came!!!

our marriage license came today!!! The name change begins in earnest after the holidays. :)

the search for the fake wedding dress!

The fun part about entertaining the idea of an after-wedding photo shoot is picking out a new "wedding dress." Since I don't envision the shoot being at a crappy beach in LA, and since I stopped busting my ass at a personal trainer, and since the bottom of my actual wedding dress is completely trashed with salt water, sand and red dirt, I thought I should buy a different dress for the new shoot. I'm thinking vintage, tea length and cheap. Something like these dresses...
This dress pretty much typifies the kind of look I'm going for. It's a 1950's White Tea Length Wedding / Party Dress from Posh Girl Vintage. And I'd buy it in a heartbeat... if it wasn't sold already.

This one is pretty damn amazing. It's from Timeless Vixen and it's currently still for sale. It's about $200 more than I'd want to spend though. But still, it's kind of awesome and it has that "something blue" built in. 

This one is my favorite though for some reason. It's a white taffeta dress from Timeless Vixen and the price is PERFECT! I'm just not sure how this would look on me. It might look a little strange.

But I just don't know!!! Arg. I need advice.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

After-Wedding Photo Shoot inspiration

My good friend (and ex-boyfriend) Billy got married this past September. He's one of the 3 friends of mine that got married this year! He and his wife are lucky enough to be good friends with one of the most amazing wedding photographers in the area- Jasmine Star. Un-luckily enough for them she was unavailable to shoot their actual wedding. But then luckily enough for them again she offered to do an after-the-wedding photo shoot that produced pictures so beautiful I wanted to kill everyone involved out of jealousy...

Amazing right? Aaron and I don't have photos like these. I went through our photos recently and realized that there aren't any photos that documents me as a bride looking beautiful in my wedding dress and awesome orange shoes. There's only ONE photo of me and Aaron that captures the romance of us as "bride and groom." It's the one that my MOH took and you can't see our faces. But I would LOVE have photos like these that capture us as a "bride and groom" that aren't forced and unnatural, like when our photographer tried to force us into cheesy poses. Somehow Jasmine got Billy and Natalie to pose but it feels right and looks great. I want that!!!

So here's where I'm going with this... I'm thinking of doing an after-wedding shoot. It took me a while, but I finally got up the courage to ask Aaron if he would be willing to go along with the idea. He fought it at first, but when I showed him the pictures of Billy & Natalie he understood. And he said he's on board! But I have to do all the work.

Now I just need to find a photographer that I can afford. Any ideas out there??? Keep in mind that I'm unemployed.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

misadventures in wedding photography

I've had this on the back-burner FOREVER because my mother said I couldn't write bad shit about the wedding photographer. But since he still hasn't completed everything our parents paid for, I'm publishing it now....

So mom hired this photographer to shoot our wedding. He was AWFUL. During the wedding he was so awful that he was pissing me off. After the wedding we found his pictures to be so bad that we laughed our asses off one night. Now that some time has gone by and I've seen all the pictures from most of the people that were there I am getting angry again. Friends and family who happen to have cameras captured some of the moments after the wedding even better than the photographer that we paid thousands of dollars!!!

Let's play "who captured it better"...

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       photographer A                     or              Photographer B

Did you say B? Me too! And Photographer A was the guy my mom hired. AND he was the one that suggested Aaron pick me up! Why!? So he could take a picture that looks like Aaron's giving me a very awkward hug!? If you're going to frame the photo like that, why have him pick me up at all? And that island in the background looks like a lump growing out of Aaron's head. Did he not notices that? It's called "being aware of the background" guy.

Photographer A:
or Photographer B.

Hmmm. I chose B. Picture A looks like Aaron's regurgitating food and I'm eating it out of his
 beak baby bird style. Or it looks like our faces are melting into each other. Either way, it's not flattering. When looking over the photos that Photographer B took she told me that she was wondering why Photographer A was taking a picture of you guys with the sun right between us when the sun setting to the left of us looked so beautiful. But I have to give a little thanks to Photog A for setting this shot up. If he wasn't making me so angry, Aaron would never had started slow dancing with me on the beach to try and make me smile. Of course Photog A didn't take a picture of this, he was too busy trying to make us fake kiss each other in an attempt to make (and I quote) "the sun burst between your lips." Yikes.

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Photographer A           or         Photographer B

Who is that couple in Photo A? You mean the ones awkwardly walking down the beach, taking a step and looking at each other, then taking another step and looking at the ocean, then taking another step and kissing each other? And trying really hard to coordinate these steps while wearing wet wedding clothes and walking on sand and holding hands? Yeah, that couple. I don't know, let's look at Photo B to find out... Oh! It's Aaron and Megan of course, aren't they funny. Look how well their personality comes out in Photo B. And they aren't doing anything fake. FYI photographers- that's always a good photo op, a natural and happy couple.

Photographer A:
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or Photographer B.

Um, yes, hi, I have a question Photographer A- Why is the ocean above us? And also where are our feet? Phew, no worries, Photographer B found our feet for us, and also put the Earth back on it's proper axis apparently. Thanks Photographer B.

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     Photographer A                 or              Photographer B

Now these photos were taken at the exact same moment and yet it looks like two completely different experiences. And Photo B is one of my most favorite photos from the entire wedding. Photo A is actually not a terrible photo but it looks like Aaron's trying to crush me to death, and the angle is one in which I have to crane my neck and look out the corner of my eyes to smile at the photographer. Photographer B positioned herself in such a way that it looks like Aaron and I are the happiest (and only) people on the planet. Plus look how amazing the sky is, it makes a much better background than tourists in bathing suits.

Photographer A                     or       Photographer B

This one makes me laugh every time. Photographer A just wrote our names in the sand and then apparently messed u pon what year it was? I don't know. And then just took a picture of our names. Photographer B, getting the idea from Photographer A, wrote "Megan & Aaron" which made more sense and then took a picture of the beach on which we got married. Yeah, I think i'm going with B on this one.

And finally... the man kept telling us to NOT SMILE! WTF!? Who tells a bride and groom on their wedding day to not smile.

smile v. no smile

In the second picture I'm telling Aaron and I'm about to kill our photographer in 2.5 seconds if he tells me not to smile again.


Sunday, November 23, 2008

my wedding inspiration board

It's a little late for it, but I put together an inspiration board for my wedding anyway-

MY wedding inspiration board