Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year!

Every year, I flip-flop on my holidays. Some years I hate NYE, and other years I love NYE. 2010 has been weird, so I'm glad to see it go. Let's do it 2011!

My 2011 resolution is to eat what I want (cake) and do as I please (post pictures of geeky and Halloween weddings).

Thanks for reading - I appreciate you. Yeah, YOU. See you next year!



Monday, December 27, 2010

Letigious bride is letigious

If you're sick of Christmas, good tidings, and cheer, this will cool the cockles of your heart.

A former bride-to-be from suburban Chicago is suing her ex-fiance after he broke off the engagement just four days before the wedding ceremony she spent nearly $100,000 on. Dominique A. Buttitta, an attorney who works in Hoffman Estates, filed a lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court Friday claiming that her former boyfriend Vito V. Salerno has refused to pay her back for the tens of thousands of dollars she spent on the ceremony, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Horrifying stock photography.

The month before the wedding, the groom allegedly attended a bachelor party at the Pink Monkey, where he engaged in "flirtatious and amorous acts in public," which included lap dances and other contact with strippers, the suit alleges. The suit alleges he never told his fiance about the lewd acts during the bachelor party.

Blah blah blah, personal drama, list of expenses, and the foundation for an emotional distress claim.

The Tribune shared a portion of the letter Buttitta sent to Salerno letting him know about the impending lawsuit:

"It was agreed by you and me that the marriage ceremony was to be performed on October 2, 2010. I was on that date, ready and willing to marry you," Buttitta wrote before adding, "Further, please be advised that I am not still willing to marry you."

She is seeking $95,000 in damages.

Worst break-up letter ever? Yikes.


Friday, December 24, 2010

Oh, Christmas Tree!

This post is not wedding-related, but rather a post made specifically to celebrate an anniversary. My friends love the holidays, but they can't celebrate their Christmas anniversary the way they'd like to this year. This is for them - awesome Christmas trees.

They love caffeine, so maybe they'll love this Mountain Dew Tree.

Here's a seven story tree made from smaller trees. Japan is usually known for small things, but the article claims this is from Japan.

From the same source - a Nintendo tree!

She's crafty, so maybe she'll like these adorable stacked fabric trees.

Be still, my geeky heart - a Pac Man tree from Madrid (there's a video at the link)

Finally, because you never know when your life will be turned upside-down, a beautiful upside-down tree.

Happy anniversary, you two!

Kay Banks

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Man proposes via Muppets

Do you like Muppets, proposals, and (spoiler alert!) happy people? You'll like this story. A guy named Sid Ceaser proposed to his girlfriend (now wife-to-be) Sara Prindiville via Muppet. He ordered custom muppets, made a movie, and had it played as a trailer at random movie. There were strangers in the theater when they arrived, and friends snuck into surprise her.


Here's the cute couple with their Muppetgangers:

And here's what they really look like:

The link above has the entire proposal story.

Found via Dooby Brain


Kay Banks

p.s. yep, I'm mostly feeling better, thanks. Expect continued laziness until the new year.

Monday, December 20, 2010

(Almost) the best first dance song - The Time Traveler's Wife

Under normal circumstances chick lit is not my thing, but out of desperation I bought The Time Traveler's Wife at an airport, and I didn't put it down until I had read the last page. *sigh...swoon* It's a sad, lovely, sci-fi-y romance book, and I love it.

When the movie came out, bad reviews kept me away, but with all my recent sick time, I finally Netflixed it and it wasn't nearly as bad as the reviews made it seem. No, it wasn't as good as the book, but it wasn't painful treacle either. The characters never really settle in, but they did a decent job and it was like spending an hour and a half with old friends, so I enjoyed it. Rachel McAdams and Eric Bana are pretty easy on the eyes too (though I spent the first half hour thinking it was Daniel Faraday from Lost).

The best moment was during the wedding scene. Their first dance is set to a cover of one of my all time favorite songs - Joy Division's Love Will Tear Us Apart. I can't embed, but here's a crappy Chinese bootleg of the scene.

The wedding gown in the movie was gorgeous. It flows so beautifully when she walks.

And my own personal swoon moment just came when I mentioned aloud that I couldn't remember which version of the song I prefer. Immediately my husband said "You like the Permanent mix". He really knows me. Love that guy, and I love this song:

Oh, Ian Curtis. Your heartbreaking voice is my pleasure.



Wait, how many times have I posted about Joy Division now? I feel like it's a lot. You like Joy Division, right? RIGHT?

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

I lost 7 lbs in 5 days - ask me how!

No, actually, you don't want to know. It's enough to tell you that I'm sick, and I don't know when I won't be. I'll try to find a few funny things when possible, but please look for regular posts again in January. Or maybe next week if I'm feeling up to it.

Until then,

Friday, December 10, 2010

Danny DeVito and Rhea Pearlman

How can you not love Danny DeVito and his lengthy and diverse career?

Danny DeVito in skinny jeans on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Danny DeVito and wife Rhea Perlman were married on January 8, 1982 (or the 28th, depending on the source). Legend says that they were married during a lunch break on the set of Taxi. They have three children, and are one of Hollywood's long-lasting relationships.

The couple, who had been together for 11 years before making it official, were wed in a rainy, garden ceremony on a Thursday** afternoon.

Known for their work in comedy, they couldn’t help but interject humor into their nuptuals. The two walked down the aisle to a recording of Our Gang’s Alfalfa singing “I’m in the Mood for Love.”

Perlman wore a rented antique gown because she reportedly couldn’t decide between a sweatsuit or a T-shirt. To top it off, the ceremony took place during DeVito’s lunch break from the show “Taxi.” No word on whether he made it back to work on time.

It seems that they also had a wedding reception on February 8 because Life Magazine's website has some paparazzi photos of John Belushi and Jack Nicholson leaving the party.

Sorry that there aren't any photos of them from their actual wedding, but aren't they adorably funny anyway?

Kay Banks

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Bride saves woman's life, ruins gown

An Australian bride hitched up her wedding dress and leapt from a jetty into the sea to save a woman spotted floating face down in the water, Adelaide's Advertiser newspaper reported Monday. The wedding party was having photographs taken at dusk Saturday on Glenelg jetty when someone spotted the 55-year-old woman bobbing in the water.

Not the bride; from Flickr user brotherM

The bride, a trained nurse, managed to get the victim breathing again before medics arrived. The injured woman was taken to hospital with spinal injuries sustained in the fall from the jetty.

Shane Daw, a spokesman for Surf Life Saving South Australia, said members of the wedding party worked on the woman for about five minutes before she regained consciousness.

'They did a fantastic job,' he said.

What a story - I'm glad to know that all brides aren't plastic surgery-obsessed loons. At least they're not that way in Australia.



Monday, December 6, 2010

Good news for people who hate weddings

There's a lot to hate about weddings lately. A lot of annoying celebrities have gotten married, are getting married, or are talking about getting married. Who? Katy Perry and Russel Brand had some let's-pretend-we're-ethnic-and-spiritual-wedding, Michael Buble and Jessica Simpson got engaged (not to each other), and there are still new rumors about ~Brangelina~ every other day. Even boring Mandy Moore has admitted that she's more boring than before. You *might* have heard that formerly-attractive Prince William got enga...Hey, are you yawning? I'm not done. Prince William got engaged, and England's tabloids EXPLODED. Finally, there's a disgusting show called Bridalplasty where women compete like dogs to have all of their imperfections smoothed, nipped, and tucked. I'm hating weddings more than ever right now, and I'm at a loss for topics that don't piss me off.

This really makes me a little sick inside.



Friday, December 3, 2010

Funny wedding cards from Etsy

With "the holidays" rapidly approaching, I've had cards on my mind. I love getting crazy, beautiful, glittery*, handmade cards. Etsy has some cool handmade cards if you're not crafty. Here are a few of my favorites.

At first glance, it looks like a nice, normal wedding card. But the caption says "Are you sure?" If you're passive-aggressive, or you don't like the person your friend is marrying, this is a good one for you.

From Dandee on Etsy

This is something I would send "I heard you're getting married. Where's the cake?"

From NavyBlueNotes on Etsy

A card that makes a toast...

The little slice of toast inside is so cute! I think this one is especially funny because when someone does announce that they want to make a toast, I always hold my breath expecting the worst.
From ThimbleWinder on Etsy

This one is beautiful and a little macabre.

From CreativityCards on Etsy.



*Well, not the glitter so much. I actually hate glitter because it gets everywhere. Cards with glitter go right into a plastic zip bag, because I'm crazy.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Futurama wedding cake

GOOD NEWS, EVERYONE! Someone made this beautiful Futurama wedding cake.

Fry looks respectable, Leela looks pretty, Bender is wearing a bow tie, Professer Farnsworth looks confused, and Nibbler is turning flower petals into dark matter poop. I'm really sad that Doctor Zoidberg isn't present, but he probably did that sideways-walking "woob-woob-woob" thing that makes me laugh EVERY TIME, and Hermes probably got too high and forgot to get dressed for the wedding.

If you look at the photos on Alanosaur's Flickr account, you'll see the Planet Express on the back.

Thankfully, Seymour (the saddest dog ever) isn't on the cake...