Friday, April 29, 2011

Time for the royal wedding!

I'm awake, I'm awake! Time to watch the royal repeats. So far I'm in LOVE with the gown! Can't wait to see all the other details.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

How to watch the Royal Wedding

There's no point in lying - despite my distaste for the infatuation with the royals, I will probably watch some or all of the royal wedding. And I will probably spam the hell out of this blog with my opinions. If you want to do the same, here's the list of places you can watch: royal wedding tv schedule

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Court bans groom from talking to bride and best man

I kind of love these crazy, rampaging bride and groom stories, and this one strikes me as particularly funny/awful. A couple's wedding plans lie in tatters after a sheriff banned the groom from talking to his bride and best man. The order came after Billy Stupart, 28, was arrested over a stag-night bust-up with the pair about a stripper. The former Black Watch soldier is due to marry hairdresser Fiona Soutar, 30, in a fortnight [that's two weeks American]. Friend Christopher Strachan, 28, is his best man. The bride and groom had been on separate nights out on Saturday when they returned to the flat they share in Dundee, along with the best man. All three had been drinking and a row broke out between Strachan and Stupart over the latter's reluctance to visit a stripper, which ended with Fiona calling the police. Stupart spent the weekend in the cells. He appeared at the city's sheriff court on Monday and denied three charges of behaving in a threatening or abusive manner towards Fiona by shouting, swearing, threatening violence and throwing a bottle, assaulting Christopher by repeatedly punching him on the head and assaulting Fiona and throwing a bottle at her. Story and funny picture via Arbroath Sheriff Tom Hughes bailed Stupart but warned him not to contact either of them before his next court date on May 4. Fiona contacted the court to say the wedding was still on and she was happy for Stupart to return to their flat. But the sheriff refused to listen. They admitted they had argued but Stupart said: "It's all been blown out of proportion. Everything has been booked and it has cost thousands. The sheriff could easily have relaxed bail conditions. Many of our guests have made arrangements to get to the ceremony. "I have never been in any trouble before and I think the sheriff is being very heavyhanded with us. We are appealing the bail conditions. If that doesn't doesn't, everything will be cancelled." Fiona said: "We'd hoped the sheriff might have shown us a bit of leniency." Stupart added: "Chris is my best friend and will still definitely be my best man, whatever happens." The couple said they have invited 180 guests to their big day. A honeymoon to Portugal has also been paid for. A trial date has been set for May 20. Basically, this wedding is completely screwed because the judge doesn't care about their wedding plans. The article doesn't say if they have previous domestic issues. This is a bad case of "I wish I hadn't done that when I was drunk". -KB

Monday, April 25, 2011

Amazing zombie wedding invitation

Check out this beautiful wedding invitation from Manuel Morgado. His site says this was a commissioned custom illustration - it's amazing! I'll bet this was a fun wedding to attend.

This isn't wedding-related, but it is another amazing illustration from Morgado's site:

Sleepy Hollow


Friday, April 22, 2011

Friday funny - greeting card shopping

I was shopping for birthday cards at my local Target, and I noticed a card that didn't belong.

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This shiny, foiled card stuck out against all the soothing pastel colors of the sympathy aisle. Someone shoved a card that said "For the Bride & Groom" in the "Sorry for your loss" section. It made me laugh so I hastily took this photo, avoided the weird looks of the people around me, and walked away.

Happy Friday,
Kay Banks

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Pregnant bride on a knife-throwing rampage

She did not want to be on camera after she left a Ferndale courtroom, but the police say there is no hiding what she did last week in her home.

Officers say Jenna Spraggins hurled knives at her mom and fiancé because she was upset she had not received an engagement ring from her boyfriend.

The police say Spraggins was physically fighting with her fiancé and hurled the knives after her mother tried to intervene. They got this 911 call from her mom.

The following is the text of the 911 call:

Operator: What is your emergency?
Mother: My daughter is having a panic attack or something.
Operator: She is having a panic attack?
Mother: She is throwing knives and acting crazy. She is 18.

Spraggins was also irate that her fiancé wanted to go skating at a skate park that day.

Fortunately the knives did not hit anyone, but both the mom and the fiancé suffered both cuts and bruises from her being hit by Spraggins with her fists.

The pregnant 18-year-old is facing charges of assault with a dangerous weapon and domestic abuse charges.

If you watch the video, mom says "She's just throwing knives..." in an "it's no big deal, but" tone. They sound like a totally mature and reasonable couple. I'm so glad they've carefully weighed the option to bring a child into the world. :(



Monday, April 18, 2011

Woodland papercut wedding invitations

I normally don't post regular weddingy type stuff, but these invitations are too gorgeous to ignore.

Fat peonies - my favorite! I love the way they spill out from behind the invitation.

Gorgeous modern lotus-like flower

Bamboo - so elegant and lovely

Initially I assumed that these were laser-cut, but then this picture popped up.

THESE ARE CUT BY HAND. Amazing, beautiful, gorgeous work. Naomi has insane patience to do this. Now that I know that, the prices seem reasonable - I know I'm repeating myself but she cuts each little piece by hand, with a blade. My mind reels.


Friday, April 15, 2011

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Apple logo wedding cake

How do you know if someone has an iPhone?

Don't worry, they'll tell you.


Check out this awesome wedding cake. I presume it's a groom's cake, but who knows.

The friend who shared it with me suggested that it should be rainbow on the inside, and I think that's a great idea. It would be awesome if the inside looked like this:

But layered to look like this


Monday, April 11, 2011

Royal wedding style though the decades

Here's an interesting look at royal wedding style though the ages.

Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, 1923

A traditional full-length gown with a court train was the order of the day for Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother's marriage to the Duke of York, later George VI. Designed by Madame Handley, the dress was on trend for the 1920s with its unshaped lace bodice - a style made popular by Coco Chanel. This gown is so trendy it hurts.

Wallis Simpson, 1937

The marriage of Wallis Simpson and Prince Edward wasn't a royal wedding as such as the prince had decided to abdicate the throne in order to marry divorcee Mrs Simpson. The bride wore a simple blue dress with a fitted waistband, gathered bodice all finished off with a neat hat - the style was widely copied for its simplicity. I love this dress! The buttoned waist and the flowy, elegant skirt is gorgeous.

Queen Elizabeth II, 1947

Queen Elizabeth II's wedding day at Westminster Abbey was a grand affair - and the royal wedding dress was certainly fit for the occasion. The Queen's dressmaker Norman Hartnell had the honour of designing the ivory duchesse satin gown adorned with crystals, 10,000 tiny pearls and appliqué tulle embroidery. The 15-foot train was also embroidered with pearls and crystals as well as appliqué duchesse satin and was inspired by Botticelli's Primavera, to signify hope after the war. LOVE!!!! The floral lace train is gorgeous.

Grace Kelly, 1956

MGM wardrobe designer Helen Rose had the honour of creating Grace Kelly's wedding gown in the 50s - the dress featured a full skirt of ivory peau de soie and a fitted bodice made of Brussels lace and embroidered with seed pearls. Grace's veil was adorned with lace lovebirds and the gown remains one of the most celebrated in history. She's so gorgeous. The bustle type poofy skirt is so pretty.

Princess Margaret, 1960

Queen Elizabeth II's younger sister, Princess Margaret, was the subject of the world's first televised royal wedding and she chose a simple gown by her favourite designer Norman Hartnell for the occasion. The bride wore a white silk organza dress with a short train, a Claude St Cyr of Paris veil and the Poltimore tiara, purchased at auction. The full skirt is so fairy tale princess, and the crown seems pretty on her. Normally I hate tiaras at weddings, but since she's ACTUAL royalty it makes sense.

Lady Diana Spencer, 1981

Lady Diana Spencer's marriage to Prince Charles had people around the world glued to their tellies and the late princess certainly looked the part. The bride wore a silk taffeta gown designed by Brits Elizabeth and David Emanuel - complete with enormous puff sleeves, 10,000 hand-stitched pearls and a record-breaking 25-foot train, the outfit is certainly a memorable one! It's not a popular opinion, but I hate this gown and pretty much every other gown from the '80s.

Sarah Ferguson, 1986

Sarah Ferguson's duchesse satin gown was an elaborate affair (it was the 80s after all!) - the 17-foot train featured an anchor to represent Prince Andrew's time in the navy and an 'A' was also embroidered onto it to reflect her love for her husband. Ditto Fergie. Sorry.

Sophie Rhys-Jones, 1999

Sophie Rhys-Jones looked stunning in this silk organza coatdress by Samantha Shaw - the outfit was embroidered with 325,000 pearl and cut glass beads. Prince Edward also had a hand in the outfit - he designed the black and white pearl necklace that Sophie wore on the day. This is a little too matronly for me, but it's elegant enough.

Camilla Parker Bowles, 2005

It was Prince Charles' second wedding, but his second bride looked fantastic in this outfit designed by Robinson Valentine. Camilla accessorised the full-length coat and chiffon dress with pale beige suede shoes by LK Bennett and a plummage and lace detail portrait hat by Philip Treacy. She looks good for her. I like the long duster.

Which is your favorite? Mine is Grace Kelly, or if we're talking about English royalty, Princess Margaret. Everything about her screams royal wedding, and I mean that in the best way possible.


Friday, April 8, 2011

Friday funny - Married to the Sea

It's Friday, I'm lazy, please enjoy:

Have an excellent weekend!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

The Anniversary Waltz

How many arguments did Lucy and Ricky have over their anniversary? I dunno, probably a lot. This makes me tear up because I am an intensely sentimental fragile egg wrapped in a spiky shell of sarcasm.

This dress is one of my favorites from the show - like one of my top 2. I NEVER tire of this show. -KB

Monday, April 4, 2011

Bridesmaids - the movie

This poster was spotted at my local movie theater:

From the producer of Superbad, Knocked Up, and the 40-Year-Old Virgin

I am excited. Kristen Wiig is not nearly as funny as everyone says she is (Sorry K.Wiig), but I do love Maya Rudolph (Idiocracy), Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Melissa McCarthy (scene-stealer in Samantha Who?), and Ellie Kemper (Erin from the Office. Go back to Andy already!).

It kind of looks like the Hangover for ladies. My only complaint: Screenwriters, can you please stop making every female character neurotic about getting married? Obviously, I like weddings, but I don't think it's THE POINT OF LIFE. Some women don't want to get married, right?


Friday, April 1, 2011

Heidi and Spencer's wedding pictures

Heidi and Spencer's entire shtick was a big April Fool's Day joke on the world, so it seems like a good topic for today - the day of internet trickery. If you don't already know, Heidi and Spencer are from an Mtv reality show. They are really dumb, but they were smart enough to know that a crazy trainwreck would make them famous, so they wrecked their trains clumsily. She got so much plastic surgery that she looks like she's 40 (even though she's in her 20s), and he did us all a favor and fell off the planet. I don't even know if they're still married, and I'm not willing to Google it. I just thought it'd be funny to remind you of them today. Here's their wedding. I think they got married twice. I love the dark-haired dudes in the back row. They hate this more than I do. Here they are cutting their cake. It looks like a buttercream cake instead of a fondant cake - I am impressed. I would bet solid money that Heidi's white sweatsuit has "BRIDE" or "MRS. [Guy's last name]" in rhinestones on the back somewhere. This is a completely legitimate, non-staged paparazzi photo of them on their honeymoon. There was a bird flu scare (H1N1 scare?) at the time. Another candid shot of the two. This is just how they are when they're alone.

This is my favorite. I forget what the situation is here, but she's really upset about something, and the photographer just happened to catch her as she was sitting outside wearing designer clothing and crying about a very personal incident. On a chair in the middle of a sidewalk.

For all I know, they're perfectly nice people. I don't really care.