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Tea Time with Tess

Hi, my name is Tess and I’m currently living in Los Angeles, California. My fiancé Joel and I met 6 years ago in Chicago and have been together ever since. He recently accepted a job out here on the west coast, so while I’ll be enjoying my engagement out here, I’ll be planning and getting married back at home in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. I couldn’t be more excited to blog here about my trials and tribulations – and for even more, come visit me at teatimetess.blogspot.com OR Tweet me at TeaTimeWithTess

Engagement Pictures in Malibu {The W(h)iney Bride)

Black and white with Roscoe
Even though we are getting married back at home, it was important for us to have a little touch of California in our wedding. We have started a life out here, adopted a dog here, were engaged here - and it seemed only right that we gave it a little of the recognition it deserved.... read more

Trying on “THE” Dress (The W(h)iney Bride)

Last week while I was home  in Chicago I had the much-anticipated task of wedding dress shopping. For weeks, I had been nervous about these appointments. I didn’t have a clear idea in my head of what I was going to look like on my wedding day, so I went into these appointments... read more

4 Reasons Not To Gift Off the Registry (A W(h)iney Bride)

In my opinion, there are only a few justifiable reasons for not buying a gift off the registry. Here's when and why I deviate from the registry: When I'm not invited to their wedding shower When I'm not invited to their wedding When I have a personal, thoughtful reason for purchasing your gift for the newly married... read more

The Dreaded Money Talk (The W{h}iney Bride)

After the honeymoon period of being engaged ended, and my hand went back to feeling normal, Joel and I decided to have the dreaded money talk. We dated for five years before getting engaged and lived together for a little over two. When Joel accepted his current job here in Los Angeles, we packed up... read more

My Hollywood Engagement Story (The W{h}iney Bride)

My Fiance and I

I figured there is no better way to start my blogging journey than by telling my favorite story in the world: How I got engaged.

On Saturday, June sixth my fiance Joel left our Los Angeles apartment to run errands. Not thinking much of it, I yelled for him to remember his...

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Accept that you might not actually be able to press pause on the compulsive wedding chatter. Hey, you're excited, and that's cool! But expecting one or two people to listen to all of it? Too much. Share the love. Spread the obsessing out over a wider circle of friends (that's what cubemates are for, right?) and space it out, so you can spare them all, including your fiance, from bride (that would be you) burnout.
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