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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Escort cards are extremely easy to personalize and an excellent way to bring in your wedding day colors -- from calligraphed seating cards set atop a textured linen to apples tagged with each guest's name or small personalized bundles of lavender tied off with string. Other ways to display escort cards: Pin them to a clothesline, post them on a board covered in color-coordinated ribbon, or incorporate them into your cocktail hour using personalized stirrers tagged with guests' names.
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