Recently there was the dude dressed in a giant broccoli costume who got down on one knee at the minor league baseball game. (Come on, if you’re going to propose on the Jumbotron, at least choose the majors.)
Then there was Mike from Austin, whose proposal fail took place on live TV. Or a guy who got slapped upside the head — before she ran away — after he popped the question at a hockey game.
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My younger brother Dan used to sleep in a car bed with a GI Joe tent over it. He owned a skateboard, a boogie board, a BMX bike, a moped, and a scooter. His favorite movies were “Rad” and “Gleaming the Cube.” But underneath his little daredevil facade was a kid that worshiped me, his older sister who occasionally used him as a human Barbie doll. He did whatever he could to please me — even if it meant wearing a dress — whatever it took to be accepted by me — even if it meant watching “Annie” every day for a week. I embraced him as my apprentice, my little neophyte. As we got older, I tried to instill him with values and culture. I introduced him to indie films and alternative music. I dragged him along to parties with my artist friends and gave him books to broaden his perspective. I encouraged him to leave the state for college and travel, to grow as a human being. I supported him 100 percent when he decided to move to New York City post-college to pursue a career in finance. I was always there when he needed advice. Staring at the clean-cut, 26-year-old man sitting across from me at his engagement dinner, I barely recognized the person he had become. Keep reading »
Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky were married in Rhinebeck, NY yesterday in front of 400 guests including Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen and Madeline Albright. The bride wore Vera Wang, the groom wore Burberry, and the interfaith ceremony was officiated by a reverend and a rabbi. Of the nuptials, former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said:
“Today, we watched with great pride and overwhelming emotion as Chelsea and Marc wed in a beautiful ceremony at Astor Courts, surrounded by family and their close friends. We could not have asked for a more perfect day to celebrate the beginning of their life together, and we are so happy to welcome Marc into our family. On behalf of the newlyweds, we want to give special thanks to the people of Rhinebeck for welcoming us and to everyone for their well-wishes on this special day.”
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I called it “Got MIL?” and in hindsight, posting it was not my most prudent move.
It was an essay that discussed, at some discomfiting length, my relationship with my mother-in-law. It was not an essay that was particularly flattering to my mother-in-law, because she was — is — not a particularly easy mother-in-law.
But — as I later told my brothers- and sister-in-law (who, yes, found the post; this is how this story ends) — I believed that it was my story to tell. It was about my experience with her, my responses to the things that she said to me, my discomfort in struggling to accommodate her while she visited, for the first time, her newborn grandson.
At the time, I was struggling with post-partum depression. I could barely cope. When faced with that weekend — with trying to recover from that weekend — I turned to my favored form of therapy: spilling my guts to the Internet.
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Are you a one-day-bride-to-be planning on making a wedding video of your special day? Well, don’t bother! The most adorable, sweet, and cool wedding video has been made already. Starring love birds Lauren and Jean-Pierre, the video follows the couple as they do the robot, tie the knot, and rule the dance floor in La Grange, Georgia. The video was directed by Matt Odom, and the track you hear is Passion Pit’s “Sleepyhead.” You know how you know when the bride had a good time at her nuptials? She’s sweating from all the fun. [The Daily Wh.at] Keep reading »
Your wedding day is supposed to be one of the most special in your life, one you’ll hopefully never forget. Well, sweethearts Valentina Anitra, 22, and Ignazio Licodia, 25, definitely won’t ever forget theirs, considering their photographer was accidentally killed by a gunshot. Their wedding took place at the groom’s parents’ home in Sicily; the wedding photographer, taking some, er, shots of the wedding party, asked the bride and groom to pose with a hunting rifle. Apparently, in southern Italy, especially in Sicily, firing guns at festivals and special family occasions is tradition. Somehow the gun went off and the photographer was shot in the head and died. Police are trying to establish if the gun went off while it was being handled by the photographer or by the couple. If a death on the day of your wedding isn’t bad enough, police said that the groom’s parents could be prosecuted because the photographer died on their property. The couple-to-be called off the wedding ceremony after the shooting. Their special day will definitely not be forgotten, unfortunately for not so happy reasons. Let this be a lesson to engaged couples everywhere — if you’re going to pose with a gun in your wedding garb, make sure the film is the only thing that’s loaded. [News.com.au]
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So, when Bill Clinton wants to take a nervous crap on daughter Chelsea‘s wedding day, this is where he’ll do it. You’re looking at the porta-potties the Clintons have rented for the occasion at a grand total of $15,000. It goes without saying that these bathrooms are nicer than mine, not to mention The Frisky’s ladies room, where we recently found a cockroach! However, we do have a stack of gossip mags in ours, so there. [via Gawker] Keep reading »
Most of the time, when you hear “commitment-phobic,” you think of a man. But that’s not always the case. I’m commitment-phobic, and I’m a woman. The thought of being in a relationship terrifies me. The thought of committing to someone forever scares the pants off me. Oh, and getting to the altar? Watch me quake. Keep reading »
As I mentioned yesterday, my husband, Drew, and I will be celebrating our first wedding anniversary this weekend. I’ve heard people say that the first year of marriage is often the hardest, but I find that really hard to believe. For us, it’s been the best year we’ve had together so far! We were smart about having a wedding well within our budget, so we didn’t find ourselves with a mountain of debt right off the bat. Plus, we don’t have kids yet and aren’t actively trying, so we have plenty of time to invest in each other without any pressure to conceive right away. Fortunately, we’re both in good health, as are our families. And recently, we fulfilled a goal to move to Brooklyn and we couldn’t be happier. So, where’s the part that’s supposed to be so hard? I don’t think we’re an anomaly here. I’d bet most married couples would say their first year is pretty good. But maybe I’m wrong? Or, maybe for couples who didn’t live together before getting hitched, the transition is particularly rocky? If you’re married — or have been married before — I’d love to hear your thoughts. What’s been your hardest year of marriage so far, and why? Keep reading »