a journey toward non-traditional wedded bliss, with style

About Me March 9, 2008

I’m a Seattle girl who fell in love with an Ohio boy. I’m a full time teacher, part time grad student, aspiring fashionista, and historical fiction junkie. My fiancé is a web developer, and was not only willingly involved in the planning of the wedding, but very tolerant of my continued obsession.



37 Responses to “About Me”

  1. Donna Wilson Says:


    Please consider my new website for editorial coverage
    on your blog.
    I feature brides of different ethnicities and in the coming weeks will be introducing brides of different cultures in addition to adding to my untraditional section with goth bride (not your average off the shelf choice)

    Thanks so much
    Donna 🙂

  2. deirdre Says:

    Hello Donna:

    I want to introduce you to The Frisky, a new relationship webzine for women. This week we are featuring an amazing slideshow of gorgeous wedding dresses by Oscar De La Renat:

    Please feel free to link to us. If you have any additional questions or comments, please let me know.

    Best regards,

    Deirdre Sullivan
    Marketing & Partnerships
    The Frisky

  3. gift girl Says:

    Hey Bridalcheek,

    A Seattle Girl! I am a Seattle Girl too and I am with the Wishpot team. We are always on the look out for fun wedding experts! Our list of current wedding experts consists of eco-chic, weddingbee, aisledash, sws mag, ritzy bee, junebug, polka dot, to name a few. You create a profile with us of all the wedding things you love- and we feature it along with your blog. If you’d like more information We’d love to add you to our list!

  4. Shelly Says:

    Hi Bridalcheek,

    I love your blog and found it very helpful when my partner and I got married. I wanted to let you know about a new company we started shortly after getting married called “Broom and Gride.” We are a clothing company offering same-sex couples and straight couples an alternative to the old “bride” and “groom”. Please check out our site at

    Keep up the great work!
    Your friends,
    Shelly and Allyson
    Broom and Gride

  5. Jaime Says:


    I just wanted to let you know I love your blog! If you’d be interested in doing a link exchange, please let me know – I’d be more than happy to add you to my wedding blog roll. You can email me at: Keep up the great posts, they’re lovely!

    Jaime @ “It’s A Jaime Thing”

  6. Hugh Henry Says:

    Hi there : )

    I just thought I would drop you a short note to say how much I like your blog. My wife and I were married 2 years ago but since we create products for brides I still find myself trying to keep up with what’s new in the world of weddings.

    I wanted tell you I find your site amazingly well organized. I love all the great photos and the variety of your posts

    Consider yourself bookmarked.

    Best regards,


    Elizabeth & Hugh Henry
    Serendipity Crafts
    Personalized Plates, Signature Platters & Gifts /

  7. georgette Says:

    i love the “grecian” dress – do you know who the designer is? and is it still at nordstrom?

  8. laragale Says:

    Which grecian dress? I’ve posted so many it’s hard to keep them straight 🙂 If you let me know what post it’s in, I’ll track it down for you!

  9. Diane Bayuk Says:

    You have a really interesting blog. I have created new, alternative gift bows for all those gifts that are mailed, or for those you need to take to the wedding in your suitcase or purse. They will not crush, as do traditional bows! They’re sparkling and fun, and can also be party favors. I think you’ll like them.

  10. markedevent Says:

    I would like to introduce you to Marked Event!

    Marked Event is for the creative event that wants a distinct theme. The end result is a suite of branded products that is carried throughout your event. From invitations, save the dates, favors, gifts and more. Marked Event has an approach to event branding that combines the design of traditional elegance accompanied with today’s style. We aim to capture the unique personality of each event with exceptional craft, elegance, and sophistication.

    Please visit our site and should you have any questions we can be reached via email.

    Thank you very much!

    Marked Event

  11. Absolutely love your blog . . .and I see you are from Seattle – I just moved to Minnesota from Seattle. Gotta love all those mountains ~ and the water just about every direction you look! Prettiest place I’ve ever lived.
    Hey, I wanted to give you a heads up about a Thanksgiving Sale that MagnetStreet Weddings is running this week ~ 15% off any and all wedding products, Nov 24 through the 30th, 2008. We carry both traditional and off-beat save the dates, invitations, reception items, thank you cards, even holiday cards . . . a whole line of wedding stationery that complements and coordinates for a really great cohesive look. Brides can customize with their own colors, fonts, photos, etc. Feel free to pass this offer on to your readers! To receive the discount, brides would just enter promotional code: WBLG15 at checkout.

    I will definitely be back. . . you have some great ideas.


  12. Genese Cage Says:


    I think your blog is a great resource for brides-to-be, and I’d like to add it to’s new “Blogs We Like” section. In exchange, all you need to do is link to our site on your blog. If you’re interested or have any questions, just let me know.

    Thanks for your time. I look forward to hearing from you soon!

  13. Hey,

    I really like your blog and keep finding myself referring to that “Phases of Engagement” post you made. Pretty much going through the same thing.

    I’m in full-blown planning mode and recently started working for a company that represents I know you post a lot of great designs of all kinds on your blog, and I thought you might be interested in passing on information about this custom wedding invitation contest OneWed has partnered on. and Luscious Verde, a customized handmade stationery company, are offering a chance for one lucky entrant to win $5,000 in customized wedding stationery. Contestants can enter by visiting to view complete submission guidelines, rules and regulations. Please help spread the word, I think it could be a great giveaway opportunity for any of your readers looking to save on the cost invitations.

    The contest is part of the site’s new re-launch. Let me know if you need anymore information, and keep up the gorgeous photos on your posts 🙂

    Thank you,


  14. michelle Says:

    hello – I forget how I came across your site, but i’ve been lurking ever since! we live in Brooklyn, but we’re getting married in Columbus in the fall, and I’ve been totally borrowing ideas from you! Thank you and keep posting, and hope you don’t mind if a stranger borrows your many fun ideas!

    • laragale Says:

      Of course I don’t mind, thats what blogs are for 🙂 Thanks for commenting, and good luck with your planning!

  15. Chandra Says:

    I love to follow your blog b/c not only am I a teacher (and recently graduated grad student), but I’m also getting married in Columbus, but planning it from another city (Nashville). I’m curious what you were having Jeni’s ice cream do for your reception – ice cream bar? I’m trying to find ways to feed my guests into the reception, after the dinner…

  16. Allison Says:


    I love the site. It is very informative and so cute!

    I wanted to let you know about this artist, as she did the most incredible thing for our wedding.

    When my husband and I got married we wanted something that was just ours, something to define us! We found this artist who does custom heart portraits. She met with the two of us, and took “notes” of colors and rhythm she saw between us. She asked us questions about how we first met, how he proposed, etc. She then came up with this beautiful piece of work that was custom for us! We used this for our invitations, party favors, and the color theme for our wedding! It was so special because it was something that represented the both of us and our life together!

    I found a link to the website: It was such a great thing for us to do!



  17. Rachel Says:

    So I sorta stumbled upon your blog while searching the web for art deco wedding ideas. My engagement ring is a yellow sapphire art deco style ring. Anyway, I live in Hartville, OH and my fiancee is from Columbus. I just got back from visiting him this past weekend. We were out on the town you know to eat and see some of the shops and such in Short North. Soo I thought it was funny that you are from there and I managed to find your site out of all the sites out there. So i thought I’d leave you a note saying how much I enjoyed your site and all that you have going on here. 🙂

  18. sam Says:


    Would to advertise our jewelry/designer clothing website on your blog. Please reply.



  19. feathersinyourhair Says:

    Just wanted to say good luck with your wedding coming up!! Hope you really enjoy it!!! (I “borrowed” your florist for our Labor Day weekend wedding in C’bus too!) – Michelle from Brooklyn (from earlier posting)

    • laragale Says:

      Thanks!!! You will absolutely love Petals and Leaves, they did an incredible job on our wedding. I’ll have pics of the flowers they did for us up soon!

  20. Fantastic blog! I loved following all of the details of your wedding! I’m planning my wedding now so it’s been really helpful to read about your planning!

  21. ali Says:

    Hi! I LOVE your dress – who is the designer? You may have mentioned it in a posting but I failed to find it in my search. I love, love, LOVE it and although my wedding is a month away and I like my dress a lot, I love yours!


  22. Hello! Great Blog! We are Gabriella New York Bridal Salon in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District, We have created a downtown boutique that has totally unique wedding dresses and accessories not available anywhere else in New York. We carry many up and coming designers who have amazingly fresh ideas. We would love to have you to our store the next time you are in New York.
    We are also having a sample sale next week, August 20th and 21st from noon-7 p.m.–great way to save some money on your gown!

    Looking forward to connecting!


  23. marya Says:

    hi dear.
    i have visited ur website by chance today but i really like it,specially the pictures,becoz i like the wedding cermonies from all over the world.
    i’m so far of ur city or even ur country but i like to know more abour ur customs,such as bridemaides and do they should dresses with same color?!
    i will be pleased if u give me some information.
    i wish happy life for u and ur spouse.

  24. Mike M. Says:

    Hi there,

    I stumbled upon your blog and was very impressed. Loaded with great content and ideas for those planing a wedding. Congrats on your marriage, and if you ever need anything label or sticker-related give us a call.

    Mike Mead
    (866) 252-1520

  25. Jenny Adel Says:

    Hi BridalCheek,
    Love your blog! My family and I run a unique wedding gift business and would love to trade links with you if you are interested. Check out Our signature boards are a great twist to the traditional guest book.
    Jenny Adel

  26. Lissa Says:

    Saw your ad on Weddingbee— is your garter still for sale?
    I’d really like it!

  27. Annie Says:

    Hi There,

    I came across your blog and thought our company and products might be something your readers would be interested in. We are and we combine select award-winning wines with your unique personalized label to create the ultimate expression, your own personalized bottle of wine. We make it very simple with an online label designer where people can go in and select from pre-existing labels, upload their own images, etc. The other great part about it is that it is affordable on most budgets, with bottles starting as low as $19. They are great for favors or as the wine you supply at the actual wedding. Also great for Bridal Showers, Thank You Gifts, Bachelorette Parties, etc.


  28. Nicole Says:, a leading retail website for wedding sparklers, announces the arrival of NEW HEART-shaped sparklers for weddings and all romantic events. These large heart-shaped sparklers are the first of their size to be made readily available to the United States wedding industry.

  29. Donna,
    Hope all is well, noticed you haven’t posted in a while. If you can still post a couple times a month I would be interested in exchanging links with you from my wedding blog that I post to at least once a week *Wedding & Engagement Noise”.
    I also have a quick business related question. Friends of mine over at a online wedding retailer are interested in advertising & being listed on your current blog as a possible image with alt text or a text link in your right navigation under “Wedding Resources” or something like that. Do you have any other “out of the box” ideas for them to be featured on your blog either in a post or sitewide (like an advertorial, blog post review, featured products?)
    Look forward to hearing back from you and keep up the great writing!!

    Leslie Jenkins
    Editor –
    “Chains do not hold a marriage together. It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads which sew people together through the years. That is what makes a marriage last”

  30. victoria Says:


    Please could you drop me an email as i would like to talk to you about advertising on your blog


  31. Nick Says:

    I was looking at your blog and I was curious what it would take to get a text link on your blog saying something like “Tungsten Wedding Bands” or “Tungsten Wedding Rings” with a hyperlink to our site (  We are a relatively new company and we are currently trying to improve our page ranking on Google, and I think that having a link on your homepage will really help us out.  We operate on a small budget, and we would be more than willing to give you a tungsten ring from our site in exchange for a link.  Let me know if this would be something that you would be interested in.  Thanks for any help you can give us.
    Thank You
    Superior Wedding Rings

  32. Jessica Says:


    I would love to pitch to you an idea for a hot spot for either a honeymoon or destination wedding in Naples, Italy. The hotel is called the Romeo Hotel and it is perfect for your site! Please get back to me via email if this is something you’d be interested in.

    I posted a link to the hotel’s website…



  33. Amparo Says:

    Love your blog!
    I am getting married on January 2011. I live in Uruguay ,South America. Sadly, here we havent got as many options as you have, so your blog has been really inspiring.
    I am planning to go to the US in November, to get my wedding dress (here there are not ready wedding dresses for sale, all brides get the custom made, but it just isn t my style). I was planning to go to Miami because I am familiar with the city, I can drive and I know it pretty well. Nevertheless, the more I search on the web, the more I start hesitating about my decision, and I am having second thoughts about if New york wouldn t be a better destiny for my travelling reasons. I am not so familiar with ny, obviously I won t drive and somehow I think maybe it is more difficult to shop for wedding dress (I was told in Miami everthing regarding weddings is very much near each other).
    As you may see, I am pretty confused, and I have to purchase the tickets right now. I was hoping you could help me with you advice. Note I am looking maybe for a vintage inspired gown.
    I love Monique Lhullier, Vera Wang, Anne Barge, Jenny Packham, Priscilla of Boston, Elizabeth Fillmore. I know I will surely find their gowns in NY, but not sure about Miami (I am afraid retailers aren t as good in terms of stock, as if you go to the real store) I am still not sure about my budget for the dress, but I am hoping I can get a designer dress.
    I would really apreciatte your advice!!!


    Amparo (Sorry for my English!)

  34. Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog. D’you have a regular blog as well?

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