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Green Chic

Brides looking for wedding gowns that can be described as eco-friendly have more than a few options. My favorites by far are buy a secondhand wedding dress, re-purpose a secondhand dress, or have a wedding gown made for you by a local seamstress who’s using sustainable materials. But you know what? Eco conscious though you may be, you and your perfect secondhand dress may never cross paths. For whatever reasons, re-purposing a gown or even having one made might be impossible.

In that case, there’s always shops like Green Union. In addition to a range of green and/or ethical wedding favors, accessories, and stationery, they carry a handful of very pretty wedding gowns.


Tammam White is a bridal collection handcrafted in House of Tammam’s fair trade atelier in India. The wedding dresses are made with exclusively developed fabrics including organic-certified wild peace silk, sustainable bamboo satin, and 100% organic fair trade cotton satin jacquard and linings. The two wedding dresses above are a long satin wedding coat dress with vintage button detailing and a simply chic gown with a luxe gold sash. Both could use a some alterations, but with them would look stunning on the right brides.

They’ve Got Each Other, Who Needs Gravity

Not everyone who gets married is ready to have both feet on the ground while they do it.

Take, for instance, Noah Fulmor and Erin Finnegin. They’re a cute couple from Brooklyn who find that being in love makes them feel weightless…and they’ve decided to make it literal on their wedding day.

Noah and Erin will be the first couple to marry in a zero-g environment on June 20.

The couple, who are both big sci-fi fans, were surprised to learn nobody else had tried this. Says Fulmor:

“We would really prefer to do it in space or on Mars but living in the time that we do, this was the closest we could get to zero gravity,”

And so it is that they will travel to the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, to exchange their vows aboard a plane owned and operated by Zero Gravity Corportation, the only federally approved purveyor of zero-g flights.

The flight will cost $5,200.00 per person, which the couple will cover themselves. The guest list will be small and intimate.

Since they met in 2000 at an NYU science fiction club, Noah and Erin have attended a lot of weddings together, but wanted theirs to be different. I think they’ve succeeded in that goal.

May they never lose that deliciously floaty feeling of love.

Oh, and live long and prosper.

Fraser Star Reacts to California Ruling

The California Supreme Court Ruled on Tuesday to uphold Proposition 8, the voter initiative that outlawed same sex marriage in the state, overturning a lower court ruling that the proposition is unconstitutional. Okay. I utterly disagree with this ruling, but I can follow the logic.

What I can’t follow is the decision that although same sex marriage is now illegal again, the 18,000 couples who married during the brief window opened by the first court ruling are still legally married in a state which will not allow others in the same situation to marry.

It would appear that I’m not alone in that confusion.

David Hyde-Pierce, who played Dr. Niles Crane on Fraser for the entire run of the show, winning many accolades along the way, joins me. He may not realize it, but we are brain twins in this matter.

In fact, he went on The View this week and announced that he and long-time companion Producer Brian Hargrove had quietly tied the knot on October 24th. Hyde-Pierce says his reaction to the news that he was still married despite the ruling was an angry: “It’s Like ‘Oh great, we made the cut.'”

This decision is bound to upset nearly everyone on both sides of the question. Those of us in favor of marriage equality are angry that the right to be married has been stripped from so many people, and frustrated that a few people have gotten what the rest are not allowed. Those against are bound to be frustrated that the people who married while it was legal are still married when the legal basis for their marriages has been declared invalid.

The one thing that’s absolutely clear is that the battle is going to rage on.

In the meantime, I wish Messers Hyde-Pierce and Hargrove every joy. After twenty-five years together, I’d say they’ve earned it.

I’m Not Very Religious, But….

It’s inevitable, really. Weddings are almost indelibly connected in our cultural minds with churches, less people go regularly to church, and few of us remain close enough to our physical roots to continue attending the churches we grew up in (assuming we had one to begin with).

So when it comes time to pick a ceremony venue and celebrant, many find themselves wanting a church but not having one of their own. Not to panic. If you don’t have a regular church (synagogue, temple, etc.) but want to be married in your faith or that of your intended, or if you’re getting married in a place where neither of you lives, you still can probably to make it happen. Even if the only reason you’re choosing a church wedding is to make grandma accept the whole thing, it may still be able to do it. Just keep in mind a few simple rules, and chances are you can have your church wedding.

1) A Church is not a banquet hall. It really is up to the religious leader to decide whether or not you can get married there. You may find that if you have no strong family ties to that particular church and do not regularly attend services that you are not welcome to get married there, period. In fact, you may be turned down for any reason the minister, priest, pastor, rabbi, etc. considers important. If you are not a member in good standing with the church, then it is their absolute right to turn you down, and you have no legal recourse. If you have your heart set on a church wedding – no matter what the reason – and you are not active in your faith, you may have to be flexible about which church you marry in. Oh, and if a member of the congregation wants to get married the same day you do, you may find yourself bumped back. After all, you’re not a member.


Here’s to Moms, of the Bride and the Groom

It’s Mother’s Day, and this seems like a good time to bring up a topic we haven’t talked about very much of late here at Manolo for the Brides: moms.

The conventional wisdom about mothers and weddings is that it’s a time mostly spent trying to take over the plans, living out her never-quite-met dreams of romance. The same conventional wisdom assumes that she will spend the rest of her natural born days trying to poke holes in the marital relationship in order to save her precious, perfect child from that fiend (s)he married.

Are there mothers like that? You bet your sweet bippy there are. I’ve met a couple and they are the stuff of legends about monsters under the connubial bed.

The good news is that these monsters-in-law are actually a pretty tiny minority.

But what about the care, feeding, and etiquette rules for dealing with more reasonable maternal parents?


The Perfection of Imperfection

Last night I had a movie night with a good friend. We went the chick flick route and wound up the evening with Emma with Gwyneth Paltrow. I must admit that Mr. Knightley’s proposal is one of my favorites. I love that he recognizes that he, his love, and their future life together are not without flaw. In particular, I love that he tells Emma that it is their combination of imperfections that make them perfect for one another.

My father had another way of putting it. He used to tell people that my brother the alpaca rancher and his lady had ‘saved two perfectly normal people.’ I’m pretty sure he said the same thing about me and Mr. Twistie. What’s more, I’ll actually agree with him. Mr. Twistie and I are both somewhat acquired tastes, for those among you who know your Gilbert and Sullivan.

I find my reaction to these facts kind of amusing in light of an article I read yesterday that discussed an article set to be published in the July issue of the journal Psychological Science. It seems that psychologist Daniel Molden of Northwestern University did a study on romantic couples and their perceptions of one another to see how that would affect the strength of the relationships.


Happy Easter from Twistie and NtB!

Save us a chocolate egg or three!

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