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Oscar Dresses that You Could Wear to Your Wedding


Did you watch the Oscars last night? If I’m totally honest, I mostly watched just to see Idina Menzel (I mean, Adele Dazeem. Um. Really, John Travolta? WEAR YOUR GLASSES. Or learn the name of the person you are introducing. You’re not new here.)  sing “Let it Go” from Frozen. I love her, I love that song, and I can’t help it: I love the FASHION at the Oscars.

There were so many dresses that could really make the transition from red carpet to ceremony aisle.

Photo Credit: E Online

Photo Credit: E Online

Cristin Milioti, designer uncredited, from How I Met Your Mother. I love HIMYM, and I love her in this dress. This looks like a wedding gown! It also looks like maybe it’s a Reem Acra? or Christos?


{Sponsored Post}: Del Monte & Kitchen Surfing!

Hey Peeps,

Sometimes I get to do super fun things because of this lil’ ‘ole blog, and I have to say, this dinner was the most fun to date! The fine folks at Del Monte invited me & Bob the Builder to host two of our friends in our home for a chef-created meal, using Del Monte products!

photo of Del Monte canned goods

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Del Monte scheduled our dinner through KitchenSurfing, a great website that matches your needs with a personal chef. You can search by chef name, by cuisine, or by event. Del Monte paired us with Chef Mariko Amekodommo (aka The Pink Hair Chef) and her Del Monte Signature Tuscan Dinner.


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Hi Peeps!

Bob the Builder and I are back from Jamaica! We had a fantastic time! Details and pics to come!

I was able to totally unplug – I didn’t even BRING my laptop – which was so relaxing, but which means I have A LOT of writing to do!

While I’m busy writing, check us out on the WeddingMix Blog – y’all there’s a VIDEO!

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Why are you still here? GO. HERE.

And come back on Friday for our first ever GIVEAWAY! 


You heard me.

It’s a thing.


Guest Post: Budget Fairy Tale’s 5 Reasons To Consider a Disney Wedding or Honeymoon

Hi, I’m Mindy from Budget Fairy Tale & Inspired By Dis! Renee and I met on the internet when she helped me reach my goal of attending Camp Mighty, and now I consider her one of my closest friends. The Internet is magic, people. Today I’m excited to be guest posting on That Bride’s Got Moxie while Renee is off enjoying her honeymoon (color me jealous)!  I’m expecting a little bottle of Jamaican Rum as a thank you gift.

Speaking of honeymoons, one subject that I write about a lot on my blog is Disney weddings and honeymoons. I know for a lot of adults, the word Disney conjures up images of never ending queues and overpriced stuffed animals. But for some adults, it reminds of them of carefree childhood vacations and happily ever after. I am one of those adults, and I’m not alone. Every year, thousands of couples either get married, honeymoon, or both, at a Disney Resort. I married my husband at The Disneyland Hotel in 2012 and I wouldn’t have changed a single thing about our wonderful wedding day. Today I’m sharing a little bit of that Disney magic with the That Bride’s Got Moxie readers. Here are my 5 reasons you should consider a Disney wedding or honeymoon.

(All photos credited to Root Photography unless otherwise stated.)Mindy Main Image


ModCloth for the Win!

Hey Brideys,  Raise your hand if you got engaged over the holidays.

Congratulations!! Let’s talk bridal fashion, shall we?

Are you already a ModCloth fan like me? Did you know that ModCloth has a fun line of bridal dresses and accessories for you to plan your vintage-inspired wedding? It’s true!

ModCloth Aisle Be There Dress

I love their Aisle Be There dress for a City Hall wedding, or rehearsal dinner. Not gonna lie, I am a little obsessed with it.


Ideas for Valentine’s Day Gifts!

I always have a difficult time coming up with a great Valentine’s Day gift for Bob the Builder.

Since Valentine’s Day is only five days after Bob the Builder and I get back from our belated honeymoon, I’ve already started planning his gift. My first idea was an oldie but a goody. In fact, it’s kind of a cheat, because I got him this same gift two years ago. But he loved it, so I should get it again, right? I mean, he LOVED IT.

Tastykake I Love You gift tin


Brides Against Breast Cancer Dress Sale!

This past Saturday, I had the pleasure of volunteering at the Brides Against Breast Cancer event in Pasadena at the Brookside Golf Club.

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Brides Against Breast Cancer sells all brands of new designer and “gently worn” wedding gowns in all shapes and styles. Their “Nationwide Tour of Gowns” will contribute over $2 million dollars this year and provides free support programs and services for those impacted by cancer. Education, nutrition, exercise, support and therapy are just some of the many programs and services they support, all designed to help cancer patients, their families and caregivers. Brides Against Breast Cancer will distribute over 10,000 breast “self-exam” cards this year. 2 MILLION DOLLARS. Wow.

It was my first time volunteering for this event, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I arrived at 8am, ready for anything!

a giant truck full of wedding gowns!

a giant truck full of wedding gowns!


Happy 2014! (and a look back at 2013)

It’s kind of an understatement to say that 2013 was a great year. I want to call 2013 monumental, but even that doesn’t sound quite right. The truth is, 2013 was a life-changing year.

Inspired by my good friend Mindy at Budget Fairy Tale, I decided to list it all out. The year felt so full, but the list seems lean.


A Marvelous Moxie Marriage: We Went to Philly, and There was Weather

Let’s start at the beginning, yes?

Bob the Builder and I arrived in Philadelphia around dinnertime on the Tuesday night before the wedding. Don’t worry, I’ll do the math for you: We had 3 days and 7 hours (give or take) to get everything ready for The Big Day.

I had been checking the weather like it was my full time job so I knew that the forecast was calling for rain. All week. Seven days of rain.

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Guest Post: Thoughts from the Father of the Bride

Moxie Dad! Photo by Redfield Photography

Moxie Dad!
Photo by Redfield Photography

Moxie Dad here blog followers… I asked Moxie if she minded posting this reflection on the wedding from a Dad’s point of view in the hopes that as you plan your own special day you will be aware of the significance that the festivities hold for those who love you the most.

Many people had asked me prior to the big day, “What is it going to feel like giving away your daughter…” which felt to me like some ancient custom from a long lost civilization. This certainly didn’t apply to Moxie and me; our relationship was different, more modern, and more self-aware.  Well-intentioned people seemed to be preparing me for some great loss and as they spoke to me I noticed that their comments went in two directions:

a) Like I was losing my daughter rather than gaining a son in law

b) Like I had giving away something here rather than acknowledging that it was she that gave her love to Bob the Builder.


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