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Jesse + Chelsea’s Big Lebowski Wedding: Meet the Dude and Dudette

October 14th, 2014

We recently shared a video featuring one couple’s amazing Big Lebowski-themed wedding. After watching it a dozen times, we were left in awe. In a quest to learn more about their inspiration and planning, we tracked down the newlyweds (Jesse + Chelsea).  We found them in North Hollywood on Radford, near the In-and-Out Burger and asked them the following questions:

The Big Lebowski obviously holds a special place in your hearts. Were you both fans of the film from the beginning or was it an acquired taste?

Chelsea: Not particularly. I hadn’t seen The Big Lebowski until I met Jesse. The first time we watched it, I didn’t exactly get it. I obviously liked the guy though, so I secretly watched it by myself to get in his good graces. I ended up loving it and have now seen it more times than I can count.

Jesse:  I remember when The Big Lebowski came out in theaters, I wanted to go see it but never got around to it. When it came out on DVD around  1999, I watched it at a friend’s house, loved it and went out and bought it for myself after that viewing. So yeah, I guess you could say I loved  the film from the beginning. I love the movie so much, before I met Chelsea I used to go to bed watching it as I fell asleep every night for about a year. I’d leave the movie on repeat so it would still be playing when I woke up in the morning. That really upped my ability to quote the film.

Who first had the idea for the Lebowski-themed wedding?

Chelsea: Jesse will probably say he did, but if we’re being honest, I said it first. I was skimming through Etsy and found some save the dates; they had a pair of wayfarer sunglasses and text that said “The dude proposes, and the dudette abides.” I asked him, “What if we had a Big Lebowski-themed wedding?” I knew as soon as I said it, I would never get out of it.

Jesse: Chelsea and I were trying to decide what to do for our wedding one night and we both don’t like to do things in a normal, predictable fashion. We knew it would not be a stock wedding, but we didn’t know what we wanted to do and we were trying to figure it out. I remember sitting on the couch and Chelsea said ‘What if we did a Big Lebowski-themed wedding?’ and I immediately sat up and said ‘That sounds amazing. Are you sure?’ She said ‘yes’ and I said ‘let’s do it!’ We instantly had ideas on rugs on the bowling lanes and getting married out on them, drinking White Russians, the neon star-burst signs, all of it. We wanted to go all out and pay as much homage to the movie as possible, and I think we succeeded 110 percent. It was an amazing day.

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This was a wedding unlike anything most people have ever seen. Did your friends and family get it?

Chelsea: For those who got it, they really got it. We put in a lot of details, quotes, songs, apparel and decor that only a true Achiever would understand. I shouldn’t be, but I’m still a bit surprised at how many of my friends and family hadn’t seen the movie and had to watch it before the wedding. I mean, you can’t really go to a Big Lebowski wedding without, in fact, watching The Big Lebowski.

Jesse: My friends and I quote The Big Lebowski all the time so when I told them what our wedding theme was they were very excited. My family is pretty cool and they all also knew how much I loved The Big Lebowski, so while they may not all know the movie inside and out like a hardcore Lebowski fan would, they all understood where we were coming from as far as creating a themed wedding based on The Big Lebowski. Friends and family were all very supportive and helpful in bringing our Big Lebowski wedding to fruition and I’m very grateful for their support.

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If you could have one character from The Big Lebowski (besides the Dude) give a toast at your wedding, who would it be?

Chelsea: The Stranger. His simple, but eloquent outlook on life would have definitely provided some interesting marriage advice.

Jesse: The Stranger. I’d love to hear what advice the wise cowboy sage would have to offer.

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What’s the best reaction you’ve received to your wedding photos + video online?

Chelsea: I’m a social media junkie, so I love reading comments and positive feedback from people I’ve never met. It’s really interesting to see how our story has been shared on various sites throughout the world. A few people have even said ‘I wish I was friends with these people.’ Far out, man.

Jesse: I posted a few photos and our wedding trailer video on the /r/lebowski subreddit and one comment said: ‘Man I’m super jealous! That’s my dream wedding but my SO won’t allow me to go to that extent with it :( I’m happy for you guys though, it looks like you guys had an amazing time! Congrats! And you have a gorgeous special lady there man, props!’

It makes me smile quite a bit. Chelsea came up with some great ideas for the wedding and used her creative skills to help make the star-burst props with me and she made the MCNEW sign you see hanging above then lanes. Chelsea and I wanted to be as detail-oriented as possible because a Big Lebowski-themed wedding is not something you do half-assed; it’s all or nothing. We put blood, sweat and tears in to  it–literally. Of course, in our planning, we were able to call watching the movie over and over nightly ‘wedding research,’ so that was awesome!

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Settle this once and for all for us: Is Donnie real?

Chelsea: Definitely.

Jesse: Is Donnie real? Does the Pope shit in the woods?

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You can view more photos from the wedding here. Also, check out their website and Facebook page for even more Lebowski awesomeness.

What do you think the most creative part of Jesse + Chelsea’s Big Lebowski wedding was? Drop us a comment below and let us know.

Trend Watch: Men’s Wedding Bands and Accessories

October 12th, 2014

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As brides everywhere (and of course, ZZ Top) will attest, there’s nothing better than seeing a sharp-dressed man waiting at the end of the aisle. Grooms, to ensure you look your best on the big day, it’s essential to plan your wedding look ahead of time and pay attention to details, and your accessories are no exception. Start with your most important accessory — your wedding band — and build from there.

Still searching for the right wedding band? If you want a ring that not only looks good, but makes you feel good, check out award-winning designer Danhov. Its collections include eco-friendly, handcrafted engagement rings constructed from a single wire without using molds or harsh chemicals, as well as bold and modern men’s wedding bands (pictured above). See Danhov’s range of wedding band designs here.

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If you’re looking for a classic or vintage-inspired design with a bit of flash, check out the Natalie K Beau collection (pictured above). The fine jewelry designer’s diamond-studded men’s options feature precious metals and quality craftsmanship.

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Once you’ve chosen your ring, adding a coordinating watch can really top off your look — and keep you on time for the big day’s events. Luxury Swiss Made Watches offers a wide selection of fine timepieces, from solid gold watches with diamond accents to stainless steel diving watches, from major brands like Breitling, Cartier, Chanel, Chopard, MonteBlanc, Omega, Rolex, TAG Heuer and more.

Guys, what style of wedding band or watch are you considering sporting on your wedding day? Tell us in the comment section below.

This Big Lebowski Themed Wedding is Far Out, Dude

September 24th, 2014

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Photo: Our Big Lebowski Wedding Teaser, Wistia

Sometimes there’s a groom… I won’t say a hero, ’cause, what’s a hero?  But sometimes, there’s a groom. And I’m talkin’ about the Dude here. Sometimes, there’s a groom, well, he’s the groom for his time and place. He fits right in there.

If that paragraph makes sense to you, you just might enjoy this video:


The Dude in the video is Jesse and his bride is Chelsea. You can view photos from their Big Lebowski wedding on their Facebook page. Be sure to leave a comment and let them know how that rug really tied the reception together.

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What movie would you theme your wedding after? Drop us a line in the comments and let us know.

The Best of the Web for Grooms – September 17, 2014

September 17th, 2014

Who needs another choreographed wedding party dance when you can invite this little boy wonder to dance at your wedding reception? This young man clearly marches to the beat of his own drum, and it’s awesome. Check out his killer dancing skills here, first spied on TIME.

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Photo: Tina Fineberg, The New York Times

One wedding trend we firmly stand behind is injecting the groom’s personal style into the big day. Penguin suits are no longer de rigueur for the groom and his groomsmen. This groom, for example, wore an off-white dinner jacket to his wedding, which coordinated nicely with the bride’s ivory gown. We love the idea of grooms breaking the traditional mold and wearing something a little less expected that matches his personality on the wedding day, whether it’s a different colored suit that helps him stand out from the groomsmen, a short-sleeved button-down and suspenders, or fun accessories, such as colorful socks and Converse Chucks.

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This groom gave his bride the moon – literally. At this Burning Man wedding, the groom presented his beloved with a custom, 3D-printed ring boasting a piece of a moon rock. While this kind of celestial ring may not appeal to every bride, this grooms scores major points for originality and personality. Top that, gents.

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You’ve heard of a cash bar, but believe it or not, pay-to-eat weddings also exist. Apparently, in some areas, such as Quebec City, Canada, this is considered normal. There’s no word on this becoming a trend in the U.S. anytime soon, and “let’s hope not,” said every wedding guest ever. There are certainly plenty of other ways to cut wedding costs, without putting the onus on your guests.

See any other interesting groom-centric content or links this week? Share them with us in the comment section below.

 

Register for Your Future with Shareswell

September 8th, 2014

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As any engaged couple quickly discovers, weddings are expensive. Ever wish there was a way you could register for your financial future instead of another set of matching monogrammed towels? Meet Shareswell. The secure stock gifting site makes it quick and easy for couples to register for stocks, without ever having to leave the comfort of home. Simply create a registry of selected stocks, use a brokerage account to facilitate the trades, and then share your unique Shareswell URL with family and friends or post it to your wedding website.

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Setting up a Shareswell registry is free and you can use an existing brokerage account or open a new one to register for securities. The only fees involved are the credit card processing fees (2.9% + $0.55 per transaction), which gift givers pay at checkout. Your wedding guests can select stocks from your registry to purchase as well as add a gift message. If gift givers can’t find a couple’s registry, they also have the option to send a stock gift through Shareswell Give.

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When a gift is purchased, you’ll receive a gift notification e-mail with details about the purchase, and the cash value of the gift (net of processing fees) is transferred into your brokerage account. Once the funds clear, you can use the funds to purchase stocks listed on your registry.

A Shareswell registry is a great way for newlyweds to start saving for the future — whether you want to save for a down-payment on your first home, add to that nest egg, or simply pair it with a more traditional gift registry. Hey, maybe you’ll need towels for that first home, too!

What types of stocks would you add to your wedding registry? Let us know in the comment section below.

 

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