Change of Plans: Cancelling a Big, Fancy Wedding for a Low-Stress Boston Elopement — Real Weddings


Bride & Groom: Caitlin & Ryan
Wedding Date: July 10, 2014
Venue: Boston City Hall, XV Beacon Hotel, and all around downtown Boston.
Number of guests: Zero! (Well, one counting our wedding photographer.)

It’s never too late to make a change of plans. After trying to plan a big wedding for family and friends back home in Maryland, these two lovebirds decided it wasn’t for them and eloped in the city they met and fell in love in, Boston.

The decision wasn’t an easy one. Caitlin and Ryan, former Boston College sweethearts now living in Baltimore, had already traveled down the path of picking a date and choosing a venue to host their 200-person guest list. But with the Save-the-Date announcements sitting idly by the door at home, the couple realized that a big, fancy wedding wasn’t quite what they wanted.

The next day, they tossed the Save-the-Dates aside and let friends and family know they’d be choosing a more intimate venue for their nuptials: Boston City Hall. Just a few weeks later—with the help of a generous and crafty neighbor who whipped up a custom tulle skirt in no time—Caitlin and Ryan were married.

Thankfully for all of us, they enlisted Dani Leigh Photography to capture their low-stress Boston elopement. Check out all the beautiful photos in the wedding gallery, then read what Caitlin had to share about cancelling a big wedding and the decision to run away and elope just below.

How did you meet?

Ryan and I met at Boston College in the fall of 2007. It was the start of my sophomore year and his senior year, and we happened to be at the same party. Ryan was hauling kegs into the house and sweating up a storm, so I decided to walk over and make fun of him for being so gross. He promptly wiped his sweaty forehead on my arm, and the rest is history! A very unromantic, but very “college” beginning.

How would you describe your wedding style?

Classic and simple. I tried to channel my inner Grace Kelly, while still sticking to our low-stress elopement plans.

Describe the process of deciding where and how to get hitched:

We got engaged in May 2013 and immediately jumped into to planning a big, fancy, traditional wedding in Baltimore, Maryland. As the months went by and we continued to check things off the to-do list, the stress of planning and the mounting costs began to take a toll. We continued to plough ahead, but when it came time to send out the save the dates, something stalled us. They sat in a box by the door untouched until my husband and I admitted to each other we simply were not going to be happy with a big wedding. All we wanted was to be married; how it happened was not important. The next day, we told our families we were canceling our wedding. We eloped just a few weeks later!

Biggest challenge:

Our biggest challenge was figuring out where and how we wanted to get married after we cancelled our 200-person wedding. We knew we wanted to do something small, but just how small? Who do we include this time around? We didn’t know where to draw the line, so we explored a lot of different options — intimate restaurant ceremonies, Caribbean beach celebrations, backyard BBQs, and more — but ultimately decided to go as small as it gets: Just the two of us.

Proudest DIY:

My beautiful tulle skirt. I can’t claim credit for it, but my super talented neighbor made it within a matter of weeks to be ready for the big day.

What we skipped or did without:

Guests! I love that our wedding day was just about us, and will forever be a memory that only the two of us share.

Favorite detail:

Without bridesmaids, I didn’t have the usual team to help me get into my wedding dress. The job was therefore left up to Ryan. He definitely was not a pro with the tiny pearl buttons down the back of my lace top, but we laughed the entire time and I eventually was fully clothed. Not many couples get to see each other before walking down the aisle, let alone help one another get ready!

Favorite memory of the day:

Taking pictures all over Boston on a hot July afternoon is tough business! When the wedding day jitters finally started wearing off, we both realized we were starving. As we walked back towards our hotel through Faneuil Hall, we passed a hot dog vendor—Ryan wouldn’t let me keep going until we got something to eat. So all dressed up in our wedding attire, we chowed down on street food. The best part: Our photographer Dani captured it all!

Your best advice for anyone planning a wedding:

Take the time to really think about what will make you happy as a couple, and do that! Don’t worry about what anyone else will say or think. At the end of the day, if they love you, they will support your decisions.

Thanks, Caitlin and Ryan!


Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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What is the Internet of Things?


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You’ve likely heard the phrase “Internet of Things” — or IoT — at some point, but you might also be scratching your head figuring out what it is or what it means.

The IoT refers to the connection of devices (other than typical fare such as computers and smartphones) to the Internet. Cars, kitchen appliances, and even heart monitors can all be connected through the IoT. And as the Internet of Things grows in the next few years, more devices will join that list.

We’ve compiled a beginner’s guide to the IoT to help you navigate the increasingly connected world.

Predictions, Trends, and Market

BI Intelligence, Business Insider’s premium research service, expects there will be more than 24 billion IoT devices on Earth by 2020. That’s approximately four devices for every human being on the planet.

And as we approach that point, $6 billion will flow into IoT solutions, including application development, device hardware, system integration, data storage, security, and connectivity. But that will be money well spent, as those investments will generate $13 trillion by 2025.

Who will reap these benefits? There are three major entities that will use IoT ecosystems: consumers, governments, and businesses. For more detail, see the Industries section below.


Several environments within the three groups of consumers, governments, and ecosystems will benefit from the IoT. These include:

Manufacturing Transportation Defense Agriculture
Infrastructure Retail Logistics Banks
Oil, gas, and mining Insurance Connected Home Food Services
Utilities Hospitality Healthcare Smart Buildings


There are literally hundreds of companies linked to the Internet of Things, and the list should only expand in the coming years. Here are some of the major players that have stood out in the IoT to this point:

Honeywell (HON) Hitachi T-Mobile (TMUS) Comcast (CMCSA)
GE (GE) AT&T (T) Cisco (CSCO) IBM (IBM)
Amazon (AMZN) Skyworks (SWKS) Apple (AAPL) Sierra Wireless (SWIR)
Google (GOOGL) Iridium Communications (IRDM) Ambarella (AMBA) ARM Holdings (ARMH)
Texas Instruments (TXN) PTC (PTC)

Fitbit (FIT)

Garmin (GRMN) Blackrock (BLK) InvenSense (INVN) Microsoft (MSFT)
Control4 (CTRL) Silicon Laboratories (SLAB) CalAmp (CAMP) LogMeIn (LOGM)
InterDigital (IDCC) Ruckus Wireless (RKUS) Linear Technology (LLTC) Red Hat (RHT)
Nimble Storage (NMBL) Silver Spring Networks (SSNI) Zebra Technologies (ZBRA) Arrow Electronics (ARW)


One IoT device connects to another to transmit information using Internet transfer protocols. IoT platforms serve as the bridge between the devices’ sensors and the data networks.

The following are some of the top IoT platforms on the market today:

  • Amazon Web Services
  • Microsoft Azure
  • ThingWorx IoT Platform
  • IBM’s Watson
  • Cisco IoT Cloud Connect
  • Salesforce IoT Cloud
  • Oracle Integrated Cloud
  • GE Predix

Security & Privacy

As devices become more connected thanks to the IoT, security and privacy have become the primary concern among consumers and businesses. In fact, the protection of sensitive data ranked as the top concern (at 36% of those polled) among enterprises, according to the 2016 Vormetric Data Threat Report.

Cyber attacks are also a growing threat as more connected devices pop up around the globe. Hackers could penetrate connected cars, critical infrastructure, and even people’s homes. As a result, several tech companies are focusing on cyber security in order to secure the privacy and safety of all this data.

More to Learn

BI Intelligence has compiled an exhaustive and detailed report on the Internet of Things that is your one-stop resource for all you need to know about the IoT.

The report gives a thorough outlook on the future of the Internet of Things, including the following big picture insights:

  • IoT devices connected to the Internet will more than triple by 2020, from 10 billion to 34 billion. IoT devices will account for 24 billion, while traditional computing devices (e.g. smartphones, tablets, smartwatches, etc.) will comprise 10 billion.

  • Nearly $6 trillion will be spent on IoT solutions over the next five years.

  • Businesses will be the top adopter of IoT solutions because they will use IoT to 1) lower operating costs; 2) increase productivity; and 3) expand to new markets or develop new product offerings.

  • Governments will be the second-largest adopters, while consumers will be the group least transformed by the IoT.

And when you dig deep into the report, you’ll get the whole story in a clear, no-nonsense presentation:

  • The complex infrastructure of the Internet of Things distilled into a single ecosystem

  • The most comprehensive breakdown of the benefits and drawbacks of mesh (e.g. ZigBee, Z-Wave, etc.), cellular (e.g. 3G/4G, Sigfox, etc.), and internet (e.g. Wi-Fi, Ethernet, etc.) networks

  • The important role analytics systems, including edge analytics, cloud analytics, will play in making the most of IoT investments

  • The sizable security challenges presented by the IoT and how they can be overcome

  • The four powerful forces driving IoT innovation, plus the four difficult market barriers to IoT adoption

  • Complete analysis of the likely future investment in the critical IoT infrastructure:   connectivity, security, data storage, system integration, device hardware, and application development

  • In-depth analysis of how the IoT ecosystem will change and disrupt 16 different industries

To get your copy of this invaluable guide to the IoT universe, choose one of these options:

  1. Subscribe to an ALL-ACCESS Membership with BI Intelligence and gain immediate access to this report AND over 100 other expertly researched deep-dive reports, subscriptions to all of our daily newsletters, and much more. >> START A MEMBERSHIP
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The choice is yours. But however you decide to acquire this report, you’ve given yourself a powerful advantage in your understanding of the fast-moving world of the IoT.

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1-Minute Exercises To Relieve Sciatica Effectively



Truly a pain in the butt, sciatica can render your day a disaster. The discomfort may be felt anywhere along the length of the sciatic nerve, which extends from the lower back and down each leg, passing through the hips and buttocks. Many sufferers feel pain in the lower back to the buttock, which radiates to the back of the thigh and calf muscles. Usually only one side of your body is affected.

For some individuals, sciatic nerve pain presents itself as a dull ache, while others experience sciatic pain as a sudden and intense shock. Sitting for long periods can aggravate symptoms.

Sufferers of sciatitica agree, the condition can be difficult to treat. And once the symptoms set in, it’s hard to find a more comfortable position to sit in, because the condition affects such a large part of the lower body.

The following stretch series can provide some pain relief. They’re quick and easy to complete. Be sure to check with your doctor first!

Begin seated on the floor with your legs stretched out in front of you. Bending your right knee, pull your right heel toward your right buttock. Hold for 10 seconds. Repeat this stretch on your left leg.

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End the series with a forward fold. Extend both legs in front of you and pull your torso toward your legs, reaching for your toes. Hold the stretch for 10 seconds.

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How to Find the Perfect Glasses Frame



The Vision Council of America claims that over 4 billion adults in the world now wear glasses, which equates to about 75 per cent of the adult population. When it comes to glasses, finding your ‘perfect fit’ can be difficult and it’s a process usually left to the opticians to figure out.

More and more websites are starting to sell prescription glasses online. This allows us to buy our glasses at much cheaper rates than in the stores. It is also is more convenient for busy people to do their shopping online. One issue that comes with buying online is not knowing whether the frame you choose will be right for your face. Ultimately, it’s a gamble that may or may not pay off.

This latest infographic from Zenni tackles this head on by offering the ultimate frame choosing guide. Finding your frame measurements will allow you to ensure you’re getting the right fit. If you’re contemplating purchasing a pair of glasses online, use this guide o find your ideal measurements and ensure you are ordering the right pair of glasses for your eyes.


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