Something New: Tales from a Makeshift Bride
We've already mentioned Relish on the podcast and on the blog, which is a GREAT introduction to her, but all of her travelogues and graphic journals are wonderful. I give her book Something New as a gift any time a friend of mine gets engaged, because it is very meditative and expectation-setting during that time of life. She tells the story of her engagement-through-wedding’s-end and all the stress of that season, rearranging her priorities and realizing when she's making decisions based on what's expected by her family vs what she and her fiance want her day to be like, etc. --Brenna
In 2010, Lucy and her long-term boyfriend John broke up. Three long, lonely years later, John returned to New York, walked into Lucy’s apartment, and proposed.
This is not that story. It is the story of what came after: The Wedding.
DIY maven Lucy Knisley was fascinated by American wedding culture . . . but also sort of horrified by it. So she set out to plan and execute the adorable DIY wedding to end all adorable DIY weddings. And she succeeded. This graphic novel, Something New--clocking in at almost 300 pages of humor, despair, and eternal love–is the story of how Lucy built a barn, invented a whole new kind of photo booth, and managed to turn an outdoor wedding on a rainy day into a joyous (though muddy) triumph.