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Things that could only happen while Ariel is on vacation…

Do you know what's bound to happen the moment I go on a date, editor Catherine goes to a movie, and our boss Ariel is on vacation with ZERO data on her phone and no internet connection? The post that went viral all day long — the one that had (miraculously) no drama for the amount of traffic it was bringing in, lulling us into a feeling of internet stranger security — will absolutely erupt in controversy.

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Bigger pixels: This week's awesome comments (with bonus reader email!)

The thing about the Empire that you've probably noticed is that we love to talk about, joke about, and post about sexy sex stuff… whether it's featuring a guide to buying bedroom toys, or ogling an Offbeat Bride's amazing rack.

This in mind, it shouldn't be shocking to you that our favorite comments of the week are all about boobs and embarrassing toy stories…

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Getting real about wedding photography: this job is ridiculously hard, and burn-out is real

I recently did something at a wedding that I hadn't done in years — I photographed it. I tagged along as second shooter for my co-worker and awesome wedding photographer Stephanie Kaloi. And it reminded me of why I quit shooting weddings… and basically shooting anything ever.

I used to love photography. But shooting weddings pretty much killed that passion.