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Kristyn and Billy were married at the Barn at Gibbet Hill in Groton, Mass. on July 12. “We found the venue through our photographer’s blog,” Kristyn said. “She had photographer another couple at the barn, and it was the rolling, green hills that frist made me want to check it out. When we first got out of the car on our first visit there, I knew it was where we could be married . . . it was different from all the other venues we had been to.” The bride wore a strapless satin a-line wedding gown with a ruched bodice, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down with loose curls, jeweled sash, and a pair of t-strap sandals, while the groom wore a light gray vest and pants, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore long pink chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, hydrangeas, daisies, and spider mums. Guests were greeted with a pair of sunglasses to not be blinded by the love. “My aunt was the officiant, so it made the ceremony much more personal for us,” she said. “That Saturday in July was the most perfect day, all sun and no humidity. It allowed for us to enjoy everything the property had to offer, including having our ceremony out on the lawn. The rustic setting allowed us to use so many rustic details, from bright flowers in mason jars hanging off the sides of chairs to drinking sangria out of mason jars with paper straws to having a wooden pallet for everyone to sign, I could go on and on.” The reception followed inside the barn lit with chandeliers from beams. Tables were decorated with damask patterned linens, square wooden centerpieces, heart-shaped chalkboard numbers, and votive candles surrounded by chiavari chairs. “For our entrance, we came out to Whitney Houston’s ‘I Want to Dance with Somebody,'” Kristyn said. “I feel like it started the night off right and continued the party from there. It was so much fun, and I can replay it over and over in my head.” A four-tiered buttercream-frosted cake was served for dessert. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Enjoy every moment, don’t stress over the small stuff,” she said. “Everything will come together. We were engaged for almost 2 years,  and it flew by.”

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Photography: Lexi Photography | Videography: D&D Pro Imaging Photography & Film | Venue: Barn at Gibbet Hill | Event Planner: Carolyn Hilton | Dress Designer: Paloma Blanca from Bella Sera Bridal | Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff from Blushing Brides | Hair Stylist: Lauren Morris | Makeup Artist: Alice Upton | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Classic Tux | Officiant: Maria Arrao | Floral Designer: Floral Arts of Westford | Cake: Konditor Meister | DJ: Mike Negron of NuImage Entertainment 

Editor’s Picks: 20 Real Weddings We Loved In 2014

Posted by Caitlin on Dec 22, 2014

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As WeddingWire’s Real Weddings Editor, this is always my most favorite time of year. Why? Because it’s not only a way for me to reflect back on the almost 250 real weddings we published on our site, but also a way for me to personally say thank you to the talented pros — photographers, videographers, venues, event planners, floral designers, caterers, cake bakers, DJs, bands, and more — for sharing their wonderful work with us. (Don’t forget to keep submitting them as much as you can!) Click through the slideshow to see the 20 real weddings I loved most of 2014.

Gorgeous Outdoor Winter Garden Wedding in Florida

Posted by Caitlin on Dec 19, 2014

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Lorie and Yuval were married at Soho Catering and Events in Hollywood, Fla. on March 2. “It had a beautiful outdoor area that was able to accommodate seats for 300 people!” Lorie said. “I envisioned my wedding outside under a large tree filled with lights that would glow as the sun was setting. Our venue filled that vision and more.” The bride wore a strapless sweetheart lace mermaid wedding gown, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, fingertip-length veil, and a pair of Anthropologie peep-toe high heels, while the groom wore a three-piece suit, accessorized with a patterned tie. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched long dresses and carried bouquets of garden roses, dahlias, orchids, and TK. “Although I gave my bridesmaids and florist a color palette of warm sage greens, corals, and lavenders, I let my bridesmaids choose the colors that they felt most comfortable in, and my florist chose the colors she was most inspired by,” she said. “Not knowing what I would see until the wedding day arrived gave the whole day a huge sense of spontaneity.” Before the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look. Yuval’s reaction — priceless! Lorie walked down the aisle to “Do You Realize?” by The Flaming Lips performed by a small string band. “There was this solitary and quiet moment right beforehand,” Lorie said. “I had never felt more in the moment than at that moment.” Following the Jewish rituals, at last the breaking of the glass underneath the chuppah, the newlyweds resorted to the reception inside. Tables were decorated with white linens, mercury glass centerpieces, picture frame numbers, and votive candles. Lots of dancing occurred! So much so that a “delicious gelato truck, HipPop, came to cool off guests after a night of celebrating,” she said. Everyone also went home with “I Do Brew” beer from Wynwood Brewing Company along with a pint glass. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Create a big picture vision for your day, and have faith that it will manifest,” Lorie said. “Surrender the details when you need to.”

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Photography: Gloria Ruth Photography, Inc. | Venue/Caterer: Soho Catering and Events | Dress Store: Bijou Bridal & Special Occasion | Shoes: Anthropologie | Makeup Artist: Nancy Rand of Touch Cosmetics | Floral Designer: Ines Naftali Floral & Event Design | DJ: Bitton Events   

The 14 Best Bridesmaid Dresses of 2014

Posted by Caitlin on Dec 19, 2014

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It’s our favorite time of year, when we here at WeddingWire get to reflect on all of the amazing wedding moments of 2014. There were so many gorgeous bridesmaid frocks this year, from long and lovely to short and flirty, there wasn’t a shortage of amazing dresses. Click through our round-up of the best from this past year to see what we mean.

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Brittney and Matthew were married at The Trivium in Forest, Va. on September 13. “I had always dreamed of having an outdoor wedding, but I also have a very Type A personality and had to have a venue that had an indoor location we could move to if it rained,” Brittney said. “The Trivium had several locations to choose from . . . the whole venue has a Southern charm about it that I just fell in love with and knew that no matter where our ceremony ended up being there, it would be beautiful without us really having to do anything to it.” The bride wore a strapless beaded a-line wedding gown with a ruched bodice, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls, floor-length veil, and a pair of bow platform peep-toe pumps, while the groom wore a gray suit, accessorized with a matching vest and tie. Bridesmaids wore short one-shoulder navy blue chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, dahlias, calla lilies, berries, and seeded eucalyptus. “I made the decision to not wear my mother’s wedding gown, but she gave me the option to do whatever I wanted with it,” she said. “Our caterer also did our flowers and their creativity blew me away. My dress had lace on it, so they took the lace from one of my mother’s sleeves and wrapped it around the stem of my bouquet.” Before the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look. “There are so many, from our first look to our first dance, there are multiple moments through the course of the day I play over and over in my mind,” Brittney said. “I think my favorite is when Matt and I said our personal vows. We did the traditional vows, but I also wanted us to exchange personal vows to each other. I remember listening to Matt read his and hearing all these things he was telling me that I knew were truly from his heart. During that moment, it was like it was just the two of us alone expressing our love for each other and really did get lost in what we were sharing.” The reception took place inside the ballroom. Tables were decorated with checkered linens, white napkins, gold charger plates, and pumpkin centerpieces surrouned by chiavari chairs. In addition to a three-tiered ribbon cake topped with a rhinestone H, there was also a groom’s cake shaped like a dog in a Penn State football jersey. “He absolutely loved the surprise!” she said. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Enjoy the process,” Brittney said. “You’re going to get stressed out and something (maybe several things) is going to go wrong, but it’s okay. Don’t let it ruin your experience. All through my planning, I kept saying at the end of the day, I was going to be married and that’s what mattered, and all I really had to have to make that happen was my husband-to-be, a pastor, and a marriage license.”

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Photography: K.D. Burke Photography, Inc. | Venue: The Trivium | Event Planner: Heidi Baker| Dress Designer: Kitty Chen Couture from Patina Bride and Formal Wear | Bridesmaid Dresses: Mori Lee from Patina Bride and Formal Wear | Jewelry: Neil Lane Designs from Kay Jewelers | Hair and Makeup Artist: Emily Garbee of Body Works Day Spa and Salon | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Officiant: Doug Witt | Ceremony Musician/DJ: Wendell Witt of Music Music and More Music DJ | Invitations: MagnetStreet Weddings | Floral Designer/Caterer/Cake: Love is in the Air – Decor, Florals, Cakes & Catering 

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