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Blush Shabby Chic Summer Wedding in North Carolina

Posted by Caitlin on Sep 17, 2014

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Samantha and Gibson were married at Angus Barn Pavilion in Raleigh, N.C. on July 4. “The grounds alone are simply breath taking,” Samantha said. “I have always envisioned an outdoor wedding near some body of water, and the Angus Barn definitely has it!” The venue held a special place in their heart as well. “My now husband proposed in the woods which are on the other side of the pond,” Samantha said. Talk about meant to be! The bride donned a strapless lace gown complete with a peach-colored sash. She wore her hair down in loose curls and carried a bouquet of blush roses. Her 7 ‘maids were outfitted in strapless blush chiffon gowns and carried baby’s breath bouquets. The groom opted for a more casual look in tan dress pants and matching vest, along with a cream-colored tie. His men wore navy dress pants and vests, and sported navy neckties. The couple exchanged vows by the water in front of 140 close family members and friends and had a beautiful wooden cross adorned with flowers and greenery as their backdrop. A wooden monogrammed letter acted as the guest book, and the reception tables featured white and burlap linens. Each table had blush and pink floral centerpieces set in mason jars, along with romantic candles. After dinner guests indulged in a three-tiered white cake. During the commotion of the reception, the couple was able to sneak outside for a moment alone, which ended up being their favorite part of the night. “We both feel that standing outside, watching the Brier Creek Fireworks whilst our loved ones mingled outside and boogied inside, was our favorite,” Samantha recalled. “It was the first moment that was simply ours.” Samantha’s best advice? “Remember, take some time for just the two of you, even if you think you’re being rude. It’s your day!”

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Photography: Amy Allen Photography | Venue/Caterer: Angus Barn Pavilion | Dress Designer: Maggie Sottero | Bridesmaid Dresses: Mori Lee | Hair and Makeup Artist: Make Up For Your Day | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Ceremony Musicians: Save the Date Music | Floral Designer: Tre Bella, Inc. | Cake: Simply Cakes | DJ: Bunn DJ Company | Videography: Jacob Joyner Productions | Officiant: Joe Coffey | Event Planner: Ashley Wittington

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Fun fact: The average couple spends about 39 percent of their budget on wedding catering — more than any other vendor. WeddingWire’s FallBook 2014 features the ultimate catering guide with everything you need to know about food and drinks from over 30 experts like the differences between passed vs. stationery hors d’ouevres and plated vs. buffet dinner.

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Julia and Paul were married in a traditional church ceremony at Corpus Christi Catholic-Christian Faith Community followed by a reception at Dove Canyon Courtyard in Dove Canyon, Calif. on October 26. “When we first drove up to it, I said no way because it is in the back of a strip mall and didn’t look appealing,” Julia said. “My fiance said we were already there, so we had to go in. As soon as we walked into the courtyard, I knew it was the place! It just felt so magical with all the twinkle lights everywhere. Truly like a dream.” The bride wore a custom-made lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with a pair of sparkly peep-toe high heels, while the groom wore a three-piece gray suit, accessorized with a striped tie. Bridesmaids wore long navy blue chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of hydrangeas, cala lillies, and roses. “I wish I could wear my dress everyday,” she said. “Walking down the aisle and seeing my soon-to-be husband for the first time [was most memorable]. We didn’t do a first look, so it was the first time that day that we saw each other. I have never been filled with so much joy in my life. It was an incredible feeling.” Cocktail hour began with an assortment of libations, including a signature Lychee martini. Tables were decorated with white linens, yellow napkins, and a CD at each place setting, which also served double-duty as favors. In lieu of cake, there was lots and lots of cupcakes. Yum! The newlywed’s best advice? “Take some time to do things together during the planning process that have nothing to do with the wedding,” Julia said. “It can become very stressful and overwhelming at times. You need to take some time to breathe and remember what it is really all about. Don’t get too caught up in all the minor details that you lose sight of that.”

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Photography: Jason Burns Photography | Videography: Alumiq Productions | Ceremony Venue: Corpus Christi Catholic-Christian Faith Community Church | Reception Venue: Dove Canyon Courtyard | Dress Store: Mon Amie Bridal Salon | Shoes: Steve Madden | Bridesmaid Dresses: Jim Hjelm Occasions from Park Avenue Bridals | Hair Stylist: Jill Guin | Makeup Artist: Rebecka Nguyen | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Allure Men by Jean Yves | Invitations: Sakura Paper Co. | Floral Designer: Jenny B. Floral Design | Rentals: Signature Party Rentals | Caterer: Divine Decadence Catering | DJ: Jerry Perchac

How To Create A Fabulous Fall Dessert Display

Posted by Caitlin on Sep 16, 2014

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Our favorite part of this crisp-aired, colorful season? The desserts! Certain sweets just work best between late-September and mid-December, and WeddingWire’s FallBook 2014 has a complete list of what to include in your display such as favor bags and to-go boxes, bite-sized treats that aren’t cake, pretty plates, trays, and stands, and sizzling signature cocktails. Need a few extra tips and tricks? Don’t worry — cake bakers from around the country weighed in with their best decorating dos and donts and exactly how much is too much to provide for guests.

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Laura and Kingston were married at the Woodlawn Manor in Sandy Spring, Md. on October 13. “Kingston and I met as I was interviewing for a promotion at work, one that would require me to move 500 miles away from my home in Maryland to Knoxville, Tenn.,” Laura said. “I found out I got the job a few short weeks after we had begun dating, and I decided to take it, knowing that if it was meant to be, our relationship would continue to grow even over the long distance.” It sure did! “We were engaged after a year and a half of seeing each other every other weekend,” she said. “We felt genuinely lucky to find each other and to represent this we created a ‘Lucky in Love’ theme, which was carried throughout the day via the horseshoes.” The bride wore a strapless fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with a fingertip-length veil and jeweled sash, while the groom wore a three-piece dark gray suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore short satin green dresses and carried bouquets of hydrangeas and seeded eucalyptus. Notice their matching faux fur jackets and cowboy boots? “We also wrote our own ceremony, so that we were able to honor and respect his Jewish family as well as my traditional Methodist family,” Laura said. Following the outdoor nuptials underneath the pavilion, guests were escorted to their seats inside the frame tent. Tables were decorated with white linens, burlap-wrapped centerpieces, mercury glass votive candles, and favor bags at each place setting. “We wanted to offered Southern fare during dinner as homage to our Southern roots,” she said. In addition to cake, there was also an assortment of pumpkin spice pies.

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Photography: Sarah Bradshaw Photography | Venue: Woodlawn Manor | Event Planner: Bright Occasions | Dress Designer: Judd Waddell from Fabulous Faces of Alexandria | Hair Stylist: Nival Salon and Spa | Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo<,/span> | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Floral Designer: Gail Lee Flowers | Officiant: Bob Snyder | Ceremony Musicians: Da Vinci Strings | Invitations: Foglio Press | Caterer: Festive Foods Catering, Inc. | DJ: Bialek’s Music

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