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Dress Designers (from left to right): Christos and Blush by Hayley Paige; Photos (from left to right): Dan Lecca 

With her classic-meets-cute-meets-California-cool style, Lauren Conrad is undoubtedly one of our favorite fashion icons (and reality TV stars in Laguna Beach). And now that she’s engaged, we can’t wait to see what she’ll wear down the aisle to William Tell. If you’re as guilty of obsessing over her red carpet style as we are, check out these LC-inspired wedding gowns here. We’re hoping she wears one our picks, of course!

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Alyssa and Andrew were married in a traditional church ceremony at Cascade Christian followed by a reception at the Bissell Tree House at the John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids, Mich. on September 14. “I picked the Bissell Tree House mostly because it was brand new,” Alyssa said. “When I booked it, there had never been an event in the building. I actually didn’t even get a tour of the inside before I booked it because I LOVED the view of downtown Grand Rapids from the tree tops. I also couldn’t resist the rustic yet industrial look of the outside. The finicular that all the guests had to take to get to the tree house was pretty neat too.” The bride wore a lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with an illusion bateau neckline, accessorized with a white sash, while the groom wore a light gray suit, accessorized with a black button-up shirt and tie. Bridesmaids wore short purple dresses and carried bouquets of green tricks, succulents, scabiosa pods, and fern curls. “My flowers were my absolute favorite detail,” she said. “I love plants and our florist did a fantastic job with all the bouquets, centerpieces, and boutonnieres. She went above and beyond with everything.” During the ceremony, the officiant said a prayer. “It made me realize how blessed I was able to marry Andrew and spend the rest of my life with him,” Alyssa said. “It brought me to sobbing tears, and I don’t think I will ever forget it.” Guests were escorted to their seats via cards atop branches, tables were decorated with birch centerpieces atop wooden slices and burlap numbers, and succulent favors were given out to let love grow. “My favors were another favorite,” she said. “This was a do-it-yourself project. My mom and I grew the succulents all year long and then planted them in mini jelly jars.” The newlyweds’ best advice? “Let people help you with the planning and projects,” Alyssa said. “And mostly enjoy your day because it goes by so fast. I know people always say that, but I didn’t realize how fast it would actually go by.”

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Photography: Phrene Exquisite Photography | Ceremony Venue: Cascade Christian Church | Reception Venue: The Bissell Tree House at the John Ball Zoo | Dress Designer: Allure Bridals from Beckers Bridal | Bridesmaid Dresses: Vera Wang from David’s Bridal | Hair Stylist: Abby Leigh Salon | Makeup Artist: Julie Strating | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Floral Designer: Ambiance Expressing You | Caterer: Applause Catering | Cake: The Cakabakery | DJ: Party in a Box | Officiant: Jill Forton and Joel Strickland | Ceremony Musicians: Michelle and Lauren Sweers

11 Things Your Bridesmaids Do NOT Want To Hear

Posted by Caitlin on Jul 21, 2014

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Photo: Aaron Nicholas Photography

Brides, as much as you want your wedding to be the best day of your life, a lot of it starts with your bridesmaids. No one wants to be treated like a servant or lady-in-waiting, especially when they have jobs, families, and budgets. To that end, be mindful of what you say because NO one wants to hear these annoying phrases.

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Megan and Dino were married at Billingsley House Museum in Upper Marlboro, Md. on July 5. “We absolutely loved that it was outdoors with a stunning view of the Patuxent and Potomac River Corridor,” Megan said. “The trees, water, and house created a beautiful backdrop for our photos. Plus, our guests were free to move about the property.” The bride wore a halter a-line wedding gown with beaded embellishments on the corset bodice, accessorized with a pair of silvers strappy high heels, while the groom wore a gray three-piece suit, accessorized with a solid bow tie. Bridesmaids wore navy blue dresses in various necklines and hemlines and carried bright bouquets of orange roses and purple bells. “Our four-year-old Pomeranian was able to be apart of our ceremony and reception,” she said. “From her face on the table numbers and our donations to ASPCA in lieu of favors.” Megan’s favorite moment? “See Dino’s face as I was walking down the aisle.” Following the nuptials, cocktail hour began with their signature drink – peach sangria – and striped straws. Tables were decorated with do-it-yourself martini glass centerpieces filled with gems atop silver platters. “The one piece of advice I would offer is to not over think things,” Megan said. “I quickly began to have ideas and wanted to add this and that, but my groom reminded me not to overwhelm myself or our guests. Simply to keep things simple, and when I listened to him, it all came together great. I could not have ask for a better day.” There even was a dessert display complete with Hershey’s kisses, butter mints, Russell Stowe’s chocolates, and lollipops.

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Photography: Story & Rhythm | Venue: Billingsley House Museum | Event Planner: Michelle Ewii | Dress Designer: Sottero and Midgley | Shoes: Nine West | Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal | Jewelry: Kay’s Jewelers | Hair Stylist: Cris Dickerson | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Officiant: Nicole Davis | Stationery: Note Worthy | Floral Designer: Fifi Flower LLC | Caterer: Famous Dave’s | Cake: Tiffany’s Bakery | DJ: Story & Rhythm – Brian Jay

The Quintessential Maid of Honor Checklist

Posted by Caitlin on Jul 18, 2014

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Of all the participants in a wedding, the maid of honor or matron of honor (if she’s already married) carries the mother lode of all duties. Scary, right? It doesn’t have to be! As long as you remain active in every facet of planning and become the go-to point person on the big day, aka memorize the timeline inside and out, you’ll do an A+ plus job in our books. Check out WeddingWire’s checklist for more in-depth details.

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