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Regina and Undra were married at King Plow Art Center in Atlanta, Ga. on October 5. “The one thing about our venue that made us know it was the one was that it was rustic chic,” Regina said. “We wanted a place that we didn’t have to do too much decorating to.” The bride wore a strapless fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with a beaded bodice, while the groom wore a gray three-piece suit, accessorized with a paisley patterned tie. Bridesmaids wore long purple chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of carnations, stock, and agonis. The ceremony and reception took place in the same location — the renovated warehouse featuring exposed brick walls, steel beams, and concrete floors. Guests sat in chiavari chairs as they watched the couple say their vows underneath a draped fabric backdrop. Not a dry eye could be found! Tables were decorated with an array of glass stem votive candle holders and tall centerpieces atop cone-shaped wire frames. They was even glass orbs hanging from the ceiling! “The moment I can’t stop thinking about is our first dance,” she said. “I was so excited to be Mrs. Collins that the dance was serene.” Plus, the traditional Southern fare menu wasn’t complete without fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, green beans, and thick-cut french toast with assorted syrups, sausage and fried eggs. The four-tiered cake took the splotlight then so did Undra’s surprise Los Angeles cake. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Make sure to budget in a videographer,” Regina said. “The day goes by so fast, and you’re doing so muhc that day that it feels like you missed the whole day.”

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Photography: MyLife Photography | Venue: King Plow Art Center | Event Planner: Lauren Lambert of My Simply Perfect Weddings & Events | Dress Designer: Casablanca Bridal | Shoes: Nina | Bridesmaid Dresses: Jasmine from Wedding Angels Bridal Boutique | Jewelry: David Tutera | Hair Stylist: Kim Evans from Silk Salon | Makeup Artist: Nyema Bennett | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Allure Men by Jean Yves | Officiant: Craig L. OIiver, Sr. | Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas | Floral Designer: Michelle Leyden | Caterer/Rentals: Bold American Events | Cake: Frosted Pumpkin | DJ: DJ E-Klazz

Real California Engagement Photos: Tawny and John

Posted by Caitlin on Aug 25, 2014

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Photo: Jasmine Lee Photography

Can you guess where these two lovebirds got engaged? At the exact same spot where they had their first dinner date along Laguna Beach, including a dip fully-dressed in the sea! ”Golden light was one of the most important aspects of our engagement session,” Tawny said. “We wanted a place with beautiful views [of Trojan Point in Marin headlands].” Before the engagement session began, “we stopped at a local grocery store to pick up some ice cream and chowed down on it while walking hand in hand together,” she said. View more photos here.

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Julie and Jonah were married at Aspen Lakes Golf Course in Sisters, Ore. on May 16. “It had amazing views of the [Cascade] mountains,” Julie said.  Fun fact: Thanks to the inspiration from the chilly proposal. “Jonah had planned a little outing to hike after one of the first snowfalls before the mountain opened for the season,” she said. “When we got there, a worker driving a snowcat just ‘happened’ to go by and ‘randomly’ asked if we wanted a ride to the top, so we could ski down. When we got to the top, Jonah had already jumped off to ‘grab our gear.’ I turned around to face him, and he had gotten down on one knee! I was so excited that I didn’t want to put my glove back on.” The bride wore a strapless fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with a beaded bodice, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls and a fingertip-length veil, while the groom wore a tan suit, accessorized with a striped yellow tie and succulent boutonniere. Notice the matching Keds canvas sneakers? Bridesmaids wore short pink chiffon dresses and carried cascading bouquets of garden roses, hydrangeas, and greenery wrapped in ribbons. Before the ceremony, the couple exchanged gifts from each other with notes that said, “See you at the altar @6p.m.! Don’t be late!” No one was, of course. The reception followed inside the clubhouse lodge. Tables were decorated with white linens, tall baby’s breath centerpieces, and votive candles, and a dessert display featured a mini ruffled buttercream-frosted cake and cupcakes. The newlyweds’ favorite moment was when the live band was performing their first dance. “It was amazingly awkward,” she said. “But remember to relax and fully enjoy each other during the engagement and wedding planning process too. It all always comes together.” If that wasn’t enough entertainment, the photo booth sure was. Guests enjoyed posing with silly props in return for a keepsake snapshot memory. They even received coffee bean favor bags at the end of the night. Then, it was time to jett off to Mexico for the international honeymoon. Ole!

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Photography: Tony Gambino Photography | Venue/Caterer: Aspen Lakes Golf Course | Dress Store: Bella Brides | Shoes: Nordstrom | Jewelry: Saxon’s Fine Jewelers | Hair Stylist: Ambiance Salon | Makeup Artist: Tangerine Salon | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Officiant: Mike Alexander | Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas | Floral Designer: Nicole Bolling | Cake: Ida’s Cupcakes | Band: Precious Byrd

Top 10 Wedding Cake Tips and Tricks

Posted by Caitlin on Aug 22, 2014

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Photo Courtesy of Birds of a Feather Events 

Choosing a cake baker is probably one of the sweetest parts of wedding planning. Why? Because who wouldn’t want to partake in an ooey-gooey flavor, filling, and frosting tasting session? After searching through dozens of WeddingWire vendors and narrowing down your candidates, it’s time to sit down (on an empty stomach) and eat up. But before you book, we know you’ll have lots of questions too. For example, what’s the most common shapes?, which colors are inedible?, should I decorate with fresh or sugar flowers?, and do we save the top tier for our first anniversary or not?

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Caitlin and Zach were married at The Oxford Hotel in Denver, Colo. on May 17. “It’s hard to limit to just one thing!” Caitlin said. “We just loved the feel of The Oxford Hotel, and it’s one of the oldest hotels in Denver, surrounded by a lot of new buildings, in a fun and high-energy location.” The bride wore a strapless satin ball gown with a pleated bodice and beading at empire waistline, accessorized with a pair of mint green leather high heels, while the groom wore a dark gray three-piece suit, accessorized with a solid tie. Bridesmaids wore short coral dresses and carried bouquets of roses, ranunculuses, peonies, hydrangeas, and lilacs. “We worked around a palette of lavender, mint, light blue, and orange, but didn’t limit ourselves to only that palette,” she said. “We wanted to bring in lots of cheerful colors for our spring wedding.” Before the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look. “Zach and I were both super nervous leading up to the ceremony, but we felt so much better after we saw each other for the first time,” Caitlin said. “It just took a lot of pressure off, so we could just feel happy, excited, and ready to get married.” How cool to do it in the city’s new Union Station terminal? The reception took place in the same room they said their vows! Tables were decorated with vintage vases and vessels, mercury glass votive candles, and scalloped numbers. In addition to a mini cake, there was also cupcakes — maple bacon- and mai tai fruit-flavored. The newlyweds’ best advice? Try not to procrastinate,” she said. “Your life will be so much easier if you take care of tasks early on rather than putting them off until the last minute.”

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Photography: Urban Safari Photography | Venue: The Oxford Hotel | Dress Designer: Paloma Blanca from Bea’s Bridal Nook | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Shoes: Ted Baker from Nordstrom | Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal | Jewelry: Shane Co. | Hair and Makeup Artist: Oxford Club Salon & Spa | Officiant: Robin A. Miller | Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas | Floral Designer: Bella Calla | Caterer: McCormick’s Catering | Cake: Sugar Bean Bakery | DJ: Jammin’ DJs

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