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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

ICYMI: Simon G. Instagram Takeover

Posted by Kim on Sep 15, 2014

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Simon G. is known for its gorgeous jewelry, so we were absolutely swooning over their recent takeover of WeddingWire’s Instagram. They posted some pretty stunning images, and we wanted to make sure to share them with you! Check out this recap of Simon G.’s Instagram takeover:

It’s @simongjewelry & we’re taking over @Weddingwire’s Instagram this week! We are launching our new campaign in September & couldn’t wait to give you a little sneak peek! #WeddingWire #SimonG #Reclaim

It’s day 2 of the #WeddingWire #SimonGTakeover! We at @SimonGJewelry are quite obsessed with Paraiba at the moment. This mesmerizing Brazilian beauty is one of the most rare gemstones known on earth.

@SimonGJewelry here with a little bridal bling for your special day! Do you prefer wearing statement making jewelry on your wedding day or more subtle pieces? #WeddingWednesday #SimonG #Reclaim #SimonGTakeoverFollow 

It’s @SimonGJewelry here on day 4 of the #WeddingWire #SimonGTakeover! This is a glimpse at our newest campaign: It Begins With A Dream.Follow


It’s @SimonGJewelry & today’s the last day of the #WeddingWire #SimonGTakeover! We’re dreaming of this lustrous beauty! Which #SimonG ring is your favorite? #ReclaimFollow

Be sure to follow WeddingWire and Simon G. on Instagram for even more wedding inspiration!

Casual Heart-Themed Summer Farm Wedding in New York

Posted by Caitlin on Sep 12, 2014

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Ali and Liam were married at Bluefield Farm in Blauvelt, N.Y. on July 19. The bride wore a short lace wedding gown with an illusion neckline, accessorized with a curly updo and fingertip-length veil, while the groom wore a tan suit, accessorized with a tie. Her bouquet featured roses, dahlias, and thistles. Guests were greeted at the ceremony with the most colorful, handmade garland backdrop.”One of my best friends sang La Vie en Rose as I walked down the aisle, and it was gorgeous,” Ali said. “Another good friend from Argentina was supposed to do a reading (about friendship) during the ceremony, but when she came up to do it, she was so overcome with emotion that she literally wasn’t able to do it. After trying to read the first line a few times and not being able to stop crying, she just hugged us both and went back to her seat. It was incredibly touching.” Following the outdoor nuptials, lawn games such as cornhole, bocce ball, croquet, and ladder toss. The reception took place inside the barn. Tables were decorated with burlap runners, milk glass jar centerpieces, heart-stamped kraft paper placemats, and s’mores favor bags at each place setting. “The pulled pork from Dinousar BBQ, who catered the wedding, was delicious,” she said. The newlyweds’ best advice? “It’s worth the effort to personalize your wedding and make it your own,” Ali said. “It’s A LOT more work, but it makes the whole event more meaningful.

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Photography: Lillie Fortino Photography | Venue/Floral Designer: Bluefield Farm | Event Planner: Sage Newkirk of Hudson Valley Ceremonies | Dress Designer: Watters by Encore from April Rose | Hair Stylist: Pink Entourage | Makeup Artist:  Lorna Made Me Blush Artistry | Rentals: Alperson Party Rentals | Caterer: Dinousar BBQ | Band: Astrograss

The Ultimate Groom’s Guide

Posted by Caitlin on Sep 12, 2014

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Let’s keep this short and sweet — WeddingWire’s FallBook 2014 features the ultimate groom’s guide with everything a guy needs to know about weddings. From figuring out where the money comes to getting on the same page about the big things early on and taking on tasks you care about (don’t pick fights about the ones you don’t) to weighing in when asked, he will definitely learn how to be kick @$$.

Modern Rainy Day Fall Rooftop Wedding in Missouri

Posted by Caitlin on Sep 11, 2014

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Jessica and Ross were married in a traditional church ceremony at the Catholic Student Center at Washington University followed by a reception at Jefferson Memorial in St. Louis, Mo. on November 16. “Jefferson Underground has personality, and we wanted something other than a cookie-cutter wedding,” Jessica said. “We loved the unfinished brick walls and industrial feel to it as well as the outdoor space we could us for the bar and dance floor.” The bride wore a strappy satin fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with statement earrings, necklace, and sash, while the groom wore a three-piece gray suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched short navy blue dresses and carried bouquets of dahlias, anemones, silver brunia balls, thistles, and succulents. “From the beginning, we wanted the theme of our wedding to be really neat lighting,” she said. “The Aries Company helped us realize that dream with the string lights and Edison light fixtures. It really stood out in pictures and added a special glow to the whole evening.” Dinner was all tons and tons of local flavors! “We wanted to show our guests a taste of St. Louis — Schlafyly seasonal beer, BBQ, and ice cream with ingredients sourced all over,” Jessica said. Tables were decorated with gray linens, assorted vases and vessels centerpieces, and yarn art numbers. Notice the goat cheese potato chip favor bags at each place setting? Plus, the personalized plastic cups that also served double-duty as escort cards. “After the first dance, it started to sprinkle and rain a little bit,” she said. “We were worried it would ruin the reception, but our guests weren’t deterred. We will never forget dancing in the rain with all of our family and friends, and it made for some unforgettable memories and hilarious pictures.”

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Photography: Oldani Photography | Videography: Rue De La Vie | Ceremony Venue: Catholic Student Center at Washington University | Reception Venue: Jefferson Underground | Event Planner: Katie Saeger Events | Dress Store: The Gown Gallery | Shoes: Nordstrom | Jewelry: Shane Co. and Bauble Bar | Hair Stylist: Pixies Hair Design | Makeup Artist: Ginger Bay Salon and Spa | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Officiant: Gary Braum | Stationery: Todd Studios | Floral Designer: Peacock Blooms Floral Designs | Rentals: The Aries Company | Caterer: Bogart’s Smokehouse | Bar: Champagne Wishes | Cake: Frostbite Gourmet Ice Cream | DJ: Rockstar Djs

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