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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

9 Last Dance Wedding Songs From The Experts

Posted by Caitlin on Aug 21, 2014

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Between the first dance, father-daughter dance, mother-son dance, toasts, bouquet and garter toss, and cake cutting, there is ONLY one aspect of the reception that guests will want to remember the most! ”We like to do two last dance songs – a slow one so all the older folks feel comfortable dancing to one more meaningful song, followed by a really upbeat fun song. We encourage our clients to pick songs that they love for these two last dance songs,” Joel Giorgio of Greenbelt DJ Productions in Austin, Texas said. Think: “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey, “Take Me Home Tonight” by Eddie Money, or “Into the Mystic” by Van Morrison.

Bright Wildflower Summer Barn Wedding in Virginia

Posted by Caitlin on Aug 20, 2014

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Taylor and Daniel were married at Riverside on the Potomac in Leesburg, Va. on August 3. “We knew we wanted to get married on a farm and have the receptioin in a barn,” Taylor said. “The fact that when we pulled up and saw not only the beautiful river, horses running in the fields, and the barn was still being used as a barn, filled with hay, more horses, absolutely not ready for a wedding (we were the first ones to find the place), we knew it was the one. It was ‘untouched’ and smelled like a barn, couldn’t get more real then that! Most would have turned away immediately, but we knew we had found something special.” The bride wore a custom-designed lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with a low back, while the groom wore a dark gray suit, accessorized with patterened tie. Bridesmaids wore short satin yellow dresses and carried wildflower bouquets of sunflowers, dahlias, roses, and craspedia balls. Even though the day started off rainy, it cleared up just in time when guests arrived. Taylor’s favorite moment? “Turning the corner of the aisle and seeing each other’s faces for the first time all day, both grinning from ear-t0-ear,” she said. After all, forever was about to begin with Trooper, their pup. Following the not-a-dry-eye ceremony, the newlyweds took a few moments to themselves. “Just look around,” Taylor said. “Notice and take in all the people, who love you both and came to see you start your lives together. Just 3 minutes will make you appreciate the day that much more.” The reception kicked off  with a chalkboard sign that said, “Here’s your glass for the night. Fill it to the rim with whatever tastes right.” It served double-duty as favors in addition to seed bulbs. Tables were decorated with mason jar centerpieces, lace doilies, and surrouned by mix ‘n’ matched chiavari and cross back chairs. “We even surprised my grandparents with their own weding cake with their topper from their 60th anniversary /vow renewal and a dance to the song they actually danced to at their wedding,” Taylor said. “Because it was their 67th anniversary, one of the main reasons why we picked our date.”

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Photography: Paired Images | Videography: SGD Editing | Venue: Riverside on the Potomac | Event Planner: Roberts and Company Events | Dress Store: Ellie’s Bridal Boutique | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal | Hair and Makeup Artist: Allison Harper and Co. | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: David’s Bridal | Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas | Floral Designer: B Floral and Event Design by Shelly Bagdasian | Caterer: Spilled Milk | Cake: Fluffy Thoughts Cakes | Rentals: DC Rental | DJ: Digital Solutions

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