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The Anatomy of a Bouquet

Posted by Alexandra on Mar 30, 2015


A bridal bouquet is a work of art, and we believe it deserves to be treated as such! That’s why we’ve asked a few of our favorite floral designers to give us the inside scoop on some of their most breathtaking blooming arrangements. In the latest issue of our e-magazine, we take a close look at the individual ingredients within and inspiration behind four lush, unique bouquets. Don’t miss this pretty spring treat!


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Katie and Christopher were married in a ceremony at Dimnent Memorial Chapel followed by a reception at Baker Events by Gilmore in Holland, Mich. on August 1. “Dimnent Memorial Chapel is breathtakingly beautiful,” Katie said. “We loved the detailed architecture of the building, and the elegant stained glass windows that surround the chapel from every side.” The bride wore a strapless lace a-line wedding gown, accessorized with her hair in an updo, floor-length veil, and a pair of wedges, while the groom wore a three-piece dark gray suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore short orange silk taffeta dresses and carried bouquets of roses, gerber daises, succulents, and silver brunia balls. The couple opted for a first look beforehand to calm any nervous jitters. “We wrote our own vows to each other, and it was the most heartfelt, intimate, and tender moment that we shared with each other,” she said. “A lot of tears were shed during the exchanging of vows, and it was the best part of our wedding day.” Once it was sealed with a kiss, it was official, almost 135 witnessing. Cocktail hour began followed by the reception inside the renovated warehouse. Tables were decorated with white linens and napkins, mason jar centerpieces, and mercury glass votive candles, surrounded by chiavari chairs. “We incorporated a lot of small details into the day that meant a lot to us,” Katie said. “I carried my grandmother’s handkerchief in her memory, and the picnic basket that collected cards at the reception had belonged to Christopher’s grandparents. The party favors of chocolate-covered cherries was a nod to the groom’s hometown of Traverse City.” For extra entertainment, the newlywed shoe game was played. A three-tiered fondant-frosted cake was cut and served for dessert concluding dinner. “The food at our reception was AMAZING!” she said. “We followed our taste buds and went with some non-traditional food selections. We do not regret it.” The newlyweds’ best advice? “Do what feels like you and your fiance,” Katie said. “Get inspired by wedding magazines, blogs, and the internet but do not get hung up on trying to replicate someone else’s wedding day. You’ll rob yourself of so much joy on your special day if you spend too much time and energy comparing your wedding to what you’ve been elsewhere.” At the end of the night, they jetted off to their honeymoon in Hawaii.

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Photography: Dan and Melissa Wedding Photographers | Videography: Steven Soles of Lonely C | Ceremony Venue: Dimnent Memorial Chapel | Reception Venue: Baker Events By Gilmore | Dress Designer: Allure Bridals from Bridal Gallery | Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal | Jewelry: Paul Medawar Fine Jewelers | Hair and Makeup Artist: Panopoulos Salon | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Officiant: Craig Adams | Ceremony Musicians: Linda Strouf (organist) and Gregory Law (guitarist) | Invitations: Noted Occasions on Etsy | Floral Designer: Eastern Floral | Caterer: Gilmore Catering | Cake: Second Floor Bakery | DJ: Mitten Entertainment 

Wedding Hairstyles Ideas by Venue

Posted by Sarah T. on Mar 27, 2015

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Figuring out your wedding hairstyle can certainly be a tricky task! There are countless options and too many celebrities with fabulous hair that you want to mimic. Narrowing down the right look takes time and multiple trial runs with your hairstylist. Here at WeddingWire we know it’s easy to be overwhelmed by inspiration, so we’ve narrowed it down for you based on your wedding venue. Getting married outside? Flip through our countryside or waterfront ‘dos. Have a look at our most recent SpringBook for dozens of ways to style your mane!

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Tina and Andrew were married in a ceremony at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church followed by a reception at St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club in St. Petersburg, Fla. on October 5. The bride wore a strapless satin a-line wedding gown, accessorized with her hair in an updo, floor-length veil, pearl necklace, and a pair of comfy flats, while the groom wore a dark gray suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore short striped coral dresses and carried bouquets of roses, ranunculuses, craspedia, poppies, silver brunia balls, and pincushion proteas. “I remember first meeting with Tina and her mom about her big day, and the one thing that Tina stressed was FUN,” Rana Mohammadian of Roohi Photography said. “She didn’t really want to fuss about the details (But I would have never guessed. Aren’t the details adorable?) or worry about a certain design. She just wanted it to be a fun, fabulous day for everyone. And that it was!” Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official. Transportation was provided to and from in a trolley. “From the photo booth from Photogenica to the live Mariachi band to the Brazilian style meat station (yummy), everything about this wedding screamed UNIQUE,” she said. Guests were escorted to their seats via a yarn art chart. Tables were decorated with teal linens, white napkins, testing tube centerpieces, disc numbers, and mad libs at each place setting, surrounded by folding padded chairs. For extra entertainment, there was board games too. “In case Tina looks familiar, it’s because I had the honor of shooting her sister Sam’s wedding earlier this year,” Mohammadian said. “I’ve been so fortunate to building an amazing relationship with this family, so being a part of another celebration was a joy!” A two-tiered fondant-frosted cake was cut and served for dessert concluding dinner. The favors? Personalized koozies. At the end of the night, the newlyweds exited amongst a sea of sparklers and jetted off to their honeymoon.

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Photography: Roohi Photography | Videography: WE Cinematics | Ceremony Venue: St. Joseph’s Catholic Church | Reception Venue: St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club | Event Planner: Mia Sophia Designs | Hair Stylist: Jessica Farkas of Salon Lofts | Floral Designer: Seminole Florist | Caterer: Renzo’s Argentine Steakhouse | DJ: DJ Cage | Photo Booth: Photogenica Photo Booth Co. 

Where Should I Register For My Wedding?

Posted by Caitlin on Mar 26, 2015


What are ALL the ways you can register for you wedding, anyways? In WeddingWire’s SpringBook 2015, we understand that couples want to customize everything because who wants china they will never use. There are three options to consider: gift, cash, and honeymoon, each with their own distinct retailers. Read more about the dos and don’ts here. Or start creating your very own right about now.


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