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Sarah and Corey were married at The Humphreys Estate in Temecula, Calif. on June 21. The bride wore a strapless straight across-neckline ball gown with a lace bodice and ruffled skirt, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls, floor-length veil, satin sash, and a pair of flats, while the groom wore a black tuxedo, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore long neutral chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses and hydrangeas. Guests were greeted with plenty of chalkboard signs that said, “So this is the miracle that we’ve been dreaming of. So this is love,” “Once in a while, in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairy tale,” and “As two families become one, choose a seat not a side.” Before the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look. Fun fact: Corey was blindfolded! It took place in the garden in front of a raised gazebo. A tent was placed overhead for shade. To symbolize their unity, they even chose to combine sand. Once the license was signed, sealed, and delivered to the officiant, it was bona fide. Cocktail hour began around the pool followed by the reception. Tables were decorated with pink rosette linens, mercury glass votives and vases, gold charger plates, and picture numbers from throughout their entire relationship. In lieu of a traditional guest book, everyone was asked to share a message next to a typewriter. The first one was from the newlyweds, “It means the world to us that you are here today. Please sign our guestbook so we can treasure the memories we made here!” After dinner, the three-tiered square cake was cut and candy bar opened for grabs. It featured yogurt-covered pretzels, licorice, sour patch kids, gummy bears, lollipops, and more. At the end of the night, they exited amongst a sea of sparklers and were off to their honeymoon.

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Photography: Carri Roman Photography | Venue: The Humphreys Estate | Event Planner and Floral Designer: Soiree Design and Events | Cake: Elegance on Display | DJ: DJ Pros 

Pattern Play

Posted by Caitlin on Jan 15, 2015


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Looking for a great way to add dimension and interest to your wedding decor? A pretty floral print or a pop of polka dot will do the trick! Adding a fun pattern to the mix will instantly breathe life into your decor scheme. Don’t miss the Pattern Play feature in our WinterBook 2015 for tons of shoppable goodies and inspiring eye candy featuring chevrons, stripes, florals, and dots!

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Nicole and Chris were married at The Marquee Events & Catering in Hartford, Conn. on February 15 — the day after Valentine’s Day! “It was completely different than any other venue we looked at,” Nicole said. “We were immediately drawn to the venue’s uniqueness and charm and knew right away it was where we were going to have our wedding.” The bride wore a strapless sweetheart lace a-line wedding gown, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, fingertip-length veil, and a pair of Kate Spade peep-toe high heels, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore short black chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of red roses. “It snowed a lot on our wedding day, which, although, intially was not something I wanted, I love that it gave our wedding a winter wonderland feel,” she said. Before the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look on a grand spiral staircase at Hartford City Hall. The form of transporation to get there was a yellow school bus! “Reciting our vows that we wrote to one another in front of our family and friends,” Nicole said. “It was surreal and meaningful, and it’s a feeling I will never forget. Plus, it was all officiated by an aunt! “It made it extremely special,” she said. “We were able to really personalize the ceremony, and it ended up being exactly how we wanted.” The reception took place inside the Gershon Fox ballroom. Tables were decorated with white linens, tall hurricane vase centerpieces, and a cootie catcher at each place setting. In lieu of favors, a donation was made to the Alzheimer’s Society too. The newlyweds’ best advice? “The last thing you should be worried about is the weather,” Nicole said. “Photographers have gotten so creative with incorporating not so good weather in wedding photos, creating some pretty amazing pictures. My pictures would never have come out so beautiful had we not had such a beautiful snowy backdrop.”

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Photography: Carrie Draghi Photography | Videography: Kevin Lee Studios | Venue/Caterer: Marquee Events & Catering | Dress Designer: Justin Alexander from Marie’s Bridal Shop | Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Invitations: Ever Ready Press | Floral Designer: Azalea Floral Design | Cake: Modern Pastry Shop | Ceremony Musician/DJ: Party Pro DJ 

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Yesterday, we launched our seventh e-magazine, WeddingWire’s WinterBook 2015. As you can tell by the cover, it’s real-life models Alexia and Nate from the rustic winter farm styled shoot inside. Did you think we would forget real weddings? There are also three of those too. But that’s not all — check out our exclusive 50 fresh ideas that haven’t completely taken over Pinterest yet (bye mason jars and burlap bunting!), learn how to style your decor with patterns such as chevron, stripes, florals, and polka dots, or search for that dream dress and everything that goes along with it. Plus, six ways to keep your guests cozy and how to create the best impression with invitations. Need help finding your venue or picking the soundtrack to your reception? We’ve got 20 gorgeous ballrooms, and six different DJ playlists to suit your style. You can ever persue the 14 most-asked tough etiquette questions, all answered from pros across the country, or stalk the top trending survey results from couples who got married in 2014. Bonus: A wedding planning timeline inforgraphic. And last but not least read up why your wedding will be better than the Oscars. You’re welcome!

Intimate Rooftop Summer Hotel Wedding in Puerto Rico

Posted by Caitlin on Jan 13, 2015

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Angelica and Nicolas were married at the Olive Boutique Hotel in Condado, Puerto Rico on July 13.  “From the moment that we found it, we knew it was the perfect place because it is private and rustic,” Nicolas said. The bride wore a v-neck lace fit ‘n’flare wedding gown with a keyhole back, accessorized with her hair in an updo and a pair of peep-toe platform pumps, while the groom wore a navy blue suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched short chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses and baby’s breath. Guests (all thirty of them) were greeted with a picture frame that said, “Thanks for your love and support” as well as sunglasses to beat the summer heat on top of the roof terrace. The ceremony took place right at 5 o’clock just before sunset with scenic views of the lagoon. “It was a beautiful day that had many details, but the best was the sunset the God gave us,” he said. Fun fact: it was even officiated by Nicolas’ father. The reception took place shortly after. Restored wooden tables were decorated with log centerpieces, votive candles, and coffee bean bags, which also served double-duty as favors, at each place setting, surrounded by upholstered chairs. The food was one of the main highlights of the night. Why? Because it was inspired by the Mediterranean cuisine. Plus, not to mention the three-tiered naked cake. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Our wedding was made 85 percent by ourselves because it was very clear what we wanted and could do, so we suggest that on everything is the dream of the couple that will be reflected, whether made by you or a wedding planner,” Nicolas said. “Further, if you like our wedding, the best option is a renowened restaurant!”

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Photography: Jose Ruiz Photography | Venue: Olive Boutique Hotel | Dress Designer: Pronovias from Royal Bride | Shoes: Vera Wang | Bridesmaid Dresses: Hernan Zajar | Hair and Makeup Artist: Roberto Gomez | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Hugo Boss | Officiant: Jaime Camareno and Henry Castellanos | Ceremony Musician: Vanessa Burgos | Floral Designer: Black Flowers and Event Design by Hiram Colon | Caterer: Oliva Restaurant | Cake: Vanessa Caro      

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