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12 Wedding Day Gifts For Brides and Grooms

Posted by Caitlin on Oct 13, 2014

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Photos (from left to right): The Oyster’s Pearl I Can’t Believe You’re Mine Framed Print, $28 at Nordstrom and Wifey Sweatshirt, $58 at Ily Couture

One of the key steps to wedding success as a bride or groom is to remind each other why you are getting married in the first place. Whether it’s in the form of a material or non-material object, it should always come from the heart. Stuck on what to gift? Our favorites: a timeless piece of jewelry like a bracelet or watch, personalized stationery set, “in lieu of a letter” journal filled with reasons of awesomeness, and grown-up travel storage to stash accessories.

Elegant Black-Tie Fall Inn Wedding in South Carolina

Posted by Caitlin on Oct 10, 2014

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Jordan and Will were married at the Beaufort Inn in Beaufort, S.C. on October 12. The bride wore a cap-sleeved satin a-line wedding gown with an illusion neckline, accessorized with a pair of sparkly peep-toe pumps, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore long periwinkle one-shoulder chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of garden roses, hydrangeas, and dusty millers. Notice each one was gifted a pair of Kate Spade “putting on the ritz” studs? Guests were greeted at the ceremony with scenic views of Broomfield Creek just as the sun was setting. Bonus: There was also a performance from the First African Baptist Church choir! It was official soon after the vows were read and repeated one after another. The reception began with of course, tons of congratulations at the historic bed and breakfast. A chalkbaord sign displayed the quote, “Here’s to love, laughter, and happily ever after as Jordan and Will start their new life. Let’s all toast to the new husband and wife!” Tables were decorated with neutral linens, glass hurricane centerpieces filled to the brim with greenery, mercury glass votive candles, and surrounded by cross-back chairs. Not to mention the entire frame tent was draped with fabric and lit with crystal chandeliers. And the mirror panel bar for cocktails! Dinner included traditional Southern fare such as shrimp and grits, mini angus hamburgers, pineapple glazed chicken sliders, and slow roasted prime rib with butter lettuce salad. In case someone needed to take a break from dancing, there was also a comfy lounge with a sofa and two love seats. Dessert was a plenty — pecan tarts and chocolate cupcakes. That was in addition to cake! At the end of the night, the newlyweds exited amongst a sea of sparklers and were off to their honeymoon.

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Photography: Kelli Boyd Photography | Ceremony Venue: Private Residence | Reception Venue: Beaufort Inn | Event Planner: WED – Wedding Event Design | Dress Designer: Lela Rose from Kelly’s Closet | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Floral Designer: WED – Wedding Event Design | Caterer: Cru Catering 

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Sometimes, being a bridesmaid, is like having another job on the side. There are many responsibilities that come before the big day — searching for vendors, planning the bridal shower and bachelorette party, and crafting any last-minute handmade details — whew, that’s a lot! And even though the wedding is absolutely a time to celebrate, it’s also definitely a time to help. Read what those 10 things you need to do for your bride-to-be are here.

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Mandy and Matt were married at The Hamilton Hotel in Milwaukee, Wis. on October 18. The bride wore a strapless a-line wedding gown, accessorized with a birdcage veil, faux fur coat, and jeweled sash, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a pinstriped button-up shirt and pink bow tie. Bridesmaids wore short silk taffeta navy blue dresses and carried bouquets of roses, hydrangeas, and eucalyptus. Even though the rain threatened to challenge the couple’s first look plans, they still managed to surprise each other downtown overlooking the city skyline. The venue served double-duty for the ceremony and reception. Imagine an old cream-colored brick building featuring vaulted ceilings and crystal chandeliers! Fun fact: It used to be a “hotel” for cars. Notice the ribbon backdrop? Totally handmade. Tables were decorated with lace runners, vintage vases and vessels centerpieces, glitter numbers, and family heirloom plates and tea cups at each place setting too. Guests were given favor bags filled with personalized M & M’S and tied with a handwritten thank-you note. For dessert, a mini two-tiered cake and cupcakes. Yum!

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Photography: Aliza Rae Photography | Venue: The Hamilton | Floral Designer: Mandy Munsch | Cake: Eat Cake

16 Festive Fall Wedding Guest Dresses Under $150

Posted by Caitlin on Oct 09, 2014

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Photos (from left to right): It Takes Two to Tranquil Dress, $95 at ModCloth and Posh at the Part Dress, $135 at ModCloth

Still have a few weddings left in this year’s circuit? Our Fashion Editor knows you do, so that’s why she’s officially telling you to swap out those breezy dresses for something a little more substanial. Check out the round-up of affordable (under $150) frocks full of playful patterns in deep hues perfect for any upcoming fall nuptials.

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