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The Ultimate Guide to Wedding Favors from A to Z

Posted by Caitlin on Oct 21, 2014

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Photo: Grace Hill Photography

It’s hard not to “gobble” up goodies that make us feel all warm (and full) inside our tummies this time of year. In fact, our Favors Editor gathered enough to represent every letter of the alphabet! Don’t believe us? Then, check out the slideshow filled with hearty, flavored booze, cider, pies, jams and jellies, and maple syrup!

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McKenna and Joseph were married at Silverleaf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz. on May 3. “It was gorgeous!” McKenna said. “It reminded us of a Tuscan villa.” The bride wore a strapless satin mermaid wedding gown, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls with a chapel-length veil, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore long black chiffon dresses with halter necklines and carried bouquets of peonies, hydrangeas, and orchids. The ceremony was held outside overlooking the canyons of the McDowell Mountains. “Holding Joseph’s hands when I met him at the altar [was the moment in my wedding I can't stop thinking about],” she said. “I was so happy and excited to call him my husband.” Guests were greeted into the courtyard with a fountain originially from the borders of France and Spain! “It was most likely used as a functional source of drinking water for villagers,” according to The Silverleaf Club’s website. Tables were decorated with white linens, floating vase centerpieces, and a wine bottle, which served double-duty as a favor, at each place setting, surrounded by chiavari chairs. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Patience,” McKenna said. “Try to get as much done early on. It makes it much easier plus a lot of vendors tend to book up quickly.” Bonus: Be sure to check out The Bubbly Blonde

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Photography: Renee Clancy Photography | Videography: Images by Reed | Venue: Silverleaf Club | Event Planner: Amy Mancuso Events | Dress Designer: Vera Wang from Nordstrom | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaid Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Hair Stylist: Ray Issa | Makeup Artist: Erica Smith | Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss | Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Officiant: Debbi Brown | Ceremony Musicians: Sweetwater Strings | Invitations: Write On’s | Floral Designer: Teonna’s Floral Design | Cake: Let Them Eat Cake, Inc. | Band: Snake Eyes 

25 Pretty Passport Holders For Your Honeymoon

Posted by Caitlin on Oct 20, 2014

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Photos (from left to right): Jonathan Adler Passport Case, $38 at Bloomingdale’s and Streetscape Passport Holder, $38 at Anthropologie

Heading off on your honeymoon soon? Admist packing all the travel basics like clothing and shoes in your suitcase, you can’t forget to confirm all your reservations too! Properly place all your paperwork in a secure spot. Get jet-set-chic with any of these stylish passport covers here.

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Sarah and Jay were married at Cypress Grove Estate House in Orlando, Fla. on December 22. “We loved the beautiful outdoor setting with majestic oaks overlooking a lake, and the fact that our guests could easily walk from the ceremony to the cocktail hour and then to the reception,” Sarah said. “I wanted it to be full of Southern elegance, and it was exciting to see how the details of the decorations all created that feeling too.” The bride wore a long-sleeved satin wedding gown, accessorized with a fingertip-length veil and jeweled sash, while the groom wore a light gray suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore one-shoulder long navy blue chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of garden roses, hydrangeas, and anemones. “My favorite moment was when my father walked me down the aisle, and I could see Jay’s expression as he saw me for the first time,” she said. During the ceremony, the couple lit a unity candle to symbolize the joining of two families. Guests were escorted to their seats via vintage keys. Tables were decorated with lace linen overlays, mercury glass centerpieces, votive candles, and framed numbers. The newlyweds’ best advice? “My mother and I loved planning, but when it came to the big day, the best advice I can tell other couples is to hire a day-of or event coordinator,” Sarah said. “Jocelyn was behind-the-scences making sure everything was perfect. Jay and I didn’t panic at all, but instead, we were able to just enjoy it with our closest family and friends.” In lieu of a DJ, there was a live band; plus, not to mention, a photo booth for extra entertainment. Notice the batman props?

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Photography: Hundreds of Moments Photography LLC | Videography: Eunice Paik | Venue: Cypress Grove Estate House | Day-of Coordinator: Jocelyn Gabe | Dress Designer: Paloma Blanca from The Collection | Hair and Makeup Artist: Stella Luca Salon | Officiant: James Garner | Ceremony Musicians: Beautiful Music | Invitations: Storkie Express | Floral Designer: Flower No. 5 | Caterer: Big City Catering | Cake: Cakes by Design | Band: The Afterwhile  

12 Unique Ceremony Readings From The Experts

Posted by Caitlin on Oct 17, 2014

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Photo: Jen Yuson Photography

“. . . Love doesn’t like being left alone for long. But come home and love is always happy to see you. It may break a few things accidentally in its passion for life, but you can never be mad at love for long . . . ” Can you guess where this quote is from? How Falling in Love is like Owning a Dog by Taylor Mali. “I often have couples who love their dogs so much they want to include them in the ceremony in some way,” Rev. Laura Cannon of Ceremony Officiants said. “Yet as cute as their dog might be trotting down the aisle as the ring bearer; it’s not always practical. A reading like this is a great way to personalize a ceremony for dog-lovers without the added complications that having Fido in the wedding party presents.” Read more ideas here.

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