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Real Weddings From This Week {May 1, 2015}

Posted by Caitlin on May 01, 2015

In addition, our Real Weddings Editor is also busy featuring cute couples for our photo galleries! Each week, she’ll be sharing her favorite real weddings on Fridays at noon. Check out this roundup below:

Mediterranean-Inspired Belle Mer Wedding – Kirsten and Kyle were married at Belle Mer in Newport, R.I. on September 13. To pay respects to an Italian heritage, they opted for a crisp and clean, white theme with pops of citrus. Bonus: homemade limoncello favors!

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Photos (from left to right): Gumula Photography

Modern New York Lounge Wedding –  Yvonelle and Keith were married at Above in Staten Island, N.Y. on June 13. Guests were wowed with the floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Manhattan skyline.

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Photo: Dreamlife Photos & Video

Eco-Friendly California Courtyard Wedding – Michelle and Adam were married at Seven4One in Laguna Beach, Calif. on August 2. The newlyweds’ best advice? “The decisions you make in planning the wedding should make YOU happy,” she said.

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Photo: Nicolette Moku Photography

Charming Charleston River Wedding – Meg and Mike were married at Lowndes Grove in Charleston, S.C. on August 15. It doesn’t get more preppy the groom wearing a green seersucker suit and a pair of Sperry Top-Sider boat shoes.

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Photos (from left to right): Reese Moore Weddings

Traditional Greek Terrace Wedding – Gemma and Mark were married in a ceremony at Dana Villas followed by a reception at Pyrgos Restaurant in Santorini, Greece on August 16. “The day itself couldn’t have gone any better,” she said. “We had lots of laughter, a few tears, but our wedding was the most magical moment we will forever be grateful for.”

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Photo: Anna Roussos Photography & Video Creations 

 

Happy 8th Birthday to WeddingWire!

Posted by Alexandra on May 01, 2015

Today marks eight years since the launch of WeddingWire—and that’s certainly cause for celebration! In honor of the occasion, we thought it would be fun to look back at the some of the wedding trends we’ve seen and loved over the past eight years. Let’s take a walk down memory lane…

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Photo Courtesy of The Pastry Studio

2007: Marie Antoinette Inspired Details – This trend was influenced, we suspect, by the eponymous movie premiered previous year. Chateaus and historic mansions were the venues of choice in 2007, and brides accessorized with cameo jewelry and layered pearls. Decor was all about shabby chic china, Baroque tabletop accents, neoclassical furniture, opulent feathers, and feminine pastels mixed with lots of gold. For dessert, gilded fondant cakes or French confections like macarons, petits fours, and croquembouche were a must.

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Gown by Maggie Sottero

2008: Gowns with Pick Up Skirts – The glam ballroom style was huge in 2008, and pick ups were a perfect way to give wedding gowns that full, fairytale look brides were after. Pick up detailing works beautifully with satin and taffeta, two favored fabrics that year.

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Photo Courtesy of Pop the Cork Designs

2009: Eco-Friendly Details – Environmentally conscious weddings certainly haven’t gone out of style (and we hope they never do!), but they were especially hot in 2009. Couples used recycled paper for their stationery, decorated with repurposed objects (think glass bottle vases and newspaper poms), incorporated moss, succulents, herbs, and greenery into their arrangements, and thanked their guests with plantable seed favors.

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Photo by Photography by Verdi

2010: Birdcage Veils – The vintage wedding trend came into the spotlight in 2010, and brides everywhere seemed to be swapping traditional lengths of tulle and lace for crops of Russian netting. These statement pieces were typically embellished with feather fascinators or beaded appliques for an extra shot of retro glam.

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Photo Courtesy of The Sunday Sweet

2011: Rosettes – This pretty three-dimensional design adorned everything from bridal gowns, shoes, and sashes to boutonnieres, table linens, and buttercream cakes! The sculptural, floral-inspired swirls added instant romance and texture.

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Photo by Riverland Studios

2012: Creative Catering – Mini foods were a huge deal in 2012. Everything from tacos and pizzas to ice cream cones and pies were downsized and to cute, bite-size versions of themselves. Soup shooters, shrunken sliders, grilled cheese finger sandwiches, petite salad cups. Interactive food stations (make your own s’mores, build your own crostinis), food trucks, treat cones, elaborate dessert bars, and candy displays were all the rage. And don’t forget cocktails! The signature beverage trend also hit an all-time high around this time.

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Photo by Swanky Fine Art Weddings

2013: Rustic Chic Details – As barns, farms, and ranches became more popular settings for weddings, it only made sense that organic decor and country chic details came into play. Natural materials like burlap, birch bark, barn wood, and grapevine took center stage. We saw lots brides carrying colorful wildflower bouquets, bridesmaids rocking cowboy boots, and guests sipping cocktails from mason jars. Haystacks took the place of traditional ceremony seats and everyone went crazy for chalkboard signs.

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2014: Unstructured Bouquets – Big, lush, garden style bouquets took over last year and we don’t see them going anywhere soon. Brides are loving that romantic, unpolished, free-spirited look. Symmetry and perfection is out; texture and creativity is in!

Photo Courtesy of Holly Heider Chapple Flowers Ltd.

 

Top Wedding Ideas From This Week {April 29th, 2015}

Posted by Caitlin on Apr 29, 2015

Are you in need of some wedding inspiration this hump day? Our Editorial Team is busy writing content for our newly-launched Ideas Section! Each week, they’ll share their favorite articles and slideshows on Wednesdays at noon. Check out this roundup below:

12 Popular Spring Wedding Color Schemes From Real Couples – Our Real Wedding Editor shares with us some popular palettes. Below, periwinkle and pink!

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Photo: Elevate Photography

10 Famous Quotes That Perfectly Describe Wedding Planning – To keep you level-headed throughout the process, we found some famous quotes such as: “You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.”

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Design: Melissa Brody

20 Fresh Floral Accessories That You Need Now–  Certain style elements work best during this warmer-weather season, especially flowers. Opt to include one (or two) into your bridal beauty look!

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Photo: Donna Cheung Photography

11 Cool Ways To Dress Up An Industrial SpaceHaving your ceremony or reception in a loft? Transform your raw space with these decor tips.

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Photo courtesy of: Whimsy Weddings – Event Planning and Design

What’s Your Wedding Dress IQ? – Let’s see how well you know your fabrics, necklines, and silhouettes? Take the quiz!

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Photos (from left to right): Dan Lecca

Real Weddings From This Week {April 24, 2015}

Posted by Caitlin on Apr 24, 2015

In addition, our Real Weddings Editor is also busy featuring cute couples for our photo galleries! Each week, she’ll be sharing her favorite real weddings on Fridays at noon. Check out this roundup below:

Eclectic Edmonton Park Wedding – Kirk and Ryan were married at Fort Edmonton Park in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on September 12.  “It was a very intimate wedding, and it had a very cozy, rustic feel,” he said. “We walked in, and the space just felt comfortable. We knew it wouldn’t require much decoration because it was so interesting by itself.”

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Photo: Lauren Hannah Photography

Gorgeous California Garden Wedding – Zarina and Andy were married at a private residence in Pasadena, Calif. on October 19. How adorable is it that she could not help but smile as he read his vows?

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Photo: Melvin Gilbert Photography

Pretty Pink Sonoma Country Club Wedding – Brittany and David were married at Sonoma Golf Club in Sonoma, Calif. on May 31. Bridesmaids carried bouquets with our favorite seasonal bloom — peonies!

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Photo: Megan Clouse Photography

Harborside California Restaurant Wedding – Hannah and Johny were married in a ceremony at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church followed by a reception at Harborside Restaurant in Newport Beach, Calif. on October 11. Fun fact: They wed in the same church the bride’s parents did! “We knew that it would be a special moment for my family since my dad passed away when I was a kid,” she said.

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Photo: Brittanee Taylor Photography

Rustic Tennessee Farm Wedding – Lauren and John were married at Tennessee RiverPlace in Chattanooga, Tenn. on September 20. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Use your vendors!” she said. “Give them a guide for what you expect, but remember, you are paying for a reason. Let them use their talent, and I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.”

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Photo: Alex Bee Photo

Top Wedding Ideas From This Week {April 22, 2015}

Posted by Caitlin on Apr 22, 2015

Are you in need of some wedding inspiration this hump day? Our Editorial Team is busy writing content for our newly-launched Ideas Section! Each week, they’ll share their favorite articles and slideshows on Wednesdays at noon. Check out this roundup below:

10 Wedding Flowers You’ve Never Heard Of –  Sure, the spotlight is always on peonies, garden roses, and dahlias, but what about those that are under-the-radar?

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Photo: Jenny DeMarco Photography

5 Stress-Free Recipes To Make Before Your Wedding Day – Don’t add anymore stress (than necessary) before you wedding day. Try making these delicious dinner recipes that are even easier to clean up!

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10 Photos That Prove Rain On Your Wedding Day Isn’t The Worst Thing – You can’t control the weather, especially when it rains! And it’s supposedly good luck. Grab some umbrellas, rain boots, and you’re ready to go.

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Photo courtesy of: The Graceful Host

15 Spring Bridesmaid Dresses We Love – Spring calls for seasonally-appropriate hues such as pastels. Let your bridesmaids shine wearing these flowy frocks.

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Photo: Katelyn James Photography

Can We Guess Your Engagement Ring Style? – Let’s see if we can guess which piece of bling your boy toy gave you. Take the quiz!

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Photo: Spencer Studios 

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